The Experience

Learn more about what students experience during their week at CSIS. From video and audio production to data visualization and the nuances of reporting on global issues, each session is designed to expand the students’ understanding of the media ecosystem, while giving them a chance to apply new skills that bring important stories to life.

Deforestation Hits Home: Indigenous Communities Fight for the Future of Their Amazon

In December 2020, students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst participated in the the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp remotely. They focused on deforestation in the Amazon and its impact on indigenous communities.

In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Margarita Seminario, deputy director of the Americas Program at CSIS. The students interviewed experts in deforestation and environmental law, as well as activists working on the ground in the affected communities.

Dates: December 14-18, 2020
Institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Faculty Advisor: Rodrigo Zamith
Students:
  • Ella Adams
  • Ryan D’Alleva
  • Maria Elena Litle Endara
  • Claire Healy
  • Talia Heisey
  • Will Katcher
  • Cassie McGrath
  • Ryaan Moss
  • Rebeca Pereira
  • McKenna Premus
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Deforestation Hits Home: Indigenous Communities Fight for the Future of Their Amazon

As regional and global governments and non-profits scramble to combat deforestation, Indigenous communities on the frontlines bear the brunt of the consequences. How can these groups partner to create sustainable solutions?

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Women and Water in the Developing World: Linking Water Insecurity and Gender Disparities

In September 2020, students from the University of Iowa participated in the the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp remotely. They focused on the intersection between gender inequality and water insecurity.

In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Caitlin Welsh, director of the Global Food Security Program at CSIS. The students approached the the topic from a variety of perspectives, interviewing experts on climate change, food security, and more.

Dates: August 31 – September 4, 2020
Institution: University of Iowa
Faculty Advisor: Kylah Hedding
Students:
  • Molly Allen
  • Mir Ashfaquzzaman
  • Megan Bryan
  • Gabby Estlund
  • Mehrnaz Khanjani
  • Maria Kuiper
  • Kathryn Raver
  • Nichole Shaw
  • Olivia Williams
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Women and Water in the Developing World: Linking Water Insecurity and Gender Disparities

Three times a week, Mrs. B—the name given by researchers to a woman in Hyderabad, India—begins her day with a 10- minute, barefoot walk to her neighbor’s gated home to fill her steel pot with water. She balances the heavy pot, which weighs about 30 pounds, on her shoulder for the journey back to her […]

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No Crystal Ball: The Uncertain Path Forward for U.S.-China Decoupling

In July 2020, students from the City University of New York participated in the the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp remotely. They focused on complex debate about decoupling the economies of the United States and China.

In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS. The students engaged with experts from a variety of backgrounds, including journalism, government, and business.

Dates: July 27-31, 2020
Institution: City University of New York
Faculty Advisor: Jeremy Caplan
Students:
  • Ivan Flores
  • Juan B. Garcia
  • Virginia Jeffries
  • Tamsen Maloy
  • Paula Moura
  • Megan Myscofski
  • Abigail Napp
  • Ann Seymour
  • Frida Sterenberg
  • Annie Todd
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No Crystal Ball : The Uncertain Path Forward for U.S.-China Decoupling

Gowns, masks, and gloves were in short supply in April during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak in New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio were scrambling to find enough protective gear for hospital staff, sick patients, and essential workers. They made impassioned pleas to President Donald Trump to […]

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Is Ecocide Inevitable in the World’s Most Contested Sea?

In May 2020, students from the DePaul University in Chicago participated in the first bootcamp program to be run remotely. They focused on the environmental dimensions of the conflict over the South China Sea.

In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, and Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project. The students interviewed top policy, environmental, and legal experts about the South China Sea conflict.

Dates: May 11-15, 2020
Institution: DePaul University
Faculty Advisor: Hai Tran
Students:
  • Michael Abraham
  • Jonathan Aguilar
  • Jonathan Ballew
  • Bianca Cseke
  • Brita Hunegs
  • Lacey Latch
  • Hannah Mitchell
  • Marissa Nelson
  • Sahi Padmanabhan
  • Natalie Wade
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Is Ecocide Inevitable in the World’s Most Contested Sea?

Last spring, Chiara Zambrano spent 10 nights on a small wooden boat on the Scarborough Shoal—120 nautical miles west of the Philippines in the South China Sea. She was there to report for ABS-CBN, a Philippine television network. The 150-square-kilometer coral structure involves a territorial dispute between China, Taiwan and the Philippines. It was the […]

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Enabling Entrepreneurship: Diplomatic Responses to Greece’s Brain Drain

In December 2019, students from the Panteion University in Athens came to CSIS to report on the potential for entrepreneurial diplomacy to address the Greek economic crisis.

In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Seth Center of the Brzezinski Institute’s Project on History and Strategy. The students had the opportunity to speak with current and former diplomats. They also got a firsthand look at one of D.C.’s incubators for social entrepreneurs, the Halcyon Incubator.

Dates: December 2-6, 2019
Institution: Panteion University
Faculty Advisor: Betty Tsakarestou
Students:
  • Dimitrios Boutsikos
  • Romanos Gkotzos
  • Fotini Maltezou
  • Vasilis Plegas
  • Nikos Serafetinidis
  • Athina Simatou
  • Lambrini Tsiligianni
  • Katerina Vlassopoulou
  • Maria-Elpiniki Zafeiraki
  • Rania Zokou
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Enabling Entrepreneurship: Diplomatic Responses to Greece’s Brain Drain

“I was heavily disappointed by the country’s sluggish economic development as a result of the financial crisis triggered in 2007. I felt my hard work would go to waste and not be appreciated . . . I was convinced—and still am—that connections matter the most in the Greek society.”  “Nepotism reigns and there’s lack of […]

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Power of Personality Politics: Can Uganda’s Bobi Wine Sustain a Social Movement?

In November 2019, students from the University of Iowa joined CSIS to explore the intersection of politics and pop culture in Uganda.

In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Africa Program, which provided the students with a range of experts on the political situation in Uganda and the history of politics, protest, and pop culture in the region. The students had the opportunity to interview Bobi Wine, Ugandan musician turned politician and the subject of their story, during a recording of the Into Africa podcast.

Dates: November 11-15, 2019
Institution: University of Iowa
Faculty Advisor: Brian Ekdale
Students:
  • Molly Allen
  • John Chenoweth
  • Emily Creery
  • Molly Hunter
  • Maria Kuiper
  • Jacob Maish
  • Ayotoluwafunmi Ogunwusi
  • Marissa Payne
  • Sarah Stortz
  • Cory Tays
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Power of Personality Politics: Can Uganda’s Bobi Wine Sustain a Social Movement?

Ugandan celebrity Bobi Wine has weaponized music to oppose President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 election. Some experts suggest Wine’s People Power Movement must transcend the appeal of his personality to effect lasting change.

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Refugees in All but Name: Venezuelans Struggle for Status

In August 2019, students from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, joined CSIS to explore the migration crisis in Venezuela.

In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Future of Venezuela Initiative, which aims to shed light on the unprecedented humanitarian, economic, and political crisis in Venezuela, and its impact in the Americas, and CSIS’s Project on Prosperity and Development, which studies the coming challenges in international development, focusing on the rapidly shifting financial and economic landscape in low and middle-income countries.

Dates: August 19-23, 2019
Institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Faculty Advisor: Rodrigo Zamith
Students:
  • Mohita Abbaraju
  • Danielle Buote
  • Michaela Chesin
  • Brian Choquet
  • Alphonica Lyamuya
  • Leticia Medeiros
  • Isha Mahajan
  • Annamaria Orlandi
  • Gabrielle Raymond
  • Sarah Yi
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Refugees in All but Name: Venezuelans Struggle for Status

Anderson Suarez is one of many who has crossed the Venezuelan border into Colombia in recent years. At the age of 20, he took on the responsibility of financially supporting his entire family by working abroad. The hardest part of his 800-mile journey was knowing that he was most likely leaving behind everything and everyone […]

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Power Struggle: Anticipating Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

In June 2019, students from Ithaca College joined CSIS to explore cybersecurity and vulnerabilities within the power grid.

In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Technology Policy Program, which conducts research on the social, economic, and security challenges created by disruptive technologies to inform effective policy.

Dates: June 2-7, 2019
Institution: Ithaca College
Faculty Advisor: Mead Loop
Students:
  • Will Carlson
  • Skylar Eagle
  • Madison Fernandez
  • Vaughn Golden
  • Abigail Haley
  • Jason Hannigan
  • Tara Lynch
  • Meghan Mazzella
  • Rebecca Mehorter
  • Alyssa Spady
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Power Struggle: Anticipating Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

How likely is a cyberattack on US infrastructure, and what can be done to increase resilience?

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Food Insecurity in the Face of Climate Change

In May 2019, students from Howard University joined CSIS to explore climate change and its impact on food security.

In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Global Food Security Project, which provides research, analysis, and policy recommendations on enhancing global food security.

Dates: May 13-17, 2019
Institution: Howard University
Faculty Advisor: Mark Beckford
Students:
  • Michael Burgess II
  • Daja Henry
  • Kyle Hudson
  • Morgan Minix
  • Merdie Nganza
  • Maya Reese
  • Sabrina Shanghie
  • A. Imani Spencer
  • Kamilah Tom
  • Kaylan Ware
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Food Insecurity in the Face of Climate Change

In countries like Ghana and Guatemala, the impact of climate change is wreaking havoc on agriculture, leading to hunger and displacement while threatening the livelihoods of their citizens.

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Disinformation’s Impact on Democracy and the Role of the Press

In December 2018, students from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki joined CSIS to explore disinformation’s impact on democracy and what the press can do amid the era of fake news.

In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Transnational Threats Project, which assesses the threat and evolution of terrorist, insurgent, and criminal networks. It also examines the impact of government policy responses and produces analysis for policymakers, intelligence analysts, corporate executives, and leaders seeking to understand, prevent, and thwart transnational threats.

Dates: December 4-7, 2018
Institution: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Faculty Advisor: Nikos Panagiotou
Students:
  • Zoi-Charis Belenioti
  • Vaios Charbas
  • Sophocles P. Geroulis
  • Magdalene Gkogkou
  • Ioanna M. Kostopoulou
  • Konstantinos Kougkas
  • Anna Lampropoulou
  • Ilias Nikezis
  • Diego Felipe Saez Papachristou
  • Nikolaos Vasilakis
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Is Disinformation Threatening Democracy?

The 2019 European parliamentary elections and how news organizations can respond

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Russian Influence in Foreign Elections

In August 2018, students from Texas Christian University joined CSIS to explore Russia’s influence on elections and democracy around the world.

In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Europe Program, which produces forward-looking analyses on transatlantic relations, the process of European integration, and political developments in individual countries across Europe. It also examines critical issues on international security and the geopolitics of Europe, NATO, Russia, Eurasia, and the Arctic.

Dates: August 2018
Institution: Texas Christian University
Faculty Advisor: Jean Marie Brown
Students:
  • Grace Amiss
  • Katie Carter
  • Griffin Conboy
  • Richard Edgemon
  • Corinne Hilderbrandt
  • Alexa Hines
  • Brittany Kasko
  • Carolina Olivares
  • Mariana Rivas
  • Michael Rogers
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Digital Warfare: Russia’s Attacks on Democracy

Russia uses social media as a tool to influence public perception and discredit Western democracy.

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Trade and the Fallout from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

In June 2018, students from Tulane University reported on the effects the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership has had on global trade.

In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with one of CSIS’s top trade experts Scott Miller, senior advisor with the Abishire-Inamori Leadership Academy and former Scholl Chair. The Scholl Chair in International Business examines critical issues in international trade, governance, competitiveness, and how to meet the challenges of a changing world economy.

Dates: June 4-8, 2018
Institution: Tulane University
Faculty Advisor: Thomas Oatley
Students:
  • Dawn Edelman
  • Cullen Fagan
  • Peter Kintner
  • Paige Montfort
  • William Pankey
  • Natalie Strauber
  • Stefan Suazo
  • Henry Walther
  • Emma Watters
  • Wenqi Zhao
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U.S. Influence in the Wake of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership has significant implications for security and stability in East Asia.

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Human Rights and the Rohingya

In January 2018, students from Syracuse University joined CSIS to explore the human rights challenges journalists face when reporting in conflict-ridden environments.

In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with the Human Rights Initiative at CSIS, which conducts research on global human rights issues, with a focus on generating concrete, evidence-based policy solutions. Its four areas of emphasis include: addressing closing space for civil society, building constituencies for justice and accountability, ensuring rights and protections for vulnerable populations, and developing human rights-based strategies for countering violent extremism.

Dates: January 8-12, 2018
Institution: Syracuse University – The Newhouse School of Public Communications and The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Faculty Advisor: Michael Schneider
Students:
  • Stephen Brickey
  • Rainea Cumberbatch
  • Jena Daggett
  • Robert Gaudio
  • Brooke Hirsheimer
  • Mary Johnson
  • Hayley King
  • Aaron Mwewa
  • Andrea Rosero
  • Anran Yu
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Oppressed Media Clouds Rohingya Crisis

Attacks on press freedoms have led to a distorted picture of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh

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