GPIA Professor Shares Opinions on FIFA’s Corruption

Jacobs_SeanGPIA Professor Sean Jacobs is the founder of Africa is a Country, a organization that deliberately challenge and destabilize received wisdom about the African continent and its people in Western media. His most recent opinion piece published in Al Jazeera America is about the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) the international governing body of soccer. FIFA officials were recently arrested on corruption charges– Professor Jacobs argues that the global south should not be blamed for FIFA’s corruption. He writes:

“FIFA’s current format means a vote from Cameroon or Peru weighs as heavily as one from England or the United States. This is as it should be. But if soccer belongs to everybody, so too does greed and criminality. And FIFA’s skulduggery only resonates as part of a wider cultural story that’s full of assumptions about who should have influence, and who shouldn’t. […]

“There are precious few clean hands in football. Anyone who follows European or American soccer can readily recite a lengthy list of shyster administrators and rogue officials that have plagued the game at all levels — from the Calciopoli matchfixing scandal in Italy, to Glasgow Rangers’ bankruptcy (and the tax convictions of its new chairman), to Aaron Davidson, head of the North American Soccer League, who was indicted for bribery on Wednesday.

“Somehow, despite the evidence, the myth persists that chicanery obtains to some regions and not to others.”

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GPIA Professor Appointed Distinguished Visiting Fellow

sakiko_fukudaGPIA professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the at the Research Institute of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA-RI), a think tank associated with the government of Japan’s aid agency. As a research institute affiliated with a development agency, JICA-RI’s work is both policy- and operations-oriented, carried out together with various operational and academic organizations and other professionals committed to international development. Fukuda-Parr will be working with them on historical evolution of norms in Japan’s development aid policy.  



Revisited: Richard Wolff on Greek Austerity

RW1On May 6, as part of the Development Thought and Policy series, Professor Richard Wolff addressed a captive audience watching in person and online. His message: “what is happening in global capitalism and where it’s going is something to become very worried about.” Although the event was ostensibly centered on the Greek debt crisis and resulting austerity, his argument was much wider reaching. From Detroit to Athens to Berlin, the picture he painted was grim: rising consumer debt, stagnant real wages, and the decoupling of capitalism from its native locales. In order to prevent future default, argued Professor Wolff, western European banks and their governments are being extraordinarily harsh on Greek debtors, with the true price being paid by the Greek people: in January the Guardian reported that 200,000 young Greeks had left the country in search of work.




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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. McCandless Participates in Global Peacebuilding Policy Processes

erin-pictureDr. McCandless has participated in and presented papers in numerous high-level policy forums and discussions in May, across areas of peacebuilding, statebuilding and security and development. These have included:

–  The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding: Abidjan, Ivory Coast (May 21-25)

–  OECD-DAC International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), meeting on the achievements of Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goal (PSG) 1: on inclusive and legitimate politics (May 19)

–  Stockholm Forum on Security and Development (May 12-13).

–  United Nations and SDG Goal 16, Vienna (May 6-7)




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NYC Needs to Scrap How it Thinks About Garbage

anaProfessor Ana Baptista was quoted in an article on discussing how New York City can achieve its “zero waste” goal.

The closest incinerator that receives New York’s garbage is across the Hudson River in Newark, where local residents have been fighting it for years. They recently settled a lawsuit requiring Covanta to install a more advanced filter on the plant, but hope to ultimately eliminate the need for it altogether.

“The more trash we can get out of the New York City export system, the more we can starve these incinerators,” says Ana Baptista, a local activist and assistant professor at the New School. “Incinerators are not effective ways to get rid of garbage if you don’t have a lot of garbage.”

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