Brigham Young University

Asian Studies

Tragedy of Errors: Contemporary Pakistan

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Tragedy of Errors: Contemporary Pakistan

Shadman Bashir, a visiting professor of law and international relations at Dixie State University, will speak at the Kennedy Center on  Wednesday, 4 February at noon in 238 HRCB.

Bashir teaches business and criminal law and war and terrorism and global law.

A native of the Pakistani tribal region, Bashir is an expert in South Asian law, politics, conflicts and culture.

He speaks six languages and multiple dialects and received a BA in political science from Edwardes College and an LLB in English and Islamic law from the University of Peshawar, both in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Bashir then moved to the U.S. and received an LLM in comparative law from California Western School of Law in San Diego.

Fellowship Opportunities at the Pacific Forum CSIS

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Fellowship Opportunities at the Pacific Forum CSIS

The Pacific Forum CSIS is accepting applications for three of its five Honolulu-based research fellowships. This is an exciting opportunity for bright young scholars and professionals to research Asia-Pacific foreign policy issues under the supervision and guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff. Additionally, fellows are active participants in the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders Program, where they will interact with senior-level experts and officials at conferences and dialogues throughout the region.

The following resident fellowships are currently open for application: Read More…

Study Abroad Funding Sources

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Study Abroad Funding Sources

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Alfred Russell Wallace Grants
Operation Wallacea (a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes)
U.S. undergraduate students looking to join one of the Operation Wallacea biodiversity teams
1 grant of $1500, 1 grant of $750, and 3 grants of $500
February 27, 2015 for summer 2015
http://opwall.com/about-us/alfred-russel-wallace-grants/

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Applicants must be Pell Grant recipients and are encouraged to select underrepresented destinations and study critical-need languages
up to $5,000; Critical Need Language Awards up to $8,000
October 7 for spring and summer (early application)
March 3 for summer (regular application), fall semester, and academic year
http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program Read More…

An Indispensable Nation: U.S. in Asia

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An Indispensable Nation: U.S. in Asia

His Excellency Ahn Ho-young, South Korean ambassador to the U.S., will speak on Thursday, 20 November at 11:00 a.m. in 238 HRCB.

Ahn was appointed South Korean ambassador to the U.S. in 2013. He previously served as first vice minister of foreign affairs and trade (2012–13), ambassador to Belgium and head of the Korean Mission to the European Union (2011–12), and deputy minister for trade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT; 2008–11), during which time he was the president’s sherpa for the G-20 and G8 outreach meetings. Other postings in MOFAT include director-general of the Multilateral Trade Bureau (2003–04) and director of the International Trade Law Division in the Office of the Minister for Trade (2002–03). Read More…

Evolution of ISIS: The Islamic State 2007–14

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Evolution of ISIS: The Islamic State 2007–14

Documentary film producer and director Dodge Billingsley will share his insights on  Wednesday, 5 November at noon in 238 HRCB. Billingsley, a fellow at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU, is the founder 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 and has has embedded with U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. From his field work, he has produced a wide variety of media, Read More…