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PHD Political Science, Iranian Applicant, Focus on Persion Gulf

XXXX University is my first choice among PhD programs in Political Science for a variety of reasons including your outstanding faculty, global reputation, and prime location. If given the opportunity to complete your program, I feel strongly that I will be able to realize my professional aspirations to be an academic and inspire new generations of students, as well as a practitioner with the aim of serving as an Iranian diplomat, in due time.

I want to devote my life to the cause of managing and preventing conflicts in the Middle East - and subsequently the world. While born in Iran, I had the privilege of living in Canada, and had the opportunity to attend a boarding school in Switzerland for my secondary education, helping to lay a foundation for a truly international consciousness through constant travel and interaction with people from around the world. Thereafter, I moved to the United States, attending universities at three cities across the country, further paving the way for the development of my identity as a global citizen.

Hassan Rouhani’s victory in the 2013 presidential elections in Iran brought unexpected hope and altered the trajectory of my life. While I intended to manage our family business in the area of international trade, the new era impelled me to seek a future in academia and politics. Ever since, I became deeply involved in research about Iran and focused my studies on Iranian foreign policy, nominally, the nuclear negotiation between Iran and the world powers, different facets of the relationship between Iran and the United States, as well as United States foreign policy towards the Middle East.

Following the completion of the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, regional tensions unexpectedly grew to a level rarely seen in the past. As my research was mainly focused on Iran’s foreign policy towards the West, in January 2016 I felt an urge to refocus my studies on the Persian Gulf and the Middle East region. My Master’s thesis, titled “Effectuating A Cooperative Future Between Iran and the Arab States of the Persian Gulf,” focused on fining ways to inhibit the escalation of current conflicts to perpetual ones, while at the same time, aims for more robust economic, social, and religious collaborations between Iran and its Arab neighbors. To broaden my audience, I translated the complete thesis in Farsi, and the Arabic version will be available early 2018.

I felt a gap in the productive analysis of the future of the Persian Gulf. The majority of the existing literature on the Persian Gulf region have focused on the importance of oil, the religious dimensions, and the proxy wars that have embroiled the Middle East as a whole. There has rarely been an analysis that differentiates Iran’s relations with its Arab neighbors, and subsequently, no blueprint exists for moving forward. I relied on the importance of understanding the merits of each bilateral relationship to better identify the past grievances, as well as the potential areas for greater cooperation.

Having heavily invested the past two years in the study of the Persian Gulf region, I feel it is only the beginning of my research in to this ever-important region, and I hope to pursue my PhD degree with a focus on Iran’s relationships with the Arab countries in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East as a whole. Furthermore, the principal question my research intends to answer is how to best formulate a regional architecture based on qualitative and quantitative methods in which the regional actors can address past grievances, and build on the cultural, religious, and economic ties that have existed for centuries. I now seek a much deeper understanding of the Persian Gulf Region from a broad variety of interdisciplinary perspective, in the ongoing search for trends in foreign policy decision makings and the opportunities that exist for dialogue and peaceful resolution of differences, and ways to secure a more cooperative future amongst countries in the region.

I feel that I am the best fit with the PhD Program at XXXX University because of both the focus and the flexibility of your program in addition to your world-class faculty. I have special admiration for the publications of Professor Daniel Corstange and it would be a special honor to learn directly from him given the fact that his main focus is on the Arab world which strongly complements my research. I also pay close attention to the research of Professor Robert Jervis who represents another potentially important resource for my dissertation.

In addition to the great faculty of the Political Science Department, it would be beneficial to take advantage of the distinguished professors at the School of International and Public Affairs. I have closely followed the efforts of Ambassador Luers to establish better relations between Iran and the United States, working through the Iran Project and its collaboration with the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative. Additionally, it would be an especially great honor for me to develop a professional relationship with Professor Lawrence Potter whose research and practical experience dovetails nicely with my own research focus.

While I will always be Iranian, I seek to professionally serve the international community, as an academic, diplomat, peacemaker, and someone who builds bridges to the Middle East and helps to maintain them. Based on my past experiences and the need for peace in the most unstable region of the world, I feel called to build a career in the area of international relations and diplomacy, at least in part as a result of the great need that exists for negotiating and peace building between Iran and its neighbors. My sense of global citizenship and appreciation for the vast diversity of cultural and political expression has been enhanced by the fact that I have spent my life aiming for a better Iran, and subsequently its relations with the world.

During the first semester of my Master’s Program at XXXX University, I happily registered for a course titled “United States and Iran, from Conflict to Reconciliation”; and I developed a superb relationship with Professor XXXX, going on to become her Teaching Assistant for the same course as well as an undergraduate course titled “Iran and Middle East Conflicts.” I enjoy teaching and I could not be more committed to my goal of serving as a professor following the completion of my PhD program.

I feel strongly that my studies towards the Master’s Degree in International Affairs that I recently completed at American University, coupled with my experience at the Atlantic Council in Washington, as well as my work in Tehran, will help me to hit the ground running and excel in your rigorous PhD Program.

I have fresh, highly relevant professional experience that will help me to excel at Columbia University. At the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative in Washington, where I started as an intern and was later promoted to Project Assistant, I

Ever since graduation in May 2017, I have assisted and advised several Iranian diplomats and I am currently a project assistant at the Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Political and International Studies in Tehran. Furthermore, I assisted my father in revamping our family business to better address the economic needs of Iran in the new era following the lifting of sanctions. At MehrIran International in Tehran, I serve as co-founder and Vice President. We collaborate with numerous domestic services in Iran, including foreign investment facilitation, international trade process, and other matters. I am personally responsible for conducting political risk analyses by effectively coordinating with foreign embassies in Tehran, as well as other international organizations based in places such as Qatar, Switzerland, Netherlands, Bulgaria, and Brazil. I have a long list of contacts most of which I established during my time in Washington that I have effectively used to broaden my impact.

I have been asked to publish a chapter on Iran’s foreign policy determinants for an upcoming book being published by the University of Leitz, Poland, in addition to publishing several chapters of my translated thesis in the Journal of International and Political Studies in Iran. Furthermore, I regularly write opinion pieces for the Atlantic Council website which are sometimes republished and translated to different languages by various sources around the world.  Furthermore, I was invited to present my research on “Barriers To A Cooperative Future Between Iran and the Arab States of the Persian Gulf” at the Tehran Security Conference in December 2017.

Another asset that I hope to bring to your program was the invaluable experience in the summer of last year in Geneva, Switzerland as a participant in the International Affairs and Multilateral Governance Summer Program. Peacemaking through diplomacy has always been my central focus, which is why I earned dual degrees as an undergraduate student, in Peace Studies as well as Political Science. For this reason, I am very keen on taking full advantage of the Center for International Conflict Resolution and Columbia.

I was highly active in Southern California with the United Nations Association which I co-founded a chapter in Orange and won a “Head Delegate Award” for my efforts, in addition to an Outstanding Delegate Award from the UNA Conference in Boston in November of 2011.

I thank you for considering my application for Phd in Political Science at XXXX University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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My first choice for graduate school is your especially distinguished Master’s Program in Political Science at the University of XXXX.  I have recently returned home to Florida after 10 years in the US Navy, seen much of the world, and feel that I would be most creative as a graduate student near my family. I have a new little sister who is 5 years old that I am getting to know really well for the first time, since I have been away her entire life except for brief visits. Now a US citizen, I am originally from Colombia, coming to the USA at the age of 11.  I spoke almost no English upon my arrival; thus, I had to face up to a profound challenge early on and this helped to strengthen my resolve, perseverance, and high level of motivation.

I visit Colombia almost every year and like to think of myself as something of a Colombian expert in training. As both a Colombian, a member of the US Armed Forces, and an avid student of political conflict, I have long studied the civil war in Colombia with a profound sense of fascination driven by my concern for the very high levels of violence to which my people have been subjected for more than a half century. I have also closely followed the long and drawn out - but apparently, finally, more or less successful - peace process. I hope to continue to do so as a graduate student in your program, writing term papers on conflict in Colombia, as well as a host of other subjects that are related to this central interest. At the University of XXXX, I hope to better understand my land of origin and the challenges that it continues to face by learning as much as I can about political science and its relevance for our troubled times.

I will probably choose to pursue a career somewhere in the justice system. I treasure diversity and have strong feelings about equality, particularly with respect to employment at the federal level and the Armed Forces in particular. I am deeply troubled by the way in which minorities are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. While I understand the complexity of the underlying issues and the entrenched nature of the challenges involved, I still aspire to become part of a search for a sustainable solution to this great challenge. Now 28, my 10 years in the Navy enabled me to become fully American, a citizen, and a devoted public servant, with respect to both the US and my native Colombia. Nearly half of the sailors with whom I served had been born somewhere other than in the USA and I enjoyed this diversity enormously, learning about different cultures, peoples, and languages on a daily basis. Earning my Associates Degree in Sociology in May of 2013 and a Bachelors in Political Science in December of last year, 2016, I am eager to return to study and look forward to doing so full time.  I want to learn as much as I can about international politics and international conflict generally speaking.

At some point, I look forward to serving an organization that helps the disenfranchised, the at-risk. I could be a natural to help young Latino men avoid the criminal justice system, and/or helping those already caught up in the system to survive the experience. I look forward to continuing to return to Colombia on an annual basis and to furthering my engagement with social justice and peace building issues in my native land. In Colombia, the justice system is clearly divided along class lines and I look forward to paying special attention to social class and economic factors as they tend to play themselves out in a variety of conflictive parts of the world. Drug trafficking, kidnappings, and terrorism also top my list as intellectual interests. I could conceivably end up returning to law enforcement or even the US Armed Forces. For the moment, I look forward to playing with my little sister and studying full time for the next 2 years at the University of XXXX. I look forward to the time to devote myself to finding out who I am and locating myself in a complex web of issues and opportunities wherein I hope to someday make my maximum contribution to society, the United States, Colombia, and the world.  I thank you for considering my application.

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The Humanitarian Side of Political Science

Helen Joanne "Jo" Cox was a British Labour Party politician that passed away in June 2016.

Cox was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Batley and Spen constituency from May 2015 until her death 13 months later in June 2016. She won the seat with an increased majority for Labour in the 2015 general election.

Cox was born in Batley, West Yorkshire and studied Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. Working first as a political assistant, she then joined the international humanitarian charity Oxfam. There, she rose to become head of policy and advocacy at Oxfam GB. She was selected to contest the Batley and Spen parliamentary seat after the previous incumbent decided not to stand during 2015.

After having held the seat for Labour, she became a campaigner on issues relating to the Syrian Civil War. She founded and chaired the all-party parliamentary group Friends of Syria. An obituary appearing in The Independent on the day of her death described her as having "campaigned tirelessly for refugees".

On the 16th of June 2016, Cox died shortly after being shot and stabbed multiple times in Birstall, where she had been due to hold a constituency surgery. A 52-year-old man was charged with her murder. He will stand trial under the Terrorism Acts.

Hours after Labour MP Jo Cox was killed her husband Brendan made a statement saying that she had fought for "a better world".

She met her husband while working for Oxfam - where she met her husband. She was there for eight years, and it enabled her to show inspiring leadership and political intelligence, despite her remarkably young age, according to her former colleagues.

Cox's charity work took her around the world to tackle issues like poverty and maternal mortality—issues she previously helped put on the European Parliament, as a researcher for Glenys (now Baroness) Kinnock, who was an MEP during that time.

It was around 1997, when Ed Cairns, Oxfam's senior policy advisor, first met Cox—quickly coming to regard her as a "key contact" for the charity.

"She was about the greatest person I ever met, combining a humanitarian passion with political nous," he said. "It is very rare to have someone with as much political intelligence as Jo actually show you how you can achieve things in the real world."

Together, they worked to convince the EU to establish a new code of conduct in the arms trade, which was successfully adopted in 1998. In 2001, Cox started working for Oxfam. She quickly became head of the charity's Brussels office, where Mr Cairns said she dealt with "one humanitarian crisis after another".

Talking to the Huffington Post last year, Cox herself said: "I would jump on a plane and be in Kabul one week and then Darfur the next."

Oxfam's Max Lawson described her campaigning to end the conflict in Darfur as "particularly brilliant". "She was as a ball of energy, always smiling, full of new ideas, of idealism, of passion."

Together with Amnesty International, Cox also pushed for a global arms trade treaty, which was eventually adopted in 2014 after a decades-long campaign.

At the 2005 World Summit, she argued for the international community to agree a "responsibility to protect" and intervene when governments fail to stop crimes against their citizens and was successful.

Mr Cairns said no matter how many setbacks the charity encountered, Cox would always stay positive. "She was always the first to get over the dejection of a setback, and in about half a second she would say 'right, we are going to do something else', said Cairns. "She was completely committed to achieving something tangible rather than just saying the right things."

Cox herself told the BBC: "I've been in some horrific situations - where women have been raped repeatedly in Darfur, I've been with child soldiers who have been given a Kalashnikov and kill members of their own family in Uganda.

"That's the thing that all of that experience gave me - if you ignore a problem, it gets worse," she said.

In 2007, she moved to Oxfam's New York office and became head of humanitarian campaigning around the world until around 2009.

Cairns said she was instrumental in the publication of a "landmark book" called For a Safer Tomorrow, which analyzed how the world's humanitarian policies were changing. "She was remarkably young for such a senior position," said Cairns.

"But she had a brilliant touch with everybody that she managed, she really encouraged people and was a great, motivating people manager.”

Cox left Oxfam in 2009 and became the director of ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown's wife Sarah's Maternal Mortality Campaign, which campaigns for women's right in the developing world. Even when she moved into politics, she continued to work as a strategy consultant for Save the Children and then the NSPCC.

Such an inspiring career, but such a tragic ending. Will you have a story like this to tell when you retire? We want you to do yourself proud. To fight for your passions and be brilliant. That´s why we support people as they express themselves during the admissions process. We wouldn´t want someone amazing to fall through the cracks. Get in touch if you´d like our support.