Check out what is happening around the APSIA network.  


Vali Nasr Named Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS
Vali R. Nasr, a leading scholar, foreign policy adviser to Democratic and Republican administrations, and commentator on international relations, has been appointed dean of The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Nasr will join the school, known informally as SAIS, on July 1. He will be its eighth dean, succeeding Jessica P. Einhorn, who is retiring after a decade in the post.  Read more 

Georgetown’s 2nd Medal of Freedom Goes to School of Foreign Service Professor Albright
The White House announced that a Presidential Medal of Freedom will go to Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state and Georgetown’s Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy.  Another is being posthumously awarded to Professor Jan Karski.  Sec. Albright receives her award at a White House ceremony this spring, along with 11 others, including John Glenn, Toni Morrison and Bob Dylan. Read more

At University of Pittsburgh, Former USAID Director Outlines the Future of Foreign Aid
Andrew Natsios visited the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) to discuss the past and future of U.S. foreign aid, and the role of development in an uncertain world.  Read more

Announcing the 2012 Rosenthal Fellowship Class
Along with our partner, The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations, we are proud to announce the selection of twenty-three fellows for Summer 2012, our largest class to date.  This year’s Fellows represent 13 APSIA schools and will intern at the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, State and Treasury as well as in the Congress. (pictured, 2011 Fellows)  Read more

Starting over: A year after the Tohoku earthquake, as a community struggles to its feet, 'recovery' remains a long term challenge
When Yohei Chiba entered  the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (U of Michigan), he hoped to find a career in finance. He reflects in the latest issue of State & Hill how his experience in Tohoku at Direct Relief changed him, and his career goals. Read more 

Bringing the Elliott School Experience Online [video]
Max Entman, an MA student at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, speaks firsthand about how the Web Video Intitiative (WVI), is enhancing the student experience outside the classroom. Read more.

John Prendergast Named American University's School of International Service (SIS) Alumnus of the Year
Prendergast (SIS/MA '90) received his award at the Embassy of Indonesia on April 12. He is the co-founder of The Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity, and has co-authored Not on Our Watch and The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes. Read more

IE University and Sciences Po Announce Exchange Agreement
Starting this Spring, students of IE’s Master in International Relations, International MBA and Master of Finance and Sciences Po’s Master Programs will be able to apply for exchange.  Mr. Hervé Crès, Provisional Administrator of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Mr. Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University signed the agreement in April to promote academic excellence and foster cross-cultural understanding between the two institutions. Read more.

Cuba: Revolution and Reform
Students at UCSD's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS) recently visited Cuba on a research trip led by Professor Richard Feinberg. While in Cuba, the students met with academics, foreign diplomats, artists and musicians. Areas of research included Cuban foreign policy, U.S.-Cuban relations, economic reforms under Raul Castro, the Cuban political system, Cuban social policy, Cuban culture, and religion in Cuba. This course is new to the Latin America regional specialization at IRPS and faculty and students are collaborating to expand programming in the years to come. 

Japan Travel Fellowship 2012 Cohort Announced
Since 2009, APSIA has partnered with The Japan Foundation's Center for Global Partnership (CGP) for the Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders.   This summer, a group of 15 students from APSIA schools will travel to Japan to gain firsthand knowledge of the U.S-Japan relationship, Japan's role in the world, and Japanese culture.  Representing APSIA, C. Bryan Kempton, Director for Career Services & Alumni Relations at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, will accompany the students.   Read more

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy’s Elisabeth Gerber selected as AAAS faculty fellow 
Professor Elisabeth Gerber  and four other U-M faculty members were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields. The fellows—including Gerber—are among 220 newly chosen scholars, scientists, artists and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders. Read more

Graduate Institute Completes Two Key Steps in Campus de la Paix Project
Last month, The Graduate Institute (Geneva) officially recognized the end of main work on the Edgar de Picciotto Student House in a ceremony. The Director of the Institute, Phillipe Burrin, and the Institute’s Real Estate Manager, Pierre Guth, congratulated and thanked the 150 construction workers in attendance.  Once built, the Institute’s Campus de la paix will extend from the United Nations headquarters to the shores of Lake Geneva. Read more. 

Foreign Affairs Student Essay Contest 2012
For the third year running, APSIA is proudly sponsoring the Foreign Affairs undergraduate essay contest.  The topic is "How much did U.S. foreign policy change after the last election and how much will it change after this one?"  The winner will receive $500 and be published on the Foreign Affairs website.  For more information and submission guidelines, click here.


Bringing the Elliott School Experience Online
By: Max Entman
Attending the Elliott School presents an admittedly positive dilemma: every day I hear about a new course I must take or a unique research effort that I would love to join.  Take Marc Lynch (see above), director of the GW Institute for Middle East Studies, who provides excellent analysis of the dramatic changes taking place in the Arab world on a daily basis.  I have long enjoyed his work on the Arab public sphere and the increasingly crucial role that Arab media play in the formation of a shared consciousness throughout the region.  And yet, because I’m only here for two years, I simply cannot fit one of his courses into my schedule.

That’s why I am grateful to work on the Web Video Initiative at the Elliott School.  By working on the public affairs team while I get my master’s in global communication, I am able to learn from numerous scholars like Professor Lynch beyond the classroom.  And now, through the Web Video Initiative, you can too.  From interviews with faculty on critical policy issues to event highlights featuring world leaders, the Web Video Initiative gives everyone the opportunity to tap into the unique resources of the Elliott School.  The Web Video Initiative has already attracted thousands of viewers from over eighty countries.  Will you be next?

Check out the Web Video Initiative at and let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter @elliottschoolgw.

Max Entman is pursuing his MA in Global Communication and the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.  Concurrently, he works with the Elliott School public affairs team on the Web Video Initiative. 
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American University's School of International Service (SIS) named John Prendergast, SIS/MA '90, as its Alumnus of the Year at a reception at the Embassy of Indonesia on April 12. 


Professor David Hirschmann, Dean James M. Goldgeier, His Excellency Ambassador Dino Djalal of Indonesia, and John Prendergast, SIS/MA ' 90  

Prendergast earned his master’s degree from SIS in 1990 and later co-founded The Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity, and has co-authored Not on Our Watch and The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes, both with actor Don Cheadle. In his remarks, Prendergast noted that his upcoming collaborations include working with actor Ryan Gosling on a multimedia project regarding conflict minerals, preparing a piece for the humor website Funny or Die, and creating more documentaries regarding his objective of peace in Africa.“I remain committed to build a constituency of people committed to peace and justice in Africa,” said Prendergast in his remarks. “Thank you for the inspiration you gave me to keep following my dreams.”

At the same event, Professor David Hirschmann of SIS's International Development program was presented the F. Gunther Eyck Award, named after the late professor, who was a member of the SIS faculty from 1959 to 2006. The prize “recognizes faculty members who demonstrate dedication and devotion to teaching and students,” according to the language of the award. Indeed, in his prefatory remarks, Dean James M. Goldgeier announced that Professor Hirschmann would be establishing The Alumni Fellowship Fund to financially support an SIS student from a developing country.
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