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0720, 2017

Pulkit’s end-of-spring and summer report

By Tufts University |July 20, 2017

With today’s post from Pulkit, we’ll have heard about the summer activities for all three of our student bloggers who will be continuing on at Fletcher (and in the blog) in September. Hello!  I hope all the readers of the Fletcher Admissions Blog are enjoying their summer; and if you are an admitted student, I look forward to meeting you soon.  It feels nice to be writing and sharing again.  The end of the spring semester was very busy — from winding up school with tests and...
0720, 2017

2018 Application Long-Term Planning Series – Post #10

By Harvard |July 20, 2017

This entry continues our series focused on helping applicants to prepare for the launch of our online application in September. Some prospects have contacted us requesting more detailed information regarding how recommendation letters are submitted and what is asked of those completing letters of recommendation. The following text is from the current draft portion of our application instructions on letters of recommendation.* Begin * Three letters of recommendation are required and should be sub...
0719, 2017

APSIA Diversity Forum Inspires and Educates

By APSIA |July 19, 2017

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, 41 students and young professionals joined APSIA for a workshop designed to inspire them to seek out the field of international affairs. Coming from diverse backgrounds, attendees well reflected the ages, races, backgrounds, and geography of the United States. Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Resident Senior State Department Fellow at the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, opened the day with a powerful keynote address. She described her path ...
0719, 2017

Shuntaro Tsukamoto ’97 MAIR is now head of product management at Vanguard Investments Japan

By Syracuse University |July 19, 2017

Shuntaro Tsukamoto is now head of product management at Vanguard Investments Japan. Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment companies. In his new role, Tsukamoto is in charge of establishing client relations and maintaining investment services to Japanese clients. In addition, he assists Vanguard clients throughout Asia as a fixed income product specialist. Previously, Tsukamoto served as vice president at Goldman Sachs Asset Management Co., Ltd in Tokyo, Japan.  ...
0719, 2017

Teaching Digital at HKS: A Road Map – Post #2

By Harvard |July 19, 2017

It is impossible to ignore the role technology plays in relation to governance and policy issues and DigitalHKS is a cross-HKS initiative aimed at training tech-aware, innovative leaders and generating ideas that harness information and communication technologies to help solve our most challenging problems. David Eaves is a lecturer at HKS with a strong background in the use of technology to improve government services and this post is the second in a series authored by David on the role and i...
0719, 2017

MAGR Curriculum Provides Students Ideal Setting to Test Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches Towards Understanding Risk and Uncertainty

By Johns Hopkins University |July 19, 2017

This summer, Angelina Magal, a student in the Masters of Arts in Global Risk program, is completing her summer intership at Philips, in The Netherlands, following her academic year at SAIS Europe.  In their second summer term in SAIS’s MAGR program, students complete  a capstone project. Below are Angelina’s reflections on the experience.   Amsterdam, The NetherlandsAs part of the Master of Arts in Global Risk program at SAIS, we are required to complete a capstone p...
0718, 2017

#TuesdayTips: Your Unofficial Guide to Grad School @ Elliott

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |July 18, 2017

With the start of the fall semester just weeks away, there’s nothing like a little institutional knowledge to help you stay ahead of the game! Every Tuesday, I (Yadira!) will post a tip (or two) to help make your transition to grad school at Elliott just a little smoother #TuesdayTip 1: Immunization Forms – DO THEM ASAP!! For anyone under the age of 26, GWU Immunization forms are due August 1! If they aren’t submitted by this date, a hold will be placed on your account, prev...
0718, 2017

2017 Incoming Class: Ashton Bitton

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |July 18, 2017

Meet Ashton – First year MA in International Development Studies! While I wish I could focus my studies on all areas of specialization, I plan to concentrate on Economic Development and Social Enterprise/Private Sector Development. I graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in English Literature in 2015 with foci in graphic novels and movie analysis. Completely different from development, I know. I went to Rwanda for a service-learning project the summer before I graduated a...
0718, 2017

Electoral Politics Professional Interest Council (EPPIC)

By Harvard |July 18, 2017

HKS students manage a wide array of clubs, caucuses, and professional interest councils (PIC). These organizations provide an opportunity for like-minded students to contribute to the HKS community while also forging life-long connections and networks. This entry was written by the co-chairs of the Electoral Politics Professional Interest Council, otherwise known as EPPIC. There are over 70 student groups in total and the full list can be viewed here.* * * * * * * * * * * * * * Are you passionat...
0717, 2017

Politics & Polls #51: The Trump-Russia Story with Benjamin Wittes

By Princeton University |July 17, 2017

Politics & Polls #51: The Trump-Russia Story with Benjamin WittesJul 17, 2017President Donald Trump has spent his first months faced with a potential scandal involving Russia, an issue that’s only grown since the election with discussions and investigations about possible obstruction and collusion. In recent weeks, this has dominated national political debates, especially in Congress and the White House. Benjamin Wittes, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog, joins this episo...
0717, 2017

WorldDenver Welcomes Young Leaders From Europe

By University of Denver |July 17, 2017

Floyd Ciruli led a discussion with fifteen young leaders from Europe sponsored by the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. WorldDenver hosted the event and approximately 40 of its members joined the discussion.After two weeks of visits with U.S. officials and issue experts, the leaders’ questions still focused on President Trump, his foreign policy moves, and the future of the Democratic and Republican parties. The general assumption was that America will be in a ...
0717, 2017

British Leave Hong Kong in 1997 – Independence on Way Out 20 Years Later

By University of Denver |July 17, 2017

One of the reigning theories of Western foreign policy since the Nixon era opening to China (1971) was that commerce and contacts would foster a Chinese evolution from authoritarianism to a more pluralistic society. Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997 was wrapped in a “One Country, Two Systems” rhetoric that made it the model of what the evolution could produce – namely, independent courts, an efficient civil service and a free, competitive press.But China’s evolution under Xi Jinping ...
0717, 2017

Trump is the 40 Percent President

By University of Denver |July 17, 2017

Seventy days after celebrating his first 100 days in office, Donald Trump still holds at about 40 percent approval rating. In spite of the Russian investigation, a lack of progress on health care legislation and dozens of grudge tweets, his overall approval has changed little since the April 31 measure, which was 43 percent.But, a solid majority of Americans still believe he is only marginally fit for office. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, Americans were asked about Trump’s leadership qual...
0717, 2017

Foreign Policy Disruption Has Costs

By University of Denver |July 17, 2017

Donald Trump’s foreign policy is disruptive. There have been bouts of isolationism, protectionism, nationalism, and shifting allies and alliances in America’s history, but the breadth and depth of change in the administration’s first 165 days has been astounding. Disruption may have benefits, but it definitely has costs, and Trump witnessing some of the blowback at the G20 Summit in Hamburg.Not surprising, Trump is especially unpopular in Europe. In fact, attacking Trump is an essential el...
0717, 2017

The Boundaries of Recreational Marijuana

By University of Denver |July 17, 2017

A panel of polling experts convened at the national conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and reviewed the shifts in public opinion and successes and failures of marijuana legalization. National and California pollsters were represented. I provided a description of Colorado’s five-year experiment with recreational marijuana legalization and some of the emerging boundaries of public acceptance.Presentation description:Colorado is one of the oldest marijuana ...
0717, 2017

Daniel Kelley ’08 EMPA is now executive director of Onondaga Community Living, Inc.

By Syracuse University |July 17, 2017

Daniel Kelley is now executive director of Onondaga Community Living, Inc., an innovator in individualized support services geared at supporting people with developmental disabilities. Kelley has been working in human services in a variety of settings since 1994. Previously, he was director of crisis and development services for Oswego County Opportunities, Inc., and before that he was director of licensed programs for Onindaga Case Management Service, Inc. for three years.     ...
0717, 2017

Adi and his internship search

By Tufts University |July 17, 2017

This week I’m going to wrap up the end-of-year updates from our Student Stories writers.  We’ve already heard from Mariya and Pulkit’s report will appear later this week.  Today we’ll hear from Adi, who is back in Indonesia for the summer. Just like that, I finished my first year of graduate school.  In a typical two-year graduate program, the most common question at the end of the spring semester is, “What’s your plan for the summer?”, which is really saying “...
0717, 2017

Summerfest 2017

By Johns Hopkins University |July 17, 2017

Looking to jump start your graduate school search? Join us for Summerfest! Alumni, students and staff from five top graduate programs in international affairs invite you to attend a reception this summer in New York City and Washington, D.C.  Join us to hear about graduate programs, career opportunities and to network with professionals in international affairs. Light refreshments will be served.Representatives from the following graduate international affairs programs will b...
0717, 2017

2018 Application Long-Term Planning Series – Post #9

By Harvard |July 17, 2017

Submitting a resume is a required part of the admission application process and it is never too soon to review your current resume and make it a practice to update it on a continual basis. One important note is that all applicants will also be asked to submit a quantitative resume or quantitative statement (this is a separate document). Requirements vary by program and details will be posted in a future entry or entries in this series.When it comes to the format of the resume, some applicants as...
0714, 2017

2017 Incoming Class: Yumeng Zhang

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |July 14, 2017

Meet Yumeng – First year International Affairs student & amateur chef from China! I was born and raised in Shenyang, China and moved to the United States 4 years ago for my Bachelor’s degree. I recently graduated from Wofford College with a BA in Government and French. Having done my undergraduate studies in a small Southern town, I directed most of my time studying and promoting cultural diversity, which leads me to pursue a MA in International Affairs with ESIA. During my undergra...
0714, 2017

Martin Sweeney ’81 MPA, village historian of Homer, N.Y., featured in Cortland Standard article

By Syracuse University |July 14, 2017

Since 2008, Martin Sweeney has been the historian for the town and village of Homer, New York. As a recent article in the Cortland Standard explains, Sweeney brings his lifelong passion for history to his role as village and town historian. His goal is to make history come alive for residents of the Central New York community. “We’re such a socially mobile society that people have no idea [about local history]; they can say, ‘Hey I’ve lived here and raised my kids for the past six y...
0714, 2017

2017 Recruitment Travel – Post #9

By Harvard |July 14, 2017

Thanks to our wonderful students and alumni we have added some more information sessions since our last update from earlier this week. The events below have been added and for a full list of events, both in person and virtual, see our recruitment calendar.  Columbia, SC - July 22 - click here to register (student-led session) Atlanta, GA - July 29 - click here to register (student-led session) Abu Dhabi, UAE - July 31 - click here to register (staff-led session)Dubai, UAE - August 1 - clic...
0714, 2017

A student’s view of the International Security Studies Program

By Tufts University |July 14, 2017

Continuing to shamelessly take advantage of the rare summer when we have a student or recent graduate working in the office, I asked Rafael to tell us about his experience with the International Security Studies Program.  Here’s what he had to say.  (Note that we all use “international security studies” to refer, alternately and confusingly, to both the Field of Study and the program that offers out-of-class programming.) Jessica asked me to write about security studies at ...
0714, 2017

Fall 2017 New Students Series: Katy Swartz

By Columbia University |July 14, 2017

In today's installment of our New Students Series, wave your virtual hand at Katy Swartz. Katy is a Texan (ditto!) who moved to the frigid north in Massachusetts to attend Smith College. She has a degree in Jewish Studies, and taught English in Bulgaria for a year. Today, she lives in Brooklyn and works for the NYC Department of Education as a data specialist. Overall, she's lived in five U.S. states and three different countries. I'm sure her experience abroad will serve her well in a future ca...
0713, 2017

From A to Z: Woody Woo in 2016-2017

By Princeton University |July 13, 2017

From A to Z: Woody Woo in 2016-2017Jul 13, 2017From hosting an Auction to weighing in on the Zika virus, the 2016-17 academic year at the Woodrow Wilson School was both productive and exciting! The Woo family tuned in to a new podcast series, supported local charities, and learned from the experiences and expertise of many high-profile figures in public policy. Take a look back at these and many more of our highlights from the year. Story in Issu: https://issuu.com/woodrowwilsonschool/docs/wws_a...
0713, 2017

Chin Receives Juris Doctor

By University of Minnesota |July 13, 2017

Jacob Chin (MPP '11) graduated from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law receiving his Juris Doctor. Jacob will sit for the New York State Bar exam the end of July.Connect with Jacob on LinkedIn....
0713, 2017

Papai Now Acting Country Director

By University of Minnesota |July 13, 2017

Christine Papai (MDP/MPH '14) is now the acting country director of Ghana with Innovations for Poverty Action. She was currently the Deputy Country Director. Connect with Christine on LinkedIn....
0713, 2017

2017 MAIS Thesis Defense Topics

By Johns Hopkins University |July 13, 2017

At the end of the 2016-2017 Academic year nearly 40 Hopkins-Nanjing Center MAIS students defended their theses. The wide variety of compelling topics speaks to the intellectual curiosity and wide-ranging academic interests of the HNC’s unique Chinese and international student body. While at the HNC, MAIS students choose a concentration area from among the six different areas of study offered: International Politics; International Economics; International and Comparative Law; Energy, Resources ...
0713, 2017

Corinne Ribble ’03 MPA is now executive director of NY Funders Alliance

By Syracuse University |July 13, 2017

Corinne Ribble is now executive director of NY Funders Alliance, an organization housed in the CNY Philanthropy Center in Syracuse, N.Y. The organizaiton maintains an alliance of grant makers and philanthropic advisors based in New York State. In her new role, Ribble is responsible for the overall administration and operation of the organization, in addition to attracting and retaining new members. Previously, she held leadership positions at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & O...
0713, 2017

Fletcher’s Presidential Awards recipients

By Tufts University |July 13, 2017

Way back in May, a ceremony took place to present the 2017 Presidential Awards for Civic Life to Tufts undergraduate and graduate students who have made an impact on the community.  For about a month, I searched for the photos or videos from the event that I thought would be shared.  Then, well after I had given up searching, there they were!  You can certainly argue that an event from two months ago isn’t news anymore, but it’s always nice to shed light on someone, particularly s...