News 2001

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Decemer 17, 2001

  • Can the President Terminate the ABM Treaty?

    Separation of powers and foreign affairs law expert Michael Ramsey addresses this question, looking at the scope of the President's foreign affairs powers. Click HERE.

December 4, 2001

  • General (retired) Wesley Clark will give the ISD Annual Trainor Lecture entitled "The United States and Globalization: Strategy for Success." As Supreme Allied Commander Europe in overall command of NATO forces from 1997-2000, General Clark led contingents representing 37 allied and other nations to success in Kosovo in NATO's first major military operation. It is anticipated that his talk will reflect his experiences in the Balkans as well as his more recent role as a featured CNN commentator on the war against terrorism. Q & A will follow. For information contact Charles at 202-965-5735 X3010 or
  • The National Press Club CyberCocktail Lecture Series presents "The State of Cybersecurity" Thursday, ecember 6, 2001 Panel Forum - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Event is $10 per person (free for NPC members). To reserve call the National Press Club -- 202-662-7501, or email (Email/phone
    call is considered confirmation) National Press Club 529 14th St., NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC National Press Club - or (202) 662-7564.
  • "U.S. National Security Policy Issues" December 11-12, 2001. In the wake of the terrorist attacks, this annual seminar is being completely revamped and updated to address the new issues and altered national security priorities. Space is limited. <>
  • The General Accounting Office (GAO) has posted these two pages of "special collections" of use to those following the news about terrorism and airport security measures. The page collecting releases on terrorism holds links to reports going back to a 1980 release, "Assessment of Various Aspects of This Nation's Nuclear Safeguards," and one from 1981, "Federal Electrical Emergency Preparedness Is Inadequate," though reports are not available in .pdf format until those dated from 1987. The page on airport security covers reports beginning with the 1983 "Safety at the Navy's Seal Beach, CA, Weapons Station Has Improved" and the 1987 "Aviation Security: FAA Preboard Passenger Screening Test Results." All reports on this page are available in .pdf format. Both pages collect a wealth of reports, making them easily accessible for researchers and interested members of the general public. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. <>

June 25, 2001

May 30, 2001

  • The Network of Border Economics/Red de la Economia Fronteriza is proud to announce its First International Research Forum, "The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in the 21st Century," which will be held on Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd in Tijuana, Baja California.

May 2, 2001

  • On Monday, April 30, 2001, from noon to 2 p.m. the Carnegie Endowment's International Migration Policy Program will host a luncheon discussion on "Making Sense of the Citizenship Debate." Our panelists will include the editors of a newly released volume, entitled "Citizenship Today: Global Perspectives and Practices," T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Douglas B. Klusmeyer, both with the Endowment's International Migration Policy Program; and contributors Vicki Jackson, Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, and Linda Bosniak, Professor of Law at the Rutgers University School of Law. The discussion will be moderated by Doris Meissner, former Commissioner of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, and now with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Copies of the volume will be available for purchase, at discount, at this event. RSVP to Violet Lee, at (202) 939-2279 "A Portrait of Race and Ethnicity in California: A Window on America's Future"

      Monday, April 30, noon to 1:30 p.m.
      B-354 Rayburn House Office Building
      Washington, D.C.
      Speaker: Belinda Reyes, Public Policy Institute of California
      Sponsored by the Population Resource Center and the California Institute for Federal Policy Research.
      RSVP to or (202) 546-3700.

    "A World of Refugees: Between Anguish and Hope" lecture by the Rev. Mark Raper, former international director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Thursday, May 3, 4:30 p.m. Intercultural Center, Georgetown University Sponsored by the university's Institute for the Study of International Migration RSVP to (202) 687-2258 or "Filipino Immigrants and their Churches: Helping Shape the New San Francisco Community" A conference sponsored by The Religion and Immigration Project (TRIP), University of San Francisco

      May 4, 2001
      12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
      Free Public Conference

      For more information, contact Lorrie Ranck at (415) 422-5107 or or visit TRIP website at

    • In July, the Academic Network of Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe (the Odysseus Network) is conducting a European Summer School program in Brussels on "European Union Law and Policy on Immigration and Asylum." The application deadline in June 1. For complete information, go to:

    March 28, 2001


    Study Finds 30-Year Decline in Income, Home Ownership, and Citizenship

    Contact: Steven A. Camarota

    (202) 466-8185,

    As the newly released results of the 2000 Census have shown, America's population has become increasingly diverse. The extent to which immigrants are being successfully incorporated into the economic and social life of the United States has never been more important. Over the last three decades the nation's immigrant population has tripled in size to about 30 million.

    The Center for Immigration Studies will release a study on Wednesday which finds that each successive wave of immigrants over the past 30 years has done worse than the one preceding it. As a result, today's established immigrants (those who have lived in the country between 10 and 20 years) are much poorer, less likely to be homeowners, and less likely to have become citizens than established immigrants in the past.

    The report will be on line at the Center's site, The Center is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization which examines and critiques the impact of immigration on the United States. It is not affiliated with any other organization.

    March 14, 2001

    • On Thursday, March 15, 2001, from noon to 1:30 p.m., the Institute for the Study of International Migration of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University will host: Rethinking Forced Migration Studies in the Context of Globalization and Transnationalism with Stephen Castles, Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford The lecture will take place in Room 141 of the Intercultural Center (ICC) on Georgetown’s main campus. Brown bag lunch. R.S.V.P. to Cherry Davis:, or 687-2258.
    • On Wednesday, March 21, from noon to 2 p.m., at the National Press Club in Washington, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) will host a luncheon where it will release a new report, "Reforming Immigration: Helping Meet America's Need for a Skilled Workforce." Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), new chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, will deliver the keynote address. RSVP is required; for information, call (202) 296-5860. CED's immigration project is described at:
    • On March 30, the Inter-American Dialogue and the North American Committee of the National Policy Association will host a conference in Washington on "Relaunching the North American Agenda," which will include a session entitled "The New North American Agenda - Migration." Speakers in that session will include: Robert Bach, Rockefeller Foundation (invited) Demetrios Papademetriou, Carnegie Endowment for Int'l Peace Rafael Fernandez de Castro, dean, Dept. of Int'l Studies, ITAM Joan Atkinson, Asst. Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Moderator: Peter Hakim, president, Inter-American Dialogue. There is a fee for attendance. For more information, call Joan Anderson, or (202) 884-7629.
    • The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University Of California-San Diego will host the following research seminars and conferences during the Spring quarter. All papers presented at these seminars can be downloaded, within one week of the event, at -- go to "Publications/Working Papers." All events will be held in the Deutz Seminar Room of the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD campus. Unless otherwise noted, these seminars and conferences are open to all. A light lunch will be served at all events. For directions, go to
    • Tuesday, April 3 (noon-2 p.m.), Research Seminar: IMMIGRATION POLICY, ASSIMILATION OF IMMIGRANTS, AND NATIVES’ ATTITUDES TOWARD IMMIGRANTS: SURVEY EVIDENCE FROM 12 OECD COUNTRIES Thomas Bauer (Senior Economist and Research Associate, Institute For the Study of Labor, Bonn, Germany)
    • Tuesday, April 17 (noon-4 p.m.), Symposium: THE STATE OF MIGRANT LABOR IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES: THEN AND NOW Wayne Cornelius (Director, CCIS), organizer-moderator. Six Leading scholars and a migrants' rights advocate will discuss the past and present challenges facing Mexican and Central American migrant farm workers in California, Oregon, and Washington state. Issues include migrants' changing relations with employers, labor contractors, and labor unions; migrant housing problems; the ways in which undocumented immigration status affects migrants' access to jobs and terms of employment. This event is part of UCSD's first annual Cesar Chavez state holiday observance, sponsored by the UCSD Chancellor. If you plan to attend, e-mail or call (858) 822-4447.
    • Thursday, April 19 (noon-2 p.m.), Research Seminar: THE ROLE OF HUMAN AND SOCIAL CAPITAL IN PERPETUATING INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION Rene Zenteno (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiors de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, Mexico)
    • Tuesday, April 24 (noon-3 p.m.), Panel Discussion: GROUNDING TRANSNATIONAL LIVES: A DIALOGUE Gail Mummert (Visiting Research Fellow, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies; Professor of Anthropology, El Colegio de Michoacan, Mexico), organizer-moderator. Drawing upon case studies reflecting the uniqueness of transnational lives, panelists will discuss the transnational social fields (domestic, educational, religious, leisure, etc.) within which individuals operate and engage in identity politics. Participants will discuss the specificities of how lives unfold and the nature of commitments, interests, and ties across borders.
    • Tuesday, May 1 (noon-2 p.m.), Research Seminar: WHY AND HOW DO GOVERNMENTS USE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN ETHNICALLY PLURAL STATES? Kamal Sadiq (Visiting Research Fellow, CCIS; Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of Chicago)
    • Tuesday, May 15 (noon-2 p.m.), Research Seminar: THE SHIFTING ROLE OF THE COURTS IN U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY REFORM Valerie Hunt (Visiting Research Fellow, CCIS; Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of Washington )
    • Tuesday, May 29 (noon-2 p.m.), Research Seminar: MEXICAN IMMIGRANT WOMEN’S NARRATIVES OF PROBLEMATIC COMMUNICATION Ana Maria Relano Pastor (Visiting Research Fellow, CCIS; Ph.D. candidate in linguistics, Universidad de Granada, Spain)
    • Tuesday, June 5 (noon-2 p.m.), Research Seminar: SAFE HAVEN: INTERNATIONAL LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY, AND U.S. REFUGEE POLICY Idean Salehyan (political scientist; Staff Research Associate, CCIS)
  • On May 17-18, the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank will host a conference in Washington on "Remittances as a Development Tool." The session topics will be:
    General Overview of the Economic Role of Remittances
    Reducing the Cost of Transferring Remittances
    Perspectives from Formal Financial Institutions
    Connecting Global & Local: An Institutional Challenge
    Migrant Capital and Productive Investment
    Potential Role of Remittances in Microfinance

    There is a fee for the conference. For more information, contact Pedro de Vasconcelos at (202) 942-8171 or More on the Multilateral Investment Fund is on line at:

  • February 13, 2001

    First Circuit Agrees with NELF and Rejects Parens Patriae Standing for Foreign Countries

    Following an OSHA investigation which uncovered substandard working conditions at the DeCoster Egg Farm, several of the Farm’s migrant workers sued in federal court in Maine for discriminatory treatment, violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and common law breach of contract and fraud. The Mexican government was the primary sponsor of this litigation, purporting to sue in its capacity as parens patriae. The trial court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss Mexico, ruling that Mexico lacked standing because the parens patriae doctrine does not apply to foreign nations. A separate judgment was entered to allow Mexico to appeal. NELF (New England Legal Foundation) filed an amicus brief in the First Circuit and contended that the extension of parens patriae standing to foreign nations will cause unnecessary lawsuits with recoveries perhaps going to dictatorial states rather than to victims of discrimination. NELF also argued that the Supreme Court cases that established the doctrine implied that parens patriae standing was granted to resolve matters judicially between states when such matters would

    be resolved diplomatically or militarily between fully sovereign nations. The First Circuit agreed that the doctrine had not been extended to foreign nations and affirmed. In its opinion, the Court acknowledged "with appreciation" the amicus brief filed by

    NELF and that of an amicus supporting Mexico’s position. (Estados Unidos Mexicanos v. DeCoster)

    February 8, 2001

    • The failure of U.S. banks and regulators to track transactions with foreign banks enables criminals to route billions of dollars from drug sales, Internet gambling, tax evasion or other illegal activities into the United States each year, a new Senate subcommittee report concludes.

    January 26, 2001

    • Mexico's Fox to discuss trade, immigration with Bush Bloomberg

    Mexican President Vicente Fox said he plans to discuss immigration, trade, drug trafficking and energy at a meeting with President George W. Bush next month, the U.S. leader's first scheduled foreign visit. No formal agenda has been set for the Feb. 16 meeting at Fox's ranch in the central state of Guanajuato, he said.

    The discussions are likely to set the tone for U.S.-Mexican relations under the newly elected former governor of Texas, which has the biggest share of the 1,936-mile border between the two nations. The U.S. is Mexico's largest trading partner, while Mexico ranks second with the U.S.

    The meeting will be overshadowed by concerns of a slowing U.S. economy. U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan yesterday said U.S. growth has virtually evaporated. And Fox said he wants stronger ties with European business to offset a dependence on the U.S.

    ``If the U.S. economy slowed down, that will reduce growth in Mexico,'' Fox said at a press conference during the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum. ```We think we can replace if not all, part of that decrease'' by boosting trade with Europe and investment from that region. Fox said he wants to see more European investment in Mexico and wants to open electricity generation, natural gas, petrochemicals and other areas to new investment. He also plans to visit Asia later this year to attract new investment from that region.

    One incentive that could bring investment is a plan by the Mexican President to gradually lower income tax. ``Our proposal is to begin to reduce income tax gradually, so we can facilitate investment and promote growth and expansion of business,'' Fox said.

    Separately, Fox said his government is ready to try to negotiate a peace agreement with rebels in the state of Chiapas who staged a brief uprising in January 1994 to protest the treatment of the country's indigenous Indians. ``We promise to do everything on our side to reach a peace agreement,'' he told reporters. ``We're willing to sit down with them'' and their leaders.

    • China will likely ratify a major international rights convention by the end of March, The formal adoption of the pact, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which China signed in 1997, has been a goal of the United Nations, the United States and other Western governments and rights groups. See:
    • Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, and several other lawmakers are touting a plan for a guest-worker program that would permit thousands of Mexican blue-collar workers to temporarily work in the United States. The proposal will be taken up informally at a meeting in Washington this week, said Gramm. The proposal includes issuing workers renewable one-year permits that would guest workers to the same wage and hour protection as all U.S. workers, and their ranks would be tied to the health of the U.S. economy. When unemployment is low, more permits would be issued. Employees included are: restaurant workers, farm workers, maids and nannies. The program would also stiffen penalties for hiring illegal workers.
    • In one of her last acts before leaving office last week, Attorney General Janet Reno lifted most of the government's restrictions on five Iraqi opposition members who have been unable to leave Nebraska's Lancaster County for a year and a half. Reno's decision, announced Monday, means that all five men can now work and travel freely in the United States and relocate to other parts of the country. But lifting those restrictions falls far short of granting the Iraqis' request for political asylum and still leaves them facing deportation.
    • Mexico's president is launching two programs that could help create jobs in Mexico and entice Mexican emigrants back to their native country. The programs have the potential to stem illegal immigration.
    • Depleted uranium could not have caused leukemia in allied troops who served in Kosovo, according to a U.S. Army medical expert. See:
    • Pentagon Questions Use Of Iraqi Facilities The Defense Department is keeping a wary eye on some rebuilt factories outside Baghdad, Iraq, that once produced material suitable for chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, officials said.
    • Institute Looks To Western Hemisphere's Future, Says de Leon A former Army school that had focused on U.S.-Latin American security issues spawned from the past has been reborn and expanded as a DoD institution, which embraces civil-military partnerships in addressing Western Hemisphere concerns of the 21st century.
    • AFRICA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES ANNOUNCES SEMINAR The Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) will hold a Senior Leader Seminar (SLS) in Libreville, Gabon from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9, 2001. A total of 130 delegates from 50 African countries, three European nations, the United States, the United Nations, and several regional and non-government organizations are expected to attend. Sixteen esteemed academics, practitioners and military officers from Africa, Europe, and the United States will serve as discussion group leaders. Visiting dignitaries will include the Commander in Chief, United States Central Command, General Tommy Franks, Deputy Commander in Chief, United States European Command, General Carlton Fulford, and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General John Shaliskashvili. Former President A.T. Toure of Mali, the UN Secretary's Special Advisor on Africa Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, and French Admiral Coldefy are some of the esteemed guest lecturers expected to participate in the seminar. The ACSS is a DoD-sponsored regional center for security studies. Its mission is to engage a mixed group of African civilian and military leaders in a practical academic program focusing on civil-military relations, national and regional security strategy, and defense economics. It is the only program of its kind aimed at a senior pan-African audience. For further information regarding the seminar, please contact Julie Werbel at (703) 602-2830, ext. 116; e-mail at or Lt. Col. Paul Phillips at (703) 697-1253; e-mail at More information is available on the web at

    January 24, 2001

    • Subject: Call for Papers on Globalization

    Michigan State University's 2001 Modern Literature Conference.


    A Conference on Issues Related to Globalization Sponsored by the Program in Comparative Literature

    Date: October 18-20, 2001

    Location: Michigan State University

    Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

      • GAYATRI SPIVAK, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
      • MICHAEL HARDT, Associate Professsor of Literature and Romance Studies, Duke University
      • MAHMOOD MAMDANI, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Director Institute of African Studies, Columbia University
      • SASKIA SASSEN, Professor of Sociology, The University of Chicago

    A number of recent, important works make clear that the present moment's metaphor for the economic, political, social, and cultural interrelationships between nations is "globalization," a concept that has come to replace earlier formulas of "modernization" and "civilization." This conference, "Globalicities," will focus on the limitations and implications of theoretically determining these relations.

    We are interested in reflections on the anthropological, sociological, economic, legal, linguistic, and aesthetical ways in which the "global" has been thought and actualized during the last 500 years. We particularly are soliciting serious investigations of the rhetorics and practices of recent theories of the global, postcolonial, and international. We hope that our neologism, "globalicities," stands in relation to commonsense notions of the global in the same way that temporalities and historicities stand in relation to conventional time and history.

    In other words, our invitation is to treat the concept of the "globe" not as something given, but rather as something which is politically fashioned posterior to our always endless relations.

    Possible areas or topics include, but are not limited to:

      • Theories of Narrative and the global
      • Rethinking travel, exile, migration, diaspora
      • Mestizo logics; or, hybrid theory
      • "all the way down"
      • "Development," "modernization" and "civilization" and the fate of dependency theory
      • Race and gender in globalization theory
      • Post-structuralism and the critique of late-capitalism
      • Markets, profits, and violent conflicts
      • State violence, armed resistance, and limits of international law
      • The return of the state in global theory
      • The rhetorics of geography, space, and place theory
      • Questioning post-Marxism's turn to "culture"
      • Subalternities and Solidarities
      • Markets, products and the construction of taste
      • Queering the sphere
      • Genetics, biotechnology and the globe

    Abstractions for individual papers should be no more than 500 words long; abstracts for panels are limited to a total of 1000 words. DEADLINE for Proposals: March 31, 2001

    Please send abstracts and one-page vita for each proposed panelist to:

    Professor Kenneth Harrow
    Director, Program in Comparative Literature Morrill Hall
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    fax 517 353 3755

    As in past years, a selection of conference papers will be published by the Centennial Review, which in 2001 enters its 45th year of publication and interdisciplinary scholarship.

    The Program in Comparative Literature has hosted the Modern Literature Conference for many years. Recently the program has developed a special emphasis in African and the African diaspora studies, and the program serves as a complement to interdiscipinary Ph.D. programs in Michigan State University's College of Arts and Letters, including the Literatures of the Americas and Postcolonial Studies, founded in 1998, and the Ph.D. program in Africa and the African-American Diaspora, which will be launched in Fall 2001.

    Olabode Ibironke
    Comparative Literatures Progarm
    318 Linton Hall
    Michigan State University,
    East Lansing, MI 48824

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