February 29, 2016

Hey IR concentrators,
There's a lot going on this week! Come join us today for the IR Open House followed by an IR Honors Thesis Info Session! The Open House starts at 5 p.m. and is a great time to meet fellow concentrators, get to know track advisors, and have any question you've ever had about IR answered by the people who know it best! The Honors Info Session follows at 6 p.m., where you will get all of the details you need to know about what it's really like to write an Honors Thesis for IR. Dinner will be served during the Open House, and Meeting Street cookies at the Honors Info Session.

Seniors: Two important deadlines for graduation this week.

1. You must notify the registrar TODAY about which ceremony you will attend at graduation if you have more than one concentration. 
2. You must revise and submit your final course plan in ASK by TOMORROW.

Get it done!

-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Senior Graduation Requirements: Are you planning to graduate? Immediate action required!
  • Join Us: IR Open House and Honors Info Session--TODAY!
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Schwarzman Scholarship, Rhodes & Marshal, and more
  • Mark Your Calendars!


Announcements & News
Student Opportunities



Alternate Tuesdays 7pm
Next meeting 3/1 
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Monday, Feb. 29, 2 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 420

Brown in China
Tuesday, March 1, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

IES Study Abroad Asia
Tuesday, March 1, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 420

Summer Program in Bologna, Italy
Wednesday, March 2, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440


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Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Fri................10-12 (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 - Immediate Deadlines!

Feb 29 Concentrations Ceremony Selection to Registrar TODAY!
If you have more than one concentration you must notify the Registrar as to which ceremony you'll attend no later than February 29, 2016.

Mar 1 Final Revisions in ASK TOMORROW!
Update your course list in ASK to reflect your final concentration courses. Registrar requires Dr. Elliott approve in ASK by March 11. You must have your revisions SUBMITTED in ASK by Mar 1.

April 4 Application to Graduate in Banner
Students must fill out the Application to Graduate in Banner no later than April 4, 2016 in order to receive a diploma at Commencement.

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

IR Concentration Open House Today!
When: Monday, February 29
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: North Common Room, Watson Institute 2nd Floor
Dinner will be served. Click the image to the left to download the flyer with more info!

IR Honors Info Session Today!
When: Monday, February 29
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: North Common Room, Watson Institute 2nd Floor
Enjoy Meeting Street cookies!



Fellowship Events
2/29: Schwarzman Scholarship Info Session Today!
3/10: Rhodes & Marshall Info Session
3/17: Mitchell Scholarship Info Session
3/21: Rhodes Getting Started Workshop
4/5: Marshall Getting Started Workshop
4/14: Fulbright Orientation
4/20, 4/28, 5/10: Fulbright Getting Started Workshops
Download the full schedule.


Mark your Calendars!
2/29: Last day for seniors with more than one concentration to change/select the departmental ceremony they wish to attend (5:00 p.m. deadline). Today!
3/11: Last day to change from credit to audit


Watson Events

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Featured Events

Lecture: 'Blowback' and Changing Commodity Chains in the Hemispheric War on Cocaine: 1900-2015
When: Monday, February 29 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Paul Gootenberg, SUNY Distinguished Professor of History & Sociology at Stony Brook University
Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Watson Institute Security Seminar Series
After its mid-twentieth transformation into an illicit good, shifting commodity chains of cocaine became the driver of the 1980s and beyond US "War on Drugs." But the "blowback" effects of US policies have also driven a series of unintended impacts on the geographies, politics, and security threats of cocaine--including the current shift to globalized cocaine and growing Latin American dissent from the global drug war.

Open House: IR Concentration Open House
When: Monday, February 29 at 5 p.m.
Where: North Common Room, Watson Institute 2nd Floor (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: International Relations Program
What are the differences between the Political Economy and Security tracks? What are my options for study abroad? Does IR offer grants and awards for research and conference participation? What’s advising like? Meet the IR Program Director, Concentration Advisor, the DUG, other IR concentrators and get answers to all of your IR-related questions! Dinner will be served.

Info Session: IR Honors Thesis Info Session
When: Monday, February 29 at 6 p.m.
Where: North Common Room, Watson Institute 2nd Floor (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: International Relations Program
Application deadline: 4/8. What’s it (really) like to write a thesis in IR? Meeting Street cookies!


Info Session: Masters of Public Affairs
When: Tuesday, March 1 at 12 p.m.
Where: 59 Charlesfield Street, Seminar Room
Sponsor: Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy
Change the world--accelerate your impact with just one more year at Brown. The One-year Accelerated Brown MPA features flexible curriculum emphasizing analytical skills, domain knowledge, and field experience. There is a focus on global and domestic policy, global policy experience, and action learning consultancy. The merit aid application deadline is March 15 and the final deadline to apply is April 15. Register here.

Info Session: The GREEN Program
When: Tuesday, March 1 at 5 p.m.
Where: Urban Environmental Lab, Conference Room
"It is a dynamic and constantly evolving field and the only way to be prepared for a career in environmental science is to have quality real world experience. The GREEN program will give me the type of experience I need not just through the experience but also through the opportunity I will have to connect with like-minded people in this area. I am a person who values learning through experience and through connections with other people. In the GREEN Program I would gain a lot from both of these things and will also be given an opportunity to give a lot of my own knowledge and experience to others." -Andrew Vann '15


Panel: Zika Virus: Strategies for Tackling a World Health Emergency
When: Wednesday, March 2 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Dr. Andrew Mallon, CEO of Calista Therapeutics; Dr. Alan Rothman, URI; Jannelle Couret, PhD, MEM, Postdoctoral Fellow at URI
Sponsors: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Watson Institute
This panel focuses on potential "solutions," to the Zika virus, including genetically-modified mosquitoes and vaccines. 

Lecture: Vladimir Putin's Time of Troubles?
When: Wednesday, March 2 at 4 p.m.
Where: Birkelund Board Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Linda J. Cook, Professor of Political Science and Slavic Studies, Brown University
Sponsors: European Politics Seminar, Watson Institute 
The lecture explores President Putin’s continued power and Russia’s political stability in light of the economic downturn. What are the sources of Putin’s popularity and levers of control in the current period? How does his regime maintain support among the population and within the political elite? How important are appeals to patriotism and security, social protections and tightening authoritarian controls? Why do central and regional elites apparently remain loyal? To what extent are the urban professional classes alienated since the suppressed 2011-2012 political protests? Based in part on Cook’s observations during a month-long research trip to Moscow in December, 2015, the lecture analyzes sources of political stability and control in contemporary Russia.


Info Session: Fellowships and Application Process
When: Thursday, March 3 at 12 p.m.
Where: J Walter Wilson, Room 203
Sponsors: Academic Support Services, Dean of the College
What is a fellowship? What are some different types? How can they help you achieve your goals? How can you know if you would be a good candidate or not? What should you do to learn about and potentially apply for fellowships? Join Linda Dunleavy, Associate Dean of the College for Fellowships, to engage these questions and many others in an introductory discussion about nationally competitive fellowship opportunities for undergraduates.

Lecture: The Economics of Competition Policy in the 21st Century Economy
When: Thursday, March 3 at 4 p.m.
Where: Building for Environmental Research & Teaching (BERT), Room 130 (85 Waterman St.)
Who: Nancy L. Rose, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
Sponsor: Economics Department

Nancy Rose is on leave from MIT, where she is the Charles P. Kindleberger Professorship in Applied Economics in the Department of Economics. Her teaching and research have focused on industrial organization, antitrust, and the economics of regulation.

Panel Discussion: Suffocating Embrace? The Futures of Palestinians in Israel
When: Thursday, March 3 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: MacMillan Hall, Room 117 (167 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: Middle East Studies, Watson Institute
Keynote speaker is member of the Israeli Knesset, Haneen Zoabi. Panelists are sociologist Gershon Shafir (UCSD), who is one of the founders of the settler-colonial approach to understanding the conflict; sociologist/anthropologist Areej Sabbagh-Khoury, a recent Ph.d, who works on the role of left-wing zionist collectives in ethnic cleansing of Palestine and question of memory; Shira Robinson (Washington Univ, DC) who wrote a book, “Citizen strangers,” about the relationship between citizenship and colonial rule with focus on Palestinians in Israel; and Brown faculty and Middle East Studies director, Beshara Doumani. The panel will be chaired by Brian Meeks, Chair of Africana Studies at Brown.



Prize: Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research New!
Eligibility: Current, full time students. Project cannot be honors thesis. Must have been completed during 2015. Can be individual or team project.
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: April 1, 2016
This prize recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that make creative and extensive use of the Brown University Library's collections, including but not limited to print resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all emdia. Entries may take the form of a traditional paper, a database, a website, or other digital project. Up to two $750 prizes may be awarded. 

Prize: Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations New!
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Rolling until April 22, 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 New!
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 notifying her of your intention to apply for the Watson-sponsored LINK award.
Deadline: First round: March 11 (12pm), Second round: April 15 domestic internships only (12pm)
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.


Conference: London School of Economics SU Emerging Markets Forum 
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.

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: 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.

Mentoring Fair: 2016 Women’s Foreign Policy Group Mentoring Fair
 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.

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: 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!


Summer Program: Bosnia and Herzegovina: Identity, Memory and Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Program Dates: May 28 - June 5, 2016 
Where: George Mason University, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Deadline: Tuesday, March 1
To apply: Apply online
The aim of this course is to understand not only how a contentious past and historical memories and narratives impact the ways in which post-conflict societies function, but also to look into various social practices and initiatives of counteracting the negative effects of conflict through justice, good governance, education and art. Specifically, we will explore strategies geared towards social transformation in Bosnia and Herzegovina twenty years after the conflict in 1990s. We will visit Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka to learn about narratives of different ethnic communities and get a comprehensive outlook of the current situation.

Summer Program: GWU U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era
Program Dates: Session One: May 16-27; Session Two: July 11-23 
Where: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Deadline: Session One: Tuesday, March 1; Session Two: May 1
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 Program: Northern Ireland: Politicians, Paramilitaries, and Peace
Program Dates: June 25 - July 3, 2016
Where: George Mason University, Northern Ireland
Deadline: March 20  
To apply: Apply online
CRDC's summer 2016 course, "Politicians, Paramilitaries, and Peace," takes students to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to learn about the linkages between the political and grassroots levels in a conflict that has evolved significantly over the last 50 years but still faces challenges of reconciliation and integration. In both Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, we'll examine how the post-conflict scenario evolves and delve into the challenges of a process that is frozen in the period of conflict management rather than moving on to conflict transformation and conflict resolution. 

Summer Course: The History and Culture of Central Europe New!
Program Dates: 
June 4 - 26, 2016
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Deadline: April 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
A three-week course, led by Alexandra Richie, author of Faust’s Metropolis and Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising. Through an understanding of history, this course offers a rich, entertaining, multi-disciplinary, and comprehensive insight into the culture, politics, and modern life of Central Europe. This is a critically important region and has been a global flashpoint for centuries. This course includes travel to Krakow and Berlin.

Summer Course: Security Issues and Central Europe New!
Program Dates: 
June 25 – July 10, 2016
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Deadline: April 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
A two-week course offering a broad overview of the challenges faced by the countries of Central Europe and also by NATO and the European Union in the XXI century. It will focus on topics such as cybersecurity, energy security, intelligence, and the media.  The main focal point will be the NATO summit, which will be held in Warsaw on 8-9 July 2016. This course, also led by Alexandra Richie, brings together an impressive group of guest lecturers as students are guided through the procedures and topics of the summit. 

Summer Course: Elites and Politics in New and Old Democracies New!
Program Dates: 
June 4 - 26, 2016
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Deadline: April 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
A two-week course looking closely at these key social-political actors who are capable of affecting political and policy outcomes of nation-states regularly and seriously. In the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, political elites have played a crucial role in recent political history. In addition to extensive exploration of this region as a case study, we will also study elite theory and the role of elites in old democracies.

Summer Course: Introduction to Cybersecurity Policy New!
Program Dates: 
July 9-24, 2016
Where: Warsaw, Poland
Deadline: April 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
A two-week course providing students with a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity as a domestic and international policy issue; it will focus on cybersecurity's role in a functioning state and examine different dimensions of cybersecurity: inter-state, transnational, civil, economic, corporate, and individual. Discuss contemporary cybersecurity strategy studies and related policies. Learn about data theft, web defacement campaigns, cyberterrorism, and targeted cyber-espionage attacks.

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: Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies New!
Deadline: Friday, March 4
To submit: Submit online
PJEAS is a student academic journal with the official support of the East Asian Studies Program at Princeton University. We publish works of scholarship written by both undergraduate and graduate students from around the world on political, economic, social and cultural issues pertaining to the East Asian region. PJEAS aims to foster both an intellectually rigorous student discourse and an atmosphere of mutual enhancement of knowledge and development of leadership in these fields.

Write: International Finance Journal New!
To apply: Apply online 
Want to get your voice heard by thousands of readers across the country? Want to join a network of students and IFJ Alum that are in or getting in to business, tech, finance and consulting? Want to get experience being part of a business-like organization?Positions both on the writing side and business side are now open!

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.