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Enrico La Viña ’19 Presented Research in Chicago

By: Enrico Antonio La Viña ’19

On 6 April 2018, I presented a poster on my research entitled “­­The Varieties of Populism in Southeast Asia: Comparing the Electoral Victories of Duterte and Widodo” at the annual Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA) conference in Chicago. MPSA is a four-day academic conference, and it is one of the largest political science conferences in the world. The poster presentation was based on a paper that I wrote for my Comparative Political Analysis class under Dr. Ida Bastiaens.

Enrico presented his research on Southeast Asian Populism.

In my paper, I account for the differences in the populist practices of Joko Widodo of Indonesia and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. I argue that the level of confidence that voters have in the established democratic system is linked with the kind of populism that will emerge. An anti -establishment populist such as Duterte is more likely to succeed if citizens have become disillusioned with the system. Conversely, a relatively reformist populist such as Widodo is more likely to be elected if there is enough trust in the system. This paper addresses two gaps in the literature on populism. First, the populists of Asia do not neatly fit into the right-wing/left-wing populist typology. Second, most often cited explanations for populism– socio-economic inequality and cultural backlash– do not explain the variation in campaign promises regarding a revolt or reform of the system.

Enrico presented at the 76th Annual MPSA Conference.

This conference contributed in three ways to my professional development. First, I hope to eventually publish this study in an academic journal. The feedback I received will be of immense value as I prepare this study for publication. Second, I observed and interacted with prominent political scientists from around the world. I was therefore able to attend insightful presentations, understand recent developments in the field, and expand my network. Lastly, the experience of preparing for and delivering a presentation at a high-level conference will be invaluable in the future.

Attending this conference so early on in my academic career will certainly pay dividends in the long-run. I was honored to represent the FordhamInternational Political Economy and Development Program in the conference.

Enrico stands with the poster he presented in Chicago.

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An Ethical Compass for the Digital Age

March 15th-17th, 2018, Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Foundation and Fordham University co-sponsored a conference with the theme “An Ethical Compass for the Digital Age”. The goal of the conference was to define, in practical terms, the role of ethics and Catholic Social Teaching in today’s economy. Business and professional leaders gathered together with academic economists and experts on Catholic Social Teaching to discuss the topic in depth. They discussed the role of data, communication in media, and a responsibility to the common good. The conference ended with the presentation of a draft framework on how the Church can respond to ethical issues of the digital age, with a focus on consumer ownership of data, possible regulations, and conversations around digital ethics. The results of this conference can prompt conversation and action within Catholic populations throughout the world.




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Stephanie Swinehart ’19 attends Sustainable Ocean Summit

This past November, IPED graduate student Stephanie Swinehart represented Fordham at the 5 th Annual Sustainable Ocean Summit sponsored by the World Ocean Council, held in Halifax, Canada. The conference theme, “The Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14): Business Leadership and Business Opportunities” centered on the interconnections between sustainable development, scientific innovation, and stewardship of the global ocean.

Stephanie in front of Halifax Harbor.

The realities of climate change are particularly pronounced for the oceans. Rising sea levels, acidification, and declining fish stocks all pose significant threats to the billions of people living near the coasts. Combined with a rising global population and changes in climate patterns across the world, the implications of climate change for the world’s most vulnerable population in terms of food security and climate migration are immense. The variety of issues discussed at the conference included ocean energy, illegal fishing, indigenous community rights, extractive industries, ocean pollution, arctic exploration, and ocean mapping/satellite technology.

Presentation on how extractive industries can responsibility contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Economic development and poverty reduction do not have to be zero-sum, but all the stakeholders must be at the table. Forums like this, where industry and community meet, are critical to ensuring that businesses take into account those that don’t have a voice on the international stage,” writes Stephanie. Organizations present included the United Nations system (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Food and Agriculture Organization), government representatives from Small Island Developing States, and major oil and gas companies in addition to marine scientists and academics from universities around the world.

Lynn Kavanagh of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative talks about the discarded fishing gear that makes up 1/10 th of the world’s marine debris.

Representing 70% of the earth’s surface, protecting the world’s oceans is of critical importance and something to which each one of us can contribute. “These are not issues for discussion only at conferences or on a global stage”, reminds Stephanie, “but are actions we all must take as development practitioners.” Reducing single-use plastics (straws, to-go containers), energy consumption, and eating sustainably-caught seafood are all ways to make an individual impact. For more information on what you can do, please visit National Geographic or the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

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