International Affairs is launching Conversations on Global Justice. These monthly discussions via Zoom will bring awareness and understanding on free and fair elections to different regions of the world. Experts will provide context, nuance, and scholarship to guide the conversations. 

KU has nearly 2.000 international students with varied lived experiences and even more Jayhawks with a commitment to social justice. We have all the ingredients for robust conversations on global justice. At the end of each session, participants can access additional resources and action items for those interested. In the time of Zoom, we are looking for ways to interact and build community. 


Conversations on Global Justice: Sustainability
Wednesday, February 24 | 4:00 – 5:00pm

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Conversations on Global Justice: Free and Fair Elections

How does the rise of autocratic rule throughout the world impact elections? What happens when laws and institutions are manipulated to undermine democratic principles? How do we ensure transparent, inclusive, and fair elections? Dr. Mike Wuthrich, assistant professor of political science and associate director of the Center for Global and International Studies, will examine participatory elections on a global scale.  We will discuss questions on justice, inclusion, and fairness when it comes to elections.

Dr. Wuthrich received his PhD in Political Science from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey in 2011.  His interests are Middle East politics, particularly Turkish, Kurdish, and Iranian politics, parties and party systems, electoral behavior, religion and politics, women and politics in Turkey, and nationalism. His book National Elections in Turkey: People, Politics, and the Party System was published in July 2015 with Syracuse University Press.


Conversations on Global Justice: Free and Fair Elections

How is Russia interfering in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, and how will a Biden or Trump win impact U.S.-Russian relations going forward? KU alumnus Dr. Steven Mutz will discuss the U.S.-Russian relationship to provide a fuller understanding of Russia and what it seeks to gain from meddling in the upcoming election.

Dr. Steven Mutz received his Ph. D. in Political Science at the University of Kansas in 2020. His academic interests are interdisciplinary in nature and center around the disciplines of International Relations, American and European history, and nationalism--particularly identity politics, the uses of political memory, mythology, in nostalgia in political messaging and propaganda, and great power competition.


Conversations on Global Justice: Free and Fair Elections
U.S. election and U.S.-China Relations

Dr. John James Kennedy is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies. He has consistently returned to China to conduct research on rural politics since 1995, and he is also co-founder of the Northwest Socioeconomic Development Research Center (NSDRC) at Northwest University, Xian, China. His research is on local governance and topics include local elections, tax and fee reform, rural education, health care and the cadre management system. Professor Kennedy recently published a book with his colleague Professor Shi Yaojiang Lost and Found: the "Missing Girls" in Rural China (Oxford University Press, 2019). He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis in 2002.


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