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



Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Social Media Internship at Brazil-US based Social Enterprise


Escama Studio is a social enterprise based in California and Brazil. Their mission is to create innovative on-trend fashion accessories while promoting sustainable development through trade. Their flagship product is crocheted accessories with post-consumer (recycled) pop tabs.

The fashion products are handmade in Brazil by artisan groups who are not just contract manufacturers, but an integral part of Escama Studio.  Escama Studio is a green company, a fair trade company and an ongoing experiment in sustainability.

Job Descritpion: Social Media Marketing Intern

Duration: 1 Semester (February – May, 2014)

The intern will assist with the execution of a data driven social media campaign that will quantifiably raise metrics of Escama Studio website.  Other objectives will be to raise awareness of the Escama Studio company as a Brazil-US based social enterprise that creates fashion accessories and generate inbound links to our website and create broad-based mainstream media and social media attention in anticipation of the World Cup and Olympics – both of which will be hosted in Brazil.

Part time intern will assist in the following areas:

* Write original content and compile ‘curated content’ for use in blog and Facebook. Topics will range from social enterprise, eco fashion, sustainable design, Brazilian design.

* Help to identify ‘influencers’ bloggers, online editors. ‘Pitch’ online influencers with press releases and other content.

* Track traffic number of inbound links and other metrics to assess the success of campaign.

Unpaid to start, but paid work a potential in the future from performance-based bonuses and/or a future position.

Position offers:

-Autonomy, growth and learning, and ability to help grow an exciting global social impact business.
- Working 10-20 hours per week, remote and flexible schedule. Prefer one monthly meeting in SF if possible.

Please take a look at our website and social media platforms below. See if what we are doing interests you and see if there is anything that you would want to improve!

Interested candidates, please send resume to

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

MIIS Alum to Speak on Economic Statecraft and Power in a Multi-polar World

World Technology Background

Mark your calendars: MIIS Alum Ann Rollins and Jennifer Sanford to Guest Lecture for Spring Colloquium on February 17, 6-8pm with career networking reception at 5pm.

Event Details:

Who: Ann Rollins and Jennifer Sanford

Lecture topic and key considerations:

Economic Diplomacy:  A Private Sector Perspective

  • Working in a global marketplace
  • Dealing with domestic policies in an international market
  • Trade agreements and the rules of the international system
  • Standards, trade facilitation, and global value-chains
  • Corporate values, social responsibility and sustainable development

When: February 17, 6-8pm; Reception 5pm at the Upper McCone Atrium with lecture to follow in McGowan 102

Click here to read more

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Peacebuilders Fellowship: Summer 2014


The Center for Conflict Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the Peacebuilders Fellowship – a summer fellowship program for graduate students in the United States.

This application round will be for fellowships in summer 2014.

In keeping with the mission of the Center for Conflict Studies, the goal of Peacebuilder Fellowship is to give a voice to the voiceless. Fellows will spend around two months in a conflict zone and collect stories of people who have experienced conflict. The hope is that the individual stories will give face to a “distant”conflict, will provide empirical knowledge which in turn will empower people to act. Peacebuilder Fellows are therefore, storytellers for peace. Additionally, this supports the Center’s slogan  “Knowledge as Action; Action as Change”. 

Click here to read more

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Former Deputy Director General WTO and former Deputy USTR Joint Lecture on the Global Trading System

Mark your calendars: Rufus Yerxa and Demetrios Marantis to Guest Lecture for Spring Colloquium on February 7, 3-5pm!

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GSIPM is pleased to announce the second Spring Colloquium guest speaker event, featuring Rufus Yerxa and Demetrios Marantis. During the discussion, participants will hear from field experts on Economic Diplomacy and Tradecraft in the Global Trading System

Event Details:

Who: Rufus Yerxa and Demetrios Marantis

Lecture topic and key considerations:

Economic Diplomacy and Tradecraft in the Global Trading System

  • How does the U.S. play in a G-20 System?
  • How does the Private Sector fit into the System?
  • How Will The Exercise Of Economic Statecraft Change?
  • How the Global Trading System and What Will It Look Like in 2025?

When: February 7, 3-5pm

Where: Morse Building, Room B104

Speaker Profiles:

Rufus Yerxa:

Rufus Yerxa joined MIIS as a visiting professor in October 2013, having recently completed more than a decade of service as Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization in Geneva. As the organization’s second ranking official, he helped to broaden the WTO’s membership and strengthen its role as the principal rules-based institution governing world trade.

Prior to joining the WTO, Mr. Yerxa worked as a senior U.S. government trade official, Congressional staff advisor and private lawyer. He served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, first as the Geneva-based Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor organization to the WTO) and subsequently as the Deputy United States Trade Representative in Washington.  He was a leading figure in the effort to negotiate and secure Congressional approval of both the NAFTA agreement and the Uruguay Round/WTO agreement.

Yerxa was also with the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Trade. After leaving the U.S. government he joined the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where he was a resident partner in the firm’s Brussels office.

Demetrios Marantis:

Ambassador Demetrios Marantis heads Square’s International Policy and Regulatory Affairs work.  Founded in 2009, and headquartered in San Francisco, Square has developed a portable credit card application and technology, and is an online marketplace.

Prior to joining Square in May 2013, Marantis served as Acting United States Trade Representative and Deputy United States Trade Representative and was nominated for this position by President Barack Obama.  As Deputy USTR, he was responsible for U.S. trade negotiations and enforcement in Asia and Africa, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum, and Trade and Investment Framework Agreements with countries ranging from South Africa to the Philippines.  He played a central role in the negotiation and congressional passage of the U.S.-Korea trade agreement and spearheaded conclusion in APEC of the first-ever agreement to reduce tariffs on environmental goods.

In his earlier career, Marantis served as Chief International Trade Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee.  He advised Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, as well as members and staff of the Finance Committee and Democratic Caucus, on trade and economic issues.

Marantis also worked in Hanoi as Chief Legal Advisor for the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council where he provided technical assistance on international trade matters.  Between 1998 and 2002, he served as Associate General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he negotiated provisions of international trade agreements and represented the United States in WTO dispute settlement proceedings.  He also worked for five years in the Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium offices of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP to attend this speaker, please email Erina McWilliam-Lopez at by Thursday 2/6/2014.

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

Get live updates from our twitter feed @MIIS_GSIPM #diplomacy


Monday, February 3rd, 2014

MIIS MBA Students Win Third Prize in International Business Plan Competition

Four Monterey Institute MBA students, James Shirreff (MBA/MAIEP ’14), John Foss (MBA ’13), Mary Vargo (MBA ’14) and Morgan Rogge (MBA/MAIEP ’14), traveled to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to compete in the final round of the International Business for a Better World competition, sponsored by Corporate Knights and the Schulich School of Business. On January 24th, the four presented their proposal to a panel of very distinguished judges as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.


Click here to read more

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Guest Lecture for Spring Colloquium: Professor Evan Hillebrand

Mark your calendars: Professor Evan Hillebrand to Guest Lecture for Spring Colloquium on February 3, 6-9pm!

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This year’s Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium focuses on Economic Diplomacy and Statecraft. Many influential leaders and practitioners from around the world will be sharing their experiences in this increasingly important topic.

GSIPM is pleased to announce the first Spring Colloquium guest speaker, Professor Evan Hillebrand. During the discussion, participants gain deeper insight on economic sanctions.

Event Details:
Who: Professor Evan Hillebrand
Lecture topic and key considerations:
Economic Sanctions
Do they work? How do we measure it?
If not, why not? What is the alternative?
If they do work, when, where, why, and how?
When: February 3, 6-9pm
Where: McGowan Building, Room 102 at 411 Pierce Street 

Speaker Profile:

Evan Hillebrand is Professor of International Economics and serves as Director of Graduate Studies at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Futures.  He teaches courses in Geopolitical Modeling, Economic Statecraft, Globalization and Energy Security.  Before coming to the Patterson School in 2004, Dr. Hillebrand served over 30 years as an economic analyst and econometric modeler with the Central Intelligence Agency.  He was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.

His research interests include long-term economic growth, global poverty, foreign trade, economic power, and the modeling of political relationships.  He is a collaborator with the International Futures Project at the University of Denver and he has consulted for the National Intelligence Council, the Departments of State and Energy, the United Nations, the European Union and the Shanghai Institute of American Studies. His book, Energy, Economic Growth, and Geopolitical Futures is due out in August, 2014, by MIT Press.

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 1/31/2014.

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

Get live updates from our twitter feed @MIIS_GSIPM #diplomacy


Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Development Project Management Institute Goes to Rwanda

From the 10th to the 24th of January, the Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) conducted a leadership training in Rwanda. DPMI is run through the Monterey Institute of International Studies and collaborated with Partners in Health to provide this extraordinary opportunity.

In this two week training program, thirty students and professionals from countries ranging from the United States to Germany to Russia to Rwanda, were led by Professor Beryl Levinger in academic and practical work focused on effective, community-oriented management of NGO programming. Rwanda was selected as the site for this training because of the incredible resources it has to offer. During this two-week engagement, participants acquired tools that can be applied to a wide range of scenarios, particularly in the public health sector, and had the opportunity to travel the country to observe these tools in action. They learned relevant skills within the Rwandan context; using the country’s successes in decreasing HIV, malaria and other key diseases to understand the best ways nonprofit organizations can facilitate similar successes through nonprofit work in other countries around the world.

IMG_2525On January 18th, DPMI visited Gakenke District where they met with practitioners at Ruli District Hospital and the Ihangane Project, a US-based nonprofit that operates in the Hospital’s catchment area. DPMI participants were welcomed by Dr. Mutaganzwa Avite who then took them on a comprehensive tour of Hospital facilities. Next, they were given a presentation by Dr. Jean de Dieu Ngirabega, Deputy Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Center, on the current state of Rwanda’s public health service provision and the achievements the country has made in public health programs ranging from targeting key HIV populations to providing bed nets for infants and pregnant women throughout the country. After this presentation, participants enjoyed walking around Ruli, speaking with locals in the village Center and observing life in rural Rwanda. They also appreciated being taken to the small shop owned by Ihangane Ruli Cooperative, where they could see and ask questions about traditional Rwandan handicrafts. Of course they purchased a number of beautiful items to take home to their families as a token of their time in Rwanda!

IMG_2521The Ihangane Project took this opportunity to give a presentation on its work in Ruli District Hospital’s catchment area, emphasizing its community-oriented approach service provision through its Nutrition for HIV-exposed Infants Program. The participants were impressed with the organization’s involvement in the Ruli community, and its commitment to supporting local health practitioners to meet health goals established by the Ministry of Health.

It was certainly a day to remember—professional connections were established, best practices were shared, and most importantly, a group of people from around the world collected in a small Rwandan village and learned critical lessons that will inform and improve their work back home.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Spring 2014 Colloquium: A transformative opportunity for students exploring various degree paths

Spring 2014 Colloquium at MIIS

Spring 2014 Colloquium at MIIS

The Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium is an unambiguous demonstration of the Monterey model for transformative professional education serving graduate students across the GSIPM degree programs. As we start a new year together, we are pleased to share an update from Professor Robert Rogowsky. As you may know, this year’s Colloquium is focused on Economic Diplomacy and Statecraft. The Colloquium is a semester-long course and guest speaker series that brings the world’s leading practitioners directly to the classroom. For special events and course participation questions, please contact GSIPM Special Programs Manager Erina McWilliam-Lopez via:

Dear Colleagues,

I will be leading the 2014 Colloquium and hosting a series of high-profile guest speakers in the classroom to capture themes in international commerce and foreign policy  that cross several degree paths at the Institute including peacekeeping and nonproliferation, commercial diplomacy, environment, development, localization, and trade. Students pursuing various career paths will have the opportunity to come together and explore issues surrounding economic statecraft with some of the most renowned scholars and practitioners working in the field of economic diplomacy.

Economic statecraft is at the heart of American international relations and foreign policy.  It is, indeed, at the heart foreign policy for virtually all nations.  With this in mind, the Spring 2014 Colloquium Course–Economic Statecraft and Diplomacy–offers a superb opportunity to study of the most pressing and challenging issues facing the world today.

We live in an increasingly integrated global marketplace dominated by transnational commercial systems:  transnational corporations, deep trading agreements, long supply chains, international unions, global NGOs, international standard setting bodies. Foreign policy, national security, and hegemonic power strategies are increasingly tied to economic capabilities and interests. Territorial conflicts, such as in the South China Sea, are based on fishing and oil drilling rights. The Ukrainian crisis is a deep philosophical struggle based on whether to join an EU-FTA versus the Russian dominated Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. Governance in this complex G-Zero world depends on economic diplomacy and highly sophisticated commercial and economic statecraft.  Economic tools such as sanctions, subventions, and trading arrangements are the foundation of modern power.  As governing structures continue evolve over the next decade, economic diplomacy will be the key to avoiding military conflict.

Scheduled speakers include (click links to view media coverage and biographic details)

Professor Evan Hillebrand, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky.

Rufus Yerxa, former Deputy Director, WTO.

Demetrios Marantos, former Deputy USTR, Senior Counsel, Square Inc.

Sean Thornton, Senior Counsel, Financial Regulatory Enforcement, Skadden Arps; Former Chief Counsel, U.S. Dept of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Don Lewis, (Stanford Law School). Click here to recent latest media coverage.

Steve Pifer, Director, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Brookings Institute.

Ann Rollins, Director of Government Relations at Apple Inc.

Jennifer Sanford, Senior Manager, International Trade & Energy Policy at Cisco, Inc

Skip Jones, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Agreements and Compliance, Department of Commerce.

Dr. Shusong Ba, Deputy Director General of Financial Research Institute at the State Council of China, and Chief Economist of China Banking Association. Currently Senior Visiting Scholar at the Columbia Business School.

Jeri Jensen, Consultant to the Millenium Challenge Corp. and Senior Partner in Business Driven Development.

Dennis Fleming, Director of the Niger Project, Chevron Corp. Click here to view related news.

Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and a resident in FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

Throughout the semester, the Colloquium will hold a select number of speaker receptions offering students an opportunity to network with guest presenters. Registered students will also have the opportunity to interact with speakers through classroom discussion.

How to register: The course can be taken this spring as a course or seminar for 2 or 4* credits. Classes will meet from 6-9pm on Mondays in room MG102*. Register for IPSG 9593 – A with CRN: 20553.  *Seminar credits require a supplemental deliverable as described in course syllabus.

We hope to see many of you join us for another excellent Colloquium series!


Professor Rogowsky

Please share this opportunity with your networks – we thank you in advance for spreading the word!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014


Will you only be satisfied in your life and career if you make real and meaningful impact? Are you entrepreneurial, deeply driven, and obsessed with finding innovative solutions to our world’s most intractable problems? Do you want to collaborate with the world’s brightest minds and be directly mentored by current world leaders to achieve your ambitious goals? At IPSI, we passionately design and execute the world’s preeminent training programs for peacebuilding professionals.  We are seeking the best and brightest to join our growing global team relentlessly pursuing peace.  Are you one of us? Then join any of the two symposium in Bologna or The Hague:

The 5th Annual Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation from July 5 – August 2, 2014 at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center. The symposium will offer direct training by world leaders in international negotiation, mediation, facilitation, strategic nonviolent action, social entrepreneurship, project planning and design, trauma healing, economics of peace, and more. The symposium will provide graduate-level certificate course with continued training and high-level networking opportunities. You can earn M.A. Credits, Johns Hopkins SAIS. Exceptional professionals, graduate students, and accomplished undergraduates are eligible to apply.

2014 The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice from July 12 – August 9, 2014 at the Clingendael Institute for International Relations. This symposium will offer intensive training in the skills necessary to holistically restructure a post-conflict society, as well as serve justice to those responsible for human rights violations; formal lectures, site visits to International Tribunals and Courts, and interactive simulations and workshops. The symposium will provide graduate-level certificate course with continued training and high-level networking opportunities. You can earn LLM Credits, University of Leiden. Exceptional professionals/lawyers, graduate students, law students, and accomplished undergraduates are eligible to apply.

Application deadline is January 30, 2013. The discounted price is $4,275,00. For more information and application portal, please click here.


Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Free Online course with World Bank representatives


Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided” is a World Bank hosted free online course on the internet platform of coursera. Session starts January 27th and will run for four weeks.

This MOOC has a week-by-week structure, with resources, activities and exercises for you to engage in during each of the four weeks of the course. Each week, you will find a variety of course material (…). You can register here.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

OpenIDEO’s next challenge, launching February 2014: Women’s Security

OpenIDEO asks the question “How might we help women and girls feel safe and empowered in low-income urban areas?” In the 21 century, the concept of safety as a human right is still nothing women and girls can take for granted. Exposed to gender-based violence, social stigmatization and lack of access to basic health care and other social services, OpenIDEO is calling for action, and will launch a challenge in February.


This challenge will be the first of ten sponsored by the Amplify program, a partnership between the Department for International Development and The program aims to transform international aid through collaboration and human-centered design. Click here for further information and how to keep informed on the upcoming challenge.

“At OpenIDEO we design better, together for social good. This means collaborating as a global community to generate ideas which speak to big global challenges. Transforming these ideas into action and impact is an important part of our journey – check out more on the various avenues this might take in our  Types of Impact.”




Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Conference at Georgetown: Managing Diversity in Divided Societies

Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program will host a conference on Divided Societies from January 30-31, 2014. In a globalized world with increased migration and mobility, diversity has become a central issue in society and government. Differences in race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, and sexuality have both enriched societies and fueled tensions. In this light, conflict-affected communities encounter unique challenges to the implementation and realization of diversity. However, they also offer valuable perspectives and practices that can serve as model for other societies. We have yet to determine under which conditions diversity can be best utilized for the well-being of society rather than constituting a dividing force. Approaches by government have varied significantly between a laissez-faire policy and formal intervention utilized to foster multiculturalism or assimilation. Civil society groups have similarly struggled to bridge divides while recognizing differences.

Papers will be presented from a diverse group of scholars, artists and practitioners. Keynote Speaker will be Senior Vice President of Search for Common Ground Susan Collin Marks. Click here for more information on guest speakers, registration and location.

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