Sept. 12, 2016

Letter from the Director
Welcome back to campus! I’m in my third year as Director of the International Relations Program. I look forward to working with both our returning and our new concentrators. I want to take this opportunity to share a few tips about making your way through the Program. The IR Program is an excellent concentration. It is also very large. It has several layers of advising. It is a bit more complicated than a departmental concentration. There are good (if mysterious) reasons for all this. Here are four tips:
Make good use of the website. The website has a lot of useful information. Spend some time with it.
Visit us early and often! Don’t wait until the last minute to meet deadlines. Have questions? Dr. Claudia Elliott, associate director and concentration advisor, is your first resort. She knows all the details of the concentration. You can reach her by email and make appointments online. Questions about the web site? Contact Anita, our program manager and website guru. Questions about your studies, your life during or after Brown, internships, or can’t figure out who else to ask?  I have regular office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays for anyone who wants to come by.
Get involved at the Watson Institute. Introduce yourself to professors and Watson researchers. Attend events at the Institute.  Go to a meeting of the IR DUG. Get involved! There are many opportunities for undergraduates at the Watson Institute.
Check out the visiting scholars. Former ambassadors and government officials, journalists, UN and NGO practitioners, and distinguished scholars from other universities are in residence at the Watson Institute. They are giving talks and teaching classes for undergraduates. Take advantage of their presence!
Good luck with shopping. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the coming year.
Nina Tannenwald
Director, International Relations Program

Announcements this week
  • OFFICE HOURS: Concentration Advisor and Student Assistant Office Hours
  • SCUSA 67: Mingle With Top Policy Advisors at West Point!
  • ACADEMIC CALENDAR: Important dates
  • LIBRARY WORKSHOP: Enhance your research skills!
  • IR DUG: Join now!



Announcements & News
Student Opportunities

Sept. 13 Study Abroad 101 General Info Session
Sept. 13 Swedish Program Info Session
Sept. 20 Study Abroad 101 General Info Session

Sept. 22 University of Haifa Info Session
Sept. 26 Study Abroad Fair

Sept. 14 Faculty Panel on Jobs in the Social Sciences
Sept. 15 CV and Cover Letter Writing Workshop for the Social Sciences
Sept. 26 CareerLAB Career Fair Day 1
Sept. 27 CareerLAB Career Fair Day 2

Sept. 12 Introduction to Social Sciences Research Resources
Sept. 20 Basic Introduction to Endnote

Sept. 13 First Meeting of the IR DUG
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Shopping Period Concentration Advisor Office Hours
Mon 9/12...............10-12
Tues 9/13...............2-4
Thurs 9/15.............2-4
Fri 9/16..................12-2 (Express walk-in)
Make an appointment.
*Express Hours are reserved only for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!

Student Assistant Office Hours
I have also finalized my own office hours, which will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2 starting next week. Please stop by the IR office if you have any IR related questions and if you want to chat about classes, study abroad or the thesis! Also feel free to email me anytime with questions at

SCUSA 67: Mingle With Top Policy Advisors at West Point!
Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to rub shoulders with top policy advisors at the prestigious annual SCUSA 67 conference! This year's SCUSA 67 theme is Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities. West Point and the IR Program cover the cost of all expenses --apply soon to take advantage of this amazing opportunity! (see Student Opportunities section)


Important Dates on the Academic Calendar
Don't let these important deadlines sneak past you as you're busy finalizing your schedule:
9/20: Last day to add a course without a fee (5 p.m.)
10/4: Last day to change course grade option or add a course with late fee (5 p.m.)

Library Workshop For Research in the Social Sciences
Are you an IR student who is taking classes that require a research paper? Are you considering writing a senior thesis? Do you feel like you are unaware of how to navigate the wealth of resources and research opportunities at the library? Make sure you stop by this library workshop and learn about the research skills that will be useful to you throughout your IR career at Brown, and after! (see Events section)

Join the IR DUG!
The IR DUG will be holding its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Watson Institute (room TBD --join mailing list here and keep an eye out for the Morning Mail announcement for location details). The IR DUG is an amazing community of students who are passionate about their concentration, and joining the DUG is a great way to keep in touch with your peers, share questions and concerns and learn about opportunities in the IR field. Make sure you stop by the first meeting of the year and introduce yourself to your fellow IR concentrators!



Watson Events

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Featured Events


Library Workshop: Research in the Social Sciences
When: Monday, September 12 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Digital Scholarship Lab on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library
Who: Bruce Boucek
Sponsor: Rockefeller Library
This workshop provides a quick overview of many of the Brown University Library resources that students, faculty, and staff might need for social sciences research projects. The workshop focuses on finding and organizing social sciences research literature, using subscription services to visualize, query, and download social sciences data, and finding and accessing peer reviewed research data deposited in repositories. It also provides an introduction to software and other tools that may be useful in research. See more details and register here.


Watson Distinguished Speaker Series: French Foreign Policy in an Unstable World
When: Tuesday, September 13 at 10.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Gérard Araud, 63, a career diplomat, was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States in September 2014. He previously held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, notably including that of Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament (2000-2003), Ambassador of France to Israel (2003-2006), Director General for Political Affairs and Security (2006-2009), and, most recently, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York (2009-2014).
Sponsor: Watson Institute 
Over the course of his career, Mr. Araud has developed specialized knowledge in two key areas: the Middle East and strategic & security issues. He was the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006 to 2009. In New York, at the Security Council, he notably contributed to the adoption of resolutions on Libya (#1970 and #1973), Côte d’Ivoire (#1975), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the Central African Republic, and participated in debates on the Syrian and Ukrainian crises. He has written numerous journal articles, including recently in "Commentaire’’, two on the outbreak of WWI and one on the French foreign policy between 1919 and 1939, and another in "Esprit’’, on the search for a new world order. He is working on an article on the treaty of Versailles.

Watson Student Seminar Series: Journal of the Plague Year: A History of Right Now
When: Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Ted Widmer, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute.
Sponsor: Watson Institute 
Designed by and largely for Brown undergraduates, 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 to bear witness to a historic election, illuminating the dangers and opportunities of right here and right now.


Security Seminar Series: On Planetary Accountability: The New Nuclear Age
When: Thursday, September 15 at 4 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Joseph P. Masco, professor of anthropology and the social sciences at the University of Chicago.
Sponsor: Watson Institute 
Masco examines how current U.S. national security policy as well as the the technical judgements supporting the Anthropocene are constituting a new temporal horizon for the bomb. No longer imagined as a temporary fix to international relations, the bomb is being remade as an eternal element of both geopolitics and geoscience. He considers some unexpected implications of these programmatic efforts for new kinds of planetary scale accountability.

Teach-In: The Coup, the Purge, and the Future of Democracy in Turkey
When: Thursday, September 15 at 5:30 p.m. - 7.45 p.m.
Where: List Art, Room 120 (64 College St.)
Who: Engin Akarli, Professor Emeritus of Modern Middle Eastern History; Beshara Doumani, Professor of History, Director of Middle East Studies; Chas Freeman, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute; Stephen Kinzer, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute; Meltem Toksöz, Adjunct Instructor in Middle East Studies; Kutay Onayli ’17
Sponsor: Middle East Studies and Watson Institute

Aside from a primer on the attempted coup and the purge that followed it, the teach-in will focus on four main themes: Impact on academic freedom in universities and the health of the educational system in general; future of democracy in Turkey; geo-political consequences for the Middle East region, especially in relation to Syria and the Kurds; US-Turkish relations.



Conference: 2016 Student Council on US Affairs (SCUSA)
Deadline: October 17
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: IR Junior or Senior
Want to hob-knob with key policy makers? Like to discuss solutions to global challenges? The Student Conference on US Affairs is one of the most prestigious conferences of its kind. This is an annual four day conference hosted at The Untied States Military Academy at West Point. The purpose of this world-class conference is to facilitate interaction and constructive discussion between civilian student delegates and West Point cadets in order to better understand the challenges that the Untied States faces in an increasingly global society. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynote speakers, and develop policy recommendations during round table sessions. The theme of this year's conference is Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities. West Point and the IR program cover the cost of all expenses. See more information here. Please direct all questions about the application process to


Fellowship: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Deadline: October 5
To Apply: See application guidelines
Eligibility: Seniors
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s  Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to  nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts.

Fellowship: The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship
Deadline: October 14
To Apply: See application guidelines
Eligibility: Junior or Senior
The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships provide funding for students interning over the summer in the U.S. Embassies in London or Paris, or the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington, D.C. Students must be accepted to the State Department Internship Program in order to be eligible for the fellowship. 
The College of William and Mary established the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships in 2000 to inspire the best of a new generation to pursue careers in public service. For more information, visit the William and Mary College Washington Center website

Internship: US Department of State Internships
Deadline: October 14
To Apply: Apply online
The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.

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.

Internship: Fall 2015 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.


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 position: 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. For more information on volunteering with Dorcas, check out the website here.


Publish: Journal of Undergraduate International Studies 
Deadline: October 9
To submit: 
Email your work as an attachment to

Eligibility: Submissions generally range in length from 5 to 20 pages, but may be longer. Submissions must not have been published in any other publication. Current undergraduates and recent graduates (one semester out or less) are eligible to submit their work.
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. All submissions must follow these guidelines:

  1. Submit as a word document, not a PDF or other type of file
  2. Make sure your name and academic affiliation are not present in the text of your work
  3. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman
  4. Double-space your document
  5. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, visit This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication
  6. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes
  7. Include an abstract of 100 words or less
Article selections will be made in late November, and authors will be notified on the status of their submissions at this point. The Journal also welcome photos, either related to or independent of the content of submitted essays.  These photos could appear on the cover of the journal or on our website, Cover photos MUST be of a very high resolution to be considered. Photos can be sent as high-resolution jpegs to Submissions must indicate the subject, the location, and the date of the photo, as well as your name and university affiliation.  
Publish: Journal of Politics and International Affairs
October 14
To submit: Submit online. See submission guidelines
JPIA is a student-run journal that publishes papers written by undergraduate students in the areas of Political Science, International Studies, Economics, Public Affairs, Sociology and related fields. Ideal submissions are both informative and argumentative, with well-developed theses and strong mechanics. The Journal typically publishes 10-20 page essays written for upper-level courses, however it welcomes submissions of any length and topic that falls within the scope of the Journal.

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