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Friday, April 22nd, 2016

IPSS Fellow Shen Li’s Interview with the WTO

Shen Li

2016 IPSS Fellow Shen Li is currently interning in the Market Access Division of the World Trade Organization.  The WTO recently interviewed Shen for its newsletter – you can read the interview below.

Where are you from, and what did you study before joining the WTO?

I am from Beijing.  I did my Bachelor’s degree in China where I studied French.  Then I went to the US to do a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies – Trade, Investment and Development – at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

One of the reasons I am here as an intern is to earn academic credits for my school project.  I applied for an internship at the WTO because I am studying trade.  Also as I have studied French, Geneva is the perfect place to practise it.

When did you apply for the internship?

I have been planning the internship for a long time.  I would say that the WTO has fascinated me ever since I started to study trade two years ago.  I have always wondered what it would be like to work here.  At university, we had an international trade negotiation class where we simulated negotiations in the Doha Round, imitating the way WTO negotiations take place.  Whenever we wanted to raise some points or ask questions, we would raise a nameplate to speak.  It is amazing to find it is exactly the same here.

I submitted my application last October and I was really surprised when I received the internship offer in December.  This is my very first experience of professional life so it is a great starting point.  I am really excited and grateful to have this opportunity to learn about trade issues, the needs of developing countries and the challenges facing international trade.

You have been working in the Market Access Division since 1 February.  What kind of work have you been doing?

I am mostly working on the Trade Facilitation Agreement with Sheri Rosenow.  Last week we organized a donor event, where donor countries and international organizations introduced their programmes for helping developing countries implement the Agreement.  Once the Agreement is implemented, the international trade is going to flow much more smoothly.  So I feel like I am making a real contribution to world trade.  It’s so exciting.

In March, we had a workshop to help participants gain a better understanding of the Agreement so that their governments can ratify it sooner rather than later.  I helped to prepare the presentation and facilitated the workshop with other members of the Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility team.

How have you found life at the WTO so far?

I really like the atmosphere here because people are very open to other cultures.  Everyone in the Market Access Division is really nice.  I am also so pleased that we have a Volleyball Club at the WTO because I really love playing volleyball.  It is quite relaxing to play a game after work.  I haven’t met all the interns yet but we do have lunch together and sometimes we meet in the atrium for a coffee break and to have a chat.  It is a really nice opportunity to get to know people.

Is it your first time in Switzerland?

No, this is my second time.  As I studied French for my Bachelor’s degree, I undertook an exchange programme in Paris.  As an exchange student, I had quite a lot of holiday so I took the opportunity to travel, including to Switzerland.  I used to think that everywhere in Switzerland would be very peaceful, like it is by the lake, but after moving here I realize it is much busier than I thought.

What have you done for fun in Geneva?

I have tried a relaxing picnic by the lake with some friends.  I’ve also been to the chocolate festival, which was very interesting.  We tasted all kinds of chocolates and bought many different varieties.  It was a good way to spend the weekend.  I like Geneva because it feels very familiar here, having already lived in France for a year.  So there are not too many culture shocks and that has helped me adjust more quickly than I did in the US.

Last question: what are your plans for the future?

I think after this I will go to the US to finish my school project and graduate.  After that, I haven’t given it a lot of thought but I would welcome any opportunities involving international trade.  An international organization would be perfect but the private sector could also be interesting.

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Research Projects with the Raechel & Jackie Foundation

RJFThe Raechel & Jackie Foundation is looking for MIIS graduate students to work on:

A. RJF Fellowship Program Development
B. Water Resource Management Project
C. Program Monitoring & Evaluation

There is flexibility to work from Monterey, Santa Cruz, Nicaragua or a combination of the three. For students who are interested in spending part of the time in Nicaragua, there is potential for partial or full assistance to cover a homestay in one of the communities where we are working.

For more information and detailed job descriptions, click here.

If interested, join Executive Director Sooni Gillett at her information session on Thursday, April 28th at 12 pm in Morse B207.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

MBA Capstone Information Session

MBA Capstone Information Session – Tuesday April 19th, 12:15-1:30pm, MG100

Are you a current MBA, Joint MBA/IEP or Joint MBA/IPD degree candidate? Starting to think about your capstone experience next year? Wondering about how the various options work?

Please plan to join Assistant Dean/MBA Program Manager Toni Thomas for an MBA Capstone Information session. Learn the ins and outs, and timing for committing to your capstone project. All MBA candidates that will not have completed their capstone by end of spring 2016 term should plan to attend.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Snapshot of Alumna Lisa Brinton for The Califonian

The Californian interviewed Middlebury Institute of International Studies alumna Lisa Brinton for her new position as Senior Planner for the City of Salinas. Ms. Brinton holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from MIIS and served for eight years as Community and Economic Services Manager for the City of Seaside before transitioning to her position with the City of Salinas. See the full interview here.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

MIIS Cyber Initiative Faculty, Students Featured in Monterey County Weekly

The Monterey County Weekly recently published an article on the MIIS Cyber Initiative. Check it out here!

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Bologna Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation

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Application Deadline: May 16, 2016

Symposium Dates: July 23-August 13

Location: Bologna, Italy

Description: New types of conflict challenge classic methods of conflict management and resolution. Collapsed and fragile states, autonomous networks of illegal activities, the speed of information, and extremist revolutionary movements are all part of the complex conflict kaleidoscope that must be addressed by the contemporary peacebuilder.

As a modern peace leader you will need a toolkit of essential practical skills, but also appropriate strategies based on a novel understanding of how civil society interacts with security reform, statebuilding, religious establishment, community, and bottom-up institutions. At the 2016 Bologna Symposium, you will go through an intensive training process with the field’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates who will challenge you to tackle this century’s most pressing issues.

As a participant, you receive an IPSI Post-Graduate Certificate in “International Conflict Management” upon successful completion of the course.  If you choose to undertake additional rigorous assignments you will earn an IPSI Post-Graduate Certificate in “International Conflict Management with Distinction.”  In addition, you may decide to apply to earn graduate-level MA course credit from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), one of the world’s premier graduate schools for international affairs.

Eligibility: Conflict resolution professionals, peacebuilding practitioners, negotiation students, human rights advocates.  Those with stellar academic and/or professional achievement, proven interest in peace & security, a record of leadership positions in community affairs, experience in/with government agencies, military service, and/or demonstrated ability in undertaking social entrepreneurship ventures.

Scholarship: Partial financial aid for MIIS alumni and students (-500 USD)

Standard applicants will be informed of acceptance on a rolling basis, in most cases within two weeks of submitting their applications (acceptances are merit-based and spots are limited).

Fee / Costs: 4000 USD

How to apply: https://ipsinstitute.fluidreview.com/

Official Website: http://ipsinstitute.org/bologna-2016/

Contact: amartinez@ipsinstitute.org

 

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

IPSS Info Session

Interested in an International Professional Service Semester for spring 2017?  Not sure if you’re interested?  Come learn more about IPSS logistics, opportunities, and application deadlines at the info session on Thursday, March 3rd from 12 to 1 pm in Morse B105.  IEP, DPP, and NPTS students are eligible to apply.

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

New Field Research Course in China

In this proposed course, students will conduct academic research to explore the topics of trade, diplomacy, and development in China.  The field research component of the course will run from June 7th to June 28th, 2016.  Students will have the option to stay in China for another two weeks if they wish to conduct more field research on their own.

More Details

During the spring 2016 semester, students from both MIIS and Middlebury will work with three professors to develop project ideas and to design appropriate research methodologies with assistance from the Meta Lab at MIIS.  In June, the group will travel to Beijing, where top scholars will workshop their research ideas.  The group will then travel to research sites in teams consisting of at least one professor and a team of MIIS and Middlebury students.  Interpreters from the MIIS Translation and Interpretation (T&I) program will travel with each team to assist with language.  At each site, the team will conduct fieldwork using the methodologies developed on campus.  Students will have the option of incorporating their original research into an independent study project or Master’s thesis upon their return to campus in fall 2016.

Requirements & Expectations

  • No language requirement, although some Mandarin would be helpful
  • Spring 2016: a two-hour/week independent study section with Professor Lewis (this doesn’t have to be for credit, but does require participation)

You Will Learn

  • Research design
  • Methodologies like surveys, interviews, statistical modeling, archival research, etc.
  • How to conduct research in the field, including adapting to field conditions and challenges
  • Chinese language skills (with help from the T&I students)
  • How to analyze the research you collect in the field
  • How to write academic articles for publication based on your fieldwork findings

Cost

The program cost of $2,000 will include instructions, guest lectures, lodging, 2 meals per day, and field trip bus rental. It does NOT include airfare to China, local transportation, domestic travel, dinners, visa fee, or additional costs for extended stay.

How to Apply

Interested students should submit an unofficial transcript, C.V. and a one-page essay explaining why you would like to take the course, your goals for the experience, and the particular strengths, interests, and experiences you would bring to the course.  Please submit the application materials to Professor Liang (wliang@miis.edu) by FEBRUARY 29th For additional information, please contact Professor Liang or Professor Lewis (olewis@middlebury.edu).

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

D.C. Online Summer Internship Fair

dc career fairDon’t miss your opportunity to participate in the 2016 Online DC Summer Internship Fair and connect directly with employers in government, public policy, international affairs, communications, and philanthropy. This event is great for those exploring opportunities in Washington DC.  The event will take place on March 1, 2016 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Notable Conferences & Upcoming Events


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We wanted to make sure that you knew about these interesting conferences and events happening soon. They are all great opportunities for learning and networking. Please see the links and descriptions below. To those students interested, please apply for conference funding soon!

 

March 9-11, Confluence Philanthropy – Cambridge, MA

 

Confluence Philanthropy’s Annual Practitioners’ Gathering is a three-day conference for current members of the Practitioners’ and Advisors programs, prospective members, and invited guests. Confluence Practitioners are grantmakers practicing mission-aligned investing, also known as impact-investing. Advisors Members represent the top investment managers and advisors in impact-investing today. Attendees are committed to building the field through strategic thinking and collaboration. It is not intended to serve as a marketplace for impact-investing. Sessions are led by funder-practitioners, investment experts, and other thought leaders.


 

March 14, Women Effect Gathering – Boston, MA

 

Women Effect are co-hosting several events for members and prospective members.


 

March 23, RSF Community Reception – Washington, DC

 

You’re invited to join RSF for a fun and engaging evening in Washington, DC. Meet RSF staff, investors, borrowers, and others in the community while enjoying local fare and drinks at Union Kitchen: Ivy City. The reception follows a quarterly RSF Pricing Meeting. These meetings are an opportunity for representatives of all three stakeholders in the RSF Social Investment Fund—investors, borrowers, and RSF staff—to meet each other, discuss their needs and goals, and make recommendations for RSF’s next quarter interest rates. This will be a perfect opportunity to engage with our wider community.


 

March 30 – April 1, National Food Hub Conference – Atlanta, GA

 

This year the theme for the conference is “Maintaining Values While Building Value.”

Conference tracks include:

  • Mitigating Risk
  • Money: Financing and Finances
  • Maintaining Values
  • Growth and Efficiencies
  • Cutting Edge Hub Models
  • Core Hub Functions
  • Value Chain Facilitation / Value Chain Coordination

 

April 14-17, SVN Spring Conference – San Diego, CA

 

For 29-years, high-impact business leaders, social entrepreneurs and impact investors have convened at SVN conferences to have real conversations with values-aligned peers. Our unique conference experience creates a space where the true challenges of leading a mission-driven organization can be addressed, and where long-time SVN members and first-time attendees find the people, resources and ideas they need to succeed and grow.


 

April 14-17, True Cost of American Food – San Francisco, CA

 

This conference will bring together up to 700 leaders and interested citizens to address one of the most critical barriers currently preventing sustainable food systems becoming mainstream – the failure to recognize the true costs of producing food in different ways.


 

April 22: GWC Peace Conference – Huntington Beach, CA

 

The 2016 Peace Conference is a shared inquiry into a way of life that embodies underlying human values of compassion, care, generosity, and trust. Amid global challenges of the 21st century, the conference advocates that everyday people can redefine the narrative and recognize their vital role in shaping our world– simply by “being the change they wish to see” to create communities that are just, compassionate, and sustainable.


 

May 10-12: Mission Investors Exchange Conference – Baltimore, MD

 

The conference will be headlined by leading foundation presidents and CEOs, including Patrick McCarthy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Darren Walker of Ford Foundation, Clara Miller of Heron, Rip Rapson of  The Kresge Foundation, and Julia Stasch of The MacArthur Foundation. Seizing the Momentum is a call to action for the impact investing community to take advantage of the latest investment opportunities and innovations that can make real progress in solving intractable problems.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Impact Investing for Global Sustainability

Are you interested in impact investing? Would you like to learn how it  can contribute to solving global sustainability problems? Come join us to hear Ricardo Bayon speak on how this can be done!
What: The Role of Impact Investing in Solving Global Sustainability Problems
When: February 24 6pm-7:30pm
Where: McGowan 102
Ricardo Bayon is a partner and a member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. He leads the water team and new business and innovation at Encourage and works across several other investment sectors. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. In addition, prior to co-founding EKO in 2007, Ricardo helped found and served as the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Marketplace, a website and information/analysis service covering the emerging environmental markets.
For more information about other speakers and events regarding sustainability please visit http://www.miis.edu/academics/programs/environmentalpolicy/speakers

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

What can language assessment data tell us?

What does language assessment data tell us?

Lift language proficiency through data collection and intentionally planned instruction

When: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm

Where: Design Space, DLC
Kevin Chang

 

Objectives of the Workshop:

  • Gain knowledge of ACTFL proficiency guidelines
  • Gain strategies for collecting assessment data
  • Plan purposeful instructional strategies to improve focused areas identified through assessment

With over twelve years of service as Chinese immersion teacher and Lower School Director, Kevin Chang now heads the Chinese faculty as Chinese Program Director at Chinese American International School (CAIS) in San Francisco. Mr. Chang’s work in Chinese as a foreign language education has included leading the Hanban-NAIS Acculturation Training for visiting teachers in 2007 and 2008 and mentoring a variety of Chinese language teachers between 2006 and 2012. His presentations on topics on Chinese curricular and instructional strategies at different events hosted by NAIS, NCLC, and The Chinese Education Conference have helped spur the growth of Chinese education around the country. Today, Kevin Chang oversees a long-term Chinese immersion curriculum development project, leads a Chinese faculty of over 30 teachers, and plays an integral role of providing quality Chinese education at CAIS.

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

SUMMER STUDY: TRADE, DIPLOMACY AND DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA

Flag_of_the_People's_Republic_of_China.svgTaught by Jessica Teets, Orion Lewis, and Wei Liang (MIIS) June 7, 2016 – July 5, 2016

In this proposed off-campus course, we will conduct academic research to explore the topics of trade, diplomacy and development in China. Students will work with the professors to develop projects before the program, including designing appropriate research methodology such as interviews, surveys, statistical analysis, and other methodologies. Next, we will travel to Beijing, where top scholars will workshop our research ideas, and then travel to 2 research sites (Beijing and Kunming) in teams consisting of at least one professor and a team of MIIS and Middlebury students. At each site, the team will conduct fieldwork using the methodologies developed on campus. Students will have the option of incorporating their original research into an independent study project, senior thesis, or Masters thesis upon their return to campus next Fall.

Requirements:
-No language requirement, although some Mandarin would be helpful
-Spring 2016: enroll in a one-hour/week independent study section with Professor Lewis
-Spring 2016: register for PSCI0221 The Politics of China (Middlebury) or DPPG/ITED 8579 China: Trade, Diplomacy and Development (MIIS), or have taken an equivalent class on modern China

How to Apply:
Our hope is that students will select an area of interest that will become the focus of a final project continued into the next year as a senior thesis or independent study. All publications from this fieldwork will list student names as either coauthors or research assistants. Interested students should submit an unofficial transcript, a statement that includes major, minor(s), year abroad experiences (past or planned), and a two-page essay explaining why you would like to take the course, your goals for the experience, and the particular strengths, interests, and experiences you would bring to the course. Please submit the application materials to Professor Lewis (olewis@middlebury.edu) by January 15, 2016. For additional information, please contact Professor Lewis, or Professor Liang (wliang@miis.edu).

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion – “Military Support to Foreign Disaster Response”

Mark your calendar to have lunch with Lieutenant Colonel Christopher W. Wendland!

Who: All interested MIIS community

What: Discussion and Q&A on: Military Support to Foreign Disaster Response

When: Tuesday, December 1 (12:15-1:15)

Where: Morse B106

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher W. Wendland

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher W. Wendland

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher W. Wendland is the current U.S. Army War College Fellow at MIIS. LTC (P) Wendland worked as a Military Crisis Response Planner at United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) from 2009-2012. He worked alongside representatives from the Department of State, USAID, and the United Nations  to develop complementary disaster response plans for a number of devastating natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear reactor meltdowns, tropical storms, and flooding) and will provide an overview of the U. S. Government process to provide U. S. military support with anecdotal stories from the following response efforts: Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Haiti, Japan, Thailand, and Nepal.

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Join us for the IMO Program Debrief Tonight!

Join us from 6-7 PM Monday, November 16 in McGowan 100. Students who participated in the Immersive Learning Program trip to the International Maritime Organization meeting of Contracting Parties to the London Convention and London Protocol on ocean dumping will give a summary of their assigned agenda topic, the results of debate at the meeting, and their experiences while in London.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

MIIS Students in London for UN’s International Maritime Organization Meeting

imoLast week a group of 7 students, led by Professor Patrick Cotter, went to London to attend the London Convention and London Protocol on ocean dumping of wastes and other matter at the UN’s International Maritime Organization(IMO) in London. Before leaving for the London Meeting students were asked prepare a position paper on the topics that were going to be discussed by the delegates. The topics for the papers were front-line environmental issues being considered at the meeting, including, marine geoengineering, carbon dioxide capture and storage, compliance with the treaties, technical cooperation and assistance, ship recycling, disposal of mine tailings, marine litter, environmental effects of chemical munitions disposal, and 25-year review of radioactive waste disposal in the ocean. The students were able to then listen to the discussions and debate on issues during the meeting.

During breaks for tea or lunch, they had the opportunity to interact with delegates who expressed their positions during the plenary session, including delegates from the Canada, Panama, Turkey, the US, GreenPeace and the London Convention/London Protocol Secretariat. In total there were 49 Contracting Parties (nations) at the meeting, 2 associate members, 11 observer nations, 5 NGO observers, 3 UN agencies, and MIIS student observers at the meeting.  The meeting was chaired by Nigeria with support from the London Convention/London Protocol Secretariat.

The MIIS Digital Learning Center setup a chat for the group using “SlackBot”.  During the meeting, Professor Cotter was able to comment instantly on points that were being made to allow the students to understand the importance or implications of an intervention by a national representative.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

J-Term Practica Deadlines Approaching

J-Term Practica Deadlines are Approaching

Take advantage of all of the great opportunities to learn in the field before it’s too late! As we approach November this semester, it is important to start thinking about J-term and working on those applications for participating in practica abroad! Many of the immersive learning programs have a deadline of October 31st to apply. So don’t delay if you are thinking of going abroad this January. To learn more about J-term Practica and their application deadlines, visit: go.miis.edu/2016practica

 

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Briefing and Q & A on Military Support in Conflict Resolution

Mark your calendars to have lunch with Major General William C. Hix!

Who: All interested MIIS students and faculty

What: Briefing and Q & A on: “Military Support to Conflict Resolution in the World Today”

When: Wednesday, October 21 (12pm-1pm)

Where: Morse B206

Food and Drink Provided!

Major General William C. Hix

Major General William C. Hix

Major General Hix’s almost 35-years of military experience provide him the necessary background to answer any questions youmay have about the U.S. Army’s support to Conflict Resolution in the World Today.

Prior to his current assignment at the Pentagon, Major General Hix was the Deputy Director for the Army’s Capabilities and Integration Center where he oversaw the linkages between emerging technologies and soldier success on the battlefield.

His experience includes combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan, assignments with 82nd  and 101st Divisions, the First Special Forces Group in Japan, as a Military Observer in the Western Sahara, as policy officer in the Republic of Korea, and as a Strategist on the Joint Staff.

Born in Washington, D.C., Major General Hix was commissioned as an infantry officer following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981. He holds a Masters of Military Art and Science, was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Monday, September 14th, 2015

2016 January and Spring Break Opportunities

At MIIS, our immersive learning experiences extend beyond the classroom. There will be an Informational Session on Tuesday, September 22nd about Immersive Learning opportunities for MIIS students. The session is open to all degrees and will give students an opportunity to learn more about the various international and domestic immersive learning programs. The session will also cover ways to fund your immersive learning. To learn more now visit: go.miis.edu/immersivelearning

Date: Tuesday, September 22

When: 12:00-1:00pm

Where:  Morse B106

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Friday, September 11th, 2015

IPSS Info Session this Tuesday

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This Tuesday, September 15th, there will be an informational session about the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS).  The IPSS program is offered through the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) during the Spring Semester.  IPSS is an immersive learning experience, in which fellows secure internships with international organizations in the US and abroad and earn up to 12 units of academic credit.  This session will cover IPSS requirements, syllabi, and stories from Spring 2015 IPSS fellows.

When: Tuesday, September 15th

Time: 12-1pm

Where: Morse B106

To learn more information about IPSS visit go.miis.edu/ipss or email ipss@miis.edu