The MSFS CyberProject hosted the 7th Annual International Conference on Cyber Engagement: “Global Issues that Demand Global Solutions” on Monday, April 24, 2017. The conference welcomed keynote speakers from across the public and private sectors, as well as panelist experts from around the world.
The Georgetown Caravel Initiative for Diplomatic Engagement hosted the “Ambassadors’ Summit: Climate and Conflict” in Gaston Hall. Distinguish guests discussed issues at the intersection of climate change, the environment, and international security.
Professor Daniel Byman, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, has spearheaded a one-credit course initiative, one of the first iterations of which is Byman’s own class, “Trump’s Foreign Policy.” The class seeks to explore current events in foreign policy with experts from the SFS.
Professor Michael Green takes a comprehensive, ground-breaking look at U.S. strategy in Asia his recently published book By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Georgetown University to speak about the need for strong American leadership in promoting freedom and maintaining peace around the world. Rasmussen, author of the recently published book, The Will to Lead: America’s Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom, served as the Prime Minister of Denmark from 2001 through 2009 and then as the Secretary-General of NATO from 2009 to 2014.
On Monday, April 3, 2017, the Center for Security Studies hosted “The Future of Innovation in National Security” in Gaston Hall, featuring Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer of the Department of Homeland Security; Andrew Hallman, Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency for Digital Innovation; Milo Medin, Vice President of Access Services at Google; Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Erin M. Simpson, Founder and CEO of Archer Avenue Consulting.
Just released from Columbia University Press, Arsenault’s book, How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture, looks at the history of the American norm against torturing prisoners and what changed following the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Georgetown University hosted a book event in honor and memory of Carol Lancaster, Ph.D. (SFS’64), the late author of A Song to My City: Washington, D.C. Lancaster was the Dean of the School of Foreign Service from 2010 until her passing in 2014, the first woman and the first SFS graduate to serve in this position.
Dr. Emily Mendenhall, an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program in the School of Foreign Service, hosted a panel on a series of papers she co-authored in The Lancet medical journal about syndemics.
At an event hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security, which were given to four Colombians involved in the historic peace process there. Clinton spoke about the importance of including women in the peace-making process.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak on the role of women in international politics and present the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security on Friday, March 31, 2017.
On Tuesday, March 21, Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy hosted Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, for a conversation on Africa’s position on the world stage.
The Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES) hosted a conference, “25 Years of US-Russia Relations: From Cold War to New Cold War,” to discuss historical, economic, and future relations between the United States and Russia. The keynote panel was a conversation between SFS professor and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Foreign Minister of Russia Igor Ivanov.
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.