Friday, April 25th, 2014

How DPMI impacted my life in 60 seconds…

DPMI alum Aaron Leonard (MPA ’07) joined the DPMI 10-Year Video Mosaic project by “broadcasting from the top of Yangon,” the former capitol of Myanmar. This is where Aaron works as a senior program manager for PACT, an international organization which focuses on improving health, livelihoods, governance and capacity development all over the world.

Watch his video here:

PACT has been working in Myanmar since 1997 and has implemented programs to promote health, livelihoods, community development, microfinance, and food security. In conjunction with Myanmar’s emerging democracy, PACT has created thousands of partnerships in the past 17 years with organizations and community groups to implement many comprehensive and influential projects. In his video, Aaron says that at PACT Myanmar, he “works with local governance and civil society strengthening in a country in major transition.”

Aaron says that his DPMI experience “helped me give voice to the thing that I always wanted to do and didn’t know what to call – capacity development.”

PACT describes its Capacity Development as “putting the power of international best practices in service provision, management, monitoring and evaluation in the hands of people who have a vested interest in the development of their community and who will be there to resolve new challenges as they arise.”  PACT also prides itself on its sustainability. “Years after Pact leaves a village, the community institutions it helped form and develop continue to thrive.” Learn more at

If you are a DPMI alum and have a story to tell, please contact to either submit a video or schedule a time to be recorded.  GSIPM is in the process of collecting video stories for a video collage to commemorate DPMI’s 10 year anniversary. Follow this link to learn more about this project.

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Team El Salvador Leadership Applications – Still time to apply! -

- Application deadline EXTENDED to April 29 – 

Team El Salvador Practicum 2014-2015 Call for Leadership Applications

Team El Salvador (TES) is seeking three student leaders to lead the Team El Salvador 9 Practicum during its 2014-2015 program year.

Do you want to gain skills in leadership? International Development? Environmental policy and natural resource management? Survey creation? Improving your Spanish proficiency and communication?

TES leadership is open to all MIIS students, from all departments and fields of study!

How to apply? Please send resume and cover letter to: by Tuesday, April 29th. Visit us at:

Team El Salvador provides a unique, professional opportunity for MIIS students to develop and apply practical skills and enhance language proficiency and multicultural competency in a dynamic international setting.

Team leaders will cultivate a variety of professional skills while gaining real world experience. The ideal candidate has a passion for international development, strong leadership skills, and a willingness to facilitate and manage a variety of program elements, including communication and outreach, program development, fundraising, updating and developing website content and social media sites, event scheduling and management, meeting planning and travel logistics and community engagement.

Ideal Candidates will:

• Speak, write and read Spanish at a 400 level
• Understand the mission and goals of Team El Salvador and
El Salvadoran history and culture
• Have strong communication and organizational skills
• Have experience living and working in rural communities of Latin America (or other developing
• Have a lucid understanding of the unpredictable nature of development work
• Be personable, dynamic, patient, flexible and adaptable to changing program and project
• Have experience with fundraising
• Develop and deliver compelling presentations to MIIS faculty, prospective team members, etc.
Executive management and staff

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

TOMORROW @ 6:30pm in the DLC – Spring Break Storytelling – FREE -

GSIPM and the HuSAND Group would like to invite you to join us Tomorrow evening from 6:30-8:30pm for an evening of story telling and post-spring break networking at the DLC.  This FREE event will feature a panel of selected students from each of the spring break trips—Cuba, DC and Shanghai—where each will report on their individual experiences, as well as respond to questions from the moderator and audience.

Immediately following the panel session, everyone is invited to join us for some FREE wine, beverages and light hors d’eavour in the DLC.  We hope that everyone will have a chance to exchange personal stories about their trips and maybe even trade some contacts made along the way.  We also hope to encourage future students to take advantage of these opportunities; your stories go along way in this regard. Plus, what a great way to get to know more people from around campus as some of these trips were open to every program!

GSIPM and HuSAND Storytelling Panel


Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Wrapping Up the Colloquium with International Trade Lawyer Gary Horlick

Gary Horlick

Gary Horlick, a prominent and influential international trade lawyer will offer the final 2014 Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium guest lecture at the Institute on Monday, April 28 in MG102, 6-9pm.

This year’s Colloquium brought a host of influential leaders and practitioners to the MIIS campus. Guest speakers include former WTO Deputy Director General, Rufus Yerxa, former USTR, Demetrios Marantis, the former chief counsel to OFAC, MIIS alumni holding leadership positions in private sector trade relations, the former US Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer, and world-renown political scientist, Francis Fukuyama. Each speaker offered expert insight in the field of Economic Diplomacy and Statecraft. Colloquium students gained a comprehensive understanding of many aspects of trade, ranging from tariffs and sanctions, to the private sector’s role in sustainable economic development.  They have been presented with differing and diverse perspectives on the global trading system. The variety of perspectives and dialog between students and speakers has provided a highly valuable opportunity for them to think critically about the challenges and opportunities of economic diplomacy.

The final spring 2014 Colloquium lecture event details are below.  This event is open to the public. If you wish to attend, please rsvp to:

Event Details:

When: April 28, 6-9pm

Where: McGowan Building, MG102

Speaker Profile:

Speaker Profile: Mr. Horlick is the highest-ranked international trade lawyer in the world in the only two rankings, Euromoney/Institutional Investor and Who’s Who Legal, and is in the top tier of Chambers (which does not list individual rankings).

Mr. Horlick has worked in senior positions in the U.S. Congress (International Trade Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee) and the Executive Branch (Head of Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce), where he was responsible for all U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty cases, Foreign Trade Zones, Special Import Programs, and the negotiation of the U.S.-EU Steel Agreement.

He has been Chairman of WTO and Mercosur panels, and has litigated in U.S. courts and administrative agencies; GATT and WTO tribunals; NAFTA Chapters 19 and 20 tribunals; and anti-dumping cases in 12 countries. He has worked on issues involving climate change, textile quotas and monitoring, Generalized System of Preferences, non-market economy status, customs and tariff classification and valuation, export controls, CFIUS and investor-state disputes.

Mr. Horlick has served as counsel to businesses in the U.S. (IBM, Bowater, Arch Chemicals and others) and other countries (Pemex, Noranda, Barilla and others); the U.S. Government and other governments (UK, Canada, Mexico, Chile, South Africa and others); and trade associations (National Cattlemen’s and Beef Association, Federation of the German Chemical Industry, and others).

He has written numerous articles and delivered speeches on international trade and investment. He has served as first Chairman of the WTO Permanent Group of Experts on Subsidies; Chairman of the International Section of the DC Bar; Vice Chairman of the Trade Committee of the International Bar Association; and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He teaches international trade law at Yale, Georgetown, and Berne Universities.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP to attend this speaker, please email Erina McWilliam-Lopez at by Friday 4/25/2014.

To learn more about the colloquium, please visit the Colloquium Landing Page.



Monday, April 14th, 2014

DPMI to launch training in Kisumu, Kenya June 9-20; Fellowship options post-training

Call for Applications for DPMI Kenya Program*

*Please note that that this program is still pending final approval by MIIS/MIDD Global Operations Committee.

-Learn side-by-side Kenyan development practitioners on a USAID Forward initiative.

-Complete a client project for improving access to quality education.

-Stay in Kisumu and work on client project after the training through a summer internship or DPMI Plus.

What:  DPMI and the Omega Foundation (OF) will partner in the offering of the pilot 12-day intensive DPMI Kenya training focused on strengthening local NGOs’ capacity for improving access to quality education.

Where: The majority of the program (10 days) will be held at a training center in Kisumu, Kenya with 1 day of orientation visits and tours in Kisumu and 1 day spent at a noteworthy tourist/cultural site.

Who: Attendees will include 5 OF staffers, 5 OF affiliates/grantees working in education, 10 Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) graduate students, and up to five additional qualified applicants interested in a career in international development or social change.

When: June 9-20, 2014 followed by optional summer or summer-fall fellowship with Omega Foundation or its grantees/affiliates

Cost: $1,400 for MIIS students inclusive of training cost, triple-occupancy lodging, local transportation, and 1 meal per day (Note: participants should budget for international airfare to Kisumu as well as two meals per day, visa fees, and other miscellaneous costs). Regular tuition rates also apply.

Academic Credit: Students can register for 4 or 6 units of credit for the training and 6 units for the DPMI Plus field practicum– if also completing an internship in Kenya or elsewhere.  Total Credits Possible: 12

Apply: Complete this short registration form by Friday, April 25.

Click here to read more

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Zambo Scholarship DUE this week!

Professor Les Zambo, (1941-2003)

Professor Les Zambo, (1941-2003)

The Fisher International MBA Program invites applicants for the 2014-2015 Les Zambo Scholarship Program. Applications are due Wednesday, April 30th.

Zambo Scholars will receive a grant of up to $12,000.00 towards tuition for MBA studies. Award may be applied to Summer 2014, Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 semesters.

Program Purposes

  • Offer financial aid and encouragement to deserving full-time students preparing for international careers.
  • Recognize academic achievement by students in the Fisher International MBA Program.
  • Encourage academic excellence, commitment to the field, service to the Program and the Institute, and collegiality with the MBA class, staff and faculty.

For more information and to access the Application Form please click here: Zambo Announcement 14-15

Friday, April 11th, 2014

How DPMI impacted my life in 60 seconds!

DPMI big sur

It’s been 10 years since DPMI was first launched. Numerous DPMI alums have implemented tools and strategies inspired by their training to provide creative solutions on a global and local level. In the coming months we will be highlighting this shared journey through a series of DPMI video, photo and blog submissions from our alumni incredible community.

Kathryn (Kat) Harrison, MBA, MPA ’14 used the skills she learned in DPMI while completing Frontier Market Scouts in Guatemala with Lumeter Networks.  This organization provides affordable meters and other components to deliver pre-paid power to off-grid communities in emerging markets. Click here to check out Kat’s DPMI video submission.

“My academic focus has been on learning the most effective methods, necessary tools and best practices for connecting micro-, small and medium sized business owners to larger markets, cost-saving marketing resources, helpful training and seed capital. I enthusiastically plan to return to Central and South America to help many talented and hardworking indigenous communities improve their financial stability through small business development,” says Kat.

Stay tuned for more DPMI stories on the horizon:

Tyler Steer, MPA ’11, has used the skills he learned in DPMI to create a new project at Peacock Acres, in which Monterey County youth are given academic support to succeed in school.  Aaron Leonard, MPA ’07 has used the capacity building skills that he learned in DPMI in his work with PACT in Myanmar. Amitay Flores, IPS ’14, has used the skills she learned to develop a social enterprise project to combat human health issues, which advanced her team to the Finals of Regional Hult Prize Competition

Join the story thread:

If you have participated in DPMI and it has or will impact your life or career, please email to be featured in our video collage, or film yourself and submit the video to the email address. We would love to hear from you!

Learn more about the DPMI 10-year anniversary project:

Friday, April 11th, 2014

TODAY: Amnesty International Executive Director to Speak at MIIS – 6:00pm

Tonight at 6:00pm Steve Hawkins, the Executive Director of Amnesty International, will speak to MIIS students. Don’t MIIS this amazing event! Reception to fallow in the McCone Atrium

“Bringing Human Rights Home”

Before joining Amnesty International USA as its Executive Director, Steven W Hawkins was the Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer of the NAACP. He is a nationally renowned attorney and grassroots advocacy leader at the forefront of social justice issues, including death penalty abolition, criminal justice reform and defending civil liberties. As an attorney, he brought litigation that led to the release of three teenagers wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death row in Tennessee. He was also a law professor in South Africa during apartheid, teaching black lawyers who faced discriminatory treatment in the courts. Steven obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and New York University.



Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Attend a Lecture on Sustainable Development and the Private Sector


Niger delta

This week’s Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium Speaker is Jeri Jensen, of Business Driven Development LLC.  Jeri will give expert insight about the field of sustainable development, impact investing, and the intersection of economic policy and development.  Anyone interested in corporate social responsibility, or the challenges in engaging the private sector in international development, will greatly appreciate this lecture. This session will also include Dennis Flemming of Chevron via webinar recording. Dennis will explain his role in the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, a partnership that fosters Sustainable Livelihoods in the Niger Delta Region.

Event Details:

Who: Jeri Jensen

Lecture topic and key considerations:

Economic Diplomacy in a New Sustainable Development Paradigm

When: April 14, 6-9pm

Where: McGowan Building, Room 102 at 411 Pierce Street 

Key Questions and Considerations:

  • How are the roles of government and the private sector shifting on economic development and what does that mean for economic statecraft (and the future of business/government relations)?
  • Can sustainability influence the power agenda?
  • Can economic power influence the sustainability agenda?
  • Can moral suasion be a powerful force in a competitive world?

Speaker Profile:

Jeri is a thought-leader and practitioner on innovative business models that directly engage the core business of companies in economic development and business-led development strategies for donors. She has led programs in both the public and private sector to increase business participation in U.S. development initiatives and now works to provide companies and donors opportunities to leverage their investments to increase living standards in developing countries. She is a senior associate for the U.S. Leadership in Development Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Her experience includes Vice President at the Initiative for Global Development, a network of CEOs and senior executives interested in sustainable investment in Africa, and Managing Director for Private Sector Initiatives at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a major U.S. donor to developing countries. She has also worked as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South East Asia and for Labor Affairs at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. As Executive Director for Trade Policy and Promotion at the Department of Commerce, she managed coordination of trade promotion efforts across U.S. trade, finance and investment agencies. She also managed trade and economic strategy for Latin America at the National Security Council, and was a Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Business Driven Development LLC, a strategic advisory firm which Jeri leads, increases social investment in emerging markets. The firm works to harness the core businesses of international investors to raise living standards in the communities where they operate. We also enable donors to leverage their participation in economic development with the private sector and enhance the developmental impact of company investments.


Dennis Flemming

Dennis Flemming began serving as Project Director of the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative in 2009 and has been based in the Nigerian capital of Abuja ever since. Most of his professional years were spent in Papua New Guinea, initially when he was assigned by the Peace Corps to serve as Business Development Officer in the South Pacific Island nation in 1986. Three years later, Flemming helped create Income Marketing Ltd, an organization established to provide small business development services and advice.

Flemming joined Chevron as Local Business Development Supervisor in 1992; and later on became Community Affairs Manager. He spent a year as Staff Planning Analyst in the company’s headquarters in San Ramon and came back to Papua New Guinea in 2000 as Sustainable Development Manager. In this capacity, he established and managed the CDI Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to socio-economic development of rural communities near the company’s field operations. In 2004, Flemming managed the Angola Partnership Initiative and other corporate responsibility and socio-economic development programs for Cabinda Gulf Oil Company, Chevron’s Angolan subsidiary. When he joined Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Flemming spearheaded community engagement strategies including renegotiation of agreements with regional development councils. Dennis Flemming holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Sustainable Development specializing in Development Management from the University of London.

To read more about the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, click here:

This event is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP to attend this speaker, please email Erina McWilliam-Lopez at

To learn more about the colloquium, please visit the Colloquium Landing Page.

Get live updates from our twitter feed @MIIS_GSIPM #diplomacy


Monday, April 7th, 2014

Lauryn Agnew: Net Impact & GSIPM Dean’s Seminar 4/15/14

Lauryn Agnew, the founder of Bay Area Impact Investing and President of Seal Cove Financial, is set to speak at MIIS on Tuesday, April 15 at 12:30 pm in McGowan 100.

Lauryn has nearly three decades of experience in developing and implementing strategies in the institutional investment industry. She also serves as trustee on the Board of the San Mateo County Employees Retirement Association, chair of the investment committees of the United Way of the Bay Area and the Girl Scouts of Northern California and member of the finance committee of the Immaculate Conception Academy of San Francisco.

Please join Lauryn as part of the GSIPM Dean’s Seminar Series and Net Impact MIIS here on campus next week!

Dean's Seminar Lauryn Agnew

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Monterey County Weekly covers Steve Pifer’s visit to MIIS


Steve Pifer, Colloquium speaker and former US ambassador to Ukraine, was featured in an article of the Monterey County Weekly.  The article highlighted his pivotal and unplanned timing in Monterey: “His lecture was set up far ahead of the bloody, drawn-out protests in Kiev, the surprise invasion by Russian forces into Crimea and the annexation of the only region in Ukraine with an ethnic-Russian majority.” The article also quotes Pifer when he describes the Russian annexation of Ukraine as “probably the most blatant land grab since the end of the Second World War.” Pifer explained that Russia’s actions were also “a spent bargaining chip for Russia to stabilize a neighbor long hindered by corruption and poor leadership.” Pifer expressed his reluctance in thinking that the US would go to war for Ukraine.  The former US-ambassador also remarked that the challenge in Ukraine’s future will be in assuring its leaders ability to take the necessary and difficult economic measures, such as ending subsidies for citizens’ natural gas.

Read the full article here:

Click here to see a clip of the Q & A session of the speech.  For questions on future colloquium events, or to receive a full copy of taped event, email

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Summer International Business Plan program – INFO SESSION 4/10 MG102

We will hold an information session for students interested in participating in the Summer International Business Plan program, on Thursday April 10th. The meeting will cover requirements, timing, billing, team dynamics, and other information pertinent to the process of signing up for summer IBP. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

What: Summer IBP Info session

When:Thursday April 10th, 12:15pm-1:30pm

Where:  MG102



Ms. Toni M. Thomas

Assistant Dean

Graduate School of International Policy and Management

Monterey Institute of International Studies


Friday, March 28th, 2014

2014 Trade Club Conference

U.S.-China Agricultural Trade: Critical Issues in Economic Statecraft

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April 4, 2014

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Irvine Auditorium


Everyone is invited to attend the 2014 Trade Club Conference.  Please use the link to register. A light breakfast and lunch will be included. The following is a background on the topic of U.S.-China Agricultural Trade and Statecraft.

U.S.-China Agricultural Trade

The Monterey Institute of International Studies’ annual trade conference on April 4 will feature commentary from a distinguished group of international trade experts addressing the critical issue of agricultural trade between the United States and China. There is no charge to attend.

The United States now ranks as China’s top supplier of agricultural products, up from seventh place in 2000. U.S. agricultural exports to China have grown from about $2 billion to more than $19 billion a year. However, changes in China’s trade policy and related economic and political issues between China and the U.S. threaten the growth and stability of this sector.

Agriculture:  Critical Trading Partnership for the 21st Century

U.S.-China agricultural trade will be among the most rapidly growing trade relationships in the world in the years ahead. As a result, it will be one of the most complex and potentially problematic economic relationships for both nations over the next decade.  Effective economic diplomacy and careful statecraft will be critical to forging a successful partnership. This conference will identify key issues constraining trade and explore the framework of economic diplomacy needed for a successful trade relationship.

Complete your free registration now to reserve your opportunity to hear from some of the leading experts in the critical field of U.S.-China agricultural trade.

Blending U.S.-China Food Systems

  • The population growth and rapidly increasing middle-class status in China is creating a significant demand for high quality, high protein, safe food.  This growth, uncorrelated with the distribution of arable land, must be satisfied by more open markets for trade. China, with 20% of the world’s population, has 7% of its fresh water.
  • Food security, within nations and across the globe, will be a critical element of foreign policy for the next decade.
  • Food safety will be a pressing political concern as trade expands.
  • The growing trade between the U.S. and China requires collaboration and cooperation on health and safety standards for food.
  • SPS regulations and anti-dumping have proven fertile soil for trade protection.
  • Collaboration on standards, impact analysis, regulatory procedures, and welfare enhancing policies will depend on effective economic statecraft.

Find out more:


Speakers Include:

Jonathan Coleman (U.S. International Trade Commission) “U.S.-China Trade: Trends in the face of China’s Self-sufficiency Policy”

Phil Laney (China Director, Soybean Export Council, (ret)  “The Case of Soybean Entry into China”

James Grueff  (DecisionLeaders, formerly FAS/USDA) “The Slow, Bumpy Road Open Markets:  Hard Lessons from The Japan Experience”

Rufus Yerxa (Visiting Prof, MIIS; formerly Dep. Dir. General, WTO) “International Trade in Agriculture and the WTO”

Demetrios Marantis- (Square, Inc.; former Dep USTR) “U.S.-China AG Trade Negotiations:  Lessons Learned”

Robert Thompson (Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies) “The U.S. Farm Bill 2014 and International Ag Trade:  What’s Ahead?”

Tim Josling (Stanford University, Food Research Institute) “U.S.-China Agricultural Trade in a Global Context”



Friday, March 28th, 2014

Need help with journalistic writing? Mark Schapiro is here to help! Updated w/correct email address


Schapiro E-sign updatedClick photo to enlarge.


Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Nicholas Tomb (MAIPS, 2002) participates in VIKING 14


MIIS alum Nicholas Tomb is participating in the Viking 14 exercise, a multinational exercise that simulates an integrated UN Peacekeeping Operation in the fictional country of Bogaland.  VIKING 14 is a Command Post Exercise/Computer Assisted Exercise in the “Spirit of Partnership for Peace.” Previous VIKING-exercises have been stated as the premier Multinational and Comprehensive Approach exercise in the world.

This exercise includes nearly 3,000 participants from almost 50 countries and addresses many of the challenges in civil-military relations that modern, integrated missions face around the world.  More specifically, he is serving as a Civilian Integration Planner with the Armed Forces of Georgia and will spend the 10 day Exercise session just outside of Tbilisi, Georgia.  Nick is participating in the exercise through his affiliation with the Center for Civil-Military Relations at the US Naval Postgraduate School, where he works as an Assistant Program Manager in the Prevention, Relief and Recovery program.




Friday, March 21st, 2014

Congratulations to Hult Prize Finalists!


MIIS students Maria Kovell (MPA ‘14), Amitay Flores (MAIPS ‘14), Amanda Boyek (MAIPS ‘14), Natalie Cox (MPA ‘14), and Amy Ross (MPA ‘14) — made their mark at the Hult Prize regional competition in San Francisco. The team first beat hundreds of competitors to win a place in the 2014 Hult Prize Regional Finals in San Francisco, then proceeded to wow the judges there, who selected them as one of four teams (out of 47) to advance to the final round of the regional competition. The other three finalists came from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Hult International Business School in San Francisco, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

The 2014 Hult Prize Challenge, a collaboration with the Clinton Global Initiative, was to design a sustainable business model addressing non-communicable disease in urban slums. Executives from Intel, IDEO,, EMC and Matternet were represented on the judging panel that supported the Monterey Institute team and voted them into the final round. The team was encouraged by the reception their idea received and plan to move their venture, Salud2, forward after graduation in May with a pilot in Mexico. They will be meeting with people from some of the organizations they connected with at the competition and are also exploring options with MIIS faculty and staff.

“It was an energizing experience for us. MIIS coursework and programs like the Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) and the Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) opened our minds and pushed our thinking to the level required to tackle today’s most complex problems,” says Amy Ross. The team sincerely thanks the MIIS faculty who supported them along the way and would like to congratulate the MIT team that moved forward from the San Francisco Regional Finals and will present their venture at the Clinton Global Initiative in September.

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Development Project Management Institute gears up for summer

The Development Project Management Institute is going strong in its 10th year. We are currently accepting applications for the next training, offered both in Monterey, CA (May 19 – June 6) and Washington, D.C. (May 26 – June 13)!  Apply here

DPMI Academic Director and Module One instructor Beryl Levinger has been on sabbatical during this academic year. She has used this time to undertake a rich agenda of consulting projects for a diverse roster of clients including the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative; the Carter Center; the International Resources Group; Freedom from Hunger; the International Committee of the Red Cross; Project Concern International; Root Change; Save the Children; and the World Bank.

To carry out these projects, Beryl will, by the end of the semester, have traveled extensively including trips to Morocco, Nigeria, Mexico, Jerusalem, Colombia, Geneva and Korea, as well as to Atlanta, Washington, and Davis, California.  Many of the tools, techniques, and frameworks that Beryl uses in these assignments will be presented during her DPMI module. The intent behind Beryl’s sabbatical projects was to ensure that her teaching is as good a reflection as possible of the best of current practice and real-world job requirements.

We look forward to another engaging training with this summer’s participants!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Immersive learning students are off to a great start this spring!

This semester nearly 40 of our students are currently interning at a diverse range of domestic and international organizations through our IPSS and DPMI Plus programs. They are gaining professional experience and putting their MIIS education to good use by tackling many of today’s most pressing issues at organizations such as the United Nations, the Nature Conservancy, the International Labour Organization, and the Peace Corps. Their assignments have taken them all over the world to places like Jordan, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Washington D.C., and Bangkok!

We wish them the best and can’t wait to hear about their work!

Please click the links below to see where our students are:

International Professional Service Semester (IPSS)

Development Project Management Institute Practicum (DPMI Plus)

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Francis Fukuyama to Speak at MIIS



Renowned Political Scientist and Author Francis Fukuyama to Lecture on Global Governance and Economic Competition at MIIS on April 18,  6-9pm 

Dr. Francis Fukuyama is best known for the international sensation caused when he published an essay called “The End of History?” which later led to his book, “The End of History and the Last Man.” He ignited a global debate with his revolutionary thesis, that the Cold War marked an endpoint of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy would be the final form of human government. He later published “Trust: Social Virtues and Creation of Prosperity” which modified his earlier thesis to include that culture cannot be fully separated from economics. Fukuyama has immense global recognition for his theories on democracy, development and economics.

Dr. Fukuyama is chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005. He is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, and a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a member of the advisory boards for the Journal of Democracy and the Inter-American Dialogue. In 1981-82 and in 1989 he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State, the first time as a regular member specializing in Middle East affairs, and then as Deputy Director for European political-military affairs. In 1981-82 he was a member of the US delegation to the Egyptian-Israeli talks on Palestinian autonomy. He also holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), Kansai University (Japan), and Aarhus University (Denmark).

Dr. Fukuyama received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. He is married to Laura Holmgren and has three children.

To learn more about Dr. Fukuyama and the Monterey Institute’s Fifth Annual Colloquium, visit:

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

PAID Internship Opportunity with German government – EMIGIP

Looking to work in government? Looking for a professional overseas government internship? Do you speak German?

Click here!

Sondersitzung Bundestag

Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) through Cultural Vistas might be the perfect fit for you. Spend 1 to 3 months at a German state parliament (Landtag). Get paid and receive some excellent benefits! 

This is a great opportunity (open only to U.S. and Canadian undergraduate and graduate students) to experience real-life government work abroad, while improving your German language skills. With interns starting three times a year (fall, spring and early summer) EMIGIP is looking for 18-30 year-old with a high level of German skills (written & oral) and at least 2 years of university studies in a relevant field.

To learn more and apply click here.

Apply by March 31st for Fall 2014.

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