Oct. 31, 2016

Hi IR concentrators,

Everything is moving so fast, and it is already time to think about next semester! Tomorrow marks the beginning of the preregistration period for Spring 2017 courses. The list of IR courses being offered next semester is already up on the website, and you can find a list of INTL seminars with short descriptions in the Announcements Section. Seniors, if you haven't taken your capstone course yet, look carefully at that list and pick a course that you're interested in writing for. Speaking of seniors, if you want to graduate, COME IN FOR REVISIONS PLEASE! And finally, check out the Student Opportunities section extra carefully this week because there are a lot of deadlines coming up!

Happy Halloween! 
Apple's Jack-O-LanternApple's Ghost
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • Office Hours: This week Tues, Thurs, cancelled Fri
  • Seniors: Revisions --Do it Now!
  • Spring 2017 Courses: Requirements and seminars
  • Conference on US Cyber Policy: deadline tomorrow!
  • Watson Diversity and Inclusion Committee: looking for an IR Junior
  • Important Dates: 11/1, 11/4, 11/8, 11/9


Meetings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(next meeting Nov. 8)
Watson Institute Room 112 
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Meetings every Monday at 9 p.m.
Macmillan 115

Oct. 31 -Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Info Session (4 p.m. JWW Room 440)
Nov. 1 -Study Abroad 101 General Info Session (4 p.m. JWW Room 440)
Nov. 3 -Boren Scholarship Info Session (11 a.m. JWW Room 440)

Nov. 1 -Library FYI (3 p.m. Digital Scholarship Lab, first floor of the Rock)
Nov. 2 -Library FYI (4.30 p.m. Digital Scholarship Lab, first floor of the Rock)
Nov. 3 -Library FYI (1.30 p.m. Digital Scholarship Lab, first floor of the Rock)


Concentration Advisor Office Hours
Week of 10/31
No Friday express walk-in hours this week!
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

All 7th semester seniors are required to revise their concentration forms and meet with Dr. Elliott to update their information by the end of this semester. You do not need to have completed all of the requirements in order to go through this process. 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.

Spring 2017 Courses --Now Available!
The list of Spring 2017 courses that fulfill IR core, track, methods, and capstone requirements is now on the website! Check out the course offerings and start building your schedule for next semester. Don't forget that pre-registration begins tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1!
Here is a list of the INTL seminars being offered next semester (for IR Juniors and Seniors):
  Arnulf Becker Lorca
Visiting Lecturer in International Relations
INTL 1700: International Law
This introduction to public international law covers the nature of legal reasoning in international relations, the interplay of international law and international politics, and the international legal process. Examines selected substantive fields such as state responsibility, the use of force, international human rights, and the U.S. and international law.

  Tim Edgar
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

INTL 1803B: Computers, Freedom and Privacy: Current Topics in Law and Policy (pending)
Who is the Big Brother that we most fear? Is it the NSA -- or is it Google and Facebook? Rapidly changing social mores and the growing problem of cybersecurity have all contributed to a sense that privacy is dead. While the laws that protect privacy and civil liberties are stuck in the analog age, the capabilities for mass digital surveillance continue to advance rapidly. This course puts current controversies in historical context and explores possible reforms.
  Stephen Kinzer
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1802W: International Journalism: Foreign Reporting in Practice
Objective: give juniors and seniors direct experience with the job of being a foreign correspondent. Classes focus on two themes—the practice of international journalism and the history and contemporary reality of Cuba. Seminar includes reporting trip to Cuba during spring break. The seminar is valuable to two types of students—those interested in a career in international journalism and students who are not pursuing a career in journalism but who want to learn journalistic skills. Many fields need people who know how to research, conduct interviews, distill information, and write clearly. This is especially important to careers that involve international work.

  Michelle Jurkovich
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803N: The Politics of Food Security
There is enough food on the planet to feed everyone, and yet currently approximately 875 million people go hungry. Why is this the case? This course explores the politics of international food security, dividing the semester into four sections to examine food through the lens of development, human rights, governance, and security concerns.

  Ali Kadivar
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803N: Reassessing Contentious Politics, and Social Movements
This course introduces the major theories of social movements that explain the origins, dynamics, and consequences of contentious politics. We concentrate on the Middle East, the First and Second Palestinian Intifadas, and Arab Spring uprisings; examining how social movement theory helps us to understand these major episodes of mass mobilization and how these episodes prompt us to change our way of thinking about social movements and contentious politics more generally. We investigate social movement attributes such as movement emergence, member recruitment, leadership, organization, tactics, targets, and goals.

  Pamela Reeves
Visiting Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803G: Global Women’s Issues: Investing in women as strategy for sustainable growth and global development
What are women’s issues around the world? What policies and programs are designed to engage the issues and improve outcomes? What role does and can the private sector play in harnessing the untapped potential of 50% of the globe’s population? Is there evidence to support the need for investment—of resources, focus, and political capital—and to quantify the results of its impact?

Apply Now To This Conference On US Cyber Policy!
Don't miss the opportunity to represent Brown and the IR Department at the United State Air Force Academy conference US Cyber Policy: Inside the Wire. See Student Opportunities section for more information on conference dates and agenda topics. Applications due tomorrow!
A chance to be on the Watson Institute's Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Watson Institute is seeking student membership for the 2016-17 academic year. Already constituted of eight faculty and staff and one undergraduate, the committee meets on the third Tuesday of every month from now through June. Inclusion at the Watson Institute means, among many other things, the involvement of student voices. The Committee seeks one member from each of the Institute's undergraduate programs -- IR, DS, and Public Policy -- to begin at the next meeting on November 15 at 2 p.m. in the Institute's Kim Koo Library. If you are interested, please send a one-two page explanation of why you would like to participate on the committee to


Mark your Calendars!
11/1: Pre-registration for Spring 2017 begins tomorrow!
11/4: Deadline for GISP proposal submissions
11/8: Pre-registration period ends
11/9: TUFTS Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy info session



 Watson Events

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Featured Events

Watson Distinguished Speaker Series: Overcoming Europe's Policy Trilemmas: Economics, Politics, and Governance in a Union Under Stress
When: Monday, October 31 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who:  Marco Buti, Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission
Sponsor: Watson Institute

After studies at the Universities of Florence and Oxford, Mr. Buti joined the European Commission in 1987. He held various posts as an economist in DG ECFIN and the Commissioner's cabinet (private office) before taking up a post as an economic adviser to the Commission President in 2002-03. In 2003 he returned to DG ECFIN as Director for the Directorate for economies of the Member States, and in September 2006 was appointed Deputy Director-General. Mr. Buti has been a visiting professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Florence and the European University Institute, and has published extensively on Economic and Monetary Union, macroeconomic policies, welfare state reforms, and European unemployment.


Lecture: Multimedia Storytelling in International Development
When: Tuesday, November 1 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Colby Gottert '01
Sponsor: Watson Institute
A presentation by Colby Gottert ’01, Emmy-Award winning producer and cinematographer and co-founder of Digital Development Communication, on his collaborative work on pressing global issues. Colby currently lives and works in Madagascar, partnering with governments and NGOs to advance grass-roots development and policy change.


Lecture: The Dialectic of Latin American Democracy
When: Friday, November 4 at 12 p.m.
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Peter Smith, Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego
Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies




Conference: United States Air Force Academy Assembly
Conference Dates: March 14-17, 2017
Deadline: Tomorrow by 5 p.m.
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
This is an amazing opportunity to represent Brown and the IR Program at this prestigious conference! Questions that will be addressed at the conference are: How do cyber policies effect the relationship between developed countries? What are the physical and strategic implications of the cyber world? How should the U.S. respond to cyber conflict and shape national security to address a cyber-dominated world? Email with any questions.

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. 

Course: INTL 1802W: Seminar and reporting trip to Cuba 
Deadline: November 4
To apply: Download application here
Eligibility: Limited to 10 Juniors and Seniors; completion of HISP0600 or 3rd year proficiency equivalent required.
This is an advanced seminar taught in the Spring by former NYT foreign correspondent, Prof Stephen Kinzer. Includes a week-long, intensive reporting trip to Cuba over Spring Break. Learn to act as a foreign correspondent reporting on a topic of your choice. It's a great opportunity to get real world experience in international journalism!


Winter Internship: Social Enterprise and Micro-Entrepreneurship Internship
Deadline: November 21
To apply: Apply online
Interns learn how a social enterprise operates, examine the impact on the surrounding community, and gain a unique cultural experience. Interns complete projects that teach them how to work productively and professionally in small groups, while also managing individual assignments and gaining a sense of cultural awareness. The experience gained during this program enables students to think critically about community and economic development and to act responsibly on a global scale.

Summer Internship: Federal Reserve Bank of New York Internship Program
Deadline: Tomorrow!
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.

Spring Internship: Middle East Institute Leadership Development
Deadline: November 15 for Spring 2017
To apply: See application details
The Leadership Development Internship Program at the Middle East Institute is designed to provide students or recent graduates considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience at a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the Washington policy and scholarly community while developing professional skills with interns from all over the world.

Winter (and Spring, Summer, and Fall) Internship: Foundation for Sustainable Development Winter Programs in Africa, Latin America, and India
Deadline: See different deadlines for winter, spring, summer, and fall session hereWinter session deadline: November 1; late application deadline: December 1
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.

Fall and Spring Internship: Naval War College Internship
November 25
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: US Citizens; IR, DS or Public Policy concentrators
All academic internships at the Naval War Academy are volunteer experiences. Regretfully, no funding is available. Interns should have availability in their schedules to complete internships which consist of at least 100 hours of volunteer time; this means at least one full day or two half days per week. with any questions.

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 New!
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.


Fellowship: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
Deadline: Tomorrow!
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors
Dedicated to international exchange, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program offers five-month fellowships to leading democracy activists, journalists, and scholars from around the world.  During their time in residence at NED's International Forum for Democratic Studies, fellows reflect on their experiences and consider lessons learned; conduct independent research and writing; engage with colleagues and counterparts in the United States; and build ties with a global network of democracy advocates.

Fellowship: Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program
Deadline: Tomorrow!
To apply: Apply online
The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. Accepted students participate in an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer before their Senior year on a Junior Summer Institute (JSI) campus. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. 
"I participated in this program between my junior and seniors years at Brown, and it was one of the best programs I have ever participated in. It focuses on promoting minority interest in public policy/promoting focus on minority issues in public policy, and they provide generous funding for public policy graduation degrees." -Amy Chang IR '08.

Research Award: CLACS Undergraduate Research Award
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply by email (follow directions below)
Eligibility: All undergraduates can apply. Preference will be given to concentrators in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and members of the CLACS Undergraduate Fellows program.
The award of up to $500 is meant to cover expenses related to travel for thesis research or conferences (if relevant to research interests) in the United States or a country in Latin America or the Caribbean.
Application Requirements: Submit a single PDF containing the following materials to  with the subject heading “CLACS Undergraduate Research Awards Application”: 
1. Cover page with name, email address, dates for which funding is requested, and research project title 
2. A statement of the research objectives and design (maximum 500 words)
3. Detailed, itemized budget including other sources of support applied to (indicate whether they have been received and/or when the notification date is)
Separately, ask a professor (for example, your thesis advisor) to submit a letter of recommendation to

Scholarship: Saint Andrew's Society Scholarship
Deadline: November 16
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Since 1960, the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York has offered two graduate scholarships annually to students of Scottish descent in order to promote cultural interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the United States. Saint Andrew’s Scholarships fund one year of study at any of the universities in Scotland. 

Scholarship: Critical Language Scholarship
Deadline: November 16, 2016
Eligibility: US Citizens
To apply: Apply online
The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

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.


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: English Open Doors Program
Deadline: November 20 (for Spring '17, for other dates follow this link)
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors (see more details here)
This is a fee-free volunteer opportunity with the English Opens Doors Program (EODP)’s Volunteer Initiative, implemented by the Chilean Ministry of Education, and supported by the United Nations Development Program. The English Opens Doors Program’s mission is to increase the English proficiency of Chilean students and English teachers, an essential skill in aiding Chile’s continued development in our increasingly globalized world. The program is seeking motivated volunteers to serve as English teaching assistants in public middle schools and high schools throughout Chile, helping students develop their listening and speaking skills, as well as encouraging bilingualism and cultural exchange in the context of a government-run, United Nations sponsored initiative. Volunteers of the English Opens Doors Program gain real-world experience living and working abroad while learning (or improving) their Spanish-language abilities, and getting the chance to know an incredible country with a wealth of cultural and historical traditions and geographic diversity.

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!


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.



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