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Preparing Leaders With A Global Perspective

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T h e O f f i c i a l N e w s l e tt e r f o r a lu m n i a n d f r i e n d s o f T h e F l e t c h e r S c h oo l o f L aw a n d D i p lo m a c y at T u f t s Un i v e r s i t y.

FEATURES Deans Corner — 3 Christiane Delessert, F73: A Journey into Success — 4 The End of Multiculturalism — 6 DEPARTMENTS From the Fletcher Files — 8 VIP Visitors — 9 Quotes of Note — 9 Club News — 10 Club Contacts — 12 Recent Publications — 13 Class Notes — 14 Beyond Boundaries — 33 In Memoriam — 34


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Julia Motl Lowe Director of The Fletcher Fund

PHOTOGRAPHS Tiffany Knight, Len Rubenstein

Roger A. Milici Jr. Senior Director

EDITOR Leah S. Brady

Michael Preiner Assistant Director of The Fletcher Fund


Moira Rafferty Reunion Coordinator

Kathleen Bobick Staff Assistant

Cynthia Weymouth Administrative Assistant

Leah S. Brady Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Stewardship

Special thanks to: Erin Hart

Jennifer Weingarden Associate Director


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This year marks The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s 75th Anniversary

This year marks The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s 75th Anniversary, and I am pleased to inform you that the School continues to excel in its mission to prepare the world’s leaders as it also strengthens and sustains both the foundation of its excellence and its prospects for the future. The School is in the midst of the Beyond Boundaries fundraising campaign to raise $100 million by 2011 to meet these overarching curricular priorities that will allow Fletcher to better fulfill its mission: Financial aid, to increase affordability for the most talented and deserving students (see the feature on p. 33), and endowed professorships and signature academic programs, to build a scholarly community at the nexus of theory and practice. We are also raising funds for the building renovation as we create a fitting home for a world-class school. To learn more about Fletcher’s campaign priorities, please visit campaign or call +1.617.627.2720. To date, Fletcher has raised $64 million. Most of this is in cash pledges to be fulfilled over a multi-year period as well as several bequests, one of which is for $12.5 million, the largest gift ever received. Our most recent major gift was a $2 million bequest from a 1964 alumnus and his wife to create a named endowed professorship in commercial diplomacy. With three fiscal years remaining, my colleagues and I are eager to see the School achieve its $100 million goal.

$75,000, we invite you to demonstrate your Fletcher pride and help commemorate the School’s founding by supporting The Fletcher Fund. To make a Fletcher Fund gift, please visit alumni/gifts or call +1.617.627.5441. My recent travels have allowed me to connect with alumni and friends in Beijing, London, Mexico City, Seoul, and Tokyo. Now back on campus, we are completing preparations for Commencement and Reunion Weekend, where we again expect record numbers to return to campus to celebrate with their classmates and fellow alums. You can find the complete weekend schedule at: Finally, excitement is mounting as Fletcher’s 75th Anniversary Gala approaches. I hope you will be able to join us in celebration of this milestone on Saturday, 11 October 2008, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Formal invitations will arrive by mail in June, but until then, you can take part in commemorating the occasion by submitting your own Fletcher story of connection, and following the evolving gala details at:

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Because gifts to the annual fund are included in this campaign, we hope that everyone will participate in the Fletcher Fund at a level that befits their personal circumstances. Several alumni have come together to offer a 75th Anniversary Participation Challenge. This group is poised to give an additional $75,000 this year as an incentive to encourage participation at all levels. Whether you give $7.50 or

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Christiane Delessert, F73: A Journey into Success By Sujata Tuladhar, F08

Recently, Christiane Delessert, F73, widely recognized as one of the top financial planners in the U.S., received a blast from the past—an email requesting her published Ph.D. dissertation Release and Repatriation of Prisoners of War at the End of Active Hostilities. The request was from a lawyer representing two detainees at Guantanamo Bay, who wanted to refer to her book to find out how long the detainees (enemy combatants) should be held in detention without being charged. The email was a desperate plea for help, because he feared that his opponent had checked out the only copy available from the Library of Congress. From successfully completing a Ph.D. in International Humanitarian Law at the University of Geneva, to becoming a well-established financial planner, Delessert followed a unique career path. Stating that she feels her work in international law came full circle with this recent request, she says, “Sometimes I do wonder why I went through with a Ph.D. that has nothing to do with what I do now. But I have loved doing what I have done and hold no regrets.” Passion, confidence and willpower radiate with every word Delessert speaks and is evident in her many accomplishments. Delessert received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics, and a Ph.D. in International Law and Economics from the University of Geneva (Graduate Institute of International Affairs), in addition to her MALD from The Fletcher School. After completing her Ph.D., Delessert found it difficult to continue with her international law focus as her Boston-based commitments. Instead, she found an alternative path—the world of financial planning. Referencing her considerable shift in profession, Delessert points out that she “was motivated by wanting to be financially independent… This urge was very strong in me even from my college years.” Born in Venezuela, raised in Switzerland, and settled in the U.S., Delessert greatly values her global exposure and experience, and she sought any opportunity to keep that aspect of her life alive. Consequently, she joined an international program at John Hancock in Boston that introduced her to corporate America. The corporate environment did not quite satisfy her. “It was a very structured environment where I noticed that people moved up the steps of the ladder every two to three years. It didn’t matter if you were bright or not, it just went according to a schedule,” she says. Leaving John Hancock in 1981, Delessert took up a friend’s offer

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to join MHA Financial Corporations in Braintree, Massachusetts, as a vice president for operations. With this step began her journey into the emerging field of financial planning—providing a comprehensive analysis of all financial needs of a client. She attributes her ability to thrive in this new field to the training she received at Fletcher. Although she did not have the opportunity to take classes on business and entrepreneurship at Fletcher, she claims that Fletcher education gave her the biggest gift—the gift of being a generalist. According to Delessert, her work required a wide range of knowledge on a variety of fields—skills related to law, finances, mediation, strategy, history and economics. “The Fletcher School education made me a generalist, which was essential for me to do what I wanted to do. It made me who I am today.” She continues, “Mostly, it affected my relationship with clients because they saw someone who was well educated and well-versed in a variety of topics and therefore could relate to them.” She later moved on to become president of Bornhofft Financial Services, Inc. Remembering her interview for the job, Delessert says, “I was offered the task of starting something completely from scratch. So I kept pushing to get concrete answers. The response I got was: ‘Delessert, what I am offering you is like a marriage. There is no guarantee that it will work out. So you jump or don’t jump.’” Finally recognizing her own entrepreneurial spirit, she jumped at the challenge of starting a completely new endeavor completely from scratch. She convinced the management to register with the Security Exchange Commission to make it the first registered investment advising firm at the time. Through her work with Bornhofft, Delessert became more and more well-known and received wide recognition for her work. The firm eventually merged with BDO Seidman, and after ten years Delessert realized that it was time to do something on her own. In 1994, she founded Delessert Financial, where she continues to work today. Leaving the accounting firm and starting on her own was not an easy step. Delessert recalls it as the best yet most challenging decision of her life. When she left the firm, all but one client decided to stay with her. “Earlier on in the field, I realized that the person who controls the firm-client relationship is the one who has the most power. That was the key to my survival,” says Delessert. Her clients’ support (and personal support from her husband and children) was an essential element to her later success.

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This client loyalty also resulted in a lawsuit from her former employer, presenting a daunting challenge to the new financial firm. “Starting my own firm in the basement of my house with four staff while handling the lawsuit was not easy. But not only did I survive it, but I have thrived since then,” Delessert says. Today, Delessert Financial is considered a boutique wealth-management firm managing around $430 million worth of wealth. She and her eight staff handle clients all around the U.S. and are now planning to go global. “Looking back at it, it’s all passion and excitement now. But when I was going through it, it wasn’t always easy. It was about stamina, endurance, believing in myself, and keeping at it,” Delessert recalls. Delessert is highly conscious of the hard work put in by her employees in raising the firm from a start-up to a strong and successful financial establishment. In recognition of their crucial role, she offered 18 percent of her firm to her key employees. Her belief in mentorship and supporting the next generation is quite evident. She currently has two junior partners who run the firm while she works three days a week. “I have told the guys that I want my portrait in the conference room when I am gone,” says Delessert. In a field that has historically been considered a male domain, Delessert has left her permanent stamp as a woman, as an entrepreneur, and as a professional. Though she never let the

gender aspect interfere with her progress, Delessert feels that she hit the glass ceiling during her time at the accounting firm. She was bringing in as many clients as were being referred to her and yet, as a woman, she did not have the opportunity to climb any higher. “Somehow I survived the world that was not always that friendly,” she says. She attributes this success to luck as well as her intelligence. Traditionally, financial analysts were compensated on the basis of commission. From very early on in her career, Delessert insisted that this form of compensation would cause a conflict of interest between the advice one would give the client and the advice one should give. Delessert says, “I decided twenty-five years ago, when it was only five of us in the nation, that I was going to be compensated by the hour or by the percentage of assets and not through implementation.” Her commitment to this decision has, in later years, brought about a wider acceptance for the much-appreciated fee-based compensation approach. While asked to recall what she took away from The Fletcher School, Delessert mentions its “international perspective.” Although the field of financial planning has mostly been U.S.-centered, she stresses the importance of her global view throughout her career. “I was talking about the need to invest internationally way before it became common,” cited Delessert. Her advice to her junior partners: “A real money manager is someone who sits in the center of the world and looks at it not as an American but a citizen of the world.” She credits this foresightedness to her education and exposure to global perspectives at The Fletcher School. She adds that the level of confidence her professors showed in her intellectual capacity and their constant push to make her work harder helped her become a stronger individual, professionally as well personally. “Professors recognizing brain and pushing it—that’s a lesson I carry on in my life,” she said. In particular, she remembers Professor Henrikson and Professor Rubin for their constant support and push. “I could not be where I am right now without the Fletcher background.” With this acknowledgement, Delessert has now actively taken on initiatives to give back to the Fletcher community. She is currently involved with the Fletcher Women’s Network, as well as a member of Fletcher’s Development Committee, the only standing sub-committee of the Board of Overseers. “Reconnecting with the Fletcher community has been like reconnecting with my international side. It’s very important to me,” stated Delessert. If not law or financial planning, what else would she have chosen to do? “If I had stayed in Switzerland, I would have definitely entered Swiss Diplomatic circle or the UN,” she says. Whatever the profession, there is no doubt that Delessert, with her passion and conviction, would have made it yet another success story. And finally, Delessert offers some sound Fletcher advice: “Follow what you want to do and do it with passion. Believing in yourself and what you are doing is the key ingredient to success.”

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The End of Multiculturalism By Lawrence E. Harrison

The U.S. must be a melting pot—not a salad bowl. Future generations may look back on Iraq and immigration as the two great disasters of the Bush presidency. Ironically, for a conservative administration, both of these policy initiatives were rooted in a multicultural view of the world. Since the 1960s, multiculturalism has become a dominant feature of the political and intellectual landscape of the West. But multiculturalism rests on a frail foundation: cultural relativism, or the notion that no culture is better or worse than any other—it is merely different. When it comes to democratic continuity, social justice, and prosperity, some cultures do far better than others. Research at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, summarized in my recent book, The Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It From Itself, makes this clear. Extensive data suggest that the champions of progress are the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden), where, for example, universal literacy was a substantial reality in the 19th century. By contrast, no Arab country today is democratic, and female illiteracy in some Arab countries exceeds 50 percent. Culture isn’t about genes or race; it’s about values, beliefs, and attitudes. Culture matters because it influences a society’s receptivity to democracy, justice, entrepreneurship, and free-market institutions. What, then, are the implications for a foreign policy based on the doctrine, “These values of freedom are right and true for every person, in every society”? The Bush administration has staked huge human, financial, diplomatic, and prestige resources on this doctrine’s applicability in Iraq. It is now apparent that the doctrine is fallacious. A key component of a successful democratic transition is trust, a particularly important cultural factor for social justice and prosperity. Trust in others reduces the cost of economic transactions, and democratic stability depends on it. Trust is periodically measured in eighty-odd countries by the World Values Survey. The Nordic countries enjoy very high levels of trust: 58 to 67 percent of respondents in four of these countries believe that most people can be trusted, compared with 11 percent of Algerians and 3 percent of Brazilians. The high levels of identification and trust in Nordic societies reflect their homogeneity: common Lutheran

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antecedents, including a rigorous ethical code and heavy emphasis on education, and a consequent sense of the nation as one big family imbued with the Golden Rule.

“Culture isn’t about genes or race; it’s about values, beliefs, and attitudes.” Again, culture matters—race doesn’t. The ethnic roots of both Haiti and Barbados lie in the Dahomey region of West Africa. The history of Haiti, independent in 1804 in the wake of a slave uprising against the French colonists, is one of corrupt, incompetent leadership, illiteracy, and poverty. Barbados, which gained its independence from the British in 1966, is today a prosperous democracy of “Afro-Saxons.”

IMMIGRATION Hispanics now form the largest U.S. minority, approaching 15 percent (about 45 million) of a total population of about 300 million. They’re projected by the Pew Research Center to swell to 127 million in 2050—29 percent of a total population of 438 million. Their experience in the United States recapitulates Latin America’s culturally shaped underdevelopment. For example, the Hispanic high school dropout rate in the U.S. is alarmingly high and persistent—about 20 percent in second and subsequent generations. It’s vastly higher in Latin America. Samuel Huntington was on the mark when he wrote in his latest book, Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity: “Would America be the America it is today if it had been settled not by British Protestants but by French, Spanish, or Portuguese Catholics? The answer is no. It would not be America; it would be Quebec, Mexico, or Brazil.” In The Americano Dream, Mexican-American Lionel Sosa argues that the value system that has retarded progress in Latin America is an impediment to the upward mobility of Latino immigrants. So does former U.S. Rep. Herman Badillo, a Puerto Rican whose book, One Nation, One Standard, indicts Latino undervaluing of education and calls for cultural change. The progress of Hispanic immigrants, not to mention harmony in the broader society, depends on their acculturation to mainstream U.S. values. Efforts (for example, long-term bilingual education) to perpetuate “old country” values in a multicultural salad bowl undermine acculturation to the mainstream and are likely to result in continuing

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percent of children in the Los Angeles public schools and 60 percent in the Denver schools are Latino. In a letter to me in 1991, the late Mexican-American columnist Richard Estrada captured the essence of the problem: “The problem in which the current immigration is suffused is, at heart, one of numbers; for when the numbers begin to favor not only the maintenance and replenishment of the immigrants’ source culture, but also its overall growth, and in particular growth so large that the numbers not only impede assimilation but go beyond to pose a challenge to the traditional culture of the American nation, then there is a great deal about which to be concerned.”


underachievement, poverty, resentment, and divisiveness. So, too, does the willy-nilly emergence of bilingualism in the U.S. No language in American history has ever before competed with English to the point where one daily hears, on the telephone, “If you want to speak English, press one; Si quiere hablar en español, oprima el botón número dos.” Although border security and environmental concerns are also in play, the immigration debate has been framed largely in economic terms, producing some odd pro-immigration bedfellows; i.e., the editorial pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Among the issues: whether the U.S. economy needs more unskilled immigrants; whether immigrants take jobs away from U.S. citizens; to what extent illegal immigrants drain resources away from education, healthcare, and welfare; and whether population growth, largely driven by immigration, is necessary for a healthy economy.

“The progress of Hispanic immigrants... depends on their acculturation to mainstream U.S. values.” But immigration looks very different when viewed in cultural terms, particularly with respect to the vast legal and illegal Latino immigration (a million or more people a year), most of them with few skills and little education. To be sure, the U.S. has absorbed large numbers of unskilled and uneducated immigrants in the past, and today the large majority of their descendants are in the cultural mainstream. But the numbers of Latino immigrants and their geographic concentration today leave real doubts about the prospects for acculturation: 70

If multiculturalism is a myth, how do we avoid the woes that inevitably attend the creation of an enduring and vast underclass alienated from the upwardly mobile cultural mainstream? Some policy implications, some for Latin America, the others for the U.S. and Canada, are apparent. We must calibrate the flow of immigrants into the U.S. to the needs of the economy, mindful that immigration has adversely affected low-income American citizens, disproportionately African-American and Hispanic, as Barbara Jordan stressed as chair of the Immigration Reform Commission in the 1990s. But the flow must also be calibrated to the country’s capacity to assure acculturation of the immigrants. We must be a melting pot, not a salad bowl. The melting pot, the essence of which is the Anglo-Protestant cultural tradition, is our way of creating the homogeneity that has contributed so much to the trust and mutual identification—and progress—of the Nordic societies. As with immigration flows of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an extensive program of activities designed to facilitate acculturation, including mastery of English, should be mounted. A law declaring English to be the national language would be helpful. The costs of multiculturalism—in terms of disunity, the clash of classes, and declining trust—are likely to be huge in the long run. All cultures are not equal when it comes to promoting progress, and very few can match Anglo-Protestantism in this respect. We should be promoting acculturation to the national mainstream, not a mythical, utopian multiculturalism. And we should take care that the Anglo-Protestant virtues that have brought us so far do not fall into disrepair, let alone disrepute.

Reprinted with permission from the 26 February 2008 issue of The Christian Science Monitor. Lawrence E. Harrison directs the Cultural Change Institute at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he also teaches. This article is adapted from a longer essay in the January-February 2008 issue of The National Interest.

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Fletcher's 100th Anniversary Edward R. Murrow Conference: “Credible Public Diplomacy: A Lesson for Our Times” Who wields soft power in today’s globalized world? How can governments mobilize credible public diplomacy to facilitate international cooperation and confront global challenges? On 14 and 15 April 2008, Fletcher students, faculty, alumni, and friends gathered for the 100th Anniversary Edward R. Murrow Conference, “Credible Public Diplomacy: A Lesson for Our Times,” to discuss today’s public diplomacy. The conference marked the 100th anniversary of educator and noted journalist Edward R. Murrow, who became the government’s top public diplomacy practitioner when appointed director of the U.S. Information Agency in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Conference panels featured research coupled with presentations by invited guests, including Fletcher alumni. As home of the Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy, Fletcher was the ideal place to hold the event. The Center was inaugurated in l965 by Vice President Hubert Humphrey with the bulk of Murrow’s personal and professional papers. The conference offered an excellent opportunity to showcase this rich collection, as well as the Murrow Room in Goddard Hall, where Tufts University archivist Anne Sauer and her staff provided visitors with tours of the collection. Casey Murrow, the son of Edward and Janet Murrow, shared recollections of his father in the closing address, “‘I Was Interviewed by Ed Murrow!’ Stories from a Family Perspective.” In true Fletcher spirit, Fletcher alumni were involved in every aspect of the conference. Harry Radliffe, F73, producer of 60 Minutes, engaged conference participants on “Ed Murrow’s Legacy and the Real World Broadcast News” at the

conference luncheon. During the first plenary, “Government Public Diplomacy: Contemporary Challenges,” Ambassador Sandy Vogelgesang, F65, reflected on her time as a Murrow fellow during the Vietnam War and as the first Murrow Center Ph.D. The second plenary, “Citizen Diplomacy: Education and Exchanges,” led by Sherry Mueller, F66, discussed the crucial role played by people-to-people exchanges. Other Fletcher alumni participating or chairing conference panels included: Barbara Bodine, F71; Charles Bralver, F75; Lauren Brodsky, F04; Mark Davidson, F86; Roberta Graham, GMAP06; Abeer Kazimi, F07; Eric Mullerbeck, F97; Katherine Schaefer, F07; Edward Schumacher-Matos, F75; Marieke Spence, F07; and Richard Weintraub, F67. Fletcher students, representing all fields of study, presented original research during the conference, most of which was in connection with their MALD theses. Ambassador William Rugh, Edward R. Murrow Visiting Professor of Public Diplomacy, Professor Alan Henrikson, and Professor Carolyn Gideon, chair of the Program Committee, supervised much of the student research. For complete details, as well as conference sponsors, please see By the end of the two-day conference, one thing was clear: The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy continues its tradition as a leader in the study of public diplomacy. Fletcher's primacy in the world of international affairs education, coupled with the Murrow Collection and Murrow Memorial Room, uniquely position the School as it plans to reinvigorate the Murrow Center. —Erin Hart, MALD08

Gift supports Fletcher professorship named for father of modern Greek democracy The Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and Southeastern European Studies at The Fletcher School honors the memory of the Greek premier who restored democratic rule to Greece. Greece lays claim to the first Fletcher graduate to become a head of government: Kostas Karamanlis, F82, F84, who is the current prime minister and Constantine Karamanlis' nephew. With more than three dozen alumni, Greece has the sixth largest population of Fletcher School graduates in Europe. These strong transatlantic ties and the support of Greek Americans and alumni in the U.S. have given Fletcher students a close-up perspective on the evolution of democracy in Europe. The Karamanlis Chair, established in 2001, honors the legacy of a European statesman known as the father of modern Greek democracy. Constantine Karamanlis restored democratic rule after the fall of a military regime in the mid-1970s, and led the nation as prime minister and president for nearly thirty years. The professorship rotates annually to enable scholars of varying disciplines to offer a different lens through which

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to view southeastern Europe. The four holders to date have represented the fields of political science, history, and geography. “A deep knowledge of Europe in the United States is critical,” says the current Karamanlis Associate Professor in Hellenic and Southeastern European Studies, Kostas Lavdas, a political scientist from the University of Crete. “Today’s Greece is firmly embedded in the European Union, the accomplishments of which are particularly relevant to an understanding of modern diplomacy and of the use of ‘soft power’ in international relations.” Constantine A. Karamanlis, F00, cousin to the current prime minister and a member of the Karamanlis Foundation board and of The Fletcher School's Board of Overseers, says, “We are proud of the chair’s accomplishments and the work of all four professors, and we look forward to the chair’s further growth. As a Fletcher graduate myself, I am particularly happy to see the chair providing an important bridge between Tufts, our foundation, and Greece.” —Anne Merrill

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Kim Dae-jung, former South Korean president and recipient of the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize visited Fletcher on 23 April. He spoke to a very engaged audience on the North's nuclear weapons programs and the importance of the U.S. role in securing peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Tom Brokaw moderated a panel that included Tufts alumnus Matt Bai, Peggy Noonan, and Eric Fehrnstrom as part of 100th Anniversary Edward R. Murrow Memorial Conference, 14 April 2008.


Quotes of Note “There is no question that with the Internet, everybody is their own journalist. Everybody, every day puts together their own newspaper front page or television show. There is an awareness that while you create your own sphere of interest when you click and become a citizen journalist, it is still important for there to be someone with forty years of experience putting together the front page of a newspaper or a television news show.” —Charles Gibson, anchor of ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson, speaking at the Fletcher School, 21 February 2008 “I have the impression that the average person here feels relatively disconnected from the talks between the Ugandan Government and the Lord’s Resistance Army. I’m not sure if the disconnect stems from resignation, fatalism, or disgust. There’s frustration with both parties at the talks; nobody here seems confident that the government and the LRA have the interests of the victims at heart.” — Natalie Parke, F08, from her blog at while completing research in Uganda on 24 February 2008. “People think that Islamic finance came about many centuries ago. But the truth is that it is a very recent phenomenon: the first retail products only came out in the 1970s. Islamic finance is changing the way finance is done globally, yet its growth is driven by social and political phenomena.” —Fletcher Professor Ibrahim Warde, recently interviewed for the “Fletcher Features” section of the Fletcher School website.

On February 21st, Charles Gibson, anchor of ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson, spoke to an audience of Fletcher students and staff on the challenges facing the media and how agencies are adapting. Gibson’s talk was sponsored by the Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series.

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Australia Melissa Conley Tyler, F96, recently had dinner with the other Fletcher Club of Australia co-convener, John Ballard, F59. She has also reached out to the new Chinese ambassador to Australia, Junsai Zhang, F89. As always, they welcome contact by any Fletcher faculty or alumni who are visiting Australia.

Dubai In March, Paul and Christine (Lauper) Bagatelas hosted a dinner for Fletcher and Tufts alumni at their home in Dubai that featured a discussion with Dr. Shashi Tharoor, member of the Fletcher Board of Overseers, F76, on the topic of “The Recent Transformation of India.”

Brussels The Brussels Club members got together at the home of Wendy and Todd McLeod Chappell, F99, in Waterloo to enjoy a fantastic selection of Belgian and French cheeses and wine. In attendance were Olga Slavkina, F01, Katrina Cochran Destree, F95, Ricklef Beutin, F02, Pedro Bustillo, GMAP05, and Anna Balough, F00, along with their spouses and children. Another group of Brussels Fletcherites met for a dinner party at the home of Dominique Steverlynck, F99, including a few Fletcherites coming in from out of town: Caroline Coquin, F97, from Paris; Agustin Escardino Malva, F97, from Madrid; Nathalie Ishizuka, F97, and Katrina Cochran Destree, F95, who are happy to keep Dominique company in cold and rainy Belgium.

Fletcher alums gathered for a dinner party in Brussels

Dhaka On 8 February 2008, Justice Reefat Ahmed of the High Court Bench of the Bangladesh Supreme Court hosted this year's Annual Fletcher Dinner at his residence. At this annual Fellowship Event, members present included former Foreign Secretary Faruq Ahmed Choudhury, F57, Ambassador Afsarul Qader, F84, Ambassador Mahmuda Haque Choudhury, F76, Literature Page Editor of the Daily Star Khademul Islam, F85, Zain Husain, F93, and Directors General Mosud Mannan, F89, and Masud Bin Momen, F91, of the Foreign Ministry. Members discussed the possibility of organizing a joint event of the alumni of Harvard, SAIS, and Fletcher based in Dhaka as one of its next events.

Budapest Peter Ackerman, F69, chair of the Board of Overseers, visited Budapest in January 2008. He had a dinner with Fletcher alumni at the home of Charles Kovacs, F72, and his wife Catherine. Patrick Egan, F00, Tom Schwieters, F96, Anita Orban, F01, PhD07, and Krisztian Orban, F02, were present at the dinner. Talks focused on Fletcher's new program, MIB, the 75th Anniversary, and engaging alumni in the school's activities. Tokyo The Fletcher Alumni Club in Tokyo hosted a reception at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan to celebrate the admitted students from the area.

Fletcher Women’s Network The Fletcher Women’s Network has been launched! In Boston, alumnae have gathered socially several times, most recently for a book group session organized by Mariana Stoyancheva, F05, to discuss Three Cups of Tea, a story of efforts to educate girls in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. In New York, alumnae gathered to hear about Sonja Bachmann, F99, and her four years of U.N. experience in Afghanistan. In D.C., alumnae have met for bagels at the home of Wendy Sherwin Swire, F90, wine-tasting chez Elizabeth Vazquez, F96, and sandwiches at the home of Erin Nicholson Pacific, F00. Alumnae of the Bay Area launched their group in October around the pool of Sandra Short, F82, near Stanford, followed by meeting in January at the home of Lisa Neuberger, F02, to hear a Pakistani speaker. As the Fletcher Women’s Network takes off, we encourage all Fletcher women to join us. It’s easy: Simply send an email to

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Paris On March 19, Fletcher alumni in Paris gathered to discuss international public law with Fletcher Professor Michael Glennon. This discussion occurred exactly five years to the day of the beginning of the incursion by the U.S. military into Iraq. As the debate on the security agreement between Iraq and the U.S. government continues, Fletcher alumni in attendance appreciated becoming better informed on this important topic.

Professor Glennon discussed international public law with Fletcher alumni in Paris.



Fletcher alumni in Seattle organized a reception for admitted students on April 1. More than ten area alumni were able to spend time chatting with potential members of Fletcher's newest incoming class. Pictured here among the admitted students are alums Claire Topal, F05, and Jean Johnson, F85.

In February, Fletcher alums enjoyed the Kaffeesiederball at the Hofburg Palace. L to R: Werner Balogh, GMAP 05, Rainer Staub F’96, Jonathan Tirone, F00, Anna Balogh, F00.

Washington, DC The Fletcher Alumni Association of Washington, D.C., organized an evening with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, F71, on 1 April, which was graciously hosted at the beautiful residence of the Belgian Ambassador to the U.S. Dominique Struye de Swielande. Richardson stood before an admiring yet skeptical Fletcher crowd and delivered an informal speech focused on straight talk, Obama, and his own destiny. Richardson’s overarching theme was the importance of direct diplomacy, particularly between the U.S. and its non-allies. “Our current policy is, ‘if we disagree with you, we’re not going to talk to you,’” Richardson said, insisting this has seriously injured U.S. alliances abroad. He stressed that the next administration must “stop looking for points of disagreement in the world and start looking for points of agreement.” After graduating from Tufts and being placed on Fletcher’s waitlist, Richardson recalled using direct diplomacy almost daily with the dean until just before matriculation, when he was finally admitted to the graduate program. Richardson illustrated the importance of this personal touch in politics with anecdotes about Ronald Reagan’s warm personality and George Bush Sr.’s habit of writing personal notes to everyone, including the “little guys.” He said that it was Barack Obama’s personal touch and “ability to bring people together” that encouraged him to endorse Obama after

dropping out of the presidential race himself. At the end of the evening, Richardson said, “I hope events like this help you remember Fletcher,” relaying that, like Fletcher, his father had pushed him hard, but had passed away before Richardson had a chance to say thank you. He cautioned the audience not to let that happen with its alma mater. Richardson's governorship ends in 2011, and he is term-limited from running again. While he did not dismiss the idea of working in an Obama administration, he acknowledged it may be time to “do something else.” He urged his fellow alumni to “keep striving for what you want … but don’t always feel like the pinnacle of life is right here in Washington.”

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CLUB CONTACTS Armenia Arusyak Mirzakhanyan, F04 Atlanta Tim Holly, F79 Australia Melissa Conley Tyler, F96 Bangkok Ekachai Chainuvati, F03 Beijing Stephane Grand, F98 Berlin Jan-Philipp Görtz, F98 Boston Mike O’Dougherty, F87 Brussels Katrina Destree, F95 Budapest Anita Orban, F01 Buenos Aires Carlos St. James, GMAP 04 Chicago Daniela Abuzatoaie, F00 Chile Andres Montero, F85 German Olave, F97 Copenhagen Needs new leadership… Dhaka Mosud Mannan, F89 Julia Sable, F05 Dubai Paul Bagatelas, F87 Christine Lauper Bagatelas, F87 Fletcher Alumni of Color Association Belinda Chiu, F04 Fletcher Women’s Network Marcia Greenberg, F91

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Greece Thomas Varvitsiotis, F99 Gregory Dimitriadis, F06 Hong Kong Dorothy Chan, F03 Alicia Eastman, GMAP 04 Houston David Hwa, F76 Kenya Anne Angwenyi, F02 Viviane Chao, F02 Kosovo Iliriana Kacaniku, F04 London Adina Postelnicu, GMAP 07 Los Angeles Adrineh Gregorian, F04 Spencer Abbot, F97 Malaysia Shah Azmi, F86 Miami Daniel Ades, F03 Middle East Alumni Association Walid Chamoun, F00 Mumbai Richard Cooper, GMAP 02 Nepal Ram Thapaliya, GMAP 02 New York Ashish Bhatia, F06 North Carolina Forming soon… Marcin Szajda, F06 Oregon Edie Johnson Millar, F85

Paris William Holmberg, F05 Philadelphia Thomas Heanue, F90 Philippines Cathy Hartigan-Go, F92 Romania Sinziana Frangeti, F07 San Diego Geoffrey Pack, F89 San Francisco Vladimir Todorovic, F01 São Paulo Paulo Bilyk, F92 Sarajevo Haris Mesinovic, F00 Saudi Arabia Jamil Al Dandany, F87 Seattle Julie Bennion, F01 Seoul Junsik Ahn, F00 Shanghai Ian McGuinn, F07 Singapore Kim Odhner, F03 Switzerland Mark Fisher, GMAP 05 Tokyo Mariko Noda, F90 Vienna Rainer Staub, F96 Jonathan Tirone, F00 Washington, DC Kevin Newman, F02 Uzma Wahhab, F02

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FACULTY Daniel Drezner , “Should Celebrities Set the Global Agenda?” The Los Angeles Times, December 30, 2007. Lawrence Harrison , “The End of Multiculturalism,” The National Interest 93, (January/February 2008). _____, “The Nordic Countries are the Champions of Progress,” Politiken, January 19, 2008. Alan K. Henrikson , “Diplomacy” and “International Relations,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia

of the Modern World: 1750 to the Present, gen. ed. Peter N. Stearns, 8 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), Vol. 2: 526–30, Vol. 4: 192–96. _____, “The Washington Diplomatic Corps: The Place, the Professionals, and their Performance,” in The Diplomatic

Corps as an Institution of International Society, ed. Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman (Houndmills, Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007): 41–74. Ian Johnstone , “The Security Council as Legislature,” in The

United Nations Security Council: The Politics of International Authority, Bruce Cronin and Ian Hurd, eds. (Oxford: Routledge, 2008). _____, ed., The US Role

in Contemporary Peace Operations: A Double-Edged Sword?, Special Issue of International Peacekeeping 15, no. 1 (2008). William C. Martel , Victory in War:

Foundations of Modern Military Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007). Vali Nasr , F84, and Ray Takeyh, “The Costs of Containing Iran,” Foreign Affairs 87, no. 1 (2008). John Perry , Scott Borgerson , F03, and Ph.D. Candidate Rockford Weitz , F03, “Open a New Highway—On the Sea,” Christian Science Monitor, December 13, 2007.

Anna Seleny , “Communism’s Many Legacies in East-Central Europe,” Journal of Democracy 18, no. 3, (July 2007): 157–169. Alan M. Wachman , “Ensnared by Beijing: Washington Succumbs to the PRC’s Diplomacy of Panic,” China Security 4, no. 1 (Winter 2008): 70–94. ALUMNI Susanna Carillo , GMAP05, “Assessing Governance and Strengthening Capacity in Haiti,” World Bank Capacity Development Briefs no. 25 (December 2007). Ellen Carnaghan , F80, Out of

Order: Russian Political Values in an Imperfect World (University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 2007). Jamie Daremblum , F64, “Same as the Old Boss,” The American, January 1, 2008. David Deese , F75, World Trade Politics (Oxford: Routledge, 2007). Stephen J. Flanagan , F74, and James A. Schear, Strategic

Challenges: America’s Global Security Agenda (Dulles, VA: Potomac Books and National Defense University Press, 2008). Laurent Guinand , F98, “Building the Starbucks of Wine,” Meiningers WBI (June 2007): 25–27. Duncan Hollis , F95, “Rules of Cyberwar,” The Los Angeles Times, October 8, 2007. Jill Jamieson , F92, Dishing Politics (Jill Jamieson, 2007).


Stacy Reiter Neal , F07, “Business as Usual? Leveraging the Private Sector to Combat Terrorism,” Perspectives on Terrorism 2, no. 3 (February 2008). _____, “Cross-Sector Intelligence Partnerships: Is Information Sharing a Neglected Counterterrorism Tool?” in Russell Howard, Reid Sawyer, and Natasha Bajema, eds., Terrorism and Counterterrorism, third edition (McGraw-Hill, 2008). Juan M. Garcia Passalacqua , F59,

Futuros Alternos: La politica publica estadounidense sobre Puerto Rico bajo la administracion de l Presidente Jimmy Carter, 1976–1980 (San Juan: Ediciones UNE, 2008). Bill Richardson , F71, “A New Realism,” Foreign Affairs 87, no. 1 (2008).

Amlan Saha , F07, “Failing Our Women,” Tehelka, January 23, 2008. Melissa Conley Tyler , F96, and D. Trewhella, “Online Technology and the Peace Movement: The Campaign against the Invasion of Iraq in 2003,” Australian Journal of Peace Studies 2, no. 1 (July 2007). Arittha Wikramanayake , F90, and Ariesha Wikramanayake,

Sherry Mueller , F66, and Marianne Scott, “Citizen Diplomacy,” The Washington Times, December 24, 2007.

Hassan Abbas , Ph.D. Candidate, “A Profile of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan,” CTC Sentinel 1, no. 2 (January 2008).

Company Law in Sri Lanka (2007). STUDENTS AND FELLOWS

Diplomacy,” Diplomacy and Statecraft 19, no. 1 (2008): 1–19. Joshua Goldstein , F09, “The Role of Digital Networked Technologies in the Ukrainian Orange Revolution,” Harvard’s

Berkman Center for Internet and Society (December 14, 2007). Geoffrey Gresh , F07 and Ph.D. Candidate, “Promoting Prosperity: The Islamic Development Bank and the Rise of Islamic Banking and Finance in Central Asia, Central Asia and the Caucasus,” The Journal of Social and Political Studies 49, no. 1 (2008.) _____, “Education Goes Global,”

Business Management Middle East (February 2008).

Stefanie Ricarda Roos , F96, “Der Internationale Menschenrechtsschutz vor Entwicklungsbedingten Zwangsumsiedlungen und seine Sicherstellung durch Recht und Praxis der Weltbank,“ Schriften zum Volkerrecht, Band 173 (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot GmbH, 2007).

Dimitris Keridis , F94, “U.S. Foreign Policy and the Conservative Counterrevolution,” (Athens: I. Sideris Publishing House, 2008).

Elizabeth L. Chalecki , Ph.D. Candidate, “Knowledge in Sheep’s Clothing: How Science Informs American

Jeremy Leong , F08, “Personal Liability for Liquidators for Breach of the Estate Costs Rule,”

Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 396 (2007). Bjoern H. Seibert , F08, “EUFOR Chad/CAR: A Logistical Litmus Test, Analysis,” Royal United

Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI), (January 2008). _____, “EUFOR Chad/RCA: A Cautionary Note,” European Security Review, 37 (March 2008). Margherita Zuin , F08, “A Model of Transitional Justice for Somalia,” PRAXIS: The Fletcher

Journal of Human Security, (2008). Submissions to Recent Publications must contain complete citation information in order to be included in Fletcher News. Please submit only books and major journal articles.

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1947 Charles Edwards P.O. Box 368 Hyannis Port, MA 02647 1957 William Jackson 1958 Reunion 2008 May 16–18 Juan M. Garcia Passalacqua has published his latest of twenty books, this one in Spanish and entitled Futuros Alternos , which includes a collection of hundreds of secret documents from the National Security Council about Puerto Rico and Cuba authorized to him for publication without blackouts by the former President. 1962 Patrick Pascoe Wilson Brown writes that he and his wife Jennifer are finishing the manuscript of Colonel William Marsh: Green Mountain Boy, Vermont Patriot and Loyalist (the tentative title). Jennifer still teaches at the University of Winnipeg, holding a national chair in aboriginal history, which gives her a chance to write. Ernst Gemassmer continues to resist retirement and is still performing “due diligence” projects for the venture capital community. In addition, he spent last fall touring the South Tyrol, where his father was born, as well as catching up with friends and relatives in Switzerland. Ernst continues to seek out interesting and challenging volunteer opportunities. Fritz Gilbert writes from Vermont that he and Jane made their first trip to the Caribbean in early November, where they


met their son Chris and his wife in Trinidad. Carol Johnson Hurlburt and her husband, Sid, are doing some freelance writing in retirement and volunteer with the Washington National Cathedral’s Urban Ministry program. Carol directs the literacy volunteer program and Sid coordinates the Cathedral’s work with the Martha’s Table Soup Kitchen. Carol and Sid are delighted that their older daughter Heather has returned to Washington with her husband and son. She is now director of the National Security Network. Malcolm Peck and wife Aida embarked on a heavy travel schedule after a seven-month “seasonal” stint at Meridian International Center where Malcolm managed programs for the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. In early October, the Pecks took a cruise to Bermuda, and their later travels took them to the Philippines for many adventures. In December, the second edition of Malcolm’s Historical Dictionary of the Gulf Arab States was published, much expanded to take account of developments in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman. Betsy Parker Powell is on the road to Moscow, the Golden Ring (north of Moscow), and St. Petersburg in late April-early May. Her younger daughter, Liz, who started her own government consulting firm, G2G, will be accompanying her. Later in May, Betsy will be at the Tufts University European Center in Talloires. Peter Sellar remains in deepest Appalachia, but he and his friend Laurie are considering moving closer to the cultural and medical attractions of Washington. Georgia and Todd Stewart had a busy travel schedule for the fall. Todd spent nine days

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in Moldova and Romania in September to help the authors introduce a revised edition of their Historical Dictionary of Moldova. They also traveled to the Ukraine, where they observed the September 30 parliamentary elections under OSCE auspices. For more information consult the Stewart travel blog: www. John Yates reports that he is still in Nairobi as Special Envoy for Somalia. Virginia and I spent several weeks in France last fall, sharing a house in Provence for one week. We have just returned from a swing through the South, stopping in Sarasota, Florida, New Orleans and Avery Island, home of Tabasco sauce. As we watch the dollar plummet, we’re thinking of staying on this side of the Atlantic for awhile. 1963 Ronald Glantz Reunion 2008 May 16–18 1965 Larry Struve Paul S.P. Hsu was the February 2008 Alumnus of the Month of NYU School of Law. He is currently chairman and CEO of PHYCOS International Co., Ltd. Paul’s specialty practice areas include corporate strategic planning, Asia Pacific regional economic cooperation, intellectual property rights, and financial services. Paul is also an adjunct professor at the National Chengchi University and serves as a member of the Board of Overseers at Fletcher. Jim May is currently the head of the Economic Growth Division at the USAID Mission in Rabat, Morocco.

He is helping to recommend reforms and improvements in the agriculture/agribusiness sector and to improve the business climate in Morocco for international investment. Jim Patton took a cruise around the Horn of South America from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso in early 2008. He reports the Argentine economy is still recovering from financial bankruptcy and depression, while Chile seemed prosperous. After visiting the Chilean Island of Chiloe, the geographic “doppelganger” of Whidbey Island in Washington State where the Pattons live, he concluded that the Olympic Mountains in his home state shield Whidbey from being a dark, cold, and wet place like Chiloe. Larry Struve writes: “I have been serving as director of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Nevada since 2004 and was recently added to the staff of the Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), headquartered in Phoenix. I will remain in Reno to do advocacy work in the Nevada Legislature for the Religious Alliance in Nevada, which represents five denominations— Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Methodist, and Presbyterian—that altogether include over 500,000 Nevadans in their collective membership. As chairman emeritus of the Nevada Committee on Foreign Relations (NCFR), I was also on the host committee of an event co-sponsored by NCFR and the Center for U.S. Global Engagement in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 9 January 2008, entitled: Impact ‘08 in Nevada: Building a Better, Safer World . Former Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge spoke eloquently about the importance of diplomatic, economic, and political engagement in U.S. foreign


policy in addition, and even as an alternative, to military engagement.” If any class member wants a copy of our Class Memoir, In the Shadow of Camelot, please contact Larry Struve through the Fletcher Office of Alumni Relations and Development. 1968 Sandy Keith Reunion 2008 May 16–18 By the time you receive this magazine, you may already have attended our 40th reunion and we, your 1968 class reunion committee, hope you had a wonderful time. Long before May, your committee— Christina Schoux , Jon Small , Jay Rixse , Crocker Snow , and I, were making plans and contacting fellow alums. As you may know, Crocker graciously agreed to hold the class dinner at his farm in Ipswich. Many of us signed up expecting to have a fabulous get-together. 1969 Carolyn Setlow Bill Carter received my request for class news in Bamako, Mali, where he was chairing selection panels for the Ashoka fellowships. He replied to the email from Buenos Aires, where he was doing the same thing for Ashoka candidates in the southern cone. Bill explained that he has served on the board of Ashoka for twenty-eight years. The Ashoka fellowship is designed to help launch leading social entrepreneurs. In addition, Bill reports spending part of the fall and early winter as a ground soldier for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire, making calls and canvassing. Still living in Big Sky, Montana, Dick Fast is teaching skiing at

Big Sky during the winter (fully certified alpine, level I telemark and struggling snowboarder) and spending summers “enjoying life (even more than in winter—fishing, rafting, hiking, biking).” He has become involved in several local activities—board member for local water and sewer district and a member of a committee of three that is working to bring to a vote the question of incorporation of Big Sky. Somsey Norindr decided to update us on his news, “since we are getting close to our forty-year anniversary (!).” Somsey gave thirty years of loyal and devoted services to the UN, half at the New York headquarters and the rest in “the field” in Central Africa, North Africa and more recently for six years as UN Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative for the Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. “Having crisscrossed mother earth and [becoming] singularly enriched by the many people we met and by the splendours of this world, my wife Mireille and I decided to settle down and retire in the medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes on the French Riviera.” They would be thrilled to welcome to their home Somsey’s Fletcher friends and classmates who would be visiting France. Bruce Pearson reports that he and his wife are still farming alfalfa in southern New Mexico, and he still gives Bible classes once a week to inmates in their county jail.  In May, their younger son graduated from Clemson University with a dual physics/astronomy major.  Last fall, they spent two weeks in Turkey and two weeks in Greece. “That was completely terra incognita for this old Latin American veteran, as

well as for my wife. We both absolutely loved it and would go back tomorrow if we could— especially to Turkey.” Finally, yours truly, class scribe Carolyn Setlow is eager to share some happy news with her Fletcher classmates: On 16 December 2007, I was married to Andrew Shapiro at a wedding at Chanterelle restaurant in New York City. (Among our guests were Fletcher friend Peter Ackerman and his wife Joanne.) Andy was in fact an old flame—a boyfriend thirty years ago. We nearly married then but ended up going our separate ways. He was recently widowed, at about the same time that I was divorced. We reunited about a year ago and picked up where we left off in the late 1970s! We returned recently from a five-week honeymoon in SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia), and soon after headed west for a week on the slopes of Telluride, Colorado. I am enjoying a personal leave of absence from GfK Custom Research North America to prolong our honeymoon! 1970 Mary Harris 1971 William Hoffman Barbara Crane continues to devote her energy to Ipas, an international NGO focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights (www.ipas. org), and has successfully raised funds for the organization from five European governments. Barbara hopes that a new administration in Washington will provide leadership in this critical area. On the personal front, Barbara is looking forward to her son Russell’s marriage in New York in August to Omaira Soriano, a student

at the Columbia School of International Affairs. Mark Nichols provides a full report: “I left Bank of America in November after 34+ years. As I look back, I am struck by how atypical my career path has been compared to those of my classmates and much less younger alumni. I have followed a remarkably linear path to date: high school, college, Fletcher, and Bank of America, with no stops in between! I must say that I have consistently been blessed with the privilege of working with first rate colleagues and almost always working on challenging assignments that, directly or indirectly, enabled me to make good use of the knowledge and skills learned at Fletcher. As it came time to chart a new course, however, I decided the time had come to venture forth on my own, so I formed my own company, Global Capital Advisors, LLC (GCA). GCA was formed to meet the needs of offshore companies that either have issued or are looking to issue debt private placements, especially in the U.S. My hope is that through this vehicle I will be able to maintain and grow some of the wonderful client and investor relationships that I’ve developed over the last several years. Along the way, I also discovered LinkedIn, the largest professional networking site in existence with nearly 20 million members. Ideally configured to facilitate growth of the Fletcher family network, I’ve enjoyed using it to reconnect with many old Fletcher friends. On a personal note, I remain active in the Fletcher Club of New York as well as on the Board of Overseers. My partner, Lowell Massey, is currently running British Airways’ North American call center operations in Jacksonville, Florida, and we both hope to eventually retreat to my place on Cape Cod in

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the not too distant future. Looking forward to seeing some classmates at Reunion in May this year, as well as at the annual European alumni bash in Talloires this June.” Elbio Rosselli is about to finish his current post as Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the UN, completing this fiveyear cycle of postings abroad that started in Brussels in 2003 as Ambassador to the EU, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Elbio is returning to Uruguay to take up the post of Director General for International Economic Affairs, Regional Integration and MERCOSUR at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He writes: “On the family side, Regina and I are seeing our children (Alessandra, Alberto and Gabriela) grow into adulthood, and are enjoying being grandparents to our—for the time being only—grandson Kieran (son of Alessandra and Chris).” Elbio extends an invitation for classmates coming to Uruguay to give him a whistle. Rear Admiral James Stark (ret.), currently with The Spectrum Group, has been named to the Senior Advisory Board of ExecutiveAction, a firm founded to solve unique business, political, regulatory, legal, and other problems. 1973 Nihal Goonewardene Reunion 2008 May 16–18 Steffie (Wright) Crowther: After over twenty-five years of corporate banking, Steffie is in her element as senior major gift officer at Ursinus College (Collegeville, Pennsylvania). She regrets her inability to attend the reunion because her son Julian at Haverford School is in crew races in Philadelphia, and Mom is licensed to drive referee launches. Daughter

Ludmila is enjoying her first year at University of St. Andrews reading management, economics and sustainable development. Husband John has his own business consulting practice. Herb Howe is leaving the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (National Defense University), where he has been chair of Civil-Military Relations since 2005. Herb is presently adjunct teaching at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and at the Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and getting in top shape for several canoe and swimming races this spring, including the Chesapeake Bay Swim. Barbara (Bobbi) Kates-Garnick has had a thirty-year career in the energy industry, most recently as vice president of corporate affairs for KeySpan, the largest distributor of natural gas on the east coast. More recently, Bobbi has been the catalyst for reviving the Professor Robert F. Meagher Scholarship Fund, a fund she started at Fletcher when Prof. Meagher retired in 1992. After the death of Prof. Meagher on 31 December 2007, several friends of Bob, including Charles Ebinger, F72, Michael Gadbaw, F70 and Farrokh Jhabvala, F73, have joined Bobbi on the committee to solicit support for this effort. She confirms, “We are committed to celebrating the commitment and vision of Professor Meagher to the changing paradigms in international economics and law.” Christopher Lehman is the chairman of Commonwealth Consulting Corporation, which he established in 1987 after serving ten years in the U.S. government in the national security field with service in the U.S. Senate, the Department of State/Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs and in the Reagan White House as Special Assistant to the President. Chris and

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Maureen are trying to slow down, travel more, and work less now that their three sons have all flown the coop. Ron Naples’ younger son Marc graduates from law school on the Reunion weekend for our class. Ron sends his regrets with an update on his life since Fletcher: “Sorry to have to miss seeing old friends, but here’s a quick update in the spirit of reconnecting. Suzanne and my almost-forty-one years together have been a fun ride. We have three kids. Our older son, Jeff, finished his masters in public policy and is now an army lieutenant in military intelligence training; our younger son, Marc, is finishing law school, getting married in June, and joining a major Philadelphia firm; and our daughter, Tiff, was married in October to a great young man who’s been the head chef at one of Philly’s best restaurants. I’m in my twenty-eighth year as a public-company CEO, having done some other things along the way from serving in the Ford White House to chairing the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank board to co-chairing the committee to keep the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia (a labor of love). Please take let us hear from you, and have a great reunion.” Sean Randolph is president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private economic policy research organization that focuses on the economy of California, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Before coming to the Institute ten years ago, he served as director of international trade for the State of California, international director general of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, and in a number of senior positions in The White House, State Department, and Department of Energy. He and his wife Basia have been married for twenty-five years, and their son, Ian, is a sophomore at Yale.

On the side, he burns off excess energy in mountain marathons and ultra-marathons in the U.S. and Switzerland. San Francisco is a wonderful place to live and visit, and he would love to hear from classmates and show them around the area. Reunion 35 for F73 May 16–18, 2008, has all the trappings of a truly great party, abetted by an energetic organizing committee: Mike Aresco, David Bluhm, Christiane Delessert, chair Nihal Goonewardene, Bobbi KatesGarnick and Mian Zaheen, with a huge assist from Fletcher’s Reunion Coordinator Moira Rafferty. Nearly sixteen from the Class of 1973 are expected to join the fun along with an additional ten of our closest collaborators from the affinity classes of F72 and F74. Our 30th Reunion in 1973 brought together twenty-two with a fourperson contingent from F74. We honored the 35th Reunion of F72 last year with seven representatives from F73 and F74 in attendance. The synergy of our close-knit class ties carry us through many great revivals in the intervening years. It is not too late to join the fun. 1974 Ellen Richstone has been named non-executive chairman of the Entrepreneurial Resources Group (ERG) in Boston, where she will offer clients her expertise in a wide range of international areas. 1975 Hasan Tuluy has been appointed vice president of human resources at the World Bank. 1978 Reunion 2008 May 16–18 Alice Maroni has joined the board of LMI, a non-profit consulting firm.


1981 Captain Jeff Pack is now serving as commanding officer, Assault Craft Unit Five at Camp Pendleton, California, where he is responsible for all West Coast based hovercraft in the AsiaPacific region. He previously served as the U.S. Defense Attaché to Denmark. Bryan Smith has been appointed as vice president and Asia Pacific regional manager for Global Correspondent Banking at Wells Fargo & Company.

development partners regarding performance on commitments made to development by African nations. Raundi is also the proud single mom of three engaging young ladies. She writes that life is never dull, and multitasking and close time management are now second nature. She looks forward to hearing from fellow Fletcherites!

Edith Johnson Millar 1986 Mark Ferri

1984 Nancy Anderson Sones James Gray writes: “Nancy, thank you for your faithful service on behalf of us all! Brief news is that I’ve managed to survive six months of Romanian language training (and I thought romance languages were supposed to be easy!) in preparation for an assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest this summer as the Consul General. ‘Bon venit’ to all visitors!’” Raundi Halvorson-Quevedo sent an update from Paris, where she never expected to be as a culmination of her career helping poor countries to develop. After graduating from Fletcher, Raundi worked at the World Bank for several years on industrial and financial market development. Raundi has been with the OECD since 1987 working on development issues. She is currently the deputy director of the Africa Partnership Forum Support Unit, a unique initiative working to strengthen mutual accountability between African countries and their

Jill Minneman, Laurie Trost, and Miki Katsumoto in Tokyo


1982 Nicolai Sarad

on foreign assistance issues for Latin America. Below is a photo of Jane, her husband John, and son Jack at the old harbor of Kyrenia on Cyprus’s north shore.

1987 David Schwartz David.Schwartz@thompsonhine. com In March, Paul and Christine (Lauper) Bagatelas hosted a dinner for Fletcher and Tufts alumni at their home in Dubai that featured a discussion with Dr. Shashi Tharoor, F76, on the topic of “The Recent Transformation of India.” Ginna Brelsford has accepted a new position with Opportunity International, the largest microfinance organization in the world, serving the poor in twentyeight countries. Ginna will start up operations for the company in the Northwest, including Seattle, Oregon and Alaska. If there are any Fletcher folks interested in banking, insurance and microfinance for the “poorest of the poor,” contact Ginna. Jane (Buchmiller) Zimmerman is currently serving as deputy chief of mission of the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus. This summer, Jane and her family will be moving back to the D.C. area, where she will be working

Jane Zimmerman and family

In February, Bill Carroll was appointed president and CEO of Lasermax Roll Systems AB. Laurie MacNamara spoke to more than thirty Fletcher students at a Booz Allen Hamilton-hosted panel event during the school’s annual D.C. career trip in February. Laurie’s comments focused on how a Fletcher student can be successful in government consulting and her own experiences at Booz Allen, the second-largest corporate employer of Fletcher students. This past winter, Colette Mazzucelli participated in an international symposium at the University of Wyoming, was the keynote at the Model United Nations organized by Seton Hall University, and contributed as a panelist, chair and discussant during the International Studies Association’s Annual Conference in San Francisco. Jill Minneman traveled to Tokyo to visit Fletcher classmate Laurie Trost, who works at the U.S. Embassy there. One night, they met up with fellow classmate Miki Katsumoto for dinner and a night of karaoke. When Jill isn’t belting out hits, she teaches yoga in D.C., where she resides with her family.

Diana (Munger) Hechler reports: “I am happily running a travel business in Larchmont, New York—D Tours Travel. Business is booming, and I do all vacation travel, mostly abroad. One of my clients in Washington, D.C., turns out to be an old Vietnam hawk, so maybe I should dig out my MALD on nation-building in Vietnam during the war—or not. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.” Still basking in the glory of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl victory, Joe Novak sends his regards from Jakarta, where he is a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy and his wife Tahmina works in the consular section. He recently attended a Fletcher alumni event in Jakarta honoring former Fletcher dean, Ambassador Ted Eliott. Also in attendance was Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Noer Hasan Wirajuda, F83. In Denmark since 2004, Mike Zarin recently joined the government relations department at Vestas Wind Systems (, the world’s largest wind turbine producer. Mike primarily focuses on the Mediterranean and Latin American regions but is branching out to cover Australia, New Zealand, and India. 1988 Thomas Smitham Reunion 2008 May 16–18

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1989 Rhonda Shore 1990 Joy Yamamoto Alexis Feringa is now a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, based in Herndon, Virginia. She and her husband, Dick Johnson, have two great kids—Renz and Genevra (Gevvie)—and live in Glen Echo, Maryland. Ignacio Gallegos sends his greetings from San Jose, Costa Rica, where his seven-year-old son, Juan Antonio, is thriving and Ignacio’s work as a business lawyer in real estate, tourism, and foreign investment projects includes international content. His firm is expanding to the Guanacaste region (a tourism hotspot) through strategic alliances in the Central American region. He asks that classmates let him know if they come to his “corner of the world.” One year has passed since Osamu Hayakawa was assigned to his current post at the Specialized Agencies Division, International Cooperation Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His main focus has been on health issues such as avian and pandemic influenza, as well as three major infectious diseases. His section also is responsible for Japan’s contribution to the Global Fund on AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Colonel Hisakazu “Kaz” Kakegawa of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force was scheduled to be promoted to major general on 26 March. When he graduated from Fletcher eighteen years ago, he was a captain. He is now working in the Policy and Programs Department, Ground Staff Office, in Japan’s Ministry of Defense.

Ivka Kalus-Bystricky resigned from State Street Global Advisors in January and began a new job as a portfolio manager at PAX World. Ivka writes, “I think it is a wonderful firm that fits well with my life philosophy, and I expect to be very happy there. I am launching PAX World’s first international fund at the end of March. It is a huge responsibility, but is also very exciting.” Bill Lawrence is now the U.S. Advisor for Islamic World Science Partnerships. He also has been teaching courses on North Africa at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University, where he is a visiting professor. He worked hard on the rapprochement with Libya for several years and was instrumental in negotiating the first U.S. agreement with Libya in decades, signed on 3 January 2008, on the 211th anniversary of the first U.S. treaty with Tripoli. He lectures frequently at National Defense University, the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, and the National Intelligence Council. Kevin Mattonen splits his time between San Diego, California, and Hampton Roads, Virginia, while serving as director, joint aviation training, for Camber Corporation. His wife, Maryann, is an active duty Navy Nurse Corps officer. Kevin is pursuing additional sailing qualifications and certifications, but says that, as those who have chartered with him are well aware, “This merely serves as a façade for advanced research into tropical cocktail methodologies.” Geoff Merrill left his position as vice president of government relations for Volvo Group in May 2007 and is now chief operating officer of a manufacturer that makes specialty apparel and gear for the U.S. military. The company has 1,400 employees in three plants in Puerto Rico. Geoff spends about 70 percent of his time in the mountains of

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Puerto Rico and the rest of his time in the company’s office in Washington, D.C. Another Fletcher grad, Jonathan Miller, F93, has taken over Geoff’s position at Volvo. In May, Geoff and Ric Miranda plan to go flyfishing in Utah. Masud Momen’s daughter began studying at Tufts last fall. Masud visited her in October, when he went to New York for the 62nd UN General Assembly. Masud is the director general (United Nations) at the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry. Theresa Moran will be teaching in Leipzig, Germany, and Ancona, Italy, through spring and summer 2008, giving her a much needed break from Appalachian Ohio. She reports being “completely undone” by German and expects her children, ages 9, 11, and 14, to handle any and all linguistic interactions. She was very glad to hear from Mark Montgomery, and she looks forward to signing up with his college advising service in a few years. Mariko Noda made her first trip to the Philippines in early February to visit Manila, seeing Ana Laurel for the first time in fifteen years. Enrique “ Rick” Ortiz is on a four-year tour ending in 2009 as the head of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service covering Morocco, Algeria, and a partner post in Tunisia. This year marks ten years since he joined the Foreign Service. Dan Satinsky was the principal organizer of events in Boston on 26 September in observance of the 200th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Russia. The guests of honor were U.S. Ambassador to Russia William Burns and Senior Russian Counselor Oleg Stepanoff. Closing the day, Ambassador Burns presented a lecture at Fletcher on the state of U.S.-Russia relations. Christopher Shaw teaches global economics and world

history at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He just completed seven years as the director of the International Academic Partnership, a coalition of 350 kindergarten through 12th grade schools. Christopher reports his “biggest coup” of late was welcoming Professor Bill Moomaw to the Andover campus to provide the keynote address for a faculty development program. The academy has granted Christopher a sabbatical for the 2008–09 year, during which he hopes to do research in Cape Town and write a book of case studies in economics for teachers. He won’t spend the whole year there, however, since his son, Turner, will be in 10th grade at Andover next year, and “I don’t want to miss too much of that year!” 1991 Emma Hodgson 1992 Kristen Pendleton Michelle Siamwalla writes from Bangkok: “I changed my first Thai name from Jomkwan to Nashara. In Thai my name can be pronounced two ways, and one of them is the ‘trendy’ onesyllable ‘Nash.’ I’m finishing writing my dissertation on mindfulness practice among the Tokugawa samurai. I decided to switch my career, leave the glitzy international advertising industry, do a Ph.D. and hit the temple circuit seriously. I’m struggling to study Japanese and doing ancient samurai sword martial arts. You’ll find the links to photos and stuff on my virtual resume page nashara.googlepages. com/aboutnash.” Your class secretary Kristen Pendleton has been negligent in posting class updates.


Please send your updates to Kristen works as community operations manager at the International House at San Jose State University and serves as co-president of the San Jose Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW ). 1993 Dorothy Zur MuhlenTomaszewska Dorothy.zurmuhlen@mail.doc. gov Reunion 2008 May 16–18 1994

to Medford to participate in a Fletcher conference on energy technologies in emerging markets. Olaf is also proud to report that he is a newly minted dual American citizen. In August 2007, Christian Hougen concluded a year in Iraq as USAID’s office chief for economic growth and agriculture and transferred to Manila, Philippines, where he manages the office of economic development and governance. He’s studying Chinese and riding around Manila on a Kawasaki KLR650. He’s happily reunited with his wife, Haiman, who worked out of Washington during Christian’s Iraq tour. Daughter Helen is nineteen and a sophomore at Swarthmore.

Liz McClintock 1995 Larry Hanauer Stephan Berwick left Northrop Grumman and is now a competitive intelligence leader at CSC. He published a paper, entitled “Information Assurance Competitive Analysis,” as a chapter in Strategic Intelligence, a textbook published last year. Stephan has been featured as the cover subject in several international martial arts magazines (check out Stephan’s website, Stephan’s oldest son, Asher, started first grade in a Japanese language immersion program— get ready, Fletcher class of 2024! Marshall Billingslea left Brussels, where he served as assistant secretary general of NATO for defense investment, and is now deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Navy. Olaf Groth joined Monitor Group in San Francisco, where he leads hi-tech/clean-tech and sustainability initiatives at its Global Business Network unit and advises the firm’s VC arm. After ten years, he will return

Christian Hougen and family.

In January, Maura Lynch began working for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as chief of the Humanitarian Coordinator’s Support Office. Linda Maguire moved from New York to Mexico City, where she works for UNDP as a global policy advisor in elections. In 2007, she traveled to Nepal, Liberia, Yemen, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Afghanistan. She plans to train at altitude for her next marathon with her new Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy.

Farah Pandith is senior advisor to the assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs at the State Department. Among other things, she travels the region to address radicalization and has given a number of interviews on European television to promote U.S. views in the “war of ideas.” Farah recently joined Fletcher’s Board of Overseers. Marguerite Roy finished law school at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, passed the Missouri bar, and promptly headed for Afghanistan, where she is the head of office in the northern region of Afghanistan, Mazare-Sharif, for UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan). Marguerite is one of eight regional heads of office reporting directly to the special representative to the secretary general for Afghanistan. Fiona Wilson reports that she has decided to pursue a long-held interest in the care of older people and do a parttime postgrad diploma in gerontology at Kings College in London. She is managing a government project to help volunteer groups provide services to vulnerable older people. She’s moved from London to rural Hampshire, and Elinor (4) and Duncan (3) enjoy life in the country with their new puppy. And our classmates have life changes…. Mark Baker, who recently moved to Miami to be director of international trade affairs for Diageo Latin America, bought a bungalow in Belle Meade, two blocks from Biscayne Bay. He decided against installing a pool. Jenn Gergen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Bailey, on 6 December—a birthday shared with several other great Americans (notably Evelyn Farkas and Larry Hanauer).

In May, after a few months of maternity leave, Jenn will go back to the State Department Legal Advisor’s Office of Treaty Affairs (Duncan Hollis’s old stomping grounds). Alice Hurley, husband Dan and four-year-old Fiona added Molly to their family in February. They live in Norwalk, CT, where Alice is doing bank consulting parttime. Those professors in academia do smart things…. Anthony Chase has been granted tenure at Occidental College, where he is now an associate professor of diplomacy and world affairs. Duncan Hollis published an article on how international law applies to information operations in the Lewis and Clark Law Review . Duncan continues to teach at Temple University Law School in Philadelphia. Andy Kennedy finished his Ph.D. in the government department at Harvard. His dissertation was entitled, Dreams Undeferred: Mao, Nehru, and the Strategic Choices of Rising Powers . He is spending 2007–08 as a fellow at Princeton’s Institute for International and Regional Studies. Elinor Sloan just published a new book called Military Transformation and Modern Warfare with Praeger Publishers. She continues to teach international security studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, and she has been appointed to the Canadian Royal Military College Saint-Jean Board of Governors. And some of us keep on doing cool things…. In February, Anna Balough and Katrina Cochran Destree met up in the middle of 800 other Americans and Belgians alike, interested to hear the debates

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and outcome of the mock election on Super Tuesday. The American Club of Brussels hosted a major reception at the Conrad Hotel that generated a lot of interest among the expat crowd, very long lines, and a lot of press.

Katrina Destree’s Kids

Caroline Bichet-Anthamatten recently moved to New York, where she is working for the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN on counterterrorism issues and job-sharing with her husband. This leaves them time with their four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. Evelyn Farkas’s travels for the Senate Armed Services Committee has brought her into contact with Fletcher grads all over the world, including Colombia, Venezuela, Pakistan, and Thailand. She will be traveling to North Korea in the spring. When she hasn’t been traveling, Evelyn works with a nonprofit she founded to help Afghan orphans, The River Foundation. Maria Farnon runs Level 3’s wholesale Internet business in Denver, a job that supports her extravagant road bike expenditures. She is also assisting with technology deployment for the Democratic National Convention, which will take place in Denver in August. Ladeene Freimuth, who is still working on transboundary water management in Israel, saw Shira Yoffe, F94, at the international climate talks in Bali, Indonesia, in December.

Annika Hansen was a member of the Norwegian government’s Defense Policy Committee last year. The committee submitted its recommendations to the Defense Minister in October and a new whitepaper on defense is expected in the course of the spring. She also launched some reports on local ownership and the rule of law at UN headquarters in New York in April last year. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer cited Duncan Hollis’s essay and book on treaty law several times in his dissenting opinion in Medillin v. Texas , in which the Court ruled that the President could not order Texas to provide new hearings to Mexican citizens on death row who were not told, as required by the 1963 Vienna Convention, that they could obtain consular help when arrested. Duncan was interviewed by NPR, the Associated Press, and other media outlets on the case. Jennifer Lovitt-Riggs reports that her business, Nota Bene Shoes for Women, is going gangbusters. She remains amazed that she constantly applies her Fletcher skills to the shoe business. Joel Rehnstrom writes, “I have—after almost five years in China—moved back with my family to Geneva, Switzerland, where I am working a chief of budget, finance and administration for the UN program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). My wife Eugenia Lizano, F89, is back at work at the World Trade Organization.” Finally, yours truly, Larry Hanauer, is still balancing work on Capitol Hill with raising a 2½-year-old boy and somehow managing to get some sleep in between. That’s all. Stay in touch!

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1996 Karen Coppock Spring must be approaching—at least in Boston—as there are a crop of new Fletcherites-to-be… Christine (Gebuhr) Kowalczuk and her husband George welcomed little Thomas John to the fold on 7 March. He joins big brother Peter, who is not yet two years old. Jessica Madoc-Jones’ latest addition is Sophie Suzanne Fry, born 5 June 2007. Jessica is moving back to Massachusetts, and is happy to welcome Fletcher friends to the Cape or Groton come summer. Jeff Neal and his wife Carolina down in Costa Rica announced their latest accomplishment, Sofia, who is now nearly a year old.

Jeff Neal’s daughter Sofia

Candace Lun Plotkin and husband welcomed Jake Plotkin on 13 August 2006. Jake joins big sister Serena (5), who starts kindergarten in the fall. Candace is working as a senior expert in marketing and sales at McKinsey, and her husband Scott is with Harvard Medical School and Mass General in oncology. All is chaotic and fun with them. Candance notes that Jake and Serena specially welcome Ranjan Annavarapu Warren (Dia Warren, F97, and her husband Suresh’s baby) to the world, and Khai and Ai Vy (Ngan Nguyen and Jonathan Shulman’s kids) to the East Coast. The baby boom has also extended to Eastern Europe and down south. Tom

Schwieters and his wife Eva are happy to have added Benedek John to the family on Jan 21, 2008. His big sisters Lili (6) and Maya (3) are elated, as well. The Schwieters are still in Budapest, Hungary. Tom is Central Europe regional manager with ICT market research firm IDC. Tom would love to hear any news from old Fletcher friends. On the career front, Rusty Barber will soon be wrapping up his first year in Iraq as director of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s (USIP) field mission. He says that it has been a very challenging but unforgettable experience working at ground level on local, regional, and national reconciliation efforts. He will be returning to Washington, D.C., to take a position with the Institute in June. For anyone who is interested in USIP’s work in Iraq and elsewhere in the world, Rusty refers you to the Institute’s website at  Neal Boudette reached a pretty important milestone recently. He’s been with the Wall Street Journal since 1999, and had been the paper’s deputy bureau chief in Detroit for the last four years. He was named bureau chief in January (Congrats, Neal!), which means he oversees the paper’s global automotive coverage. He still live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which says is a great place, and has managed to convert his entire family into hockey players. Both his daughters (Olivia, 9, and Clara, 6) are playing and his wife even decided to join a women’s league. He himself skates two nights a week—when he can break away from work. P.S.: He says he would be glad to hear from anyone from 1995–96 and still wonders where Steve Meade is. Helena Cerna recently joined in their digital movie and TV store. She and her


husband David are enjoying living in Seattle. Bill Gripman is a principal with George Group Consulting, focusing primarily on business transformation in the Army. He is spending most of his time in D.C. these days and has recently met up with Anthony Wanis St. John. Wife Kathleen, F92, continues teaching ESL to business executives. Son Will is deep into learning Chinese. They are all still living in Plymouth, Michigan. After a long silence, both Sara Ivry and Joe Laszlo sent in updates this quarter. Sara Ivry has spent the last several years working at—an online Jewish culture magazine based in NYC—where she edits articles and hosts a weekly podcast in which she interviews writers, artists, musicians and others including Michael Chabon, Aline Crumb and Adam Gopnik. She lives in Brooklyn and is in touch with a handful of classmates, including Kelly Koeppl, with whom she traveled to Spain a couple of years ago. Joe Laszlo is also in New York and after spending eight years and 1.5 technology bubbles at Jupiter Research, he’s changed jobs. He is now the director of research at the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), which is one of the major industry trade associations for online media companies. Things are going very well so far, and he is finding the work unexpectedly close to his Fletcher roots. Getting representatives from Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, and AOL to agree on any vaguely common interests is nothing if not a test of one’s diplomatic skills. Otherwise things are much the same: still in New York, still sailing when the weather permits and “still gloomy” (his words, not mine). Becky Mowbray works for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where she has been covering Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath for the last

few years. Their newsroom was awarded two Pulitzers in 2006. Last week, she found out she will receive the enterprise writing award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. But this fall, she’ll be returning to her Fletcher roots and traveling to Vietnam for an extended stay while her husband, a demographer who studies migration and health in Southeast Asia, is on sabbatical. Stefanie Ricarda Roos writes from Bucharest, Romania, where she is about to start her third year as director of a regional Rule of Law Program for South East Europe at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Her work continues to be challenging and satisfying, in particular as she now sees its first results. In December of last year, Duncker & Humblot of Berlin published her Ph.D. on the international human rights protection against development-induced displacement—Congrats, Stefanie! Carol Welch moved to Seattle to work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a program officer in global development policy and advocacy. She’s looking forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest and getting in more skiing and hiking.  Sopheap Ou and Philip Aquino got engaged in February while vacationing in the Grand Cayman Island. Shortly after their return, they met up with Jane Kang who was in San Francisco on business. Phil notes that it was great catching up with Jane, particularly as he had not seen her since graduation!

Congratulations to Mimi Alemayehou, who has been nominated to be the U.S. director of the African Development Bank. Mimi currently serves as founder and managing partner of Trade Links, LLC. Prior to this, she served as a program manager at the International Executive Service Corps. Kim Baker got married in September in Paris, “to my Italian sommelier, Marco Sassi, with the Fletcher crowd coming from D.C., London, New York, Madrid, Sudan, and Afghanistan.” They had their civil ceremony in the 4th arrondissement on the morning of 14 September, then the church ceremony that afternoon in the Italian Parish church of Paris, Notre Dame de la Consolation, followed by a reception and dinner at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. Fletcher folks in attendance included Steve Arbuthnot, Nicole Byrns and husband Lloyd Spencer, Lindy Cameron, Sinclair Cornell, L-A Levy, Mike Strauss, and Andrea Wilczynski and husband Cristobal Alonso Martin. Kim said, “I’ve just (3 March) moved back to Paris to join Marco and am looking for a job, so if anyone needs a writer/ editor in Paris, please get in touch! Having a job will facilitate the acquisition of an apartment to enable the all-important hosting of Fletcher guests!”

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Kim Baker’s wedding: Steve Arbuthnot, L-A Levy, Nicole Byrns, Andrea Wilczynski, Kim Baker, Lindy Cameron, guest, and Mike Strauss Sean Becker married Dr. Melissa Lai on 28 April at the historic First Parish Unitarian Church in Lexington, followed

by a reception at Fenway Park. The Fletcher mafia was well represented—including Michelle Bailer and Brian Cook, Tom Bouchard, F00, John Duca, Hannah Fretz Pierpont, F00, Jon Liland, and Wilma Suen. Sean and Melissa just bought a place on Powderhouse—Sean now lives closer to Fletcher than when he went to Fletcher. David Bowker and wife Amanda welcomed Eve Olivia Bowker into the world on 1 August. Mom and baby are great, and Dad is happy—a new addition to the Fletcher family! Stephan Grand writes that he was appointed as adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign’s EMBA, teaching a course on doing business in China. In other news he is launching a website aimed at helping Chinese companies invest abroad. He continues with his financial and tax advisory business, which is going well, and he is also trying to raise a private equity fund to invest in his clients’ businesses in China. He ends by saying, “I am still happily single, keep in contact with my roommates of the 7 Roberts Road in Cambridge (Burkhard, Enrique and Yannick in alphabetical order) and have no child I know of. I share my life between my offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. I think it would be difficult to find more exciting places than this, while not living in a war zone.” He will run a 100km race in the mountains of Hong Kong’s New Territories on 9 November to raise money for Oxfam. He’ll send pictures if he survives. News in from Hisham Elkoustaf, who notes that he is happy to announce that he and Dalia have welcomed their baby daughter, Iman, on 5 September. He writes, “She is a true joy, and we are so enjoying our new status as sleep-deprived parents. Professionally, I am still at Commerce’s Office of the General Counsel where I am the

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managing attorney for Morocco, Egypt, and Iraq. If any Fletcher mafioso are in D.C., please feel free to contact me.” Mike McErlean has just accepted a position as a professional staff member with Congress. He will be working with the House Armed Services Committee. Mike retired from the Marine Corps this year after thirty years of service and is looking forward to continuing his service to the country. Please stop by and visit if you’re in the neighborhood! Gwen Rehnborg and her husband Rod are happy to share the news that they have relocated their family to London. They live in Belsize Park, right down the street from Ena Michel Laliberte and see her nearly every day. “Moving from Southern California to England in December is not the easiest transition, but we’re beginning to get used to it,” Gwen writes. As London is on the way to most of the places their Fletcher friends go, they hope you won’t hesitate to let them know when you’ll be in town and stop in to say hello. Andrew Srulevitch and Greta Zeender Srulevitch, F97, have a baby announcement—their daughter, Zoé Marguerite, was born on 3 December—and he has a job announcement: at the beginning of the year, he started as director of European affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. Toshi Yoshihara and James Holmes have a couple of books under contract for next year, one on Indian naval strategy (Routledge), and the other on U.S. maritime strategy in Asia (Naval Institute Press). 1999 Meg Donovan Martina (Volpe) and Barnaby Donlon are still living in Brooklyn and working at their same jobs (Martina at the UN and Barnaby

at consulting firm Palladium Group, Inc.). They had a busy 2007, which included surviving a kitchen and bath renovation. However, in November they celebrated by traveling to Japan (Martina’s first time to Asia), where they visited Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Yamaguchi, where Barnaby lived for three years between college and Fletcher. A highlight of the trip was meeting old friends including Hiroki Takabayashi, F98, and Mari Kogiso, F98, both doing well and as fun as ever. Eric Eversmann is still in D.C. and working for Catholic Relief Services. His daughter turns three in May, and he’s happy to report that his wife’s consulting business is taking off. He and Ted Kim participated in a career panel discussion during the recent Fletcher D.C. Career Trip. Tobin Freid writes that she is just starting a new job as the sustainability manager for the City and County of Durham, North Carolina. Dana Hollywood left Korea and is currently serving as a JAG in the Army (investigative attorney to the Law and Order Task Force in Baghdad where he works at FOB Shield). Congratulations to Oleg Kaganovich and wife Margaret who welcomed their first child (Benjamin Teichert Kaganovich) at the end of February. Oleg says he’s having a great time at his seed stage venture fund, “investing in everything from graphic novels that are being turned into movies, to LED lamps developed to replace kerosene as the primary source of lighting in third world countries. Would love to hear from Fletcherites with business ideas!” Christof Kurz is writing his Ph.D. dissertation at Fletcher (State Failure in West Africa). He also consults occasionally for various NGOs, which took him to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Rwanda last year. He notes that

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through work-studies he has been in touch with Joelle Jenny (now with DFID in London), and will see Adrienne FitchFrankel at the end of March when he presents a paper in San Francisco. Wolfgang Lassl reports from Vienna that he is still with Malik MSZG and enjoying his work, “especially the opportunity to give seminars on leadership and ethics, which takes me back to my theological roots.” In the past year, he has traveled to South Africa ten times and has been developing his skills outside traditional Fletcher areas in subjects such as forestry and management cybernetics. His eldest daughter entered school last year, and he and his wife are looking forward to their first travel “a deux” in quite some time. In December, Carlisle Levine started a new job with CARE, based out of their D.C. office. She’s helping link policy advocacy efforts better to country-level evidence, as well as measure advocacy  effectiveness. Carlisle works with classmate Joy Shiferaw Searcie at CARE (see below for a family update). Sachi Nakayama is also now in the D.C. area, working for the IFC. Laura (Kirkpatrick) de Otalvaro is awaiting confirmation on an assignment to Ankara, Turkey, that will start in August 2009 and says she would love to hear from Fletcherites in or near that region of the world. She’s also eagerly awaiting the birth of her first child on or around 24 June. She points Fletcherites to Mike Strauss’ new band Must Love Trash ( Andrea (Curti) Reiner writes to say that her big news is the birth of their twins (16 January 2008) in Cambridge, UK. Louis Paul Curti Reiner weighed 5 lbs., 11 oz. and younger sister Alicia Joanne Curti Reiner weighed in at 5 lbs., 1 oz. Both are happy and healthy. Lashelle Roundtree is

currently living a “life of leisure” in Washington, D.C. She writes, “I haven’t been working since November of last year and have been enjoying it immensely! I spent most of December in South Africa on vacation, which was wonderful. I will be traveling to Argentina in April with Nicole Turner, F98, and if we like it, we decided we will go back and stay for the summer. I am in touch with Tania Mastrapa from our class, and she has been promoting her book and has started her own publishing company.” Noah Rubins writes to say he hosted Professor Glennon for a presentation and discussion on 19 March at his law firm in Paris (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer). The topic was “U.S. Security Commitments to Iraq.” Congratulations to Joy Shiferaw Searcie and her husband, who announced the birth of son Yohannes Edgerton Searcie on 11 January 2008. Mommy, daddy and little baby are doing great. Joy still lives and works in Atlanta. Tim Swett is still with IRC in Thailand, as is Gerrard Khan, F00. 2000 Laura Rótolo Jessica Berns and her husband Steffen, recently had a baby boy, Oliver, born in October. Jessica, Steffen, Oliver and big sister Lilli (4) live in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Jessica continues her work as program manager for Coexistence International based at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life (Brandeis University). Her work brings her in touch with Fletcher faculty, alum and current students. Marlies Bull is working for the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan and hoping her airconditioner will survive another Khartoum summer. Wilson Lee is the program


officer for South and Southeast Asia at the National Endowment for Democracy, a Washington, D.C.-based grant-making organization that supports democratic and human rights activists around the world. He works primarily on Pakistan and Tibet and travels to South Asia regularly. Although he works with some Fletcherites and runs into many members of the Fletcher Mafia in D.C., he would love to hear from others. Jennifer Mahr still resides in Middletown, Connecticut, with her husband Tim and children Andrew (7) and Allison (4). She loves her job as director of domestic affairs for a small, but growing company—that’s another way of saying she’s a housewife and expecting her third child in May! Her days are busy with volunteer work and family activities, and she looks forward to a quiet summer by the pool (fingers crossed for a content, sleepy baby) in her newly landscaped backyard (that project, by the way, was an exercise in natural landscaping to make Professor Moomaw proud!). Mariana Neisuler and family are enjoying their last few months in the very interesting Balkans before heading to Moscow via D.C. Recently, she saw Sinisa Milatovic in Belgrade and Vangelis Tsebelis in Athens. They are both as fun and interesting as ever! Erin Nicholson got married to Erik Pacific (SAIS 2005) just over a year ago and changed her name to Erin Nicholson Pacific. O ver the past year, Erin and Erik moved back from Central Asia, reconnected with friends in the Washington, D.C., area, bought a house in the Shaw/Convention Center neighborhood, and survived their first year of marriage! Erin and Erik volunteered and got accepted to the Afghanistan mission of USAID and will depart for

their one year assignments in April 2008. Erin will be the deputy director for the O ffice of Economic Growth (EG), and Erik will work in the O ffice for Provincial Reconstruction (PRT ). Erin hopes to hear from any Fletcherites working or passing through Afghanistan. Daniele Riggio continues to live in Brussels, working at NATO headquarters for the Public Diplomacy Division, with responsibilities over Italy, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. His wife Teresa and he are crazy for their most rewarding joy, Massimo, who will be one year old on 12 April. One thing is certain: He is the boss! Vigen Sargsyan and Lusine Galajyan, F03, are now parents to two daughters. The youngest, Maria, was born in mid-October. Vigen, who continues to serve as a personal assistant to the President of the Republic of Armenia, was awarded the Medal of Movses Khorenatsi, which is one of the top state awards of the Republic of Armenia. As the chief commissioner of the Year of Armenia in France, which included 850 events in over 160 towns of France, he has received official citations by Presidents Sarkozy and Kocharyan. Vigen and Lusine both continue to teach at the Graduate School of Public Administration and International Relations at the American University of Armenia.

while she continues work as a financial analyst and economist. She lives in Washington, D.C., and plans to return to New York and consult with European clients. She would be thrilled to hear from classmates. Ian Wadley and Leah are planning to relocate from Geneva to Perth in June, after a decade of globe-hopping. Ian will continue his consulting work in good governance, peace-building and law, while based as close as possible to the sunny unspoiled beaches of Western Australia.

Sarah Prosser and her husband, Sean, are the proud parents of Alexander David Prosser-Greene, who was born 24 September 2007.


Carolina V izcaino and Filippo Ilardi are excited about the arrival of their first daughter, Francesca, on 19 January. Filippo recently began a new job at UBS in New York.

Shantha Rau Fletcher babies abound in this edition of the Fletcher Notes from the Class of 2001! Lisa Neuberger Fernandez had a little girl, Isabella Katia, on St. Patrick’s Day, 17 March. Lisa and Alvaro are having so much fun with their little bundle (with the slight exception of 2–7 a.m.). Lisa recently took on two new, exciting positions at Accenture: as environmental sustainability sales director for communications and high-tech clients and as the company’s U.S. environment lead on the Corporate Citizenship team.

Sarah Prosser, her husband Sean Green and their new addition Alexander

Filippo Ilardi, Carolina Vizcaino and their new little girl Francesca

Other happy news: Shantha Rau married Stefan Barriga (an Austrian-Spanish diplomat for the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the UN in New York) in a traditional Hindu ceremony in January (needless to say, it will make for interesting multi-national children!). Fletcher friends Susan Banki, Ulrik Ahnfeldt-Mollerup and Ivana Vuco made their way to India to celebrate with the couple.

Vigen Sargsyan and family

Judy (Renorah) Slater completed her MBA in Finance in December 2007 and plans to start an international small business consultancy this year

Lisa Neuberger Fernandez and baby Isabella Shantha Rau Barriga, with Fletcher friends Ivana Vuco, Ulrik AhnfeldtMollerup and Susan Banki

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On the professional front: Dulce Carrillo began a new position as multi-cultural marketing, advocacy and outreach manager at Arlington County. She will lead the county’s new multi-cultural task force and the Diversity Dialogues that are slated in the county’s 2008 management plan. Brian Gibel recently arrived in Shenyang, China, and is working at the U.S. Consulate General, which is situated directly behind the South Korean Consulate, next to the Japan Consulate, and diagonally across from the Russian Consulate—feels just like Fletcher. Visitors to Shenyang welcome! Masha Kravkova is working on global finance at the International Finance Corporation, and appreciating Jacque’s class all the time. Having left the life of a Defense Department civil servant last year, Michael Pevzner is now working for U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (Nebraska) on national security issues as a professional staff member on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Margaret Sloane recently moved to Washington, D.C., and is now working for Booz Allen Hamilton. 2002 Ben Ball The story seems to be the same for the entire Fletcher ‘02 crowd: another year, another transition. Most of those transitions seem to be towards the developing world this time around. Take Faris Khader, for instance. Faris just started a new assignment with UNDP’s Regional Center in Bangkok, as regional technical specialist for climate change. As part of his duties, Faris is responsible for developing and supervising climate change projects in Iran,

Pakistan, Mongolia, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Underneath Faris’s flight path is Maria Kristensen, who recently migrated to Sri Lanka, where she is working as a team leader for Action Aid International. Further west, Dan Langenkamp is serving as a consular officer in Kampala, Uganda, with his wife Sarah Debbink, whom he married in June 2006. Same continent, different country: David Karp is now the head of UNHCR’s field office in Harper, Liberia, near the border with Côte d’Ivoire. (Maybe it’s just me, but the French name probably makes it sound more luxurious than it really is.) David says he’s doing well, but he also reports that Harper is cut off during the seven-month rainy season due to poor road conditions. (Maybe Faris can help with a climate change project here? Just a suggestion.) Stevie Hamilton was recently in West Africa himself, working a presidential visit with fellow Fletcherite Sadie Okoko, F04, who serves in the U.S. Embassy in Accra. A lone voice from Argentina: Kjersti Brokhaug is in Buenos Aires, expecting her third child sometime in the fall. Surely there are other members of the Fletcher Mafia there, right? In the Middle East, John Moore and Paul Bagatelas, F87, are starting a Fletcher club in Dubai. John is there as the business development manager for Global Strategies Group. Yours truly is enjoying a tour as a political officer in Amman, Jordan. In a recent gathering of the oh-so-exclusive (and often elusive) Fletcher Club of Amman, there were sightings of Allison Hodgkins, David Greene, Sarah Harpending, Cindy Harvey, and a guest appearance by Sarah Khan, who made a special trip from Syria. Back in the good old U. S.

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of A., Adam Treanor and his wife Stephanie were married in December. Who made this match? Why, the Fletcher Mafia, of course! Adam (who currently works as the director of research for a hedge fund) and his wife were introduced by Chris and Agatha (Ciancarelli) Row. Joel Fetter and his wife Claudia, F01, recently welcomed their new daughter Jacqueline into the world. She’s a true Fletcher child—Joel reports that she enjoys munching on the Economist in her spare time. Don’t we all? Joel is still with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he works in their alternative energies unit. Speaking of alternative energies, re-taking the SAT is something that wouldn’t top anyone’s list of things to do on a whim. Yet Cynthia White is not just anyone. She’s in New York City with PRTM Management Consulting, and works with the company that makes the test that all teenagers fear. It just goes to show you—sometimes all of that learning is really just teaching you how to take a test. Anand Balachandran is keeping busy in Geneva by rejuvenating the Fletcher Club of Switzerland and organizing regular events as one of its board members. He would also like to thank those who have contributed to the Fletcher Fund, and encourage others to consider a contribution by June 2008. 2003 Brett Freedman Reunion 2008 May 16–18 The past several months have proven quite busy for many fellow Fletcherites—folks are looking forward to the five-year reunion in May. Don’t forget to send in your photos to Moira Rafferty [Moira.Rafferty@tufts.

edu] and register for the big event at: alumni/reunion2008/index.html Pit Chen Low assumed post as charge d’affaires at the new Singapore Embassy in Abu Dhabi in October 2007 for a three-year assignment. The perennial Boston sports fan Jeff Chamberlin recently left OMB for a position at the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Global Threat Reduction, working on a program that returns weaponsgrade uranium from countries worldwide to Russia and the U.S. for down-blending into non-weapons-grade material. Jeff apologizes for being out of touch with the D.C. Fletcher crew, but blames it all on a long commute and his 2 ½ -year-old son, Ben (whose 19th and 20th words learned were “Big” and “Papi,” btw). After only six months in Germany, Rachel Hudson and her husband Brian have again relocated—this time to Canton Vaude in Switzerland (of course, that was my 1st guess!). She is still working in the treasury at ADM. Also, she notes that Fletcher is approaching the end of its fiscal year so don’t forget to participate in our annual drive. “As this is the 5th reunion year for the class of ‘03, let’s make a strong showing in our giving numbers!” Nadia Izakson is still operating her online store selling handmade accessories. The latest addition to the inventory is Balinese jewelry. All Fletcherites get a discount of 15%. Just enter coupon code “Fletcher” at check-out; discount will be automatically applied. Website is: www.nadiadaniel. com. Happy shopping! Hind A. Kabawat was presented with the 2007 Women’s Peace Initiative Award on 22 October in Sarajevo for her efforts in interfaith dialogue. The prize is given by New York’s Tanenbaum Centre for


Interreligious Understanding, a non-sectarian, non-profit organization set up to “prevent the growing problem of verbal and physical conflict based on religion.” Tim Nikula and his wife Allie welcomed their second son, Kalle Benton Nikula Gill, born in Moscow in November. Dr. Ronnie Olesker recently accepted a tenure track position at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where she will be moving this summer. She will be an assistant professor of international relations and comparative politics. Joyce Sharon and her husband welcomed a baby boy (their third one!) the day after Thanksgiving. She writes that she is busy juggling being a mom to three boys (5, 3 and 4 months) and working part-time for a competitive intelligence firm in Cambridge. Noam Unger writes that he is coming up for the reunion and looks forward to catching up with folks. In the ongoing Holly-Noam saga, Noam has offered the following “Holly Update”: “Noam Unger, who was overwhelmed with emotion regarding Holly Benner’s news this past winter, said, ‘Not only did Holly flatter me first at Fletcher, by living in the same house and taking all the same classes, and then in Washington D.C., by immediately following in my footsteps in positions at State Department, USAID and now Brookings, but she recently got engaged to the worthy Kevin Schwartz over New Year’s holiday—just as I did with Caroline Wadhams a few years back. I am overjoyed!’” Since August 2003 Mayako Ushida has been working with a Japanese NGO, Peace Winds Japan. The organization engages in emergency, reconstruction, and development works worldwide. She has been in charge of Timor-Leste projects

since 2004. Frequent business trips to Timor-Leste have strengthened her interest and desire to work for rebuilding the country. In her personal life, she is expecting a second child on 6 May this year, while her son, Jake, turns three in January. Maya would love to hear how other classmates do balancing career and child-raising/family. 2004 Brandon Miller brandonedwardmiller@gmail. com For those of you in the northern hemisphere, welcome to spring (yes, it’s still snowing in Michigan). It’s time for your F04 update. First, we have another future Fletcherite. Congratulations to Tamas Kovacs and his wife Edit on the birth of their second baby boy, Daniel Boldizsar, who was born on 29 January 2008. The Kovacs family is living in the “Capital of Europe,” Brussels, Belgium. Tamas is an international relations officer for the European Anti-fraud Office, a Directorate-General of the European Commission.

Raphael Carland married Rebecca Adelaide Stevens, A03, on 22 September 2007 in Granby, Connecticut. Friends present from Fletcher included Sajid Khan, Philip Shetler-Jones, Jaqueline Geissinger, and Jay Strohm. Rebecca and Raphael met at Fletcher in fall of 2002 in Professor Tony Smith’s course: “America & Democracy Abroad.” “We are still living in the Washington area with Rebecca working at Justice and Raphael at State.”

United Nations Mission in Kosovo, “for a small inter-class Fletcher reunion dinner, at the new, hip restaurant Odyssea.”

Iliriana Kaçaniku, Jonathan Tirone, F00, and Andriani Mortoglou, F01 in Kosovo

We have a few weddings to report (and one to re-report, thanks, Arwa Abulhasan, for the correction!). Oren Murphy and Ermina Sokou tied the knot on 9 June on the island of Sifnos in Greece. They write, “It was a long time in the making but we actually did it! We had good Fletcher representation as well.” Photo includes: Katya Sienkiewicz, F05, Claire Sneed, Tiffany (Rudy’s wife), Rudy Costanzo, Jose Urrutia (my best man, believe it or not), Caleb McClennen, Ioli Christopoulou, Iliriana Kacaniku, Alexandros (Ioli’s boyfriend), the bride and groom, Kipper Blakeley, Judy Dunbar, Raphael Carland in back with Rebecca (Raphael’s wife), Hema Chugh, Arwa Abulhasan with husband Ali Husain. Oren is the regional manager for Southeast Asia for Internews.

Tamas Kovacs and his kids

Next, Iliriana Kaçaniku reports that she got together with two other Fletcher alums on 17 February 2008 in Prishtina, “the day when Kosova declared independence.” Iliriana, who is working for the Kosova Foundation for Open Society and is coordinator of the Fletcher Club Prishtina, joined Jonathan Tirone, F00, of Bloomberg News in Vienna, and Andriani Mortoglou, F01, of the

Oren Murphy and Ermina Sokou were married in Sifnos, Greece

Dominica Drazal “just got married in South Africa, party to come” to Andy Walti from Switzerland. She is moving to Shanghai at the end of April.

Raphael Carland married Rebecca Adelaid Stevens

And finally, in job news . . . Paola Amadei moved to Asmara, Eritrea, where she is working as head of the Delegation of the European Commission. She writes, “The job and the environment are challenging but I enjoy so far every minute of it. My family will join me in April. Please let me know about any Fletcherites in the area.” Hadley White is moving to Stuttgart, Germany for a year to support AFRICOM for Booz Allen. Taryn Lesser is also in Europe now. She writes, “I finally settled into life in Geneva, not at all an easy task.” She is working for the Special Procedures Branch of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the migrants and IDP mandates. Straddling Europe and the Middle East, Roham Alvandi writes that he has “taken up a position as a lecturer in politics at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.” He is spending Spring 2008 as a visiting fellow at the Centre for

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Graduate International Studies at the University of Tehran. Lisa Chow recently moved to Beijing. She is taking a temporary leave from her job as a reporter at WNYC, the public radio station in New York City, to freelance report from China in the months leading up to the Olympics. She will be filing stories for Marketplace and other public radio programs. Back at home, following stints in Malawi and Sri Lanka, Ana Hammock and Jeff Isen have settled down in Boston. Ana is the director of financial literacy at ACCION USA, while Jeff is teaching high-school history and international relations (“no more last minute trips to Africa!”). Along with their dog Gimley, they have also just added Miles Morris to the household, born on 28 January. His hobbies include napping and drinking milk. Caleb McClennen reports that he is “now working as assistant director for Global Marine Programs at the Wildlife Conservation Society based at the Bronx Zoo.” April Rinne has transitioned back from private law to international microfinance. She is now the director of venture development for Unitus, a global microfinance accelerator, in San Francisco. In addition to launching new microfinance companies, she also continues to teach law and microfinance courses for the International Development Law Organization, which will take her to India, Romania, and Tanzania this year. GMAP I 2004 Carlos St. James 2005 Victoria Obst Greetings! Again, the class of 2005 does not fail to disappoint

on updates and news. To start, a few more of our classmates have tied, or are about to tie, the knot: Dan Preston and Corrine Back were married on 3 November in Moab, Utah. Fletcher had a strong showing with Pam Beecroft, Tom Wyler, Jason Dettori, Seiji Niwa, Kevin McGeehan, Parker Wertz, Lauren Boccardi, and Karim Rozwadowski all in attendance!

Many Fletcherites attended Dan Preston and Corrine Back’s marriage in Moab, UT

Tania Belisle-Leclerc and Rahul Chandran, F06, are thrilled to announce they were married in O ttawa, Canada, on 16 September 2007 and in Cochin, India, on 28 September 2007. Getting their Canadian groove on at Bean Town Ranch, O ttawa, were F05ers Kristy DeRemer, Lilia Gerberg, Waidehi GilbertGok hale, Jeremy Harrington, Annelana Lobb, Maitri Morarji, Dipali Muk hopadhyay, Maria Stookey, Devon Ysaguirre; F04er Erin English; and F06ers Matt McCaffree and Josh Newton. Fletcher grads witnessing Rahul ride an elephant into the trees on his way to the Indian ceremony included F06ers Gillian Cull, Gregory Dimitriadis, Teitur Torkelsson, Dimitris Thomakos, Todd Wassel, Nirmalan Wigneswaran, and F05 representative Huria Ogbamichael. Tania recently returned to New York from a year in with the UN Mission in the DR Congo; Rahul continues to work at NYU, and both are

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living happily in Astoria, New York. Marriage news from Shannon Bruder, as well, who writes, “I married Jason Bruder on 20 October 2007 in a small outdoor ceremony on a beautiful fall day in Washington, D.C. It was great to have several Fletcherites in attendance who came from near and far for the occasion, including my wonderful bridesmaids Bridget Kimball and Euna Shim, as well as Sarit Lisogorsky, Alexis Brooks, F06, Richard Ponzio, F97, and Kuniko Ashizawa, F97. I am managing USAID projects in Kosovo and the North Caucasus for IREX, and Jason is a Foreign Service officer currently working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.” Anna Tiedeman and Jay Irwin will also be married on 26 April 2008 in St. Michael’s, Maryland, and will be honeymooning in Bali. Anna also recently hosted the 3rd Annual Dodging Diabetes Charity Dodgeball Tournament, and raised over $17K for the Joslin Diabetes Center. Kevin McGeehan was a referee at the tournament. Tamara Barber writes with very exciting family news: “We just added another member to the Barber family. Our little boy Lex was born on 23 Jan, weighing 8 lbs. 11 oz. and measuring 20.5 inches long. He and his big sister Lydia are doing great! I go back to work at Forrester Research in Cambridge late April (sigh).” William “ Bill” Holmberg writes from France: “I have recently volunteered to lead the Fletcher Club of Paris and hope to welcome other alumni moving to the city of lights through both our club and interclub events. Personally, all is well at work and home—our little Olivia is growing quickly (almost 2) and discovered snow last weekend in the Alps.”

Bill Holmberg and family in the Alps

Devadas Krishnadas is now the Head Operations of one of Singapore’s six Police Land Divisions. The challenges keep him occupied. He writes that he “was in the States in September of last year and caught up with the Schnacks, the Wolfes, the Sass family, Pam and others.” Additionally, in January he caught up with faculty and students of GMAP during their residency in Singapore. He looks forward to greeting classmates passing through Singapore. Academic news from Jonas Hagmann, who will be a visiting fellow for one year at the University of Copenhagen, starting this September. He remains in good spirits and assures us, “If God wants, I’ll complete my doctoral thesis there. I know where God has parked his car, so God better wants.” And, finally, Evan Pressman and Jonathan Reiber, F07, hobnobbed with Bill Richardson, F71, who came to visit Ergo Advisors in October of last year. Evan is currently a vice president and founding member of Ergo, and Jonathan was a research manager.

Evan Pressman and Jonathan Reiber met Bill Richardson


GMAP I 2005 Dirk Swart GMAP II 2005 Terri Roberts Happy three year anniversary to the GMAP II Class of ’05! Here are the updates from classmates who reported in (thanks!) and sincere hopes that more will find the time to update us on your lives the next go-around. The family of “Army Shawn” Costley has also grown since GMAP graduation. Oldest daughter Zaria will be three years old in April. December 2007 was a busy month for Shawn and Loise: Shawn Eric II (8 lbs., 2 oz.) was born on 29 December, one day before sister Olivia celebrated her second birthday on 30 December. On the career front, due to the base realignment and closing activity under DOD, the Costley family is planning to relocate with Shawn’s job from Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, to Huntsville, Alabama, in June 2009. Shawn has kept up his GMAP pace, also finding time to start a real estate investing company, PIER Services Group. He reports the company is doing well and we can check it out online (just like old times!) at www. Doreen Denice writes: “In 2006, I met Pakistani ex-PM Benazir Bhutto. I was reminded of the potential difficulties faced by female political leaders (remember Elizabeth I?) when in a small gathering of PPP party supporters in New York, one woman expressed dismay at the typical frock worn by Ms. Bhutto. Here she was the first [female] PM of an Islamic country, and exiled head of Pakistan’s largest political party, and the woman was concerned about—what? Her choice of clothes! I indicated

the important role Ms. Bhutto might play given her background and position as a woman leader in further developing liberal democracy in Pakistan. I believe the thought had not occurred to her.”

Doreen Denice, Benazir Bhutto, and aspiring journalist Megan Syed

Kristi Forino pinned on the rank of Major (USAF) in late April ‘06. Her husband John also pinned on Major in ’06 following a remote tour flying F-16s in Korea. Their son John (just weeks old when they had first residency) is now a handsome three year old with a baby brother Charles Christopher (Charlie) who joined the Forino household on 20 Aug 2007, weighing in at 8 lbs., 15 oz., 20 ½ inches. The Forino family still resides near Hill AFB, Utah, for now. Ed Fulda is busy at Redstone Arsenal when he’s not traveling to Pakistan, Bahrain, or Thailand. He’s successfully put Number 1 son through college and into the workforce; Number 2 son is a sophomore at Concordia University, Wisconsin; and son Number 3 is a freshman in high school.

Navy classmate Janie Glover continues to reside in Pensacola, Florida, and in February 2007 was promoted from operations officer, Program Management Dept. in NETSAFSA to technical director, placing her second-incommand to the Commanding Officer. On a personal note, Janie says that “God is good. Life is good, and I am enjoying both.” Ken Haines sends greetings from sunny Fayetteville, North Carolina. Ken continued as the deputy of USASATMO until 28 October 2007, and then moved to a sixteen-hour per week job he created for semi-retirement as mission contracts manager. His aunt, whom the family cared for during her last two years, passed away in December 2007. Ken is planning to take full retirement in April, and then plans to serve as an interpreter in the North Carolina Court system as a hobby and sign on as a cross-cultural instructor for folks deploying to Latin America. The Haines family is also planning a trip to Costa Rica for their younger daughter’s destination wedding (she’s a realtor in Fuque-Varina). Older daughter is an editor for the NRA. And wife Valerie is district administrator for the North Carolina Guardian Ad Litem program. Ignasius Johan reports that he joined Citigroup in Jakarta, Indonesia, in summer of 2006 but may soon consider rejoining the government. Iggy asked after “Navy Beth Thomas” (hint, hint, Beth). “Singapore Sean” O’Hara is alive and well and continues to serve as the training program manager at the U.S. Embassy in the democracy of Singapore. Everyone’s favorite straightman, Tim “White House Boy” Nank reports that his detail spent in Iraq was too short. He is back on staff at The White House serving as director, Office of Nuclear Defense Policy. On the family side, Tim and wife

Beth became parents of twin girls Reagan Elizabeth and Lauren Lee, who are nearly six months old. Oldest daughter Paige, now eight, is enjoying her role as Big Sister to the babies. I understand Reagan, but I’m still trying to figure out what famous Republican was named “Lauren”!

Tim Nank in Baghdad

In mid-May 2006, Terri Roberts was reassigned from FMS New Business Office, Mobility Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, to her current position as security assistance program manager for C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft sales to Australia. In December 2007, Terri received a Commendation from the Chief of Staff of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for her efforts. Following a recent program management review in Brisbane, Australia, several members of the team were fortunate enough to dine on Moreton Bay Bugs (a yummy crustacean) and visit the famed beaches of Australia’s Gold Coast. They narrowly escaped Ohio’s late-winter blizzard in mid-March ’08, again supporting the notion that timing is everything! From Philadelphia, magic-man Guillermo Ulmos is breathing a sigh of relief that those of us employed by the DOD have now completed our three-year payback commitments to our sponsoring agencies. Guillermo has also been promoted and is now director of FMS Aviation Repairs at the Naval Inventory Control Point in Philly, noting that the job is a real challenge. G. also mentioned he misses our

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discussions on the boards and sends greetings to all. From the other end of the Atlantic, John Woughter reports his family has now relocated to Stuttgart where he is assigned at military headquarters, European Command. John is working policy issues related to NATO and is enjoying the job thus far. His family is also expecting a new addition in the form of a Rottweiler puppy in the near future! John also asked after Naval Commander Beth Thomas, who is apparently shy (or more likely too busy) to give us her promotion story in person. Congrats, Beth! We hope to hear from you personally next time with the details. 2006 Joshua Newton For those of the class of ’06 who are abroad, Leigh Nolan, Georgia Kayser and Connie Schneider are making merry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and teaching some international relations courses in the process. Leigh would particularly like to note that she wouldn’t mind a beer. Adam Day has been in Darfur since January working for the head of mission of UNAMID. He says it is sandy all the time, sunny almost all of the time, frustrating almost as much as it’s sunny, and there’s nowhere else in the world he’d rather be. Rodrigo Ordoñez is also in (southern) Sudan and the transitional areas since August ‘07, as the Communication Manager for Mercy Corps. Marco Pfister, Farheen Khan and Huria Ogbamichael, F05, can also be found in Sudan. After graduation, Lourdes Tabamo went back to her office at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, Philippines, until February when she was posted in Hawaii at the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu as consul and deputy

head of post. After a stint in Niger with Mercy Corps, both Brendan Cavanagh and his wife, Leslie Blanton moved back to Baltimore in January ’07 where they both work for CRS. Their twins will turn one on 9 April. Those stateside have enjoyed some changes in their lives… As both the classes of ’06 and ’07 were hoping, Jonathan Ron got engaged to Katie Schaefer, F07. They both now reside in D.C. Matthew McCaffree is working with the Brattle Group, also in D.C., as special assistant to the chairman and has become increasingly involved in the firm’s energy efficiency and demand side management work. For two of the military fellows who graduated in ‘06, Steve Dalzell was promoted to full colonel in April 2007 and Ed Conant will be this summer. Following Fletcher, Steve took over as the Army Reserve’s director for strategy and integration. Ed will be transferring to a new job as lead program monitor for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lighting 2 fighter programs. His family is doing well with his oldest son finishing his freshman year in high school and his youngest son starting a promising acting career. Brian Abrams started his first year at New York University Law School last fall. This coming summer he will be interning at the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva, Switerland. Joining Brian in New York is Gillian Cull, who recently left Sudan and is now working in the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). And, on the other side of the continent, Nadaa Taiyab is currently in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada. She has been doing some research on the future of transportation in developing country mega-cities

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for the Pardee Center at Boston University and is also trying to think of entrepreneurial opportunities around all the new legislation and activities on climate change happening in British Columbia. Jessica Davis was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in Philadelphia in March for her performance in the 1996 Summer Olympics and other accomplishments during her gymnastics career. GMAP I 2006 Mareilla Greco Murali Barathi is still living in Fremont, California, and left Openwave last year to work as an independent consultant. He is currently managing a project for Network Appliances, California. Steve Begalman has left Accenture after ten years and is pursuing a new opportunity with HSBC in Las Vegas on the business side. Steve, wife Ivy and one-year-old Lailie just visited Asia, including Thailand where the Hinsz and Begalman families got together to reconnect.

The Hinsz and Begalman families reconnected in Asia

Harold Caballeros officially opened the university last month and has completed all the legal actions to establish a political party. Although he was not allowed to run in the past elections, he is positioned to do so in the next election. Khassim Diagne is doing well, but has been very busy on the work front with the thousands of people who have been

on the move in Kenya, Chad and Sudan as refugees and internally displaced persons. Robbie Graham has started filling the GMAP void with volunteer work with the Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy to restore the Murrow tapes in the collection housed at Fletcher, and she is also donating some time to Alaska’s International Trade Center. She will be starting French lessons sometime soon after which she plans to fulfill her GMAP language requirements.   Suzanne Hinsz continues her work as an independent consultant based out of Bangkok and is currently working on a Mercer project, doing a study on labor practices and labor integration in ASEAN. She recently did some change management/organizational development work with the Royal Government of Bhutan.   Jami Huryan opened up a bistro outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and loves doing something that she had always wanted to do. She makes and sells/ships cheesecakes and jams that are an incredible culinary experience.   Josy Joseph continues his hectic life with his newspaper opening new editions, forcing him to live something of a gypsy lifestyle, traveling from city to city. Olga Kefalogianni is an elected member  in Greece’s 300-seat Parliament, and since September 2007 has been holding one of  the governing party’s 151 seats (talk about a close majority!).  Suzanne Khardalian’s new film, Young Freud in Gaza will be released in April 2008 (details can be had via PBS). She is also working on a new film project that will take her to the U.S. and the Middle East again. Suzanne is currently at the Dramatiska Institutet (Stockholm University) on a fellowship until 2010.


Graham Maitland has moved to a new house, so he can be closer to the office and spend more time at work after his recent promotion.   Bill Mateikis continues to travel the world with Honeywell, visiting GMAPers in every corner of the world and helping us all relive the GMAP Hillside days and evenings.   Antonio Menendez leaves UN HQ in New York and is headed for Colombia where he will become the chief of the legal unit of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights there.   Paul Montle, still living in Panama, restarted GMAP last July, and joined the class of 2008 in Singapore where he successfully defend his thesis. He hopes to finish his GMAP in November 2008, and by then will have participated with four different GMAP classes.   Yasuko Oda is on to JICA in Tokyo for two years and is now practically neighbors with Yukiko Noguchi, also in Tokyo. She wonders where the time goes even though she is now GMAP-free.

Yasuko Oda and Yukiko Noguchi in Tokyo

Cecil Pollydore left his job with the Guyana Embassy in January 2008 and is currently serving as a church leader for a branch of the Beijing International Christian Fellowship as well as developing a business consultancy in his free time.   After thirty-five years of consulting, John “Mac” Regan will retire from Mercer in June and will spend his new free time doing things that are

more personally and socially rewarding, including being chair of the Board of Regents for a Benedictine secondary school in Rhode Island, spending more time with his aging parents, and traveling with his wife, Tracy. But first he will participate in a summer Russian language program at Middlebury College so he can take and pass his GMAP language exam! Theogene Rudasingwa is working on HIV/AIDS and global health, and his work is taking him to Africa often.   On 20 March, Omar Samad, wife Khorshied, and nineteenmonth-old son Soleiman celebrated the first day of spring, which also happens to be the Afghan New Year, with the arrival of a second son, Arman Zalmai Samad, born in Ottawa, Canada, where Omar is serving as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Canada. Although Omar missed his own GMAP 2006 graduation in order to greet the arrival of his first son Soleiman, he will be back at Fletcher this summer to give the commencement speech to the current graduating class. Congratulations to the Samad family, and welcome Arman! In August 2007 Jean Tennyson became CEO of Navigating Our Future, a start-up, nationwide  grassroots NGO that aims to provide a way for U.S. citizens to become better informed about national issues and solution options, promoting more active participation in the democratic process through dialogue and deliberation that result in citizen-backed solution strategies. Eiji Unakami, his wife and three daughters are living in London (though Eiji’s work recently took him to Tokyo for a month where he met up with both Yasuko and Yukiko).   Ellen Yount is working full-time for an international development consulting firm (www.msiworldwide.

com), mainly doing work from USAID. Ellen, with the help of a few others, is planning to spearhead a mini-reunion that coincides with the 75th Fletcher anniversary in Washington, D.C., in October 2008. Vanessa Zarate went back to Fletcher for a second helping and is now living in Boston completing the MALD program before returning to Mexico in June. And lastly, su servidor and class secretary, Mariella Greco, will be leaving Nicaragua in June 2008 after five years here as country director for Plan International. I am heading to Peru as Country Director for Plan International, based in Lima. Although the 2007 response to Category Five Hurricane Felix earned me an official military medal of honor (complete with military rank), we hope to get through the next few months disaster-free in what is officially the most dangerous capital in the world (from a natural disaster point of view).

energy companies and international policy for an investment bank, Cowen and Company (based in Boston). He loves the work, and his travels frequently take him to D.C. and outside the U.S. While not in Boston, Nora Millan Rivas can be seen gallivanting around the world. Shortly after graduation, Nora and her husband Gustavo Payan traveled to India and their most recent trip took them to the Philippines. After graduation Georgia Iordanescu left Boston for a few months to work in Tokyo at the Hitachi Research Institute. The highlights of her Japanese adventure were running into Professor Uvin in a Tokyo subway station and eating blue potato ice cream. She is now preparing to graduate Boston University Law School with an LLM in banking and financial law.

GMAP II 2006 James Guerin Georgia Iordanescu worked at the Hitachi Research Institute

2007 Kathryn Bondy Greetings Class of 2007! Having only left Boston months ago, our class has spread out into all corners of the world. We are truly living up to the Fletcher motto and are active “leaders with a global perspective.” A few folks remain in Boston. Since June 2007, Matan Chorev has been working as a researcher at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Though it’s been tough adjusting to the real world, a perk is not spending the majority of his days in Ginn Library. Ronan Wolfsdorf is a vice president covering alternative

Brian Neff will earn a postgraduate certificate in global mental health from Harvard Medical School in May. He sometimes sees Ben Micheel, who works at SimonKucher & Partners, with fellow Fletcher alums Leslie Wittman, F05, Sara Jablon-Moked, F06, and Patricia Ritter.

Ben Micheel and Patricia Ritter with Leslie Wittman, F05, and Sara Jablon-Moked, F06

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While Garth Schofield is tired of internships and ready to graduate, he’s still happy to be away from law school and back at Fletcher where he’s writing his thesis and finishing his joint degree. He’s joined by Leslie Kersey who is finishing her second year at Boston College Law School and is excited to be returning to Fletcher next fall for her final semester. She’ll be working in New York City this summer and would love to meet up with Fletcherites while she is there. Amlan Saha will soon be leaving Boston for Bangkok in June where he will be posted for three months working on an energy project for his firm, MJ Bradley & Associates. He would love to get plugged into the Fletcher scene while he is there. Love is in the air and congratulations are in order to several classmates who recently were married or became engaged! Bojana (Zdraljevic) Vujeva celebrated life after Fletcher by getting married to Jozo Vujeva in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in July 2007. The nuptials were spiced up by the attendance of fellow Fletcherite Katie Ward-Waller. The newlyweds continued the party by honeymooning in exotic Montenegro. In November 2007, Sarah Schoener brightened Bojana’s day with a visit, and they subsequently enjoyed the sights, sounds, and tastes of Split and Mostar. Bojana is currently working for UNDP in Sarajevo.

Bojana Zdraljevic married Jozo Vujeva in Bosnia and Herzegovina last summer

Rachel Schiller and Michael McWhirter were engaged in New Zealand on 10 January, married at Boston City Hall 15 February, and are planning a proper wedding in Detroit on 17 August! After that whirlwind, Rachel, Tessie Petion and Neelam Patel braved the Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides wedding dress sale in Boston in February. Total chaos and insanity ensued, but Rachel snagged a gorgeous wedding dress!

Rachel Schiller, Tessie Petion, and Neelam Patel braved the Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides

While traveling in Greece this spring, Christi Electris and Igor Veytskin became engaged. Christi is working at the Tellus Institute in Boston and is always eager to meet up with Fletcher buddies. Also living in Boston and working at Ballentine, Finn & Company, Inc., is Shelia Chen. Sheila and Jason Lawrence became engaged in Mallorca, Spain, in June 2007. In lieu of a diamond ring, Jason made a donation to KickStart, a nonprofit that develops and markets income-generating technologies in Africa ( They are getting married in May 2008 in Los Angeles. In December 2007, Raya Widenoja married her longtime partner, Matthias, and subsequently moved to Germany in February where she began a new job working for GTZ. While Raya says she hasn’t seen any Fletcherites since moving to Germany, she’s happy eating good food, doing interesting work, and hanging out with Matthias every day. Karen Miles is currently living in Dubai, working for Hult

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International Business School’s MBA program. She is the associate director of admissions for the Indian subcontinent, and when she is not in Dubai, she’s giving presentations in Chennai, Hyderabad, Katmandu, and Dhaka. She likes her job so far and is open to any visitors! In other parts of the world, Amanda Sim has been in Afghanistan since June, where she is conducting research with the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). She is enjoying her current research on child labor in western Afghanistan, what with demonstrations, kidnappings, and drug smuggling district governors, but really needs to go on holiday. Racy Bingham is a Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow for the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Bamako, Mali. Also in Africa, Alexandra Kaun is working as an Associate Community Services Officer with UNHCR in Dadaab, Kenya (northeast), as a JPO. The majority of the refugee population is Somali, and she is focusing on education and child protection activities. Alexandra says, “There’s a huge learning curve, and it’s the hottest place I’ve ever lived!” Yikes!

Alexandra Kaun in Kenya

Brian Cathcart is working as a research associate for the Japan Center for International Exchange in Tokyo. If any Fletcher grads visit, please don’t hesitate to contact him.

Also in Tokyo, Shintaro Okamoto’s daughter was born in October 2007. Shinataro was also recently hospitalized due to lack of sleep and working long hours, although he says that it was actually a good experience for him, as it’s forced him to slow down. We’re glad you’re better, Shintaro! He asks that anybody wanting to sell or promote things for the Japanese market contact him, as he’s in charge of business development at his trading house. Ha Nguyen had a wonderful summer. After Fletcher, she went to Forli, Italy, for a short course on public management. She then traveled to Bologna where she met up with Sara Celiberti. Sara was a great tour guide, and Ha especially enjoyed the Italian, homecooked meals prepared by Sara’s mom and dad. Living in Paris, Emilie Combaz recently finished a stint at teaching for the first time and decided she loves it. More importantly, she realized that you notice everything from the lectern, including seeing all of the students who surf the Internet during class. Whoops—guess most of us were wrong assuming our professors had no idea we weren’t paying attention in class! Emilie is now focusing on finishing her Ph.D. and hopes to finish in the next six to eight months. In London, Lauren Inouye is currently working for Sindicatum Carbon Capital, a group that invests in projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Before beginning work, her summer Fletcherite experiences included: crossing the world’s highest motorable pass (in Ladakh, northern India) with Nadaa Taiyab, F06; a truly exhilarating BART ride in San Francisco with Brian Neff; lunch by the UN Secretariat with Sina Khabirpour, F08; a


Fletcher reunion party at the Wonderland Ballroom in D.C. with Sophie Sahaf, Nathan Frey, Bernie Burrola, Michael Gonazalez, and other 06ers; ubercool clubbing in Beirut with Elias Sayegh; and seeing Petra in Jordan with Chris Hartfield, F08, and Saminaz Zaman, F08. Work has taken Lauren to India and Indonesia, where she hung out with Nadaa again, and she also met up with Raven Smith, F06, in Paris over Thanksgiving, where the two of them took over the Left Bank apartment of Josh Newton, F06, and met up with Allison Jarret, F06, and Shamineh Byramji, F06. In January, Sara Celiberti came to London to work for Amnesty International and has been living with Lauren as her temporary roommate. They’ve both been connecting with Fletcherites from years past, including Patrin Watantata, F05, Brian Chien, F05, and Audrey Nathalie, F03, all of whom were introduced to Lauren by Neeraj Doshi, F06, in Delhi. Sinziana Frangeti also recently came to visit, where she and Sara broke hearts around London with their salsa moves. Lauren will soon be traveling to Madrid and Morocco with Divya Manik ar and her business school friends from Instituto de Impresa. Lauren is definitely hoping to connect with other Fletcherites in the Middle East. Through a crazy coincidence, Javier VolosinMendendez will be coming to London for exactly the months that she is gone and may end up sub-letting her flat. Great job keeping up with all of the Fletcher Mafia, Lauren! Back in the States, Todd Walters is working with a small team to develop an Internet startup company that will provide a unique financial service to the U.S. market. He is currently seeking other partners, particularly those

with Internet programming experience and anyone who has been involved in the commercial or personal credit markets to join the venture. Please contact him at if you are interested. In South Carolina, Sailesh Radha finally realized his dream of becoming an economist. Armed with a MALD degree, he found himself placed as a vice president of CCM Investment Advisers, LLC (a $2.1 billion asset management company), in Columbia, South Carolina. Sailesh manages portfolios and does economic and investment research. He recently took the first step to earning a CFA charter by passing the CFA Level I exam in December 2007. He is happy to be home again with his wife and five-year-old son. After graduation, Ehren Brav took the New York bar exam in July 2007. He then went for a long post-bar trip, first studying Spanish for six weeks in Vina Del Mar, Chile, and then working on his Chinese in Kumning, China, until early December. He now lives in New York City and works at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, LLP. He always loves hearing from Fletcher people, so please let him know if you are in the City. D.C. is still swarming with Fletcherites, and many of us frequently get together for happy hours and BBQs. Josh Jones is currently working on his Ph.D. at The School of International Service at American University. Sara Feldman works as a policy advisor on refugee and migration issues for the Migration and Refugee Services division of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She loves her job—it’s exactly what she went to Fletcher to study. Sara is enjoying traveling, working, and playing and says that thirty is the new twenty!

After spending the summer in Sierra Leone, Heather Sensibaugh began working at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Heather has two forthcoming journal articles—one on constraints on the President’s power to interpret Common Article Three of the Geneva Conventions (Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law ) and one on reconciliation in Iraq, which she co-authored with Jeremy Sarkin. Heather is also working on raising funds to build a community school in Sierra Leone that will serve three communities’ children in grades 1–6. Those interested in learning more about the project should contact her. As for me, I am working on reconstruction and stabilization issues at the Department of State, where I frequently hang out with Emily Bruno and Katie Schaefer. After randomly being assigned to live together in Blakely two and a half years ago, Perla Roffe and I are still roommates—thank goodness for good Fletcher friends! This past fall, Angie Braun and I made a trip to New York City where we visited Alison Lytton and Sandhya Gupta, both loving living in the Big Apple. We’re all keeping Erica Murray in our thoughts, as she moved back to California a few months ago where she is being treated for leukemia for the second time. Akshay KolsePatil recently visited her in San Francisco and commented, “She’s as beautiful as ever.” Erica has a great blog where she recounts funny (and not so funny) stories about living with and battling cancer. Check it out: www.ericamurray.bogspot. com. She rocks!

GMAP I 2007 Geri Smith Cynthia Buiza joined a nonprofit, The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles in December 2007 as the policy and advocacy director, working on behalf of immigrant and refugee rights on the West Coast. She also gave a presentation to the World Affairs Forum, a group of retired expatriates, Peace Corps volunteers, theologians, international development workers, and missionaries who have served all over the world. In April, she will speak to the Tufts Alumni-Los Angeles Chapter on the subject of forced migration. Stuart Fairclough has been appointed a visiting fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University, working on issues related to the globalization of private philanthropy. He will be collaborating with the center’s director, our own Adil Najam, who is the Frederick S. Pardee Chair for Global Public Policy at BU. Stuart remains in his job in wealth management in Zurich but is actively seeking a new professional challenge, possibly in the U.S. Mara Gama-Lobo and her husband Mike moved from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in March. Mike continues with FINCA International and Mara will be doing work for FINCA’s human resources Africa division. She says Tanzania is a beautiful country, and that she’s looking forward to getting away from living in a war zone. Mahmoud Haidar has been appointed as the Middle East and Africa chairman of the advisory board for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s Beachheads Program. The

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program partners New Zealand businesses with successful international executives who help them enter key export markets. It’s not a full-time job but requires a lot of travel. Mahmoud in March had a twoweek business trip to Auckland. Bill Horak may win the prize for most steak dinners eaten during rendezvous with fellow GMAPers around the world, as he treks around giving talks on New York City’s energy-water issues (in San Diego) and on the “nuclear renaissance” at Rutgers in March. He met with Stephanie Willerton, Fernando Viana, and Don Best in New York, lunched with Wilson Frota, had dinner with Anita Luhulima in Washington, D.C., and shared a meal with Andrei and Adina Postelnicu in London. Big news: Peter Kaufman reports that he proposed to Kristina Matranga in December on the ice skating rink at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, and “fortunately she said ‘yes.’” They haven’t set a date yet. He further reports that planning a wedding is every bit as time-consuming as earning a GMAP degree. He’s returning to Buenos Aires in June for three weeks with two teams of his students who will be consulting for two Illinois-based companies looking to enter the Argentine market. Tessa Alexandra was born to Gwen and Fernando Viana on 17 October 2007 in New York City. Fernando reports that Tessa is doing great, is already interested in structural realism, and is a pacifist.

Eric White and his French wife, Anne-Sophie, are moving to Paris in September, along with son Victor Alexandre, who was born on 19 May 2007. Eric will be working out of FedEx’s European sort facility at Charles de Gaulle airport. Through his work with the Naval Reserve, he’s hoping to get involved in a Naples-based program that helps African countries professionalize their militaries and strengthen their law enforcement capabilities.

Fernando Viana’s daughter Tessa Alexandra

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GMAP II 2007 Nicki Petras Rachel Assogbavi moved to Geneva, Switzerland in December 2008 to work at UN Human Rights. Christian Cali, Jeanine, and Max Cali are pleased to announce the arrival of John Christian Cali. John was born on 22 January 2008 at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. Lloyd Jameson moved to Europe in March 2008 to work as the deputy political advisor for USG’s newly formed AFRICOM. Patrick Loll moved to Rome, Italy, last fall to work at the U.S. Embassy. Sherif Nada moved to Bern, Switzerland, in February 2008 to work at the Egyptian Embassy. Dr. James Neathery joined the worldwide team of EastWest Ministries International in Moscow for a summit on church planting in October 2007. He then went on to Tirana, where he taught a course on leadership and led a spiritual retreat at The Center for Christian Leadership. Then he was back in Dallas, where he does his best to raise awareness and funding for the work in Albania and is an honorary missionary in residence at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Xavi Fontan

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Beyond Boundaries Overseers’ $20M Scholarship Gift Is Boon to Aspiring Diplomats Serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission that oversaw Haiti’s presidential election in 2006, Iris Abraham, F09, was inspired by the scenes that greeted her on polling day. “Thousands were standing in the burning heat in the middle of the day to vote,” says Abraham, a self-described “great advocate of self-determination” who is among this year’s inaugural class of Board of Overseers Scholars at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. An aspiring international negotiator who was born in the former East Germany, spent part of her childhood in Algeria, and plans to add an eighth language—Arabic—to the seven she already speaks, Abraham hopes for a diplomatic career dedicated to resolving conflict and building consensus. Thanks to a Board of Overseers Scholarship, she will pursue that calling unhampered by burdensome school-loan debt. Twenty million dollars in gifts from members of the Fletcher School’s Board of Overseers created the scholarships awarded for the first time this year to outstanding members of the incoming Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) class. Thirty-three inaugural Board of Overseers Scholars representing eleven countries were honored at a reception in December hosted by Fletcher Dean Stephen W. Bosworth.

Iris Abraham, F09

“Our board of overseers has demonstrated that philanthropy at Fletcher is both transformative and real,” Bosworth offers. “These gifts have allowed Fletcher to recruit more of the most talented minds from around the world. After meeting each of these Board Scholars, I can think of no better investment.” Abraham says the scholarship covers roughly half her tuition for the two-year MALD program. “Without the scholarship, I would have faced a debt of about $40,000,” she says. Now she expects her debt on graduation to be less than a quarter of that. A fellow Board Scholar, Regina Wilson, F09, who worked in London for the anti-corruption group Transparency International, described her joy at receiving the award that made it possible for her to attend the Fletcher School.

“Without the scholarship, I would have faced a debt of about $40,000,” “I was working for a nonprofit, and it’s called ‘nonprofit’ for a reason,” Wilson notes with a smile. “I realized I needed to go back to school to learn more about the issues I cared about and to make a difference in the world. But there was no way I could go to grad school on a nonprofit salary without some sort of financial aid.” Fletcher had been her top choice due to the diversity of its student body, the practical experience of its faculty, and its interdisciplinary focus, the Philadelphia native said. “When I opened the package and learned of the scholarship, I was so thrilled,” she recalls. “I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it! I’ll be able to go to Fletcher!’”

Regina Wilson, F09

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ROBERT LEROY CHAMBERS, F40, died in his home at the Saratoga Retirement Community on 24 October. He was born on 9 September 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City and earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Utah in 1939. After completing his M.A. at Fletcher in 1940, he married Leah June Musser of Salt Lake City and they moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, while he finished his M.B.A. at Harvard University. Bob and June then moved to San Francisco, where June worked for the Navy and Bob handled cost accounting at the Kaiser Shipyards. He started his own company, Magna Power Tool Corporation, with his brother Frank Chambers in 1947. In 1953, Frank was named a member of President Eisenhower’s Committee on Government Contracts, which was formed to ensure federal procurement contract compliance with nondiscrimination requirements. Bob sold Magna and founded Bartlett-Snow-Pacific, Inc., a conglomerate of engineering equipment companies. He created Envirotech Corporation in 1969, which grew to be one of the largest manufacturers of water and air pollution control equipment and a Fortune 500 company. Bob served as director of numerous boards, including the University of Utah’s National Advisory Council. He was predeceased by his wife, June, who passed away in 2004. He is survived by his three children, Pamela C. Champe of Montgomery, West Virginia; Penelope C. Percy of Seattle; and James H. Chambers of Dallas; and many nephews, nieces, and friends. DOUGLAS JOHN FONTEIN, F48, died on 26 February after a stroke at his Arlington home. John was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and lived in The Hague during his childhood. He was an active part of the Dutch resistance during World War II, helping those in hiding and transporting false identity papers. He obtained a law degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands,

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after which he attended the Fletcher School. He received his M.A. in 1948 and moved to Washington, D.C., with his wife Hazel, where he joined the World Bank’s first class of trainees. He also attended night school at Georgetown University and received his law degree in 1950. After twenty-nine years at the World Bank, John headed the legal department of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. He returned to the Washington area in 1981 after his retirement and served as a consultant on World Bank projects. John is survived by his wife, Hazel Fontein of Arlington; three children, Carol Fontein of Arlington, Douglas Fontein Jr. of Tinmouth, Vermont, Andrew Fontain of Brooklyn, New York; and four grandchildren. BARBARA (WILEY ) MORELY, F43, passed away on 2 August 2007 at her home in South Natick, Massachusetts, at the age of 86. She was born in Orange, New Jersey, on 31 March 1921. She graduated from Pembrooke College (then the women’s division of Brown University) in 1942, and in 1943 earned a master’s degree at Fletcher, where she met her husband James W. Morely. During World War II she served at the Chinese Mission in Washington and then worked for the U.S. government. She spoke Japanese and spent many years with her family in Japan, working with the American Embassy, teaching English, and studying poetry. At home, she pursued a career making pots and served on the board of the Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest, New Jersey. She was also a leader in the Nichibei Fujinkai (the Japanese-American Women’s Club) and took an active part in Democratic Party politics, but her primary interest was always her family. She is survived by her husband, James; three children, Thomas Action Morely of Spencerport, New York; Carolyn Anne Morely of Dover, Massachusetts; John Frederick Morely of Poughkeepsie, New York; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

LILLIAN POLTERE, F53, passed away on 26 February. She was born in Shanghai, China, and came to San Diego in 1941. She earned a B.A. in Economics at San Diego State and an M.A. at The Fletcher School. During her career, she worked as a science editor, for the Atlas missile program, General Dynamics, and at General Atomics. In 1967, she saw an item in the The Los Angeles Times about the foundation of a National Organization for Women (NOW) chapter there and commuted there monthly until 1970 when she led the formation of the NOW chapter in San Diego. While in San Diego, she helped end employment discrimination against women, negotiated raises for librarians, opened hiring of women fire fighters, and negotiated with local television stations to hire women on-camera and in technical jobs. ERNST L. SCHWAB, F58, died of respiratory failure on 23 October at Specialty Hospital in Washington. He was a native of Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1939. He received an M.A. and MALD. degrees from The Fletcher School in 1957 and 1958. Captain Schwab served in the Navy for twenty-seven years, first with the battleship USS Pennsylvania and in various submarines on nine war patrols in the Pacific during World War II. He received the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for his military service. After the war, Captain Schwab commanded the submarine USS Toro, the destroyer USS Wedderburn, and the amphibious command ship USS Mount McKinley while it was the flagship during the early stages of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. He also held positions in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and later served in the defense secretary's office and with the Defense Planning Group at the U.S. mission to NATO in Paris. Captain Schwab retired from the Navy in 1964. He then joined the Foreign Service as a director of force planning at NATO and later was special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to NATO. After returning


to the Washington area, Captain Schwab worked as a research analyst with Mitre Corp., the Institute for Defense Analyses, and RAND Corp., where he was a senior resident consultant until 1983. He published numerous journal articles on military matters and published the book Undersea Warriors: Submarines of the World in 1991. He was predeceased by his wife of fifty-nine years, Betty Ruth Sandgren Schwab, who died in 2002. He is survived by his three children, Holly Dinkel of Evanston, Illinois; Trudi Jung of Frankfurt, Germany; and Donald Schwab of Arlington, Virginia; a sister; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Fletcher Friends AMBASSADOR JOHN D. SCANLAN, died on 20 November 2007 from injuries related to a fall in his home in Naples, Florida. He was a native of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and resident of Falls Church, Virginia. He earned his B.A. (1952) and M.A. (1955) degrees from the University of Minnesota after completion of his service in the U.S. Navy. After graduating, Ambassador Scanlan served in various cultural and political affairs positions in the State Department in Poland, Yugoslavia, Uruguay, and Washington. Ambassador Scanlan was diplomat in residence at the Fletcher School in 1982–83. Afterwards, President Reagan named him ambassador to Yugoslavia in 1985 and he served at the post until 1989. Following his retirement from the Foreign Service in 1991, Ambassador Scanlan was vice president for Eastern Europe of ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He was a member of many NGOs including the Council of Ethnic Accord, U.S.-Europe-Poland Action Commission of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the advisory board of the Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) of the American Bar Association. In recognition of his work on behalf of U.S.-Polish relations, he was awarded the Cavalier’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the Polish

Government. He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy, who passed away last year. He is survived by two sons and two daughters: Kathleen Scanlan of Vienna, Virginia; Malia Scanlan of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Michael Scanlan, currently assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv; and John Scanlan of Atlanta, Georgia. MAIA-CHRISTINE VON MAGNUS HENDERSON, died at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, Massachusetts, on 14 December 2007 after a brief illness. She was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1923, where she studied art at the Hochschule der Künste. In the early 1950s, she met Gregory Henderson (1922–1988), a U.S. foreign service officer then stationed Berlin. In 1954, Greg and Maia were married in Kyoto, Japan, where Greg was then serving as U.S. cultural attaché. Greg and Maria lived in Seoul from 1958–1963, where Maria worked as a sculptor and also taught at Seoul National University and at Hong’ik College. She created a number of award-winning sculptures, including her well-known bronze series of 1960 representing the Stations of the Cross for St. Benedict’s Church in Hyehwa-dong, Seoul. Her work has been shown in New York City, Washington, D.C., and in the Greater Boston area. In Korea, the Hendersons assembled what is now one of the West’s premier collections of Korean ceramics. Thanks to Maia’s generosity, the Harvard University Art Museums acquired the collection late in 1991 and then featured it in a special exhibition First Under Heaven: The Henderson Collection of Korean Ceramics (12 December 1992–28 March 1993). Masterworks from the collection have been featured in exhibitions of Korean ceramics at The Asia Society (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), as well as the Harvard University Art Museums. In the years following Greg’s death in 1988, Maia endowed the Gregory and Maria C. Henderson Fund at the Harvard

University Art Museums to support research on Korean art. Maia devotedly supported the arts and encouraged artistic activities in all forms at numerous museums, universities, and societies. Maia Henderson is survived by five nieces, all of whom live in Germany: Elisabeth von Magnus, Angelika von Magnus, Friederike von Magnus, Anna-Maria von Magnus, and Heidemarie Spönemann.

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Fletcher’s Seventh Annual Talloires Symposium “Iran and the Future of the Middle East” 30 May – 1 June 2008

Keynote speaker His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

The Fletcher School’s 75th Anniversary Gala 11 October 2008 Library of Congress Washington, DC

Fletcher Faculty Dr. Vali Nasr, F84 Professor of International Politics Registration and complete details online at: Questions?


Save the Date… Fletcher’s London Symposium 6 December 2008

Details to come…

Invitations to follow For details and hotel information:

75 for Fletcher’s 75th! Since 1933, Fletcher has prepared leaders with a global perspective. To celebrate this milestone, a group of alumni has committed to contributing an extra $75,000 gift to The Fletcher Fund as an incentive to increase alumni participation above 30%.   Your gift has even greater impact this year! Show your Fletcher pride by giving “75 for the 75th” ($75, $750, $1,750, $2,750…).

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