Oct. 13, 2015

Hey there IR concentrators!

I hope everyone feels rested and rejuvenated after the long weekend! The deadline for SCUSA 67 has been extended to next Monday, October 19th. This is your last chance to apply for this amazing opportunity! Don't miss out! If you have any questions about the conference or the application process, please reach out to me at and I'd be more than happy to help. 

The keynote speaker this year at SCUSA is 64th US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. If you want the opportunity to meet her and ask her questions then apply for the conference!!

Good luck with midterms!
IR Program Student Assistant

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  • SENIORS: Revisions required for graduation
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Student Opportunities

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Endnote Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12 pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Room
Registration required

Mapping on the Web
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 3 pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Room
Registration required

Finding and Using
Social Data

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5 pm
Rockefeller Library, Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL)
Registration required

Interactive Timelines
and Timeline Tools

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12 pm
Rockefeller library, DSL
Registration required

ARTstor and Luna

Thursday, Oct. 15, 4pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Room
Registration required

Zotero Citation

Thursday, Oct. 15, 4 pm
Rockefeller Library, DSL
Registration required


Wednesday, Oct. 14, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

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Seniors - Revise Concentration Forms to Graduate- Now!
You do NOT need to have completed all of the requirements in order to update your forms.
Here’s how:

1. Fill out a new IR concentration worksheet.
2. Meet with Dr. Elliott. 
Check office hours and make an appointment online or come in during Friday Walk-In Express Hours.

NOTE! If you have not completed the paperwork on study abroad credits for IR, then you should do so ASAP.


Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Week of 10/13

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


SCUSA 67: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 10/19! Last Chance to Apply!
Held annually at the US Military Academy at Westpoint, N.Y., the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious undergraduate conference of its type in the world. Throughout the conference, student delegates and cadets debate and formulate policy recommendations that realistically model American strategic responses to significant national and global challenges (see Student Opportunities section). Don't miss this unique opportunity! Sponsored by the IR Program and the Mellon Foundation. All expenses paid. 


Mark your Calendars!
10/16: Last day to change course from credit to audit (5 p.m.) Friday!
11/3: Pre-registration for Spring 2016 begins



Watson Events

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Featured Events

Book Panel Discussion: Meeting China Halfway: How to Diffuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry

When: Tuesday, October 13 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Lyle J. Goldstein, Associate Professor in Strategic Research, US Naval War College;  Richard Boucher,  Ambassador in Residence, Watson Institute; Stephen Kinzer, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute; Edward Steinfeld, Director of the China Initiative,  Professor of Political Science, Watson Institute 
Sponsor: Watson Institute
Major tensions are building in the Asia-Pacific region. These strains are the result of historical enmity, cultural divergence, and deep ideological estrangement, not to mention apprehensions fueled by geopolitical competition and the closely related "security dilemma." Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry by Lyle J. Goldstein focuses on laying bare both US and Chinese perceptions of where their interests clash and proposing new paths to ease bilateral tensions through compromise. Lunch provided!

Lecture: Dancing New Interculturalism: Akram Khan and the Politics of Othering
When: Tuesday, October 13 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lyman Hall, Room 201
Who: Description: Royona Mitra, Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London 
Sponsor: Brown TAPS
Royona Mitra’s research talk examines British-Asian dancer/choreographer Akram Khan’s oeuvre through the theoretical lens of ‘new interculturalism’. Mitra’s presents conceptual frameworks from her 2015 monograph "Akram Khan: Dancing New Interculturalism," with special emphasis on Khan’s ‘politics of othering’ as a fundamental characteristic of his aesthetic.

Info Session: Go Government Webinar Series: Top Tips for Navigating
When: Wednesday, October 14 at 2 p.m. 
Where: Watson Institute, Birkelund Board Room (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB is the website used to apply for most federal positions. It can be tricky to navigate and uses government terms and acronyms that may be unfamiliar to students. Participate in a tutorial on the application process and to eliminate confusion you may have during this session. Space is limited and registration is required. 


Info Session: How to Find and Fund an Internship
When: Thursday, October 15 at 12 p.m.
Where: Salomon Center, Room 001
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Learn about the process and timeline of finding a great summer internship. Brown's fantastic resources are explained such as the Brown Job Board, searching BrownConnect, finding funding, connecting with Alumni, utilizing Social Media, and more!

Lecture: Innovation, Inclusion, and Impact: Promoting Creativity and Design in International Development
When: Thursday, October 15 at 4 p.m.
Where: Barus and Holley, Room 166 (182 Hope St.)
Who: Amy Smith,  founder and co-director of MIT's D-Lab
Sponsor: Engineering
Amy Smith is the founder and co-director of MIT's D-Lab, which focuses on the development, design and dissemination of appropriate technologies for international development. She was selected as a 2004 MacArthur Fellow and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010 for the work she is doing to promote local innovation and technology creation. Her current projects are in the areas of water testing, treatment and storage, agricultural processing, and alternative energy. Guests are encouraged to pre-register for tickets.


Lecture: Former Israeli Parliament Member Rachel Adato
When: Friday, October 16 at 12 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, Room 309
Sponsor: Brown Students for Israel
Hear from Dr. Rachel Adato, a former member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) from the center-left HaTnua Party. She is also a medical doctor and an attorney.

Lecture: How Climate Challenges are Impacting Security Worldwide
When: Friday, October 16 at 12 p.m.
Where: MacMillan Hall, Room 115 (167 Thayer St.)
Who: Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the USA
Sponsors: Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Watson Institute
Sir Peter Westmacott became British Ambassador to the United States in January 2012. Peter’s forty-year career in the British Diplomatic Service has included postings in Tehran, Paris, Washington D.C., and Brussels. In addition, he served as Deputy Private Secretary to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales from 1990 to 1993.

Panel Discussion: War Stories: Women in War Zones
When: Friday, October 16 at 4 p.m.
Where: Pembroke Hall, Room 305 (172 Meeting St.)
Who: Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, Director of the Pembroke Center and Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature; Anila Daulatzai, Lamphere Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender & Sexuality Studies; Catherine Lutz, Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies and co-director of the Costs of War Project
Sponsor: Pembroke Center
Examine the impact of war on the lives of women all over the globe. The panel considers the far reaching price of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan as well as the themes of war and humanitarianism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and widowhood and everyday life amidst serial wars.



Lecture: The Future(s) of the Euro: High Road, Low Road, or End of the Road
When: Saturday, October 17 at 10 a.m.
Where: Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium (254 Angell St.)
Who: Professor Mark Blyth, Eastman Professor of Political Economy, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Sponsor: Watson Institute
This summer's Greek crisis threw the future of Europe's young currency into doubt once again. Many doubt that its combination of austerity budgets and unpopular reforms can restart growth and save the Euro. In this talk Professor Blyth examines the different possible futures of the Euro, suggesting that the real threats to its long term existence are political rather than economic.



Conference: 2015 Student Council on US Affairs (SCUSA) Deadline Extended!
Conference Dates: November 4 - 7, 2015
Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2015
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: IR Junior or Senior
Want to hobnob 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 United 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 United States faces in an increasingly global society. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynote speakers, and develop policy recommendations during roundtable sessions.

The theme of this year's conference is Confronting Inequality: Wealth, Rights, and Power. Sponsored by the IR Program and the Mellon Foundation. All expenses paid. See more information here. Please direct all questions about the application process to

Conference: 2015 Northeast Regional Model Arab League
Conference Dates: November 6 - 8, 2015
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 program students develop essential skills from leadership and public speaking to critical thinking and writing, all while gaining practical, immediate knowledge about a critical region – the Middle East and the Arab world. 


Internship: US State Department Student Internship
Deadline: Friday, October 16, 2015
Eligibility: See requirements
To apply: Apply online
Throughout the year, the U.S. Department of State offers up to 1,000 internships at diplomatic facilities around the world, at its headquarters in Washington DC, in New York City, and other facilities in cities throughout the United States. This unpaid program provides 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 spread around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a Foreign Affairs environment.

Internship: Environment America
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To apply: Apply online
Environment America is looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now. Interns learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win. They work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes and attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skills.


Fellowship: Fulbright US Student Program 
Deadline: TODAY Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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 
Deadline: Thursday, October 15, 2015
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: Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program 
Deadline: November 1, 2015
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.

Scholarship: Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Deadline: November 20, 2015
Eligibility: Juniors
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Established by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college juniors (at the time of application) who have outstanding leadership potential and intend to pursue careers in public service. This scholarship provides $30,000: $3,000 for the senior year and $27,000 for graduate study ($9,000 per year depending on the length of the scholar’s graduate degree program for up to three years). In addition to funding, the Truman involves a leadership week and a summer institute both of which give Truman scholars a chance to explore pressing policy and public service concerns as well develop connections and learn from each other.

Scholarship: Saint Andrew's Society Scholarship
Deadline: November 20, 2015
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 New!
Deadline: November 23, 2015
Eligibility: US Citizens
To apply: Apply online

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. 

Job: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Deadline: Friday, October 16, 2015
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 
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.


Teaching: English Opens Doors Volunteer Program 
Deadline: November 29, 2015
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Must be 21 years or older
Program Dates: March 16, 2016 - July 25, 2016 
The English Opens Doors Program is seeking native and near-native English speaking volunteers to teach English under the supervision of Chilean teachers in public schools throughout Chile, working with students from 5th to 12th grade. 


Activist Training: Change Corps New!
Deadline: Early Application: Friday, October 16, 2015
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.

Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Deadline: November 1 for Spring 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.


Publish: Journal of Politics and International Affairs
 Thursday, October 15, 2015
To submit: Submit online. See submission guidelines
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 we welcome submissions of any length and topic that falls within the scope of the Journal. All majors and class ranks are invited. 

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.