Five Years Of Conflict Brings New Normals In Damascus

Benan Grams, originally from Damascus, graduated from the MAAS program in 2014 and is a now a PhD candidate in Georgetown’s Department of History. She reflected on “the new normal” in Damascus, after five years of conflict.

MSFS Alum Serves as White House Jewish Liason

Chanan Weissman (MSFS’11) laid out the career path that lead him to his White House associate director of public engagement and liaison to the American Jewish community position in a Hillel International feature.

Chief Interpreter at Nuremberg Trials Leaves His Mark on Georgetown

Leon Dostert, one of Georgetown’s most influential alumni, not only left his legacy on the University with the creation of the Institute of Languages and Linguistics, but also left his mark on the world in the field of translation and interpretation. He is best known for his role as Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, and for introducing an interpreting system for simultaneous translation for the United Nations, which the U.N. has utilized ever since.

Dr. Heather Yeo (SFS’98, M’04) on Gender Balance in Surgery

In an op ed for, Dr. Yeo stated that waiting 121 years for gender parity in the field of surgery is too long. She is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Yeo is board-certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery and complex general surgical oncology.

SFS and GHD Host Entrepreneur Alumni

The School of Foreign Service and the Global Human Development Program hosted “What’s It Take to Be a Hoya Entrepreneur?,” featuring a panel of Georgetown alumni reflecting on their experience with startup companies.

New Book Highlights Role of Amb. John Blaney (MSFS’76) in Ending Liberian Civil War

On Thursday, October 6, the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program (MSFS) hosted an event showcasing Dante Paradiso’s new book The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy, which chronicles how the United States helped bring an end to the Liberian Civil War in 2003. The event featured the book’s author Dante Paradiso, an active Foreign Service Officer who served in Liberia during the time the book covers, and Ambassador John Blaney (MSFS’76) who figures centrally in the story.

MSFS Alumna Sarah Heck Reflects on Time at Georgetown

Sarah Heck (MSFS’10), currently working for the White House as the Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council, recently shared her reflections about the impact her MSFS degree had on her career path.

Alumnus Sebastian Nicholls discusses ocean conservation

Sebastian Nicholls (SFS’16) writes about the importance of youth involvement in ocean conservation for this op-ed in the Huffington Post. Later this week, Georgetown University will host Secretary of State John Kerry’s Our Ocean conference, a student leadership summit focused on ocean preservation issues.


The SFS community was represented at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, including a Georgetown student delegation sponsored at each convention by the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service. Alumni of SFS were at the conventions in multiple capacities from commenting for the media to speaking on-stage.

Global Strategist Parag Khanna on “Connectography”

Alumnus Parag Khanna (SFS’99, SSP’05) considers that today’s world is more accurately represented not by 200 discrete nations, but by connections between “megacities” which have surpassed in importance the countries to which they belong.

SFS On Topic: Brexit

A referendum (popularly referred to as “Brexit”) was held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. The SFS community, including faculty and alumni, weighed in on the political and economic implications of the historic result, which called for the UK to leave the EU.

Alumnus Ilja Tüchter Comments On Brexit

Ilja Alexander Tüchter (SFS’93, MSFS’94) is a foreign editor at DIE RHEINPFALZ, one of the larger daily newspapers in Germany. He shared his thoughts about Brexit.

Alumnus Andrew Jameson Discusses His Interviewing Firm

Seasoned television producer and entrepreneur Andrew Jameson (SFS’90) describes his company Forward with The New York Times. As co-owner, Jameson works to produce professional video interviews paid for by the subject.

Remembering SFS Dean Jesse A. Mann, 1922-2016

Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service is sorry to announce the death of former SFS dean Jesse Mann on April 10, 2016. Although his term was a brief two years—from 1968-1970—his actions to strengthen the School just as it was turning 50 years old have left a lasting impact on SFS that ensured that it could survive another 50 years.