UW International Security Colloquium (UWISC) 2014-2015

The University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC) is the only academic colloquium devoted to international security in the Pacific Northwest. The Colloquium is interdisciplinary and open to the public and sponsors seven to nine domestic and international speakers, as well as speakers from UW faculty and students. All lectures are held Fridays from 12:00-1:20pm in the Olson Room/Gowen 1a.

UWISC is sponsored by the Severyns-Ravenholt Endowment, the Richard B. Wesley Graduate Student Fund for International Relations, the UW Political Science Department, and the Center for Global Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies.


2014 - 2015 Seminar Schedule
Chaired and organized by James Harmon, Richard B. Wesley Fellow in International Security.


UWISC web site

Please click here for the Severyns-Ravenholt 2014 - 2015 Schedule.

Please click here for a list of past talks/conferences.



Autumn Quarter 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014
Mia Bloom
, Lecturer, Professor of Security Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell
"Small Arms: The Increasing Role of Children in Terrorist Organizations"
Discussant: Meredith Loken, Ph.D. student, University of Washington

Friday, 31 October, 2014
Emily Gade, Political Science Ph.D. Student, University of Washington
"Civilian Side Choosing in Insurgency"
Discussant: Will Gohberg, Ph.D. student, University of Washington

Friday, 21 November, 2014
Brian Rathbun, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California
"Variation in Rationality in Foreign Policy Decision-Making"
Discussant: Travis Nelson, Ph.D. student, University of Washington


Winter Quarter 2015

Friday, 16 January, 2015 
Meredith Loken, Political Science Ph.D. Student, University of Washington
"Gender and Political Violence"
Discussant: Paiige Sechrest, Ph.D. student, University of Washington

Friday, 31 January, 2015  
James Harmon, Political Science Ph.D. Student, University of Washington
Imagining Perceptions in International Relations"
Discussant: Will d'Ambruoso, Ph.D. student, University of Washington

Friday, 13 February, 2015
Kristin Bakke
, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University College London
"From War-Making to State-Making in the post-Soviet de facto States"
Discussant: Emily Gade, Ph.D. student, University of Washington



Spring Quarter 2015

Friday, 17 April, 2015
Taylor Fravel
, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Active Defense: Explaining the Evolution of China's Military Strategy”
Discussant: Warren Durrett, Ph.D. student, University of Washington

Friday, 1 May, 2015
Kimberly Marten
, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College
"What if NATO Hadn't Expanded ? A Counterfactual Analysis of Russia and the West"
Discussant: Andrew Cockrell, Ph.D. student, University of Washington

Friday, 29 May, 2015
Jonathan Kirshner
, Professor of Government, Cornell College
"Classical Realism in World Politics"
Discussant: James Harmon, Ph.D. student, University of Washington