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About CAGS

The Center on American and Global Security (CAGS) is a research unit within Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies. CAGS hosts guest lectures, organizes symposia, and publishes research on current topics within the security studies field.

On our site, you will be able to find out about upcoming public events (either through our calendar or the News & Events section), security-related research projects, and databases that we have compiled for those that are interested in security studies. Should you have any questions or suggestions, we encourage you to contact us.

Nigeria: A Panel Discussion

Islamic Fundamentalism, Boko Haram, and Challenges to the Nigerian State

Tuesday, April 22nd @ 4:30pm - Maurer School of Law, Rm 120

The Center on American and Global Security, with support from the Center for the Study of Global Change and the African Studies Program, has put together a panel of experts to discuss the escalating violence in Nigeria and to provide regional and historical context to the issues. Professor John Hanson from IU's Department of History will discuss the ways current events in Nigeria resonate (or not) with past Muslim movements in West Africa and specifically Nigeria. While Professor Osita Afoaku from IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and Professor Brandon Kendhammer from the Department of Political Science at Ohio University will address the contemporary security concerns, the rise of Boko Haram and Islamic fundamentalism, and the political context within Nigeria. The panel discussion will conclude with an open question and answer session.

Applications for Fall 2014 Internships

Deadline: April 18th @ 5:00pm

Interns at the Center on American and Global Security (CAGS) are responsible for maintaining weekly newsletters on domestic and global security-related developments, assisting research efforts of the Center, as well as facilitating outreach to students and faculty. CAGS organizes a Friday Security Speaker Series each semester featuring public lectures from experts in the field. Interns oversee the publicity for these events, which entails the creation and posting of flyers to be displayed in targeted areas of campus. Interns also assist the Director and Associate Director in the organization of symposia and panel discussions as tasks emerge, such as the preparation of conference folders and providing administrative support as needed. Interns are encouraged to use symposia, panel discussions, and guest lectures as learning and networking opportunities so attendance at these events is strongly encouraged.

A primary responsibility for interns is the composition and maintenance of two weekly security-related newsletters that are shared with university students and staff and professionals nationwide. The national security bulletin is compiled using information derived from the Congressional record and transcripts from the meetings of relevant committees and subcommittees. The global security newsletter consists of a synthesis of news stories on security issues in every region of the world from a variety of domestic and international media sources. Interns update existing databases of D.C.-area internships and academic contacts, both of which are to be made available to students. They also research various media for material relevant to international relations and foreign policy. Hours are flexible and can be tailored to the intern’s schedule. Responsibilities are divided between interns based upon interest. Previous interns have worked between 5-15 hours per week. Hours can also be adjusted to fulfill course credit requirements as needed. There is one work-study position available for 15 hours per week at $10.00/hour for those who qualify.

To Apply: Please submit a two-paragraph statement of interest to the Associate Director of CAGS, Rebecca Dash ( Please include your availability, desired number of hours, and research interests.