» Archive for: October, 2012



For those who have missed it – the 3rd ISS cookbook was launched during the Dies celebration. The book was presented by Raphaela Hahn and Abdelhadi Abdel Ghafar Mohamed Mohamedahmed (Hady), the two students who currently study here on a tuition waver, funded by the sale of the 2nd ISS cookbook.

The presented the first cookbooks to Mrs Pauline van der Meer Mohr, Professor Robert Chambers and Mr Jozias van Aartsen.

You can pick up a cookbook for 5 euro from the offices of Karin Hirdes (3.19), Karen Shaw (1.24) or Annet van Geen (4.22) .

We also have a gift box with all three cookbooks (25 euro). This is a collector’s item, as only 100 boxes were made because that is all that is left of the first cookbook!

We hope to see all of you, not just buying a book for yourself, but they make great gifts! Hopefully we will soon be able to give a tuition fee waiver to a prospective student again!

If you have ideas how and where to sell lots of books, please let us know.

The cookbook team

Annet, Karin and Karen

ECD Professor Peter van Bergeijk organized the lustrum art exhibition Derivatives.

Currun Singh, an MA student in the Erasmus Mundus Public Policy Programme which includes an MA in Development Studies at ISS, has been awarded the EADI (European Association of Development Institutes) prize for the best essay in Development Studies for 2012. The prize was awarded to himon October 11 on the occasion of the meeting of the Directors of EADI member institutes at the International Institute of Social Studies.in The Hague for his paper titled, CORSAIRS IN THE CROSSHAIRS: Delinking piracy from terrorism in Somalia and implications for governance along the Horn of Africa

Currun’s research was supported by Staff Group 1 (Economics of Development) and his MA thesis at ISS on which the prize-winning submission was based was supervised by Prof. Arjun Bedi.

Koen Voorend, currently a doctoral researcher at ISS and a former ECD student has been awarded a fellowship from the Zeit foundation to pursue his doctoral studies at ISS. The foundation received more than 200 applications and Koen was one of the seven applicants who received a fellowship.
Koen’s current research focuses on welfare regimes, social policy and migration in Central America. Over the last five years, he has worked as a researcher and a lecturer at the University of Costa Rica, and has done short-term research for various other institutions. At ISS his thesis will be supervised by Professor Arjun Bedi and Professor Max Spoor.
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Peter van Bergeijk gave the keynote during the opening of the academic year at IOB-University of Antwerp.

A new ISS Working Paper by Muhammad Shahadat Hossain Siddiquee (ECD 2011/12) and Professor Peter van Bergeijk analyses two vintages of the key resource for research on economic sanctions: the Peterson Institute database reported in Hufbauer et al. (2nd edition in 1990 and 3rd edition in 2007). The Peterson Institute has not reported transparently on these changes. The working provides detailed tables in order to facilitate comparison between descriptive statistics and the findings of the two editions. One way to interpret the results is as are porting of the 2nd edition results corrected for changes in methodology and case selection.
About 17% of the common cases of the 2nd and 3rd edition is modified and changed to some extent. The number of goals assigned to these cases increased from 146 to 155. The average success score increases from 6.6 to 7.0 for the common cases. Indeed, the mean values for all categories of core variables for the common cases in the 3rd edition exceed those reported in the 2nd edition. A redefined index value of the ‘sanction contribution’ underlies these changes. The lowest value index is defined as zero or negative contribution in the in 2nd edition whereas is limited to negative contribution in the 3rd edition (upgrading all zero contributions by definition) Likewise ‘modest and significant contribution’ is used in the 3rd edition instead of ‘substantial and decisive contribution’, making it easier to get a high score. We provide a probit analysis that shows that the 3rd edition’s methodology in comparison to the methodology used in the 2nd edition is biased in favour of finding positive results for modest policy change, regime change and the use of sanctions to disrupt military adventures and to achieve military impairment.

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