It had been a long day of working with country paper authors as part of the project Making Infrastructure Work for the Poor, funded by the government of Japan through UNDP in New York. I had written a background paper and was advising country authors from Bangladesh, Senegal, Thailand and Zambia.
They arrived from Kazakhstan and Jamaica, Ecuador and Senegal, France and Japan, Ukraine and Australia. They lived, worked or studied previously in Russia and China, Brazil and Bangladesh, Rwanda and Norway, Dubai and Indonesia. Among their number are cancer survivors, Iraq War veterans, recent college graduates and parents with children.
On Friday, August 20, the Monterey Institute’s Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) will host the GSIPM Expo “Shaping a New Era: Business and Policy Solutions” showcasing the work of over 70 students. Students will present research and findings on topics ranging from “The Role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Modern Warfare” to “Youth-Led Development Projects at UN-HABITAT” at the Institute’s downtown Monterey campus.
Experts at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) dominated Amazon’s “Top Ten Hot New Releases in Arms Control” list today with the three books they authored comprising 30 percent of the top ten.
Five nuclear scientists and three English language faculty members from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Tomsk, Russia, have taken on the roles of students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies this summer, taking part in a unique, customized program curriculum intended to enhance communication between nonproliferation officials in the U.S. and Russia.
Faraaz Mahomed (MAIPS ’10) spent the spring semester of 2010 working for Amnesty International in New York as a participant in the voluntary International Professional Service Program (IPSS) at the Monterey Institute. “Amnesty International USA was something of a dream come true for me,” says Faraaz, who specialized in development and human rights in his studies at MIIS.
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.