April 11, 2016

Hi IR concentrators--

Happy Spring Week(end)! There are only 3 Mondays left of this school year....time FLIES! Before finals bury us all in mountains of work, take some time to check out Student Opportunities so you don't miss out on funding, internships, and scholarships, especially for this summer. Also, heads up: Fall 2016 courses will be up on the IR website this week.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe time this weekend!
-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Senior Graduation Requirements: Next deadline 5/15
  • Riccio Prize: Nominate Yourself by FRIDAY 4/15!
  • Watson Sponsored LINK Awards: Deadline FRIDAY 4/15!
  • Work for IR: Apply to be the Student Assistant
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Fulbright
  • Mark Your Calendars


Announcements & News
Student Opportunities



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Tuesday, April 12 at 4pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440


Monday, April 11 at 12pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required


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Office Hours 
4/11 - 4/15
Tues.........10-12, 3-4
Schedule an appointment.


SENIORS: Graduation Deadlines!

May 15 Capstone Catalog on IR Website
Students must submit a capstone catalog entry to graduate in IR. 

SENIORS: Nominate Yourself by Friday!
Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Friday, April 15

Awarded to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. See Opportunities.

Summer Internship Funding!
Watson Sponsored LINK Award

Eligibility: Rising IR/DS senior or junior in good academic standing, and returning to study at Brown the following fall
To apply: Apply via UFunds. Send an email to Anita Nester notifying her of your intention to apply for the Watson-sponsored LINK award.
Deadline: Second round: Friday, April 15 by 12pm (domestic internships only)
See Opportunities.


Work for IR: Applications for Student Assistant Now Open!

The International Relations Program is seeking a student assistant to work 10-15 hours/week in the academic program office housed at the Watson Institute.  The primary responsibilities include the development, editing, and distribution of a weekly eNewsletter, the maintenance of a student database, and creating and filing hard-copy files for all new concentrators. The student assistant serves as the liaison to the IR DUG and represents the IR Program as a knowledgeable and engaged IR student.
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Rolling until filled

Fellowship Events
4/14: Fulbright Orientation Thursday!
4/20, 4/28, 5/10: Fulbright Getting Started Workshops
Download the full schedule.


Mark your Calendars!
4/15-4/17: Spring Weekend!
4/25 - 5/2: Registration for Fall 2016


Watson Events

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Featured Events

Lecture: Brand Warfare in Colombia
When: Monday, April 11 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Alex Fattal, Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies, Penn State College of Communications
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Security Seminar Series
Fattal examines the Colombian government's efforts to lure individual guerrilla fighters out of the insurgency through consumer marketing techniques and military intelligence operations. Alex Fattal's research analyzes the central role that the media plays in Colombia's armed conflict through long-term ethnographic research. This combination of subject and method has led him to a research agenda that is deeply interdisciplinary, drawing on the social sciences, humanities, Latin American studies and the documentary arts.

Info Session: Maximizing Your Internship Abroad
When: Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Secured an amazing summer internship abroad and wondering what to do next? Discover the best ways to capitalize on your incredible opportunity! You'll learn how to prepare for travel abroad, the norms of a professional environment, what to expect at your summer internship, and networking tips that lead to great connections. This session is intended for students with internships abroad, and will focus on preparations for international travel and work.
Please register.


Conference: Crash Culture: Humanities Engagement with Economic Crisis
When: Tuesday, April 12 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: Watson Institute
The Global Financial Crisis has radically changed the cultural landscape in the countries hit the hardest. Those countries include Spain and Greece, whose shared experience of the crisis reaches far beyond their similar-looking statistics. Both of these countries have seen a comparable efflorescence of cultural production and political engagement (especially in the form of the new populist parties Podemos and SYRIZA) born of the new economic and social realities. Although the Social Science disciplines may seem the most logical to account for the political and economic fallout of the 2008 crash, scholars in the Humanities are increasingly contributing to debates about economic crisis and political renewal, in scholarly and popular writings, news media, and activism. See speaker schedule.

Info Session: Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)
When: Tuesday, April 12 at 12 p.m.
Where: J Walter Wilson, Room 440
Sponsor: OIP
Not able to go abroad this summer? It's not to early to think ahead to next year! Come hear about a FULLY FUNDED abroad experience centered on language learning. The Critical Language Scholarship is an intensive language learning program for less commonly taught languages such as Swahili, Hindi, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, and more! The Critical Language Scholarship prioritizes accepting a wide range of students from varying education levels, backgrounds, and areas of interest.

Lecture: Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East
When: Tuesday, April 12 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: John Chalcraft, Associate Professor in the History and Politics of Empire/ Imperialism at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Middle East Studies
Between people power uprisings and armed jihadism, how can we best understand transgressive mobilization in the Middle East and North Africa? Scholarship on protest has traditionally been based either on Orientalism, or on theories of capitalism, modernization or globalization. Drawing on his new history of protest in the MENA, and engaging critically with social movement studies, John Chalcraft offers a glimpse in this lecture of an alternative view rooted in the dynamics of hegemonic contestation. This view stresses both hegemonic disarticulation on the one hand, and the contingent construction of mobilizing projects on the other. It points to the importance in the contemporary period of the crisis of the post-colonial state, and the roles of both intellectual labour and mass mobilization.

Discussion: Russia and Ukraine: Is There Hope in Sight?
When: Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m.
Where: Smith-Buonanno, Room 201
Who: Stanislav Byshok, Moscow Political Analyst, CIS-Europe Monitoring Organization; Sergei Khrushchev, Senior Fellow and Senior Visiting Scholar, Watson Institute
Sponsor: Slavic Studies


Lecture: Strategic Risks in South Asia
When: Wednesday, April 13 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Feroz Khan, senior researcher and lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Brown-India Initiative, Security Seminar Series
A discussion of the 2016 Presidential Election and its impact on U.S. Foreign Policy featuring Professor Stephen Kinzer of Brown University and Professor Robert Lieber of Georgetown University. Join us for a lively debate and discussion. All are welcome.

Panel Discussion: Israelis and Palestinians in Dialogue
When: Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Smith-Buonanno, Room 106
Sponsor: Judaic Studies
Part 2: “The Search for Mutual Understanding.” Speakers: Sami Adwan, Professor of Education and Teacher Training and Co-Founder and Co-Director of PRIME, an NGO established to pursue mutual coexistence through joint Palestinian-Israeli research and outreach activities and Shifra Sagy, Professor at Ben-Gurion University and Director of the Martin Springer Center for Conflict Studies that trains experts in managing and resolving conflict. Sponsored by The Elga K. Stulman Fund.


Conference: International Conference on Rape and War
When: Friday, April 15 from 1:45 - 6:15 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pembroke Hall, Room 305 (172 Meeting St.)
Sponsors: Pembroke Center, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Modern Culture and Media, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, Anthropology, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, English, History
Part of the Pembroke Center's four-year research initiative, Seeing War Differently: Rethinking the Subject(s) of Warfare. See conference schedule.



Prize: Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016
Awarded in memory of Anthony Brian Riccio, Brown Class of 1996, who lost his life in Moscow on September 20, 1994, to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. Applicants must submit a personal statement justifying their nomination, a written faculty recommendation from Brown, and any pertinent supporting materials. One $300 prize awarded.

Funding: Watson Sponsored LINK Award
Eligibility: Rising senior or junior concentrating in International Relations or Development Studies in good academic standing, and returning to study at Brown the following fall
To apply: Apply via UFunds. Send an email to Anita Nester notifying her of your intention to apply for the Watson-sponsored LINK award.
Deadline: Friday, April 15, 12pm (domestic internships only)
These awards provide funding for internships with an international focus in areas aligned with at least one of the Institute's core research areas — security, development, and governance—and its mission to promote a just and peaceful world. Internships may be in the US or abroad. More information on LINK awards.

Funding: Brown International Scholarship Committee (BISC) Projects New!
To apply: Apply via UFunds  
Deadline: April 22, 2016
Need help with your thesis? Want to exhibit your art? Need funding for your research? Want to get started on a project? Brown University International Scholarship Committee (BISC) is continuing its Projects Initiative this year, allowing undergraduate students the opportunity to develop or continue a project in any extracurricular or academic area of interest. BISC offers organizational and academic support, networking, resources, grants, and a platform for students to present their projects.


Forum: Young Diplomats Forum 2016
When: July 11 - 15, 2016
Where: London, United Kingdom
To apply: Submit a personal statement no more than 500 words and a current CV via email to:
Young Diplomats Forum is a global gathering of diplomats and aspiring diplomats below the age of 35. Past participants have come from more than 150 countries.  The number of delegates for each edition is limited to 75. Participants meet other diplomats, ambassadors, ministers, members of the parliament, government's officials, journalists, academics, and diplomacy experts to discuss different perspectives of global events.


Internship: Institute for National Strategic Studies
Where: Washington, D.C.
To apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 page writing sample via email
Deadline: Sunday, April 17, 2016
INSS is a collection of Department of Defense research centers established in 1984.  The mission of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) is to conduct research in support of the academic and leader development programs at NDU, and to provide strategic support to the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unified Combatant Commands. We offer unpaid internships to U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students (as well as recent graduates) in a variety of areas pertaining to national security and international affairs.  All INSS interns provide substantive research assistance to our Senior Fellows and Staff, as well as have the opportunity to participate in Defense Department and Interagency meetings and events.

Internship: Brown Presidential Internship New!
Where: Providence, RI
To apply: Apply through the JIB
Deadline: Rolling
Three interns will be exposed to the breadth of the major functions of the university and will be assigned to specific projects and provided with rotating placements with at least two individual departments over the course of the summer. Areas of exposure may include proposal writing, events planning, special initiative program planning, web and print communications and publications and benchmarking and performance metrics. Students will also participate in programs offered as part of the "iProv" summer internship program of the Swearer Center for Public Service and CareerLAB. Appropriate mentors from within the senior administration will also be available to support this activity. At the end of the summer, each intern will provide a brief report on the outcomes of their summer experience and reflections on their learning and connections with their course of study and future career plans. 

Internship: Savantas Liberal Arts Academy (SLAA) English Teacher
Where: Hong Kong
To apply: Submit your resume, a writing sample, and a short cover letter to
Deadline: Rolling deadline
Savantas Liberal Arts Academy (SLAA) is the education arm of the Savantas Policy Institute, a think tank that specializes in policies supporting Hong Kong's transformation into a knowledge-based economy. This summer, SLAA will be offering a five-week English program for secondary school students. Students will be recruited from local schools and come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. We are seeking two (2) English Teacher interns to work alongside our full-time staff to run the English classes this summer. The intern will be responsible for designing lesson plans, teaching sessions, grading assignments, and providing personalized help to students outside class. The intern will be given a great amount of freedom and is encouraged to incorporate his/her academic interests into the curriculum. The internship is paid. The amount of pay will be determined according to experience and education level. 
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.

Career Fair: Career in International Affairs Fair
When: April 26, 2016
Where: Global Diplomatic Forum - 6 Mitre Passage London, Greater London SE10 0ER GB
To Register: Register online
Deadline: Rolling
The Careers in International Affairs Fair is an annual meeting in which prospective students, universities, recruiters, and experts network, share their offerings, and exchange insights in the field. 


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: Armenian Volunteer Corps 
To apply: Apply online
AVC's Volunteer Corps invites volunteers 21 years of age and older, of all backgrounds from across the globe, to volunteer in Armenia for a minimum stay of one month to a maximum of one year, to serve in a job placement of their own choosing. Placements are available year-round in a wide variety of sectors and organizations, including business, education, environmental sciences, arts and culture, finance, health, governmental and non-governmental agencies. In addition to placements, AVC provides all logistical support from airport pick-up, to host-family living arrangements, Armenian language classes, and more.

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. 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!


Seminar Program: Women in Global Policy
Program Dates: May 16-20, 2016
Where: Washington, D.C.
Deadline: April 22, 2016
To register: Register online 
College women will learn about foreign policy from distinguished women whose work makes a global impact during this week in Washington, DC. Students will hear from leaders advocating for humanitarian issues, citizens’ rights, international security, and international development in an increasingly interconnected world. 

Summer Program: GWU U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era
Program Dates: July 11-23 
Where: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Deadline: May 1, 2016
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.

Summer Course: Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility in Belgrade, Serbia
Program Dates: May 30-July 9
Where: Belgrade, Serbia
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: See application details 
Hone your ethnographic sensibility through sensorium training methods developed in visual arts, performance, music and mindfulness. Break your perceptual habits and develop acute receptivity to the nuances of the ways people move and interact, use things and spaces, organize their time, mix smells and tastes, sit in a bus, or hail a taxi. Become a sensitive instrument for registering surprises and noting patterns in order to ultimately transpose them into ethnographic writing, film, photography, sound, or performance. In its second year, the Field School is aimed at anthropologists and other social scientists who want to develop their ethnographic sensibility with the particular focus on non-verbal, embodied patterns of everyday life, artists who want to explore the convergences between ethnographic and artistic training, and designers, architects, urban-planners and others interested in engaging with their practice in a culturally sensitive way. This is a highly innovative and unique intensive field training in cross-cultural communication not offered anywhere else. Accommodation in hostel and local families.

Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Deadline: July 1 for Fall 2016
To Apply: Apply online
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.

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. Various locations.


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. 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.