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SAISmagazine CHINA

Xi Jinping’s China: Uncertainties Can Xi Jinping’s strongman leadership pave the way to liberal reform? L AT I N A M E R I C A

Alumni Impact on Local Economies WORLD NEWS

Christine Lagarde on the Global Economy


In reading the pages of “this magazine, you will quickly learn that SAIS and its alumni were on the front lines of it all, from changes in U.S. economic relations with China to the Syrian refugee crisis.

– Vali Nasr, Dean

WELCOME Dear Alumni and Friends, Welcome to the inaugural issue of the new Johns Hopkins SAIS Magazine. It is our great pleasure to share with you the accomplishments SAIS has made in the past year and news about the SAIS community. In this issue, you will read about exciting new initiatives, including those designed to further strengthen academics, expand student services, and promote the school’s thought leadership. SAIS launched new degree programs, recruited new faculty and staff, and expanded its sponsorship of major conferences and notable speakers. In 2014, there was no shortage of major events and developments in international affairs. In reading the pages of this magazine, you will quickly learn that SAIS and its alumni were on the front lines of it all, from changes in U.S. economic relations with China to the Syrian refugee crisis. I hope you will read with pride the numerous accolades, personal updates, and professional achievements of your fellow alumni, former professors and administrators, and friends of SAIS. It is the hard work, success, and close-knit nature of this community that drives all of us toward advancing our common goal of creating the best and brightest practitioners in the field of international relations. Sincerely,

Vali Nasr Dean

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HAPPENINGS AT SAIS 4 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry launched

FACULTY INK 30 Recently published books from SAIS faculty

China Trip

Experts convened on China’s resurrection of “Silk Roads”

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres addressed the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker promoted gender and racial diversity in C-level suites

with immersion in Chinese language and culture


IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde discussed global economy before spring meetings

SAIS VOICES 8 Gordon Bodnar on launching intensive MA in



9,766 2,624 EUROPE


1,444 ASIA

alliance between the two countries


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26 David P. Calleo retiring after 45 Years at SAIS


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14 Uncertainties in China: Can Xi Jinping’s strong20 U.S.-Korea Institute strives to strengthen the

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES 37 Nsorships  ew Aronson Profesand Endowed Funds

International Economics and Finance

man leadership pave the way to liberal reform?

STUDENTS ON THE GO 34 Hopkins-Nanjing Center provides SAIS students





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ALUMNI LIFE 41 SAIS Board of Advisors Profile: Sarah B. O’Hagan 41



45 Spotlight & Reflections:

Jürgen Glückert: Three decades of leadership

Greg Asbed and Laura Germino: Recognized for advocacy work

Joan M. Anway: Cultivating enterpreneurship in Guatemala

Veronica Baruffati: Reflections on an international career

Sara O’Rourke: Women’s leadership at SAIS

52 Around the Globe 58 Keeping the Connection 60 Legacy of Learning: Joe and Betty Dukert


focus on the next generation of SAIS scholars

62 Alumni in Print 68 News and Noteworthy 68

SAIS Magazine is published for the alumni and friends of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. Managing Editor Margaret Hardt Frondorf Contributing Editors Sharon K. Congdon Laura Mojonnier Emily Walz Editorial Committee Shamila Chaudhary Sidney Jackson Kathryn Knowles Martina Leinz Julie Micek Noemi Crespo Rice Madelyn Ross Lindsey Waldrop Emily Walz Contributors Joan Anway Veronica Baruffati Katie Brooks Mary Evans Grace Harter Jordi Izzard Jae H. Ku David M. Lampton Liz Levine Yael Mizrahi Kim Morton Vali Nasr Sara O’Rourke Tony Smith Egle Vilkelyte Design Beth Singer Design, LLC, Arlington, VA Letters and inquiries should be sent to or 1717 Massachusetts Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 © 2015 by the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. @SAISHopkins #SAISAlum #SAISAlumni Cover photo: Xi Jinping, Michael Frith/News Syndication

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HAPPENINGS Romano Prodi MARCH 24, 2015


Former President of the European Commission and Former Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi joined JHU President Ronald J. Daniels for a five-part Leadership Colloquium on Topics in International Development in March and April at SAIS Europe. Pictured here with Prodi is SAIS Europe Director Michael G. Plummer.

John Kerry NOVEMBER 3, 2014


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry previewed President Barack Obama’s trip to China during a keynote address at SAIS.

“I hope that the United States and China—who are both blessed with great strength, with ample resources, with extraordinary people—can do important things now and can do them together. And, I hope that as we come together in Beijing in the days ahead, as we work together in the months and years to come, we are going to meet that charge and live up to the standard that Paul Nitze set, not just when he founded this school, but when he lived his life.”

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AT SAIS Zbigniew Brzezinski FEBRUARY 23, 2015


SAIS Senior Research Professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Zbigniew Brzezinski discussed current challenges and crises in global affairs with SAIS students.

Silk Web NOVEM BER 6–9, 2014


Thirty-five scholars from around the world convened at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in November for its second international conference of the year. “The Silk Web in the 21st Century: Global Landscapes Among the West, China, and Southwest Asia” brought together experts from Canada, China, Germany, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States to gauge the prospects of China’s plan to resurrect ancient maritime and overland “silk roads.”

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HAPPENINGS Berlin Wall NOVEM BER 13, 2014

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German political experts from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a discussion on the dramatic events of 1989 and their aftermath. A segment of the wall—a gift from the Berlin Senate— stands in the courtyard at SAIS Washington.

Penny Pritzker APRI L 17, 2014


U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered remarks on promoting boardroom diversity and identifying a path forward to bring more women into corporate leadership during a conference hosted by SAIS.

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António Guterres OCTOBER 18, 2014


António Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, was the keynote speaker at a conference addressing the global response to managing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Nuclear Crisis Christine Lagarde OCTOBER 20, 2014


APRIL 2, 2014

Asia and U.S. policy experts shared insights into the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis and offered policy options for Japan, South Korea, and the United States in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and weapons of mass destruction programs, now and in the future.


Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, visited SAIS to discuss the state of the global economy, ahead of the 2014 IMF/World Bank spring meetings.

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Professor Gordon Bodnar Speaks On





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“If organizations send

their promising young employees to this program for a year, hopefully, fully funded, we can send them back well tooled up and better able to do the upper-level policy work.”

– Gordon Bodnar

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SAIS Magazine asked second-year International Development student Egle Vilkelyte to interview Gordon Bodnar, founding director of the Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF) degree program, for which the inaugural cohort started in July 2014. Bodnar is the Morris W. Offit Professor of International Finance and has served as director of the International Economics program since 2005.

“Increasingly in the

policy area, we see lots of places where strong, almost professional-level econ skills are required, but an actual PhD is not necessary.”

– Gordon Bodnar

Egle Vilkelyte: Can you tell us a little about the MIEF? GORDON BODNAR: This is an innovative program for SAIS. It’s the first new degree program at SAIS in many years, since the Master of International Public Policy. Students take 14 courses, plus two required skills courses. It’s almost as much as a full MA in terms of the course load, but they do it in 11 months. It is designed to focus primarily on international economics and international finance issues. It’s kind of like the economics part of the MA degree on steroids.

We have a little over 30 people in the program. Size-wise, we don’t want it to be too big—the idea is for it to be a cohort program. Because students all take the same classes for the first six weeks in the summer and the first seven weeks of the fall, they’re a very cohesive group. We also do some organized activities as a whole program, students and faculty. EV: How is the program different from the two-year MA? GB: One of the main differences is that the MIEF is an 11-month degree. This allows the students to return to the work force faster, or enter the work force with advanced skills.

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In addition, the MIEF students take at least four—and, in some cases five—quantitative methods courses. Plus, they take two required skills courses during the intersession, and have to complete a capstone project. EV: How does the MIEF compare with similar programs? GB: One reason we decided to go with a one-year program was that we wanted to find a niche. Brandeis University does have a two-year master’s degree in international economics and finance. That’s really the only other pure program in international economics and international finance that we know of in the United States. To differentiate ourselves, economically it makes more sense to do the degree in one year, if it can be done well. We’ve had several students who say one reason they came to MIEF is because they liked that it was only a one-year program, even though they felt they were getting almost the exact same amount of course opportunity. As a result, they know that it’s very intense. They’re working pretty hard, but that’s what you would expect at a top-tier program. We’re very optimistic the intensity is being done in a way that isn’t sacrificing quality. It’s just sacrificing free time. As I say, for one year, sleep is optional. EV: How is the first year going? GB: It’s going well. Every time you do something new, there are things you didn’t expect. I think you’ll find that we’ve been

as responsive as we possibly can be to the students’ needs. We’re constantly asking the students and faculty how things are going and telling them to let us know when something we didn’t anticipate pops up, and we try to figure out how we can remedy or improve it. Some of the students really wanted to do a language, for example. It’s hard to do at SAIS because our MIEF classes meet when the SAIS language classes meet. So we worked to find them some opportunities to study languages outside of SAIS. EV: What is the capstone project? GB: We want all of the students to work on a professionally presentable research topic on an economic/finance policy issue. Some of the students are working on projects in small groups; others, individually. They will have four weeks after the spring courses end to work on it, culminating in a year-end conference where students present their work to both the faculty and some outside economists. EV: What skills do students develop? What career opportunities are available to MIEF graduates? GB: Some students are doing this in anticipation of pursuing a PhD in economics. It’s better preparation than the standard SAIS MA because you’re focusing much more on economics courses and at a more technical level. More generally, it’s designed for students who want to work in professional economics areas, but not in positions that would require a PhD. Increasingly in the policy area, we see lots of places where strong, almost professional-level econ skills are required, but an actual PhD is not necessary.

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The international economics courses the MIEF students are taking look a fair bit like what the MA students are taking, including micro, macro, trade, and monetary — the MIEF courses are just more technical and mathematical.

We are expecting that many non-U.S. students will take positions in central banks, finance ministries, and trade ministries in their home countries. In the United States, we expect graduates to work in the Federal Reserve Board, Treasury Department, or private sector areas such as banking or consulting, places where SAIS graduates with MAs work—but these people will have access to a little more advanced entry positions because of their technical background. There are a number of our students who have already secured jobs. As I mentioned before, one advantage of the one-year program is that it gets you into the labor force with those skills sooner than the two-year program. EV: What kind of support and advising do MIEF students receive?

GB: They have access to the professional development resources that MA students have through Career Services. We, as faculty, are trying to be more active in having professional discussions with them on where they might look for positions, giving them recommendations of places to look, or even contacts to talk to for the kind of jobs they’re suited for. EV: What are the long-term goals of the program? GB: Almost all of the teaching this year was done by existing faculty. That can’t last forever. So clearly, in the near future, we’re going to have to use some of the revenue generated to hire additional faculty, though not necessarily ones that will teach uniquely in the MIEF program. If we add two more

STUDENTS ON MIEF Why did you choose the MIEF program at SAIS? Do you feel the program has met your expectations? Meg Khosla: I chose the program for the strong focus on quantitative methods and economics and the intensive, fast pace. The cohort environment allows for close relationships between students and professors, as well as group learning among our classmates. The program has been created to consistently stretch you out of your comfort zone. Today, the way I conduct analysis and think about

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finance and economics is at a level I never anticipated attaining in this amount of time or to this degree of understanding. The professors, directors, and faculty have been amazing at addressing our needs and making sure each student is getting exactly, if not more than, what they want out of the program. To me, their commitment to the students and the program has been the foundation of its success. Sharjil Haque: Coming from a macroeconomic analyst role in my previous job, my main

criterion for choosing the MIEF was its focus on international macroeconomic policy. The program offers highly specialized courses in this area. The emphasis on econometric techniques for policy analysis was also a big attraction for me, since that is an area I felt I needed to develop for a career in this field.

full-time econ faculty members, which is the plan, it will allow us to cover the courses more effectively. With a bigger group, we can have more flexibility in who teaches what, when, and where. Ultimately, we’re hoping to keep it very globalized. We’re going to try to focus on recruiting people who are already in the workforce, working in central banks and finance ministries around the world in entry-level positions. Historically, if those people wanted to move up, they would have to leave and go back and get a PhD, but that can take five to six years. We’re going to work on convincing these organizations that if they send their promising young employees to this program for a year, hopefully, fully funded, we can send them back well tooled up and better able to do the upper-level policy work.

So far the program has been more than I could have asked for. All the courses have been highly intuitive and quantitatively rigorous. The classes are very interactive, and the professors are dedicated to ensuring that we really learn how to critically think and analyze policy issues. Arielle Guterman: Since starting the spring term,

“All the courses have

been highly intuitive and quantitatively rigorous. The classes are very interactive, and the professors are dedicated to ensuring that we really learn how to critically think and analyze policy issues. ”

−Sharjil Haque, MIEF student

I can appreciate the progression of the program’s courses and how they have built upon each other. Now, they are all proving useful as we take more electives and specialized courses.

Zhao Peng: The strength of the program is the very approachable faculty, with great expertise in their area of research and practice, and the practical approach to teaching.

What do you feel are the strengths of the MIEF program?

How has the MIEF program contributed to your career? If you have already secured a job for postgraduation, how has the program prepared you?

SH: The small class size has helped facilitate fascinating discussions on international policy issues. In addition, the diversity of students has brought a wide perspective on relevant topics, helping me grasp a subject far better than I ever thought I could.

team environments of many of my potential employers. ZP: The program offers me a competitive and unique perspective on policies, political economy, and their impact on the global capital market, which is essential in the area of asset allocation—particularly against the backdrop of the post-financial-crisis world.

MK: It has prepared me with a strong skill set that is directly marketable to employers. The group work and cohort nature of the program relate to the

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Xi Jinping’s China:

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Director of the China Studies Program

“I am concerned.

Not because severe domestic conflict within China and international struggle with it are inevitable, but because they are possible.�

The world is piling up great problems and uncertainties. The truly strategic state-level problems include Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Russia, and Syria. Monumental transnational challenges feature climate change, the need for higher and more equitable global economic growth, cyber threats, worldwide health problems, and terrorism. Though China currently is

an uncertainty rather than a grave strategic problem, given its scale, geographic position, centrality in the global economy, and growing military, uncertainty there is cause for concern. I am concerned. Not because severe domestic conflict within China and international struggle with it are inevitable, but because they are possible. If the uncertainties break bad, the Johns Hopkins University | 15


By David M. Lampton

consequences would change the trajectory of U.S.-China relations as well as regional and global affairs. Recent progress in U.S.-China relations notwithstanding, current circumstances are worrisome along two dimensions: China’s internal condition and Beijing’s external posture.

Among the domestic uncertainties is the question of how a most fundamental political system function, political succession, would be carried out if required any time soon. There is no clear heir apparent in the Party. Mao Zedong almost always had at least one plausible successor in the wings, though he frequently cast them off. Deng Xiao­ ping not only locked in his own immediate successor, Jiang Zemin, but also his successor’s successor, Hu Jintao. Hu Jintao had Xi Jinping visibly waiting off 16 | SAIS Magazine Spring 2015

center stage for half his administration’s 10-year life span. Today, however, were Xi Jinping suddenly to leave the scene, there is no obvious, politically secure successor and no institutionalized, legitimate political process to assure a peaceful transition. Essentially, what appears to be a somewhat divided Standing Committee of the Politburo would have to decide, and its capacity to smoothly do so is unclear. Because Xi is in his early 60s, actuarial tables suggest that the odds of his making it through his two anticipated political terms to late 2022 are reasonable—but things happen. Norms of collective decision making in the Party’s upper reaches had been strengthening over the preceding four decades, but now Xi is trying to resurrect a strongman leadership role that seemingly leaves less space for collective decision making. Xi’s anti-corruption campaign has many of the Party’s “tigers” either in its sights or scared that they will be. What if the strongman goes? Turning to contemporary domestic politics in Beijing, currently there is one school of thinking about Xi Jinping

However, it also is true that some of the rhetoric and policies coming out in the economic, educational, and propaganda realms are very worrying. Among these developments are open discussion of the need for the ideological rectification of intellectuals; continued warnings of the dangers of Western subversion of the Chinese political system and the emphasis on counterespionage in the newly created National Security

Commission; imposition of new economic regulations and restrictions that are affecting international business in China in quite adverse ways, particularly in the high-tech and Internet areas; and the way the anticorruption campaign is unfolding—where people fall and disappear, ensnared in the Communist Party’s judicial Leviathan that is nontransparent with no due process. There currently is a level of popular anxiety in China unseen for more than 25 years. True enough, there is no discernible popular opposition to crushing the corrupt “tigers” who have flourished over almost two decades—Xi’s efforts in this regard appear widely popular. Nonetheless, Xi is attacking his enemies on a broad front, using the old political playbook. Is he making more enemies than he can handle? Is the span of control he is accumulating exceeding the effective span of control of anyone? Can Xi write a new legal and political playbook, create a new, law-abiding political culture, when using the old playbook to consolidate power? Can he build an innovative and flexible future by clamping


and his political behavior that asserts (hopes?) he is tightening up on dissent, the Internet, universities, NGOs, the media, international contacts, and ideological orthodoxy in order to consolidate his power, win a solid majority on a new Standing Committee that he hopes to organize in 2017, and then pursue what people hope/believe might become a more liberal reform direction less encumbered by the opposition of various ideologically and economically driven interest groups and elements of the security and military structures. This line of thinking has some plausibility anchored in Xi’s economic reform initiatives of 2013 and calls for legal system change in 2014.

“Can Xi write a

new legal and political playbook, create a new, law-abiding political culture, when using the old playbook to consolidate power?”

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“Can Xi build an

innovative and flexible future by clamping down on the very elements of society that are central to that future?”

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down on the very elements of society that are central to that future? Does one open to the world by, to some extent, closing? At the moment, both inside and outside observers acknowledge the impressive progress Xi has made in consolidating his position. But this is a marathon, not a sprint, and he has a long way to go. And once he gets there, where is “there”? Beyond its own growing national strength, China’s external behavior derives from the internal politics described above and from the actions of others in the international system. Unfortunately, both internal and external forces are leading Beijing to take a more proactive—many would say “assertive”—role in international affairs, sometimes producing friction with near neighbors and distant powers, not least the United States and Japan. Xi’s effort to consolidate his domestic position, and the determination of the Chinese people to have more say in the international system, mean that Xi cannot be seen as weak domestically on “core national interests” abroad, on which Beijing’s leaders likely are unwilling to compromise in any event because

of their shared vision of China’s national identity, dignity, and geostrategic interests. Simultaneously, Xi desperately needs a stable external environment so he can devote his attention to internal challenges and maintain the growth and social stability that depend on one another, both of which are central to regime legitimacy. So when foreigners, near and far, are perceived to have adversely affected Chinese interests—such as when Japan “nationalized” the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in late 2012, or when the United States announced a seemingly muscular “pivot to Asia” in late 2011—Beijing often responds in ways that further aggravate the anxieties of its neighbors and Washington—such as nuzzling up to Russia and declaring an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea. If Xi is driven to choose between “his street” and the sensitivities of foreigners, there is little doubt as to which direction he will lean. Nationalism is a powerful and, to some extent, independent political force driving leadership behavior in China and throughout Asia. Furthermore, the Chinese

View of crowd at Wangfujing, Beijing, China.

“There currently is a level of

popular anxiety in China unseen for more than 25 years.”

military-industrial complex constantly is on alert for problems for which it is the “solution.” All of this adds up to the following: (1) Disorder at home or high levels of conflict abroad are not inevitable for China, but they are possible. (2) Domestic politics is a principal driver of China’s behavior abroad—the domestic realm has genuine uncertainties. (3) Constructively managing the Washington-TokyoBeijing relationship will be exceedingly important. (4) The United States should

emphasize the development of interdependence in its relationship with China and (5) simultaneously develop productive relations with as much of Asia as is feasible. And, (6) the United States must recognize that the foundation for U.S. comprehensive power is its own economic health, human resource base, and sound governance. A prerequisite for dealing effectively with the uncertain future is to address our own challenges as we maintain a watchful eye and a constructive predisposition.

David M. Lampton is the George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies and director of the China Studies Program at SAIS, as well as a Gilman Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University. He is past president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. His most recent book is Following the Leader: Ruling China, From Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping. In 2010, he was the inaugural recipient of the Scalapino Prize in recognition of his contributions to America’s understanding of Asia.

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U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS

Strengthening the

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“Korea is going to

matter, and there is so much research that needs to be done in Washington.” – Yong Shik Choo ’93, PhD ’03

Alliance By Jae H. Ku, PhD ’03 Director of the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS

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Seven former U.S. ambassadors to the Republic of Korea gather for the inauguration of the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS in 2006. From left to right: Alexander Vershbow, Thomas C. Hubbard, Stephen W. Bosworth, Christopher R. Hill, James T. Laney, Donald Gregg, and James R. Lilley.

IN JUST EIGHT YEARS, the U.S.-Korea Institute (USKI) at SAIS has become a premier hub of Korea-related research and activities in the Washington, D.C., area. Not bad for an idea that was conceived by two SAIS doctoral students over a couple of bottles of beer in the Nitze courtyard. Yong Shik Choo ’93, PhD ’03 would often say to me, “What D.C. really needs is a Korea center. Korea is going to matter, and there is so much research that needs to be done in Washington.” I agreed, but when we graduated, I went off to do postdoctoral studies; Choo stayed at SAIS to actualize his dream of establishing a Korea-centered institute. In 2006, Choo’s three years of hard work paid off. His networking and promotion of the concept led to a $400,000 grant from a think tank in Seoul to launch the U.S.-Korea Institute and the Korea Studies Program. A year later, I returned to SAIS to direct the USKI. Don Oberdorfer—the legendary Washington Post diplomatic correspondent and author

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Rounding out the “founding” members was Tae-Sik Lee ’88, the Republic of Korea’s ambassador to the United States, who paved the way for the Korea Foundation to support a five-year visiting professorship in the newly created Korea Studies Program. Without the support and the commitment of these SAIS graduates and SAIS leadership—embodied in former Dean Jessica P. Einhorn ’70 and Associate Dean John M. Harrington Jr., who encouraged and promoted the idea—the USKI and the Korea Studies Program could not have come into being. The Institute is now chaired by Stephen W. Bosworth, former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, who previously was dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Bosworth brings decades of experience with Korea, public service, and academia—a perfect fit for a SAIS-based think tank. Choo remains an integral part of the team as deputy chair; he is currently an assistant professor at Chung Ang University in Seoul. The many supporters of the USKI and the Korea Studies Program are actively raising funds to endow a chair in Korea Studies. In the meantime, Professor Kent E. Calder is serving as acting director; his former student Eunjung Lim PhD ’12 returned to SAIS as visiting assistant professor in the Korea Studies Program. The USKI’s mission is to deepen the two countries’ understanding of each other and to strengthen the alliance relationship. The Institute works to achieve this

mission by encouraging broad debate and dialogue among scholars, policymakers, students, NGO and business leaders, and the public on issues of great importance to U.S.-Korea bilateral relations. We do this through cutting-edge research, public and closed-door conferences, and cultivation of the next generation of Korea experts. For example, a recent report that garnered a lot of attention is Cell Phones in North Korea by Yonho Kim ’01, a Voice of America

“The USKI’s mission

is to deepen the two countries’ understanding of each other and to strengthen the alliance relationship. The Institute works to achieve this mission by encouraging broad debate and dialogue.”

reporter who specializes in North Korea. North Korea watchers hoped that societal changes, such as cellphone usage, would transform North Korean society and the regime’s bellicose behavior. Kim tempers this optimism, however, writing that “with a penetration rate of around 9 percent… North Korea seems to be far away from the threshold of a telecommunications revolution, and the regime remains stable, Johns Hopkins University | 23


of The Two Koreas—was teaching at SAIS at the time and agreed to be the Institute’s first chairman. Oberdorfer gave the USKI instant gravitas.

“To highlight South

Korea’s emergence as a G20 country, the USKI regularly partners with the Paris-based Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee to hold an international economic conference in the spring and fall.”

with no social disruption caused or supported by the mobile network.” The USKI also produces 38 North, an online journal devoted to analysis of North Korea. The next time you see satellite imagery of a potential North Korean nuclear test site or an imminent missile launch in the news, you can bet that it is based on 38 North analysis. Foreign Affairs reviewed 38 North in its book review section last year, and in the first two weeks of January 2015, 38 North was cited more than 800 times in the international media for its reporting on the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. In April 2014, 38 North was able to dispute South Korean government claims that a fourth North Korean nuclear test was imminent, as the journal’s analysis of commercial satellite imagery revealed high levels of activity were still visible at the site. Our mission is not only to engage policy experts but also to educate the public on

USKI Special Reports

Cell Phones in North Korea, by Yonho Kim ’01


Has North Korea Entered the Telecommunications Revolution?

Yonho Kim

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“Although North Korea is one of the world’s least penetrated markets, with a penetration rate of around 9 percent, the influx of mobile handsets could potentially undermine the authoritarian regime’s social control system,” writes Kim, a Voice of America reporter. “However,

North Korea seems to be far away from the threshold of a telecommunications revolution, and the regime remains stable, with no social disruption caused or supported by the mobile network.” Kim derives this conclusion from his research examining questions such as who owns cellphones in North Korea, how they are obtained,

U.S.-Korea relations. In that spirit, the USKI hosted the only public hearing in the United States by the Commission of Inquiry, which the U. N. Human Rights Council established to investigate the widespread human rights abuse in North Korea. Following the public hearing at SAIS in October 2013, the COI published its seminal report in 2014 that recommended the prosecution of North Korean leaders at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Not all of the Institute’s work is focused on North Korea. South Korea’s economic development has been deemed a miracle, having gone from being an aid-receiving country to becoming a donor in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation

how subscriber plans are set up, how North Koreans are using their cellphones, and how cellphones have changed social norms.

Labor Standards and South Korean Employment Practices in North Korea by Marcus Noland In this report, Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for Interna-

tional Economics and adjunct professor of Korea Studies at SAIS, explores the impact of South Korean labor practices in the Kaesong Industrial Complex—the joint North-South economic venture in North Korea. By 2012, South Korean firms operating in the KIC employed more than 50,000 North Korean workers.

and Development. To highlight South Korea’s emergence as a G20 country, the USKI regularly partners with the Paris-based Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee to hold an international economic conference during the spring and fall World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings. Last year, the spring conference at SAIS was officially sanctioned as a G20 event by the G20 host, Australia. We hope you will visit uskorea­ and for the latest on Korea. When you do, you will see the significant role SAIS is playing in this important bilateral relationship. Jae H. Ku PhD ’03 is director of the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS.

The ABCs of North Korea’s SEZs by Andray Abrahamian

Zones to serve as the main engine of that desired growth.

In recent years, North Korea has placed more emphasis on economic growth, resuming economic policy experimentation and putting in place new measures to attract foreign investment. More and more, Pyongyang seems to be placing its bets on developing Special Economic

In this report, Abrahamian, executive director of Choson Exchange, examines the political and economic drivers of North Korea’s SEZ development policy and its established zones and spotlights SEZs with the greatest growth potential.

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Dr. Jae H. Ku gives opening remarks at a special program in October 2014 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1994 U.S.-DPRK Agreed Framework, hosted at SAIS.


David P.

Calleo Retires From SAIS After 45 Years

“He also taught us

that by learning about Europe, we could learn about ourselves. In that way, he brought us together as a community.

­– Erik Jones B’89, ’90, PhD ’96, director of European Studies

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Noted intellectual, widely published author, and celebrated professor, Calleo created the school’s European Studies Program in 1969.

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DAVID P. CALLEO, Dean Acheson Professor at SAIS and University Professor of Johns Hopkins University, is retiring this year after more than four decades of teaching and research. Calleo served as founding director of the SAIS European Studies Program. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., Calleo began his college studies at Yale University in 1951. Following mentor Frederick Watkins’ encouragement, Calleo entered Yale Graduate School’s political science program, where he studied American politics and government under Harold Lasswell and Robert Dahl, earning a doctorate in 1959.

Calleo authored the first of his many books, Coleridge and the Idea of the Modern State, inspired by his dissertation. Yale University Press published it in 1966. The last chapter spells out links between the competing visions and controversies of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s time and clashes arising in the 1960s between Gaullist and federalist ideas of the state. Calleo’s second book, Europe’s Future: The Grand Alternatives, was followed in 1968 by Britian’s Future. Each of these three books was a critical and popular success. During this time, Calleo also worked as a consultant to the U.S. Under Secretary

“Calleo is one of the most thoughtful, multifaceted, and original scholarcommentators of his generation.” – J ohn L. Harper B’76, ’77, PhD ’81, professor of American foreign policy

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of State for Political Affairs. His experiences in government allowed him to observe decision making at a high level and inspired him to write The American Political System and The Atlantic Fantasy: The U.S., NATO, and Europe. These were followed

by America and the World Political Economy, the first of Calleo’s books written after he had joined SAIS. Ben Rowland ’70, PhD ’75, Calleo’s SAIS research assistant, was the co-author. The book won the Gladys M. Kammerer Prize, given by the American Political Science Association for the best book on American national policy. Over the following years, Calleo published six more major books: The German Problem Reconsidered; The Imperious Economy; Beyond American Hegemony; The Bankrupting of America; Rethinking Europe’s Future; and Follies of Power. In 1969, Calleo accepted a professorship at SAIS and agreed to establish a European Studies MA and PhD programs, linking the school’s Washington, D.C., and Bologna campuses. The MA program was built around a series of three comprehensive examinations, each based on a carefully drawn up syllabus— one in modern European history, one in the political economies of the major European states, and one in contemporary European foreign policies. The PhD program ranged widely. Calleo supervised more than

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40 doctoral students during his time at SAIS, launching them into careers in government, think tanks, international organizations, and academia. Graduates of the program continue to marvel at Calleo’s influence. Dana Allin B’85, ’86, PhD ’90 noted, “Professor Calleo taught me not just the craft, but the guiding ethos of scholarship.” Christopher Chivvis JHU’93, ’97, PhD ’04 added that “David’s mentorship and highest intellectual standards set a lasting example.” In October 2012, many of Calleo’s friends, colleagues, and former students gathered in Bologna, Italy, to honor him for his accomplishments, partake of his wisdom and special company, and reflect on and discuss his ideas. John L. Harper B’76, ’77, PhD ’81, professor of American foreign policy, wrote that “Calleo is one of the most thoughtful, multifaceted, and original scholar-commentators of his generation. His interests have ranged from the international economy to transatlantic relations to European integration to the history of ideas. Few contemporaries can match the grace and elegance of his prose.”

In 2012, Calleo stepped down from his position as director of European Studies. He was replaced by Erik Jones B’89, ’90, PhD ’96—student, friend, and fellow SAIS professor. Jones recalled that Calleo “convinced whole generations of students to look at European politics and society as a coherent whole—full of history, culture, and language rather than just some anemic aggregation of self-interest. He also taught us that by learning about Europe we could learn about ourselves. In that way, he brought us together as a community. Knowing and working with him has been a remarkable educational experience.” Over the years, many of Calleo’s students and colleagues have spent summers at the Casa Fangati, his residence on the island of Elba in Tuscany. For

“Professor Calleo taught me not just the craft, but the guiding ethos of scholarship.”

– Dana Allin B’85, ’86, PhD ’90

Calleo, Elba has long served as a refuge for finishing books, but even more as a gathering point for family, friends, and students. Calleo is married to Avis Bohlen, a U.S. foreign service officer (now retired) who has served as deputy chief of mission in Paris, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, and U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria.

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FACULTY INK “In this valuable account of the Cold War as European history, Mark Gilbert provides a crisp introduction to the politics of European governments and parties—East and West—in a divided continent. Thus he retrieves, and reclaims, the Europeans’ own agency in the Cold War—for good and bad. The paradoxical conclusion of this wide-ranging international history of politics is that the historical defeat of Soviet communism is ultimately premised on economics, on the superior efficacy of capitalism upon the socialist command economy.” — FEDERICO ROMERO, European University Institute

This compelling history of Europe’s Cold War follows the dramatic arc of the conflict that defined world politics in the second half of the twentieth century. Focusing on European actors and events, Mark Gilbert emphasizes the central role the conflict played in the postwar development of the continent. Rather than simply a strategic standoff between the superpowers, Gilbert argues, the Cold War was a social and ideological conflict that transformed Europe from Lisbon to Riga. Fast-paced and readable, this political, intellectual, and social history illuminates a conflict that continues to resonate today.

Mark GIlbert

is professor of international history at SAIS Europe, the Bologna Center of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.


“This outstanding overview of the huge and complex history of the Cold War puts Europe back where it belongs, at its very center, as this was not a bipolar contest between two superpowers. With immense erudition, Mark Gilbert presents a beautiful narrative and well-balanced analysis, giving due importance to actors and developments on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Gilbert brings events to life in snapshots, with colorful references to films, novels, and art that capture the essence of this huge ideological conflict. A powerful evocation of an era.” — BEATRICE HEUSER, University of Reading


“Mark Gilbert writes with clarity and verve, and the story he tells is a dramatic, Europe-wide one. His panEuropean approach allows him to reveal the deeper social and economic layers of the Cold War conflict as it played out across the continent, on both sides of the Iron Curtain.” — ANNE DEIGHTON, University of Oxford


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Asia in Washington: Exploring the Penumbra of Transnational Power, by Kent E. Calder (Brookings Institution Press, 2014) Asia in Washington explores the changing profile of the world’s premier political city in an increasingly global age and how the key nations of Asia work to influence it. Calder, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor, director of the Japan Studies Program, acting director of the Korean Studies Program, and director of

the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, details the public diplomacy and private lobbying efforts in the U.S. capital by China, India, Japan, South Korea, and several Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states. The volume highlights the rising influence of a volatile yet important “penumbra of power” surrounding the formal institutions of the U.S. government in setting both national and global agendas, while critically

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shaping outcomes. Collectively, this configuration makes U.S. foreign policy increasingly cosmopolitan and sensitive to emerging global problems, even as it presents dilemmas for American democracy and intensifies competition among Asian nations themselves. Asia in Washington reveals and documents a dimension of global governance of crucial importance to students of transpacific relations. Conflict, Crime, and the State in Postcommunist Eurasia, edited by Svante Cornell and Michael Jonsson (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) Conflict, Crime, and the State in Postcommunist Eurasia explores the relationship between ideologically motivated insurgents, profit-motivated crime, and state institutions in eight conflict zones. Using detailed case studies, the contribu-

tors demonstrate how the operations and incentives of insurgents emerge and shift over time. Cornell, director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and associate research professor at SAIS, and Jonsson, research fellow with the Institute for Security and Development Policy and a lecturer at the Department of Government at Uppsala University, show how the criminalization of state institutions continues

Incomplete Democracies in the Asia-Pacific: Evidence From Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand, edited by Giovanna Maria Dora Dore ’98, PhD ’12, Jae H. Ku PhD ’03, and Karl D. Jackson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) The SAIS research team—Dore, visiting scholar at SAIS; Ku, director of the U.S.-Korea Institute; and Jackson, C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Southeast Asia Studies and Prinat Apirat—analyze the state of democracy in Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand using findings from two SAIS surveys conducted in 2000 and 2011, in which 1,200

Continent, by Mark Gilbert (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014) Gilbert, professor of History and International Studies, focuses on European actors and events to analyze the conflict that shaped the development of the continent and defined world politics in the second half of the 20th century. Rather than simply a strategic standoff between the superpowers, Gilbert argues that the Cold War was a social and ideological conflict that transformed Europe— from Lisbon, Portugal, to Riga, Latvia.

and 4,000 respondents were interviewed, respectively. The book shows how mass attitudes and behaviors enable continued elite control and that the chronic problem of these four electoral democracies has been the lack of mobilized public demand for good governance.   International Relations of China (Eight-Volume Set), by Carla Freeman with Shaun Breslin and Simon Shen (Sage Publications Ltd., 2014) Freeman, associate research professor of China Studies and executive director of the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, and her colleagues have gathered diverse perspectives on China’s changing global role from leading scholars both in and outside of China. Each volume focuses on a different dimension of China’s international relations.

Atlantic Rising: The Changing Commercial Dynamics in the Atlantic Basin, edited by Daniel S. Hamilton ’79, PhD ’85, executive director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS (Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2014)

Cold War Europe: The Politics of a Contested

A New Atlantic Community: Generating

Growth, Human Development, and Security in the Atlantic Hemisphere—A Declaration and Call to Action, by Daniel S. Hamilton ’79, PhD ’85 (Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2014) Dark Networks in the Atlantic Basin: Emerging Trends and Implications for Human Security, edited by Daniel S. Hamilton ’79, PhD ’85 (Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2015) Global Flow Security: A New Security Agenda for the Transatlantic Community in 2030, edited by Daniel S. Hamilton ’79, PhD ’85 and Erik Brattberg, visiting fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS (Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2014) Advancing U.S.Nordic-Baltic Security Cooperation: Adapting Partnership to a New Security Environment,

Global Flow Security A New Security Agenda for the Transatlantic Community in 2030

Global Flow Security

Erik Brattberg and Daniel S. Hamilton, Editors The Center for Transatlantic Relations and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs have brought together strategists and experienced practitioners from many different countries to explore how long-term global trends may impact the future of critical global flows – in areas such as energy, resources, IT and communications, trade, ideas, technology, finance, and illicit flows. Policy recommendations focus on how the European Union and the United States can work together to help ensure the continuity and maintenance of these critical global flows as we look towards 2030. Authors include

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as a problem even after armed conflicts end. The book’s findings give us a better understanding of the challenges facing peacekeeping and state-building efforts in other parts of the world.

edited by Daniel S. Hamilton ’79, PhD ’85; Andrås Simonyi, managing director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS; and Debra Cagan, senior State Department fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2014)

Global Flow Security; and adapting partnership to a new security environment in Advancing U.S.-Nordic-Baltic Security Cooperation. Hamilton is also the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor.

Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets: Opportunities for Value Creation, by Roger Leeds ’70, PhD ’77 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) In this book, Leeds, director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy and senior research professor of International Finance, illustrates how private equity is uniquely suited to strengthening the performance of a broad range of businesses in emerging markets. He outlines how private equity can play a significantly larger role in strength-

Following the Leader: Ruling China, From Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, by David M. Lampton (University of California Press, 2014) In his latest book, Lampton, George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies and director of the China Studies Program, tells the story of China’s last 40 years from the

‘A fine collection of strategic thought.’ Journal of Military History ‘An essential text for anyone interested in the development of strategic ideas.’ Stephan Fruehling, Australian National University, Canberra ‘The new volume makes an excellent contribution to the study of strategy, and to the ongoing debate on the complexity of strategy and the connection between security and strategy. It is also a great and highly recommended teaching tool for advanced courses on strategic studies.’ Mohiaddin Mesbahi, Florida International University ‘By a wide margin this is the premier Reader in the field of strategic studies. For research as well as teaching, it is an invaluable resource.’ Colin S. Gray, University of Reading ‘A brilliant and, unlike most edited collections, coherent collection of essays by masters past and present on the theory and practice of strategy. A superb primer for any and all students of the subject.’ Eliot A. Cohen, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC

The second edition of Strategic Studies: A Reader brings together key essays on strategic theory by some of the leading contributors to the field. This revised volume contains several new essays and updated introductions to each section. The volume comprises hard-to-find classics in the field as well as the latest scholarship. The aim is to provide students with a wide-ranging survey of the key issues in strategic studies, and to provide an introduction to the main ideas and themes in the field. The book contains six extensive sections, each of which is prefaced by a short introductory essay: r r r r r r


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Working With the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies, by Brian Levy (Oxford University Press, 2014) Working With the Grain builds on cutting-edge scholarship and the author’s quarter-century of practical experience to lay out an innovative “with the grain� approach to governance reform and development policymaking. Levy, senior adjunct professor of International Development, directs attention away from “best prac-


This new edition will be essential reading for all students of strategic studies, security studies, military history and war studies, as well as for professional military college students.


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Overall, this volume strikes a balance between theoretical works, which seek to discover generalizations about the nature of modern strategy, and case studies, which attempt to ground the study of strategy in the realities of modern war.


ening both individual company performance and the private sector’s overall contribution to economic growth and development. Drawing heavily on actual investor experiences, Leeds demonstrates that the same inefficiencies and weaknesses that characterize business climates in emerging-market countries also open the door to outsized opportunities for investors.


The Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS, ranked again by the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Global Go-To Think Tanks survey as the No. 1 university think tank in Washington, D.C., continues its active publications series. Hamilton, the center’s executive director, and prominent experts explore energy and related trends in A New Atlantic Community; growing commercial interconnections among the four continents of the Atlantic Basin in Atlantic Rising; illicit Atlantic flows in Dark Networks; a new security agenda for the transatlantic community in 2030, in

perspective of its leaders. Using interviews, the book describes the weakening of Chinese leaders, the emergence of a more fragmented bureaucracy and society, and the development of an increasingly empowered citizenry. Following the Leader asks: Will Xi Jinping be able to restore the role of the strongman?



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tice” off-the-shelf blueprints toward “good fit” approaches that align alternative reform options and divergent country contexts. The aim is to initiate and sustain forward momentum—taking a decade-long horizon and seeking gains that initially may seem modest, but can sometimes give rise to a cascading sequence of change. Strategic Studies: A Reader (2nd ed.), edited by Thomas G. Mahnken ’89, PhD ’97 and Joseph A. Maiolo (Routledge, 2014) Mahnken, director of the Advanced Strategy Program at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies and senior research professor, joins with his co-editor to bring together key essays on strategic theory by some of the leading contributors to the field. This latest edition contains several new essays and updated introductions to each section. It comprises hard-to-find classics in the field, as well as the latest scholarship. The book aims to provide students with a wide-ranging survey of the key issues in

strategic studies, as well as an introduction to the main ideas and themes in the field. Strategy in Asia: The Past, Present, and Future of Regional Security, edited by Thomas G. Mahnken ’89, PhD ’97 and Dan Blumenthal ’00 (Stanford Security Studies, 2014) Based on the premise that the increasing strategic weight of the Asia-Pacific region warrants greater attention, Strategy in Asia, edited by Mahnken and Blumenthal, director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, establishes a new line of inquiry aimed at marrying the fields of strategic studies and Asian studies in order to help academics and practitioners address regional challenges. Specific attention is paid to Asia as a warfighting environment and to the warfighting traditions and current postures of the major Pacific nations, including the United States.  The Future of the Euro, edited by Matthias Matthijs B’02, ’03, PhD ’08 and Mark Blyth

(Oxford University Press, 2015) This book represents an attempt by political economists to scrutinize the fundamental causes of the euro crisis, determine how it could be fixed, and consider its possible futures. Matthijs, assistant professor of International Political Economy, and Blyth make three interrelated arguments about the euro’s problems, experience, and future and posit that any successful long-term solution to the euro’s predicament needs to start with the political foundations of markets. Regional Perspectives on Aid for Trade, by Michael G. Plummer (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2014) Plummer, SAIS Europe director and Eni Professor of International Economics, explores how deepening economic integration via regional cooperation has emerged as a key priority in the reform strategies of most developing economies over the past decade. He served as the head of the Development Division in the Trade and

Agriculture Directorate at the OECD in Paris from 2010 to 2012. Putin’s Grand Strategy: The Eurasian Union and Its Discontents, edited by S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell (Silk Road Studies Program, 2014) Putin’s Grand Strategy: The Eurasian Union and Its Discontents is the first book-length study of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s effort to create a Eurasian Union. Starr, chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program and senior research professor, and Cornell, director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and associate research professor at SAIS, explore the ideological origins and character of the project, focusing not only on Putin’s strategic objectives, but also on the tactics he employs to achieve them. The volume stresses the high degree of coordination Putin achieved among sectors of the Russian state that are accustomed to function as sovereign bureaucracies.

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Why I Chose the

Nanfei Yan, a student at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) in China, is spending this academic year in Nanjing taking international relations courses taught in Chinese to earn a Certificate in Chinese and American Studies. Yan, along with 14 classmates, will then come to Washington, D.C., in fall 2015 to complete her MA studies at SAIS. She is one of an increasing number of SAIS students with strong Chinese language skills who are choosing the HNC Certificate/SAIS MA option, thanks in part to generous financial aid provided by alumni of SAIS and the HNC. Yan spoke to SAIS Magazine about her motivations for choosing the program, her impressions of the HNC, and her career aspirations. What compelled you to apply to the HNC? Having grown up in a mostly Chinese-speaking American household, I was confident in

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my speaking and listening, but weak in reading and writing.

The HNC had the academic rigor I was looking for, while still offering an opportunity to immerse myself in Chinese language and culture. I knew I wanted to study in China, but the other programs I had looked into

were either all in English, or included only international students. The center offers a distinct student body consisting of both Chinese and international students, as well as a wide selection of courses to choose from. Furthermore, the HNC retains the same interdisciplinary SAIS approach and offers courses in law, economics, energy, and so forth. Coming from a background in science and technology, I have been able to continue a multifaceted style of learning at the HNC. What do you like best about your experience at the HNC? The serious answer would be the collaboration at work between Chinese and American academia. At the end of the day, it’s really the only experience of its kind. I can walk out of one class discussing social issues in China’s modernization and go into another class analyzing the economics of human relationships using game theory.

Spring in Nanjing! A school outing to pick strawberries and enjoy a simple lunch in the countryside near the HNC in March.

As a student, though, our experiences are also defined by life outside of classes. One of my favorite things about the HNC is enjoying the holiday celebrations. It’s great to celebrate holidays from both countries. It was very exciting to watch the Chinese students participate in Christmas decorations, join in on the caroling, and try eggnog for the first time. Over the break, some of my international classmates are going to visit the families of their Chinese roommates to celebrate the Spring Festival. Who is your favorite faculty member and why? My favorite Chinese faculty member is Professor Hua Tao. His courses often target the most pressing and con-

troversial aspects of Chinese society, such as minorities, environmental issues, and the gender imbalance. He teaches the content with a critical eye and encourages students to both ask and answer difficult questions. My favorite international faculty member is Professor Paul Armstrong-Taylor. His Economics of Strategy course was my most difficult course from the fall semester. It was incredible that he was able to convey the material to students who were new to game theory. It’s a sign of a great teacher when the assignments are stressful, the class is at eight in the morning, but the students still get excited about the class.

I am currently considering several career paths. Like many other SAIS students, working for the foreign service is a dream of mine. I hope that my time at the HNC serves to strengthen my foreign service application. I am also considering different routes in the private sector. Numerous HNC graduates have worked in consulting, as it is a field that is challenging and international in scope. I have been introduced to law at the HNC, so law school is another possibility. Many SAIS students come in with prior work experience. Personally, my work experience has helped me become more open-minded about different postgraduation career opportunities. While I may not have any plans set in stone for the future, I am confident about the possibilities.

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Cornelius C. Kubler PROFESSOR CORNELIUS C. KUBLER became the 14th American co-director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in August 2014. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the center’s affairs, along with the Chinese co-director. Prior to joining the HNC, Kubler served as Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies at Williams College, where he chaired the Department of Chinese, Asian Studies Program, and Department of Asian Studies, which he was instrumental in founding. Kubler’s 35 years of China-related experience includes serving as chair of the Department of Asian and African Languages at the Foreign Service Institute, direc-

tor of the U.S. Department of State’s Chinese field school in Taiwan, and Fulbright visiting professor of Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University. Kubler received his BA in linguistics and Chinese in 1972 and his MA in linguistics in 1975 from Cornell University; an MA in Chinese literature from National Taiwan University in 1978; and a PhD in linguistics from Cornell University in 1981. He is author or co-author of over 50 articles and 20 books on Chinese language and linguistics, including a new eight-volume series in basic and intermediate Chinese language. Co-Director Kubler looks forward to celebrating the 30th anniversary of the HNC in June 2016.


Michael G. Plummer PROFESSOR MICHAEL G. PLUMMER B’82 became the 10th Director of SAIS Europe in August 2014, where he is also ENI Professor of International Economics. Plummer was previously head of the Development Division of the OECD in Paris from 2010 to 2012 and a tenured associate professor at Brandeis University (1992-2001). He was a Fulbright Chair in Economics and Pew Fellow in International Affairs at Harvard University. He has been an economic advisor to the Asian Development Bank, various agencies of the UN, the World Bank, ASEAN, the Africa Capacity Building Foundations, and numerous governments in the Asia Pacific. Most recently, he has advised several

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governments on the Transpacific Partnership negotiations. He has published extensively in the areas of Asia-Pacific economic integration. He received his PhD in economics from Michigan State University. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Asian Economics (Elsevier), president of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies, and a nonresident senior fellow at the East-West Center. Director Plummer looks forward to greeting you at the SAIS Europe Signature Alumni Events in Washington, D.C., Berlin and London this fall. Dates and details at


JEFF AND SHARI ARONSON recently established the $10 million Aronson Center for International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Their gift will advance the capacities of SAIS and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to develop new solutions for intractable world problems and train new generations of global experts.

The center will support two professorships with dual appointments at SAIS and the Krieger School. The Aronson Distinguished Professor will be a senior academic leader and highly regarded scholar, who will guide cross-disciplinary efforts, oversee projects at both schools, and pursue an academic focus on topics

related to the Middle East. The Aronson Professor will be an expert in international relations and comparative politics, international economics and social development, or conflict resolution, who will partner with the Aronson Distinguished Professor to develop new and innovative approaches to the theory and practice of international relations. Both new Aronson Center professors will teach one undergraduate course per semester. The Aronsons’ gift also established the Aronson Center Endowed Fund, which will support new undergraduate intersession and summer experiential learning trips; enhance undergraduate experiences in


A $10 million gift from Jeff and Shari Aronson will establish joint professorships and support student experiences at SAIS and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to advance the study of international relations. Bologna, Nanjing, or other destinations; and provide funds for symposiums, for Krieger School undergraduate students to study at SAIS, and for shared scholarly projects and other endeavors of principal benefit to undergraduates. Improved Capacity for Research and Collaboration SAIS’ mission to educate and prepare the next generation of global leaders and the Krieger School’s diverse approach to the study of political science, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, and languages will be greatly advanced by the Aronsons’ contributions to joint professorships and student experiences.

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“With the Aron-

sons’ generous support, SAIS will benefit from two new faculty appointments, new opportunities to interact as partners with Krieger School colleagues, and improved capacity for evidence-based research.” —Vali Nasr, Dean

“With the Aronsons’ generous support, SAIS will benefit from two new faculty appointments, new opportunities to interact as partners with Krieger School colleagues, and improved capacity for evidence-based research,” asserts SAIS Dean Vali Nasr. “The Aronson Center will add greatly to the reputation and academic excellence of SAIS and Krieger and firmly establish Johns Hopkins as the destination institution for the study of international relations at all levels.” “Beyond the immediate advantages of two professorships and an endowment,” notes Beverly Wendland, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School,

“the Aronsons’ insightful gift will allow the Krieger School and SAIS to leverage a Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship, thereby strengthening the partnership between the two divisions even further. The Aronsons’ gift is a remarkable one in that it opens the door to so many possibilities.” The Aronsons’ commitment to advancing possibilities within the university is evident in their decades of volunteer service and generosity in support of professorships, scholarships, internships, and capital enhancements. In addition to serving as chair of the university’s board of trustees, Jeff Aronson is also a Johns Hopkins Medicine

Our New Aronson Center Partner: The Krieger School’s International Studies Program The interdisciplinary International Studies Program is the second-largest major in the Krieger School with more than 100 students matriculating in each class year. Students take courses in political science, history, economics, and languages, while learning to think critically and clearly about the most pressing global challenges. Special study abroad programs allow students to spend their junior year at SAIS Europe or at Sciences Po in Paris. Upon completion of the major, students go on to careers in government, academia, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. In the fall of 2014, the International Studies Program was awarded a prestigious Department of Education Grant to establish a new Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Initiative.

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trustee and a member of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences advisory board. Shari Aronson is a member of the advisory board of the Washington-Baltimore Program in Social Policy at the Krieger School. The Aronsons’ dedication to the university is furthered by the fact that Jeff Aronson A&S ’80, and daughters Marni A&S ’13, and Nicole A&S ’15, are all proud graduates of the Krieger School. “Our goal is to build a stronger bridge between two great Hopkins schools,” explains Jeff Aronson. “At the faculty level, the Aronson Center will bring together a greater variety of experts to collaborate on thorny problems in international studies and make the world a more just and peaceful place. At the student level, the center will provide even greater opportunities for young people to learn from and work with the very best thinkers—and doers—in the field.” Adds Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, “Jeff and Shari’s visionary gift reflects their unwavering dedication to Johns Hopkins, their perceptive evaluation of a key area for our growth, and their support for One University—

our initiative for creating greater connections among our campuses. Through SAIS and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins already maintains an extensive presence around the world. The Aronson Center will bring new resources and attention to our work in international studies and increase the global impact of our faculty and students.”

“O  ur goal is to

build a stronger bridge between two great Hopkins schools,”

—Jeff Aronson A&S ’80 Chair, JHU board of trustees

The Aronsons’ gift will be counted toward Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins, a historic $4.5 billion effort in support of the faculty, students, and clinicians of Johns Hopkins. The Aronson Center gift has helped the campaign exceed the $3.0 billion mark.

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ALUMNI LIFE Dear Alumni and Friends, As the newest member of the SAIS family, the best part of my new role is getting to know our many alumni and friends around the world. I am eager to hear your stories, and in turn, we are looking forward to sharing our news with you more frequently. After hearing many of your views, we have decided to replace the annual SAISphere publication with SAIS Magazine, published two times per year, featuring the same in-depth profiles of alumni, faculty, and students and the latest news about SAIS—only on a more frequent basis. This will allow the global SAIS community to stay closer than ever.

“Please let me

know what’s on your mind or how to improve SAIS Magazine. I look forward to hearing from you.”

With the redesign of the SAIS website and additional channels of communication currently being developed, we think you will enjoy the many new ways by which we plan to communicate the future goals and direction of the school. Please let me know what’s on your mind or how to improve SAIS Magazine. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely,

Kim Morton, Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

Kim Morton became associate dean for Development and Alumni Relations in January 2015. In this role, she leads a team of development and alumni relations professionals as they work to build community among alumni and secure the resources essential to the SAIS mission. Prior to joining SAIS, she was senior director of Development for the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She was previously a major gifts officer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, responsible for the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and a JD and MA in international affairs from The George Washington University.

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SARAH B. O’HAGAN ’86, Co-Chair, International Rescue Committee CHAIR


FISHER ’91, Chief Administration Officer, KKR & Co. LP

ROBERT J. ABERNETHY JHU’62, President, American Standard Development Company; President, Self Storage Management Company DAVID H. BERNSTEIN JHU’57, Consultant, Carisam-Samuel Meisel Inc.

DOUGLAS CARLSTON ’71, Chief Executive Officer, Tawala Systems Inc. JERRY M. DE ST. PAER ’66, Senior Advisory Partner, Grail Partners LLC PETER M. DRITTEL ’84, Senior Advisor, Incapture Investments

LUDOVICO FEOLI, Executive Director, Center for InterAmerican Policy & Research, Tulane University LINDA W. FILARDI ’83, Senior Counsel, Sponsor Finance Group, GE Capital, Americas

PROFILE: Sarah B. O’Hagan, chair, SAIS board of advisors

board co-chair, International Rescue Committee

BACKGROUND: Sarah O’Hagan is a former reporter and communications consultant who has served for more than a decade as a board member, fundraiser, and advocate for nonprofit institutions engaged in humanitarian relief, development, and higher education. Co-chair of the International Rescue Committee since 2010, she has been an IRC board member or overseer since 1998. Since 1996, she has traveled frequently to IRC programs in countries across central Europe, Africa, and Asia, and regularly speaks to IRC supporters and audiences about their work on behalf of refugees and the displaced.

From the mid-1980s through the 1990s, she worked in print and television journalism for Institutional Investor magazine, CNN, and ABC News Tokyo and was a managing director for Clark & Weinstock in New York City. In 2014, in addition to her work with nonprofit organizations, she served as a consultant for the Global Business Coalition for Education, under the auspices of the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education. EDUCATION: Johns Hopkins SAIS, MA; Wesleyan University, College of Letters, BA OTHER POSITIONS: She is a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University and serves on the board of the Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation for the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University. She is an advisory council member of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings and a member of the Women and Foreign Policy group at the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a founding board

member of Summer Search New York City, working to provide mentoring and college access for at-risk high school students from 2002 to 2012. SAIS CONNECTION: She received her MA in Latin American Studies from SAIS and was a research assistant to Professor Riordan Roett. While at SAIS,

“I regard SAIS as the nation’s

premier laboratory for the study and development of the toolkit necessary to foster global development, practice effective diplomacy, and comprehend the economic and political forces driving nations and regions today.

she worked for Coca-Cola in Brazil as the Center for Brazilian Studies summer intern and also received a fellowship from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. She joined the SAIS board of advisors in October 2007 and became chair in October 2014. INFLUENTIAL BOOK: The Hedgehog and the Fox by Isaiah Berlin

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PAMELA P. FLAHERTY ’68, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Citi Foundation PETER A. FLAHERTY B’67, ’68, Managing Director, Arcon Partners LLC

ALAN H. FLEISCHMANN ’89, Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group, Co-Founder and Managing Director, ImagineNations Group LOUIS J. FORSTER JHU’82, ’83, Partner, Green Visor Capital

DAVID T. FUHRMANN ’82, Former Partner/ Owner, Glenwood LLC

RICHARD P. GILDEA B’83, ’84, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

SHAFIK GABR, Chairman and Managing Director, ARTOC Group for Investment and Development

JOHN GRAHAM ’79, Partner and Portfolio Manager, Rogge Global Partners

PROFILE: Todd A. Fisher ’91, vice chair, SAIS board of advisors

member & chief administrative officer, KKR & Co. LP New York City

BACKGROUND: Todd Fisher joined KKR in 1993. As the company’s global chief administrative officer, he is responsible for all business operations functions (finance, legal, information technology, human resources, risk, public affairs, and office operations) as well as coordination across the firm on strategy, risk management, and control infrastructure. He also oversees the firm’s real estate investment business. He chairs KKR’s Management Committee and Risk Committee and sits on the Real Estate Investment and Portfolio committees. He was a founding member of KKR’s European private-equity business in 1999 and lived in London from 1999 to 2010. Prior to joining KKR, he worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City and for Drexel Burnham Lambert in Los Angeles. EDUCATION: Johns Hopkins SAIS, MA; The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, MBA; Brown University, BA OTHER POSITIONS: He is a trustee of Brown University, a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council (where he chairs the finance committee), and a member of the advisory board of the Clinton Health Access Initiative. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. SAIS CONNECTION: He completed the joint SAIS/ Wharton degree. As a Latin American Studies concentrator, he particularly recalls his many classes with Professor Riordan Roett, as well as the course he took with Professor Fouad Ajami.

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INFLUENTIAL BOOKS: The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes by Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan; The Other Path by Hernando de Soto; From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman

“SAIS was very influential

on the way I think, how I have conducted my career, and my passion for all things international. SAIS continues to have a differentiated platform to educate future global leaders and impact the dialogue on so many important international issues. I am excited to play a role in helping SAIS navigate this complex environment and reach its full potential.

FRANK ISLAM, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FI Investment Group LLC

KATHLEEN M. PIKE B’81, JHU’82, JHU’83, Professor of Psychology, Executive Director and Scientific Co-Director, Global Mental Health Program, Columbia University

LEE S. KEMPLER ’91, Managing Director, BlackRock Inc.

FRANK SAVAGE ’64, Chief Executive Officer, Savage Holdings LLC

KEVIN J. KINSELLA ’69, Managing Member, Avalon Ventures

BERNARD L. SCHWARTZ, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BLS Investments LLC

JOANNE LEEDOMACKERMAN JHU’69, Writer JOSEPH E. LIPSCOMB ’91, Co-Founder and Partner, Arborview Capital TERRI MCBRIDE ’99, Chief Operating Officer, EMEA Organisation Practice, McKinsey & Co. JILL MCGOVERN, President, M&M Enterprises; Senior Consultant, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University ARIA MEHRABI ’98, Principal, Pacific Star Capital LLC L. PETER O’HAGAN ’87, Executive in Residence, Energy & Infrastructure Group, KKR & Co. LP NED S. OFFIT JHU’87, ’93, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Offit Capital

CEDAR SIDAR B’06, ’07, Managing Director, Sidar Global Advisors GEORGE SIGULER, Managing Director, Siguler Guff & Company LP GARY M. TALARICO ’83, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gordon Brothers Group THOMAS B. TESLUK B’81, ’82, Managing Director, Sequent Consulting LLC

SAIS EUROPE ADVISORY COUNCIL THOMAS B. TESLUK B’81, ’82, Owner and Managing Director, Sequent Consulting LLC CHAIR

ROBERT J. ABERNETHY JHU’62, President, American Standard Development Company; President, Self Storage Management Company

JAMES ANDERSON B’81, Partner/CIO, Baillie Gifford Investment Managers

WILHELM HEMETSBERGER B’85, Chairman, Ithuba Capital AG

MICHAEL BOSCO B’87, JHU’88, Head of U.S. Practice EMEA, DLA Piper International; Special Assistant to the Chairman, Libyan Investment Authority

THOMAS JETTER B’83, Chairman of the Board, Sirona Dental Systems Inc. HANNS KOENIG B’12, ’13, Executive Assistant to Prof. Roland Berger, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants


ANDREAS MAILATHPOKORNY, Executive Councilor for Cultural Affairs and Science, City of Vienna

ALLISON CARRAGHER B’13, ’14, Junior Advisory Council Member, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State NICHOLAS CORTEZI B’87, JHU’88, MIPP’08, Chief Executive Officer/ Owner, All Risks Limited, Ltd. GIUSEPPE DE VERGOTTINI, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Bologna; Lawyer in Rome and Bologna, Italy MARCO DELL’AQUILA B’85, ’86, Chairman, Power Capital ANNE ERNI B’85, JHU’86, ’90, Former Head of Human Resources, Bloomberg LP MARTIN FRAENKEL B’83, ’84, Global Head of Energy, CME Group

JILL MCGOVERN, President, M&M Enterprises; Senior Consultant, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University ERIC D. K. MELBY B’71, ’72, ’78, Founding Partner at the Snowcroft Group GUGLIELMO ANTONIO CLAUDIO MOSCATO, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gas Mediterraneo & Petrolio Srl (GMP) NANEEN NEUBOHN B’63, ’64, Former Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley ROBERTO NICASTRO, General Manager, UniCredit Spa EMILIO OTTOLENGHI, President, La Petrolifera Italo Rumena

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LAURENCE E. HIRSCH ’05, Chairman, Highlander Partners LP


JOHN PARACHINI B’87, ’90, Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation STEFANO POSSATI, President, Marposs Spa NICOLE SALINGER B’60, Director in charge of Special Projects, Louvre Museum GEORGIA SANTANGELO DERRICO B’69, Founder, Chairwoman, and Chief Executive Officer, Sonabank; Partner, Santangelo and Sandridge RAFFAELE SANTORO B’60, Consultant ROBERT SINGER JHU’72, Member of Board of Directors, Mead Johnson Nutrition; Versace; Coty; Jimmy Choo; Tiffany & Co. STEPHEN VICINELLI, Managing Director and Deputy Chief Investment Officer, The Investment Fund for Foundations ROMANO VOLTA, President, Datalogic Spa; Former President, Industrialists’ Association ALISON VON KLEMPERER B’86, ’89, Owner/Partner

JACK G. WASSERMAN B’64, Lawyer; Director, Icahn Enterprises LP and Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc. EDWARD T. WILSON B’68, PhD ’72, Owner, Fund for Fine Arts Inc. HONORARY

GEORGES BERTHOIN, Honorary European Chair, Trilateral Commission ALOIS MOCK B’58, Former Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Former Vice Chancellor of Austria ROMANO PRODI, President, Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation; Former Prime Minister of Italy; Former President of the European Commission EX OFFICIO

RONALD J. DANIELS, President, Johns Hopkins University VALI R. NASR, Dean of SAIS, Professor of International Relations MICHAEL G. PLUMMER, Director, SAIS Europe; ENI Professor of International Economics

HOPKINSNANJING COUNCIL JOHN LIPSKY, Chair, Senior Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute; Former Acting Managing Director, IMF WILLIAM R. BRODY, President, Salk Institute for Biological Studies; President Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University GERALD CHAN, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Morningside Technologies; Director, Hang Lung Properties Ltd.

PETER D. NICKERSON, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Growth Link Trade Services Co. Ltd DANIEL W. OFFIT ’95, N’95, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Offit Capital JOSHUA PERLMAN N’95, Managing Director, Tristate

DAVID CHEN, Vice President, Microsoft

JOSEPH TSE, Partner, Deloitte China

LAURA CHEN, Managing Director, Sterling Capital Investments Ltd.; Executive Chair, ZaShen Foundation

YUNQING (HELEN) YAN N’95, Group Communications Director, Sanofi

SUNNY DUPREE, Attorney Mediator DAVID FREY ’95, Partner, KPMG Asia Pacific (China) ALAN G. HASSENFELD, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Hasbro; President, Hassenfeld Family Foundation F. RICHARD HSU, President, J.T. Tai and Co. Foundation

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JILL MCGOVERN, President, M&M Enterprises; Senior Consultant, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University

SHIRLEY S. L. YANG JHU ’99, ’01, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine BENJAMIN YEUNG, Executive Chairman, Far East Resources Group; Chairman, Samuel Pollard Foundation



After nearly 12 years, JÜRGEN GLÜCKERT B’62 is stepping down as president of the SAIS Alumni German chapter, but remaining as a member of the chapter’s board. The group comprises of about 550 Johns Hopkins University alumni, of which some 378 are SAIS-affiliated. Since his student days, Glückert has recognized the importance of a strong alumni network in Germany and has actively participated in alumni activities. In his leadership role, he has supported SAIS not only financially, but also by investing his hard work, time, and energy to keep the community connected. He initiated an annual two-day event in Berlin, which takes place in October and welcomes nearly 50 alumni every year. Part of the program features an academic panel made up of SAIS Faculty members and other important speakers. During his presidency, Glückert made fellowships for German and other students a priority for the chapter’s increasingly successful fundraising activity. Additionally, he helped foster excellence in teaching at SAIS Europe. He was engaged in the

Jürgen Glückert Leads Germany’s SAIS Alumni for Three Decades establishment of the Steven Muller Chair in German Studies at SAIS Europe in Bologna in 1996, a fundraising initiative that received broad alumni support. The Steven Muller Chair has been supported by alumni, friends, and corporations in Germany over the years. SAIS alumni specifically wanted to name the Chair after Steven Muller, the former Johns Hopkins University President and SAIS Europe Advisory Council Honorary Member who passed away in January 2013. Glückert is a lawyer who has focused on environmental and company law with particular attention to mining. He is a member of the Society for Environmental Law in Germany.

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“Penny Per Pound”

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rights organization launched in part by two SAIS alumni to eliminate injustice in Florida’s tomato industry—is no stranger to prestigious awards. But its latest honors are particularly impressive. In January, CIW received the 2015 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented the award on behalf of President Barack Obama at a White House Forum on Human Trafficking. A few months earlier, in September 2014, the Clinton Global Initiative also recognized the human rights group. Greg Asbed ’90 and Laura Germino ’91 helped found the CIW in 1993 as a human rights group focused on community organizing with farmworkers. Its Fair Food Program, which unites consumers and farmworkers to end exploitation in agricultural industries, has led 13 food retailers— including McDonald’s, Subway, and Whole Foods— to sign Fair Food agreements. The Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, representing 90 percent of that state’s tomato industry, also agreed to implement CIW’s Fair Food principles. “This award is going to tens of thousands of people,” Asbed said at the White House ceremony, “from our fellow CIW members, who … have refused to be treated as second-class citizens, to the growers, who have taken so many courageous steps out of the bitter past and toward a more modern, more humane future for Florida agriculture.”

The coalition has grown to encompass not only the Fair Food Program but also anti-trafficking initiatives and worker-driven social responsibility programs. CIW is also known for its contributions to the U.S. Department of Justice’s anti-trafficking unit and the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000.

This award is going to “tens of thousands of

people, from our fellow CIW members, who … have refused to be treated as second-class citizens, to the growers, who have taken so many courageous steps out of the bitter past and toward a more modern, more humane future for Florida agriculture. —Greg Asbed ’90

In 2010, Germino received the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Hero Award for CIW’s Anti-Slavery Campaign. The organization continues to work on its campaign with Germino as its coordinator and has freed more than 1,200 workers from involuntary servitude and captivity. The coalition’s humanitarian achievements have been recognized with many other awards, including the 2007 Anti-Slavery Award from Anti-Slavery International and the 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.

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Social Entrepreneurship CULTIVATING


THIS YEAR MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY of my year at SAIS in Bologna, Italy, one of the best years of my life. If Professor Emerita Grace Goodell and her wonderful Social Change and Develop­ment Program had been in place then, my life may have taken a different turn. Studies at SAIS cemented my interest in minorities, a theme that has accompanied me since my birth in Scotland to a German mother and a first-generation Italian Scot. I abandoned work as a simultaneous interpreter/translator to attend SAIS. From Bologna, I went to Indonesia as a volunteer teacher of English as a second language for staff at an agricultural university.

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I later decided that I wanted to work in South America. I donned a backpack and, after an epic overland trip, settled in Ecuador, where I learned Quechua to facilitate my medical anthropology research with indigenous healers, from the high Andes to the Amazon basin. After six years, I moved with my Argentine husband to Peru to “settle down” and work as a journalist, covering the civil war. With heavy hearts, and two sons later, we left for security reasons. Peru remains one of my favorite places. My last work experience in South America was in Bahia, Brazil. For two years, I helped organize street children in Los Alagados,

one of the most deprived areas in the world. One of the children I worked with is now studying law and has written a book about his community involvement. For the past 20 years, home has been Montreal, where I set up a cross-cultural training business. It allows me to apply my overseas and language skills in helping the young and the old, volunteers, and business or government employees to be more personally and professionally effective in other cultures. Now retired, I am writing a book.

A few years and much soulsearching later, I’m working as an institutional adviser with

Alterna Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. We cultivate social entrepreneurs— our secret sauce is an “Accompaniment” program that offers customized business consulting adapted for local conditions as these companies grow. Take Al Natur, for instance. Mario Sanchez is a delightful man who runs a retail shop dedicated to local Guatemalan organic and fair-trade products—coffee, chocolate, face creams, textiles, granola—plus an espresso bar, and much more. Mario had a great idea and a small shop. Since he joined our cultivation program, Al Natur has moved to a more central location, has up-

dated its merchandising, and is using Alterna financial tracking tools. As a result, Mario has increased his sales by 300 percent and is growing a vital market for local producers. (I confess that I also visit regularly to buy granola and drink incredible hot chocolate with a variety of spices—vanilla is my favorite.) Supporting Alterna’s work with social entrepreneurs as passionate as Mario has been rewarding on both a personal and professional levels, providing me with a hands-on way to “give forward.”


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SEVERAL DECADES AFTER LEAVING SAIS, I find myself launched into a new career, supporting social enterprises that change the way business is done around the globe. This comes in the midst of a transformative social movement dedicated to using new business models to find solutions for social, environmental, and economic problems. Believe me, it wasn’t obvious when the hedge fund where I worked closed its doors. I knew I wanted to reboot my career and do something in support of the planet and communities. The question was how to go about it.


Third Anniversary of

Women’s Leadership

Washington, D.C., career networking

“Women’s empower­

ment is no longer seen as just an end in itself, but the key to unlocking social, political, and economic potential in all countries.”

TODAY, individuals and institutions around the world realize that promoting women to leadership roles is necessary in order for organizations and societies to flourish. Women’s empowerment is no longer seen as just an end in itself, but the key to unlocking social, political, and economic potential in all countries. Any international relations program hoping to prepare the next generation for the issues of tomorrow needs to address women’s leadership in a dynamic and nuanced fashion. Given its commitment to taking on cutting-edge issues to solve global problems, SAIS is well-positioned to be a leader in this area. It is for this reason that we founded both SAIS Global Women in Leadership (GWL), a student organization, in September 2012, and the SAIS Women’s Alumni Network (SWAN), a global alumni network, in December 2013. Both organizations focus on leveraging the power of women’s leadership as a global problem-solving tool—the key to tackling many of the challenges facing countries and companies. Since 2012, GWL has amplified the voice of women leaders at SAIS in key issue areas. Its first confer-

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Sara O’Rourke ’13

SWAN’s New York hub launch

ence in 2013, which highlighted women’s economic empowerment in emerging markets, attracted more than 200 attendees from graduate schools and major international relations and foreign policy institutions in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization built on this success during the 2014 conference, which addressed the power of technology to help women advance and drew more than 300 participants.

featuring speakers from the World Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Golden Seeds investment firm, as well as a number of other startup organizations.

Meanwhile, in its first year, the alumni group SWAN has established a presence in three cities (London, New York City, and Washington, D.C.), attracted more than 400 members, and assembled an executive committee composed of alumni deeply committed to the future of SAIS and Johns Hopkins. The activities of both groups have worked to integrate the SAIS community, including students and alumni, as they forge a pathway for women’s advancement. Looking to the future, 2015 promises to be another exciting year. On April 3, GWL held its third annual conference, “Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise,”

Also this year, SWAN will expand into Brussels, formalize its support for GWL, build its organizational core, and develop its first global initiative, which will bring together all hubs for a common purpose. Our ultimate goal is to found a formalized, cocurricular Institute for Global Women’s Leadership, which will bring together various disciplines across Johns Hopkins and utilize strategic partnerships with organizations in all sectors in order to imagine and pilot new solutions in the area of women’s leadership. We look forward to building on the successes of the women’s leadership groups at SAIS to make this goal a reality—and would welcome your support on our journey. SARA O’ROURKE ’13 is founder of GWL and SWAN and serves as director of SWAN. CAROLINE SMEALLIE ’15 and SEETHAL KUMAR ’15 are co-presidents of GWL.

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Yao Yang N’11 1 welcomed fellow alumni and newly admitted students to this social gathering at Golden Bridges Courtyard.


Beijing: Cocktails and Conversation


Jakarta: Reception at Ambassador’s Residence


Manila: Happy Hour and Dinner


Taipei: Meeting Over Dinner


JAKARTA U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake Jr. ’84, Amanda Stek ’13, and Suzie Sudarman ’94 welcomed fellow alumni to this reception.


MANILA SAIS alumni led by Raghavan Srinivasan ’11 and visiting student-interns gathered at Alba. FROM LEFT Philip Erquiaga ’81, Shirlene Yee N’12, Raghavan Srinivasan ’11, Conor Cronin ’15, Gian Gozum ’15, John Ziegler ’15, and Daniel Pajank B’09, ’10


SINGAPORE Professor William Wise, associate director of the Southeast Asia Studies Program, spoke on “SAIS in Singapore: The Earliest Days” at this alumni gathering organized by Mark Garlinghouse N’91 at the Post Bar at the Fullerton Hotel. FROM LEFT Mark Garling­ house N’91, Gregory Ross ’09, Ronna Freiberg, Professor William Wise, Ai Ghee Ong N’07, ’09, Scott Davidson ’79, and Kai Jiun Wong ’13


TAIPEI Chi Su ’75 greeted fellow SAISers at Rama Thai. FROM LEFT Jen-Ching Kao ’12, Chi Su ’75, Ming Lee ’84, James Chang, Cheng Wang ’99 and his wife, Fenny Lee, Mrs. Sayer and Irwin Sayer ’52, Alison Davis ’89, and Roy Wilkins ’06


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Singapore: Alumni Host Professor Wise

Tokyo: Dinner With a View


Hanoi: Professor Fred Brown Celebration


Dubai: Wine and Cheese

TOKYO Shoichiro Odagaki ’69 and Amparo Menendez-Carrion ’75, PhD ’85 welcomed fellow alumni to dinner at the Grand Arc Hanzomon, overlooking the Imperial Palace, Diet Building, and Tokyo Tower. FROM LEFT Makiko Yamamoto B’06, ’07, Shoichiro Odagaki ’69, Rei Anno ’16, Erina Iwami ’16, Kiyohiko


HANOI The Government Guest House, an elegant French-era building in the heart of Hanoi, was the venue for a SAIS alumni event organized by Marcus Taussig ’00, professor at the National University of Singapore, and other devoted students and former colleagues of Professor Fred Brown, the founder of the Southeast Asia Studies program at SAIS. Attending the event were upwards of 50 Vietnamese who studied with Professor Brown at SAIS and have gone on to become ambassadors and high-level officials in the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Many other former students and colleagues (including current U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius ’89, Professor William Wise, Bridget Welsh, and Professor James Riedel) traveled to Hanoi from far and wide to participate in this event, at which Professor Brown was presented with a medal by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a certificate as an honoree of the Vietnamese Union of Friendship. The event coincided with the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam. Many participants reflected on the troubled past and the promising future relationship between the two countries and the important contribution Professor Brown made to that positive development.


Fukushima, Shogo Asaji ’90, John Chesen ’95, and Yoko Yamoto ’05; back row: Michiko Taki ’97, Kenichi Kawamoto ’97, Umio Otsuka ’98, Kunihiko Shimada ’02, Kohei Matsumoto ’16, Tadashi Kanda ’16, Sachiko Ohi ’88, Amparo Menendez-Carrion ’75, PhD ’85, Yusuke Makino ’07, and Naoko Takahashi



DUBAI SAIS alumni, led by Vahid Fotuhi ’02, got together at Media One Hotel at the Dubai Marina.


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JERUSALEM SAIS alumni got together with Forsan Hussein ’05, who spoke and led guests on an exclusive tour of the Jerusalem YMCA, where he serves as CEO.



Jerusalem: Second “SAIS Salon”


Budapest: Chinese New Year


London: SWAN Organizational Meeting


Berlin: Annual Alumni Meeting

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Bologna Alumni Weekend

E U R O P E BOLOGNA Alumni gathered for a weekend of cultural events, academic and student career mentoring panels, back-to-class sessions, tours of Bologna, and social gatherings. FROM LEFT: Donatello Osti B’09, ’10, Marika Cioffi B’09, ’10, and Michael Manetta B’09, ’10


BUDAPEST Anna Ho ’11 greeted guests at this celebration. FROM LEFT: Zoltan Kettinger, Peter Solyom B’93, Gabor Dinnyes B’83, Anna Ho ’11, Boldizsar Nagy B’85, and Emese Szontagh B’87


LONDON Alumni gathered for the SAIS Women’s Alumni Network London organizational launch at McKinsey & Co., where they introduced the network’s vision, identified potential leaders, and discussed and gained feedback on program– ming ideas. FROM LEFT: Caroline Poeschl B’06, ’07, Karolina Laskowska B’06, ’07, and Camilla ter Haar B’06, ’07


BERLIN The SAIS German Alumni Chapter met at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik with SAIS Europe Director Michael G. Plummer, who discussed “TTIP: Engine of Global Growth or Blight of European Standards and Culture?” The talk centered on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States. FROM LEFT : Eva Festi B’10, ’11, Lena Diesing B’10, ’11, Isabel Hofmann B’10, ’11, and Julia Schilling B’10, ’11


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Munich: Dinner With the Dean




Boston: Lunch With Professor Cohen


BOSTON SAIS alumni met at

the Union Club of Boston for an afternoon of socializing and conversation with Professor Eliot Cohen, director of the Strategic Studies Program, who gave a talk titled, “The World Really Is Going to Hell.” FROM LEFT: Rafael Santoro ’60, Judy Mehring, Wilfried Mehring ’57, Professor Eliot Cohen, and Rory Phimister ’98 NEW YORK Alumni joined Professor David M. Lampton, director of SAIS China, who spoke on his book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, From Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, in cooperation with the SAIS NY Alumni Club, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the New York Institute of Technology at the NYIT Auditorium. FROM LEFT: Professor David M. Lampton and Anika Penn ’10



New York: Professor Lampton’s Book Launch

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NEW YORK At KPMG LLP, the SAIS NY Alumni Club presented “Forging New Paths: Leveraging Your SAIS Degree for Entrepreneurial Pursuits,” which showcased a distinguished panel of SAIS alumni, who shared their stories and strategies on the peaks and pitfalls of innovative career pursuits. FROM LEFT: Claudio Felix ’01, Kate Maloney ’02, and Gabriel Morris ’01


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Networking With SWAN

MUNICH SAIS alumni joined Dean Vali Nasr for an evening of lively conversation.





Monticello ’10, fellow alumni, and student interns got together for cocktails and conversation with Professor Francisco González, LASP, at Baco Vino y Bistro. FROM LEFT:

NEW YORK New York City members of SWAN had a large turnout for their first career networking event held at Wined Up. FROM LEFT: Leela Ramnath ’08, Emily Howells B’07, ’08, and Yumi Kim B’07, ’08


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Roxana Martinelli ’16, Kathleen Monticello ’10, Fernando Ferreyra ’96, Graziella Siciliano B’08, ’09, Santiago Arias B’08, ’09, Professor Francisco González, David Pedigo ’15, and David Bass ’15

15 Santiago: Gathering



NEW YORK Alumni gathered

aboard the Atlantica, a private charter, for the annual Amici dinner and reception. In its seventh year, the night started with an academic symposium featuring a discussion on “Russia, Ukraine, and the West: A New Cold War?” with Professor John Harper B’76, ’77, PhD ’81 and Nicholas Burns ’80, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. FROM LEFT: Erwin Chaloupka B’11, ’12, Elan Bar B’11, ’12, Peter Epstein B’11, ’12, Daniel Lawner B’11, ’12, Romulo Cabeza B’11, ’12, Elizabeth Fustos B’11, ’12, Brittany Minor B’11, ’12, Pon Sagnanert B’11, ’12, Sarah Langauer B’11, ’12, Rachel Salerno B’11, ’12, Megan Holt B’11, ’12, Laura Moens B’11, ’12, Jason Graffam B’11, ’12, Kristjan Kornmayer B’11, ’12, and Mario Brataj B’11, ’12 21

21 Seattle: BBQ, Beverages, and Banter

SEATTLE Alumni, led by

Samuel Verkhovsky ’14 and Charles Ragen N’89, got together on “The Other Capitol Hill.” 22

20 New York: Amici di Bologna

22 Philadelphia: Happy Hour

23 Washington, D.C.: Chinese

New Year Celebration


Philadelphia, welcomed by Milica Stojancic B’04, ’11, gathered for happy hour at Positano Coast. FROM LEFT: Elinor Haider ’02 , Martin Soler Garcia ’14, and Milica Stojancic B’04, ’11 23


Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s Washington Support Office and SAIS China Studies invited alumni to this reception celebrating the Year of the Horse at SAIS Kenney Auditorium, where Professor David M. Lampton, director of SAIS China, and HNC career counselor Robert Shields gave remarks. FROM LEFT: William Heidlage N’14, William Bobseine N’14, Noah Lipkowitz ’14, Jeremy Peters N’14, and Dean Vali Nasr 56 | SAIS Magazine Spring 2015


WASHINGTON, D.C. Master of

International Public Policy alumni, students, and faculty mingled at a reception in the SAIS Herter Room. FROM LEFT: Nadiège Ayitoe Meyo ’09, Michael Marriott ’09, Maribel Cherres Wedemeyer ’11, and Flori McClung ’05 25


alumni came together for happy hour at the Beacon Bar & Grill. FROM LEFT: Holly Phelps ’07, Matthias Jager ’13, Krwwistina Pflanz ’13, and Julia Damianova ’12

24 Washington, D.C.: MIPP

Alumni Reception

25 Washington, D.C.:

Beers at the Beacon

26 Washington, D.C.: SAIS

Europe Alumni Reception

28 Washington, D.C.: SWAN Speed Networking

27 Washington, D.C.: Breakfast With Steve Vogel B ’97, ’98

30 Washington, D.C.: Annual

Strategic Studies Dinner


29 Washington, D.C.: Class of 2004 Holds 10th Reunion


Courtney Rickert McCaffrey ’08 and Sonia Koshy ’07, the SWAN D.C. career committee hosted this event where alumni joined for “networking dates” in the SAIS Kenney Auditorium. 29

WASHINGTON, D.C. To celebrate

their reunion, ’04 alumni joined the Friday student happy hour in the Nitze Courtyard, enjoyed a night of dinner and dancing at Tsunami, and returned to campus for a family brunch on Saturday morning.



returned to the school to greet former SAIS Europe Director Kenneth Keller and to meet admitted students in the Kenney Auditorium for a reception and update on SAIS Europe at Bologna. FROM LEFT: Larissa Muir B’12, ’13, Corey Cox B’12, ’13, Dominique Mack B’12, ’13, and Nathaniel Hojnacki B’12, ’13



gathered on campus for a breakfast conversation with Steve Vogel B’97, ’98, former staff writer for The Washington Post and author of Through the Perilous Fight, who offered insights into one of the turning points in American history—the burning of Washington, D.C., and the improbable last stand at Baltimore that helped save the nation and inspired its national anthem.


WASHINGTON, D.C. Greeted by

Ryan Anderson ’10 and Kinga Krisko ’11, alumni gathered at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel for the annual Strategic Studies alumni dinner and reception where Michael G. Vickers, PhD ’10, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, gave the keynote address, with comments from Professor Eliot Cohen, director of the Strategic Studies Program. FROM LEFT: David Wright Dupree, Marijke Jurgens-Dupree ’92, Mark Smith ’90, and Freeman Jones ’91

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Remember the excitement of relocating to a new city— venturing out and forging new connections? To meet fellow SAIS alumni, you do not have to do it all on your own: More than 60 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 sais-jhu. edu/communities, or pay it forward and become a POC in your city.


Broaden your scope. SAIS alumni are part of the larger ALUMNI COMMUNITY of the Johns Hopkins University (186,000 alumni, nearly 17,000 of them SAIS grads). Join JHU chapters at alumni. and connect with SAIS alumni communities at

Have extra time? Want to add some ENRICHMENT to your schedule? • R  eceive a 50 percent fellowship for fall or spring SAIS courses (space permitting) and a 25 percent fellowship for summer courses. For details, call 202.663.5671 or email • S  AIS Career Services offers Professional Skills courses to help alumni brush up. For more information, contact Martina Leinz at • V  isit the 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 libguides.sais-jhu. edu/alumni or email SAISlibrary@jhu. edu. Knowledge Net—a selection of online resources at knowledgenet—is available to all alumni, free of charge.

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Pay it forward.


A Legacy Is … Love of learning brought Joe Dukert back to SAIS nearly 40 years after studying with the first class of students at the Bologna, Italy, campus, now SAIS Europe. It’s the same reason he and his wife, Betty, contribute annually to SAIS—and why they’ve made a generous commitment in their estate plan to support future scholars. A former scholarship recipient himself, Joe understands the value of such support. Without a series of scholarships, he would have had to go to work at age 13, rather than advance to an undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and later attend SAIS in Bologna.

Betty and Joe Dukert B’56, ’93, PhD ’05

Joe had a career in the space and energy industries before his initial calling to international relations finally brought him back to SAIS for his doctorate. At 75, Joe became the oldest person ever to earn a doctorate from SAIS. He says all parts of his SAIS education helped his career as a consultant and author. Today, he and Betty are focused on the next generation of SAIS scholars. They have always been impressed by the quality of SAIS students, and their gift of a financial aid endowment will ensure that SAIS graduates continue to go on and help the world. As Betty says, “Nothing is more important than education. It is the answer to almost every problem in the world.” SAIS thanks Betty and Joe Dukert for their extraordinary commitment to the future of SAIS. If you have also included SAIS in your estate plans or are considering doing so, please let us know. We want to ensure that your wishes are met and to welcome you into the Johns Hopkins Legacy Society and SAIS Legacy Circle, honoring those who make a bequest commitment or life-income gift to SAIS or any area of Johns Hopkins. For more information, contact Liz Levine at 202.663.5646 or or visit giftplanning.

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“The support from the Betty Cole Dukert Fellowship

—Ryan Hunter ’08, Betty Cole Dukert Fellow ’08




me attain an education I am proud of, one that

enabled me to comple-

has been invaluable in my pursuits post-SAIS.

ment my experiences

I joined the Defense Intelligence Agency the

living and working in

day before the uprising in Syria began and was

the Middle East with a thorough understanding of how security issues relate to the region. Without the fellowship, I would have been unable to

promptly assigned to the high-profile Syria Team, within the Directorate of Intelligence. My SAIS education in Middle East Studies, complemented with a Boren Fellowship in Damascus, Syria, ensured I was a valuable member of the team from day one. I was selected for an assignment supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, during which I was awarded two

afford an MA at one of

Meritorious Unit citations. I regularly contribute

the best international

to the President’s Daily Brief and represent DIA

relations schools in the

as a Middle East subject matter expert in intel-

country. My SAIS de-

ligence community conferences and settings.

gree has set the foun-

As a Betty Cole Dukert Fellowship recipient, I

dation for me to realize

appreciate the opportunities it has afforded me,

my future potential.”

and I look forward to all that lies ahead.”

– Jordan Gerstler-Holton ’15, Betty Cole Dukert Fellow ’15

– Hilary Wehr ’10, Betty Cole Dukert Fellow ’10

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allowed me the financial flexibility to weather a year of background checks after graduating from SAIS before becoming a counterterrorism analyst for the FBI. I have since left the Bureau to focus on the economics side of my SAIS education as director of economic development at Better City LLC, a consulting firm.


Turtle and Dam, by Scott Abrahams ’11 (CCLaP, 2014) In this novel, set in contemporary China, a new Xinhua reporter learns his grandmother’s village will soon be flooded to make way for a dam. His parents tell him not to worry. His bosses tell him not to worry. He would be only too happy to oblige. Yet, despite his best efforts not to care, he finds himself on the front lines, fighting bulldozers next to what some villagers claim to be the ghost of Chairman Mao. Political Mercenaries: The Inside Story of How Fundraisers Allowed Billionaires to Take Over Politics, co-authored by Jim Arkedis B’01, ’02 and Lindsay Mark Lewis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) This is the first book of its kind that removes the shroud of secrecy between fundraisers and their elected

bosses. Lewis’ tactics aren’t for the faint of heart: He launders $40,000 from an (allegedly) murdered casino mogul, smuggles marijuana, and passes off an Elvis impersonator as Bill Clinton. Lewis eventually rises to his party’s top fundraising post at the Democratic National Committee and attempts to redeem himself by waging an ultimately losing battle against the party’s elite billionaire donors, who force him out. Canada and the United States: Differences that Count (4th ed.), co-edited by David Biette ’86 and David M. Thomas (University of Toronto Press, 2014) This collection of analytical essays investigates why and how the United States and Canada—while so close and seemingly so similar—remain different in so many ways. The questions they address

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affect us all in ways great and small: as citizens, as students, and as policymakers. Russian Law and Legal Institutions, by William Butler ’63, PhD ’70 (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill, 2014) This treatise offers an extensive introduction to the historical and contemporary foundations of the Russian legal system, placed in the larger fabric of comparative legal studies and foreign affairs. Mobile Satellite Communications Handbook (2nd ed.), by Roger Cochetti ’11 (Wiley, 2014) Communications satellites that serve mobile users, such as those from companies like Inmarsat, Iridium, Globalstar, and Orbcomm, have revolutionized modern communications used by aircraft, ships, land vehicles, and militaries, as well as the lives of everyday

pedestrians outside of the reach of cellphone service. This book traces the history of the evolving technology used by this important commercial and military sector. Social Enterprise in Emerging Market Countries: No Free Ride, co-authored by Nicole Etchart ’84 and Loic Comolli (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) This book provides the first thorough assessment of the social enterprise sector in emerging markets and offers recommendations for how key stakeholders can take the bold steps necessary to facilitate the growth and impact of these hybrid models. The authors draw on their experience as leaders of an organization that has developed and managed a portfolio of high-impact social enterprises for 17 years.



A Colony at War: Bermuda in the Global Fight Against Fascism, 1939-1945, by Jonathan Land Evans JHU’85, ’86 (Lulu, 2013) This book examines the multifaceted roles and experiences of a small but importantly situated bastion of British power in the Americas during WWII. The small Atlantic island served not only as a major naval, air, and convoy-assembly base, but also as a significant chokepoint in Britain’s economic and intelligence war against Germany. NATO Expansion and U.S. Strategy in Asia; Surmounting the Global Crisis, by Hall Gardner ’82, PhD ’97 (Palgrave Macmillan, November 2013) In his latest book, Hall Gardner ’82, PhD ’97 explores how NATO enlargement could press Russia and a rising China into a tighter alliance—but with Russia playing the role of junior

partner. Gardner argues for bringing Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey into a new Euro-Atlantic confederation to draw Moscow away from forging a closer military relationship with Beijing and to help revitalize a Europe in economic crisis. A Case for God: In Search of a Humanism Filled With True Human Beings, by Carmine Gorga B’61, ’62 (Somist Institute, 2014) As a first installment on Relationalism, this book pulls together a collection of essays that Gorga has written over the years in peer-reviewed journals. The book—apart from its central theme of the discovery of God everywhere, even in such unexpected hideaways as mathematics and physics—is chock-full of concrete proposals, from how to improve the local economy to how to reach international peace.

Chasing Misery: An Anthology of Essays by Women in Humanitarian Responses, co-written by Emilie Greenhalgh B’10, ’11 and various other authors (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014) Chasing Misery is a collection of 21 first-person essays and 23 photographs that give readers a glimpse into the lives of women who respond to emergencies—their hopes, fears, questions, challenges, and frustrations, as well as glimpses of the humor, beauty, and hope they find in the midst of misery. Greenhalgh shares her experience as an aid worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo, using a dangerous plane trip and a possible assignment in Afghanistan to frame an inner struggle about the validity and motivation behind her work.

My Summer in Havana: Coffee, Tobacco & Capitalism in Rural Cuba, 1959-1985, by Lauren Burnhill B’82, JHU’83, ’86 (, 2014) This book tells the story of life behind the sugar cane curtain for small farmers and for one lucky SAIS graduate student. Under the auspices of a SAISFord Foundation grant, Lauren Burnhill B’82, JHU’83, ’86 spent two months in Cuba, researching the fate of the private sector in agriculture under Castro. The book weaves together her journal entries full of thoughtful humor with unique data-backed analysis of how small farmers survived under communism. Was the metal canister in the backyard a listening device? Are canned Vienna sausages a luxury good?

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International Environmental Law: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Laws of the Planet, co-edited by J. Brett Grosko ’00 (American Bar Association, 2014) As companies and clients become multinational, there is a growing need for greater understanding of the unique ramifications of the often confusing international environmental laws that they must confront. This work provides a comprehensive and practical analytical framework for meeting this growing demand and placing practitioners in a position to advise clients, whether as law firms, as in-house counsel, or within government and nongovernmental organizations.

Corporate Diplomacy: Building Reputations and Relationships With External Stakeholders, by Witold Henisz ’93 (Greenleaf Publishing, 2014) This important new book argues that the strategic management of relationships with external stakeholders—what the author calls “corporate diplomacy”—is not just canny public relations, but creates real and lasting business value. Using a mix of colorful examples, practical and relevant tools, and considered perspectives, the book hones in on a fundamental challenge that managers of multinational corporations face as they strive to compete in the 21st century. Lauren Greasewater’s War, by Stephen Hirst B’65, ’66 (Muuso Press, 2014) A 2014 OneBook Arizona winner, this historical novel traces an urban

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Indian woman’s quest from the streets of New York to the canyons of the Southwest, finding her way back to the community of her birth to reinvent herself. Caught between two dissonant worlds in 1970s Southwest Indian country, she unintentionally turns a cultural misunderstanding into an armed conflict that captures national attention. The Lupane Legacy, by Darby G. Holladay ’09 (Manor Minor Publishing, 2014) This book is a political thriller about Zimbabwe’s troubled past, written by a current U.S. Department of State employee. The novel begins with a 1983 massacre in Zimbabwe and moves to Washington, D.C., Virgina, and South Africa, telling a story of tangled family ties; of the long shadow of history; of revenge, betrayal, and redemption; and of two people finding a new beginning.

Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance, by Ronald Angelo Johnson ’99 (University of Georgia Press, 2014) This book offers the first history of the unlikely diplomatic alliance between the fledgling nations of the United States and Haiti. Examining how leaders of both governments established multiracial relationships amid environments dominated by racial hierarchy, it shows how their diplomacy altered Atlantic world discussions of slavery and race in the 20th century. Counterinsurgency in Eastern Afghanistan, 2004-2008: A Civilian Perspective, by Robert Kemp B’99 (New Academia Publishing, 2014) A U.S. Department of State foreign service officer, Kemp looks at how U.S. civilian and military organizations,


working with their Afghan counterparts, engaged in a complex effort to rebuild security, development, and governance in eastern Afghanistan, all while fighting a low-intensity war. The Politics of Financial Markets and Regulation: The United States, Japan, and Germany, by Sara Konoe PhD ’09 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) This book compares financial reform cases in the three countries in the post-Bretton Woods era, while stressing the role of dynamic interactions between institutions and political contexts in determining reform paths. By drawing out key implications for global politics, the book sheds light on what types of reform dynamics come into play in the formation of global financial governance.

A Bowl of Rice, by Joan Leotta B’71, ’71 (Desert Breeze Publishing Inc., 2014) In this novel, protagonist Anna Maria O’Shea never wavers from her commitment to serving her country as a nurse in Vietnam. For a smart young woman, she makes remarkably poor choices when it comes to men! A warzone friendship with her roommate offers her new insights into life and men, and then Anna Maria must help rescue her new friend from the Viet Cong. Giulia Goes to War and Letters From Korea, by Joan Leotta B’71, ’71 (Desert Breeze Publishing, 2012) The first two novellas in a four-part series, Legacy of Honor, these stories offer light, sweet romances that trace the history of an Italian-American family’s patriotism and struggles to balance the ways of the old and new worlds.

The first novella takes place during World War II; the second, during the Korean War. Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor, co-authored by Margaret K. Lewis N’98 and Jerome A. Cohen (U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law / Berkshire Publishing, 2013) This book draws attention to an underappreciated aspect of legal reforms in Taiwan and asks how Taiwan’s experience might be relevant to its neighbor across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland leadership for years claimed it would abolish labor camps for its police-dominated system of “re-education through labor,” but until recently has not taken action. Challenge to China explores how Taiwan’s experience provides fresh ideas for the Mainland’s future reform path.

International Standards: Annotated Corporate Social Responsibility Codes, by Kenning Marchant ’74 (Thomson Reuters, 2014) This is the first comprehensive compendium of international corporate social accountability codes. Containing 99 leading standards from 51 organizations in two volumes, it covers stakeholder engagement, human rights, labor, environment, consumers, bribery and corruption, whistle blowing, money laundering, corporate governance, and disclosure and reporting. North Korea’s MilitaryDiplomatic Campaigns, 1966-2008, by Narushige Michishita ’94, PhD ’03 (Routledge Press, 2011) This book offers a comprehensive history of Pyongyang’s brinkmanship diplomacy—covering the capture of USS Pueblo Johns Hopkins University | 65


in the Johnson years to the nuclear and missile crisis in the George W. Bush years. The book deciphers North Korea’s code of conduct through eight breathtaking chapters on the crises in which Washington and Pyongyang went eyeball-to-eyeball. Sail On, O Ship of State, co-edited by Johanna Möhring ’00 and Gwythian Prins (Notting Hill Editions, 2013) This work examines why the nation-state has refused to shuffle off the stage of history. In the aftermath of the double catastrophes of World Wars I and II, many hopes have been invested in a new postnation-state world order. This collection of essays focuses on restoring the nationstate to its rightful place: at the heart of the people, center stage in politics.

Honey the Dixie Dingo Dog: Champion of the Strays, by Allen Paul B’86 (Telemachus Press, LLC, 2014) Based on the true story of a breed that many think is North America’s oldest, this novel predates European settlement by many centuries. Honey is rescued just as she’s about to get shot and goes on to become an agility champion. Right of Boom: The Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism, by Benjamin E. Schwartz ’08 (Overlook Press, 2015) This book poses the question, How could the United States respond to a nuclear attack that cannot be convincingly traced to a foreign government? What would happen if the right of boom is unknowable, but the range of response options is not inconceivable? A national security specialist with experience at the U.S. Defense, Energy, and

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State departments, the author shares lessons from a series of historical case studies to think realistically about the unthinkable. Handbook of Governance and Security, edited by James Sperling ’78 (Edward Elgar, 2014) This collection examines the conceptual evolution of security governance and its regional mani­festations. It brings together unique contributions from leading scholars to explore the institutions that have emerged as critical suppliers of security governance and the ever-widening set of security issues that can be viewed profitably through a governance lens. Environmental Crime and Corruption in Russia: Federal and Regional Perspectives, co-edited by Sally Stoecker PhD ’95 and Ramziya Shakirova

(Routledge Press, 2013) This volume features new research by Russian scientists and scholars on environmental crimes, ranging from illegal logging in Siberia to water and air pollution in the Volga region. Oil Sparks in the Amazon: Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations, and Natural Resources, by Patricia I. Vásquez ’94 (University of Georgia Press, 2014) This book analyzes the dynamics behind the rapid proliferation of conflicts over the development of oil and gas in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Vasquez argues that it takes political action to overcome these conflicts, which touch upon very sensitive issues for the societies involved, particularly in relation to marginalized indigenous populations that often live in the producing areas.

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

Photos: Renee Fis

Gettysburg. 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. “It makes you get inside the decision-making before you see the consequences. You live it,” says Cohen, whose students have gone on to leadership positions in government, business, and the military. “This experience is the one that students really remember and cherish because it got them thinking in a way that they never had before.”

Are you up for changing the world? Learn how and watch Professor Cohen’s video at

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Since moving to Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, in 2001, RICHARD MASON ’48 has been volunteering in the public schools, mentoring a Russian student, teaching ballroom dancing to fifth graders, and raising funds for the high school library. In May 2014, because of these community activities, he was inducted into the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame. CLASS OF



is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in its national security program. The style and content of his blog, Rethinking National Security, is updated, and he invites alumni to join the dialogue about American national security and foreign policy issues. In April 2014, his letter, “Playing the Long Game in Ukraine,” was published in The New York Times. He and his family reside in Washington, D.C. MICHAEL CIPOLLARO B’60, ’60 is building a

new business he started two years ago, Cool TV Props. It’s now running at $1 million in yearly revenue. He is also preparing the last of his seven children, Gabriella, age 17, for college. He lives in Orlando, Fla. CLASS OF


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a statement in tribute to FRED A. KAHN ’63, in the U.S. House of Representatives, recognizing his “extraordinary achievements.” He continued: “Mr. Kahn has worked tirelessly to make our world more tolerant and compassionate. He has made outstanding contributions to our government, our country, and our community.” His advocacy helped formulate the nation’s first televised presidential debate, the famous 1960 contest between Kennedy and Nixon. He resides in Bethesda, Md. CLASS OF



served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1966 and then the U.S. Foreign Service until 2001. He held nine overseas assignments during his career, working in five Arab countries and holding posts in four countries in sub-Saharan Africa. His last role was U.S. ambassador to Niger. He also served as the chargé d’affaires with the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, from 2006 to 2007. He spends his time traveling and photographing images of Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindu cultures. WARREN CLARK JR. ’64

is executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of 25 national church organizations that seeks to forge a durable and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Pales-

tinian conflict. He was a career U.S. Foreign Service officer and served as vice consul in Aleppo, Syria; acting ambassador in Lagos, Nigeria; and ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and to São Tomé and Principe. He also represented the U.S. on the U.N. Security Council for Middle East and African issues and has worked as a consultant on privatization and liberalization in Eastern Europe. He speaks French and eastern Arabic. ELLEN GILBERT COLE B’63, ’64 worked with

two senators on the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee and then moved to Baltimore with her husband, where she worked with the U.S. Social Security Administration to advance Medicare, writing press releases and speeches for the secretary to promote the program. Resettling in California, she was the planning commissioner for the new “planned city” of Irvine, rising from acres of wide-open spaces. ABBE FESSENDEN ’64

joined the U.S. Foreign Service as a project development officer with USAID. She carried out long-term assignments in Washington, D.C., Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, and nearly a dozen other countries. She retired from the USAID Central Evaluation Office in 1994, worked as an

BILL SALISBURY ’67, PhD ’72 received the 2014 Heritage Award in

well as outreach events for connecting

research center of the School of Economics at the University of the Andes, her alma mater. Two years later, she returned to Washington, D.C. After a short time with the Brookings Institution, she joined the Organization of American States as an economist, traveling extensively in Central America and the Caribbean. She married another SAIS graduate, Acklyn R. Lynch ’65, and had two children. When she left the OAS in 1989, she became a consultant with several international organizations, including the World Bank.

alumni in the area. Their efforts to create

While at SAIS, GRETCH-

November 2014 in Charleston, S.C. The award honors alumni who have contributed outstanding and committed service to Johns Hopkins University or the activities of the Alumni Association over an extended period. The award also recognizes his late wife, Shirley. Bill served as the South Carolina Chapter president for more


than 30 years and held social events and

has served as an investment advisor for 35 years. He has managed the portfolios of individuals and families and, in some cases, several generations. His strategy is long-term, with the bulk of his positions in common stocks of major companies allocated among various industry sectors. Michael also occasionally sells covered call options.

speaker series for the Johns Hopkins

ABBY L. GILBERT ’64 has had a long career with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, working for the comptroller of the currency. She has also served on the board of the Treasury Historical Association for 38 years. As association president, she created, managed, and implemented Treasury’s bicentennial program in 1989, which hosted a gala for executive agencies and leaders such as the U.S. Public Health Service, the FBI, and President George H.W. Bush. CARMEN BRISSETTE GRAYSON B’63, ’64

received her doctorate from the University of

alumni community. The couple hosted many visiting scholars, university presidents, and deans over their tenure as


a strong community in South Carolina have been an exemplary model of alumni relations.

Virginia in early 20th century U.S. economic history after graduating from SAIS. She spent her professional life teaching at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. In the course of a quarter-century, she taught everything from world history to military history. She reports she once even sneaked in a great lecture on opera history, but unfortunately, it did not set a precedent. DON KING ’64 and SUE KING ’64 met in the

elevator at SAIS on their way to the library and began dating after getting the same grade on the U.S. Foreign Service exam. After

marrying in the summer of 1964, Don began a 26-year career with the Foreign Service, serving in France, the Dominican Republic, Italy, and Mexico. As the agency did not allow married women in 1964, Sue worked in various spouse employment programs in the consulates and embassies where they served and headed the Department of State’s Family Liaison Office. They raised two boys, who have given them four grandchildren. After graduation, MARTHA FERNANDEZ LYNCH ’64 went back to

Bogota, Colombia, and joined the staff of the

focused her studies on Southeast Asia. After graduation, she married Charles William “Bill” Maynes, a U.S. Foreign Service officer whose first assignment took them to Vientiane, Laos, during the Vietnam War. There, she worked for the Asia Foundation, the first of several development nonprofits she would join. After a stint in Moscow, they settled in Chevy Chase, Md., for some 30 years, rearing two children. Except for an eight-year position in business planning at Coopers & Lybrand, she spent her career working for nonprofits. She also served as head of the American branch of the Panos Institute. FRANK SAVAGE ’64 is an emeritus member of the SAIS board of advisors

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independent consultant, and co-founded Value-Add LLC, a consulting firm specializing in economic development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. She serves as board chair of Aumazo Inc., a private voluntary organization that supports the development of a girls’ boarding school in rural Cameroon.


and the Johns Hopkins University board of trustees. He is author of The Savage Way: Successfully Navigating the Waves of Business and Life. He is chairman emeritus of Alliance Capital Management International, a division of Alliance Capital Management, and CEO of Savage Holdings, a global financial services company. He also serves on the boards of several corporations and nonprofit organizations, including Bloomberg LP and The New York Academy of Medicine. CHARLES TWINING ’64

entered the U.S. Foreign Service after graduation, where he worked on issues related to Africa and Southeast Asia. Highlights of his career included re-establishing the U.S. presence in Cambodia and serving as chief of mission there and in Cameroon. Since retiring, he has lived in Maryland with his wife, Irene. His sons live in Vermont and in Tbilisi, Georgia. GEORGE VASQUEZ B’64, ’64 continues to enjoy

teaching European and world history at San José State University, after six years as associate dean for the College of Social Sciences. He regrets missing his SAIS 50th reunion in April 2014, the busiest time of his academic year. His youngest daughter, Kerry, is an aspiring film actress. He has six grandchildren.

LEON SLAWECKI N’88, ’69 lives in Washington,

In 2013, MARY DICKENS JOHNSON ’81 moved to Honolulu with her husband, Donald H. Johnson Sr., of IBM World Trade and subset IBM China, now retired. Her job, teaching contracts management online with Villanova University, continues with the move. She is now technical advisor with the South Florida chapter of the National Contract Management Association. The family’s emotional support dog travels with them. The couple celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in November. CLASS OF


MICHAEL MORRIS ’65, PhD ’71 retired as an

emeritus professor from Clemson University in 2013 and has been teaching part time since then as a visiting professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He lives in Pendleton, S.C. CLASS OF


In May 2014, PETER FRANK B’66 traveled to Italy and visited Bologna and Le Marche. He is looking forward to his 50th reunion in Bologna in 2016. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley, dividing his time between farming, grandparenting, and providing free legal services to homeowners facing foreclosure as a result of the housing debacle. No words can describe the joy he feels when family is home. CLASS OF


GIUSEPPE PENNISI B’67, ’68 has been living in

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the past 34 years and is retired from the World Bank, as well as from government and university service. He is a member of the Economic and Social Council of Italy and an advisor to a major state-controlled bank. He writes regularly for newspapers and periodicals and published two academic essays in the past year. CLASS OF


In December 2013, DAVID ATWOOD B’68, ’69 completed his time

as visiting fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, a period during which he co-edited (with Emily Miles) a small volume of essays, Security in a World Without Nuclear Weapons. In retirement, he continues to work half time as senior advisor at the Small Arms Survey in Geneva. His biggest personal news for 2013 was the birth of his first grandchild, Evan, in Coventry, England.

Va. After graduating from SAIS and completing his doctorate with a thesis on the Chinese of Madagascar, he entered USAID and completed tours in China, Hong Kong, Madagascar, Senegal, Sudan, and Yugoslavia. He returned to SAIS for two years as the first American co-director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. He and his wife, Barbara, now grow wine grapes and apples in Rappahannock County. CHRIS STOWELL B’68, ’69, who lives in New-

port Beach, Calif., is active in a rock ’n’ roll band, the Gulls, and enjoys playing golf. After 44 years as an executive managing product groups and the market intelligence unit for the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C., GREG WHITEMAN ’69

retired in 2013. While it may not seem obvious, his experiences at SAIS prepared him thoroughly for his career in marketing. Understanding competitive marketplaces and the strategies of competitors is comparable to geopolitical analyses. CLASS OF


In 2013, ROBERT “BOB” DRAGONE ’70 retired from BAE Systems and founded AQQOLADE Inc., a provider of dynamic keynote speakers and seminars centered

ROGER LEEDS ’70, PhD ’77, a professor in the

SAIS International Economics program, also serves as faculty advisor for the MIPP at SAIS.

He teaches two courses in the fall and leads a popular practicum seminar in the spring, Management Challenges in Emerging Markets. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on numerous boards. His most recent book, Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

The year 2014 was full of celebrations for HERB PAINE ’70: his 13th wedding anniversary; his first grandson’s first birthday; his consulting practice’s 25th anniversary (specializing in organization development, turnaround management, mergers, and governance); the 26th anniversary of his political and social commentaries on KJZZ, NPR’s

Phoenix affiliate; and the launch of his role as a contributing editor and theater critic for He is finalizing his book on nonprofit organizations and enjoys cooking, reading, and bowling. GEORGE SALIBA B’69, ’70 lives and works in

Barcelona, Spain. He serves as special envoy of the Union for the Mediterranean. CARLO TREZZA B’69, ’70 has been appointed

KEITH OBERG ’77 received the Johns Hopkins

University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award on February 5, 2015. The award honors alumni who have typified the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and brought credit to the university through their personal accomplishments, professional achievements, and humanitarian service. Oberg is the founder and executive director of Bikes for the World, a nonprofit organization that has shipped more than 100,000 bicycles to community development nonprofits in Africa, the Caribbean Basin, and Asia. BfW collects used bikes from schools, churches, and sports outlets in the United States for donation or low-cost resale by their overseas nonprofit partners. The bikes provide transportation to school, work, and medical care for residents in the communities that receive them and also offer opportunities for entrepreneurship and bicycle repair. Oberg’s previous experiences with international development, both at the Inter-American Foundation and the World Bank, have enabled him to build BfW from a small, all-volunteer organization to the largest bicycle recycler in the world, partnering with more than 100 organizations. He served as vice president for Pedals for Progress, another bicycle recycling nonprofit, before beginning his own organization.

chair of the Missile Technology Control Regime, a multilateral body seeking to curb the proliferation of missiles and other delivery means for weapons of mass destruction. He chaired the MTCR 27th plenary meeting in Rome on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the first MTCR conference held in Rome in 1988. The meeting, opened by the Italian minister of foreign affairs, was a success. CLASS OF



traveled to Budapest, Hungary, in July 2014 and to Amsterdam in January and July 2013 to present his work on civilian casualties in U.S. wars. He assisted Professor Beerd Beukenhorst of the University of Amsterdam with his book on the “Vietnam syndrome” in U.S. foreign policy from 1980 to 1993. He is professor emeritus of political science and history at

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on the development of communication and leadership of supervisors, managers, and C-level executives. He and his family relocated from Fairfax, Va., to Signal Mountain, Tenn., just outside of Chattanooga.


Mercy College, actively teaching and living in Westchester County, N.Y. CLASS OF


MICHAEL WHITE ’76, CEO of DIRECTV, was busy negotiating the sale of DIRECTV to AT&T this past spring, the fourth-largest merger in telecommunications history. He and his wife, Sue, live in Hermosa Beach, Calif. CLASS OF


SERGIO AGUAYO B’77, ’77, PhD ’85 is a pro-

fessor at El Colegio de México and works on understanding the roots of pervasive violence in Mexico to learn how to prevent it. His research focuses on the evolution and strategies that are used to confront this violence. His approach examines three issues: (1) the importance of geopolitics, (2) the role of organized society, and (3) the formation of human resources through teaching and service. JULIET BENDER B’75,’77

and her husband, CHARLES GOLDSMITH B’75, ’76, are pleased to

announce that they have created a new nonprofit organization, the Central Mexico Youth Fund, to help young Mexicans get a quality education and lead productive lives in their own country. Both served in the Peace Corps in Mexico from 2009 to 2012. They reside in Eugene, Ore.




resides in East Jerusalem and Rome, each at various times during the year. In June 2014, he had the pleasure of visiting SAIS after more than 30 years. He is president of Net Tours, wıth headquarters in East Jerusalem, and general manager of Net Transport in East Jerusalem, where he has worked since 1985. CLASS OF


In July 2014, JUNE SUGAR CONRAD B’78, ’80 and family moved to

Houston in connection with her husband Bill’s job with United Airlines. CLASS OF


In July 2014, RONALD BEE B’81, ’82 directed the Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation, bringing international students from unstable regions to the University of San Diego for conflict resolution training. He taught Conduct of American Foreign Relations and National Security Policy at San Diego State University in fall 2014 and, in August 2014, published an online volume for the Robert Bosch Foundation, co-edited with Colette Mazzucelli. He resides in San Diego. About three years ago, CATHY DOLAN ’82 moved from North Car-

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LUDWIG HEUSE B’81, ’82 married Claudia von Mengersen in his hometown and current residence of Kronberg im Taunus, Germany, on May 17, 2014. ALAN DUNN B’81, ’84, ERIK FONTIJN B’81, and CHRISTOPH LINDEMANN B’81, ’83 attended the ceremony.

olina to Philadelphia to become chief operating officer of Opportunity Finance Network, an organization that works with community development financial institutions across the country, financing businesses and projects that benefit low-income and low-wealth people and communities. The network is profit-making, but not profit-maximizing—allowing employees to offer more affordable pricing and accessible terms to those left behind by mainstream financial institutions. KARIN RINDAL B’80, ’82 was selected as a

2014 national judge for the America in Bloom competition for cities in the 15,000 to 19,000 population category, which includes locations in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.



NYUNT MAUNG SHEIN ’83, former Myanmar

ambassador to the Republic of Korea (in Seoul), Germany (in Berlin), and the United Nations (in Geneva), retired in 2008. He now chairs the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies, a leading think tank in Myanmar. CLASS OF


BOB BLAKE ’84 arrived in

Jakarta in 2013 to serve as U.S. ambassador to Indonesia. One of the embassy’s top priorities is to encourage more Indonesians to study in the U.S. and develop partnerships between U.S. universities and their Indonesian counterparts. After three years as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, CHRISTOPHER



CYNTHIA A. GRIFFIN N’89, ’86 is in Perth,

Australia, taking up her new assignment as consul general. Her tour will last through summer 2016, and she looks forward to seeing fellow SAIS graduates in Western Australia. After eight years at Ockham Oncology, a clinical research organization, MAX MATTHEWS B’83, ’86 moved in 2013 to

Pharm-Olam International, another CRO, in Research Triangle Park, N.C. He continues to work as a manager, writer, and editor of technical documentation. He has resided in Raleigh, N.C., for 16 years. MARIA MITCHELL, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, completed her (undergraduate) junior year in Bologna in 1986. She is professor of European History at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and is directing a study abroad program in Paris from August 2014 to July 2015. PATRICK BARRERA SWEENEY B’85, ’86

is senior partner at Barrera, Andrade-Cevallos & Abogados law firm in Ecuador. He has

a distinguished career in both public service and private practice. His practice includes banking and finance, as well as corporate law. As an arbitrator, he is highly regarded and has experience in the resolution of international disputes between sovereign states and commercial enterprises. He is president of the board of a well-known Ecuadorian trust company. He lives in Quito. CLASS OF

cultural preservation and tourism development. Following three years as director of Middle East/North Africa at the German Foreign Office, in June 2014, BORIS RUGE B’88 took up his appointment as ambassador of Germany

Unit at China Telecom Americas, which provides global connectivity, Cloud, data center, and IT services to U.S. companies with locations in China and to Chinese companies with operations in North America.


In July 2014, JEFF BELL ’88, former head of Xbox Global Marketing, took a new position as CEO of Legalshield in order to champion affordable, high-quality legal services for every American. He resides with his wife, Colleen, in Kirkland, Wash. JIN CHUNQING N’88 has expanded his Fangben law office to three cities: Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou. In addition to residing in all three cities, he also periodically visits his residence in New York City, where his daughter lives. BRIAN LINDEN N’88 has opened his third heritage hotel, The Linden Centre, in rural Yunnan in China. Located in a national relic, this new site includes cooking, ceramics, and painting schools, as well as a holistic spa. They continue to be visible advocates in China of a more sustainable approach to

On June 7, 2014, SAMUELE BOZZOLLA B’87, ’88 married Nathalie Campanile, from Torino, Italy, at Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh, where they reside. They also had a ceremony in September 2014 in Sanremo, Italy. to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ANDREW YOUNG B’87, ’88 is serving as chargé

d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, Mali. Spouse MEG HAWLEY-YOUNG ’88

is finishing her tour in Seoul, South Korea, before joining him sometime in summer 2015, while their two children are either in college or en route to college. JEREMY ZIMMAN N’88

is sales manager with the Chinese Enterprise



In June 2013, CLAY HICKSON ’89 started a new job as senior director of Strategy and Business Development for Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production. WRAP is an independent, objective, nonprofit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education. He resides in North Bethesda, Md.

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is now assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, as director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement section.  


IAN TODREAS ’89 recently completed his 13th year at Eastern Research Group Inc., a national environmental consulting firm, where, as vice president, he oversees several climate change and transportation-related contracts. He resides in Belmont, Mass.

in San Francisco with Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, but spends time commuting to Atlanta. Yael, their son, born when Matthew was at SAIS, is a journalist living in Oakland. Their two younger children, Talia and Eli, are at the University of San Francisco and Oberlin College.

LYNNE NENGYING LI N’90, PhD ’99 has been

with RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, as coordinator of Chinese language since completing her PhD there in 1999. She is also the RMIT representative on the national Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities. In 2013, she met with ANGELA CHANG N’12, the American academic coordinator for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, who was in Melbourne during a business trip to recruit international students for SAIS. PAULA BAILEY SMITH ’90 is employed as an

In December 2013, en route to a New Year’s vacation in Rio de Janeiro, TED OSIUS ’89 and Clayton Bond suddenly learned they were becoming parents. Thirty-six hours later, they held six-pound Theodore Alan Bond-Osius in their arms. “Tabo” has since grown and is an energetic, happy 18-month-old. In May 2014, Ted was nominated to be the next U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, a dream come true for this Vietnamese-speaking diplomat, who finds that country fascinating and wonderful. CLASS OF



co-founded Flashpoint, a startup company accelerator and consulting firm, spun out from Georgia Tech. He is on the board of Internews and Shining Hope for Communities. He lives


moved from Syria and now lives in New York City. Since February 2014, Fumiko has headed the Partnership Division of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Programme.

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English to Speakers of Other Languages teacher at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md. She joined Montgomery County Public Schools in March 2014 and resides in Washington, D.C. CLASS OF


After nearly three years leading International Finance Corporation’s Investment Climate team for the Middle East and North Africa region based in Cairo, MAGDI AMIN ’91 returned to Washington, D.C., in 2013, residing in McLean, Va., with his wife and two children. He sees having worked in MENA during the Arab Spring as a great experience, as countries like Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia tried to

address deep structural problems. He heads IFC’s Office of Change Management. In 2013, JANE GU N’91 left her job at SUNY Albany and began a new position at the University of Connecticut as assistant professor of marketing. She resides in Belmont, Mass. In 2013, IHSAN KIZILTAN B’90, ’91 was appointed ambassador of Turkey to the Republic of Angola and is living in Angola’s capital city, Luanda. His wife, ZEYNEP KIZILTAN B’91, was promoted to minister and is deputy director-general for the U.N. and other international organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey and is based in Ankara. SCOTT KLEINBERG B’88, ’91 completed his tour

as the USAID director for economic growth in Iraq in 2013 and returned to the U.S. to lead USAID engagement with emerging donors, including China and Korea. He resides in Falls Church, Va., with his wife, Alisa, and daughters, Hope and Leah. WILLIAMS S. “BILL” MARTIN ’91 is a career

U.S. Foreign Service officer who recently started a one-year stint as a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He is doing research on Germany’s role in the world, particularly in international security, and what it means for U.S.-German relations. He lives in

Arlington, Va., with his wife and children. KIRSTEN MICHENER B’90, ’91, who most

recently served with USAID in Tbilisi, Georgia, and Baku, Azerbaijan, joined the U.S. Department of State in March 2014 and is now serving in Accra, Ghana. In May 2014, CHRISTOPHER MONDINI B’90, ’91

moved to Washington, D.C., where he works for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the global coordinating body for the unique addresses that keep the Internet a unified global network, helping nearly 2.8 billion people remain directly connected to each other. He leads stakeholder engagement for North America and the global business community, working to attract volunteers and advocates for ICANN’s multistakeholder model. W. PATRICK MURPHY ’91

and KATHLEEN NORMAN ’92 reside in Thailand with their three children, where he is deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. They have enjoyed catching up with many old SAIS friends, like THITINAN JAY PONGSUDHIRAK ’92, who

haunt these crossroads of Southeast Asia. After spending four exciting years in Canberra, Australia, discovering this huge and fascinating country Down Under and having a unique

In 2013, PAUL OLIVA B’91, ’92 left his appointment as head of international affairs for California Governor Jerry Brown and started his first tour at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There, he has supported the visits of Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, and President Obama. He and the Commercial Service Malaysia staff received an honor from Ambassador Joseph Yun for their work in support of high-level visits. perspective on developments in Asia, ANDREA NICOLAJ B’89, ’91

moved to Montevideo, Uruguay, in September 2014 for his next posting as head of the Trade and Economic Section in the EU Delegation. Here, he follows EU-MERCOSUR and EU-Uruguay relations. Though he remains in the same Southern Hemisphere, he completely changed settings, languages, and continents. LEIGH ELLEN SONTHEIMER B’90, ’91

moved to Tucson, Ariz., in February 2014 and is enjoying exploring her new desert surroundings. She continues to work from home (or wherever she feels like that has an Internet connection) as business development manager for Playa Viva, a sustainable boutique resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, just south of

Zihuatanejo, and its sister property, Casa Viva Troncones, but is exploring other opportunities in the Southwest. CLASS OF


OLIVER DREWS B’91, B’92 still lives in Cape

Town, South Africa, and is building his African business development company. On occasion, he enjoys meeting for dinner with other SAIS alumni living in the area. TINA MALONE ’92 is on her fifth U.S. Foreign Service tour as public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. JOHN OSBORN ’92 is a senior advisor with the international law firm Hogan Lovells, an executive in residence with Warburg Pincus, a columnist with, and an affiliate professor

at the University of Washington. He resides in Chadds Ford, Penn. THITINAN JAY PONGSUDHIRAK ’92 taught a

course in March–April 2014 for the SAIS program at Yangon University’s International Center of Excellence in Myanmar. He thereafter resumed teaching at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, where he directs the Institute of Security and International Studies. He resides in Bangkok with his wife and daughter. ARTHUR RUBIN ’92 and BARBARA GLASSMAN ’92 are married and live

in New York City with their children, Maya and Noah. He joined Nomura Securities in 2012 to run its Latin American capital markets business. He has served as co-president of the SAIS NY Alumni Club since 2008. She is managing director

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for external engagement at Citizen Schools New York, a nonprofit running expanded learning time programs for middle school students in low-income communities. CLASS OF



lives in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. In 2013, she started working with eYeka, a leading crowdsourcing platform, where she handles business development on Nestlé, P&G, and other smaller clients. RANI D. MULLEN B’93 ’93

has returned to teaching Politics of Developing Countries and South Asian Politics at the College of William and Mary, after four years of research work in India with her husband, PATRICK MULLEN B’93, and their two children. She enjoyed researching, teaching, and traveling in India, most recently as a senior Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, but is also happy to be back living in the Washington, D.C., area. CLASS OF


In September 2014, NICOLE ALTNEU B’93, ’94 met with former Vice

President Al Gore in New York before the launch of “24 Hours of Reality,” a live global event covering the climate crisis in every region of the world and the People’s Climate March. Nicole resides in Montclair, N.J.

BEATRICE HARNASCH B’93, JHU’94 is still living

in Berlin with her family. She works for capitalAssociates, a small consultancy focusing on microfinance projects with a special eye on microand mobile-insurance in developing countries. Among other projects, she wrote a paper on access barriers. Another, “Insurance in Central and Western Asia,” is soon to be published by the Asian Development Bank. GUIPING LU N’94 moved to Hong Kong with his wife and two boys in 2007. He currently serves as counsel in the Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on corporate and securities law matters, including U.S. and international equity and debt offerings. LAUREL MITTENTHAL N’94 and her husband,

Oystein, moved back to Oslo, Norway, in 2012, after many years in London. They miss London’s cosmopolitan joys (and its chao mian), but Oslo is an easier place to live, especially now that they have two children (Alma is almost 4, and Frida is 2). She is working as a lawyer at the Norwegian subsidiary of Siemens and is always excited to speak a little Chinese, though she admits she mostly speaks English and Norwegian, with some Russian and German thrown in. She says, “It’s always nice to hear from Hopkins-Nanjing Center alumni passing

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During a three-week trek through Nepal, J.B. HARRIS ’94 reached Everest Base Camp. “At 17,585 feet above sea level, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding,” he said. He lives in Coral Gables, Fla. through Oslo; if you’re ever in town, do let me know!”

Emirates, and other countries.

For the past four years, JEFF MULLER ’94 has been the chief financial officer of International Housing Solutions, a fund management business focused on affordable housing in Africa that currently manages the South Africa Workforce Housing Fund. He resides in Belleair, Fla., with his wife, Jennifer, and three daughters.

has been living in Bangkok since 2011 and is working as a consultant on elections, democratic governance, and legal reform issues in the Asia-Pacific region, mostly for U.N. agencies. His recent assignments have included missions to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Myanmar.




associate publisher of Washington Life magazine, which covers power, politics, society, and Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Christine, live in Alexandria, Va., with their two children, William and Amelia. Over the past five years, his reporting has taken him on assignments to China, Kenya, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab


THOMAS CONROY ’95 is a state representative in the Massachusetts legislature and a Democratic candidate for state treasurer. Prior to entering public service, he worked in the private sector as a management consultant, helping private companies and state governments maximize their revenues with smart strategies and sound financial management. Tom resides in Massachusetts with his wife, Sarah Sewall, and their four daughters.



In June 2014, SALLY ANNE CORCORAN B’95, ’96 was awarded fund-

ing by the Conflict Resolution Unit of the Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Irish Research Council, for research started in the U.N. regarding the impact of women on the protection of human rights in peace operations. The research is toward a doctorate in international human rights law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. MELANIE HARRIS HIGGINS JHU’96, ’96 began

2015 watching fireworks over the Sydney Harbor Bridge, where she was on holiday from her posting as deputy chief of mission of the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. In summer 2015, she moves to Auckland, New Zealand, and will be in charge of the U.S. Consulate-General. She loves being a global

nomad with her husband of 11 years, Paul Higgins, also in the U.S. Foreign Service. KURT MACLEOD ’96 is regional vice president of Asia Eurasia for Pact Inc., a global nonprofit. He manages more than 2,500 staff in countries from Belarus to Mongolia and a portfolio of over $37 million per annum. He resides in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, but spends most of his time in the nine countries across the region, addressing some of the world’s most challenging issues around poverty. KEITH SPROULE ’96

recently concluded five years as the World Wildlife Fund’s tourism business advisor in Namibia. He and his family are back in Boulder, Colo. Although they will miss southern

Africa, there is a shared spirit of conservation between their past and present homes. He has taken a new position as executive director of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy, managing a portfolio of conservation, education, health, and community development projects around the world. CLASS OF


In June 2014, KOZUE KAY ABE-NAGATA ’97

retired from 30 years of service to the U.N. as country director of UNESCO and returned to Japan. She subsequently took up a post as visiting scholar at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, and resides in the town of Kinugasa in Kyoto. In June 2014, TIM HUSON ’97 joined the U.S. Department of State’s

Office of Monetary Affairs as a financial economist, where he coordinates the department’s policy regarding macroeconomic and monetary developments in Europe and is the department’s primary liaison to the International Monetary Fund. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Anne, and their three sons. In July 2014, KEN’ICHI KAWAMOTO ’97 returned to Tokyo from New York City and took office as director of the Trade and Investment Facilitation Division of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Japan. EDITH LASZLO B’96, ’97 is on her third tour

of duty at the African Development Bank in Tunisia. After 10 years of enjoying emerging markets sovereign analysis

In 2012, GUIDO SANDULLI B’94, JHU’95 took a new job with a medical device company and moved his family to Salt Lake City from San Francisco. His wife and three kids love it there, and the family enjoys skiing at resorts within minutes of their home (pictured is Brighton). He travels frequently to Europe and Asia for work and managed to pass through Bologna last year.



moved from North Carolina to Palo Alto, Calif., where he recently became a partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. He leads Dalberg’s office in San Francisco and looks after the firm’s work on the West Coast. He has also been teaching an MBA course on social enterprise at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.


in New York City, she has transitioned to a development banker role, where the words “cross-cultural interaction” take on real meaning. She perseveres in her cultural acclimatization in the context of an Arab host

studies scholars attended the conference. Pore is a visiting professor at Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea, and Dickerson is an associate professor at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. PHIL ROBERTSON ’97

LEAVITT B’97, ’98 participated in her first Olympic Triathlon (swim, bike, run) in Philadelphia. Her two goals, at 53 years old, were to “show up” and “not get hurt.” Mission accomplished. She lives in Washington, D.C. CLASS OF


After 14 years with the U.S. government, YAEL EISENSTAT ’99 made a career shift into the private sector in 2013 and moved to Dallas. She is working for ExxonMobil on its Corporate Citizenship team. GREGORY REGAIGNON ’99 moved to New York

City from Los Angeles in July 2014 and has enjoyed getting involved in activities organized by the SAIS NY Alumni Club. PETER SIPE ’96 teaches at a public middle school in Boston. STEVEN MICHEL ’96 recently traveled from

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, to provide him with invaluable technical assistance in removing a tree stump. country, a francophone workplace in the international public sector, and African clients in the private sector. In 2013, at the fifth Engaging With Vietnam Conference at Thai Nguyen University in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam, WILLIAM F. PORE ’97 and DAVID DICKERSON JHU’90 presented a

paper, “A Reconcilable Strategy for Sustaining Vietnam’s Competitive Advantage.” Global business and Vietnam

is deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, based in Bangkok, and covering human rights developments in much of Southeast Asia, as well as North Korea and Japan. He continues to play an active role in the SAIS Alumni in Siam chapter that he helped found, after relocating to Bangkok shortly after graduating from SAIS. CLASS OF


In June 2014, SUSAN

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After spending 2012 in Canberra, Australia, and 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, JULIE M. WANG N’99, ’99 and her children, Peregrin and Parmenia, are living in Taipei, Taiwan, during husband Christopher Rea’s sabbatical year. He is associate professor of modern Chinese literature at the University of British Columbia. CLASS OF


LAURA ALTIERI B’98, ’00 is assistant general

counsel at the E & J Gallo Winery, working on international marketing and distribution in Modesto, Calif. She had a baby in April 2014 and,

in a few years, is hoping to spend the child’s kindergarten year in Italy. MICHAEL BÄK ’00 left a 12-year USAID career in democratic governance, peace-building, and multimedia campaigns to join London/Jakarta, Indonesia–based Strategic Asia Global as principal shareholder and director (Creative & Collaboration) in 2012 and to dabble with a digital agency in Hong Kong. He is also an associate of B-Change, a social enterprise technology group based in Singapore and Manila, Philippines, working with sexual and gender minorities. He consults on LGBT rights and global south development issues. He lives in Bangkok. GABRIELLA D’AVERNAS B’99, ’00 lives in Nicosia,

Cyprus. Since 2001, she has worked at the House of Representatives, specifically, with Parliament’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. She covers bilateral relations and travels frequently. DIEGO RAMIREZ ’00 lives in Quito, Ecuador. After a tour of duty in Washington, D.C., and serving as under secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, he left the foreign service. Since 2005, he has worked in private practice as a partner at the law firm Fabara & Co.


RACHEL SCHNELLER B’00, ’01 and her hus-

In 2013, MARTIN OLIVER CARRION B’01, JHU’02, ’03, JHU PhD ’10 was

appointed assistant professor of Spanish and humanities at the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia. In April 2013, he married Frédérique Marty-Real del Sarte. Both live and work in Philadelphia. He is currently working on a monograph titled “Cuzco’s Artistic and Intellectual Renaissance (1632–1688)” and just published an article titled “Indigenous Musicians at the Cuzco Cathedral.” CHRISTINA WU COVAULT N’01 and her husband,

Jason, welcomed their son, Grayson James, into the world in 2013. Grayson was born in Tucson, Ariz., and weighed in at six pounds and was 18 inches long (and is much bigger now). The Covault family lives in Phoenix, where she prosecutes violent crimes for the federal government as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona. In February 2014, FRANCISCO COY ’01 became director for European Affairs for Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bogotá, Colombia, where he resides. In 2013, RAND FISHBEIN PhD ’01 was appointed by County Executive Ike Leggett to serve as commissioner on the Montgomery County,

ROXANE BORN B’00, who has been living in Mexico City and working for the pharmaceutical industry since 2002, married Gorka Arrien in Berlin in 2013. They welcomed their firstborn baby boy, Alexander, in December 2014. They reside in Mexico City.

Md., Commission on Common Ownership Communities. The CCOC adjudicates disputes between residents of common ownership communities and their association board of directors. He is president of Fishbein Associates Inc., a firm focused on national security, foreign policy, counterterrorism, technology, congressional appropriations, and the Middle East. He and his wife reside in Potomac, Md. BRENDAN GALLAGHER JHU’01, ’01 completed a

nine-month deployment to southern Afghanistan in March 2014 as brigade executive officer in the U.S. Army. He began a doctorate program in security studies at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in the fall of 2014. He and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed the birth of their second child, Megan, in 2013. CARTER HEMPHILL ’01

is a program economist with USAID. He finished

a two-year post in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 2013 and moved to Lilongwe, Malawi, where he is working on his next four-year assignment with USAID. DAVIS HODGE B’00, ’01

lives in São Paulo, Brazil, with his wife, CINTIA FANTINI HODGE ’02. In August 2014, he opened a business strategy and public affairs consultancy, Concordia Public Affairs Strategies, assisting multinational clients to anticipate or react to regulatory trends and risks, mitigate potential costs, and identify new business opportunities. In 2013, DEEPA RAMESH ’01 returned to the U.S. after nearly eight years abroad in Ghana, Mexico, and Nicaragua. She now works on audits of international technical assistance projects in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two sons.

band, Bruno, welcomed their baby boy, Enzo, to the world in August 2014. She remarks on how her husband picked out the name of their son, not knowing that the late Professor Enzo Grilli was one of her favorite professors at SAIS. Rachel is U.S. consul in Toulouse, France. JIM THOMAS ’01 was named executive vice president and managing director for Zurich Credit & Political Risk, the world’s largest private provider of credit and political risk insurance. He accepted the position in May 2014 and will be relocating from Miami to Washington, D.C. He looks forward to reconnecting with his former SAIS classmates in the Washington, D.C., area. CLASS OF


In 2013, MOHAMED GHASSANE BOUHIA B’01, ’02 was appointed

head of Casanearshore Park in Casablanca, the biggest offshoring and outsourcing destination in Morocco. He completed his education in 2008 with an MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées de Paris and manages large-scale real estate development projects throughout Morocco. He recently completed his first marathon in Lisbon, Portugal, and is looking for new challenges. He lives in Casablanca with his wife and two children. Johns Hopkins University

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BRITTANY DANISCH B’01, ’02 has been with

RICHARD FONTAINE ’02 is president of the

the National Democratic Institute for more than 10 years. Since returning from a posting in Liberia, she has joined the Citizen Participation team, which supports NDI programs around the world that seek to engage citizens in political action. She complements

Center for a New American Security, a national security think tank in Washington, D.C., and writes and speaks on foreign policy (when the joys of fatherhood do not direct his energies otherwise). He and his wife, Karen, welcomed a new addition to their

In five hours, TOMMY LI N’01 (right) and his college roommate Yan Hui (left) summited Four Sisters Mountain II: 17,310 feet at 9:30 a.m. on October 24. The Four Sisters Mountain, located in the west of Sichuan Province, comprises four snowy peaks whose altitudes are above 5,000 meters. Li summited Four Sisters I (5,035 meters) last year. He lives in Shanghai and is president of the JHU Shanghai Alumni Club.

her international work by advocating for better environmental policies in Washington, D.C. NICLAS DURING B’01, ’02

moved back to Stockholm from London with his wife and son to take up a new job as portfolio director at Swedfund International AB, an emerging markets private-equity investor.

family last fall. Andrew was born in October 2013 and joins his siblings Kate, Leah, and Joseph in the family’s Falls Church, Va., home. In March 2014, VAHID FOTUHI ’02 founded Fathers and Kids Camping, an outdoors company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he resides. He remains the founder and president

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of the Middle East Solar Industry Association, the largest solar NGO in the Middle East and North Africa region. In August 2014, ANNE GLICK ’02 launched Globe Smart Education, a tool kit enabling educators worldwide to make learning personal and memorable. It accompanies the One Globe Kids app she and others created in 2013. Globe Smart Education, available in English, Dutch, and French, features stories from Burundi, Haiti, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and New York City. Others are in production from Israel, Norway, and Palestine. She lives in The Hague with husband, Jan, and their three boys. ROSALIE PARKER LOEWEN ’02 and REUBEN LOEWEN ’02

have settled into Haines, Ala. Her literary fiction was featured in an anthology released in 2014 by Ashland Creek Press, Among Animals. He cleared the land and built a home for their growing family, Marina, 7, Lydia, 4, and Sylvia, born in August 2014. KATE MALONEY ’02,

director at KPMG LLP in Development and Exempt Organizations, advises private foundations, nonprofits, the U.N., and governments on emerging market sustainable development matters. After two years in London,

she returned to New York City and serves as co-president of the SAIS NY Alumni Club and is in her second year with the JHU Alumni Council. With her work-related global travel, she has connected with SAIS friends in Africa, Colombia, and Mexico. KYLE STELMA ’02, co-founder of Dunia Frontier Consultants and Frontier Data Corp. (now Findyr), lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and travels to various regions around the world. CLASS OF


EDWARD MASSIE EISNER B’03, ’03 is on active

duty in the U.S. Navy, assigned as deputy director for training and readiness for Special Operations Command, Pacific, in Honolulu. He resides close by in Kailua. In April 2014, GREY FRANDSEN ’03 became chief solutions officer for ieCrowd, a global innovation commercialization platform formed by senior entrepreneurs to transform breakthrough discoveries into global market solutions. He leads global sales, licensing, and strategic market partners for all ieCrowd subsidiaries. He resides in Riverside, Calif. In October 2014, DAVID LANDES B’02, ’03 and his family marked seven years living in Stockholm. He works at The Local Europe, a growing network of English-lan-


In May 2014, ANA LEROY ’02 rejoined the International Trade Group at W&C LLP as an international trade consultant based in Mexico City. Her husband, CHRISTOPHE LEROY ’02, is a consultant, coach, and healing practitioner working with corporate and private clients based in Mexico City. They live in Mexico City with their two children. The whole family enjoyed a visit to SAIS in 2013. guage news websites, which this year added Austria and Denmark to its ranks. He heads up The Local’s newly created Commercial Content Unit, where he works with clients to develop brand journalism and content marketing campaigns. He coaches his son’s football team and hopes to travel to Italy soon. YE MIN TUN ’03 and MAKIKO TOYODA-TUN ’03 live in McLean, Va.

Ye Min teaches Burmese at SAIS and the U.S. Department of State. Makiko works on agricultural finance initiatives as product lead at the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation and has initiated several projects in Africa. They attended the SAIS Tokyo reunion in 2013. They have a six-

year-old daughter, Moe Ma Kha Tun (Momo). CLASS OF



is quality manager for RiverSide Electronics in southeast Minnesota. He recently taught a year of global studies at Winona State University and published Take Charge of Your Future: A 1-2-3 Guide to Making Good Career Choices for high school and college students. He married Moira Corcoran in May 2014, and they reside in Winona, Minn., where he serves on various nonprofit boards. Since 2008, FELIX BOECKING N’04 has been a lecturer (U.K. equivalent to assistant professor) in modern Chinese economic and political history at the

recently returned to Australia after 10 years at the World Bank working as a senior urban development specialist in the Africa region, most recently leading the design of the bank’s first and flagship operation for South Sudan. The project will provide $100 million to strengthen local governance and service delivery. She recently married her husband, Elliot, and in December 2014, they welcomed their first child, Nicholas Rafael Perlman. She consults for the bank from Melbourne, Australia. Last year, SAM VANUYTSEL B’02, ’04 left his job at the Belgian Federal Parliament and joined that country’s foreign service in 2013 as attaché for development cooperation. In May 2014, during training, he was assigned to the Belgian Embassy in Kampala, Uganda, one of 18 partner countries in the Belgian Development Cooperation. He is responsible for follow-up of the health sector and environmental projects, supported by Belgium and South Sudan. In September 2013, DANIEL YEBOAH B’04

began his position as research coordinator for the West Africa Institute

in Praia, Cabo Verde, after serving in the Master of Advanced International Studies program at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna since 2011. The WAI focuses on research into regional integration and social transformations in West Africa. CLASS OF



works in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery, helping rebuild homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy. He is also studying in the Executive MBA program at Johnson Cornell University and was elected one of five Class of 2015 representatives. He was also recently voted co-head of media for the Asian Financial Society, which boasts 4,000 members worldwide in finance, banking, and real estate. He stands out as the public-sector guy, but his Chinese comes in handy with his group. He lives in Jackson Heights in Queens, New York City, with his wife of eight years, Zoe (Yan Shan, from Shanghai) and their cat, Tommy. ANIT MUKHERJEE ’05, PhD ’12 is an assistant

professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He moved there in 2013 and resides with his wife, Malobi, and one-yearold child, Ayan. To escape the confines of academia, he is always Johns Hopkins University

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University of Edinburgh in Scotland. From 2010 to 2011, he was an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.


up for meeting with friends and alumni from his nine years at SAIS. CLASS OF


JEFF OKUN-KOZLOWICKI B’05, ’06 married his

wife, Rachel, in 2011 in Provincetown, Mass. They subsequently moved to Cape Town, South Africa, to pursue research and teaching opportunities. After they returned to Washington, D.C., he started a job as an international trade analyst for the U.S. International Trade Commission in 2013.

ASLI CEREN OZHAN B’05, ’06 works at the

International Finance Corporation’s Istanbul Office as an investor officer for the Financial Institutions Group. She married in 2012 and is living in Istanbul. She enjoys organizing and attending the annual SAIS alumni event, where she and fellow alumni get together for dinner and enjoyable conversation. DELIA POCAN-AULISIO N’06 continues her work

as account customization manager for Sony Mobile Communications. In 2011, she and her husband welcomed their daughter, Amalia Elsa. She resides in Helsingborg, Sweden. CLASS OF



BLAIR GLENCORSE B’03, ’04 runs the Account-

ability Lab, working on integrity and anticorruption issues in West Africa and South Asia. In June 2014, he was named an Echoing Green Fellow and a winner of the BMW Responsible Leaders Award for his work with the Lab. He is a Social Impact Fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Washington, D.C. and enjoyed traveling to Delhi, India in February 2014.

recently moved to a new bureau within the U.S. Department of State and works to advance human rights. She and Toby Gohn welcomed their second child in February 2014 in Washington, D.C. JENNIFER ATALA ’07 is wrapping up her time in Washington, D.C., where her career has included work with the International Finance Corporation’s Financial Institutions Group, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, and Booz Allen, to return to her other home in Israel

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to work with Palestinian technology entrepreneurs. She will continue her side business of teaching yoga in Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Ramallah and welcomes connecting with other SAIS alumni in the region. In 2013, JONATHAN CARTU N’07 saw his eight-year Chinese odyssey come to an end. He moved on from a four-year period serving as director of operations for the Duvel Moortgat brewery in China and transplanted himself to Tel Aviv, Israel, where he started an Internet service company. In August 2013, ERIC JAFFE ’07 assumed leadership of the Legal, Economic, and Regulatory Affairs practice for the Americas at Gerson Lehrman Group and is based in New York. AUNG KO ’07 has been serving in the Americas Division of the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar since 2012. Aung resides in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. DIVYA MATHEW B’06, ’07 lives in Manila,

Philippines. In 2012 she joined the Asian Development Bank, where she is a planning and policy specialist in the Strategy and Policy Department. CENK SIDAR B’06, ’07

published a book in Turkish, The Turkish Dream, in Istanbul in June 2014. He manages

his political risk and economic analysis firm in Washington, D.C., and resides in Fairfax, Va. CLASS OF



and Samer Nassif were married in May 2013 in her hometown of York, Pa. In November 2013, the couple relocated to Beirut, where she is an instructor at the American University of Beirut. ASTARI MARESKA DAENUWY ’08 has re-

turned to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry after being assigned for six years to the office of the president of Indonesia, under the administration of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. She is now working at the ministry’s Center for Education and Training and is relishing time with her husband, Christopher, and their newborn baby daughter, Abigail. In July 2014, OURANIA DIONYSIOU B’07, ’08

was appointed UNICEF’s head of partnerships for the Gulf area (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates). In this role, she directs UNICEF’s relationship-building program and resource mobilization strategy in the Global Corporate Challenge with high net worth, high-level publicand private-sector partners, including governments, foundations and trusts, corporations, and major donors in support of UNICEF’s global work

in 190 countries and territories around the world. She lives in Dubai. In May 2014 JOHN HUMMEL ’08 was elected Deschutes County, Ore. district attorney and took office in January 2015. YONGYONG JI N’05, ’08

and SARA GAVRYCK-JI N’05 welcomed their first baby boy, Kaiyan Ji, in September 2013. They live in Brooklyn, N.Y. Colonel MICHAEL NORTON ’08 took command of the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y., in July 2014. EADS is one of two North American Aerospace Defense Command air defense sectors in the continental United States and is responsible for the aerospace defense

of the eastern United States. EADS supports NORAD’s Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment and the Northern Command homeland defense mission. In 2013, HENRY NUZUM ’08 returned to Washington, D.C., after four years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He continues to work for Seacor Holdings, an energy and commodity services firm that focuses on shipping. In August 2014, he married Farzaneh Paslar, whom he met in Dubai. He enjoys being back near SAIS, seeing classmates, and dropping in on events. SUSAN SMITH ’08 returned to the European Bank for Reconstruction

JESSICA THOMPSON B’06, ’07 co-founded and serves as CEO of a yoga mat company called Yogo, founded in 2014. It is crowd-funded and brings a superior compact and clean travel yoga mat to the world. Its natural rubber is extra “grippy” and biodegradable. She lives in Larkspur, Calif.

and Development as principal manager for external policy coordination, after nearly two years working in microfinance advisory and research in the South Caucasus. She resides in London. CLASS OF

BHARATI CHATURVEDI ’07 is founder of Chintan, an

environmental justice nonprofit based in Delhi, India. She argues that since the poor and informal sectors provide Indians with environmental services, policies should include them. Her work has won her the Grassroots Women of the Decade Achiever’s Award (September 2014) and numerous other awards supporting initiatives tied to human rights, women, and children. She writes a weekly column on green issues for a leading Indian daily.


In September 2014, STEFANIA BENAGLIA B’08, ’09 left Brussels

and the European Commission and relocated to New Delhi, India, where she will be for the next three years. In May 2014, MEHTAB DERE B’08, ’09 transferred from the U.N. Development Programme Afghanistan, where he was working as a program specialist, to the U.N. Mission in South Sudan. He is now based in Juba, South Sudan. DONIKA HRISTOVA ’09

launched a gourmet gelato business, Amore Gelato, in Washington, D.C., in 2013. The company produces unique

flavors (such as cucumber mojito) from scratch, using fresh ingredients and organic milk, cream, and eggs. Amore makes gelato cakes and cups for catered events and office lunches and delivers gelato in the metropolitan area. It is now available at Whole Foods (P Street), Dupont Market (18th and Swann streets), and Streets Market & Café (2400 14th St. NW). In May 2014, ARASH MASSOUDI JHU’08, B’08, ’09 was appointed

mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance correspondent for the Financial Times and is based in London. DANIEL MORRIS B’08, ’09, previously posted to

Cairo, is a USAID Foreign Service officer and is currently posted to Kabul, Afghanistan. After five years with USAID, BRIAN STOUT ’09 moved to Seattle in April 2014 to lead a strategy project for the

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China still struggling with poverty and lacking access to critical services. CLASS OF



THEODORE LIEBREICH ’08 was recognized by President Obama on April 29, 2014, for his contributions to Typhoon Yolanda Relief. The catastrophic typhoon, the center of which hit Tacloban, Philippines, occurred in November 2013. He was on the initial embassy assessment and disaster relief team. He works for the U.S. Embassy and lives in Manila, Philippines.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $2 billion agriculture portfolio. He also joined the Truman National Security Project, a progressive political organization, as a 2014 fellow and joined the board of directors of Humanity in Action, a New York City–based human rights nonprofit.

the steering committee of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., in 2013, and she was appointed to chair the resource development committee for Hesperian Health Guides in Berkeley, Calif., in July 2014. She resides in Indianapolis.

In January 2014, JEREMY

For the past three years, ZHANG YI N’07, ’09 has been affiliated with Fullerton Financial Holdings, an investment vehicle for the financial industry of Temasek, Singapore, and has worked on opening 50 community banks from scratch over the 10 provinces in China that are most in need of inclusive financial services. He has traveled extensively throughout 50 counties in these provinces and sees a

VENTUSO B’08, ’09

joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service officer. He arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for his first overseas assignment in May 2014. He currently resides in Vladivostok. In the past two years, EMILY WEST ’09 was named to positions with two international development organizations with which she works: She was appointed to

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works for PIMCO Japan, an affiliate of PIMCO, the world’s largest bond manager with headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif., as an account associate supporting asset management for Japanese financial institutions. He also has started a side business that focuses on hydropower projects in Nepal, a developing South Asian country that experiences a persistent deficit in electricity. He resides in Tokyo and is always happy to see SAIS alumni who come to town. ERIN KELLEY ’10 joined the National Women’s Business Council in April 2014 as research and policy director. The NWBC is a nonpartisan federal advisory council that works to ensure a favorable business climate for women entrepreneurs. She and her husband, Brandon Barrett, welcomed their son, Asher, in 2013. The family lives in Winchester, Va. ROBERT MCDONALD ’10 is posted to the U.S.

Embassy in Rangoon, Myanmar, with the U.S. Foreign Service, where he is responsible for covering Parliament, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, and the 2015 nationwide general elections.

BRIAN NORRIS PhD ’10, his wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Jo and Virginia, welcomed Tabitha Rose into their family in 2013. Brian also began a new line of research on prison bureaucracy in the U.S., Mexico, and India. He traveled to Mexico City and Guanajuato, Mexico, in January and June 2014, and to India in August 2014 for this research. He is assistant professor at the Citadel, and he and his family live in Charleston, S.C. MICHAELA PODKOVCIK B’09, ’10 lives in Dubai.

She joined the Corporate Governance and Risk Management Department at the Al Habtoor Group, a family-owned conglomerate, in 2012 and is currently overseeing the media and communications projects for the group’s headquarters. MARI TANAKA ’10 lives in Tokyo. As project coordinator of the Nippon Foundation, she travels to Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia at least once a month. Currently, she is involved with and has greatly enjoyed the Asian Women Social Entrepreneurs Seminar in Bangkok. CLASS OF



and his wife, EILEEN ZHANG N’11, met and dated during their year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center; moved to Kunming together for two years; moved to the U.S.

(Air Assault) deployed to Afghanistan. The unit worked with Afghan National Security Forces to plan both recent Afghan presidential elections.

CORDELIA CHESNUTT B’10, ’11 is a forced

MIHOKO MATSUBARA ’11 lives in Tokyo. She

displacement specialist for the World Bank. She spends her free time playing competitive badminton on the East Coast. She lives in Washington, D.C.

works for the Japanese government’s information security committee and executive IT panel to help craft and revise strategy and policy. In March 2014, Miho was selected to join the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s international executive and cyber committees.


lives in Houston and works for Chevron in international business development. In February 2014, GEORGE FLEESON B’10, ’11 and his wife had

a baby girl, Gwyneth Grace, nicknamed “Winnie.” They reside in Cheverly, Md. Major KWENTON KUHLMAN ’11 is a brigade operations officer in the 101st Airborne Division

BRIAN ORLAND ’11 lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and travels often to Jakarta and the outer islands for his work on forestry and land tenure issues. PETULA TSE ’11 is the organizational development director for East

LANDON LOOMIS B’07, ’08 moved to Brazil in June with his wife, Holly, economic officer for the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, and three boys, Soren, 3, Oscar, 2, and Nathaniel, 1, just in time for the start of the World Cup. He is serving a four-year assignment as a commercial officer for the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia. He also managed to celebrate Bahian Independence Day in Salvador.

Asia Pacific at Teach for All, a global network of partner organizations with a shared vision of expanding educational opportunity in their countries so that all children can attain an excellent education. She resides in Hong Kong. In August 2014, ROBBERT VAN EERD B’10, ’11

started a job as a pricing manager for Air France– KLM and is based in Paris. Prior to that, he was employed as an infrastructure finance consultant for the World Bank Public-Private Partnerships group in Washington, D.C.

SHIRIN MOHAMMADI B’11, ’12 lives in Dubai,

United Arab Emirates. In January 2014, she became an associate analyst for Moody’s Investors Service, covering credits in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

In 2013, DAVID J. WILLIS N’11 joined the consulting team at Z-Ben Advisors in Shanghai, where he works on projects to help foreign financial institutions navigate China’s asset management industry. Along with fellow graduates, he spends his free time traveling throughout Southeast Asia, from Beijing to Manila, Philippines, to play at various ultimate Frisbee tournaments. CLASS OF

and business issues from the perspective of the EU’s business community. Brussels-based Europolitics is the leading independent, subscription-based news service on EU affairs. In June 2014, she moved to Athens, Greece. She continues writing for Kurier.

SHAMARUKH MOHIUDDIN ’12, based in Wash-


JULIA DAMIANOVA ’12 worked in Wash-

ington, D.C., as U.S. correspondent for the second-largest Austrian national daily newspaper, Kurier, until May 2014, when she was offered the events director position for the Europolitics Roundtable Series, focused on EU economic

ington, D.C., started a new nonprofit organization, Lift Up Asia, focused on promoting economic development in Asia. Its first project is providing fire and building safety training at garment factories in Bangladesh. The garment sector employs millions of poor women locally and serves as an important source of foreign exchange for the country. Shamarukh is executive director of the U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council, promoting U.S.-Bangladesh relations. In July 2014, JENNIFER NATH ’12 began working in Deloitte’s strategy consulting office in Tel Aviv, Israel. There, she and several fellow SAIS graduates have organized periodic get-togethers as part of

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in 2013; and got married that fall. They happily live in Chicago. He works in the logistics industry, and she works in the chemical industry.




JOH N COLLI N S I I I ’68, Ph D ’ 7 5

In 2013, MARCUS ANNIBALE ’13 was promoted to the rank of colonel and is now serving as assistant chief of staff, G-3 Operations for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan.


In July 2014, ASHLEY





BARTLETT B’12, ’13

they are exploring the place and liking the city. He sees Bangladesh as an incredibly colorful country. In July 2013, RUI LI N’13 joined the China Construction Bank head office after her graduation from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. After a year of training in rotation in the Shandong branch of the bank in Jinan City, she moved to Beijing in July 2014 and has been working at the Foreign Exchange Clearing Division of the Operation Management Department.


moved from Washington, D.C., to Hyderabad in Telangana, India, to begin work as a consular officer for the U.S. Department of State. She will be living and working there until July 2016.

ER I K JOH N M EDEBY B ’07, ’0 8

In July 2014, MAHRUKH


HASAN B’12, ’13

was director general of the General Directorate for Programs Design and Management for the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2014. He is now an international development consultant, promoting democratic governance and reform in post-conflict contexts. He recently advised a U.S.based coalition, raising awareness among key influencers in the U.S. and Afghanistan, about the importance of building the future of Afghanistan on a democratic foundation. He also explained the political transition process and its challenges in Afghanistan and the South Asia region.



a “SAIS in Israel” alumni group. They invite any SAIS alumni living, working in, or traveling to Israel to participate in their group activities. After living in Spain and spending a few months in his hometown of San Diego, BRYAN SCHELL B’11, ’12 moved back to Washington, D.C., in June 2014 to begin training as a U.S. Foreign Service officer. Unfor-

tunately for him, he reports, Washington, D.C., weather is still the same. He resides in Arlington, Va. SHIRLENE YEE ’12 lives in Manila, Philippines. In 2013, she joined the U.S. Foreign Service and is serving her first assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. She will serve her second tour in Toronto, starting in the summer of 2016.

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completed a fourmonth monitoring and evaluation consultancy with a USAID-funded rule-of-law stabilization project in Afghanistan. She was based in Kabul as a Global Law and Development Fellow for Tetra Tech DPK, an international development consulting firm. She accepted a position as research and monitoring and evaluation manager in Bangui, Central African Republic, for Internews, an international media development organization. SUSHIL LAMSAL ’13

moved to the Embassy of Nepal in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as counselor/ deputy chief of mission in July 2014. His threeyear-old son and wife have joined him, and

LEAH ROMERO ’13 is associate director for education for the Chief Executives Organization. She resides in Springfield, Va. TYSON SMITH B’12, ’13, his wife, Brianna, and their daughter, Taryn, welcomed their new daughter (and baby sister), Hadleigh, to the family in 2013. He has been working with the international trade advisory firm TradeMoves LLC since graduating from SAIS. He and his family currently reside in Arlington, Va. AMANDA STEK ’13 lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2013, she became the team leader of a monitoring and evaluation team for Social Impact Inc. She and a group of local Indonesian M&E specialists are currently evaluating a $30 million USAID governance program. She enjoys organizing events for Jakarta’s SAIS alumni group. CLASS OF


After graduating in June 2014, SAGA MCFARLAND N’14 moved to Beijing with her husband and dog and is a project assistant for APCO Worldwide, where she assists clients in policy analysis, media monitoring, and development of government relations strategies.

In June 2014, several recent SAIS graduates began working as Foreign Service officers at the U.S. Department of State. In August 2014, members of the 178th A-100 Foreign Service Generalist class received their first overseas assignments. Pictured are nine SAIS graduates who are the United States’ newest diplomats. First row, from left: AMY PADILLA ’14 (posted to Monrovia, Liberia), BRYAN SCHELL ’12 (posted to Bujumbura, Burundi), ROSE MARKS ’14 (posted to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia), TETYANA IVANISHENA B’13, ’14 (posted to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan), and BRANDON PEART ’14 (posted to Moscow). Second row, from left: MIKE NGUYEN ’14 (posted to Guangzhou, China), ABIGAIL TRENHAILE ’14 (posted to Beijing), EVAN DAVIS B’13, ’14 (posted to Rio de Janeiro), and GARETH R. COLLINS ’14 (posted to Beijing)

In June 2014, RUI ZHANG N’14, graduate student from Shaanxi Normal University, graduated from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center as a certificate student and is working to receive her master’s degree in July 2015. After graduating from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in June 2014,

ALEX STEVENS N’14 took on a consulting position with the government affairs department for the Beijing office of Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm. In other words, he reports, he is being paid to do what he loves—thinking, writing, discussing, and continuing to learn about China.

In July 2014, TINGYU YUAN N’14 started his professional career at China Construction Bank in Shanghai. He is a management trainee in the credit card department, which issues more than 10 million credit cards every year. He graduated from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center with a concentration in international economics.

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Contact the SAIS Development and Alumni Relations Staff SAIS WASHINGTON MARY EVANS Special Events Coordinator MARGARET HARDT FRONDORF ’00 Director of Alumni Relations SONYA HOLMES Senior Administrative Coordinator JORDI IZZARD Senior Associate Director of Alumni Relations ANNA LEMBERGER Development Coordinator LIZ LEVINE Senior Associate Director of Development SEAN MALONEY Associate Director of Development KIM MORTON Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

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SAIS Magazine Spring 2015  

The inaugural issue of the new SAIS Magazine explores the latest happenings at SAIS, reflections from alumni, recently published books from...