Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Einar EngvigEinar Engvig
MA NPTS 

Einar Engvig, "E-Training and the UNODA Conventional Arms Branch"

Envig’s deliverable is a proposal for the transfer of UNODA’s established or in-development education and training tools from a traditional medium (namely non-interactive, PDF and paper-based teaching and teacher-training modules) into a new medium. This firstly consists of simply transferring the modules to a higher-quality digital format as well as the integration of these digital modules into the internet for time and space-independent accessibility. As an added potential, this opens the door to greater enhancement of the education and training modules.

MaryAlecia BriggsMary Alecia K. Briggs
MA IPS 

Mary Alecia K. Briggs, "Refugees Right to Work in Jordan: A view of the Syrian refugee crisis through labour law and policy"

In this discussion paper, the International Labour Organization, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, seeks to develop a qualitative understanding of the legal and policy framework applicable to Syrian refugees seeking work, complimentary to the recent quantitative studies of the impact of Syrian refugees on the Jordanian labour market. This paper intends to address the contentious and multifaceted issue of access to work for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Gabriel Kiritz
Gabriel Kiritz
MA IEP 

Gabriel Kiritz, "Coastal Resilience Project Planning Index: A framework for identifying strategic climate adaptation engagements"

The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience (CR) program aims to change coastal land use policy by explicitly accounting for the coastal protection provided by conserving coastal dunes, wetlands, reefs, and forests. CR’s approach includes extensive engagement with the stakeholders involved, including myriad private, public, and non-profit parties, to support their planning and implementation projects. This project identifies methodologies used for engaging with local and higher level partners during previous and ongoing projects via interviews with project leads and review of key documents and develops an index to assess CR conservation impact with future high leverage partners.

Kouassigan TovivoKouassigan Tovivo
MA IEP 

Kouassigan Tovivo,"Countries Transition to the Green Economy in the Energy Sector: an Analysis of the Energy Policies of WAEMU Countries"

The research analyzes the energy policies of eight West African countries to see to what extent they are transitioning to the green economy in the energy sector. Many indicators were used to assess each country's energy policy in this regard. In conclusion, most of the countries are lagging behind in incorporating green growth components into their energy policies.

Danielle Schaefers
Danielle Schaefers
MA IPS 

Danielle Schaefers,"Sub-Saharan Africa: The New Trade and Investment Frontier?"

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has been deemed the “new frontier” due to its potential for increased trade and investment with the United States. The aim of this paper is to examine the potential for prosperous trade and investment opportunities with the South African Customs Union (SACU) countries in the apparel and textile industry, the best prospects for U.S. business to increase bilateral trade, and what the biggest trade and investment barriers that exist. Lack of skilled labor, an inefficient credit system, and lack of electricity are some examples trade and investment barriers that companies consider when they choose to invest and do business in SACU. Policy recommendations are given for what needs to ameliorate these issues and what can be done to make doing business in SSA and SACU more attractive.

Gabriella Abrego
Gabriella Abrego
MA IPS 

Gabriella Abrego,"Integrating Conservation International's Rights-based Approach to Conservation; An Evaluation of Embedding the RBA into CI's DNA"

This report provides an integrated overview of Conservation International’s Right-based Approach to conservation, highlighting the evolution of the program and evaluating its current progress towards fulfilling CI’s goal of institutional integration of the RBA. Integrating Conservation International’s Rights-based Approach to Conservation: An Evaluation on Embedding the RBA into CI’s DNA provides in-depth feedback from CI staff and partner organizations on all aspects of CI’s RBA and also recommendations on how to improve RBA programming, policy and strategy. This evaluation is unique in that it provides CI, and CI’s Social Policy and Practice Department (SPP) in particular, with a learning tool that can guide the direction of various programmatic targets and, at the same time, be utilized to educate others on the importance of the convergence of human rights and conservation.

Kelsey Schueler
Kelsey Schueler
MA IEP 

Kelsey Schueler,"Turning the Tide Towards Sustainable Fisheries: Understanding the Impact of Artisanal Fishing Zones on Small Scale Fisheries"

This research develops a preliminary list of existing artisanal fishing zones in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape and analyzes the socioeconomic and ecological impacts of case studies in the Galapagos and Coiba Island. This research also recommends future application of artisanal fishing zones to provide benefits to both the human and marine populations.