November 14, 2011

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Brown IR DUG: Get Information! Get Involved!

The IR DUG meets every Sunday at 5 PM in JWW 201 to plan events, discuss ideas to strengthen the IR community, and help concentrators take full advantage of the excellent resources the concentration has to offer. Past IR DUG activities include peer advising sessions, brown-bags with IR-affiliated faculty, information sessions on internship/career opportunities, and surveys.

The DUG is also premiering their Speaker Series - "Bombs, Ballots and Bailouts" this semester, so stay tuned for the next upcoming lecture! For more information and to get involved, please email


Class of 2012 Reminder: Revise your Concentration NOW!

Seniors, unless you really want to stay here for some extra semesters, you MUST revise your concentration and get on the graduation list! Just fill out a fresh concentration form (no essays!) and come see Dr. Elliott – the process takes only ten minutes.


Lecture - "Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in a Post-Osama Era" TODAY!
When: Monday, November 14th @ 6:30pm
Where: DeCiccio Auditorium, Salomon Center 101

This lecture is presented by Human Rights Lawyer, Activist, and Media Commentator Arsalan Iftikhar. The event is co-sponsored by Catalyzing Conversations: The Office of Institutional Diversity, Watson Institute for International Studies, Office of the Chaplaincy and Religious Life, B-Literate, Program in Middle East Studies, Swearer Lectureship Fund, Cogut Center (Faculty Lectureship Fund), Department of Religious Studies, Kaleidoscope Fund, Office of College Life and Muslim Student's Association.


Panel – “Innovating Forward: Entrepreneurial Activity in Mainland China and Taiwan" TODAY!
: Monday, November 14 @ 4:00pm
Where: MacMillan 115
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Entrepreneurs encounter numerous challenges and obstacles when crossing the politically charged and legally ambiguous boundary between China and Taiwan. Nevertheless, many opportunities exist for entrepreneurs working in and across the two regions. In this panel, we will explore the opportunities for collaboration between mainland China and Taiwan that exist in the Internet, financial services, biomedical, energy and electronics industries. This panel will also look at the importance of direct investment and trade as a means of improving cross-Strait relations, in addition to the role entrepreneurial activity can play in bridging the cross-Strait divide and recent developments that provide more prospects for a strengthening of cross-Strait relations. Our speakers include Dr. Kuan-Tsae Huang (CEO of NanoTune Technologies) and Drew Mason (co-founder and Managing Partner of Jade Capital Management, LLC), and our moderator is Professor Barrett Hazeltine (Brown). This event is part of the Strait Talk Symposium at Brown University.


Film Screening – “War Don Don: International Justice in Sierra Leone" TODAY!
: Monday, November 14 @ 4:30pm
Where: Joukowsky Forum
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Amnesty International at Brown, in conjunction with the Watson Institute for International Studies, presents a film screening of War Don Don and a talk by the filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen '02. This documentary focuses on the Special Court for Sierra Leone and gives an unprecedented look at its work, as well as new insights and a more complex understanding of international justice today. Ms. Cohen, the filmmaker and a professor at Harvard Law School, will discuss the film afterwards and her experience working at the Court. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Cohen and delving deeper into international justice.

Presentation – “Museums and Official Historical Narratives: Broadening or Bridging the Gulf in Cross-Strait Understanding?" TODAY!
: Monday, November 14 @ 7:00pm
Where: Smith-Buonanno 106
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The past twenty years have witnessed expansion and growing sophistication in the museums sector on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. This presentation will consider how these changes have affected the portrayal of the societies on either side of the Taiwan Strait, and of the historical relationship between them. It will also discuss possible implications of the shifts in the official narrative on either side for the future of cross-Strait relations. These issues will be explored through an examination of what has and has not changed in official narratives, with particular attention to the following themes: defining “the nation”, how “foreign” societies are represented, museum narratives of the national past, and tourism’s role in the cross-Strait issue. Professor Edward Vickers (U. of London) will be our guest speaker; introduction by Professor Emily Stokes-Rees (Brown). This event is part of the Strait Talk Symposium at Brown University.

Panel – “The Theory Behind the Conflict: Nationalism Across the Strait" 11/15!
: Tuesday, November 15 through Wednesday, November 16
Where: Smith-Buonanno 201
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Political theory offers approaches to investigate and understand foreign politics and international relations. In this panel, we seek to understand the concept of “nationalism” and how it applies to the Taiwan Strait conflict. What does “nationalism” mean in mainland China and Taiwan? How different are the two sides’ interpretations of this terminology and are these differences inherent or irreconcilable? We will break down the concept of nationalism and explore the historical forces driving the concept of nationalism and the impact that has had on cross-Strait relations, in addition to how the use of the term has changed over time and what the repercussions are for its use today. Professor Suisheng Zhao (U. of Denver) and Mau-Kuei Chang (Academia Sinica in Taipei) will be our guest panelists, and Professor Kerry Smith (Brown) will be moderating. This event is part of the Strait Talk Symposium at Brown University.

Lecture - "How Political Sociology Can Help Us Understand Occupy Wall Street and the Current Economic Crisis" 11/15!
When: Tuesday, November 15 @ 12:00pm
Zimmer Lounge in Maxcy Hall, Lower Green
This lecture is presented by Stanley Aronowitz, City University of New York. His argument is that the occupy movement must be understood in the conjuncture of the economic crisis, particularly the prospect of a jobless future, as well as present for many young people, including what C. Wright Mills termed the “new Middle Class” of credentialed professionals. He will discuss the concept of “ideological state apparatuses” such as education and unions in this context. This event is sponsored by the Sociology Department at Brown University.


Panel – “Peace Action Roundtable: Strait Talk Peace Projects Peer Critique" 11/16!
: Wednesday, November 16 @ 12:00pm
Where: Smith-Buonanno 101
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One of the most important goals of the Strait Talk mission is to empower our delegates to return to their communities and be the drivers of change for peace in new and creative ways. To accomplish this, we challenge the delegates to create Peace Projects — innovative solutions for tackling some of the issues presented by the Taiwan Strait conflict. The form of these projects can range from creating new types of social networks to recording oral histories, and they are all crafted so that the delegates can successfully implement them after leaving the Strait Talk Symposium. The Strait Talk Steering Committee would like to invite the public to attend this peer critique session hosted by Alan Harlam from the Swearer Center for Public Service, in order to provide constructive feedback on delegates' proposed peace projects. This event is part of the Strait Talk Symposium at Brown University.

Lecture - "The Economy of Promises: The Invention of Credit Rating in 19th-c. U.S." 11/16!
When: Wednesday, November 16 @ 5:00pm
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
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This lecture is presented by Bruce Carruthers, Professor, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University.  Credit ratings, and the failure of rating agencies, played key roles in the financial crisis of 2008. This talk examines the invention and spread of credit rating, an important type of market-based information used by lenders to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. Using archival and published data from the 1870s, I assess the value of ratings in predicting the failure of small firms and explore how much ratings as “objective” or “quantitative” measures were compromised by their status as forms of intellectual property and as legally-liable claims to truth. These foreshadow the recent problems faced by rating agencies. This lecture is part of the Colloquium on Comparative Research sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies (WIIS) and the Graduate Program in Development at Brown University. 


Final Presentation of the Strait Talk Symposium 11/16!
: Wednesday, November 16 @ 5:00pm
Where: Kassar Fox Auditorium.
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Strait Talk was founded on the principle that young people really do have the power and ability needed to create change on a global scale. After a week of intensive interactive conflict resolution dialogue, panels by experts on how media, entrepreneurship, museums, and political theory relate to and influence Mainland China-Taiwan-US relations — and significant interpersonal bonding and networking — all of our delegates will present the Consensus Document that they have created. The Consensus Document outlines actionable steps towards a tangible solution to the cross-Strait issue and is a document whose every single word all 15 delegates from Mainland China, Taiwan and the US agree upon. Come join our delegates as they present their recommendations for the future of the Taiwan Strait to the Brown Community, the day before they present it to policymakers in Washington DC.


Student Opportunities

APPLY NOW! Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR) TODAY!
When: January 19-21, 2012
Northwestern University, Evanston campus 
Application Deadline:
November 14, 2011

More Information and to apply: and

The ninth annual Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR) is proud to present its 2012 Conference “From Famine to Food Deserts: Human Rights and the Global Food Crisis”. Throughout the three-day conference, delegates will explore the political, economic, and social forces behind global food distribution and agricultural policy in order to unearth the systemic causes of hunger and famine. Speakers and delegates will analyze the human rights implications of the current system's severe inequalities and potential solutions ranging from food aid to environmental action. The conference is now accepting delegate applications, open to all undergraduate students in the US. Apply today!


APPLY NOW! Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program! 11/15!
Application Deadline:
November 15, 2011
The Critical Language Scholarship Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences overseas each summer for US undergraduate and graduate studies. CLS Program languages include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu. Please attend this information session for more information.


APPLY NOW! Exciting Post-Graduate Opportunity in Latin America! 11/15!
Application Deadline: November 15th
More Information:
Looking for an exciting and rewarding international post-graduate experience?  Manna Project International is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging young adults in holistic community development initiatives.  We operate three international sites in Nicaragua; Ecuador; and Guatemala, where our yearlong volunteers, Program Directors, oversee the day-to-day operations of these sites.  They are teams of young, motivated, and qualified adults—mostly recent graduates—who live together at our sites and take on the responsibility of running their own community development programs. For more information on please contact


APPLY NOW! Human Rights Programs in Rwanda, Bosnia and New York City!
Application deadline:
Multiple, depending upon the program of choice
More information:
Applications are now available for Global Youth Connect’s Summer 2012 Human Rights Programs in Rwanda, Bosnia, and New York City. There are also three positions remaining on the Dec/Jan Delegation to Rwanda! Please check out the website for more information and to apply!

Global Youth Connect advances human rights and creates a more just world by empowering young activists from around the globe through a combination of cross cultural human rights learning workshops, volunteer service, and sustained human rights activism aligned with grassroots NGOs, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Students will learn about, and act upon, human rights at both the local and global levels, working alongside young leaders from NYC, the greater USA/Canada, Rwanda, Bosnia, and other parts of the world, with local NYC organizations and international human rights actors.


APPLY NOW! Exciting Post-Graduation Opportunity with U.S. PIRG!
More information and to apply:

U.S. PIRG is a federation of state-based public interest advocacy groups. And working together we have a much greater opportunity to make a difference. We have a 40-year track record of organizing on these issues, and we’re hiring graduating seniors to jump right in and make a critical impact as a campus organizer or in our fellowship program. With U.S. PIRG, you can actually get paid to take on and solve the problems our country faces; from advocating for policies that will protect consumers from big bank and credit card rip-offs, to educating citizens and students about energy efficiency, and increasing participation in democracy.


APPLY NOW! Exciting Exchange Opportunity in Beirut! 11/15!
When: January 4th -18th, 2012
Application Deadline: November 15, 2011
More Information and to request an application:

In an effort to further its commitment to promoting dialogue and understanding, is pleased to announce the Eighth Beirut Exchange program. The two-week program will engage students from around the world in a multifaceted discussion of some of the key issues facing the region. Participants will attend a series of lectures and colloquia led by leading academics and public intellectuals. Topics will include: The Arab Uprisings; The Special Tribunal for Lebanon; The United Nations as peacekeeper and mediator; Engaging political Islam; Pax Syriana in Lebanon; Asymmetrical conflict: the July 2006 Lebanon war; Human Rights in the Middle East and other topics.


Submit to the Wharton Asia Economic Review! 11/18!
November 18, 2011
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The Wharton Asia Economic Review (WAER) is seeking submissions for their Fall 2011 issue. WAER is an undergraduate academic journal of the Wharton China Business Society at the University of Pennsylvania. WAER is committed to providing thoughtful analyses of how social, economic, political, and international changes affect business and commerce throughout Asia, and how Asia, in turn, affects the business world. Thus, we encourage any students who have written academic papers or theses related to social, economic, and political issues in Asia to submit them to WAER for possible publication. This year, WAER is also expanding its scope of analysis to include not only formal academic papers, but also interest pieces, opinion editorials, or political cartoons. Feel free to submit work that you think will contribute to a better understanding of the business dynamic in Asia. Submissions should be emailed as Word documents and citations should be formatted in the APA style.


APPLY NOW! Clinton Global Initiative 2012 at George Washington University!
When: Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st, 2012
Where: GWU Campus
Application Deadline: December 5, 2011
More information and to apply:

President Clinton will host CGI U 2012 at the George Washington University. CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative designed to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each CGI U student member makes a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on their campus, in their community, or in a different part of the world. If you wish to be considered for Trip Assistance funding to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2012 meeting, you must APPLY by December 5, 2011.


Submit to Hemispheres: The Tufts Journal of International Affairs! 12/23!
Submission Deadline: December 23, 2011
More Information:
The Tufts Undergraduate Journal of International Affairs, one of the oldest undergraduate journals in the field, is now accepting submissions relating to this year’s theme of Transitions and Regime Change. Submissions should be research articles, approx. 5000-8000 words, written by undergraduates in a broad range of fields relevant to international affairs. To view paper requirements and guidelines, please visit . To submit a paper, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact


APPLY NOW! Travel to Tunisia on a State Department Funded Trip!
More Information and to apply
The USA-TUNISIA Debates is open to students in the ages of 17-23. Major goals of the program include language acquisition in a practical setting with Arabic, French and English featured during the debates in Tunis with partners from the Mediterranean Business School, the Tunis Business School, Lycée Pierre Mendès-France, and the Tunisian Ministry of Education. Perhaps the most important goal of the trip is to learn about the Tunisian Revolution through the context of the debate process. Debate topics will center on the events of the past year while discussing the future alongside Tunisian students. Teams of four will feature one American student working with three Tunisian students in each debate. Additionally, students will stay with host families adding to the "people-to-people" goal of the program. Cultural trips to Carthage and Sousse will feature the rich history of Tunisia. Please feel free to contact John Tredway, Director with questions via e-mail at


APPLY NOW! Internship Opportunity in Gambia!
For more information and to apply:

Gambian Internships, Inc. offers professional internships for students from a variety of academic majors. Internships are normally a semester in length and can be done for academic credit. Gambian Internships will work closely with you in finding the right internship and making sure that your experience is productive and enjoyable. So, whether you are into public policy, journalism, non-profit organizations, government, business or the arts, you will get an internship that matches your interests.

Most programs operating in Africa place students in the largest, most well known, countries such as South Africa, Kenya, or Nigeria. We like to think that The Gambia is a great alternative to those countries because it is poor and challenged in so many ways and therefore provides the perfect model for those students wanting to understand the developing world. As Gambia is a small country, students are able to see most of the country during their stay. For more informations, please contact


Study in Tunisia in Summer 2012!
When: May 27-June 16
More information and to apply: 
Loyola Professor Peter J. Schraeder will be leading a 22-day interdisciplinary and experiential learning summer travel course to Tunisia, “Arab Spring, Democratic Transition, Islam, and U.S. Foreign Policy.” This is an exciting time to participate in such a course: Tunisia’s Jasmine revolution of January 14, 2011, ushered in the Arab world’s first democracy, with more than 80% of Tunisians voting in their country’s first free and democratic elections in October 2011.  Tunisia’s Jasmine revolution also sparked the imagination of the Arab world, creating a domino effect as pro-democracy demonstrators continue to confront dictatorships across the Middle East and North Africa, including toppling the thirty year Egyptian dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak and the forty-two year Libyan dictatorship of Muammar el-Qaddafi. Please do not hesitate to contact Professor Schraeder ( if you have any questions.