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Graduate Awards for Research & Training

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The Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) announces the availability of undergraduate awards for overseas research to be conducted during Summer 2016.

2016 Deadline:      Monday, February 8, 2016 at 5pm

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For more information, please visit the following website.



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At his retirement, Ambassador Duddy was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for both President Bush and President Obama. Prior to his assignment to Venezuela, Ambassador Duddy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for the Western Hemisphere. In that capacity, he was directly responsible for the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which included the hemispheric energy portfolio, as well as the Offices of Brazil/ Southern Cone Affairs and of Caribbean Affairs. During his tenure as DAS, he played a lead role in coordinating U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti. At the same time, he also served as the first Western Hemisphere DAS for foreign assistance.

Ambassador Duddy’s lecture is presented by Duke University’s John Hope Franklin CenterDuke University Center for International Studies, and the Duke University Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in the Erwin Road and Trent Drive decks, and the series provides a parking voucher for 1 hour to series guests.

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Learn how leaders in water resources management are spearheading resiliency in the field. The Keynote speaker, Dr. Fred Boltz, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation (and Duke alum), has been a speaker at the Stockholm Institute’s World Water Week and this past December’s COP21. Panel speakers will share perspectives from international development, government, academia, and the private sector.

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Wednesdays at the Center (W@TC) is a topical weekly series in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with the audience. The series is organized and presented by the John Hope Franklin Center with the support of partner organizations. All events in the series are free and open to the public. A light lunch is served at each event.

Please click on the link below to view upcoming lecture for the Wednesdays at the Center series.

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To view the full length video and article summary of Ambassador Fernandez’s public talk at Duke University, “Beyond Hysteria or Apologia, the ISIS Challenge in Perspective,” please click here.

Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
5:15 – 6:45 PM
John Hope Franklin Center 240
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall

The ideological/propaganda challenge of the Islamic State is unique in terms of both message and propagation.  Much hyperbole has gone into either exaggerating or minimizing this challenge for reasons sometimes only tangentially connected with the threat.  Fernandez’s remarks place the potent ISIS narrative within the broader context of a deep crisis of authority in the Sunni Arab Muslim world, facilitated by regional events and amplified by historic, regional political-military shifts and an ongoing global revolution in the use of social media.

To access documents written by Ambassador Fernandez, please visit the links provided below:
The ISIS Caliphate and the Churches
The Islamic State
“Contesting the Space”: Adversarial Online Engagement as a Tool for Combating Violent Extremism
Here to stay and growing: Combating ISIS propaganda networks

Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez is Vice-President of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and board member of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. He retired in 2015 after 32 years in the U.S. Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor. Ambassador Fernandez served as Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Khartoum, Sudan and Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and was Coordinator at the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) from 2012 to 2015. He also served in senior public diplomacy positions in Afghanistan, Jordan, Guatemala, Syria, Kuwait, and in the State Department’s Near East Bureau (NEA) in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) and the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS).

Visitors may use the parking lot across the street from the Franklin Center, the Duke Family Medicine “Marshall I. Pickens Building” parking lot on Trent Drive between the Durham Freeway and Erwin Road, which is FREE and available at 5:00 PM.
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The Syrian refugee crisis, in its scale, intensity and duration, has served as a clarion call regarding the urgency of an ever-growing global refugee population. To foster an atmosphere of conversation and broadened perspective, this interactive conference will explore the way the crisis is being interpreted in the international arena through the lens of international law, domestic U.S. policy and [social] media – as well as its direct impact on its victims and survivors as shared through the increasingly vibrant arts scene that has emerged from this besieged population, and anecdotes from those who have worked with them in refugee camps.

Our panelists are undergraduate and graduate students, professors, activists, journalists, and artists and hail from around the world.

Our opening address will be delivered by noted Lebanese scholar Ziad Majed, who has written extensively on political reform in the Arab world and most recently on the Syrian revolution. Anne-Marie McManus, a scholar of Arabic literature who has explored the language to capture the experiences of dispossession, loss, migration and hope, will deliver our closing keynote.

Please visit the Duke University Middle East Studies Center website for more information on the program.

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Recently in Paris, world leaders signed an unprecedented climate agreement to limit temperature rise to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels by 2100.

On January 22 Duke faculty and students who attended the climate change conference will reflect on the significance of the new climate accord, what we can expect from it, and how the Duke community was involved in the conversation.

Please join us for a moderated panel discussion focused on how the Paris Agreement sets the stage for action moving forward. There will also be ample time to take audience questions and hear from other Duke experts in the audience.

When: Monday, February 1, 2016, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Where: Perkins Library Room 217

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.

Further event details can be found here.

The event is organized by the Office of Global Affairs and sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke Energy Initiative.

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Room 217, 2nd Floor, Perkins Library

One of America’s most accomplished diplomats, Jack Matlock served in the American Foreign Service from 1956 to 1991, including as Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and Senior Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff from 1983 until 1986, and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1981 to 1983.

Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies and the Duke University Center for International Studies.

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Five Duke University faculty members will convene a public forum to examine the impact of ISIS at home and abroad, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 .

The event, in Room 04 of the Sanford School of Public Policy, is free and open to the public and media.

In their assessment of the impact of ISIS, the panelists will examine some of the following questions:

— How can we understand the rise of ISIS in the context of the modern Middle East?
— How has ISIS exacerbated the plight of refugees fleeing their homes in the Middle East?
—  What threat does ISIS pose to civilian populations in the United States and abroad?
—  How has the threat of ISIS influenced U.S. presidential and congressional politics?
— How does ISIS differ from other threats to the United States posed by al-Qaeda and domestic extremist groups?
— What has been the response of Muslim communities in the West to ISIS?

Panelists include Omid Safi, director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center and professor of Asian & Middle Eastern studies; David Schanzer, associate professor of the practice, public policy, and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security; Suzanne Shanahan, co-director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and associate research professor in sociology; and David Siegel, associate professor of political science.  Abdeslam Maghraoui, associate professor of the practice, political science, will moderate.

Paid parking is available at the Science Drive lot near the Sanford School.

The event is being hosted by the Duke Middle East Studies Center and co-sponsored by the Duke University election site “Campaign Stop 2016,” https://dukecampaignstop2016.org/.

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