Nov. 14, 2016

Hi IR concentrators!

It's mid-November, which means we are officially more than halfway done with this semester! Crazy, right? Take some time this week to get your affairs in order (Seniors --for you that means REVISIONS) and figure out what you need to be catching up or getting started on over Thanksgiving Break because after that, finals period will be here before you know it! Check out the sidebar for some very useful library workshops this week on citations and research tools such as Endnote and Zotero.

Have a wonderful week,
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • Office Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri
  • Class of 2017: Graduating in May? Revisions--ASAP!
  • Summer UTRA: info session
  • James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program: info session
  • Important Dates: 11/23, 11/28, 12/1, 12/8-12/12


Meetings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(next meeting 11/22)
Watson Institute Room 112 
Email | Web

Meetings every Monday at 9 p.m.
Macmillan 115

Nov. 14 -Oxford/Cambridge Info Session (4 p.m. JWW Room 440)
Nov. 15 -Study Abroad 101 General Info Session (4 p.m. JWW Room 440)
Nov. 15 -Critical Language Scholarship Info Session (4 p.m. JWW Room 420)
Nov. 17 -Oxford/Cambridge Info Session (4 p.m. JWW Room 440)

Nov. 16 -Finding An Internship While Abroad (6 p.m. CareerLAB 167 Angell St.)

*register online here
Nov. 15 -Endnote Online (12 p.m. Hecker Center, first floor of the Rock)
Nov. 15 -Introduction to Statistics With State (3 p.m. Digital Scholarship Lab, first floor of the Rock)
Nov. 16 -Introduction to Zotero (12 p.m. Hecker Center, first floor of the Rock)


Concentration Advisor Office Hours
Week of 11/14
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

SENIORS--Time Is Running Out!!
Those of you who have not yet revised --the deadline is rapidly approaching. This is the first of three steps toward ensuring your graduation in May. Failure to revise leads to ineligibility to graduate. Revise NOW! 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.

Summer UTRA Info Session
Wednesday, November 16 from 4 p.m. to 5 pm.m at Salomon Lower Lobby (outside 001), 69-91 Waterman St. If you want to spend your summer working closely with a Brown faculty member on a research or course development project in the humanities, arts, or sciences, make sure you attend an info session to learn more about summer and fall semester Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRA). To RSVP, please visit the UTRA website:

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program Info Session
The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit educational organization in Washington dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Carnegie Endowment’s senior associates. Come to the info session on Thursday, November 17 at 4 p.m. at the Kim Koo Library at the Watson Institute for more information.


Mark your Calendars!
11/23: Thanksgiving Recess begins at 12 p.m.
11/28: Classes resume
12/1: Deadline for undergraduates to declare leave for Semester II
12/8-12/12: Reading Period



Watson Events

Subscribe to receive This Week at Watson via email.
See the full listing.


Featured Events

Symposium: Transpacific Taiwan: An International Symposium
When: Monday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Moderators: Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History and American Studies at Brown University; Caroline Frank, Professor of American Studies at Brown University

Speakers: Matt Matsuda, Professor of History at Rutgers University; Tonio Andrade, Professor of History at Emory University; Iping Liang, Professor of American Literature at National Taiwan University; Yuan Chao Tung, Professor of Anthropology at National Taiwan University
Commentators: Ambassador Chas Freeman, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute; Robert Lee, Professor of American Studies at Brown University; Emma Teng, Professor of History at MIT; Marielena Huambachano, Professor of Ethnic Studies at Brown University
Sponsor: Taiwan Ministry of Education, the History Department, American Studies Department and the Office of Global Engagement at Brown University
This symposium turns to Taiwan as a case for understanding the political, social, and cultural dynamics of the Transpacific as a historical space. For most of its modern history since 1600, Taiwan has been a transoceanic crossroads for people and commodities, and most importantly, it has been a proving ground for ideas—of political identity, of technological innovation, of social movements, and cultural hybridity. This event intends to generate a discussion built upon Taiwan’s deep-rooted historical engagements in both Eastern and Western colonial and imperial strategies and subjectivities to not only reconceptualize new Pacific histories but to assert a transpacific method, contained within the case of Taiwan. RSVP by emailing!

Lecture: Freedom of Speech in the University
When: Monday, November 14 from 5.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Robert C. Post, Dean and Sol and Lilian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale University Law School
Sponsors: Watson Institute

As part of the "Reaffirming University Values" lecture series, Robert C. Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale University, will present "Freedom of Speech in the University." Doors open at 5 p.m.!


Lecture: Energy Geopolitics After the Elections: The Struggle for Energy Security in Europe
When: Wednesday, November 16 from 4 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Jan Kalicki, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute 
Sponsors: Watson Institute

Energy geopolitics presents challenges and opportunities after the US elections. Among the most pressing is European dependence on Russia for natural gas. Large new pipelines will increase this dependence while circumventing Ukraine and Eastern Europe. What are the options for managing or reducing this dependence?

Lecture: (News) Stories from the Middle East: Removed Artifacts, Recycling, and the Ethical Agenda Against Illicit Trade
When: Wednesday, November 16 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Where: Rhode Island Hall, Main Green, Room 108
 Mirjam Brusius, Oxford University
Sponsor: Middle East Studies, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
An interdisciplinary, historical and archaeological look at the Middle East. 


Security Seminar Series: The CIA Then and Now: Espionage and Covert Action From the Cold War to the War on Terror
When: Thursday, November 17 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Joseph Wippl, Professor of International Relations at Boston University
Sponsor: Watson Institute

Joseph Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. He spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl has served overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. On assignments in CIA headquarters, he served as the Deputy Chief of Human Resources, as the Senior NCS representative to the Aldrich Ames Damage Assessment Team, as Chief of Europe Division and as the CIA’s Director of Congressional Affairs. Wippl has coordinated extensively with other members of the U.S. intelligence community. Prior to his arrival at Boston University, he occupied the Richard Helms Chair for Intelligence Collection in the NCS training program.

Info session: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program
When: Thursday, November 17 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit educational organization in Washington dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Carnegie Endowment’s senior associates. Come to the info session on Thursday, November 17 at 4 p.m. at the Kim Koo Library at the Watson Institute for more information.



Educational Exchange: Project Interchange Trip to Israel/Palestine
Dates: December 27-January 4
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: November 16
Eligibility: Sophomores and Juniors; leadership role on campus; hasn't traveled to Israel recently

Travel to Israel with AJC Project Interchange and connect with world class policy experts, top-tier journalists and foreign correspondents, government officials, high-tech leaders and social activists from across the political spectrum in one of the most exciting and interesting regions in the world. Join Project Interchange, an educational institute of AJC, and:
• Spend 7 days with 20 Brown students this Winter Break interacting with experts in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, northern and southern Israel and the Palestinian Authority;
• Visit historical and religious sites, float on the Dead Sea.

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. 

Summer School: Security and Society Summer School
Dates: May 27 - July 7
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: March 15
This six-week summer school takes a broad but intensive look at traditional and contemporary security issues. Using Poland and Central Europe as case studies, students will gain a new perspective on global issues. Summer 2017 courses will address security, cyber-security, history, criminal justice, urban planning, elites, identity/diversity/tolerance, and Jewish studies.

Spring University: Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty
Dates: April 2-April 13
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: February 22

The objective of the Spring University Prague 2017, “Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty”, is to provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant political and social issues in contemporary Europe. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, field work, group-work and student presentations. Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics and gain valuable insights into the current challenges and risks to the development of Europe, but will also have occasion to improve their research and presentation skills. Moreover, there will be numerous free-time activities that will provide participants with a chance to enjoy the wide range of attractions that Prague has to offer.


Spring Internship: Middle East Institute Leadership Development
Deadline: Tomorrow 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 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.

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 here. Winter session 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
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.


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.

Scholarship: Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Deadline: December 5
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.

Fellowship: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program
Deadline: December 12
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: Seniors
The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International peace is a private, nonprofit educational organization in Washington dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results. Through research, publishing, convening, and on occasion, creating new institutions and international networks, the Endowment associates shape fresh policy approaches. Their interests span geographic regions and the relations among governments, business, international organizations and civil society, focusing on the economic, political, and technological forces driving global change. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Carnegie Endowment’s senior associates.

Post-grad Internship: Presidential Internship in Cairo

Deadline: January 20
To apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors
Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates the opportunity to spend an academic year working at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Egypt. Participants intern full-time in one of eight university offices, working in a range of fields including University administration, sustainability, finance, student development, advancement, communications, and more. This program provides recent graduates the unique opportunity to begin their professional careers while abroad. Program benefits include a monthly living stipend, furnished faculty housing, private Arabic tutoring, access to AUC faculty and staff programs, community-based personal development, subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt, and more.

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 Open 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.

Winter Program: The Green Program Experiential Education New!
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. The Green Program offer s
hort-term, experiential education for the world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development in one of three different locations: Iceland, Peru, or Pennsylvania.


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Brown University International Relations Program · 111 thayer street · box 1970 · Providence, RI 02912 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp