Political Science News
UHD student Alfredo Maldanado joined Dr. Leena Thacker-Kumar in presented a paper on class conducted research for Political Science 4326. The presentation focused on examining the short and long-term impact of COVID 19 on countries in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA), most of which are plagued by fragile health care systems, failing economies, and political turmoil. In addition to further exposing and increasing the fragility of the health system, COVID19 has also been a catalyst for increase in State Control, further divisions in society between haves and have-nots, pulling out of U.S. military, and a rise in opportunities for Terrorist organizations to increase and consolidate their power. The presentation further highlighted that the impact of COVID 19, on MENA, is likely to last long after the immediate threat of the virus has been mitigated. The long- term impacts include monopolization of power by the States, increase in power by non-state actors like the terrorist organizations, and a resetting of priorities by larger powers (like the US) with reduced involvement in MENA.
UHD’s Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Peter Li, was recently interviewed by the
BBC World News on the Covid pandemic and China's wildlife policy. Dr. Li is one of a handful of American-based political science and legal scholars who study animal law, policymaking, and their impact on today's globalized society. His recent commentaries and interviews have appeared in many national and international media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, FoxNews, China National CCTV, Channel News Asia (Singapore),
National Geographic, Independent, the
New York Times, the
Washington Post, the South China Morning Post, and others. Dr. Li has also commented on U.S. policy towards North Korea and China's military policy in Houston area outlets. Most recently, on October 29, Dr. Li appeared on Singapore’s News Asia to discuss China’s 19th Party Congress.
General Consul of Poland
Students Attending "First to Fight" Presentation
From left, Dr. Ryden, Dr. Bielakowski, Dr. Linantud & Robert Rusieki
REMEMBERING THE START OF WWII
UHD is pleased to host the traveling display,
First to Fight, which recounts the start of World War II in Europe. Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Houston , the collection of over a half-dozen panels explains some of the ideological motivations that led to war though the painful legacy of Soviet occupation. The opening, on Wednesday, December 4, included two presentations on the geopolitical and military history of Poland, delivered by UHD’S Dr. John Linantud (Political Science) and Dr. Alexander Bielakowski (History). The General Consul of the Republic of Poland in Houston, Robert Rusieki, thanked UHD and provided his insight into contemporary Poland and the consequences of war in Europe; he emphasized the importance of remembering the catastrophe of WWII as a way to recall the importance of serious analysis and discussion of international affairs. The opening was sponsored by the Dr. William Brigman Endowment. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences thanks the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Houston for picking UHD to help commemorate the 80th year since the start of WWII. The panel display will remain open to the public in the Welcome Center foyer of the Girard Street building, until December 13, 2019.
The opening was sponsored by the Dr. William Brigman Endowment. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences thanks the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Houston for picking UHD to help commemorate the 80th year since the start of WWII. The panel display will remain open to the public in the Welcome Center foyer of the Girard Street building, until December 13, 2019.
hosts Animal Law Forum and signs an MOU on Academic Exchanges with Northwest China University of Law and Politics.
Political Science Honors Society
UHD's Political Science Honors Society, i.e., Pi Sigma Alpha, is to be launched soon. Interested students are encouraged to join.
To qualify, students must have:
- junior standing or higher,
- 4 political science courses with scores of B or better,
- GPA high enough to be in the upper third of their class and
- $30 membership fee.
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jason Caro (713-221-2784) or