September 6, 2018

Welcome Back IR Students!

A few things to note for this first abbreviated newsletter:

  • Anita Nester, IR Program Manager, will be your first point of contact for questions regarding policies and processes and for general program information.
  • Dr. Elliott, IR Concentration Advisor, is holding extended office hours during shopping period. See Dr. Elliott with questions related to comprehensive concentration planning, course selection, study abroad, the Honors Program, graduation requirements, and more.
  •  Professors Tannenwald and Putterman, IR Faculty Track Advisors, are available to talk with you about track and course selection, post-Brown plans, and more.

    Check the IR Advising page for more information!
  • Apply today to attend one of the most prestigious undergraduate student conferences of its kind. All expenses paid!
  • Some excellent INTL seminars being offered this fall!
  • Study abroad and internship info sessions happening next week. More info below in Student Opportunities.

Look for a note from our new IR Student Assistant, Isabela Karabjanian, next week.

See you all soon!



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Office Hours
Anita Nester  Watson 125     Mon 9:30-11:30, Tue 1-3, Thu 1-3, Fri 12-2 (appt)

Dr. Elliott  Watson 126    Mon 10:30-12, Tue 2-4, Thu 2-4, Fri 1-3 (walk-in) (appt)

Prof. Tannenwald (Security) Watson 123     Mon 1-2:30, Fri 12:30-2 (appt)
Prof. Putterman (Pol Econ) 70 Waterman 301     Tue 10-10:50, Thu 10-10:50

Mingle With Top Policy Advisors at West Point!
Held annually at the US Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) is one of the largest, oldest, and most prestigious undergraduate conferences of its type in the world. 

Conference Dates: October 24-27, 2018
Application Deadline: Friday, October 5, 2018

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Fall 2018 Course Offerings
Senior Seminar enrollment is limited to 20 juniors and seniors. Priority given to IR seniors.
Visit IR Courses for more information.


INTL 1802Q: Iran and the Islamic Revolution Shattering events of 1978-80 in Iran unfolded against the backdrop of the previous decades of Iranian history, knowing that history is essential to understanding the revolution. The revolution cannot be appreciated without studying the enormous effects it's had over the last 35 years. This course places the anti-Shah movement and the rise of religious power in the context of Iran's century of modern history. We conclude by focusing on today's Iran, the upheaval following the 2009 election, reformist president election in 2013, and prospects for reconciliation with the US.
Stephen Kinzer
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1802V: Diplomacy, Economics & Influence This course examines a dozen diplomatic situations and identifies the players, their interests, and their tools -- and how those produced outcomes.Particular attention is paid to economic factors – pressures, incentives, and influences – that contribute to the outcome. By examining these elements students will understand the economic tools of diplomacy and power, and how to wield them. The course concludes with a close look at China's growing role in the world economy and considers how that will change China's role in world affairs.
Amb. Richard Boucher
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803: Risk, Regulation and the Comparative Politics of Finance The course introduces students to the comparative history of finance as well as to alternative theories of regulation. It thereby develops students’ ability to compare the role played by financial institutions in different historical periods and national contexts. This comparative perspective puts the recent financial crisis into a broader perspective, allowing students to see the structural as well as more proximate causes of recent financial instability in the industrialized democracies. 
J. Nicholas Ziegler
Professor of International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803A: The International Politics of Organized Crime Organized crime and extra-legal actors have established themselves as political actors in every region of the world. Violence has exploded in countries as criminal organizations compete with each other, the state, as well as a variety of other non-state armed groups for control of illicit markets, local dominance, and political influence. This course offers a broad understanding of these organizations, their origins, and the various illegal and violent activities in which they are engaged. This course is comparative and interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from research in criminology, sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science.
Nicholas Barnes
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803L: Humanitarianism in Uniform The goal of this senior seminar is to explore the relationship between militarism and humanitarianism. When the US Army and Marine Corps released the Counterinsurgency Field Manual in 2006, military officials referred to NGOs as ‘force multipliers’ and soldiers as ‘armed social workers.’ In this course, we will develop a framework to understand military humanitarianism. We will also examine how military humanitarianism exceeds the contemporary geography of terrorism, investigating cases in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Enrollment limited to 20. Preference given to IR juniors, seniors.
Jennifer Greenburg
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1910: Senior Honors Seminar Open only to Senior students accepted into the International Relations Honors Program, this research seminar provides conceptual foundations and interdisciplinary methodological strategies for completing an undergraduate thesis in IR. 
Claudia Elliott

Sr. Lecturer in International and Public Affairs



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Study Abroad and Internships

Info Session: Study and Intern in Chile
Date and Time: Monday, September 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: J. Walter Wilson Building, room 440
Sponsor: Office of International Programs

Are you interested in studying for a semester or interning next summer in Santiago, Chile? Don’t miss this Chile Information Session at the OIP, and the opportunity to meet with Pilo Mella, onsite resident director, and Brown program alum to learn more!

Info Session: Brown/CASA Argentina
Date and Time: Monday, September 10, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: J. Walter Wilson Building, room 440
Sponsor: Office of International Programs
Are you interested in studying for a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from María José Ferreyra, onsite resident director, and program alum. 


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