Cline Center News and Announcements

Cline Center News and Announcements

  • Professor Eliot A. Cohen will be delivering the 2017 Cline Symposium Keynote Address

    The Cline Center is very pleased to announce the details of the 2017 Cline Symposium Keynote Address.

    The theme for the Symposium is “American Grand Strategy and the Changing Global Order” and the keynote is entitled: “The Big Stick: Military Power and American Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump.” It will be given by Professor Eliot A. Cohen, the Osgood Professor and Director of the Strategic Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Dr. Cohen has served in a number of senior roles at the Departments of Defense and State, and is a US Army veteran.

     The talk is open to the public and will take place on November 9, 2017 at 7:30PM in the Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom.  We will also live-stream the talk from our Facebook page—just ‘like’ us to follow and receive a notification when it comes online.

     To learn more about Professor Cohen, the Symposium and his upcoming talk, see:

     If you have questions about the event, please email us.

  • Professor Althaus Discusses American News Coverage of the Vietnam War

    Today the Illinois News Bureau published an interview with Cline Center Director Professor Scott Althaus about our work on the ways media coverage can affect American politics.

    His ongoing research finds that media coverage had a minimal effect on the public’s view of the Vietnam War. This finding weakens the basis for a factual claim about ‘casualty sensitivity’ that has had a profound impact on public dialogue about war, as well as debates within the US government and national security establishment for more than 40 years. 

  • Announcing 2017-2018 Linowes Fellows

    Professors Avital Livny and Stephen Chaudoin of the Department of Political Science have been selected as our 2017-2018 Linowes Fellows. These two outstanding scholars were selected from a very competitive field to work at the Cline Center with our data, research staff, and interns.

     Professor Livny will continue work on the Composition of Religious and Ethnic Groups (CREG) project. Her team is integrating dozens of censuses and thousands of surveys into a high-quality dynamic global dataset of religious and ethnic populations. Her work will also enrich with existing datasets on the political and socio-economic status of these groups.

     Professor Chaudoin will be using our Global News Archive and text-analytic technologies from our event data projects to analyze the dynamics of international law in nearly real time. His initial effort will focus on actors contending over the Filipino ‘war on drugs.’ Ultimately, he aims to develop real-time ‘seismographs’ that track events, media coverage, and citizen reactions related to international law and human rights.

     Linowes Fellows are supported by the generosity of Prof. David F. Linowes (1917-2007) and his family.


  • Cline Center Historical Phoenix Data

    The Cline Center is pleased to announce the release of our Historical Phoenix Event Data.  Parsing nearly 14 million news stories, we documented the agents, locations, and issues at stake in around 5 million conflict, cooperation, and communicative events from all around the world between 1945 and 2015 using the CAMEO ontology. This is the first state-of-the-art open-access political event dataset to cover 70 years of history, and it is useful for researching topics ranging from trade to civil and international conflict processes, peace-making, predicting asset values, and political forecasting.

    With the help of academic and private-sector collaborators in the Open Event Data Alliance (OEDA), and with generous support from Linowes Fellow Prof. Dov Cohen, we used PETRARCH-2 software to process stories from the New York Times (1945-2005) as well as translated media from BBC Monitoring’s Summary of World Broadcasts (1979-2015) and the CIA’s Foreign Broadcast Information Service (1995-2004).

    This data describes the behavior of hundreds of agents —  including governments, businesses, political factions, international organizations and ordinary citizens — and identifies dozens of event types ranging from threats and promises to protests, riots, and violent attacks.

    We plan to update and enhance these data, and we are working on a paper to more formally introduce the dataset. In addition, we’re processing additional sources for the 1945-2015 period, and are developing new improvements to provide richer and more accurate geolocation, issue, and event categorization.

    The dataset is accessible via our website, along with a variable description document:

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at:

  • Three Cline Center Alumni have Received Prestigious Fulbright and Boren Scholarships.

    We’re very proud to announce that three Cline Center alumni have received prestigious Fulbright and Boren Scholarships.

    Two of the 14 Illini who received Fulbrights this year worked at the Cline Center: Britney Nadler was a Nerad Student Researcher working on the SPEED civil unrest monitoring program. Alexandra Turcios was a Social Science Intern working on our Coup d’etat Project. Derek Hoot was the only U of I student to receive a Boren Scholarship this year, and served as a Nerad Student Researcher.

    The US government’s flagship educational exchange program, Fulbright Student awards recognize academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. Boren Scholarships provide funding for exceptional U.S. students who study languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. After graduation, Boren recipients work for the US Government for at least one year.

    All three students were James Scholars. Ms. Nadler and Ms. Turcios will work as teachers in Thailand and Indonesia respectively. Mr. Hoot will be studying in Jordan.

    The Illinois News Bureau has more information about the Fulbright recipients and you can read about Mr. Hoot’s scholarship here. Students interested following in their footsteps and joining the Cline Center should email: