2017 Archive


Ryan Meldrum wins 2016 ACJS New Scholar Award

Ryan Meldrum, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, has been awarded the 2016 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) New Scholar Award, which recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions to the study of crime and/or criminal justice by someone who has received his or her doctoral degree within the past six years.

Green School faculty thrives, receive distinguished awards

Ryan C. Meldrum and April Merleaux were awarded the 2016 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences New Scholar Award and the Humanities in the Public Square Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, respectively.


Three conferences in three weeks A recap of FIU’s participation at McMUN, UNCMUNC and HNMUN.

FIU’s Model UN Team traveled to conferences hosted by McGill University in Montreal, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Harvard University in Boston in consecutive weekends. Winning multiple awards and putting on impressive performances, the success had during this brief stretch cannot be understated.

Undergrad studies Arabic in Morocco on Boren Scholarship

his story is part of an occasional series that looks to highlight the benefits students derive from studying abroad and internships. FIU students are encouraged to seek out these opportunities by working with FIU’s Study Abroad Office and Career Services as well as professors and mentors. International Relations major Dayra Carvajal is currently on a prestigious, $20,000 Boren scholarship in Morocco studying Arabic for a year. Below she reflects on her experience studying abroad.

The Green School: January Highlights and Upcoming Events

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs publishes a monthly newsletter that features highlights and upcoming events from its various departments, centers, institutes and programs.

The United States and Colombia: From Security Partners to Global Partners in Peace

The Green School’s Frank O. Mora, Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and Brian Fonseca, Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, Jonathan D. Rosen, Research Scientist at the Gordon Institute, along with Dan Restrepo, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress were featured in a recent article for the Center for American Press.


Program connects students with thought leaders in Miami, D.C.

FIU kicked off the first year of its Capital Leadership Experience program this March with a cohort of students versed in a range of fields — from STEM education to global communications to policy-making. The program offers participants hands-on leadership, research and professional development experience in both Miami and Washington, D.C.

Obama’s Cuba visit sparks intense debate at community forum

The community conversation on Obama’s visit to Cuba was sponsored by FIU’s Cuban Research Institute (CRI) and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. Moderated by Jorge Duany, director of CRI, the event drew more than 100 students, faculty and community members. The discussion was peppered with applause and cheers on both sides of the issue.

Model UN brings largest high school conference ever to FIU

Nearly 400 middle and high school students from more than 20 schools competed at an annual conference last week, hosted by FIU’s Model United Nations team – an international relations program that provides an interactive environment for students in political and international affairs.

FIU earns NEH grant to highlight the role of the humanities in addressing sea level rise

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has chosen FIU’s History Department in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (Green School) as the only Florida recipient of a Humanities in the Public Square grant.

In Mexico It’s Institutions, Stupid

Brian Fonseca, Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy was recently published in The Huffington Post’s The WorldPost. To read the article, please click here.

Poll results: Clinton needs 30 percent of Latino vote to win

A smartphone survey of more than 9,000 voters found most Latinos in the United States would vote for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton if the election were held today. Nearly 19 percent said they would vote for Republican Donald Trump.

Latino Public Opinion Forum Results

For results of the Latino Public Opinion Forum please click here.

Marco Rubio fields questions from FIU community at MSNBC town hall

Jose Camacho was the first audience member to ask Senator Marco Rubio a question at the town hall hosted at FIU Wednesday afternoon. A junior international relations major, Camacho wanted to know whether Rubio felt he had gone too far in his attacks on frontrunner Donald Trump in recent weeks. The senator’s response was one of the most talked about answers of the evening.

By the Rivers of Bablyon

Video and photos from the event, “By the Rivers of Babylon: Music of the Iraqi and Indian Jewish Diasporas”, featuring a special performance by George Mordecai with accompanying musicians Sam Thomas, Rajneesh Bandhari, Eylem Basaldi and John Murchison are now available for viewing.

The Green School: February Newsletter

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs publishes a monthly newsletter that features highlights and upcoming events from its various departments, centers, institutes and programs.

Geopolitical Summit

FIU will host its fifth Geopolitical Summit March 8 – convening thought leaders from government, business, academia and law to discuss policies and strategies to mitigate cyber threats and defend national security and financial interests.

Israeli ambassador, FIU alumnus discusses UN-Israeli relations

Danny Danon, permanent Israeli representative to the United Nations, looked around Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall and said it was good to be back at Florida International University.


Mohamad G. Alkadry receives FIU’s Outstanding Graduate Program Director Award

Dr. Mohamad Alkadry, Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) was awarded the Provost’s Graduate Program Director (GPD) Award for extensive contributions to the Master of Public Administration programs.

2016’s States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Burdens

Assistant Professor of Public Budgeting and Finance in the Department of Public Administration, was featured in an article about states with the highest and lowest tax burdens for 2016.

FIU to host President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship

This summer 1,000 African leaders and entrepreneurs will travel to the U.S. as part of the Department of State’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI). Twenty five of those will live at FIU for six weeks attending an academic and leadership institute focused on public management. This is the third cohort of African Leaders to visit FIU.

Quietly, FIU students and professors resume long-banned travel to Cuba

The trip to Cuba is called “A Revolutionary Perspective on Education.” It promises stunning museum collections, conversations with college professors and plenty of free time to wander the streets of Old Havana.

FIU professor targets ‘word gap’ in Hispanic children

Melissa Baralt, assistant professor of applied linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages, created an app to target the word gap in Hispanic children. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration selected Baralt’s app idea as one of 10 winners out of more than 75 applicants for its Bridging the Word Gap Challenge.

Come create how we will live with nature’s power

Fragile Habitat project by history professor April Merleaux was published recently in the Miami Herald. To learn about the event, please follow this link: https://goo.gl/GGExL8

National security experts discuss global threats

National security experts from FIU and throughout the Western Hemisphere shared their views on global terrorism, violent extremism and other emerging threats in the region during a day-long conference sponsored by the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

Founder of Wolfsonian talks study abroad in Genoa

Mitchell Wolfson, the founder of The Wolfsonian Museum, urges University students to travel to Genoa for a study abroad opportunity.


Green School Professor Recognized by Kennedy Center as “Inspirational Teacher”

A professor in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs was awarded the Kennedy Center Stephen Sondheim Award for Inspirational Teaching, an award that highlights the country’s most inspirational teachers and recognizes them for their service and dedication.

Professor Awarded Grant to Research Holocaust Survivors’ Testimonies

Oren Stier, professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Holocaust Studies Initiative, has received a grant to study Holocaust survivor testimonies from Targum Shlishi, a Raquel and Aryeh Rubin Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of Jewish life throughout the world.

International Relations Student Receives Boren Scholarship to Study in Turkey

Christian Ilarraza Colon, an undergraduate junior studying international relations at the Green School, was offered a Boren Scholarship to study in Turkey during the 2016-2017 academic year, as well as the Fund for Education Abroad scholarship and the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship in Princeton.

FIU’s Metropolitan Center, Miami-Dade County and Citi unveil prosperity action plan for Miami

In response to the growing disparity in income and prosperity among Miami-Dade County residents, FIU’s Metropolitan Center and Citi Community Development launched a “Prosperity Agenda for Miami-Dade,” a groundbreaking research-based community action plan that identifies specific wealth-building strategies to improve economic opportunity and self-sufficiency.

Miami-Dade County Prosperity Initiatives Study

In response to the growing disparity in income and prosperity among Miami-Dade County residents, FIU’s Metropolitan Center – Florida’s leading urban policy think tank – created a “Prosperity Agenda for Miami-Dade,” a groundbreaking, research-based community action plan that recommends specific wealth-building strategies to improve economic opportunity and self-sufficiency.

The State Department Has a Diversity Problem

Despite decades of attempts to make the Foreign Service look more like the real America, it’s still pretty much white, male, and Yale.

Czech photographer’s images of stark ‘Cuban reality’ now on exhibit

Hana Jakrlova never planned to go to Cuba, let alone to use her profession and passion as a photographer to document the realities of a communist island.

“I think Cuba is somewhat forgotten,” she said. “Everyone is always talking about it… But I noticed that I never really saw images of Cubans’ realities, and I was curious about it, so I went to Cuba and I traveled around the country by myself.”

Did you miss the inspiring & powerful Commencement Address by Ambassador Rice? View it now online!

Click here to view Ambassador Susan Rice’s 2016 Green School Commencement Address.

Ambassador Susan Rice Tells Grads, ‘Your Country Needs You.’

Congratulations to all our Green School graduates and thank you to Ambassador Susan Rice for an incredible commencement address.

The top 10 departments for global learning ranked

The university’s Office of Global Learning Initiatives, led by Hilary Landorf, recently completed a program review of all academic departments and assigned a Go Global score to each one based on the percentage of professors in each department who attended global learning workshops, the number of global learning courses offered by the department, and average student enrollment.


Brexit may not be a household word in Florida, but there’s plenty of interest

As European leaders met in Brussels Wednesday — minus outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had returned to London — academics from Florida International University and David Prodger, British counsel general in Miami, took on some of the thorny issues raised by the so-called Brexit.

Turmoil in Europe: Britain, Brexit & the EU – What’s Next?

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs hosted a teach-in on Britain, Brexit and the EU with FIU faculty experts and special guest, British Consul General of Miami, David Prodger, on the historic decision of the U.K. to leave the European Union. The panel of experts explored the factors that led to the divisive vote and its implications for Europe, the EU and the world.

4 things you need to know about Brexit

In the wake of the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) vote to leave the European Union (EU), numerous questions hang in the air with the entire world wondering what this could imply for the U.K., our global economy and international relations. To help answer some of the questions swirling around “Brexit,” FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs brought together a panel of experts at a teach-in hosted June 29.

Security Tops Most Important Election Issue in Latest National Poll of Latino Voters

The latest New Latino Voice online tracking poll conducted by FIU and Hispanic advertising company Adsmovil reports that security is the most important 2016 election issue among Latino voters, the first time this issue topped the survey since the poll launched in April. FIU professor Eduardo A. Gamarra, one of the poll’s co-authors, attributed this latest finding to the June 12 shooting in Orlando.

Brexit vote confirms that Brits live in grumpy, ‘Trumpy’ times

Following the historic decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, Dr. Markus Thiel, professor of politics and international relations and director of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence and European & Eurasian Studies, penned this opinion piece for the Miami Herald.

Aftermath of Orlando Shooting

A week after the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, the cause and effects are still being debated. FIU Professor Eric Lob spoke about the tragedy on WPBT Channel 2.

Battling income inequality in Miami area needs a team effort

A recent FIU prosperity study reveals Miami-Dade needs an economic boost There is a shocking disparity between the haves and have nots Miami-Dade should appoint an economic equality czar.

Inter-American Conference of Mayors hits big issues

For 22 years, Dr. Allan Rosenbaum, director of the Institute for Public Management and Community Service at Florida International University, has spearheaded the event, inviting officials, planning their stay and ensuring guests a platform to collaborate.

Historic week in Washington: FIU in D.C. opens

FIU officially opened the doors to its dynamic hub last week, launching a revamped presence in the nation’s capital to further advance faculty research and establish a point of convergence for students, alumni and corporate/governmental partners on Capitol Hill. Over the course of five days and 12 events, hundreds of alumni, friends and national partners experienced the dynamic nature of FIU in D.C.

An Insider’s View: Hispanics and the 2016 Presidential Election

Hispanics will comprise more than 27 million eligible voters in the U.S., and likely influence the outcome of the 2016 general election. As the primaries come to a close, insiders from both sides of the aisle explored current Latino voting patterns at the FIU in DC launch this week. Watch the entire discussion at the link above.

Green School Celebrates Launch of #FIUDCLaunchWeek

Dean John F. Stack, Jr. and the entire Green School team are proud to partner with Fiu Fed Relations, FIU Governmental Relations and FIU in Washington, D.C. for the official ‪#‎FIUDCLaunchWeek‬! The Green School has two exciting events planned – “The Dark Side of the Web: Cybersecurity” tomorrow and “Hispanics and the 2012 Presidential Election” on Wednesday, sponsored by our Jack D. Gordon Institute! Check out our DC Launch Video at the link above!

LACC proudly presents Hemisphere Magazine: “The United States and Cuba after D17”

Hemisphere’s Volume 25 Summer 2016 issue “The United States and Cuba after D17” is available and focused on the timely and controversial restoration of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba. LACC wishes to express its gratitude to guest-editor FIU’s Cuban Research Institute Director Jorge Duany and the panel of top experts on Cuba and US relations who contributed their articles and commentaries. Free copies are available at LACC, MMC- DM 353.


Trouble in Turkey

With tensions rising in Turkey following a failed coup attempt, FIU faculty joined experts on U.S.-Turkish relations to discuss the implications of the uprising on the U.S. and its allies. Click above to view photos of the event. Visit the Green School on Facebook to view a video of the event. (Facebook.com/fiusipa.)

Mandela Fellows host awareness campaign at FIU

FIU marking International Mandela Day, hosted by a group of visiting scholars and professionals from across Africa. The event—held in the Graham Center Pit on July 18, Mandela’s birthday—aimed to raise awareness about the former South African president’s impact on the world and about the diversity of African cultures.

What to expect at the national party conventions

As part of an op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, Sara Moats, an instructor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, discusses five things to watch for at the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

‘Dump Trump’ Likely to be Unsuccessful, Green School Experts Say

A panel of Green School faculty experts in presidential politics and party conventions tackled the many questions surrounding Donald Trump and the upcoming Republican National Convention at a teach-in at the Graham Center on July 12.

Rebellion at the RNC? What the dispute over Donald Trump means for the 2016 Presidential Election

Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs as FIU faculty experts answer questions surrounding the anti-Trump movement, possible Republican candidate, the Republican party in the long run and more at a teach-in on the 2016 Presidential Election and the Republican National Convention.


Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants Head to FIU

Four students from Turkey, Russia, India and China have received Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant grants to attend FIU and serve as teaching assistants in Turkish, Russian, Hindi and Chinese.

Green School Summer 2016 Newsletter

Trouble in Turkey, Rebellion at the RNC and so much more in this semester’s Green School Newsletter!

Results of 2016 Cuba Poll to be released

First conducted in 1991, the FIU Cuba Poll is the longest-running research project tracking the opinions of the Cuban-American community in South Florida. The results of this year’s poll will be unveiled at an event on September 14 in the Graham Center.

FIU Professor Joins Amnesty International for Event on Global Refugee Crisis

Dr. Eric Lob, a professor in the Green School’s Department of Politics and International Relations, will participate in a discussion Friday on refugee and migrant rights as part of Amnesty International’s Art for Amnesty program. The event, People on the Move, takes place Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Art Bastion in Wynwood.

Green School Announces Fall 2016 Events

Planning is underway for another exciting semester of Green School events, lectures, concerts and exhibits from some of the world’s greatest thought leaders – both at FIU and in the community. We hope you can join us for some of these enlightening gatherings

Green School Graduate Completes Archive on Haitian History, Hired by Library of Congress in D.C.

Five years spent archiving five centuries of Haitian history has paid off for Adam Silvia, a doctoral student in the Department of History who graduates this week from the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.
Just one day after commencement, Silvia will start a new job with the United States Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Green School Announces the 2016-2017 Morris and Anita Broad Fellows

Each year, the Morris and Anita Broad Fellowship Award offers junior faculty and doctoral students in the Green School the opportunity to advance their academic research at early stages in their careers by providing funds for diverse projects.


Green School Faculty Awarded the Murdo J. Macleod Book Price

The Southern Historical Association-Latin American and Caribbean Studies has awarded Dr. Victor Uribe, Chair of the Department of History, the Murdo J. Macleod book price for his recent book “Fatal Love: Spousal Killers, Law, and Punishment in the Late Colonial Spanish Atlantic.” Click the link above for more on Dr. Uribe’s book.

Global Jewish Studies Announces Fall Lecture Series

The FIU Jewish Studies Colloquium is a lecture series at the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU (JMOF) that showcases the remarkable diversity within the field of Jewish Studies. The series, which begins this month, includes a diverse group of speakers from around the world. All events are held at JMOF, 301 Washington Street, Miami Beach.

2016 Cuba Poll reveals a major shift in Cuban-American attitudes toward U.S.-Cuba relations

Nearly 70 percent of Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County support the U.S. decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba and a strong majority (63 percent) oppose the U.S. embargo of the island nation.

The results of this year’s FIU Cuba Poll – the longest running research project measuring Cuban-American public opinion – reveal a major shift in Cuban-American attitudes toward U.S.-Cuba relations.

Cybersecurity Program Launches This Fall

To meet the growing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Green School has collaborated with the College of Business and the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy to create an executive certificate program in cybersecurity leadership and strategy. The two-day course, scheduled for October 11-12, will offer two tracks – private and public sector.

Green School Benefactor Morris Broad Dies at 81

Morris Broad, a philanthropist and head of the Broad Foundation, spearheaded the establishment of the Green School’s distinguished lecture series with his sister Ann Bussel. They were the first major donors towards the school’s building by naming the 500-seat auditorium after their parents, the late Ruth K. and Shepard Broad. Morris Broad died Sept. 1.


Green School Hosts Series of Election Events

With the historic 2016 Presidential election just days away, FIU students, faculty and staff are organizing a series of interactive events designed to encourage students to vote, engage in discussion with political and media experts and participate in post-election analysis with FIU faculty and leaders in Washington, D.C.

Political science student wins José Antonio Echeverría scholarship

Political science student Katheryne Mena was profiled in el Nuevo Herald this weekend for being named winner of the 2016 José Antonio Echeverría scholarship.

FIU Model UN Wins Best Small Delegation

This past weekend FIU won Best Small Delegation at Columbia University’s annual Model UN Conference for the third straight year, winning awards in five out of seven committees. The conference was attended by more than 40 colleges and universities and over 400 students. Special congratulations to Kevin Markowski and Jessica Brito who took first place in their committee and to the team’s director, Ethan Roberts, for his exceptional leadership.


Dean Stack Visits White House for Talk with National Security Leaders on Diversity

To help meet the need for diversity in the national security workforce, Dean John F. Stack, Jr. traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with National Security Advisor Susan Rice and other key federal agency representatives, including the State Department and departments of Homeland Security, Defense and Justice. FIU was one of only three universities to attend the meeting.

Green School Hosts Roundtables on Cuba’s Future in Post-Fidel and Trump Era

As the world reacts to news of Fidel Castro’s death, FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs will host a roundtable discussion with faculty experts on the impact of his death on the Cuban people and the island’s economic, social and political future.

FIU Cuba Experts Respond to Fidel Castro’s Death

Following the death of Fidel Castro, what’s next for Cuba? FIU and the Green School have a wide array of experts available.

Author Andrew Solomon Discusses Global Change, U.S. Election

Award-winning author Andrew Solomon was on campus last week to discuss his latest book, Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change. He also discussed regions around the globe undergoing profound change, as well as the results of the U.S. presidential election.

Dean Stack Honors Philanthropist Morris N. Broad

John F. Stack, founding dean of the Green School, recognized philanthropist Morris Broad, who created the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Lecture series in memory of his late parents, at a talk by award-winning author Andrew Solomon.

Faculty Experts Weigh in on Donald Trump’s Victory

Republican Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the 2016 presidential election this week left pollsters and pundits around the globe speculating about what such a drastic change in American political leadership could mean for the United States – and the world.
To help sort through the implications this election may have, faculty from the Green School joined an expert in diplomacy from Washington, D.C. for a post-election analysis that drew a standing room only crowd.

Gordon Institute Director Talks Cybersecurity in Miami Herald

Cyber threats facing the United States and the world are growing at an alarming rate and are expected to continue to grow well into the 21st century. Brian Fonseca, director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, discusses cybercrime in the U.S. and how government, business and FIU are all working to tackle the issue.

In Praise of Mentors

Clayton Solomon, a graduate of the Green School now working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York, writes of his experience at FIU with his professor – and mentor – Dean John F. Stack.


Professors Release Books on Cuba and Castro

As the world continues to react to the passing of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, two professors from the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, Brian Latell and Jonathan Rosen, recently released books on Cuba – both tackling Fidel Castro’s legacy and the future of U.S-Cuban relations.

FIU Says Farewell to Beloved Political Science Professor

Rebecca “Becky” Solokar,former chair of FIU’s Department of Politics and International Relations, died Dec. 19 after a long battle withe cancer.

“She was an extraordinary student whose connection to people made her one of the most effective teachers I have ever known,” said John Stack, founding dean of the Green School. “She had a huge impact on careers and aspirations.” Salokar joined FIU in 1985 and was politics department chair from 2012 to the summer of 2016.

Win a Trip to D.C. for Inauguration Week!

Continuity or Change? What do you expect from a Trump presidency?

Following what was likely the most historic presidential election in our nation’s history, Donald Trump will soon be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

We want to hear what our students think about the public policy implications of a Trump presidency. Submit your essay for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for Inauguration Week!

FIU Model UN Ranked #2 in North America

FIU has achieved its highest ranking ever, #2 in North America, behind only the University of Chicago and ahead of every Ivy League team, including Harvard and Yale.

Green School Newsletter Fall 2016

White House Meeting, Post-Castro analysis and more in the Fall 2016 newsletter

Classically Cuban Concert Helps Preserve Island’s Musical Heritage

Since 1994, FIU’s Cuban Research Institute (CRI) has organized an annual concert series featuring music on Cuban themes by Cuban and other composers. The purpose of this public event is to celebrate, preserve, and promote the rich and diverse musical heritage of Cuba and its diaspora.

CRI held the 12th installment of its Classically Cuban concert series on December 6, 2016, at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center of the FIU School of Music on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

Documentary features unlikely friendship between dissidents

The island nation of Cuba may seem a world away from the Czech Republic. But the two nations share a long history of democratic opposition to Communist regimes. That shared history laid the foundation for a somewhat unlikely friendship between former Czech president and political dissident Václav Havel and Oswaldo Payá, a leading Cuban dissident and founder of the pro-democracy movement, the Varela Project.

What you should know about Standing Rock

In response to months-long protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and its Global Indigenous Forum hosted a discussion between faculty experts in water security and native rights and local members of the Seminole nation.