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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.

A New Publication by Professor McCandless

IMG_0481Part time faculty, Dr. McCandless has a new publication out in the December/January Volume 4 Issue 1 of GREAT insights magazine. Her article is entitled: “Cautions against Conflation: Peacebuilding and Statebuilding as Distinct and Complementary Policy Agendas.” She critiques the tendency of conflating these agendas in international affairs, and makes the case for their distinctness to be nurtured in scholarship, policy and practice as a means of ensuring the important contributions of both are understood and realized.



Racial Discrimination in America on the United Nation’s Radar

GPIA student and New Context contributing writer, Mai Perkins recently published an article to The New School’s International Affairs journal wh2015–25-International-Decade-for-People-of-African-Descentich highlights  the increasing amount of attention given to racial discrimination in the US  by the United Nations.  The article notes several controversial cases that were brought to the limelight over the past year and a half.  All of these cases were characterized by young black men and teenagers being aggressively confronted by police officers, resulting in their deaths.  The mothers of two young men who were killed by police in Florida went to Geneva, Switzerland to call attention to what they believe to be systemic racial discrimination in the US.  The UN appear to be paying close attention to the rise in popular sentiment in the US against police actions.  As Mai points out in her article, “The U.N. Committee Against Torture in Geneva, a 10-member watchdog committee, condemned police brutality and excessive use of force in the United States, particularly against minority groups and people of color”. 


Cities across the US have seen organized protests denouncing the violent manner in which police have been conducting themselves, especially against people of color.  LA, Oakland, Chicago, DC, and New York City had some of the largest protests and the largest of them all is planned for this Saturday in NYC.  The UN will likely be monitoring the progress of the national debate on racial discrimination in the US as the national dialogue continues to spread.

2013 Uganda IFP Team Launches E-Book

Kampala-UgandaThe 2013 Uganda IFP team conducted thorough research while interning in the capital city of Kampala during the Summer of 2013.  8 out of 12 IFP participants interned at Slum Dwellers International, a community based organization that works in the informal settlements to help promote income generating activities, women’s rights and sustainable urban development.  Like the internships, the research focused on sustainable, inclusive urban development in a city that is growing rapidly, and one that is confronted by the myriad of issues issues provoked by urbanization.  The book highlights the challenges that rapid urbanization presents to existing social, economic and political structures, and identifies opportunities for improvement through strategic intervention.  Other internship sites included: The World Bank, M-Lisada Orphanage and Uwezo Uganda.

GPIA Professor Bob Buckley, Ph.D Teaching Fellow Achilles Kallergis and Parsons Professor Doreen Adengo and several Ugandan partners who helped make the IFP possible; all contributed to the coordination of the IFP, as well as the production of the book itself.  Another notable contributor to the book is GPIA alum Skye Dobson, who just finished a stint as Program Officer of Shack and Slum Dwellers International in Kampala.  The book was launched in the first week of December and is available here in PDF form.

Well done Uganda IFP 2013!



Nina Khrushcheva and Peter Baker Discuss Russia and US Foreign Policy


Milano Professor Nina Khrushcheva and The New York Time’s White House correspondent Peter Baker sat down at The New School on earlier this week to discuss Russia and US foreign policy and relations. The event was recorded and you can view it in it’s entirety below.

You also view Professor Khrushcheva’s interviews on Putin’s State of the Nation Address on Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty and BBC Newshour-her interview begins at the 36 minute mark.


Alumni in the News: Ferney Giraldo GPIA ’14 receives Franklin H. Williams Award

FerneyOriginally from Colombia, Ferney Giraldo has spent over 10 years working in youth and family advocacy and community outreach, both in the U.S. and abroad.

From 2008–10, Giraldo served as a Youth and Community Development Volunteer in Guatemala. He worked closely with the local Mayan K’iche community, facilitating life skills education and HIV/AIDS awareness workshops for students, teachers, and community leaders. With the help of a local cooperative, Giraldo also initiated a summer sports and skill-building camp for Mayan youth. Additionally, he worked with the Ministry of Education to implement youth leadership retreats and design life-skills curricula.

The Franklin H. Williams Award recognizes ethnically diverse returned Peace Corps Volunteers who exemplify a commitment to community service and Peace Corps’ Third Goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Giraldo continues to work in youth development, now for the Human Resources Department of the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Bronx. Here, he is involved with the Future Leaders and the Future Conservationists programs, mentoring and teaching underserved Bronx youth in work readiness, life skills, college preparation, and international service learning.

Giraldo has connected his students with returned Peace Corps Volunteers, to share their experiences, and with students in Cameroon through the World Wise Schools initiative. Giraldo is a recipient of a Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship at Milano, with an anticipated graduation in fall 2014.