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February 2, 2012


The CGIRS Asian Middle Class working group


special speaker, on

February 27, 2012


Soc. Sci. 1, room 261

Li Zhang

"Privatizing Urban Governance and the Rise of Middle-Class Activism

in Postsocialist China"

Dr. Zhang is Professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine.    In Search of Paradise: Middle Class Living in a Chinese Metropolis, 2010, Cornell University Press (Winner of the 2011 Francis L. Hsu Book Prize, presented by the Society of East Asian Anthropology); Guggenheim Fellow.   


FEB 6, 2012 - 3:30PM 
at the Charles E. Merrill Lounge
CGIRS/C9 Faculty Research Seminar Series
Ben Read, Politics Department
"Roots of the State:  Neighborhood Organization and Social Networks in Beijing and Taipei"

FEB 27, 2012 - 12-1:30


at Soc. Sci. 1, room 261

CGIRS Asian Middle Class working group

Li Zhang, UC Davis

"Privatizing Urban Governance and the Rise of Middle-Class Activism

in Postsocialist China"

MAR 5, 2012 - 3:30PM 
at the Charles E. Merrill Lounge
CGIRS/C9 Faculty Research Seminar Series
Jonathan Robinson


MAY 7, 2012 - 3:30PM 
at the Charles E. Merrill Lounge
CGIRS/C9 Faculty Research Seminar Series
Phillip Hammack, Psychology

G R A N T   D E A D L I N E S 

IGCC's Public Policy and Nuclear Threat Training Program 2012 - Deadline March 15, 2012

2012 Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Training Program
UC San Diego 
August 5-25, 2012
Application deadline: March 15, 2012

Information can also be found on the IGCC website

or viewing the documents here:


Professional Application:

Graduate Student Application:

Please contact Laura Martin, Programs Manager, with any questions  you may have.

Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC)

University of California, San Diego


phone: 858-534-2990

Research Cluster Grants:  EXTENDED Deadline February 13, 2012. 

Due to faculty requests we have extended the deadline. 

 We encourage all applications!

CGIRS is offering seed grants to new research clusters of faculty and graduate students whose focus is related to the Center’s objectives.  We seek to support interdisciplinary and innovative multi‑year projects, in collaboration with CGIRS, that will deepen and significantly enhance global, international and regional studies at UCSC.  Research clusters should consist of at least two faculty members and, ideally, one or more graduate students, with a designated faculty convener who will be respon­sible for the group's activities, expenditures and accountability.  Funds can be used for group meetings, workshops, invited speakers and undergraduate or graduate student researchers.


For a detailed RFP, with application requirements, please see Proposals should be submitted no later than 5 PM on February 13, 2012, by e-mail, to Lisa Nishioka at


If you have questions, please contact Nancy Chen (

Paul Lubeck ( or Ronnie Lipschutz (

IGCC Faculty and Graduate Student grants:  Deadline March 9, 2012

The Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation will begin accepting applications on January 31, 2012 for the following grants:


2012–2013 IGCC Dissertation Fellowships (download RFP)

2012-13 IGCC Faculty Grant Competition (download RFP)



International security in the twentyfirst century has been transformed from a stark bipolar confrontation of states and their surrogates, characteristic of the Cold War, to interactions among a wide variety of actors and institutions.  International and regional organizations, state and local government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector play unprecedented roles in shaping security—positively or negatively. Climate change and hunger, unemployment and migration, financial instability and natural resource constraints create a rapidly changing strategic environment, challenging old definitions of what security means, who is or should be involved, and what role national governments play. Local choices can have international consequences. For example, nuclear power may offer a way for nations to free themselves from the tyranny of oil and assist in addressing threats of destabilizing climate change, but the risks of diversion of nuclear material from civilian to weapons use remain high and the disaster at Fukushima has given pause to many governmental nuclear programs. Governments will soon face this more complex environment with significantly reduced budgets, forcing hard decisions as they set security priorities.  


IGCC seeks to support Ph.D. dissertations and faculty research and programming on three broad themes closely linked to this new global security dynamic. Applications must have one of these themes as an integral part of the project.  


Theme One The Changed Institutional Environment: Although national governments remain primary players in the security realm, nonstate actors like corporations and NGOs, and regional and multilateral forums have become increasingly important in managing international relations and preserving the peace.   


Examples of possible topics under this theme include: privatization of security, regional multilateral fora, measuring the effectiveness of international institutions, multilateral versus bilateral arrangements, and international legal agreements and dispute resolution mechanisms.   


Theme Two Nonconventional Threats: Although traditional military competition remains, daytoday threats in this new security dynamic generally emanate from a variety of nontraditional sources such as terrorism and international crime, bioterrorism and nuclear proliferation, climate change and epidemics that straddle borders.  


Topics under this theme include: international cooperation on health, terrorism, biosecurity, nonstate actors, global health development, nation building, democratization, climate change, and transborder environmental problems.   


Theme Three: Nuclear Threats and Public Policy: The continued interaction between the development of nuclear technology, the global expansion of nuclear energy, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons makes nuclear issues a persistent policy concern. The dangers from the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the potential diversion of fissile materials have intensified as a result of the potential for nuclear terrorism by nonstate actors. Meanwhile, existing nuclear weapon states confront conflicting agendas, on the one hand under pressure on nonproliferation and disarmament, on the other hand maintaining their deterrent capabilities as safe, secure, reliable, and credible.  


Topics under this theme include: monitoring, verification, and enforcement of nonproliferation agreements;  strengthening or reforming the international nuclear nonproliferation or safety regimes; understanding the causes or consequences of proliferation; role of nuclear weapons in contemporary deterrence and security strategies; and the effects on nuclear energy demand from externalities such as climate change, resource competition, natural disasters, or safety and security. 




The competition is open to all academic disciplines, however, in order to meet IGCC relevancy criteria,  

- the proposed research must fit into one of the three IGCC themes; and   

- the international sources and/or consequences of the phenomenon studied in the dissertation must be an  

integral part of the project.  


Multidisciplinary approaches and policyrelevant work are encouraged.   


To learn more, download the RFP (links above) and visit the IGCC website at:

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