April 4, 2016

Hi IR concentrators--

Welcome back from break! Whether you stuck around Providence or had time away from campus, I hope you had time to relax and catch up on sleep. The end of the semester feels like it's right around the corner. As classes shift toward finals, make sure end of the year deadlines don't slip past you.

Seniors: one of the those deadlines is today--make sure to apply to graduate in Banner.

All non-seniors: 
1. There is a new course being offered by Environmental Studies that includes travel to Morocco to attend the 2016 UN Conference on Climate Change. The application is due today
2. We have just released the application for IR Student Assistant for next year (my current job). If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me! I've been the Student Assistant for three semesters and can definitely help you decide if it's the right opportunity for you!
-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Senior Graduation Requirements: Next deadline 4/4 Today!
  • New Course on UN Climate Change Conference: Application due 4/4 Today!
  • Honors Thesis Application: Deadline 4/8 Friday!
  • Riccio Prize: Nominate Yourself by 4/15!
  • Watson Sponsored LINK Awards: Deadline 4/15
  • Work for IR: Apply to be the Student Assistant
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Rhodes, Marshall, and more
  • Mark Your Calendars


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Student Opportunities



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Study Abroad Financial Aid
Tuesday, April 5 at 12pm
Thursday, April 7 at 4pm
Watson Institute, 2nd Floor South Common Room


Data Visualization in Excel
Tuesday, April 5 at 3pm
Rockefeller Library, Digital Scholar Lab (DSL)
Registration required

Data Visualization in Excel
Weds, April 6 at 12pm
Rockefeller Library, DSL
Registration required

Thursday, April 7 at 12pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required


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Office Hours 
4/4 - 4/8
...........1:30-3 (Appt)
Wed...........10-12 (Appt)
Thur...........10-12 (Appt)
Fri...............10-12 (Appt)
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SENIORS: Graduation Deadlines!

TODAY April 4 Application to Graduate in Banner
Students must fill out the Application to Graduate in Banner no later than April 4, 2016 in order to receive a diploma at Commencement.

May 15 Capstone Catalog on IR Website
Students must submit a capstone catalog entry. 

Apply TODAY to this New Course with Travel Opportunity!
ENVS 1575: Engaged Climate Policy at the UN Climate Talks
Twelve undergraduate students will study a group of core readings, conduct independent and group projects, and attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) and related climate change events in Marrakesh, Morocco in November 2016. Students will critically analyze contemporary political events; develop and addresses pertinent research questions; engage with and interview experts in the field; craft policy-relevant and empirically grounded publications; and develop experience in using social media. Team-based research may be shared at the climate negotiations in Marrakesh.
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: TODAY, April 4th

JUNIORS: Want to Write a Thesis? Apply Now!
Eligibility: IR Juniors
Deadline: FRIDAY April 8, 2016
To apply: Download the application
See more information

SENIORS: Nominate Yourself Today!
Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Rolling until April 15, 2016

Awarded to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. See Opportunities.

Summer Internship Funding!
Watson Sponsored LINK Award

Eligibility: Rising IR/DS senior or junior in good academic standing, and returning to study at Brown the following fall
To apply: Apply via UFunds. Send an email to Anita Nester notifying her of your intention to apply for the Watson-sponsored LINK award.
Deadline: Second round: April 15 domestic internships only (12pm)
See Opportunities.


Work for IR: Applications for Student Assistant Now Open!

The International Relations Program is seeking a student assistant to work 10-15 hours/week in the academic program office housed at the Watson Institute.  The primary responsibilities include the development, editing, and distribution of a weekly eNewsletter, the maintenance of a student database, and creating and filing hard-copy files for all new concentrators. The student assistant serves as the liaison to the IR DUG and represents the IR Program as a knowledgeable and engaged IR student.
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Rolling until filled

Fellowship Events
4/5: Marshall Getting Started Workshop Tuesday!
4/14: Fulbright Orientation
4/20, 4/28, 5/10: Fulbright Getting Started Workshops
Download the full schedule.


Mark your Calendars!
4/7: Deadlines for sophomores to file concentration Thursday!
4/8: Deadline for submission of proposals for Undergraduate Study Projects (GISPs) for Fall 2016 Friday!
4/25 - 5/2: Registration for Fall 2016


Watson Events

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Featured Events

Lecture: Anti-Corruption in the Western Hemisphere: Why People Are Mad And Why It's A Good Thing
When: Monday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Metcalf Research Building, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium
Who: Roberta S. Jacobson '82, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Sponsor: The Stephen A. Ogden Jr. '60 91st Memorial Lecture on International Affairs
Roberta S. Jacobson was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs on March 30, 2012.  Previously Ms. Jacobson was the Acting Assistant Secretary since July 2011. She served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs from December 2010 until July 2011, with responsibility for regional political and economic issues, management and personnel, and regional security issues.  Ms. Jacobson holds a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She is the author of articles on “The Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women” in The United Nations and Human Rights (Oxford University Press; 1990) and “Liberation Theology as a Revolutionary Ideology”.


Info Session: A Guide to Summer Internship Funding
When: Tuesday, April 5 at 12 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Need funding for an unpaid summer internship? BrownConnect LINK/SEW awards provide financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships and are administered by BrownConnect. These awards allow students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside the classroom. This session will cover all of the logistics about applying to the LINK program including deadlines, internship eligibility, and tips for creating a successful application. There will also be time for questions.

Lecture: The State of Latin American History: Blue Skies, Ominous Clouds on the Horizon
When: Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m.
John Carter Brown Library, Reading Room (94 George St.)
Sponsor: John Carter Brown Library, Skidmore Lecture
In this talk Charles Walker (UC Davis) examines current tendencies in Latin American history. He specifically welcomes diversified approaches and using historical knowledge to understand present conditions in Latin America. A reception will follow.

Debate: Foreign Policy in the 2016 Presidential Election
When: Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, Room 302
Sponsor: Alexander Hamilton Society
A discussion of the 2016 Presidential Election and its impact on U.S. Foreign Policy featuring Professor Stephen Kinzer of Brown University and Professor Robert Lieber of Georgetown University. Join us for a lively debate and discussion. All are welcome.


Lecture: The Political Economy of Member Statehood in Europe
When: Thursday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Christopher Bickerton, University Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Political Economy and Labor Seminar
States in Europe are best described as member states rather than nation-states. Their legitimacy derives from their participation in horizontal networks of governance as much as it does from relations with their own citizens. As we saw in Greece, this raises important questions of democracy and representation but what is the political economy underpinning this shift from nation-state to member state? This talk will answer this question, focusing on the rise of disorganized and unmediated forms of capitalism within Europe and their importance in shaping trajectories of state formation.

Lecture: Israelis & Palestinians in Dialogue
When: Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: MacMillan Hall, Room 117 (Starr Auditorium)
Sponsors: Program in Judaic Studies, Elga K. Stulman Fund
Israelis & Palestinians in Dialogue is a two part lecture series. Part 1: "Seeing the Humanity in Your Enemy." Speakers: Hanan Schlesinger, Israeli West Bank resident and Director of International Relations, Roots/Shorashim/Judur, a local Israeli Palestinian initiative for understanding, nonviolence, and transformation; and Ali Abu Awwad, Palestinian West Bank resident and Co-Director of Roots/Shorashim/Judur.  


Professor Lunch: Discussion with Professor Bryan V. Knapp
When: Friday, April 8 at 1 p.m.
Where: J Walter Wilson, Room 503
Who: Bryan V. Knapp, Professor of History, Brown University and Connecticut College
Sponsor: IR DUG
Professor Knapp works on the compromises and conflicts between states, corporations, communities and individuals within the politics of survival. This is a great chance to ask questions about his research in human rights and career path, while enjoying a free lunch! Kabob and Curry will be served.



Prize: Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Rolling until April 15, 2016
Awarded in memory of Anthony Brian Riccio, Brown Class of 1996, who lost his life in Moscow on September 20, 1994, to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. Applicants must submit a personal statement justifying their nomination, a written faculty recommendation from Brown, and any pertinent supporting materials. One $300 prize awarded.

Funding: Watson Sponsored LINK Award
Eligibility: Rising senior or junior concentrating in International Relations or Development Studies in good academic standing, and returning to study at Brown the following fall
To apply: Apply via UFunds. Send an email to Anita Nester notifying her of your intention to apply for the Watson-sponsored LINK award.
Deadline: Second round: April 15 domestic internships only (12pm)
These awards provide funding for internships with an international focus in areas aligned with at least one of the Institute's core research areas — security, development, and governance—and its mission to promote a just and peaceful world. Internships may be in the US or abroad. More information on LINK awards.


Competition: BrownThink 
When: April 8 - 10, 2016
To register: Register online
BrownThink is Brown University's first Public Policy competition, open to Brown undergraduates of all concentrations. The competition focuses on immigration policy, and the team with the best legal immigration reform receives a $500 cash prize and other recognitions. Come meet professionals in the legal immigration field and other Brown students! 

Forum: Young Diplomats Forum 2016
When: July 11 - 15, 2016
Where: London, United Kingdom
To apply: Submit a personal statement no more than 500 words and a current CV via email to:
Young Diplomats Forum is a global gathering of diplomats and aspiring diplomats below the age of 35. Past participants have come from more than 150 countries.  The number of delegates for each edition is limited to 75. Participants meet other diplomats, ambassadors, ministers, members of the parliament, government's officials, journalists, academics, and diplomacy experts to discuss different perspectives of global events.


Internship: Institute for National Strategic Studies
Where: Washington, D.C.
To apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 page writing sample via email
Deadline: April 17, 2016
INSS is a collection of Department of Defense research centers established in 1984.  The mission of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) is to conduct research in support of the academic and leader development programs at NDU, and to provide strategic support to the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unified Combatant Commands. We offer unpaid internships to U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students (as well as recent graduates) in a variety of areas pertaining to national security and international affairs.  All INSS interns provide substantive research assistance to our Senior Fellows and Staff, as well as have the opportunity to participate in Defense Department and Interagency meetings and events. 

Internship: Savantas Liberal Arts Academy (SLAA) English Teacher
Where: Hong Kong
To apply: Submit your resume, a writing sample, and a short cover letter to
Deadline: Rolling deadline
Savantas Liberal Arts Academy (SLAA) is the education arm of the Savantas Policy Institute, a think tank that specializes in policies supporting Hong Kong's transformation into a knowledge-based economy. This summer, SLAA will be offering a five-week English program for secondary school students. Students will be recruited from local schools and come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. We are seeking two (2) English Teacher interns to work alongside our full-time staff to run the English classes this summer. The intern will be responsible for designing lesson plans, teaching sessions, grading assignments, and providing personalized help to students outside class. The intern will be given a great amount of freedom and is encouraged to incorporate his/her academic interests into the curriculum. The internship is paid. The amount of pay will be determined according to experience and education level. 
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.


Job: Impact 
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.

Career Fair: Career in International Affairs Fair
When: April 26, 2016
Where: Global Diplomatic Forum - 6 Mitre Passage London, Greater London SE10 0ER GB
To Register: Register online
Deadline: Rolling
The Careers in International Affairs Fair is an annual meeting in which prospective students, universities, recruiters, and experts network, share their offerings, and exchange insights in the field. 


Volunteer: VE Global in Santiago, Chile
To apply: Apply online
VE Global selects and recruits volunteers from all over the world to participate in its volunteer program in Santiago de Chile. VE Global works with children’s shelters, community centers and a school for children with special needs. VE Global is committed to selecting candidates that are passionate and responsible, with a strong desire to change outcomes for children at social risk.

Volunteer: Armenian Volunteer Corps 
To apply: Apply online
AVC's Volunteer Corps invites volunteers 21 years of age and older, of all backgrounds from across the globe, to volunteer in Armenia for a minimum stay of one month to a maximum of one year, to serve in a job placement of their own choosing. Placements are available year-round in a wide variety of sectors and organizations, including business, education, environmental sciences, arts and culture, finance, health, governmental and non-governmental agencies. In addition to placements, AVC provides all logistical support from airport pick-up, to host-family living arrangements, Armenian language classes, and more.

Volunteer: Project Esperanza Volunteer Trips 
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, learn, see another part of the world, and have some fun, this is the trip for you!


Seminar Program: Women in Global Policy
Program Dates: May 16-20, 2016
Where: Washington, D.C.
Deadline: April 4 for scholarships; general registration by April 22
To register: Register online 
College women will learn about foreign policy from distinguished women whose work makes a global impact during this week in Washington, DC. Students will hear from leaders advocating for humanitarian issues, citizens’ rights, international security, and international development in an increasingly interconnected world. 

Summer Program: GWU U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era
Program Dates: July 11-23 
Where: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Deadline: May 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
Held in the heart of Washington DC, these dynamic two-week seminars are ideal for students and professionals from around the world who wish to learn more about how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, the history that informs it, the political culture that sustains it, the ideas and interests that drive it, and the people and institutions responsible for its implementation.The U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era seminars will be especially attractive to those interested in political science, international relations, American studies, area studies, public policy or public administration, journalism, and business.

Summer Course: Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility in Belgrade, Serbia
Program Dates: May 30-July 9
Where: Belgrade, Serbia
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: See application details 
Hone your ethnographic sensibility through sensorium training methods developed in visual arts, performance, music and mindfulness. Break your perceptual habits and develop acute receptivity to the nuances of the ways people move and interact, use things and spaces, organize their time, mix smells and tastes, sit in a bus, or hail a taxi. Become a sensitive instrument for registering surprises and noting patterns in order to ultimately transpose them into ethnographic writing, film, photography, sound, or performance. In its second year, the Field School is aimed at anthropologists and other social scientists who want to develop their ethnographic sensibility with the particular focus on non-verbal, embodied patterns of everyday life, artists who want to explore the convergences between ethnographic and artistic training, and designers, architects, urban-planners and others interested in engaging with their practice in a culturally sensitive way. This is a highly innovative and unique intensive field training in cross-cultural communication not offered anywhere else. Accommodation in hostel and local families.

Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Deadline: July 1 for Fall 2016
To Apply: Apply online
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.

Activist Training: Change Corps 
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Apply online
Change Corps is a salaried, one-year, full-immersion training program in grassroots organizing. When Change Corps organizers complete their training, they’ll know how to organize people to get change unstuck on the issues they’re passionate about and will have an opportunity to become part of a wave of new organizers who will keep pushing and prodding our country forward for years to come. For more information contact Lucy Sedgwick '11. Various locations.


Publish: The Informal
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Submit: Send a 100-150 word pitch to We will get back to you in approximately 7 days. 

The Informal, a Brown-born online journal focusing on finding ways to explore the Middle East from an "informal" lens, is looking for submissions and social media editors! The Informal, since October 2015, has published a significant amount of articles. It also provides a newsletter service and Twitter feed. @theinformalorg serves as a news source without an automated mechanism that posts any article related to the Middle East. A significant amount of articles are read by our team, filtered out for relevant content and then posted as links with a brief tweet summary. Please contact Deniz Cam if interested or have questions.