Archive for Courses

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Cuba Presentations – Wednesday April 30!

Join the students from the Spring Break Cuba trip and hear their presentations on their experiences in this fascinating country! Public welcome.

Wednesday, April 30 in the DLC.

Cuba Practicum Digital Sign

Friday, April 25th, 2014

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

– Application deadline EXTENDED to April 29 – 

Team El Salvador Practicum 2014-2015 Call for Leadership Applications

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ideal Candidates will:

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

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.

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Fellowships, Germany

BTThe Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fully-funded scholarship opportunity,  and is currently accepting applications. CBYX is a yearlong fellowship to study and work in Germany. CBYX is open to applicants in all career fields, though preference is given to students in STEM fields, agriculture, business, and vocational fields. Students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. The fellowship is funded by the US and German governments through a grant provided by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended. More information can be found here. The program includes: 

• 2 months intensive German language training
• 1 semester of study at a German university or university of applied sciences
• 5-month internship with a German company in the participant’s career field
• Transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and monthly living expense stipends
Prior German language knowledge is not required, though it is preferred. Applicants should have clear career goals and some relevant work experience in their career field, which may include summer, part-time, or internship work. Participants must be between the ages of 18-24, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and be US citizens or permanent residents. The application deadline for the 2014-2015 program is December 1, 2013 

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Human Rights Essay Award Competition

index45This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The 2014 topic is Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law.

images25Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: 1) a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, 2)     travel expenses to and from Washington D.C., 3) housing at the university dorms, and 4) a per diem for living expenses. Deadline for submission is February 1, 2014. Click here for more information.

Friday, October 18th, 2013

2-Week Intensive Program on Transitional Justice and Economic Development

Mount Holyoke College and Smith College are proud to cohost “Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development,” a two-week  of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP). This intensive program, cosponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is scheduled for May 25–June 6, 2014. The institute invites applications from societies recovering from recent (within the last decade) conflict, with a preference for delegates from Asia.

Through panel discussions and working groups based on actual cases and projects, as well as workshops, debates and special events, the 2014 institute will promote leadership skills and explore the multiple legal, political, economic, social, and cultural approaches to recovering from violence and safeguarding human rights. The funding for this program covers: tuition, accommodations, meals, field trips, and travel from arrival at the delegates’ home airport to one of two airports – Boston, Massachusetts or Hartford, Connecticut.  The delegates will work with a travel agency and the Institute to make the arrangements. Application deadline is November 15, 2013. Click here to apply online.

BlaThe Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) is a program of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Wilson Center which empowers the next generation of women around the world and mobilizes them on issues of critical importance in public service. Through innovative research, dynamic learning institutes, and strategic peer-to-peer and two way mentoring, the WPSP is committed to a new global partnership aimed at reaching a minimum of 50 percent representation of women in public service by 2050 (“50 × 50”).

Friday, October 18th, 2013

USIP Training Courses for Individuals Working on Conflict Issues


The Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding of the United States Institute of Peace offers onsite, online and customized courses on conflict prevention, management, and resolution. The Academy’s practitioner-oriented courses, held at the USIP headquarters in Washington and elsewhere, prepare professionals for work in and on conflict zones. Courses include:

  • Negotiation, Mediation, Conflict Analysis, and Advising and Mentoring
  • Rule of Law, Islamic Law, and Transforming Security Forces
  • Gender and Peacebuilding, Economics and Conflict, and Rebuilding Social Sectors

The knowledge and skills imparted in the Academy’s courses are based on lessons learned and best practices from the field. Instructors include people who have firsthand experience in conflict zones. Class sizes are small and participants interact with highly skilled senior practitioners. The courses, which attract participants from a range of backgrounds, impart specific skills through case studies, simulations, and small group exercises. Here is the link to the 2013 course catalog. Click here for more information and applications.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Online Course: TC141- Mapping for International Development

tc141-badge-400px-shadow.pngThe use of digital mapping tools is beginning to reshape the way that international development activities are carried out. Government agencies, NGOs, companies, and other actors are beginning to turn to digital maps to draw attention to human rights violations, help communities prepare for natural disasters, visualize social media trends in real-time, monitor election violence, distribute food and other resources more effectively and so much more.


In this four-week online certificate course, participants will learn practical skills related to all aspects of the map creation process: (1) How to gather data for your map or work with data that already exists; (2) How to organize and classify data effectively; (3) How to design an aestheticly beautiful digital map; (4) How to maintain the map over time. Some of the platforms and tools we will explore include: OpenStreetMap, GoogleMapMaker, MapBox, Ushahidi, ArcGIS, as well as Palantir and CaerusGeo.

  • $395 if application and payment is submitted by October 11th
  • $445 if application and payment is submitted by start of course
  • Group discount rates available. For more details, please contact us at info@

Click here for more information and online application.

Monday, September 9th, 2013

NYTimes Article on ‘The Global Elite’s Favorite Strongman’ Highlights Issues To Be Covered in DPMI Rwanda Training

Those interested in taking the Development Project Management Institute training in Rwanda January 14-23, 2014 are encouraged to check-out the September 4 New York Times Magazine article, “The Global Elite’s Favorite Strongman“.

The in-depth biographical piece provides insight on the life an goals of Rwandan President Paul Kagame while highlighting the remarkable transformation Rwanda has undergone as well as the problems that still persist.

The DPMI Rwanda training will cover HIV, health, education, and social marketing. Participants will apply skills developed in the training on a project with a local nonprofit.

Applications for DPMI Rwanda accepted through October 31.



Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

GSIPM Colloquium Presents: Christopher Twomey, Assistant Professor at NPS, Wednesday, March 27!

The colloquium is a semester-long guest speaker series, bringing leaders and practitioners from all over the world to share their experiences in trying to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Christopher Twomey, Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School will present on the topic of  The Role of Culture in International Security.


Join us in MG100 on Wednesday, March 27 at 6pm! MIIS Community Welcome!

Learn more at

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

GSIPM Colloquium Presents: Steve Clemons, Editor at Large at The Atlantic, on Tuesday, March 26!

The colloquium is a semester-long guest speaker series, bringing leaders and practitioners from all over the world to share their experiences in trying to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Steve Clemons Editor at Large at The Atlantic and founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation will present on the topic of Managing Traditional Alliances. us in Irvine Auditorium on Tuesday, March 26 at 6pm! All welcome!

Learn more at

Friday, March 8th, 2013

GSIPM Colloquium Presents: Amy Hawthorne and Sophal Ear

GSIPM Colloquium Presents: Amy Hawthorne and Sophal Ear on Wednesday, March 13 at 6pm in Irvine Auditorium. All Welcome!

For more information visit

Sophal Ear

Sophal Ear

Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

Lecture Topic:  Transition and Democracy-building

Amy Hawthorne

Amy Hawthorne

Consultant & Former Advisor, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Lecture Topic:  Transition and Democracy-building


Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Wednesday, Feb. 19 Presentation by GSIPM Colloquium Guest Speaker Mark Valencia

Dr. Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He was a Senior Fellow with the East-West Center for 26 years where he originated, developed and managed international, interdisciplinary projects on maritime policy and international relations in Asia. He has a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii. Before joining the East-West Center, Dr. Valencia was a Lecturer at the Universiti Sains Malaysia and a Technical Expert with the UNDP Regional Project on Offshore Prospecting based in Bangkok.

Join us for Mark’s Skype presentation on Wednesday, February 20 at 6pm in MG 100!

For more info visit

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

GSIPM Colloquium Presentation by Joseph Cirincione Tonight in Irvine at 6pm!

Join us tonight, Wednesday, Feb 13 at 6pm at the Irvine Auditorium for the GSIPM Colloquium Guest Speaker Joseph Cirincione’s presentation on the topic of Nonproliferation Challenge of Old and New.

To access the live stream go here:!

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, Colloquium Guest Speaker Joseph Cirincione President, Ploughshares Fund will present on the topic of Nonproliferation Challenge of Old and New

MIIS and GSIPM Present: The Fourth Annual Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium “Evolving Global Security Challenges: From Traditional to Nontraditional Security Challenges”.

Wednesday, February 13, Colloquium Guest Speaker Joseph Cirincione President, Ploughshares Fund will present on the topic of Nonproliferation Challenge of Old and New.

To access the live stream for the presentation go here: or join us at the Irvine Auditorium at 6pm!

All inquiries regarding the GSIPM Colloquium or this particular lecture should be addressed to Professor Tsuneo Akaha at MIIS phone: 831-647-3564; e-mail:

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Upcoming DPMI & DPMI Plus Info Session

Development Project Management Institute Information Session

When: Tuesdayday, March 3, 12:15 – 2:00pm
Where: McGowan 102
What: DPMI is a three-week training in project management and design, strategic partnership, social entrepreneurship, and facilitation as they relate to the field of international development. DPMI Plus is a course in which students complete deliverables in their field of study while serving a 3-9 month internship.

Click here to read more

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Spaces still available in the GSIPM Spring Colloquium – First Presentation Tonight, Feb 6

**Spaces still available in the spring semester course led by professors Tsuneo Akaha and Shanthi A. Kalathil. CRN: 20553

The colloquium is a semester-long guest speaker series. We bring in thought leaders and leading practitioners from all over the world to share their experiences with trying to solve some of the world’s toughest problems.

Today’s Guest Speaker Nick Tomb will present on the topic of Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Join us in MG 100 at 6pm!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Disaster Recovery Institute International Info Session is this Friday, Nov. 16th!

The Monterey Institute of International Studiesis collaborating with Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) to offer the Business Continuity Certificate starting in February 2013. The course is designed for students interested in business continuity, disaster recovery, and contingency planning. There will be an informational session to explain further the advantages of gaining the skills and knowledge DRII provides.

When: Friday, November 16th. 12:15-1:45
Where: McGowan MG100
Contact: Carolyn Meyer at

The DRII certificate offering is designed for professionals who are new to continuity planning or current planners who are looking for a solid “how-to” guide for building a business continuity program within their organization. The certificate course is a non-credit workshop that is designed to introduce the necessary aspects of a holistic business continuity management program and to provide concrete guidance on how to design and implement a plan for the participant’s organization.

Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) is the oldest, the largest, and the most broad-based organization of its kind in the world. Since 1988, the organization has certified in excess of 25,000 BCM professionals in over 100 countries and conducted training in nearly half of those nations. Demand for certified professionals is accelerating dramatically. Business Continuity professional is listed among the top careers in Jalon Burton’s article entitled “25 Hot Careers That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago”.For more information on the Disaster Recovery Institute International please visit:

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Spring 2013 Colloquium on Evolving Global Security Challenges

Evolving Global Security Challenges: From Traditional to Nontraditional Security

This colloquium will introduce students to the academic discourse and policy debate on the evolving nature of global security challenges — from traditional national security focused on military threats and responses to non-traditional security problems and approaches including human, environmental, energy, food security, etc.

The course provides students with an opportunity to engage experts from the academic, policy, and advocacy/action communities. Students will earn 2 or 4 credits depending on the assignments they choose to complete.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Online Course: Disarmament For Development

The International Peace Bureau (IPB) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) are pleased to announce that the on-line course on Disarmament for Development will start on April 17, coinciding with the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS).



IPB and UOC’s Disarmament for Development program focuses on a set of issues often overlooked by those working on poverty or peacemaking. This course offers an introduction both to the issues and to ways of campaigning. It is organized by IPB (secgen(a) and the Open University of Catalonia.



The Disarmament for Development program is intended to enable students:

-To gain theoretical perspectives on a multi-disciplinary topic of considerable scope.

-To access information and knowledge relevant to the theme and to the politics and economics surrounding the military choices that impact development.

-To acquire skills of analysis and practical planning of actions to impact decision makers.

-To develop techniques and strategies for building campaigns, projects and interventions in the political arena.

-To learn ways to inspire, to lead and to facilitate the participation of others in programs in this field.

-To develop new ways to communicate with a variety of interlocutors: governments, civil society actors, academics, media, the general public.



– Disarmament for development

– Military spending

– Military tools

– Military bases

– Developing campaigns


These contents are based on:

• Books and other materials on this topic published or collected by the IPB.

• The experience of IPB and its members/partners in this field since 2005.



Language: English

Credits: 6 credits (150 h)
Course details and enrollment form at:
Cost including Registration and Enrollment fees: €300
Course Coordinator: Prof. Alicia Cabezudo, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina and IPB Vice-President
For more information or assistance write to: secretariacp(a)