IGCC in the News

Work by IGCC researchers frequently makes the news.

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Xi Jinping Remakes the Military: Domestically Acquiescent, Externally Emboldened

A recent article by IGCC Director Tai Ming Cheung is part of a China Focus series of expert briefings on the upcoming 19th Party Congress. Cheung will be a speaker at two events in October hosted by the 21st Century China Center.

Osher Distinguished Lecture Features IGCC Research Director Eli Berman

IGCC Research Director Eli Berman was the featured speaker on January 17, 2017. Berman spoke on his work on development assistance through the Empirical Studies of Conflict project and the implications for ISIS and Syria. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego, the Osher Distinguished Lecture Series features speakers on newsworthy issues followed by animated Q&A sessions with Osher members.

View the program on UCTV. 

Carnegie Corporation of New York Supports UC San Diego-Hosted International Talks on Northeast Asia

IGCC's Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue is highlighted in this UC San Diego News Center story.


New Working Paper Suggests That Science Superstars May Hold Back Entry to Their Fields

The death of an elite scientist has a negative and seemingly permanent impact on the productivity of coauthors, but the productivity of non-collaborators within the same fields appears to increase. In their NBER working paper "Does Science Advance One Funeral at a Time?," coauthors Pierre Azoulay, Christian Fons-Rosen, and IGCC Research Director Joshua Graff Zivin "explore the effect that the passing of an eminent scientist exerts on the dynamics of growth—or decline—for the fields in which s/he was active while alive." Using a pool of researchers in the life sciences, the researchers delineate the indirect mechanisms by which elite scientists and their sphere regulate entry to their field and when and why "outsiders" might feel comfortable in bringing new ideas to the table. 


Study: Elite Scientists Can Hold Back Science. Vox.com.


IGCC DIssertation Fellow Arman Rezaee Wins Poster Prize at NEUDC 2015

The Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference is a major forum in development economics. The November 7-8, 2015 conference featured 53 sessions on topics ranging from health and education to migration and conflict.  Rezaee, a PhD candiate in economics at UC San Diego, won for his poster "Crowdsourcing Government Accountability: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan." His project uses a cellphone-based information clearinghouse to monitor the performance of veterinarians in rural Pakistan. 

Cover of China and Cybersecurity book

Review of New Book by IGCC Researchers

Nicholas Gordon reviews China and Cybersecurity: Espionage, Strategy, and Politics in the Digital Domain, Jon R. Lindsay, Tai Ming Cheung, Derek S. Reveron (eds) (Oxford University Press, April 2015) for the Asian Review of BooksRead the review.of China and Cybersecurity
September 26, 2015


Review: China and Cybersecurity: Espionage, Strategy, and Politics in the Digital Domain, thediplomat.com


Book cover, A Scientific Peak by Joseph Bassi

NEW Book by PPNT Alum Joe Bassi

In A Scientific Peak (American Meteorological Society, 2015), Bassi tells the story of how Boulder, Colorado, became a center of space and atmospheric science research in the 1940s to 1950s. Dr. Joseph Bassi (Lt. Col., USAF, ret.)  is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Economics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide. 

NEW Book by PPNT Alum Nicola Horsburgh
March 31, 2015
China and the Global Nuclear Order: From Estrangement to Active Engagement examines Chinese nuclear weapons behavior and its impact on global nuclear politics since 1949. Dr. Nicola Horsburgh is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and an alumna of IGCC's Public Policy and Nuclear Threats program. More information.

How Empirical Studies of Political Violence (Can) Help Policymakers
March 16, 2015
Monkey Cage blog, Washington Post
"If a larger portion of antiterrorism budgets were devoted to evaluation, we would have better information to guide policymakers and a better chance at decreasing violence," according to members of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. Researchers Eli Berman, Joseph Felter, Ethan Kapstein, and Jake Shapiro respond to a critique of terrorism research by Anthony Biglan. Full article 

China Dream, Space Dream: New Report by Kevin Pollpeter Released by the U.S.-China Commission
March 6, 2015
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission released "China Dream, Space Dream: China's Progress in Space Technologies and Implications for the United States" this week. The report, authored by IGCC's Kevin Pollpeter with the assistance of Eric Anderson, Jordan Wilson, and Fan Yang, has already generated a response in the Chinese press. Pollpeter testified before the Commission on February 18 of this year.

Download the report (PDF)

Challenges and Opportunities in an Interconnected World: A Conversation with Admiral Michael Rogers
February 5, 2015

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From Cornell to Qualcomm: Irwin Jacobs Talks About His Illustrious Career
January 1, 2015
Speaking to a capacity crowd, Irwin Jacobs delivered the fourth Herb York Memorial Lecture in mid-December at UC San Diego. The lecture was organized by IGCC and sponsored by the York family. IGCC Director Tai Ming Cheung is quoted.

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IGCC Researcher Speaks to ETRAC on Chinese Technology
Oct 9, 2014

SITC Deputy Director Kevin Pollpeter spoke to the Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee (ETRAC), which met October 23 and 24, 2014, at UC San Diego. The committee advises the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration on emerging technology and research activities, including those related to deemed exports.

SITC Summer Workshop on Technological Innovation and National Security in China
Aug 22, 2014

This birds-eye view from one of the participants showcases one of IGCC’s summer training programs. Author Jack Zhang is pursuing his PhD in political science at UC San Diego. Read his blog post at China Focus.

Experts Weigh in on China’s High and New Technology Enterprise (HNTE)
July 17, 2014

The sixth U.S.-China Innovation Dialogue wrapped up in Washington, D.C. in July. A report by U.S. experts Eric Chun, Peter Cowhey, and Jimmy Goodrich on China’s High and New Technology Enterprise (HNTE) for the Dialogue is now available, as is a report by the Chinese experts.

HNTE program findings, July 2014

HNTE report from U.S. experts, July 2014

HNTE report from Chinese experts, July 2014

IGCC in Line to Receive Another Minerva Initiative Award
May 23, 2014


The Development and Conflict Research Group at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive a five-year grant from the Minerva Initiative. Professor Eli Berman of the Economics Department will lead this effort in collaboration with researchers at major universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Researchers will study how a country like the United States works with local allies to address a shared threat in a dynamic setting. Using a number of cases in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. They will examine how one uses a variety of tactics, including development assistance, and how tax revenue sharing and local politics affect the relationship between allies.

“We feel very proud and fortunate that IGCC researchers have again been recognized by the Minerva program, which is extremely competitive. The grant will support fresh, innovative research by faculty and graduate students, mostly here at UCSD,” commented Berman. “International research of this type is logistically challenging. We appreciate the ongoing support provided by the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, the Division of Social Sciences, the Office of Research Affairs, our Institutional Review Board, and most of all our staff at IGCC, in enabling our work.”

Meyer Team Named Finalists in Telecom Italia Big Data Challenge 2014
Mar 27, 2014
David Meyer and his team are finalists in the data analytics track in the Telecom Italia Big Data Challenge 2014. The team’s project is one of ten selected from a field of 652 from around the globe. Awards will be announced in early April. Meyers’ team includes UC San Diego graduate students Rex Douglass, Dongjin Song, and David Rideout and IGCC researcher Megha Ram.


IGCC Receives $500,000 from Carnegie for Work in NE Asia
Oct 16, 2013
The University of California, San Diego has received three significant gifts and grants totaling $2.1 million to support research on domestic and foreign policy, as well as security in China and Northeast Asia, including $500,000 to the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation for the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a long-time supporter of IGCC’s work. Carnegie also provided $600,000 to the 21st Century China Program at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, where IGCC is housed. More.
New Paper Finds Link Between Contaminated Water and Low Birth-Weight Babies
Oct 8, 2013
Pregnant women living in areas with contaminated drinking water may be more likely to have babies that are premature or with low birth weights (considered less than 5.5 pounds), according to a study based at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
The study shows that the effects of contaminated water—which include numerous cognitive and developmental impairments—are particularly significant for babies born to less-educated mothers. These mothers also are less likely to uproot from areas with contaminated water, which, the authors note, suggests a need for serious improvement in terms of communicating with people living in such environs. The findings were published in the Canadian Journal of Economics in August. Collaborators on the project include Janet Currie (Princeton), Matthew Neidell (Columbia), Katherine Meckel (Columbia), Wolfram Schlenker (Columbia), and Josh Graff Zivin (UC San Diego and IGCC).


International Conference on Northeast Asia Maritime Safety and Cooperation
Sep 20, 2012.
IGCC to Host 23rd Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue
Sep 20, 2012
Tai Ming Cheung Appointed New Director of IGCC
Aug 2, 2012
Tai Ming Cheung has been appointed director of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), a multi-campus research unit (MRU) located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego. IGCC focuses on security and nuclear proliferation and examines how policy affects the state of conflict and peace. Full story.


Paper by IGCC Post-Doc Jon Lindsay Wins Prize from IEEE
Nov 6, 2011
IGCC’s Jon Lindsay has won the IEEE Life Members’ Prize in Electrical History from the Society for the History of Technology for his paper “War Upon the Map: User Innovation in American Military Software.” The prize is awarded annually to the best paper in the history of electrotechnology—power, electronics, telecommunications, and computer science—published during the preceding year. Lindsay’s paper was published in the journal Technology and Culture 51:619-651 (2010). Lindsay is a postdoctoral researcher with the Project on the Study of Innovation and Technology in China run by IGCC.
Stanton Nuclear Fellows Have IGCC Ties
Nov 3, 2011
IGCC Partners with University in Kabul in Unique Behavioral Lab
Sep 1, 2011
The PPNT Tradition Remains Strong at IGCC
Aug 17, 2011
First UC San Diego Chancellor Leading Architect of U.S. National Security Institutions
Jun 23, 2011
An Assistant Secretary of Defense will pay tribute to UC San Diego’s first chancellor, Herbert F. York, as an architect of some of the most important U.S. national security institutions for research and development during the inaugural presentation in a lecture series named in York’s honor. Full story.
DPRK Officials Visit UC San Diego as Part of Economic Study Tour
May 1, 2011
Ten economic officials and two diplomats from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea paid an historic educational visit to the United States, organized by IGCC Director Susan Shirk. Full story.