Monthly Archives: February 2016

Student Spotlight: Tyler Falish at the Council on Foreign Relations

Tyler FeatureDuring the spring of 2016, Tyler Falish (IPED 2017) is serving as an intern at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). CFR is an independent, non-partisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher.

Currently, Tyler supports the work of Ambassador John Campbell–the Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies–and Allen Grane, a research associate. The CFR Africa Studies program covers sub-Saharan Africa generally, but has a specific focus on Nigeria and South Africa. As an intern, he edits and cross-references the facts on posts that get published on the “Africa in Transition” blog, and conducts background research on articles and book chapters that Ambassador Campbell is writing. In addition, he monitors major political and economic events in sub-Saharan Africa and updates CFR Africa’s Twitter account.

In his spare time at CFR, Tyler researches and writes on African issues of personal interest. He recently published a blog post about the African Union and the limits to its power and efficacy in the context of the current instability in Burundi related to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term.

Tyler shares that working at CFR is a great experience, as CFR has a specific professional development program for their interns and provides them with opportunities to attend events hosted at CFR headquarters in New York City. “So far, I’ve attended a talk by Stanley Fischer, and most recently, Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton,” he adds.

Tyler learned of this internship opportunity with CFR from Samantha Andrews (IPED 2016) during the fall 2015 semester and applied as soon as the position was posted on the CFR website, as they hire on a rolling basis. He notes that there are a number of think tank internships at CFR each semester in New York and a few more in their DC office. He recommends that, in applying to think tanks generally, one must have and show a genuine interest in the subject matter, and emphasize one’s editorial and research skills, as those are the primary tools required in such positions.

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Alumni Fiesta — 2016

The 6th Annual Alumni Fiesta was held on the beautiful rooftop of Leong Hall on the campus of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City. The Fiesta coincided with the Philippines Study Tour in January of this year. Many thanks to the Ateneo Economics Department for hosting us!

Group photo featuring the much-heralded banner.

The Alumni Fiesta is a great opportunity for IPED alumni living in the Philippines to reconnect with the program, and mingle with each other as well as current students.



Isn’t this just pleasant?


Enjoying the fresh air, good company, and cool 80s beats.



Special thanks to these two for plying us with good food and drinks.

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Philippines Study Tour — 2016

Thirteen IPED students traveled to the Philippines over the winter break for the program’s annual immersion program in project monitoring and evaluation. The program was led by faculty advisors Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg and Dr. Booi Themeli and managed by Ms. Donna Odra.

The Ateneo de Manila University Office of Social Concern & Involvement hosted IPED during our stay in the Philippines.

The Ateneo de Manila University Office of Social Concern & Involvement hosted IPED during our stay in the Philippines.

While in Manila, the students took extensive coursework in project monitoring and evaluation. Additionally, guest lectures on the history, culture, economics and politics of the Philippines provided useful insights.

Students visited Corregidor, an island at the mouth of Manila Bay and a major WWII site.

Students visited Corregidor, an island at the mouth of Manila Bay and a major WWII site.

As a practical application of the coursework, students traveled to Calima, a small town in the province of Oriental Mindoro. Calima suffered significant damage in December as a result of Typhoon Nona. While in Calima, students stayed with local host families, and worked closely with the Calima Socio-Economic Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CASEMPCO).

Calima, Oriental Mindoro.

Calima, Oriental Mindoro.

CASEMPCO has a number of ongoing projects, and students split into four teams. Team 1 evaluated the production of turmeric-ginger tea production, Team 2 studied the goat and water buffalo dispersal project, Team 3 considered the issue of copra (coconut product) trading–particularly effected by the typhoon, and Team 4 analyzed the production of virgin coconut oil.

Tumeric Tea Production Project


Livestock Dispersal Project


Copra Trading Project


Virgin Coconut Oil Project


In addition to providing technical assistance to CASEMPCO, IPED students provided the community with a grant of approximately 90,000 pesos ($2,000).


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