CIPI News | 2011-Center for International Policy & Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

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CIPI News | 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

CIPI’s work highlighted by Heinz College piece congratulating Nobel Laureate

Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College congratulates Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Awarded annually, the highly regarded and internationally recognized prize is given to the person who, according to the Prize’s namesake Alfred Nobel, has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Friday, October 7, 2011

CIPI publishes edited volume on election violence prevention

The Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) are proud to announce the publication of Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa, an analysis of the contributors to electoral instability in Africa - and precautions that leaders can adopt to prevent violence from marring the electoral process. The volume is edited by Dr. Jendayi Frazer, CIPI Director and Distinguished Public Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon, and Dr. E. Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director of CDD-Ghana and Professor of Political Science at the University of Ghana.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rwandan President Paul Kagame to deliver Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon on September 16

H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, will offer a keynote address to Carnegie Mellon University on Rwanda’s strategy for growth in the global economy followed by an interactive audience Q & A session. President Kagame will discuss Rwanda’s role as East Africa’s leading information and communications technology (ICT) nation. He will also discuss the collaborative role that a partnership with Carnegie Mellon will play in realizing this vision. MORE
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A returning Peace Corps Volunteer finds an international policy home at Carnegie Mellon University

Daron Christopher’s work as a CIPI Research Associate has given him several occasions to put his Peace Corps experience into practice. When Christopher joined the CIPI research team, the center was organizing the Conference on Mitigating the Use of Violence in Liberia's 2011 Electoral Contests, which afforded him the opportunity to interact with key African policymakers working to promote democracy and combat electoral violence. Christopher’s research for the conference focused on assessing and evaluating trends in political and electoral violence in Liberia.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Policy in Praxis: CIPI Fellows work on East African economic development in Tanzania

The Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) partnered with the East African Community (EAC) to give two students the opportunity to expand their skill set through an overseas internship inaugurated through this partnership. Dilana Martinez and Dmitry Spitsberg, Master of Science in Public Policy and Management candidates at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, were selected through a competitive application process and awarded grants to support their travel and work in Arusha, Tanzania, at the EAC Secretariat’s headquarters for a ten-week internship. In this interview, Martinez and Spitsberg share what they learned working in the field on economic development and what they enjoyed about living in Tanzania. MORE
Friday, August 5, 2011

Good Preparation: Alum draws on her CIPI experience for her Foreign Service Career

Former CIPI Fellow Nisha Abraham, now serving as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State, credits her experiences working with CIPI as being instrumental in preparing her for the challenges of international diplomacy. MORE
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Frazer featured in panel discussion on Nigeria's elections

Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Distinguished Public Service Professor and Director of CIPI, was featured on an upcoming panel to discuss Nigeria’s parliamentary elections, which were held April 16, 2011. The Atlantic Council, Africare, and Carnegie Mellon University sponsored the event: “An Initial Assessment: Nigeria’s Elections.” MORE
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

CIPI Researcher featured for work on Liberia Elections Conference

This past December, while the majority of Heinz College students were immersed in last-minute cramming sessions for fall semester finals, Daron Christopher, a first year student in the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management program’s DC track, found himself in the midst of a different challenge. Christopher spent a week in the West African nation of Liberia as part of a team working to ensure an election free of violence.