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Date submitted: February 28, 2022

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Political Economy Analysis with an International Organization

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AI and Machine Learning in the U.S. Military Context

The challenges: Determining in which stages of development or deployment of technology to engage with machine learning, using a just war logicChoosing to closely engage with a military project as a critical scholar, given that the use of the project may result in the loss of human life The background and policy setting: John R….

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Requests for Revisions That Go Against One’s Findings

The Challenge: Responding to requests for substantive revisions to consultancy work that go against one’s findings, analysis, or professional opinion The Background and Policy Setting: King is a political scientist committed to conducting policy-relevant research related to war, peace, development, and education. Over the past 15 years, alongside her university-based work, she has partnered with…

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Engaging with Business to Encourage Responsible Behavior

Reflections on Ethics and Policy EngagementSie Center, University of Denver The challenges: How to collaborate with business representatives in ways that generate fruitful conversations while maintaining your own integrity and reputation How to recommend partnerships with business to solve global problems without damaging the partners’ reputation and legitimacy or providing business with a shield against…

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Engaging with identity politics during times of heightened polarization

The challenges: How to show the value of diversity and intersectionality for policymaking in an era of heightened polarization. How to effectively contribute to the policy arena as a black feminist when your expertise is in question from the gate given who you are. How to push against situations where your identity brings diversity, but…

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Matrix: writing for policy audiences, economic/tech space

The challenge: Providing policy advice on corporate engagement to one’s university from a human rights perspective, while being far removed from corporate decision-making. Providing advice to the university as a professor but in a context that operates according to different norms from her teaching and research responsibilities. The background and policy setting: Hertel became an…

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Engaging on the Creation of Cybersecurity Norms

The challenge: How to advise on complex phenomena (creating cybersecurity norms) when the narrative surrounding them is oversimplified. In particular, it is difficult to explain to policymakers the intersubjectivity of norms and their sociological basis in a way that is immediately policy relevant. The “problem” in question often involves many dimensions not related to norms…

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