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Alexandra Thulin, a student in the Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MAGA) program, is interning at United Way Worlwide (UWW) this summer through the Washington Center. Among other projects, she's currently developing recommendations for the UWW Disaster Relief Protocol Guide. One of the highlights of her internship so far: getting to participate in the United Way’s regional VP retreat that took place in Alexandria, Virginia. Learn more about her internship by clicking on the link above.

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David Kramer, a senior fellow in the Green School's Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, is a noted expert on Russia and recently authored a book on Vladimir Putin. This week, as the summit between President Trump and Putin nears, Kramer has been called upon to comment in the Washington Post and on CNN's Don Lemon Show. To see what he had to say, click the headline above.

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Before becoming a Ph.D. student in international relations and a master’s student in Latin American and Caribbean studies, Imdat Oner was an entry-level officer with the Turkish Foreign Service stationed in Caracas, Venezuela.His latest research analyzes the relationship and the similarities between the two countries. To learn more click on the link above.

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Despite the risk of harm – even death – pro-democracy activists in Russia continue to voice their opposition to the regime of Vladimir Putin. Opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza recently visited FIU for a screening of a documentary he directed on the life of his friend and fellow opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in 2015 on a bridge near the Kremlin. To learn more about the documentary and the event, click on the link above.

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Students in the Master of Arts in Global Affairs program teamed up with undergraduate business students and their professor David Wernick for a trip to Bandhwari, a remote, impoverished village in India. The students helped women in the village design tote bags the students will sell on-campus and at boutiques. The students also volunteered in classrooms and worked at a shelter for children who had been abandoned and found living in the streets.

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Vierelina Fernandez, who is earning a combined M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean studies and Ph.D. in international relations, has received a coveted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations on this achievement! To learn more about the NSF Fellowship and this year's FIU student and alumni fellows, click the link above.

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With a worldwide audience in the tens of thousands, the World Bank unveiled a pivotal report on the future of urban economies in Latin America and the Caribbean during a conference of mayors that FIU has hosted for more than two decades. Streamed live on Facebook for the first time, opening day of the 24th Inter-American Conference of Mayors and Local Authorities drew an online audience of more than 140,000 – many of them local government and non-profit officials from around Latin America.

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Recently, the student Global Indigenous Group organized an event featuring members of the Lummi Nation of Washington State, a Native American tribe that set out on a journey across the country transporting a killer whale totem pole. The totem pole is part of a campaign to bring Lolita – the killer whale at the Miami Seaquarium – back home to the Salish Sea. Learn more by clicking on the link above.

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FIU’s Model UN team went on the trip of a lifetime recently to build a stronger relationship with Tel Aviv University’s Model UN team. The FIU Model UN team hopes to send 16 students to the TLVMUN 2019 conference hosted by Tel Aviv University in August, in hopes of further engaging with the Israeli university and with the Israeli culture.

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To recognize the critical role the Consular Corps of Miami plays in advancing global dialogue throughout South Florida and beyond, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs recently hosted a lunch in honor of the corps at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum. Nearly 60 members of the corps, along with others from FIU and the community, attended the event, including Secretary Nabil J. Achkar, Acting Dean Marsha Renfurm and Ambassador Volker Anding.

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