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May17, 2019

Dates Selected for First Democratic Debate. Will Hickenlooper Make it?

By University of Denver |May 17, 2019

John Hickenlooper (L) with Michael Davis speaks to survivors of victims of mass shootings on April 16, 2019. Michael Davis lost his daughter, Claire, in a mass shooting at Arapahoe High School in December 2013 | David Zalubowski In about 10 weeks, the Democrats host their first debate (June 26-27, 2019). There are 18 announced candidates, and a dozen are raising money and have some awareness, if slight, among the Democratic electorate. Those are the two criteria to get onto the debate stage...
May17, 2019

Is Hancock in for a Runoff?

By University of Denver |May 17, 2019

Although no polls have been published, it is clearly a disruptive moment to be running for a third term as Denver mayor. Michael Hancock has been successful by many definitions. The city attracts new residents, the economy is strong and he has passed ballot issues overriding TABOR and approving infrastructure bonds, usually a sign of public support. In the campaign, the most reported metric is fundraising, and Hancock holds a million dollar advantage over his opponents.In general, incumbents are...
May17, 2019

Japan Begins to Project Power

By University of Denver |May 17, 2019

Floyd Ciruli & Hiroyuki AkitaJapan is an economic power – third largest national GDP after the U.S. and China – but it has not projected strategic influence. Prime Minister Abe, his party the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) and the nation’s foreign policy leadership are changing that. They recognize new circumstances in the last decade have created challenges in the Western Pacific that, if not addressed quickly, will become strategic threats that could harm the nation’s and region’...
May17, 2019

“Complete and Total Exoneration”

By University of Denver |May 17, 2019

President Donald Trump | AFP/Getty ImagesThere is good reason to believe Donald Trump is wrong that the Mueller report provides “complete and total exoneration,” which he proclaimed returning from Mar-a-Lago the Sunday after Attorney General Barr’s four-page letter to the Congress (March 24, 2019). It is also clear that he is aware of the problems the report presents as he has backed away from his original position of releasing the report.President Trump is right to be concerned as a caref...
May17, 2019

Nielsen Out, Another Acting In

By University of Denver |May 17, 2019

President Trump: “Our country is full. Turn around.”Kirstjen Nielsen joins her former boss, John Kelly, as pushed out (fired) by Donald Trump for not being tough enough. With asylum seekers increasing and illegal border crossings continuing, Nielsen’s job became impossible. Trump is also looking for a new “tougher” ICE administrator. President Trump, who used anti-immigration policies and rhetoric in both the 2016 and 2018 elections, is seriously concerned the border issue could be a f...
May17, 2019

The Tufts campus readies for commencement

By Tufts University |May 17, 2019

Commencement activities will take place at Tufts this weekend, and they’re on the radar either directly or indirectly for virtually all administrative corners of Fletcher. But even an out-of-the-loop, first-time visitor to Tufts this week would be able to tell that something’s afoot, with all the visible prep and last-minute campus beautification going on. To be fair, the window of decent weather in which to work prior to graduation is pretty small in this part of the country, and th...
May17, 2019

HKS Recruitment Travel

By Harvard |May 17, 2019

Representatives of HKS often travel to meet with prospective applicants and this post will be the first of many in the coming months noting our planned travels for this year. Many of our students travel during the summer and will lead sharing sessions and alumni also kindly assist us in our outreach efforts. Last year we organized or participated in over 50 domestic events and close to 100 international events. To stay up-to-date regarding opportunities to learn more about HKS, please follow thi...
May17, 2019

Can I get some feedback?

By Princeton University |May 17, 2019

Can I get some feedback?May 16, 2019Hi from a warming Central New Jersey. We just wrapped our latest round of admissions, having turned to the waitlist for a very small number of candidates this year. I love my job because of all the amazing people that comprise the broader WWS community. (Not to mention, our students are second to none!) But it is also incredibly hard at times, not least because there are so many deserving, well-qualified and accomplished applicants for whom we would love to ex...
May16, 2019

#ElliottProud: Sahil Jain

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |May 16, 2019

Sahil Jain is a Foreign Service Officer serving as Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai. A native of Northern California, he began his time at the Department of State in the Office of Israeli-Palestinian Affairs. Subsequently, he joined USAID assisting with the launch of the Global Development Lab Bureau.  He then returned to the Department of State, where he served as an Acting Branch Chief assisting on Hague Convention treaties. Describe your current position and what are yo...
May16, 2019

Meeting current and future students, preparing for graduation, and a “Stealthy Starbucks”

By Columbia University |May 16, 2019

While it’s slowing down a little bit for the Admissions and Financial Aid office, we’re still busy with everything happening on campus. Students and faculty are wrapping up finals, and the Class of 2019 is preparing for graduation — SIPA’s is this weekend, and the Columbia University-wide Commencement is next Wednesday. You may have noticed […]...
May16, 2019

Spring news roundup

By Tufts University |May 16, 2019

There’s so much going on at Fletcher, particularly during the last few weeks of the academic year, that it can sometimes feel difficult to keep up. It’s certainly impossible to highlight on this blog every newsworthy item I come across. A few bits of news from the past month or so, unmentioned until now in this space, that are well worth highlighting: Professor Daniel Drezner recently reviewed People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent, the latest boo...
May16, 2019

Student Profile: Hilde Marie Moholth

By Johns Hopkins University |May 16, 2019

Name: Hilde Marie MoholthProgram: Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate + Johns Hopkins SAIS MAHometown: Kongsberg, Norway Undergraduate Institution and Major: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Contemporary China Studies (Bachelor of Social Science BSSC) Tell us about your background and how you became interested in China.I had a vague interest in all things related to Asia when I was a child. Through a high school exchange, I ended up in Hong Kong. I had decided that if I were to study abroad,...
May16, 2019

HKS Institute of Politics

By Harvard |May 16, 2019

HKS students have access to a wide variety of resources and opportunities outside of the standard academic schedule. Eleven centers and over 70 initiatives affiliated with HKS conduct research, produce publications, cover international, national and local issues of public policy and management, offer fellowships, organize events and support the teaching curriculum.The Institute of Politics recently sent out a recap of their programming from the past semester.This Spring, the JFK Jr. Forum cont...
May15, 2019

#WeAreElliott: Sandy Maroun

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |May 15, 2019

Sandy Maroun will be graduating with her Master of International Policy and Practice this Friday! She concentrated in refugee policy and programs, climate change and conflict resolution. In addition, she has a Master of Communication and Media, a BA in Political Science and a BA in Journalism, all completed in her home country of Lebanon. She currently works as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Beirut, where she g...
May15, 2019

GIS Poster Expo

By Tufts University |May 15, 2019

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are amazingly powerful tools. Take a few moments to study a well-designed map, and you’ll be amazed by the different types of information it can simultaneously convey. Way back in my own student days, I enrolled in the inaugural offering of GIS for International Applications at Fletcher, mostly out of curiosity and the desire to pick up the rudiments of a new skill set. While I haven’t gone on to do further GIS work, and while “modest”...
May15, 2019

2019 Student Life Insight Series – Post #26

By Harvard |May 15, 2019

Julia Callegari is a two-year MPA student at HKS in her first year of enrollment. She grew up in São Paulo, Brazil where she majored in International Relations and pursued a Master in Economics. She is strongly committed to shaping a high-quality, equitable education system in Brazil. Prior to HKS, she worked at the Lemann Foundation, supporting Brazil’s Ministry of Education in the creation of a National Curriculum that establishes learning/development rights for all Brazilian students. Juli...
May14, 2019

What Can You Do With A Policy School Degree? Post #18

By Harvard |May 14, 2019

Prospective applicants will sometimes ask what kinds of employment opportunities and/or initiatives are pursued by those who earn a policy school degree, and in this series we are highlighting some of our alumni. What can you do with a public policy degree? Serve as a U.S. ambassador on a leading-edge policy topic.Dr. Jack C. Chow (MC/MPA 1996) is a former U.S. ambassador at the State Department, serving as Colin Powell’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS and global health from 2001-2003 and an assis...
May13, 2019

Some Elections Better for Democracy, Some Not so Good

By University of Denver |May 13, 2019

Many of the populist/nationalist candidates who have changed the politics of Western Europe and America are now the dominant participants in a series of elections around the world. Most of the leaders are authoritarian in orientation and some are actively undermining rule of law, independent judiciaries and free press. Many of the countries have high levels of corruption, especially by wealthy business patrons of the governments. April will be a busy month with elections in India and Israel. In ...
May13, 2019

John Low, A Lifetime of Service

By University of Denver |May 13, 2019

Civic leader John Low just passed away. A respected attorney at Sherman & Howard, he used his time, talent and resources to support some of Denver’s most important institutions. DU was probably his first love, with 32 years of board of trustee leadership. But in the late 1980s, John’s strong advocacy of the Denver (now Colorado) Symphony and Central City Opera helped them secure a position in the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). And, of course, he was an early and stro...
May13, 2019

Mick Mulvaney and the Freedom Party are in the Oval Office and Taking Charge

By University of Denver |May 13, 2019

Mick Mulvaney is of the same mindset as Steven Miller, but his portfolio as White House Chief of Staff (acting like many administration positions) is broader. And, like Miller, he perfectly plays to the President’s preoccupation with the preferences of and promises to the base. Mulvaney was first elected to Congress as part of the Tea Party in 2010 and is a founding member of the Freedom Caucus.President Donald Trump and Mick Mulvaney | WSJSo last week, when a decision on the 2019 legal and le...
May13, 2019

Chicago Voted for Change. Is Denver Next?

By University of Denver |May 13, 2019

In a campaign framed as change vs. experience, Rahm Emanuel wisely did not run for re-election. Lori Lightfoot won a sweeping victory in all parts of Chicago with 74 percent of the vote. She was the anti-machine, anti-Emanuel candidate. With a slogan, “bring in the Light,” she campaigned for change and against corruption. She represents the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Her opponent, party stalwart Toni Preckwinkle, head of Cook County Board and the Cook County Democratic Party, ...
May13, 2019

Hickenlooper Gives Biden No Slack

By University of Denver |May 13, 2019

On Sunday, Joe Biden was given very little support by the current Democratic presidential candidate field. Chuck Todd’s gotcha question on Meet the Press was: Should the Biden accusation, if true, disqualify him? Hickenlooper gave a typical long answer, but said finally it was “disconcerting.”Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro and others were more direct and said Biden would have to deal with the very serious accusation, which most of them believed. They implied...
May13, 2019

Dean Stavridis’ portrait is unveiled

By Tufts University |May 13, 2019

The official portrait of former Fletcher Dean James Stavridis was recently unveiled in a ceremony here, which the Dean himself attended. While I wasn’t able to make it to the event, I did get a chance to check out the latest addition to the Ginn Library Reading Room recently, before it gets hung to join other Deans past. It’s a good likeness, as we’d of course expect an official portrait to be. Having had the opportunity to get to know Dean Stavridis relatively well, I immediat...
May13, 2019

The Unexpected Product of Mentorship at SIPA: A Shout-Out on Late Night TV

By Columbia University |May 13, 2019

My name is Katherine Kirk, and I am a second-year MIA student concentrating in International Security Policy with a specialization in Russia and the Former Soviet States. In addition to the traditional SIPA specialization, I am completing the Harriman Institute’s Certificate Program in conjunction with my SIPA degree to deepen my regional expertise. A native […]...
May13, 2019

2020 Application Long-Term Planning Series – Post #1

By Harvard |May 13, 2019

April 16 was our response deadline for applicants admitted to start this year (2019) and although we will continue to work with new admits up until the time they enroll, our focus will now start to shift toward the 2020 application cycle. This long-term planning series will use 2020 as the year in the title because those who apply this year will be vying for a spot in classes starting in 2020.  Although the application for 2020 admission consideration will not be online until September of this...
May10, 2019

KOA Interview With Marty Lenz: Hickenlooper on Meet the Press

By University of Denver |May 10, 2019

John Hickenlooper held forth on a long Meet the Press interview with Chuck Todd last Sunday (March 31). Todd previewed Hickenlooper with the intro:“Can a self-described extreme moderate win the nomination in an increasingly progressive Democratic Party? I’ll talk to former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.”KOA’s ongoing coverage of Hickenlooper and his presidential campaign was moderated by Marty Lenz. We reviewed the NBC interview and where he stands today in the race.It was a long i...
May10, 2019

Public Policy and International Affairs Opportunities

By Harvard |May 10, 2019

Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to partner with the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA). PPIA’s mission and overall focus are to increase the participation and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups at the highest level of public sector leadership. PPIA leads two different programs to encourage high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to consider Masters’ degree programs in public policy, public administr...
May10, 2019

Bennet Leans Toward Run for President

By University of Denver |May 10, 2019

Apparently, Senator Michael Bennet is leaning toward announcing a run for president. He would join John Hickenlooper, who’s been in the field for months, but still doesn’t have many on-the-ground indicators he’s making progress; i.e., big crowds, media coverage, polling position or money flowing in.Sen. Michael Bennet | Photo: CNNBennet has been testing the waters in early states and appears to like his reception. He’s a centrist like Hickenlooper, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke ...
May10, 2019

Executive Orders as Theater

By University of Denver |May 10, 2019

Donald Trump rapidly recognized the Oval Office is a stage and the Executive Order a script. In his first week in office, he began using them to appear to fill promises, do favors for core constituents and build the case as the greatest, most active president in history (read: "Staging the First 100 Days from the White House").The Buzz blog, May 5, 2017Of course, it was obvious that many of the orders, proclamations and general activity around the Resolute Desk were for show. As the Los Angeles ...
May10, 2019

Trump Starts 2020 Campaign – Again

By University of Denver |May 10, 2019

Numerous commentators have said President Trump started the 2020 campaign with his recent rally in Michigan. A vengeance reboot post the Mueller report completion. No doubt, the main themes of the campaign were expressed in the rally. But, in fact, his campaign began in February 2017 four weeks after his inauguration in Melbourne, Florida, before a similar 9,000 fans with Air Force One as a backdrop. He has been campaigning non-stop for all two years in office.Photo: Inquisitr.comRead:Politico: ...