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The International Relations Department Undergraduate Group

The International Relations Department Undergraduate Group (IR DUG) is an organization consisting of IR concentrators and potential concentrators. The DUG is intended to be both a resource for students exploring the IR concentration and a means of organizing events of interest to IR concentrators or others interested in international relations. 

Activities Fair - September 2013

Past DUG activities include:

The IR DUG meets Thursdays at 8:00pm Wilson 101.


For more information about the group and its activities, or to be added to the DUG listserv, please contact

The IR DUG Leaders

IR DUG President: Annika Lichtenbaum ('14)

Annika is a senior IR concentrator pursuing the Security & Society track. She is double-concentrating in Middle East Studies, and speaks Arabic. Her particular academic interests are democracy assistance, foreign intervention, and religion and politics. She is in the IR honors program, writing a thesis on electoral politics in the Middle East. Last spring, she studied abroad at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has interned at the American Enterprise Institute and the Project on Middle East Democracy, both in Washington, D.C. She is also the IR Program Student Assistant, so feel free to stop by her office hours!

Shelby Centofanti ('15)

Shelby is a junior International concentrator pursuing the Political Economy and Society track. Her region of focus is Latin America, though she spent time abroad last fall in Granada, Spain. Her additional interests include economic policy and and development, independence movements, and elections. Outside of the IR DUG, Shelby is involved with J Street, an Israel advocacy group,  the Swearer Center, and figure skating club.

Charles Chretien ('15)

Charles is a junior pursuing an independent concentration in Global Security with a focus on Cybersecurity. He is a Computer Science double concentrator. His particular academic interests are security, foreign intervention, conflict resolution, and cybersecurity. While he didn't study abroad, Charles grew up in Paris and lived in Europe for all of his life before Brown. He has interned as a software engineer at the European Space Agency in Switzerland, and with TripAdvisor. He is happy to answer any questions regarding the IR concentration, pursuing a double-concentration, or creating an independent concentration


Arjun is a junior at Brown, double-concentrating in International Relations and Economics. Within IR, he is pursuing the Political Economy and Society Track, with a regional focus on South Asia. Arjun has spent a large part of his life in New Delhi, India,  and is fluent in Hindi and French. Over the past summers, he has interned at ICRA: Moody's Investors Service, BlackRock India and at Avendus Capital. He is particularly interested in the international political economy, the effects of government policies on economic growth, emerging markets and global macroeconomic challenges. Outside of the DUG,  Arjun enjoys working with WBRU and learning salsa at Brown. He is happy to answer any questions related to IR or pursuing a double concentration.

We urge you to get involved!


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