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Twenty Years On: The Legacy of the Rwandan Genocide

The Political Science Department was privileged to host Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa for a presentation on the Rwandan Genocide in conjunction with Missouri State University’s 2014 Public Affairs Conference.

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Dr. Rudasingwa is a medical doctor by profession and a former diplomat who served in senior leadership positions in Rwanda, including as Ambassador to the United States, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Dr. Rudasingwa has also represented Rwanda at the United Nations, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the African Union. His experience spans work with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, and business. He is currently President, CEO and Founder of Haradali.org, a social enterprise whose mission is to promote the health, livelihoods, and wellness of women and children , promoting small and medium enterprises, and developing the leadership and managerial capacity in Africa. As one of the leaders of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), he is currently involved in working with all Rwandans to embrace truth telling, forgiveness and reconciliation as a pathway to healing and peaceful reforms in Rwanda. As a co-founder of the USA-based Institute for Democracy and Peace in Africa (IDPA), he promotes Africa’s peaceful and democratic development, especially in the Great Lakes region of central Africa. Dr. Rudasingwa has a medical degree from Makerere University, in Uganda, a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in the USA, and an honorary PhD from Trinity College of Vermont, Vermont, USA.

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Dr. Rudasingwa in Strong Hall and posing with his hosts, Dr. Indira Palacios and Dr. Ashley Leinweber

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The Colorful Culture of India – Tarang 2014


Join Missouri State University’s Indian Students Association (ISA) at Tarang 2014, the fifth annual Indian cultural show and dinner to be held on April 12th, 2014 from 6 PM to 9:30 PM at the PSU Ballroom and the PSU Theatre. Consistent with the University’s Public Affairs mission, the focus of this event is increasing awareness of Indian culture, traditions and practices.

For more information, go tot he event website at http://calendar.missouristate.edu/viewevent.aspx?eventid=80952&occurrenceid=143318.

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Spring Study Away Trip to Amsterdam and Belgium

Drs. Kaatz and Calfano accompanied MSU students on a Spring Break trip to Amsterdam and Belgium during the week of March 9th. The trip to the Low Countries offered MSU students Amsterdam’s governmental arrangements are quite different from those found in the United States. The municipal government of Amsterdam is divided into districts which have their own governing councils, while the city has one city council that rules on most of the larger issues. This government then operates within the Dutch federal system which in turn is part of the European Union. Also, Amsterdam and the Netherlands have a history of political and religious tolerance that is being challenged by recent political developments. The political and economic status of immigrant minority groups in The Netherlands is a topic with particular resonance for US students. Finally, both countries have to deal with environmental challenges from the North Sea and man-made challenges from war and occupation. Becoming and staying a livable place for their citizens has been and continues to be a challenge. Students traveling to the Low Countries received first-hand knowledge of public works projects, city planning, social issues, and wars’ effects on land and society.

The group visited numerous sites during the week, including the Royal Palace, Parliament, Peace Palace, Rijksmuesum, and the Ypres Battlefield.

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Students at the American monument at Ypres, Belgium
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Students by the I-Amsterdam sign outside the Rijksmuseum
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Students meet in the Dutch Parliament with MP Karin Strauss
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MSU student places a poppy at the grave of an American soldier in an Ypres cemetery

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The Taiwan Relations Act at 35

Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Hickey, whose policy brief on the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act entitled Taiwan Relations Act: Time for a Change?, has been published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Wilson Center will forward the brief to 6,000 officials, journalists, law-makers, scholars and policy-makers.
The full text of the brief can be found here: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/TRAPolicyBrief.Hickey.pdf.

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We Are Running Out of Accolades for Maggie Petersen!

Master of Global Studies student, Maggie Petersen, will be recognized at a reception on March 21st as a “Woman of Distinction” in conjunction with Women’s History Month. The award was established to showcase female students who have positively impacted the lives of others. Selected from over fifty nominees, Maggie has shown, once again, that she truly is a woman of distinction. Congratulations.

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Springfield Urban Warrior Challenge 2014

Join our collegaues from the Military Science department on April 6th for the 2014 Springfield Urban Warrior Challenge – http://www.embracethesuc.com/

The Springfield Urban-Warrior Challenge is not for everyone. Designed by the MSU Army ROTC, in partnership with the city of Springfield, the challenge is only made for those who think they can handle the toughest, grittiest, most grueling race ever to inhabit the city. The 12.4K race will thrust you through urban Springfield taking on obstacles designed to challenge your endurance, speed, agility, and will to keep moving forward. No matter who you are when you enter the challenge, you will emerge a warrior and you will never see the city the same.

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