March 21, 2016

Hi IR concentrators!

Spring break is almost here!!! Before you put yourself in ~vacation mode~ be wary of deadlines during the first week of April (4/4 - 4/8)! If you take care of it now, you won't have anything to worry about while relaxing for the next week, and if you get too relaxed next week, you won't end up missing these important deadlines! See the list of deadlines below under Announcements. There's no time like the present!
-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Senior Graduation Requirements: Next deadline 4/4 (Monday after break!)
  • Riccio Prize: Nominate Yourself by 4/15!
  • Honors Thesis Application: Deadline 4/8 (Friday after break!)
  • Watson Sponsored LINK Awards: Deadline 4/15
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Rhodes, Marshall, and more
  • Mark Your Calendars: Spring Break!!!!


Announcements & News
Student Opportunities



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Tuesday, March 22 at 4pm
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Monday, March 21 at 4pm
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Wed..............2-4 (Appt)
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SENIORS: Graduation Deadlines!

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. 

JUNIORS: Want to Write a Thesis? Apply Now!
Eligibility: IR Juniors
Deadline: April 8, 2016
To apply: Download the application
See more information

SENIORS: Nominate Yourself Today!
Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Rolling until April 15, 2016

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: April 15 domestic internships only (12pm)
See Opportunities.


Fellowship Events
3/21: Rhodes Getting Started Workshop Today!
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!
3/26 - 4/3: Spring break!Blossom on Apple iOS 9.3Hibiscus on Apple iOS 9.3
4/7: Deadlines for sophomores to file concentration
4/8: Deadline for submission of proposals for Undergraduate Study Projects (GISPs) for Fall 2016


Watson Events

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Featured Events

Panel Discussion: Not a Single Story: Three Dimensions of Africa-China Relations
When: Monday, March 21 at 2 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Patricia Agupusi, Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University; Derek Sheridan, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, Brown University; James R. Holmes, Professor of Strategy, US Naval War College
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Africa Initiative Speaker Series
The ascendance of “China in Africa,” and the deepening of African-Chinese connections have attracted widespread attention and commentary. However, there is no singular story that can be told which could encapsulate all the different ways a Chinese presence has come to be seen and felt in Africa. Explore this relationship through three distinct lenses: the economic, the geopolitical and the cultural through three distinct cases: Chinese foreign investment in Nigeria, Chinese maritime strategy in the Indian Ocean, and the Asian martial arts in Tanzania. 

Lecture: The Fictive Coherence of Global Struggle: Combating ‘Modern-Day Slavery’ in Rhetoric and Practice
When: Monday, March 21 at 4 p.m.
Where: Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (94 Waterman St.)
Who: Joel Quirk, Associate Professor of Political Studies, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Sponsor: Slavery and Justice
Combating human trafficking has been widely presented as a cohesive and singular global cause. This popular rhetoric of shared global struggle is both highly misleading and politically problematic. There may well be broad similarities in the types of abuses which occur in different contexts and countries, but a great deal of a creative aggregation and extrapolation is required in order to translate broad similarities into the language of a singular and cohesive global cause. It quickly becomes clear that there is not one global anti-trafficking or anti-slavery movement, but many different movements and actors with different agendas and interests.

Workshop: Rhodes Getting Started Workshop
When: Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: List Arts Building, Room 110
Sponsor: Dean of the College-Fellowships
This workshop will provide details about the Rhodes scholarship and discuss the steps students need to take in the application process including preparing the activities list, questionnaire and personal statement, identifying programs of study, and selecting recommenders.


Symposium: Sovereignty at Risk: Caribbean Mini-States on the Margins of Globalization
When: Tuesday, March 21 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House (155 Angell St.)
Who: Cecilia Green, Syracuse University; Patsy Lewis and Paget Henry, Brown University
Sponsors: Africana Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Topics presented include: “Difference and Place: Dominica in Colonial Political Geographies,” “Small States Development Dilemmas: A Grenada Case Study,” and “The Turn to China: Antigua & Barbuda’s Response to Globalization”

Info Session: Internship Boot Camp
When: Tuesday, March 21 at 12 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsors: CareerLAB
Still on the hunt for a summer internship? Frustrated with your current search strategy? Come learn about specific opportunities still available for summer 2016. We'll also cover the search process, resume and cover letters, funding, and anything else you want to discuss.


Lecture: Does Europe Still Need (or Want) a United States of Europe?
When: Wednesday, March 23 at 4 p.m.
Where: Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Hans-Olaf Henkel, member of the European Parliament and Vice Chair of the ECR (European Conservatives and Reformists)
Sponsor: Watson Institute Distinguished Speaker Series
Ever since the original treaty of Rome, the EU has been enlarged and deepened step-by step. While the Common Market has contributed significantly to the prosperity of the E.U.; the introduction of the Euro as the common currency has derailed the EU both economically and politically. The Euro was introduced for political reasons such as maintaining peace and as a tool to get to the "United States of Europe". It results however in centralization, harmonization and the socialization of country and banking debts, hence seriously damaging the E.U.'s long term competitiveness. Instead of contributing to peace it has caused significant political friction. Hans-Olaf Henkel pleads for abandoning the policy of advancing the E.U towards a Political Union and for returning to a E.U. with a Common Market to be completed on the basis of a Europe of Sovereign Nations. Henkel describes why only such policy can keep Britain within the EU. He advocates the closing of ranks with the U.S. on the basis of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Lecture: Ethnoracial Reclassification as a "Weapon of the Weak"
When: Wednesday, March 23 at 4 p.m.
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Danilo Contreras, postdoctoral teaching fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, College of the Holy Cross
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Development and Governance Seminar
Marginalized individuals in ethnoracially diverse societies, especially stratified ones, would seem most likely to mobilize politically along ethnoracial lines. Contreras argues that, under certain conditions, individuals will deal with ethnoracial discrimination and stratification through exit rather than voice. That is, they will reclassify their way out of marginalized ethnosomatic categories instead of voting for candidates and parties that share their ethnoracial identities.This may help to explain why ethnoracial identity is of low salience in elections in Latin America, particularly in Afro-Latin America. He will present evidence from the case of the Dominican Republic.


Lecture: Creating Brazilian Consumer Capitalism in the American Century: Commerce, Culture, Power
When: Thursday, March 24 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: James Woodard, Professor of History, Montclair State University
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Brazil Initiative
Professor Woodard will offer an overview of his work-in-progress, on the development of Brazilian consumerism between the 1920s and the 1970s and on the constitutive role of US-style consumer culture in the making of modern Brazil.



Prize: Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research
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
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Rolling until 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: 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.


Competition: BrownThink 
When: April 8 - 10, 2016
To register: Register online
BrownThink is Brown University's first Public Policy competition, open to Brown undergraduates of all concentrations. The competition focuses on immigration policy, and the team with the best legal immigration reform receives a $500 cash prize and other recognitions. Come meet professionals in the legal immigration field and other Brown students! 

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 New!
Where: Washington, D.C.
To apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 page writing sample via email
Deadline: 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: 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!


Scholarship: 2016 TUSA Summer Ambassador Scholarship 
Deadline: March 31, 2016
To apply: Apply online
The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an Ambassador program. A unique program designed for students who will be representing their state, as well as the United States, and acting as ambassadors to Taiwan. Learn Chinese language and culture.

Summer Course: The History and Culture of Central Europe 
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 
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 
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 
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.

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 New!
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.

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.


Write: International Finance Journal

To submit: Apply online 
Deadline: Wednesday, March 23
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? Submit to the IFJ

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.