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Journal of International Affairs Opportunities

The following is a message from the Journal of International Affairs.  For more information on the Journal you can also read this entry posted by a student earlier this year.

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Dear Incoming Students,

I would like to present you with an exciting opportunity to write for one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious student-run academic publications in International Affairs.  Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs is looking for book review writers for its Fall/Winter 2011 issue on authoritarian states.

The issue will explore common themes in the ways that different authoritarian states attempt to boost internal legitimacy, exploit open economic networks, leverage international institutions, co-opt the media and stifle dissent. By viewing these regimes from the inside out, this issue will yield important insights about the role that authoritarian governments play on the world stage.

By July 20, interested applicants should email mc3387@columbia.edu the following:

1. A recent CV

2. Two recommendations of potential books for review (recently published – earliest from 2009)

3. A short writing sample (no longer than 750 words)

Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by August 5. The books will be assigned after the recruiting process is over.

Each book review will be 300 words long and will be due on September 5, 2011.

SIPA News – Non-State Actors

The latest issue of SIPA News is now available.  The magazine is published twice per year and features articles written by students and faculty at SIPA.   Incoming students will have the opportunity to contribute ideas and content for future issues.  Information on how to do so will be communicated in the coming months.

The topic for this issue is Non-State Actors.  The following is part of the introduction written by Dean Coatsworth:

“Non-state actors” are nongovernmental organizations that participate in the public arena but do so with goals, policies, structures, and leaders that are not directly determined by governments. They are almost always “political” in the broad sense that they seek to substitute for or supplement public policies they deem ineffective, challenge and reshape policies they wish to change, or make use of publicly defined spaces to promote a cause or secure a benefit. Non-state actors include local NGOs and international corporations, trade unions and trade associations, banks that are too big to fail, and opposition groups too small to survive. Non-state actors do not exist in a stateless vacuum. Their activities are often regulated, encouraged, or suppressed by the power of governments. Taken together, nonetheless, they constitute an emerging global civil society of immense complexity and influence.

Some of the articles in this issue include:

  • WikiLeaks and Westphalia
  • Awakening India’s Young Voters
  • Twitter Revolutions? Old and New Media in the Middle East and North Africa
  • New York Education Nonprofits Create Synergies for Success
  • Business and the State: A New University Challenges the Status Quo in Russia
  • Egypt’s Youth on the Frontline of the Revolution

The full magazine is available for viewing as a PDF by clicking here.  All previous issues of SIPA News can also be viewed on line by clicking here.

SIPA News – The Water Issue

The latest issue of SIPA News is now available.  The magazine is published twice per year and features articles written by students and faculty at SIPA.   The topic for this issue is water.  The importance of such a simple substance is underscored in the Dean’s introduction:

With more than 6 billion people on the planet today and the combined effects of global warming and industrial and urban pollution, the supply of water safe enough for drinking, recreation, production, and other uses is becoming scarce. In some parts of the globe, prolonged droughts and other weather events (like the freeze that burst pipes in Ireland last December) or humanitarian crises and refugee camps have already created emergencies that threaten entire populations.

The following are just a few of the articles in this edition:

  • As Waters Rise, Environmental Migration Surfaces
  • El Niño Drought Leads to Blackouts, Power Rationing, and Political Fallout in Venezuela
  • In Cambodia, Development Pushes Ahead at the Expense of a Lake
  • A Beachgoer’s Duty: A Surfer and a Fisherman Lead the Way to Curb Runoff Pollution on the JerseyShore
  • Mass Freshwater Exports: Alaska’s Latest Cash Crop Heads to India

The full magazine is available for viewing as a PDF by clicking here.  All previous issues of SIPA News can also be viewed on line by clicking here.

SIPA News – Are You In?

SIPA students have many opportunities to get involved in activities related to their studies, including the opportunity to publish in SIPA News and The Journal of International Affairs.  The staff of SIPA News asked me to outreach to incoming SIPA students that might be interested in submitting an article for consideration.  Please see the message below and if you are interested, contact the individuals noted below.

You can find previous copies of SIPA news for viewing here.

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Dear Member of the SIPA Class of 2012,

On behalf of the staff of SIPA News, welcome to SIPA!

SIPA News is a semi-annual magazine written by students, alumni, and faculty and distributed to the global SIPA community. Our fall issue will be on the topic of water. Water is considered by many to be the new oil: from prospective conflicts in the Middle East to its role in sustainable development to floodwater in the United States, this topic touches on many fields and is truly global in scope.

Where do SIPA students stand on the issues surrounding water and what perspectives can they offer on how water resources contribute to development, trigger conflicts or natural disasters, and transform cultural practices?  What are the most critical issues that water is raising today?

We welcome contributions from all SIPA students, with a premium on first-hand reporting.  SIPA News would like to take its readers into small towns suffering from droughts, bring attention to innovative water development projects, or give them a front row seat in the debate about water-sharing policies. We’re looking for colorful stories about real people.

If you’d like to write for us, please send your proposals by Friday, July 16. Proposals should be at least one full paragraph and be representative of your writing. Clips are also welcome.  We need your feature stories (around 1000 words), shorter articles, and photos.  Final drafts of all submissions must be received by September 15.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Whitney Eulich (wae2101@columbia.edu)
Marie O’Reilly (mao2137@columbia.edu)

SIPA News co-editors

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SIPA News: Science and Technology

The latest issue of SIPA News is now available.  The magazine is published twice per year and features articles written by students and faculty at SIPA.  The topic for this issue is science and technology and the following are just a few of the articles:

  • Video Advocacy for Human Rights
  • How the 21st Century Became Green
  • “This Domain Has Been Disabled”: U.S. Online Service Providers and Their Role in Intermediary Censorship
  • Blogging in Burma:  Cyber-Dissidents Fight for Freedom Against the Odds
  • The Original Medical Tourism Destination: Keeping Patients Coming as Health Care Goes Global
  • Video Sharing from the Grave: A Tale of Murder, Intrigue and Micro blogging in Guatemala
  • Science at SIPA: The Course Work of the Future

The full magazine is available for veiwing as a PDF by clicking here.  All previous issues of SIPA News can also be viewed on line by clicking here.

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