March 7, 2016

Hey IR concentrators,

A few announcements this week:

1) Feel like you really delved into learning a foreign language/culture during your time at Brown, including taking advantage of studying abroad? Nominate yourself for the IR Riccio Prize, worth $300. See Opportunities.

2) Juniors--thinking about writing an IR Honors Thesis next year? Take a look at the application and start thinking about a research question and thesis advisors. The deadline for applying is April 8th.

3) Need summer funding for an unpaid/underpaid internship? Apply for a Watson Sponsored LINK Award. Internship can be domestic or abroad. See Opportunities.

Enjoy the warmer weather this week!
-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (by appointment only)
  • Senior Graduation Requirements: Don't miss the deadlines!
  • IR Riccio Prize: Nominate Yourself!
  • IR Honors Thesis Application: Deadline 4/8
  • Watson Sponsored LINK Awards: Deadline for internships abroad 3/11
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Rhodes, Marshall, and more
  • Mark Your Calendars!


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3/7 - 3/11
Tues.............2-4 (By Appointment)
Wed.............10-12 (By Appointment)
Fri................10-12  (By Appointment)
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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. 

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.

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

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: First round: March 11 (12pm), Second round: April 15 domestic internships only (12pm)
See Opportunities.


Fellowship Events
3/10: Rhodes & Marshall Info Session Thursday!
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!
3/11: Last day to change from credit to audit Friday!
3/26 - 4/1: Spring break!


Watson Events

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Featured Events

Lecture: Our Home was in Africa
When: Monday, March 7 at 12 p.m.
Where: Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, George Monteiro Conference Room 102 (159 George St.)
Sponsor: Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Professor Marta Vilar Rosales explores the Carnation Revolution and the return migration from the former African Portuguese colonies as a biographical event. This event is part of Portuguese Language Week, a series of events relating to the Portuguese Language.

Lecture: Sexual Orientation Law in India
When: Monday, March 7 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Salomon Center, Room 001
Who: Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago Law School
Sponsor: Philosophy Department
Martha Nussbaum explores the struggle over sexual orientation law outside the U.S., focusing on the influence of disgust and stigma in India.


Conference: Live Stream of Future of War Conference
When: Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 8:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Birkelund Board Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Naval War College
The Watson Institute will provide a live stream of the Future of War conference, taking place in Washington, DC. The Future of War Conference brings together a collection of experts to address key issues and challenges arising from the changing nature of conflict and war. The conference is a part of initiative linking New America, a nonpartisan research public policy institute and civic enterprise, and Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest public research universities. Lunch will be provided.

Info Session: Rhodes and Marshall Fellowships
When: Thursday, March 10 at 4 p.m.
Where: Building for Environmental Research & Teaching, Room 130 (85 Waterman St.)
Sponsors: Dean of the College
Please join Dean Linda Dunleavy and recent Rhodes and Marshall scholars and finalists from Brown in a discussion about these prestigious awards for graduate study in the United Kingdom. The session will cover the details of the awards and what they provide, the benefits of applying, as well as tips for putting together a compelling application.

Lecture: Global Hibakusha: The Entangled Histories of Victimhood in the Nuclear Age

When: Thurdsay, March 10 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Ran Zwigenberg, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, History and Jewish Studies, Penn State University
Sponsors: Bruce M. Bigelow Lectureship, the C.V. Starr Foundation, the Dean of the College, East Asian Studies, the History Department, International Relations, Science and Technology Studies, Slavic Studies, and Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions
Part of the "Dawn of the Atomic Age: 1945-2015" Lecture Series.


Panel Discussion: The History and Future of U.S.-Pakistan Nuclear Relations
When: Friday, March 11 at 2 p.m.
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Rabia Akhtar, founding Director of the Centre of Security, Strategy and Policy Research (CSSPR), University of Lahore, Lahore Pakistan;
Chris Clary, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute; Nicholas Miller, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Watson Institute
Sponsor: Watson Institute 
For decades, U.S. relations with Pakistan have been complicated by Pakistan’s development of nuclear weapons. This roundtable explores the history and likely future of U.S. policy toward Pakistan’s nuclear program, including the prospects of achieving meaningful limits on Pakistan’s growing arsenal.

Symposium: What is a Refugee Crisis?
When: Friday, March 11 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Pembroke Hall, Room 305 (172 Meeting St.)
Who: Lorenzo Pezzani and Charles Heller, Forensic Architecture; Mia Cherlene White, University of California/Santa Barbara; Thomas Keenan, Bard College; Mezna Qato, Cambridge University; Paul Feigelfeld, Leuphana University; Itamar Mann, Georgetown University; Alessandro Petti, De-colonizing Architecture Art Residency; Ayten Gundogdu, Barnard College. Brown faculty participants include: Beshara Doumani, History/Middle East Studies; Bonnie Honig, Political Science/Modern Culture and Media; Lynne Joyrich, Modern Culture and Media; Nicola Perugini, Italian Studies/Middle East Studies; Sarah Tobin, Middle East Studies; and Vazira Zamindar, History
Sponsor: Cogut Center for the Humanities
This year, events in the Middle East, Africa and Europe have led to popular movements that have been described as the largest refugee crisis since WWII. This demands a response, and how this crisis is defined, mediated, and understood is central to the responses (global and local, personal and political, affective and activist) that can be generated. This day-long workshop, along with an accompanying visual archive, will consider the question of "what is a refugee crisis?" focused on media combined with political theory. 



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 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.


Competition: BrownThink New!
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: Savantas Liberal Arts Academy (SLAA) English Teacher New!
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 New!
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!


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. 

Scholarship: 2016 TUSA Summer Ambassador Scholarship New!
Deadline: March 31
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
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.

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 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.