November 2017


IPAC International Relations Certificate Program


The International Relations Certificate (IRC) program of the IPAC Foundation provides participants with the most recent knowledge and skills necessary for success in careers in governments, businesses, NGOs, diplomacy, and decision-making institutes. Our Foundation utilizes recent research methods along with team-building and policy-making techniques for training a new generation of leaders from around the globe by giving them the opportunity to participate in real-world scenarios that are essential for developing international relations (IR) career skills. IPAC has designed a unique program that allows participants to learn core skills directly from elected officials, expert professors, business staff, scholars, and active IR professionals; participants will develop skills that they can immediately apply in their careers.   

During a two-week period (09/07/2018 - 20/07/2018), a selected group of participants will complete the IRC Program in Orlando, Florida (USA). As the theme park capital of the world, Orlando plays a significant role in international relations from organizing global events to hosting major public and private institutes which have selected Orlando as their headquarters. The members of the July 2018 program will learn about practical and theoretical challenges, United Nations mock-sessions, debates and interactive lectures designed to push each participant to new frontiers.

Numerous topics relevant to international relations, global business, and diplomacy will be covered during the two-week certificate program. In the mornings, delegates will gain knowledge and absorb skills by attending challenging university- certified classes and participating in moderated debates, and other learning scenarios. The sessions will take place in both private and public settings to provide a balanced training. Some afternoons field trips will include direct experiences at political events, campaign rallies, businesses, meet and greets, talks with congressional representatives, and tours of governmental and non-governmental agencies located in Central Florida.

Because Brazil is Florida’s number one trade partner, connections with Florida have a great deal of significance for Brazilians. Together with the diverse Central Florida community, we will unite Brazilians and Americans to build an even stronger community of individuals who want to make a positive change in our nation and in our world.


Application Dates for IPAC I.R.C Program



Registration Period

Present- March 11, 2018

Interview Period:

March 12-25, 2018

Accepted Application Roll-Out:

April 1, 2018

Discounted Accommodation & IPAC Program Early Bird Information


Discounted Accommodation


  IPAC is able to give advice on locations throughout Central Florida for accommodations, entertainment, shopping, food and more. Fortunately we are able to offer participating delegates a discounted price on accommodations for the entire two-week certificate program.



Discounted Accommodation per week

$USD 356.00 / week @ Crestwood Suits



IPAC Program Early Bird Information


Participants who make their first payment of $USD 300 towards their Minimum Service Fees contribution and who apply for the program before December 31st will be discounted from the overall Minimum Service Fees contribution.


Before December 31st Total:

$USD 2,200

After December 31st Total:

$USD 2,500


The events calendar is tentative and subject to change due to circumstances outside of the control of the IPAC directors.




IPAC International Relations Certificate Program 2018



Week 1

Monday July 9th, 2018

International Relations Day

On the first day after the welcoming ceremony,  former US diplomat and professor of diplomacy, Dr. Bruce Farcau, will discuss important areas of international relations, diplomacy, and democracy and how these areas have influenced the world of yesterday and today. Dr. Farcau is an experienced diplomat and author of several books, journals and articles. Farcau will share his knowledge of diplomacy and his extensive expertise; he will discuss how diplomacy has changed throughout the course of history.

Tuesday July 10th, 2018

American Government and Media Day

With all the recent unprecedented events in the American political system, the world is often speculative about the future of America’s role as supreme world leader. Professor Mark Logus will address the different dynamics the United States has been facing domestically with the recent elections and, the media and other dynamics within the national political discourse. Later in the day, there will be a visit to Congressman Carlos Guillermo Smith’s office to observe how American politicians operate in practice.


Wednesday July 11th, 2018

Intercultural Communication Day

Intercultural Communication Day will feature Dr. Madelyn Flammia, co-author of the book Intercultural Communication: A New Approach to International Relations and Global Challenges. Professor Flammia will engage the delegation by going over new approaches to intercultural communication, citizen diplomats, and diplomacy, and methods of international cooperation.  Dr. Flammia will detail how a mindful approach to the study of intercultural and international communication is an important skill in international relations, and is, in fact, the future of I.R.  This day will focus on understanding different perspectives of international relations in relationship with global challenges and issues of soft power, international conflict/cooperation and the role of a citizen diplomat in the 21st Century.


Thursday July 12th, 2018

Florida Politics Day

The State of Florida is politically unique in many different ways due to its demographics, tourism, and other historical factors. Many of these factors indicate that Florida provides a valuable view into the future of American Domestic politics and elections. Professor Aubrey Jewett will explain how the future of Florida will have an impact on the political development in the U.S.

Interesting details on how the growing Diasporas and the cultural diversity in the State are providing a promising future for many industries and areas of study, such as International Relations, will be covered. Later in the day, participants will travel to meet elected officials and political figures from Florida, including senators, the mayor and candidates for upcoming elections.

Friday July 13th, 2018

United Nations Association USA Day

For the United Nations Association USA Day there will be an important event where participants will showcase their skills in diplomacy, conflict resolution and critical thinking in a mock session of the UN Security Council. Delegates will have the opportunity to earn big points towards IPAC Scholarships. In the morning, participants will be briefed on how the mock session works and how they can prepare to perform during this event. Each delegate will represent a UN Security Council country.  The event will take place at the University of Central Florida. Participants should wear appropriate business attire. 



Weekend Trips

Saturday July 14th, 2018

Beach Resort Activities and Dinner

Delegates will be given the opportunity to travel with the IPAC President and Program Director to visit a resort style condominium and enjoy beach activities, sauna, pools, and dinner at the beautiful Florida Atlantic Coast on Saturday July 14th. Transportation will be provided.


Sunday July 15th, 2018

Disney World Theme Park

Delegates will be provided the opportunity to purchase discounted Disney tickets for Sunday July 15th. Transportation to the park will be provided.



Week 2

Monday July 16th, 2018

Macro and Micro Economics Day

Harvard economics graduate Ugo Ukam will dive into the world of economics as the basis for the American dream. To begin to understand the influence of the Dollar in the world, on the Macro and Micro Economics Day Professor Okam will talk about the future of currency in relation to crypto-currencies and the international financial markets. This presentation will be a great way to understand how the United States is at the frontline of this international monetary and currency transition.

TuesdayJuly 17th, 2018

International Political Economy Day

International Political Economy Day will highlight how the world of politics merges with the world of business. Mr. Michael McNull, former US Embassy Economic Official will provide an in-depth analysis of today’s international economic dynamics while exposing delegates to new approaches for understanding the complexities of our international political economic system.

Mr. McNull will relay his expert perspective on the United States' role in developing a more equal and prosperous international economic system. The last part of the International Political Economy Day will consist of a visit to the National Entrepreneur Center and the US Commerce Department. 

WednesdayJuly 18th, 2018 

IPAC Project Presentation Day

During the I.R.C Program there is an assigned project that will require skills essential to the international relations professional.  The project will require delegates to demonstrate their ability to research and think critically. On this day delegates will present their projects.  This event will provide the last opportunity to earn big points towards IPAC Scholarships.   


 Thursday July 19th, 2018

 Career Development and Special Counseling Day:

For the Career Development and Special Counseling Day, participants will have the opportunity to advance their career plans and learn more about how they can continue their education here in the United States. There will be education experts, international relations scholars and career professionals advising participants and helping them understand how to be prepared for the next step in their careers, whatever that may be. They will have the opportunity to explore where they would like to be in the next five years ten years. Mock interviews will be provided. Participants should bring their resumes and wear appropriate business attire.

Friday July 20th, 2018

Graduation Ceremony and Scholarship Awards


During the graduation ceremony delegates will have an honorary guest speaker followed by the awards ceremony where participants will receive the IPAC International Relations Certificate and the top three IPAC Scholarships will be presented. 



July 2012


Globalization, Information, Policy & Knowledge Production (GIP & KP) Annual Meeting

February 21-24, 2013

Orlando, Florida 

Sponsored by the Information & Policy Analysis Center, Inc. in collaboration with the Higher Education & Policy Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of Central Florida.

Theme: Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Intellectual Capital and Research Productivity

We invite papers and presentations from academic and policy communities in addition to non-academic participants in order to share and exchange their knowledge and experience on issues of capital and productivity. Although preference is given to the main themes, submissions, other contributions, and presentations are also welcome. This is an opportunity for scholars and policy makers at both public and private organizations to present their current research and share their findings with an international audience.  This conference is open to all disciplines especially the following:

Education; Social Science; Business & Management; Human Resources; Organizational Behavior; and Policy Studies

Please submit proposals online at by August 31, 2012. Accepted papers will be notified by September 30, 2012.

For additional information, please visit and visit "Conferences" under "Latest News".

July 2012

IPAC members have several conferences they will be presenting at in the near future. Here is a list of what is scheduled so far:

International Security Studies Section of ISA (ISSS) & International Security & Arms Control Section of APSA (ISAC) in conjunction with Triangle Institute of Security Studies on Security Studies in Times of Transition from October 4-6, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Cherie J. Farrell will presenting a paper on The U.S.-Saudi-Iran Strategic Relationship: In the Wake of the Arab Spring.

International Studies Association's (ISA) Annual Conference from April 3-6, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Dr. Houman Sadri will be presenting a joint paper with Dr. Phikria Asanishvili from the Tbilisi State University of the Republic of Georgia on Georgian-Iranian Relations: Past, Present, and Future. Cherie J. Farrell will serve as Panel Chair/Discussant for the Caucus: Strategic Importance is Far Greater than Geographic Size panel. 

Peace Science Society (PSS) & International Studies Association's (ISA) Conference on Security Challenges in an Evolving World from June 27-29, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Houman A. Sadri and Cherie J. Farrell will both be presenting papers on the Security in the Black Sea Region panel. Additional details to come.

May 2012

IPAC members will present at the International Studies Association's (ISA) Annual Conference in April 2013 in San Diego, California.

May 2012

IPAC will sponsor a conference at the University of Central Florida in Spring 2013 which will include three sections on Education; Management & Marketing; and Culture & Policy. Both domestic and international applicants are encouraged to submit single papers or an entire panel (including Chair and Discussant). Online registration and payment will be available through IPAC's website. This project is currently in development and more information will be provided soon!

April 2012

Dr. Houman Sadri and Dr. Madelyn Flammia give a joint presentation on “Intercultural Communication in Online Environments” at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL for the FIU English Department and the Palm Beach Chapter of the Society of Technical Communication.

April 2012

IPAC participates in a joint venture educational project with Ms. Casey Cicak titled "It's a Small World - A Global Socialization Project." The project assists students, ages four through six years old, to socially explore cultural experiences using current technology at the local and global level. Students communicate with individuals locally as well as internationally in an effort to promote social and cultural awareness to reduce the development of cultural bias. By creating concrete, positive experiences at younger ages, children will utilize positive connections as part of their foundational knowledge of themselves and their environment to understand similarities to others, as well as accept the differences in others in a diverse world.

March 2012

IPAC Executive Director, Cherie J. Farrell, is elected as an Executive Board Member for the Iranian American Society of Daytona Beach, Florida.

March 2012

IPAC Board Members, Dr. Houman Sadri and Cherie J. Farrell, attend the Iranian American Society's (IAS) Noruz Gala, celebrating the Iranian New Year. IPAC Executive Director, Cherie Farrell is photographed with IAS Executive Director, Vickie Sims. Attendees enjoyed traditional Iranian dance performances by the Silk Road Dance Company.

January 2012

IPAC Board Members, Dr. Houman Sadri and Becky Malisci attend the Central Florida Taiwanese-American Chamber of Commerce New Year party. IPAC Director, Public Relations & Advocacy participated in a traditional Filipino folk dance.

December 2011

IPAC participates in a joint venture project with Ahmad Sadiq, Esquire, titled "The Intercultural Communication Program," which promotes intercultural communication of college level students in America with students abroad. The Program will enable students to gain a better understanding of their counterparts throughout the world and transcend the barriers of modern mass media by direct communication.

November 2011

Dr. Houman Sadri participates in the Culture Symposium for International Education Week as a speaker for "Starting a Conversation on Culture: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Across the UCF Community."

November 2011 interviews IPAC President & Founder, Dr. Houman Sadri. "Baku 'Smart' in Balancing Between Iran, US". A discussion on the possibility of U.S. and Iranian aggression in the region, Israel, and the ongoing neutrality of Azerbaijan in regional affairs.

Read the full interview here.

October 2011

IPAC co-sponsors a series of talks in Orlando and Daytona Beach, Florida by Dr. Saeed Rahnama, a Professor of Political Science at York University, Canada, on "The Conflicts in Iran - A Political Conference".

September 2011

IPAC participates in a joint venture educational project with the UNA-USA Greater Orlando in order to promote the United Nations in the primary classroom.  The “United Nations (UN) in the Primary Classroom” program’s main objective is to increase the awareness of international topics in primary schools where those issues often get ignored in the existing curriculum.

At the end of a five-week instruction by our volunteers with an IPAC-developed program, the students will be expected to express the main concepts of our lessons in a written test. These ideas include the UN-centered concepts of world hunger, the care of the environment, and human rights. The program’s goal through test results is to have 100 percent of students improve their knowledge from an initial pre-test, to the post test completed at the end of the program. We believe that it is a realistic and meaningful goal to have every primary-aged student leave the program with more knowledge than they entered with.

Students will complete the program more aware of the core skills of international cooperation as well as a better awareness of cultures that differ from their own. This awareness is a necessary skill for them to learn if they are to have any understanding of the increasing complexities of the interdependent world of their future. These children will be more prepared for success in any social science and internationally related course work in their subsequent education. They will also have a broader base of knowledge to understand their approaching sixth grade US civics courses.

August 2011

IPAC Board Members, Cherie J. Farrell and Becky Malisci, attend the 25th Anniversary V.I.P. Breakfast for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) at the Doubletree Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The breakfast was attended by government leaders, AACC past presidents, and special guests. Marcia Hope-Goodwin, Community Affairs Chief Service Officer read and presented AACC with a Mayoral Proclamation, which was followed by a talk from Brooke Bonnett, Director of Economic Development for the City of Orlando. IPAC Director, Public Relations & Advocacy was honored as a past President of AACC.  Event is featured in the Asian Trend Magazine, September 2011 issue.

June 2011

The Azeri Press Agency interviewed IPAC President & Founder, Dr. Houman Sadri. "American Analyst: I do not expect Tehran to attack the infrastructure of any neighboring countries in the near future." The interview provided a brief discussion on security issues in the South Caucasus, American relations with Azerbaijan, and the likelihood of Iranian aggression in the region.

Read the full interview here

May 2011

IPAC Board Members, Dr. Houman A. Sadri and Becky Malsci, meet with Max Stewart, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council at the World Trade Center Orlando's 19th Annual "Celebration of International Heritages" at the Orlando City Hall.

March 2011

IPAC President & Founder, Dr. Houman Sadri meets with Dr. Rachid Bendriss Vice President of Business Development at Elite Global Training.

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