APSIA Welcomes Newest Member: IE Univ. School of International Relations

leigh   February 17, 2016   News

On February 15, 2016, APSIA was pleased to welcome the IE University School of International Relations (SIR) as its newest member.

Based in Madrid, Spain, the School offers a Master of International Relations (MIR) and undergraduate degrees. Drawing upon IE University’s top ranked business school, SIR also offers a dual MIR / MBA.

“The MIR is wholly dedicated to teaching, researching, and reflecting on world affairs.” says Dean Arantza de Areilza Churruca. “The program equips internationally-oriented professionals with the multidisciplinary skills to work in a world where the private, public, and non-profit sectors converge, global partnerships are created, and national boundaries fade.”

The School attracts a diverse student body and faculty who share a desire for professional excellence and a vocation to create progress and social change on a global level.

“We are delighted to welcome the School of International Relations into the APSIA membership.” says Executive Director Carmen Iezzi Mezzera. “The School’s work encompasses and transcends traditional distinctions between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to provide an important sense of how to operate in a globalized world. “

Deans Gather in Seattle for Annual Meeting

leigh   February 4, 2016   News

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On January 7-8, 2016, 42 representatives from 38 APSIA member and affiliate schools gathered in Seattle, WA for the annual meeting of APSIA deans and directors. The meeting was hosted by the University of Washington (UW) Jackson School of International Studies.

On Thursday January 7, the APSIA member meeting began by sharing accomplishments from 2015. Participants mentioned the launch of new degrees, the hiring of new faculty, and the creation of new research centers. APSIA’s Executive Director Carmen Mezzera then presented her report on the state of the Association.

Next, UW’s Senior Director of Institutional Advancement and Senior Director of Advancement for the Social Sciences joined members for a discussion on what motivates giving in different regions of the world, moderated by Philippe Burrin of the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

Following the discussion, Bob Wilson of the University of Texas at Austin moderated a session on ways to increase partnerships and exchanges among members with Joe Bankoff of Georgia Tech University and Keiji Nakatsuji from Ritsumeikan University, which highlighted the importance of interpersonal relationships and institutionalized agreements.

That evening, members were joined by representatives from affiliate schools. Over dinner, Mark Suzman, President of Global Policy, Advocacy, and Country Programs at the Gates Foundation, discussed the tremendous progress made in international development in the last fifteen years.

On Friday, January 8, APSIA co-sponsored a public discussion with the World Affairs Council of Seattle and the Jackson School to consider the security challenges facing a new US administration. Moderated by Jacqueline Miller of the World Affairs Council, Ryan Crocker of Texas A&M University, Susan Collins of the University of Michigan, Enrico Letta of Sciences Po, and Eric Schwartz of the University of Minnesota served as panelists.

Once participants returned to UW, Christopher Hill of the University of Denver asked Reuben Brigety of George Washington University, Andrew Kim of Korea University, and Irina Novikova of St. Petersburg State University to comment on adapting schools to the 21st century. Speakers agreed students need leadership training, cross-cultural competencies, and regional expertise to correspond to the demands of the job market.

Dane Rowlands of Carleton University then moderated a session on techniques to address faculty hiring needs. Karen McGuinness of Princeton University and Kenneth Paul Tan of the National University of Singapore kicked off the discussion, which stressed that schools should demonstrate collegiality and community among faculty.

Finally, John Keeler of the University of Pittsburgh asked Joel Hellman of Georgetown University, Adil Najam of  Boston University, Vanessa Scherrer of Sciences Po, and Stephen Toope of the University of Toronto to discuss ways to promote and differentiate international affairs education. Speakers stressed the importance of our schools’ deep, multidisciplinary commitment to international affairs and the strength of our students.

The 2016 APSIA meeting concluded with a cruise for deans, directors, and local staff around Seattle.


APSIA Members collaborate for GLOBEseminar on Leadership in Humanitarian Crisis

leigh   October 8, 2015   News


For the ninth year, the Master of International Affairs and Governance (MIA) at St. Gallen and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University joined forces for a GLOBEseminar on “Leadership in Humanitarian Crisis.” This program brings together Fletcher and MIA students with students from the Chinese European International Business School,  practitioners from agencies, international organizations, the corporate world and nongovernmental organizations from Kashmir, Nigeria, Iraq and the Palestine Territories.

The altruistic business of responding to humanitarian crises is set in a much more informed, public, and complex environment than in the past. Humanitarian operations have to compete for space, resources, profile, and independence with strategic foreign policy objectives, national political objectives, and local commercial and corporate objectives. Those running humanitarian operations and organizations today need extraordinarily skilled leaders. The GLOBEseminar not only educates students on the history and structure of humanitarian aid, but gives them the opportunity to build leadership skills and learn problem solving approaches under the guidance of practitioners.

This year’s seminar on “Leadership in Humanitarian Crisis” started off with presentations on Leadership at the University of St. Gallen before taking participants to lectures on International Humanitarian Law at the ICRC in Geneva. From there, the participants moved to Tuft’s European Center in Talloires to work on group projects.

With input from faculty lecturers, representatives of international organizations and international NGOs, the participants explored challenges of leadership using the case study of the Nepal earthquake. Based on these discussions, participants developed a “Code of Leadership” as a guiding tool for the staff to react to and handle in a best possible way the challenges of an emergency situation. 

Learn more about the GLOBEseminar program here.

APSIA welcomes newest member Munk School of Global Affairs

leigh   August 25, 2015   News

On August 25, APSIA was pleased to welcome its newest member: the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

Launched in 2010, the Munk School offers undergraduate degrees and five graduate-level programs:

  • Master of Global Affairs;
  • Master of Arts in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies;
  • Collaborative Master’s in Asia-Pacific Studies;
  • Collaborative Master’s and Doctorate in South Asian Studies; and
  • Collaborative Graduate Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies.

The School serves as a hub for scholars and practitioners at the forefront of research, debate, and action in global affairs. Home to more than 200 affiliated faculty and 25 Senior Fellows, the Munk School hosts hundreds of public events annually and welcomes hundreds of quality students from Canada and across the world each year.

“The Munk School of Global Affairs unites people who are passionate to address the problems of a fast-changing world,” says Director Stephen Toope. “Our central mission is to educate students as leaders in the global economy, global institutions and global civil society, as well as to enable them to acquire the cultural literacy to navigate across the porous boundaries of all sectors of global society.”

APSIA Executive Director Carmen Iezzi Mezzera noted “I am delighted to welcome the Munk School to the APSIA membership. Against the backdrop of one of the world’s most diverse cities, the School seeks to curate a dialogue about the challenges, organizations, and ideas that are reshaping the international landscape.” Business, communication, politics, and almost all aspects of everyday life are globalized now, she said, so such a cross-section of ideas is critical to shaping the future.

UC-San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy Launches New Master of Public Policy

leigh   August 5, 2015   News

Fletcher School Announces a Partnership with the Atlantic Council

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APSIA Executive Director: Passion Need Not Apply

leigh   June 17, 2015   News

SIS Dean James Goldgeier Elected President of APSIA

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Elmendorf to lead Kennedy School

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APSIA Executive Director: Studying international affairs develops critical competencies

leigh   May 27, 2015   News