University of Pittsburgh
March 21, 2010

Pitt to Host March 26 Colloquium on Globalization and Natural Resources

Inaugural International Political Economy Colloquium to be hosted by Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs will host the inaugural International Political Economy Colloquium beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 26, at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 700 Frank Curto Dr., Oakland. Participating scholars will present research pertaining to the colloquium's theme, Globalization and Natural Resources.

The conservation and management of natural resources are increasingly global concerns. At the colloquium, scholars will address the shortcomings in the management of diminishing resources and analyze how both international economics and international politics affect natural resources.

Admission is free; however, prior registration is requested at ikb1@pitt.edu. For more information, contact Elisabeth Hilf at 412-648-7608 or elm70@pitt.edu

The following titled presentations will take place during the colloquium:

"Resource Curse in Reverse: How Civil Wars Influence Natural Resource Production;"

"Openness and Natural Resource Management;"

"Endogenous Natural Resource Endowments: Rethinking the 'Political' Resource Curse;"

"Towards an Alternative Explanation for the Resource Curse: Natural Resources, Immigration, and Democratization;"

"Political Risk, Reputation, and the Resource Curse;"

"Banking on Oil: The World Bank's Role in Promoting Natural Resource Exploitation;"

"Environmental Regulation in the Shadow of International Trade Law;" and

"Can Preferential Trade Agreements Save Lives? Openness and the Politics of Potable Water"

The following scholars will present at the colloquium: David Bearce, associate professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh; Sarah M. Brooks, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Ohio State University; Nancy E. Brune, director of research and policy, Institute for Security Studies, University of Nevada; James A. Caporaso, professor, Department of Political Science, University of Washington; Benjamin J. Cohen, professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara; Nathan M. Jensen, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis; Marcus J. Kurtz, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Ohio State University; Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, associate professor, Department of Political Science, University of Iowa; Irfan Nooruddin, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Ohio State University; Dennis Quinn, professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; Ronald Rogowski, professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; Peter Rosendorff, associate professor, The Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University; Nita Rudra, associate professor, Graduate School for Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh; Cameron Thies, associate professor, Department of Political Science, University of Iowa; and Johannes Urpelainen, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University.

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