On Wednesday, February 6, the Walsh School of Foreign Service, in partnership with the Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy, hosted a half-day symposium on “The Future of Diplomacy.” The day began of two panels, the first on “The Essential Diplomat” and the second on “Values in U.S. Foreign Policy,” and ended with a keynote conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
On February 2, 2019, we welcomed back Georgetown alumni for the SFS Centennial College. Alumni returned to the Hilltop for class, but without the exams!
The SFS hosted the founders of Anduril Industries, Palmer Luckey and Trae Stephens (SFS ‘06), for a discussion on technology and the future of national security with Toni Gidwani (SFS’04, SSP’08), Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Center for Security Studies.
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security hosted First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon on February 4. Sturgeon reiterated her call for a second referendum on EU membership and spoke about the negative effects Brexit would have on Scotland. The First Minister also called for Scottish independence. “Scottish national interests are not being served by a Westminster system that often sees our interests as an afterthought.”
Shlomo Argov (SFS’52) was born in Jerusalem in 1929. His family had lived in the Holy Land for seven generations. At that time the city lay within the British Mandate for Palestine, though during Argov’s life, the State of Israel would burst into existence during the 1948 War of Independence.
The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown, the largest student-run, pro-life conference in the nation, is marking its 20th anniversary this week, continuing a tradition for Catholic youth that has grown exponentially over the years. “The 20th anniversary of the conference is an exciting milestone, since it speaks to the enduring importance of bearing witness to the inherent dignity of every human person,” says Erica Lizza (SFS’19), an outreach director for this year’s conference and president of Catholic Women at Georgetown.
A Palestinian immigrant who became one of the most prominent Arab-Americans of the early 20th century, Howar touched the lives of countless people during his 103+ years.
On December 5, 2018, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) hosted a conversation on women’s rights in Iran, featuring world-renowned Iranian activists, academics, and policymakers.
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.
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.
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 Walsh School of Foreign Service and Georgetown College will begin allowing SFS students to declare minors offered in other parts of the University in Fall 2019.
The BMW Center for German and European Studies hosted a conference on “Decolonizing the Museum,” which included a panel on institutions responding to their history with slavery featuring historians from Georgetown University, Howard University, the University of Virginia and George Mason University.
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.
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.
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.
After relocating from her home country of Albania to attend an international high school in the Netherlands, Ilari Papa (SFS’20) decided on Georgetown for university. “My passion for politics and international relations triggered my curiosity to learn more about the SFS, its alumni, and rich history,” Papa said. Georgetown is home to international students from more than 130 countries, who encounter Georgetown with unique perspectives about living on campus in D.C., and face unique circumstances as they transition to collegiate life.
The Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security highlights how Georgetown hosted the first in a year-long series of discussions on strategies to integrate curricula; foster diversity among faculty, staff, and students; and cultivate an inclusive atmosphere in graduate schools of international affairs.
The Walsh School of Foreign Service hosted a conversation with SFS Centennial Fellow Catherine Novelli on environment and business in the 21st Century on October 29, 2018.
Professor Sarah Stewart Johnson has received a nearly $7M grant from NASA’s Astrobiology Program to lead a research effort that is “explicitly aimed at throwing out the assumption that life out in space will be like life here at home.”
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.
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS) hosted a roundtable discussion on October 17, 2018 with Syrian journalists and civil society leaders.The event explored the current state of Syria, the different groups and countries at play, and the many possibilities for the future of Syria after the war.
New York Times journalist Lisa Friedman discussed the challenges and opportunities of covering climate change in the age of Donald Trump in an event on October 18, 2018. The event was co-hosted by the Mortara Center for International Studies and the Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar.
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.