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Twelve Years of Transformation

A Conversation with Dean Stephen and Christine Bosworth

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Greetings from Fletcher The past few months have been a period of tremendous change and exciting events at Fletcher and beyond. I am pleased to announce that Ian Johnstone, professor of international law, has accepted the position of academic dean effective July 1, 2013. He is a distinguished scholar and a superb teacher, who remains active in the international affairs policy world. I know he can count on your support as he works with all of us to advance the mission of The Fletcher School. Professor Johnstone will replace Peter Uvin, Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, who will become the first Provost of Amherst College. Professor Uvin joined the Fletcher faculty twelve years ago and his accomplishments during this time have been remarkable. Though Professor Uvin will be tremendously missed at Fletcher, we are proud of his achievements and wish him well as he begins the next chapter of his career. This winter, Fletcher’s Office of Career Services led career trips to New York and Washington, D.C. The success of these trips is in large part due to the exceptional team we have led by Director Phillip McMullen, but also because of the robust alumni participation from across all sectors. We often hear how much students value your insight and experience as they envision their careers post-Fletcher. I encourage your continued participation in these events as such meaningful alumni-student connections set Fletcher apart. Chris and I are preparing for Fletcher’s Twelfth Annual Talloires Symposium, which will take place 31 May–2 June. This year’s discussion will be on “The New Diplomacy: 21st Century Imperatives in an Age Old Craft,” and we have an exceptional panel lined up to discuss diplomacy in the post-Cold War and post-9/11 world we now live in. Anthony Banbury, F92, Farah Pandith, F95, Klaus Scharioth, F74, F78, and Fletcher Professor Alan Henrikson, the Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History, will lead a timely discussion on this subject,

and alumni and guests will examine the challenges of conducting foreign policy in a wired world. The thoughtprovoking conversations in Talloires and in London earlier in the year are treasured traditions of The Stephen W. Bosworth Fletcher School, and we are pleased to continue them this year. Following the close of the academic year, alumni will return to campus 17–19 May for their respective class reunions. We are especially pleased to invite Paulo Bilyk, F92, as our Alumni Day class speaker. Every semester, it is a privilege to welcome back to Medford the alumni who enrich Fletcher, not only through their contributions to the School, but to the world. The alumni profiles found in this edition of Fletcher News offer a snapshot of the contributions our alumni make. With careers that span the private, non-profit, and government sectors and regional focuses as diverse as there are continents, the following pages illuminate the many ways in which Fletcher’s current students and alumni embody the spirit of the Fletcher community. As the spring semester comes to a close and Fletcher’s Class of 2013 prepares for graduation, I will also transition out of my current position as Dean of The Fletcher School. It has been a tremendous twelve years, and Chris and I are ever grateful for your encouragement and support during our time here. Fletcher is a very special place, and I have the utmost confidence that it will continue to shine. Sincerely,

Stephen W. Bosworth, Dean

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Contents spring/summer 2013

F EAT U RES 4 T welve Years of Transformation: A Conversation with Dean Stephen and Christine Bosworth

8 Outstanding Alumni Put Their Fletcher Educations to Use around the Globe

10 Regional Advisory Groups: Fletcher’s Strategic Outreach around the World

12 Pay It Forward: Stay Involved with Fletcher Programs


14 “A More Collegial Place”: Dean Uvin Reflects on His Tenure at Fletcher

DE PAR T M EN TS 16 From the Fletcher Files 18 Club News


21 Club Contacts 22 Class Notes 41 In Memoriam

Center: Fletcher alumni gather with recently admitted students in Ankara, Turkey to share their experiences and stories of Fletcher. Right: GMAP students enjoyed their January residency in Hanoi, which included several meetings with local alumni.

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Twelve Years of Transformation VOLUME 34 NUMBER 2 Spring  / summer 2013 EditoR

A Conversation with Dean Stephen and Christine Bosworth


By Heather Stephenson


Kathleen Bobick Administrative Assistant Caroline Caldwell Assistant Director, Reunion Programs Kristen Curran Assistant Director, Alumni Relations and Stewardship Tara DiDomenico Assistant Director, The Fletcher Fund Georgia Koumoundouros Development Officer Jennifer Weingarden Lowrey Senior Director, Development and Alumni Relations Bronwyn McCarty Director, The Fletcher Fund Cynthia Weymouth Administrative Assistant Special thanks to:

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n his 12 years as dean, Stephen W. Bosworth has transformed The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, making it better able to respond to global challenges and prepare students for new roles in a rapidly changing world.

With Dean Bosworth at the helm, Fletcher inaugurated both its Master of International Business (MIB) program and the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME), which focus on the intersection of business and international affairs. The School also created a new master’s degree in international law (LL.M.) and consolidated a new Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP). In addition to offering new academic programs, Dean Bosworth broadened the School’s community. Under his leadership, the student body and faculty grew, and the variety and number of courses expanded. Dean Bosworth instituted new regional advisory groups around the world to provide essential guidance to the School as it responds to global needs. To address financial needs, the Board Scholarship program was created to offer funding to excellent students who otherwise would not opt to attend Fletcher. That scholarship is now being renamed the Bosworth Scholars program, and board members and alumni are endowing it to continue to support outstanding students while also honoring the departing dean. As the end of his last academic year at Fletcher approached, Dean Bosworth joined his wife Christine in their Back Bay home to reflect on the challenges, opportunities, and surprises of the past 12 years—both here at Fletcher and around the globe—and what comes next. ean Bosworth, during your tenure as dean of The Q DFletcher School, you were appointed by the Obama administration as U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy. What was your objective in accepting that assignment?

“I have since joined the Foreign Service and really cherish the moments that I was able to hear Dean Bosworth speak about his experiences. His stories made me even more excited about what would become my career.” Mercedes LaVel Crosby, F11

Dean Bosworth: It is a subject that I’ve been interested in for 15 years. When I was asked by [U.S. Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton to take on this role, I said there were two people I’d have to talk to before I could say yes. One was the person sitting here [gesturing to his wife Christine] and the other was Larry Bacow, who was then the president of Tufts. I couldn’t have done it without the support of Tufts and without the support of my team at Fletcher. Larry’s reaction was very positive. He said, “At Tufts we say we’re all about public engagement and public service, so you should do this.”

“Steve and Chris are…sensitive and committed ambassadors not only of The Fletcher School, but also of the best that the United States has to offer to other countries and their government representatives.” Joyce Barsam Board Member, The Tavitian Foundation Dean Bosworth with Robertson Fellows and members of the Robertson Family (from left) Brittany Gleixner-Hayat, F12, Andrew Chira, F12, Geoffrey Robertson, I thought I’d end up doing it for about a year; Bill Robertson, Audrey Flake, F12, and Grace Choi, F12 I ended up doing it for two and a half. We kept thinking, “We’re going to have a breakthrough who were prominent Fletcher graduates. The panel would take here.” We never really did because, as you know, for the last four questions from the immediate audience of a couple of hundred years North Koreans have basically not been talking to anyone. people and then from the Fletcher audience back here. We did have several meetings with them, but those were not very substantive and did not produce any concrete results. Christine Bosworth: We had a former prime minister that was involved, so it was really interesting for the students in Brazil as Given the lack of a breakthrough, how do you well as for the Fletcher students. evaluate your impact?


Dean Bosworth: I believe very strongly that in international affairs, you have to be willing to engage. If you believe in engagement and in dialogue, you have an obligation to practice it. You have to talk to your adversaries, and we did.

Q That work must have added to your travel schedule. Dean Bosworth: Yes, I went on countless trips to Washington and countless trips out to East Asia. Even when I was doing that, we did a lot of travel on behalf of Fletcher. We traveled to Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. Traveling is a big part of the job of being dean of The Fletcher School because we have alumni scattered all around the world. Part of the Fletcher community is a willingness to build those networks.


 hy was it important to create regional advisory W groups for Fletcher around the world?

Dean Bosworth: They were designed to meet a real need, since I could only travel so much of the time. We wanted to extend our reach and contact with the diverse nature of the Fletcher community. By creating these regional advisory groups, we created a large number of surrogates—alumni, almost exclusively—who would act on behalf of the School in terms of recruiting new students, doing development work, and giving us ideas about new programs. you describe an advisory group project that Q Can made you proud?

Dean Bosworth: We held an advisory group meeting in São Paulo, Brazil, three years ago. For the first time we had a symposium on Brazilian issues, United States-Brazilian relations, and we streamed it back into the Tufts community, so it was also done live here in Medford. We had a panel of people in São Paulo

you and Stephen have been married for Q Christine, 28 years, so you’ve been at his side when he was U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines in the late 1980s and to South Korea more recently, as well as when he was working in other international positions. What does it mean to be the “first lady” of The Fletcher School, and how is it different from being an ambassador’s wife?

Christine Bosworth: When you are the spouse of an ambassador, you are part of a team, but you are also able to have an individual role. You can create and carry out projects that are of interest to the host country which benefit your own. As the spouse of the dean here at Fletcher, I found it is much more of a support role. In my case, I have travelled with Steve helping in his work with the alumni and promoting the excellence of Fletcher around the world. I’ve also been asked to talk to Fletcher students about protocol. I pointed out that protocol is a combination of manners— basically consideration for others and the rules of etiquette and diplomatic behavior. I gave my own stories as examples of how protocol is relevant in day-to-day diplomatic life. Understanding cultural differences was also a major theme, and being Fletcher students, they were already very sensitive to that. ean Bosworth, The Fletcher School has grown Q Dduring your tenure, to a larger faculty and larger student body, and it now offers new academic programs. How do you view those changes?

Dean Bosworth: I see a lot of continuity at Fletcher in terms of the culture, the sense of community, why students come to Fletcher. But there has been change. We’ve seen a need to spring/summer 2013

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“My memories of Dean Bosworth go back to the 1980s when he was U.S. ambassador to Tunisia in the days of Habib Bourgheiba. Bosworth was always the quiet diplomat, yet a profound thinker. As dean he contributed greatly to Fletcher’s international standing, adding dignity to scholarship. He will be a difficult act to follow.” Usameh Jamali, F65, F75

change as the world evolves. We now, for example, offer a degree program in international business. We’ve always offered business courses but we’ve put them together and offered a degree, largely because more and more of our students want to go into the private sector. The School has also grown a bit over the 12 years that I’ve been here. When we came, the School was about 40 percent smaller than it is now. There was no particular virtue in just being small. We managed to grow gradually and still maintain the uniqueness of the School, in particular the very strong sense of community that has always existed with regard to Fletcher. Fletcher School has also started offering a masQ The ter’s degree in international law. Why create that degree?

Dean Bosworth: We have a great faculty in general, but I don’t think there’s any law school that has an international law faculty that is the equal of ours. They’re world-ranking scholars. So we’re leveraging that into a degree program. the new programs changed the culture of The Q Have Fletcher School?

Dean Bosworth: I think the Master of International Business does attract a somewhat different student. But they could have also come as MALD students. What I have found is that all of the Fletcher students have a common commitment to an ideal. They want to live what they would describe as an international life. They don’t want to be confined by national borders or by language or by national culture. They’re perhaps most at ease when they’re mingling with people from other cultures. Of course they’re all nuts about travel. They would go any place all the time. One of the things that I enjoy about Fletcher is the diversity. Our average age for students is 27, but every year we have students who are in their late 30s or early 40s doing the two-year MALD program. They add a new dimension to the discussions and the culture. At any given time, we probably have students from 70 or 80 different countries. 6

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So you can wander through the School, particularly through the Hall of Flags, which is where many students congregate between classes, and you can hear just a mélange of languages being spoken. A lot of people for whom English is their second language are communicating with each other in English, because they don’t share a common first language.

Q What’s your impression of Fletcher alumni? Dean Bosworth: They are very committed to the School. Not beyond reason, but beyond normal explanation.

Christine Bosworth: They call themselves the Fletcher Mafia. Dean Bosworth: I think part of it is that we’re not in New York, we’re not in Washington; we’re up here in Medford, Massachusetts. We have a very specific mission just to train people to be professionals in international affairs, and they develop tremendous bonds with classmates and even between classes. There is a great deal of caring and shared concern. They have passion beyond belief. They will argue and fight and debate, but in the end, they come together around this ideal of what The Fletcher School is, and that’s what keeps the ball rolling in the same direction.

Q Do they argue and debate with the dean? Dean Bosworth: Oh yes. I think, frankly, when we established the Master of International Business, it was not without controversy among students, among alumni, among the faculty. Those of us who were advocating this believed that it would add to the School and that it would not take anything away from the sense of community. I think we’ve been proven to be right. The community has expanded and taken in this new group of students who are not that different. It’s now part of the Fletcher culture. As Chris said, they sometimes refer to themselves as the Fletcher Mafia, and they take care of each other. I think one of the best sources for jobs for our graduates is our alumni. It’s a fantastic network.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the dean, and Ben Ball at the 2002 Commencement

Christine Bosworth: I remember when we were in London one year,

“As a student I appreciated his accessibility as our dean, and as an alumnus and as a club leader abroad I appreciated his passage through Paris en route to Talloires, which always provided a great opportunity to schedule a meaningful alumni gathering. We will miss him!” William Holmberg, F05, Club Leader in Paris

for the annual gathering for Fletcher alumni. It was a particularly difficult time in the economy, and there was one fellow who was out of work. All of these Fletcher graduates got together and within weeks he had another job. That’s the kind of thing that happens at Fletcher. That sense of not just camaraderie but a responsibility to help each other out that lasts over time. ean Bosworth, what did you think the challenges Q Dwould be when you arrived 12 years ago?

Dean Bosworth: I’m not sure what I thought. It was another institution to try to run. My rule, my approach to this kind of thing, is to be able to say when I leave that I’ve left the place somewhat better than it was when I arrived. Fletcher has always been strong. It was a very strong institution when we came here, but I think we can leave with the satisfaction of saying, “Yes. It’s even somewhat stronger than when we arrived.” I don’t want to convey the sense that it’s about Fletcher needing to be rescued or saved or rebuilt. It was a strong, thriving institution. The obligation is to keep it going and to give it some new heft and some new sway in the world. I think we’ve done that.

Q Were there surprises along the way? Dean Bosworth: Always. For me, one of the big differences was when you’re running an embassy overseas, an American embassy, it’s a very hierarchical decision-making structure. Decisions start with Washington but then they start in the embassy with an ambassador, and then they work their way down. Here, the decision-making process is much more iterative than that. You have all the constituencies that Chris was alluding to that have to be taken into account, and you can’t impose a decision. You have to try to build a consensus, because without consensus, no decision will really be effective. oard members and alumni are honoring you by Q Bendowing the Bosworth Scholars program. How will this scholarship help fulfill your goals after you have left Fletcher?

Dean Bosworth: The affordability of a place like Fletcher is a major challenge that schools face. It’s all very well for us to build this institution and do good things, but if people can’t afford to come here or if they can’t graduate from here without enormous debt, then that’s really a grave weakness. So one of the things I’ve been concentrating on for the last several years is trying to enhance the ability of people to come to The Fletcher School and to be able to afford it. The only answer to that, other than

The dean with Bette Bao Lord, F60, at the 2009 Convocation Luncheon

to be very careful about costs, which I think we are, is to raise money, through philanthropy and the support of our alumni and friends, to address the gap between what most students can afford and the cost of a Fletcher education. We’ve worked on it, and we’ve made some progress, but the need remains.

Q What are you going to do next? Dean Bosworth: We’re going to stay in the Boston area. This will be our base; we may spend some time living elsewhere as well, but this will be headquarters. I’m going to be probably working with one or maybe even two educational institutions as a fellow and working on Asian issues, international issues, and North Korean issues. And, I’m doing some pro bono work. I’m on the board of a hospital up in Stockbridge, and I’ve joined the board of a new Tunisian-American enterprise fund, which is sponsored by USAID to help Tunisia, which is one of the countries that came through the Arab Spring, to help it develop economically. Since I was ambassador to Tunisia many years ago, it’s an interest for me. I’m on a couple of other corporate boards, and I’m doing some advisory work. I will be writing and doing some speaking and I’ll stay busy.

Q And, Christine, what will you be doing? Christine Bosworth: I will be writing, too. I recently earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction. That, I can do anywhere. ince you’re staying in Boston, will you be a regular Q Spresence on campus?

Dean Bosworth: We have many friendships among the Fletcher community and Tufts, but the School can only have one dean at a time. Obviously, if my successor wants to talk with me or consult with me, I’d be happy to do that, but each dean has to build their own base. Leaving Fletcher is difficult because it’s been so wonderful and stimulating. But I’m a great believer in the adage that, “When you leave, you leave.” Don’t hang around. spring/summer 2013

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Outstanding Alumni Put Their Fletcher Educations to Use around the Globe By Dan Eisner

One way to see the impact of Dean Stephen W. Bosworth on The Fletcher School over the past 12 years is to meet some of the alumni who have benefited from all that the school has offered during his tenure. Here we introduce you to five of these talented recent graduates and describe the new advisory groups Dean Bosworth helped create.

Tatiana Popa Master of International Business Tatiana Popa, F10, wanted to go to business school, but she thought the curriculum at a traditional MBA program would be too narrow. As the Moldova native researched different options, she was struck by the way the Master of International Business degree at The Fletcher School combines business and international affairs. She knew about Fletcher’s strong reputation and was excited about what was, at the time, a brand-new program. So she enrolled. Fletcher gave Popa exactly what she hoped for: an understanding of how business operates in an international context. Since just after graduation, Popa has been working as a business strategy consultant for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Because her team works with 66 countries in the Middle East and Africa, the knowledge she gained at Fletcher has been invaluable.


But thanks in large part to her experience at Fletcher, Popa knew that an understanding of this nation’s per capita income, its level of health, and the policies of its neighboring countries would help her as she sought approval for the vaccine. “At Fletcher, you learn a lot about many countries, so I was asked to take this project in my own hands and develop a business case,” she says. “My Fletcher education and my experience gave me an edge.”

Alexander Lorimer Global Master of Arts Program For his midyear residency while earning a Global Master of Arts, Alexander Lorimer, F12, spent two weeks on Cyprus, an island nation that has been divided for decades between the Turkishoccupied north and the Cypriot-controlled south. It’s a place where distrust, cultural differences, and poor communication have made dialogue difficult. In recent years, thanks in large part to the power of negotiation, tensions have eased.

“My job is very much at the intersection of business and international affairs,” says Popa. “Pfizer is a large multinational firm. I work in emerging markets, and I have to look holistically at business and government.”

During his residency, Lorimer met people who have been involved in the negotiations, including Fletcher Professor Diana Chigas. They helped him realize that the troubles at the root of the conflict are issues that he encounters in his everyday life.

One of Popa’s recent projects required her to work with government officials in a middle-income African country, asking them to permit the sale of a vaccine Pfizer had developed. To be successful, she needed to convince them that the vaccine would benefit their citizens. Nobody else on her team possessed enough knowledge of Africa to be able to navigate this complex situation.

“From a personal perspective, the most practical takeaway was the negotiation techniques and approaches to conflict we learned about,” says the 35-year-old Lorimer, who works in tax marketing and communications at Ernst & Young in the Netherlands. “They can apply to two negotiations between two countries, or they can apply to negotiations in the office or in selling a house or with personal relationships.”

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The Global Master of Arts Program, which combines distance learning with an international residency and a pair of two-week residencies on campus, is designed to help professionals work across cultures and master diplomacy. Lorimer found that the program, which was partially paid for by his employer, absolutely achieved this goal. By spending time with classmates from a variety of cultures— his class included students of 20 different nationalities—he became more conscious of the ways cultural differences can have an impact on communication. This exposure helps him in his role as an associate director on Ernst & Young’s marketing team for the tax practice in India, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. “I’m more conscious now of the challenges presented by global communication,” he says. “The emphasis of communicating is to ensure that your message is heard. If you aren’t doing that properly, you aren’t doing your job.”

Mariana Benitez Tiburcio Master of Law in International Law As Mexico’s deputy attorney general for legal and international affairs, Mariana Benitez Tiburcio, F12, provides legal advice on criminal matters, reviews regulations, and helps develop legislation. She also assists the attorney general on international criminal matters, such as the extradition of fugitives and the negotiation of new treaties and conventions on international criminal matters. This work requires a high level of diplomacy and a strong understanding of the perspectives of foreign officials. The education Benitez Tiburcio received from The Fletcher School, where she earned her LL.M. in international law, has been indispensable in her interactions with her counterparts in other nations. “Exchanging different ideas with colleagues at Fletcher has helped me understand the dynamics that countries face in the real world,” says the 34-year-old Benitez Tiburcio, who served for six years as the chief of staff of the Domestic Affairs Committee in the Mexican Senate before attending Fletcher. “Fletcher first of all helped provide me with a broad perspective of how international actors interact in a very complicated environment, but also how to be a diplomat. Fletcher is undoubtedly an emblem as a cradle of leadership in the international law arena.”

Benitez Tiburcio hasn’t been on the job for long—she was appointed assistant attorney general in December 2012—but she’s already met with American officials to discuss extradition proceedings and legal assistance requests between both countries. She points to an international relations course she took with Professor Ian Johnstone as especially helpful in situations such as these. He emphasizes considering the different interests of nations and then finding areas of common ground. Once that happens, it becomes much easier to work together. “In the case of Mexico and the United States, we have a strong relationship that involves respect and balance,” Benitez Tiburcio says. “We are facing important issues in our countries. We need each other.”

Sarah Cartmell Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Sarah Cartmell, F09, recognized a core strength of the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) program at The Fletcher School—the people—before she even set foot on campus. She was evaluating various graduate programs while working in Germany for the American Chamber of Commerce. Through the alumni network, a Fletcher graduate living there learned that Cartmell was considering The Fletcher School and invited her to dinner. “That level of outreach and interest is uncommon and what makes Fletcher so special,” says Cartmell. “That was the deciding factor for me more than academics.” Of course, the academics didn’t disappoint. Cartmell chose the MALD program because its interdisciplinary curriculum would allow her to learn about diverse topics, including politics, economics, the law, and business. In her current role at GE Intelligent Platforms as a global product marketer, Cartmell has found that this broad exposure to different perspectives has been indispensable. “Fletcher teaches you how to break things down and ask different questions,” says the 31-year-old Cartmell, who is in a rotational leadership program that brought her first to Chicago and now Charlottesville, Virginia. “The classes teach you to see interrelationship between things, and that’s what companies need today.” Cartmell credits Fletcher not just for her career preparation but also for helping her gain a deeper appreciation of the spring/summer 2013

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world. “Fletcher cultivates curiosity and teaches you to see the bigger picture,” she says. “It’s fun to be engaged, and Fletcher and your peers show you how to do that.” She is happily continuing the alumni tradition of reaching out to potential students. “People were really willing to sit down and share time with me. I benefited from that, and I would like to pay it forward as much as possible.”

Chris Wrenn Ph.D. in International Relations Chris Wrenn, F12, has worked in four war zones. He flew a B-52 bomber over Iraq in 1991 and a B-1 bomber over Afghanistan in the mid-2000s. In the 1990s, Wrenn served during the drug war at a classified location and was a United Nations military observer in the occupied northern African territory of Western Sahara. Yet none of those experiences stressed him out the way earning his Ph.D. in international relations from The Fletcher School did. “I felt less pressure when I was being shot at by a surface-to-air missile than I felt during that program,” he says. Wrenn, a colonel in the United States Air Force, began the pursuit of his doctorate in September 2009 as a 48-year-old intent on not wasting time or taxpayer dollars. To meet the demanding expectations of the military, which had given him three years to earn his degree, he created a rigorous schedule. He worked 12-hour days Monday through Friday, eight hours on Saturday, and six hours every other Sunday. On Christmas, he would put in six hours, in between spending time with his wife and five children. This workload allowed him to complete the program in two years, ten months, and three weeks. “What I painfully went through while pursuing a Ph.D. at a worldclass institution was a process that stretched me to the limits of my mental and physical abilities,” says Wrenn, who completed the program last July. “What it left me with is not just a better understanding of my mental and physical endurance but also the capacity to think critically and produce under pressure.” Recognizing this ability, the Air Force assigned him to a position at the Pentagon as the deputy director of the Asia-Pacific cell in the Air Force. Wrenn’s team works with other departments of the military to move forces toward the Asia-Pacific region as it winds down its operations in the Middle East. He draws on his Fletcher education to identify problems succinctly, develop alternative courses of action, and make informed policy recommendations. “I’ve come to hate war,” Wrenn says. “I can bring the knowledge that came from The Fletcher School, look at a challenge in the Pacific, and help deter warfare so we don’t have to fight.” 10

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Regional Advisory Groups One of Dean Bosworth’s first goals when he arrived at Fletcher was to increase the School’s profile. From this flowed three important initiatives: a marketing study, the establishment of the Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing (CPRM) and the development of regional advisory groups around the world. In a little more than a decade, Fletcher has created four regional advisory groups with 120 members: (1) the European Advisory Group (EAG) established in 2002 with its first meeting in London; (2) the Asian Advisory Group (AAG) established in 2005 with an inaugural meeting in Seoul; (3) the Advisory Group for Latin America (AGLA) created in 2007 in Buenos Aires; and (4) the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asian Advisory Group (MENASA) in 2009 in Mumbai and Delhi. Meetings have now been held in London, Talloires, New Delhi, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and São Paulo. In June of each year, members from all the groups and the Board of Advisors meet together in Talloires, France, just prior to the Annual Symposium there. This meeting has been increasing in size and enthusiasm, with representatives of all regions attending last year. The regional advisory groups work closely with Fletcher’s Board of Advisors to raise the School’s profile and give counsel and perspective from and about their regions. They have tackled issues as varied as admissions, curriculum, and career services. Eager to help Fletcher and its students, members have worked to provide internships and job opportunities and have connected with people, corporations, and foundations interested in supporting the School’s mission. They are also strengthening existing alumni clubs and working to create new ones. In conjunction with each regional advisory group meeting, Fletcher holds symposia on topics as varied as the Arab Spring, relations between Korea and the United States, and the economic development of Brazil. Distinguished panelists have included Vali Nasr, F84, a former Fletcher professor and one of America’s leading experts on the Middle East; James Stavridis, F83, F84, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR); and Shashi Tharoor, F76, F77, F79, Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Member of Parliament (MP), and formerly the Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information of the United Nations.

Dean Bosworth’s visionary leadership has made an unparalleled impact on Fletcher over the last 12 years. We are grateful for his deep commitment to our institution. We are equally grateful to alumni and friends for their ongoing generosity. Together, you have made Fletcher the remarkable place it is today. As we look to the future, we know that Fletcher’s success will depend on our loyal alumni and friends. For Fletcher to continue to grow, we need your annual support!

Support The Fletcher Fund by joining the Fletcher Loyalty Society, our special community of donors who make gifts, of any amount, for two or more consecutive years. Consistent giving is the foundation of Fletcher’s growth.

Leading Fletcher into the Future The Fletcher Fund

Pay It Forward Stay Involved with Fletcher Programs During his tenure as dean, Stephen W. Bosworth created a number of new programs at Fletcher and strengthened many others. All of these offerings represent a chance for Fletcher alumni to stay connected with — and support the life of — a school that has been transformative in their own lives.



The Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) is a twoyear, full-time international affairs degree that provides both the fundamental knowledge and practical skills students need to pursue careers in international affairs. The Master of Arts degree (MA) is a one-year program for mid-career professionals on sabbatical or leave of absence from government ministries, private international organizations, and other institutions, providing students with new skills and knowledge while immersed in a diverse environment where the latest political, business, and legal thinking is pursued. Alumni have several options to get involved:

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program in International Relations trains scholars to engage in cutting-edge, problemdriven, interdisciplinary research in international affairs and political science that not only contributes to academic literature, but also to resolving pressing policy problems. Opportunities for alumni to get involved include:

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to reach out to prospective and recently admitted students.

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part in panels and career trips in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

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involved in the Fletcher Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program.

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a part of Fletcher’s ongoing fundraising efforts.

For more information about these and other opportunities, email or fletcherocs@tufts. edu.

LL.M. The one-year Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law is a full-time, post-graduate degree for legal professionals seeking specialized education in a particular area of international law. Alumni can get involved in the following ways: ◆ Join

us for the High Table luncheon series held monthly in Medford, featuring prominent guest speakers and attended by students and faculty from throughout Fletcher.

◆ Arrange

an informal breakfast on campus with LL.M. students.

For more information, contact Susan Simone-Kang, LL.M. program director, at


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◆ Take

part in career trips to Washington, D.C., and New York City.

◆ Attend

the Fletcher School’s Doctoral Conference, held annually in September, where many speakers are Ph.D. alumni.

For more information about career trips, contact the Office of Career Services at For information about the 2013 Doctoral Conference, contact Tina Robiolle at, Ana De Alba at ana.dealba@tufts. edu, or Aaron Melaas at

MIB The Master of International Business (MIB) is a hybrid business-international affairs degree, designed like a dual MBAinternational affairs degree, for professionals with an interest in complex issues at the intersection of management and geopolitics. Alumni have several options to get involved: ◆ Serve

as a host for the Field Studies in Global Consulting Course, which pairs 3–4 students with your company.

◆ Get

involved in the Fletcher Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program: meet admitted students, act as an international ambassador, organize events.

◆ Give

your expert opinion in a campus lecture.

◆ Keep

in touch with Fletcher to advise on curriculum, jobs for recent graduates, and the future of the Fletcher community.

For information about these and other opportunities, contact Kristen Zecchi, associate director of the MIB program, at

Advisory Groups


The Fletcher School’s International Advisory Groups assist the administration and Board of Overseers by increasing the school’s profile and opportunities for students and alumni in their respective regions. Currently there are four Advisory Groups: the European Advisory Group (EAG), the Asian Advisory Group (AAG), the Advisory Group of Latin America (AGLA), and Middle East, Africa, South Asia (MENASA). Fletcher alumni have several great options to get involved:

The Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) is a one-year combined residency and Internet-mediated international affairs degree program for mid-to-senior level professionals. Ways for alumni to engage include:

◆ Nominate

yourself for membership in one of the groups (candidates are chosen through a formal review process).

◆ Attend

luncheon events following advisory board meetings.

◆ Host

events in conjunction with advisory board meetings in your region.

To find out more about these and other opportunities, contact Olivia Greene, acting coordinator of strategic initiatives and relationships, at

◆ Take

part in a GMAP residency program abroad. Alumni can register to participate in weekend programs or volunteer to lead seminars. The next international residency will take place in Berlin in August.

◆ Attend

a GMAP reunion, held several times each year.

◆ Reach ◆ Host

out to prospective and admitted students.

or attend admitted student events.

To learn more about these and other opportunities, contact Adeline Wong, assistant director of GMAP admissions and marketing, at

Bosworth Scholars Initiative Qiam Amiry, F12, founded the nonprofit Afghan Scholars Initiative, which provides young Afghans with scholarships to enroll in private high schools in New England. The steps on his journey to Fletcher have been nothing less than miraculous: weaving rugs to help support his family as a child under Taliban rule; interpreting as a teenager for British Special Forces in Kabul; attending high school in Hong Kong on a scholarship; relocating the U.S. to earn a B.A. at Colby College; and matriculating at The Fletcher School as a Board Scholar. To continue supporting excellent students like Qiam—and to honor Dean Stephen Bosworth for his 12 years of leadership—the Fletcher Board has established a fundraising initiative to endow the Board Scholarship as the Bosworth Scholars Endowed Scholarship Program. The goal of this initiative is to endow a permanent $30 million fund for this program, generating $1.5 million in financial assistance for approximately 60 Bosworth Scholars annually. Your commitment—a pledge that can be fulfilled over several years—will create enduring opportunities for our students, as you help build hope for the world those students will serve.

For more information on supporting the Bosworth Scholars, please contact Jennifer Weingarden Lowrey, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at 617-627-2720 or

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“A More Collegial Place” Dean Uvin Reflects on His Tenure at Fletcher


s a youngster, Peter Uvin never envisioned himself pursuing a career in academia. The first in his family to go to college, he “had no idea academia even existed…it was a world that was so alien.” That once-alien world has since proved an excellent fit for Uvin, academic dean and Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, who departs The Fletcher School at the close of this academic year to serve as the first-ever provost of Amherst College. Ian Johnstone, professor of international law, will succeed him as academic dean. Uvin joined the Fletcher faculty in 2000, bringing a fresh perspective on development practice that included an emphasis on conflict resolution, human rights, and governance, as well as significant field experience from Rwanda and Burundi. Recalling the advertisement for the Fletcher professorship, which was broadly framed to cover both humanitarian and development studies, Uvin said, “It was the first time I ever saw a job announcement that was exactly asking for me.”

a passion he had developed previously as associate director of Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. “I like research, but the pleasures of research are uncertain and long-term, whereas managing people and a place and a budget has a pleasant directness,” he said. During his tenure as academic dean, Uvin has focused on making Fletcher a more “civil, evidence-based, collegial place” for faculty, staff, and students. “I think more people now feel they have more of a stake in Fletcher, and that more honest debate and good data drive discussion and policymaking than before,” he said. He’s also presided over considerable growth: the school has doubled in size since 2000, and new degree programs such as the Master of International Business (MIB) and the LL.M in International Law have been established. “It’s a different world now, with a wider range of courses, faculty becoming more diverse, and a wider range of intellectual and professional profiles amongst students,” he said. “I think we enormously benefit from that.”

“These are people who find they don’t fit in boxes or don’t want to be in a box. I happen to like those Despite the many changes, Uvin said One of Uvin’s earliest accomplishments at Fletcher was the establishment of the people —they and I are Fletcher still draws the same kind of students as when he first joined the faculty. Institute for Human Security. The inter“What unites them is a deep interest in all disciplinary research institute is designed made of the same things international; a desire for a career to promote research and teaching “at the that will take them across borders; an intelintersection of development, conflict resocloth.” lectual curiosity,” he said. “These are people lution, human rights, and humanitarianism,” Uvin said. The institute has proved to be a major draw for students and faculty alike. “We have far more faculty in this area than we had 13 years ago, made possible by generous contributions from the Ridgefield Foundation,” said Uvin. He noted that among entering students, human security is the largest intended field of study, and that nearly one-quarter to one-third of students each year pursue employment related to the field following graduation. “The Institute has become one of the lenses by which people look at the School. Having the students and faculty here working together has been enormously transformational,” he said. By 2007, the Institute for Human Security was thriving and Uvin turned his attention to a new challenge: serving as academic dean. The post appealed to his passion for management,


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who find they don’t fit in boxes or don’t want to be in a box. I happen to like those people — they and I are made of the same cloth,” he said. Uvin praised the Fletcher faculty and administration for making his tenure as academic dean an enjoyable one. “The faculty has shown willingness at any time to help out, take on additional governance duties, and think about the interests of students and the school as a whole,” he said. “And the quality of our senior staff here is astonishing. They are exceptionally dedicated, smart, and an absolute joy to work with.” He also had high praise for his fellow deans. “Dean Bosworth is very good at keeping his eye on the big picture and trusting people to do the right thing, which has created a great atmosphere in which I could develop. I have loved working with him,” Uvin said. “And [Executive Associate Dean] Jerry Sheehan is in

my opinion the moral and intellectual pillar of The Fletcher School. I have learned enormously from his ethical and efficient management style, and will miss him tremendously.” Uvin is confident that Fletcher will be in good hands following his departure. “I could not imagine any better person to take over for me than Ian Johnstone, not only at Fletcher but anywhere in the world. He has great concern for the common good, great thoughtfulness, great ethics,” Uvin said. While serving as provost of Amherst will present a new challenge for Uvin, he believes the college mirrors Fletcher in many ways, particularly in terms of a flexible curriculum with very few requirements and a diverse student body. “Amherst is quite similar to Fletcher in that both places attract diverse, wildly intelligent students and trust them to make their own choices as to how to make themselves smarter, better persons. I feel at ease with that world—I believe that is the right way of educating people,” he said.

Your Fletcher Fund Gift at Work Last year, gifts to The Fletcher Fund provided 65 much-needed stipends to students which allowed them to participate in careerchanging internships around the globe.

— Emily T. Simon, MALD 2013

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Global Master of Arts Program From Hanoi to berlin Hanoi, Vietnam—Lured by the excitement of Vietnam’s rapid economic growth, the Global Master of Arts Program held its international residency in Hanoi in January 2013. Amidst the never-ending stream of motorcycles and scooters, busy marketplaces, and delicious smells emanating from tiny corner eateries, 40 GMAP students, staff, and faculty set up a home base at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, where they explored the themes of economic development, regional security issues, and political evolutions. In addition to more than 50 hours of instruction with their Fletcher professors, the students went further in discussions with distinguished speakers to absorb lessons from Vietnam’s unique political context. Some of the speakers included David Shear, U.S. ambassador to Vietnam; H.E. Franz Jessen, head of the European Union Delegation to Vietnam; H.E. Vu Khoan, former deputy prime minister of Vietnam; Dr. Dang Dinh Quy, president of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam; Dr. Vo Tri Thanh, vice president of the Central Institute of Economic Management of Vietnam; Mr. Do Hong Quan, vice president of the Academy of Defense Strategy

of Vietnam; and Mr. Sesto Vecchi, managing partner of Russin and Vecchi in Hanoi. These speakers helped students better understand the unique development challenges and opportunities in Vietnam while broadening their understanding of the region. Learning went beyond the classroom, as students also took the opportunity to tour the city and discover Vietnam’s history, from its Confucian roots at the Temple of Literature, to the legacy of Ho Chi Minh and the U.S.-Vietnamese War at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

A GMAP education is for a lifetime Strong demand from alumni also enabled the group to hold a GMAP Alumni Weekend while in Hanoi, where 20 alumni signed up to relive their residency experiences in both executive education sessions and social events. The alumni discussed the changing dynamics of Vietnam and engaged in a discussion on foreign policy leadership led by Deborah Nutter, senior associate dean and director of GMAP.

Foreign Policy Leader of the Year Since the topic is always one of great interest and never-ending debate, GMAP

launched a new initiative beginning in Lisbon in August 2012—an annual poll among students and alumni to name the most effective foreign policy leader of the year. Asked in Hanoi to nominate various world leaders whom they thought were having an extraordinary impact on world affairs, the GMAP students and alumni nominated the following leaders: Barack Obama, president of the United States; Recep Tayyip Erdo˘gan, prime minister of the Republic of Turkey; Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany; Mario Monti, prime minister of Italy; Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan; and Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of Burma’s Opposition Party. GMAP students and alumni will be voting on the Foreign Policy Leader of the Year later this summer. The Fletcher community in Vietnam was instrumental in pulling together a successful residency in Hanoi, namely Viviane Chao, F02, Pham Lan Dung, F02, Mai Phan Zymaris, F11, Prabhu Hariharan, F08 (GMAP), and Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, F99, F04. They were also fortunate to have Elizabeth Parker Powell, F62, and member of the Fletcher Board of Advisors meet with the class in Hanoi and further reinforce the support of the worldwide Fletcher community. The GMAP staff would like to express their deep appreciation for their help and involvement in our program.

Berlin, Germany—Moving to Europe and the developments in the eurozone, GMAP’s next residency will take place in Berlin in August 2013, with the March Class of 2013–14. As Germany navigates through the eurozone crisis, there is no better time and place to learn about the dramatic decisions the European Union will have to make in the near future. The GMAP team is looking forward to working with the Fletcher Community in Germany to put together a fascinating residency with some great speakers. They are also delighted to welcome alumni back for another Alumni Weekend in Berlin this August to further a spirited debate on the Foreign Policy Leader of the Year. GMAP in Hanoi at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel


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10th Annual London Symposium Fletcher Scholars Discuss Energy Security Energy security is not just about one

She concluded with a prediction that the world now faces a brand new energy landcountry looking to make sure gasoline prices scape: “We see a much more sophisticated don’t spike. It’s about natural gas from view of the energy security challenges, temperamental suppliers like Russia. It’s which is competitiveness, economic growth, about China’s insatiable appetite for coal. It’s and environmental considerations, as well about the revolution in “shale gas” producas energy security.” tion in the United States that is redrawing Kelly Sims Gallagher in her remarks also the strategic and market maps for energy underscored how climate change will affect worldwide. energy markets worldwide. “How Those were some of the many governments respond to it,” she said, comments shared by panelists at “will significantly alter the options that The Fletcher School’s 10th Annual are available to countries for provision London Symposium: “The Global of energy, especially those countries Energy Security Landscape,” held on that rely heavily on coal. Since coal 8 December. The event included preis the most carbon-intensive fuel, as sentations by two prominent Fletcher soon as there is any time of pricing for alumni—Hungary’s ambassador-atcarbon, the natural economic response large for energy security, Anita Orban, is to shift from coal to an alternative.” F01, F07, and Kelly Sims Gallagher, Gallagher predicted a likely “dash for F00, F03, associate professor of energy gas” and renewables, especially in the and environmental policy and director United States, where there has been of the Energy, Climate, and Innovation a drastic reduction in net imports of Research Program at Fletcher’s Center liquid fuel. for International Environment and She spoke of the difficulty for Resource Policy (CIERP). states, especially China, to meet their “The energy landscape all over the energy demands in an increasingly world and also Europe has undergone complex environment. The country’s profound change in the last four to five push for diverse energy supplies is years,” Anita Orban opened. “Such further affected by internal politics, changes are due to economic, finanFrom left: Anita Orban, F01, F07, Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, she said. The Chinese leadership wants F03, and Provost David Harris cial, psychological, and environmental to sustain the high economic growth issues that we were not able to predict that the country has seen in past decades countries in central Europe to unite their five years ago.” as a way to circumvent any sort of political position vis-a-vis the pipeline project, For much of central and eastern Europe, challenges. There are fears that an energy according to Orban. the gas crisis of 2006, sparked by a crunch could affect such growth. The project, however, is not without transit pipeline dispute between Russia “Energy security goes far beyond its share of challenges. In addition to the and Ukraine, served as a wake-up call. independence, per se, from oil,” Gallagher internal dynamics within Europe, Orban Countries realized the dangers of relying said. “And while energy independence is an addressed the great external factors impactso heavily on a dominant supplier and how attractive term politically, for most couning the European energy landscape. First inadequate and unintegrated the European tries, it is an illusion and extremely costly among them is the global financial crisis, supply infrastructure was. Those insights, to achieve.” which has produced much lower gas conOrban said, helped jump-start the idea of Participants at the London Symposium sumption than initially projected and made an alternate pipeline project: the Nabucco included prominent alumni working in it harder to get sizable lending, slowing pipeline to bring Caspian Sea and Central leadership positions in the private, nondown major energy projects. Concerns Asian gas across Turkey to Europe. profit, and public sectors; members of about climate change are also having a “My predecessor,” Orban said, “was the Fletcher’s European Advisory Group; and major impact. According to Orban, taxes on ambassador for Nabucco, which means members of Tufts’ International Board of the refining industry are almost unsustainthat 90 percent of his time was doing the Tufts University Provost David Advisors. able compared to Russia or China or other diplomatic work of that project.” However, Harris provided the introductions and countries. “No one predicted how climate when Orban took over the position in 2010, served as the moderator of the discussion. change would affect negatively the comit was re-envisioned to encompass larger —Mike Eckel, MALD 2013 petitiveness of Europe.” goals for energy security in the region. “Today,” she continued, “about 20 percent of my time is pipeline diplomacy. The rest is an absolutely different story: market integration, energy efficiency, and interconnectivity in Europe.” The shift in the ambassador’s responsibilities is in lockstep with the huge steps the European Union (EU) has made towards market integration, urging the

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Armenia In July 2012, alumni of the Fletcher Tavitian Scholars program gathered for a reunion in Armenia. Nearly 200 participants attended the barbecue luncheon at a summer resort in Aghveran, Armenia.


In Canberra, the Fletcher Club in Australia held a get-together with German Ambassador to Australia Dr. Christoph Mßller, F80, Deputy U.S. Ambassador Jason Hyland, F81, and wife Leslie, and Kitirat Panupong, F94, of the Thai Embassy. In Melbourne, the club had a get-together to welcome Joe Laszlo, F96, who had been drawn to Australia to view a total solar eclipse. He is senior director of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence. Recent alumnus Arthur Ha, F11, currently leaving government to set up his own consultancy on agriculture and trade, was able to attend. The next get-togethers will be in Sydney and in Canberra, with Singaporean High Commissioner Michael Teo, F93, offering to be the featured guest.


The Fletcher Club of Taiwan hosted its second meeting in November. Fourteen alumni and spouses came together for a lovely dinner hosted by Paul Hsu, F65. Alumni pictured above are: Paul Hsu, Pat Tsao, Dr. Shaw Yu-Ming, F66, Dr. Ting Shou-Chung, F81, F85, Linda Liu, F85, Feng Tai, F86, F88, William Bo Tedards, F95, Chen Chien-Hsun, F99, Levente Szekely, F99, Hedi Szekely, David Wu, F10, Huang Yi-Hwa, F89, Courtney Richardson, F12, and Ted I, F64, F67. All Fletcher alumni celebrated the annual Lunar New Year Holidays, which lasted 9 days this year. The overall mood in the country was extremely festive as there were also a large


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Nabina Panday, F07, Lauren Inouye, F07, Joie Chowdhury, F08, and her husband, Christoph Altermatt, drove from Manhattan on Wednesday, 19 December, to join Farri Cress, F70, and spend an evening after work with Dr. Irene Meister-Armington, F52, in West Caldwell, New Jersey. While enjoying coffee and cake, Dr. Meister recalled her time as economic adviser to President Reagan and her numerous interactions with Secretary of State Kissinger. Many personal recollections of President Reagan were particularly fascinating to hear.

contingent of overseas visitors from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and Korea. Taiwan had 7.2 million visitors and will probably break 10 million in the near future. Good business and good spirits. As club chair, Ted I had the honor to host Elizabeth Parker Powell, F62, for dinner on

3 February when she visited after her visit to Vietnam for the GMAP program. Her accounts of her travels and excitement about Fletcher affected all of us. Ting Shou-Chung, Shaw Yu Ming, Linda Liu, Poong Hwei Luan, F82, and Paul Hsu all joined a festive Chinese dinner. Paul Hsu also hosted Ms. Powell the next day as well as to introduce her to the Epoch Foundation. Ms. Powell also took numerous trips around Taipei and was especially impressed by the National Palace Museum.


Kyle Newell, F11, organized a very successful social hour for the Johannesburg/Pretoriabased alumni at the Sandton Sun Observation Deck in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening, 12 December 2012. The six participants also agreed to meet on a quarterly basis. Below, from left: Brian Ganson, F90, Carole Hambleton, F83, Jacques Roussellier, F03, Kim Vu, F00, and Geza Steingaszner, F72.


The Fletcher Club in Cambodia met for drinks at a rooftop bar in Phnom Penh, 8 February 2013. From left, Richard Finke, F08, Judy Dunbar, F04 (visiting from Bangkok), Sarah Sitts, F09, Taryn Lesser, F04, Jeanne Everett (exchange F99), Maria Fariello, F99, and Silas Everett, F00.

Los Angeles


Our LA club is rising zombie-like from the grave. We’d put on some nice events for prospective students the last three years, but that’s it. Now, due in part to an influx of new alums, we have an alumni-only event planned for 5 March at CODE Venice, a hip tapas bar on the Westside. Going forward we intend to have spring and fall alumni-only events every year.

The Fletcher community based in Dhaka was invited by the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait H. E. Ali Ahmed Ebraheem S. Al-Dafiri to a reception at the Radisson Hotel to celebrate the National Day and Liberation Day of Kuwait. Those present enjoyed the camaraderie, Kuwaiti hospitality, and the lavish buffet that included international, Arab, and Bangladeshi cuisines.

We are also planning an event for alumni and prospective students on Monday, 15 April. The party theme is likely to be a mash-up of Tax Day, Bengali New Year, and Patriot’s Day. We will let our imaginations run wild. Oh, and our new chapter motto is “World Domination.” We like to think big.

Shahidul Haque, F88, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, has been recently promoted as the foreign secretary. Sarwar Sultana, F98, along with the Kuwait Ambassador, were planning a late winter get-together dinner to felicitate him, to use the occasion to explore and exploit opportunities for furthering club activities, and to strengthen meaningful transactions between and among Fletcher communities in Bangladesh and the world at large.

Club chair Grant Hosford, F97, sends big thanks to Sarah Doerrer, F12, James Loewen, F89, Mark Nguyen, F98, and Jenny Shin, F12. They’ve played huge roles the past two events and are really pushing our chapter forward. To the rest of the world we say, “Come visit us soon!”


The Fletcher Club of Pittsburgh held a Presidential Election Watch Party for the 2012 Foreign Policy Debate on Monday, 22 October 2012. We are hoping to connect with Fletcher alumni in the tri-state area. Please contact Tom Etzel, F11, at to get on our contact list for future events.

The Club members join me in congratulating Dean Stephen W. Bosworth for his good work and stewardship that culminated in the advancement of Fletcher’s vision and mission through challenging times in an ever-competitive and continually uncertain world. His tireless efforts towards fostering and promoting Fletcher education worldwide through personal travels, contacts, and the network of advisory groups (Asian, European, Latin American, and MENASA) are commendable and deserve recognition. We wish Dean and Mrs. Bosworth a well-deserved retirement.


Eleven Fletcherites gathered for a complimentary three-course Indian dinner. Complimentary drinks flowed throughout the evening as the group realized that there is now a critical mass of Fletcherites on the German side to create a more permanent club!

We agreed that we would like to maintain a balance between bigger events (with the possibility of joining other international groups on the German and French sides) and smaller more intimate socials, such as BBQ by the Lake (with debates via Kipper) or hanging out at restaurants, bars, or homes. Thus, a tentative schedule of events was suggested as follows:  pril 2013: Tour of Parliament in • A Bern, possibility to meet a member or other government officials, followed by dinner. • J une/July 2013: BBQ and debate on Lake Zurich • December 2013: Holiday Party

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Good news for all our fellow Fletcherians! We have decided and already made progress to turn our informal Fletcher Club Brazil into an official entity in Brazil. We are developing the by-laws so as to harmonize the general regulations of a Fletcher Club with Brazilian law. We plan to have the formalization process completed by June. Below is a very nice picture with us from our last noteworthy meeting: dinner 24 March 2011, by Daniel W. Sonder, in honor of Dean Bhaskar Chakravorti. Below: Claudio Sonder, Alberto Pfeifer, F02, Daniel Sonder, F99, Claudia Cunha, F85, Dean Chakravorti, Alexandre Doria, F04.


John Floretta, F11, organized an alumni gathering in December 2012 at the home of Liz Warfield, F83, deputy mission director of USAID. The picture is a mix of Fletcherites with their significant others and friends. Above, Fletcher alumni are, from left: Sandhya Gupta, F08, John Floretta, F11, Chama El Bousserghini, F04, Elizabeth Warfield, F83, Saori Imaizumi, F10, Josy Joseph, F07, Rahul Sharma, F06, and Monish Verma, F96.

Fletcher Women’s Network

The Fletcher Women’s Network (FWN) is moving into a new phase, seeking to provide value beyond networking. We have just launched two projects: “Fletcher Women on Boards” (FWOB), which seeks to place Fletcher women on corporate boards, and an Op-Ed Project workshop to build skills for Fletcher women contributing to public debate. FWOB responds to a globally recognized need to strengthen corporate governance by enhancing diversity. It is also a terrific opportunity for Fletcher women. Those interested in FWOB should contact Ellen Richstone, F74, at But FWOB’s success depends on support by all Fletcher alumni, including men. We need the full Fletcher community to identify boards seeking new members. If you sit on a corporate board, chair a nominating committee, hold a senior level position at a publicly-held corporation, know people with search firms that recruit for boards, or have any other valuable connections, please help us identify boards where Fletcher women might contribute their skills, experience, and judgment. The Op-Ed Project workshop will be on 6 April in Washington, D.C. Did you know that key commentary forums are 80% penned by men, Wikipedia contributors are 87% male, and Sunday TV talk shows pundits are 84% male (and 90% white)? Interested alumnae should contact Sue Dorfman, F92, at sedorf@ Lastly, while the FWN extends globally, many connections are made locally. Coinciding with Fletcher students’ NYC Career Trip, the FWN


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organized a panel, “What I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known When I Graduated,” to address professional starts and “work/life balance.” Rachel Gottesfeld, F05, of Fitch Ratings, and Huria Ogbamichael, F05, with the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations, encouraged students to leverage all networks and be persistent networkers. Leslie Palti-Guzman, F07, with the Eurasia Group, described her experience as a working mom. After the panel, students and alumnae met in groups based on professional interests, including energy and climate, education, gender and security, gender and development, human rights, private sector work, and public health. In D.C., Karen Hendrixson, F89, has organized a Career Trip panel for women students that will include Grace Kibuthu Ogola, F05, a securities market specialist in the International Finance Corporation’s Capital Markets Practice; Mariana Polo-Herrera, F02, a project management specialist in the department of planning and evaluation at the Organization of American States; Maggie Riden, F09, the executive director of the D.C. Alliance of Youth Advocates; Amy Senier, F08, now a clinical teaching fellow in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center; and Brooke Welch, F00, who has recently joined the immigration legal services at Catholic Charities of Baltimore.

CLUB CONTACTS United States California Los Angeles Sarah Doerrer, F11 Grant Hosford, F97

San Diego

Washington Seattle Julie Bennion, F01

International Afghanistan Kabul


Connie Schneider, F06 schneider.cornelia@ Ted Achilles, F62 Marta Mendes, F09 marta.abrantes.mendes@

Nathan Monash, F02 nmonash@

Argentina Buenos Aires

Geoffrey Pack, F89

San Francisco* Meredith Ludlow, F03 meredithludlow@

District of Colombia Roland Pearson, F91

Florida Miami Needs new leadership

Georgia Atlanta Tim Holly, F79

Illinois Chicago Needs new leadership

Massachusetts Boston

New York NyC & tri-state area Maria Stookey, F05 maria.stookey@ fletcherclubofny

Oregon Portland

Francisco Resnicoff, F07 fletcher.buenosaires@

Armenia Arusyak Mirzakhanyan, F04

Australia Melissa Conley Tyler, F96

Austria Rainer Staub, F96 Jonathan Tirone, F00

Bangladesh Dhaka Sarwar Sultana, F98 sarwar_sultana@

Belgium Brussels Katrina Destree, F95

Bosnia and Herzegovinia Sarajevo

Cambodia Taryn Lesser, F04

Chile Andres Montero, F85 German Olave, F97

China Beijing Stephane Grand, F98 sjgrand@sjgrand.ncn

Hong Kong Dorothy Chan, F03 Alicia Eastman, F04

Shanghai Bryan Stewart, F06

Colombia Stella Cuevas, F95

Costa Rica Mariano Batalla, F11

Ecuador Quito

Mariko Noda, F90

Kenya Nairobi* Anne Angwenyi, F02 anne_angwenyi@ Stella Ngumuta, F06 stella.ngumuta@alumni.

Kosovo Needs new leadership

Lebanon Mindy Burrell, F98


Mexico Morocco*


Nepal* Ram Thapaliya, F02 Saurav Thapa, F10

France Paris William Holmberg, F05 fletcherclubofparis@ fletcherclubofparis

Germany Berlin* Greece

Haiti* Amy Patanasinth, F12 amy.patanasinth@

Hungary Budapest Anita Orban, F01

Jacques Roussellier, F01 jacques_roussellier@

South Korea Seoul Sukhee Han, F94

Switzerland Geneva Anand Balachandran, F02 swissfletcherclub@ fletcherclubofswitzerland


Ilena Patti, F01

Thomas Varvitsiotis, F99

Mark Fisher, F05

Japan Tokyo

Needs new leadership

Paulo Bilyk, F92 Alberto Pfeifer, F02

Texas Houston

Needs new leadership


Needs new leadership

Nadja Milanova, F12 Radka Betcheva, F11 radka.betcheva@

Iraq Baghdad

Needs new leadership

Brazil SĂŁo Paulo


Mumbai Vikram Chhatwal, F01

England London

Pennsylvania Philadelphia


John Floretta, F11

Shahryn Azmi, F86

Kristen Rainey, F06

Tom Etzel, F11 Elisabet Dennehy, F89, F90

South Africa

Genevieve Abraham, F11 genevieve.abraham@

Haris Mesinovic, F00 harismesinovic@

Tommy Heanue, F90

India Delhi

Netherlands Jennifer Croft, F99

Susan Shin, F05

Taiwan Ted I, F64

Thailand Bangkok Ekachai Chainuvati, F03*

Turkey* Nesli Tombul, F12

Uganda Hilda Birungi, F02

United Arab Emirates Dubai Paul Bagatelas, F87 Christine Lauper Bagatelas, F87

Vietnam Viviane Chao, F02

Shared Interest


Fletcher Alumni of Color Association*

Catherine Hartigan-Go, F92 cathartigango@

Kelly Smith, F03


Fletcher Women’s Network

Sinziana Frangeti, F07

Marcia Greenberg, F91

Saudi Arabia Jamil Al Dandany, F87 jamil.dandany@

Singapore Kim Odhner, F03

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Annabelle Abaya, F03, passed away on 19 August 2012 at the age of 60. Annabelle received a doctorate in conflict resolution from Fletcher and had a rich career dedicated to mediation. Annabelle founded the Conflict Resolution Group (CoRe), a foundation dedicated to promoting the use of dialogue to help settle disputes. In 2009, Annabelle was appointed as secretary of the office of the presidential adviser on the peace process in the Philippines. Richard Nelson Current, F35, a historian whose elegant books on Abraham Lincoln led to a deeper understanding of the character and thought of the 16th president, died 26 October at a hospital in Boston. He was 100. Dr. Current was a wide-ranging scholar of American history who came late to the study of Lincoln. He had already written books on 19th-century political leaders and the history of the typewriter when he was asked to complete a fourvolume biography of Lincoln begun by his University of Illinois colleague, J.G. Randall. Randall had published three volumes before he died in 1953. Dr. Current wrote at least half of the fourth volume, Lincoln the President: Midstream to the Last Full Measure, which appeared in 1955 and won the prestigious Bancroft Prize, an annual award presented by Columbia University for a book of history. Dr. Current went on to write seven more books about Lincoln, drawn to what he called the “perpetual timeliness” and “eternal relevance” of Lincoln’s presidency and life. Rare among academics, Dr. Current was a deft writer whose sensitive, stylish prose appealed to many readers. Richard Nelson Current was born 5 October 1912, in Colorado City, Colorado, and was a 1934 graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio. He received a master’s degree in 1935 from the Tufts University school of diplomacy in Massachusetts and a doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin in 1940. Jackson A. Giddens, F59, a resident of Union City, died in Tampa, Florida, on 3 December 2012, at the age of 77. A graduate of Allegheny College,

Dr. Giddens went on to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was a scholar of First World War propaganda. Following teaching at Allegheny College and MIT, he was appointed a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. Born in Meadville, he returned to the area after his retirement and traveled to Florida in the winter.

practiced law; and authored three books. Ron is survived by his wife, six children, and nine grandchildren.

Giles D. Harlow, Jr., F65, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on 20 November 2012 at Walter Reed National Medical Center. Born in 1932 in Wadena, Minnesota, he attended the University of Minnesota where his National Guard unit was activated for service in Korea. Upon completion of his service in Korea, he accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He later was awarded master’s degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His distinguished military career spanned 30 years, including two combat tours in Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart after being shot down over North Vietnam in 1968 and also commanded a squadron. He went on to teach political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy, graduated from the National War College, worked in strategic arms reduction at the Pentagon, was the director of operations and vice wing commander at Bergstrom AFB and the wing commander at Vance AFB. He spent his post military life traveling the world with wife of 55 years Ann (Quackenbush), indulging in his love of carpentry and fly fishing. His greatest joy was his family.

Dr. Jean-Flavien Lalive, F37, an outstanding jurist and an exceptional advocate for human rights and the rule of law, passed away in August. A pillar of the International Commission of Jurists, he was involved in the work of the ICJ for over 50 years. As the secretarygeneral from 1958 to 1961, Dr. Lalive played a vital role in establishing the organization in the international human rights community. He is especially noted for bringing the ICJ closer to the United Nations, both in terms of the organization’s political relationships and its physical location. Under his leadership, the ICJ gave more pronounced support for the international standards and enforcement procedures advocated by the U.N. He was also responsible for moving the ICJ Secretariat’s headquarters from The Hague to Geneva, where it remains to this day. While at the ICJ, Dr. Lalive continued to direct the organization’s efforts towards the search for universal procedural and substantive safeguards required for the proper administration of justice, while seeking to encompass the world’s different legal traditions. At the ICJ’s Congress in New Delhi in 1959, Dr. Lalive helped to define principles of the rule of law and human rights. The Declaration of Delhi, in particular, was to prove a seminal instrument in shaping the rule of law, conceiving of it as “a dynamic concept for the expansion and fulfillment of which jurists are primarily responsible and which should employed…to safeguard and advance [human] rights.”

Ronald E. Kowalski, F63, passed away on 12 April 2012, in South Daytona, Florida, with his wife Blumie by his side. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, on 29 November 1940, Ron received degrees from Georgetown, Fletcher, and Suffolk Law School. He was an assistant professor of political science at Boston State College for 17 years; ran for U.S. Congress in 1972 and 1974; moved to Florida in 1981 where he and his wife

Royal E. Purcell, F43, age 91 of Bloomington, passed away 30 October 2012. Royal received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1941 in political science and went on to receive his M.A. in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts, and further studied at Indiana University in the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate Library School in the early spring/summer 2013

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1970s. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 as the editor of the Armed Services weekly news publication. Royal spent his professional career from 1947 to 1961 in various positions throughout the United States. In the Los Angeles area, he worked with the Los Angeles Daily News; in New York City he worked with the American Petroleum Institute; and in Miami, Florida, he worked as an assistant editor for a private state magazine. As written by Charles Wessner, F70, F81: Peter Scott, F70, died on 16 October 2012. He first joined the British Overseas Development Agency and then was posted for a number of years to Brussels. After leaving public service, Peter founded a consultancy which worked on a broad range of policy issues related to development, both in the U.K. and abroad. The bare facts of Peter’s life, which was rich and varied, cannot capture the impact he had on so many. He was quite simply a wonderful friend, a great raconteur, and always there when someone needed to talk to him, even if the time zones did not always match. His uniqueness, gentleness, and thoughtfulness were also home to a sharp wit and a wonderful sense of irony—essential for those in public policy, as he used to say. He was quite simply a pleasure to talk to, and that did not diminish as the years went by. Perhaps the best way to describe Peter is to draw on the words of one who loved him most. As expressed at his memorial service by his wife, Toni: “Peter was the best expression of courtesy and consideration of anyone I have ever known. A dear Argentine friend always thought of him as ‘the best of British,’ another as ‘such a gentle gentleman.’ He was tall, said another—but did not take up much space. So, there he was—this truly wonderful person, so modest about himself and self-critical—and yet with so very little to be modest about. He did not rush to judgment; he could see many sides of a situation without succumbing to easy relativism. People loved him and responded instinctively to the goodness and intelligence of his nature, his 42

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real interest in them, in their histories, their views, their enthusiasms.Many of Peter’s important friendships went long back to Oxford and the Fletcher School Boston days—and soon thereafter. But, wherever he went, he made new friends who quickly come to value his integrity, honesty, intelligence, warmth, and modesty—and his self-deprecating and often ironic sense of humor.” Peter will be missed, for a long time. Seth P. Tillman, F56, F59, who, as a key aide to the late Sen. J. William Fulbright, wrote many of the lawmaker’s most noted speeches and helped shape his powerfully influential opposition to the Vietnam War, died 16 November. As the longtime chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Fulbright became known for his role in turning the United States against its involvement in Southeast Asia. But few know of the extent to which Dr. Tillman helped alter history by working in private on the stands Fulbright took in public. Dr. Tillman was a Capitol Hill intern fresh from a doctoral program in foreign affairs when he went to work in 1961 for Fulbright’s committee. He quickly became a principal aide in the Arkansas Democrat’s Senate office as well as on the committee. Much of Dr. Tillman’s influence derived from his philosophical kinship with his boss. Woods described him as Fulbright’s “intellectual alterego.” He was widely described as a chief collaborator—if not the ghostwriter—behind some of Fulbright’s most important addresses and publications in the 1960s. Dr. Tillman remained with the Senate subcommittee on the Middle East for several years after Fulbright’s defeat in the 1974 primary. Dr. Tillman later was a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and did consulting work on Capitol Hill. In 1982, he joined Georgetown University, where he was a research professor of diplomacy until his retirement in 2004. Robert Bruce Wright, F42, of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, age 95, died on 28 October 2012. He was born on 18 June 1917 in Manila, Philippine

Islands, graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1940, and married Elizabeth Truman that same year. After two years of graduate study at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, he earned an M.A. and a MALD in 1942. During World War II, he served in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff Intelligence, U.S. Air Force, in Washington, D.C. In 1945, he moved to the Department of State where he worked on policy for trade and economic relations with the Soviet Union, the individual Eastern European countries and mainland China from the start of the Cold War until his retirement in 1976 as director of the Office of East-West Trade in the Bureau of Economic Affairs. After moving to Rehoboth Beach in 1976, Robert and Elizabeth (Betty) traveled widely in the United States and Canada as well as abroad on family research and history. Robert was a member of the Rehoboth Art League from the late 1950s and served on the board and as president in the 1980s. John O. Yeo, F53, age 87, of Fairfax, Virginia, died peacefully at home on the morning of 19 November 2012. Born and raised in and around Boston, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late William H. and Della (Terrill) Yeo. John served as a U.S. Navy Yeoman First Class in World War II, participating in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. John was an honors graduate of Tufts University and received a master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. John married Suzanne Morse of Medfield, Massachusetts, on Christmas Day in 1950. One week later, he shipped out to serve as U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant in the Korean War until May 1952. The couple settled in Fairfax, Virginia, in 1953. He worked as an international economist at the CIA for 25 years and was chief of the current economic intelligence staff. For two years, he was assigned as intelligence briefing officer to the White House Economic Policy Group led by Secretaries of the Treasury George Schultz and William Simon.

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