Etel Solingen, Chancellor’s Professor of political science, has been named the Thomas T. & Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Global Peace & Conflict Studies. The endowed chair was established in 1986 by Thomas and Elizabeth Tierney, longtime friends of UC Irvine, as a way to honor a scholar of distinction who is making contributions to world peace through teaching, research and service. Solingen is an internationally recognized political scientist and one of the world’s foremost experts on nuclear proliferation, the global political economy and regional orders. Her book Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia & the Middle East received the American Political Science Association’s 2008 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book across all fields of political science, as well as the Robert Jervis & Paul Schroeder Award for the best book on international history and politics. Solingen has participated in many “track two” meetings with academic and government officials designed to address global conflicts. She has also lectured extensively at prestigious academic institutions, association meetings and conferences worldwide, including more than 20 keynote addresses and presentations over the last year alone in Beijing, Moscow, Berlin, Singapore and Madrid, among other sites.