February 9, 2016

Hi IR concentrators,

I hope you all enjoyed the snow day! As shopping period winds down and your schedule starts to look (somewhat) manageable, I hope you take advantage of the plethora of events happening at Watson this semester. To start with, Chas Freeman is giving a series of three talks about America's place in the world--the second of which is this Thursday. Freeman is a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense, ambassador to Saudi Arabia (during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm), Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Chargé d'affaires at both Bangkok and Beijing. He has had a rich diplomatic career that informs his unique perspective.

I also urge you to get involved with the IR DUG this semester. During the spring the DUG plans Career Talks. This is a huge opportunity for you to choose who you want to come to Brown to speak based on your own career interests! The first meeting of the DUG will be announced next week.

For those of you like me entering your final semester, let's make it count! 

-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Express Walk-in on Tuesdays!
  • Capstone Catalog: Requirement for seniors!
  • Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference: Apply now!
  • Mellon Crisis Simulation: Apply today!
  • New 6-Week Course: U.S. Foreign Policy: The Institutional Basis
  • Now Hiring This Semester: IR Student Assistant!
  • Library Workshops: February Calendar
  • Mark Your Calendars: Shopping period ends today!


Announcements & News
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Thursday, Feb. 11, 3 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

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Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
2/8 - 2/19
Tue..............1:30-3:30 (10-minute express walk-in)
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!
Graduation requirement: Capstone Catalog ASAP
Students who completed a capstone course last fall should submit a capstone catalog entry. This is required for graduation.

Multiple Concentrations Ceremony Attendance 2/29!
Students with more than one concentration must notify the Registrar as to which ceremony you wish to attend no later than February 29, 2016.

Revise for IR 3/1!
Update your course list in ASK to reflect your final concentration courses. 

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

Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference: Apply today!
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: February 25, 2016

Apply to be a delegate at this prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime conference! See Student Opportunities for more information. All expenses paid.
Nuclear Crisis Simulation Conference: Apply Now!
Mellon Foundation Crisis Simulation: Ambiguous Compliance with the Iran Nuclear Deal
When: March 3 - 6, 2016
Where: US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Next Monday, February 15, 2016
This exciting conference takes students through a simulated nuclear crisis. Students work together to formulate comprehensive policy suggestions given the crisis. See Student Opportunities for more information. Fully paid for by the Mellon Foundation.

New Course! U.S. Foreign Policy: The Institutional Basis
This course will examine the institutions that influence American foreign and development policy. This course delves deeply into these entities to understand better their jurisdictional authorities and professional perspectives.  From 2010 to 2012, Ambassador Brian Atwood was the member-elected chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD. Atwood led the USAID during the administration of President Clinton, serving for six-and-a-half years. This six-week course counts for IR credit for the Security track. The course begins in April and meets twice a week. Email Professor Atwood for a course override. 
Now Hiring This Spring: Work for the IR Program!
The International Relations Program is seeking an IR student assistant to work 7 hours/week in the academic program office housed at the Watson Institute. The student assistant maintains a set schedule and provides administrative support for the IR Program. Please contact if interested.
Provide first point of contact for in-person visitors and phone calls to the Undergraduate Program suite on the 1st floor of the Watson Institute. Answer phones, respond to inquiries in person, via email, or refer to others or take messages as appropriate. Provide administrative support, including making photocopies, faxing, retrieving mail from 2nd floor mailroom.

Library Workshops in February
The Library is offering a number of workshops this month:
2/9 Endnote Workshop (X7 desktop [basic])
2/9 Managing Your Online Identity, part 1
2/10 Managing Your Online Identity, part 1
2/15 Managing Your Citations and Research Library with Zotero
Here is the full list of Library workshops in February.



Mark your Calendars!
2/10: Last day to add a course without a fee (5 pm) Tomorrow!
2/22-2/23: No classes!
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


Panel Discussion: Zika Virus: Separating Fact from Fiction
When: Wednesday, February 10 at 12:30 p.m.
Where Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsors: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Watson Institute
The aim of this panel discussion is to separate “fact from fiction” about the Zika virus, especially as the public fear level rises in tandem with increasing media coverage. The discussion centers on the epidemiology of the Zika virus as well as the kinds of public health policy responses that are appropriate based on what we know about Zika from medical science and public health research. For example, does it make sense in terms of medical science to advise women not to get pregnant until 2018, as the government of El Salvador has apparently done?

Info Session: Aldus Journal of Translation
When: Wednesday, February 10 at 8 p.m.
Where: J Walter Wilson, Room 401
Sponsor: Aldus Journal
Are you a polyglot? A.K.A. a person who knows more than one language? Or a poet? If you are, we want you to be a part of the Aldus Journal of Translation-- Brown’s only translation journal! Come learn how you can be a part of a journal that has already featured many famous translators!


Info Session: Preparing for Career Fairs
When: Thursday, February 11 at 12 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Come get some fun facts and tips and learn about the employers coming to both the General and Careers in the Common Good Job and Internship Fairs.

Lecture: The United States in the New World Disorder 
When: Thursday, February 11 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Ambassador Chas Freeman, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
Sponsors: Watson Institute Distinguished Speaker Series, China Initiative
Americans are behaving in many ways as though we misperceive the international environment within which our country now operates. Past shifts in the world order as well as those now underway have consequences for us and for our role in international affairs. In the new world disorder the structure of our alliances and our approach to national security no longer make sense. What might?


Lunch Talk: Encounters on the African Coast: Labor in the Remaking of Blackness in Liberia
When: Friday, February 12 at 12 p.m.
Where: Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (94 Waterman St.)
Who: Professor Caree Banton, Assistant Professor of Afro-Caribbean History at the University of Arkansas
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice
This talk re-animates Liberia from this period of overlapping black migrations where labor became the site through which the republic identified, dis-identified, and corralled different incoming black migrants. Banton asks: how were the “labors” of new black migrant groups received by the Liberian nation? The speaker argues that as the various groups of blacks entered the nation, Liberia’s connection to them reverberated through their “labors” to embrace, reject, or discipline them as citizens. Lunch served. Please RSVP.

Lecture: 9/11 Warping and its Discontents: Our Security State, Racism, and Foreign Policy
When: Friday, February 12 at 4 p.m.
Where: Smith-Buonanno 106
Who: Ramzi Kassem, Associate Professor of Law at the CUNY School of Law
Sponsors: Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America, Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, The Watson Institute, Department of Religious Studies, and Middle East Studies
The collective trauma of the September 11th, 2001 attacks made plausible the notion of a constant, omnipresent, almost supernatural threat. In turn, this made mythical prospects of total security particularly appealing to officials and the public alike. The distorting effect of formulating policy through a total security prism—a phenomenon Professor Kassem has described as 9/11 warping—can be observed both in the altered functioning of already-existing systems (like the imposition of cruel pretrial and post-conviction conditions of confinement in terrorism cases) and in the creation of new systems (such as the military commissions, the prisons at Guantánamo Bay and Bagram, and the infamous CIA black sites). Join us for an exploration of the links between 9/11 warping, structural racism, and U.S. foreign policy.



Conference: G200 Youth Forum 2016 New!
April 6 - 10, 2016
Where: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
To register: Register online
Deadline: February 15, 2016
The G200 Youth Forum is one of the largest international events organized for young leaders from around 200 countries, and about 500 young leaders, members of parliaments and young parliamentarians, students and academics, representatives of the business world, governments and international organizations will be participating in it. 

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.

Conference: Mellon Foundation Crisis Simulation: Ambiguous Compliance with the Iran Nuclear Deal
When: March 3 - 6, 2016
Where: US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: February 15, 2016
Students develop domestic and foreign policy options for the president in a simulated crisis. Learn more about the context and details of the simulation. All expenses paid for by the Mellon Foundation.

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.

Conference: US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference
When: April 11 - 14, 2016
Where: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: 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.


Research Internship: Undergraduate Teaching Research Awards (UTRAs)
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Extended to Thursday, February 11, 2016
Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards provide a unique opportunity for students in any discipline and in their first through fourth year to collaborate with faculty on important research or teaching projects, develop problem-solving and research skills, as well as a more comprehensive understanding of the research subject, explore an issue or topic of interest, and have an impact on a Brown course or in a larger field of study.

Internship: Assistant Editor at Foreign Affairs
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: February 15, 2016
The assistant editor position is a full-time, paid role based in New York City offering exceptional training in serious journalism. The assistant editor has substantial responsibility and is involved in all aspects of the editorial process. Applicants typically include recent graduates of undergraduate and master’s programs. The ideal candidate will have an interest in international relations, a flair for writing, and a facility with the English language. The position lasts for one year, starting in July or August. Previous assistant editors have gone on to careers in a variety of fields, including journalism, academia, and government.

Internship: National Council on US-Arab Relations
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: 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.


Volunteer: One Heart Source New!
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Priority deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016
One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2016 Volunteer Programs in Jamaica and South Africa this summer! OHS Volunteers mentor students to realize measurable academic growth and cultivate life-long relationships. They are immersed in diversity through service, workshops and excursions. Volunteers develop empathy, confidence, and leadership skills through the pursuit of social justice. 

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. There are spots open for the winter break volunteer trip. 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 New!
Early Deadline: 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: GWU U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era New!
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.

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.


Write: International Finance Journal (IFJ) Blog
Deadline: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
To apply:
Apply online
Are you interested in business, finance, tech, or politics? Join a rapidly expanding organization that not only gives you the opportunity to get your voice and opinions heard, but also provides you with networking opportunities with students who have worked in major firms across multiple industries. 

Publish: Journal of Undergraduate International Studies
Deadline: February 21, 2016
To Submit: See guidelines
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.

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.