The MIIS Around the World stories campaign started a year ago as an attempt to collect first-person narratives from members the MIIS community that illustrate the global impact of the Institute. One hundred and twenty students, alumni, faculty and staff members have already submitted their stories. The submissions range from tales about international experiences that brought students to MIIS, to funny anecdotes about attempts to communicate in a new language, to the sharing of life-changing moments.
Winter Commencement at the Monterey Institute of International Studies was held at the historic Golden State Theater on Saturday, December 11th. Friends and family of the 102 graduates from 21 countries celebrated on a gorgeous sunny day in Monterey.
Dr. Reza Aslan, author of the international bestseller “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” will deliver a public lecture at the Monterey Institute of International Studies at 6:00 p.m. on November 4 in the Irvine Auditorium inside the McCone Building, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey.
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Emily Sloane (MAIEP '09) is training to be a Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager. Her main task in this role is conducting an evaluation of a pilot project that supports vulnerable residents of Warrap state in developing small-scale income generating activities.
During my third semester at MIIS, I became very interested in Food Security. Trouble was, I had no idea how to land a relevant job, let alone one in Africa, my geographic region of focus.
In January 2010, Professor Pushpa Iyer led fourteen students from Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies on a course named "Challenges to Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone." This course was part of the J-term curriculum, offered in the interim period between the fall and spring semesters. The students spent two weeks in the war-torn West African nation conducting interviews with individuals and organizations who are working to build the foundations for a stable civil society and lasting peace.
On June 29, Monterey Institute Professor Anna Vassilieva was interviewed on PBS Newshour where she was asked about possible effects of the recent Russian spy charges on the relationship between the US and Russia. Professor Vassilieva, the head of the Russian Studies Program at the Monterey Institute, said that while news of espionage is always disconcerting, the news comes in the wake of a very successful official visit by President Medvedev to the United States.
The Asia Times Online recently published an essay co-authored by Ahmad Waheed (MAIPS ’09) and Matthew C. DuPree addressing the socio-economic ramifications of the recent poppy blight in Afghanistan. DuPree and Waheed, who are both currently research associates with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, note the effects of the recent poppy blight on the national economy, and the efforts of the Taliban to blame to blight on international forces active in the country.
This summer three Monterey Institute students will be working as Peace Fellows on three continents for the Advocacy Project, a non-governmental organization based in Washington D.C. The diverse projects undertaken by this trio will find them seeking justice for family members of the disappeared in Peru, building networks for women in Ghana and promoting women’s reproductive rights in Nepal. The fellowship program is based on the idea that change is best achieved by those who are directly affected.
Dr. William Potter, founding director of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), yesterday met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to discuss disarmament and nonproliferation education, a significant point of focus for both the recent Nuclear Security Summit and ongoing Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference. CNS Deputy Director Dr. Patricia Lewis and U.N.