September 23, 2014

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ACDIS Student Security Group

ACDIS is pleased to announce the formation of the ACDIS Student Security Group, an RSO dedicated to enhancing student inquiry into security studies and careers. The group aims to offer UIUC students the networking and pre-professional training that they need in order to succeed in their future careers - whether they are in intelligence, diplomacy, academia, or policy. Alongside career prep, the organization plans to support social functions as well - film screenings and debates are expected to make up a major portion of the group's activities.

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2014 Summer Workshop in International Security

ACDIS hosted its third summer workshop on international security from the 8th - 13th June. The workshop featured undergraduate students nationwide and several prominent speakers.

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The Islamic State and the Implosion of Syria and Iraq: Whither the Middle East?

Teach-in on The Islamic State and the Middle East on Thursday, October 2, sponsored by ACDIS, Center for Global Studies and Center for South Asia and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES). Panelists: Jamsheed Choksy, Indiana University; Carol Choksy, Indiana University; Paul Diehl, University of Illinois; Dr. Zaher Sahloul, Syrian American Medical Society. Moderator: Edward Kolodziej, University of Illinois.
Program News & Announcements

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Teach-in on The Islamic State and the Middle East on Thursday, October 2, sponsored by ACDIS, Center for Global Studies and Center for South Asia and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES). Panelists: Jamsheed Choksy, Indiana University; Carol Choksy, Indiana University; Paul Diehl, University of Illinois; Dr. Zaher Sahloul, Syrian American Medical Society. Moderator: Edward Kolodziej, University of Illinois.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
ACDIS Associate Director Todd Robinson, affiliated faculty member Paul Diehl, and affiliated graduate student Tyler Pack recently published an article on the role of international law in the placement of WMD-related red lines.

Friday, September 12th, 2014
ACDIS Faculty Frederick Lamb weighs in on an article about missile defense in The Economist.

Monday, September 08th, 2014
ACDIS is pleased to announce the formation of the ACDIS Student Security Group, an RSO dedicated to enhancing student inquiry into security studies and careers. The group aims to offer UIUC students the networking and pre-professional training that they need in order to succeed in their future careers - whether they are in intelligence, diplomacy, academia, or policy. Alongside career prep, the organization plans to support social functions as well - film screenings and debates are expected to make up a major portion of the group's activities.

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
The conference on World War I and International Relations Theory will focus on the causes of the war and its impact in light of various IR theories. Students will write research papers that examine how specific pairs of states (for example Germany and Russia) came to war against each other. Students will look at the role of the issues, alliances, rivalry, arms races, and previous crises played in creating a situation that that resulted in war breaking out.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
ACDIS hosted its third summer workshop on international security from the 8th - 13th June. The workshop featured undergraduate students nationwide and several prominent speakers.

Current Affairs & Policy Analysis
Spotlight on Students

Christina Valdez
Christina Valadez

ACDIS is pleased to announce that Cristina Valdez, a double major in Political Science and Communication in the College of LAS, will be an intern at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York City this summer (2014). Cristina has worked in the ACDIS office since September 2013 on a number of projects, including working to expand ACDIS' social media connections, conducting research to facilitate marketing for the Summer Workshop in International Security, and otherwise helping to make the office run smoother in both small and big ways.

She applied for this internship through the U.S. Department of State because "it aligns perfectly with my future goals of working for an NGO, and gives me the chance to gain first hand knowledge of diplomacy and foreign policy.”

In January, she also received an internship through the University of Illinois Department of Communication Internship Program Office to receive credit for her work with ACDIS.

Thank you to Cristina for her work for ACDIS and congratulations on her summer internship!