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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.

GPIA Alumnae Aarti Virani and Mala Kumar to be Panelists at South Asian Women’s Creative Collective Literary Festival

SAWC Literary FestivalGPIA alumnae Mala Kumar (Paths of Marriage) and Aarti Virani (Vogue India, WSJ) will be featured on separate panels Saturday, April 4th as part of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) two-day interdisciplinary literary festival, Emerge: New Mediums, New Voices held at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor (btwn 6th and 7th Aves).



Mala will present on Sex on Paper: Emerging Sexual Identities (Novelists’ Panel), from 4:30 to 6 PM. She and one other panelist will discuss the shifting sexual identities of the characters they have written, reflecting on how sexuality is portrayed in South Asian literature.

Aarti will present on Identity and Image: Contextualizing our Experiences Online (Editorial Writers’ Panel), from 3 to 4 PM. She and other panelists will discuss how their relationship to their South Asian identity affects their point of view on news events and their approach to writing opinion pieces and blog posts. How does one write true to the history and identity of a South Asian female without being boxed in by publications and audiences?

The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) is an initiative serving South Asian women by showcasing cutting-edge work that deals intelligently with issues of gender and cultural representation. The festival will be held Friday, April 3rd to Saturday, April 4th and will feature screenwriters, memoirists and journalists who challenge the boundaries and contexts of the written word.



Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Speaks at the UN on Post-2015 International Development Agenda

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Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has been contributing to several of the many events in the Post-2015 Agenda setting process. 

February 20 – At the Statistical Commission Seminar on nationally owned monitoring framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) organized by the UN – she argued that holding governments to account with a single one size fits all goal for all 200 countries of the world is biased against countries starting far behind.

March 13 – At the Commission on the Status of Women side event organized by Columbia University and UNWomen – she spoke on Goals and their unintended consequences – arguing that goals frame agendas that are target driven, favoring short term gains, and keeping out of the frame changes in processes and power structures.


March 24 – At the Committee on Development Policy public event on Accountability and Post 2015 Agenda – she will speak of the perils of using the SDGs as an accountability framework.

Associate Dean Nina Khrushcheva on Putinism in Russia


Milano’s Associate Dean, Nina Khrushcheva, authored a piece published in Reuters, injecting realism into overly optimistic projections by some that recent protests might eventually sweep Putin out of office.  The protests were sparked by the assassination last week of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.  In an interview on MSNBC, Nina describes Putin’s political opposition and the significance of both the murder of one of his critics and the protests that followed.


In the article, Nina highlights the historic tendencies of the Russian population to accept their leaders’ actions and policies regardless of “how harsh the regime, Russians have traditionally viewed their leaders as virtually infallible”.  The long held tradition of Russian complacency with regard to their harsh and overbearing rulers will continue to outweigh any opposition movements or protests that spring up in response to controversial actions carried out by Putin.  Nina’s expertise on Russia’s foreign policy and Russian politics is regularly sought by media outlets covering these topics.



GPIA Conflict & Security Concentration: Immigration, Identity, & Islam Panel

Join the Conflict and Security Concentration of the Graduate Program in International Affairs and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility as we host a panel discussion on:
Immigration, Identity, and Islam: Making sense of Europe’s Public Debates in the light of Charlie Hebdo and the “Islamization of Europe.
The Charlie Hebdo events in Paris led to heated arguments on the freedom of speech, integration, and Islam. Large demonstrations in Germany as expressions of a fear of Muslim asylum-seekers and an “Islamization of Europe” put a spotlight on perceived threats to cultural and national identity and what this means for multicultural practices. Further, second-generation immigrants joining armed conflicts in the Middle East pose challenges for several European countries and discussions about belonging and allegiance.
The panel highlights what these and other current events mean for narratives of immigration and refugees in Europe. The conversation will center around what it means to frame immigration and refugees as a security rather than social issue for debates surrounding multiculturalism, immigrant integration, international borders, and the radicalization of political parties and will take place at 6:30pm, March 12th at the Hirshon Suite (55 W 13th Street, 2nd Floor.)
Join the discussion with New School faculty, Andreas Kalyvas (Department of Politics), Michel Agier (Zolberg Institute/EHESS, Paris), and Elizabeth Onasch (Department of Sociology), moderated by Daniel Naujoks (Milano School/GPIA).
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Emma at csconcentration.newschool@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

OLA Hosts Public Lectures: Struggles for Inclusion in Brazil and Peru



The Observatory on Latin America (OLA) of the New School and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) are pleased to invite you to:


President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship
Public Lecture  by President Néstor Kirchner Fellows 2014-2015  

Waste Pickers and Environmental Management in Brazil
Daniela Gomez Metello

The production and disposal of solid waste represents one of the planet’s main environmental problems. Reducing and recycling waste while also focusing on the social and economic inclusion of people whose income depends on this work is a step towards sustainability. The Brazilian experience shows the balancing of economic viability, environmental sustainability and social justice.

Ms. Gomez Metello holds a PhD in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janiero. She is an adviser and coordinator of the Interministerial Committee for Social and Economic Inclusion of Waste Pickers (CIISC) in the General-Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic.


Women in Municipal Elections in Peru
Beatriz Córdova Aquino
The principles of equality and plurality are main tenets of democracy, yet the struggle for the inclusion of disadvantaged groups continues in the 21st century. What are the limits of electoral participation for women in Peru and elsewhere today? The Peruvian case shows that policies beyond universal suffrage and an electoral gender quota system are necessary to end political exclusion.

Ms. Córdova Aquino received a Master in Governance and Electoral Processes from the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset in Spain. She currently works for the Center of Electoral Processes Operations (COPE), monitoring the activities planned towards Peru’s Regional and Municipal Elections.