Foreign Policy events Fall 2014

events at the Foreign Policy Association  Fall 2014


World Leadership Forum 2014
DATE: Tuesday, September 23, 2014    8:30 am – 5:00 pm    St. Regis Hotel, New York City
 

America’s Latest Orphan: Afghanistan. What Does the Future Hold for the Country?
 
Has America become accustomed to leaving orphans behind, following U.S. military interventions in foreign lands? With the approaching withdrawal of Western/American combat forces from Afghanistan, to be completed by the end of 2016, it is time to ask, what does the future hold for the most vulnerable group who would no longer be protected by the American shield?
Barnett R. Rubin, Director and Senior Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, and former Senior Adviser to the Special Representative of the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the U.S. State Department, will discuss these issues. 
DATE: Monday, October 6, 2014    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
LOCATION:   NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York City

The Impact of the Arts on Foreign Affairs

 
Please join the Foreign Policy Association and the Resource Center for Cultural Engagement for a panel discussion on the impact of the arts on foreign affairs. The panel discussion will focus on if, how, and where the arts have influenced understanding and respect abroad, addressed social issues, and influenced policy.  
 
DATE: Monday, October 20, 2014    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   LOCATION:   TBD, New York City

New World Disorder: Challenges for the UN in the 21st Century with Kofi Annan
 
Please join the Foreign Policy Association for a lecture with H.E. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Founder and Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, who will be discussing “New World Disorder: Challenges for the UN in the 21st Century“. Copies of Mr. Annan’s book, We the Peoples: A UN for the Twenty-First Century, will also be available.
Mr. Annan will be speaking as part of the Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture on Conflict Prevention in Honor of David Hamburg.
DATE: Thursday, October 23, 2014    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm    LOCATION:   PwC, New York City

The Dame Jillian Sackler Distinguished Lecture on Global Health Issues with Dr. Robin Robinson
 
Please join the Foreign Policy Association for a talk with 
Dr. Robin Robinson, Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Robinson will be discussing the U.S. government’s current response to the Ebola crisis.
DATE: Wednesday, November 19, 2014   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm    LOCATION:   TBD, New York City

New United Nations Internship

Job Opening  INTERN – PUBLIC INFORMATION
Posting Period:  13 August 2014-12 November 2014
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
‐ Title of degree you are currently pursuing
‐ Graduation date (when will you be graduating from the programme)
‐ IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
‐ Top three areas of interest/department preferences
‐ Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
‐ Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted.
The Internship is in the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information. It is for a period of two months with an opportunity for extension up to six months, depending on the needs of the division and availability of the candidate. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days a week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.
Responsibilities: The intern will assist one of the United Nations outreach programmes. Examples of duties to be performed include the following:
- Assisting with planning and organization of conferences and other outreach activities
– Providing logistic support for the organization of public events, guided tours and briefings
– Conducting internet research on thematic issues
– Coordinating with special guests and VIPs
– Overseeing RSVP lists and volunteers
– Providing general office support (processing, drafting and finalizing correspondence and other communications; setting up and maintaining files/records, organizing meetings, etc.)
– Developing web content and web site maintenance
– Drafting, formatting, editing and posting original web site content/news stories, including graphics, photographs and video
– Maintaining databases
– Assisting with development and implementation of surveys
Communication:
-Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
-Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
-Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Teamwork:
-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
-Places team agenda before personal agenda
-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
-Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Client Orientation:
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
– Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme in journalism, communication, media studies, filmmaking, international relations or related field (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c
) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;

- Be computer literate in standard software applications;
– Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
– Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience: No professional work experience required.

Languages: English and French are working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment Method: Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Learning Center: Writing Support for Graduate Students

The Learning Center (LC) provides free peer and professional tutoring in courses across the curriculum.  We are open 7 days a week: M-TH: 10 AM – 7 PM, F: 10 AM – 3 PM, and S/SU: 12 PM – 4 PM.  Students will find it a congenial place to share ideas, consult with a tutor, and improve their skills.  Computers are also available for use.   Students working on writing assignments can get support at every stage of the writing process, from outlining to revising, and everything in between.  For graduate students, the Learning Center hired a tutor, Ted Demos, to work specifically with graduate students.  He is available to meet with you to discuss writing strategies and to help you take advantage of all resources available in the Center.  To make an appointment, please call the center at 718.951.5821, or stop by.  For all non-writing  subjects, students may drop in during our posted days and times.  Tutorials are conducted in small groups or one-on-one depending on availability.  Our full schedule is available on our website at http://LC.brooklyn.cuny.edu and updated throughout the semester.

Fall internships: HRIU

The Human Rights in Iran Unit (HRIU) seeks interns for the Fall 2014 semester to help the team research and analyze, from a variety of quantitative and qualitative perspectives, the performance of the Iranian Government on the 126 recommendations it accepted during its 2010 United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Interns will help conduct research, produce info-graphics on Iran’s rights practices, participate in public outreach, and support other activities in preparation for the United Nations General Assembly and Iran’s November 2014 UPR.  Schedule is flexible, but will approximately one full day per week for 14 weeks.  Through POLS 7950, 3.0 credits will be counted toward the MA degree.  Contact Mark Ungar at MUngar@brooklyn.cuny.edu for more information. 

Co-Sponsorship Statement and Policy

The Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College welcomes requests to co-sponsor speakers and events from all student groups, departments and programs. We co-sponsor events because we as a department value the open and free exchange of ideas. As educators, we place great value on learning, inside and outside the classroom. At our commuter campus, students’ time is scarce, as most have jobs. We want our students to care enough about ideas and about politics to plan and attend such events. By sponsoring and co-sponsoring speakers, we are not endorsing the ideas expressed; in the past we have sponsored and co-sponsored speakers as various as Omar Barghouti, Alan Dershowitz, Kathleen Cleaver, Elliot Abrams, Glenn Greenwald, Judith Butler, and Leonard Garment. We are instead acknowledging and encouraging students’ contributions to the intellectual life of the campus.

Commencement

For our soon-to-be graduates, please note that filing for graduation is not the same as requesting tickets to walk in the commencement ceremony. If you would like to participate in the ceremony and would like tickets for friends and family members, call the Division of Student Affairs at 718.951.5352 to request tickets.