Faculty Profile: David Edelstein

In this faculty profile, Professor David Edelstein discusses his hometown, his favorite thing about the Security Studies Program, and his advice to SSP students as they start their careers.

In Search of the Colombian Pearl: An MSFS Student’s Perspective on Carlos Vives’s visit to Georgetown

Carlos Vives, a Grammy Award-winning Colombian singer and composer lit up the ICC Auditorium on Monday, September 24 — not just with his songs, but also with his ardent passion for social impact projects in Colombia. Vives was at Georgetown for a panel discussion — titled “Tras la Perla” (in search of the Pearl): Carlos Vives’ Social Impact Project — focusing on his not-for-profit initiative, Tras la Perla. Hosted by The Center for Latin American Studies and the Latin America Leadership Program, the event featured panelists from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Dr. Ricardo Ernst, Executive Director of the Latin America Leadership Program.

Travel Grants Support Graduate Student Research and Internships in Latin America

Each year, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) awards 15 to 20 graduate students a travel grant, which they can use to fund an independent study or unpaid internship in their country of interest during the summer. The grants, which are funded by the School of Foreign Service Dean’s Office, have sponsored student trips to virtually every country in Latin America. Recent projects have focused on a variety of topics, including social welfare in Brazil, baseball and bilingualism in the Dominican Republic, and international trade in Ecuador.


The Georgetown BMW Center for German and European Studies hosted a roundtable on “Decolonizing the Museum,” featuring historians from Howard University, the University of Virginia and George Mason University.

Zach Oschin (SFS ’20) Wins $15,000 at Second Annual “Bark Tank” Event

Zach Oschin (SFS’20) won $15,000 of the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize at the second annual “Bark Tank” pitch competition at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Oschin was awarded the prize for his work as the founder of Elenas, a digital direct sales platform where Latin American women earn income selling beauty products in a modern and risk-free way.

A Labor Leader with a Flare for the International

Alumnus Lane Kirkland (SFS’48) had a monumental impact in the American labor movement, acting as President of AFL-CIO from 1979 to 1995. His most celebrated contribution to history however was his support of the independent Polish trade union, Solidarity, that helped end Communist control in Eastern Europe.

Berkley Center Hosts Discussion on Refugee Resettlement and Inclusion

The Institute for the Study of International Migration joined the Berkley Center for a discussion on how the United States can work toward becoming a more welcoming place for refugees. Speakers examined both the admissions process for refugees as well as the role of cities in facilitating long-term integration.

SFS Alumnae Dowd and Ngare Showcase Upcoming Documentary

Reilly Dowd (SFS’13) and Wanjiku Ngare (SFS’13) showcased their documentary Dreams of Daraa, which focuses on Hanadi, a Syrian refugee, whose husband was forcibly disappeared by Assad’s regime. The film shows the unusual journey of Hanadi and her daughters back to Syria from a refugee camp back to Jordan before an eventual escape to Europe.

Victor Cha Shares Insights on North Korean Affairs at a Book Launch Event

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.

Michael Tyler (SFS ’11) Discusses His Journey to Chief of Staff of the DNC

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.

John Kerry Weighs in on State of Democracy in America

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.”


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.

Secrets and Leaks: Whistleblowers, Journalists, and National Security

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.

Picture of Healy Hall from the front gates.

SFS Welcomes New Faculty To Georgetown Community

This fall, the Walsh School of Foreign Service welcomes new members to our community: Professors Benjamin Buchanan, Clare Fieseler, Sharat Ganapati, Kevin Martin, Evan Medeiros, Paul Miller, Rebecca Patterson, Philipp Renczes, S.J., Jessica Roda, Elizabeth Saunders, Caitlin Talmadge, Christian Wagner, S.J., and Cynthia Wei.

Collage of two women and three men.

SFS Announces 2018-2019 Centennial Fellows

SFS welcomes the 2018-2019 Centennial Fellows: General Wesley K. Clark (ret.), Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis (SFS’76) (ret.), Dr. Scott Guggenheim, Dr. Azar Nafisi, and Catherine Novelli to Georgetown.