Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Philip J. Murphy

First Name
Philip
Last Name
Murphy
Phil Murphy
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Location
224 McCone
Phone
831.647.4600
Language(s)
Македонски јазик

Dr. Murphy earned his PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, where he recently held the position of Senior Policy Fellow at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. He has taught distance education courses in a Master of Public Policy and Management program targeted at mid-career public and private sector professionals in Macedonia.

Expertise

Public Policy, Research Methods, Quantitative Methods, Network Analysis, International Development

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DPPG 8500 - Intro to Policy & DataAnalysis      

This course is a guided introduction to conceptualizing problems and making sense of quantitative information in the policy sphere. The course begins by introducing the theory and practice of policy analysis. The stages of the public policy process and methods for structuring policy inquiry are introduced to provide a means for deconstructing policy problems and asking relevant and practical questions in a policy context.

Next the class is introduced to how such questions are addressed using quantitative tools. Topics to be covered include sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and regression techniques. This will basically be a primer on applying inferential statistics to policy problems. The course will also include introductory training in the use of innovative statistical software, as well as Excel statistical functions.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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DPPG 8609 - Field Methods      

This course is the first in a series of three steps that provides the instruction and experience in conducting and analyzing field research as part of a dedicated research team. Anyone planning to run or collaborate in a field research project would benefit from the opportunity to take part in a functioning research team.

The Fieldwork course follows Introduction to Policy and Data Analysis and focuses on preparing the tools that will be used in the field to gather information that is relevant to a particular research program. In each case, groups within this class will work with a client in the country or region to design and train in the use of tools that to address the client’s needs.

The course covers the design and construction of surveys, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups, as well as how to design sampling strategies for each. Course participants will design working versions of at least two of these tools and prepare them for use in the field. The tools that come out of this course will be the ones that are used when groups go into the field on their J-Term practica.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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IPMG 9532 - Peru Practicum      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8501 - Policy Analysis      

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of policy analysis. Students will be introduced to the stages of the public policy process, including agenda setting, formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Students will also develop basic policy analysis skills, including problem structuring, stakeholder identification, summarization of current policy, development of policy options, elaboration of criteria for selection, and recommendation of course of action. These concepts are illustrated by examples policies that fall within students' range of interests. This course also introduces students to scientific methods that are used as a means for structuring policy inquiry. A series of research approaches and techniques are presented in the context of forecasting, monitoring, and evaluation for the analysis of domestic and international policies.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8504 - Data Analysis for Public Polcy      

The course is an introduction to inferential statistics with an emphasis on Policy Analysis applications. Topics to be covered include sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and simple and multiple regression analysis. The course will also include an introduction to the use of the computer as a tool for data analysis using leading statistical packages, as well as Excel statistical functions.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8532 - Peru Practicum      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8565 - Intro to Network Analysis      

This course introduces students to the skills and concepts at the core of a dynamic and rapidly developing interdisciplinary field. Network analytic tools focus on the relationships between nodes (e.g., individuals, groups, organizations, countries, etc.). We analyze these relationships to uncover or predict a variety of important factors (e.g., the potential or importance of various actors, organizational vulnerabilities, potential subgroups, the need for redundancy, social and economic ties, growth within a network, …). Although the security field has received the greatest amount of recent attention (covert or terrorist networks), these tools can offer valuable insight into a variety of disciplines. The combination of – often stunning – visual analytic techniques with more quantitative measures accounts for much of the increasing worldwide popularity of this field.

Course Objectives

At the end of the semester, students will be able to:
Explain and apply a number of the concepts that underpin network analysis Apply concepts such as centrality, brokerage, equivalence and diffusion to network data Critically evaluate structures and substructures within a network Perform a variety of approaches to clustering and cohesion to networks Analyze networks using a variety of software packages

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8673 - Advanced Data Analysis      

The advanced data analysis course was designed to provide students with the opportunity to expand upon the skills developed in the introductory course (IPSG 8504), and introduce new skills that address a greater range of analytic needs. This is a project-based, applied course. Class discussions will include both how and why to use these tools, with a strong emphasis on policy applications. Among others, the course covers modules on Factor Analysis, Non-Linear Regression, Spatial Analysis and Time Series Analysis, and its design has a strong emphasis on policy applications. Multiple data sets will be used, but students are encouraged to use their own data and background knowledge.

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 9507 - QualitativeDataAnalysisMash-Up      

This lively, hands-on course focuses on analysis of qualitative data. By “data”, we mean interview, focus group, written reports and visual records, hundreds of pages of them. Students will have a choice of qualitative data sets – there is no time in this short course to engage in primary data collection -- and our entire focus will be on a) deciding how to interrogate the data (what is it you wish to know, demonstrate, reveal, test?), b) developing code books and coding, c) inter-coder reliability, and d) a wide variety of analytical approaches you can use, once you have qualitative data reduced and organized. The first seven weeks of the course focus on a-c. Then, during a final weekend workshop, students will engage in hands-on analysis, using techniques introduced rapid fire during the workshop: expect to practice no fewer than 20 qualitative analysis techniques over three days. This course emphasizes the importance of studying/reading high quality qualitative research studies as fundamental to learning – we will dissect one study each week to understand how the researchers put it together – while also emphasizing learning-through-doing, making mistakes, and collaborative analysis (qualitative inquiry is almost always improved through collaboration). Your final product will be a 10-page analysis, due two weeks after the final workshop.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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MPAG 8507 - QualitativeDataAnalysisMash-Up      

This lively, hands-on course focuses on analysis of qualitative data. By “data”, we mean interview, focus group, written reports and visual records, hundreds of pages of them. Students will have a choice of qualitative data sets – there is no time in this short course to engage in primary data collection -- and our entire focus will be on a) deciding how to interrogate the data (what is it you wish to know, demonstrate, reveal, test?), b) developing code books and coding, c) inter-coder reliability, and d) a wide variety of analytical approaches you can use, once you have qualitative data reduced and organized. The first seven weeks of the course focus on a-c. Then, during a final weekend workshop, students will engage in hands-on analysis, using techniques introduced rapid fire during the workshop: expect to practice no fewer than 20 qualitative analysis techniques over three days. This course emphasizes the importance of studying/reading high quality qualitative research studies as fundamental to learning – we will dissect one study each week to understand how the researchers put it together – while also emphasizing learning-through-doing, making mistakes, and collaborative analysis (qualitative inquiry is almost always improved through collaboration). Your final product will be a 10-page analysis, due two weeks after the final workshop.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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Education

Ph.D University of Pittsburgh; MA East Tennessee State University; BS Appalachian State University

Selected Publications

"Knowledge Hub and Inventory of Opportunities."

"Getting it Done: A Brief Overview of Critical Junctures in the Study of How Policy Translates into Practice."

"Public Administration Education in Macedonia: Accelerating the Process."

"Social Policy and International Interventions in South East Europe."

"Models, Methods, and Stereotypes: Efforts to Maintain, Reify, and Create Macedonia's Ethnopolitical Identities and how Research can Move beyond Them."

"Public Policy Analysis and its Importance to Public Administration Reform."

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Glynn Wood

First Name
Glynn
Last Name
Wood
Glynn Wood
Job Title
Professor Emeritus
Location
McCone 121
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA, 93940
Phone
(831) 647-3567
Language(s)
Français

I am passionate about the representation of national interest expressed across cultures by media, formal representatives and by ordinary citizens.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS: I enjoy the daily engagement with students, faculty and staff, as they prepare leaders who will deal with tomorrow's global problems.

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Expertise

South Asian Affairs, American Foreign Policy, Global Media, Public Diplomacy, and Electoral Politics.

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Recent Accomplishments

  • Member of national selection committee for Boren Foundation Language Scholars.
  • Frequent lecturer on India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
  • Media source on Near East and South Asia.
  • Curriculum consultant for schools and colleges.

Previous Work

Prof. Wood's international career began with an appointment to the U.S. Information Agency and five years abroad as a trainee and as a cultural officer for that agency. Those experiences gave him his first opportunity to observe how Americans (including himself) behave when working abroad. Those experiences led him to a doctoral program at MIT that focused on applied research in international affairs.

An academic appointment at American University in Washington, D.C., followed, which gave him the opportunity to work with national agencies and other international organizations as a consultant and trainer, including two years as the South Asia trainer for the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. And then it was on to Monterey in 1980, when he became the Institute’s academic dean.

Education

PhD, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, Communications-Journalism, Stanford University, BA, Journalism, Louisiana State University

Publications

“Nehru: Authority, Intimacy and Vocation in the Life of a Revolutionary,” in V.T. Patil, Studies on Nehru, (New Delhi, Sterling Publishers Private, Ltd., 1987)

“A Tennis Lesson in Peshawar,” Foreign Service Journal, April 2001.

“Introduction to South  Asia,” Political Handbook of South Asia, 2007.

“Great Expectations: Sixty Years of Indo-US Relations,” The Indian Express, August 14, 2007.

"The Mysore University, A Case Study in Decentralisation," in Jandhyala Tilak, ed., Higher Education in India, (New  Dehli, Orient Blackswan, Private, Ltd., 2013).

Faculty Type
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E. Philip Morgan

First Name
Philip
Last Name
Morgan
Phil Morgan
Job Title
Professor Emeritus
Language(s)
Français

While a professor of politics, public administration and development throughout his career, Morgan has also worked, inter alia, with The World Bank, USAID and UNDP on diagnostic studies, technical assistance and training in public organization and management improvement, human resource development, program evaluation, and trade capacity-building.

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Expertise

Political economy, public administration, capacity building, international development, Africa

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Education

PhD, Political Science, Syracuse University; MA, Political Science, University of Illinois; BA, Economics, Southern Methodist University

Publications

Books:

Co-Editor with Gwendolen M. Carter, From the Front Line:  Policy Speeches of Sir Seretse Khama London:  Rex Collings, 1980.

Editor, The Administration of Change in Africa, New York:  Dunellen Publishing Co., Inc., 1974.

Research Reports:

Research coordinator and contributor to Africa’s Management in the 1990s and Beyond: Reconciling Indigenous and Transplanted Institutions, Mamadou Dia, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., 1996.

Co-author, Analyzing Public Sector Management in Africa:  A Methodological Framework, under UNDP Grant, June, 1991.

Co-author, Management Practices and Prospects:  A Study of the Agriculture Sector, Republic of Liberia, 1984.

Co-author, Comparative Study of Educational Levels and Credential Equivalencies in the Nine SADCC Countries of Southern Africa, February, 1984.

Author, Personnel Improvement in the Kingdom of Swaziland, NASPAA/USAID, May, 1989.

Co-author, Survey of Agricultural Small Holdings:  Chikwana District, National Statistical Office, Zomba, Malawi, 1967.

Co-author, Sample Survey of Agricultural Small Holdings: Central Region, National Statistical Office, Zomba, Malawi, 1966.

Training Manual:

Substantive and rewrite editor for Earl M. Kulp, Designing and Managing Basic Agricultural Programs, Bloomington, IN:  PASITAM, 1977.

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Interim Government in Liberia: Peace Building Toward the Status Quo Ante", Chapter 9 in Karen Gutierri and Jessice Piombo, eds., Interim Governments: Institutional Bridges to Peace and Democracy?, Washington, DC, U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2007.

"Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Unity or Fragmentation", in Lawrence S. Graham, et. al., The Politics of Governing: A Comparative Introduction, Washington, DC, Congressional Quarterly Press, 2007.

"Liberia and the Fate of Interim Government in the Vortex of West Africa," Strategic Insights, an online journal of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey,CA, January, 2006.

“Case 5 Comments: The Price of Re-Building a War Torn Town”, in Global Public Management: Cases and Comments, K. Callahan, D. Olshfski and E. Schwella, eds., Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005, pp. 196-101.

Co-author, “Linguistic Diglossia and Parochialism in American Public Administration,” Journal of Public Affairs Education, forthcoming.

Co-author, “Pragmatic Institutional Design in Botswana: Salient Features and Assessment”, International Journal of Public Sector Management, 12 (6 & 7), 1999, pp. 584-603.

"Analyzing Fields of Change: Civil Service Systems in Developing Countries", chapter in volume Comparative Research on Civil Service Systems, James Perry, Theo Toonen, Hans Bekke, eds., Indiana University Press, pp. 227-243, 1996.

"From Retrenchment to Performance: Public Service Reform in Africa," (with Roy W. Shin), International Journal of Public Administration, 18 (9), pp. 1423-45, 1995.

"Plans, Programs and Projects," (with Steven H. Arnold), Chapter 11 in Comparative Public Management, Randall Baker, ed., Westport, CT and London: Praeger Publishers, 153-164, 1994.

"Central African Republic," in African Contemporary Record, 1987-88, Vol. XX, pp. B170-B179 (an annual reference work, published in 1989).

Co-author, "Re-orienting the Study of Civil Service Systems," Review of Public Personnel Administration, Vol. 8, No. 3, Summer, 1988, pp. 84-95.

Spanish-language edition of above article "Reorientacion del estudio comparativo de los sistemas administrativos," Politica Y Sociedad: Revista De La Universidad Complutense, Facultad De Ciencias  Politicas y Sociologia, Primavera, 3, 1989, pp. 47-56.

"Adjustment and Policy Reform in Africa:  Some Institutional Issues," School of Public and Environmental Affairs Review, Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall, 1988, pp. 19-23.

Co-author, "Policy Implementation and Local Institutions in Botswana," Chapter 6 in Louis A. Picard, ed., The Evolution of Modern Botswana, Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press and London:  Rex Collins, 1985, pp. 137-168.

"Social Analysis and the Dynamics of Advocacy in Development Assistance," in William Derman & Scott Whiteford, eds., Social Impact Analysis and Development Planning in the Third World, Boulder:  Westview Press, 1985, pp. 21-31.

Co-author, "Markets and Trade in West Africa:  Policy Issues for the Poorest Members of ECOWAS, African Studies Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, September, 1984, pp. 67-76.

"Development Management and Management Development in Africa," Rural Africana, Vol. 18, Winter, 1984, pp. 3-15.

"The Project Orthodoxy in Development:  Re-Evaluating the Cutting Edge," Public Administration and Development, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1983, pp. 329-339.

"Social Analysis, Project Development and Advocacy in U.S. Foreign Assistance," Public Administration and Development, journal of the Royal Institute of Public Administration, London, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1983, January, 1983, pp. 61-71.

"Botswana:  Development and Democracy," chapter in G. Carter and P. O'Meara, eds.,Southern Africa:  The Crisis Continues, Revised Edition, Indiana University Press, 1982, pp. 228-248.

"Managing Development Assistance:  Some Effects with Special Reference to Southern Africa," SADEX, Vol. 2, No. l, Jan/Feb, 1980, pp. 1-17.

"Managing International Development Assistance:  Some Effects of Organizing Uncertainty," Quarterly Journal of Administration, University of Ife, Nigeria, July, 1980, pp. 385-397.

"Rural Development Management:  Some Lessons from Kenya, Brussels: TheInternational Review of Administrative Sciences, Vol. XLV, No. 2, 1979, pp. 165-169.

"Botswana:  Development, Democracy and Vulnerability," in Gwendolen M. Carter and Patrick O'Meara, eds., Southern Africa:The Crisis Continues, Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 1979, pp. 228-248.

"Botswana," in Africa Contemporary Record, l976-77, Colin Legum, ed., London:  Rex Collings, 1977 and subsequent editions:  1977-78; 1978-79; 1979-1980.

"Botswana:  Democratic Politics and Development," in Gwendolen Carter and Patrick O'Meara, eds., Southern Africa in Crisis, Indiana University Press, 1977.

"Africa:  The Problem of Nationalism," in William W. Whitson, ed., Foreign Policy and U.S. National Security, New York:  Praeger, 1976.

"Organization, Penetration and Linkages:  Dilemmas of African Development," (Review Article) GPSA Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall 1973, pp. 59-76.

Newspaper and Newsletter Articles:

Co-author, "U.S., French Officials Discuss Centralization," Public Administration Times, December 1, 1981.

"Comparing Carter-Reagan U.S. Foreign Assistance Budgets," Public Administration Times, August 15, 1981.

"Thinking About Training Evaluation," SICA Newsletter, Vol. 15,  No. 3, Fall, 1979.

"OAU Summitry Stands at a Crossroads," The Stanford Daily, July 21, 1978.

Congressional Testimony:

"Observations on AID's Report to Congress: 'Development Needs and Opportunities for Cooperation in Southern Africa' pursuant to FY 1981 Foreign Assistance Proposals,”  Statement before House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Africa, February 27, 1980.

Reviews:

The Journal of Modern African Studies, The GPSA Journal, PASITAM Newsletter, African Economic History, Rural Africana, Studies in Comparative International Development, SICA and ACIPA Newsletter(s), Public Administration and Development, American Political Science Review, African Studies Review, American Review of Public Administration, Governance, Canadian Journal of African Studies.

Directed Research:

Applied research completed under my supervision as Director, International Development Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Re-examining the Chagas' Disease Control Program in Brazil: Factors Contributing to Infestation and Indicators for Public Action, Millicent Fleming-Moran, June, 1991.

The Role of Economic Processing Zones in Development:  Jamaica and Mauritius, Matthew W. Roberts, November, 1991.

Changing Modes of Development Finance:  Evidence from Brazil and the Philippines, James L. Palmieri, December, 1991.

Decentralization and Municipal Management: The Case of Cote d'Ivoire, Jennifer Mandel, 1992.

Applied research completed under my supervision as Director of the NASPAA Technical Cooperation Project.  With the exception of the Swaziland study which I executed myself, my role in each of the following field activities was to shape the terms of reference, recruit the appropriate talent, and edit the results.

Implementation Planning for Agricultural Higher Education in Cameroun, R. Moses Thompson, February, 1981.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, John E. Kerrigan and Ian Mayo-Smith, January, 1981.

An Evaluation of Selected Films for Management Training in the Arab World, Ragaa Makharita, October, 1980.

Public Administration Training Institutions in Franco phonic Africa:  An Inventory, D. Gould,   M. Kabundi, C. Sooprayen and N't. Tshibana, September, 1980.

Local Level Development Administration Training Needs in Zaire, Richard Vengroff, August, 1980.

Regional Management Education Institutions in Central America and Mexico, Wendell Schaeffer, July, 1980.

Technology with a Human Touch:  Vocational Skills Training for Disadvantaged Youth in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Gene Lamb and Arquimides Armando Orellana, July, 1980.

Personnel Improvement in the Kingdom of Swaziland, E. Philip Morgan, May, 1980.

Regional Rural Development Training:  An Evaluation of the Pan African Institute for Development, A. Boehme, N. Green, A. Morton, L. Banga, and R. Jumper, April, 1980.

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Moyara Ruehsen

First Name
Moyara
Last Name
Ruehsen
Moyara Ruehsen
Job Title
Associate Professor
Location
213 McCone
Phone
831.647.4145
Language(s)
العربية
Français

I am passionate about capacity building in the areas of financial regulatory compliance and investigations, and public policies related to illicit markets as well as the macro-economy.  While my research and consulting work can be invigorating, my first love will always be teaching.  I hope to convey my own passion for these subjects to my students and inspire them to go out and explore new career paths they might not have considered when they first began their studies here.

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Expertise

Money laundering, terrorism financing, corruption, asset recovery,  illegal drug markets, and international macro-economy.

Prof. Ruehsen speaks on euro crisis May 2010

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DPPG 8521 - Currncy CapitalFlows&FinCrises      

In this course, students will learn to recognize the predisposing factors of a financial crisis and policy options for optimal financial crisis management by looking at historical case studies. But first, we will look at how the ForEx market works, who are the different players, how are typical transactions structured, different exchange rate regimes (e.g. pegs, crawling bands, free floats, monetary union), factors influencing exchange rate determination, balance of payments, and sovereign debt sustainability. In the second half of the semester, we will parse multiple financial crises from both emerging markets and OECD economies. In addition to readings related to cases, students will also have regular reading assignments of current events. Learning how to discuss and explain monetary topics, and using economic jargon in an appropriate fashion, requires regular practice. It is similar to learning a foreign language, which is why readings should be done in a timely fashion.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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ECPR 8501 - Economics Preparation-Macro      

This intensive course in introductory macroeconomics places emphasis on the fundamental principles necessary for success in International Economics II (IPSG 8503), Development Economics (IPSG 8551) and is strongly recommended for Money Laundering & AML Policies (IPSG 8581).

In this course, we examine how the overall level of national economic activity is determined, including output, employment, and inflation. We explore the roles of monetary and fiscal policies in stabilizing the economy and promoting growth, with a focus on contemporary policy debates.

Summer 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Summer 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8503 - IntEconIICurrncyCashFlowCrises      

This course focuses on international monetary theory and exchange rate determination, as well as macroeconomic policymaking in an open economy. Topics include balance of payments analysis, currency and debt crises, exchange rate regimes such as monetary unions, and more.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8581 / IPSG 8582 - MoneyLaundering & AML Policies      

This course provides an introduction to money laundering and serves as a foundation for any of the related follow-up workshops and courses. Topics covered include the three typical stages of money laundering (placement, layering, integration), how to spot “red flag” indicators, trade-based money laundering techniques (false trade invoicing, use of high-value metals, black market peso exchange), misuse of informal value transfer systems, monitoring politically exposed persons, FIU’s and the Egmont Group, and finally global anti-corruption compliance and enforcement. Capital flows and payment methods will also be scrutinized, so an introductory Macroeconomics course is _strongly_ recommended. The goal of this workshop and the three that follow, is to prepare students to take and pass the Certification for Financial Crime Specialists (CFCS).

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8583 - FraudDetctnTaxEvasnAssetRecvry      

This is the third installment of the CFCS preparation series. Topics covered include understanding and recognizing different types of financial fraud, tax evasion vs. tax avoidance, the use of offshore entities, FATCA, different types of asset recovery tools, and how to trace, forfeit and repatriate assets.

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8584 - FinCrimeInvst,CompliancBstPrct      

This is the fourth and final installment of the CFCS preparation series. Topics covered include laws and investigative techniques for financial crime investigations, how to interpret financial documents, the risk-based approach to compliance, Basel Committee Guidance, Wolfsberg Group recommendations, KYC, KYE, compliance monitoring systems, ethics and best practices.

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8595 - AdvPublcSpkngForPolicyProfsnls      

Public Speaking for Policy Professionals is an intensive, interactive workshop that will provide you with the basics for making skilled and professional presentations in a variety of venues. Our work together will provide you with the foundation to not only hone your skills, but will offer you practical tools for making expert presentations in other academic and professional venues.

In order to promote your effectiveness as a presenter, you will be called upon to participate in various activities and discussions that require both individual and team considerations. This will include group collaboration on a presentation in our workshop setting, as well as individual attention to your public speaking skills, including use of visual support tools. It is my explicit aim to help you become better presenters by providing you with skills and models to use for your professional development.

By the end of the workshop, you should have a greater understanding of how to present effectively and professionally as an individual and as a team. You should also garner critical tools to develop and hone your language and delivery skills, including non-verbal aspects, effectively organize and create interesting content, and expertly utilize visual support tools.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8608 - Sem:Topics in Devp: Corruption      

Corruption is a cancer that thwarts both political and economic development throughout the world. With the U.N. Convention on Corruption and now that corruption is a predicate offense for money laundering, it is easier to recover stolen assets that corrupt leaders and their associates have moved overseas. This course will look at the efforts underway to recover and return these stolen assets. For the final project, students will produce a 15-20 minute documentary looking at a case study of their choice. No prior film editing experience is needed (there will be tutorials provided by the DLC), but it helps.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8613 - Sem: Illicit Drug Markets      

This course is divided into two segments. The first segment of the course covers illegal drug markets along their entire transaction chain from the growing regions of Latin America and Asia to the end-user markets. Emphasis is placed on the international markets for cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines, and the negative impacts of trafficking and use. The second segment examines the cost-effectiveness and viability of different supply and demand strategies, ranging from crop eradication and border interdiction to treatment and prevention.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8619 - Sem:Econ Anlysis:Emerging Mkts      

This seminar is designed to provide students with critical skills in the area of economic analysis and writing. It will also be an opportunity to go into more depth on several important economic policy issues such as sovereign debt, foreign direct investment, capital account liberalization, trade liberalization and facilitation, and exchange rate policy. Students will pick one country and write an extensive economic analysis of that country by way of several assignments during the course of the semester.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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IPSG 8662 - Advanced Terrorism Financing      

This course is a follow-up to the two workshops on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing. It will go beyond the techniques that terrorists groups use to raise and move funds, and focus on strategies employed to stop them. We will also examine specific case studies, including proliferation financing cases and the use of non-profits.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSS 8675 - IPSS Field Deliverables      

During their IPSS internships students complete applied academic deliverables for which they earn six academic credits. The academic credit is not awarded for the internship itself, but for the work that applies students’ academic training to contribute to their host organizations’ mission in area of student’s career interest. The letter grades will be assigned based on the assessment of the following four deliverables:

IPSS Field Project: By the end of their internships students must have completed an ambitious project or other relatively autonomous contribution that presents value for the host organization and builds on students’ strengths and advances his/her skills and knowledge. The field project can take the form of a policy or consultancy report, evaluation, analysis, a website, or other substantive contribution to their host organization that integrates high quality research, analysis, and other skills and subject-matter knowledge. Faculty with relevant expertise and assigned peers will provide every student regular feedback on the major steps of the field project. Student’s regular internship responsibilities ideally should overlap with, but are not limited to the core field assignment. The organizations receiving interns are encouraged to help students identify such assignments prior to their arrival or at the very latest within one month after the start of student’s internship. The organization should provide assistance and guidance in completing this assignment.

Presentation: In the final part of the internship students will present on their field project to their colleagues at their host organizations. The video recording of that presentation will be then reviewed by the MIIS faculty who will invite students for Q&A and also provide additional feedback to students to improve the quality of their final deliverable(s).

Peer feedback: Interns will collaborate with their assigned peers by providing mutual peer feedback on their core field assignments to improve the quality of their work and learn from each other.

Final reflection: Interns will submit a final reflection to IPSS faculty and staff near the end of their internship- summarizing their most important insights and lessons they obtained from the internship experience for their professional and academic development.

Optional: Students are also highly encouraged to blog about their reflections on their internship experiences and comment on each others’ blogs throughout the internship assignment to maximize their learning.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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ITDG 8521 - Currncy CapitalFlows&FinCrises      

In this course, students will learn to recognize the predisposing factors of a financial crisis and policy options for optimal financial crisis management by looking at historical case studies. But first, we will look at how the ForEx market works, who are the different players, how are typical transactions structured, different exchange rate regimes (e.g. pegs, crawling bands, free floats, monetary union), factors influencing exchange rate determination, balance of payments, and sovereign debt sustainability. In the second half of the semester, we will parse multiple financial crises from both emerging markets and OECD economies. In addition to readings related to cases, students will also have regular reading assignments of current events. Learning how to discuss and explain monetary topics, and using economic jargon in an appropriate fashion, requires regular practice. It is similar to learning a foreign language, which is why readings should be done in a timely fashion.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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MBAG 8561 - Managerial Economics      

This course will cover the fundamental economic principles that can enable managers to make more efficient and economical decisions. Students will be provided with selected tools that can be used to aid and improve the making of economic decisions; that is, decisions involving choice. Economic principles, theories and models will be introduced and discussed in order to develop a basis for consistently considering and evaluating economic policies, practices and activities. Student’s ability to apply the material presented in print and in lecture will be the primary measure of success in this course.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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MBAG 8676 - Corruptn,TaxEvasion&AssetRcvry      

Corruption is a cancer that thwarts both political and economic development throughout the world. With the U.N. Convention on Corruption and now that corruption is a predicate offense for money laundering, it is easier to recover stolen assets that corrupt leaders and their associates have moved overseas. Tax evasion also hinders development. FATCA and similar reporting laws around the world now provide a tool to combat this type of crime. This course will look at how corrupt politicians steal with impunity, how offshore secrecy havens work, unilateral and multilateral efforts underway to recover and return stolen assets, legal and political challenges to asset recovery, and policies that can help prevent theft of public monies in the first place.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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NPTG 9581 - MoneyLaundering & AML Policies      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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NPTG 9582 - TerrorFinanceSanctnsCybercrime      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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PhD, International Economics and Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); MA, International Studies, MHS, International Health, BA, Social Science, Johns Hopkins University; CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist); CFCS (Certified Financial Crime Specialist)

Publications

"Breaking the Ice In Baghdad," Toastmaster Magazine, September 2014.

Freeman, Michael and Moyara Ruehsen, "Terrorism Financing Methods: An Overview,"_Perspectives on Terrorism_Volume 7, Issue 4, August 2013.

"PKK" in Michael Freeman's_Financing Terrorism:Case Studies_, Ashgate Press, 2012.

"Afghanistan's Drug War - The Farmers Aren't the Enemy." LA Times 2 November 2009.

Arab Government Responses to the Threat of Terrorist Financing,” Chapter in J. Giraldo and H. Trinkunas, Terrorism Financing and State Responses in Comparative Perspective, Stanford University Press, Fall 2007.

“Choosing an Appropriate Palestinian Monetary Regime.” Research in Middle East Economics Volume 6, 2005, pp. 183-199.

Diamonds Are a Terrorist’s Best Friend,” moneylaundering.com, (September 2004).

Little Noticed UN Report Cites Alleged Saudi Terrorist Financing,” Money Laundering Alert, (October 2003).

Dirty Laundering: Financing Latin America’s Drug Trade,” (review essay) in Harvard International Review, (Winter 2003).

The Fallacy of Sanctions,” Middle East Insight (March-April 2002).

Tracing al-Qaeda’s Money,” Middle East Insight (January-February 2002).

Suspected UAE Links to Terrorist Funds Spark Anti-Laundering Efforts,” Money Laundering Alert (December 2001).

Arab Naming Customs Complicate Screening for Suspected Terrorists,” Money Laundering Alert (December 2001).

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Wei Liang

First Name
Wei
Last Name
Liang
Wei Liang
Job Title
Associate Professor
Location
McCone Building
Phone
831.647.4142
Language(s)
中文

I am passionate about exploring the relationship between politics and economics and the policy issues derived from the interaction, including trade, development and governance.

I love being a professor at MIIS because our faculty and students share the sense of consciousness and responsibility as citizens of global, national, and local communities. 

Expertise

International Trade Policy and Trade Negotiation, Globalization and Global Economic and Environmental Governance, Trade and Development in Emerging Markets, International Political Economy of East Asia, US-Asia Policy, Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy.

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Courses offered in the past four years.
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DPPG 8515 - Intro TradePolcy &Institutions      

This course serves as an introduction to the environments, processes, and main issues that compose the universe of trade policies. Because of the growing complexities of a more interdependent international environment, students need to expand their knowledge, sensitivity and skills in trade policies. Focus on the changing international environment, its trading institutions, key actors and issues; practices of analyzing, formulating and negotiating key trade policy issues.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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DPPG 8648 - Sem:Glbl Econ & Env Governance      

Does a global order require global governance regimes and institutions? Can the world be effectively governed? Is justice a legitimate concern of global governance? This course identifies the critical issues of global economic and environmental governance in a highly interdependent world and formulates policy responses to them. Free trade, financial stability, development and climate Change mitigation are the paradigmatic cases for what economists term “externality”, thus raising the need for coordination of governmental actions at the global, or supra-national level. International economic and climate policy coordination is widely seen as fostering economic growth and sustainable development of its member states. Yet the benefits and burdens are often unevenly distributed within states.

This seminar will examine the politics of global economic and environmental governance, focusing on how global norms, rules and formal international institutions facilitate cooperation and mitigate conflict in the world economy. Our broader objective is to attain a sufficient level of historical and contemporary knowledge of global economic and environmental governance to be fully versant in current policy debates and to provide critical analyses of the relevance, legitimacy and effectiveness of these global institutions today.

The course is divided into four sections. The first section introduces to the various concepts, major theories and approaches to global governance. The second section analyzes the core architectural elements of the current system of global economic and environmental governance, including the WTO, IMF, World Bank and UNFCCC. In section III, we will build a nexus between trade, finance, development aid and environment as these issues have fundamental impact on global sustainable development. The concluding section examines the emerging trend of the nexus of economic and environment that will reshape current patterns in global governance.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8515 - Intro to Trade Policy      

This course serves as an introduction to the environments, processes, and main issues that compose the universe of trade policies. Because of the growing complexities of a more interdependent international environment, students need to expand their knowledge, sensitivity and skills in trade policies. Focus on the changing international environment, its trading institutions, key actors and issues; practices of analyzing, formulating and negotiating key trade policy issues.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8579 - The China Factor      

The rise of China over the last two decades is one of the most significant events that shape global market competition, trade and economic development, and geopolitics. Its implications on worldly issues from global and regional peace and security to the sustainability of the environment are profound. The China factor is an amalgamation of dynamic, complex and interactive forces that appear as problems, puzzles or challenges to different people at different times. This course aims to provide an orientation for students to understand those forces, especially those related to the major stakeholders and their evolving relationships, policies and game rules, and collective behaviors. The orientation is grounded in both Chinese historical and cultural legacies and the contexts of China’s state building, modernization and globalization.

This course provides students with a broad introduction to Contemporary China’s political, economic, and strategic challenges. The discussion begins with the lowest point in Chinese history when the country was rendered as a semi-colony of Western powers and ends with China’s contemporary rise and implications for the world. The questions asked include: In what ways is China rising? How did it happen? How does China’s rise impact the U.S and the global system? The course covers a wide array of topics in primarily three areas: domestic politics, foreign policy challenges and global governance. More specifically, the topics include Chinese imperial legacies and revolution, contemporary political institutions and policy making processes, the opening of China and its reforms and their resulting challenges, China’s role in global peace and development, its relations with U.S., the other Asian powers and the other powers of the world powers, and the mainland-Taiwan relation, China’s trade and investment policy before and during the reform era, the Chinese economic regime and policy making process, China’s industrial policy and national standard strategy, and China’s environmental and energy challenges and sustainable development.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8614 - SemFrgnPlcy,Trade&SecPolE.Asia      

(East Asia is a dynamic region of great importance by virtue of its population size, economic dynamism, and political and security challenges. The impact of the region’s international relations is felt not only by the countries geographically located in the region but also by the rest of the world. The region is characterized by diversity in terms of historical, civilizational, and ethno-cultural backgrounds, political systems, levels of economic development, and foreign relations, as well as global impact, making regional relations very complex and sometimes very difficult, for major powers and smaller powers alike. This course will examine a broad range of foreign policy, trade, and security issues that present both opportunities and challenges to the regional countries and the United States. A unique feature of this course is that it includes a field trip to Tokyo and Beijing from March 12 to 22.* The students will learn first-hand the perspectives of local experts on the regional issues the seminar addresses through guest-lectures, interviews, library research, and discussions with local university students.

* Dec 12 - $100 deposit due; Feb 27 - remainder of program fee due.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8648 - Sem:Glbl Econ & Env Governance      

Does a global order require global governance regimes and institutions? Can the world be effectively governed? Is justice a legitimate concern of global governance? This course identifies the critical issues of global economic and environmental governance in a highly interdependent world and formulates policy responses to them. Free trade, financial stability, development and climate Change mitigation are the paradigmatic cases for what economists term “externality”, thus raising the need for coordination of governmental actions at the global, or supra-national level. International economic and climate policy coordination is widely seen as fostering economic growth and sustainable development of its member states. Yet the benefits and burdens are often unevenly distributed within states.

This seminar will examine the politics of global economic and environmental governance, focusing on how global norms, rules and formal international institutions facilitate cooperation and mitigate conflict in the world economy. Our broader objective is to attain a sufficient level of historical and contemporary knowledge of global economic and environmental governance to be fully versant in current policy debates and to provide critical analyses of the relevance, legitimacy and effectiveness of these global institutions today.

The course is divided into four sections. The first section introduces to the various concepts, major theories and approaches to global governance. The second section analyzes the core architectural elements of the current system of global economic and environmental governance, including the WTO, IMF, World Bank and UNFCCC. In section III, we will build a nexus between trade, finance, development aid and environment as these issues have fundamental impact on global sustainable development. The concluding section examines the emerging trend of the nexus of economic and environment that will reshape current patterns in global governance.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8686 - Sem:Intl Trade Negotiatn Simul      

requent negotiations between governments, international organizations, companies, and other nongovernmental actors are central in specifying what globalization and global governance mean for people. But what happens in these negotiations? What determines their outcomes? Could the negotiators do better? This seminar concentrates on this ubiquitous process of international negotiation over economic and other issues and helps students launch original research on this subject. This course is designed to help improve your skill as a negotiator, while you learn more about bargaining theory in the context of global political economy. It offers a conceptual framework to help you diagnose most bargaining situations. It begins simply and adds complications one at a time. You will develop a feel for the process by dissecting what professionals did in historical episodes--economic, environmental, and military-political--and by watching experienced negotiators and mediators on tape. You will practice applying these ideas by negotiating with other students through in-class simulation.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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ITDG 8515 - Intro TradePolcy &Institutions      

This course serves as an introduction to the environments, processes, and main issues that compose the universe of trade policies. Because of the growing complexities of a more interdependent international environment, students need to expand their knowledge, sensitivity and skills in trade policies. Focus on the changing international environment, its trading institutions, key actors and issues; practices of analyzing, formulating and negotiating key trade policy issues.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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TICH 9579 - The China Factor      

The rise of China over the last two decades is one of the most significant events that shape global market competition, trade and economic development, and geopolitics. Its implications on worldly issues from global and regional peace and security to the sustainability of the environment are profound. The China factor is an amalgamation of dynamic, complex and interactive forces that appear as problems, puzzles or challenges to different people at different times. This course aims to provide an orientation for students to understand those forces, especially those related to the major stakeholders and their evolving relationships, policies and game rules, and collective behaviors. The orientation is grounded in both Chinese historical and cultural legacies and the contexts of China’s state building, modernization and globalization.

This course provides students with a broad introduction to Contemporary China’s political, economic, and strategic challenges. The discussion begins with the lowest point in Chinese history when the country was rendered as a semi-colony of Western powers and ends with China’s contemporary rise and implications for the world. The questions asked include: In what ways is China rising? How did it happen? How does China’s rise impact the U.S and the global system? The course covers a wide array of topics in primarily three areas: domestic politics, foreign policy challenges and global governance. More specifically, the topics include Chinese imperial legacies and revolution, contemporary political institutions and policy making processes, the opening of China and its reforms and their resulting challenges, China’s role in global peace and development, its relations with U.S., the other Asian powers and the other powers of the world powers, and the mainland-Taiwan relation, China’s trade and investment policy before and during the reform era, the Chinese economic regime and policy making process, China’s industrial policy and national standard strategy, and China’s environmental and energy challenges and sustainable development.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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PhD, MA, International Relations and International Political Economy, University of Southern California; BA, International Politics, Peking University, China.

 

 

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Robert McCleery

First Name
Robert
Last Name
McCleery
Robert McCleery
Job Title
Associate Professor, International Policy and Development
Location
McCone 112
Phone
831.647.4146
Language(s)
Español
日本語

I am passionate about the effort to reduce global poverty and inequality.  My research, consulting and teaching all point towards that goal.  It is the unifying theme of my work on trade, investment, infrastructure, migration and productivity, as well as the focus of my classes in development and trade.

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International economics, migration, trade and trade agreements, Asian and Latin American trade and development, foreign direct investment, international finance

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DPPG 8520 - Intl Trade: Theory & Practice      

Trade theories and policies are studied, building from microeconomic principles and using a range of techniques, from rigorous economic modeling to simulations and role playing games. Topics include an analysis of the gains from free trade and the effects of barriers to trade such as tariffs, quotas, subsidies, and other instruments of commercial policy. Institutional frameworks for international trade – including regional trade agreements and the World Trade Organization – are also addressed.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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DPPG 8551 - Development Economics      

The question of why poverty is so persistent and why some countries remain poor, seemingly against all odds, has intrigued economists and other social scientists, and is the central concern of modern development economics. Since the mid-twentieth century, when many former colonies gained independence and started out on their own, experimenting with new economic policies, the questions of development economics have come to acquire an urgency that was not there earlier. And the last twenty years or so have seen an enormous resurgence of research interest in development economics. With so many international organizations and so many governments trying to craft effective policy for development, the rise of interest in development economics is not surprising. But apart from this practical importance, the foundational questions of development economics are also intellectually exciting. This course will give a fairly comprehensive account of modern development economics. We will cover the basics of development theory and policy. Fundamental to this are issues of definition and measurement, testing of theories, familiarity with problems of both short and long run, application of both micro and macroeconomics, interdisciplinary analysis, use of social benefit-cost analysis, and sources and uses of data for use as a country-desk officer of a bank or international agency.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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DPPG 8661 - SEM: Trade & Development      

The link between trade (and other aspects of globalization) and development is crucial to understanding the positions of developing countries towards trade liberalization and globalization in general and the Doha Round of WTO negotiations in particular. We will take a broad view of both trade and development, beginning with consensus definitions, then reviewing and critiquing expert analysis of these important interactions. You will be exposed to different viewpoints and different country cases, then encouraged to choose your own path in a very contentious field for your own case study. An overarching theme of the class is how to capture potential gains from trade, labor, and capital movements without a loss of sovereignty, social institutions, and cultural heritage.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8502 - Intl Economics I: Trade      

This course looks at both the theory and practice of international trade. Topics include an analysis of the gains from free trade and the effects of barriers to trade such as tariffs, quotas, subsidies, and other instruments of commercial policy. Institutional frameworks for international trade – including regional trade agreements and the World Trade Organization – are also addressed.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8515 - Intro to Trade Policy      

This course serves as an introduction to the environments, processes, and main issues that compose the universe of trade policies. Because of the growing complexities of a more interdependent international environment, students need to expand their knowledge, sensitivity and skills in trade policies. Focus on the changing international environment, its trading institutions, key actors and issues; practices of analyzing, formulating and negotiating key trade policy issues.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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IPSG 8551 - Development Economics      

The question of why poverty is so persistent and why some countries remain poor, seemingly against all odds, has intrigued economists and other social scientists, and is the central concern of modern development economics. Since the mid-twentieth century, when many former colonies gained independence and started out on their own, experimenting with new economic policies, the questions of development economics have come to acquire an urgency that was not there earlier. And the last twenty years or so have seen an enormous resurgence of research interest in development economics. With so many international organizations and so many governments trying to craft effective policy for development, the rise of interest in development economics is not surprising. But apart from this practical importance, the foundational questions of development economics are also intellectually exciting. This course will give a fairly comprehensive account of modern development economics. We will cover the basics of development theory and policy. Fundamental to this are issues of definition and measurement, testing of theories, familiarity with problems of both short and long run, application of both micro and macroeconomics, interdisciplinary analysis, use of social benefit-cost analysis, and sources and uses of data for use as a country-desk officer of a bank or international agency.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8603 - Sem:Asia's Dvlopmnt Challenges      

Rapid economic growth in Asia lead to a wide discussion and sometimes emulation of the "Asian Miracle." Asia's growth was noteworthy not just for its pace, but for the accompanying improvements in social indicators (education, life expectancy, etc.). Yet challenges to its sustainability have been brought by economists, environmentalists, and other social scientists. New problems, from the 1997-98 financial crisis to the 2001 trade recession, are emerging in both the "miracle" countries and those who were left behind by the recent wave of growth. In this course, we will address questions such as: How can development policies in Asia be adjusted to make growth more sustainable? How should different Asian countries, at different levels of development, respond to challenges such as poverty alleviation, governance, financial development, the IT revolution, and regional cooperation? What lessons can be learned from high-growth Asian countries, and can and should they be applied to developing countries in Asia and other regions?

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8607 - Sem:IntlTrade&InvestmntSimlatn      

The story:

In this course, you will role-play the project leader/team of a new production venture outside the US. It is 2004, and your jeans manufacturing company (Levi’s or similar company) finds that US production is no longer competitive with overseas production, as trade barriers and transportation costs fall. You will compete for the position of “Overseas production coordinator,” then research, negotiate, finance, and manage the firm’s overseas production center. This will, of course, require detailed knowledge and analysis of national laws, culture, macroeconomic and trade policies, regulatory environment, and other factors of importance in both business and policy analysis.

For MBA students, the class provides an opportunity to put into practice your previous classroom exposure to accounting, economics, finance, and operations principles. The course counts as a seminar for TID students, but rather than reading and discussing scholarly articles, it requires hands-on research, management, negotiations, and collaboration. Dual degree students (MBA and TID in particular) are especially welcome, there will be numerous opportunities to integrate materials from their different programs.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8661 - Sem: Trade & Development      

The link between trade (and other aspects of globalization) and development is crucial to understanding the positions of developing countries towards trade liberalization and globalization in general and the Doha Round of WTO negotiations in particular. We will take a broad view of both trade and development, beginning with consensus definitions, then reviewing and critiquing expert analysis of these important interactions. You will be exposed to different viewpoints and different country cases, then encouraged to choose your own path in a very contentious field for your own case study. An overarching theme of the class is how to capture potential gains from trade, labor, and capital movements without a loss of sovereignty, social institutions, and cultural heritage.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8675 - Adv Topics in Policy Analysis      

WHY?

The course is designed to complete a full-cycle experience of research applied to policy processes, from conceptualization and design to effective deliverables. The sequence starts with the foundations offered in the Fall class, and continues with the field work in J-term. The Spring class delves deeper into the same relevant policy issues from the Fall and J-term, seeking to close the cycle with a report to stakeholders. While this report is not expected to be the final word on a complex policy issue, it should be more relevant and useful than could have been accomplished without the field research component.

WHAT?

• The main themes of the Spring class are additional theoretical/conceptual topics in design and policy analysis, as well as specific tools. Please keep in mind that not all tools will be applicable to all, or even perhaps any, of the specific projects chosen, but may be vital to future policy-relevant research and writing in your academic and professional careers.

• Hands-on analysis of the specific projects conducted in J-term, including further refining hypotheses to be tested, bolstering understanding of background materials and context, strengthening argumentation, analyzing data (from surveys, interviews, and/or other sources), and interjecting research findings effectively into the policymaking process.

HOW?

The hallmark of this class is the intersection of theoretical discussions (covering aspects of policy analysis and research methods, economic development and its measurement, data analysis and effective data presentation, etc.) and the practical imperative of the specific projects, carried over from the first two classes. Student’s ownership of their topics supports a creative environment, assisted by the full faculty team, in which students can produce high-level reports worthy of inclusion in their professional portfolios. Teams will continue their analysis of concrete policy issues in El Salvador, Monterey, and Peru, although the range of research and policy analysis skills and techniques taught will not be limited to those directly applicable to all of these projects. Final deliverables must satisfy your “client,” who may not be one of the course instructors.

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8681 - Sem: Quant Methods for Trade      

Trade policy professionals who formulate, negotiate, advise, or lobby for trade policies need to understand the underlying stakes and motivations of the parties involved. To develop this understanding requires a firm grasp of micro and macroeconomics of trade and trade policy and an ability to do “back of the envelop calculations” of gains and losses to different parties, in addition to negotiation skills, basic knowledge of international laws and institutions, etc. This course strengthens students’ ability to conduct and interpret basic and intermediate economic and commercial analysis. These include the ability to estimate the impact of trade policies on: (1) production, price, and trade flows, using short-run and long-run elasticities of supply and demand, (2) consumer and producer surplus, (3) tariff equivalents of quotas, subsidies, and other non-tariff barriers, (4) deadweight social loss triangles, (5) changes in profits due to changes in quantity and/or price of traded goods or services, (6) employment impacts of trade flows, and (7) how the impacts of specific policies have "spillover effects" on other sectors and at the macroeconomic level. Students also learn some simple “rules of thumb” to use in constructing estimates even when data are poor or non-existent, as is often true in developing countries.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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ITDG 8520 - Intl Trade: Theory & Practice      

Trade theories and policies are studied, building from microeconomic principles and using a range of techniques, from rigorous economic modeling to simulations and role playing games. Topics include an analysis of the gains from free trade and the effects of barriers to trade such as tariffs, quotas, subsidies, and other instruments of commercial policy. Institutional frameworks for international trade – including regional trade agreements and the World Trade Organization – are also addressed.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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Education

PhD, Economics, Stanford University, BA, Economics, University of Hawaii

Publications

“The Washington Consensus: A Post Mortem,” with Fernando DePaolis, in Asian Development, Miracles and Mirages: Essays in Honor of Seiji Naya, Sumner La Croix, ed., Summer 2006.

“NAFTA and the Broader Impacts of Trade Agreements on Industrial Development: When ‘Second-Order Effects’ Dominate,” in Empirical Methods in International Economics: Essays in Honor of Mordechai Kreinin, Edward Elgar (Michael Plummer, ed.) 2004, pp.216-228.

“Bangladesh: Searching for a Workable Development Path,” with Seiji Naya and Fernando DePaolis, Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol.1 No.3, Dec. 2004, pp.1-20.  Japanese translation published in Development and Poverty in Asia: Women's Empowerment and Quality Of Life, Yukio Ikemoto and Noriatsu Matsui, eds., forthcoming April 2006.

“NAFTA as a Metaphor for the Globalization Debate,” with Raul Hinojosa Ojeda in NAFTA in the New Millennium, Peter Smith and Edward Chambers, eds., (University of Alberta Press, 2003).

Working with Economic Data in Trade Policy Advocacy, with Moyara Ruehsen and Geza Feketekuty, (Monterey: International Commercial Diplomacy Project, 2001) published on-line at http://www.commercialdiplomacy.org/instructional_modules.htm.  Revised, with the assistance of Fernando DePaolis, October 2002.

Human Resource Development and Sustainable Growth,” Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies Vol. 37, No. 1&2, 2000, pp. 27-51.

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Fernando DePaolis

First Name
Fernando
Last Name
DePaolis
fernando-depaolis
Job Title
Associate Professor
Location
McCone Building 113
Phone
831.647.3568
Language(s)
Español
português
italiano

I am passionate about finding alternative points of view that could solve the world’s biggest problems. In my case, this is done by combining critical thinking with the most sophisticated computer analysis and visualization techniques.

I love being a professor at MIIS because our students challenge me to be connected to the real world of practice and to maintain the highest professional standards. In the end this helps all of us, as we form a dynamic learning community that aims at producing highly effective professionals.

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Expertise

Economic Development. Regional Economics. Econometrics. Spatial Statistics.

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DPPG 8500 - Intro to Policy & DataAnalysis      

This course is a guided introduction to conceptualizing problems and making sense of quantitative information in the policy sphere. The course begins by introducing the theory and practice of policy analysis. The stages of the public policy process and methods for structuring policy inquiry are introduced to provide a means for deconstructing policy problems and asking relevant and practical questions in a policy context.

Next the class is introduced to how such questions are addressed using quantitative tools. Topics to be covered include sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and regression techniques. This will basically be a primer on applying inferential statistics to policy problems. The course will also include introductory training in the use of innovative statistical software, as well as Excel statistical functions.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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DPPG 8673 - Advanced Data Analysis      

The advanced data analysis course was designed to provide students with the opportunity to expand upon the skills developed in the introductory course (IPSG 8504), and introduce new skills that address a greater range of analytic needs. This is a project-based, applied course. Class discussions will include both how and why to use these tools, with a strong emphasis on policy applications. Among others, the course covers modules on Factor Analysis, Non-Linear Regression, Spatial Analysis and Time Series Analysis, and its design has a strong emphasis on policy applications. Multiple data sets will be used, but students are encouraged to use their own data and background knowledge.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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IEPG 8663 - Ocean & Coastal Economics      

he purpose of this course is to develop advanced economic skills applied to development and resource issues in the world’s oceans and coasts. The course will focus heavily on analytical and data-driven techniques that can help illuminate the costs and benefits of various policies in the ocean and coastal zones, using a variety of metrics, and incorporating environmental and social values. The course will be divided into two parts: Market economics and coastal planning with Prof. DePaolis and non-market economics with Prof. Scorse.

Student participation in both of these sections will be high, involving many in-class assignments, lab sessions, and extended discussions. Students will be expected to engage in original data collection, analysis, and research. This is an intensive course geared for people who want to pursue careers in marine-related fields, although the topics are more broadly applicable to a range of conservation and development-related careers.

GIS is recommended.

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8504 - Data Analysis for Public Polcy      

The course is an introduction to inferential statistics with an emphasis on Policy Analysis applications. Topics to be covered include sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and simple and multiple regression analysis. The course will also include an introduction to the use of the computer as a tool for data analysis using leading statistical packages, as well as Excel statistical functions.

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8551 - Development Economics      

The question of why poverty is so persistent and why some countries remain poor, seemingly against all odds, has intrigued economists and other social scientists, and is the central concern of modern development economics. Since the mid-twentieth century, when many former colonies gained independence and started out on their own, experimenting with new economic policies, the questions of development economics have come to acquire an urgency that was not there earlier. And the last twenty years or so have seen an enormous resurgence of research interest in development economics. With so many international organizations and so many governments trying to craft effective policy for development, the rise of interest in development economics is not surprising. But apart from this practical importance, the foundational questions of development economics are also intellectually exciting. This course will give a fairly comprehensive account of modern development economics. We will cover the basics of development theory and policy. Fundamental to this are issues of definition and measurement, testing of theories, familiarity with problems of both short and long run, application of both micro and macroeconomics, interdisciplinary analysis, use of social benefit-cost analysis, and sources and uses of data for use as a country-desk officer of a bank or international agency.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8673 - Advanced Data Analysis      

The advanced data analysis course was designed to provide students with the opportunity to expand upon the skills developed in the introductory course (IPSG 8504), and introduce new skills that address a greater range of analytic needs. This is a project-based, applied course. Class discussions will include both how and why to use these tools, with a strong emphasis on policy applications. Among others, the course covers modules on Factor Analysis, Non-Linear Regression, Spatial Analysis and Time Series Analysis, and its design has a strong emphasis on policy applications. Multiple data sets will be used, but students are encouraged to use their own data and background knowledge.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8675 - Adv Topics in Policy Analysis      

WHY?

The course is designed to complete a full-cycle experience of research applied to policy processes, from conceptualization and design to effective deliverables. The sequence starts with the foundations offered in the Fall class, and continues with the field work in J-term. The Spring class delves deeper into the same relevant policy issues from the Fall and J-term, seeking to close the cycle with a report to stakeholders. While this report is not expected to be the final word on a complex policy issue, it should be more relevant and useful than could have been accomplished without the field research component.

WHAT?

• The main themes of the Spring class are additional theoretical/conceptual topics in design and policy analysis, as well as specific tools. Please keep in mind that not all tools will be applicable to all, or even perhaps any, of the specific projects chosen, but may be vital to future policy-relevant research and writing in your academic and professional careers.

• Hands-on analysis of the specific projects conducted in J-term, including further refining hypotheses to be tested, bolstering understanding of background materials and context, strengthening argumentation, analyzing data (from surveys, interviews, and/or other sources), and interjecting research findings effectively into the policymaking process.

HOW?

The hallmark of this class is the intersection of theoretical discussions (covering aspects of policy analysis and research methods, economic development and its measurement, data analysis and effective data presentation, etc.) and the practical imperative of the specific projects, carried over from the first two classes. Student’s ownership of their topics supports a creative environment, assisted by the full faculty team, in which students can produce high-level reports worthy of inclusion in their professional portfolios. Teams will continue their analysis of concrete policy issues in El Salvador, Monterey, and Peru, although the range of research and policy analysis skills and techniques taught will not be limited to those directly applicable to all of these projects. Final deliverables must satisfy your “client,” who may not be one of the course instructors.

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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Education

PhD, Urban Planning/Regional Economics (University of California-Los Angeles),

MA, Urban Planning/International Development (University of Kansas);

Advanced Diploma Architecture (National University of San Juan, Argentina).

Publications

“The Washington Consensus: A Post Mortem” (with Robert McCleery), in Seiji Naya’s festschrift Forthcoming University of Hawaii Press.

“NAFTA and the Broader Impacts of Trade Agreements on Industrial Development: When ‘Second-Order  Effects’ Dominate (with Robert McCleery), in Plummer, M. (editor) Empirical Methods in International Trade: Essays in Honor of Mordechai (Max) Keinin. 2005. Edward Elgar Publisher.

"Bangladesh: Searching for a Workable Development Path," with Seiji Naya and Robert McCleery, Journal of East Asian Studies, No 3, December 2004:1-20.

“A New Frontier in 21st Century America.” A book review of Terra Incognita by Bowman, A. and Pagano, M. Public Organization Review 4 December 2004.

"Trade and the Location of Industries in the OECD and the European Union." Journal of Economic Geography 2, 2002 (with Michael Storper and Yun-Chung Chen).

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Tsuneo Akaha

First Name
Tsuneo
Last Name
Akaha
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Professor
Location
Casa Fuente Building 300J
Phone
831.647.3564
Language(s)
日本語
I am passionate about finding local solutions to global human security problems through collaboration with colleagues around the world.
 
I love being a professor at MIIS because we are a community with a common goal: make a difference in the world.
 
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Japanese foreign and security policy, international relations of the Asia Pacific, international political economy, Asian studies, Asia-Pacific development, East Asia security, globalization, human rights, human security, international migration, international relations theory, Northeast Asia and security issues, US-Asia policy

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DPPG 8560 - Intro to Intl Migration      

This course will introduce students to migration as an object of policy studies, various aspects of migration as a social phenomenon, and policies designed to encourage, discourage, or otherwise affect the flow of people within and between countries. Among the issues to be addressed are: economic-development aspects of migration; human trafficking and relevant policy; gender and migration; public health issues associated with migration; demography-development link; migration as a factor in international relations; terrorism & border control issues relative to migration; refugee issues and policy; and the integration of migrants at destination. The course will also introduce students to international laws and other norms and frameworks dealing with migration and migrants, as well as to international organizations and non-governmental organizations actively involved with migration issues. Illustrative examples of problems of migration, migrants, and policy responses will be drawn from various countries and regions of the world. Students will begin developing skills in analyzing demographic, social, economic, and political factors in the migration process; dynamics of and policy responses to forced migration, the effectiveness of legal and policy instruments to regulate migration, and national and human security implications of migration.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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DPPG 8599 - HumanSecurity:Concept & Policy      

The concept of "human security" was first introduced in the 1994 Human
>Development Report by the United Nations Development Program. It has
>since attracted growing attention in the academic and policy
>communities around the world. The concept has also become part of
>official policy in some countries, including Japan and Canada. In
>contrast to the traditional concept of "national security" with its
>focus on the security of the state against military threats, "human
>security" emphasizes the protection of individual citizens¹ security
>not only from war and other forms of physical violence but also from
>threats of a political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental
>nature. At the most fundamental level, ³human security² is defined as
>"freedom from fear" and "freedom from want," but beyond that there are
>competing approaches to it, as well as critical challenges to it both
>as a concept and as a guide for national or international policy.
>This course will critically examine: (1) "human security" as a concept;
>(2) opportunities and challenges in translating the concept into
>policy"; and (3) case studies of human security problems and policies
>from around the world.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8512 - Culture&InternationalRelations      

Culture in International Relations

What is “culture”? How do we know culture when we see it? How does it manifest itself? How does it influence the way individuals, communities, and nations interact with each other? What is the relationship between culture and civilization? Does it make sense to talk about cultural and/or civilizational conflict? If it does, what form does it take? Does it necessarily lead to violent conflict? Is there such a thing as an international or global culture? What might be its elements and their sources? What new insights does our explicit focus on culture add to our understanding of international relations? What can we do with those insights in analyzing international policy development and implementation? In order to answer these questions, we will explore culture at three levels: (1) individual and community; (2) nation and state; and (3) the international system. At the individual-community level, we will examine the way culture shapes a person’s identity and role within his/her community. At the national level, we will explore the sources of "national culture" and how it informs the way members of a nation see and behave toward members of other nations, with a particular focus on the (re)production of ethnic identities, national myths, and political ideologies. At the international system level, we will scrutinize the impact of "national cultures" on relations between states, with a particular focus on deepening conflict between nationalism and globalism. How does nationalism sustain itself against the ever-expanding forces of liberal globalism? By mid-term the student will develop a research proposal to analyze the impact of culture (at any of the three levels mentioned above) on the interaction between two or more nations over a policy problem of particular interest to the student. In the second half of the semester the student will carry out the proposed research and at the conclusion of the semester he/she will present his/her findings.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8531 - East Asia: Politics & Security      

With the dramatically changed balance of power, historical issues continuing to color contemporary international relations, North Korea's nuclear and missile development seemingly unresolvable, and both the United States and Russia "pivoting" toward the region, East Asia today is a region in flux. This course will provide a review of the developments of major power relations and challenges facing political and security policy communities in the region. The course will include a scenario building exercise guided by competing theories of international relations. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8544 - Intro to HumanSecurity&Dvlpmnt      

The focus of this course is human security, the everyday security of individuals and the communities in which they live rather than the security of nation states. It is the gateway course into the field of human security and development. The key concepts of human security are freedom from fear, freedom from want, and freedom to live in a society of justice under the rule of law. Specific approaches and policies of human security covered in this course include conflict analysis, management and resolution, human rights, peacebuilding, legitimate institutions and good governance, rule of law and justice, and programs and policies designed to lower armed violence.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8560 - Intro to Intl Migration      

This course will introduce students to migration as an object of policy studies, various aspects of migration as a social phenomenon, and policies designed to encourage, discourage, or otherwise affect the flow of people within and between countries. Among the issues to be addressed are: economic-development aspects of migration; human trafficking and relevant policy; gender and migration; public health issues associated with migration; demography-development link; migration as a factor in international relations; terrorism & border control issues relative to migration; refugee issues and policy; and the integration of migrants at destination. The course will also introduce students to international laws and other norms and frameworks dealing with migration and migrants, as well as to international organizations and non-governmental organizations actively involved with migration issues. Illustrative examples of problems of migration, migrants, and policy responses will be drawn from various countries and regions of the world. Students will begin developing skills in analyzing demographic, social, economic, and political factors in the migration process; dynamics of and policy responses to forced migration, the effectiveness of legal and policy instruments to regulate migration, and national and human security implications of migration.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8599 - HumanSecurity:Concept & Policy      

The concept of "human security" was first introduced in the 1994 Human
>Development Report by the United Nations Development Program. It has
>since attracted growing attention in the academic and policy
>communities around the world. The concept has also become part of
>official policy in some countries, including Japan and Canada. In
>contrast to the traditional concept of "national security" with its
>focus on the security of the state against military threats, "human
>security" emphasizes the protection of individual citizens¹ security
>not only from war and other forms of physical violence but also from
>threats of a political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental
>nature. At the most fundamental level, ³human security² is defined as
>"freedom from fear" and "freedom from want," but beyond that there are
>competing approaches to it, as well as critical challenges to it both
>as a concept and as a guide for national or international policy.
>This course will critically examine: (1) "human security" as a concept;
>(2) opportunities and challenges in translating the concept into
>policy"; and (3) case studies of human security problems and policies
>from around the world.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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IPSG 8606 - Intl Migration & Development      

International Migration and Development

This course will examine the nexus of international migration and development, that is, how international migration contributes to development around the world and how the positive and negative consequences of development drive international migration. The United Nations High Level Panel convened to discuss post-2015 global development goals submitted its report to the Secretary General, and the report states international migration is a key aspect of development and should be an important part of development strategy. The course will be of particular interest to students who are pursuing a career in the nexus of international migration and development. Each student will select a country of interest, assess the role of international migration (both in-migration and out-migration) in its development strategy (or lack thereof), conduct a research into the two-way influence, both positive and negative, between international migration and development in that country, and develop a policy recommendation for maximizing the positive development impact of international migration.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8614 - SemFrgnPlcy,Trade&SecPolE.Asia      

(East Asia is a dynamic region of great importance by virtue of its population size, economic dynamism, and political and security challenges. The impact of the region’s international relations is felt not only by the countries geographically located in the region but also by the rest of the world. The region is characterized by diversity in terms of historical, civilizational, and ethno-cultural backgrounds, political systems, levels of economic development, and foreign relations, as well as global impact, making regional relations very complex and sometimes very difficult, for major powers and smaller powers alike. This course will examine a broad range of foreign policy, trade, and security issues that present both opportunities and challenges to the regional countries and the United States. A unique feature of this course is that it includes a field trip to Tokyo and Beijing from March 12 to 22.* The students will learn first-hand the perspectives of local experts on the regional issues the seminar addresses through guest-lectures, interviews, library research, and discussions with local university students.

* Dec 12 - $100 deposit due; Feb 27 - remainder of program fee due.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8631 - Seminar: Russia & East Asia      

Seminar: Russia and East Asia

This seminar will examine Russia’s relations with and integration into the East Asian region. Russia’s recently declared “pivot” to the east is an indication of the growing importance Moscow attaches to its strategic, political, and economic interests in East Asia, particularly with respect to China, Japan, and South Korea. The seminar will examine the nature of those interests and policies Moscow is following in pursuit of those interests. A special feature of this seminar is that two MIIS and two Middlebury students will be selected on competitive basis to take a fully-paid field research trip to Vladivostok and Khabarovsk from March 21 to 29. Participants will be selected during the November 7-14 period. The trip will include: (1) a series of meetings with instructors, researchers, and students at the Far Eastern Federal University's School of International and Regional Studies in Vladivostok, as well as the Economic Research Institute, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Khabarovsk; (2) interviews with officials of the regional administrations of Khabarovsk and Primorye; (3) a series of meetings with media reporters and nongovernmental organization representatives in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk; and (4) a questionnaire survey of instructors, researchers, and students at the two institutions named above regarding their views on evolving Russia-Japan relations. Upon return the students will write research papers with a particular focus on Russia’s integration with Northeast Asian countries. The other students will write a research paper on a topic approved by the instructor.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8632 - SemIntergratdTheory,Rsrch&Prac      

Students ideally only take this course in their fourth semester of the Human Security and Development Track. Students spending their fourth semester doing IPSS, DPMI or the equivalent, can take this course in their third semester.
In this course students will map, review and connect the major theories they have studied. They will explore how the theories emerge and develop from the intersection of research and practice. At the same time, they will learn to understand the mutually reinforcing relationships between theory, research and practice. Through mapping and review of their own research and practice experiences, students will then develop their own theories of practice. By the end of the course, they will be able to present a portfolio of their informed approach to some of the global challenges, which they hope to tackle as they step into the ‘real’ world.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8640 - Sem:Comprativ Migration Anlys      

Migration takes various forms, ranging from unskilled and skilled labor migration, regular and irregular migration, legal and illegal migration, temporary and permanent migration, refugees and asylum-seekers, to trafficking in persons and people smuggling. This seminar is designed for students to develop a comparative framework for analyzing one or more of these types and aspects of migration in two countries in two different regions of the world and to use that framework for research. The aim of such analysis is to: (1) identify the historical, geographical, political, economic, social, and cultural factors shaping the current state of migration in the countries compared, (2) the various factors informing the countries' current policies to deal with the situation, and (3) explain the differences and similarities in their approaches. In addition to the comparative analysis, students will choose one of the countries compared and prepare a "country profile," which offers a succinct summary of (1) and (2) above and a policy recommendation to improve the migration situation. Each student will present his/her country profile as if speaking to a group of journalists who have just been assigned to visit the country you have described and report on its current migration situation.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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Recent Accomplishments

  • Completed a year-long contract with the Open Society Foundations to serve as an International Scholar for Smolny College at St. Petersburg State University, Russia.
  • Gave an invited lecture “Russia’s Pivot to East Asia,” at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden, May 27, 2013.
  • Organized the annual conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast at the Monterey Institute, June 7-9, 2013.
  • Submitted a book manuscript, co-edited  with Professor Vassilieva, on "Russia and East Asia: Increasing but Informal Integration" to Routledge, UK, to be published in December 2013.
  • Elected to serve as President of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast for a one-year term, 2013-14.
  • Published: “Russia’s Mixed Prospects in Regional Integration in East Asia,” in “Expert Opinion,” School of Regional and International Relations, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia, July 2013. http://ifl.wl.dvfu.ru/8323

Education

PhD, MA, International Relations, University of Southern California; BA, Political Science, Oregon State University; BA, Political Science, Waseda University, Tokyo

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William Arrocha

First Name
William
Last Name
Arrocha
William Arrocha
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Location
Casa Fuente Building
Phone
831.647.4163
Language(s)
Español
Français

I am passionate about the struggle for human rights and social justice.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS is teaching such a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and socially committed student body. I also enjoy the inter-disciplinary nature of our programs and the fact that I can teach content courses in multiple languages. I am fluent in Spanish and French and teach in both languages.

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International political economy, international relations, comparative politics (U.S., Canada, Latin America and Mexico), migration studies, human rights, human security and trade policy.

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DPPG 8514 - Globalization and Development      

Today it would be hard to contest the deep international integration arising from the global expansion of capital, the ever-growing international division of labor, informational modes of development, new migration flows and the interchange of worldviews, products, ideas and other aspects of culture. A complex web of transnational corporations, inter-governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations help shape policies and practices of development. Cultural globalization, the expansion of global epistemic communities, transnational activism and an emerging global civil society are adding their voices to a global debate on how to make globalization work for all, including the environment. The goal of this course is to explore and debate the challenges and opportunities that globalization presents us in the development of policies and practices of development at a local, regional and global level.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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DPPG 8529 - Dev Theory & Practice      

This course introduces students to the field of International Development and its subfields (including the theories, major debates, practices, and professional opportunities). The first section covers economic, sociological and political theories of development with sensitivity to the historical context. The second section discusses specific development issues such as the theory and practice of development assistance, democratization, human rights, and governance, community development, gender, environment, poverty, human security and education. Students hear guest lectures from MIIS faculty who teach in the development subfields. In the third section, students work in teams and focus on a particular developing country and research different aspects of its development and present their findings in class. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the field, and give them a chance to begin narrowing down their own interests.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8505 - Global Politics      

The course introduces students to key analytical concepts and normative views such as balance of power, unipolarity, multipolarity, unilateralism, multilateralism, etc., and major theoretical perspectives for analysis of international politics, as well as the major international events of the past century that have shaped the international system. Students will learn ways that international actors, including sovereign states and non-state entities such as multinational corporations, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations, exercise power to pursue goals and influence international outcomes. Students will also learn how international institutions, norms, and structures of governance affect the exercise of power and other forms of influence and shape international outcomes. Students will also be introduced to some contemporary issues of national, international, and human security, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism, as well as issues of globalization, food security, the plight of the LDC’s, and human rights.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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IPSG 8506 - Politics of Development      

This course introduces students to the politics of development, its contemporary debates, agencies and issue-areas. Development is a contested concept and practice that originates from the exercise of power, which is at the core of politics. Governments, International Organizations (IO), Non Governmental Organizations (NGO), and other social actors within Civil Society, have kept alive and thriving the debate on the best development practices that can better the lives of billions of individuals. It is a debate that takes place at multiple spatial and socio-political contexts, within and beyond the institutions of the state, yet its concrete outcomes are located within the boundaries of a specific state, or group of states. It is often assumed that states and societies share common development goals, this is far from being the case, as the key ideas, agencies and practices of development are shaped within domestic and international political systems where political and economic power are far from being distributed equally. Such unequal distribution of power is even greater between states with different levels, or models, of development. Today the economic and political gains from the dominant model of development are also far from being distributed equally. For these reasons it is fundamental that future practitioners recognize the limits and reaches of development models, as these are intricately related to how political power is conceptualized, exercised and distributed through a wide range of social contexts at domestic and international levels.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8529 - Dev Theory & Practice      

This course introduces students to the field of International Development and its subfields (including the theories, major debates, practices, and professional opportunities). The first section covers economic, sociological and political theories of development with sensitivity to the historical context. The second section discusses specific development issues such as the theory and practice of development assistance, democratization, human rights, and governance, community development, gender, environment, poverty, human security and education. Students hear guest lectures from MIIS faculty who teach in the development subfields. In the third section, students work in teams and focus on a particular developing country and research different aspects of its development and present their findings in class. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the field, and give them a chance to begin narrowing down their own interests.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8589 - ImigrtnIssueUS-LatAm:inSpanish      

Migration issues between the US and Latin America, particularly between the US and Mexico, are of such magnitude that they cannot be overseen. Through an inter-disciplinary approach, students will explore the causes of such massive migration as well as its security, development and political impacts. Finally, we will explore and discuss the potential policies that can help manage such pressing issues.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8628 - Sem:IntlMigratn,Scurty&HumRgts      

In the context of a more integrated yet unequal global economic system, of growing international and national security concerns, humanitarian crises and skill shortages, migration and immigration have become central to economic, political and social debates. This seminar is meant to engage in these debates by studying the intricate links between the ever increasing flows of peoples across borders; the national and international security dilemmas facing states and regions; and the urgent need to fully implement and redefine the international and domestic laws pertaining to Human Rights.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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IPSG 8645 - Sem: U.S. Immigration Policy      

This course introduce students to the complexities and challenges of US immigration policies with a particular focus on the changes that occurred since the last major reforms of 1996 under President Clinton, the tragic events of 9/11, and the present debates for a new overhaul of the immigration system. The United States was created by successive waves of immigrants, including forced migration in the form of slavery. From its territorial expansion in the mid-nineteenth century, followed by its industrialization and further economic expansion overseas that was consolidated after WW II, the US has always depended on large waves of immigrants, legal or undocumented. Ironically, after every massive wave of immigrants, the descendants of those who preceded them always saw those who followed with suspicion. Today the US is still in need of immigrants, yet it is going through one of its most polarized collective debate on who should be granted the opportunity to become a citizen, and enjoy the freedoms and liberties that come with such status, and who should be excluded while maintaining their labor. Such debate needs to be studied by any future policy expert dealing with migration and development as well as human security.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8647 - Sem:US Mexico Relations      

The United States and Mexico share one of the longest borders in the world; they also have one of the most complex bilateral relationships yet, it is one that is not always understood and explored adequately. In this seminar students will be exposed to the key historical events that have shaped the present relationship. They will explore the similarities and differences of a relationship that makes it one of the toughest to manage. Students will explore the key aspects that make up a bilateral agenda that can be considered one of the most challenging in international policy: An uneasy past, constant immigration pressures, drug trafficking, trade issues, environmental problems and new security challenges. For more insights into this course please see the US-Mexico Relations Seminar website.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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SPLA 8489 - Immigratn Issues US-Latin Amer      

Migration issues between the US and Latin America, particularly between the US and Mexico, are of such magnitude that they cannot be overseen. Through an inter-disciplinary approach, students will explore the causes of such massive migration as well as its security, development and political impacts. Finally, we will explore and discuss the potential policies that can help manage such pressing issues.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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Education

PhD, International Relations, MA, International Relations, Queens University, Canada; Advanced Diploma in Canadian and United States Studies, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; BA, International Relations, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Publications

William Arrocha (2013). Criminalization of Undocumented Workers and Labor: Increasing Fear and Exploitability within the Latino Community. Journal of Interdisciplinary Disciplines, Vol. XII, Fall 2013. pp. 107-126.

William Arrocha (2012). From Arizona’s S.B.1070 to Georgia’s H.B.87 and Alabama’s H.B 56: Exacerbating the Other and Generating New Discourse and Practices of Segregation. California Western Law Review, Vol. 48, No.2. pp. 245-278. 

William Arrocha. La Reforma Actual de los Estados Unidos ¿Una negación social y económica o la creación de nuevas formas de segregación en nombre del excepcionalísimo americano? Ivonne Solano Chávez (Coordinadora)Migrantes Somos y en el camino andamos: Ensayos sobre identidad, migración y cultura transfronteriza. Secretaria de Cultura de Michoacán y Ediciones Eón, 2011.

William Arrocha (2010). Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070: Targeting the Other and Generating Discourses and Practices of Discrimination and Hate. Journal of Hate Studies, Vol. 9, No 1, pp. 65-92.

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Jan Knippers Black

First Name
Jan
Last Name
Black
Jan Black 2
Job Title
Professor
Location
117 McCone
Phone
831.647.4180
Language(s)
Español
português

Professor Black’s international experience includes Senior Associate Membership at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University; Fulbright, Mellon and other grants and Fellowships in South America, the Caribbean, and India; on-site or short-term teaching and honorary faculty positions in several Latin American countries, and extensive overseas lecturing and research. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile and a faculty member with the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea program.

Expertise

Human rights, international and comparative politics of the Western Hemisphere, international and grassroots development, women´s rights and roles, globalization

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DPPG 8650 - SemHumnRgtsProtctn:StrtgPractc      

In this seminar students will undertake investigations, in some cases under the auspices of local, national, or international organizations, on the impact, for good or ill, of particular policies or programs. The resulting evidence of human rights abuse, or of effective human rights protection, will be employed in efforts to prevent abuse, rather than simply to monitor or report it. Students will therefore engage also in strategic planning for campaigns to move the intervention of activists upstream in the project design or policy-making process. Where feasible, the strategies formulated in class will be put into action – through existing organizations, like Amnesty International (for AIUSA, I will be trying to design an alert action system for policy), or through student-launched campaigns or NGOs.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8522 - Rethinking Human Rights      

his course approaches human rights issues from a multidisciplinary perspective and with a wide-angle lens that draws in all rights and all peoples. We view rights abuse as neither incomprehensible nor inevitable, but nevertheless pervasive in the twenty-first century. Nor is such abuse, with respect either to perpetrators or victims, confined to distant places and strange peoples. We will undertake here a fundamental re-examination of the basic terms and concepts, theories, controversies, and cleavages associated with human rights. We will also examine the effectiveness of our strategies, treaties, and institutions in assessing accountability, promoting reconciliation, and otherwise protecting the abused and endangered.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8530 - Cuba:ChngingCourse,ChngngTimes      

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8650 - SemHumnRgtsProtctn:StrtgPractc      

In this seminar students will undertake investigations, in some cases under the auspices of local, national, or international organizations, on the impact, for good or ill, of particular policies or programs. The resulting evidence of human rights abuse, or of effective human rights protection, will be employed in efforts to prevent abuse, rather than simply to monitor or report it. Students will therefore engage also in strategic planning for campaigns to move the intervention of activists upstream in the project design or policy-making process. Where feasible, the strategies formulated in class will be put into action – through existing organizations, like Amnesty International (for AIUSA, I will be trying to design an alert action system for policy), or through student-launched campaigns or NGOs.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8672 - Sem:Transitnal Injustice:Chile      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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Education

PhD, International Studies, MA Latin American Studies, School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C.; B.A. Art and Spanish, University of Tennessee.

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