Dina Miren (Meran), 2016, Kurdistan, Iraq

On selecting Fletcher: I grew up in a constantly conflicted region of the world, and I strongly believed that I needed to come out of the region to understand its problems from different perspectives. I needed a graduate school that could give me the global perspective on these problems and on how to approach them. This is what brought me to The Fletcher School. When I was researching  the program, I knew that its multidisciplinary and flexibility would give me everything I need to contribute and make a difference in my region during this transitional period. It turns out, I was completely right in my choice because the classes I’m taking now are diverse but at the same time very interconnected in a way that gives me a comprehensive understanding of world problems.  The vibrant discussions inside the classroom with a diverse group of students make me think about the current issues in ways I have never thought about them before. I’m certain by the time I graduate from MALD program, I will be equipped with the tools to better understand the political, economic and social challenges of not only my region, but the whole globe, as well as how to overcome those challenges.

On the diversity of the community: Fletcher’s community does make one a global citizen. I have never been so internationally engaged as I am now. The international community teaches you so much about the complexity of the world. The walk from my room in the Blakeley Hall to one of the classes is only 5 minutes and every time I go to a class, I stop on my way a couple of times and get into conversations about different issues in different countries. Even in the course of 15-minute breaks between classes very interesting ideas and opinions are formulated from discussions you make with your peers. I’m amazed by how engaged the student body is with their societies and this makes me passionate more about my future plans. One surprising thing is how competent and ambitious everyone is, but at the same time very caring and helpful. In diverse communities you usually tend to experience competition where each strive for the their own success, but in Fletcher it is not the case. You find the emphasis on cooperation, support and teamwork.

Favorite magazine
The Diplomat, Newsweek

Favorite movie
The Godfather

Favorite landmark
Citadel of Erbil

Most pressing world issue
Threat of ISIS/terrorism

Favorite location on campus
In front of Blakeley yard

Fields of Study

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Law and Development

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Diplomacy Club
  • International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Club

Education before Fletcher

  • Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, The American University Iraq, Sulaimani

Experience before Fletcher

  • Intern, Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS), Suleimani, Iraq     
  • Intern, Iraq Oil Report publication, Erbil, Iraq

  • Intern, General Consulate of the Republic of Turkey, Erbil, Iraq

  • Intern, Development Iraq, Erbil, Iraq

  • Intern, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Suleimani, Iraq


  • Kurdish
  • Turkish
  • Arabic
  • English