Professor Gibbons Wins US Grant to Study Proposed Nuclear Weapons Ban

Last December, 113 nations voted at the United Nations to begin the process of eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide. These nations will meet in June in an attempt to finalize negotiations and produce a treaty.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History Rebecca Gibbons, recently awarded a grant from the US Air Force Academy, will spend the next few months, with help from a student researcher, looking into the possible effects of the wave of anti-nuclear sentiment on US allies.

While the United States and other countries possessing nuclear weapons oppose the Humanitarian Pledge’s approach to banning them, the movement could gain traction and help organize and intensify resistance around the world. “It is not that this treaty will have a big effect initially,” Gibbons said, “but it will galvanize people. It is a normative endgame to stigmatize the weapons, and is affecting populations in Europe.” Read the story in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on What Watergate Can Teach Us about the Trump White House (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

President Trump’s alleged intervention with the FBI has prompted many to recall the Nixon era and the possible makings of a scandal “reaching Watergate size and scale,” remarked Sen. John McCain.

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, offers compelling insights into how the two situations compare and contrast, including the dueling lines: “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal” and “wholly appropriate.”

Read the article in the Washington Post political science blog, Monkey Cage.

Bowdoin’s Rudalevige Critiques Trump’s Use of Executive Actions (Vice)

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige

Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige, tapped once again for his expertise on the use of executive orders, says he believes President Trump’s executive orders result from the campaign’s lack of focus in developing a policy agenda and calendar.

“Most key White House [officials on Trump’s team] don’t have experience in working with or drafting complex regulatory change.” The orders therefore provide an “administrative place holder of ‘progress made’ or ‘promises kept.’” Read more in Vice.