February 15, 2016

Hi IR concentrators,

I hope everyone is holding on until the (already much needed) long weekend! The last of Chas Freeman's talks is happening this Thursday on the United State's need for diplomatic agility. Ambassador Freeman has stirred things up with his last two lectures, and the third won't disappoint! I highly encourage you all to attend. 

SENIORS: Keep in mind the important dates listed below regarding graduation requirements and their deadlines. Always better to do it early to get it out of the way!

-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Express Walk-in on Tuesday
  • Capstone Catalog: Requirement for seniors
  • Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference: Apply now
  • Mellon Crisis Simulation: Last day to apply
  • Now Hiring This Semester: IR Student Assistant
  • Library Workshops: February Calendar
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Schwarzman Scholarship, Rohdes & Marshal, and more
  • Mark Your Calendars: No classes Monday or Tuesday


Announcements & News
Student Opportunities



1st Meeting!
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6 pm
Watson Institute, 112
Free Pizza!
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GLISP 101: Make the Most of Study Abroad
Monday, Feb. 15, 2 pm

OIP: First Steps
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown +1
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown in Barcelona
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 411

Study Abroad Granada
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 4pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown +1
Thursday, Feb. 18, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

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Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
2/15 - 2/19
Tue..............1:30-3:30 (10-minute express walk-in)
No office hours Feb 22 & 23 (long weekend)
Make an appointment.
*Express Hours reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!



Seniors - Action required!
Graduation requirement: Capstone Catalog
Students who completed a capstone course last fall should submit a capstone catalog entry. 

Multiple Concentrations Ceremony Attendance 2/29!
Students with more than one concentration must notify the Registrar as to which ceremony you wish to attend no later than February 29, 2016.

Revise for IR 3/1!
Update your course list in ASK to reflect your final concentration courses. 

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

Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference: Apply today!
2016 Theme: Women and Security: The Implications of Promoting Global Gender Equality
When: April 11 - 14, 2016
Where: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: February 25, 2016

Apply to be a delegate at this prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime conference! See Student Opportunities for more information. All expenses paid.
Nuclear Crisis Simulation Conference: LAST CHANCE!
Mellon Foundation Crisis Simulation: Ambiguous Compliance with the Iran Nuclear Deal
When: March 3 - 6, 2016
Where: US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: TODAY February 15, 2016
This exciting conference takes students through a simulated nuclear crisis. Students work together to formulate comprehensive policy suggestions given the crisis. See Student Opportunities for more information. Fully paid for by the Mellon Foundation.

Now Hiring This Spring: Work for the IR Program!
The International Relations Program is seeking an IR student assistant to work 7 hours/week in the academic program office housed at the Watson Institute. The student assistant maintains a set schedule and provides administrative support for the IR Program. Please contact Anita Nester if interested.
Provide first point of contact for in-person visitors and phone calls to the Undergraduate Program suite on the 1st floor of the Watson Institute. Answer phones, respond to inquiries in person, via email, or refer to others or take messages as appropriate. Provide administrative support, including making photocopies, faxing, retrieving mail from 2nd floor mailroom.

Library Workshops in February
The Library is offering a number of workshops this month:
2/15 Managing Your Citations and Research Library with Zotero
Here is the full list of Library workshops in February.



Fellowship Events
2/29: Schwarzman Scholarship Info Session
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!
2/22-2/23: No classes! Long weekend.
2/24: Last day to add a course for a fee, change from credit to audit, or change grade option (5pm)


Watson Events

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Featured Events

Info Session: Preparing for Career Fairs
When: Monday, February 15 at 12 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Come get some tips and learn about the employers coming to both the General and Careers in the Common Good Job and Internship Fairs.

Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurship and International Development
When: Monday, February 15 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center (75 Waterman St.)
Who: Jonathan Chang, Executive Director of Singapore Management University's Lien Centre for Social Innovation; Jyoti Sharma, Taubman Fellow and Social Entrepreneur In Residence at Brown
Sponsor: Office of the Provost
The conversation will be introduced and facilitated by panelists Jonathan Chang and Jyoti Sharma. Jonathan Chang, a social entrepreneur and educator, has founded startups across multiple industries in Silicon Valley and Manhattan, including a social enterprise working with organic food producers to promote supply-chain sustainability and market growth. Jyoti Sharma, a social entrepreneur, environmentalist and Ashoka Fellow, is the founder of FORCE, an award-winning NGO that works for water security and sustainable sanitation in India. Buffet lunch served at 12:30pm. Discussion starts at 1pm.


Fair: General Career Fair
When: Tuesday, February 16 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Sayles Hall
Sponsor: CareerLAB
All are welcome to attend the General Career Fair in Sayles Hall (40+ employers, full-time and internships). Before attending, be sure you download the Brown Career Fair Plus app (found in the App Store) for a full, accurate listing of all the employers attending.

Info Session: Masters of Public Affairs
When: Tuesday, February 16 at 12 p.m.
Where: 59 Charlesfield Street, Room 103
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.


Fair: Brown/RISD Common Good Job/Internship Fair
When: Wednesday, February 17 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Sayles Hall
Sponsor: CareerLAB
First-years, sophomores and juniors can find summer internships and graduating seniors can find full-time jobs in education, the arts, public service, activism, public health, entrepreneurship and more. More than 35 employers will be in attendance offering internships with city government, arts organizations, local non-profits and more.

Lecture: The Legend of Enchanted Modernity: Racial Injustice and Modernization in Brazil
When: Wednesday, February 17 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Marcelo Paixão, University of Texas at Austin
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Brazil Initiative
Professor Paixão analyzes the status of the human race in the discourse of "racial democracy" and how this understanding is joined to the problem of social inequality and racial hierarchies in Brazil. 

Info Session: U.S. Peace Corps and State Department
When: Wednesday, February 17 at 8 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Join representatives from The State Department and from The Peace Corps to learn more about careers at these two institutions, and how Peace Corps service can lead to opportunities at the State Department. Please RSVP.


Lecture: Recovering Diplomatic Agility
When: Thursday, February 18 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Ambassador Chas Freeman, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
Sponsors: Watson Institute Distinguished Speaker Series, China Initiative
The Pax America is no more. In the second decade of the 21st century, world affairs are shaped by shifting coalitions, not fixed alliances. The new world disorder calls for strategic nimbleness, not the ideological constancy and geopolitical steadfastness demanded of Americans by the Cold War. To cope with the new international environment, American diplomacy must become unprecedentedly agile. How can the United States meet this challenge?


Lecture: Bearing Witness: Using Video for Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy
When: Friday, February 19 at 12 p.m.
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute, (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Jackie Zammuto, coordinator of the development and distribution of WITNESS’ video advocacy training resources and online platforms
Sponsors: Engaged Scholars Program, Watson Institute, Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy
WITNESS, an international nonprofit, trains activists and citizen witnesses to use video to document human rights abuses, expose injustices, and advocate for change. Jackie Zammuto discusses the opportunities and challenges that activists face when using video and how WITNESS is confronting these through programmatic work and advocacy to technology companies.




Conference: G200 Youth Forum 2016
April 6 - 10, 2016
Where: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
To register: Register online
Deadline: TODAY, February 15, 2016
The G200 Youth Forum is one of the largest international events organized for young leaders from around 200 countries. About 500 young leaders, members of parliaments and young parliamentarians, students and academics, representatives of the business world, governments and international organizations will be participating. 

Conference: Mellon Foundation Crisis Simulation: Ambiguous Compliance with the Iran Nuclear Deal
When: March 3 - 6, 2016
Where: US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: TODAY, February 15, 2016
Students develop domestic and foreign policy options for the president in a simulated crisis. Learn more about the context and details of the simulation. All expenses paid for by the Mellon Foundation.

Conference: US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference
When: April 11 - 14, 2016
Where: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: February 25, 2016
The Naval Academy is seeking students who demonstrate a strong desire to participate, seek a real challenge, have an outstanding record of academic achievement, and have a sincere interest and commitment in the study of foreign affairs. This year's conference theme is Women and Security: The Implications of Promoting Global Gender Equality. The Conference has become a way of bringing together the nation's future Navy and Marine Corps officers with their peers from other colleges and universities, both civilian and military, from across the country and around the world. Participants include prominent politicians, leading academics and public intellectuals, government officials, and foreign dignitaries—providing a unique forum for scholarly discourse.

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.

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 New!
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: Assistant Editor at Foreign Affairs
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: TODAY, February 15, 2016
The assistant editor position is a full-time, paid role based in New York City offering exceptional training in serious journalism. The assistant editor has substantial responsibility and is involved in all aspects of the editorial process. Applicants typically include recent graduates of undergraduate and master’s programs. The ideal candidate will have an interest in international relations, a flair for writing, and a facility with the English language. The position lasts for one year, starting in July or August. Previous assistant editors have gone on to careers in a variety of fields, including journalism, academia, and government.

Internship: National Council on US-Arab Relations
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: February 26, 2016
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington. 

Internship: City Internship's Global Internship Summer Program 
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Rolling deadline
The Global Internship Program operates in the world’s leading cities – London, New York, Los Angeles & Hong Kong – and provides an immersive and formative experience that is focused on enabling undergraduates and graduates to convert their skills, ambition and academic accomplishment to professional success. The program is structured around an eight week internship placement, with a leading employer in the student’s chosen field, which is complemented by a series of inclusive career seminars and workshops, guest speaker and networking events, social events, and weekend excursions.

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
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!


Masters Programs: English Language Master's Programs at Institute of International Studies, Charles University in Prague 
Early Deadline: February 26, 2016
To apply: Apply online
Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague offers four interdisciplinary Master’s Degree Programs taught in English for the academic year 2016/2017. These programs are coordinated under the label "Prague Area Studies" (PRAREAS) and focus on distinctive areas: the countries of Eurasia and Central, East and South East Europe, the German-speaking countries, European Union and North America.

Summer Program: GWU U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era
Deadline: Session One: March 1; Session Two: May 1
Program Dates: Session One: May 16-27; Session Two: July 11-23 
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.

Winter Program: Iceland Renewable Energy and Sustainability Adventure 
Deadline: Rolling until spots are filled
Program Dates: Varies, see schedule
To Apply: Apply online 
The Green Program’s career accelerating, hands-on, high adventure impact unique educational model proves why The Green Program is not just any study abroad program. Discover Iceland’s innovation in renewable energy, dive into authentic Nordic culture, and participate on adventure excursions you never even realized you wanted to have on your bucket list.

Winter Program: Peru Water Resource Management and Sustainable Practices 
Deadline: Rolling until spots are filled
Program Dates: Varies, see schedule
To Apply: Apply online
Through recent years, Peru has overcome hardships with water sanitation and flourished with their water resource management and sustainable practices. Join The Green Peru Program to discover how Peru utilizes methods from the Inca Empire and modern day technologies for water initiatives and a sustainable future. The Green Peru Program is created for motivate students who are on a mission towards global water stewardship and sustainability solutions. Dive into the rich history of the Inca Empire, Peruvian culture, local entrepreneurial and governmental endeavors, and service-learning projects to put your mind towards a future of water accessibility for our world.

Activist Training: Change Corps 

Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Apply online
Change Corps is a salaried, one-year, full-immersion training program in grassroots organizing. When Change Corps organizers complete their training, they’ll know how to organize people to get change unstuck on the issues they’re passionate about and will have an opportunity to become part of a wave of new organizers who will keep pushing and prodding our country forward for years to come. For more information contact Lucy Sedgwick '11.


Publish: Journal of Undergraduate International Studies
Deadline: February 21, 2016
To Submit: See guidelines
The Journal seeks to publish the world's premier undergraduate work related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, history, culture, comparative politics, economics, development and trade, global security, and international health.

Publish: Brown University Urban Studies Journal 
Deadline: Rolling until February
To Submit: Email submissions
The Urban Studies Department is now accepting submissions for its 2016 Journal, open to all faculty and students in the Brown community. We encourage submitting any work that is inspired by or based on cities and issues related to the built environment. The work can take absolutely any form—academic research, journalism, creative writing, art, architectural & urban design work, GIS projects, etc. Authors are encouraged to submit early so written work can go through the editing process.

Publish: The Informal
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Submit: Send a 100-150 word pitch to We will get back to you in approximately 7 days. 
The Informal, a Brown-born online journal focusing on finding ways to explore the Middle East from an "informal" lens, is looking for submissions and social media editors! The Informal, since October 2015, has published a significant amount of articles (one of which is in consideration to be picked up by the NYTimes). It also provides a newsletter service and Twitter feed. @theinformalorg serves as a news source without an automated mechanism that posts any article related to the Middle East. A significant amount of articles are read by our team, filtered out for relevant content and then posted as links with a brief tweet summary. Please contact Deniz Cam if interested or have questions.