New data provides insight into foreign-policy changes during leadership transition

A new dataset from researchers at Rice University and the University of California-Berkeley will allow international relations scholars to study the extent to which different types of foreign-policy change are associated with different types of leader transitions within countries.

Political science major named Schwarzman Scholar

Rice University senior Isabel Scher is among the 111 students chosen for the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars. She will receive a fully funded scholarship for postgraduate study at the new Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Leeds voted president of International Studies Association

Ashley Leeds, professor and department chair of political science, has been elected president of the International Studies Association (ISA) for 2017-2018. She will assume the position in March 2017.

Allies’ military strength, foreign-policy positions important for deterring potential challengers

When states form alliances, choosing allies with military strength and similar foreign-policy positions is important for deterring potential challengers, according to new research from political scientists at Rice University and the University of Kentucky.