Professor Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Endowed Chair in Government and International Affairs, discussed North Korea’s past, present and uncertain future at an event for the updated edition of his book The Impossible State that will be released on October 23. He focused particularly on the significance of the recent summits between the U.S. and North Korea.
The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service welcomed Georgetown alumnus Michael Tyler (SFS ‘11) back to campus on October 3, 2018 for a discussion with SFS Professor Marilyn McMorrow about his experiences working for the Democratic National Committee. Within the DNC, Tyler has served as the Spokesperson and the National Press Secretary, and was recently promoted to Chief of Staff.
In a recent discussion on campus, Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry weighed in on the state of democracy in America, saying democracy is “in trouble” because of “an absence of leadership to hold people accountable.”
The SFS has updated its core curriculum as part of the centennial celebrations to include a mandatory class that links the world of international affairs with scientific study and investigation.
Edward Bennett Lawson (SFS’24, MSFS’25) was a World War I veteran who attended Georgetown as one of the first students of the SFS. He had a full career, traveling all over the world for various diplomatic posts, ultimately becoming a US Ambassador, first to Iceland, then to Israel, until his retirement.
On September 28, 2018, Georgetown University welcomed the Foreign Minister of Japan, Taro Kono (SFS’86), who gave a lecture as part of the Lloyd George Centennial Lectures on the Future of Globalization. Minister Kono touched on Japan’s relations throughout the world, as well as his experiences as a student at Georgetown.
University alumna Rose Gottemoeller, the highest ranking civilian woman in NATO’s history and a steadfast champion for gender equality, received the International Trailblazer Award from the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS). Gottemoeller, NATO’s deputy secretary general, received a bachelor’s degree in languages and linguistics from Georgetown in 1975. She was honored in Brussels before an audience of NATO permanent representatives, European Union officials, Georgetown alumni, friends and media.
The Georgetown University Free Speech Project hosted an event in historic Gaston Hall on the difficulties faced by journalists in reporting on national security concerns, using leakers and whistleblowers as leaks. The panelists discuss the tension between public interest and freedom of information with worries about secrecy and security.
On September 11, 2018, three of the five 2018-2019 SFS Centennial Fellows made their Georgetown community debut with a discussion on foreign policy challenges and opportunities.