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Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

Sun, 2014-12-14 15:22

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides full-time six to nine month fellowships for recent college and graduate school graduates to work on international peace and security issues with one of the twenty-five participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host organization, and do public education and advocacy on a range of issues including arms control and nonproliferation, conventional arms trade, environmental and energy security, military budget, and peacekeeping. They may also attend coalition meetings, Congressional hearings, and policy briefings, as well as meetings with policy experts arranged by the program. Scoville Fellows are paid at an annual rate of $33,600 ($2,800 per month), and receive health insurance and travel costs to DC to begin the fellowship. The next application deadline is January 5, 2015 for the fall 2015 fellowship. For complete information see

Candidates must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues. Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

crossposted from PCDN

Code for Africa & Open Knowledge, Open Government Fellowships

Sun, 2014-12-14 14:59

Pioneering Fellowships Will Help Rewire Africa's Governments
(Application deadline: 15 December 2014)

Do you want to help us build African governments and societies that are more accountable and responsive to citizens?

We are looking for the best ideas for harnessing the power of digital technologies and open data, to improve the way that governments and citizens interact.

Code for Africa and Open Knowledge are offering three pilot Open Government Fellowships to give outstanding changemakers the skills, tools and resources necessary to kickstart open government initiatives in their countries.

The six-month fellowships are intended to empower pioneers who are already working in the open data or civic engagement communities, and are designed to augment their existing 'day jobs' rather than remove them from their organisations. Successful fellows will therefore only be expected to work part-time on their fellowship projects (which could include new initiatives at their 'day jobs'), but will receive strategic and material support throughout their fellowship.

This support will include a modest $1,000 per month stipend, a $3,000 seed fund to kickstart projects, a travel budget to attend local and international events, access to workspace in Code for Africa affiliate civic technology labs across the continent, and technology support from Code for Africa developers and data analysts. Fellows will also be able to tap into Open Knowledge's School of Data networks and resource kits, and its global network of specialist communities, as well as Code for Africa affiliate communities such as Hacks/Hackers.

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2014. The fellowships are scheduled to start in February 2015 and run until July 2015.

So, who qualifies for the fellowship? The initiative is a pilot, and is therefore casting the net as wide as possible. Applicants should:

Currently be engaged in the open government and/or related communities . We are looking to support individuals already actively participating in the open government community
Be able to point to examples of their work in the civic data or civic technology space, or work in open data or open government communities
Understand the role of civil society and citizen based organisations in bringing about positive change through advocacy and campaigning
Understand the role and importance of monitoring government commitments to open data as well as other open government policy related issues
Have facilitation skills and enjoy community-building (both online and offline)
Be eager to learn from and be connected with an international community of open government experts, advocates and campaigners
Currently live and work in Africa. Due to limited resources and our desire to develop a focused and impactful pilot programme, we are limiting applications to those currently living and working in Africa. We hope to expand the programme to the rest of the world in 2015.
The fellowship will initially be limited to African countries where either Code for Africa or Open Knowledge have extensive resources or deep partnerships. Applicants should therefore be based in one of the following countries: Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Tunisia, Tanzania, and Uganda. We hope to expand the initiative to include additional countries later in 2015.

The selection committee will pay particular attention to applicants' current engagement in the open government movement at local, national and/or international level. The committee will also be interested in applicants' ideas around proposed strategic partnerships and pilot projects for their fellowships. Neither Code for Africa nor Open Knowledge are being prescriptive about the proposed focus or scope for projects, but will prefer projects that demonstrate clear visions with tangible outputs. This could include fellows working with a specific government department or agency to make a key dataset available. It could also include helping communities use available data, or organising a series of events addressing a specific topic or challenge citizens are currently facing.

Successful candidates will commit to work on their fellowship activities a minimum of six days a month, including attending online and offline training, organising events, and being an active member both Open Knowledge and Code for Africa communities.

While the pilot fellowships are limited to 16 countries initially, we are exploring ways to expand it to other regions. Get in touch if you would like to work with us to do so.

Convinced? Apply now to become a Open Government Fellow. The application is available here. The deadline is 15 December 2014 and the programme will start in February 2015.

Posted by Craig Zelizer on November 29, 2014 at 3:51pm on PCDN

Global Change Leaders Program

Sun, 2014-12-14 14:53

Coady Institute's International Centre for Women's Leadership
You can now apply online for the 2015 Global Change Leaders program.

About the Program

The Global Change Leaders Program is a seven-week education program offered by Coady Institute's International Centre for Women's Leadership. This program enables women from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities. Program participants engage in learning grounded in real world experiences and focused on Coady's core thematic areas. Through a shared learning environment with other emerging women leaders from around the world, participants are exposed to a range of experiences and the beginnings of a potentially lifelong network of support.

In operation since 2011, the Global Change Leaders program provides successful candidates with a full scholarship that includes tuition, travel, accommodations, and meals. Program participants also benefit from the guidance and mentorship of accomplished women leaders from around the world. The program is led by a core team of Coady International Institute staff and supported by other Coady faculty and associates.

Meet our 18 Global Change Leaders class of 2014

Program Eligibility

This program is targeted to emerging women leaders from developing countries who are working on development issues. These are women who:

Possess a minimum of four years of demonstrated leadership experience in a social or economic development endeavour in sectors such as livelihoods or inclusive economic development, food security, environment, access to education and health care, governance, and the rights of girls and women;
Have great drive and passion for their work, demonstrated through their outstanding contributions in their organizations and communities;
Are practitioners in civil society organizations including community based organizations and not for profits, or active in public or private institutions, donor/philanthropic agencies, social movements or in a social enterprise/business;
Hold a university degree or a combination of post-secondary education and experience; and
Have strong oral and written English language competencies.
The deadline for application submissions for the 2015 program is January 9, 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by February 28, 2015 for a Skype interview. A final decision on the 2015 cohort will be made by the end of March to allow time for visas to Canada to be acquired by the participants

Program Schedule and Components

For 2015, the Global Change Leaders Program consists of two main components:

1. August 24 - October 8, 2015: A seven week on-site intensive course at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where a collaborative relationship is fostered among facilitators and participants to draw out lessons and insights from their rich and diverse experiences. This consists of:

a. A foundation module, in which participants focus on leadership theories and essential competencies, analysis of gender, citizenship and power, practical understandings of these concepts and their application for women leaders within their own contexts, strengthening capacities for social innovations, partnership building in a multi-stakeholder environment, and enhancing abilities to realize citizen-driven asset-based development.

b. Electives, focusing on Coady Institute's key thematic areas of promoting accountable democracies, building resilient communities and strengthening local economies.

c. A final module, in which participants articulate an action plan for how they will take their new learning home to provide leadership in their organizations and communities and continue to work towards empowering other women moving forward.

2. October 12, 2015 - April 30, 2016: Participants will benefit from one-on-one mentoring from experienced women leaders upon their return home for up to six months to follow on the application of learning into practice. Mentors and mentees will be matched during the residency period based on specific needs and geographic locations. Participants will also join a global alumni network of women leaders.

for more info see

Posted by Craig Zelizer on November 14, 2014 at 11:37pm on PCDN
Global Change Leaders Program

Needed: Development Reporter with Global South Development Magazine

Sun, 2014-12-14 14:50

Become a Development Reporter with Global South Development Magazine!
Do you love writing and/or photography and want to raise issues that matter to you? Do you want to be part of a thriving global community of development reporters and community activists? Then we offer you a stepping stone. Come join us. Be a development Reporter. It's a chance to learn, contribute, get connected and make a difference in the world.

What is the Development Reporter program?

In an effort to build a global network of development activists and to create a robust global team for reporting development, Global South Development Magazine has introduced the concept of Development Reporter. The idea is to offer a global platform and tools to people who are passionate and committed about developmental issues of the developing world.

Who can apply?

Regardless of their nationality or origin, freelance writers, photographers, journalists, community and NGO workers, youth workers, development activists, students of community development, development studies, community media and people directly taking part in different development initiatives can send their applications.

What is the qualification required?

There is no formal qualification required for the post, but you should sufficiently be able to demonstrate your inclination to developmental issues of the developing world and should possess sound knowledge of the English language.

How long will you work as a Development Reporter?

Once recruited, you will be working as a Development Reporter for a fixed period of two years. Within that period, you must be able to make at least 4 (article/feature) submissions or at least 8 photo submissions. After your tenure is over, you will receive a letter of appreciation and a souvenir from us. If you have made a remarkable contribution during your two years' tenure as a development reporter, it might be possible to continue as a special correspondent or a regional editor.

What will you be doing as a Development Reporter?

First, you will go through a month long online training on development journalism and community media, after that you can start writing articles, features, photo essays or even start producing short videos on developmental issues. Your articles and any other submissions will be published in Global South Development Magazine or will be featured in its official website

What is the history of Global South Development Magazine?

Established in 2009, Global South Development Magazine is a quarterly magazine with an exclusive focus on developmental issues of the developing world. The magazine is published by Silver Lining Creation, a non-profit based in Finland, and is an initiative of freelance writers and journalists as well as community activists from different parts of the world. GSDM is distributed mainly online though it has limited print circulation as well.

If you want to read/download previous issues of the magazine go here Or you can also meet our global team and read an wikipedia articleabout us. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or take a look of photos submitted by our correspondents on Instagram.

How to apply?

You can apply for the post of Development Reporter by sending a letter of interest by email to with the following attachments

1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

2. Write and send a real or an imaginary feature story of about 500-1000 words dealing with a developmental issue of your interest.

Next application deadline for Development Reporter program 2015 is December 31, 2014. All successful applicants will be informed by 10 January 2015 at latest.

Applicants based in developing countries will be prioritized. Even though we might already have a country correspondent in the country of your residence, you can still apply to become a Development Reporter. There can be more than one development reporters for the same country/territory.


If selected, you will be connected and be part of an exciting and thriving global team that seeks to make the world a better place. All successful applicants will be provided a press ID that will enable you to work as a journalist in your country and represent us in different programs such as seminars, conferences, events and expeditions. In addition, we will provide you a certificate of work experience after you have worked with us for at least a year and you will frequently receive different training manuals to work effectively as a development journalist.

However, we are a not-for-profit organization and almost all of our activities are carried out by volunteers. Based on the existing policy of the organization, please note that you won't be paid for your work. If selected, you must be able to make at least two contributions a year or i.e. 4 contributions in 2 years.

If you need additional information please write to:

Global South Development Magazine

Posted by Manoj Bhusal on December 12, 2014 at 4:00am on PCDN

Dec 15 Kerim Balci, editor of Turkish Review Magazine, at HHH

Sun, 2014-12-14 14:34

Mr. Kerim Balci , the editor in chief of Turkish Review Magazine and columnist of Today's Zaman Daily, Zaman Daily and El-Arabiya, will be at the Humphrey School Monday, December 15, at noon. invitation letter for a talk at HHH.pdf

He was a journalist in Israel during several years and one of the few Middle East Experts in Turkey.

Tolga MISIRLI, Ph.D.
Niagara Foundation
Executive Director-Minnesota

FLAS Fellowships UMN

Sun, 2014-12-14 14:31

The Institute for Global Studies is pleased to announce that we are able to offer summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. As you know, FLAS fellowships are intended to support graduate students who want to study a less-commonly-taught language (LCTL) in combination with area studies courses. We are able to offer FLAS fellowships in three distinct areas: African Studies, Asian Studies and International Studies. FLAS_InfoSessions2015_QR-1.pdf

Summer FLAS fellowships carry a living stipend of $2,500 and up to $5,000 in tuition and fees. They are intended for intensive LCTL study domestically or abroad.
Academic year FLAS fellowships carry a living stipend of $15,000 and up to $18,000 towards tuition and fees. AY fellowships are primarily intended to study one of the LCTLs taught at the University of Minnesota.

You can find detailed information, a description of the application process and the application form on the IGS web site:

The FLAS fellowship competition is open to all graduate students who are or will be enrolled at the time the award starts. This means that incoming students are eligible to apply for the AY fellowship. Foreign students are not eligible.

Changes to FLAS Application Process

Please note that after many years of selecting fellows through a departmental nomination process, we are moving to a simple application process. Starting with the summer 2015 and AY 2015-2016 competition, students can submit their application materials directly to IGS.

The application deadline is Monday, February 9, 2015.

We created an extensive list of frequently asked questions. Hopefully, you will find useful information there that will help you to advise your students about the FLAS. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me at

Information Sessions

As in years past, we will be holding several information sessions for students on the east and the west banks. For graduate students, we have the following sessions scheduled:

Thursday, January 22, from 1:00 till 2:00 p.m. in room 260 Social Sciences (west bank)
Thursday, January 29, from 3:30 till 4:30 in room 213 Folwell Hall (east bank)
Thursday, February 5, from 11:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m in 260 Social Sciences (west bank)

Klaas van der Sanden
Program Director | Institute for Global Studies |
African Studies Initiative |
University of Minnesota | | 612-625-1856

Lynne Schuman, HHH Director of Career Services, retiring

Fri, 2014-12-12 16:24

From GN: Lynne has been a passionate supporter of students embarking upon global/international careers. Recently she founded the successful Global Mentors program at the HHH.

Lynne Schuman, Director of Career Services, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Lynne Schuman
Lynne Schuman has been Director of Career Services for almost 29 years at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is retiring in December, leaving behind a fantastic legacy that includes serving thousands of future public servants locally, nationally, and internationally by advising and providing career and student services. For the past nine years, she also has taught a course in public-service career development.

Lynne grew up on a farm in Illinois where she enjoyed working and taking care of animals, especially horses and dogs. She started her undergraduate studies in her home state, but finished her studies in political science at the University of Minnesota, earning a B.S. and a Masters in political science and continuing in the PhD program (she is ABD). Before her job at the Humphrey, she advised students in the College of Liberal Arts and International Relations. We recently entertained a brief conversation with Lynne and asked about her administrative career and other passions.

Q. How do you contribute to the mission of the U? How do you make a difference at the U?

One of the most important missions of the University is to prepare students to do important work after they graduate. And for me, the work of public service is the most important. Our alumni are across the state, the country and across the globe and everyone is doing work that improves processes, that innovates programs, that inspires change. So it is by providing students with connections, helping them plan their career paths, and by encouraging them that we fulfill those goals and help them in their future careers.

Q. What keeps you coming to work? What excites you about working at the U?

Without a doubt, students and alumni. I love what everyone does and the fact that each one of them has a singular story. It is very rewarding to listen to their stories and learn about how they use their skills and strengths. I am never bored. I think that which I have appreciated the most about my work is the ability to connect people with other professionals through the mentorship program and observe how much they have to offer to one another. Each group of students is different. Some are more introspective. Others are more interactive. It requires us to adapt our communication and teaching styles, combining methods. I never stop learning. Everyone always teaches me something new. One of my favorite events is the kickoff of the mentorship program. That is the moment when both students and mentors get to meet each other. I enjoy watching them, talking and greeting for the first time, as they share things they are passionate about.

Q. Do you have any plans for retirement?

Yes, a lot! I am planning on doing some travel, especially because my daughter lives in Germany. I enjoy doing historical research and writing, so I'll do some of that. My passion is to work with dogs, train them, and show them for competitions. I also hope to train my dogs for therapy work in hospitals and nursing homes.

Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Reading, writing, gardening, working outdoors, back to my farm roots.

Q. Before you leave, would you have any last recommendation to students and future public service leaders?

I'd say follow your passion and interests but develop the skill set to do it well and to advance in your career. Passion and interest are very important, but also devote time and energy to develop skills, continuing the learning process. Today it is important to be adaptive to new and challenging circumstances, and flexible to learn from others.

crossposted from UMN P&A News for December 2014

Speaking at HHH Noon: Kerim Balci, Journalist & Chief Exec Editor, Turkish Review

Fri, 2014-12-12 16:13

You are cordially invited to a talk at U of M Humphrey School of Foreign Affairs from Mr.Balci, a Middle East expert and journalist from Turkey.

Please see the attached invitation letter. invitation letter for a talk at HHH-1.pdf

Partners for Change seeking grad research assistant (Minnesota office)

Fri, 2014-12-12 15:29

we are looking for a graduate student (PhD, MBA, MA) or recent grad to help with research for the final book manuscript as well as help convert research that will not be included into the book into publishable briefs. I appreciate your ideas on how best to find a talented and tireless new colleague to work in the Minnesota office doing exciting global work. Thanks for your suggestions on the best ways to find our new star staff.

Gayle Peterson
Senior Managing Director
Partners for Change
Associate Fellow
University of Oxford Said Business School
Programme Director Impact Investing
Co-Director Women Transforming Leadership
312.878.6710 (phone)
gpeterson10 (Skype)

Registration open for Global Cities course, Dar es Salaam

Thu, 2014-12-11 21:28

Please note that program fee (which covers most of cost of program) is in lieu of tuition and that you can use financial aid for this fee.

The course is 3 credits.

Acumen Global Fellows Programs

Thu, 2014-12-11 21:18

The Global Fellows Program trains the next generation of social impact leaders

Gain world-class leadership training. Serve in the field with a social enterprise. Join a cohort of emerging leaders who will change the world. Applications for the 2016 Class of Global Fellows will open on November 10th

for more info see
About the Global Fellows Program

Fellows Shot (Bryan)Program Overview

Established in 2006, the Global Fellows Program is a 12-month fellowship for individuals dedicated to serving the poor and who have the business and operational expertise, and moral imagination needed to effect long-term social change. The fellowship begins with an eight-week training program in the Acumen New York office, where Fellows learn about business models for the poor, hone their leadership skills, and learn more about Acumen.

After training, each Fellow works for the CEO or senior management of an Acumen investee on a critical business issue facing the organization. Fellows have worked on projects ranging from leading operations of a new business unit at a cotton ginnery in Uganda, to expanding the clinic network of a pharmacy company in India, to developing branding strategies for a microfinance institution in Pakistan.

Since 2006, we have received more than 4,400 applications from 100 countries and trained 63 Fellows from 21 countries. After the Fellowship year, Fellows continue to create social change, with 85% of the alumni currently in leadership positions at socially progressive organizations such as, Bridge International Academies, Endeavor, Bamboo Finance, New Island Capital, We the Change Foundation, Living Goods, Ashoka, Omidyar Network, and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.
Fellowship Year Overview

Leadership Training

September to mid-November

The Global Fellowship begins with two months of intensive training at the Acumen offices in New York. The training curriculum is based on the three core principles of moral imagination, financial expertise, and operational expertise. Acumen partners with some of the foremost organizations to deliver this leadership curriculum.

Field Placement

Mid-November to August

For ten months, Fellows work at one of Acumen's portfolio companies as key staff members. Fellows work directly with entrepreneurs, interact with customers, and grapple, first-hand, with the complex issues of addressing the needs of the poor.

Debrief & Beyond

September & Onwards

Fellows return to New York to share their experiences and lessons learned with the Acumen staff and community. Fellows receive career development support to assist with their post-Fellowship career plans. After the Fellowship, Alumni remain connected through bi-annual gatherings, newsletters, participation in future selection processes, and other opportunities.
The Application Process - Applications will open on November 10th, 2014.

There are five parts of the initial application:

Background Information
Your Resume/CV
Applicant Summary and Overview
Essay Questions
Two Professional References
For application instructions, click here.

For frequently asked questions, click here.
The Selection Process

November 10th, 2014: Applications open
December 7th, 11:59 PM EST: Applications close
January: Phone interviews
February- March: In person interviews
April- May: Final candidates selected and offers made

crossposted from PCDN

Professional, paid volunteer positions in Malaysia

Thu, 2014-12-11 21:17

Professionals Wanted! Do you want to Volunteer in Malaysia? It's an all paid Fellowship..APPLY NOW!
Greetings from Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur!

We at Impact Hub KL believe that amazing causes need passionate people.

We are excited to announce our first global fellowship programme called Volunteering for International Professionals (VIP) targeting professionals on career breaks who wish to volunteer in Malaysia for 16 weeks.

The VIP Fellowship programme is a Malaysian government initiative to create a large pool of talented professionals, who are passionate about sharing their expertise and experiences globally, as expert volunteers to evoke a long-term social change in the country by addressing Malaysia's most pressing social issues.

By working alongside local partners and fellow volunteers, volunteers will use his or her skills to tackle critical issues in impact areas such as youth‐at‐risk, homelessness, unemployment, environment and wildlife, access to education, rural transformation, women empowerment, social equality, health, senior citizen, etc.

This Fellowship Programme is designed, delivered and hosted by Impact HUB Kuala Lumpur and Scope Group on behalf of the Ministry of Finance Malaysia.

The fellowship covers the airfare, lodging and provides monthly allowance.

For more details, kindly visit:

I look forward to receive your applications and to welcome you to Malaysia in Jan 2015.

Anthony David
Co-founder, Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur &
Director of Impact Projects and Intrapreneurship, Scope Group

cross posted from Peace and Conflict Development Newsletter

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, US Grad Students (US Citizens Only)

Thu, 2014-12-11 21:14

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

The applications for the 2015-2016 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship: January 27, 2015
Boren Scholarship: February 4, 2015*
*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit

HHH alum & visiting scholar Cakici to take UN job in Ethiopia

Thu, 2014-12-11 17:16

"I will serve as the Associate Program Manager and Evaluator at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. I am a UN Young Professional (2013 Cohort). After completing two probationary years in Addis, I will be relocated to another post at another UN secretariat."

Hanife CAKICI, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
19th St. S. Minneapolis
Minnesota 55455 USA

HHH Atwood on MPR about EU future (listen here)

Thu, 2014-12-11 17:05

What does the European Union's future look like?
The Daily Circuit 9:06 AM · Dec 11, 2014


J. Brian Atwood: Professor and chair of global policy at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Tom Nuttall: Columnist for The Economist in Brussels

There's a lot of bad news about the future of the European Union: economies still reeling from the recession, rising nationalism, what some think is an unwieldy bureaucracy in Brussels. But what does the future of the EU actually look like?

As the European Council prepares to meet in Brussels next week, we look at the sustainability of the EU.

In Forbes, Robert Kaplan argued he doesn't "believe that the European Union is merely a phase in history:"

It is the beginning of a regional grouping of sorts, united in universal values, that, while not ever truly united from Iberia to the Black Sea, will be a pivotal factor in Europe indefinitely. This will especially be the case in future years as Russia loses dominance in energy markets, suffers from a declining population and calcifies further under autocratic rule. The vision of Europe's elites a decade ago was too ambitious, but that does not mean at all that the age of the European Union is past. The European Union has a brighter future than Russia does.

J. Brian Atwood, professor and chair of global policy at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the latest.

Dec 15 Kerim Balci, editor of Turkish Review Magazine, at HHH

Thu, 2014-12-11 01:22

Mr. Kerim Balci , the editor in chief of Turkish Review Magazine and columnist of Today's Zaman Daily, Zaman Daily and El-Arabiya, will be at the Humphrey School Monday, December 15, at noon. invitation letter for a talk at HHH.pdf

He was a journalist in Israel during several years and one of the few Middle East Experts in Turkey.

Tolga MISIRLI, Ph.D.
Niagara Foundation
Executive Director-Minnesota

Thursday 10am, Dec 11--come to HHH 110 for Tanzania Global Cities course info session

Thu, 2014-12-11 01:10

Global Cities Dar es Salaam Course
The Global Cities Dar es Salaam course is now open for registration. There will be a course information session with Professor Ed Goetz on Thursday, December 11 at 10:00am in HHH 110 i. Please see here for more information.

Holiday events at Alliance Française

Thu, 2014-12-11 00:48 Bonjour et Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année!

Alliance Française Mpls/ St Paul | 113 N First Street | Minneapolis | MN | 55401

Join WIIS (Women in International Security), access Jobs Hotline

Thu, 2014-12-11 00:41

Check out the new Jobs Hotline!

Please note, the WIIS website was recently updated to provide a membership portal where members can now create forums, access and comment on blogs, easily view and connect with other members, and better utilize the benefits of a WIIS membership. To protect confidential information, members will be asked to reset their passwords when logging into the new member portal for the first time. The member portal can be accessed by clicking on the Jobs Hotline link below. You will be redirected to the WIIS website where you will need to sign in on the right-hand side of your screen.

If you have trouble resetting your password, please contact WIIS Global at