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Yale’s Kelly Brownell, Food Policy Expert, Named New Dean of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy

Kelly Brownell, the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a leading authority on public policies to enhance nutrition and combat obesity, will become the next dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Brownell, 61, will begin his new position on July 1. He succeeds Bruce Kuniholm, the Sanford School’s founding dean, who will be returning to the faculty after serving first as director (2005-2009) and then as dean. Learn more


Former Prime Minister of Greece Will Teach at Columbia SIPA

Columbia SIPA welcomes George Papandreou, who will teach a seminar focused on the European financial crises of recent years in the spring 2013 semester. The former prime minister will also give the School’s annual Silver Lecture on February 20. Read more

Secretary Clinton Unveils 100,000 Strong Foundation

The 100,000 Strong Foundation, which will be housed at American University’s School of International Service (SIS), is dedicated to encouraging more American students to study Mandarin and study abroad in China.  The foundation will help fund a wide variety of study abroad opportunities, from language immersion programs to cultural and field-specific exchanges, with a focus on increasing participation from underrepresented communities. Through this investment in Chinese study abroad and language programs, the foundation hopes to bridge the gap between cultures while strengthening economic and strategic ties.  Read more

Global Detention Project Receives Grant from Open Society Foundation

The Project, part of The Graduate Institute’s Programme for the Study of Global Migration, recently received a grant of $255,000. “Funders have expressed an interest in supporting the Global Detention Project because we have become one of the premier online sources of information about immigrant detention,” said Michael Flynn, founder and coordinator of the project.  

As part of the Open Society Grant, the Global Detention Project will map migrant detention policies in the Arab Gulf States. Some of the project’s other recent work has included producing profiles of immigration detention law and policies of more than a dozen major industrialized countries. 

UC San Diego's IR/PS hosts quarterly alumni-student networking event 

In mid-January, 18 prominent alumni returned to the School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at UC San Diego for Winter Connections, a quarterly alumni and student networking event hosted by the IR/PS Career Services team. Alums from organizations including the World Bank, the U.S. State Department, Peterson Institute for International Economics, the International Rescue Committee, Barclays Capital, the U.S. Agency for International Development and Siemens interviewed students, gave career talks, and participated in sector-focused info sessions. In the evening, there was a lively alumni panel and networking reception during which job tips and advice for the current students were shared. This event was just one of many the IR/PS Career Services offers throughout the year to prepare students to launch their future careers.

Student Article: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

International development interns put ideas to work
One block down Hill Street, just west of State, is Ali Baba's, a small Middle Eastern restaurant with habit-forming grape leaves and baklava. Any day of the week, you're sure to find a table, or two, or five filled with folks from the Ford School. On just such a visit, I met Dionisio Garcia Piriz (MPP/MA '13), a dual degree master's student who had recently returned from a mind-bending summer internship exploring savings habits among indigenous Tsimané (chee-MAH-nay) tribes in the lowland forests of the Bolivian Amazon. Because most Tsimané rely on barter, the question of how they save for the future—how they build a cushion to support themselves if the plantains, rice, and sweet manioc crops fail—is an intriguing one. And Piriz's Tsimané study wasn't a one-off; it was part of a much larger study of non-traditional savings practices among tribes all over the developing world.  Read more

Afzal Receives Grant to Research Relationship Between Pakistani Schooling and Support for Terrorism

Madiha Afzal, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, was awarded a $25,000 grant through the U.S. Institute of Peace to study how a range of educational factors in Pakistani schools affect students’ support for militant groups and views of the United States. The study will draw distinctions between students in rural and urban schools, those in public and private schools, and those in boys and girls schools across Pakistan. As part of this work, Afzal will travel to Pakistan this summer to interview students and teachers and observe classes. Read more

Texas A & M Bush School Students Present Capstone Results to NATO Intelligence Officers

As the culmination of their semester-long Capstone project, four Master’s Program in International Affairs (MPIA) Bush School students traveled to Brussels, Belgium to present the results of their research.
 “I have read about NATO for years in school, but this experience allowed me to apply my reading and research to what this international organization actually does,” Ashley Faddis said. “I was able to see how all countries work together at NATO and how military and civilians from around the world interact together.” The project’s goal was to research and summarize how selected NATO countries gather, manage, and report intelligence. 

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Call for Papers: The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs

The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is pleased to announce a general call for papers for their Summer 2013 issue. Manuscripts will be accepted on a variety of topics and may be either Features (3,000-8,000 words) or Perspectives (1,500-3,000 words). Please include an abstract and adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. The deadline for submissions for the Summer 2013 Print issue will be March 15, 2013.

Additionally, The Fletcher Forum is welcoming Op-Ed submissions for their online edition. Updated regularly to reflect a rapidly-changing international environment, The Forum Online provides students, academics, and policymakers an opportunity to write about critical topics in international affairs in Op-Ed form (no more than 800 words).  Learn more
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