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"Lost Causes: Agenda-Setting and Agenda-Vetting in Global Issue Network'

CIS Seminar Series

CIS hosts Dr. Charli Carpenter, Associate Professor of Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

The guest chair and discussant for this talk is Brian Rathbun, Associate Professor of International Relations, USC.


Why do some human security issues rise to prominence while others are neglected? The conventional answers to this question have focused on the attributes of issues, actors or the political opportunity structure. Drawing on years of multi-method study of the human security network, this project shows how it is relationships between nodes within issue networks that explain why some are launched to prominence while others fall by the wayside.


Charli Carpenter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her teaching and research interests include national security ethics, the laws of war, transnational advocacy networks, gender and political violence, war crimes, comparative genocide studies, humanitarian affairs and the role of information technology in human security. She has a particular interest in the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security. She has published three books and numerous journal articles and has served as a consultant for the United Nations. Dr. Carpenter's current NSF-funded research focuses on agenda-setting in transnational networks, investigating why certain issues but not others end up on the human security agenda. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Carpenter spends her time raising two future members of the American electorate, surfing, snowboarding, and rambling about international politics and popular culture at Duck of Minerva.

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