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Over the next two years, Tufts students will investigate the challenges facing the Middle East/North Africa and the former Soviet Union, thanks to a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) secured the $200,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation to train future international security leaders through academic research, interactive forums, mentoring, and internships. Based upon the institute’s record of nearly three decades, the Carnegie Corporation considers the institute a “proven breeding ground for the next generation of international security leadership.”

The funding will cover activities focused on the Middle East and North Africa during the current academic year and on Russia and the former Soviet Union next year.

“Corruption, challenges to the rule of law, rising economic disparities, the collapse of states, and religious, sectarian, and political schisms all underscore the urgent need to develop a new generation of international security and foreign policy experts who are intellectually nimble and prepared to embrace the complexities and ambiguities of broad security issues,” says Sherman Teichman, director of the IGL.

“In 10 to 15 years, the students we work with will be in positions to influence and contend with the new security environment.”

The IGL’s yearlong academic colloquium this year is focused on the Middle East and North Africa. The Carnegie funding has allowed IGL to bring 12 to 15 experts from the region to its annual EPIIC (Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship) symposium and workshop this winter. Similarly, next year, the grant money will support the participation of experts from the former Soviet Union.

The Carnegie grant will also fund three fellows each year. The fellows will spend up to a month in residence at Tufts, offering guest lectures in classes, public lectures, and support to individual students working on research projects. This year one such fellow, former Iraqi National Security Adviser Dr. Mowaffak al-Rubaie, will also be a Fletcher School/IGL “Senior Statesman in Residence.”

In addition, IGL will use the grant to support global research and internships for students; an annual two-day gathering for Tufts alumni who work in U.S. foreign policy; a three-day civil-military roundtable in the spring of 2014, bringing together participants from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy, along with students from Tufts and other universities; and a photojournalism workshop in the former Soviet Union in late May 2014, organized by IGL’s Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice.