Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs comprises more than 70 full-time faculty and more than 200 adjunct faculty, scholars, and practitioners. All have distinguished themselves in research and leadership in the policy world, and have produced scholarship in a wide variety of subjects, including international relations, democratization, elections, demography, and social policy.

October 2019|Strategic Analysis|Cynthia Roberts

The BRICS in the Era of Renewed Great Power Competition

September 2019|German Marshall Fund of the United States|Anya Schiffrin, Ellen Goodman

On both sides of the Atlantic, governments, foundations, and companies are looking at how to solve the problem of online dis/misinformation. Some emphasize the demand side of the problem, believing it important to focus on consumer behavior and the use of media literacy and fact-checking. Some focus on legal remedies such as platform-liability and hate-speech laws as well as privacy protections. Meanwhile, others try to raise the quality of journalism and support local news in the hope that creating more reliable content will be a counterweight to the dis/misinformation found online.

In short, there are myriad solutions aimed at addressing the problem of online dis/misinformation. This study looks at one kind of fix: the small companies in the information ecosystem that use natural language processing as well as human intelligence to identify and, in some cases, block false or inflammatory content online. This paper examines thirteen such companies, most of which are building solutions to identify false information online through a combination of people and natural language processing. Nascent and not yet widespread, these businesses are seeking to find new commercial applications for their products and, in some cases, hoping to entice the social media platforms to buy them out.

September 2019|The Routledge Handbook on Transitional Governance|Adam Day, David M. Malone

Contextualising Conflict-Related Transitional Governance since 1989

September 2019|Social Science Computer Review|Anya Schiffrin, Karolina Koc-Michalska, Anamaria Lopez, Shelley Boulianne, Bruce Bimber

The gender dynamics of political discussion are important. These dynamics shape who shares their political views and how they share their views and reactions to these views. Using representative survey data from the United States and the UK, we investigate how social media platforms shape the gender dynamics of political posting. We also examine the concept of “mansplaining”—a term used to describe a patronizing form of communication directed at women by men.We argue that the possibility of being mansplained affects who is willing to post their opinions online, and as such, caution should be exercised when using digital trace data to represent public opinion.

September 2019|Columbia Journal of International Arbitration|Merit E. Janow, Damien Neven, Petros C. Mavroidis
September 2019|The Oxford Handbook on the International Law of Global Security|Adam Day, David M. Malone

The UN’s Role in Shaping Global Security Law

August 2019|Chinese Strategic Intentions: White Paper |Cynthia Roberts

Avoid Allowing Opponents to ‘Beat America at Its Own Game’: Ensuring US Financial and Currency Power

August 2019|LIT Verlag|Horst Fischer, Helen Ahrens, Verónica Gómez, Manfred Nowak
July 2019|Alchemist|Rachel Harvey

Genteel Fair Play: The Culture of the London Gold Market

June 2019|Cambridge University Press|Maria Victoria Murillo, Daniel Brinks, Steven Levitsky

Understanding Institutional Weakness: Power and Design in Latin American Institutions

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