Sept. 14, 2015

Letter from the Director

Welcome back to campus! I’m in my second year as Director of the International Relations Program. I look forward to working with both our returning and our new concentrators. I want to take this opportunity to share a few tips about making your way through the Program. The IR Program is an excellent concentration. It is also very large. It has several layers of advising. It is a bit more complicated than a departmental concentration. There are good (if mysterious) reasons for all this. Here are four tips:

Make good use of the website. The website has a lot of useful information. Spend some time with it.

Visit us early and often! Don’t wait until the last minute to meet deadlines. Have questions? Dr. Claudia Elliott, associate director and concentration advisor, is your first resort. She knows everything about the concentration. You can reach her by email and make appointments online. Questions about the web site? Contact Anita, our program manager and website guru. I have regular office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays for anyone who wants to come by. 

Come to events at the Watson Institute. Introduce yourselves to professors and Watson researchers. Attend events at the Institute.  Go to a meeting of the IR DUG. Get involved! There are many opportunities for undergraduates at the Watson Institute.

Check out the visiting scholars. Former ambassadors and government officials, journalists, UN and NGO practitioners, and distinguished scholars from other universities are in residence at the Watson Institute. They are giving talks and teaching classes for undergraduates. Take advantage of their presence!

Good luck with shopping. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the coming year.

Nina Tannenwald
Director, International Relations Program


Announcements this week
  • OFFICE HOURS: Shopping Period Office Hours
  • IR DUG EVENT: Middlebury Institute of International Studies Info Session
  • SCUSA 67: Application is now live!
  • JOIN THE IR DUG: First DUG Meeting this Tuesday!



Announcements & News
Student Opportunities


Weekly meetings 
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
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Brown in Hong Kong
Monday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m.
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Brown in Granada
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 12 p.m.
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Brown in Japan
Thursday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m.
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General Study Abroad
Thursday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m.
Brown Center for Students of Color

GLISP and Brown +1
Friday, Sept. 18, 12 p.m.
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Shopping Period Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Mon 9/14.............10-12
Tues 9/15............10-12
Wed 9/16.............12-1
Thurs 9/17...........2-4
Fri 9/18................12-2 (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!
Discover Internship and Grad School Opportunities with the IR DUG!
Middlebury Institute of International Studies Info Session
When: Friday, September 18 at 12:00 pm
Where: McKinney Conference Room, 3rd Floor of Watson Institute (111 T
hayer St.)
Who: Devin Lueddeke, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Sponsor: IR DUG
See Events section


Mingle With Top Policy Advisors at West Point!
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. West Point and the IR Program cover the cost of all expenses. 

JOIN THE IR DUG! First Meeting this Tuesday! Flatbread Pizza!
When: Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: JWW 502
See Events section. 


Dates to Remember

9/23: Last day to add a course without a fee (5 p.m.)
10/6: Last day to change course grade option (5 p.m.)



Watson Events

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Featured Events


Panel Discussion: Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal
When: Monday, September 14 at 3 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Leon Cooper, Thomas J. Watson Sr. Professor of Science, Director of Brain and Neural Systems; Derek Stein, Associate Professor of Physics and Engineering; Thomas M. Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, US Naval War College; Nicholas Miller, Frank Stanton Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy, Political Science and International Studies; Sue Eckert, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute; Moderated by Richard Boucher, Diplomat in Residence, Watson Institute
Sponsor: Watson Institute 
Amid intense political activity, Congress will consider the nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - JCPOA) negotiated among the P5+1 and Iran to restrict Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. Characterized by increasingly polarized rhetoric, the Iran deal has been among the most contentious contemporary foreign policy issues. This panel explores the politics and science behind the proposed JCPOA.

Info Session: Olneyville ESOL Program
When: Monday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, Room 101
Sponsor: Swearer Center for Public Service
Come to learn more about our program which teaches English (ESOL) classes to adult immigrants in the local community. Cookies!

Info Session: Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE)
When: Monday, September 14 at 8 p.m.
Where: Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (BERT), Room 015
Sponsor: BRYTE
Learn about helping a recently resettled refugee student gain cultural and language fluency. We require that applicants attend an info session.

Meeting: Model United Nations
When: Monday, September 14 at 9 p.m.
Where: MacMillan Hall, Room 115 (167 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: Brown MUN
Brown Model United Nations meets each Monday to discuss current events and compete in conferences around the world. First years have an opportunity to earn leadership positions and travel on conferences. Check out the Facebook page for club announcements.


Join the DUG: IR DUG First Meeting of the Semester!
When: Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: J Walter Wilson, Room 502
Sponsor: IR DUG
Come to the first DUG meeting to get answers for questions about classes, shopping period, requirements, anything and everything. We'll also discuss the planning of our upcoming events like the Fall Speaker Series, professor lunches, and any other ideas you want to make happen! Flatbread Pizza will be served! 


Lunch Talk: The International Remembering of Atlantic Slavery
When: Wednesday, September 16 at 12:00 pm
Where: Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Seminar Room (94 Waterman St.)
Who: Ambassador Raymond O. Wolfe, former Jamaican Ambassador to the U.N.

Sponsor: Slavery and Justice
Ambassador Raymond O. Wolfe served as Chairman of the Permanent Memorial Committee from 2008 to 2012, which was established to oversee the Jamaican inspired and UN endorsed initiative erecting a permanent memorial at the United Nations Headquarters in acknowledgement of the tragedy and legacy of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. The Permanent Memorial was unveiled on 25 March 2015, which marks the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 

Info Session: U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
When: Thursday, September 17 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: Watson Institute
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. The session is led by Interim Director Jim Ellickson-Brown, who provides a comprehensive overview of the internship program and advice on preparing a competitive application. Brown students who previously had State internships in DC and abroad will participate. See Student Opportunities section.


Info Session: Middlebury Institute of International Studies 
When: Friday, September 18 at 12:00 pm
Where: McKinney Conference Room, 3rd Floor of Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
When: Friday, September 18 at 12 p.m.
Who: Devin Lueddeke, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Sponsor: IR DUG
Join Devin Lueddeke, from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, who will discuss a paid internship opportunity at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. In addition to the internship, Devin will discuss the graduate opportunities in International Development, Nonproliferation, Environmental Policy, and Linguistics that are offered at the Middlebury Institute. Lunch provided!

Teach-In: The Refugee Crisis: Reshaping Europe and the Middle East
When: Friday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: List Art, Room 120 (64 College St.)
Who: Keith Brown, Director of Postdoctoral and Undergraduate Policy Programs, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Faculty Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Reva Dhingra​      '14​, MES ​Alumna​, Fulbright Fellow - Jordan 2014-5, Program Assistant for the Syria Regional Response Unit​, International Rescue Committee​, NYC; Beshara Doumani, Joukowsky Family Professor of Modern Middle East History, Director, Middle East Studies; Sarah Tobin, Associate Director, M​iddle East Studies; Nicola Perugini, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University, Middle East Studies, Italian Studies, Cogut Center for the Humanities; J. Nicholas Ziegler, Visiting Associate Professor, Watson Institute, Brown University
Sponsor: Middle East Studies and Watson Institute
Everyday international news features stories of multiple refugee crises across the Middle East and through Europe. This Teach-In will feature presentations and discussion by Brown faculty and alumni with intimate knowledge of the causes, realities and consequences of these crises.



Summit: New York Federal Reserve United by Strengths Summit
Summit Dates: October 1-2, 2015
Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
To Apply: Apply online
A career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York places you at the center of the financial world with a unique perspective on national and international markets and economies. See yourself at the New York Fed by applying to participate in the 2015 United by Strengths Summit! This 2-day event provides you with an insider’s view of the New York Fed’s core mission and responsibilities, exposure to senior leaders through networking and interview opportunities, and a tool-kit to best position you to secure a competitive internship as part of the 2016 Summer Analyst Program.

Conference: 2015 Student Council on US Affairs (SCUSA)
Deadline: October 12, 2015
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: IR Junior or Senior
Want to hobknob 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 Untied 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 Untied 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. West Point and the IR program cover the cost of all expenses. See more information here. Please direct all questions about the application process to


Fellowship: CLACS Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Deadline: Tuesday September 15, 2015
To Apply: See application guidelines
The CLACS Undergraduate Fellowship Program allows undergraduate students with an interest in Latin America and the Caribbean to explore in-depth what it means to work in/on the region. This fellowship program is open to students from all concentrations.

Internship: US State Department Student Internship
Deadline: October 16, 2015
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: Fall 2015 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.

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.


Student Liaison: Student Ambassador Exchange
Deadline: September 30, 2015
To apply: Email resume and brief cover letter introducing yourself and explaining interest to Emily Schatzle

Student Ambassador Exchange gives foreign high school students the opportunity to study abroad in the United States for a semester or academic year. We place them with host families and get them enrolled in local high schools. Throughout the year, we have local coordinators living in the same community as the students who monitor their welfare and act as a liaison between the school, the host family, and the student. The position is part time (no more than 5 hours per week) and there is a small stipend, so this is a great opportunity for a college student interested in international exchange to gain some experience while also getting to know someone from a different culture. 


Job: Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Deadline: October 11, 2015
To apply: Apply through JIB
Dalberg is the top strategy consulting firm focused on international development and emerging market issues. Our mission is to raise living standards in developing countries and address global challenges, serving a range of clients including top foundations, multilateral institutions, multinational companies, and NGOs. We offer outstanding opportunities for professional skills training and mentorship to current graduate school students. Attend the virtual information session on September 23, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. EST to learn more.


Publish: Journal of Undergraduate International Studies 
Deadline: October 11, 2015
To submit: 
Email it as an attachment to, following these guidelines:
 1. Submit as a word document, not a PDF or other type of file
2. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman
3. Double-space your document
4. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, visit This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication
5. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes
6. Make sure your name and academic affiliation are not present in the text of your work
7. Include an abstract of 100 words or less

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. Papers range from 5-20 pages.

Publish: Journal of Politics and International Affairs
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 (IR '15) if interested or have questions.