International Policy Studies

MIIS Student a Featured Presenter at Clinton Global Initiative Meeting

After growing up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monterey Institute student Wesley Laine (MAIPS ’14) knows from experience what it is like to go without one of the most basic human needs -- access to clean water. Two years ago he started a project in the South East Department of Haiti to install gravity-fed water chlorination systems using a simple device. “I really wanted to do something about the cholera crisis in Haiti,” says Wesley. “The fact that it is now helping over 360,000 people means everything to me.”

Leading International Trade Official to Join Monterey Institute Faculty

Ambassador Rufus H. Yerxa, outgoing deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), will join the faculty of the Monterey Institute as a visiting professor beginning in February.

Former President of Kyrgyz Republic Shares Democratic Transition Experience with MIIS Students

Students of Dr. William Potter’s popular Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty simulation course were treated to a unique opportunity this week to have an intimate discussion with Dr. Rosa Otunbayeva, the former president of the Kyrgyz Republic who led the first peaceful transition from an authoritarian to a parliamentary democracy in Central Asia.

Syria Crisis Draws Media to Experts at Monterey Institute and Center for Nonproliferation Studies

The current, rapidly evolving Syria crisis has led U.S. and international news outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, CNN, Al Jazeera and Reuters to seek comments from the world’s foremost experts in chemical weapons, threat reduction mechanisms and nonproliferation—many of them found at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). Below are some highlights of the many media appearances by MIIS and CNS experts over the last three days:

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MIIS Alumnus Aaron Stein Named a Top Young Foreign Policy Leader by Diplomatic Courier

Monterey Institute alumnus Aaron Stein (MAIPS ’10) has been named one of the “2013 Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33,” an international list recognizing the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The list is published by Diplomatic Courier magazine and co-sponsored by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Miriam Fugfugosh: Monterey Institute “Family” Connections Extend to Geneva

Miriam Fugfugosh (MAIPS ’03) says that one of her favorite things about the Monterey Institute is the atmosphere of warmth and welcome that she felt throughout her time there—“from the first day of orientation to graduation.” She appreciated the closeness with other students, and the staff and faculty who found time to interact with the students as individuals.

May Graduate Nathalie Marin-Gest Turned Summer Internship Into Dream Job

Nathalie Marin-Gest (MBA/IPS ’13) has a lot going for her.  Multilingual, intelligent, and likeable, she was so enthusiastic about a career in development that she added a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree to her International Policy Studies (IPS) degree to make sure she had all the right skills.  It was not a surprise to her career adviso

5/10: NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous to Speak at MIIS Human Rights Fair

Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the keynote address May 10 for the Monterey Institute’s third annual Human Rights Fair, sponsored by the Amnesty International Club on campus.

Spring Break @MIIS: Students Witness UN Negotiations for First Global Conventional Arms Treaty

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first global conventional arms treaty on April 2, 2013. This is the first time the world’s nations have come to agreement on a legally binding international treaty regulating trade in conventional weapons (there are already treaties regulating nuclear as well as chemical and biological weapons). The treaty is being hailed as historic for pioneering elements such as linking sales to the human rights records of buyers.

MIIS Student, Arrested at 15 by the Taliban for Teaching Girls, Now Poised for Leadership Role in Education in Afghanistan

Fulbright student Moslem Shah (MAIPS ’13) had his pick of U.S. universities, but chose the Monterey Institute of International Studies because he felt it would fit his long term plans to take on a leading role in rebuilding his native Afghanistan after three decades of war. “My experience here, both personally and professionally, has gone way beyond my expectations,” says Moslem, adding that he loves how the diverse student body has helped him to broaden his perspective.