Sept. 19, 2016

Hey IR Concentrators!

As shopping period comes to an tomorrow, I hope you are happy with your schedule, taking some exciting IR classes and have some time to enjoy what little good weather we have left from the Summer! Now that classes are in full gear, it becomes more difficult to keep track of what is happening around campus and sift through the long list of events to find ones that you are interested in. So I suggest you pay extra attention to the Events section of the newsletter since it's a quick and easy guide to what events on campus may appeal to you as IR majors. This week, there is a lecture by Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, former president of Malawi --don't miss it, and say hi if you see me there!

As you are thinking about papers for your classes, keep an eye out on the column on the right of the newsletter for upcoming library workshops. There's are library workshops on Endnote and Zotero this week, and if you don't have experience with these amazing citation tool, you should definitely attend because it is a lifesaver! I can assure you that it will make your life so much easier and your citations so much more professional, so mark your agendas for these workshops. As always, feel free to stop by during my office hours or shoot me an email with anything IR related!

Have a wonderful week!
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • Concentration Advisor Office Hours
  • SCUSA 67 Student Conference: Apply by October 17!
  • Important Dates: 9/20 and 10/4
  • Library Workshops: Endnote and Zotero
  • How Not To Start A Nuclear War: 4 p.m. on Sept. 22, Joukowsky Forum
  • Model UN at Brown: Get involved!
  • Info Session: Middlebury Institute of International Studies Sept. 26


Meetings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(next meeting Sept. 27)
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Sept. 20 Study Abroad 101 General Info Session
Sept. 22 University of Haifa Info Session
Sept. 26 Study Abroad Fair

Sept. 26 CareerLAB Career Fair Day 1
Sept. 27 CareerLAB Career Fair Day 2

Sept. 27 Professional School Fair (law & health)

Sept. 20 Basic Introduction to Endnote
Sept. 22 Managing your citations and research with Zotero

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Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Week of 9/19
Fri................1.30-3.30 (Express walk-in)
Make an appointment.
*Express Hours are reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!

Student Assistant Office Hours
My office hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2 every week. Please stop by the IR office if you want to chat about classes, study abroad or the thesis --or anything else IR related! Also feel free to email me anytime with questions at

SCUSA 67 Student Conference on Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities
Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to rub shoulders with top policy advisors at the prestigious annual SCUSA 67 student conference! This year's SCUSA 67 theme is Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities. West Point and the IR Program cover the cost of all expenses --apply by October 17 to take advantage of this amazing opportunity! (see Student Opportunities section). 

Important Dates
Don't let these important dates sneak past you as you're busy finalizing your schedule:
9/20: Last day to add a course without a fee (5 p.m.)

10/4: Last day to change course grade option or add a course with late fee (5 p.m.)

Library Workshops: Endnote and Zotero
Writing a long research paper is a huge endeavor, and citations are a large portion of the work that goes into it. Make sure you attend this library workshop on Tuesday on how to use Endnote, the tried and tested citation tool that will make your academic career infinitely easier. A similar citation tool that is also very useful is Zotero, and a library workshop on Thursday will be giving an introduction to that --I recommend that if you miss one, don't miss the other! (see Events section)

Security Seminar Series: How Not To Start A Nuclear War
Nuclear proliferation is a permanent topic on national and international agendas, but is your nuclear policy literacy where it needs to be in order to understand what's happening? Go to this lecture on Thursday to find out more about how worried you should really be about an accidental nuclear war! (See Events section)
Model UN at Brown: Monday meetings and application deadlines
For decades, the UN has been the epitome of international governance and diplomacy. If you're interested in the inner workings of the UN and have a passion for trying to devise solutions to the world's most pressing political, economic and humanitarian problems, get involved with BUSUN, Brown's very own Model UN conference. Attend weekly meetings on Mondays and apply for conferences online. (see Student Opportunities section)
Info Session (6 p.m. on Sept. 26): Middlebury Institute for International Relations
For IR Seniors already panicking about life after graduation and for IR concentrators who like to think ahead, this info session is a great opportunity to explore post-graduation options. If you think you might want to pursue a graduate degree in international studies or related fields, Middlebury Institute might be what you're looking for.



Watson Events

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Featured Events

Special Lecture Series: Moral Leadership: The Prerequisite for Economic Growth, Development and Peace in Africa
When: Monday, September 19 at 5.30 p.m. TODAY!
Where: DeCiccio Family Auditorium, Salomon Center for Teaching (79 Waterman Street)
Who: Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda
Sponsor: Watson Institute
An entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is Former President of the Republic of Malawi, having ruled Malawi from 2012 -2014. She is Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa's most powerful woman by Forbes magazine for two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of women, children, and the disabled and other marginalized groups.


Library Workshop: Basic Introduction to Endnote
When: Tuesday, September 20 at 12 p.m.
Where: Hecker Center (First Floor of the Rockefeller Library)
Who: Ian Straughn
Sponsor: Rockefeller Library
Have you been told to use EndNote to organize your work, but have no idea what it is or what it can do? Or have you started to use EndNote, but would like some pointers? In this session you will learn how to create a library of citations and how to manage all those references that you have been collecting for various projects. At the end you will be able to import references from databases, catalogs, and downloaded PDFs; annotate PDFs; use the Cite While You Write tool to create bibliographies and in-text citations; find and download full text articles with a click of a mouse; and use many of EndNote's other tools to help you manage this vital aspect of scholarship. Register now and bring your laptops with you!


Library Workshop: How To Use the Citation Manager Zotero
When: Thursday, September 22 at 12 p.m.
Where: Hecker Center (First Floor of the Rockefeller Library)
Who: Brian Croxall
Sponsor: Rockefeller Library
As an undergrad pursuing big IR research projects such as finals papers for classes or an honors thesis, you certainly have a lot of references to manage. This workshop covers the basics of Zotero, a bibliographic management tool. It grabs citation information right from your browser and integrate citations into your Word documents. The best part is this: Zotero is free and runs on either Mac or Windows machines. Register now and bring your laptops with you!

Security Seminar Series: How Not To Start A Nuclear War: US Policy and the Risks of Accidental Nuclear Use
When: Thursday, September 22 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street)
Who: Lisbeth Gronlund
Sponsor: Watson Institute and IR Program

Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund is co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.  She focuses on technical and policy issues related to nuclear weapons, ballistic missile defenses and space weapons, and is the co-recipient of the 2001 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award of the American Physical Society (APS). Gronlund will provide an overview of the evolution of nuclear arsenals and policies since the end of the Cold War, including a summary of the current international situation. She will then focus on current debates about nuclear weapons policy in the United States, looking in some detail at the issue of accidental nuclear war.

Lecture and Discussion: Coexistence and the Environment
When: Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street)
Who: Nasr Al-Qadi and Kama Lee-Tal
Sponsor: Watson Institute

"Coexistence and the Environment" is an event intended to bring to Brown a new perspective in regards to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. One Palestinian and one Israeli alumni of The Arava Institute, one of the leading environmental science institutes in the Middle East that allows both Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Americans to seek a degree together, discuss how coexistence is not only possible but achievable. Please join the Brown Students for Israel in an evening of lecture and discussion about an institution that is making a real difference on the ground, not only in the innovations that have come about from the research conducted, but also the lessons learned in how partnerships across arbitrary borders is possible.



Conference: 2016 Student Council on US Affairs (SCUSA) Apply now!
Deadline: October 17
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: IR Junior or Senior
Want to hob-knob with key policy makers? Like to discuss solutions to global challenges? The Student Conference on US Affairs is one of the most prestigious conferences of its kind. This is an annual four day conference hosted at The Untied States Military Academy at West Point. The purpose of this world-class conference is to facilitate interaction and constructive discussion between civilian student delegates and West Point cadets in order to better understand the challenges that the Untied States faces in an increasingly global society. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynote speakers, and develop policy recommendations during round table sessions. The theme of this year's conference is Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities. West Point and the IR program cover the cost of all expenses. Please direct all questions about the application process to

Conference: 2016 Model Arab League Conferences New!
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. 

Conference: BUSUN: Brown Model UN
Deadline: September 19
To apply: Fill out this form for director applications and this form for conference applications
The Brown University Simulation of the United Nations is a high school Model United Nations conference held on Bro wn University's campus that hosts over 900 students annually. This year, the 20th annual BUSUN conference will be held November 11-13. If you want to get involved in BUSUN as a director, are interested in attending collegiate level Model UN conferences around the country or want to learn more about Model UN at Brown, make sure you attend the Brown Model UN meetings every Monday at 9 p.m. in Macmillan 115.


Summer Internship: IR Specialist Assistant at The Office of International Affairs
Deadline: October 1
To Apply: Apply online
By developing and maintaining relationships with internal and external partners, the Office of International Affairs provides foreign assistance that supports the United States government’s objectives in anti-terrorism, border security, non-proliferation, export control, immigration, capacity building, and the facilitation of legitimate trade and travel. This internship provides the participant exposure to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations in the overseas environment. This would include the dynamics of working with countries providing technical guidance and operational assistance with regards to CBP International operations and programs. It will provide experience working as a liaison between overseas missions and Headquarters, CBP program offices and other government agencies.

Summer Internship: US Department of State Internships
Deadline: October 14
To Apply: Apply online
The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.

Fall Internship: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Deadline: October 27
To Apply: Apply online
Internship opportunities are available on both the research and business sides of the think tank. All positions require excellent organizational, research, writing, and computer skills, as well as the ability to multi-task. Responsibilities on the research side include research, writing, editing, and some administrative work. Most of our research positions support more than one scholar, but they are generally grouped by topic. On the business side of the think tank, our conferences, development, communications, and government relations offices all seek interns.

Summer Internship: Federal Reserve Bank of New York Internship Program
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply online
The Undergraduate Summer Analyst and Graduate Summer Associate Programs provide outstanding students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in public service at the New York Fed. Through advanced project work assignments and professional development activities, analysts and associates gain an extensive understanding of the New York Fed’s work. Summer analysts and associates also have the opportunity to enhance their business skills through critical financial analysis, formal presentations, research and writing. The program is a direct feeder for the Bank’s full-time analyst and associate rotational programs.

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.


Scholarship: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program New!
Deadline: October 4 (for Spring '17 semester)
Eligibility: See requirements.
To apply: Apply online.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to those who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. Average award is approximately $4,000. Recipients are eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award of $8,000. 

Fellowship: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Deadline: October 5
To Apply: See application guidelines
Eligibility: Seniors
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s  Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to  nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts. Check out this info letter and this flyer, and watch this video for more information.

Fellowship: Luce Scholars Program New!
Deadline: October 7
Eligibility: Graduating seniors
To apply: Apply online at UFunds.
The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. Follow this link for more information.

Fellowship: Fulbright US Student Program New!
Deadline: October 11
Eligibility: See requirements
To apply: Apply online
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Scholarship: Gates Cambridge Scholarship New!
Deadline: October 12
Eligibility: Graduating Seniors
To apply: See application instructions 

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge, Scholars pursue full range of subjects available at the University and are spread through its departments and Colleges. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Fellowship: The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship
Deadline: October 14
To Apply: See application guidelines
Eligibility: Junior or Senior
The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships provide funding for students interning over the summer in the U.S. Embassies in London or Paris, or the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington, D.C. Students must be accepted to the State Department Internship Program in order to be eligible for the fellowship. The College of William and Mary established the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships in 2000 to inspire the best of a new generation to pursue careers in public service.

Travel Grant: Middle East Studies Research Travel Award
Deadline: November 21
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Undergraduates
The Middle East Studies Program is awarding $600 to undergraduates who want to travel to the region to conduct research. IR concentrators who apply for the grant must be working closely with an MES faculty member or someone on the MES Faculty Executive Committee who supports their application and have confirmation from their concentration advisor that they have a predominantly Middle East research focus.

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.


Job: The Associates Program at Capital Group Alumni connection: Danielle Rosa '16!
Deadline: October 4
To apply: Apply online
The Associates Program (TAP) at Capital Group is a global rotational program that enables associates to work on 6 different job assignments across the organization, with an option to complete a rotation at a non-profit of their choice at the end of TAP. In addition to the rotations, TAP also develops associates via MBA-level courses, professional skills trainings, meetings with leaders across the organization, and personal mentoring.

Job: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau New!
Multiple September deadlines for multiple job openings, see deadlines here
To apply: Apply online
This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. With a focus on data-driven policy making, Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem solving skills while helping make markets for consumer financial products work for Americans. The program has served as a springboard for previous Analysts’ careers. Graduates of the program have moved on to graduate school (Yale Law, Harvard Business, Columbia Economics), private industry (Amazon, Uber, Wells Fargo), and public sector opportunities (Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve Bank of New York).

Job: Impact New!
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 position: 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.


Publish: Journal of Undergraduate International Studies 
Deadline: October 9
To submit: Email your work as an attachment to
Eligibility: Submissions generally range in length from 5 to 20 pages, but may be longer. Submissions must not have been published in any other publication. Current undergraduates and recent graduates (one semester out or less) are eligible to submit their work.
The Journal seeks to publish the world's premier undergraduate work related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, history, culture, comparative politics, economics, development and trade, global security, and international health. All submissions must follow these guidelines:

  1. Submit as a word document, not a PDF or other type of file
  2. Make sure your name and academic affiliation are not present in the text of your work
  3. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman
  4. Double-space your document
  5. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, visit This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication
  6. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes
  7. Include an abstract of 100 words or less

Article selections will be made in late November, and authors will be notified on the status of their submissions at this point. The Journal also welcome photos, either related to or independent of the content of submitted essays.  These photos could appear on the cover of the journal or on our website, Cover photos MUST be of a very high resolution to be considered. Photos can be sent as high-resolution jpegs to Submissions must indicate the subject, the location, and the date of the photo, as well as your name and university affiliation.  
Publish: Journal of Politics and International Affairs
Deadline: October 14
To submit: Submit online
JPIA is a student-run journal that publishes papers written by undergraduate students in the areas of Political Science, International Studies, Economics, Public Affairs, Sociology and related fields. Ideal submissions are both informative and argumentative, with well-developed theses and strong mechanics. The Journal typically publishes 10-20 page essays written for upper-level courses, however it welcomes submissions of any length and topic that falls within the scope of the Journal.


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