Brian White

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Brian White attended the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs "in 2004, having just completed a two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia. After completing his M.P.A. in 2006, he returned to Mongolia to work for the American Center for Mongolian Studies. This past summer, he received a highly-competitive summer fellowship from Duke University" known as the Joel L. Fleishman Fellowship in Civil Society. ...

"As Resident Director of the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS), I manage the operations of the office in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. We have 4 full time staff members, including myself, two part-time employees, and several volunteers. The ACMS is a member of the Council for American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), a program partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate research and cultural exchange between the U.S. and host country scholars. ...

"As the Communications Coordinator of Friends of Mongolia, I manage the communications of this non-profit both internally and externally. My capstone project for my M.P.A. at CIPA involved the creation of a strategic plan for Friends of Mongolia to utilize internet technology to communicate more effectively as an organization. I started out as a volunteer consultant here, and last year I was elected Communications Coordinator. In my new position, I have been able to implement several aspects of the plan...

"The two big issues in Mongolia at the moment are mining and the Millennium Challenge Account. These are areas where hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake in a country with roughly 3 million people. Mongolia has a post-Soviet transition society which has embraced free market capitalism and has, so far, made continuous progress towards protecting individual rights to free speech. With all aspects of modern Mongolian society taken together, I can’t think of a more exciting place to expose classroom theories to empirical examination if you are a student of public policy and public administration. There is literally something here to pique everyone’s interest." [1]

Friends of Mongolia is a National Peace Corps Association-affiliated organization that conducts programs to support small rural development and rural youth scholarships. [1]

Joel L. Fleishman Fellowship in Civil Society Project

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  1. Brian White M.P.A. 2006, CIPA, accessed December 19, 2010.