Greetings Students, Faculty and Staff! 

Dean John F. Stack, Jr.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you back for the Fall 2018 semester!

I want to extend an extra special welcome to our incoming freshmen, the Class of 2022! We are thrilled you are here and hope you will find everything you are looking for at FIU and the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs!

It has been a busy summer at the Green School - and we have some exciting news to share with you.
  • This summer, we learned that our master’s in International Relations has been named “Best in the State for 2018,” putting FIU alongside Stanford, Yale, Georgetown and Columbia as the best graduate IR programs in the country!
  • Another ranking we are proud to announce – U.S. News & World Report has listed the Green School’s Department of Public Policy & Administration as among the Top 10 public affairs schools for international and global policy!
  • Rankings are something to be proud of to be sure - but it is the work of our incredible faculty of which I am most proud. This summer, several of our distinguished faculty members were among those recognized by the university for their role in leading some of FIU’s emerging preeminent programs – Frank Mora, director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center; Randy Pestana, co-founder of Cybersecurity@FIU; and Victor Uribe, chair of the Department of History for his role in the Wolfsonian Public Health Labs. Congratulation to you all!
  • We were also honored to announce this summer that former Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis – previously a researcher with LACC – will return to FIU this fall as a distinguished visiting professor! What an honor to have him back among the FIU family!
  • We held the inaugural Commencement Ceremony for our Spanish language program in Qingdao, China this summer, along with the First Annual Iftar Dinner, hosted by the newly endowed Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies at FIU!
There are many other incredible stories to tell you about at the Green School and I hope you will take a few minutes to peruse this newsletter and learn all about them.

But don’t blink - you’ll miss something important happening at the Green School!

I encourage you to follow us on social media and visit our website regularly for the latest news and events.

As we embark upon another exciting Fall semester, I want to urge each and every one of you to keep me and your colleagues informed of what you and your students are working on – and how we can help advance your work.

We are so proud of all our students, alumni, faculty and staff – and the hard work they continue to do each day to further the Green School mission of creating a just, peaceful and prosperous world.

Thank you for your efforts and have an amazing semester!


Dean John F. Stack, Jr.
U.S. News ranks Public Policy & Administration among Top 10 in the country

U.S. News & World Report has named the Department of Public Policy and Administration's International Global Policy & Administration program as one of the Top 10 in the country.

The list includes Columbia, Harvard, Princeton and Georgetown universities. Read more.
International relations graduate program named among the best in U.S.

Based on faculty expertise, contributions to research and its many joint degree options, FIU’s master’s in international relations has been named “Best in State for 2018.”

The ranking, published by, notes that the list includes “some of the most influential IR programs in the world.”

FIU is listed among top programs such as those at Stanford, Yale, Georgetown and Columbia universities. Read more.
Green School faculty members recognized for leading some of FIU's emerging preeminent programs

Frank Mora, director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Randy Pestana, who co-founded Cybersecurity@FIU, were among university faculty members recognized for working hard to get their programs designated as FIU Preeminent and Emerging Preeminent Programs. Read more.

Former president of Costa Rica to teach at LACC

Former Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera has been named a distinguished visiting professor at the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), shortly after turning over the reins of the country he led for the past four years. The move is a kind of homecoming for Solís, who served as a researcher with LACC from 2004 to 2008. Read more.

Road to FIU ’22: Alex Anacki

Alex Anacki – a National Merit Scholar and member of FIU’s best freshman class in university history –  is studying political science this Fall. He’s also applied to be a part of FIU’s nationally recognized Model UN team, which is currently ranked third in the country above Harvard and Georgetown.

Learn more about what motivated Alex to become involved in the political process. 
Read more. 

Doctoral students recognized as Worlds Ahead Graduates for Summer 2018
Commitment, passion and true grit. That’s what it takes to be named an FIU Worlds Ahead Graduate. Ph.D. students Zenel Garcia and Andrea Marie Headley earned the prestigious distinction this semester and were recognized during their commencement ceremony. These Panthers have shown tenacity and dedication throughout their time at FIU. Read more.
Dean Stack honored with Doctor of Humane Letters at Stonehill College

Founding Dean John F. Stack, Jr. was honored this summer by his alma mater, Stonehill College, with a Doctor of Humane Letters during its 2018 Commencement ceremonies.

Dean Stack was recognized as a "teacher and scholar, leader and innovator" who has "devoted his career to the highest principles of education, service and global engagement." Read more.

Green School researchers unveil landmark study on Puerto Ricans in Florida

Recently, Professor Eduardo Gamarra and Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute, discussed findings from a first-of-its-kind study they conducted on Puerto Ricans in Florida..

They unveiled their research at the "Nuestro Futuro" Sympsoium, which was a collaboration between FIU, the Puerto Rican Alliance of Florida and the Puerto Rican Leadership Council of South Florida. Read more.

Green School Senior Fellow discusses Trump-Putin summit

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 summer, as the summit between President Trump and Putin neared, Kramer was called upon to comment in the Washington Post and on CNN's Don Lemon Show. Read more.

FIU Model UN team forges international partnership with sister team in Israel

FIU’s Model UN team went on the trip of a lifetime this summer 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 the Israeli culture. Read more.

Consular Corps of Miami recognized at Green School lunch
To recognize the critical role the Consular Corps of Miami plays in advancing global dialogue throughout South Florida and beyond, the Green School 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. Read more.
Jaffer Center hosts First Annual Iftar Dinner at FIU

The Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies hosted its First Annual Iftar Dinner, a celebratory meal in observance of Ramadan in June.

The event was a community gathering of Muslims and non-Muslims and featured talks by Dr. Mohsin Jaffer, Dr. Mohiaddin Mesbahi and others on the traditions of the holy month of Ramadan. Read more.

FIU celebrates inaugural commencement ceremony in Qingdao, China
Through the Green School's Department of Modern Languages and in partnership with Qingdao University, FIU offers a dual degree program in Spanish that focuses on business and cultural issues in Latin America and Spain. This summer, President Rosenberg blogged from the inaugural commencement ceremony in Qingdao. Read more.
World Bank unveils flagship report on Latin America at mayor’s conference
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. Read more.
Former Turkish diplomat researching Venezuelan foreign policy at FIU

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.

After six years as a diplomat, Oner returned to academia and specialized in foreign policy and authoritarianism in Latin America.

He is also currently researching the rising authoritarianism, populism and foreign policy of Turkish politics.

His latest research analyzes the relationship and the similarities between the two countries. Read more.

Students support economic development, empower women in India

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 living in the streets. Read more.

Grad student researching role of women as guerillas

Battles, revolts and guerillas are often associated with men. But, women across the globe have played significant roles in wars, rebellions and politics. They don’t always get included in the history books, though.

Vierelina Fernandez is out to change that. A graduate student earning a joint master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a Ph.D. in international relations, Fernandez is researching women in guerilla groups across Latin America.

Read more.

Anthropology professor guest edits special Miami issue of ‘Latino Studies’

Sarah Mahler, an associate professor in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, has been researching the similarities and differences among Latinos in Miami since 2000.

She recently guest edited an academic journal focusing on Miami and its Latino population. The special issue features articles covering a wide range of topics, from Latino perception of other Latino groups in the city to voting preferences of various Latino communities. Read more. 
Alumna’s life mission: to spread awareness about human trafficking

When Karis Williams was 15 years old she watched a human trafficking documentary that changed her life.

She decided she would dedicate herself to rescuing people. After serving in the military and graduating from the Master of Arts in Global Affairs program, she started a project as an anti-human trafficking consultant.

She conducts country-specific research on human trafficking policies and on ways to spread awareness throughout the U.S. Read more.

Global indigenous student group hosts event to honor killer whales

This summer, 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. Read more

What you need to know about protecting your home in the age of disasters

Richard Olson, a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations and director of the FIU Extreme Events Institute, is featured in a special documentary on what ordinary people can do to make their homes more disaster-resilient.

FIU recently hosted the world premiere of a one-hour independent documentary called “Built to Last? Saving our Homes in the Age of Disasters."

The film is inspired by the book “Resilience – The Ultimate Sustainability,” written by Aris Papadopoulos, a distinguished expert in resilience at the Extreme Events Institute. Read more.

Since April of this year, Nicaragua has been engulfed in political instability as a result of the government's extreme and violent response to demands for change. Former Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera will join Richard Feinberg of the Brookings Institution, Jose Miguel Cruz, research director of LACC, and Frank Mora, LACC director, for a Davos-style discussion of the crisis and possible consequences for democracy and stability in Central America. Read more. 

NICE Conference and Expo

November 6-7, 2018
Hyatt Regency Miami
Miami, Florida

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo 2018 – hosted by Florida International University in partnership with New America and supported by NICE – will bring together cybersecurity workforce developers, employers, educators, certification providers and policymakers to explore ways of developing a skilled cybersecurity workforce ready to meet the challenges of the future. 

Early Bird Registration is open through August 31, 2018. For additional information, please visit or contact us at   

CLICK HERE for discounted pricing through August 31, 2018.

The Green School is busy planning many more events, lectures and exhibits for the Fall Semester. We hope you can join us for some of these enlightening gatherings! 
See full list here.  

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