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SNIS Award 2016 for the best PhD thesis in international studies

The SNIS has opened the submission period for the 2016 SNIS Award, valued at CHF 5'000. The Award will be given to the best PhD thesis in international studies defended in a Swiss University during the calendar year of 2015. The SNIS considers that international studies deal not only with the analysis of international relations, but also with political, economic, social, environmental, legal and health issues that extend beyond national boundaries. Submitted PhD theses can deal with a wide range of academic disciplines, such as political science, economics, sociology and cultural anthropology, law, history, geography and environmental sciences.

Submission deadline is 20 May 2016

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American Women and International Geneva, 1919-1939

American Women and International Geneva, 1919-1939

Dr Jaci Leigh Eisenberg, co-laureate of the SNIS Award 2015 for the best PhD thesis in international studies, will present the key findings of the awarded research during a ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 (18:30 – 20:00) at Villa Moynier, Geneva. The programme features a speech by Paul B. Patin (Counselor for Public Affairs, US Mission to the United Nations) on the dangers of isolationism as experienced at the time of the League of Nations and the subsequent US commitment to the multilateral system. Professor Dirk Lehmkuhl (University of St. Gallen), member of the jury who assessed the thesis, will pronounce the laudatio.

Participation is free – prior registration is required by e-mail to communication@snis.ch

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Over the past two decades, new economic powers have arisen within the world trading system. Brazil, China, India and Mexico are becoming influential players within an international regime whose core principles, rules and procedures have been shaped by others, notably the US and the European Union, prior to the formers’ ascent. How do these emerging markets adapt within the existing trade-rules framework?


Professor Thomas Biersteker (Director, Programme for the Study of International Governance, The Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Dr Omar Serrano (Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Universities of Geneva and Lucerne) talk in this interview about the key findings of the comparative research that looked at the behaviour of Brazil, China, India and Mexico in the field of competition law, intellectual property rights and services-related labour mobility.



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Based on a two-year SNIS funded academic research, these six films reveal the complexity of food consumption dynamics among the middle classes in two rapidly changing, urban centres: Metro Manila, the Philippines and Bangalore, India. The videos explore various topics related to food consumption and its sustainability. They address important issues, such as food waste generated when eating in and out, waste management in Bangalore, the specificity of Filipino cuisine, as well as the increasing trend towards organic food in Metro Manila.



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Pepper Culpepper (European University Institute, Florence) speaks in this interview about attitudes towards inequality in the USA and the UK. The level of concerns of Americans immediately before and after the 2008 financial crisis did not change at all. What had changed was the effect of anger among the population. It seems that Americans have a static attitude towards inequality as an abstract quality that is not connected to immediate surroundings. They seem to believe in the USA as a country of opportunities even though mobility is declining. Mobilization is important though to put some pressure on highly resourced business groups in order to see regulations adopted, as this has been achieved with the Dodd-Frank act to regulate the financial sector. 


Watch the interview with Pepper Culpepper given at the conference on political and economic inequality at ETHZ