This week marked the first week of classes in the new BGIA space at The World Policy Institute. Students navigated the new office space and enjoyed the large student space.
On Monday (3/23), a group of students attended Something Rotten! a new Broadway musical comedy. Set in the 1590s, the show follows two budding playwrights, desperate to write the next hit play.
On Thursday (3/26), another group of students attended Verdi’s Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera. This opera marks famed tenor Placido Domingo’s first performance in the baritone role of Don Carlo, while tenor Francesco Meli starred as Ernani. Soprano Angela Meade played the role of Elvira, the heroine whose love is fought for over and over again.
BGIA students had a week off from classes to enjoy a spring break.
While the students were away, the directors of BGIA made the move to the new home of the program at the World Policy Institute. Students will begin the inaugural week in the exciting new space when they return from spring break.
On Thursday (3/12), BGIA hosted a public panel titled “Erdogan Leans East: Is Turkey’s Democracy Slipping Away?” The speakers on the panel included Cenk Sidar and Pinar Kemerli. Cenk Sidar is the founder and managing director of Sidar Global Advisors, as well as the foreign policy and economic advisor to the Republican People’s Party, which is main opposition party in Turkey. Pinar Kemerli is a visiting Assistant Professor of Political Studies at Bard College. The panel was moderated by Nesrin Ersoy McMeekin, who is a current lecturer in Social Studies at Bard College, and a former lecturer in history at Koc University. Throughout the talk, the panelists presented a brief history about the current political environment in Turkey and then analyzed the social and economic factors that are placing a strain on the level on democracy within Turkey.
On Thursday (3/5), BGIA hosted a public lecture in the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series, featuring Barak Mendelsohn, associate professor of Political Science at Haverford College. During his talk, Dr. Mendelsohn presented his ideas on the franchising of terrorist groups. After going through the different techniques that terrorist groups use to gain a sphere of influence, he argued that Al-Qaeda has used a “branching-out” technique. Dr. Mendelsohn used historical proof to analyze the success of this method and make a prediction for the future of Al-Qaeda in the region. At the end of the lecture, students and attendees were treated to a lively question and answer period.
This week at BGIA, students continued their coursework and internships.
On Wednesday (2/25), the students in the Intelligence, Risk and Decision Making class had the opportunity to see a workshop production of Rogelio Martinez’s “Ping Pong” at the Public Theatre. The play is centered around a table tennis match at which President Nixon and Chairman Mao were in attendance. The show takes a comedic, as well as dramatic, perspective on a decisive moment in US-China relations.
Despite the exceptionally cold weather in New York City, students had another engaging week at BGIA.
On Thursday (2/19), Dr. Timothy Weiskel, a professor at Harvard University, and visiting scholar at Emerson College, visited BGIA to talk to students and BGIA alumni about the global climate change. He informed students of what the climate looks like today, and proposed ideas for helping to tackle the issue. Dr. Weiskel encouraged students to start asking the hard questions about the state of the environment, as well as start to thinking in new and innovative ways.
On Friday (2/20), some of the BGIA students attended a performance of “Mona Lisa” by the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
On Sunday (2/8) a few students went to see a comedy show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The show was titled "Comedy Camisado," starring Hannibal Burress, who is known for his mellow humor, and for being a cast member on Comedy Central's "Broad City" (among other roles).
On Thursday (2/12) during Core Seminar, students were treated to a visit by BGIA alumnus Danielle Schwab, who currently works as an analyst at Asymmetrica. She joined students in an interesting conversation about Transnational Criminal Syndicates. Not only did Danielle give students an idea of what her job entails, but she also gave some helpful career advice for students looking to work in either the public or private sector.
This week, students continued to settle into their internships and started the second week of courses.
On Wednesday (2/4), Leon Botstein, President of Bard College spoke at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, an event which several BGIA faculty members attended.
After Core Seminar on Thursday (2/5), students attended a public panel discussion hosted by BGIA. The subject of the panel addressed: "The State of Russian-Western Relations: Was there ever a 'Post Cold-War order?” The individual speakers at the event were: Jeffrey Mankoff, author of "Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), Andrew Nagorski, former Senior Editor, Newsweek International, and Valerie Sperling, author of "Sex, Politics, and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia" (Oxford University Press, 2014). The speakers discussed the historical landscape of the post Cold War world, the presence of journalists in the Soviet Union during the 1970s-1980s and the image that Putin projects of himself to the world. Their presentations were folowed by a lively Q&A.
The first week of classes and internships was off to a snowy start as a winter blizzard hit New York City. Despite the weather, most students started their internships on Monday, where they got acquainted with the office space and met their mentors and fellow interns. Throughout the week, students also sampled the classes that BGIA has to offer and took some more time to navigate city living. This semester courses include American Grand Strategy with Walter Russell Mead; Trends in Terrorism and Counterterrorism with Tom Parker; Writing on International Affairs with Ilan Greenberg; Intelligence, Risk, and Decision Making; and Core Seminar: NGOs in International Politics with Jonathan Cristol and Rachel Meyer.
On Thursday, a group of students attended the Broadway comedy You Can’t Take it With You, starring Anna Chlumsky, Kristine Nielson, Annaleigh Ashford and Elizabeth Ashley.
This week, the Spring 2015 students were welcomed to the BIGA Program in New York City. The new group consists of students from Bard College, Bard College Berlin, Emory University, Princeton University, and Simon’s Rock.
Orientation events this week included panels made up of Bard and BGIA alumni, as well as speakers from multiple NGOs and private firms, who all gave BGIA students career advice and tips for being successful in NYC. Students were also treated to a day of panels at the New York Law School where speakers included individuals working in the public and private sectors. These panel members had a wide variety of professions, including working in tech firms, government jobs, writing for news publications, practicing law, and working at nonprofits.
On Friday, BGIA students finished up orientation week by taking a trip to the Top of the Rock and then going for a tour at the United Nations.
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On Thursday (12/18) students attended a closing ceremony for the end of the BGIA Fall program where they received a Certificate of Intensive Study of International Affairs. Many internship mentors were present at the ceremony, as well as professors and friends. It was a fun way to end the semester.
Monday (12/8) students met for the final Ethics for a Reconnected World course. Professor Joel Rosenthal discussed the recent tension caused by the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, both resulting in the failure to indict police officers in racially charged incidents. Students handed in their final papers; a 20 page paper they have worked on all semester discussing an ethical point of contention in international relations.
Tuesday (12/9) students attended the broadway show “On the Town,” a Leornard Bernstien composed musical about workmen in New York City excited to see new sights, meet ladies, and more. The musical features famous songs such as “New York, New York.”
Thursday (12/11) students attended a workshop about LinkedIn. Students started off with having professional photos taken for their online profiles and then continued to learn how to best navigate the social media website to best enhance their job search and networking experiences.
On Monday (12/1) students went to see La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera house. This featured Franco Zeffirelli's classic take on the famous Puccini opera that tells a tale of tragic love set in bohemian Paris. Mimi, the leading female character, was performed by Sonya Yoncheva who has recently received high praise from the New York Times for her performance.
On Thursday (12/4) guest speaker Aaron Voloj Dessauer, Fellow from Yale Law School center for Law and Philosophy spoke on the topic "Civil Liberties in the Age of the Preventive State." Dessauer acknowledged the recent upset in regards to law enforcement's failure in the use of profiling, yet provided an interesting defense for how it can be used. Dessauer also explicated the meaning and legal interpretations for the First and Fourth Amendments and their exceptional nature juxtaposed to the rest of the world's interpretation of civil liberties.
Wednesday (11/19) students in the Power, War and Terror course gave a mock panel discussion role playing authors John Ikenberry, John Mearsheimer, and Charles Glaser. Each student explained their respective author’s strategic vision and predictions for US policy towards China’s rise. The group of authors selected helped develop a complex understanding of the different schools of thought addressing the conflict; liberal institutionalists, defensive realism, and offensive realism.
Thursday (11/20), American Grand Strategy Professor, Walter Russell Mead presented on the topic “Is Democracy Promotion Dead?” Mead argued that American foreign policy needs to play reduce its role in picking leaders and structuring governments for other nations. Mead emphasized that democracy promotion is unsuccessful in the way it is deployed today, and that if the US uses more subtle tactics, such as educational initiatives, another democracy wave may gain momentum on its own.
Tuesday (11/11) students had the option of attending two different events. BGIA Alum Aubrey Clark-Brown invited students to a panel on “Turkey under Erdogan: Is it still a model of ‘Islamic Democracy’?”, hosted by NYU Center for Dialogues. Panelists included Y. Alp Aslandogan, President of Alliance for Shared Values; Mark Meirowitz, Professor of Humanities at SUNY Maritime College; and Fathali Moghaddam, Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University.
The BGIA and Central European University Alumni Associations hosted a panel that same night at BGIA on “Conflict in the Age of ISIS.” The Panelists included Jonathan Cristol, BGIA Director and Professor; Maciej Bartkowski, Senior Director for Education and Research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict; and Rebecca Lissner from Georgetown University. Peter Debartolo, the chair of the BGIA alumni board moderated this event. Students found this event particularly interesting due to the convergence of different diverse strategies and goals voiced on the ISIS conflict.
Thursday (11/13) students of Power, War, and Terror took a field trip to United States Military Academy at West Point. Students visited to hear Ambassador Tom Pickering address the student body and discuss his career and strategy. Afterwards, Professor Scott Silverstone led students on a guided tour of the campus and introduced students to USMA cadets. (See picture)
Friday (11/7) BGIA Professor Andrew Nagorski published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, “Putin Tries to Undo the Tragedy of the Berlin Wall’s Fall.” Nagorski discusses Putin’s intentions to head down a political path of restoring aggressive nationalism and rebuilding the lost Soviet Union. Nagorski’s course, “Writing on International Affairs” will begin exploring the op-ed medium this upcoming week.
On Friday evening, students saw comedian Marc Maron perform at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Maron's comedy career has become widely recognized and recently has led him to guest appear on HBO, Letterman, Leno, Jimmy Fallon and several other late night shows and comedy specials. His critically acclaimed series, “Maron” and podcast, "WTF with Marc Maron" have gained him a strong following due to the raw and honest comedic content.
Sunday (11/9) students had a great time at a sold out show of Interstellar at the Lincoln Square Theatre, one only of ~100 theatres screening it in 70mm.
On Monday (10/27) students attended a Core Seminar Career Panel focusing on Americans Working for Foreign Governments. A Research Analyst at the Permanent Mission of the UAE to the United Nations and the Special Assistant to the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations discussed their experiences, interests and challenges as Americans working for foreign governments.
On Tuesday (10/28) students attended a Core Seminar Panel, “The World Wonders, What Will America Fight For?” Dr. Joe Burton, lecturer and co-author of “More Power to the People? Public Participation in Foreign Policy,” and Dr. Simona Soare, author of “9000 Tons of Diplomacy: United States Strategy, Hegemonic Power, and Relative Decline” both discussed the challenges America faces with its global commitments, and constant military expectations. Each speaker discussed their personal expertise; Soare spoke about the European perspective and Burton focused on Asia's expectations.
On Thursday (10/30) students met for the Speaker Series “The Kurds and Kurdistan Northern Iraq: A Personal Perspective.” Dr. Joe P. Dunn, Charles A. Dana Professor of History and Politics at Converse College and author of six books and hundreds of articles and reviews, spoke about his experience working closely in the field with Kurds as well as background history and current status of the ethnic group. The conversation was expanded to a discussion assessing America’s effort to combat ISIS and possible strategies beyond a military framework.
On Monday (10/20) students met at the New York Historical Society to see speaker Stephen Sestanovich and moderator Robert Kagan discuss the topic of “Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama.” Sestanovich spoke about his book, the impacts of American primacy, and the balance between American performance and commitment.
On Thursday (10/23) students handed in their midterm essays for Core Seminar. The essay challenged students to discuss NGOs stakeholders and what role they have in the programs and operations of an organization.This assignment also gave students a chance to discuss their firsthand experience at their internships, examining stakeholders in their own organization.
Coming up: Professor Walter Russell Mead will do a Reddit AMA
On Wednesday, October 22, Professor Walter Russell Mead will be joining the ranks of Barack Obama and Louis CK by doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) at 2 PM. Log on (http://www.reddit.com/r/iama) and watch the action unfold, or join in and ask a question!
In the course Power, War and Terror, a group of students gave a presentation entitled "Fixing the International System after WWII." The group explicated the topic of a post-war vision of international order developed during the Roosevelt and Truman administrations and reflected upon influences of Wilson's failed attempt to create the League of Nations. Through a close examination of John Ikenberry's work, students gained a more enhanced understanding of the complexities of the war and post-war efforts.
On Friday (10/10), students attended an event at the Council on Foreign Relations on the Sunni-Shia Divide. Deborah Amos, a Foreign Correspondent for NPR, and Vali R. Nasr, Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies spoke at the event regarding the nature of the conflict, its impacts on the Middle East region and proposed strategies and tactics to respond and manage it.
Students have received midterm assignments from most courses. In Power, War and Terror, students have broken up into groups to present on different topics such as "Fixing the International System after WWII," and "American - Chinese Strategies." Students in the Realism Reconsidered course will be handing in their prospectus for a 20-25 page research paper they will work on through out the whole semester.
On Friday, students got together at the 92 Street Y for a pizza party and got a chance to talk about midterm strategies.
This week at BGIA students got together to see Eric Prydz's EPIC 3.0 concert at Madison Square Garden, a one time event. Prydz's concert was the largest indoor hologram performance ever, displaying holographic visuals presented three times wider than HD 5750 x 1080 pixels. Needles to say, this was a truly unique experience.
On 9/29, the dean of Central European University's School of Public Policy came to BGIA to host an info session and discuss graduate opportunities abroad.
On 9/16, the Writing in International Affairs course welcomed guest speaker Christopher Dickey, the foreign editor of The Daily Beast. Dickey spoke about his experience working in the field and gave students advice on foreign correspondence.
On 9/18, Francois Carrel-Billiard spoke as part of the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series. Billiard is the Associate Director of the Blinken European Institute and a former French diplomat who was stationed in Paris, Moscow, New York, and worked with NATO and the EU. His lecture, “The European Union: Stop or Go?” gave students an informed account of what the future possibilities of the EU hold.
In coursework this week, students in "Power, War and Terror" were assigned a group presentation to work on together for October. Presentations will focus on explicating the strategic visions of different problems such as the competition between America and China and the attempt to “fix the international system” after World War II.
As students continue with coursework and internships, they've also had time for more social events this week. This past Sunday 9/7, students were able to go to the top floor of 30 Rockefeller. Late at night, the view showcases New York City’s best sights, including the Empire State Building.
This Sunday 9/14, students gathered to see the UCB Theatre’s “Asssssssscat 3000!” One of the best comedy nights around in the city.
Courses began this week and students were able to sit in on the first session of each course for a preview before finalizing registration. Courses include American Grand Strategy with Walter Russel Mead, Realism Reconsidered: Ethics in International Affairs with Joel Rosenthal, Writing on International Affairs with Andrew Nagorski, Issues in Global Publi Health with kate Bourne, Power, War and Terror in International Affairs with Scott Silverston, and Core Seminar: NGOs in International Affairs with Jonathan Cristol.
On 9/14, students headed down together to see Kenneth Lonergan's play "This Is Our Youth," starring Michael Cera. This was one of many fun and social events planned for the semester.
This fall, BGIA students are interning at NGOs, political offices, political risk firms, think tanks, and news organizations through New York City.
The internship organizations include: Council on Foreign Relations, Human Rights Watch, Global Justice Center, Global Kids, Global Poverty Project, International Crisis Group, Mayor's Office of Community Affairs, New York City Global Partners, Oxford Analytica, World Federalist Movement, World Policy Institute, and WNBC.
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BGIA welcomes students from Bard College, Smolny College, Converse College, Ursinus College, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Bard in Berlin, University of Western Ontario and Eötvös Loránd University. Our week-long orientation will include panel discussions about interning and networking, course presentations, tips for living in New York City, and social events.
On Thursday (7/24), the summer program concluded. Internship mentors and professors were in attendance for a reception where students received Certificates of Intensive Academic Study in International Relations and Global Affairs. Paulina Kubiak, Writer at UN News Centre, spoke to the students about networking and starting your career after college.
That evening, the celebration continued with a farewell dinner at Pier i Cafe.
On Wednesday (7/16), several students went to the United Nations for a Council on Foreign Relations panel discussion on fracking, given by Michael A. Levi, the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Elizabeth Thompson, former Minister for Energy and Environment in Barbados.
On Thursday (7/17), Ambassador Joe Melrose returned to BGIA to continue speaking with students about his experiences as a diplomat and to offer advice about pursuing a career in that field.
On Thursday (7/10), Abigail Paris, a BGIA alumna and Sustainability Manager at PriceWaterhouseCooper spoke with students about a careers in the financial sector and offered advice on selecting graduate programs.
Also on Thursday, students attended the Tony-award winning musical Pippin with scholars from the U.S. State Department's Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSI) program.
On Monday (6/30), BGIA's International Law class took a trip to the UN. Andrew Gilmour, Director in the Secretary-General's Office for Political, Peace-keeping, Humanitarian and Human Rights spoke to the class about the missions that he has participated in, as well as The Responsibility to Protect. The discussion was continued with Jennifer Walsh, Special Adviser at the Assistant Secretary-General level on the Responsibility to Protect.
On Sunday (6/22), students went to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to see Assssssscat 3000!!, an improv and sketch comedy show.
On Monday (6/23), Riley Willis, Progame Associate at EngenderHealth, Nicole Primoff, Operational Advocacy Researcher at Doctors Without Borders, and Elias Primoff, Publications Coordinator also at Doctors Without Borders, visited BGIA. They talked with students about their experiences in the field of Global Public Health and gave them advice about starting a career.
On Monday (6/16), Mark Seddon visited BGIA's International Law class. A speechwriter for Secretary-General of the UN Ban-Ki Moon and a former anchor and diplomatic correspondent for Al-Jazeera English, he spoke to the class about the UN's initiatives and efforts to get the public interested and involved in humanitarian causes.
On Thursday (6/19), Ambassador Joe Melrose came to speak to students about his experiences as a diplomat, including his time as the US Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Deputy Chief of Mission in Abuja, Nigeria, Consul General in Karachi, Pakistan. He also gave students advice about pursuing a career as a diplomat.
On Monday (6/9), Delaney Simon, Special Assistant to the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations came to speak to students about Afghan foreign relations and her experiences working with a UN mission.
On Thursday (6/12), several students attended the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of John Stienbeck's Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco, Leighton Meester, and Chris O'Dowd.
This week, the BGIA Summer 2014 cohort began their internships at Aid for AIDS, the Arab-American Family Support Center, The American Interest, Central American Legal Assistance, Control Risks, Human Rights Watch, Global Justice Center, Found Object Films, Natural Resources Defense Council, NYU Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West, Olive Tree TV, and Oxford Analytica.
Students come from the following institutions: Bard, Bates, Clark, Columbia, Duke, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wofford, and are originally from Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Washington and Ecuador.
On Thursday (6/5), several students went to see the ballet Manon at the Metropolitan Opera House, which was the summer's second social event. Originally premiering in 1974 at the Royal Ballet in London, Manon is considered to be one of the company's preeminent ballets. This event was preceded by last Friday's (5/30), where students attended The Cripple of Inishmaan, featuring Daniel Radcliffe at the Cort Theatre.
On Sunday (5/11) there was a group outing to see the Phillies and the Mets face off at Citi Field.
On Thursday (5/15) the Spring '14 session concluded with a graduation ceremony. Students, professors, and mentors were in attendance for a reception and ceremony where students received Certificates of Intensive Academic Study in International Relations and Global Affairs.
On Thursday (5/8) BGIA alumna Fiona Korwin-Pawlowski held a LinkedIn workshop, teaching students how to make effective use of the professional social media website.
The final speaker in this semester's James Clarke Chase Memorial Speaker Series was Michael Moran, Managing Director of Global Risk Analysis at Control Risks. He is also the author of The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and the Future of American Power. Formerly, Moran was the Executive Producer of the Council on Foreign Relation's Crisis Guides documentary series, a foreign affairs columnist for GlobalPost.com and a journalism professor at BGIA.
On Monday 4/28 Laurie Garrett gave a talk entitled "Directing Evolution" in which she explained the unsettling ways in which humans now control biology. Garrett is a leading expert on viruses and pandemics, Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Pulitzer Prize winning author.
On Thursday 5/1 BGIA's Core Seminar class discussed the topic of NGO legitimacy with Mirjam de Bruin of the University of Amsterdam. Following this guest lecture, Paulina Kubiak of the United Nations Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit spoke about her experiences and offered professional advice.
On Sunday 5/4 there was a social outing to see electronic music group Chvrches at Terminal 5.
On 4/21 journalist and author Jonathan M. Katz spoke to BGIA students about his book "The Big Truck That Went By." Katz was living in Haiti reporting for the Associated Press at the time of the 2010 earthquake. His book recounts the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and the international aid disaster that followed, including the cholera epidemic. During his visit to BGIA's Writing on International Affairs class, he shared the process of turning his unique experience into a book, and discussed with the challenges involved with foreign disaster assistance.
On 4/14 Lionel Beehner, PhD candidate at Yale University and member of USA Today's Board of Contributors, visited BGIA's Writing on International Affairs class. His writing can be found in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, and Slate to name just a few. He offered advice to student writers about finding stories, interviewing, and tailoring writing for different audiences.
On 4/17 Tamer Nagy Mahmoud, legal advisor to the drafters of the 2014 Egyptian Constitution, discussed the successes and failures surrounding the framing of the constitution. He explained the changes from the last constitution to current one, the challenges involved with drafting a new constitution, the groups that came together to create the constitution, and the role of the constitution in Egypt's ongoing political transition.
On 4/10 Christina Madden, President of the New York Chapter of Women in International Security (WIIS), spoke with BGIA's core seminar class. She spoke to students about the work of WIIS, as well as her experience as a private consultant.
On 4/3, Professor Roy Licklider of Rutgers University spoke on “Merging Competing Military Forces After Civil Wars” as part of the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series. With the majority of the world’s civil wars since 1989 ending in the eventual merging of formerly hostile groups, Licklider addressed how these resolutions come about and whether they promote long-term peace.
BGIA student and intern at Group SJR, Norman Rozenberg, was published on Dell’s Tech Page One site. Tech Page One is a news source for technology, business, and gadgets. Today, social movements are taking advantage of the rise of social media. Norman wrote about a new study that could have interesting implications for future protests as well as businesses and online campaigns. Read it here: http://techpageone.dell.com/downtime/consensus-opinion-grows-fast-twitter/#.Uz8Sy61dWQk
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