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Over the past six months, the Department of Justice has been taking action to defeat the gangs that are threatening the U.S. and the battered countries of Central America’s Northern Triangle. Speaking at FIU alongside the attorneys general of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, U.S. Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco announced that they have charged over 3,800 MS-13 and 18th Street gang members in Central America and 70 gang members living in the United States since March.

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Politics in the U.S. has become increasingly partisan over the years – and the ensuing gridlock in Washington, D.C., too often halts bipartisan collaboration and legislation on major issues. Former Congressmen Patrick Murphy, a Democrat from Florida, and David Jolly, a Republican also from Florida, recently discussed this problem and ways to find common ground.

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"Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Yet here in the United States, it seems that Islam has become a topic filled with generalizations and misunderstandings. The events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, not only changed the life of every American, they also dramatically changed the life of every Muslim in America." Click above to read the rest of International Relations Ph.D. student Mohamed Ghumrawi's reflections on Islamophobia and his experience growing up Muslim in the U.S.

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As we approach the midpoint of the semester, the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs is offering students an opportunity to gain additional course credit through a Fall Mini-Term. This is a special 8-week session, giving students who need or want additional credits, the chance to register for any of the below listed courses.

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The Fall 2017 semester is off to an excellent start, with many moments of pride and accomplishment. We were honored to host former FIU professor and Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís, who was awarded the FIU Presidential Gold Medallion by President Mark B. Rosenberg. Last week, we were pleased to join the U.S. Department of Justice in hosting a conversation on efforts to curb transnational organized crime in Central America.

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Spending time at FIU was a homecoming of sorts for Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera. A former researcher for the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), Solís also worked with the Center for the Administration of Justice. He visited FIU Sept. 22 to give a talk about his homeland and to receive the highest honor the university bestows upon heads of state and other high-ranking public officials.

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John Galardi, a 2002 graduate of the Green School, is now the principal of Homestead's South Dade Middle School. He and another FIU alum now working for Miami-Dade County Public Schools helped shelter thousands of residents during Hurricane Irma.

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The Green School’s Metropolitan Center has received a $160,000 grant for a multiyear study focused on improving fiscal sustainability in all 50 states. The grant was awarded by the Volcker Alliance, a non-profit organization launched in 2013 by former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul A. Volcker, to help rebuild public trust in government.

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Through the help of Catherine Rodriguez, then-diplomat in residence for South Florida, international business student Luis Miguel Calvo’s dreams came true. Calvo got to intern at the Bureau of Consular Affairs for the U.S. Department of State, where he blogged for the bureau’s website and attended a town hall meeting with the deputy secretary of state.

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The Green School officially welcomed the new Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MAGA) class of 2019 this past week. MAGA hosted an orientation and dinner reception for the new cohort of students beginning the program this fall.

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