Watson Institute at Brown University
International Relations

Letter from the Director

Spring '17

Dear IR students,

Welcome back to campus. I hope you are making good use of shopping period. Please make sure to un-register from courses (especially seminars) as soon as you know you will not be taking them so others can enroll.
Much is going on at the Watson Institute this semester and I hope you'll take the opportunity to get involved. Of particular interest to IR students is the upcoming talk by Reese Erlich on the Syrian war, ISIS, Russia and US diplomacy.  Erlich is a journalist who has covered the Syrian war and who will discuss the future of diplomacy under a Trump administration. Wednesday at 5:30 pm in the Joukowsky Room.  Hope you can make it.

On a larger note:  These are turbulent political times, and all of us are struggling to make sense of what is happening.  Faculty in your courses are in a position to provide scholarly context for, and analysis of, current developments.  Do put in a request with your professors if you'd like them to address a particular issue that would be appropriate in the context of the course.  Do also feel free to come see me if there is something you feel the IR Program could do or address. Needless to say, the political turbulence and the rapid news cycle may also lead one to spend way more time following the news (and Facebook, twitter, etc.) than is healthy! We all need to find a balance between following political developments and getting our work done.

My office hours this semester are Mondays 1:00-2:30 and Thursdays, 2:00-3:30 pm (it's best if you sign up electronically but you can also take your chances and drop by). Please feel free to come by. I look forward to seeing many of you this semester.

Happy shopping.

Nina Tannenwald
International Relations Program