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FSSO Presents

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FSSO Presents

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Ian M. Houston will discuss “Representing the U.S. Foreign Service and International NGOs: Practical Knowledge and Career Management” on  Thursday, 20 March, 3:00–4:30 p.m., in 238 HRCB.

Houston is the executive director of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) and represents the views of the men and women of the U.S. Foreign Service as the senior operational director at AFSA. At AFSA, Houston has been a strong advocate for several Foreign Service professional issues, growing the size of the diplomatic corps, and in managing overall operations including financial, and reporting to an elected governing board. Read More…

Kennedy Center Lecture

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Kennedy Center Lecture

Dodge Billingsley will discuss “South Korean Armed Forces Engage a Shifting Defense Paradigm” on  Wednesday, 26 February at noon in 238 HRCB.

Billingsley, a fellow at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU, is also the director of Combat Films and Research and a senior faculty member at the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Civil Military Relations.

He has been a long-time observer of many wars and contested regions and has spent considerable time with U.S. and foreign militaries worldwide, including Chechen insurgent forces, Turkish Special Forces, and Republic of Korea Marines. He embedded with the U.S. Marines for the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and embedded again with the U.S. Army’s 4-6 Infantry for the closure of Al Asad Air Base and the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Al Anbar Province, western Iraq in December 2011. Read More…

Kennedy Center Lecture

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Join us for “Democracy in Thailand: Hope or Hopeless?” presented by Joel Selway on Wednesday, 19 February at noon in 238 HRCB.

Selway is an assistant professor of political science at Brigham Young University, where he has worked since 2009, and interim director of the Politics and Economics Development Lab (PEDL), as well as a faculty associate in the Asian studies major.

He recently returned from a Fulbright in Singapore and previously spent a year in Thailand on a Fulbright (2006–07). Selway speaks Thai and has written Read More…

IIAS Photo Contest 2014: Picturing Asia

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IIAS Photo Contest 2014: Picturing Asia

In the celebratory spirit of our institute’s 20th anniversary we invite our readers and friends of IIAS to take part in the IIAS Photo Contest, which was launched on 1 January and will run through to 30 June 2014.

This photo contest offers you the chance to have your photo published in The Newsletter.

We would like to give you the opportunity to tell a visual story, to explore photography’s capacity for communication, to capture the unexpected Read More…

Kennedy Center Lecture

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Kennedy Center Lecture

“U.S. vs. the World?: The Prohibition of Arbitrary Detention in Armed Conflict” will be presented by Matthew L. Duffin and Andrew J. Carswell on Wednesday, 5 February at noon in 238 HRCB. Their comments will be moderated by Eric Talbot Jensen.

Duffin is an assistant professor of legal studies at Utah Valley University and previously served as a military judge advocate for more than twenty years. His career has included serving as an Associate Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) Department of Defense during the Iraq War; assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy; and developing cases against the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as a part of the Criminal Investigative Task Force. Read More…