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Graduate Student Conference at Rutgers

The Student Association for Global Affairs (SAGA) will host a graduate student conference this spring. The conference, titled "Rethinking Global Affairs Post-2015: Reshaping Nations, Restoring Lives" will give graduate students an opportunity to present current research and receive feedback.

In 2015, more than ever, it became obvious that old paradigms will no longer do, and new frameworks are required to address new global issues. Last year the emergence of ISIS, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Iran Nuclear Deal, a devastating earthquake in Nepal, the Ebola epidemic, the Paris Climate Accord, and advances in marriage equality all helped transform the way we see the world and how we cooperate in the face of global adversity.

The conference will consist of several themed panels in which presenters will give a 15 minute presentation of their work, followed by questions and dialogue. The conference is intended to be a forum for exchanging a variety of ideas across disciplines, as well as networking and receiving peer feedback. The Call for Abstracts deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Follow SAGA on Facebook and Twitter for more information and our hashtag #RutgersDGACon.

Join the Sigma Iota Rho Honors Society

DGA opened its Delta XI chapter of the Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) Honor Society for International Studies in 2012 when it inducted its first members. Today, the chapter has more than 30 current members and organizes a variety of academic events throughout the year. For the past two years events have been centered around the theme of the Sustainable Development Goals. Partnering with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, SIR used the platform of Global Ethics Day to host a symposiums in 2014 and 2015. The chapter is currently headed by President Lynette Sieger, Vice-President Nuriyeni Bintarsari, Treasurer P.J. Blount and Doctoral Student Representative Sabrina Axster. 

SIR is now accepting applications for new members until March 22. Members enjoy a copy of the Journal of International Affairs, access to SIR specific internships and job databases, scholarships and funding opportunities only accessible to members and being part of a diverse group of individuals dedicated to the advancement of international and global affairs. An inauguration event to welcome new members will be held in April. Applications can be found on the DGA website. You can also follow Rutgers SIR on Twitter.

Those interested can also apply for an executive board position beginning in the Fall 2016 semester. Application is open to all current (including new) members with good academic standing. To apply, please submit a word document with the following information to Lynette Sieger ( 
  1. Your name, program, and year of study
  2. A statement of interest  
  3. A statement of goals which you have for the organization for the remainder of the academic year

Meet Our Students

This month we are introducing DGA doctoral student Yvan Ilunga. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yvan joined DGA in mid-2014. He was attracted to the program's multi-disciplinary approach to issues of governance and security and to the opportunity of looking at policy from a global scale. Both of these match his own research interests in international development and conflict. Being at Rutgers, what he enjoys most is the multi-cultural environment and engaging with his fellow students who bring a diverse set of views and background to the table. In addition to his studies, he is a Graduate Assistant in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School.

We met with Yvan to talk about his recent visit to the White House where he participated in a conference on the President's initiatives on immigration, My Brother's Keeper and on U.S.-Africa Relations - Yvan's area of expertise. He actively contributed to the discussions with other policy makers and leaders of think tanks as well as White House officials. Moving forward, Yvan will stay engaged in the network that emerged from the conference to continue assessing the effectiveness of these programs.

In Case You Missed It...

Mr. Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change for the United Nations, spoke at Rutgers on January 26, 2016 on the topic, "The UN, Climate Change, and COP-21". Watch the video on YouTube.

Applications are open for the 2016 International Leadership Exchange (ILE) to Tanzania or India. The ILE is a 3-credit course offered in Summer 2016 and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more about this opportunity on the DGA website.

Upcoming Events

Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | 6PM-7:30PM
David Kilcullen, one of the world's leading theorists of counterinsurgency will discuss his book, Blood Year, a self-critical analysis of the collapse of Western counterterrorism strategy that challenges all sides in the contentious debate over America's role in the Middle East and the world.
Important information: Free for students with promotion code: STUDENT16. Free live webcast available on website.
Location: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs | 170 E 64th Street, New York, New York

DGA United Nations Visit
Friday, April 8, 2016 | 9:30AM-5PM
In partnership with the Bloustein School, DGA is planning a student visit to the UN. The visit will include three panels: UN Sustainability Development Goals Program; Peace, Justice and the UN Role; and Career Paths.
Important information: Only 24 students are permitted to attend. RSVPs are on a first come, first served basis. To RSVP, email Ann Martin at
Location: United Nations | 405 E 42nd Street, New York, New York

2016 Concern Worldwide Spring Run
Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 9:30 AM
Join the SAGA and Women in Global Affairs (WGA) team at the 2016 Concern Worldwide Spring Run! Get together with your DGA colleagues and run, walk, or jog 4 miles around beautiful Central Park. Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world's poorest countries.
Important information: To register, click the event title above, click "Join Team," choose "University Team" and complete registration. This is a fundraising event for Concern Worldwide. A minimum $40 donation is required.
Location: Central Park | 102nd and East Drive,  New York, New York

Research Associate, International Economics
Council on Foreign Relations (NY, NY)

Senior Advisor, Strategic Projects
International Rescue Committee (NY, NY)

Humanitarian Policy Advisor Consultant - Regional Bureau for West Africa
World Food Programme (Dakar, Senegal)

Studio Intern
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (NY, NY)

Gender & LGBT Intern
Bank Information Center (Washington, DC)

Analyst Intern
C4ADS (Washington, DC)

UN Conference on Trade & Development - Youth Forum

Eagleton Fellowship in Politics and Government
Rutgers University

Sustainable and renewable energy fellowship
Calls for Papers

Conference on Human Trafficking
Call for Papers: University of Nebraska

St. Antony's International Review
Call for Papers: Home, Displacement, and Belonging

International Affairs Review
Elliott School of International Affairs
Publications by DGA Faculty & Students 

Who is Wile E. Coyote? Power, influence and the war on drugs
Dr. Mark Aspinwall and DGA Professor Dr. Simon Reich
International Relations (2016)

Emotions in International Politics: Beyond Mainstream International Relations
Dr. Yohan Ariffin, DGA Director Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud and Dr. Vesselin Popovski (editors) 
Cambridge University Press
Research Tips

United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Audiovisual Library is one of the richest archives on international law. It includes historical documents, online law materials such as academic and legal publications, treaties and research guides as well as a lecture series with leading scholars and practitioners in their respective fields and from different regions, legal systems, cultures and sectors of the legal profession. A wide variety of topics are covered, ranging from arms control to criminal law and courts and tribunals to environmental law, disasters and human rights.
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