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New Internship Program in Mauritius
Friday, 03 February 2012 15:37

Read more...AGS now offers a humanitarian internship program every summer in Mauritius, off the East coast of the African continent. Thanks to a newly signed partnership with the Rushmore Business School, located South of the capital Port Louis, students enrolled in the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS have the opportunity to participate in a 10-week long internship from mid-June to end-of-August on the Mauritius Island. This internship can be counted for credit towards the AGS degree.

Internship placements are in NGOs, governmental or intergovernmental organizations in the humanitarian sector. Examples of possible internship placements are: Amnesty International (field work), Human Rights Commission (office work), American Embassy (office work), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Red Cross, United National Association of Mauritius (Mauritius branch of the World Federation of United Nations), Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS - umbrella organizations of several NGOs), and others.

See more information here

Gender Issues Working Group
Monday, 24 October 2011 00:00

Read more...AGS has a new working group on gender issues. This groups gathers students and faculty to discuss and conduct research on a wide array of world issues related to gender, regardless of whether they concern men or women, in relationship to such subjects as race, culture, religion, sexuality, economics, development, poverty, and violence.

The group was created upon the initiative and under the coordination of A.J. Morgen, a Ph.D. candidate at AGS whose doctoral research focuses on banishment following sexual assault in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group also welcomes the participation of Professor Ruchi Anand, whose fields of expertise include women's studies.

The Gender Issue Working Group was inaugurated on October 17. "In our first two meetings alone we've discussed the practice of castration for the purposes of witchcraft in Uganda, the Bugis’ belief in five genders, and the potential implications of criminalizing prostitution in the Netherlands" says Morgen.

At this date, 15 students have joined the group in addition to Professors Morgen and Anand. The group is open to all, including non-AGS students and faculty. If you wish to receive more information or attend a working group meeting, please contact A.J. Morgen.

Prof. Andrews of UC Berkeley gives a guest presentation at AGS
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 11:45

Read more...On October 3rd, Dr. Richard Andrews, Associate Director of the UC Berkeley Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) in California, gave a guest lecture at AGS to students in the undergraduate study abroad in Paris program. His lecture was entitled: "Taking Hold of Human Destiny: The Evolution of Cultural Policy in France and the United States". It focused on the creation of modern cultural policies in the U.S. and France. Why and how do governments support culture and the arts? How do French and American cultural programs resemble or differ from one another? What are the future trajectories for cultural policies in the two countries? Dr Andrews's lecture examined the roots of France and the US's current arts support systems, considering the intersections of arts policy and arts practice via case studies, and proposing new ways of thinking about the role of cultural support.

The UC Berkeley Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) is a leading research and training laboratory focused on the creative interaction between music and science. Dr. Andrews is also Executive Director of the Eco Ensemble, UC Berkeley's professional new music chamber group dedicated to contemporary works by emerging and established composers. He has developed and taught courses at the UC Paris Study Center and the American University of Paris, and has lectured at the Savannah College of Art and Design SCAD/Lacoste, the Institute for American Universities, Parsons Paris, and the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

AGS's undergraduate study abroad in Paris program focuses on the culture, history and politics of France and Europe. It is conducted in partnership with Arcadia University's College of Global Studies and welcomes students enrolled at various universities across the US who come to Paris for a semester or a full year to gain international experience and transfer the credits back to their home institution. More information here.

AGS Launches Graduate Certificate in NGO Management
Monday, 19 September 2011 12:51

Read more...Starting this Fall, NGO offers a new graduate certificate program on NGO Management which will be co-taught by specialist in education and development Clinton Robinson and Human Rights Watch France director Jean-Marie Fardeau. This program is designed for students and professionals looking to start or join an NGO as well as NGO staff seeking to deepen their knowledge and improve their practices, and for all those who wish to integrate in other types of careers an in-depth understanding of what have become essential components of international affairs.

Courses are held in Paris in English. The program is based on a dual focus: a thorough exploration of the nature and role of non-governmental organizations and of the international context in which they are active, and a hands-on approach of the principles and practices of developing and managing an NGO. It comprises two semester courses which can be either taken as components of the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy program at AGS, or as a standalone module yielding a graduate certificate.

Read more...An independent consultant in education and development, Clinton Robinson has served as a senior specialist on various education programs, after working for over twenty years for SIL International, a literacy and language development NGO. His experience includes ten years in Africa, as well as building professional networks with the UN system and other NGOs. His areas of expertise include education in developing countries, social and rural development, literacy and language issues, and NGO management. Robinson holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Rural Social Development and Sociolinguistics from Reading University (UK), an M.A. in Modern Languages from Oxford University (UK), and a Master in African Linguistics from La Sorbonne Nouvelle (France).

Read more...An agronomist by training, Jean-Marie Fardeau is the Director in France of Human Rights Watch, one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Through his work, Fardeau seeks to influence France's domestic and foreign policies to ensure that they comply with human rights standards. Before joining HRW in 2007, Fardeau worked in humanitarian aid and international cooperation for over twenty years, serving notably as Executive Director of CCFD (Comite Catholique contre la Faim et pour le Developpement) and president of CIDSE (Cooperation Internationale pour le Developpement et la Solidarite, an international network of catholic development NGOs).

Fardeau says: "NGOs have become key players on the international scene. Growing out of an understanding of democratic action that is rooted in citizens' concerns, they aim to express the values, ideas and commitments of civil society. I am honored to share with AGS students my own experience in creating and managing NGOs."

Ph.D. Candidate Presents at Conference on Governing Migration in Uganda
Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

Read more...Ph.D. candidate A.J. Jackson from the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS has been accepted to present a paper at a conference on "Governing Migration" in Kampala, Uganda, on July 3rd to 6th. This conference is organized by the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, which brings together academics, practitioners and decision-makers working on forced migration issues. It is hosted by the Refugee Law Project, a local Ugandan NGO which seeks to ensure fundamental human rights for all asylum seekers, refugees, and internally displaced persons within Uganda.

This 13th conference of the IASFM aims to explore key dimensions of the relationship between forms and tools of governance on the one hand, and patterns and experiences of forced migration on the other. A.J. will present at a panel on th subject: "Dirty Wars and Violent Sex: What Does It Take to Repair Gender Wounds After Conflict?". She will also chair a panel on "Harmful Sex, Violence and Disease: The Challenge of Protecting Women During and After Conflict". See conference program.

A.J. writes: "In front of a group of my respected peers, I will argue that the banishment of Congolese females from their homes and/or communities after they have been sexually assaulted is a form of forced displacement and should be considered so by transitional justice mechanisms."

Graduating student participates in Conference on Inequalities, Conflicts and Solidarity in the 21st Century
Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Read more...Miram Cochran, who will be graduating this year with two Masters from the dual program in International Relations and Diplomacy/Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiation, went to Turkey to present a paper at a conference on "Whither the 'Post-Westphalian' World? Inequalities, Conflicts and Solidarity in the Twenty-First Century". This conference was held on June 15-17 in Istanbul, at Kadir Has University, on the occasion of the 8th annual convention of the Central and East-European International Studies Association (CEEISA). Miriam's paper focused on the decline of the role of the state (and therefore the importance of Realism) while noting that it is not yet obsolete.

Master's student Chris Manning Presents at Conference on Hate Studies
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 00:00

On April 7th, Master of International Relations and Diplomacy student Christopher Manning (Class of 2011) presented his research on "The Role of Islamophobia in Homegrown Islamic Radicalization" at the 2nd International Conference on Hate Studies. The conference was sponsored by Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. His presentation examined how anti-Muslim rhethoric and behaviors in the United States and United Kingdom have the effect of isolating the Muslim populations in those countries. This paper was based on the research that Chris has been conducting for his Master's thesis at AGS, under the advisorship of Professor Joav Toker. It is now being considered for publication in the Journal of Hate Studies. Chris explains, "The most exciting aspect for me was getting to discuss the topic with an audience which included an FBI counterterrorism agent and a representative of the United Kingdom's Crown Prosecutor."

Spring 2010 Thesis Defenses at the School of International Relations
Thursday, 29 April 2010 00:00

Read more...Like every year in the Spring, it is thesis defense time at the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS in Paris. Candidates for graduation in June defend the Master's thesis as a culmination of the two-year M.A. program - and as part of the degree requirements.

Defenses all take place at AGS in Paris and are open to the public within the limit of space available. To attend, please contact

Defenses scheduled through May 27st are the following:

Timothy McGowan: "Linking Environmental Scarcity to Violence:  A Critical Reevaluation of Environmental Scarcity Theory Using a Multi-Factor Framework in the Case of South Africa"
Friday, April 30th at 11:00 am

Jenica Jones: "Security vs. Dominance:  The Question of NATO Expansion"
Thursday, May 6th at 11:30 am

Brigid O'Grady: "George W. Bush's Iraq War Retoric"
Friday, May 7th at 11:00 am

Meredith Railey: "International Governance of African Oil: Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative"
Tuesday, May 11th at 11:00 am

Paula Prince: "The Privatized Military Industry and the Westphalian State system"
Friday, May 14th at 11:00 am

Amber French: "Do Women Benefit from South-North Migration? A Case Study of Senegalese Migration to France"
Friday, May 14th at 1:00 pm

Wren Sellers: "Does the Convention for the Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage conform to Oran B. Young's 'Institutional Bargaining Model' and its 'Determinants of successful international regime formation'?"
Friday, May 14th at 3:00 pm

Michael Kithcart: "Why does microfinance fail to contribute to the empowerment of women in rural Rajasthan?"
Friday, May 14th at 4.30 pm

Verena Bibaritsch: "Is the European Neighborhood Policy a Substitute or Prelude to Membership in the European Union?"
Thursday, May 20th at 4:00 pm

Amandine Muskus: "Are There Areas of Collaboration (or Synergy) Between Scientific Experts and Policy Practitioners in Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Harmonization in the European Union?"
Thursday, May 20th at 5:30 pm

Nathan O'Neill: "Should the Aral Sea be saved?  If so, how?"
Friday, May 21st at 10:00 am

Chrysann Sutton: "Soldiers for Sale: The Implications of Military Outsourcing for International Humanitarian Law"
Friday, May 21st at 11:30 am

Anthoula Parianos: "How have changes in U.S. federal aid policy on donor aid during the Bush administration impacted reproductive health in Kenya? An Analysis of the relationship between U.S. Federal Aid Policy and Reproductive Health in Eastern Africa"
Thursday, May 27th at 11:30 am

Guest Speaker from UNEP
Friday, 23 April 2010 15:21

Read more...Erica Allis, a consultant at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Paris, was a guest speaker in Dr. Anand's International Organizations class on April 23. She talked about the history and mission of UNEP, and her work in the Tourism and Environment sector, the role of which is to mainstream sustainability into tourism development by demonstrating the economic, environmental, and socio-cultural benefits of sustainable tourism.

See more information on UNEP's Tourism and Environment sector

Students Participate in Colloquium at the French Senate
Monday, 12 April 2010 00:00

Read more...Students at the School of International Relations at AGS attended a colloquium on Uzbekistan at the French Senate on April 6. The colloquium was organized by the Institut France-Europe-Asie and sponsored by French Senator André Dulair and Ouzbekistan Ambassador to France and Portugal, H.E. Bakhromjon Aloev. The discussions focused on Uzbekistan's development and current position in the international economic and political landscape.

"I learned a lot about the history and development of Uzbekistan, which is the most populated Central Asian country. I particularly found interesting the government's current emphasis on social and environmental issues." says one of the students who attended.


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