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The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University has recently released an unedited conversation between journalist Anthony Shadid and professor Jillian Schwedler. The video was released to remember Shadid, who died tragically in Syria earlier this month. 

Watch the video and read more from the Hagop Kevorkian Center

Jaime T. Zagami ’08 (Political Science) supports our troops. This support does not mean hanging yellow ribbons or waving American flags. Instead, her support means a personal and professional devotion to easing the transition from military to civilian life -- especially for those service men and women with post-traumatic or other combat-induced disorders.


For the third year in a row, the Civic Initiative at the UMass Donohue Institute is hosting a month-long summer course designed to bring Pakistani students to the UMass Amherst campus to learn about US-Pakistan politics. The course, a joint Pakistan Embassy and US State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) program, is designed to explore the political, economic, historical, institutional, and cultural issues involved in policy-making in both countries.

"In his study of history and political science, senior Daniel McDonald is making history of his own. Dan has earned an Honors Research Grant to fund self-designed original research that 'provides the first comprehensive view into resistance groups and their effects on post-dictatorship reconciliation in Argentina and Brazil using a comparative approach.' This research grant provides Dan with a unique opportunity to challenge himself academically and to prepare for his desired career."

When asked about her career success-stories, Emily Tarr ’00, who now serves as an International Special Advisor in the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, reflects on “a combination of what I have done right, and some things that I should have done.” Together, these items form a five-step plan for success in the international criminal law field.

Jillian Schwedler, Associate Professor of Political Science, spent January 14 – the anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution – in Le Kef, Tunisia in an attempt to better understand the transformation that has taken place in that country since the Revolution.

Professor Emeritus Jerry Mileur has been awarded an Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts at his alma mater Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The award, presented in the Spring 2011 semester, recognized Professor Mileur's acheivements over a nearly 40 year career as a professor.

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When I first got into the office, I was told by the receptionist that I had to wait until someone came to get me. I sat on the comfortable couches and watched CNBC on four different television screens. After ten minutes of waiting in the receptionist’s area, Michael Kaplan, who is vice president of investments at Joseph 


I chose to study abroad because of my mother’s extensive experience traveling abroad; if you open yourself up to a new place, it changes you into a more confident and understanding individual. It’s a learning experience that anyone can get so much out of.