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May14, 2021

Video Now Available on “President Biden’s First 100 Days”

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

Did Biden make the grade in the first 100 days? Hear nationally known professors rate President Joe Biden in a discussion led by University of Denver Chancellor Jeremy Haefner with professors Tom Cronin, Andrea Benjamin, Seth Masket and Floyd Ciruli.The May 4 program was sponsored by the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the Center on American Politics.Watch VideoRead blog:Biden Get an A- for First 100 Days...
May14, 2021

Biden Gets an A- for First 100 Days

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress, as Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi look on, April 28, 2021 | Chip Somodevilla/Pool via APThe University of Denver panel of political scientists and experts asked to grade President Joe Biden’s first 100 days settled for an A-, with a few caveats.The group, made up of professors Tom Cronin, Andrea Benjamin, Seth Masket and Floyd Ciruli, saw Biden overcoming a disastrous transition and benefitting fro...
May14, 2021

Trump Really Didn’t Like Merkel and It Mattered

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

Former President Trump made clear in actions and statements that he did not like Angela Merkel, chancellor of the Federal Republic. His public criticism began early in the 2015-16 campaign over his views of her poor handling of immigration. And, it continued into the administration with numerous references to his long-term belief Germany was a NATO defense freeloader and taking advantage of the U.S.’s friendship on trade. He believed European unity was more an economic threat than security ben...
May14, 2021

European Governments Dealing With Pandemic, Recession and Two Key Elections

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

President Macron and Chancellor Merkel are leading their parties into elections with considerable uncertainty. Along with dealing with surging pandemics and lagging economies, Russia has been staging a military build-up near Ukraine, adding even more tension.In describing the political environment of a country or region (EU), knowing the approval rating of the leader and their governing coalition and the date of the next election is important. Macron’s popularity (41%) has been highly vulnerab...
May14, 2021

Biden’s Task – Restoring Trust

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

In a recent poll conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations, Europeans in 11 democracies expressed major reservations concerning America’s political stability and dependability as an ally. A majority (61%) of the population believe the U.S.’s political system is broken and a third of Europeans don’t think they can depend on the U.S. for defense (53% of Germans). Very importantly for the Biden administration, Europe believes China is on the rise and they should be neutral betwee...
May14, 2021

Heidi Ganahl a Frontrunner to Take on Governor Polis

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl | Photo via Colorado Times RecorderGabrielle Bye in an April 29 post in the Colorado Times Recorder collects political impressions about Republican CU Regent Heidi Ganahl’s possible run for statewide office in 2022. My bottom line assessment was she could be a frontrunner contender, but Colorado is still a major challenge for Republicans. My quotations follow.Ganahl a Top ContenderPollster and political analyst Floyd Ciruli believes that Ganahl is a t...
May14, 2021

Will Colorado’s New Congressperson Be a Democrat or Republican?

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

Colorado’s redistricting process over the next several months will be the major factor in deciding the partisan composition of the 2022 congressional delegation. In a KOA interview with April Zesbaugh and Marty Lenz, I pointed out that all seven of the current congressional districts will be significantly changed because they are all over 720,000 in population – the new size of Colorado’s districts. The Denver district of Diana DeGette has 852,000 residents, and Ken Buck’s 4th district o...
May14, 2021

Climate Summit – A Diplomatic Success for Biden

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

Pledges on climate change have had mixed impact over the more than two decades since the first agreements (Kyoto Accords in 1997), but President Biden’s recent climate summit was at least a diplomatic success demonstrating there is an international constituency for the issue and after a four-year absence, America could still lead on it.Biden assembled country leaders virtually, including most of Europe and major countries in Latin America (Brazil, Argentina), Asia (China, Japan, India, Austral...
May14, 2021

Coercive Diplomacy – Russia and Ukraine

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

Wall Street Journal headlines:U.S. warns Russia over Navalny’s Care, 4-19-21Biden’s hardline on Russia splits Europe, 4-20-21Russia moves forces near Ukraine border, 4-21-21Putin retains popularity despite wave of protest, 4-21-21Putin intensifies warning as protests widen, 4-22-21Russia to scale back Ukraine border force, 4-23-21The Wall Street Journal headlines capture Vladimir Putin’s latest foray into threats and mobilization and the Western democratic countries’ pushbacks. The West ...
May14, 2021

Polling in 2020 and Its Future

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

Polling predicted a very good Democratic year in November 2020, which didn’t happen, or at least not as predicted. But, polling has already started in 2021 concerning the president, national politics and the 2022 election. What happened in 2020? Has polling changed because of it? If not, will it or were the problems mostly related to the pandemic and Trump’s unique candidacy? Join pollster and DU professor Floyd Ciruli for a conversation on what happened to polling in 2020 and its future.OLL...
May14, 2021

Market Likes Start of Biden Program

By University of Denver |May 14, 2021

Donald Trump believed his re-election was assured regardless of the public dislike of his personality, much of his behavior and some of his policies because the stock market was up. Adjoined with his claim was that if Joe Biden was elected, there’d be a market crash and pension fund losses. He was wrong on both claims. The stock market recovered strongly after the pandemic-caused downturn, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the public’s assessment of his COVID-19 mismanagement. Also, cont...
May13, 2021

#ElliottProud: Akriti Vasudeva

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |May 13, 2021

Akriti Vasudeva, MA Asian Studies, Class of 2015, #ElliottProud Alumna Akriti Vasudeva is a Research Analyst with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Her research focuses on U.S.-India defense and strategic cooperation, geopolitics of South Asia and the Indo-Pacific, and Indian foreign policy. She is also Editor-at-large at South Asian Voices, an online magazine featuring strategic analysis and commentary on the security, politics, and economics of the subcontinent. Her analysis ha...
May13, 2021

Map Your Future – June application deadline

By Tufts University |May 13, 2021

Regular blog readers may be surprised to see a deadline-related post at this point in the year. It’s approaching mid-May, after all, the time of year in which your focus understandably may be more on the dubious playoff prospects of the Celtics or the surprising start of the spunky Red Sox. For current college seniors, though, the June 10 Map Your Future (MYF) application deadline is one to bear in mind. A refresher for those just getting started learning about Fletcher: Map Your Future is...
May12, 2021

Wordless Wednesday: HNC Boren Fellows Bike Taipei to Jiufen

By Johns Hopkins University |May 12, 2021

While it certainly wasn't where our current cohort of HNC Boren Fellows expected to be spending their spring semester, Grace Faerber (MAIS '22), Nick Henderson (MAIS '21), and Daniel Brooks (MAIS '21) are taking advantage of their time in Taiwan. The three of them recently embarked on a 20mi bike ride from Taipei to Jiufen—a mountain village with a gold mining history that now draws in tourists for its beautiful views and Old Street packed with tea houses, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Afte...
May12, 2021

Yellow Ribbon Program Scholarship Open for U.S. Veterans, 2021/22

By Columbia University |May 12, 2021

The Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs is pleased to announce the application for the Yellow Ribbon Program… Read More Yellow Ribbon Program Scholarship Open for U.S. Veterans, 2021/22...
May12, 2021

#WeAreElliott: Regina Da Silva

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |May 12, 2021

Regina Da Silva, MA International Development Studies, Class of 2021, #WeAreElliott Current Student Regina Da Silva is a second-year student pursuing a Masters in International Development Studies specializing in Social Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, and Private Sector Development. She received her bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, having double majored in International and Global Studies with a concentration in Human Rights and Communication Studies. She curre...
May11, 2021

An update from Mohit: “My Last Semester at Fletcher”

By Tufts University |May 11, 2021

It’s time to check in with 2nd-year MALD student Mohit. Longtime readers know Mohit to be a particularly busy student, between his work as a development entrepreneur and the demands of finishing his studies (and, of course, as a regular blog contributor!). He nonetheless recently found some time to reflect back on his final semester, and his larger experience at Fletcher. Before I start, I hope you’re staying safe. If you’re as privileged as I consider myself to be, you may have alread...
May10, 2021

Video Now Available on “How Our European Allies View America”

By University of Denver |May 10, 2021

What do our European allies think of America today – and did the 2020 election change their views? For better or for worse? Hear international public opinion experts discuss the impact of the 2020 election and the implications for American foreign policy in the future. It is part of Crossley Center’s series of public opinion research and commentary on major issues of American domestic and foreign policy for the University of Denver community and public. The April 21 program was sup...
May10, 2021

SIS Student Selected as Newman Civic Fellow for Track Record of Service

By American University |May 10, 2021

Milica Bojovic (SIS/BA ’22) has been selected to receive the Newman Civic Fellowship, a testament to how she’s served the AU and Washington, DC, communities while studying at SIS. We caught up with Bojovic to learn more about her dedication to community service, her time at SIS, and the Newman Civic Fellowship. A Commitment to Service In high school, Bojovic was involved with the Chicago Youth Diplomats and the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, through which she learned about the impor...
May07, 2021

Upcoming Deadlines: External Fellowships and Funding Sources

By Columbia University |May 7, 2021

The SIPA Financial Aid Office maintains a database of external funding opportunities, and we wanted to alert students to some… Read More Upcoming Deadlines: External Fellowships and Funding Sources...
May06, 2021

APSIA Welcomes More than 100 New PISA Members

By APSIA |May 6, 2021

From May 3-7, 2021, APSIA hosted the fifth Public and International Service Advisor (PISA) Training, welcoming more than 100 advisors from 64 institutions. The PISA Network brings together undergraduate and community college advisors across the United States to advance understanding of the professions of international affairs, public policy, and public administration on their campuses. Recordings from the May 2021 PISA Trainings can be found online. On Monday, May 3, Amy Kennedy, a PISA...
May06, 2021

#ElliottProud: Andy Burnett

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |May 6, 2021

Andy Burnett, MA International Affairs, Class of 2007, #ElliottProud Alumni Andy Burnett is currently the Deputy Director of the Office of Sudan and South Sudan in the Africa Bureau at the U.S. Department of State. He has been with that office since 2012 working on issues related to U.S. relations with Sudan and South Sudan and efforts to resolve conflicts, address humanitarian crises and promote human rights in governance in the region. Prior to that he served as the Lebanon Desk Officer ...
May06, 2021

Gearing up for Commencement 2021

By Tufts University |May 6, 2021

Commencement likely still feels a ways off for students who are wrapping up classes and prepping for finals, but the three weeks between now and then will go quickly. The virtual festivities – hopefully the last virtual Commencement – will take place on May 23, and will feature United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi as the keynote speaker. The run-up to this year’s ceremony shows some signs of the gradual return to campus that’s expected to be well-e...
May05, 2021

#WeAreElliott: Anna Agnes

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |May 5, 2021

Anna Agnes, Security Policy Studies, Class of 2021, #WeAreElliott Current Student Anna Agnes is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Security Policy Studies with a concentration in science and technology at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Anna is a recipient of the DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (CySP), so she is focused on cybersecurity and cyber policy in her studies. Presently, Anna works for Zeichner Risk Analytics, a boutique consulting firm in Arlington, Virgin...
May03, 2021

Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC)

By Harvard |May 3, 2021

Harvard Kennedy School is thrilled to announce the 21st Annual Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) application is now live! The conference will be held October 8-10, 2021. Although it will be entirely virtual this year due to the pandemic, participants can still expect to have a life-changing experience.  The PPLC mission is to inspire student leaders—particularly those from historically underrepresented and underserved communities—to pursue careers in public service. Participants w...
May03, 2021

Fletcher Live Short Courses

By Tufts University |May 3, 2021

As the spring semester approaches its finale and we enter something of a seasonal transition period, I thought I’d quickly highlight one of the ways in which Fletcher remains very much in session. “Fletcher Live” will return for its second summer session this year. This slate of online “short courses” is a great way to experience some of the best of Fletcher in a capsule format. Offered in a condensed 5-week session, Fletcher Live is a great fit for continuing learn...
May03, 2021

Ben Jurney MPA ’21 is “on a mission” to transform education in America

By Columbia University |May 3, 2021

Ben Jurney MPA ’21 concentrates in Urban and Social Policy with a specialization in Management. He recently spoke with Ahmad… Read More Ben Jurney MPA ’21 is “on a mission” to transform education in America...
May03, 2021

Call for Nominations_Inaugural APSIA Awards

By APSIA |May 3, 2021

APSIA is launching a recognition program for members and affiliates to celebrate the hard work of the APSIA community and hold up innovative ideas. All APSIA members and affiliates in good standing are eligible. Nominations should be made using the following links by May 21, 2021. A small committee will be brought together to evaluate the submissions based on set criteria. Innovation Award for Professional Development Programming will celebrate new or innovative programming to help gradu...
Apr30, 2021

What is it like to graduate this year?

By Columbia University |April 30, 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Columbia University and SIPA held a combination of in-person and virtual commencements this week,… Read More What is it like to graduate this year?...
Apr30, 2021

The Applied Field Lab Experience

By Harvard |April 30, 2021

For more than 15 years, Professor Linda Bilmes has led the Harvard Kennedy School Applied Field Lab, a course in which Harvard graduate students partner with cities and local governments to tackle some of their most complex financial and operational challenges. Funded through the generous support of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, this program has introduced hundreds of Harvard st...