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