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!

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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.

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Peacebuilders Fellowship Application due Saturday, March 15th!


The Center for Conflict Resolution’s Peacebuilders Fellowship application is due THIS Saturday, March 15th! “The Center will be choosing eight fellows to travel to four countries (Burma, Mexico, Ethiopia, and the West Bank) for 8 to 10 weeks over the summer. Fellows will work in teams of two in each country to research water conflicts, with an emphasis on gathering the stories of stakeholders in these conflicts. Upon their return, fellows will work with CCS to share these stories over a variety of mediums, including podcasts, video interviews, and digital storytelling.” – See more at:

You can click here to apply and see the FAQ regarding the Peacebuilders Fellowship. Be prepared to fill out the short online form and upload your resume.


Friday, March 7th, 2014

Good Luck! MIIS students compete in Hult Prize Regionals Today.



Our MIIS Hult Prize Team will compete in the regional round TODAY, March 7th. Taking these outstanding MIIS students one step closer to the $1,000,000 prize!  A leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs; Hult Prize asks teams from around the world to come up with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises.

Amanda Boyek (MAIPS ’14), Natalie Cox (MPA ’14), Amitay Flores (MAIPS ’14), Maria Kovell (MPA ’14), and Amy Ross (MPA ’14) make up the MIIS team and will be taking their idea for improving youth nutrition to San Francisco this week. The MIIS team already made it into the top 300 out of 10,000 teams to put them into the regional finals where they will present in front of a jury comprised of regional CEOs, Non-profit leaders and social entrepreneurs. If our team moves forward they will join the other regional finalists from 6 global cities in what is called the Hult Accelerator. Over the months of July and August the finalists will enter a fast-paced social business immersion program that will leave the MIIS team with a fully-formed and investor ready corporation ready to compete in the Global Finals in September.

Go Team!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

China’s Economic Diplomacy: A Lecture by Donald Lewis of Stanford


As part of the spring 2014 Colloquium, international consultant Don Lewis will speak on the importance of Emerging Power’s Economic Statecraft, especially the case of China.

Key Considerations: Emerging Powers and Economic Statecraft: China’s Economic Diplomacy

  • How is China engaging the World?
  • Hard power vs Soft Power à Chinese Smart Power
  • How is China’s power being felt?
  • Is there a “Beijing consensus?”

When: March 10, 6-8pm

Where: McGowan 102

Donald Lewis has been a Research Fellow, Lecturer in Law and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. Prior to coming to Stanford, he was an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Law in Hong Kong, China, where he taught and conducted research on Chinese law, Chinese and international dispute resolution, and international trade and economic law for 23 years. Professor Lewis has served as a U.S. Fulbright Law Professor in China at the law schools of Nankai University (Tianjin) and Zhongshan University (Guangzhou), and has also taught or lectured at Peking University and Tsinghua University law schools (Beijing).

While at the HKU Faculty of Law, Professor Lewis acted as Director of the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy (EAIEL) Program, and China’s WTO accession.  Professor Lewis acted as the first Academic Coordinator of the official World Trade Organization (WTO) Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) for the governments of Asia Pacific, including the Chinese government, providing technical training to trade officials on the WTO disciplines.

Professor Lewis has advised international law firms, investment banks and multinational corporations on Chinese law matters. He has served as an expert Advisor and Consultant to the United Nations for Asia Pacific governments on a range of international trade and investment issues.

His research and writing over the past decade have focused on China’s WTO reforms and dispute settlement, US-China trade issues, China trade and investment law, rule of law, the green economy, innovation and sustainable development in China, Chinese outbound direct investment, Asian regional IP/IT issues, including software protection, e-commerce and trade facilitation, the antitrust and IP intersection in China, as well as Chinese and international dispute resolution.

For inquiries and RSVPs, contact:


Monday, March 3rd, 2014



Steve Pifer will visit the Institute on March 24 as part of the Spring 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series

Steve Pifer who is the director of  the  Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative  at the Brookings Institute will offer a guest lecture open to the public in Irvine auditorium on March 24, 5-8pm. Mr. Pifer will offer expert insights focused on the current nature of Eurasian diplomacy and statecraft.

Steve Pifer spent more than 25 years serving in the State Department with the bulk of his work focusing on U.S. relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues. He has held postings in Kyiv (Kiev), London, Moscow, Geneva and Warsaw as well as on the National Security Council.  Pifer is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe. He is also a non-resident senior adviser with the Center for Strategic & International Studies.  Pifer has spoken on CNN, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, National Public Radio and VOA, and his articles have appeared in the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune and Boston Globe, among others. Most of his media precense has focused around Russia, Ukraine and arms control. Click here to view full bio.

Speaker Event Details:  Russian Power Diplomacy and Eurasian Integration

Key lecture topics

  • The shift from G-8 to G-20 and the Nature of Statecraft
  • The Exercise of Economic Power in Eurasia
  • Strategic Economic (Industrial) Policy and Emerging Power
  • Energy Statecraft and Western and Central European Relations

When: March 24, 5-8pm

Where: Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building  

This event is open to the public. Please direct inquiries to



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