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Stephen Benedict Dyson

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut

Stephen Benedict Dyson is an associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut and the director of UConn’s Humanities House. He teaches classes on politics, international affairs, and political leadership, and has research interests in foreign policy, psychology, and popular culture. Dyson has written extensively on subjects ranging from the personality of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to the pop music of the British singer Morrissey.

Dyson is the author of 'Otherworldly Politics: The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica.' In Otherworldly Politics, Dyson argues that worldbuilding, the act of imagining a universe and using the otherworld to explain our own, is an approach that unifies creative minds such as George R.R. Martin and Gene Roddenberry with professors who think about international politics.

Global Geopolitics Series

Trump's friendly meeting with Putin further blurs US-Russia relations

Jul 08, 2017 18:08 pm UTC| Insights & Views

It emerged early this morning: a few seconds of grainy footage showing U.S. President Donald Trump shaking hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump, the taller man,...

Global Geopolitics Series

What makes Kim Jong Un tick?

May 05, 2017 01:37 am UTC| Insights & Views

Kim Jong Un is a smart cookie, President Donald Trump said recently of North Koreas leader. Hes 27 years old, Trump mused. His father dies, [he] took over a regime. So say what you want but that is not easy. Kim, who...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries suffer ahead of initial jobless claims, host of FOMC members’ speeches

The U.S. Treasuries suffered Thursday as investors wait to watch the countrys initial jobless claims, scheduled to be released today by 12:30GMT. Also, the Federal Open Market Committees (FOMC) members Brainard, Quarles,...

UK gilts plunge despite worse-than-expected March retail sales data; BoE’s MPC members’ speech in focus

The UK gilts plunged during European session Thursday despite a worse-than-expected reading of the countrys retail sales data for the month of March released today. Market participants shall now be focussing on a host Bank...

Australian March employment rises in March, signals optimistic outlook for full year

Australias employment index for the month of March rose, although downward revisions to February show that the record run of jobs gains is over. The slowdown in employment growth comes on the back of a very strong run...

New Zealand bonds slump at close after Q1 consumer price inflation tops market expectations

New Zealand government bonds slumped at the time of closing Thursday after the countrys consumer price inflation (CPI) for the first quarter of this year, topped market expectations, which added bearishness to the...

JGBs edge lower as investors shift to riskier assets; March National CPI in focus

The Japanese government bonds edged lower Thursday as investors shifted to riskier assets including oil and equities. Investors are now awaiting Japans national consumer price inflation (CPI) data for the same period, due...

Politics

Rise of cryptocurrencies could curb American power

There has been a lot of talk in foreign policy circles of the coming post-American world in which the international system will transition from a unipolar to a multipolar system. But, as we currently stand, the US remains...

South Africa's future hinges on Ramaphosa's strategic skills

South Africas 2018 State of the Nation address by the president of South Africa has been postponed. This unprecedented step makes it clear that the country is seeing the final days of Jacob Zuma as president although it...

Is full transparency good for democracy?

With the approval of President Donald Trump, the House of Representatives released the so-called Nunes memo on Feb. 2. In it, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes describes alleged abuses of surveillance...

Empowering the powerless: Let's end energy poverty

Power to the people, the activists chanted in the 1960s. The revolutionaries of yesteryear never dreamed of the scientific and technological innovations that could light up distant shelters and communities in the...

How neoliberalism is damaging your mental health

There is a widespread perception that mental ill health is on the rise in the West, in tandem with a prolonged decline in collective well-being. The idea that there are social and economic causes behind this perceived...

Science

Undetected Asteroid Nearly Missed The Earth, Shows Glaring Holes In Detection Capabilities

Its a general rule to trust governments and space agencies to be able to do things like detect oncoming asteroids that might impact the earth at some point. However, a recent incident proves that there are still holes in...

USDA Is Cool With Scientists Genetically Editing Food

In case anyone was wondering what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was doing with all of the genetic engineering thats going on in the world of food, the answer is absolutely nothing. The agency recently...

Reputed Journal Retracts Flawed CRISPR Paper A Little Too Late

Science is a process that is often riddled with issues that affect the results of the work being done. This is why multiple experiments need to be conducted first before making conclusions and why papers need to be...

Study Of Chilean ‘Alien’ Mummy Causing Minor International Incident

Weird things happen in the scientific community all the time but a recent study that involves the so-called alien mummy called Ata is threatening to cause a bit of an international incident. Basically, the scientists...

Even Chocolate Is Bad For The Environment, Valentine’s Day & Easter Are Natural Disasters

Chocolate is undoubtedly one of the most popular treats all around the world. Its practically synonymous with at least two international holidays; Valentines Day and Easter. However, it turns out that this delicious...

Technology

Elon Musk Admits Over-Automation Is A Problem For Tesla, Needs More Humans

It seems car factory workers have reason to rejoice since Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed that more human involvement is needed in order to produce cars. The embattled tech billionaire had to admit recently that...

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming To Xbox Game Pass

Halo is arguably the biggest franchise in the Xbox console exclusive lineup and even though some of the latest titles have disappointed some fans, there is still some weight to the legacy of the Master Chief. Thats why its...

Terraria: Otherworld Cancelled Following Three-Year Development

Game cancellations are nothing new, but they are almost always a disappointment to players who will never get to try them. Recently, this happened to the previously-upcoming title Terraria: Otherworld, which was a spinoff...

Everybody Calm Down, Fortnite Battle Royale Is Not Shutting Down

Reports recently began swirling that Fortnite Battle Royale was going to be canceled because of a lawsuit with PUBG Corp over copyright infringement. A Tweet from the official Epic Games Twitter account supposedly said so....

Google Play Hosts Dangerous Malware Intended For State-Style Surveillance

From the looks of it, it seems the tech world is becoming a more dangerous place than most people realize. The Google Play online store was apparently fooled to host apps that contain malicious software intended for...
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