Dec. 5, 2016

Hi IR concentrators!

I hope all is well with everyone as we wrap up another semester at Brown. This is the last regular newsletter of the semester --the next newsletter you will get from me is our special Winter Edition that is full of student opportunities to apply for during the break!

Seniors --it is your LAST CHANCE to revise your concentration this week, so if you haven't done so yet, you only have four more days!

Once again, as we approach finals period, remember to take care of yourself, and keep in mind that the Watson Institute has some very cozy study spaces. Good luck everyone!

IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • Office Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri this week. Last week of office hours!
  • Class of 2017: Graduating in May? Revisions deadline Friday, December 9!
  • Important Dates: 12/8-12/12, 12/9, 12/12, 12/13-12/21


Meetings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Watson Institute Room 112 
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Meetings every Monday at 9 p.m.
Macmillan 115

Dec. 5 -Info Session on UK Programs (12 p.m. JWW Room 440)
Dec. 5 -Info Session DIS Copenhagen Study Abroad (4 p.m. JWW Room 440)
Dec. 6 -Study Abroad 101 General Info Session (12 p.m. JWW Room 420)
Dec. 6 -Info Session on Swedish Program (12 p.m. JWW Room 440)

Dec. 6 -Info Session Summer Study Abroad (4 p.m. JWW Room 440)
Dec. 9 -Info Session DIS Copenhagen Study Abroad (12 p.m. JWW Room 440)
Dec. 9 -Info Session CASA (Programs in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, and Spain --Granada and Barcelona) (4 p.m. JWW Room 420)

Dec. 5, 6, 7 -Peer Advisor Open Hours (1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. CareerLAB 167 Angell St.)

*register online here
Dec. 5 -Finding Funding for Research (12 p.m., Hecker Center, first floor of the Rock)
Dec. 6 -Library FYI (9 a.m., 9.30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11.30 a.m., Digital Scholarship Lab, first floor of the Rock)
Dec. 7 -Introduction to Interactive Timelines (11 a.m., Digital Studio Seminar Room, Rock 160)

Dec. 7 -Intoduction to Zotero (4 p.m., Hecker Center, first floor of the Rock)
Dec. 9 -Advanced Endnote (12 p.m., Hecker Center, first floor of the Rock)


Concentration Advisor Office Hours
Week of 12/5


Make an appointment.
*Express Hours reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!

Student Assistant Office Hours
Email me anytime with questions at

SENIORS--Deadline this Friday!!
The deadline to revise is this Friday! Failure to revise leads to ineligibility to graduate. Revise NOW! Here's how:

1) ASK -Update (but don't submit) your course plan in ASK. This will show which requirements are remaining for graduation.

2) IR Concentration Form -Complete and print the Cocentration Form with information about study abroad, independent study, and internships. 

3) Concentration Advisor -Make an appointment or come to Friday Express Hours with Dr. Elliott to obtain final approval. The process takes 10 minutes max! Be sure to bring a printed copy of your Concentration Form.


Mark your Calendars!
12/8-12/12: Reading Period

12/9: Concentration advisor office hours end for the semester.
12/12: Classes end for courses not observing reading period. Last day to drop a course or to request an incomplete from an instructor
12/13-12/21: Final examination period


Watson Events

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Featured Events
Security Seminar Series: Iran and the US: What Lies Ahead in the Trump Era
When: Monday, December 5 at 12 p.m. 
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Sponsor: Middle East Studies
Watch webcast


Mousavian is a former diplomat who served as Iran’s Ambassador to Germany (1990-1997), Head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s National Security Council (1997-2005), Spokesman for Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the international community (2003-2005), Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (2005-2007), Vice President of the Center for Strategic Research for International Affairs (2005-2009), General Director of Foreign Ministry for West Europe (1987-1990), Chief of Parliament Administration (1984-1986) and the editor in chief of the English-language international newspaper Tehran Times (1980-1990). Mousavian is also the author of several publications, including Iran-Europe Relations: Challenges and Opportunities, Additional Protocol and Islamic Republic’s Strategy and Human Rights: Trends and Viewpoints. His book The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir was published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in June 2012. His latest book, Iran and the United States: An Insider’s view on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace was published by Bloomsbury Publishers in May 2014.

Mellon Sawyer Seminar: Development-Induced Displacement
When: Tuesday, December 6 at 4 p.m. 
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Bharat Patankar is a leading activist of the left wing Shramik Mukti Dal and of the peasant movement in Maharashtra province, India. His numerous books and articles include 20 English articles and books, including “Characteristics of Contemporary Caste System and its Annihilation,” in Two Essays on Caste, (University of Mumbai). Michael Levien is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at John Hopkins University. Sarah Besky is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University.
Sponsor: Middle East Studies
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Registration required! Large parts of Global South including South Asia is witnessing rapid industrialization and many ventures that fall under the rubric of “development projects,” forcibly displace millions of people. By bringing together activists and academics on the same platform, this seminar analyzes the ideas that animate these projects and also explore alternatives.

Film Screening and Discussion: America's Diplomats
When: Wednesday, December 7 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Ambassadors Chas Freeman and Richard Boucher will discuss the role of America's diplomats in American foreign policy today and how that role could change under President-elect Trump. Professor Jo-Anne Hart will moderate the discussion following the screening.
Sponsor: Watson Institute
Watch webcast

From Ben Franklin to Benghazi, America's Diplomats takes you inside the Foreign Service and behind the scenes of U.S. Foreign Policy. Discover the role our diplomats play in shaping American history. Uncover the origins of our Foreign Service, and the danger American diplomats face far from home.



Conference: 2016 Model Arab League Conferences
Conference Dates: Multiple dates, see conference list for desired dates.
To Register: Register online
Each academic year, thousands of students participate in Model Arab Leagues across the United States and the world. Through participation in the Model Arab League programs, students develop essential skills from leadership and public speaking to critical thinking and writing, while also gaining practical, immediate knowledge about a critical region – the Middle East and the Arab world. 

Spring University: Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty
Dates: April 2-April 13
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: February 22
The objective of the Spring University Prague 2017, “Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty”, is to provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant political and social issues in contemporary Europe. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, field work, group-work and student presentations. Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics and gain valuable insights into the current challenges and risks to the development of Europe, but will also have occasion to improve their research and presentation skills. Moreover, there will be numerous free-time activities that will provide participants with a chance to enjoy the wide range of attractions that Prague has to offer.

Summer School: Security and Society Summer School
Dates: May 27 - July 7
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: March 15
This six-week summer school takes a broad but intensive look at traditional and contemporary security issues. Using Poland and Central Europe as case studies, students will gain a new perspective on global issues. Summer 2017 courses will address security, cyber-security, history, criminal justice, urban planning, elites, identity/diversity/tolerance, and Jewish studies.

Conference: University Scholars Leadership Symposium
Conference Dates: August 1-7, 2017
Conference Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To apply: Apply online
The University Scholars Leadership Symposium is a week-long leadership development training program. The Symposium will bring together 1,000 of the world’s most promising leaders to one stimulating platform in the heart of Asia. The Program has been designed for young persons who are committed to making this world a much better place for the human race.

Language School: Intensive German at the Heidelberger Pädagogium
For information on dates, application process, and more: Email 
The Heidelberger Pädagogium is a non-profit language institute, located conveniently near the city center, and is one of the outstanding educational institutions in Heidelberg, Germany. The German language courses at the institute offer effective learning and individual tutoring by experienced teachers in small groups of 7 to 15 participants, from beginners to preparation courses for the university entrance tests. Accommodation in single rooms in student apartments is available. International students who need a visa for the duration of their stay will be issued a certificate of attendance for the respective embassy.


Winter (and Spring, Summer, and Fall) Internship: Foundation for Sustainable Development Winter Programs in Africa, Latin America, and India
Deadline: See different deadlines for spring, summer, and fall session here.
To apply: Apply online
Winter programs are intense, immersive programs for students and young professionals looking to gain international development experience and training. The internship involves home-stays with host-families, an on-site orientation, development training, grant-writing, and ultimately project implementation to ensure that the work makes a lasting impact on you and the community you serve.

Summer Internship: The US International Council on Disabilities
 January 10
Program dates: May 28 - July 29
To Apply: Apply online 
The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) launched its internship program in 2013. USICD's internship program focuses on U.S. citizen youth with disabilities who intend to pursue careers in international development or foreign affairs. The summer 2017 internship program will bring a group of talented U.S. citizen graduate students, recent graduates, and rising college juniors and seniors with disabilities from across the U.S. to Washington, DC, for nine weeks.  This will include a one-week training and orientation program followed by an eight-week internship at an international organization in the Washington, DC, area.  USICD will cover the cost of accessible housing during the program, reimburse travel expenses to and from DC from US locations, and provide a limited stipend.

Fall and Spring Internship: Fall 2016 Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to Grace Mahoney, Intern Coordinator
The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP) runs a small, highly selective internship program for students interested in gaining first-hand experience in public policy research in domestic and international affairs. Over the course of 15 weeks interns will work independently and in teams to research and analyze global policy trends in think tanks. Interns volunteer a minimum of 8-10 hours a week and attend mandatory weekly intern meetings from 3-5pm on Fridays. Virtual internship available for students with the ability to multi-task, work independently, and a proven track research record.

Fall Internship: City Internship's Global Internship Summer Program
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Rolling deadline
The Global Internship Program operates in the world’s leading cities – London, New York, Los Angeles & Hong Kong – and provides an immersive and formative experience that is focused on enabling undergraduates and graduates to convert their skills, ambition and academic accomplishment to professional success. The program is structured around an eight week internship placement, with a leading employer in the student’s chosen field, which is complemented by a series of inclusive career seminars and workshops, guest speaker and networking events, social events and weekend excursions.


Scholarship: Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Deadline: Today!
Eligibility: Juniors
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Established by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college juniors (at the time of application) who have outstanding leadership potential and intend to pursue careers in public service. This scholarship provides $30,000: $3,000 for the senior year and $27,000 for graduate study ($9,000 per year depending on the length of the scholar’s graduate degree program for up to three years). In addition to funding, the Truman involves a leadership week and a summer institute both of which give Truman scholars a chance to explore pressing policy and public service concerns as well develop connections and learn from each other.

Fellowship: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program
Deadline: December 12
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: Seniors
The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International peace is a private, nonprofit educational organization in Washington dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results. Through research, publishing, convening, and on occasion, creating new institutions and international networks, the Endowment associates shape fresh policy approaches. Their interests span geographic regions and the relations among governments, business, international organizations and civil society, focusing on the economic, political, and technological forces driving global change. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Carnegie Endowment’s senior associates.

Post-grad Internship: Presidential Internship in Cairo
Deadline: January 20
To apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors
Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates the opportunity to spend an academic year working at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Egypt. Participants intern full-time in one of eight university offices, working in a range of fields including University administration, sustainability, finance, student development, advancement, communications, and more. This program provides recent graduates the unique opportunity to begin their professional careers while abroad. Program benefits include a monthly living stipend, furnished faculty housing, private Arabic tutoring, access to AUC faculty and staff programs, community-based personal development, subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt, and more.

Research funding: Michael Bhatia Fund for Peacekeeping and Conflict Studies
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Log into UFunds and submit application
Eligibility: IR concentrator doing work for IR concentration credit
Established in memory of Michael Vinay Bhatia '99, who died in May 2008 in Afghanistan, where he was working as a social scientist in consultation with the U.S. military, the Fund underwrites field work, study abroad, or thesis research by IR concentrators working on peace-keeping and conflict studies. It is awarded to a student who, like Michael Bhatia '99, hopes to deepen his/her understanding of a region or culture by traveling and studying there, with the ultimate goal of helping to promote cross-cultural understanding that might end or avert violence or military conflict.


Volunteer: One Heart Source 
Deadline: December 9
To Apply: Apply online
Since 2008, One Heart Source has designed and operated volunteer programs for university students who seek to broaden their context of humanity and the world through results-oriented service learning. Through service-learning projects, cultural immersion, and international collaboration, One Heart Source volunteers are able to develop themselves as leaders and scholars in an ever-increasing global community. OHS offers a variety of 2 and 4 week programs in Jamaica and South Africa.

Volunteer Opportunity: Global Youth Connect South Africa
Deadline: Check website for updates
To Apply: Apply online

This delegation is a collaboration between Global Youth Connect and Inkululeko - a nonprofit that works with young people in Grahamstown, South Africa helping them finish high school and move onto university or to gain a skill set so they can be gainfully employed upon graduation. GYC Delegates will be woven into projects within Inkululeko where they will learn about sustainable development, the strides being made by one organization to make education more equitable for Grahamstown residents and engage in conversation about promoting human rights through education. GYC delegates will work alongside young people who live in Grahamstown on volunteer projects and will see, firsthand, what efforts are being made to push the community forward. This delegation is open to college age students from around the world.

Job: Impact
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Apply online
If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy and other issues that matter to our future, consider a job with Impact. Impact is a nonprofit that runs action campaigns. We work in states where we can win positive change for our environment, our democracy and our future.

Volunteer Opportunity: Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Email expressing interest in volunteering
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) welcomes immigrants and refugees who are working to overcome cultural, educational, economic and language barriers, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency and to participate actively in their communities. Volunteers play a critical role at Dorcas, providing the individual attention the program participants require to succeed. Dorcas is always looking for new volunteers to work as  tutors, class room aides, immigration and citizenship support, and refugee mentors.

Volunteer Opportunity: Project Esperanza Volunteer Trips
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: E-mail
Project Esperanza primarily serves the Haitian immigrant population of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in the areas of education, social aid, and community development. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve, improve your language skills, and see another part of the world, this is the trip for you!

Volunteer: Armenian Volunteer Corps
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Apply: Apply online
Volunteers 21 years of age and older volunteer in Armenia in a job placement of their own choosing. Placements available in a wide variety of sectors and organizations. AVC provides all logistical support from airport pick-up, to host-family living arrangements, Armenian language classes, and more.


Masters Program: Keough School for Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame
Deadline: December 15
To Apply: Apply online
The masters program will offer concentrations in Peace Studies, Sustainable Development, and Global Affairs with customizable specialization. For the inaugural cohort, all admitted students will receive a full tuition scholarship and a living stipend. Courses will be taught by a multi-disciplinary group of faculty, and will include intensive practical experience, both in integration labs on campus and in field placements over the summer.

Masters Program: MA in Religion, Politics, and Global Society at the University of Virginia
Deadline: December 15
To Apply: Apply online
This MA engages students with the complex challenges of building peace in the twenty-first century, training them to analyze and assess violent conflict with particular attention to the diverse roles played by religious actors. Hosted by UVA’s distinguished faculties in religious studies and politics, and featuring scholars from across the university, the multi-disciplinary program facilitates advanced research in peace studies, politics, religion, foreign affairs and global studies, and prepares students for work in foreign service, peacemaking, second-track diplomacy, global development, community organizing, and/or religious leadership.

Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Deadline: January 12 (for Spring '17)
To Apply: Apply online
START offers a fully online, open enrollment Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis through the University of Maryland's Graduate School. START's Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis provides participants with advanced education on the causes, dynamics, and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. Participants also develop the methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research on and analysis of terrorism.

Masters Program: Masters Program in International  Affairs at The New School, New York
Deadline: January 15 (for Fall '17)
To Apply: Apply online
If you are thinking about post-graduate studies in IR, The New School in New York City offers:
  • A flexible MA/MS in International Affairs that combines critical thinking and engaged learning in an intimate learning environment. Explore the concentrations in Development, Conflict & Security, Media & Culture, Governance & Rights, and Cities & Social Justice and the rich practice curriculum at
  • An International Field Program that offers rigorous academic study and hands-on experience through partnerships with community-based organizations, NGOs, universities, and government agencies. Find out more about the 2017 field sites in Brazil, Cuba, India, South Africa, and the Balkans at
  • The United Nations Summer Study program explores the full range of issues addressed in the United Nations system -- peace and security, economic development, and human rights and humanitarian affairs -- and connects them to local issues in New York. Explore the UN Summer Study course and the unique opportunities offered by the United Nations Summer Practicum at
Masters Programs: Masters Programs in International History at the London School of Economics
Deadline: January 17
To Apply: Apply online
The LSE’s Department of International History invites applications for three 12-month Master’s degree programmes beginning in Fall 2017. The LSE is one of the world’s leading institutions for historical study and research. It is placed 6th globally in the most recent QS World University Rankings for History, above UCLA and Princeton. The LSE’s history postgraduates also enjoy very high employment rates, with 94.1% in employment or further study six months after graduation. Places are available on three programmes:
  • MSc History of International Relations is the Department’s flagship programme. Concentrating on the modern period from the Renaissance to the Cold War, it is designed to be extremely flexible with no compulsory courses. Students can therefore tailor their degrees to fit their own areas of interest.
  • MSc Theory and History of International Relations is taught jointly with the Department of International Relations. A competitive programme, it allows students to take both history and IR courses, sampling both theoretical and empirical approaches to international relations.
  • MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation is for those who wish to focus on imperial and global history in trying to understand the emergence of the modern world. Alongside a compulsory core course, student select options from the Departments of International History, Economic History and Government, as well as the Gender Institute.

Winter Program: The Green Program Experiential Education
Deadline: Rolling
Program Dates: Varies, see schedule
To Apply: Apply online 
The Green Program’s career accelerating, hands-on, high adventure impact unique educational model proves why The Green Program is not just any study abroad program. The Green Program offer short-term, experiential education for the world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development in one of three different locations: Iceland, Peru, or Pennsylvania.

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