Sept 10, 2018

New IR Program Assistant! 

Dear IR Students,
Welcome back! I hope you are all enjoying shopping period and settling back into life at Brown.  My name is Isabela Karibjanian and I'm excited to serve as your IR Student Assistant this year. I hope to be a valuable resource for you as a peer advisor, helping you work through any and all questions related to the concentration, course selection, and more! I'm from Boca Raton, FL and I'm a senior on the Security and Society track with a regional focus on Western Europe. I just got back from a semester abroad in Lyon, France, so if you have any questions about studying abroad, I'd be happy to chat (but please stop me from rambling about French food). This summer I interned at the Public International Law and Policy Group in Washington, D.C., a global pro bono law firm that provides free legal assistance to groups undergoing peace negotiations, post-conflict constitution drafting, and war criminal prosecution. If you have any questions about finding internship experiences that enrich your studies in IR or about working in D.C., please reach out!

In this newsletter each week, I'll be sending out information about important announcements, advising, upcoming events, and exciting opportunities for IR students. The newsletter will also feature numerous funding opportunities, skills-building workshops, and volunteering opportunities to help make IR a more inclusive and accessible program for all. 

Please come by my desk in the IR suite at Watson if you want to chat about all things IR or Watson, or schedule an appointment by emailing me. After shopping period comes to a close, I'll be posting my weekly office hours on the IR website.

I hope to see you all around campus and at Watson!
Isabela Karibjanian

Announcements this week 
  • Office Hours extended for shopping period! 
  • Apply to attend SCUSA! All expenses paid. Deadline: October 5. 
  • Fall 2018 INTL Seminars


Library Workshops

Sept. 28
Citations Management with Zotero
9 - 10:30 a.m., Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library

Register here

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OIP Info Sessions

Sept. 10
Study and Intern in Chile
12 -1 p.m., JWW 

Brown/CASA Argentina 
4 - 5 p.m., JWW

Sept. 11
Study Abroad 101
12 -1 p.m., JWW

Sept. 12
London School of Economics (Brown in the UK) Info Session
12 - 1 p.m., JWW

Sept. 15
Deadlines for Brown in France (Paris, Lyon, Engineering), Hong Kong, Italy, Kyoto Consortium, and UK (select programs)

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CareerLAB Events

Sept. 13
How to Find a Job for Seniors (Not Finance/ Consulting/ Tech)
12 - 1 p.m., CareerLAB

Join the DUG

Weekly meetings 

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Office Hours - Shopping Period
Anita Nester  Watson 125 (appt)    
Mon 9:30-11:30
Tue 1-3
Thu 1-3
Fri 12-2

Dr. Elliott  Watson 126 (appt)    
Mon 10:30-12
Tue 2-4
Thu 2-4
Fri 1-3 (walk-in)

Prof. Tannenwald (Security) Watson 123 (appt)     
Mon 1-2:30
Fri 12:30-2

Prof. Putterman (Pol Econ) 70 Waterman 301     
Tue 11-11:50
Thu 10-10:50

Unique Opportunity: Meet Top Policy Advisors at West Point!
Represent Brown at the US Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., for the prestigious Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA). Engage with top policy officials during roundtable discussions and develop policy recommendations for the United States government on the theme of Cooperation Reimagined: American Influence in an Increasingly Complex World. All expenses paid! 

Conference Dates: October 24-27
Application Deadline: Friday, October 5
Learn More

Fall 2018 Course Offerings
Senior Seminar enrollment is limited to 20 juniors and seniors. Priority given to IR seniors.
Visit IR Courses for more information.

INTL 1802Q: Iran and the Islamic Revolution Shattering events of 1978-80 in Iran unfolded against the backdrop of the previous decades of Iranian history, knowing that history is essential to understanding the revolution. The revolution cannot be appreciated without studying the enormous effects it's had over the last 35 years. This course places the anti-Shah movement and the rise of religious power in the context of Iran's century of modern history. We conclude by focusing on today's Iran, the upheaval following the 2009 election, reformist president election in 2013, and prospects for reconciliation with the US.
Stephen Kinzer
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1802V: Diplomacy, Economics & Influence This course examines a dozen diplomatic situations and identifies the players, their interests, and their tools -- and how those produced outcomes.Particular attention is paid to economic factors – pressures, incentives, and influences – that contribute to the outcome. By examining these elements students will understand the economic tools of diplomacy and power, and how to wield them. The course concludes with a close look at China's growing role in the world economy and considers how that will change China's role in world affairs.
Amb. Richard Boucher
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803: Risk, Regulation and the Comparative Politics of Finance The course introduces students to the comparative history of finance as well as to alternative theories of regulation. It thereby develops students’ ability to compare the role played by financial institutions in different historical periods and national contexts. This comparative perspective puts the recent financial crisis into a broader perspective, allowing students to see the structural as well as more proximate causes of recent financial instability in the industrialized democracies. 
J. Nicholas Ziegler
Professor of International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803A: The International Politics of Organized Crime Organized crime and extra-legal actors have established themselves as political actors in every region of the world. Violence has exploded in countries as criminal organizations compete with each other, the state, as well as a variety of other non-state armed groups for control of illicit markets, local dominance, and political influence. This course offers a broad understanding of these organizations, their origins, and the various illegal and violent activities in which they are engaged. This course is comparative and interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from research in criminology, sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science.
Nicholas Barnes
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803L: Humanitarianism in Uniform The goal of this senior seminar is to explore the relationship between militarism and humanitarianism. When the US Army and Marine Corps released the Counterinsurgency Field Manual in 2006, military officials referred to NGOs as ‘force multipliers’ and soldiers as ‘armed social workers.’ In this course, we will develop a framework to understand military humanitarianism. We will also examine how military humanitarianism exceeds the contemporary geography of terrorism, investigating cases in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Enrollment limited to 20. Preference given to IR juniors, seniors.
Jennifer Greenburg
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1910: Senior Honors Seminar
Open only to Senior students accepted into the International Relations Honors Program, this research seminar provides conceptual foundations and interdisciplinary methodological strategies for completing an undergraduate thesis in IR. 
Claudia Elliott
Sr. Lecturer in International and Public Affairs





Working with Mosquitoes: An Ethnography of Public Policies for the Control of Epidemics in Brazil and Argentina
Jean Segata is a professor of Anthropology and Public Policy at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and is the Fall 2018 Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies. Currently, he is researching public policies based in modeling softwares and DNA viral analysis to control sanitary emergencies related to Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Brazil and Argentina. Learn more.
Sponsored by CLACS. 
Wednesday, September 12
12  p.m. – 2 p.m.
Joukowsy Forum


When Things Don't Fall Apart: Global Financial Governance and Developmental Finance in an Age of Productive Incoherence
Ilene Grabel is a professor of international economics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. In When Things Don't Fall Apart, Ilene Grabel challenges the dominant view that the global financial crisis had little effect on global financial governance and developmental finance. Most observers discount all but grand, systemic ruptures in institutions and policy. Grabel argues instead that the global crisis induced inconsistent and ad hoc discontinuities in global financial governance and developmental finance that are now having profound effects on emerging market and developing economies. Learn more
Thursday, September 13
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Joukowsy Forum
Reception and book signing to follow

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Conference: 2018 Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) 
Deadline: October 5
To Apply: UFunds
Eligibility: IR Junior or Senior
Represent Brown at SCUSA, one of the most prestigious conferences of its kind. This annual four day conference hosted at The United States Military Academy at West Point facilitates interaction and constructive discussion between civilian student delegates and West Point cadets 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 for the US government during thematic and regional roundtable discussions. The theme of this year's conference is Cooperation Reimagined: American Influence in an Increasingly Complex World. All expenses paid. Find more information here. Please direct all questions about the application process to


Fellowship: Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Deadline: September 17
To Apply: See application guidelines
Eligibility: Seniors and recent graduates
The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.

Internship: US Department of State Student Internship Program
Deadline: September 28
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.

Fellowship: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Deadline: October 1
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.

Scholarship: Gilman International Scholarship Program (Spring & Summer 2019)
Deadline: October 2
To Apply: See application guidelines
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.


Volunteer: Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS)
Deadline: September 20
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Sophomore
The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) is a year-long one-on-one peer mentoring program specifically for sophomores. Sophomore students are paired with junior/senior students who are concentrating within their field of interest (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, or Physical Sciences). MAPS will facilitate optional group meetings about how to choose a concentration, how to navigate career exploration, how to find opportunities for self-directed research, and how to manage health and wellness. Once assigned, mentees are expected to meet with their mentors at least once a semester to maintain a consistent advising presence.

Volunteer: Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS)
Deadline: October 1
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Junior or Senior
The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) is a year-long one-on-one peer mentoring program specifically for sophomores. Sophomore students are paired with junior/senior students who are concentrating within their field of interest (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, or Physical Sciences). Mentoring pairs receive Dining Dollars for coffee/tea, and a prompt to help facilitate conversation. Once assigned, mentors are expected to meet with their mentees at least once a semester to maintain a consistent advising presence. 


Travel Grant: Michael Bhatia Fund for Peace-keeping and Conflict Studies
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: UFunds
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. 

Travel Grant: IR Research and Travel Grant
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: UFunds
Eligibility: Undergraduate student concentrating in IR in good academic standing, and returning to study at Brown the following fall.
Awards that support academic activities for IR students—for example, senior thesis research, research related to independent work, conference participation, internships, and special projects. Students must complete an online application, including resume, transcript, and personal statement, secure an internship that is unpaid or pays $1,000 or less (includes salary, housing, and transportation) if the application is for an internship, and complete post-award requirements. Questions about the application process should be directed to

Research Grant: Pembroke Center Undergraduate Research Grants
Deadline: October 4
To Apply: UFunds
Eligibility: Juniors and Seniors
The Pembroke Center invites applications from current Brown students, from any concentration or field, to apply for our research grants and internship. Please see individual grant descriptions and guidelines. Students with projects appropriate for more than one grant may apply for multiple grants, although it is unlikely a student would be awarded more than one.


To submit: Send submissions to See submission guidelines
Deadline: September 12
IAR was established in the Fall of 2007 as a bi-annual, student-run journal that publishes academic papers from undergraduate students, post-graduate students, experts, and professors in a wide range of fields with a focus on contemporary issues in the international arena.


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