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Graduate Program in International Affairs



By blending theory, practice, and commitment to social responsibility, the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) leads students to analyze urgent international questions through a critical lens. Click here to find out more.

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Erin McCandless

International Affairs part-time faculty member Dr. Erin McCandlessIMG_0481 will be participating this week in an Experts Roundtable on “Fostering Resilience in Situations of Fragility and Conflict”. The meeting is being convened by UNDP, UNICEF and Interpeace on September 18-19 at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. Gathering scholars, practitioners and policymakers, from around the world, the meeting aims to deepen and advance understanding about resilience of communities, sectors and systems to conflict, and the roles of the international community in fostering resilience.

Dr. McCandless is presenting the framing keynote talk for event, where she will examine the status of debates and questions driving thinking, practice and policy around resilience in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, as well as gaps and challenges, to catalyze the two days of discussions.

Erin McCandless is a specialist in peacebuilding and development with over fifteen years of experience working in areas of integrated programme design and management, policy development and advising, research, writing and publishing, teaching and training. Over nine years of experience in conflict and post-conflict recovery contexts globally, with in-depth experience in Africa. Areas of specialization include: peacebuilding and development related strategic frameworks, conflict sensitivity, inter-agency and UN Mission coordination, civil-society-government and donor relations, governance related capacity-building, addressing post-conflict war economy challenges, poverty reduction strategy processes, evaluation methods – in particular peace, conflict impact assessment related.


Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

International Affairs Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, was recently mentioned in the OXFAM article, From Poverty to Power, for her Power of Numbers’ project, coordinated with Alicia Ely Yamin.


The papers will be published a special edition of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (gated), but there is an ungated version of the synthesis paper.“The synthesis paper is about the most damning thing I’ve read on the MDGs” says Duncan Green in Oxfamblogs of the Power of Numbers research project.

Drafts of the other ‘Power of Numbers’ papers are here, covering income povertyhungereducationfull employmentgender rights,child mortality,  sexual and reproductive healthHIV/AIDSthe Citywater and sanitation, and global partnership. 

The findings of the Project do not contradict the consensus assessment of the positive effects of the MDGs in highlighting the importance of poverty reduction, and the focus on human well-being as urgent global priorities in the twenty-first century. Nonetheless, the power of numbers inherent in these goals produced multiple indirect and often unintended consequences, which also deserve attention in light of the construction of a post-MDG development agenda.

On September 11-12 Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr moderated a session on Women and Global Development  at the Women and Girls Rising conference at the Ford Foundation and Roosevelt Institute, a conference convening policy makers, activists and academics to discuss women’s rights, featuring Hilary Clinton, John Podesta, and many others. More information on this exciting conference and access to live webcast here.



Student Tanya Diallo Welsh Envisions Trauma Sensitive Therapy in Post-Conflict Areas

Tany_Pic for blogTanya grew up in Côte D’Ivoire and moved to the US in 1999 to complete high school. After high school she received a scholarship to NYU where she studied political science and African studies. Upon graduating she worked in higher education as an admininstrative aide and program coordinator while moonlighting as a yoga and meditation teacher. She also has an extensive history of volunteerism with various organizations whose work supports human rights and dignity such as the School for Compassionate Action, Madre Inc. and Ancient Song Doula Services. She applied to The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs to gain more experience and knowledge in the international arena and has just started her second year in the program.





Faculty Spotlight: Nina L. Khrushcheva

ninaNina L. Khrushcheva is an Associate Professor in the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, where she directs The Russian Project. She previously taught at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is the author of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics and The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind.

Khrushcheva is also  the great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev; her mother was his granddaughter. Yet Nina grew up calling the one-time Soviet leader “Grandfather” because her real grandfather, Leonid, had been written out of the family history. Her book, “The Lost Khrushchev” explains what happened, and rebuts a smear which arose after the Soviet Union’s collapse: that Leonid, in truth a brave wartime pilot, had been a traitor. Khrushcheva has been in the media spotlight recently for her commentary on issues and conflicts in Russia.

In an interview on Ronan Farrow Daily on MSNBC, Nina answers the question, “How much longer can a power that hands out the hardware to shoot down commercial airliners, murdering hundreds of innocent people play the role of legitimate world power?” 

Her book, “The Lost Khrushchev,” is reviewed in an article in The Economist: Lost in Translation.

In “The Silver Fox of Dictatorship and Democracy” in Project Syndicate, Khrushcheva offers commentary on Eduard Shevardnadze as “one of the most corrupt politicians his country ever saw.”

In her article, “Inside Vladimir Putin’s Mind: Looking Back in Anger” Nina argues, “at the risk of sounding simplistic, one comparison still cannot be overlooked in addressing Putin’s vindictiveness, and that is to Joseph Stalin.”

In a video on Bloomberg Business Week, “Putin Will Blame Ukraine for Conflict: Khrushcheva,” Professor Khrushcheva discusses the mixed signals coming from Vladimir Putin who is seeking a cease-fire with Kiev, yet amassing troops along the border.



Call For Essays on “The Future of Development Assistance”

Next Horizons PosterGDN Next Horizons Essay Contest 2014
in partnership with the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Future of Development Assistance

The world has changed radically since the emergence of official development assistance. How should aid change? We want to hear your views: Which financial instruments should be used to provide aid? How should the donor “aid system” be organized? Should aid be given only to the poorest countries? How could aid improve governance? How should recipient countries allocate aid in the context of other sources of financing? What does a data and technology driven transformation in the development project “marketplace” look like?

Up to 20 winning entries chosen by an international jury will receive 20,000 USD each.
Select winning ideas may be promoted by the Global Development Network (GDN) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Last Date: 15 September 2014.
Submissions can be sent in English, French or Spanish.
To apply, go to www.gdn.int/nexthorizons