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0123, 2017

HKS Alumni in the News

By Harvard |January 23, 2017

One shared quality among HKS students is a commitment to public service and making the world a better place. Our alumni transform that commitment into action. They pursue their passions in various ways, frequently moving between public, private and nonprofit sectors. In this post, we highlight some of the HKS alumni that have recently made headlines.National GovernmentSandra Naranjo, MPA/ID 2014, was appointed the Vice President of the Republic of Ecuador on January 4, 2017. Naranjo is only the ...
0123, 2017

New year, new degree programs

By Tufts University |January 23, 2017

Somehow I find myself more than halfway through the academic year with barely a mention of Fletcher’s three new study options.  I did write earlier in the fall about one of the programs, then called the MTA — which was in the process of development even as we launched it in September — but it has taken me longer to catch up with the other new programs.  Here, then, is an update. The Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (now called the MATA) will be offered, starting in Sep...
0123, 2017

International Relations Blog 2017-01-23 12:54:06

By IE University |January 23, 2017

    Written by Alejandro Pereda, MIR 2017 Candidate One of the most distinctive traits of IE as a community and as a space of intellectual growth, is the opportunity to interact and learn from the exemplary leaders and practitioners in the field, from individuals who actually make and execute policies, projects and who have a unique and firsthand experience of not just what is happening in the world of business, politics, economics, but who often are the agents of change and innovation....
0122, 2017

2017 Reading and Decision Process – Post #7

By Harvard |January 22, 2017

The volume of admission application reading, combined with normal work duties, means that Admissions Committee members have to do a lot of reading at home. Over the years I have “set up shop” in different locations at home and I took this picture of my chosen location last year.In the most recent post in this series, I mentioned that I had an eye exam at the end of 2016. My prescription did not need to be changed, however after reading on my laptop at home for a few days this year I re...
0120, 2017

Populism Dominates 2017 European Politics

By University of Denver |January 20, 2017

Populism is the rage. It’s on the cover of Foreign Affairs, the topic of politicians, columnists and faculty, and the apparent political trend resulting in Brexit, the Donald Trump victory, and numerous political movements and elections in Europe the last few years.The word’s origin is mostly generic and can apply to a host of political movements, some right, some left, some benign and some ominous, but in today’s context the main features are anti-elitism and desire for a strong leader to...
0120, 2017

Pulkit and The Fletcher Forum

By Tufts University |January 20, 2017

Continuing the fall semester wrap-ups from the first-year Student Stories writers, today we’ll hear from Pulkit, who tells us about his involvement with The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is one of the premier journals of The Fletcher School.  It was established in 1975, and the first edition came out in the fall of 1976.  It therefore makes sense to celebrate this journal as it completes forty years of publication. The first edition of The Fletcher ...
0120, 2017

America’s Views of World Leaders

By University of Denver |January 20, 2017

The latest CNN poll asked Americans at the start of the new administration how they would rate some national and world leaders. The results should remind the new administration that there is a backdrop of attitudes positioning friends and foes that should be kept in mind as policies and tweets start to fly.For example, at the bottom of the list of favored leaders are Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Raúl Castro and Xi Jinping. Claiming any one of these people a good friend and ally will be a lift.T...
0120, 2017

Daniel Clark ’12 BA (Geog/PSt) is now executive director of Staten Island Business Outreach Center

By Syracuse University |January 20, 2017

Daniel Clark  is now the executive director of the Staten Island Business Outreach Center (SIBOC), an organization dedicated to Staten Island neighborhood development. Clark builds on his experience as an urban planner and nonprofit leader specializing in neighborhood development, economic development, and small business services in his new role as executive director. In addition to his position with SIBOC, he concurrently serves as a first lieutenant and as executive officer of an infantr...
0120, 2017

Inauguration Day, 1961

By Harvard |January 20, 2017

One of the most well known speeches John F. Kennedy gave was his inauguration speech on January 20, 1961. On this inauguration day I thought it might be interesting for prospective applicants to relive the speech. The motto of the Kennedy School, “Ask What You Can Do”, was taken from this speech, but there are several other quotes that both inspire and frame the issues of the time. Several quotes from the speech are below, and a YouTube video of the speech is below as well. A full transcrip...
0119, 2017

The Red Line: A Decision that Leveled a Foreign Policy

By University of Denver |January 19, 2017

Barack Obama is doing his legacy tour. There are some high points; some may even survive his successor. But one decision sums up a series of mistakes that most harmed his foreign policy and produced a disastrous effect still being felt.In August 2014, Obama backed away from a threat to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime for the use of chemical weapons against his population. From the moment the decision was announced, Obama’s credibility dropped with allies and adversaries,...
0119, 2017

Mendis featured in interviews

By University of Minnesota |January 19, 2017

Patrick Mendis (MA ’84) was featured in two exclusive interviews by the Xinhua News Agency and the Beijing Review in China. His most recent book was translated into Mandarin Chinese and published in 2016. Mendis is an expert on American and Chinese affairs.Read the Xinhua News Agency interview here.Read the Beijing Review interview here.Connect with Patrick on LinkedIn....
0119, 2017

Marquadt promoted to data privacy manager

By University of Minnesota |January 19, 2017

Kevin Marquardt (MS-STEP ’13) has been promoted to data privacy manager at CenterPoint Energy. He will be responsible for monitoring advancements in utility information technology, maintaining a data breach notification response plan, and developing and implementing a compliance-centric privacy program for a Fortune 500 Company.Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn....
0119, 2017

Obrero joins Department of Veteran Affairs

By University of Minnesota |January 19, 2017

Teresa Obrero (MPP ’10) has joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in Cleveland, Ohio as a legal administrative specialist. She has also been selected to participate in the CE 2 Mentoring Program with the Veterans Benefits Administration....
0119, 2017

Muñoz mentioned on MPR

By University of Minnesota |January 19, 2017

Minerva Muñoz (MPP ’09) was quoted on MPR in an article about Hispanic students and college. Muñoz is the director of TRIO Student Support Services, a national program that helps disadvantaged students.Read the MPR article here.Connect with Minerva on LinkedIn....
0119, 2017

Blewett quoted in Boston Globe

By University of Minnesota |January 19, 2017

Lynn Blewett (MA ’86) was quoted in the Boston Globe regarding Minnesota health care policies. Blewett is a professor of health policy at the University of Minnesota.Read the Boston Globe article here.Connect with Lynn on LinkedIn....
0119, 2017

Nobles subject of Star Tribune article

By University of Minnesota |January 19, 2017

Jim Nobles (MA ’74) was the subject of a Star Tribune article in December. Nobles, the legislative auditor for the state of Minnesota, has been called the “watchdog-in-chief” of Minnesota politics. He has worked as the legislative auditor for over 30 years.Read the Star Tribune article here....
0119, 2017

Trump Wins Intel Battle, But Losing War – 9KUSA

By University of Denver |January 19, 2017

Trump at first press conference, Jan. 11, 2017Photo: Getty ImagesDonald Trump’s first press conference as president-elect was vintage Trump. He vigorously denied (fake news) the Internet-driven intelligence story about a Russian dossier on him, attacked the media for printing it and pivoted to his approach to conflicts of interest concerning the Trump Corporation. He dominated the news cycle and the press conference. Not particularly “presidential,” but self-confident, chatty and in contro...
0119, 2017

Office of Admissions Closed For Inauguration Day

By Johns Hopkins University |January 19, 2017

The Washington Office of Admissions will be closed Friday, January 20 in observance of Inauguration Day. We will resume regular business hours on Monday, January 23....
0118, 2017

2017 Application Cycle Fellowships/Scholarship Information – Post #12

By Harvard |January 18, 2017

Financial aid opportunities for applicants are available both through the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as well as through Harvard University’s Committee on General Scholarships (CGS). CGS administers multiple fellowship programs for international students who wish to study at Harvard’s graduate and professional schools, including HKS.  We would like to highlight a few opportunities which have upcoming deadlines:Arab Republic of Egypt Public Service Fellowships (for Egyptian Citizens)Hong Ko...
0118, 2017

Mary Daly ’94 PhD (Econ)/’91 MPhil (Econ) appointed executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

By Syracuse University |January 18, 2017

Mary Daly has been appointed executive vice president and director of economic research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In her role, Ms. Daly will oversee research that supports the development of monetary policy and that helps to further the understanding of the economy nationally and globally. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Daly was senior vice president and associate director of Economic Research at the San Francisco Fed. Currently, she serves on the U.S. Congressional Budget...
0118, 2017

Johns Hopkins SAIS GPP Information Session for the Diplomatic Community

By Johns Hopkins University |January 18, 2017

Johns Hopkins SAIS invites members of the Washington DC diplomatic community to attend a reception and information session on the Master of Arts in Global Policy, a 16-month executive degree program for working professionals, on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, please click here....
0118, 2017

Professor helps World Bank create greater shared prosperity in South Africa

By Pennsylvania State University |January 18, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State School of International Affairs professor Johannes Fedderke recently completed an evaluation of the World Bank’s work in South Africa to help the international financial institution better address economic disparity in the African nation. Fedderke, an internationally recognized expert in economic development and director of Economic Research South Africa, was asked by the World Bank to analyze its programs in South Africa due to his extensive work in devel...
0118, 2017

New dean named for the Penn State School of International Affairs

By Pennsylvania State University |January 18, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A leading scholar of and contributor to public policy work on energy transition and climate change has been named the new dean of  Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs (SIA) at University Park beginning July 1, pending approval of the Board of Trustees. Hari M. Osofsky, the Robins Kaplan Professor of Law, faculty director of the Energy Transition Lab and director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science and Technology, all at the University of Min...
0118, 2017

Professor Leverett: America must contend with a ‘rising China’

By Pennsylvania State University |January 18, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- China’s “new Silk Road”—an ambitious initiative to increase China’s presence on the world stage through greater economic ties to Europe, the Persian Gulf, and Africa—will exert a profound influence on international affairs and American foreign policy in the coming years, argues Penn State School of International Affairs professor Flynt Leverett in a new publication. With co-author and Peking University professor Wu Bingbing, Leverett lays out a detailed ana...
0118, 2017

Considering the Millennium Challenge: Graduate Workshop Explores Global Poverty

By Princeton University |January 18, 2017

Considering the Millennium Challenge: Graduate Workshop Explores Global PovertyJan 18, 2017Princeton University’s fall break offers students a week away from the classroom, and Woodrow Wilson School graduate students enrolled in a policy workshop use the time to travel the globe researching real-world policy and observing practical application of the lessons they’ve learned on campus. In fall 2016, students in Ethan Kapstein’s graduate policy workshop focused on the Millennium Challeng...
0118, 2017

Process update

By Tufts University |January 18, 2017

Last week, starting with the January 10 deadline, and this week are filled with the work that sets us up for the next two months.  Here’s a quick update on where things stand, now that we have moved rapidly from awaiting applications to reviewing them.  We still have a batch of applications that need to be checked for completeness, but we’re working through them steadily and we’ll receive a speed boost this week when all of our graduate assistants will have returned to campus...
0118, 2017

Are you Jewish? Do you live in Chicago? Then this scholarship is for you.

By Columbia University |January 18, 2017

Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. Approximately $500,000 is available each year for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, with career promise in their chosen fields. Learn more about the scholarship and the eligibility requirements, taken from the JVS Chicago website....
0117, 2017

2017 Reading and Decision Process – Post #6

By Harvard |January 17, 2017

My last update in this series was a few weeks ago and I hope the reason for the lack of an update recently is obvious - I have been deep in file review. At the end of 2016 I had an eye exam and found that my prescription has not changed, but I did change up my reading process a bit this year and I will highlight the change in a future post in this series. Reading is going well and I am getting lots of questions and feedback from Committee members via email. From December through late January me...
0117, 2017

HNC Chinese Student Interview: Wu Ye

By Johns Hopkins University |January 17, 2017

中美中心的中国学生采访: 我情爱的室友,吴叶 为了让大家认识中外学生在中美中心生活相处的情况,我很早就想找机会访问我的室友,吴叶。虽然在大学时我也有室友,但是我觉得在中心的情况是非常不同。因为在中心,大多数的外国学生会跟一位中国学生同住在一个寝室里。我们每天都有机会讨论课业和生活琐事,也会一起面临外语作业的挑战。因此我们需要互相扶持。...
0117, 2017

2017 Student Life Insight Series – Post #1

By Harvard |January 17, 2017

This is the first in a series of posts that will provide insight on varied aspects of the HKS student experience, both inside and outside of the classroom. Students will write posts on varied topics including student life, the classroom environment, professional development, and the motivation behind attending HKS. Some students also come to HKS with family members or significant others and we hope to feature insights from some of these individuals as well. We kick off the series with this entry...