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Spring 2015 Practica

Spring 2015 Practicum Presentations

The SIS Graduate Practicum Program invites all students, faculty, staff and guests to attend this semester's Practicum presentations. Student teams will provide short (typically 15-20 minute) presentations of their research and share their experience working with client partners, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Search for Common Ground, the Inter-American Development Bank, and many others. Presentations will run from April 16 until early May.

Click here for a complete schedule and descriptions of all presentations. We hope to see you there!

1) U.S. Policy Dilemmas in Arab Transition Countries

The practicum will focus on how U.S. policymakers must balance strategic interests with the goals of democracy, human rights, economic reform and development in several Arab countries undergoing political change. The course will address Egypt as one of the pivotal countries in the area, but will also include other transition countries such as Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen. Students will come to understand U.S. bureaucratic interests in pursuing particular policies and how such policies often come in conflict within and between U.S. governmental agencies. Students will also come to understand the differences in outlook between the executive and legislative
branches, and the influence of NGOs and host country democracy advocates in trying to influence U.S. policy. In addition, the course will assess the role of some regional countries, like the Arab Gulf states, in terms of formulating U.S. policy toward Arab transition countries.

Client: U.S. Department of State

Professor: Gregory Aftandilian is an independent consultant, writer, and lecturer, with over 21 years in government service. He was foreign policy advisor to Congressman Chris Van Hollen (2007-08), professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and foreign policy adviser to Senator Paul Sarbanes (2000-04), and foreign policy fellow to Senator Edward Kennedy (1999). Prior to these positions, Aftandilian worked for 13 years as a Middle East analyst at the U.S. Department of State where he was a recipient of the Department's Superior Honor Award for his analyses on Egypt. His other government experiences include analytical work for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Library of Congress. He was also a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2006-07) and an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1991-92). In addition, Aftandilian has worked as a consultant on Egyptian affairs for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and is an adjunct faculty member at Boston University and Northeastern University.

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2) Issues of Multinational Enterprises

Practicum participants will gain experience in the field of international business consulting by undertaking research projects for DC-based multinational enterprises, giving the clients advice on real-life business and regulatory problems. The Practicum emphasizes research, data presentation and analytic skills while teaching the students how to work together as a team. Participants will learn how to manage the clients' demands and expectations while working closely with high-level business executives who take a personal interest in the students' growth and learning experiences. Practicum students will also learn new oral and written presentation skills to enhance their resumes.

Clients: Students will be assigned to one of the following client teams depending on the needs of the client and the student's background and experience:

  1. Lockheed Martin International –This major aerospace/defense industry corporation would like its research team to advise the company on how it can expand its business, including its physical footprint, in the Persian Gulf region. The research would include business, political and cultural aspects of the target market. Note: Students on this team will be required to sign a nondisclosure agreement and the final report will likely be confidential. 
  2. Western Services Corporation –This Maryland multinational provides equipment and services for US Dept. of Energy-funded International Nuclear Safety Programs in Russia. It also manufactures nuclear and thermal power plant Operator Training Simulators for clients throughout the world. Their new product that integrates lessons with the simulator is being used by colleges and universities in the US. The research project involves research and advice on expansion into an international academic environment. 
  3. Go Green Compost US - This Dutch multinational whose new US subsidiary is based in Northern Virginia would like research on how to expand its US market share and how to achieve "green certification" for its biodegradable, compostable trays and bowls which they manufacture in China for the world's food "carry-out" market. The company would also like advice on shipping its product from China to the US. 
  4. Cvent - Based in Northern Virginia, Cvent has customers in 100 countries that use its unique software to plan events, find venues, manage membership data, create mobile apps, and develop strategic meetings management programs. Cvent would like research and advice on countries it has targeted for its future overseas expansion with particular emphasis on Western Europe.

Professor: Catherine Bocskor recently retired from a 40-year career in international law and international business. Most recently she served as General Counsel for two Washington, DC multinational corporations. In 2012 she taught macroeconomics, international business and business law at Prince Mohammad University in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. During the 1990's her law practice was in Budapest, Hungary where she also formed and managed two investment funds. This experience led to her research interest in Transitional Justice. Bocskor has now returned to teach at SIS, her undergraduate alma mater.

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3) Hungarian Innovation

Practicum participants will advise and assist the Hungarian National Innovation Office in its efforts to foster innovation in the Hungarian business sector. Participants will also advise Hungarian high-tech start-up companies on how to expand their businesses into the United States. The Practicum emphasizes research, data presentation and analytic skills while teaching the students how to work together as a team. Participants will learn how to manage the clients' demands and expectations while working closely with high-level business executives who take a personal interest in the students' growth and learning experiences. Practicum students will also learn new oral and written presentation skills to enhance their resumes.  

Clients: The clients for this practicum will be:

  1. The Hungarian National Office on Innovation (NIH) – Building on the work of the Spring 2014 semester NIH team on how to introduce crowdfunding and other alternative financing vehicles into the country of Hungary, the 2015 team will elaborate on certain recommendations made by the Spring 2014 NIH team. 
  2. Videomapping HU (www.videomapping.hu) –This Hungarian start-up is a pioneer in the field of spatial augmented reality that has applications for artists and advertisers. They plan to expand their small Silicon Valley operation to other parts of the United States. The companyhopes to capitalize on its "green" technology within the field of advertising where videomapping (sometimes known as digital signage) is projected to supplant most of today's plastic and paper-based outdoor advertising. The company also produces light show effects for large indoor and outdoor venues like the Super Bowl half-time shows. They would like research on how to expand their US customer-base for these events.
  3. Plays.IO (www.plays.IO) provides a platform for music professionals which allows the artist to take advantage of his/her fan base and ultimately provides content for TV and other media. The software also tracks the number of times an artist's content is uploaded to enable the artist to protect his/her copyrighted material. The research project will cover default piracy policies of major record labels (in terms of dealing with re-uploaded content on YouTube or on other sharing platforms - excluding torrents), online media monitoring strategies of major record labels and TV channels, as well as a survey of the company's competitors.

Professor: Catherine Bocskor recently retired from a 40-year career in international law and international business. Most recently she served as General Counsel for two Washington, DC multinational corporations. In 2012 she taught macroeconomics, international business and business law at Prince Mohammad University in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. During the 1990's her law practice was in Budapest, Hungary where she also formed and managed two investment funds. This experience led to her research interest in Transitional Justice. Bocskor has now returned to teach at SIS, her undergraduate alma mater.

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4) Migration Pressures: Moving Beyond the Humanitarian Crisis

The humanitarian crisis caused by the recent surge of migrants arriving in the United States from Central America and Mexico may be moving off the front pages, but all stakeholders –regional governments, the U.S. Administration, and NGOs –welcome further analysis of the underlying causes of the problem as a means of finding better solutions. This Practicum team will examine the drivers of migration –the factors that "push" people to abandon their homeland and that "pull" them to the United States –and analyze how the policies and programs of the U.S. and its partners could better address those causes. Why are the sending societies so vulnerable, violent and poor? Why are institutions and civil society that could help stanch the migrant flow so weak? The team will consult with U.S. government and nongovernmental experts in U.S. border areas and, if security conditions permit, travel to a sending country or community to answer these questions. In addition to briefing institutional clients, the team may consider a press conference to present its conclusions and help the media improve coverage of the migration problem.

Clients: Primary client: Department of Homeland Security. Secondary clients include embassies of the sending-country nations (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras), State Department and the Foreign Relations Committees in the House and Senate.

Professor: Fulton T. Armstrong has been a senior fellow at AU's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies since 2012, soon after he completed almost 30 years in a number of U.S. government positions. He served as a senior professional staff member responsible for Latin America on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from July 2008 to October 2011, where he also worked closely with the committee's investigations team. Prior to that, he served in the Executive Branch in a series of policy and analytical positions. Among other senior positions, he was National Intelligence Officer for Latin America –the U.S. Intelligence Community's most senior analyst –in 2000-2004, and for six months he was the chief of staff of the DCI Crime and Narcotics Center. He served two terms as the Director for Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council (1995-97 and 1998-99), between which he was Deputy NIO for Latin America. From 1980-84 he worked for U.S. Representative Jim Leach (R-Iowa). He has spent 14 years studying and working in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He speaks Spanish and Chinese.

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5) Transformation, Peacebuilding and Development

Originally conceived in the context of post-conflict recovery efforts to promote reconciliation and reconstruction, the term "peacebuilding" has more recently taken on a broader meaning. The peacebuilding continuum now involves a range of distinct but closely related activities, from providing humanitarian relief to protecting human rights, to ensuring security, to aiding economic reconstruction and development, to building community resilience, governance, reconciliation and conflict prevention. In a larger sense, peacebuilding involves a transformation toward more manageable, peaceful relationships and governance structures—the long-term process of addressing root causes and effects, reconciling differences, normalizing relations, and building institutions that can manage conflict without resorting to violence.

This practicum focuses on key aspects of contemporary peacebuilding; specifically on building the social infrastructure necessary for a more durable peace in conflict-ravaged societies. Students will work with international non-governmental organizations, such as Global Communities, with government agencies, such as The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) at the United States Department of State, or the umbrella association of peacebuilding and development organizations, the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Students will work closely with staff of client organizations on topics such as atrocity risk and prevention, building community resiliency, fostering public-private partnerships to promote peace, advancing reconciliation and building social cohesion. The practicum will provide opportunities for practical skills development in such areas as advanced research and formulation of policy options; development of resiliency implementation strategies; programming to enhance local peacebuilding capacity; cross-cultural communication; intergroup and inter-organizational dynamics, including headquarters-field relations; and monitoring and evaluation. Regional foci include Latin America, Africa, particularly the Sahel and the Great Lakes region, and the Middle East.

While students from all programs are welcome to apply, special consideration will be given to applicants with course work and/or experience in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, development, human security and area studies.

Clients: Global Communities, State Department Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Professor: Hrach Gregorian is President of the Institute of World Affairs, a DC NGO which has been engaged in conflict resolution and peacebuilding training, research and consultation since the early 1990s in the US and numerous other countries. He was a Director at the US Institute of Peace from 1988 to 1993, and is a co-founder and current board member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

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6) Strategic Communications

This Practicum course is designed to develop and refine students' strategic communication skills in the context of an applied research situation. Students will organize into teams of three or four and will be given a specific project assignment from a sponsoring client, with specific tasks and deliverables. To prepare for the projects, students will review project management and communication skills with the instructor. Each project will emphasize classic organizational communication issues such as persuasive issue campaigns, outreach strategies, social media and marketing communications. The projects may also include a special emphasis on the use of information and communication technologies. Clients will include major NGOs, intergovernmental organizations, research, trade and policy organizations. At the conclusion of the Practicum, students will have had an opportunity to actively assist an organization in formulating and applying communication strategies both internally and with its major stakeholders. 

Clients: The Atlantic Council, Save the Children, International Relief & Development, and independent communications strategy firms

Professor: Eric J. Novotny has been appointed Senior Advisor, Democracy and Technology, at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In this position, Dr. Novotny designs and manages a large portfolio of programs that use advanced information and communication technologies (ICTs) to stimulate economic growth, improve democratic processes, and reform governance policies in developing countries. Some of these efforts are stand-alone technology and governance projects while others will embed advanced ICTs in larger development projects in applied areas such as service delivery and critical infrastructure. USAID has assistance programs in 80 countries worldwide.

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7) Growth and Development in the Caribbean

Students will work with the Inter-American Development Bank on one or both of the following projects:

1) The first project will support an ongoing research/technical assistance project on Crime and Violence in the Caribbean and their negative impacts on human development (Click here for project description). Students would produce a survey of the literature concerning crime and violence, both in general and specific to the Caribbean, and reflect on recommendations to address these issues by type of crime and intervention (e.g., youth crime, domestic violence, etc.).

2) The second is to help produce a growth profile for a selection of Caribbean countries on the basis of a large database of economic and policy indicators that has been developed by the Inter-American Development Bank for those countries. The profile would review the main features of development over the last 15-20 years and analyze the policy choices made at key moments in time, with a critical dissection of what worked and what did not. The project would feed into strategic thinking at IDB with the specific countries.

Client: Inter-American Development Bank

Professor: Luca Barbone. He is currently a Fellow at the Warsaw-based think tank Center for Socio Economic Analysis, as well as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration. He worked at the World Bank for several years, with experience in Europe and Central Asia, Africa, Latin America.  His latest position was Director of Economic Management and Poverty Reduction for Europe and Central Asia. Prior to the World Bank, Barbone worked for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), the International Monetary Fund, The Planning Institute of Jamaica, and the Bank of Italy. Barbone holds a degree of Bachelor in Economics from the Milan Bocconi University, as well as a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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8) Intelligence Analysis

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is the client for this practicum on intelligence. The class produces an intelligence report intended to serve as a DIA product to be posted on their internal web site serving the intelligence, defense, and diplomatic communities. The topic is selected after discussions with DIA management and based on intelligence priorities at the time. Previous DIA research topics have included analysis on: the Syrian civil war, al Qaeda's propaganda efforts, and Turkey's foreign policy. However, US national security priorities shift rapidly, and other evolving issues might be addressed.

Client: Defense Intelligence Agency

Professor: Aki Peritz is a former CIA counterterrorism analyst and coauthor of Find Fix Finish: Inside the Counterterrorism Campaigns that Killed bin Laden & Devastated Al Qaeda. He recently worked at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and at Third Way, where he synthesized complex national security issues for Members of Congress. Peritz has written for and provided insight on national security topics to numerous television and print media outlets, including Fox News, National Public Radio, BBC World, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Foreign Policy.

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9) Corruption and Governance

For this practicum, students will work for one of three clients and conduct research on topics concerning corruption and its cousin, governance. Corruption impacts billions of people, often daily. It significantly affects levels of poverty, income inequality, the quality of governance, the availability of life-saving drugs and resources, the growth of political extremism, crime and violence, ethnic and regional conflict, and economic and political development. At the same time, poor governance, poverty, conflict and instability, crime and, some argue, cultural factors, exacerbate corruption. It is no exaggeration to say that for hundreds of millions of people, corruption is literally a matter of life and death. Despite the many adverse consequences of corruption and the attention it has received in the past two decades from academics and policymakers, there are still wide gaps in our understanding of this complex phenomenon, particularly the causes of corruption and how to most effectively combat it.  

The specific research topics students will work on include: institution building, access to information, tracking and monitoring public procurement, illicit financial flows, and tax havens. The results and conclusions generated by this research will fill important gaps in our understanding of corruption, the role of the financial system in facilitating corruption, and the effectiveness of specific policy responses to corruption.

Any graduate student may apply for this practicum, but preference will be given to students with a demonstrated interest and expertise in the areas of governance, economics or institutional analysis. 

Clients: The three clients for this practicum are the World Bank, Transparency International—USA, and Global Financial Integrity, a highly respected research and advocacy NGO based in Washington, D.C.

Professor: Dan Schneider is an Assistant Professor in the Global Governance, Politics and Security Program. He is a former federal prosecutor, and served as the Department of Justice's Resident Legal Advisor to Russia, and on the Department's Campaign Financing Task Force. He has also consulted for a variety of organizations, such as the World Bank, USAID and the American Bar Association, on issues concerning corruption, governance, and civil society.

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10) Counter-Terrorism

In this practicum students will work with the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), a program of the Department of Justice that works with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions, supporting both national security and foreign policy objectives. Students will develop curricula and accompanying resources to train police departments in host countries to understand, prevent and manage terrorism threats. Students will work closely with ICITAP staff and the final curriculum deliverables will be used as part of ICITAP programmatic activities.

Client: International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (US Department of Justice)  

Professor: Trace Lasley is an adjunct professor at AU's School of Public Affairs, where he teaches on terrorism and political violence. He is an expert in civil conflict, transnational crime, and insurgency. Lasley is also a Strategy and Policy Analyst in the Office of Strategy, Planning, Analysis and Risk at the Department of Homeland Security. His role is strategy development and analysis, including both quantitative and qualitative research, in support of Department-wide policy questions. He also acts as a link to the academic community and supervises the student internship program. Before coming to DHS, Lasley taught international relations, African politics, and social science research methods at Auburn University and the University of Kentucky.

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11) Promoting Human Rights and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution

For this practicum, students will work for one of two clients on human rights issues ranging from democracy and human rights to environmental justice.

Client 1 - Freedom House: The Internet as it now exists offers users around the world unprecedented freedom to communicate, share opinions, raise awareness, provide information, rally support, and deconstruct existing social, political, cultural, and economic barriers. Freedom House's Freedom on the Net 2013, however, indicated a progressive decline over the past 3 years in global internet freedom, and a sobering rise in threats to digital freedom and human rights. That report also included a list of 10 of the most common types of internet controls being employed by those who perceive internet freedom as a threat to their interests. This course will challenge students to explore the evolving plight of freedom in social media and the internet, with particular reference to human rights and democracy, especially in countries prone to repression and authoritarianism. As the push to fragment, regulate, block, censor, and monitor the internet increases, students will be asked to identify stronger and more persuasive ethical and political arguments to defend human rights, democracy, and freedom in this space.

Client 2 - Greenpeace: Student teams will work with Greenpeace to address two topics:

  • The Climate Movement: Students will analyze the multi-faceted climate & energy campaigns strategies used by Greenpeace to build the power of the climate movement to demand government action for a clean energy economy. Participants will advise Greenpeace on which strategies and tactics are most effective for mobilizing new constituencies and encouraging deeper and longer-term activist engagement. Additional questions include: In grassroots collaborations on strategic battles, why and how best does Greenpeace add unique value to the environmental battleground fight? Are there key elements or attributes of a successful collaboration/coalition effort that includes both grassroots groups and 'professional' advocacy organizations? What does that suggest about where Greenpeace should and should not place our focus and resources moving forward.
  • Corporate Markets Campaigning: Students will evaluate the use of market strategies to compel corporations to improve their sustainability polices and practices. Participants will identify trends in the evolving sustainability landscape and advise Greenpeace on how to best incorporate such corporate-focused strategies into its engagement model. Additional questions include: Are there factors that are likely to become bigger drivers of sustainability in the next 3, 5, 10 years that Greenpeace could focus more of its efforts on to help accelerate the process? Are there any new developments, or areas that have so far been overlooked, in the corporate accountability sphere where Greenpeace could make a significant contribution?

Clients: Freedom House and Greenpeace.

Professor: Jeff Bachman is a professor of human rights and Director of Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs. He focuses in genocide, U.S. foreign policy and human rights, and state responsibility and individual accountability for violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law. He is especially interested in the misuse of the law as a political tool through its selective application and enforcement. Bachman has field experience working for Amnesty International in the Government Relations for Europe/Eurasia program.

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12) Issues in Nonprofit Management

Students in the Nonprofit Management practicum will address a key challenge that every nonprofit organization must confront—planning and executing marketing, business development and fundraising strategies that build stable revenue streams to advance their social impact missions. Generating and managing resources for programs and operations is always a priority for nonprofit and NGO leaders. Approaches students will explore will include mission-related income generation, fee for service contracts, as well as fundraising from individuals, corporations and foundations. 

Clients: 2-3 DC-based international development nonprofits, likely including International Peace and Security Institute and others (to be confirmed). 

Professor: Chic Dambach is currently a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. A former chief of staff for a prominent Member of Congress, he has held several CEO positions at national nonprofits, including the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the National Peace Corps Association, Operation Respect, Museum Trustee Association, and the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies. Early in his career, he was the executive director of a community action agency and later led two different local arts councils. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia from 1967 through 1969. As a consultant, he has advised the executive staffs and governing boards of prominent national and local nonprofits and published books on the subject of effective governance. His international contributions, in addition to his Peace Corps service, include peace mediation initiatives in Eritrea, Ethiopia and the Congo, and service on the boards of global organizations, including the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (publishers of the Global Peace Index). He's a national kayak champion and former official at the Olympic Games. His memoir, Exhaust the Limits: the Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder, has been widely praised. He holds an MBA from Wake Forest University.

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13) A New Global Framework for Climate Action

The student teams will undertake research and analysis for the Natural Resources Defense Council's Cloud of Commitments Initiative. This NRDC project seeks 1) to stimulate awareness and understanding of the emerging world of thousands of non-globally-negotiated commitments by governments at all levels, corporations, foundations, and civil society to take action on climate change and 2) to advance the creation of a new global architecture for these climate actions. The practicum teams will undertake case studies on 3-to-4 selected major platforms for climate actions –such as Sustainable Energy For All, Tropical Forest Alliance, C-40, or the "partnerships" with developing nations being undertaken by the U.S. Department of State or the World Bank on low-carbon development. The student research, including in-person interviews, will examine the governing structures of the commitments, and the processes to measure their progress, to support their implementation and to provide accountability.

Based on the case studies, the students will develop a proposal for the creation of a global framework for such commitments that could be introduced into the international negotiations and discussions moving towards the adoption of the next climate treaty in Paris in December 2015. They will make a formal presentation of their proposal in oral briefings with interested and engaged individuals at NRDC and other organizations and agencies –including potentially at the United Nations in New York. NRDC will cover travel by a subset of the students to New York City. For more information about NRDC and the Cloud of Commitments, see www.nrdc.org and www.cloudofcommitments.org.

Client: Natural Resources Defense Council  

Professor: S. Jacob Scherr is a Senior Advisor to the International Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC.  During his long career with NRDC, Scherr served as an attorney and program director addressing a broad range of international environmental and nuclear issues. Among his many accomplishments are securing a mandate for U.S. foreign aid for environment and natural resources in developing countries, creating the NRDC BioGems Initiative to protect special natural places throughout the Americas, and leading a major technical demonstration with the Soviets on nuclear test ban verification. Scherr has been actively engaged in international environmental summitry since the first Earth Summit in 1992 - most recently as a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN 2012 Rio+20 conference - and has worked over the last two years with experts at Yale, Oxford, and elsewhere on the design of a "new global architecture" for climate change and sustainable development. Scherr is a member of the boards of the Center for Global Development and the Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship.

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14) U.S. Food/Farm Bill Reform: Agricultural Policy for (Inter)National Social & Ecological Resilience

Students will partner with executive directors and community leaders of the Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural and the National Family Farm Coalition to conduct original and timely mixed-methods research on domestic and international impacts of US agricultural policy. This research aims to investigate implications of the US Farm Bill and agricultural trade agreements on the domestic and international fronts. The goal is to help foster sustainable agriculture, rural livelihoods, community food security, and social justice across explicitly diverse agrarian sectors within and beyond the United States.

This participatory action research project builds upon and deepens two previous years of collaborative scholarship with these umbrella organizations, which together comprise the North American branch of La Via Campesina, the international grassroots peasant movement.

This year, the graduate student team will focus on some combination of the following three aspects of international relations and US agricultural policy:

  1. International Trade & Rural Communities: What are the impacts of bilateral agricultural trade agreements on rural livelihoods and communities? This research will conduct original assessments of the impacts of NAFTA and CAFTA-DR on small-scale farming communities in the US, while analyzing and synthesizing existing assessments in Mexico, Canada, Central American countries, and the Dominican Republic.
  2. Indigenous Rights & Indigenous Agricultures: How does US agricultural policy enhance or undermine indigenous rights and indigenous agricultures—domestically and internationally? This research would entail collaborating with indigenous leaders on reservations in the US, in Canadian First Nations, and in indigenous communities and territories throughout southern Mexico.
  3. Climate Change & Ecological Resilience: To what degree do US Farm Bill policies support sustainable agriculture practices and research, climate change mitigation and resilience, or conservation of soil, biodiversity and water? This research will analyze the Conservation Title of the US Farm Bill as well as the environmental consequences of the Commodity and Research Titles.

Practicum deliverables will include research papers, visualizations of data—GIS maps, tables, infographics, and graphs—as well as blogs, and short documentary videos—all compiled in an online toolkit.

This practicum demands interdisciplinary academic rigor and excellence as well as dialogic Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodologies. Requirements: proficient to advanced background in international agricultural policy studies; high level of initiative, diligence, and resourcefulness; along with proven research, communication, and collaborative skills.

Clients: Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural and the National Family Farm Coalition

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