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Political Science Professor Speaks at UN

Assistant Professor of Political Science Inken von Borzyskowski will speak at the United Nations, August 31, 2016, in a special brownbag seminar sponsored by the UN Policy and Mediation Division of the Department of Political Affairs.

Borzyskowski’s talk, “Trust Us: Election Assistance and Post-Election Violence,” examines whether technical electoral assistance reduces post-election violence. Statistical analyses of data collected in Latin America and Africa since 1990 indicates that the effect is, indeed, positive. Technical election assistance seeks to improve the credibility of election commissions; when citizens see a commission as more credible, they are more likely to regard announced election results as fair, lowering incentives for challenges and violence after the fact.

Borzyskowski specializes in international organizations, elections and conflict, and international mediation. She has been a research fellow at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Her dissertation received the Peace Dissertation Prize from the International Studies Association.She has been with the Department of Political Science since 2014.

The talk takes place in the UN Secretariat Building in New York City and will be followed by open discussion.

More about Inken von Borzyskowski’s work and specializations can be found here. For information about the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, visit this link.