International Affairs Events in New York

November 19:
The United Nations Association Brooklyn Chapter is hosting a reading by Jessica Alexander, author of Chasing Chaos. Jessica has extensive experience as a humanitarian aid worker in the world’s most troubled countries and worst humanitarian disasters, such as in Sudan, Sierra Leone, and Haiti.  In the words of Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, Chasing Chaos is “A no-holds-barred description of what it is like to travel to world disaster sites and engage in the complex, challenging, nitty-gritty work of making a difference across lines of culture, class, age, gender, and perspective.” November 19, 5:45 – 7:45, Pacific Library, 25 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

October 23: Panel: United Nations peacekeeping. UNDay advisory 10-23-14.  Speakers: Christopher O’Donnell, UN Department of Peacekeeping; Joseph Stephanides, Office of the UN Secretary General; and Mark Ungar, Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College.  October 23, 6:30-8:30  Location: Long Island University, Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues

October 10: Council on Foreign Relations: On October 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., CFR will hold a special event at its New York headquarters for college and university professors and students teaching and studying international relations and related fields. Attendees will explore CFR’s most recent InfoGuide “The Sunni-Shia Divide,” and participate in a discussion on the Sunni-Shia sectarian rift, featuring Deborah Amos, foreign correspondent at National Public Radio, and Vali R. Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, in conversation with editor Robert McMahon. A networking reception where students can speak with department representatives about career and internship opportunities at CFR will follow.  Please register here. You may also watch the panel discussion in real time from 1:15 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. at

Careers at the United Nations

Careers at the United Nations

with  Stéphane Dujarric
Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
6:00 – 8:00pm  CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, 
Room 9207
Stéphane Dujarric has served as Spokesperson to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon since February 2014. He was also Spokesperson to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Deputy Communications Director for Ban Ki-moon, Director of News and Media for the UN Department of Public Information, and Director of Communications for the UN Development Programme.  RSVP by emailing

Immigration Roundtable: October 16

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Politics of Immigration and Citizenship: Past as Prologue

A Roundtable Discussion featuring five prominent scholars of U.S. immigration political and policy history.

Among the questions to be discussed: How did immigration reform become mission impossible? Has it always been this frustrating?

Questions from the audience will be welcome and encouraged.

Cybelle Fox, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Rebecca Hamlin, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Grinnell College

Daniel Tichenor, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science, University of Oregon

Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania


Anna Law, Herbert Kurz Associate Professor in Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Time: 4:30-6:00 PM — A reception will follow the event. —

Place: The Graduate Center, The City University of New York                 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)                 Room 6112 (Sociology Lounge)

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

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
-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

-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.