For one SFS alumnus, the late Ambassador Harold B. Minor (SFS’1927), an impending crisis during the Hajj in 1952 presented the opportunity to help mend relations with the Arab world.
Last December, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan named Jonathan Burks (SFS’99) his new Chief of Staff. Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service invited Burks back to campus as part of their “HIPPSter” (Hoyas In Politics and Public Service) series to discuss his journey from Georgetown to Capitol Hill.
Professor Charles Kupchan returns to the SFS this semester from former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), where he served as the Senior Director for European Affairs since 2014. He says, “There’s a saying that it’s very hard to get a job with the NSC, and it’s even harder to leave a job at the NSC.”
Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador Richard Verma as SFS Centennial Fellow. Ambassador Verma served as the 25th United States Ambassador to India, nominated by President Obama in September 2014 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014.
The Security Studies Program sponsors a class called “Hacking4Defense” that adopts Silicon Valley startup strategies and applies them to the design and implementation of military and intelligence technology. The class was featured in Forbes.
The Center for Jewish Civilization (CJC) hosted Ira N. Forman, former U.S. State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS), to give a talk called “Rising Anti-Semitism: Are We Back to the 1930s?” discussing increasing anti-Semitism in the world.
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan participated in a conversation on women and girls’ empowerment hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Abi Williams as SFS Centennial Fellow. Dr. Williams served as the first President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice for the past four years.
The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy welcomed new senior fellow, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She comes to Georgetown from a 34-year career with the State Department where she most recently served as Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs.
Patricia Espinosa, the United Nations’ climate chief, fielded questions at Georgetown about the United States’ pullback from its positions on climate change.
Professor Colin Kahl and Center for Security Studies Senior Fellow Paul Pillar joined forces to consider the future of the U.S. intelligence community and relations with Russia as they relate to the rhetoric and actions during the first month of the Trump administration.
Major General Kristin Lund, the first and only woman to command a United Nations peacekeeping operation, spoke at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security last week about her work to advance gender equality in military operations.
SFS, in conjunction with the BMW Center for German and European Studies and the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, hosted a discussion with European Parliament Secretary-General Klaus Welle about the future of the EU.
Professor Ori Z. Soltes discussed his latest book, God and the Goalposts: A Brief History of Sports, Religion, Politics, War, and Art at an event hosted by the Georgetown University Center for Jewish Civilization.
The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) honored United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein as the 2017 recipient of the Raymond ‘Jit’ Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy.
Professor Chris Taylor discusses a new Department of Defense initiative that gives students at SFS and other universities the chance to invent products designed to solve unclassified versions of problems faced by military and intelligence agencies.
Sultan Mahmoud Amerie, of modern-day Iran, was the first international student to receive a scholarship from the School of Foreign Service.
The Georgetown University Lecture Fund welcomed alumnus Alexander Marquardt (SFS’04) back to campus on February 13 to speak about the evolving world of journalism and his personal experience in Syria as a foreign correspondent for ABC News.
On his recent trip to Washington, D.C., Canadian Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, visited SFS to speak about the economic partnership between Canada and the United States.
The Hoya reports on plans to modify the SFS undergraduate degree program affecting the Class of 2020 and beyond. Plans include adding a science requirement and reducing the number of major course requirements. Details have yet to be announced.
SFS history professor John Tutino recently published New Countries: Capitalism, Revolutions, and Nations in the Americas, 1750–1870, a volume focusing on independence and associated political economic development in the Americas.
Professor Mohammad AlAhmad was interviewed for an article in the Hoya discussing campus reactions to the executive order on immigration. AlAhmad, who himself fled from Syria, questions Trump’s decision to ban refugees.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of Charter 77, three centers in the SFS hosted Ambassador Martin Palouš, one of the original signatories of Charter 77, to discuss the impact of Charter 77 and its relevance for human rights campaigns today.
The Georgetown University India Initiative student fellows hosted a workshop with the Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship and the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai.
The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) and the African Studies Program hosted a Town Hall meeting to give support and resources to students, faculty, and staff affected by the recent executive orders banning immigration and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service has become known for the contributions its teachers, graduates, and students make in the wider world. In the late 1960s, though, it was in service not far afield, but to his own school in a time of crisis, that made Government Professor Walter Giles so remarkable.
Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service hosted a screening of “Thank You For Your Service,” a documentary produced by Ilan Arboleda (SFS’97) and directed by Tom Donahue, that calls attention to the failed mental health policies in the U.S. military and the consequences of those failures.
President DeGioia shared the following statement with the Georgetown University community regarding the Executive Orders issued on Friday, January 27, 2017 concerning immigration.
Ambassador Michael Hammer, a 1985 graduate of the School of Foreign Service, returned to campus on Thursday, January 26 to reflect on the U.S. foreign policy interests and issues in the Western Hemisphere and his personal experiences as a career foreign service officer.
The Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FAPSE) will honor SFS Professor Jan Karski for his role in maintaining Holocaust memory.