Meet Chris Cyr
Dr. Chris Cyr comes to EKU from the University of Colorado at Boulder. A scholar of civil wars, insurgencies, and protests, he is stepping into the International Relations and Political Violence classes, and we’re glad to have him join the Department of Government.
Dr. Cyr is originally from Rochester, NY, the upstate metropolis on the shores of Lake Ontario, but he comes to us from receiving his PhD at the University of Colorado in Boulder. As a scholar of International Relations, he was happy to find a place where he could teach the topics he is interested in.
Professor Cyr is taking on the International Relations, global security, and terrorism classes. These are courses, he says, that have a lot of relevance to the world today, and he likes that he can grab events around the globe and bring them here to Richmond. Obviously, terrorism and global security matter to Americans generally, but they are also problems that affect the rest of the world, and often in different ways. Dr. Cyr can take those different examples and use them to give a broader view of the world, which he hopes his students can use to better understand their own lives, their own communities, and the world at large. It helps that these courses are also important to understanding Homeland Security –a specialty of EKU.
His research also informs his teaching. Dr. Cyr studies civil wars, insurgencies, and protest around the world. He argues that the decline in civil wars –notable after a period of increased civil war during the mid-20th century –is tied to increases in wealth and education around the world. As people become wealthier and more educated, they tend to avoid violence because the costs –even in victory –would be prohibitively high. However, as opposition to governments has shifted from violent revolution and war to protest movements, the non-violent movements have also become more successful. This is especially true when the opposition is made of people with talents and wealth that are valuable to the government. Civil war and insurgency continue to be the only choice of the poor and desperate, and it remains a long shot –even if successful short term they tend not to be stable changes. His knowledge of wars and protest movements provides a wealth of examples, cases, and ideas for his classes.
Professor Cyr is happy to be on EKU’s campus, and says that students should make use of their professors’ office time. His own door is open when students can come by, and students should take advantage of the experts and the knowledge that surround them.
The Department of Government is happy to have Professor Cyr in our department, and hopes that you, too, will come enjoy his classes and the department.
Published on September 08, 2015