February 22, 2016

Hey IR concentrators,

I hope everyone is getting fully caught up on sleep during this long weekend!

The IR DUG has new leaders this semester: co-Presidents Molly Gelb ('17) and Blake Nosratian ('17)!
Molly is a junior pursuing the Society and Security track with a regional focus on Latin America. She spent the summer after her freshman year studying in Sevilla, Spain, and loved her experience with the Spanish language and culture. Outside of the IR DUG, Molly is a diver and captain on the the Varsity Swim and Dive team, a photojournalist for Jews of Brown, on the photo and blog team for the Brown Market Shares Program, and a volunteer with the Brown After-School Elementary Mentoring program in Olneyville, Providence.

A junior from Los Angeles, Blake is pursuing the political economy track within the international relations concentration. His career goals involve diplomacy and public policy, with an emphasis on conflict resolution and economic development. He is particularly interested in the Middle East and hopes to someday help United States policymakers navigate this increasingly complicated region of the world, whose economic and security interests are inextricably linked to our own. Outside of academia, Blake is involved with the Ivy Film Festival, the Brown Political Review, and the Brown Political Forum. In addition to English, he is conversational in Spanish, French, Farsi, and Hebrew.

The IR DUG organizes lunches with faculty, career panels with alumni, advising for sophomores, and a speaker series.

They meet on alternate Tuesdays in Watson 112 at 7:00pm. Their next meeting will be Tuesday, March 1st. Check the side col on the newsletter and the IR homepage for ongoing meeting schedule.

Our new DUG leaders are excited for this upcoming semester and encourage you all to get involved!
-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: No office hours Monday or Tuesday
  • Senior Graduation Requirements: Are you planning to graduate? Action required!
  • Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference: Application due Thursday!
  • Save the Date: IR Open House and Honors Info Session
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Schwarzman Scholarship, Rohdes & Marshal, and more
  • Mark Your Calendars: No classes Monday or Tuesday


Announcements & News
Student Opportunities



Alternate Tuesdays 7pm
Next meeting 3/1
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Advanced Studies

Thursday, Feb. 25, 1 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown in Italy
Thursday, Feb. 25, 3 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440


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Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Fri................10-12 (EXPRESS walk-in)
No office hours Feb 22 & 23 (long weekend)
Make an appointment.
*Express Hours reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!



Seniors - Action required!

Feb 29 Multiple Concentrations Ceremony Attendance
If you have more than one concentration you must notify the Registrar as to which ceremony you'll attend no later than February 29, 2016 (next Monday).

Mar 1 Final Revisions in ASK
Update your course list in ASK to reflect your final concentration courses. Registrar requires Dr. Elliott approve in ASK by March 11. You must have your revisions SUBMITTED in ASK by Mar 1.  (next Tuesday)

April 4 Application to Graduate
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 Graduation requirement: Capstone Catalog
Students must submit a capstone catalog entry. 

Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference: Apply by THURSDAY!
2016 Theme: Women and Security: The Implications of Promoting Global Gender Equality
When: April 11 - 14, 2016
Where: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: This Thursday, February 25 at 5 p.m.

Apply to be a delegate at this prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime conference! See Student Opportunities for more information. All expenses paid.
Save the Date!
IR Concentration Open House
When: Monday, February 29
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: North Common Room, Watson Institute 2nd Floor
Dinner will be served. Click the image to the left to download the flyer with more info!

Save the Date!
IR Honors Info Session
When: Monday, February 29
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: North Common Room, Watson Institute 2nd Floor
Enjoy Meeting Street cookies!



Fellowship Events
2/29: Schwarzman Scholarship Info Session
3/10: Rhodes & Marshall Info Session
3/17: Mitchell Scholarship Info Session
3/21: Rhodes Getting Started Workshop
4/5: Marshall Getting Started Workshop
4/14: Fulbright Orientation
4/20, 4/28, 5/10: Fulbright Getting Started Workshops
Download the full schedule.


Mark your Calendars!
2/22-2/23: No classes! Long weekend.
2/24: Last day to add a course for a fee, change from credit to audit, or change grade option (5pm)


Watson Events

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Featured Events

Virtual Info Session: The Fletcher School, Tufts University Map Your Future Program
When: Tuesday, February 23 at 11 a.m.
Where: Register to receive log-in instructions
Map Your Future (MYF) allows college seniors to apply to Fletcher during their senior year (or within 6 months of graduation) for a spot in a class 2 years hence. If admitted, applicants are guaranteed a spot in that future class, as well as a minimum scholarship, and spend the next two years pursuing professional experience in their areas of interest. Most of our most competitive applicants are academic high achievers with internship experience, and they really thrive at Fletcher after gaining full-time professional exposure. These sessions will provide a thorough overview of the MYF program, as well as an opportunity to chat directly with those of us in admissions (there’s a live web chat running throughout the presentation).


Virtual Info Session: The Fletcher School, Tufts University Map Your Future Program
When: Wednesday, February 24 at 3 p.m.
Where: Register to receive log-in instructions
Map Your Future (MYF) allows college seniors to apply to Fletcher during their senior year (or within 6 months of graduation) for a spot in a class 2 years hence. If admitted, applicants are guaranteed a spot in that future class, as well as a minimum scholarship, and spend the next two years pursuing professional experience in their areas of interest. Most of our most competitive applicants are academic high achievers with internship experience, and they really thrive at Fletcher after gaining full-time professional exposure. These sessions will provide a thorough overview of the MYF program, as well as an opportunity to chat directly with those of us in admissions (there’s a live web chat running throughout the presentation).

Lecture: Out of the Shadows: Reforming NSA Surveillance 
When: Wednesday, February 24 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Timothy Edgar, Senior Fellow, Watson Institute
Sponsor: Watson Institute
For decades, the NSA has followed rules to protect against “spying on Americans,” but the rules are out of date. Our communications, personal lives and national security threats are all global. In the twenty first century, the only way to protect our privacy as Americans is to do a better job of protecting everyone’s privacy. Timothy H. Edgar was the first privacy lawyer on Obama’s White House National Security Staff. In this public lecture, he explains both why and how we can do this, without sacrificing the vital intelligence capabilities we need to keep ourselves and our allies safe.


Lecture: “On a Russian Scale": The Soviet Union’s Entry into the Nuclear Age
When: Thursday, February 25 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: David Holloway, Professor of Political Science, Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, and Senior Fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Sponsors: Bruce M. Bigelow Lectureship, the C.V. Starr Foundation, the Dean of the College, East Asian Studies, the History Department, International Relations, Science and Technology Studies, Slavic Studies, and the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown.
This talk is part of a year-long lecture series titled: “Dawn of the Atomic Age: 1945-2015.”

Info Session: Masters of Public Affairs
When: Thursday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: 59 Charlesfield Street, Seminar Room
Sponsor: Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy
Change the world--accelerate your impact with just one more year at Brown. The One-year Accelerated Brown MPA features flexible curriculum emphasizing analytical skills, domain knowledge, and field experience. There is a focus on global and domestic policy, global policy experience, and action learning consultancy. The merit aid application deadline is March 15 and the final deadline to apply is April 15. Register here.

Debate: China: America's Foreign Policy Puzzle
When: Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m.
Where: Building for Environmental Research & Teaching (BERT), Room 015 (85 Waterman St.)
Who: Ambassador Chas Freeman, Brown University; Michael Mazza, American Enterprise Institute
Sponsor: Alexander Hamilton Society

Join us a lively debate and discussion. All are welcome!


Lecture: Political Economy and International Security: The State of the Art
When: Friday, February 26 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Jonathan Kirshner, Stephen and Barbara Friedman Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Government, Cornell University
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Security Seminar Series
From the Global Financial Crisis to the looming implications of a secular slowdown, economic factors continue to have a profound and often formative influence on questions of international security and the prospects for war and peace.  Yet the discipline of International Politics still tends to generate studies that largely focus either on questions of “international political economy” or “security studies”, a cold-war anachronism that is now a quarter-century out-of-date.   In contemporary world politics, economics and security are fellow travelers – one will rarely be seen without the other.  What theoretical tools do we have available to take on such problems?  What are the key questions that need to be asked, and what do these conclusions suggest for policy practitioners?

Workshop: West African Dance and the Politics of Diaspora
Friday, February 26 at 4 p.m.
Where: Ashamu Dance Studio (83 Waterman St.)
Who: Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson, Assistant Professor of African and Afro-American and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
Sponsors: Brown TAPS
This workshop invites participants to explore the relationship between dance, race, gender, and diasporic belonging. It asks: how is West African dance political? How is West African dance a means through which identities are negotiated and new racial and gendered logics of diaspora are rendered?



Prize: Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research New!
Eligibility: Current, full time students. Project cannot be honors thesis. Must have been completed during 2015. Can be individual or team project.
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: April 1, 2016
This prize recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that make creative and extensive use of the Brown University Library's collections, including but not limited to print resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all emdia. Entries may take the form of a traditional paper, a database, a website, or other digital project. Up to two $750 prizes may be awarded. 

Prize: Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations New!
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Rolling until April 22, 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.


Conference: US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference
When: April 11 - 14, 2016
Where: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: This Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Naval Academy is seeking students who demonstrate a strong desire to participate, seek a real challenge, have an outstanding record of academic achievement, and have a sincere interest and commitment in the study of foreign affairs. This year's conference theme is Women and Security: The Implications of Promoting Global Gender Equality. The Conference has become a way of bringing together the nation's future Navy and Marine Corps officers with their peers from other colleges and universities, both civilian and military, from across the country and around the world. Participants include prominent politicians, leading academics and public intellectuals, government officials, and foreign dignitaries—providing a unique forum for scholarly discourse.

Conference: London School of Economics SU Emerging Markets Forum 
When: March 4 - 5, 2016
Where: London, United Kingdom
To register: Register online
The LSE SU EMF is a two-day event dedicated to highlighting the importance and role of emerging markets. Over 200 industry-leading experts have spoken at the Forum in the past six years in fields ranging from real estate and finance to commodities, pharmaceuticals and national security. These include Academics, CEOs, Central Bank Governors and world-famous investors. The conference also attracts widespread media coverage from TIME Magazine, The Economist, BBC News, The WSJ, Bloomberg and The FT.

Forum: Young Diplomats Forum 2016 New!
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: National Council on US-Arab Relations
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2016
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington. 

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.

Mentoring Fair: 2016 Women’s Foreign Policy Group Mentoring Fair
 February 25, 2016 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: New York University, Manhattan, NY
To register: Register online
The Women's Foreign Policy Group Annual Mentoring Fair provides an opportunity for students and young professionals to meet with international affairs professionals and learn from their career experiences. Unlike a career fair, the focus is on entering and succeeding in international career fields, not just opportunities at particular companies.

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: 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!


Masters Programs: English Language Master's Programs at Institute of International Studies, Charles University in Prague 
Early Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2016
To apply: Apply online
Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague offers four interdisciplinary Master’s Degree Programs taught in English for the academic year 2016/2017. These programs are coordinated under the label "Prague Area Studies" (PRAREAS) and focus on distinctive areas: the countries of Eurasia and Central, East and South East Europe, the German-speaking countries, European Union and North America.

Summer Program: Bosnia and Herzegovina: Identity, Memory and Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Deadline: March 1
Program Dates: May 28 - June 5, 2016 
To apply: Apply online
The aim of this course is to understand not only how a contentious past and historical memories and narratives impact the ways in which post-conflict societies function, but also to look into various social practices and initiatives of counteracting the negative effects of conflict through justice, good governance, education and art. Specifically, we will explore strategies geared towards social transformation in Bosnia and Herzegovina twenty years after the conflict in 1990s. We will visit Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka to learn about narratives of different ethnic communities and get a comprehensive outlook of the current situation.

Summer Program: GWU U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era
Deadline: Session One: March 1; Session Two: May 1
Program Dates: Session One: May 16-27; Session Two: July 11-23 
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 Program: Northern Ireland: Politicians, Paramilitaries, and Peace
Deadline: March 20
Program Dates: June 25 - July 3, 2016  
To apply: Apply online
CRDC's summer 2016 course, "Politicians, Paramilitaries, and Peace," takes students to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to learn about the linkages between the political and grassroots levels in a conflict that has evolved significantly over the last 50 years but still faces challenges of reconciliation and integration. In both Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, we'll examine how the post-conflict scenario evolves and delve into the challenges of a process that is frozen in the period of conflict management rather than moving on to conflict transformation and conflict resolution. 

Winter Program: Iceland Renewable Energy and Sustainability Adventure 
Deadline: Rolling until spots are filled
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. Discover Iceland’s innovation in renewable energy, dive into authentic Nordic culture, and participate on adventure excursions you never even realized you wanted to have on your bucket list.

Winter Program: Peru Water Resource Management and Sustainable Practices 
Deadline: Rolling until spots are filled
Program Dates: Varies, see schedule
To Apply: Apply online
Through recent years, Peru has overcome hardships with water sanitation and flourished with their water resource management and sustainable practices. Join The Green Peru Program to discover how Peru utilizes methods from the Inca Empire and modern day technologies for water initiatives and a sustainable future. The Green Peru Program is created for motivate students who are on a mission towards global water stewardship and sustainability solutions. Dive into the rich history of the Inca Empire, Peruvian culture, local entrepreneurial and governmental endeavors, and service-learning projects to put your mind towards a future of water accessibility for our world.

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.


Publish: Brown University Urban Studies Journal 
Deadline: Rolling until February
To Submit: Email submissions
The Urban Studies Department is now accepting submissions for its 2016 Journal, open to all faculty and students in the Brown community. We encourage submitting any work that is inspired by or based on cities and issues related to the built environment. The work can take absolutely any form—academic research, journalism, creative writing, art, architectural & urban design work, GIS projects, etc. Authors are encouraged to submit early so written work can go through the editing process.

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 (one of which is in consideration to be picked up by the NYTimes). 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.