December 2012
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As we celebrate the close of a banner year at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, we continue to bring together scholars and policymakers to address some of the world's most persistent challenges and find policy solutions that improve people's lives.
Through our seven research projects, we are also supporting student-faculty collaborations that result in publications, conference presentations, research opportunities at W&M and abroad, and engagement with policymakers. More than 250 students have worked on projects supported by the Institute since 2008 -- we've featured a few in this newsletter below.

AidData's tremendous achievement has demonstrated the Institute's ability to nurture a student-faculty collaboration into a major international research center. But to continue to engage W&M students and faculty in innovative and influential social science, it is essential that the Institute look to alumni and friends for financial support.


We hope that you plan to give to William & Mary this year, and that you will consider allocating your gift to the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. Private gifts allow us to respond efficiently to our most urgent needs and will allow us to provide the opportunities and guidance that have benefited so many of our students and will continue to propel William & Mary research projects to international prominence.


We will be sure to keep you updated on the Institute's activities in 2013, but in the meantime we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year. 




Sue Peterson and Mike Tierney, Directors 

Student Spotlight
The Institute has engaged more than 250 W&M students in research collaborations since 2008. Featured here are just a few who are making contributions to international relations scholarship and practice while gaining invaluable research experience.
Claire Peeters '13
Collaborating with Faculty
"Professors Tierney and Marcoux were very supportive, always encouraging me to develop my own ideas and contributions to the project. I felt included as a collaborator in each step of the research process, from finding articles to include in the literature review to helping draft sections of the paper itself. I count this experience as a highlight of my undergraduate academic career." Read more (pdf).

The paper entitled, "Principles or Principals? Institutional Reform and Aid Allocation in the Global Environment Facility (GEF)" is now under review.
Emily Pehrsson '13
Publishing Policy Briefs
Emily Pehrsson '13, former research fellow of the Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS), published an article in the global affairs magazine, Diplomatic Courier, entitled "Making the Grade: International Regulatory Framework for Cybersecurity" in November 2012. Read more.
Ben Kenzer '13
Presenting Academic Work
"Attending the British International Studies Association Conference with Lindsay Hundley and Professor Peterson presented a wonderful opportunity to share TRIP data to a global audience. Our findings are quite striking, and it was really engaging to discuss our methods, data, and opinions to a large, academic crowd." Read more.

The paper entitled "The Rise of China and the Academy" is now under review
Piaoyang Wang '14
Developing New Datasets
"AidData has expanded my understanding of the many aspects of development finance including healthcare, finance, economics, and the environment. Not only have I learned how to conduct research, I've also learned how development organizations can use this research to help them make decisions." Read more.
Peter Klicker '12
Engaging Policymakers
"PIPS empowers undergraduates to translate their academic experiences into real-world results. With my project, I had the opportunity to interact with representatives from the Air Force, the aerospace industry, and Congress. In doing so, I was able to demonstrate that undergraduates can and should make meaningful contributions to the policy-making community." Read more (pdf).

Colleen Devlin '13
Conducting Field Research 
From a blog post :
The real work began once we reached Jinja, Uganda...The drive from Entebbe to Jinja included a stop at NaFIRRI Kajjansi, an impressive aquaculture facility. We spent our first day in Jinja at NaFIRRI, the National Fisheries Resource Research Institute, which has become our "home away from hotel" for the past week. Read more.
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