Watson Institute at Brown University
International Relations


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Ethan Fecht

Ethan Fecht '20
Ethan co-authored a recent report titled, “All the World is Staged: An Analysis of Social Media Influence Operations against US Counterproliferation Efforts in Syria,” (CNS Occasional Paper #37). The Washington Post published a summary of the report’s findings

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Interested in Writing a Thesis?

Honors Thesis Info Session
Learn more about writing an honors thesis!
Thursday, November 14
6-7:30 p.m.
Watson Institute Kim Koo Library

Proposal Writing Workshop
All IR, DS, and PLCY students intending to write a thesis are strongly encouraged to attend.
Thursday, December 5
6-8 p.m.
Watson Institute Kim Koo Library

Juniors and Sophomores welcome.
Dinner will be served.

Class 2021 - 2021.5
Application Deadline
April 3, 2020


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Unique Volunteer Opportunity!
Research, Editing & Website Managing for Diplomacy Website
A group of foreign service officers are creating a website https://www.25yearapprenticeship.com/ that will gather ideas and wisdom from mentors for up-and-coming diplomats. They are seeking a volunteer to gather content, edit, post and manage the website. This position will lead to exposure to intriguing new concepts and people. On average 5 hours a week. No advanced web programming required. Please contact Richard Boucher (richard_boucher@brown.edu) if interested.

Applying to Grad School

Apply to Graduate School!
In this guide from Foreign Policy admissions directors and other experts at leading schools share information about what they look for in an admission application. Read the article.

New Undergraduate Degree Program
The Watson Institute announces a new undergraduate degree program, International and Public Affairs, offering three tracks: Development, Policy & Governance, and Security. 

The International Relations concentration will continue to be available through class '23. Students expected to graduate in '22 and '23 are encouraged to talk to the International and Public Affairs staff and faculty to determine which concentration is best to pursue.



On-site Research Help!
Office Hours with Carina Cournoyer, Social Sciences Librarian
Look for Carina during her office hours for help with current and future research projects and papers. With an impressive and diverse understanding of IR-related research, Carina Cournoyer can help you start or improve your work. She looks forward to meeting with you!
Tuesdays 10-12 & Thursdays 1-2:30
Stephen Robert Hall Lobby | 280 Brook Street

Welcome, Ivan Arreguín-Toft
New director of IR!

Professor Arreguín-Toft is a new member of the Watson Institute faculty, having come to us from the University of Oxford, where he had been an Oxford Martin Fellow and the associate director of Oxford’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre. Professor Arreguín-Toft is a political scientist who focuses on international relations and security studies, with a particular emphasis on asymmetric conflict.


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