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


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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



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


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