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I’m Shalaka Joshi, second-year Masters of Public Administration student with a concentration in International Security Policy and a specialization in Technology, Media, and Communications. Prior to graduate school, I was an Associate at the public affairs firm Dewey Square Group in Washington, D.C, and I have an undergraduate Political Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. While my family is from India, and I was born there, I grew up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas.

When applying to graduate school, I knew I was looking for an institution where I would not only learn about the important issues of the day, but would also prepare me to be forward thinking about the challenges that we face. Being at SIPA has sparked my interest in the intersection of technology, policy, and politics, and how this nexus of ideas is impacting our lives. It has also provided me opportunity for growth, intellectual fulfilment, and close friendships with my wonderful peers.

The Columbia Journal of International Affairs has been around since 1947, making it the oldest student-run academic publication in the world. I first learned of it when a flyer announcing that the Journal was looking for assistant editors caught my eye early in my first semester at SIPA. Because I was intrigued with the idea of students leading the conversation on the public policy challenges of the future, I applied to join the board as an assistant editor on the digital team.

Currently, I am the Managing Editor of the Digital and Online Team, where I help to manage our website and social media presence. My goal for the past year has been to build the Journal’s digital presence so that more people know of the work we do, and we can further share the ideas in our pages. We have done this by livestreaming the launch events for our two most recent issues: “Contentious Narratives” and “The Fourth Industrial Revolution,” by developing our social media presence, and by publishing interesting analysis around important events both current and historical, such as the Brazilian elections last year and the centenary of the end of World War I in 2018.

We live in a world in which policy discussions have become divorced from the public conversation. It is my hope that the Journal continues to try to break through this divide and engage with everyone, and leads the conversation on the public policy challenges of our time.

The next issue of the Journal will examine “The Dynamics of Global Feminism.” For this issue, we have announced a student essay contest and a visual arts contest, a great way for SIPA students to win money and be published alongside experts, academics and policymakers. We invite everyone, including future SIPA students, to engage with us and carry the legacy of the Journal forward for the next 70 years.

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Photo Credit: Shalaka Joshi and the JIA, including the header photo of the JIA special launch event.

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 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.


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 (
Marie O’Reilly (

SIPA News co-editors


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—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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