September 4, 2009
IPSS Assignment: United Nations Department of Political Affairs
Policy Planning and Mediation Support Unit
New York, New York
Miaad Hassan arrived in the United States in 2005, as a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. A native of Iraq, Miaad studied English Literature and Linguistics at the University of Tikrit where graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005.
During the course of her Fulbright Scholarship Miaad taught Arabic at the University of Iowa, and attended courses at the College of Liberal Arts focusing on anthropology and sociolinguistics. Having completed her scholarship Miaad moved to California, and continued her education, focusing on political studies, as she keenly intended to earn a Masters Degree at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2008.
Since August 2008 Miaad has exclusively concentrated on her studies at MIIS; her major is Conflict Resolution and International Negotiations.
This past spring Miaad participated in the International Professional Service Semester program in the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations, New York. During the semester, Miaad was assigned to assist in policy papers, and issue-driven research on matters related to political conflict and international terrorism; she focused her research paper on Counter-Terrorism issues, related to the soft power application of certain communications strategies in the IGAD countries of East Africa.