Joseph Stiglitz and José Antonio Ocampo have been appointed to the new Commission of Experts of
the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the
International Monetary and Financial System. Professor Stiglitz will serve as
the chair. The Commission will seek to identify broad principles for the
reforms needed to ensure global economic progress. More
Michael Doyle has accepted another term as chair of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The U.N. Democracy Fund supports projects that strengthen the voice of
civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all
groups in democratic processes. More
Kemal Derviş will teach a two semester course on
global economic governance, following the conclusion of his tenure as head of
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Dervis will co-teach with
José Antonio Ocampo and will be a fellow of the Committee on Global Thought
during the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Prior to his appointment with the UNDP, Derviş was a member of the Turkish Parliament (2002 – 2005), Minister
of Economic Affairs of Turkey (2001 – 2002) and Vice-President of the World
Bank (1996 – 2001). More
Austin Long has been appointed Assistant Professor in
the School of International and Public Affairs, where he will teach security
policy. Long most recently worked as an associate political scientist for the
RAND Corporation, serving in Iraq as an analyst and advisor to Multinational
Force Iraq’s Task Force 134 and I Marine Expeditionary Force. He also worked as
a consultant to MIT Lincoln Laboratory on the technology and urban operations
John Mutter published an essay,
“Preconditions of Disaster: Premonitions of Tragedy,” highlighting the social
conditions that lead to disaster, drawing on global and local lessons from
natural disasters and deadly conflicts. The essay was originally published in Social
Research: An International Quarterly of the Social Sciences 75:3 (Fall
Download Professor Mutter’s essay.
Visit Social Research here.
Richard Goldberg published his insider’s look, The
Battle for Wall Street: Behind the Lines in the Struggle that Pushed an
Industry into Turmoil. Goldberg
analyzes the struggle for power between the sellers and the buyers, and how
information technology changed the playing field. More
Paul Thurman published the following books: MBA
Fundamentals of Statistics, (Kaplan, 2008), Pocket Guide to Data
Analysis (Kaplan, 2008), and co-authored MBA Fundamentals of Business
Strategy (Kaplan, 2009). He is also co-editor, with colleagues from Greece, of Female Immigrant Entrepreneurs, a research compendium, to be published in
late 2009 by Gower (UK). More
Karin Landgren Appointed to U.N. Nepal Post: The U.N. Secretary-General has appointed Karin Landgren to lead the U.N.
Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). Landgren has been serving as deputy special
representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal and deputy head of UNMIN since
September 2008, and was previously UNICEF’s chief of child protection. More
Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell Named Middle East Envoy:
a member of SIPA’s Board of Advisors and a
Senior Fellow with the School’s Center for
International Conflict Resolution (CICR), has been named by
President Barack Obama as special envoy to the Middle East. Aldo Civico, director
of the CICR, says "Because of his experience and wisdom, Senator Mitchell
can play a decisive role in stimulating ripeness for the resolution of the
Arab-Israeli conflict and advance peace in the Middle East.”
Learn more about George Mitchell in an article from Time.
Read the announcement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice-President Joe Biden here.
Brent Scowcroft to Deliver
Graduation Address: Former National Security
Advisor and SIPA Board of Advisors member General Brent Scowcroft will deliver
SIPA’s 2009 graduation address on May 18. General Scowcroft served as National
Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. A graduate of
the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in
International Relations from Columbia University. Learn more about General
Brent Scowcroft here.
Policy Making in the Post-Bush/Clinton Era: The
Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is calling for
proposals for its 2009 Fall Research Conference, to be held November 5 – 7 in Washington, DC. The theme of the conference is "Evidence Based
Policy Making in the Post-Bush/Clinton Era.” The deadline to submit proposals
for panels, papers, roundtables and workshops is March 10. More
Workshop Students Take First Place: UNICEF and six
students from SIPA's workshop in development practice won first place in
USAID’s “Development 2.0 Challenge.” The award recognizes an innovative system
using mobile phones and text messages to monitor children's health in Malawi. The students participating in the workshop are Sean Blaschke, Kirsten Bokenkamp,
Roxana Cosmaciuc, Mari Denby, Beza Hailu and Ray Short.
View a slide show here.
Read more about the project here.
$3 Million for Brazilian Studies: A
Brazilian entrepreneur has donated $3 million to SIPA to facilitate student
exchange. The gift will be used to establish the Jorge Paulo Lemann Fund,
and will provide fellowships and grants for Brazilian students to study at
SIPA, and for SIPA students to study in Brazil. More
Get LinkedIn: SIPA is now communicating with
students, staff, alumni, and other interested parties via social networking
sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. When you sign up with a social networking
site, be sure to join the SIPA group associated with that site (just search for
SIPA). Once a month, SIPA distributes a short note containing school news,
headlines, events, videos and alumni information. The SIPA Facebook group
contains more than 1,500 members; SIPA’s LinkedIn community has nearly 1,000
members. Members can network, get news updates, and participate in a wide
variety of discussions. Join LinkedIn or Facebook.
In his new book, Seeing the Elephant, Peter Marber (MIA '87), an adjunct professor at SIPA, describes how increasing economic integration and the rise of new actors is drastically altering the geopolitical landscape, and offers insights on how the U.S. can maintain a leading role in the 21st century and beyond. More
An Alum’s Story of Survival: Sichan Siv (MIA ’81)
survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia and became a U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations. In between, he earned a Masters of International Affairs degree
from SIPA. Siv tells his story of survival and flight to the United States in Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America. More
In the News:
Jagdish Bhagwati on President Obama and protectionism, Financial Times.
Sachs on the stimulus plan, The Washington Post.
Stiglitz on nationalizing banks, The New York Times.
Barnett on the Panchen Lama, Reuters.
Cohen on the end of the baby boomer era, Denver Post.
Khalidi on the Gaza crisis, New York Post.
Stiglitz on tax cuts vs. spending, CNBC.
Sachs on privatization and the Russian death rate, The New York Times.
Stiglitz on financial system regulation, The Wall Street Journal.
Aldo Civico on the
Israeli/Palestinian Conflict in Gaza, iTunes.
Jeffrey Sachs on a case for bigger government, Time.
Mari Denby (MIA '09) from SIPA’s Workshop in Development Practice teaches public health workers in Malawi, Africa how to use text messaging to monitor children’s health.