Oct. 24, 2016

Hi IR concentrators,
October is almost over --the semester is really flying by! A couple of things to look out for this week: Pre-registration is coming up quick, so the Spring 2017 IR courses will become available on the website soon. I will also put all IR courses in the Announcements section of the newsletter when they become available, so keep an eye out for those. Also, there are a bunch of new Student Opportunities added this week, and there are a couple that have deadlines coming up, so take a closer look at that section, especially if you are looking to spend your Winter Break doing an internship or volunteering! Seniors, please come in to complete your concentration revisions (see details in the Announcements section).

This week won't be as summer-y as last week, so bundle up and stay warm!
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • Office Hours: This week Tues, Thurs, Fri
  • Seniors: Revisions --Do it Now!
  • Important Dates: 11/1, 11/4, 11/8


Meetings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(meeting tomorrow)
Watson Institute Room 112 
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Meetings every Monday at 9 p.m.
Macmillan 115




Concentration Advisor Office Hours
Week of 10/24
Fri.................. 1.30-3.30* (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!

Student Assistant Office Hours
Email me anytime with questions at

All 7th semester seniors are required to revise their concentration forms and meet with Dr. Elliott to update their information by the end of this semester. You do not need to have completed all of the requirements in order to go through this process. 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.


Mark your Calendars!
11/1: Pre-registration for Spring 2017 begins
11/4: Deadline for GISP proposal submissions
11/8: Pre-registration period ends

11/9: TUFTS Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy info session



Watson Events

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Featured Events


Online Debate: Responsibility to Protect
When: Tuesday, October 25 at 10 a.m.
Where: Log onto
Who: David Harland, Center for Humanitarian Dialogue; Jessica Ashooh, the Atlantic Council Deputy Director if the Middle East Strategy Task Force; Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect; Clive Baldwin, Senior Legal Advisor for Human  Rights Watch
Sponsor: Thompson Reuters Foundation
This debate is an effort to further engage professors, students and those who work in the field on the issue of R2P - a principle created when leaders at the UN joined together in 2005 to declare that, when national leaders were harming or failing to protect their citizens, the international community had the right and responsibility to step in and do so. But how and when such interventions should take place has always been up for debate. A decade later, and five years into a bloody war in Syria that has spurred the worst refugee crisis since WWII and shows no signs of ending, is R2P guiding political action at all? The debate will explore differing views on the lessons to be learnt from post-Cold War interventions, from Bosnia to Afghanistan, Iraq, DRC, and Libya, and reflect on the ability of the "international community" to protect global citizens.

Student Seminar Series: US Foreign Policy and the 2016 Election
When: Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: J. Brian Atwood, Senior Fellow at Watson Insitute; Chas Freeman, Senior Fellow at Watson Institute
Sponsor: Watson Institute

This seminar series meets in the weeks both before and after Election Day to analyze what's truly at stake in this election. In the context of American history, contemporary global politics, and current issues in U.S. social, political, and economic affairs, guest speakers set before the seminar participants the essential issues and then facilitate probing discussions. The seminar's goal is bear witness to a historic election, illuminating the "dangers and opportunities of right here and right now."


Lecture: The "War on Terror" in Yemen and Beyond: Legal and Ethical Implications
When: Wednesday, October 26 at 6.15 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Nina Tannenwald, Director of International Relations, Senior Lecturer of Political Science at Brown University; Stephen Kinzer, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Middle East Studies
Professor Tannenwald and Professor Kinzer address the terrorism policy in Yemen and other parts of the Middle East in relation to ethical and legal repercussions.

Security Seminar Series: What Grand Strategy for America?: Why Offshore Balancing is Best
When: Thursday, October 27 at 4 p.m.
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Stephen Walt, Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School
Sponsor: Watson Institute
Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has expanded its security commitments and tried to bring as many states as possible into a U.S.-led liberal world order. That strategy—sometimes dubbed “liberal hegemony”—has repeatedly failed. The United States should return to its earlier strategy of “offshore balancing” and focus on three key regions: Europe, Northeast Asia, and the Persian Gulf. If a potential hegemon emerges, Washington should commit resources to preserve a favorable balance of power and, if necessary, fight to uphold it. If no potential hegemon is present, however, the United States should remain offshore and let local powers handle regional security problems themselves. This approach would reduce U.S. defense burdens, mitigate the terrorism problem, and discourage WMD proliferation. It is also a strategy that most Americans would prefer.



Conference: United States Air Force Academy Assembly
Conference Dates:
March 14-17, 2017
Deadline: November 1 by 5 p.m.
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
This is an amazing opportunity to represent Brown and the IR Program at this prestigious conference! Questions that will be addressed at the conference are: How do cyber policies effect the relationship between developed countries? What are the physical and strategic implications of the cyber world? How should the U.S. respond to cyber conflict and shape national security to address a cyber-dominated world? Email with any questions.

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. 

Course: INTL 1802W: Seminar and reporting trip to Cuba 
Deadline: November 4
To apply: Download application here
Eligibility: Limited to 10 Juniors and Seniors; completion of HISP0600 or 3rd year proficiency equivalent required.
This is an advanced seminar taught in the Spring by former NYT foreign correspondent, Prof Stephen Kinzer. Includes a week-long, intensive reporting trip to Cuba over Spring Break. Learn to act as a foreign correspondent reporting on a topic of your choice. It's a great opportunity to get real world experience in international journalism!


Fall Internship: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Deadline: October 27
To Apply: Apply online
Internship opportunities are available on both the research and business sides of the think tank. All positions require excellent organizational, research, writing, and computer skills, as well as the ability to multi-task. Responsibilities on the research side include research, writing, editing, and some administrative work. Most of our research positions support more than one scholar, but they are generally grouped by topic. On the business side of the think tank, our conferences, development, communications, and government relations offices all seek interns.

Winter Internship: Social Enterprise and Micro-Entrepreneurship Internship New!
Deadline: priority deadline: October 28; final 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.

Summer Internship: Federal Reserve Bank of New York Internship Program
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply online
The Undergraduate Summer Analyst and Graduate Summer Associate Programs provide outstanding students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in public service at the New York Fed. Through advanced project work assignments and professional development activities, analysts and associates gain an extensive understanding of the New York Fed’s work. Summer analysts and associates also have the opportunity to enhance their business skills through critical financial analysis, formal presentations, research and writing. The program is a direct feeder for the Bank’s full-time analyst and associate rotational programs.

Spring Internship: Middle East Institute Leadership Development New!
Deadline: November 15 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 (and Spring, Summer, and Fall) Internship: Foundation for Sustainable Development Winter Programs in Africa, Latin America, and India New! 
Deadline: See different deadlines for winter, spring, summer, and fall session here. Winter session deadline: November 1; 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.


Fellowship: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors
Dedicated to international exchange, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program offers five-month fellowships to leading democracy activists, journalists, and scholars from around the world.  During their time in residence at NED's International Forum for Democratic Studies, fellows reflect on their experiences and consider lessons learned; conduct independent research and writing; engage with colleagues and counterparts in the United States; and build ties with a global network of democracy advocates.

Fellowship: Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program
Deadline: November 1
To apply: Apply online
The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. Accepted students participate in an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer before their Senior year on a Junior Summer Institute (JSI) campus. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. 
"I participated in this program between my junior and seniors years at Brown, and it was one of the best programs I have ever participated in. It focuses on promoting minority interest in public policy/promoting focus on minority issues in public policy, and they provide generous funding for public policy graduation degrees." -Amy Chang IR '08.

Research Award: CLACS Undergraduate Research Award
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply by email (follow directions below)
Eligibility: All undergraduates can apply. Preference will be given to concentrators in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and members of the CLACS Undergraduate Fellows program.
The award of up to $500 is meant to cover expenses related to travel for thesis research or conferences (if relevant to research interests) in the United States or a country in Latin America or the Caribbean.
Application Requirements: Submit a single PDF containing the following materials to  with the subject heading “CLACS Undergraduate Research Awards Application”: 
1. Cover page with name, email address, dates for which funding is requested, and research project title 
2. A statement of the research objectives and design (maximum 500 words)
3. Detailed, itemized budget including other sources of support applied to (indicate whether they have been received and/or when the notification date is)
Separately, ask a professor (for example, your thesis advisor) to submit a letter of recommendation to

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.

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: October 30 for early admission!
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 Opens 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 New!
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.

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