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APSIA Announces 2014 Annual Deans Conference 

APSIA is pleased to announce that next year's annual conference will be held at The Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2014. We look forward to experiencing firsthand the Institute's new  Maison de la Paix, part of their Campus de la Paix expansion project.  Each year, APSIA hosts a meeting of the deans and directors of our full and affiliate member schools to allow for discussions of common issues, share best practices, and learn about new resources and trends in international affairs education.  

SIS’ Acharya Elected President of International Studies Association

Amitav Acharya, the current faculty president of the American University’s School of International Service (SIS), is the third member of the SIS community to act as ISA president.  "If I hadn't come to AU, I wouldn't have become the president, because I wouldn't have had the opportunity to network," said Acharya. "I was given a home in a stimulating place. Being at American since 2009 has helped me build my credentials with a group of supportive people. It's tremendous."

With three years to serve on the ISA executive board as president-elect, president and past president, Acharya will promote inclusivity and work to increase ISA's international presence. Read more

University of Denver Launches Center for Middle East Studies (CMES)

 “In many ways, I would say it’s a dream come true,” says Director Nader Hashemi, assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  “Students will be able to attend conferences and lectures by people who are at the cutting edge of scholarship.” Students will also be able to meet some of the region’s major newsmakers. For example, a recent conference on the Syrian crisis featured leading members of the Syrian opposition, people who may assume significant roles in a post-Assad government.

Although the Center officially launched on February 26, it has been busy providing programming on the Middle East for students and the Colorado community for several months.  Read more.

Dr Ould Mohamedou of the Graduate Institute Joins African Drug Commission

The Kofi Annan Foundation recently launched the Commission on the Impact of Drug Trafficking on Governance, Security, and Development in West Africa. Dr Ould Mohamedou said, “I am honored and delighted to be part of this Commission which, I believe, is particularly timely. The issues it is meant to tackle stand at the heart of the contemporary challenges to governance and state-building in West Africa. The multifaceted impact of increased drug trafficking in and around the region, and its connections notably to radicalism, must be addressed globally and this initiative can help significantly in that regard”.

The commission's objectives are to develop policy based recommendations for political and civil society leaders, mobilise public awareness and political commitment, and to promote local and regional capacities to deal with drug trafficking. Read more

School of International Relations & Pacific Studies Hosts Quarterly Environmental Policy and Business Forum

The IR/PS chapter of Net Impact in conjunction with the IR/PS Career Services’ Office hosts a quarterly forum to bring together researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, government representatives, students, and business/community members working on the environmental challenges of today's world. The most recent forum“Greening the Military” focused on how the armed forces are driving the clean-tech industry. Many IR/PS students are interested in international environmental policy and are involved with Net Impact and the IR/PS student-run Environment Society.

Points of view: Ken Lieberthal on China’s policy on North Korea, Japan and the U.S.

by William Foreman

How much leverage does China have with North Korea? What can Japan and China do to ease tensions in the East China Sea?  What is China’s biggest challenge with U.S. relations? These questions and many more were addressed in a Feb. 13 talk by Kenneth Lieberthal, one of the world’s leading China experts and a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan. Lieberthal’s lecture was part of the Policy Talks series at U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy.  and was co-sponsored by the International Policy Center     Watch video or read excerpts  


Jackson School Hosts Public Lecture on Syria with Professor Lisa Wedeen 

On Feb. 21st, the same day that deadly bombings rocked Damascus, Lisa Wedeen lectured on, “Ideology and Humor in Dark Times” at the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies.  Wedeen spent time doing fieldwork in Syria in 2010 and 2011. She left in May 2011 while the uprising was under way.
Wedeen gave examples of how people in Syria are using film, and even comedy, to communicate. She said the comedic sketches allowed people to acknowledge what they already knew and provide relief from the dreariness of prevailing conditions. Dr. Wedeen is the Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

IE School of Arts and Humanities hosts former Irish Prime Minister 

On Monday, January 21, 2013, John Bruton, former Prime Minister of Ireland (1994-1997), and a former EU Commission Head of Delegation in the United States (2004-2009), addressed a group composed of the IE Master in International Relations students and their younger colleagues of IE Bachelor in International Relations.  Mr. Bruton was introduced by Dr. Arantza de Areilza, the Dean of IE School of Arts and Humanities.  After Mr. Bruton's presentation, there was a lively debate that was started by IE Professor Ignacio Molina.

Dean Search: Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of its John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Founded in 1856, Seton Hall is the oldest and one of the largest diocesan universities in the United States.
The Dean will be charged with continuing the School’s rise to international prominence. He or she will lead the School’s ongoing effort to raise its academic profile by recruiting high quality students and faculty and by  otherwise guiding the School to its place as a leading professional school of international affairs. He or she must have academic experience in a university setting, preferably at an APSIA School. It is preferred that he or she have a terminal degree.  Learn more
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