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The ACDIS Program has had an impact on untold numbers of faculty and students during its history.

Your generous gift to the Directors Fund will ensure future generations of University of Illinois students engage in the study of peace and security. Gifts to the Directors Fund honor the programs founders and former directors of ACDIS and supports student researchers.

Your gift to the Friends of ACDIS will support subscriptions and purchases for security-related publications for student access in our ACDIS library. Your gift will also support lectures, symposia, and conferences that concentrate on the ACDIS mission.

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Security Events

Security Events: (3/25 - 3/29)

Power Grid Outages in FEMA Region X: Causes, Impacts, and Mitigation 

Power grids are subject to a number of threats and hazards, including from natural, accidental, and malicious (cyber and physical sabotage) causes. A catastrophic event leading to a protracted, wide-area outage would have significant impacts on inter-dependent infrastructures, vulnerable populations, and economic activity. This presentation summarizes a study done in collaboration with FEMA Region 10, which comprises Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, to prepare a comprehensive grid threats, hazards analysis report... 

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Sponsors: ITI and CIRI


In Their Own Words: North Korean Painters on Practicing Art in the DPRK

  • Seminar related to security 
  • March 27th 12:00 pm - 1:30pm
  • Lucy Ellis Lounge - Room 1080 Foreign Language Building
  • Registration

In this talk, I seek to answer the simple question “What does it mean to be an artist in North Korea?” In order to answer this straightforward question, I turn to North Korean art theory in search of the local understanding of art. I pay attention to the organization of the art world and I focus on art pedagogy in a way to grasp how North Korean talent is reared and socialized.

All this abstract knowledge has come to life through ethnographic fieldwork with North Korean artists over the summer of 2018.  In conversations with the staff of the Pyongyang University of Fine Arts and with a select group of Korean painters at the Mansudae Art Studio, I learned how these individuals understood themselves as artists in their own society.

Dr. Koen De Ceuster is a historian of modern Korea at Leiden University, Netherlands. He has published widely on South and North Korean affairs. Interested in the social construction of history and the politics of memory, he studies North Korean propaganda posters and art. He is an internationally recognized authority on North Korean art theory and practice.

Please register if you plan on attending this seminar

Sponsors: The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security


The Korean Peninsula in Crisis?

  • ACDIS sponsored symposium related to security 
  • March 28th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 
  • Registration

The Korean Symposium is a day-long event that covers topics such as general developments on the Korean Peninsula, relations with and portrayal of North Korea, first-hand experiences in North Korea, and the nuclear arms race and the Korean Peninsula. The Korean Symposium will feature a variety of speakers from around the world who are respected and distinguished individuals in their respective fields. 

Please register if you plan on attending the symposium!

For further information regarding The Korean Symposium, such as the program, travel information, parking information, and more, click here.

Sponsors: The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security and The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies


Lenin's Revenge: Regional Fracture and Security (Dis)Order in Post-Communist Eurasia

  • Lecture related to security
  • March 28th 4:00pm
  • Room 101 International Studies Building

While we know a great deal about the benefits of regional integration, we know considerably less about areas where regional ties between states and societies are weak and dysfunctional. Professor Anna Ohanyan introduces the theory of regional fracture to explain Russia’s foreign policy in its conflict-ridden periphery spanning the Donbas to Damascus. Drawing from cases of conflict regions in Russia’s near-abroad, the theory of regional fracture seeks to explain how and why regions come apart, prolong dysfunctional ties within the region and foster weak states. It demonstrates regional fracture by default as a post-imperial legacy in Russia’s peripheries. It further explores ‘regional fracture by design’, a deliberate foreign policy strategy employed by the Kremlin which aims to keep states in post-Communist Eurasia weak and in Russia’s orbit. Her presentation draws upon a recently published volume edited by Professor Ohanyan, Russia Abroad: Driving Regional Fracture in Post-Communist Eurasia and Beyond (Georgetown University Press, 2018).

Sponsors: REEEC and The Department of Political Science


Racial Capitalism Symposium 

  • Symposium related to security
  • March 29th 9:00 am
  • Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 

Radical ColLab conference on Racial Capitalism with keynote lectures by Michael Dawson (Political Science, U of Chicago) and Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Geography, Graduate Center, CUNY)

Sponsor: Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory 


The Geopolitics of Northeast Asia: continuing conflicts, popular memory, and economic-cultural interdependence

John Lie is C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. For the past three decades, he has been at the forefront of research on social theory, political economy, social identity, Asian America, and East Asia. Prof. Lie has published many books and articles on the political-economic and cultural transformations in East Asia. In his most recent book, The Dream of East Asia: The Rise of China, Nationalism, Popular Memory, and Regional Dynamics in Northeast Asia (Association for Asian Studies, 2018), Prof. Lie analyzes the standard narratives that have come to dominate American and European ideas about East Asia and discusses how to move beyond these and arrive at a more historically informed and culturally nuanced understanding of the region. This authoritative book is the foundation for the CEAPS seminar presentation.

Sponsors: The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security, and The Department of Sociology




Scholarship Information



The Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Scholarship 

The Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Scholarship fund was established to increase students' awareness of and involvement in international activities. The study abroad scholarship funds are designated in part to support Global Studies majors who study abroad on a University of Illinois-sponsored or affiliated program to fulfill the requirement for their major. Scholarships up to $1,000 are available for fall or spring semesters. Funds are credited to the student's University of Illinois account in the term that their required study abroad occurs.

Application Deadlines:

The deadline for fall 2019 has been announced. Applications are now open and are due to the Global Studies office by 4:30, Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

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Thulin Field Work Experience Scholarship

Marjorie Hall Thulin Endowment for International Study 

The LAS Global Studies Thulin Scholarship Fund supports the pursuit of academically-grounded fieldwork experiences abroad, including internships, research, and service learning opportunities, among Global Studies students. The scholarship is intended to support a student who participates in a field experience as part of a study abroad program or a student who pursues another type of unpaid fieldwork experience abroad for which the student has arranged academic credit. Students participating in study abroad programs that include an internship or fieldwork components, such as Minnesota Studies in Development (MSID) and Internships in Francophone Europe (IFE), are encouraged to apply. The fieldwork experience must be a minimum of six weeks. Scholarships of $1,000 - $2,000 are available for fall, spring, or summer term. Funds are credited to the student's University of Illinois account in the term of their fieldwork experience.

Application deadlines: 

The deadline for fall 2019 has been announced. Applications are now open and are due to the Global Studies office by 4:30, Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

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European Union Center Associate Director Candidate Search

Associate Director

European Union Center

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Associate Director will execute the programmatic activities, manage staff, oversee the graduate program, manage budgets, and provide strategic guidance for developing core areas of the European Union Center (EUC) in a professionally efficient and effective manner.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit



  • Provide administrative management of the European Union Center office including representing Director in his/her absence
  • Supervise and manage staff of the Center (hiring, training, delegating, and annual review of staff).
  • Oversee and lead center staff execution of extensive outreach programs to K-12 educators and students, business, media, and other constituents. Including, setting a vision and strategy for EUC outreach and how it fits with the rest of the Center’s vision and academic programs; determining in consultation with the Director the types of grants the EUC will pursue including grants that fund outreach initiatives; and, building institutional partnerships to deliver outreach programs.
  • Develop and strengthen relations with other European Centers in the U.S., and internationally.
  • Represent the Center in interactions with individual and institutional partners both within the UI and external to the University.


  • Manage grant execution to comply with University and funding agency guidelines, deadlines, and regulations.
  • Identify and evaluate potential external funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals in collaboration with Director.
  • Manage the Center’s grant budgets and accounts in collaboration with the Director, ensuring sound financial management in compliance with University, State, and funding agency guidelines.
  • Develop strong partnerships with affiliate faculty in order to ensure successful grant execution and reporting. [Works closely with faculty to ensure that funding is spent according to the grant stipulations, meets with faculty to learn about their current work and ways for them to partner with the EUC on grants and outreach programs.]


  • Direct the M.A. in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program, the Graduate Minor, and the 5-year BALAS/MAEUS track, including supervising personnel involved in the administration of the degree, marketing and admission, in-program advising, placement, and alumni relations.
  • Makes strategic decisions about the direction and content of the academic programs, including development and /or redesign of courses offered by the center.
  • Serve as Director of Graduate Programs and conduct annual student progress reviews.
  • Be a point of escalation for students and handle difficult and challenging student situations and issues.
  • Collaborate with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and the Graduate College on all academic matters.
  • Teach and provide instruction for courses that support the MAEUS and the EUC’s academic mission, if needed.
  • Develop seminars, workshops, and conferences that support scholarly research on the European Union and transatlantic relations.




  • Master’s degree in an area relevant to international studies and programs;
  • International experience;
  • Management experience in a combination of the following: administration, fiscal, personnel, and general organizational responsibilities within a complex organization with a time-sensitive workload;
  • Project coordination;
  • Proven organizational talents
  • Ability to work harmoniously with faculty, staff, and students from a wide variety of disciplines, and with representatives from national and international institutions;
  • Sensitivity to the functioning of an interdisciplinary program within the context of a complex university;
  • Ability to work with faculty and government agencies, both in the United States and overseas;
  • Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance;
  • Initiative and creativity in program development;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong computing skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and desktop publishing software, or similar



  • PhD in an area relevant to international studies and programs;
  • International experience in Europe;
  • Grant writing and management skills;
  • Working knowledge of one or more European languages other than English.



This is a full-time position. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.



To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume by April 11, 2019. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Kim Rice at

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