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Kristen Looney is an assistant professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she teaches courses on Chinese politics. Dr. Looney completed her PhD in Government at Harvard University in 2012. Trained as a comparative political scientist, her research focuses on the politics of rural development in East Asia. Her dissertation examines the relative success or failure of rural development policies in China (2000s), Taiwan (1950s-1970s) and South Korea (1950s-1970s), and advances a theory that specifies the varying contributions of land reform, farmers’ organizations and campaigns in rural development. Dr. Looney’s graduate work was sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Blakemore Foundation, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. Dr. Looney holds a B.A. from Wellesley College in Chinese Studies. She is fluent in Chinese and has some training in Korean language as well.

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The latest issue of Faith Complex, featuring in the Chronicle of Higher Education, featuring an interview with Dr. Tawfik Hamid, an Egyptian-born Muslim who in his youth joined the ranks of the radical Islamist group Jamaa Islamiya (JI). While floating in those circles in the late 1970s he made the acquaintance of one Ayman al-Zawahiri, currently the leader of Al Qaeda.

Click to watch the video and hear Hamid's views on Islamic groups in the Arab world and the Arab Spring.

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SFS Dean Carol Lancaster was recently part of a panel entitled "Is Foreign Aid Worth the Cost?" at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Woodrow Wilson Center's blog New Security Beat summed up some of Dean Lancaster's statements, saying:

Lancaster listed four vulnerabilities in the future course of U.S. foreign aid that should be avoided, including trying to merge our various interests through the State and Defense Departments with our aid programs in countries like Pakistan, where the institutions are weak and corrupt; the danger of creating an entitlement dependency through funding of HIV/AIDS drugs, where we will be guilty of causing deaths if we reduce funding; the danger of attempting to undertake too many initiatives at once, such as food aid, global health, climate change, and science and technology innovations, while simultaneously trying to reform the infrastructure of USAID; and trying too hard to demonstrate results from aid given the difficulty of disentangling causes and effects and gauging success over too short a time frame.

Read more about the panel on foreign aid, or watch the video at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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SFS Professor Bruce Hoffman and Dr. Sarah Fainberg discussed the implications of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden on both the Islamic world and the United States. Watch this episode of Faith Complex below or at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Find out more about the Master of Arts in Asian Studies Program by watching our video information session.

For application requirements, visit http://asianstudies.georgetown.edu/academics/requirements/application/

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Director of the Program for Jewish Civilzation Jacques Berlinerblau wrote in The Chronicle for Higher Education Brainstorm blog:

I invite you to watch this video, which features a beautiful, live vocal performance (trust me on this) by the folk singer ellen cherry. Prior to singing for us, Ms. cherry discussed the influence of her Catholic upbringing on her art. One is always delighted to meet young musicians as articulate as they are talented.

Ms. cherry was interviewed by one of my students, Ms. Alexa West. Here at the Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University, we are singularly focused on developing our students’ talents. Truth be told, not much development was needed for the gifted Ms. West, whose camera readiness we all discovered when she was producing some interviews for our work with The Washington Post.

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Cameron Campbell is a Professor of Sociology at UCLA. In the last of the East Asia NRC's Public Health in Asia event series for the 2010-2011 academic year, Professor Campbell introduces the new publicly available population database, China Multi-Generational Panel Dataset.

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/CMGPD/index.jsp

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SFS' Jacques Berlinerblau -- director of the Program for Jewish Civilization -- and Sally Quinn of the Washington Post discuss the religious implications of the current unrest in Syria and Egypt.

Both countries have experienced intense disorder during this “Arab Spring,” and in both nations religious minorities, particularly Christians, are gravely concerned about their future.

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In 2009, Rabba Sara Hurwitz became the first woman to be officially ordained as a rabba within Orthodox Judaism. Rabba Hurwitz discusses her experiences with host Sarah Fainberg in the most recent episode of Faith Complex.

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SFS' Jacques Berlinerblau -- director of the Program for Jewish Civilization -- and Sally Quinn of the Washington Post discuss the significance of President Obama's Easter prayer service remarks in the latest episode of The God Vote. Click through to watch.

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