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Announcing the 2013 Rosenthal Fellowship Class

The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations provides graduate students at APSIA member schools the opportunity to spend a summer working on international relations related issues in the US government Executive Branch or the Congress. This year 23 fellows represent 14 APSIA schools and will intern at the Departments of Defense, Labor, State, Homeland Security, Treasury, USAID, and in committees and individual offices of Members of Congress. 

In a joint statement, Leigh Morris Sloane, Executive Director of APSIA, and Rick Gilmore, Chairman of the Rosenthal Fellowship, said, “The program’s success depends first and foremost on the outstanding caliber of our fellows, the extraordinary support we receive from host offices in the Congress and Executive Branch, APSIA member school support, and the generous contributions and support of our Board, donor institutions, and longstanding friends of the program.” Read full press release here

APSIA is pleased to announce a new relationship with Fundação Estudar of Brazil

Continuing our commitment to the improvement of professional education in international affairs worldwide, we have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Fundação Estudar, a foundation headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The MOU creates a formal partnership with the primary objective to strengthen the bonds between our institutions’ respective communities. Read more

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Christiane Amanpour to Speak at SAIS Commencement

The award-winning CNN correspondent will address the 2013 graduating class of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on May 23.  "The Student Government Association of SAIS is honored to have Ms. Amanpour deliver this year’s commencement speech. Given her world-renowned acumen in foreign affairs, it is deeply gratifying that Ms. Amanpour will address the class of 2013 as they mark this important milestone and embark on the next chapter in their careers." Read more

Graduate Institute Professor Named Young Global Leader

Martina Viarengo, Assistant Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, was named among the prestigious list of global leaders who were recognized for their professional achievements and commitments to society.  Young Global Leaders, who are under the age of 40, are selected through a rigorous process from thousands of candidates.

In addition to her role as Assistant Professor, Martina Viarengo is affiliated to the Institute’s Center for Finance and Development, the Program on Gender and Global Change, and is on the Steering Committee of the Program for the Study of Global Migration.  Read more

Lessons from the Iraq War, 10 Years On

Over 200 students, professors, and community members from across Colorado filled the University of Denver’s Anderson Academic Commons for two panel discussions:

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Dean Christopher Hill (a former ambassador to Iraq) and York University Associate Professor Thabit Abdullah (an Iraqi native) discussed U.S.-Iraqi relations. Their discussion ranged from the history and culture of Iraq to the original expectations of the US invasion and the actual outcomes.  

Later in the evening, Hill introduced the second panel: General George Casey, General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., Lieutenant General Dana K. Chipman, Colonel David L. Grosso, and Colonel Michael T. Wright.  Hill also noted that three of the panelists attended the Josef Korbel School.   They drew from their extraordinary experiences in Iraq to speak about the lessons they personally have learned and the lessons learned by the military.  Read more

Jackson School hosts D.C. conference on "Russia and the World"

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States and Russia have been uneasy partners when it comes to shared interests such as trade, security and energy. Its accession into the World Trade Organization in August 2012, the result of 18 years of negotiations, has left onlookers wondering whether Russia will fulfill the commitments it agreed to, said Jill Dougherty, CNN foreign affairs correspondent, during a panel on “Russia and the West.”

The panel was part of an all-day forum on Russia and the World: A Dynamic Landscape on March 28 at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. It was organized by the Jackson School of International Studies and the Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies in the Jackson School at the University of Washington in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and The Kennan Institute. Read more

Bielecki Visits IE University

Former Prime Minister of Poland Jan Bielecki addressed an audience from the Master in International Relations (MIR) and the Bachelor in International Relations (BIR) in a joint event organized specifically for students from both programs in the IE School of Arts and Humanities. Mr. Bielecki served as Prime Minister of Poland for most of 1991 and later spent many years in the banking industry. Mr. Bielecki’s remarks to the students were both candid and straightforward. He shared a few lessons he has learned over the years as both a politician and a banker.

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APSIA Students & Alumni


Bush School Students Meet Real-life “ARGO” Hero

On March 27, students at Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service had a unique opportunity to hear from and question Tony Mendez, the American diplomat played by Ben Affleck in the Oscar-winning movie, “ARGO.” Mendez and his wife Jonna were on campus to give a public presentation on the story behind the movie and met with Bush School students prior to their evening appearance.  The gathering was a unique opportunity for the Bush School students to hear about daily life in and after the CIA, and a valuable introduction to the broader presentation given that evening on campus where some 2,000+ people, including President and Mrs. Barbara Bush, watched “Argo.”


Alumni Spotlight: Geeta Raj - American University

After 9 years as a USAID analyst, School of International Service student Geeta is making a change.  She currently runs a start-up called The Global Sleepover, a digitally enhanced children's story series about four characters who go on sleepovers all over the world, and learn about issues of global relevance.   Geeta says, “I'm inspired by my late father who, despite growing up in refugee camps in India in the 50’s, lived around the world and earned five degrees. He believed in the unequivocal power of education…Our early stage business has an equal focus on education, entertainment and engagement with high, social-impact goals such as increased access to education.” Read more


Sanford School Team Competes in Regional Round for Hult Prize 

A team from the Sanford School of Public Policy traveled to Boston in March to compete in the regional round for the $1 million dollar Hult Prize for student social entrepreneurs. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator. Each year, more than 10,000 college students submit proposals and 200 teams are selected for the six regional competitions. The six winning teams pitch their start-up ideas at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting.

“We are a team of five international students, from Armenia, India, Italy, Mexico and Myanmar. Our backgrounds are as diverse as our nationalities: medicine, environment, business management and nonprofits. We call ourselves ‘Food Rangers’ and our brand is synonymous to healthy, hygienic and nutritious food which is culturally acceptable,” their proposal said. The five students are enrolled in the school’s international development policy master’s degree program.

GSPIA Students Gain Valuable Field Experience While Promoting Sustainability and Community Development in Southern Mexico

“We want to be practitioners, so to finally go and get real experience was great,” said Andrew Stark (MPIA ’13). Sarah Phillips (MPIA ’13) had already studied abroad but wanted experience in Latin America. “This is a good choice because you don’t have to take a whole semester away from Pittsburgh, but you get the field experience,” she said. “It’s the best of both worlds.” 

As their final project, the students are creating a report in English and Spanish with an over-arching analysis of the situation in Chiapas to help local NGOs work better in the future. They explained that there are some very successful projects being implemented in the area, but there is little communication between organizations, and they hope their work will help organizations share success strategies. read more

IR/PS Holds quarterly “Connections” event to connect current students to alumni 

IR/PS recently held its quarterly “Connections” event that connects current students with alumni. The Career Services team at IR/PS invited 10 alumni to come to campus to give info sessions about their companies and to conduct interviews. Students attended alumni-led sector-specific talks focusing on corporate social responsibility, international development, national security, environmental policy, and technology start-ups. Many second-year students interviewed for jobs and some first-year students interviewed for internships. Find out more about career-focused programming at IR/PS.

Student Veteran Contributes to Anthology of Wartime Fiction 

Ted Janis spent five years in the U.S. Army after graduating college in 2006. He served in the 101st Airborne Division and 75th Ranger Regiment, deploying twice to both Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of a special operations team in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011, he and his platoon conducted night raids to capture and kill enemy combatants —a key element in the U.S. strategy in that nation. Now an MIA student at Columbia SIPA, Janis drew on his experience in Afghanistan in contributing a story to a recently published anthology of fiction by veterans, Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War.  Read more

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