Upcoming Events


John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture on Asian Affairs

The U.S.-South Korea Alliance:  Linchpin under Stress?, with Amb. Kathleen Stephens

Date: Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 

Time: 4:00 PM Lecture and Q&A / Reception to follow

Location: AMU 227

K StephensDescription:Ambassador (retired) Kathleen Stephens is the President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America. A diplomat in the United States Foreign Service from 1978–2015, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2008–2011. She was the first woman and first Korean-speaker to serve in that position. The event is free and open to the public. 


Getting to a Negotiated Settlement on the Korean Peninsula: A Multilateral Simulation

Date: Weds., Nov 20, 2019

Time: 5:30–8:30 PM 

Location: AMU 163

Description: Kyle Ferrier, Director of Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America, Kyle Ferrierwill lead students through a simulation of the process involved in a negotiated denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Participants will represent the United States, North Korea, South Korea, Russia, Japan, and China in a guided set of negotiations on the denuclearization of North Korea, the implementation of a peace agreement, and the development of an agreement on human security in Northeast Asia. Participation is open to all Political Science and International Affairs students. The event is free, but registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/korean-peninsula-simulation-tickets-81539527923. Because of the structure of the simulation, participants must be willing to remain throughout the event, which will end by 8:30 p.m. Take advantage of this excellent experiential learning opportunity!

Past Events 

DNC Opportunities: How to Get Involved and What You Need to Know

Date: Tuesday, October 22nd

Time: 5–6 pm

Location: AMU 227

Description: The Democratic National Convention (DNC) is being held in Milwaukee, July 13–16, 2020. This is a historic occasion and a key element of the 2020 election process. There will be many internship and volunteer opportunities for students of all disciplines. This is literally a chance to be a part of history. Join us for a night of conversation around the convention process, and why it is important for all students. Faculty and staff are also welcome. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the MU Department of Political Science and the Les Aspin Center for Government. 


What’s in a Name? Metaphors and Cybersecurity

Speaker: Jordan Branch, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Brown University 

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Time: 5–6 PM 

Location: Raynor Library Room D

Description: For more than a decade, the United States military has labeled “cyberspace” a domain of conflict, equal to land, sea, air, and outer space. How and why did this terminology emerge and become entrenched in U.S. doctrine? What are its effects? Focusing specifically on the language of cybersecurity, Prof. Branch will contrast analogies and metaphors that are used instrumentally with other metaphors, embedded in terminology, that unconsciously shape arguments and policy. In particular, he will detail the emergence and consolidation of the foundational metaphor of “cyberspace” as a new “operational domain” in U.S. strategy. Tracing the spatial connotations of this metaphor reveals three important consequences. First, it has reified the dominance of a state-security framework in cybersecurity. Second, it has been essential to expanding the role of the military. Third, specific interests within the Department of Defense have used “cyberspace” language to argue, successfully, for the creation of U.S. Cyber Command.