International Policy Studies

Sara Ferree: Sparking Grassroots Development from San Francisco to Women's Organizations Worldwide

I am really lucky to have a job and even more lucky to have one in the field I wanted to work in, doing the work I enjoy in a way that follows my values.

After earning an undergraduate degree in economics, I spent two years in Jamaica with the Peace Corps. When I returned to the U.S. in 2005, I worked for a non-profit that was not internationally focused. While the experience was worthwhile, I felt a desire to get back into international development work.


Global Fund for Women
222 Sutter St. Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
37° 47' 24.0072" N, 122° 24' 16.4988" W

12/7: Thomas Hout Lecture Perfect Ending to China Factor Class

Thomas M. Hout, bestselling business author and international competition expert, will deliver a lecture titled “Are We in a Cold War over Economics with China?” on Tuesday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium inside the McCone Building (499 Pierce Street) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Maha Baimyrzaeva: What will you do at the Casa Fuente Building?

Mahabat Baimyrzaeva, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management, spent her youth in the libraries of Kyrgyzstan, reading whatever she could get her hands on.  While her interests varied, her passion for learning drove her to obtain a doctorate degree in the U.S. Considering Maha's eclectic background, it’s no surprise she is attracted to the Casa Fuente Building.


Casa Fuente
449 Pierce St
Monterey, CA 93940
United States
36° 35' 58.1568" N, 121° 53' 48.1164" W

MIIS Students Honored for Commitment to Promotion of American-Chinese Youth Relations

In September, a delegation of Chinese diplomats led by the Counselor of Education, Mr. Shaowei, visited the Monterey Institute of International Studies campus in downtown Monterey. The delegation participated in Moon Festival activities organized by the Institute’s Chinese Student Association.

MIIS Veterans Organization Hosts Reception Honoring Student Veterans

The Veterans Organization of the Monterey Institute of International Studies held their first Veterans Day social event last night and was honored to welcome Monterey-area Congressman Sam Farr as their special guest. It was just one of many events planned by the ambitious leadership of the recently formed group.

MIIS Trade Initiative Chief Alan Wolff Quoted in NY Times Article on China

Ambassador Alan Wolff, former U.S. deputy trade representative and currently director of the Monterey Institute’s International Trade and Development Policy Initiative, was quoted in Wednesday’s New York Times in an article titled “After China’s Rare Earth Embargo, a New Calculus.” The article explores the issues surrounding a recent undeclared embargo by China on exports of so-called “rare earth” minerals.

Author of International Bestseller on the Origins and Future of Islam to Lecture at MIIS

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.

MIIS Offers New Avenue to Admission with Modified Language Requirement for Prospective Students

Throughout its history, the Monterey Institute of International Studies has sought to attract the highest caliber of well-qualified, internationally-oriented students. As the Institute’s programs in areas such as international business and international environmental policy have expanded in recent years, a significant number of students who are highly qualified in every other respect to attend MIIS have been rejected because they are unable to meet the language proficiency requirement.

Three Monterey Institute Students Among 20 National Scholars to Receive Prestigious Pickering Fellowship

Fifteen percent—three out of 20—of the national scholars chosen for the prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship this year are students of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Jaime LeBlanc-Hadley, Leah Severino and Juan Vazquez will receive support during their two years of study at MIIS as well as during two internships, one domestic and one overseas. As part of the fellowship award, the students commit to serve for three years as U.S. State Department foreign service officers after graduation.

Trio of International Trade Leaders to Visit MIIS for Fall Speaker Series

Three nationally-recognized leaders will address current issues in international trade policy, including America’s global economic engagement, the significance of manufacturing and the future of U.S. – China trade, in a public lecture series hosted by the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Global Trade and Development Initiative. Each speaker will address the topic of “American Business in the World Today” from individual perspectives informed by their extensive experience within both government trade policy circles and private industry.