IR Program News 2016

December 31, 2016

Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's Indiegogo-crowdfunded comic book about political risk, prediction and strategy, The Global Kid (2016), has been nominated for two international awards. The INSPAD Peace Award has been given since 2000 in Pakistan; and the Alternative Comics Award has been in existence since 1974 in France at the second largest comics festival in Europe, 44e Festival International de la BD d'Angoulême. The Global Kid also won the Wonder Woman Award in NY in October 2016. E-copies are still available at with 100% of sales going to education non-profits Global Glimpse and Developments In Literacy. Way to go, Global Kid!

December 25, 2016
Professor Chuck Freilich's latest op-ed on the Israeli Air Force and the recent arrival of the F35 plane in Haaretz: "Colossal, but Wise?".

December 16, 2016
Professor Daniel Benaim had a reunion with Hillary Clinton and President Obama speechwriter, Megan Rooney, with his Speechwriting and Diplomacy class.


December 3, 2016
IRPA and JPI celebrated surviving finals and the end of the semester by hosting a joint celebration!

December 2, 2016

Professor Stuart Gottlieb published the lead letter in The New York Times' Opinion Pages about Senate rules and the role of Senate Democrats: "Disarray Within the Democratic Party".

November 30, 2016
Professor Colette Mazzucelli has been selected as a member of the 6th Global Diplomacy Lab, which focuses on "An Urgent Challenge for Global Diplomacy: Forging Innovative Partnerships with Regional Networks for Local Atrocity Prevention," with programmatic meetings scheduled to launch the Incubator Lab during June 18-21, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Impact Lab during November 19-22, 2017, in Tunis, Tunisia.

November 29, 2016
IRPA welcomed Ambassador of the UN Mission of the Republic of Korea, Hahn Choong-hee, to talk about North Korea and nuclear weapons.

November 28, 2016
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's latest blog on how a global six-year political trend predicted Trump's electoral victory was published in the Huffington Post's WorldPost.

November 17, 2016
Professor Colette Mazzucelli has been selected to participate in the Brandeis University Schusterman Center for Israel Studies’ and Jewish Community Relations Council-New York’s Faculty Course, “Israel: Balance and Complexity.” The course is an adaptation of the Schusterman Center’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies, which has been used for the past 13 years to train faculty around the world to teach the subject of Israel. Professor Mazzucelli plans to integrate her studies during the Faculty Course in her Conflict Resolution elective seminar.

November 16, 2016
On Friday, November 4, Elizabeth Carroll and Marc Sommers, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US Department of State, joined the Conflict Resolution-Peer to Peer (P2P) graduate community via Zoom video conference to discuss conflict resolution, gender, and youth concerns with reference to Professor Sommers' new book, The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa. This event is highlighted on the Conflict Resolution-Peer to Peer website.

November 12, 2016
Stephanie Sugars, a current MA IR/GloJo student, attended IRPA's "Rejecting Globalization: the Rise of Populism" panel on Thursday, November 10, co-authoring a piece for the New York Transatlantic: "Sweden Democrats: Migrants must accept 'Swedish culture'."

November 12, 2016
Professor Colette Mazzucelli has been selected to serve as Vice Chairperson, Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD), Peace Awards 2017 Nomination Jury. The INSPAD Peace Awards have been given annually since 2000 in the areas of human rights, interfaith harmony, socio-economic development, teaching and research, youth entrepreneurship, women's empowerment, media, arts & culture, defence strategy, world leadership, and lifetime achievement.

November 2, 2016
IRPA invited IR faculty members John Fousek, James Nolt and Tim Oliver to debate the possible "worst case scenario" outcomes of the election.

October 26, 2016
On October 26, 2016, the NYU Program in International Relations and the NYU IRPA welcomed Mexico’s Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Paulo Carreño King, to NYU for a discussion about US-Mexico relations. The Undersecretary’s visit came at a pivotal moment. Questions about the future of the US-Mexico relationship--particularly with reference to trade and immigration--had been debated extensively throughout the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. In conversation with NYU adjunct faculty member and research scholar Roy Germano, Undersecretary Carreño argued that a strong bilateral relationship benefits both countries. He also addressed some common misunderstandings about Mexico, NAFTA, and Mexican immigration. Finally, the Undersecretary reiterated the Mexican president’s willingness to work with the new American president and maintain a strong bilateral relationship.

October 26, 2016
Professor Chuck Freilich's latest op-ed on US foreign relations and the presidential election in Jerusalem Post: "Clinton is Better Suited to Handle the Middle East".

October 24, 2016
On October 11, members of the Conflict Resolution - Peer 2 Peer community attended a meeting with Dr. Siobhan O'Neil to learn more about the genesis and development of the Children and Extreme Violence Project at the United Nations University. In addition, the group discussed the evolving nature of the fall 2016 NYU Peer to Peer (P2P) initiative with its focus on youth in local neighborhoods or prisons within the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx who are vulnerable to recruitment by gangs. By relying on existing research, interviews with prison experts around the United States, and survey data, the fall 2016 Voices of New York_RESOLVE campaign aims to assess the extent to which gang membership exposes youth, aged 18-25, to potential radicalization and to propose initiatives that may empower these youth as a counter narrative to violent extremism.

October 23, 2016
On September 14-15, Professor Colette Mazzucelli participated in the Warden Exchange (WE) Third Residency and Graduation in Minneapolis, MN. Her stay there included an invitation to attend a breakfast meeting with the Advisory Panel to President & CEO, Prison Fellowship, James Ackerman by WE National Director Pedro C. Moreno and a presentation with Association for State Correctional Administrators President Leann Bertsch comparing European and American prison systems (learn more here). On October 15, Professor Mazzucelli accepted a position as Team Leader, Digital Learning & Strategic Innovation, Frontline Series. She has the responsibility to operationalize WE University in anticipation of the Frontline WebEx Series launch engaging prison reform experts in the US, United Kingdom, and other continental European states as part of Prison Fellowship, the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, founded in 1976 by former White House Special Counsel to President Richard M. Nixon, Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, recipient of the Templeton Prize in 1993.

October 5, 2016
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's Indiegogo-crowdfunded comic book about political risk, prediction and strategy, THE GLOBAL KID, is the recipient of the 2016 Wonder Woman Award. Other Wonder Woman Award recipientsinclude Former US Navy Command Master Chief Evelyn Banks, She's The First Nonprofit Founder Tammy Tibbetts and Fashion Entrepreneur Carrie Hammer. 100% of Professor Aziz's comic book sales are going to two education non-profits that help youth reach their potential – US-based Global Glimpse and Pakistan-based Developments in Literacy.

September 29, 2016
Doreen Horschig, a current MA IR student, published a piece on nuclear proliferation and international security in the Kennedy School Review: "Global Nuclear Zero: An Idealistic Goal, but Inefficient Security Concept".

September 28, 2016
Professor Chuck Freilich's latest op-ed on AIPAC and Israel's relationship with the US in Haaretz: "Dear Mr. Alpher, Give Me a Break".

September 28, 2016
The International Relations and Politics Association and the Journal of Political Inquiry joined together to host a Welcome Reception for incoming graduate students, introducing them to the organizations and serving as a great opportunity for new and returning students to interact.

September 21, 2016
Irene Tello Arista (MA IR 2017), Soraya Hamdan (MA IR GloJo 2017), and Zainab Zaheer (MA IR IPB 2017) were selected to represent the United States as the Peer to Peer (P2P) Team in the Facebook P2P Global Showcase Event during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 21, 2016 at the W Hotel in Manhattan. Over 150 colleagues and friends of the P2P program, representing media, coalition partners, and delegation members from around the world, participated in the event, including a reception afterwards and dinner for the P2P teams with policy makers. CNNMoney's Laurie Segall sat down with Facebook's head of product policy, Monika Bickert, to discuss the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism (P2P) program, a joint partnership with Facebook, the United States Department of State, and EdVenture Partners. The CNN interview features clips of international campaigns from Pakistan, Finland, Afghanistan (via a pre-recorded video), and The Netherlands as well as that of New York University's #7 Train Stop and Voices of New York_RESOLVE campaigns developed in Part-Time Professor of IR Colette Mazzucelli's Conflict Resolution and Radicalization and Religion courses over the past academic year.

August 18, 2016
IR Program Director, Michael John Williams, is quoted in Deutsche Welle's article "When Trump and Clinton talk about German two worlds collide."

August 16, 2016
Professor Daniel Benaim co-authored with Michael Wahid Hanna an op-ed piece, "Ho Do Trump's Conspiracy Theories Go Over in the Middle East? Dangerously." in The New York Times.

August 15, 2016
Professor Chuck Freilich's latest analysis on Israeli National Security Policy in Haaretz: "Third Lebanon War".

August 8, 2016
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's opinion piece on British Prime Minister Theresa May was published in the Observer.

August 8, 2016
Professor Asli Peker published a thought piece on the July 15 coup attempts in Turkey in openDemocracy.

July 29, 2016
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz was invited to deliver a lecture on Crowdsourcing as a Tool in Ethnic Conflict Resolution at the 16th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations at the University of Granada. She also spoke on a diversity panel alongside the University of Nottingham's Dr Zsofia Toth, Grand Valley State's Dr Brian Phillips, and EM Strasbourg Business School's Dr Isabelle Barth.

July 25, 2016
Professor Stuart Gottlieb had his letter to the editor, "Not All Terrorists Are Deranged Misfits", published in The New York Times.

July 11, 2016
Professor Colette Mazzucelli hosted a working breakfast for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), organized in cooperation with the New York Office of the US Department of State, comprising four Peer 2 Peer (P2P) finalist teams from Azerbaijan, Belgium, the College of Europe, and the Netherlands on July 5, 2016.

Following a P2P debriefing session and discussion about the emerging Peer 2 Peer alumni network in countries worldwide, Ms. Rebecca Ulam Weiner, Director of Intelligence and Analysis, New York Police Department, spoke about the challenges and opportunities she faces in her work as she fielded questions from the audience.

This is the second time NYU hosted an IVLP working breakfast. On February 5, 2016, P2P finalist teams from Pakistan, Finland, Kuwait, and Switzerland visited New York University with colleagues from the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State.


July 8, 2016
IR MA graduate candidates presented the NYU Peer 2 Peer (P2P), Voices of New York_RESOLVE campaign, at the US Department of State in the "marketplace of ideas" on June 27 and were invited to "Global Digital Challenge" presentations by Facebook and to a reception on Capitol Hill on June 28 during several days of meetings in Washington, DC.


June 27, 2016
Professor Maha Aziz's opinion piece, "Except More Violence in the Post-Brexit UK", was published in the NY Observer.

June 23, 2016
Professor Colette Mazzucelli participated as a guest presenter addressing a subject related to her teaching in the IR MA conflict resolution elective, transformational leadership. Professor Mazzucelli appeared in person from Reston, VA during a Warden Exchange (WE) Prison Fellowship WebEx video program. The session, hosted by WE Director Pedro C. Moreno, a former Counselor at The White House Drug Policy Office (ONDCP) working on demand reduction among youth, also featured Glenn Martin, Founder and President, JustLeadershipUSA. The WebEx program is broadcast nationally each week to wardens in prisons across the country and subsequently archived as an online educational resource for WE University.

June 21, 2016
Professor Roy Germano co-authored a piece with Christopher Jon Sprigman for Slate titled "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's IP Myth."

June 11, 2016
Professor Colette Mazzucelli hosted colleagues from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the Peace Research Institute Oslo at NYU DC for a Workshop to plan the Genocide Studies and Prevention (GSP) Special Issue, ICTs for Mass Atrocities Research and Response. The Special Issue, edited by Professor Mazzucelli with Professor Anna Visvizi, DEREE - The American College of Greece, is scheduled to appear online in December 2016.

June 8, 2016
During June 2016, Professor Colette Mazzucelli participated as a Research Consultant to Professor Anna Visvizi, DEREE - The American College of Greece, during her stay as a Scholar-in-Residence in the Faculty Resource Network at New York University. Professor Visvizi conducted research pertaining to "What if the EU Fails? (The Rhetoric of) Conflict, Confrontation, and Failure in Today's Europe, the 'German Leadership Dilemma,' and What to do About It." Together Professor Mazzucelli, Professor Visvizi, and Professor Ronald Bee, Managing Director, Hansen Summer Institute​ on Leadership and International Cooperation​, ​San Diego​, wrote an article titled "Secular States in a 'Security Community:' The Migration-Terrorism Nexus?". ​In addition, Professor Mazzucelli spoke with Pioneer Academics about the Brexit vote in an interview disseminated via Facebook, and other social media channels in English and via WeChat in Chinese.

May 27, 2016
Professor Stuart Gottlieb had his article, "How the Next President Can Uproot Terrorism", published by The National Interest.

May 20, 2016
On Friday, May 6, Professor Colette Mazzucelli's Radicalization & Religion Peer 2 Peer (P2P) seminar hosted one of the leading trauma and terrorism experts in the United States, Dr. Jessica Stern, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Dr. Stern visited the IR MA Department to learn more about the NYU P2P-WISE spring 2016 campaign, Voices of New York_RESOLVE. After a presentation of the VNY_RESOLVE ESRI Story Map Journal by IR MA candidates, Dr. Stern spoke about her research. In such noted works as Terror in the Name of God, Dr. Stern has traveled the world to interview jihadists. On May 13, the NYU P2P-WISE campaign was selected as 1 of 12 worldwide to receive an Honorable Mention by US Department of State judges. NYU IR MA candidates travel to Washington, DC on June 26 to present the VNY_RESOLVE campaign at the State Department on June 27 and to attend meetings of the Facebook Digital Challenge and on Capitol Hill the following day, June 28.


May 15, 2016
Professor Colette Mazzucelli was selected to participate in "Scholars as Bridge Builders – The Role of Academia in the Israeli Context," a Study Tour focused on environmental and spatial issues in Israel in connection with the Arab-Israeli conflict, joining academic colleagues from the New York City area. The 8-day visit to Israel and Palestine, endorsed by the Association of University Heads in Israel, was organized during Spring Break, March 13-21, 2016, by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York in cooperation with the Bronfman Center at New York University. A subsequent faculty initiative to host Israeli visiting lecturers Architect Ofer Manor and Architect Karen Lee Bar-Sinai was organized at NYU Gallatin by Study Tour participant and Gallatin professor, Peder Anker, with Professor Mazzucelli serving as moderator of the discussion on the lecture topic "The Future of Jersualem / Al-Quds: Urban Design in the Face of Uncertainty" on May 2, 2016.

May 12, 2016
Dr. Irene Finel-Honigman, SIPA, Columbia University, gave a Europe Public Lecture, "European Union at the Cross Roads: Political Tragedy, Economic Insecurity" to close the semester for Dr. Mazzucelli's Radicalization & Religion and Europe in the 21st Century Peer 2 Peer (P2P) elective courses.


May 5, 2016
International Relations and Journalism student, Zehra Rehman (Class of 2016), recently had a version of her thesis published to BuzzFeed.

April 27, 2016
IRPA hosted an exciting two-part event on Wednesday 27 April 2016. The first part was a career panel, where panelists reflected on their experiences since graduating from MA programs and provided key advice to those looking for internships and those about to graduate. The panel was followed by a networking reception with the panelists, NYU alumni and others! Professionals from the following organizations attended the reception.

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April 21, 2016
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with students about climate change, trade, and government reform during his recent visit to NYU.


April 19, 2016
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz's Indiegogo-crowdfunded comic book about political risk, prediction and strategy, THE GLOBAL KID, was launched at Parlor Social Club on April 1, with an interdisciplinary mix of education specialists, filmmakers, journalists, bankers, non-profit leaders and NYU members in attendance. The e-version for both young adults and adults was launched on April 15 at 100% of sales are going to two education non-profits that help youth reach their potential -- US-based Global Glimpse and Pakistan-based Developments in Literacy.

April 16, 2016
IR students, Daniel Pleck and Zehra Rehman, advanced to The Sixth Anuual GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Finals on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

April 15, 2016
Six students represented the Program in International Relations in The Sixth Anuual GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Semi-Finals on Friday, April 15th: Siqi Fan, Daniel Pleck, Zehra Rehman, Daniel Taylor-Shaut, Irene Tello Arista, and Sinan Zhang.

March 31, 2016
Columbia News interviewed Professor Stuart Gottlieb on the Belgium attack, titled, "5 Questions on European Terrorism with Stuart Gottlieb".

March 29, 2016
Professor Stuart Gottlieb contributed to an article on radicalization and violence in the New York Times, titled "What Makes a Terrorist Isn’t a Mystery".

March 23, 2016
In June 2015, artist Alketa Xhafa Mripa displayed five thousands dresses in the soccer stadium of Pristina, Kosovo in an installation entitled “Thinking of You," to honor the survivors of sexual violence during the 1998-99 war, break the silence, and shed light on these brutal crimes, largely ignored since the war. The art installation, “Thinking of You,” was made possible by the survivors, activists and other women who donated dresses, and was sponsored by President Atifete Jahjaga. The documentary The Making of Thinking Of You, produced by Professor Anna Di Lellio and Fitim Shala, is the story of how art and activism can change the culture of isolation, resignation and shame that surrounds wartime sexual violence. NYU Washington DC, The Embassy of Kosovo and Women's Foreign Policy Group hosted a screening of The Making of Thinking Of You with remarks by H.E. Atifete Jahjaga, President of the Republic of Kosovo, on March 23, 2016. The documentary will be screened on Wednesday, April 20, in the Silver Building, 31 Washington Pl. Please click here for more information.


February 26, 2016
Professor Maha Hosain Aziz delivered a lecture on Saudi Arabia and Its Predicted Oil Crisis at the Middle East Dialogue 2016: New Hopes and Aspirations in the historic Whittemore House in DC. She also chaired the ISIS session which included speakers Dr Mark Silinsky of the US Army War College and Dr Wayel Azmeh of the University of Dayton.

February 22, 2016
Professor Anna Di Lellio's article in East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, Volume XX:
Seeking Justice for Wartime Sexual Violence in Kosovo: Voices and Silence of Women

February 19, 2016
Professor Colette Mazzucelli is cited in an article discussing the rivalry between AQAP and ISIL in Yemen published in L'Orient-Le Jour, as contributed by Geraud de Vallavieille, based in Lebanon, and titled "Au Yémen, l’EI déterminé à piétiner les plates-bandes d’el-Qaëda,"

February 17, 2016
German Media outlet Deutsche Welle published an article about the work of Professor Roy Germano:
"Mexico is confronting a 'refugee crisis' of its own"

February 6, 2016
Professor Stuart Gottlieb contributed to an article on the "irrationality in American politics", in the Sunday New York Times, titled "Irrationality in Politics".

February 2-4, 2016
IR MA graduate candidates presented the NYU Peer 2 Peer (P2P) #7TrainStop campaign at the US Department of State in the Marketplace of Ideas on February 2 and were invited to presentations to Facebook and on Capitol Hill during several days in Washington, DC. The P2P educational initiative, including West Point and NYU teams, was profiled on PBS Newshour Weekend airing on Saturday, January 30, on Channel 13 in New York City, and is archived on YouTube,

January 28, 2016
The Kosovo Oral History Initiative, a research program directed by Professor Anna Di Lellio , has been granted the National Endowment for Democracy .