Politics & International Affairs 
March 2011 (#24)  politics.nau.edu
Politico with Dr. Paul Lenze   
Paul Lenze Politico

   Dr. Paul Lenze was the guest speaker for a Politico event in February. Politico is the department seminar program organized by and for undergraduate students. 

   Paul's presentation was on civil-military relations in Egypt. He explained how authoritarianism has endured since 1952 under the rule of Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, Hosni Mubarak and now Omar Suleiman. The Cairo protests were put into context and the possibilities of democratic transition were said to be limited, as they would only occur if military interests were protected in any new government.

Quotable Quotes

"I am enjoying every minute of my political science degree. The department here is opening the doors to so many opportunities, and is providing me with the tools needed as a student of political science. I do want to thank you for running such a great department!"


    - Adam Fox (Political Science, Class of 2013) 

Alumni Letter: Rob Dietel

Rob Dietel

    A belated Happy New Year!   I hope all is well in Flagstaff.

    I've been working on some exciting projects, and thought I'd send you a quick update for my plans in 2011. Both New England and the UK continue to show great promise for clean energy innovation and deployment, and I consider myself very lucky to play a role in forging and strengthening these relationships, especially in the offshore wind sector.

    I recently hosted David Wilson, Director of the Scottish Energy Directorate for a series of meetings in Boston.   We met with Professors Enrnie Moniz and Paul Sclavounos at MIT to discuss US Energy Policy and Offshore Wind, toured EnerNOC (a client I've helped enter the UK market), and met with both the Secretary and Undersecretary of Energy and Environmental Affair for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

   Next week, I'm welcoming a trade mission of UK Clean Energy companies for a three day program in Boston, followed by a visit on Friday from the Foreign Secretary's Climate Change Advisor, John Ashton.

    I'll be attending an Energy Policy Session at the British Embassy in Washington this March, as well as attending a program at MIT on the Dynamics of Globalization. I'll also be speaking at the Global Trade Summit at Brandeis University's International School of Business in April.

    2011 marks my 20 year anniversary from NAU, and I hope to be able to attend Homecoming in the fall. Best wishes for 2011, and please keep in touch.




Robert S. Dietel

Vice Consul,  Trade and Investment Officer

UK Trade and Investment

British Consulate General

Cambridge, MA  

Faculty and Grad Student Updates

Lori Poloni-Staudinger recently published "Gendered Political Opportunities? Elite Alliances, Electoral Cleavages, and Activity Choice Among Women's Groups in the UK, France, and Germany" in Social Movement Studies:  Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protes, Volume 10 Issue 1 (with Candice Ortbals, Pepperdine University).


Zachary Smith and Volker Krause completed and mailed their book manuscript titled US Public Policy in a Comparative Perspective written under contract for Thompson Higher Education.


Doris Schartmüller (PhD student) presented "Doing 'Life' - A Comparison of the Impact of the 2006 Legal Reforms on Life-time Incarceration in Sweden and Finland," at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Conference, March 16-19, 2011, Las Vegas.


Bennett Grubbs and Robert K. Sammons (graduate students) presented "Game changer or mere annoyance? The emergence of the Tea Party movement in Republican House primary races," at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Conference, March 16-19, 2011, Las Vegas.

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