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Monday, November 23rd, 2015


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.

-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 ( by January 15, 2016. For additional information, please contact Professor Lewis, or Professor Liang (

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:


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:

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


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 or email

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

DPMI Info Session this Thursday


This Thursday, September 10th, there will be and informational session on the Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI) Program. The program will earn you a certificate in International Development and Social Change. The session will cover all of the DPMI training offerings and give you a chance to hear from past program participants. To learn more about the program right now you can visit:

When: Thursday September 10th

Time: 12-1pm

Where: Morse B106

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Center for Conflict Studies invites proposals for its 2015 annual conference

The Center for Conflict Studies is happy to announce its 2015 annual conference:

Breaking Down Shades of Color: Power, Privilege and Potential in Race Conflict


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This conference aims to highlight the sources, nature and growing incidence of race-based conflicts and the efforts being made to manage, resist and transform these conflicts.

Proposals are invited from graduate students, along with academics and practitioners in conflict studies, peace studies and other related disciplines who can offer perspectives from their empirical research particularly on but not limited to the following conference sub-themes:
1. Race and Ethnicity
2. Race and Religion
3. Race and Immigration
4. Race and Class
5. Race and Gender/Sexuality
6. Race and Academia/Education
7. Race and Culture
8. Race and Arts
9. Race and Language
10. Race and Media
11. Race and Criminal Justice System (Law, Law Enforcement, Prisons)
12. Race and Democracy
13. Race and Slavery
For more information visit:
Guidelines & Deadlines
All proposals, of 400-500 words, together with a bio of 100-150 words, should be submitted using this online form. Please also include your contact details (email and telephone). Proposals must include the specific dates of when empirical research was or will be conducted. All proposals must be received by midnight (PST) on September 30, 2015. Selection of participants will be based on scholarly merit, depth of empirical research and relevance to conference topics. At this time there are no travel scholarships available. All queries should be sent to


Monday, August 24th, 2015

The Circle Economy Presents ‘The Circular Awards’ Apply by September 30

circularsUpon reading this headline, you might be asking yourself, “What is the circular economy?”.  The circular economy is a resource efficient alternative to the traditional wasteful linear economy. It decouples growth from scarce resource use allowing economic development within natural resource limits and allowing companies to innovate to enable customers and users to do ‘more with less’.

The Circular Awards cover 7 categories and a people’s choice award, they are: Award for Circular Economy Leadership, Award for Circular Economy Multinational, Award for Circular Economy Government, Cities & Regions, Award for Circular Economy Investor, Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruptor, and the People’s Choice Award. Entries are due by September 30th, 2015 and can be submitted by clicking here. The awards will be presented at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2016.

Past winners include organizations such as Method. Based in San Francisco, Method is a pioneer in premium, environmentally-conscious and design-driven home care, fabric care and personal care products. The company has a product development engine built on circular economy principles to ensure that all its products are sustainable. This includes using materials that can be infinitely recycled in technological and biological cycles, using renewable sources of energy, producing clean water and practicing social fairness. The company’s products and processes have brought about innovations that have saved millions of tons of waste, eliminated countless toxic chemicals from homes, and reduced the carbon footprint of ordinary household products by more than a third. method currently has over 80 products that are “Cradle-to- Cradle” certified at the Gold level. The company is also building the first LEED Platinum certified manufacturing facility in the industry, which will be carbon neutral, water neutral, and landfill free. It will be powered by 800kW of on-site solar and wind energy (


Monday, July 6th, 2015

GSIPM Students wanted for participation in graduate student panel!

Attention MIIS mafia! Your future classmates need your help! If you are a current student of one of the following programs (or know a friend who is) and will be in town on 7/24, please come, share your experience and provide guidance for our incoming graduate students! If you are interested, please email Kimberly England ( or Howard Wu ( Thank you!

  • Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
  • International Policy and Development
  • International Trade and Economic Diplomacy

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Throwback Thursday: DPMI Rwanda 2015

Check out this great footage from DPMI alum Anissa Bensaid during her time in DPMI Rwanda. What do you think about DPMI Rwanda? Let us know your thoughts!


Monday, June 8th, 2015

DPMI Kenya Course Focuses on Designing Solution Strategies for Local Systems

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Group includes 13 wonderfully diverse participants from seven countries

Update from Nairobi, Kenya: We are halfway through our 8-day certificate training jointly offered by the Locus Network and the Program on Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).

Participant Profiles

The group includes 13 participants from seven countries (Kenya, Nigeria, Niger, South Africa, the Philippines, Venezuela, and the United States). Participants include Locus Network members from Pact, MIIS graduate students, and other international development practitioners. One Locus participant commented, “I’ve enjoyed meeting others in the group, and it has been a tremendous opportunity to learn from Dr. Beryl Levinger given her decades of experience in international development and teaching.”

Click here to read more

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Middlebury Institute Hosts Frontier Market Scouts Training


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FMS participants doing hands-on work in the fields of social enterprise and impact investing. Photo credit: Sarah Sterling

The Middlebury Institute is hosting 26 students and professionals for the next two weeks (until June 12) for their Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) training, hosted by the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL). Over the session, participants will partake in a variety of seminars, lectures, and hands-on activities with a focus on social enterprise and impact investing. These courses are being taught by leading social impact sector practitioners. After completing the training, many FMS fellows use the skills they gained to do a field experience fellowship in these fields. Positions for these internships are available around the world. For more information on FMS or the CSIL, please click here.  For the full FMS blog, see here

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

MIIS Professors and Alumni Publish Book on Shanghai’s Pilot Free Trade Zone

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MIIS GSIPM professors Robert Rogowsky (trade and development) and Lijuan Zhang (economics), along with several MIIS students and alumni recently published an e- book titled China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone: An Experiment in Economic Reform. The MIIS students and alumni involved in the project included:

Malori DiPierro,

Shuyi Deng

Jiao Xu

Oscar Grijalva

Haibin Ren

Sharon O’Kello

Yongbin Jiang

Mrinalini Patnaik


The book is a compilation of several student research projects that discusses the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in the context of economic reform in China. The FTZ represents a new era of trade and financial liberalization in China. Themes analyzed throughout the book include foreign banks, American life insurers, money laundering risks, business-government relations, intellectual property rights, the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, and policy implications. The authors want to show how the new eleven-square-mile area will affect both local Chinese companies and multinational corporations business. A free download of the e-book is available here: HERE

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

DPMI Monterey Hosts Students and Professionals

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For the past week and a half, 11 students and professionals have been participating in MIIS’s Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation program on the Middlebury Institute campus in Monterey. The program’s modules include designing and managing development projects, social entrepreneurship, strategic partnering, while facilitating participatory development. The program will continue until Friday, June 5. For more information about DPMI, see the program’s website at .

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Mark Your Calendars: East Asia Presentations this Thursday!

Presentations at Irvine Auditorium this Thursday, May 7th, 6:30-8:30pm, Reception 8:30-9:30pm!

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The students that went on the first ever two-country program through MIIS Immersive Learning Programs, the East Asia: China and Japan trip, will be presenting this Thursday at Irvine, with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to follow. The presentations will be very interesting as this program included a semester long seminar which concluded in robust papers, and the feedback from the journey has been very interesting!

The East Asia Practicum was an investigative tour of Tokyo, Japan and Beijing, China, where participants met with and interviewed policymakers, former politicians, and renowned scholars. With unique research topics looking into the the international relations of the region, students were able to seek first-hand information on the dynamics of the two major players: Japan and China. The rise in status of either nation will set the political and economic tone for the region. By experiencing and researching within each nation, students will be able to provide original ideas on the current state of Sino-Japanese relations and the future of region.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015



Earn a Professional Certificate in Project Design and Management

Now accepting applications for the Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation (DPMI) program!

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California is offering an intensive, 3-week training open to development professionals, career-changers, graduate students, and a limited number of gifted undergraduates. Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation (DPMI) is a professional certificate program for those seeking training for careers in humanitarian relief, emergency response, poverty alleviation, and long-term community development. The modules include (1) Managing Development Projects, (2) Strategic Partnership and Social Entrepreneurship, and (3) Social Change and Participatory Development. DPMI uses a cross-sector approach, taking best practices from the development field and combining these tools with successful concepts drawn from the private sector.


Now accepting applications for Summer 2015:

Monterey, CA

Dates: May 18-June 5, 2015
Application Deadline:
 May 8, 2015
 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (M, T, Th, F); 12:00pm-6pm (W)


Washington, D.C.

Dates: May 25-June 12, 2015
Application Deadline:
 May 8, 2015
 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (M, W, F); 12:00pm-6pm (Tues. and Thurs.)



Dates: June 2-11, 2015
Application Deadline:
 May 8, 2015


To apply or for more information, please visit or email

Friday, April 24th, 2015

IEM Practicum Symposium – Spring 2015



MIIS International Education Management

Cordially Invites You to Our

IEM Practicum

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Please join us for a series of presentations
by our graduating IEM students on their practicum experiences.

There are two (2) sessions – please attend as you like!
See attached document for list of topics and presenters.

Session 1:  10am-12pm, McGowan 102
Session 2: 4pm-6pm, McGowan 100

or join us online at