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Friday, September 5th, 2014

On-Campus Speaker: Social Impact Investor & Venture Philanthropist Bud Colligan

When:  Thursday, September 18th at 12:15-1:30 Where: Irvine Auditorium The NetImpact Club and the MBA Student Association will co-host an on-campus presentation of Social Impact Investor & Venture Philanthropist, Bud Colligan. John C. “Bud” Colligan is a forward-thinking community activist, social entrepreneur, investor and company builder. Bud is co-founder of Pacific Community Ventures, a non-profit community-development organization, partner at […]

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

An Inside Look at Peace Trade and Development: “Innovative, Different and an Empowering Experience”

As a summer graduate assistant at the Monterey Institute, my daily tasks range from marketing programs, providing logistical support and even learning to cook hot-dogs on charcoal at Del Monte Beach. However, the best part by far is being able to be a part of the institute’s many summer programs such as FMS, DPMI, and […]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

PTD Breaking Ground for Local Development at the Homeless Garden Project

Last Friday, PTD students were able to actively experience Development, one of the three pillars of the Peace Trade and Development program.  Their first site visit was at the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz. The Homeless Garden Project is a non-profit and an organic farm that provides job training, transitional employment and support services […]

Friday, June 13th, 2014

FMS Alum makes Headlines with his Social Enterprise in Brazilian Favelas

  FMS alum Elliot Rosenberg has had great success with his own social enterprise, “Favela Experience.”  This is a way for tourists to stay in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas and experience the local culture. Elliot’s personal experience staying with host families is what inspired his business model. By staying in the authentic and culturally rich […]

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Two MIIS Students Intern at the UNDP Pacific Centre in Fiji

The Graduate School of International Policy and Management would like to congratulate Madeline Stoeri and Deniz Firat for landing internships at the UNDP’s Pacific Center in Fiji. The Fiji Office of the Pacific works with the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands (sub office), Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Madeline […]

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

PTD Webinar: Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Peace Trade and Development Program

This week, Special Programs Manager Erina McWilliam-Lopez and MIIS Professor Jeff Dayton-Johnson hosted a webinar to deliver a deeper understanding of the Peace Trade and Development program. The webinar elaborates on the uniqueness of the program’s combination of classroom learning and diverse site visits. The top tier graduate faculty will teach in depth the three […]

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Applications for the Peace, Trade, and Development are due Monday, June 9!

It’s not too late for you or your colleagues to take part in an engaging global summer experience and apply to the Monterey Institute’s Peace Trade and Development Program. The PTD program utilizes the richness of the areas of Central and Northern California as a laboratory to explore the dynamics of global systems. From start […]

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

World Bee Project

Sanghata Global co-founder and early FMS partner and supporter, Sabiha Malik recently traveled to Malaysia to speak about the World Bee Project she recently started with the help of FMS Alum, Ravi Kurani, current FMS scout, Peter Nawaneri and MIIS’ Director of Immersive Professional Learning and Special Programs’ Carolyn Taylor Meyer. The World Bee Project, a […]

Friday, April 25th, 2014

How DPMI impacted my life in 60 seconds…

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

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Wrapping Up the Colloquium with International Trade Lawyer Gary Horlick

Gary Horlick, a prominent and influential international trade lawyer will offer the final 2014 Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium guest lecture at the Institute on Monday, April 28 in MG102, 6-9pm. This year’s Colloquium brought a host of influential leaders and practitioners to the MIIS campus. Guest speakers include former WTO Deputy Director General, Rufus […]

Friday, April 11th, 2014

How DPMI impacted my life in 60 seconds!

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 […]

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Attend a Lecture on Sustainable Development and the Private Sector

  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, […]

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 […]

Friday, March 28th, 2014

2014 Trade Club Conference

U.S.-China Agricultural Trade: Critical Issues in Economic Statecraft April 4, 2014 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Irvine Auditorium To RSVP: 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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

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 […]

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 […]