Message from the Director
MAIR August 25, 2013 Update
1. Let me begin by welcoming our new students and continuing students to the Fall Semester 2013. There are several important announcements in the message below, including some urgent deadlines as soon as this coming Friday.
2. This fall we have a great selection of seven courses including: Pols 594 US foreign policy, with Dr. Turner (Mondays), Pols 570 IR Theory, with Dr. Nadkarni (Tuesdays), Pols 568 Politics in China, with Dr. Otto (Wednesdays), and Pols 557 Politics in Latin America, with Dr. Shirk (Thursdays.) We have our capstone seminar Pols 596 Section 1 for some of those students graduating in December (occasional Thursdays 400 to 520) and we have two short travel courses: one to Morocco in October Pols 596 Section 3, with Professor Jamai, and one to Mexico in November Pols 596 Section 4, with Dr. Shirk. Of course, there are also several enticing courses outside the department in our sister programs for your consideration.
3. Incoming students are encouraged to attend an MAIR orientation Tuesday September 3 from 530 to 700 in IPJ 253 and a College of Arts and Sciences reception on Wednesday September 4 from 400 to 600 in the garden patio behind the IPJ Building (which will include graduate students from the History, Fine Arts, and Marine Sciences programs.) Continuing students are welcome at both events.
4. Students who went to China are invited to attend an assessment meeting on Tuesday September 3 from 400 to 515 in the Library near IPJ 253.
5. Students going to Morocco should complete their registration no later than Friday august 30 noon and attend an information meeting on Tuesday September 3 from 645 to 745 in IPJ 253. You might want to order the two books that will be required for the course: Gasiorowski, Long, and Reich, eds, The Government and Politics of the Middle East, and James Gelvin, The Arab Uprisings. You might want to read the New Yorker piece by Jane Kramer called "The Crusader" published iOctober 16, 2006 for a biography of the Moroccan journalist who will be teaching the seminar.
6. Students going to Mexico City should complete their registration no later than Friday august 30 noon and stay tuned for Dr. Shirk to provide more information and schedule an information meeting.
7. Students taking the comprehensive exam this fall (whether or not they are enrolled in the capstone course) should tentatively plan for three meetings during the first two weeks of school: Thursday September 5, 400 to 520 for an information session, Monday September 9, 400 to 520 (for an academic autobiographical lecture with Dr John Stoessinger,) and Thursday September 12, 400 to 520 (for a professional autobiographical lecture with Mr Pete Nunez, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.) All interested students in the program are welcome to attend the two autobiographical lectures. Comprehensive exam students should consult the MAIR website for the many comp deadlines. Because of the rubik's cube quality of organizing the schedules of approximately ten faculty and ten students, expect all deadlines to be strictly enforced.
8. All military students should report their summer 2013 (past tense) and fall 2013 (upcoming) unit loads to email@example.com (cc me please) no later than Friday noon august 30. Military tuition scholarships will not be guaranteed after that reporting deadline.
9. We are planning several special events for the fall semester and will provide details as they emerge. The concluding event of the semester will be comprehensive exam presentations on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons December 11 and 12.
10. We are putting finishing touches on our new website; new students are encouraged to check out the student profiles tab and consider adding their profile (optional) by September 15 by sending a photo (optional within the optional) and paragraph to me and to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also considering adding a tab for student essays and papers. Anyone interested in showcasing one of their papers is encouraged to submit it. It can be any length and it can be any style (literature review, position paper, research paper, etc.); the only requirement is that it received an A grade in a MAIR class. Please submit an electronic copy to me and cc email@example.com by September 15 for the first round of papers; tentatively we will do another round up before February 15.
11. In January we will offer two courses. We will offer a travel course to Europe (Pols 494/594 3.0 units, Europe and the Islamic World) from January 2 through 18, with an itinerary going to Paris, Brussels, Vienna, and Istanbul, and including undergraduates. The cost is 4800 dollars, including 3 units of tuition and most expenses including hotels (double occupancy), breakfasts, some dinners, and internal transportation in Europe, but not transatlantic transportation. The deadline for registration (contact me and firstname.lastname@example.org at the International Center) is September 30. The other course will be Research Design, with Dr. Newsome, running eight evenings from January 8 to January 23, 530 to 800. If there is insufficient enrollment for Research Design, we will offer a different short course for 1.5 units in January, again subject to sufficient enrollment. Stay tuned.
12. Here is the tentative calendar for on campus MAIR seminars for the Spring 2014: Pols 560 Politics in Subsaharan Africa, with Dr. Williams (Mondays); Pols 594 Section 4, Politics in Germany, with Dr. Pfau (Tuesdays); Pols 594 Section 2, Special Topics in Intelligence, with Professor Tato (Wednesdays); Pols 594 Section 1, Politics of Disasters and Crisis Management, with Dr. Shirk (Thursdays); and Pols 596 Section 1, Capstone (occasional Wednesdays 400 to 520.)
13. A travel course will be added to the Spring schedule, tentatively in April on South Asian Politics and Security in Monterey with General Khan (Pols 596 1.5 units.) The Spring 2013 course (Pols 594 3.0 units) with General Khan focused on Pakistani politics and security with some consideration of the region. The Spring 2014 course would invert that coverage, with focus on the region and some consideration of recent Pakistani developments. Therefore, students who took the Spring 2013 course are welcome to take the Spring 2014 course. A short travel course to Costa Rica is also being considered for March. A list of electives in sister programs for the Spring should be available by October 1.
14. Much further out on the calendar, we plan to offer travel courses in the summer 2014 (possibly to South America), in the fall 2014 (to the Hague in the Netherlands for a NATO Parliamentary Assembly session), and in intersession 2015 (to Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Mumbai in India.)
15. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me in person or by email at any time. My office hours this semester are tentatively Mondays and Thursdays 1245 to 115, and Tuesdays 400 to 600.
Dr. Randy Willoughby