Institute for Global and International Studies
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IGIS Affiliates present at 112th Annual American Anthropological Association Meeting
At the AAAs, Lauren Carruth, a postdoctoral fellow at IGIS teaching in the Department of Anthropology, received the Society for Medical Anthropology Dissertation Award. Her PhD dissertation is entitled, "In the Aftermath of Aid: Medical Insecurity in the Northern Somali Region of Ethiopia." On a biennial basis, the SMA Dissertation Award is given to the author of a dissertation which is judged to be a significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology. Also, on a double panel addressing the dilemmas of ethnography and aid work during humanitarian crises, Lauren Carruth presented a paper entitled, 'Aid research and the humanitarian “audit culture” in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.'
Scott Freeman, a pre-doctoral Fellow at IGIS, organized a panel "Beyond Neoliberalisms: Broadening the Focus of NGO Studies" as part of The Future of NGO Studies Conference. He also participated in the Rappaport Prize Panel. The Rappaport Paper panel is sponsored by the anthropology and the environment section of the AAAs. It selects the top 5 graduate papers in anthropology. Scott Freeman's paper "Conserving the Project: Labor, Development, and Environmental Governance in Haiti" was selected as one of those top papers.
Leon Fuerth speaking at the Argonne National Lab
Leon Fuerth, IGIS Practitioner in Residence, has been invited to join the Board of Advisers for the Argonne National Lab in Illinois. On December 2, 2013 he will speak to a senior audience at the Lab on Energy, the Environment and National Security.
Tibet Governance and Practice Forum at
Harvard Shanghai Center
IGIS' Tibet Governance Project was a co-convenor of a landmark research forum on the challenges of governance in Tibet. Hosted by the Chinese State Council's Development Research Center and held at the Harvard Shanghai Center from August 10-12, 2013, the second annual Tibet Governance and Practice Forum (TGAP) involved prominent researchers, scholars and civic leaders from across the region and around the world in a dialogue on the challenges of conservation, resource management and local governance in Tibet. Dr. Tashi Rabgey, director of the IGIS Tibet Governance Project, has led the development of the Tibet governance initiative over the past six years.
IGIS's Visiting Scholar, Susan Park
Dr. Park is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. While on sabbatical this year, she joins IGIS to pursue her research on external accountability mechanisms of the World Bank.
Futurist award for report on Anticipatory Governance
A report by Leon Fuerth, IGIS practitioner in residence, and Evan Faber, former Executive Associate for the Project on Forward Engagement, called Anticipatory Governance has been named as one of the Most Significant Futures Works for 2013 by the Association of Professional Futurists. The report is recognized for being compelling in terms of a framework to describe foresight benefits and as an excellent communication device, especially for policy makers.
Tashi Rabgey on China Trip for National Committee on US-China Relations Fellowship
IGIS Research Professor, Tashi Rabgey, participated in a delegation of fellows to China of the National Committee on US-China Relations. The fellows of the Public Intellectuals Program met with Chinese scholars and officials in Beijing, the Northeast and Hong Kong. Pictured here with Tung-Chee-Hwa, former Governor of Hong Kong and the first Chief Executive after the transfer of sovereignty in 1997.
Joshua Doherty Awarded the 2013-2014 Michele Manatt Fellowship
Joshua Doherty is an M.A. candidate in International Affairs and J.D. candidate at G.W. Josh has been committed to global gender policy issues through internships since 2011, starting with the American Red Cross through his recent involvement with Ayuda, Inc where he performed client intakes and prepared trial materials related to domestic violence and family law cases. He has written three reports, including a Global Gender Policy Working Paper on the impact of quotas for women in the judiciary. He is focusing his studies at GW on gender-based violence and gender equality and seeks a career promoting women's and girl's development.
GGP Awarded Conservation International Grant
The Global Gender Program received a grant of $18,000 from Conservation International (CI) for a policy review to support CI's initiative, "Women and Healthy Sustainable Societies." The GGP research team comprises Ariana Leon Rabindranath, associate director of the Global Gender Program, and Pierre Pratley, pre-doctoral fellow. They will collect existing international, regional, and national level policies about freshwater conservation, food security, climate change adaptation, and improved livelihoods in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and then review their inclusion of a gender dimension.
New Working Paper Online
GGP is pleased to announce the release of "Prospects for Women's Economic Empowerment: Trends and Models for Sustainability in the Artisanal Sector," the M.A. capstone report of Elizabeth Andrews, Nicoletta Barbera, Morgan Mickle, and Hilary Novik. The report examines the prospects for women's economic empowerment through the artisanal sector, based on field research conducted in Colombia and Rwanda.
Farewell Cait O'Donnell, GGP Program Coordinator
While with the GGP, Cait effectively took on a wide range of tasks and handled them all with great effectiveness and aplomb. She is an excellent writer, contributing to our social media efforts and ensuring consistent high quality. She was a great mentor and role model for our student interns. Everyone in IGIS/GGP, and anyone in the Elliott School who had a chance to get to know her, will miss her spirit and energy. In her new job, as program coordinator with World Resources Institute, she will be a team member of the Access Initiative, which is the world's largest network of civil society organizations dedicated to ensuring that local communities have the right and abilities to gain access to information and to participate in decisions that affect their lives and environment. The Access Initiative helps to build environmental democracy by connecting local struggles to policy reform, from freedom of information laws to participation in environmental impact assessment.
Congratulations to student intern Asthaa Chaturvedi
Congratulations to GGP student intern, Asthaa Chaturvedi who is a recipient of a GW Undergraduate Research Award for her fieldwork this summer on Empowering Women Collectively and Individually from Her Perspective: A Case Study of SEWA Delhi. Asthaa's main objective is to use qualitative methods to learn women's perceptions of how SEWA has affected their roles and status in their family, neighborhood, and government as well as their changing access to a secure livelihood and economic assets. She hopes to trace the process of how women working through SEWA gain confidence and agency in the realm of collective group action for labor rights to extend the space for empowerment and dialogue in their homes and communities and to play a greater role in decision-making processes. Asthaa, a member of the University Honors Program, will be a senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs next year where she is concentrating in international development. She is a regular contributor to the global.gender.current blog.
Farewell to Visiting Scholar Alexandra Przyrembel
Alexandra Przyrembel was a visiting scholar for the past four weeks with IGIS and CIGA. Professor Andrew Zimmerman in GW's history department connected us with Alexandra. Dr. Przyrembel has an MA in history and literature studies from the University of Hamburg and Cornell University; her Ph.D. is from Technical University Berlin, one of the largest and most prestigious research and education institutions in Germany. She currently holds several appointments in Germany: head of the research unit on Global Cultural Conflicts and Transcultural Cooperation in the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and senior fellow in its Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities; and associate professor modern European history in the department of history at the University of Goettingen. Her research fields include the history of modern Europe, history of religion, and cultural history. She has many publications, mainly in German. Her current book project is on Global Aid Cultures in the Modern Age (1789-1914).
Congratulations to student intern Meg Pierce
Meg Pierce, an Elliott School undergraduate with a double major in International Affairs and Women's Studies, has a part-time internship this summer with Vital Voices that is supported by a stipend award from the George Washington University. She will be working on their Global Ambassadors Conference to Brazil.
GGP's Kerry Crawford co-authors article in Air & Space Power Journal
Doctoral candidates in political science Kerry Crawford and Julia Macdonald published the article "Establishing a Marketplace of Women in Peacekeeping: An Analysis of Gender Mainstreaming and Its Viability in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations" in the most recent edition of Air & Space Power Journal.
Video available from event with Donald Steinberg
GW alumna gives TEDx talk on girls and education in Ghana
GW BA alumna and member of the Global Women's Task Force at GW, Sally Nuamah, now a doctoral candidate in political science at Northwestern University, will give a TEDx talk in Chicago, streamed live, on Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:20pm EDT.
GGP's Ariana Leon Rabindranath participated at the 3rd Annual European Conference on Politics and Gender
On March 21-23, the European Standing Group on Politics and Gender convened the 3rd Annual European Conference on Politics and Gender at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. GGP Associate Director Ariana Leon Rabindranath participated in the conference and presented her paper, "Finding a Voice: Pathways Women Take to Politics in the Asia-Pacific Region", in a panel discussion entitled "Access to Political Power: Women's Ambition and Routes to Office." The conference was attended by 500 academics and practitioners from Europe and abroad.
GGP hosted two major events in March
GGP held its first-year Spring Roundtable panel devoted to gender issues in migration and international development called "Migrant Care Work from Two Sides: Care Work in the U.S. and Families Care Workers Leave Behind." Our event for International Women's Day focused on ending violence against women. It included a keynote lecture by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. For more information on this event view our blog post "Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict" or the Elliott School's March Briefing. A video of this event can be found here.
Congratulations to two faculty in the Africa Working Group for their new books
John Harbeson, co-editor Africa in World Politics: Engaging a Changing Global Order, Westview Press, 2013.
Paul Williams, co-editor:
Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges, and Future of United Nations Peacekeeping Contributions, Oxford University Press, 2013.
Fare-thee-well to Evan Faber
Last month we said fare-thee-well to Evan Faber as he completed his position as Executive Associate with the Project on Forward Engagement and began to transition to the next stage of his career. "The past four-plus years working for Prof. Fuerth have been nothing short of life-changing; I'm proud of the work we accomplished together, and I am honored to have learned so much from him," Evan said in an email announcement to colleagues. "I expect that our work together on Anticipatory Governance will continue in new and even more interesting ways." Evan moves next to consult on a project with the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, which he says is "a very exciting opportunity that ought to help me determine the best ways that I can exercise my commitment to foresight, technology and strategic thinking to make a positive social impact."
Western Hemisphere Working Group event coverage and blog launching
On March 26th at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Western Hemisphere Working Group launched it's initiative by presenting an informational panel entitled "Big Trucks, Pop Star Politics and Consensus Building: The Politics of Development in Haiti." The panel featured Raymond Joseph, former Haitian Ambassador to the US, Jonathan Katz, journalist and author and Mark Schneider of the International Crisis Group, who discussed their recent work on post-Earthquake Haitian development. Following the event the Western Hemisphere Working Group launched its new blog Focus on Haiti. View the official C-SPAN coverage here.
Two additional working papers now online
"Explaining the Variation in Gender Composition of Personnel Contributions to UN Peacekeeping Operations" (by Kerry F. Crawford, James H. Lebovic, Julia M. Macdonald) examines how we account for the dearth of female contributions to UN peace operations.
"Defying Strategy: United States Non-Strategic Recognition of Wartime Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo" (by Kerry F. Crawford) poses the following question: Do states devote valuable material resources and political capital to condemning atrocities when armed intervention is not imminent or when the perpetrator is not an adversary?
GGP's Second Occasional Report available now
We are happy to report that the Global Gender Program's second occasional paper is now live here. The paper, prepared by Milad Pournik, Jaeeun Chung, and Barbara Miller, offers a review of the concept of social resilience (particularly how it relates to women and girls), provides a summary of a conference that took place marking the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction and its 2012 theme, Women & Girls: The inVisible Source of Resilience, and summarizes how social resilience can create more secure societies in a changing world.
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