IGL Newsletter: November 2018

Featured Story

The IGL Launches New Negotiation and Mediation Program

As leaders in the twenty-first century, how can we most effectively exercise influence in a global, multi-cultural environment? Are we ‘born’ diplomats or can we learn and improve our negotiation skills? Should we pummel our opponent (and “win”) or can we do well in a negotiation while preserving the relationship and laying the groundwork for future negotiations? The IGL’s Negotiation and Mediation Program is built on the key pillars that inform all IGL programs: rigorous study, non-partisan and multidisciplinary perspectives, and connecting theory to practice. Read more...


Institute Update

Migration in a Turbulent World

Caravans of migrants from Central America’s Northern Triangle. More than five million Syrian refugees outside the country’s borders and more than six million internally displaced within Syria. A recent surge of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo drives large numbers of Congolese eastward to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda. The rise of populism and right-wing parties in Europe in response to migration. The growing securitization of migration in the U.S. The 2018-19 EPIIC topic is “Migration in a Turbulent World”. The course is critically examining the multidimensional aspects of migration. Read more...


Student Group Spotlight

Tufts International Development: Ecuador Team Wins the Davis Peace Prize

Tufts International Development (TuftsID) is a student-led organization that engages students in the theory and practice of sustainable development around the world. Students, with the assistance of non-profit partners, identify communities and engage them to develop projects that can help meet their needs. TuftsID now consists of four teams: India, Honduras, Ecuador, and the addition this year of Costa Rica. The Ecuador team was the 2018 recipient of the Davis 100 Projects for Peace Prize. The Projects for Peace program is open to undergraduates in U.S. colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program, inviting them to design grassroots projects that they will implement over a summer. Each winner, initially selected by the host university, is funded at $10,000. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace. Read more...


Student Spotlight

Eva Kahan

Eva Kahan is a senior studying History and International Relations, with a concentration in the Middle East. She took EPIIC in her sophomore year, spent her junior year in Jordan, and as a senior is Co-Director of ALLIES. She loves civil-military relations with a burning passion and wants either to get a PhD in the subject or to save the world one meaningful civ-mil dialogue at a time. Watch the video...


Alumni Spotlight

Engaging Alumni

Alumni are a critical component of the IGL, connecting the past to the present and offering opportunities for future generations.

The IGL is engaging alumni in new and imaginative ways, including public speaking on campus, advising students and recent graduates, alumni gatherings throughout the country, and providing internships.

Over the past year, the IGL has held two alumni panels, and is holding a third on November 15.  The alumni panels give students a sense of the current positions that alumni have as well as the path they took to get there.  Last November, Brad Bernstein (EPIIC’89, A’89), Anne O’Loughlin Bosman (EPIIC’02, A’02), and Stephen Gershman (EPIIC’09, A’11) talked about their careers in business, covering investment, financial services, strategic partnerships, consulting and social entrepreneurship. Read more...


Event Spotlight

The IGL Welcomes Amb. Lamberto Zannier Back to Campus

The IGL hosted Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) High Commissioner on National Minorities and formerly the Secretary-General of the OSCE, on October 11 at Tufts. He is a 2015 recipient of the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award.

During his visit, he had lunch with IGL students and board members, led a discussion on migration and integration policies in the EPIIC colloquium, and gave a public lecture on “Conflict Prevention – Opportunities and Challenges of Integration”. The public lecture was co-sponsored by the Henry J Leir Institute on Human Security at The Fletcher School and by the International Relations Program. Read more...


Blog Highlight

Understanding Pakistan’s Real Water Crisis by Atrey Bhargava (A’21) and Uzair Sattar (A’21)

Our research trip in Pakistan has been a transformative experience for both of us. We met in this past year’s EPIIC class; Uzair is from Pakistan and Atrey is from India, and we wanted to look at a project that impacted both of our countries.

The title of our project, "Can Blood and Water Flow Together?", describes the politics of the water in power relations in the Indus Basin between Pakistan and India, two nuclear-powered states in a state of perpetual hostility. The goal of the project was to understand the water crisis, the role India plays in it, and analyze the effectiveness of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty between the two countries. Read more...


Upcoming IGL Events

ALLIES’ Fifth Annual Civil-Military Relations Conference on “Security, Society and the New Climate Regime”

Featuring former IGL INSPIRE Fellow Gregg Nakano, and Keynote Address by Mark Nevitt (University of Pennsylvania) on "Climate Change, National Security, and the Future is Arctic Governance"
Nov 10-11, 2018
Conference schedule and registration

Empower Fellows Presentations

Summer of 2018 Empower Fellows will present on their projects and internships
Nov 14, 2018, 12pm, Braker 113
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Alumni Panel: “Mind, Body, Schisms: Conflict and Cognitive Science”

With Michael Niconchuk (BUILD’11, A'11) and Elizabeth (Biz) Herman (EPIIC’08, Exposure, A’10) on the work they are doing for Beyond Conflict (formerly Peace and Justice in Times of Transition)
Nov 15, 2018, 6pm followed by a reception, Mugar 235
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Music, Public Diplomacy and Beethoven – A performance/discussion with Conductor and Musician George Mathew

George Mathew is a founder and Artistic Director of Music for Life International and the Ubutnu--Shruti Orchestra. Mr. Mathew is organizing a benefit concert for the Rohingya at Carnegie Hall in January 2019 and has held a number of previous concerts to benefit people in need.
Nov 28, 2018, 12 pm, Distler Auditorium
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34th Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC Symposium: Migration in a Turbulent Age

Three days of debate and discussion on timely issues ranging from the securitization of migration to the future of climate refugees, with a Keynote Address by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia and was the President of the United Nations General Assembly from 2017-18, leading negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
March 7-9, 2019
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Also, the movie, The Front Runner, based on EPIIC Alumnus Matt Bai’s book, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid (now renamed The Front Runner), opened in New York and Los Angeles on election day and will be open nationwide this weekend. It stars Hugh Jackman and J.K. Simmons and is timely in this political moment, a complex look at the relationship between the media and politicians...