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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 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.


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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.


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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

Sean Jacobs Provides World Cup Insights


Professor Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, and founder of the blog Africa is a Country has been widely recognized lately for his insights and commentary on the FIFA World Cup.

Last week, his article for Al Jazeera America asked “Why is FIFA Tolerating fans in Blackface at the World Cup?” In the article, Jacobs also calls attention to the lack of media coverage, specifically noting that “ESPN showed the three French fans in blackface singing the national anthem, but its announcers let the image pass without comment.”


Fans in blackface at the World Cup

Jacobs was interviewed by The New York Times on the showing of African teams at the World Cup. He notes that “Algeria had no discernible issues at this World Cup, and played very well, but that financial problems do tend to afflict the Western African countries.” The article also mentions Sean Jacobs’s fall course: “Global Soccer, Global Politics.”

In his article for Twitter’s Medium, “Why Are the World Cup Crowds so White?”, Jacobs comments on disparities between the diversity of Brazilian fans outside the stadiums compared to those inside.


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New publication by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr


Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs


Michael Cohen, Director, International Affairs

A special journal issue on the Millennium Development Goals of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities co-edited by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr with Alicia Yamin was released earlier this month.  This special issue publishes the findings of the research project led by the two co-editors: The Power of Numbers: A critical evaluation of MDG goals and targets for human development and human rights.  It includes a concept paper and 11 case studies on how global goals can mobilize public attention on important global priorities but also distort development agendas and create new meanings.  The collection includes a concept paper by Fukuda-Parr, a paper on the hunger goal by Fukuda-Parr and GPIA alumna Amy Orr, two papers co-authored by GPIA alumnus and NSSR PhD student Joshua Greenstein, and a paper on the urban goal by Michael Cohen.


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