February 1, 2016

Letter from the Director

Dear IR students,

Welcome back to campus on this lovely spring, er, winter day. I hope you are making good use of shopping period. Please make sure to u
n-register from courses (especially seminars) as soon as you know you will not be taking them so others can enroll. 

Speaking of shopping - Want to know how Russia thinks? Russia was famously described by Winston Churchill as "a riddle wrapped in an enigma inside a mystery." Probe the enigma that is Russia this semester with Prof. Maxim Boyko, a senior fellow at the Watson Institute who's teaching a senior seminar this semester on "Russia's Escape from Communism." Not just for Russia specialists, this seminar explores the political and economic transformation of Russia from Gorbachev to Putin. Prof. Boyko is an economist who served as Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Chief of Staff for President Boris Yeltsin. This is a rare opportunity to learn about Russia from a real insider but also to learn more generally about public policy and economic transformations.

Much is going on at the Watson Institute this semester and I hope you'll take the opportunity to get involved. Of particularl interest to IR students is the upcoming series of talks by former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Assistant Secretary of Defense Chas Freeman on U.S. diplomacy on February 4, 11, and 18 at 4:00. He's blunt and provocative and these will be illuminating and exciting sessions. The first one, on "The Crumbling of Pax Americana," is this Thursday, February 4, at 4:00 in Salomon 001. Hope you can make it.

My office hours this semester are Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 and Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 (it's best if you sign up electronically but you can also take your chances and drop by). Please feel free to come by. I look forward to seeing many of you this semester.

Happy shopping!

Nina Tannenwald
Director, International Relations Program

Announcements this week:
  • OFFICE HOURS: Shopping period office hours
  • CAPSTONE CATALOG: Requirement for seniors!
  • Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference: Apply now!
  • Mellon Crisis Simulation: Apply today!


Announcements & News
Student Opportunities

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Intro to ARTstor & Luna Insight
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 4pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required



Programs in Sweden
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Internship in Francophone Europe
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 420

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Shopping Period Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Week of 2/1
Fri................1:30-3 (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
Students who completed a capstone course last fall should submit a capstone catalog entry. This is required for graduation.

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

Application to Graduate Diploma Information
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: March 16, 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: 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! Russia's Escape from Communism
This seminar introduces students to the economic and political transformation of Russia from the early days of Gorbachev to current-day Putin. The course is policy-oriented and empirical, covering the later stage Soviet economic and political system and Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika. During President Yeltsin's second term, Boycko served as Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Boycko played a principal role in the design and implementation of the Russian voucher privatization program in 1992-1994 and macroeconomic stabilization program in 1995. Fridays 3:00 - 5:30, J Walter Wilson 501.


Mark your Calendars!
2/9: Last day to add a course without a fee (5 p.m.)


Watson Events

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Featured Events

Career Talk: The Art of Throwing Your Hat in the Ring: A Toolkit for Taking Risks, Handling Fear, & Living a Meaningful Life 
When: Monday, February 1 at 1:15 p.m.
Where: 59 Charlesfield, 1st Floor Conference Room
Who: Catie Whelan '07, Foreign Policy Advisor in Congress and Social Entrepreneur
Sponsor: Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy 
Caitie Whelan is the Founder/Noter-in-Chief of The Lightning Notes, a short daily post to help us move the world forward. Prior to that, she was a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor in Congress, co-founded a school in India, and raised pigs in Italy. She helped to launch the Social Innovation Initiative while at Brown, and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where she co-founded the Salt Alumni Board. She is a 2007 Truman Scholar.

Lecture: Public Trust in Human Rights NGOs Amidst Intense Violence
When: Monday, February 1 at 4 p.m. 
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: James Ron, Stassen Chair of International Affairs at the University of Minnesota

Sponsor: Watson Institute, Security Seminar Series
James Ron and his team have probed the correlates of public attitudes towards human rights groups in several countries facing the threat, or reality, of intense violence, including Colombia, Nigeria, Mexico, India, and Morocco. Drawing on their unique Human Rights Perceptions Polls, Ron discusses patterns of support for, and trust in, international and local human rights groups. What do publics in insecure environments think of the human rights community? What drives their trust, and their mistrust, in these key human security actors?

Info Session: Green Corps
When: Monday, February 1 at 6 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the most pressing environmental challenges of our day. We are hiring for our year-long, paid training program during which participants receive eight weeks of classroom training and spend the remainder of the year running campaigns for established non-profits. The information session provides an overview of the Green Corps year, cover work done by the current and previous Green Corps classes, and time for Q & A.

Seminar: Development Dilemmas of Small States
When: Tuesday, February 2 at 12 p.m.
Where: CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303 (80 Brown St.)
Who: Patsy Lewis, Watson Faculty Fellow and Visiting Scholar in Africana Studies.
Sponsors: Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America
Small states operate at the margins of global concerns and intellectual enquiry yet their large numbers, peculiar features and tenuous existence as ‘sovereign’ states underscore important failings in the global political economy. This presentation charts the myriad challenges confronting small states, their general neglect in development debates, and the various approaches to development on which they have embarked. In so doing, it points to the general failing of existing attempts to theorize small states and suggests alternative approaches to their study. Please RSVP.

Info Session: Green Corps
When: Tuesday, February 2 at 6 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
An overview of the Green Corps year, cover work done by the current and previous Green Corps classes, and time for Q & A.


Lecture: The Crumbling of Pax Americana 
When: Thursday, February 4 at 4 p.m.
Where: Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001 (79 Waterman St.)
Who: Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Chong Wook Lee and Vartan Gregorian Distinguished Lecture Series
America prevailed over the Soviet Union in the Cold War. Its armed forces are more competent and lethal than those of any adversary or conceivable combination of adversaries. The American economy remains by most measures the world’s largest. Yet the ability of the United States to shape the international political and economic environment is visibly declining. What are the prospects for reestablishing an American role in world affairs commensurate with the matchless heritage of global leadership and the extraordinary natural endowment of the United States?




Mentoring Fair: 2016 Women’s Foreign Policy Group Mentoring Fair New!
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 New!
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 New!
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 New!
When: April 11 - 14, 2016
Where: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: March 16, 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.


Internship: Assistant Editor at Foreign Affairs New!
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 New!
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.

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.


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: 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!


Winter Program: Iceland Renewable Energy and Sustainability Adventure 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. 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 New!
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 New!
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 New!
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.