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A Focus on North America MEXICO

Drug Cartels CANADA

Trudeaumania U N I T E D S TAT E S

Elections & Foreign Policy

Diversity: A Campus Dialogue Career Treks: Building Connections

WELCOME Diversity & Inclusion


In this issue of SAIS Magazine, you will learn of our school’s many events that give students the opportunity to directly engage with global leaders in politics, business, media, and academia. CEOs of banks and major corporations, high ranking UN and IMF officials, foreign and finance ministers, current and former U.S. cabinet officials, and U.S. civil rights activists have come to Johns Hopkins SAIS to discuss global economic challenges, opportunities in growth markets, climate change, race and voting rights, and foreign policy.

Confronting Climate Challenges



Security Cooperation

The school’s faculty continues to produce scholarship on critical topics. This issue’s articles focus on North America with Professor Francisco Gonzalez’s analysis of U.S.-Mexican security dynamics, Professor Chris Sands’ thought leadership on newly elected Justin Trudeau as Canadian prime minister, and Professor Michael Mandelbaum’s insight on foreign policy in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Global Risk


You will also learn how recent gifts by generous donors, new diversity initiatives, and the strengthening of academic programs signal the school’s growing commitment to providing students with a transformational educational experience.

Whether learning of high-level events on campus, reading first-person accounts from members of the community, or adding recent faculty publications to your summer reading lists, we hope this issue of SAIS Magazine makes you proud to be a part of the Johns Hopkins SAIS community. Warmly, 

Vali Nasr, Dean

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EVENTS AT SAIS Hopkins SAIS 4 Johns hosts distinguished

FACULTY INK published 40 Recently books from Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty

and diverse speakers throughout the year


Steve Strongin

SAIS VOICES of an Established 8 Part Script? Mexico–U.S.

Students in the ERE Practicum Program investigate natural disaster management and climate resilience

security cooperation in the light of the recapture of El Chapo


Camelot, Crisis, Canada. [Repeat] With great expectations but a weak economy, Canada replays a perilous cycle


RECENT GIFTS Global 44 Facing Uncertainty

Elections, 20 Presidential Military Service, and the Impact on Foreign Policy Professor Michael Mandelbaum discusses recent and historical trends in U.S. elections

STUDENTS ON THE GO Climate 42 Confronting Challenges

Generous gift from James Anderson B’81 benefits new Master of Arts in Global Risk program


Michael 26 Professor Mandelbaum Retires from SAIS after 26 Years Honoring the career of one of our foreign policy experts & Inclusion 30 Diversity SAIS hosts speaker series and establishes roadmap to renew commitment to equality



Michael Mandelbaum


Career Treks Bringing the professional world alive for students all over the globe

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ALUMNI LIFE Leadership 48 Volunteer Leadership summit in


Singapore welcomes alumni from across Asia Reflections & Spotlights 50 Anika Penn ’10: A Healthier World



Anika Penn ’10

Suzanne Munch Thore B’85

Tom Kearney ’91: A Victory for Survivors

Marshall Milsap B’75, ’76: Impact of Women

Suzanne Munch Thore B’85: Northern Star

54 Alumni in Print 58 Annual Gifts 60 Around the Globe Philanthropy 66 Impact Jay Broze ’71: Passion for learning inspires fellowship in Middle East studies


Jay Broze ’71

68 Keeping the Connection 70 News and Noteworthy

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EVENTS AT Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, revealed insights from his new book, Kissinger 1923–1968: The Idealist DECEMBER 9, 2015

John Rutherford Allen John Rutherford Allen, retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general, lectured on “The Evolution of ISIL: New Challenges of Fighting a Quasi-State Enemy” DECEMBER 19, 2015

Barbara Barrett Ambassador Barbara Barrett, chairman of the Aerospace Corporation and former U.S. ambassador to Finland, spoke on “Women Who Inspire: Launch of the Women’s Leadership Initiative” DECEMBER 17, 2015

Hun Many Cambodian Congressman Hun Many spoke about “The Future of U.S.-Cambodia Relations” JANUARY 20, 2016

Be sure to visit The Recap events blog for up-to-date summaries, videos, and photos of the school’s world-class events.

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SAIS Kimberly Flowers Kimberly Flowers, director of the CSIS Global Food Security Project, spoke about “Why Food Security Matters” FEBRUARY 3, 2016

Peter Bruckner Ambassador Peter Bruckner, former permanent representative of Denmark to the OECD, UNESCO and to the United Nations, spoke as part of SAIS Europe’s “Europe’s Security Challenges Series” FEBRUARY 4, 2016

Lawrence Summers Lawrence Summers, the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and president emeritus at Harvard University, gave the Rostov Lecture on International Affairs, speaking about the global economy FEBRUARY 10, 2016

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Maria Elena Boschi Maria Elena Boschi, Italian minister of constitutional reform and relations with parliament, spoke at SAIS Europe on “Constitutional Reforms in Italy” FEBRUARY 19, 2016

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EVENTS AT Michael Vickers

Michael Vickers PhD ’10, former undersecretary of defense for intelligence, spoke on “Ancient History, Twenty-First Century Strategy” as part of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Bernstein Lecture Series FEBRUARY 19, 2016

Paul Achleitner Paul Achleitner, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG, lectured about “The Future of the Global Economy” MARCH 2, 2016

Steve Strongin Steve Strongin, head of global investment research at Goldman Sachs, spoke at the Energy, Resources and Environment’s Global Leaders Forum MARCH 4, 2016

Richard Plepler Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO of HBO, lectured on “The Entertainment Industry at the Forefront of Global Conflict and Trade” MARCH 10, 2016

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John O. Brennan John O. Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, spoke as part of the Defense Against the Dark Arts Lecture Series MARCH 23, 2016

Liu Mingkang Liu Mingkang, former chairman at the China Banking Regulatory Commission, spoke on “China’s New Economic Plans: Implications for China, Asia, and the Global Economy” MARCH 29, 2016

Gita Wirjanwan Gita Wirjanwan, former minister of trade of the Republic of Indonesia, lectured on “Prospects for an Economic Growth Rebound in Southeast Asia” APRIL 12, 2016

Priya Agrawal Priya Agrawal, executive director of Merck for Mothers, spoke for the SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference on “Access to a Healthier World: Sustaining Women, Communities, and Our Future.” APRIL 15, 2016

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Established 8 | SAIS Magazine Summer 2016


Script? Francisco E. Gonzรกlez

Riordan Roett Senior Associate Professor Latin American Studies Program


THE SCRIPT IS A THRILLER IN WHICH EVEN HOLLYWOOD A-LIST CELEBRITIES PARTICIPATED. Since his escape from prison in January 2001, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias “El Chapo,” was among the top “Most Wanted” criminals for U.S., Mexican, and international law enforcement authorities. His impact on the history of modern crime is attested to by, among others, the Chicago Crime Commission,

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Mexico, the Sinaloa cartel, and having been included in Forbes’ annual list of “most powerful people” in the world between 2009 and 2011—to the great annoyance of the Mexican government, which accused the magazine of glorifying a violent criminal who left a trail of blood wherever he went—El Chapo was a bigger-than-life figure, a popular villain to some and a hero to many others. Recaptured in February 2014, the kingpin’s reputation and popularity soared after a second jailbreak in July 2015 and his recapture in January 2016. U.S. authorities cannot be blamed for expressing confusion, distrust, and suspicion of ulterior motives given the saga just described. After all, the U.S. government had cooperated very closely with Mexico’s government in a so-called war on drugs launched by Mexican President Felipe Calderón (December 2006– December 2012), supported and promoted by President George W. Bush (January 2001–January 2009), and retained by President Barack Obama (January 2009–January 2017) through the Merida Initiative, which disbursed around $1.2

El Chapo’s capture in 2014, his breakout in 2015, and his recapture in 2016 naturally generated many theories, from the reasonable to the paranoid and conspiratorial, in political, policy, diplomatic, and media circles in both Washington, D.C., and Mexico City. Why, for example, did El Chapo escape very soon after the first non-PRI president since 1929, Vicente Fox of the conservative PAN, come to power? Why did he remain free between 2001 and early 2014? The stretch almost coincides with the 12 years that the PAN was in power (2000–2012). Why was El Chapo captured not long after the PRI returned to power under President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012–2018)? And how did he manage to break out again—and be recaptured— in a sequence of events that included Hollywood stars and the iconic Rolling Stone magazine? Was all this the product of sheer incompetence, systemic corruption at all levels, or a case of “to

fight the mafia you need the mafia” (a phrase that became popular among Mexicans in the run-up to the 2012 presidential elections)? Or was it part of the reconfiguration of the drug-trafficking organizations as a result of the decapitation, fragmentation into smaller criminal cells, and more lethal violence that resulted in some parts of the country in the wake of Calderón’s war on drugs? Indeed, all these considerations and many other factors helped shape current outcomes inasmuch as the dynamics of drug-trafficking organizations are complex and fast changing.

From a microeconomics perspective one can think about this problem, which carries an incalculable price in human suffering, as a case of industry consolidation, a mergers-and-acquisitions climate, as it were. It also resulted from the demise of some dominant groups and, crucially, the continuous splintering of cells that once served specific cartels but now work more as freelancers in what has, sadly, become a mature market of profit in a relatively short time thanks to violence—or the threat of it—against a majority of Mexicans, poor, middle class, and rich.

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billion in U.S. taxpayers’ money from 2008 to 2012 to help Mexico decapitate the main drug trafficking organizations.

Why did El Chapo remain free between 2001 and early 2014? The stretch almost coincides with the 12 years that the PAN was in power (2000–2012).

In less than 10 years, as narcotics’ profits were squeezed by state action and inter-cartel turf wars, the organized criminal syndicates diversified their business portfolios. Criminal activities like extortion or highway robbery, which were relatively rare 10plus years ago, took over in many cities around the country. Kidnapping, on

Where are they?

Protest in Mexico to raise awareness of people missing because of drug-trafficking violence.

the rise since the mid1990s, grew exponentially in the second half of the 2000s and continues unabated in many states. And the cartels are engaged in human and firearms trafficking and the takeover of networks that cross individuals illegally from Mexico into the United States, among other activities.

ACT 2 MEXICO-U.S. SECURITY, INTELLIGENCE, AND OPERATIONS COOPERATION, EVEN IF UNACKNOWLEDGED OFFICIALLY, WILL CONTINUE AND GROW IN THE COMING YEARS. Expect less of the style advanced by Mexican presidents, such as shaming busted cartel leaders live on network and cable television, as Calderón did, and more of a lower-visibility approach to the continuing war on organized crime, accompanied by reduced mass media coverage aimed at the domestic and international public. One hopeful sign came when local and state authorities in Mexico, with help from a variety of U.S. federal agencies, were able to show that cities or areas in cities that evolved into no man’s land between 2008 and 2012, among them Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, and Nuevo León state, were brought back from the verge of growing Hobbesian anarchy. However, by that same token, Mexico-U.S. military, special-forces, intelligence, and police cooperation

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El Chapo’s recapture and potential extradition to the United States will close a chapter in the “live transmission” of high moments in the so-called war on drugs. That said, in today’s global narcotics trade he was already old-bones in the business. The new generation of kingpins sees him akin to the old uncle in most families, the one in declining physical shape, over-committed, cashed out, slower, and with lower energy—until the younger generation takes over, as it has in El Chapo’s case. In the meantime, expect cross-border security, intelligence, and operations cooperation to continue

Expect the United States and Mexico to cooperate on crossborder intelligence, security, and operations to keep up with the next generation of organized crime.

as the United States and Mexico try to keep up with this next generation of organized crime as it develops its own access to the exorbitant profits, criminal associations, competition, and systemic violence that the prohibitionist yoke imposes daily on millions around the world. Johns Hopkins University | 13


since 2010 has been largely ineffective in reining in lethal violence and removing territorial control from organized criminal groups in states like Tamaulipas or Veracruz (which are of huge importance given that the historical heart and infrastructure of the newly opened oil and natural gas markets are located in these states) or in parts of Michoacán, Guerrero, Jalisco, Estado de México, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí, Coahuila, and Morelos. The list goes on.

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By Christopher Sands ’94, PhD ’09 [repeat] The United States elects a charismatic young president with a fashionable, intelligent wife and beautiful young children. They arrive in the capital on a wave of optimism and popular excitement, and their first few months in the White House seem to transcend ordinary politics. Eight years later, Washington is dysfunctional, a national election is conducted amid partisan rancor, protesters march in the streets. Meanwhile, in Canada, a charismatic young prime minister with a fashionable, intelligent wife and beautiful young children takes office. He brings to Ottawa a sense of optimism and transformed politics—as Americans look north with a mixture of nostalgia, admiration, and envy.

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This was the scenario in the 1960s. John F. Kennedy assumed office, and the press dubbed the early days of his administration “Camelot,” a reference to the popular Broadway musical of the time by Jacob Lerner and Arthur Lowe. By 1968, Vietnam War protesters, civil rights marchers, and a turbulent election had taken hold. In Canada, Pierre Elliot Trudeau was elected prime minister and the press called his early days “Trudeaumania,” picking up on the Beatlemania that had swept North America from the U.K.

Canada’s struggling economy may limit Trudeau’s ability to deliver on the high expectations that Canadian voters have for their new leader and his government. Something very similar happened again this year. Eight years after Barack Obama and his young family electrified American politics with a sense of optimism and possibility, the United States was in a sour mood with a divisive national election and protesters taking to the

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streets. A young Canadian prime minister, the eldest son of Trudeau, in fact, carried Trudeaumania back to Washington on March 10 and 11. President Obama hosted Justin Trudeau at a state dinner, one of only nine so far in the Obama White House, and the media saw echoes of Obama’s charisma in Canada’s young and progressive prime minister. There is another historical echo: Pierre Trudeau’s domestic ambitions for progressive policy change were hampered by the weakening economy of Canada’s largest trade partner, the United States. This drove the elder Trudeau to adopt nationalist economic policies while attempting to diversify Canadian trade away from the United States, with limited success. Justin Trudeau faces a similar situation, with the added twist of globalization. The United States remains Canada’s largest trade partner, but the global drop in commodity prices is curbing Canada’s economic prospects. Canada’s struggling economy may limit Trudeau’s ability to deliver on the high expectations that Canadian voters have for their new leader and his government.

Canada has advanced its technology and manufacturing sectors and diversified its economy, but commodities are still a major component of Canada’s global exports. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development forecast in February that the Canadian economy will grow by 1.4 percent in 2016, slightly more than the 1.2 percent estimated for 2015 but less than its previous projection of 2.0 percent growth for this year. That brings the OECD into line with the Bank of Canada’s own forecast of 1.4 percent GDP growth in 2016.


In January, the World Bank forecast continued decline in prices for 80 percent of the world’s major commodities as oversupply and weaker emerging market growth prospects weigh on demand. In particular, the World Bank cut its 2016 forecast for crude oil prices to $37 per barrel, down from $51 per barrel in its October report, citing the sooner-than-anticipated resumption of exports by the Islamic Republic of Iran and greater resilience in U.S. production.

Pierre Trudeau’s domestic ambitions for progressive policy change were hampered by the weakening economy of the United States. Justin Trudeau faces a similar situation, with the added twist of globalization.

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To achieve his ambitious goals in climate policy and to boost the Canadian economy, Justin Trudeau will need a good relationship with the United States long after Trudeaumania recedes.

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But there is one campaign pledge that Trudeau is determined to meet: to make Canada a global leader in addressing climate change. The Harper government insisted that Canada would match U.S. climate commitments since the supply chains connecting two economies are so integrated. Trudeau abandoned this reticence at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris last December, indicating that Canada would step up the pace to reduce its carbon emissions so as to limit its contributions to the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius. During his March visit to Washington, he invited Obama to Canada for a North American Leaders Summit this summer to negotiate a continental climate accord that would also include Mexico.

The fact that Trudeau is working so closely with the United States in the final months of the Obama administration reflects two factors. First, Trudeau, like most Canadians, understands the U.S. political system and knows that the Obama administration has the ability to benefit Canadian interests even as the media label him a lame duck.

while he was prime minister. (Richard Nixon called the elder Trudeau “an asshole” to which Trudeau responded, “I’ve been called worse things by better people.”) To achieve his ambitious goals in climate policy and to boost the Canadian economy, Justin Trudeau will need a good relationship with the United States long after Trudeaumania recedes.

There is one campaign pledge that Trudeau is determined to meet: to make Canada a global leader in addressing climate change. Second, like most Canadians, Trudeau has reason to worry that relations with a U.S. administration headed by Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Bernie Sanders, or Donald Trump might prove more difficult.

Christopher Sands ’94, PhD ’09 is a senior research professor and director of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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Weak growth has fiscal consequences. Trudeau’s first budget will add at least CDN$30 billion to the national debt, and not all of the government’s priorities can be funded. Not unlike President Obama in 2009, Prime Minister Trudeau is being forced by a weak economy to disappoint some of his supporters.




Michael Mandelbaum Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy and Director of the SAIS American Foreign Policy Program

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hat role will foreign policy play in the fall campaign for the presidency this year? And what impact will that role have on the actual foreign policy of the 45th president of the United States?

It is natural that foreign policy should play a role in presidential politics. The president, with all the executive branch’s resources, including the armed forces, under his or her supervision, has far more influence over America’s relations with other countries than any other individual. Since the end of the 19th century, international concerns have been part of presidential elections although their significance has diminished in recent years. In some elections foreign policy has commanded the attention of the American public, especially when the country has been at war. From shortly after the end of World War II through the final decade of the 20th century, the United States was continually at war. However, it was a war of a peculiar kind—a cold war with the Soviet Union and the rest of the communist world. In that global political, economic, and ideological struggle the two chief antagonists never fought each other directly, although U.S. troops did come up against Soviet-supported adversaries. Johns Hopkins University | 21


After the Cold War, in every general election the candidate with the inferior credentials in national security has won.


During the Cold War, every serious aspirant to the U.S. presidency had to qualify, in the eyes of the public, as a plausible commander-in-chief. Accordingly, the vast majority of the men nominated by the two major political parties had military experience. Six presidents served in World War II, among them Dwight Eisenhower, the supreme allied commander in Europe and winner of the 1952 and 1956 presidential elections.

two opponents who served in the theater of war in Southeast Asia: Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry. In 2008, Sen. Barack Obama, with no connection to the armed forces, defeated Sen. John McCain, a naval aviator and a heroic prisoner of war in Vietnam. In 2016, none of the candidates has anything close to the experience and background once seen as all but mandatory for the presidency.

fter the Cold War ended, commander-in-chief credentials became far less important. Indeed, in every post-Cold War general election since then, the candidate with the inferior credentials in national security has won. In 1992 and 1996, Bill Clinton, who avoided military service entirely, defeated two World War II combat veterans, President George H.W. Bush and Sen. Robert Dole, respectively. In 2000 and 2004, George W. Bush, a Vietnam–era member of the Texas Air National Guard who did not go to Vietnam, prevailed over

When the Cold War turned hot, the presidential elections were affected. The major shooting wars of that era, in Korea and Vietnam, dominated the elections of 1952 and 1968. Each had become unpopular as a result of mounting U.S. casualties without the prospect of an American victory. On both occasions the Democratic incumbents with responsibility for the war chose not to seek reelection and their party’s candidate lost to Republicans—Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon—who promised to end each war without being specific about how. Eisenhower and Nixon did bring to a close


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he 2008 election followed a modified version of this pattern. Once again the United States was bogged down in a war unpopular with the American public. Once again the candidate of the party responsible for the war—in this case the Republicans—lost to the opposing party’s candidate who promised to end it. What distinguished presidential politics in 2008 from those of 1952 and 1968 is that the

war, which he staunchly supported, but his defeat resulted more from a general fatigue with the Republican Party after eight years in office and to the near-meltdown of the U.S. financial system that began on Sept. 15, 2008, and led to a serious recession blamed on the Republicans. In the absence of an ongoing shooting war, foreign policy will carry far less importance in determining the outcome of the November 2016 presidential election than will domestic issues, which will be central. Still, the general-election candidates will



incumbent during the Iraq War, George W. Bush, had already committed the United States to withdrawing its troops, as Democratic candidate Barack Obama was urging. The electoral chances of Sen. John McCain certainly were not helped by that

not entirely ignore the country’s relations with the rest of the world. They will make speeches about and take positions on foreign policy. What impact will what they say have on how the winner conducts American foreign policy? Johns Hopkins University | 23


the wars they inherited and, at least partly for that reason, both won reelection.




he historical record suggests that, for the successful candidate, the foreign-policy positions adopted during the campaign will have little or nothing to do with what comes afterward. Indeed, on the overriding issue of war and peace, presidents’ actions in office have often been the opposite of what they promised while campaigning. Woodrow Wilson was reelected in 1916 on the slogan “he kept us out of war” in reference to World War I. The next year, the United States entered the conflict. In 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term, in part because he had steered clear of direct U.S. involvement in World War II. The following year, the country was at war with Germany and Japan. In 1964, Lyndon Johnson promised that he would not “send American boys to do what Asian boys should do” in 24 | SAIS Magazine Summer 2016

Vietnam. Ultimately he committed more than 400,000 American troops there. And George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000 advocating a “humble” foreign policy that eschewed nation building. He then presided over ambitious attempts to remake the politics and economics of Afghanistan and Iraq. The reason for these reversals is summarized in a comment attributed to one-time British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan when asked what had blown his administration off course: “Events, dear boy, events.” Things happen. Sometimes these developments alter the way the world looks to Americans and their president, thereby changing the policies. The German practice of unrestricted submarine warfare helped push the United States into World War I. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor


ransformative events, including but not limited to the most dramatic of all, surprise attacks, are far more likely to occur in the international than the domestic arena and, as a result, affect foreign policy. In domestic affairs the president can act. On the international

stage, whoever holds the office regularly has to react, often to events that are both unanticipated and dramatic. It is safe to predict that the candidate who wins the presidency on Nov. 8 will, in the four years that follow, adopt policies he or she never proposed in response to events he or she never imagined.

Michael Mandelbaum’s new book, Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era, is published by Oxford University Press.



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made America a participant in World War II. The terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001, upended the foreign policy of the administration of George W. Bush.




he study of American foreign policy was the core concern for Paul H. Nitze and Christian A. Herter when they launched SAIS in 1943. In the 1950s, after retiring as head of the State Department Policy Planning staff, Nitze established the Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research at SAIS, run by former members of the policy planning staff. They were later joined by distinguished European scholars Arnold Wolfers and George Liska. In the 1960s and ’70s, Robert E. Osgood and Robert W. Tucker headed the Department of American Foreign

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Policy and put SAIS on the map as a center for the study of that subject. These gifted scholars combined a deep grounding in history with logical rigor and a sensitivity to the moral dimension of decision making. They made razor-sharp, at times passionate, contributions to the policy debate while preserving an admirable intellectual integrity and detachment.

Since his appointment as Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy in 1990, Michael Mandelbaum has carried on this tradition, becoming one of the most thoughtful and prolific commentators on U.S. foreign relations of his generation. Mandelbaum’s parents taught at the University of California, Berkeley—his father in anthropology,



his mother in the School of Education—giving him a strong pull toward the academic life. He graduated from Yale College and received his PhD in political science from Harvard University. An intellectual and professional turning point occurred when he was on leave as a Harvard junior faculty member at Columbia, turning his dissertation on American nuclear weapons policy into a book: He met Seweryn Bialer. The noted Soviet expert told him that the problem isn’t the bomb, it’s the U.S.S.R. Under Bialer’s tutelage, and as his associate, Mandelbaum became a student of the Soviet Union and found himself at the Council on Foreign Relations with responsibilOver the years, Professor Michael Mandelbaum has met with hundreds of SAIS alumni global communities from London, New York, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, and beyond, to offer insights and engage in topical discussions on a wide range of American foreign policy issues. Here he is in Chicago in 2011 for the launch of his book That Used to be US: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back. Left to right: Howard Simons JHU ’75, ’77, Jennifer Lind B’91, ’92, Mandelbaum, Martin Finnegan ’82, and Robert C. Carr B’64, ’64.

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ity for communist Europe. He had a ringside seat for Gorbachev, the events of 1989, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a once-ina-lifetime experience. While teaching at SAIS and running the AFP program, Mandelbaum has authored 10 books, edited numerous others, and contributed regularly to the discussion of current issues in Newsday, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Together with Charles Stevenson, he has shepherded the highly successful APSA Congressional Fellows Program at SAIS, first begun by Professor Frederick Holborn. His classroom lectures have been praised by generations of students for their lucid argumentation

and capacity to synthesize vast amounts of material. Notable among his published works are The Dawn of Peace in Europe (1996) and The Case for Goliath: How America Acts as the World’s Government in the Twenty-first Century (2006). The former is a brilliant critique of U.S. policy in the Clinton era, laying out an alternative scheme for post-Cold War Europe based on the idea of common security, regretably never taken up. Mandelbaum was an articulate and prescient critic of NATO enlargement, once besting Richard Holbrooke in a public debate on the issue. On the other hand, the latter book laid to rest facile “declinism” and made the most cogent possible case in favor of contin-

counsel. My bookshelf overflows with books he authored, and I remain honored that he inscribed them to me and awed that someone so prolific was also so generous with his time and intellect. —Hadley Nagel ’14

I studied with Professor Mandelbaum just after the Berlin Photo © Anne Mandelbaum Wall came down... “Most of what we thought we knew is no longer relevant,” he told us, “now we have to figure it out together.” That kind of leveling attitude—we’re in this together—was an important feature of his engaging approach in the classroom and a hallmark of my time at SAIS. —Lee Kempler ’91

ued U.S. leadership. Both publications put on display Mandelbaum’s trademarks as an analyst: clarity, incisiveness, and independence of mind. The same is true of his more recent The Frugal Superpower (2010) and, no doubt, of his forthcoming book, Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era (2016).

Growing up in the San Franciso Bay area in the era of Willie Mays and Juan Marichal, Mandelbaum was a Giants baseball fan and has been heard to remark that Dodger left-hander Sandy Koufax ruined his childhood. Residing in the Boston area, he developed an attachment to another team destined, or so it

seemed, to finish second. His passion for sports led to his most fascinating book, The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball, and What They See When They Do. John Harper B’76, ’77, PhD ’81 is the Kenneth H. Keller Professor of American Foreign Policy. Johns Hopkins University | 29



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SAIS’ Commitment to

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION Race-related tension at colleges and the turmoil touching many U.S. cities have ignited campus dialogue focused on diversity and inclusion, racism and inequality. In spring 2015, Johns Hopkins University hosted its first forum on race in America, sparking a series of talks designed to foster ongoing discussion on race, racism, and culture in the United States.

Campus discussions have drawn prominent speakers such as (TOP) Angela Davis, educator, author, and activist, (RIGHT) Ta-Nehisi Coates, journalist at The Atlantic; and (LEFT) Robert Lieberman, JHU provost.

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“We must be steadfast in our belief that diversity of thought, people, and experiences is central to the excellence of our work and to our education, research, and service missions.” Ronald J. Daniels President, Johns Hopkins University

Building on these community conversations, Johns Hopkins SAIS students and staff opened space for additional thought-provoking dialogue. In September 2015, students created the SAIS Diversity Council as an extension of the SAIS Staff Diversity Committee and, in partnership, the two groups launched a number of initiatives and school events.

In November 2015, SAIS students organized the first-ever “Safe Zone” training on the D.C. campus. Presented by the Office of LGBTQ Life at JHU, the training prepared staff and students to be better allies with the LGBTQ community. Students also kicked off a climate survey to gauge the temperature of diversity-related issues unfolding on Johns

(LEFT) Shemlaliz Glover, president, SAIS Student Diversity Council with (RIGHT) Jacquelyn Serwer,

chief curator of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Hopkins campuses and to provide recommendations for institutional action on diversity and inclusion in the SAIS community. The findings led to several events at SAIS. During Black History Month, a speakers’ series included the first black American student admitted to SAIS, Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. ’48. A pioneer in international affairs, Dr. Wharton served six presidents in foreign policy advisory posts and in 1993 he was appointed by President Clinton as deputy secretary of state. Previously, he was the first black to lead a major predominantly white U.S. research university, Michigan State University, and had been the first black CEO of a Fortune 500 company. JHU Provost Robert Lieberman, a well-known scholar on race and politics in America, also gave a thought-provoking talk as part of the speakers’ series.   The activities come at a time when Johns Hopkins SAIS—proud of its presence on three continents and its global enrollment—has intensified efforts to diversify its faculty, staff, and student body. With recent

Diversity adds depth to SAIS students’ in-classroom dialogue and the overall graduate school experience.    


initiatives in the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs, the school is making faculty diversity a strategic priority. To assist in this, the associate dean for academic affairs is serving as the designated diversity advocate for faculty searches and as an ex officio member of faculty search committees. The director of faculty affairs and planning is managing recruitment strategies, including the hiring of a specialized search firm to build diverse faculty candidate pools. And the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs is implementing policies, among them a mentoring program, aimed at deepening faculty diversity and retaining talent.

Johns Hopkins SAIS students meet with Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. ’48, author and former Deputy Secretary of State.

On the admissions front, SAIS is reenergizing its efforts to attract students from underrepresented U.S. groups and from other countries; financial aid resources have been earmarked in support of this. SAIS is also actively engaged in university-wide efforts to promote diversity. That includes participation in the inaugural committee for the Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity. In February 2016, JHU President Ron Daniels

released the Hopkins Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion, a report on efforts to address race, diversity, and equity across the university. “Diversity of thought, people, and experiences is central to the excellence of our work and to our education, research, and service missions,” Daniels said. The plan focuses on six areas—faculty, students, staff, education, climate, and community building—and encompasses all JHU campuses, including SAIS. 

JHU’s Roadmap’s Goals: Achieving greater diversity of membership in the JHU community. Improving opportunity for JHU community members of all backgrounds. Enabling robust engagement with diverse viewpoints. Fostering a climate of respect. JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion

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Career Bringing the Professional World Alive for Students All Over the Globe ON A CRISP FALL MORNING IN SHANGHAI, 19 EAGER STUDENTS FROM THE HOPKINS-NANJING CENTER AND SAIS WASHINGTON, D.C., met with Johns Hopkins SAIS alumnus, Han Lin, deputy general manager of Wells Fargo, as part of 34 | SAIS Magazine Summer 2016

the 2015 Asia Career Trek. Lin told the students that a SAIS degree is invaluable the higher you rise in the leadership chain because it prepares you for putting qualitative and quantitative factors together and identifying broad trends.

Interaction with successful alumni is always the highlight of SAIS Career Treks. In the 2015–2016 academic year, there have already been 12 treks to nine cities—Beijing, Brussels, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, New York,

Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.—and one more is planned to San Francisco. Students from all Johns Hopkins SAIS campuses participate in treks as a way to learn about organizations in different sectors and industries and to

“Treks help students narrow down where they want to work geographically and the type of work they want to do. A bonus is the great advice shared with them by alumni at the organizations we visit.” Jean-Amiel Jourdan Director, Global Career Services Johns Hopkins SAIS

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“I was very impressed with how willing the alumni were to help students.” Ji Won Kwon Asia Trek

explore options for summer internships and full-time employment. “Career treks are an incredibly valuable experience for students,” says Jean-Amiel Jourdan, director of Global Career Services at Johns Hopkins SAIS. “Treks help students narrow down where they want to work geographically and the type of work they want to do. A bonus is the great advice shared with them by alumni at the organizations we visit.” While career treks are primarily designed for information gathering and networking, they sometimes lead to internship or job offers. During the Asia Trek, students met with 36 alumni at 18 organizations. At least three students received offers as a direct result: one for a research position at HSBC in Hong Kong, one for a consult-

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ing position at Deloitte in Shanghai, and one for an internship with Johnson & Johnson in Shanghai. Ji Won Kwon, whose offer from HSBC came just three weeks after the Asia Trek, said the most valuable aspect of the trek was the opportunity to build a connection with SAIS alumni. “I was very impressed with how willing the alumni were to help students,” said Kwon. “They provided us useful advice to prepare for applications and interviews and even shared their contact information for further information after the trek.” London Finance Career Trek participants visited a number of financial organizations, among them JPMorgan Chase & Co., which has consistently hired SAIS students over the past six years. Director of Career services at SAIS Europe, Meera Shankar, said one of

the students on the London trek will intern with JPMorgan this summer and two students on the trek the year before have full-time offers from the firm. During the fall DC Net Impact Trek, students met with seven alumni from four organizations: MicroVest, FINCA, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, and Accion. Setu van Lare Hodges, the SAIS D.C. career coach who led the trek, said two students had applied in advance to FINCA’s internship program but hadn’t heard back at the time of the trip. However, the opportunity to speak with human resources staff, as well as SAIS alumni, during the trek resulted in both being offered interviews. They are now interning at FINCA.

“We do mock interviews with students in career services all the time,” said Colleen McCusker, one of the D.C. career coaches. “But it is so much more impactful when students do them with alumni actually working in the industry.” For out-of-town treks, students typically arrange their own transportation and lodging and cover their own expenses. In some instances, students receive funding from career clubs or from academic departments. Alumni also graciously offer to host students on occasion. During the fall trek to Geneva, SAIS alumnus Brian Ruszczyk ’92, founder of Delos Asset Management, arranged for area families

to provide free housing to all the students. “The host families loved it, and the students did as well,“ said Ruszczyk. “Meeting people not in the same realm of the trek can add another perspective.” Ruszczyk’s generosity was a huge help to students who wanted the opportunity to meet with employers in Geneva but were struggling with the cost, according to Shankar. While the fall recruiting season is always heavy with treks, they continue into the spring semester. In January, Shankar led SAIS students on treks to London and Brussels to visit political risk firms, think tanks, and NGOs. Back in Washington,

the D.C. team went on a trek to New York to meet with private equity and asset management firms and collaborated with the Energy & Environment Club on a trek to Houston. During the Houston Energy Trek, two of the organizations visited, Cheniere and ExxonMobil, requested student resumes and applications for immediate consideration. This resulted in one student being offered an internship at Cheniere. Like many treks, Houston was successful largely due to the involvement of alumni.

“Meeting people not in the same realm of the trek can add another perspective. The host families loved it, and the students did as well.” Brian Ruszczyk ’92 Delos Asset Management

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Beyond learning about the organizations they visit, trek participants can engage in other professional development opportunities. In September, during the New York City Finance Trek, students interacted with 17 alumni at Citigroup Inc., Credit Suisse Group, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley. They also took part in mock interviews conducted by alumni from different organizations.

Hannah Kaplan ’08 and Uwa Airhiavbere ’08 from GE have been very helpful and supportive to all the SAIS treks to Houston, according to Julie Nussdorfer, a career coach on the D.C. campus. Another significant benefit of Global Career Treks is the opportunity for students to work on their networking skills. In February, during a New York Conflict Management Trek co-organized with the Global Security & Conflict Management Career Club, students were invited to a cocktail reception at the National Arts Club. In attendance were several United Nations ambassadors and a board member from Human Rights Watch. It was an incredible opportunity for SAIS students to

“The most valuable output from the treks is that I got to know so much more about each sector and about specific job opportunities within the sector.” Siqi (Rachel) Zhou Student

interact and network with senior-level dignitaries. SAIS student Siqi (Rachel) Zhou has attended four treks and found them incredibly helpful. “The most valuable output from the treks is that I got to know so much more about each sector and about specific job opportunities within the sector,” said Zhou. “The contacts made through the treks

have also really helped me grow my own network.” She also credits the treks as one of the main reasons she selected SAIS for graduate studies. “I did a lot of research about career services at SAIS,” she explained. “I knew there would be many different kinds of career treks, which was really important to me because I had no previous full-time work experience.” Global Career Treks bring the professional world to life for students.

SAIS students visit GE during a career trek to Houston in January 2016.

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From Brazil to Israel

By Lorena Americano Valente ’16

BEING FROM BRAZIL AND HAVING FOCUSED MOST OF MY STUDIES ON LATIN AMERICA, THE ISRAEL TREK CLUB GAVE ME A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE MIDDLE EAST. It was an area I had yet to explore, and the trek allowed me to develop my own opinions through first-hand experience. During the trip organized by my fellow classmates, our group met with government officials, including the mayor of Tel Aviv,

Israel’s minister of finance, and the former prime minister of the State of Palestine. We also met with a reporter from the Jerusalem Post; had dinner with SAIS alumni; visited the Old City of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and the Peres Peace Center; talked to a Holocaust survivor; and got close to the Syrian border and the Gaza Strip. Most importantly, I had the pleasure of conversations and reflections with my fellow classmates about all these experiences we had

together. I can say that I came back to D.C. a different person thanks to this trip. I not only got to spend my spring break learning even more about my fellow SAISers, but I also gained invaluable understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict and local culture and religion in Israel. I can’t thank SAIS and the organizers— Yael, Yogev, Edan, Jeff, and Elias—enough for expanding my knowledge everyday in D.C. and through this amazing trip. Johns Hopkins University | 39


Europe and Islam, edited by Erik Jones and Saskia van Genugten (Routledge, 2016) SAIS Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of International Political Economy Erik Jones B’89, ’90, PhD ’96 and co-editor Saskia van Genugten B’07, ’08, PhD ’12 offer a gateway to understanding the special relationship between Europe and the Muslim world. Country analyses of France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, and Italy reveal the extent to which this challenge of stable multiculturalism differs from one country to the next. The argument that emerges is not that Europe and Islam are incompatible, but that reconciling the tensions that arise from mixing different cultures will require enormous patience, understanding, and investment. The contributors to this volume represent some of the leading voices in debates about

European politics. This book was previously published as a special issue of The International Spectator. Intermediate Written Chinese, by Cornelius C. Kubler (Tuttle Publishing, 2015) The seventh volume in an eight-volume course in spoken and written Chinese is authored by Neil Kubler, American co-director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. The book systematically introduces 336 high-frequency characters (in their simplified and traditional forms) and over 1,200 common words written with them, showing their uses in a variety of sentences and reading passages. The structure and etymology of each new character is explained; similar characters are compared and contrasted. Lessons include printed and handwritten forms of characters as well as different fonts and formats. Some lessons include realia such

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as street signs, name cards, email messages, and handwritten notes. There are detailed English explanations for learners, plus information about Chinese usage, culture, and society and recommended study strategies. Designed to be used either in a class with an instructor or by independent learners, this volume includes a CD, workbook, and online Instructor’s Guide. Coping with Crisis in African States, edited by Peter M. Lewis and John W. Harbeson (Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc., 2016) Although large-scale conflicts, political upheaval, and social violence are common problems throughout Africa, individual countries vary greatly in both their susceptibility to these crises and their capacities for responding effectively. What accounts for this variance? How do crises emerge, and

how are they resolved? When are unexpected events most likely to spiral into crisis? Are there institutions and policies that can help to manage adverse shocks? The authors of Coping with Crisis in African States assess the capability for crisis management in countries across the continent, shedding new light on the sources of instability in the region, as well as on comparative questions of state capacity and resilience. Arms Races in International Politics: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century, edited by Thomas Mahnken, Joseph Maiolo, and David Stevenson (Oxford University Press, 2016) This volume provides the first comprehensive history of modern international politics’ phenomenon of the arms race, drawing both on theoretical approaches and on the latest historical research. Written by an international team of specialists, it is divided into four sections: before 1914, the interwar years, the Cold War, and extra-European and post-Cold War arms races. Arms Races in International Politics addresses two key questions: What causes arms races and what is

Mission Failure: America and the World in the PostCold War Era, by Michael Mandelbaum (Oxford University Press, 2016) The end of the Cold War led to a dramatic and fundamental change in the foreign policy of the United States. In Mission Failure, Michael Mandelbaum, one of America’s leading foreign-policy thinkers, provides an original, provocative, and definitive account of the ambitious but deeply flawed post-Cold War efforts to promote American values and U.S. institutions throughout the world. Mandelbaum shows how American attempts to bring peace, national unity, democracy, and free-market economies

to poor, disorderly countries ran afoul of ethnic and sectarian loyalties and hatreds. The book also delves into why the efforts foundered in the absence of the historical experiences and political habits, skills, and values that Western institutions require. Connecting Asia— Infrastructure for Integrating South and Southeast Asia, edited by Michael G. Plummer, Peter J. Morgan, and

model-based estimates of the benefits of integration. Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane, by S. Frederick Starr (Princeton University Press, 2013, with new 2016 translated editions being issued) Translated editions of S. Frederick Starr’s book, a classic, are being issued for China, Afghanistan, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. There is also a major Indian/ Pakistani edition. The book explains how a predominantly Muslim but religiously diverse Central Asia led the world in trade, manufacturing, technology, and virtually every field of science, even hypothesizing the existence of America in 1025 AD. It also discusses how a narrow and militant religious orthodoxy, not unlike what we see today, eventually killed it.

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the connection between arms races and the outbreak of wars?

Ganeshan Wignaraja (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016) Co-edited by SAIS Europe Director and ENI Professor of International Economics Michael G. Plummer, this volume provides perspective on the latest thinking on integration policy in South and Southeast Asia, including opportunities for strengthening integration efforts as a result of the recent opening of Myanmar. Country studies of national connectivity issues and policies include Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. They examine major developments in South Asia–Southeast Asia trade and investment, economic cooperation, the role of economic corridors, and regional cooperation initiatives. Thematic chapters explore investment in land and sea transport infrastructure, trade facilitation, infrastructure investment financing, national and regional policies, and

Confronting Climate Challenges By Dong-Thu Caohuu ’15, Gauri Gadgil ’15, Yasmine Jamnejad ’15, and Victoria McBride ’15

Climate change is one of the complex challenges facing the world, and the Energy, Resources, and Environment program at Johns Hopkins SAIS provides the academic foundation for boldly addressing it.

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As students in the ERE Practicum Program, we took our classroom lessons into the real world, partnering with global reinsurance company Swiss Re to explore how governments can leverage private sector solutions. The assignment looked at ways to more effectively respond to growing environmental and financial risks associated with wildfire.

objective of this practicum was to better understand natural disaster management and find pioneering mechanisms for building climate resilience. While

As the second in an ongoing series of collaborations with Swiss Re, the key

As four California natives all too familiar with wildfire, the members of

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our research was focused on environmental issues in Oregon and California, we are aware that U.S. experiences, challenges, and solutions can resonate globally.

With support from Swiss Re, the practicum team traveled to Oregon and California to gather data and interview local, state, and federal officials and fire managers. We were able to engage with high-level policymakers and other key stakeholders and, after many helpful conversations, we came away with a deeper understanding of

the unique structural and bureaucratic barriers to effective management and funding in both states. As the culmination of months of research and ongoing collaboration with Swiss Re, the practicum convened a high-level Johns Hopkins SAIS event focused on wildfire risk and resilience, during which we presented key findings from our report Fueling Resilience: Climate and Wildfire Risk in the United States. This was followed by a panel discussion with senior experts from Swiss Re, the Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The practicum was an incomparable learning experience, with results that

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reached beyond the classroom. We recently found out that our report, jointly published with Swiss Re, has been uploaded on the State of Oregon’s website and is informing on-theground policy discussions about how the state will manage its wildfire risk.

This is a clear example of translating research into policy and practice. The third in a series of climate risk and resilience practicum reports—focusing on disease and epidemics—is forthcoming in spring 2016. The first report in the series, Own Your Risk: Reframing Risk and Resiliency in the Columbia River Basin, examines flood risk in the Pacific Northwest and is available online at

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our team were personally invested. We also turned to international case studies to illustrate how the threat of catastrophic natural disasters is increasing around the world, and we proposed innovative policy solutions based on models tested in other regions. One such example was insurance pools for catastrophic hurricane risk in the Caribbean.



James Anderson B’81 —a JHU trustee, SAIS Europe alumnus, and advisory council member—believes the best way to shape a better world is to invest in education and the student experience by fostering the type of multicultural and multidisciplinary training he received as a student at SAIS. His recent $7.5 million gift, the most generous in the history of SAIS Europe, is providing the support needed to launch innovative programming in the areas of global risk, migration, and security studies. This support will fund new faculty positions and ensure student diversity.

Global Uncertainty The Vera and Stefano Zamagni Professorship

Anderson’s gift benefits the new Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR) through the establishment

of a new professorship in the field of development economics and the creation of a Leadership Colloquium on Systemic Risk, which will attract experts from the field. Anderson has named the professorship after two of SAIS Europe’s most senior and beloved faculty members, Vera and Stefano Zamagni. 44 | SAIS Magazine Summer 2016

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Under the direction of SAIS opportunities, requiring the theoretical Europe Fellow Filippo Taddei, serious, objective, and framework and the the MAGR is a 13-month, dispassionate analysis. For practical tools for cohort-based degree program a number of years, SAIS Euthat will begin in August 2016 international careers rope has offered a migration in Bologna. Building upon and security course taught in the management SAIS’ strengths in multidisby Soren Jessen-Petersen, ciplinary analysis, the MAGR whose long diplomatic caof uncertainty. introduces students to thereer includes appointments oretical concepts, tools, and as special representative of frameworks from the social sciences that the UN secretary-general for Kosovo; under will allow them to undertake sophisticated secretary-general of UNMIK; chairman of global risk analysis. The MAGR prepares stu- the European Union Stability Pact’s Migradents to answer the most pressing questions tion, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative; facing the world today, such as how political and assistant UN high commissioner for developments move markets, how financial refugees. Jessen-Petersen’s course, a related insecurity can lead to new opportunities, thematic seminar series, and other migrahow new social movements can destabilize tion-related initiatives will now be supportor revitalize societies, and how environmen- ed by the Anderson gift, guaranteeing the tal policies affect regional stability. continuity and growth of Johns Hopkins SAIS’ expertise in this area. Cohort-based classes, traditional training in quantitative methods, and practical applica- The initiative includes establishment of the tion are the cornerstones of the new degree. Anderson Adjunct Professor of Migration The program culminates with a professional and Security Studies and the allocation of practicum or original thesis. additional resources to expand the school’s research activity in this area. Taddei is enthusiastic about the quality and international diversity of the inaugural Driving Innovation 2016–17 MAGR class, noting that “risk and “The ability to attract new talent—both facuncertainty are unavoidable components of ulty and students—requires us to constantly decision-making. This degree offers a unique renew our offerings, making sure that our opportunity to acquire both the theoretidegrees and curriculum are anticipating cal framework and the practical tools for the trends in the study of international international careers in the management affairs. James Anderson is a driver behind of uncertainty. The MAGR draws on all the this innovation, helping to keep SAIS at strengths of Johns Hopkins SAIS, including the forefront in the field,” said Michael G. its research-active faculty, outstanding career Plummer, SAIS Europe director and ENI services, and international alumni network.” Professor in International Economics. “We are grateful to James for his vision Addressing the Current Crisis and are optimistic that with MAGR and One of the most pressing issues in Europe other new programming at SAIS Europe today is the migration crisis and its assowe can rise to the challenge he has set ciated humanitarian and security considforth with his generous contribution.” erations. Migration carries both risks and

Contact Our SAIS Development and Alumni Relations Staff SAIS WASHINGTON KENNA BARRETT Director of Development VALENTINA CUCUZZA Senior Administrative Coordinator LOUIS DIEZ Assistant Director of Development MARY EVANS Special Events Coordinator MARGARET HARDT FRONDORF ’00 Director of Alumni Relations JORDI IZZARD Senior Associate Director of Alumni Relations ANNA LEMBERGER Development Coordinator KIM MORTON Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

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Giving Societies at SAIS SAIS is privileged to recognize our generous donors through the following giving societies. Giving Society members receive special recognition in the Honor Roll, exclusive event invitations, and other opportunities to connect with fellow members. Contact our staff for more information. HONOR ROLL Thank you to all who contributed to Johns Hopkins SAIS during our 2015 fiscal year (July 1, 2014– June 30, 2015). Look for the donor honor roll at DEAN’S CIRCLE Honoring those who make commitments of $100,000 and above. CHRISTIAN HERTER SOCIETY Recognizing annual gifts at the following levels: n

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SAIS LEGACY CIRCLE For those that secure the financial future of SAIS through planned or estate gifts.

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In December 2015, Johns Hopkins SAIS did something unprecedented: The school brought alumni club leaders from 10 different Asian countries together with Dean Vali Nasr in Singapore, seeking their input on how to enhance international ties. During a reception with the Singapore Alumni Club on Friday night and a meeting hosted at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute the following day, the alumni discussed how their communities like to stay connected, how they organize, and how they would like to grow.


financial support, including scholarships, that allows the best and brightest to study at SAIS. Outside of the United States, Asia ranks among Johns Hopkins SAIS’ most populous and active regions, accounting for nearly 10 percent of all the school’s alumni. Groups convene regularly in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok, Jakarta, Taipei, Hanoi, Manila, and Kuala Lumpur. In Beijing and Shanghai, alumni get together as often as twice a month, collaborating with peer institutions’ alumni communities to offer outings such as ski trips and with organizations like Chatham House and Young China Watchers to run a regular lecture series called the Hopkins China Forum. Shoichiro


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Johns Hopkins SAIS is investing in alumni communities because they are the foundation of a vibrant school. They directly enhance the number and quality of future students, the nature and relevance of the education available to them, and the

Odagaki ’69, chief executive of the Tokyo Alumni Club, saw potential at the summit for more cross-border participation. “We talked a lot in December about how, with the technology available in the information age, we might be able to connect


better not only with local alumni but with peers in other countries,” he said. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to welcome more fellow alumni from Seoul or Hanoi to Tokyo? How can we spread the word better?” Summit participants advocated for regular intellectual events to help Johns Hopkins SAIS raise its profile as a thought leader. One particularly exciting idea was the concept of an annual regional conference. “Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni stand out because of our international perspective and capacity to engage in substantive dialogue. I was excited to find a common enthusiasm among the other summit leaders to nurture our common interest in international affairs, which brought us together in the first place,” said Suzie Sudarman ’94.

The group also offered recommendations on working with alumni to effectively distribute recruiting materials to prospective students and on forging closer transnational bonds by forming Asia-based hobby groups, like a Johns Hopkins SAIS APAC scuba diving club. Nothing is closer to SAIS’ mission than overcoming international boundaries to bring communities together. Through efforts like the APAC Alumni Leadership Summit, the school is exploring creative ways to strengthen connections among alumni everywhere. But we need your help. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations with ideas for interesting venues, activities, or initiatives or with questions you may have about contacting your local alumni chapter. Johns Hopkins University | 49



In 2013, while working at a prestigious cancer hospital in New York City, I read a New York Times article about a woman in Uganda diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. After not feeling well for a while, she traveled to a hospital where doctors found a golf ballsized tumor. At that stage, the only hospital that could treat her was 200 miles away. I remember being struck by this article because, at the time, my mother was battling breast cancer and both she and the patients at my hospital were fortunate to have excellent care nearby. I knew I wanted to help patients in the developing world have the same chance fighting against disease as my mother had. So on Oct. 1, 2014, I left that job. My passion has always been to expand access to health care for all. I’d worked to do this in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe before SAIS, and as proud as I was of the hospital where I worked, the U.S. model of exceptional (but expensive) health care for some doesn’t reach the goal of creating a healthier world. 50 | SAIS Magazine Summer 2016

Frontier Health CEO Anika Penn ’10, right, discussed quality of care initiatives with the chief medical officer at Jacaranda Health in Nairobi, Kenya. I am the CEO and co-founder of Frontier Health, a marketplace for low-cost, high-quality health care devices. FH connects innovators of diagnostic and treatment tools to buyers in the developing world. There are currently over 4,000 smalldevice companies creating innovations to diagnose and treat diseases. However, it’s difficult to market their devices in developing economies. At the same time, since there’s no central venue to showcase what kinds of innovations exist,

ministries of health, hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers have little access to these life-saving tools. Frontier Health solves both problems. Building a startup from the ground up is full of incredible challenges. But then I think of the potential reach of the devices in the marketplace, including several mobile breast-cancer diagnostics, and I am grateful to be part of a company that can save lives across the globe.

Struck by a London bus A near-death coma Recovery Campaigning against an agency run by the mayor — TOM KEARNEY ’91

On Feb. 1, the BBC interviewed me on the same Oxford Street corner where I was struck by a Transport for London bus in mid-December 2009. After two weeks in a near-death coma and months recovering from two collapsed lungs, a pierced liver, and a traumatic brain injury, I applied the data-driven analysis I learned at SAIS to London’s flawed transport policies that nearly killed me.

announcement of a “worldleading” Bus Safety Programme, which incorporated many of the key transparency and operational safety principles that I have been actively campaigning for it to adopt for four years, was “a victory for survivors.”

And then I decided to change things for the better.

This policy change followed TfL’s recent agreement on another of my campaign goals: extending the Confidential Incident Reporting and Analysis Service to its bus drivers.

During the BBC interview, I said Transport for London’s

At the same time, London’s major mayoral candidates

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Tom Kearney ’91 at the UK’s most dangerous crossing for pedestrians, Oxford Street, London, where he was nearly killed by a Transport for London bus on Dec. 18, 2009.

Changing safety policies for the better

PROGRESS said they were all committed to pedestrianising Oxford Street. About six years ago, I was still re-learning how to eat and drink through my mouth again. Today, with these recent achievements, I feel that my four years as an active campaigner are coming to a successful close. Although I’ll still be vocal about road safety issues, I’m really looking forward to getting back to a “normal” life too.   This wasn’t a simple case of David vs. Goliath. Given the odds against me, this was more like “Kermit the Frog vs. The Klingon Empire.” But just like in the movies, the Muppets won.

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IMPACT women of

After a successful career in banking, MARSHALL MILLSAP B’75, ’76 retired this past fall. He had looked forward to retirement as a chance to try new things, and one of those interests drew him back to his old home at Johns Hopkins SAIS. After graduating from the school, Millsap spent four years at Philadelphia National Bank followed by 36 years at Chemical Bank, which became JPMorgan Chase. In his final position with JPMorgan, he led the firm’s Global Market Infrastructures Group for almost a decade. This team of people managed the bank’s engagement with market infrastructures, industry associations, and services purchased from other banks in more than 100 countries, a function usually described as “network management.” Over the years in banking, Millsap developed a keen interest in negotiation, both as a participant and as a coach to train new negotiators. He found himself increasingly 52 | SAIS Magazine Summer 2016

intrigued by the growing global impact of women as managers and negotiators, and he began considering how he might, after retiring from the bank, continue to promote the development of women’s professional skills. So it was highly fortuitous when a SAIS development officer brought the Global Women in Leadership (GWIL) student-run conference to his attention. The timing was perfect since Millsap had been considering how to do more for SAIS at the end of his career. Now, as a member of the SAIS Women’s Alumni Network (SWAN) Executive Committee and a supporter and adviser to the GWIL student group, Millsap spends a lot of time thinking about how to strengthen women’s leadership and the need for more diversity, particularly in the private sector. He has led negotiation workshops for SAIS women in D.C. and in London and for the JHU Women in Negotiation event in New York. He is excited about developing master classes and mentoring


“The best thing about my time with GWIL, SWAN, and SAIS is getting to know some extraordinary women—in all phases of their careers,” said Millsap. “It’s a great opportunity for me to listen and learn and, perhaps, give a little back.” possibilities beyond workshops. “The experience of SAIS women alumni in this field is an amazing resource.” Finally, he is committed to helping SAIS women connect to greater leadership opportunities in both the private and public sectors.


ST R SUSANNE MUNCH THORE B’85 is a partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and part of the firm’s securities law and company law practice. Always on the frontline in Norway to support SAIS Europe activities, she provided crucial assistance in 2015 when the school was re-establishing its eligibility to receive funds from the Norwegian government, thus allowing the Bologna campus to once again attract top Norwegian students. Munch Thore acted as managing partner for her firm, which is Norway’s largest, from 2010 through 2015. She has assisted foreign and Norwegian entities with mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions (among them stock exchange listings), and transactions pertaining to company law and securities law, including board-related issues, corporate governance, and management.

Before joining Wikborg Rein, Munch Thore worked as a lawyer at the Oslo Stock Exchange and a visiting lawyer at Jones Day Reavies & Pogue in New York. She headed the Norwegian Bar Association’s permanent advising group in corporate law from 2002 to 2006 and, in 2009, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 placed her among “leaders in their field” in the category of Corporate M&A and Capital Markets. She is also a member of a group advising the government on implementation of new regulations to prevent money laundering in Norway.

2015, she went to her 30th class anniversary in Bologna with her husband, Lars, and in November 2015 they flew from Oslo to London to participate in the Bolognesi a Londra event, again affirming Munch Thore’s longstanding commitment to SAIS.

Munch Thore remembers her year as a SAIS Europe in Bologna student as one of the richest and most exciting of her life. Together with a large group of her ’85 Bolognesi classmates, she attends reunions at regular five-year intervals. In April

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AP Foreign Correspondents in Action: World War II to the Present, by Giovanna Dell’Orto B’02 (Cambridge University Press, 2015) This author reveals and analyzes the practices and constraints that have shaped international news since World War II. Successes and failures during eight decades of foreign reporting, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, show that public discourse has been best served by correspondents who, at great risk, challenged oversimplified narratives, gave a voice to the voiceless, and stymied the frequently violent efforts of all those who fear truth-telling eyewitnesses. Siren Songs: A History of Bermuda from 1960 to 1980, by Jonathan Land Evans ’86 (Lulu. com, 2015)

This book traces the modern history of political and social upheaval in Bermuda. It touches on the increased assertiveness of unions, the advent of political parties, universal adult suffrage, and the sometimes-violent influence of Black Power radicalism. These and other issues helped shape a notably troubled chapter in the history of a strategically located British territory that served as a significant U.S. armed forces base during the Cold War. Out to Work: Migration, Gender, and the Changing Lives of Rural Women in Contemporary China, by Arianne M. Gaetano N’96 (University of Hawaii Press, 2015) The author, assistant professor of anthropology at Auburn University, explores how rural-to-urban

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labor migration impacts Chinese women’s identity, life-course, and agency. The findings are based on a decade of ethnographic fieldwork in Beijing and China’s countryside. From Silk To Silicon, by Jeffrey Garten ’74, PhD ’81 (HarperCollins, 2016) This work examines the phenomenon of globalization through the lens of 10 people whose astounding achievements not only changed the world in their own time but still reverberate today. These individuals led very different lives—one was an emperor on the steppes of Asia, another was the first female British prime minister, and yet another founded a seminal tech company in Silicon Valley. But their stories have common threads that show us how

globalization grew to its current dimensions and the types of people who can continue to make dramatic changes in the future. Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City, co-authored by Kristina Gill B’96, ’98 (Clarkson Potter, 2016) Speakeasies, 10-table restaurants, and street food stalls may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of Rome, but these new realities have joined the traditional bars and trattorias of the Italian capital as bastions of great food and drink. La cucina romana, Roman cuisine, is defined by local flavors and, recently, the city’s food has been evolving to offer outstanding variations on tradition. In this spirit, the author, a former


U.S. Foreign Service officer posted to Rome, and co-author Katie Parla have produced a beautifully photographed cookbook providing a complete picture of the Italian capital and its food, which many love but few know completely. Those We Fear, by Victoria Griffith ’85 (HighLine Editions, 2016) What do you get when you cross The Turn of the Screw and Jane Eyre with Psycho? Victoria Griffith’s latest thriller, Those We Fear. When Maria becomes a summertime au pair to the children of a Scottish lord, she discovers the family is living under the shadow of two suspicious deaths. Vanishing portraits, cloaked figures, and bizarre shrines add up to a compelling modern gothic psychological mystery.

International Organizations in World Politics, by Tamar (Tammi) Gutner B’84, ’85 (CQ Press, 2016) The author, associate professor of international relations at American University’s School of International Service, discusses how international organizations are essential and controversial actors in world politics today. She offers comprehensive, historically grounded overviews of the most influential international organizations, including the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization, and their roles in global governance. Botswana Essays: Four Decades of Immersion in an African Culture, by John Holm ’62 (Self published, 2016) This book makes

various prevailing assumptions about African and developing societies and subjects them to a critical assessment based on the author’s experience in Botswana since 1970. Botswana Essays is particularly relevant to readers who are anticipating studying or working in an African culture or have done so. 100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today, by Stephen Le ’03 (Picador USA, 2016) This work is a fascinating tour through the evolution of the human diet, with an eye on how we can improve our health by understanding our complicated history with food. Traveling around the world to places as far flung as Vietnam, Kenya, India,

and the United States, Stephen Le introduces us to people who are growing, cooking, and eating food using both traditional and modern methods, striving for a sustainable healthy diet. In clear and compelling arguments based on scientific research, Le contends that our ancestral diets are the best first line of defense in protecting our health and providing a balanced diet. Language Politics of Regional Integration: Cases from the Americas, by Michael A. Morris ’65, PhD ’71 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) This author, professor emeritus at Clemson University, rates a number of cases of language politics in the Americas with the help of multi-level analysis. The book concludes by identifying particularly Johns Hopkins University | 55


divisive issues in each case as well as opportunities for promoting reconciliation. India’s Naval Strategy and Asian Security, co-edited by Anit Mukherjee ’05, PhD ’12 (Routledge, 2015) This book discusses the growing strategic salience of the Indian Navy. Amid intensifying geo-strategic competition in the Indo-Pacific region, the essays in this book help foster a deeper understanding of India’s changing international possibilities and its impact on Asian and global security. Yale & the Ivy League Cartel—How a College Lost Its Soul and Became a Hedge Fund, by Edwin Rockefeller ’89 (Fideli, 2015) This author, a retired Washington lawyer,

reviews the development of “Old Yale” from its origin in 1701 to its death in the latter half of the 20th century, describes the Ivy League cartel that prevents price competition among its members and makes possible persistent price increases, and explains how the cartel has been preserved by skillful lawyering and the political support of the academic establishment. Of Sand or Soil: Genealogy and Tribal Belonging in Saudi Arabia, by Nadav Samin ’02 (Princeton University Press, 2015) This volume presents a radically new perspective on the modern history of Saudi Arabia, one of the most influential—and controversial—countries in the world. Based on

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original fieldwork in Saudi Arabia, untapped private and public archives, and over 100 interviews, Of Sand or Soil explains why genealogy matters in the kingdom. It also details how an understanding of the politics of kinship in Saudi Arabia says a great deal about the nature of Wahhabism and the modern Saudi state. Progressivism in America: Past, Present, and Future, co-edited by John (Jack) Thompson B’02,’03 (Oxford University Press, 2016) This volume of essays is the first to offer a comprehensive overview of progressive politics, combining historical analysis, a discussion of policy priorities today, and a survey of the challenges ahead. Featuring essays by

leading scholars, analysts, and commentators, it is an indispensable guide to the ideas and debates that will shape American politics in the coming years. Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Motherin-Law, by Katherine Wilson ’98 (Random House, 2016) This is a warm, witty memoir about the author’s experiences in Naples, Italy, where she moved after college and fell in love with a Neapolitan man and his family. Immersed in the city’s tradition and culture, Katherine Wilson came to appreciate carnale, the Neapolitan sense of comfort and confidence in one’s own skin. Only in Naples celebrates the holy trinity of Italian life: love, food, and family.

“It got them thinking in a way that they never had before.”

Photos: Renee Fisc

Pickett’s Charge. The Tet Offensive. D-Day. Eliot Cohen’s students were there. Cohen, the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, founded an innovative program, sustained by philanthropy, that takes students to historic battlefields around the world. They assume the roles of generals, politicians, foot soldiers, citizens — and experience the strategic process firsthand. Cohen notes, “This experience is the one that students really remember and cherish because it got them thinking in a way that they never had before.”

Together, there’s more we can do to attract and sustain great teachers like Professor Cohen. Watch his video at and join us in Rising to the Challenge.


$2,500 allows one student to take part in a real-world practicum project


$5,000 increases by 30% the average fellowship award for a SAIS student


$14,000,000 has been raised from gifts between $1 and $24,999 in support of SAIS during the current Rising to the Challenge campaign

Who makes annual gifts to SAIS? 81% ALUMNI


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Gifts under $25,000 during RTC campaign, by donor type

“I have a dream that is to represent South Korea on the international stage of the future, to help my country become more respected and play an exemplary role for the global community. My fellowship was established by Jill McGovern and her late husband, former JHU President Steven Muller, who founded the HopkinsNanjing Center with a similar vision: that one day people from both sides, the U.S. and China, would come together and realize better relationships. That’s the kind of legacy I want to continue.”

Recognizing Our SAIS Family Alumni and friends from all over the world had an opportunity to connect with the next generation of outstanding faculty, SAIS leadership, and students at three events honoring donors to named fellowships, Christian Herter Society (for leadership annual gifts of $2,500 or more), and Legacy Circle (for those who have included SAIS in their estate plans). We hope you will join us next year! Thank you to all who contributed to Johns Hopkins SAIS during our 2015 fiscal year (July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015). Look for the donor honor roll at

—Dennis Hong N’15, ’16, Jill McGovern and Steven Muller Fellow Fellowship supporters Betty and Joseph Dukert


Current fellowship recipients speak at the 2016 Fellowship Reception

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AROUND THE GLOBE Our amazing Johns Hopkins SAIS community comprises alumni, friends, and students who create links with each other, with the school, and with the broader Johns Hopkins universe. On nearly every continent, alumni guide activities and drive events while working in partnership with SAIS Alumni Relations.


Abuja: Dinner Get-Together


Cape Town: Cocktail and Dinner


Johannesburg: Dinner and Dialogue

A F R I C A ABUJA Duza Baba JHU’07, ’09 welcomed SAIS alumni who gathered for a dinner at Wakkis in Abuja.


CAPE TOWN Oliver Drews B’91, ’92 greeted SAIS alumni and prospective students arriving for cocktails and dinner at Barristers Grill in Cardiff Castle in Cape Town.


JOHANNESBURG SAISers welcomed prospective students for dinner and dialogue at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Club in Johannesburg.


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Beijing: Social and Networking Event

A S I A BEIJING SAIS alumni in Beijing got together at Golden Bridges Courtyard for an evening social to welcome admitted students.


SHANGHAI The Hopkins China Forum and the University of Chicago Alumni Club hosted an evening at Café Sambal. Speakers, including Francis Bassolino N’93, founder and managing partner of Alaris Consulting, discussed “Who’s Still Catching the Growth Wave in China (and Other Reasons to Be Optimistic)?”



Shanghai: Hopkins China Forum

NEW DELHI Jay Gullish B’95, ’96 hosted SAIS and JHU alumni and SAIS students visiting India at a reception with SAIS Dean Vali Nasr at Gullish’s residence in New Delhi.



New Delhi: Student Trek Alumni Event with Dean Nasr


Jakarta: Social Get-Together

JAKARTA Alumni in Jakarta gathered at resto/bar in Plaza Senayan Arcadia with SAIS students visiting Indonesia for the Frontiers in Energy, Science, and Technology (FEST) program.


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Bangkok: Alumni Social Gathering

BANGKOK Joey Tulyanond ’02 and Thitinan Pongsudhirak ’92 welcomed SAISers in Bangkok for a social gathering at Minibar Café.


Singapore: HNC 30th Anniversary Dinner


Tokyo: Dinner with Richard Nijkerk ’89


Seoul: Dinner and Dialogue with SAISers


SINGAPORE The HopkinsNanjing Center celebrated its upcoming 30th Anniversary in Singapore with an alumni reception and discussion on “Sino-U.S. Relations: Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future” at the Asian Civilizations Museum.


TOKYO SAIS alumni gathered for dinner at the Grand Arc Hanzomon where they enjoyed discussing various matters, including SAIS alumni activities around the world. Shoichiro Odagaki ’69 welcomed SAIS Tokyo alumni and alumni guests Satoshi Iwanaga ’89 and Richard Nijkerk ’89, who were visiting from Singapore.


SEOUL Eunjung Lim PhD ’12, full-time lecturer of Korea Studies greeted SAIS alumni in Seoul, current SAIS students on the 2016 Korea Studies trip, and former U.S.-Korea Institute visiting scholars who came together for dinner at Cafe Insarang.


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LEFT: Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley ’84 and Emine Etili B’01, ’02 preparing for their panel discussion on “Confronting New Cybersecurity Risks.” Photos © Eikon Studio

BELOW LEFT: Alumni who spent 2006–2007 in Bologna catching up on the Penthouse Terrace during Friday evening’s welcome dinner. BELOW RIGHT: Alumnae who spent 1995–1996 in Bologna catching up on great memories.



Berlin: Happy Hour

E U R O P E BERLIN SAIS alumni in Berlin gathered with newly admitted students for JHU SAIS Stammtisch at “Das Meisterstück.”


ISTANBUL The SAIS Turkey Alumni Chapter hosted an informal gathering with coffee and drinks at Zorlu Center Cantinery in Istanbul.



Istanbul: Happy Hour

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SAIS Europe welcomed alumni back to Bologna for a weekend of cultural events, academic and student panels, city tours, and social gatherings.



New York: Book Launch with Professor Leeds



The SAIS New York Alumni Club hosted Professor Roger Leeds ’70, PhD ’77, SAIS director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy and senior research professor of international finance for the launch of his new book, Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets: Opportunities for Value Creation at Thomson Reuters. 14


NEW YORK The SAIS New York Alumni Club, Amici di Bologna, and the SAIS Women’s Alumni Network (SWAN) welcomed alumni to a reception and a panel discussion titled “International Perspectives on the Syrian Refugee Crisis” at the Princeton Club. Dean Vali Nasr moderated the conversation with panelists, including George Biddle ’88, chairman of World Connect, and Maureen White, senior fellow at SAIS Foreign Policy Institute.


NEW YORK SWAN NY Club drew together a dozen SAIS women for networking and dinner with Mary Kissel ’04, executive editor, Wall Street Journal. They enjoyed a small group discussion at Byblos Restaurant.


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New York: Dean Nasr Moderates Panel


New York: SWAN Distinguished Speaker Dinner with Mary Kissel ’04


San Francisco: Networking Night


Boston: Social Hour

Washington, DC: MIPP Reception

SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco Bay Area SAIS and MIIS Alumni Chapter joined together for a networking event focused on Social Entrepreneurship hosted at LinkedIn. Alumni interacted in a “Speed Geek” format with SAIS and MIIS alumni social entrepreneurs sharing their initiatives.


BOSTON SAIS New England Alumni Club hosted happy hour at the BackBay Social Club.


20 Washington, DC: Breakfast with Lisa Mensah ’85

WASHINGTON, D.C. Masters of International Public Policy alumni, students, and faculty joined together for the annual MIPP Reception. Dean Vali Nasr offered welcoming remarks in the SAIS Herter Room.


WASHINGTON, D.C. SAIS alumni and students met for breakfast with Lisa Mensah ’85, Undersecretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Margaret Hardt Frondorf ’00, director of alumni relations at SAIS. Mensah spoke about improving the economic security of the working poor in rural America.



Washington, D.C.: Open House Alumni Panel

WASHINGTON, D.C. Every year an illustrious alumni panel convenes at the SAIS Open House to speak to a packed room of newly admitted students.



Washington, D.C.: SAIS Europe Alumni Evening

WASHINGTON, D.C. SAIS Europe, along with Amici di Bologna, hosted an alumni evening that included an informal “Alumni Meet Students” panel discussion followed by the annual “Cocktail Reception” with SAIS Europe Director Michael Plummer B’82.


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JAY BROZE ’71 had great passion that he spread among the multiple loves in his life—be it taking on aerobatic flying, sailing on the open waters of the Pacific, or raising three boys. He approached every day with a tremendous sense of adventure and zeal for life. A grandson of first-generation immigrants, Broze knew the

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importance of education. He took on labor-intensive summer jobs in Alaska’s fish canneries to pay his tuition at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. He then ventured to the East Coast for graduate school where, thanks almost entirely to financial aid, he found a home at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He loved learning and was thrilled with the challenge each class offered.

He also loved to teach others about what he learned. “Every moment with him was a teaching opportunity,” recalled his wife and former Whitman classmate, Diana Cochener. When given the opportunity to express appreciation for SAIS, Broze and Cochener did so by creating a fellowship to pave the way for other bright young


Diana recalled that her husband concentrated in Arabic studies while at Johns Hopkins SAIS… so she directed the funds to the Department of Middle East Studies to support students committed to advancing scholarly work in the region.

minds to get a world-class education. Broze delighted in seeing students succeed and would often maintain longlasting relationships with his fellows, becoming closely involved with their career moves and offering words of wisdom from his years of experience. To Broze’s great joy, the couple’s philanthropic investments yielded wonderful returns. Cochener witnessed the personal satisfaction Broze gained in mentoring students and heard stories about the students’ success after graduation. She knew that familiar look in her husband’s eyes—his love of seeing the next generation move forward as leaders in international affairs.

In late 2013, when, as his obituary put it, “Jay went from us without fear or complaint,” Cochener knew that his memory would be honored by investing in a new fellowship at SAIS. Last year, she created the Broze Family Fellowship with an endowed gift of $1 million. She recalled that her husband concentrated in Arabic studies while at Johns Hopkins SAIS and had long loved the Arab world. Because of this, she directed the funds to the Department of Middle East Studies at SAIS to support students committed to advancing scholarly work in the region. Sierra Bayles, the inaugural recipient of the award, recently wrote to Cochener: “I feel particularly honored to be the

recipient of a fellowship named for a fellow lover of the Arab world and native of the Pacific Northwest.” And so, as a result of this generous memorial, the great delights that Broze found in life will live on through generations of SAIS students.

The Broze Family Fellowship was established through a gift from the Diana C. Broze Charitable Fund in memory of Vincent Jay Broze ’71. The fellowship carries a preference for students in the Department of Middle East Studies. For more information about supporting students, faculty, and programs through philanthropic giving vehicles such as donor-advised funds or family foundations, please contact Kenna Barrett at 202-663-7767 or

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SHARE YOUR JOHNS HOPKINS SAIS-RELATED NEWS any time you are attending an informal dinner with fellow alumni or organizing a formal alumni event! Use #saisalum and @SAIShopkins to connect our community via Twitter and Instagram. Did you know that there are almost 10,000 alumni on LINKEDIN and that 7,000 are part of the Johns Hopkins SAIS LinkedIn group? It is a great global network where you can search for and find fellow alumni by geographic location or industry, review mid-career job announcements from fellow alumni and our Career Services team, and hear about alumni-driven social events.

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Pay it forward. Remember the excitement of relocating to a new city—venturing out and forging new connections? To meet fellow alumni, you do not have to do it all on your own: More than 60 Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates serve as POINTS OF CONTACT (POCs) worldwide. They assist newcomers with introductions to other alumni and host dinners and happy hours to get the community together. View the Who’s Who of SAIS POCs at communities, or pay it forward and become a POC in your city.


GoHopOnline. Johns Hopkins’ WORLDWIDE ALUMNI NETWORK, with more than 210,000 alumni, connects you across continents and time zones. links you with your trusted JHU community. Easy sign-on and sync up with Facebook and LinkedIn help you grow your network. Social media feeds keep you updated on Hopkins news, chapters, resources, programs, and more. Find a Hopkins friend, mentor, or event. Find a job or internship. Activate your profile today at

Have extra time? Want to add some ENRICHMENT to your schedule? • R  eceive a 50 percent fellowship for fall or spring Johns Hopkins SAIS courses (space permitting) and a 25 percent fellowship for summer courses. For details, call 202.663.5671 or email • S  AIS Global Career Services offers Professional Skills courses to help alumni brush up. For more information, contact Martina Leinz at • V  isit the Johns Hopkins SAIS and JHU libraries to tackle your every knowledge need. Alumni are granted access to the libraries for up to four hours per day. In-library privileges may be limited, based on availability of space and resources, as current JHU students receive priority over alumni and other library guests. Borrowing privileges for a library cost $50 for six months (or $100 for six months for access to all JHU libraries). For more information, see the library’s Alumni Information Guide at or email Knowledge Net—a selection of online resources at— is available to all alumni, free of charge.

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launched a new section in his Wordpress blog “Rethinking National Security,” providing key quotes on foreign and security issues from the 2016 presidential candidates to help readers focus on international topics in the campaign. His Foreign Service class held its 50thyear reunion in 2015. Blaney lives in Bethesda, Md., and remains a senior fellow in the National Security Program at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. CLASS OF


Ambassador EMEKA AZIKIWE ’66 started his career as publisher of Eastern Nigerian Guardian before the 1967 Nigerian civil war. He later joined the Nigerian diplomatic service, serving in Lagos and

abroad, including Germany, France, Morocco, Austria, and Portugal. He was sent to Geneva as the permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations from 1987–1993. In Switzerland, he served as chairman of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and was the first chairman of the Preparatory Commission that negotiated the Chemical Weapons Convention. Before retiring from the diplomatic service in 2001, he was director-general of the International Organizations of Department and director-general of African Affairs. When Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999, he was briefly the Nigerian president’s special adviser on anti-corruption. He is currently a consultant for several multinational companies in Nigeria.  DOROTHY BLACK, B ’65, ’66, served in the U.S.

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Foreign Service from 1967-1989. She was an economic officer in Bonn and Hamburg, Germany; Lagos, Nigeria; and Athens, Greece. She served as economic counselor in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kingston, Jamaica. She also spent a year studying advanced economics at Princeton University and a year working in the office of Congressman Jonathan Bingham on Capitol Hill, both under the auspices of the State Department. After her retirement, she earned a JD at Georgetown University Law Center. Following graduation, she practiced international law, including international arbitration and litigation, at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Washington, D.C.

as a Fulbright Scholar. After graduation from SAIS, he worked for Exxon Mobil in Paris. He returned to the U.S. and worked for Continental Can, a packaging company. He rose to become the director of licensing and business development for the plastic beverage bottle division. In 1981, he left Continental Can and set up his own packaging consulting firm, Business Development Associates Inc., where he brought together his legal training with his international packaging experience. He is married to Cathleen Ryan. They have two children and four grandchildren. Currently, he advises clients on technology licensing worldwide.

GORDON BOCKNER JHU’61, B’65, ’66, came

served 30 years as a U.S. Foreign Service officer, with assignments in Southeast and South Asia, specializing in

to SAIS as a newly minted lawyer, attending Bologna in his first year


of the international relations program at Rice University. His honors include: Donner Medal, Governor General’s International Award, APSA Lifetime Achievement Award in Canadian Studies, and the International Studies Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award (foreign policy). ANN HOLLICK ’66, JHU PHD ’71 received her

MA from SAIS and PhD from Homewood. She worked for the U.S. State Department and Treasury Department following a stint with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. During this period, she also spent time teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, SAIS, and the National Defense University, during which she published extensively on U.S. foreign policy. At the State Department she worked with Ambassador Tom

Pickering, bringing her PhD expertise in ocean policy to the bureau of Oceans, Environment and Scientific Affairs and, later, working with Pickering on the Iraq War when he was the U.S.-UN representative.

metro area. Since his second wife is French and the widow of a U. S. Foreign Service officer, it appears the payoff from French language classes was greater than from time devoted to currency exchange rates.

RICHARD JONES ’65, B ’66 took his SAIS

JILL KHADDURI, ’66 PHD ’71 is a senior fellow and

experience with him while teaching English in South Vietnamese schools during the war; working as a protestant missionary in Ecuador (which is dedicated by its congress to the Sacred Heart of Jesus); keeping the peace in Anglican parishes in Alabama, Virginia, and Toronto, Canada; teaching about cross-cultural and international Christian mission to seminarians interested in inner experience, sexual ethics, and racial justice in the United States; and exploring current issues between Christians and Muslims in the Washington, D.C.,

principal associate for social and economic policy at Abt Associates where she conducts research on homelessness and homeless-assistance programs and on housing programs and strategies, among them the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing. She has just completed a history of HUD from its founding in 1965 through its 50th anniversary in 2015. Previously she was with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she was a career senior executive deeply involved in housing research and

Alumni from 1966 returned to SAIS in Washington, D.C., on April 13, 2016 to celebrate their 50th anniversary and to remember their graduate school days.

CHARLES DORAN B’65, ’66, JHU PHD ’69 is

currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, director of the Global Theory and History Program, and director of Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Before joining the SAIS faculty in 1979, he was professor and director

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political and politicalmilitary affairs. His first postings were to Rangoon, Burma, and Dacca, East Pakistan. Subsequently he headed political sections at U.S. embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Jakarta, Indonesia, with his final posting in Kuala Lumpur as deputy chief of mission. In Washington, D.C., he was Pakistan and, then, Bangladesh desk officer, and served as an aide to the Near East/ South Asia Bureau’s assistant secretary during the 1973 Middle East War. He was a senior watch officer in the Operations Center during the Iran Hostage Crisis and deputy office director/office director in three bureaus. After retirement, his consulting firm, Asia-Pacific Opportunities, helped U.S. companies form joint ventures and pursue other business development initiatives in South and Southeast Asia. Currently he works part-time in the PM Bureau at the State Department and serves on volunteer boards.


policies. Khadduri holds a BA in government from Smith College and has a PhD from SAIS. BASTIAAN KORNER B’66 attended the

Bologna Center during what he categorizes as one of the better years of his life. After Bologna he worked for the United Nations Development Programme as junior professional officer in the Malawi office from 1968–71. After returning to the Netherlands he joined the Dutch Foreign Service and worked in the following embassies: Bangkok, Rome, Hanoi (as chargé d’affaires), Washington, Harare (again as chargé d’affaires), Cairo, Paramaribo, and—as ambassador—in Colombo and Lagos. From 1982–86 he was based in The Hague as head of the Diplomatic Selection and Recruitment Office.

Korner said one of the pleasant aspects of his globetrotting life was meeting Bologna alumni in many places. He retired in 2002 and ran a gallery for contemporary art from non-Western countries in The Hague until 2012. JOHN MCLAUGLIN B’66, ’66 is currently a senior

practitioner in residence at SAIS. He served in several capacities at the CIA over three decades, including as acting director, deputy director, and director for intelligence. He was a U.S. Army officer in the 1960s, completing a tour in Vietnam. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, he is the recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Community

Service Award and the National Security Medal. He serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. CHRISTOPHER MEYER B’66 says that being

in Bologna was one of the most enjoyable years of his life. The center was academically stimulating, Italian life enthralling, and he made friends. He subsequently spent 37 years as a British diplomat, serving in Moscow, Madrid, Brussels, Bonn, and Washington, D.C. In London he was the Foreign Office spokesman in the 1980s and Prime Minister John Major’s press secretary in the ’90s. He finished his career as ambassador to the United States and to Germany. Since his retirement in 2003, he has tried his hand at various things: company boards, consultancy, regulating

Alumni who spent 1965–1966 in Bologna return to SAIS Europe alumni weekend.

the press, making documentaries, and writing books and articles. He is on the board of the Arbuthnot Banking Group and is chairman of Pagefield, a communications consultancy. His wife, Catherine, was formerly a commodities broker and is the founder and current chief executive of the children’s charity, Action Against Abduction. MARILYN MEYERS B’66

was a Foreign Service officer for almost 30 years. Although her MA was in Western European studies, she later trained as a Japanese language officer, specializing in economic/trade issues, and served as the economic counselor at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo and as the first female U.S. consul in southern Japan. Other assignments included deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific Bureau; minister of the U.S. embassy in Canberra; and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Rangoon. She also served as deputy director of the World Health Organization’s Global Health Issues Research Center in Kobe, Japan. Now retired, Meyers is a docent/ staff aide at Washington National Cathedral and travels extensively, especially north to Svalbard, Norway, and south to the Antarctic Peninsula. ROBERT L. NUSSBAUMER ’66 earned his BA from

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University in 1963, his MA from SAIS in 1966, and his JD from the University of Missouri in 1970. He is in private practice in St. Louis specializing in insurance defense, including trial and appellate work. He is admitted to the Missouri Bar; Illinois Bar; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th and 8th Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Lawyers Association of St. Louis, and the Missouri Organization of Defense Counsel. He has lectured on behalf of the Continuing Legal Education Department of the University of Missouri School of Law in areas of tort litigation, jury instructions, and civil procedures. 

On April Fools’ Day 1964, CHARLES PEARSON ’66 received a telegram that altered his life—acceptance to SAIS with generous financial assistance. SAIS was followed by three years at Cornell, where he received a PhD in economics, became a father three times, and found time for small-stream trout fishing. Called back to SAIS by his mentor, Professor Isaiah Frank, he started a 39-year SAIS career. With Frank’s retirement, he became director of the International Economics Program, a position he held for 19 years. In addition to teaching and directing the program, he published widely and consulted for governments, international organizations, and the private sector. Since formal retirement from Hopkins in 2008, he completed three books and is senior adjunct professor of economic

and environment at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria. Pearson and his wife, Su, have lived for nine years in Hua Hin, Thailand, on the sunny shores of the Gulf of Siam. RON SHELP ’66 was named CEO of an international insurance association in 1966 and a second Latin American association in 1969. He left to become AIG’s youngest vice president with responsibilities that included international troubleshooting, through which he was involved in freeing the jailed AIG president caught in the Iranian Revolution. Celanese recruited Shelp to manage several departments and serve on its management committee. He was later named CEO of the New York City Partnership/NY Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the city’s leading business organizations. He

JERRY DE ST. PAER ’66 is a senior advisory partner at Grail Partners, an investment and advisory firm. He is a director of the U.S. subsidiaries of SCOR Reinsurance. He is vice chair of Vertus Insurance Partners, a startup to offer a new form of hurricane insurance. Upon graduating from SAIS, he spent seven years in various positions in the Treasurers Department of ExxonMobil. He was a director of the Ronald McDonald House of New York for 20 years. He is chair of the Bermuda Wellness Foundation. He also previously served on the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council of the

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JIM NATHAN B’66, ’66, PHD ’72 is executive director of the Alabama World Affairs Council and Khalid Bin Sultan Eminent Scholar at Auburn University at Montgomery. He has also been teaching, writing, and traveling since he left the Foreign Service. For the past two decades or so, he has been in Montgomery, Alabama, with a rather splendidly resourced “academic chair.” He took the position for an approximation of what Hemingway called a “clean, well-lighted place” and to start a family. Alas, the family part proved a bust. Still, he raised a rather splendid boy, whom some SAISers met 10 years ago in Bologna. It was Nathan’s first trip to Italy since leaving in 1966.

served as co-founder and CEO of an Internet company and currently is executive producer of the documentary Seven Americans and managing director of Glanstone Capital. Shelp wrote Beyond Industrialization for the Council on Foreign Relations (where he is a member) and Fallen Giant about AIG and Hank Greenberg, which led to numerous speaking and media opportunities. He sits on several nonprofit and corporate boards and collects southern African-American self-taught art, having given or loaned pieces to many museums.


Financial Accounting Standards Board, and the Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Board in London. He was a member of the SAIS Advisory Board for over 20 years.  CLASS OF


ics and music (mostly opera) for daily papers, magazines, and journals and is chairman of the scientific board of an economic think tank. His wife, Patrice, and his children, Aline and Raphael, are well. CLASS OF


GIANFRANCO PASQUINO B’66, ’67 was a Fulbright

GREG ALTSCHUH JHU’68, ’69, former chief regu-

Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago from March 29 through June 9, 2016.

latory and compliance counsel for Seagram Co. and then Diageo North America, now assists International Rescue Committee efforts to obtain T and U visas for victims of human trafficking. Altschuh and his wife, Janis Lipman, relocated in 2015 to Phoenix, Ariz., where they love fostering dogs for the state’s first nokill shelter.



After retirement from government service in 2009, GIUSEPPE PENNISI B’67, ’68 has become a consultant to the Italian Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and a member of the Economic and Social Council, teaching in two private universities. Now 74 years old, he writes about econom-



On May 2, 2016, JOHN DEVINE JHU’68, ’72, PHD ’77 was honored at


Bethesda, Md. on April 14, 2016.

DAVE SCHOTT ’72 did his annual ice skating with BILL CANIS JHU ’72, ’73 at the Smithsonian Sculpture

Gardens Rink in early March. In July of 2015, Scott coordinated a mission trip from his church, Ascension Lutheran in Towson, Md., to a companion parish in Managua, Nicaragua—Fe y Esperanza Iglesia Luterana (Faith and Hope Lutheran Church). He still lives in Baltimore, Md. a luncheon at Seaview Country Club near Atlantic City, N.J., to mark his 31 years of service on the faculty of the Historical Studies Program at Stockton University in Galloway, N.J. He resides in Ocean City. JOHN ECKSTEIN B’71, ’72 and his immediate

family traveled through central Cuba for two weeks in August 2015, renting a car and visiting Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus, Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, and several beach resorts before attending the flag raising over the U.S. Embassy on Aug. 14, 2015. Eckstein practices business law in Denver, Colo., where he was named by 5280 Magazine as one of the city’s top four securities lawyers in both 2015 and 2016. MALCOLM RUSSELL ’72, PHD ’78 retires in June

2016 as chief academic officer of Union College in Nebraska. After 27 years, he is also stepping down as editor of Stryker-Post’s The Middle East and South Asia. He and his wife, 74 | SAIS Magazine Summer 2016

Sharon, plan to travel but continue to reside in Lincoln. CLASS OF


Early in 2016, JANE BARDON B’75 was in her winter camp in Sackets Harbor, N.Y., doing home improvements and winter sports. On the intellectual front, her latest op-ed piece—on the corruption of climate science, profiteering from climate change, and the futility of de-carbonizing a carbon-based planet— was published in the Watertown Daily Times in January 2016. Bardon is doing research on U.S. labor force participation by race, gender, and educational attainment. Since her last update, CLAUDIA FLISI B’71, ’75 almost died from

blood loss in Kosovo due to an atypical femoral fracture. After eight months in hospitals, wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches, she began walking again in April 2015. Her older son, Max, married in Lees-

THOMAS B. TESLUK B’81, ’82 received the 2016 Johns Hopkins

University Alumni Association Heritage Award on April 22, 2016 appreciation of members of the Hopkins family who have contributed outstanding service to the progress of the university over an extended period of time. Tesluk has served Johns Hopkins SAIS for more than 30 years.

burg, Va., in September 2015 and a grandchild is on the way. Her younger son, Sacha, just started a new job in Las Vegas. Flisi’s first book for children will be published in September 2016.

Just eight years after graduation, Tesluk began his active en-


gagement as a member of the SAIS Europe Advisory Council,


a body he has chaired since 2008. He and his wife, Kathleen Hill

NIGEL OGILVIE JHU’76, B’77, ’77 began his 37th

Tesluk ’83, have shown steadfast commitment to the school, establishing the Henry Tesluk Fellowship in honor of Thomas Tesluk’s father and supporting other noteworthy initiatives, including the Kenneth H. Keller Professorship and the Jonathan Cooper Memorial Fellowship. In 2007, Tesluk founded Amici di Bologna to support SAIS Europe while helping “Bolognesi” maintain their ties to each other and to the school. He has also served as leader for the Bologna Class of 1981, spurring his peers to contribute to the school’s building campaign by naming the student lounge and one of the faculty offices. Tesluk is a true leader and has successfully transmitted his commitment to SAIS to a new generation of alumni and students alike. A resident of New Canaan, Conn., he is CEO of Sequent Consulting LLC, a firm specialized in global business

year of federal government service as chief of mission for a joint Federal Reserve, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, and Internal Revenue Service fraud-detection workshop with the Association of Bank Supervisors of the Americas in Mexico City. Ogilvie works with the International Training Section of the Federal Reserve’s Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation Division. He also has responsibility for oversight of banking companies operating in Puerto Rico.

development, and co-founder and CEO of MissionID, a social

BROOKS WRAMPELMEIER ’77 retired from

media marketing company with operations in Europe and

the Foreign Service in 1989 and from a job as document reviewer in the State Department’s FOIA office in 2011. He and his wife, the former Ann Dartsch ’57, reside in Washington, D.C.

the United States.




is running for delegate to the Republican National Convention from the 8th Congressional District in Virginia.

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in Bologna, Italy. The award acknowledges gratitude to and




In December 2015, LINDA MITCHELL MAYER ’80 returned

to full-time work as CEO of ExplorOcean, a nonprofit dedicated to educating children, through STEM activities, on issues related to the ocean. ExplorOcean is in the heart of the Fun Zone in Newport Beach, Calif. Mayer resides in Laguna Hills, Calif., with her husband, Doug, and is enjoying the southern California experience. CLASS OF



is starting her third year as an America in Bloom judge. AIB is a national competition among cities and towns based on their environmental, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaping, and floral efforts. She has been to California, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin as a judge. CLASS OF


Residing in La Jolla, Calif., RONALD J. BEE B’81, ’82 runs an Oxford Study Abroad Program for lifelong learners and college students from California. In March 2015, SCOTT FOSTER ’82 received his Shihan (instructor) certificate from the Tozan school of Shakuhachi (Japanese end-blown bamboo flute) music after passing an exam-

ination in Kyoto. In July, he and his wife, Yumiko, visited Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. In September 2015, he survived Cycle Oregon, a one-week, 400-mile bicycle ride through the mountain, desert, and farm country near the Idaho border. The Fosters live in Tokyo. CLASS OF


STEPHEN EISENBRAUN ’83 is in his 10th year as

editor in chief of the U.S. Department of State’s Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The reports are the department’s premier unclassified publication with nearly a million views per year. Eisenbraun assumed this responsibility after retiring from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2002. He resides with his family in Herndon, Va. CLASS OF


In September 2015,

JEAN KELLY B’82, ’83 and ART STERN B’83, ’84 retired in early 2015 and moved from Washington, D.C., to Albuquerque, N. Mex. They spent their careers at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, where they met and later married in 1989. Kelly spent her career as Thailand desk officer and also covered the Philippines and Burma. Stern retired as senior India desk officer after spending 20 years on U.S.-India trade and working on trade policy with Sri Lanka.

where she is serving as U.S. consul general. Her next Foreign Service assignment will take her to Beijing as minister counselor for commercial affairs beginning in the summer of 2017. Since it will be a three-year posting, she looks forward to being actively engaged with events surrounding the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. 


MARY (DICKENS) JOHNSON ’86 is recent

Austrian trade commissioner in Italy, moved back to Vienna, Austria. She is now in charge of trade relations with southeastern Europe as regional manager at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

widowed after 31 years of marriage. She participates in East West Center events at nearby University of Hawaii at Manoa and the National Contract Management Association Aloha Chapter. In January 2016, she attended a JHU Hawaii alumni event in Honolulu and made new friends. She lives in Honolulu with her bichon poodle, Ewie, and is still



CYNTHIA GRIFFIN N’89, ’86 is completing her

tour in Perth, Australia,

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teaching through Villanova University online. VINCENT WEI-CHENG WANG ’86 has been

appointed dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. Currently associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of political science at the University of Richmond, he begins his new job in July 2016. CLASS OF


DANIEL XI FU N’87, JHU’90 is a Chinese lan-

guage assistant professor at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. During the past years, he has received the teaching excellency award twice from the DLI commandant. In January 2015, WILLIAM ROSS PUMFREY ’87 retired from the LBJ



In January, JOHAN C. AURIK B’87, ’88 was re-elected for a second three-year term as global managing partner and chairman of A.T. Kearney, one of the largest global strategy consultancies with offices in over 40 countries. Aurik lives in London with his wife, Tanya, and two of his four children. In July 2015, Ambassador TRACEY ANN (THOMAS) JACOBSON JHU’87, ’88 completed a

three-year assignment


as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo and returned to Washington, D.C. She currently serves as principal deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs. BRIAN LINDEN N’88

opened his third heritage hotel in one of pre-revolutionary China’s largest private residences. The Linden Centre, Linden’s first site, was recently selected by Tripadvisor. com as the top hotel in China. He and his wife, Jeanee, who are playing a major role in China’s move toward more sustainable development of rural tourism resources, are working on sites in protected structures along the Burmese border in Tengchong and the Wa ethnic area of Cangyuan. QUNJIAN (JOHN) TIAN N’88 was promoted to

full professor in May 2016 at Connecticut College. He resides in New London, Conn.





Since 2005, KENNETH JARRETT N’89 has been living in Shanghai where, beginning in September 2013, he has been president of the American Chamber of Commerce. The chamber celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015, providing the occasion for special programming and rediscovery of the organization’s rich history, now immortalized in a book and a short video. Jarrett did most of the research for both and wrote the historical survey section of the book. CLASS OF


In Argentina, KARIN DHADAMUS B’89, ’90

just opened the Marcel de Buenos Aires, a sustainable boutique hotel with rooms and flats, a spa, a rooftop swimming pool with a gluten-free restaurant, a space for tango, jazz, yoga, and much more. It is a big move after 23 years in Brussels. ANNE DIXON B’90, ’90

has moved backed to Washington, D.C., and taken the role of global organizational effectiveness director for Raytheon Co. She lives in Old Town Alexandria, Va.






JYRKI KALLIO N’91, who continued at the HNC for a year from 1992–1993, is senior research fellow at the Finnish Institute of Inter-

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national Affairs focusing on China’s foreign policy and political culture and East Asian security. He has published translations from Classical Chinese into Finnish and, in 2015, was awarded the J.A. Hollo Prize for high-quality non-fiction translation for his book on Confucianism. Kallio subsequently received the Joel Toivola Foundation Centennial Prize for his accomplishments in Chinese studies. For the past few years, ALBERT PENG N’91

has been quiet from the business world and supporting small projects. He travels quite a bit with his wife, who is now retired, including to Taipei where they visit their daughter working on her master’s degree at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. CLASS OF


BARBARA GLASSMAN ’92 is the executive

director of INCLUDEnyc, a nonprofit that helps families and young people with disabilities in New York City in the areas of school access, parenting, advocacy, and family support. ARTHUR RUBIN ’92 is the head of Latin American capital markets for SMBC Nikko. Glassman and Rubin live in New York City with their children, Maya and Noah. Rubin continues to be involved with SAIS as the co-president of the SAIS New York Alumni Club.

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School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was on loan to the border affairs team at the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality. Before searching for another job, he volunteered for the Texas Solar Energy Society, where he is now chairman and helps with organizational development. He is also taking Italian language and Italian cooking classes and spent April in Italy.




In March 2015, GUIDO SANDULLI B’94, JHU’95

took the position as CEO of a Komodo Systems Inc., a new technology start-up that provides systems to monitor and improve Wi-Fi networks. He resides with his wife, Rebecca, and three children, in Salt Lake City, Utah. CLASS OF


TOM CONROY ’95 has

moved back to the Washington, D.C., area after 20 years in Massachusetts to work at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he is a vice president of government performance. He would be delighted to reconnect socially with SAIS alumni in the area and hear ideas about how to make government more efficient and effective. MICHAEL DE LUCIA B’94,’95 is director of

international and MS career management at Columbia Business School in New York where, as of March 2016, he oversees students in the MS Marketing and Financial Economics degree program while continuing to lead international business development initiatives and advise on career mobility strategies for the full-time MBA student population. CHUNDI (DIDI) ZHANG N’95 is a supply chain

management director at Siemens Corp. in Orlando, Fla. She and her husband recently celebrated

their 10-year wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii and Australia. After many years, Zhang and her Nanjing Center roommate Kari remain close as sisters no matter where they are.  CLASS OF


This spring, ALAN KUPERMAN ’96, who was SAIS-Europe professor from 2002–2005, performed concerts with SAIS-Europe’s director, Professor MICHAEL PLUMMER B’82. Their band, BC Fuzz, played in Bologna in March 2016 and in Washington, D.C., in April 2016. They loved seeing alumni and future alumni in the audience! CLASS OF


In July 2015, EDWARD BUCKINGHAM N’97 and TAO HSU N’97 left the University of Nottingham in Ningbo with their three children. Buckingham teaches strategy and is researching Chinese organizational boundaries following his PhD studies on Indonesian organizational boundaries at SOAS. He is a professor of management and director of engagement for Monash Business School in Melbourne, Australia. Hsu, who was teaching high school mathematics and economics in Ningbo, is completing her training as a financial planner. From August 2014 through July 2015, MARY LOUISE HOR-

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KOWITZ ’97 was an

extended student at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calif., completing certificates in creative Arts and Gestalt Facilitation Training. Upon retirement from a 29-year consecutive assignment with the United Nations system, with the post as country director of UNESCO Pakistan her last duty station, KOZUE KAY ABENAGATA ’97 returned to Japan in July 2014 and resumed her position as a full-time professor at a local private university in Nagoya. She is teaching international organization theory, international cooperation, and international social welfare. She enjoys teaching a growing number of foreign students in Nagoya. CLASS OF



formerly the corporate social responsibility program leader at ExxonMobil and a previous national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, joined the firm Veracity Worldwide in September 2015. She is the managing director in the New York office, where she advises clients on political, corruption, and reputational risks in emerging markets. In October 2015, MARA LEICHTMAN ’99 became an associate professor of anthropology at Michigan State University. She resides in East Lansing, Mich.



This April, DANIEL MARINO B’99, ’00

joined BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC as chief commercial officer. The company is a U.S. based distributor of solar energy products serving the Americas. BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC is a subsidiary of BayWa AG, an international trading and service enterprise with core areas of business in the agriculture, energy, and construction sectors. Marino lives in Oakland, Calif., with his wife, Olga, and daughter, Alexandra. EULALIA SANIN’S ’00

company Prospecta, based in Bogota, joined the multinational consultancy A.T. Kearney with Sanin becoming one of its global partners. Her husband, RALF LEITERITZ B’98, ’99, is a full professor in the Department of International Relations at Colombia’s Universidad del Rosario in Bogota. In January 2016, he was appointed director of the master’s program in political and international studies. CLASS OF



recently became CEO of Arabella Advisors, a boutique philanthropic advisory services firm helping funders achieve the greatest good with their philanthropic and financial capital. She and her husband, ERIC GIBBS ’99, live in Arlington, Va.

third son in July 2015. Her family of five lives in Washington, D.C., where she has worked for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives for nearly 12 years. CLASS OF


In March 2015, EMINE ETILI B’01, ’02 took a new position with Twitter as head of public policy for Turkey. She now lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her son. In March 2015, ANNE K. GLICK ’02 cofounded Globe Smart Kids, a nonprofit where she is executive director. Globe Smart Kids uses technology to help children grow up feeling safe, happy, and excited to interact with diverse people. It is the maker of the One Globe Kids iOS

and online series, which will be used to study how to tackle prejudice in children using digital media. She lives in the Netherlands with her husband, Jan, and their three children. FRANCISCO TORRES B’82, ’02 has been reap-

pointed senior visiting fellow in European political economy at the London School of Economics. He continues his association with the European Study Centre of St Antony’s College at Oxford and has just co-edited with ERIK JONES B’89, ’90, PHD ’96 a special issue

of the Journal of European Integration and a book (Routledge) on the Economic and European Monetary Union in the European Union and the crisis. Torres and his wife, Annette, moved from Oxford to

In February 2015, JESSICA HERRERA JHU’09, ’10 took a position with the Sierra Club as a press secretary for its Beyond Coal campaign. She works to create a just transition to cleaner and more affordable renewable energy solutions. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Richard, and 2-year-old daughter, Frances.

London in 2014 and have been meeting with friends from their days in Bologna. CLASS OF



is based in Ghana and works at the World Bank focused on increasing financial inclusion for the poor. She also works with a think tank providing advice to African governments on public financial management and how to better structure and benefit from their economic engagements with China. Putting her Wharton MBA to good use, she also runs a commercial poultry farm with her husband. JACK THOMPSON B’02, ’03 is a lecturer at the

Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin. He resides with his wife, Katerina, in Dublin, Ireland. In January 2016, KEVIN THURSTON B’02, ’03 and his wife, Brooke, welcomed their first child, Hannah Pierce Thurston. Hannah was born at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, weighing in at eight pounds, 10 ounces. CLASS OF


In September 2015, Kemet Sebastian Hackett-Sanches entered the world. His mother, JULIE HACKETT B’03, ’04, his dad, and baby Kemet are all doing well.

MICHAEL EDWARD WALSH JHU’02, B’03, ’04 was recently rec-

ognized as a “person to watch who wants to change the world” by the United Nations Foundation. He received the honor for his work at the Islands Society, a nonprofit he founded to empower islanders to participate in international affairs. According to the foundation, “Walsh and his team are helping to advance the conversation on issues such as good governance and climate change, issues at the core of global goals and the Paris climate summit.” CLASS OF


In July 2016, JOHN ZINDA N’05 moves on from a postdoctoral stint at Brown University to be assistant professor of development sociology at Cornell University. Zinda researches and teaches how rural communities weather economic shifts, government programs, and environmental change. He frequently spends time in Yunnan, China, talking to residents and officials about their livelihoods and working with environmental scientists to count and measure trees. He will settle in Ithaca with his spouse, Elisa, and daughter, Thora. CLASS OF


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the Office of Regional Security and Arms Transfers working on foreign military sales and third-party transfer issues, LEANN LUONG N’06 is serving as a senior foreign disclosure policy analyst at the Navy International Program Office. CLASS OF



relocated to Ramallah, Palestine, in late 2015 as the USAID Compete Project’s senior technical adviser. She leads private sector competitiveness work across six industries in the West Bank and Gaza. She continues to serve on the SAIS Israel Alumni Committee and teach yoga to address trauma, splitting her time among Ramallah, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. In May 2015, NATHAN CHU N’07 joined the U.S. Air Force and spent nine months training for his job in Texas. He will soon be stationed in Okinawa, Japan. This comes after a six-year period in Thailand during which he helped start a charity organization that assisted in education and community development projects, played professional soccer, and opened the first CrossFit box (CrossFit TEN500) in Bangkok. In May 2015, BRITTANY WILLIAMS B’06, ’07

joined the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee as senior project manager.

A team of SAIS alumni from the Inter-American Development Bank Private Sector, ALFREDO IDIARTE ’11, ELEE MUSLIN ’02, IGNACIO FERNANDEZ STEARNS ’14, MATTHEW MCCLYMONT ’12, and PATRICK DOYLE ’03 (from left to right) are financing innovative rooftop solar and municipal lighting projects. They attended a due diligence mission at Bright Solar’s offices in Mexico in October 2015.

The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee is the Ohio nonprofit, non-partisan corporation responsible for assisting the Republican National Committee with organizing, hosting, and funding the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. CLASS OF


In 2015, ERIKA KIRWEN ’08 moved to London to take up a new position as the associate director of The Law & Development Partnership, which focuses on security and justice sector reforms in fragile and conflict-affected contexts around the world. In November 2015, DAWN ORTIZ-LEGG B’08 announced her

candidacy for California State Assembly in District 35, which covers San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties. For five years, Ortiz-Legg has been involved in the development of three utility-scale solar farms totaling 870 megawatts of clean renewable energy. With this experience, she is running on the platform of creating jobs for the transforming

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economy, addressing housing needs, and continuing the renovation of infrastructure throughout the California Central Coast region. CLASS OF


For three years, ALEXANDRA BLOOM N’09, ’09 has worked at the

World Bank’s integrity vice presidency, conducting due diligence to catch integrity risks and prevent corruption. In 2012, she received a scholarship to attend a summer of immersive advanced Chinese at Middlebury College and has since maintained her Chinese by attending Meetups, reading the New York Times in Chinese, taking informal classes, and chitchatting with Chinese colleagues. In September 2015, she had a baby, Isalys. In August 2015, Army Maj. JIM CAHILL ’09 began a one-year research fellowship in residence at the RAND Arroyo Center. He resides with his wife, Brianna, and three daughters in Arlington, Va. MEREDITH CHAMPLIN N’09, ’09 began as a U.S.

Foreign Service officer in 2010. After her first tour on the Indonesia Desk in Washington, Champlin served in Iraq and China, where she frequently drew from her Hopkins-Nanjing and SAIS experiences to inform her consular work and political reporting. She is looking forward to her upcoming tour in Indonesia, where she will cover domestic political issues. She is married to SAIS alumnus LEWIS GROW ’09, also a foreign service officer. In July 2015, MATT KACZMAREK ’09 completed a three-year tour as senior adviser for international economics for the National Security Council at the White House and was appointed to be White House liaison and part of Secretary of State John Kerry’s senior management team at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. CLASS OF



continues at BMO Capital Markets as a government debt strategist. In addition to clarifying for 8-month old Nora

In September 2015, DANIEL PAJANK B’09, ’10 former adviser at

the Asian Development Bank and the Austrian Ministry of Finance, was hired into the World Bank’s Young Professionals Program. His first rotation is in the Africa Finance and Markets Department. He moved

with his wife, Andrea, and children, Leo and Ella, from Manila to Bethesda, Md. CLASS OF


AGGIE LEE N’11 has been promoted to counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP. She resides in Yorba Linda, Calif.

In September 2015, MIKELA TRIGILIO ’11 and PATRICK FLANAGAN B’10, ’11 tied the knot in Kildare County, Ireland, among family, friends, and more than 50 fellow SAISers. Trigilio is helping make money fast, free, and fun as manager of European compliance for Circle Internet Financial. Flanagan is providing environmental and social protection for development finance with IFC and MIGA’s compliance advisor ombudsman. They reside with their dog, Aros, in Dublin.

LAURE PALLEZ VARANI N’11 leads international

business development at the Shanghai-based joint venture between France’s Institut Pasteur and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Varani specializes in structuring strategic business plans and providing financial and political-risk advisory services to companies and governments building biological-research businesses and ventures in China. She serves as an elected official in

In November 2015, KRISTEN HANDLEY B’10, ’11 wed Jacob Slater near Handley’s hometown in Santa Barbara, Calif. They were joined by family and friends, including a strong SAIS cohort. Handley and Slater hiked Chile’s Torres del Paine trail for their honeymoon in early 2016.

the Assembly of French Citizens Abroad. She has published articles in French newspaper Les Echos and in Johns Hopkins University Nanjing News Community. JIM WILSON N’09, ’11 is a

foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State. After serving in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, he was posted to the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, where he focused on human rights, civil society, and the Western Sahara territorial conflict. This summer, he will begin work on China policy coordination before moving onto work in the Political Section of the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu in 2018. CLASS OF



posted to Shanghai, China, as consular adjudicator for the U.S. Department of State. Prior

to joining the Foreign Service, she served as the American academic coordinator at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center from 2012–2015. In May 2016, JACOB CLARK N’12 graduated with a juris doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law. In his fall 2015 semester, Clark received a grant from the Michigan State Talsky Center for Human Rights to intern under Judge Liu Daqun in the Appeals Chamber at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Clark hopes to use his law degree in the areas of U.S.-China relations or international law. In October 2015, BAO-CHIUN (JINGO) JING ’12, former associ-

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Rose-Bouhan the intricacies of international political economy and nurturing her nascent support for the Kansas City Royals, he’s actively encouraging SAISers to relocate to Chicago and join the alumni community. Kathryn Rose returned to the fiscally encumbered Chicago Public Schools as a high school social studies teacher because quality public education for all is essential to our democracy.



received the 2016 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award on April 13, 2016, in Washington, DC. The award honors graduates of the past decade who exemplify the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and bring credit to the University through outstanding achievements in their proIn October 2015, MAXWELL COHEN ’14 married Antonio Savorelli in a small ceremony at city hall in Cambridge, Mass. The two met in Bologna while Cohen was in pre-term, proving that SAISers truly are experts in international relations! Cohen resides in Cambridge where he works as a renewable power analyst at IHS Energy.

the Centre on Asia and Globalization in the Lee Kuna Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on Taiwan’s relations with Southeast Asia and Mainland China. ANDRÉS CARRILLO PERES N’12 has worked

in China, Mexico, the United States, and Brazil at leading companies in the finance, consumer goods, and management consulting industries. He is currently a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Shanghai office, where he advises local and multinational clients across China and Asia on key strategic issues. His expertise includes growth and turnaround strategy, strategic due diligence, operations, and people strategy across corporations in the consumer, industrial, technology, automotive, logistics, and arts industries.



In March 2015, COREY COX B’12, ’13, recipient of the 2013 SAIS Class Clown award, will celebrate his one-year anniversary at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he works as an economist. LAUREN GLOUDEMAN N’12, ’13 joined the

Rhodium Group, a China-focused public policy and market research firm in New York City. Prior to joining Rhodium, she spent two years as an economics and trade policy analyst at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. At USCC, she organized congressional hearings on topics including China’s competition policy, foreign investment, state capitalism, and China’s market economy status under World Trade Organization law and published papers on digital currency and the U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty.

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fessional or volunteer lives. The award was presented by Sarah B. O’Hagan ’86, a member of the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees, co-chair of the SAIS Board of Advisors, and member of the SAIS Women’s Alumni Network Executive Committee, at the annual student-led Global Women In Leadership conference. O’Rourke is the GWL and SWAN founder and she is currently helping to evolve SAIS Women Lead, an initiative to educate women leaders and promote women’s leadership as a tool for addressing global challenges. In her professional life, O’Rourke works tirelessly on behalf of women’s issues as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, in Washington, D.C.


JEREMY PETERS N’13, ’14 is a manager at CBI

Consulting in Shanghai, China, where he oversees teams of researchers and investigators gathering information for international and local clients, primarily focusing on competitive intelligence, compliance, and intellectual property protection. He previously worked in Shanghai for Nicobar Group performing research and drafting white papers on China’s nuclear and conventional energy sectors.



JEFFREY PHILLIPS ’15 and MARGAUX FIMBRES N’11, ’15 attended the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group workshop on Smart Grids in Beijing in October 2015, representing the Office of China and Mongolia at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, respectively. They also participated in a site visit to the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city hosted by China’s State Grid Corp.

In September 2015, ERIC B. SIGMON ’14 took a new position in the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. He oversees the U.S. strategy for engagement in Central America, a multiyear effort to advance security, governance, and prosperity objectives. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Katherine. CLASS OF


CHRISTINE KNG YU LING N’14, ’16 is a part-time

MA student at Johns Hopkins SAIS and a senior research assistant in the Public-Private Partnerships Initiative at SAIS JHU. Within the PPP Initiative, she works on government advisory and research for PPP projects in China, dealing with topics such as urban redevelopment, water conservation, and health care.

After graduating from SAIS, DAVID BERKE ’15 started a new job working on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. He quickly realized how many former SAISers were in the building and established the SAIS Pentagon Alumni Club to stay connected. In February 2016, this alumni group hosted an event attended by more than 45 current and former SAISers who gathered at the offices of Avascent in downtown Washington, D.C., to hear Dr. Eliot Cohen discuss the national security challenges facing the next U.S. president.

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As you begin a new chapter in your lives of international engagement, you join the family of Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni, an extraordinary group of individuals who hold positions of leadership in government, business, journalism, and nonprofit organizations around the world. Please stay connected and involved with alumni activities as you move forward in your careers. It will enrich your work and our alumni community. @SAISHopkins #SAISAlum #SAISAlumni sais-jhu-edu/alumni#keep-connection

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