News Compilation: May 2023

SPPGA in the news:

May 3, 2023
Harassment of journalists increasing, a new UBC study says
SPPGA Prof. Chris Tenove discusses the harmful impact and growing prevalence of reputational attacks against journalists in his recent global report. Via The Vancouver Sun

May 4, 2023
Nuclear Energy and the Non-Proliferation Treaty: A Retrospective Examination
SPPGA Prof. M. V. Ramana co-authors a commentary investigating the evolution of global nuclear power use over the last 50 years. Via Taylor & Francis Online

May 8, 2023
What would nuclear power look like for the Prairies?
SPPGA Prof. M. V. Ramana weighs in on the future of nuclear power and small modular reactor production in the Prairies. Via CBC

May 8, 2023
Lost in translation: inadequate non-technical risk assessment within major project teams in mining
SPPGA Assistant Prof. Nadja Kunz investigates the role of water risk management in the mining sector, emphasizing the need for improved governance and stakeholder engagement to ensure sustainable practices. Via Taylor & Francis Online

May 10, 2023
MPs unanimously vote to probe Chinese envoy’s alleged targeting of Michael Chong
SPPGA Adjunct Prof. Vina Nadjibulla discusses possible repercussions of House of Common’s vote to investigate an alleged intimidation campaign on Conservative MP Michael Chong by Chinese government. Via Vancouver Is Awesome

May 11, 2023
Countering China’s economic coercion by building on a European initiative
MPPGA Graduate Oliver Boucher suggests Canada and its allies need to establish an economic security pact similar to the European Union’s anti-coercion instrument to combat China’s economic coercion. Study based on research funded by the IAR. Via Policy Options

May 13,2023
Pema Tseden, Pioneering Tibetan Filmmaker, Is Dead at 53
SPPGA is proud to announce that our esteemed faculty member, Tsering Shakya, has been featured in a New York Times article discussing the life and legacy of the late Pema Tseden, a prominent figure in Tibetan cinema. Shakya shares his expert insights on Tseden’s impact on the film industry and the significance of his work in preserving Tibetan culture. Via The New York Times

May 13, 2023
A 21st Century Freeze on Nuclear Weapons: Will it be a Reality?
SPPGA Prof. M. V. Ramana emphasizes the urgent need for policies and policy discussion which address growing nuclear dangers, following the US Senate’s reintroduction of the Hastening Arms Limitation Talks (HALT). Via In Depth News

May 15, 2023
Challenging colonial mining laws: First Nations fight for Indigenous consent
SPPGA Assistant Professor Nadja Kunz explores the ongoing battle between First Nations and colonial mining laws, emphasizing the importance of Indigenous consent in shaping a sustainable future. Via Canada’s National Observer

May 15, 2023
What Is the United Nations, and Why Is it Important?
Gain a deeper understanding of the United Nations and its global significance through an illuminating article that explores its functions and importance, featuring expert insights from faculty member Heidi Tworek. Via US News

May 15, 2023
The KPP-Parliamentarian Delegation Visits the Demilitarized Zone (Korean)
Prof. Park was interviewed on the role of the Knowledge Partnership Program in parliamentary diplomacy between Canada and South Korea and Canada’s possible contribution to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula. ViaThe JoongAng Ilbo

May 15, 2023
Trudeau preps to head Eastward
SPPGA Prof. Paul Evans comments on why this year’s G-7 meetings come at a pivotal moment in global affairs as Prime Minister Trudeau travels to Asia. via Politico

May 17, 2023
As we fight the Alberta and B.C. wildfires, we must also plan for future disasters
Against the backdrop of approaching wildfire season, Associate Prof. Sara Shneiderman (SPPGA; ANTH) and UBC ANTH PhD student Jonathan Eaton co-author an appeal for more extensive, integrated disaster planning. Listen to their interview here. Via The Conversation

May 17, 2023
Electoral denialism in American democracies
Political polarization and growing distrust are forces that have been and continue to undermine America’s democracy. SPPGA and UBC Political Science Prof. Maxwell Cameron sheds light on electoral denialism in his most recent paper. Via Canadian International Council

May 21, 2023
China’s Xi Mimics Mao’s Crisis Response in Sweeping Indoctrination Drive
Will Xi Jinping’s Mao-parallel attempts to regain control over slipping public trust emerge successful, or be received as poorly masked power desperation?  SPPGA and UBC History Prof. Tim Cheek comments. Via The Wall Street Journal

May 23, 2023
We Can Get Better at Seeing Disasters Coming
SPPGA & UBC Anthropology Assoc. Prof. Sara Shneiderman co-authors this article detailing how humans can create mental and practical shifts to understand natural disasters better. via The Tyee

May 24, 2023
Small module nuclear power plant that failed in the US, hype on Korean lines… Uljin-gun should not be promoted
As global popularity of SMR usage rises, South Korea is the latest country to consider its implementation – but Prof. M.V. Ramana warns of inherent risks and high costs. Via The Hankyoreh

May 25, 2023
Canadian reactors that “recycle” plutonium would create more problems than they solve
Prof. M.V. Ramana speaks on the legitimacy of company Moltex’s claims to reduce waste and increase energy efficiency, and what this could mean for Canada’s environment and economy. via Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

May 30
US urged not to use bomb-grade uranium in nuclear power experiment
Prof. Allison Macfarlane and a panel of nuclear experts warn against the security and economic pitfalls of new uranium-based nuclear reactors. via Reuters