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Measured with a  Stretched Cord The Life of Professor Alan M. Wachman, F84

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Greetings from Fletcher We have just completed another successful London Symposium, a program we have been running now for 10 years. Alumni and friends of The Fletcher School gathered for a timely discussion on “The Global Energy Security Landscape” with Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, our Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, and Anita Orban, F01, F07, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security of Hungary. Conversations like this showcase the intellectual capital of the Fletcher Faculty and Alumni Network and we are proud to continue this tradition every year. On campus, the fall semester is coming to a close. Students and faculty are preparing for finals while looking ahead to the winter break. The past few months have been full of exciting events at Fletcher and beyond. In September, members of the class of 1962 returned for their 50th reunion. It was a privilege to welcome a class that has remained an active and integral part of the Fletcher community. The reunion offered many opportunities to engage with current students, including a career panel in which members offered guidance to current students. The reunion concluded with a lively convocation keynote address delivered by George Packard (F59, F63), the Class of 1947 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for 2012. Also this semester, we announced Fletcher’s newest faculty chair: The Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professorship in Korean Studies, held by Professor Sung-Yoon Lee, F94, F98. This new professorship will offer permanent courses on Korean history, politics, and foreign relations, as we prepare the next generation of scholars and professionals with an understanding of the complexity and importance of Korea. In September, a delegation of Fletcher faculty visited Seoul, Korea, where Professor Lee gave the inaugural lecture as the new chair holder. During the celebration, I had the honor of thanking the chair donors, The Kim Koo Foundation and The Korea Foundation, for their generosity and support of Korean

studies at Fletcher. Their contributions are invaluable to the rigor and vibrancy of The Fletcher School, and we look forward to continuing a strong relationship. Our Global Master of Arts Program Stephen W. Bosworth (GMAP) saw students taking residency in Lisbon, Portugal, last summer for the two-week international session where they received a first-hand perspective on the Euro-zone crisis. The GMAP residency in January will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, where students will study developments in Vietnam, Asia, and the South China Sea. In October, alumni, students, faculty, and staff came together to remember Alan M. Wachman, F84, Associate Professor of International Politics. Alan passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. Alumni from around the world arrived to pay tribute to a professor and friend who enriched both their professional and personal lives, as noted on the following pages. Alan is remembered as a man of many talents, a superb teacher, and a significant member of the Fletcher community. He is sorely missed, but his contributions to Fletcher and our understanding of Sino-United States relations will not be forgotten. As Fletcher moves forward into 2013, the spring semester will be particularly poignant for me, as I prepare for a monumental change. We are excited to remain part of this inspirational Fletcher community for this academic year. Thank you for your continued support. We wish you a joyous new year. Sincerely,

Stephen W. Bosworth, Dean

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Contents fall/winter 2012

F EAT U RES 4 Remembrances of Alan Wachman, F84 6 Korea Gets a “Permanent Home” at The Fletcher School

8 “Intellect and Decent Purpose”: George Packard, F59, F63, Delivers Convocation Address

10 Does Financial Inclusion Affect Political Engagement in Developing Countries? Assistant Professor Nancy Hite

12 A Compelling Paradox? Tibetan Democracy in Exile

13 21st Century Statecraft: Coordinating U.S. Foreign Policy Worldwide via Socal Media


14 USAID’s Steve Radelet on “Astonishing” Progress in Global Development

15 Fletcher Welcomes a New Class

DE PAR T M EN T S 16 From the Fletcher Files 19 Club News 22 Club Contacts 24 Reunion 2012 in Pictures 27 Class Notes 52 In Memoriam


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VOLUME 34 NUMBER 1 Fall /  W inter 2012

Measured with a Stretched Cord Remembrances of Alan Wachman, F84



Kathleen Bobick Administrative Assistant Sarah Bunnell Assistant Director, Reunion Programs Caroline Caldwell Coordinator, Alumni Relations and Stewardship Tara DiDomenico Assistant Director, The Fletcher Fund Georgia Koumoundouros Development Officer Bronwyn McCarty Director, The Fletcher Fund Pete Mumma Associate Director, Alumni Relations and Stewardship Jennifer Weingarden Lowrey Senior Director, Development and Alumni Relations Cynthia Weymouth Administrative Assistant PHOTOGRAPHs

Kelvin Ma, p. 3, 12 Bill McCarty, p. 8 – 9 Calloway Photo, p. 10 Dennis Drenner, p. 13 Cover

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remembrance service was held at The Fletcher School on 12 October in celebration of the life of Alan Wachman, F84, associate professor of international politics, whose death on 21 June after a courageous yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer saddened his many colleagues, students, and friends at Fletcher. Professor Wachman was remembered as a man of great passion and many talents and deeply devoted to his wife and children. “Alan was a superb teacher, an accomplished scholar, and a thoughtful and active contributor to The Fletcher School community,” said Dean Stephen W. Bosworth. “Alan’s impact on the School was substantial and his influence over students extensive. His presence among us will be dearly and sorely missed.” Professor Wachman’s research focused on Chinese foreign relations, Sino-U.S. relations, Taiwan, and crossTaiwan Strait relations. His book Taiwan: National Identity and Democratization (M.E. Sharpe, 1994) has been highly influential and is widely recognized as one of the best scholarly books on modern Taiwan. More recently, he authored Why Taiwan? Geostrategic Rationales for China’s Territorial Integrity (Stanford University Press, 2007). As a fellow in the Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia (2008–2009), he served as a guest lecturer at the East Asia Institute in Seoul, Keio University in Tokyo, and Peking University in Beijing. He was a member of the editorial boards of the journals Asia Policy, China Security, and Issues and Studies: A Social Science Quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian Affairs. Prior to Fletcher, he served as president of the China Institute in America (New York City), and before that was the American co-director of the HopkinsNanjing Center in China. “Alan was an individual of great integrity and dignity, a compelling and lucid speaker, and a thorough and dedicated scholar, whose calm, caring, and humane qualities were readily apparent to whomever he encountered,” said Gerard Sheehan, executive associate dean at The Fletcher School. Peter Uvin, academic dean and Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies at Fletcher, said: “Alan was one of the most careful, thoughtful, ethical, modest, and caring people I have ever met. I trusted his judgment immensely and often asked him for advice. I miss him tremendously—Fletcher is not the same place without him.” Jonathan Addleton, F82, F91, former U.S. ambassador to Mongolia (and currently the State Department’s senior civilian representative for southern Afghanistan based in Kandahar), recalled that Professor Wachman’s analysis on Mongolian foreign policy, while perhaps less well-known than his work on Taiwan, was “among the best analysis available anywhere.” Assessments of Mongolia that Professor Wachman shared with Ambassador Addleton during their first meeting in the fall of 2009 ultimately prove to be, in the ambassador’s estimation, “thoughtful, measured, and very much on target” after Addleton’s own experiences in Ulan Bator. Ambassador Addleton continued to read with interest anything that Professor Wachman wrote, and he benefited from input and encouragement from Professor Wachman in his own research into the country. He ended his

Eschewing Absolute Truth for Original Thought One student’s recollection of Alan Wachman

Alan Wachman and Fletcher Ph.D. graduate Courtney Richardson

recollection of Professor Wachman by expressing his sadness at thinking of the books and articles on Mongolia that the professor would have yet written. “The analyses that he did offer will stand the test of time.” John Curtis Perry, Henry Willard Denison Professor of History at Fletcher, first knew Alan Wachman when Alan was a Fletcher student, before they ultimately became colleagues of the School. Professor Perry offers a remembrance that is at once poignant and poetic: “As much as anyone I have ever known, Alan was what Confucius termed a ‘princely man.’ In another world at a different time in the human experience, I picture Alan as a Chinese gentlemen, a ‘presented scholar’ who had passed the supreme level of the civil service examinations—tests of both knowledge and virtue. There he sits as a high official of the Imperial Court in Beijing, grinding his ink and wielding his brush as he puts the final elegant stroke on an official document. He leans back to contemplate his work and frowns slightly as it falls somewhat short of his expectations, for Alan always ‘measured himself with a stretched cord,’ as the Chinese would say.” Stephanie Connor, F84, noted in her classmate much of the same brilliance as others who knew him, but with a twist: “Alan was the only member of our study group who appeared to know what was going on in Professor Rubin’s International Law class. He was perfect professorial material: kind, articulate, serious, knowledgeable, and somewhat formal. But that was before we heard him sing.” She recalls with fondness and amusement his Tevye from a Fletcher sendup of Fiddler on the Roof during the Fletcher talent show. She remembered him seeming quite reserved as a student, which made his stage presence all the more remarkable. As Connor observed, “He was committed to whatever he decided to do, without making a production of it. He just did it, whatever it was, and if you happen to find out how good it was and tell him, he would be pleased and probably quite embarrassed.” Professor Wachman leaves his wife, Laura Hess; his children, Rachel Hess Wachman and Daniel Hess Wachman; his parents, Barbara and Harold Wachman, and his brothers, Josh Wachman and Joel Wachman. A private funeral service was held. A fund to support Fletcher students engaged in international nonprofit work has been established in Professor Wachman’s memory, reflecting his fundamental belief in the importance of making the world a better place. Donations may be sent to the Professor Alan M. Wachman Memorial Fund, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave., Medford, MA 02155.


don’t think I’m being presumptuous in thinking that most folks don’t have a single memory of Professor Wachman. Rather, they have a string of them with common themes. For me, Professor Wachman will always be the person who pushed me to examine my assumptions first before putting pen to paper, to take nothing as “absolute truth,” and to always question. It may seem awfully elementary, but those were powerful lessons that I honed over my two years at Fletcher. What I enjoyed most about Professor Wachman was his enthusiasm for what I can best call original thought—essentially dissecting modern claims with analysis of primary sources. It was contagious, and I always walked away from our conversations energized to expand my knowledge and push myself harder, which is no small feat considering how exhausting thesis writing can be at times. One memory that sticks out though was one of our early conversations after I wrote for one of his classes my first paper at Fletcher. I wanted to know how I could improve. He told me that there was no reason for me to bury my opinion; put quite simply, I was no longer an undergraduate student. I should state my thesis and back it up. Although such blunt feedback knocked my pride down a couple of notches, it was a necessary lesson that has helped me succeed. I will miss his laughter and exclamations when making a key point. While Professor Wachman was a true academic in the way he approached his field of study, his laughter and frank remarks reflected the warmth of his personality and made him approachable. Professor Wachman represented the best qualities of his profession, which seeks to not only teach, but also nurture the potential of those who enter their classrooms. —Chris Murray, F11

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Korea Gets a “Permanent Home” at The Fletcher School


testament to its unique links with Korea, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy was pleased to announce the establishment of a new chair dedicated to Korean Studies and founded by The Kim Koo Foundation and The Korea Foundation. In celebration of this occasion, a delegation from Fletcher traveled to Seoul in September to thank the donors and attend the inaugural lecture by the new holder of the chair, Professor Sung-Yoon Lee (F94, F98). “South Korea’s status in world affairs, coupled with the comprehensive set of problems posed by North Korea, makes the study of contemporary Korea compelling at an institution like The Fletcher School,” said the School’s dean, Stephen Bosworth. “The new professorship will enable The Fletcher School to offer a variety of courses on modern Korean history, politics, and foreign relations as well as those that offer a broader view of contemporary relations of East Asia.”

learn about Korean history and foreign affairs and contribute to peace, stability, amity, and prosperity in and around Korea and also beyond East Asia,” Lee said in his inaugural lecture on 20 September at the Kim Koo Museum and Library in Seoul. In the inaugural lecture, titled “In Due Course: The Maturation of Korea-U.S. Relations?” Professor Lee charted the history between the two countries, noting, “It is a remarkable bilateral relationship, but one that requires constant attention and nurturing.” Despite the fact that U.S. deterrence since the end of the Korean War has helped keep the “long peace” between North and South Korea for nearly six decades, Lee argued that some South

Korea has long had a special link to The Fletcher School. In particular, Dean Bosworth has served in essential roles in advancing U.S.-Korea relations in various capacities; for example, heading the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), set up jointly by the United States, South Korea, and Japan to try and resolve the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear programs, and also as U.S. ambassador to South Korea from 1997 to 2001. Dean Bosworth later served as President Barack Obama’s special representative for North Korea policy from 2009 to 2011, the highest position in the U.S. government tasked with policy-making vis-àvis North Korea. The Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professorship provides further academic ties to Korea and the region. Sung-Yoon Lee is an internationally recognized commentator on Korean affairs and teaches a highly popular course on North Korea at Fletcher—a rare offering among graduate schools of international affairs in the United States. His efforts have helped establish The Fletcher School as a hub for students pursuing Korean studies, with the institution even offering scholarships for students interested in the subject. “I know that this chair will enable future generations of students, policymakers, and scholars at Fletcher and in the Boston area to


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Koreans still cling to the idea that the United States has a much longer history of betraying Korean trust. They cite examples such as Washington’s failure to defend Korea against Japanese aggression in the early twentieth century, American complicity in the post-WWII partition of the Korean peninsula, and alleged American complicity in the massacre of civilians by the South Korean military in 1980. This sense of betrayal, in Lee’s view, is not only a misinterpretation of history but a symptom of South Koreans’ dependence on the United States rather than a true desire to be independent.

Opposite: General Kim Shin, the son of Kim Koo and former Republic of Korea Air Force General, and Dean Stephen Bosworth entering the Kim Koo Museum and Library in Seoul for a private tour Left: Professor Sung-Yoon Lee, F94, F98, inaugural chairholder of The Kim-Koo Korea Foundation Professorship, delivers his lecture entitled “In Due Course: The Maturation of Korea-U.S. Relations?” Above: Chairman Kim Ho Youn and Dean Stephen Bosworth enjoying a moment together as they enter the Kim Koo Museum and Library

He called on South Koreans to shed this sense of victimization and dependence and celebrate the longevity and success of the alliance. “It is time that South Koreans dispossess themselves of their long-held victim mentality and dependence mentality and look to the Korea-U.S. bilateral relationship as a special success story in the post-1945 era,” Lee said. The chair’s sponsors—The Kim Koo Foundation and The Korea Foundation—certainly understood both Fletcher’s intimate ties with Korea and its contemporary importance in international affairs when they funded the initiative. The president of the Kim Koo Foundation, Dr. Kim Ho Youn, is a member of the Fletcher Asian Advisory Group, and his wife Mee is a member of the Fletcher Board. “We are especially grateful to Dean Bosworth, who has led U.S. policy toward the Korean peninsula for so long, for making

this chair in Korean studies at Fletcher possible,” Dr. Kim said. “We all appreciate very much his deep knowledge of Korea and passion in keeping the South Korea-U.S. alliance strong and resolving the North Korea problem.” The Korea Foundation is an affiliate of South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is the single greatest sponsor of Korean studies abroad. The foundation has sponsored or cosponsored over seventy professorships in the United States. “The new faculty chair at Fletcher represents the culmination of the Kim’s vision in educating generations of students and practitioners from the world over who take interest in Korean studies,” Dean Bosworth said. “We invite all students, academics, policymakers, and supporters of Korea to take interest in this new and exciting opportunity as we build new projects and programs on Korea in years to come.” — Prashanth Parameswaran, F12, Ph.D. Candidate

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“Intellect and Decent Purpose” George Packard, F59, F63, Delivers Convocation Address


onvocation, held annually on the first Friday of the fall semester, marks the formal beginning of the academic year at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Shorn of its splendid keynote address, pithy remarks, and informative briefings, it is fundamentally a ritual—one that has been practiced since the School’s creation in 1933. Do we need such an ancient and formalistic ritual, when, like much of the world, The Fletcher School has undergone tremendous change in its march towards modernity? Participants in the 7 September 2012 event—the faculty, staff, students and alumni of The Fletcher School packed into ASEAN auditorium—would argue yes.

“But it is not enough to be right; we better be ready to defend our ideas by engaging in the jungle of politics and bureaucratic infighting.” The spirit and mission that led Austin Barclay Fletcher to found the School in 1933 is “as valid today as it was then,” said keynote speaker and Fletcher alum George R. Packard, F59, F63, president of the United States-Japan Foundation and adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University. He noted that regardless of a changing international and political landscape, Fletcher’s mission is still “all about intellect and decent purpose: the bringing of the lessons of history economics, law, area studies, and languages—the fruits of scholarship in those fields—to the creation of foreign policymaking in the cause of peace.” An era of massive political change and disruption reveals an opportunity for the Fletcher community to step back and evaluate where it currently stands and where it is headed. Dean Stephen W. Bosworth, in his annual introduction, observed that the School has responded with “agility and imagination” to the changes around us. “The state of The Fletcher School is strong, and our mission is more relevant than ever,” he said. Before his speech, Packard received the Fletcher Class of 1947 Memorial Award, presented this year by James Gould, F47, F54, to an alumnus of the School who embodies the “best example of the kind of ideals that Fletcher represented.” Previous recipients


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include towering figures in diplomacy, business, and finance such as Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, F54; Robert D. Hormats, F66, F70; and C. Fred Bergsten, F62, F69. In his speech, Packard also looked back at his time at the School, recalled notable historical events since his graduation, and even offered what he would change about his education in retrospect. “If I ask myself what I wish I had learned at Fletcher, I suppose it would be this: we can use our knowledge of history, economics, cultures, and languages to come up with a brilliant, enlightened set of policy goals,” Packard said. “But it is not enough to be right; we better be ready to defend our ideas by engaging in the jungle of politics and bureaucratic infighting.” Joel P. Trachtman, professor of international law, spoke on behalf of the faculty and offered some words of wisdom in regard to fleshing out the contours of Fletcher’s mission for the future. He urged students to think about “how the world will change between now and 2033, and how [their] education [at the School] may serve [them] in efforts to manage international relations” during this period. “The work of diplomacy for the next 20 years, your work, will be done by diplomats, business people, people who work in nongovernmental organizations, journalists, soldiers, and scientists,” he announced. “Every discipline of knowledge and every walk of life is involved. Diplomacy and international law are no longer, if they ever were, focused on a small point of contact between separated countries. Rather, they are concerned with a broad and intensifying array of engagements. We on the faculty look forward to helping you to prepare for this work.”

Trachtman also presented the Alfred P. Rubin Prize in International Law to Cecilia Vogel, F13, in absentia.

most beloved and respected teachers. Bosworth and Trachtman both paid rich tribute to Wachman in their remarks.

For students, both incoming and returning, the beginning of a new academic year can be quite daunting. There are a multitude of problems to address: finding the “right” place to stay, picking the “right” courses, spending the “right” amount of time studying and having fun. Life as a graduate student is all about striking the “right” balance, according to Annie Paulson, F13, who spoke on behalf of the students. She did, however, have words of comfort for the audience. “Everyone [at Fletcher] is juggling sixteen plates—and that is a beautiful thing.”

“No one enjoyed the task of working with eager and brilliant students or approached it with more verve, dedication, and intelligence than our dear late colleague Alan Wachman,” said Trachtman.

Paulson offered a reminder of the need to have an “open mind” in a diverse community like Fletcher. “Having a truly open mind means embracing discomfort. This might entail engaging in a heated debate with a classmate, but genuinely making the effort to understand their perspective.” Since the social network at the School is extremely supportive and generous, she suggested students should have no problem succeeding in their quest for balance in their lives.

“Whether you are scholars or practitioners, journalists or diplomats, members of the military or intelligence services, business, or NGO leaders, American or foreign,” he said, “the mission must be the same—to seek out avenues where peaceful negotiations can prevail over raw power.” — A student correspondent

Convocation also provided an opportunity to mark the passing of Professor Alan M. Wachman, F84, one of The Fletcher School’s

Above: George Packard, Jim Gould, Annie Paulson, and Joel Trachtman Opposite: Dean Bosworth greets George Packard

At its core, Convocation is an opportunity to anchor the coming academic year in the spirit and ethos of the School, to reinstate its mission, to commit to its ideals, and to honor its past. Packard shouldered that responsibility with elegance.

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Does Financial Inclusion Affect Political Engagement in Developing Countries? New Assistant Professor Nancy Hite Explores the Links


hen low-income communities adopt formal banking practices, their finances may not be the only thing subject to change. Political opinion and political behavior can also shift dramatically as residents draw on new sources of cash and credit.

That trend is occurring in many of the slum communities outside Manila, according to Nancy Hite, new assistant professor of political economy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Researching for her dissertation, “Economic Modernization and

changing institutions. Her work has focused on a number of topics including market informality, corruption, and access to state institutions. She has studied everything from postal delivery theft in the Philippines to public opinion in Palestine. Despite the diversity of subjects, Hite’s research is unified by her use of experimental methods as well as her incorporation of mapping technologies. “It is very important for me to bring information from a spatial dimension into my research,” Hite said. “Nearly everything I do involves a map, whether it’s mapping public mood, mapping different research questions, or mapping the location of specific outcomes. I’m very happy that Tufts is so accommodating to researchers who employ geographic information systems [GIS] technology. In particular, the university-wide GIS center provides data that are not publicly available and has professional staff that can assist in problem solving.” Hite’s dissertation on financial inclusion in the Philippines grew out of an interest in political clientelism. Noting that local political power-brokers often controlled informal moneylending services and that loans were sometimes tied up with direct or indirect requests for political engagement, she was curious to discover how borrowers’ political activities might change as they began relying on formal financial institutions.

the Disruption of Patronage Politics: Experimental Evidence from The Philippines,” Hite found that individuals who gained access to formal banking services were also likely to demonstrate a decrease in political engagement. Hite joined the Fletcher faculty this fall after completing a Ph.D. in political science at Yale University. She is currently teaching a course on global political economy and will co-lead a Ph.D. field seminar on comparative politics and international relations in the spring. A scholar of comparative politics, Hite is broadly interested in external factors that influence political engagement in developing countries, such as changing economic circumstances or


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Her curiosity was well timed: Dean Karlan, professor of economics at Yale University, was about to launch a study in the Philippines on the profitability of financial inclusion. Hite recognized the study could also provide a valuable opportunity to explore how inclusion impacted local political networks. She used loan applications from Karlan’s study to locate borrowers living in the slum communities near Manila, ultimately conducting hundreds of interviews that illuminated how financial modernization was impacting the borrowers’ communities. Hite discovered that as borrowers became less dependent on informal moneylenders, they were also less likely to become involved politically, for example, to vote or provide local public goods. Hite says this is neither an overall positive or negative finding. “Informal banking…leaves open a lot of avenues for both positive and negative forms of political engagement,” Hite said. “Formalization can remove hostile political interactions, but not everybody is engaging in the informal networks in a necessarily coercive way.”

Further, Hite said, that the formalization of finance can also provide opportunities for political influence. At one bank, for example, she discovered that loan officers were required to wear the T-shirts of certain politicians who saw the loan counter as a campaign opportunity. Such activities are considered to be clientelistic in the sense that citizens’ access to formal finance at banks may also come with political strings attached. The real takeaway, according to Hite, is that NGOs and organizations working to expand microfinance should think more critically about the potential social welfare outcomes of both formal and informal forms of banking. Hite is eager to continue exploring the relationship between financial inclusion and political engagement within different geographic contexts. She plans to develop similar projects in rural Mexico and rural India and is excited about the possibility of involving Fletcher students in her research. “The students here are sharp and idealistic,” Hite said. “I know their insights and conversations will help complement my work.” She is also excited about her teaching duties. “I like to help people with problem solving,” she added. “I like to be the person that

challenges their views, to encourage them to question things.” Fletcher’s interdisciplinary environment is another draw for Hite, who values the opportunity to work across different academic fields. Prior to her graduate studies, Hite completed an LL.M. in law and economics at the University of Hamburg, Germany. While at Yale earning her Ph.D., she worked at the University’s social science statistics library. Meanwhile, her primary Ph.D. advisor, Susan Rose-Ackerman, holds a joint appointment between Yale Law School and Yale’s political science department. “I feel more comfortable in an interdisciplinary environment,” Hite said, “because my own work is interdisciplinary.” In between teaching and research, Hite hopes to carve out a bit of time for another passion: jewelry making. She collects beads during her travels across the world and uses them to create intricate earrings and bracelets, each one telling a different story from a different country. Hite said jewelry making is one of her favorite ways to wind down. Ever the professor, she also noted that if Fletcher students are interested in learning, she would be willing to teach them. —Emily Simon, MALD 2013

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A Compelling Paradox? Tibetan Democracy in Exile


he Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), popularly referred to as the Tibetan government in exile, is an anomaly among exiled administrations in its adherence to democracy, according to the CTA’s political head, Lobsang Sangay. The most compelling argument for this political affiliation, he argues, is the mere fact of the existence of his elected position as “Sikyong.”

independence’ but this is a weak claim. We are ready to dissolve the government-in-exile the day we are granted such meaningful autonomy.”

“The paradox of exile organizations is that they oppose authoritarian regimes, but are usually not democratic themselves,” Sangay said during a talk at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on 25 October. “This is not surprising—amongst those in exile, the emphasis is on unity of voice, thought and action. As a result, the movement looks up to one leader or figurehead.” 

The CTA is based in Dharamsala, in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. For an exile movement, it is highly organized. Apart from the executive organ that Sangay heads, the Administration consists of legislative and judicial bodies that resemble the other two traditional pillars of government. The government has an education department that manages 70 schools in the region, a health ministry that oversees 60 clinics, and nearly 200 monasteries in addition to offices in Tibet, New York, Geneva, Tokyo and other cities. The CTA is accountable to Tibetans all over the world, said Sangay and is noted for its progressive features.

That a Western-educated “outsider” like himself, with little onthe-ground involvement, could rise to the top post is itself an indicator of CTA’s meritocracy, Sangay argued.

Since the 1970s, there has been a constant share of women representatives in the Tibetan legislature. “We got there much before Switzerland did,” joked Sangay. Much of the structural features that now define the Tibetan administration should be attributed to the Dalai Lama’s vision and acumen, according to Sangay. “His Holiness (the Dalai Lama) was instrumental in creating a constitution for Tibet as early as 1973. In 1991, it was changed to a charter, but you would be surprised to know that it even lists the procedure to impeach the Dalai Lama,” he said. During the talk, when asked why the Dalai Lama, if he sought democracy in exile, had taken nearly three decades to hold elections and appoint a political representative, Sangay responded that “Tibetans had not been ready” for the process until now.

Lobsang Sangay and Dean Bosworth

During the talk, titled “Democracy in Exile: The Case for Tibet,” Sangay presented his argument for Tibet’s autonomy to a packed audience that included Fletcher Dean Stephen W. Bosworth, members of the faculty, students and journalists from international media outlets. “The Administration poses no threat to Beijing’s ‘One China’ policy; all we are asking for is meaningful autonomy. In other words, there should not be a de facto application of laws framed in Beijing to Tibet” Sangay said. “Between 2002 and 2010, nine rounds of negotiation took place between both parties – we are constantly accused of pursuing the hidden ‘agenda of

“We have invested in non-violence and democracy for the last 50 years. The Tibetan administration in India could be a model for marginalized communities to follow,” asserted Sangay. Sangay’s political acumen was evident as he sought to highlight the geostrategic importance of Tibet. The Tibetan plateau is home to a great many rivers, which have nourished civilizations not only in China but also the Indian subcontinent. If the region were to be granted autonomy, its administrators would respect its shared value and seek to protect natural resources from exploitation, said Sangay. “The exile movement is committed to non-violence and democracy; we will pursue our goal of autonomy with dignity,” Sangay added, “and strive hard to attain the identity we seek.” — A Student Correspondent


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21st Century Statecraft Diplomacy at Warp Speed


s it really possible to explain the policy priorities of an institution with 19,000 employees, a $27 billion budget and 250 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic stations worldwide in 140 characters or less? If there were one person who could shoulder the task, it would be Victoria Esser, the first person to hold the title of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs for Digital Strategy for the U.S. Department of State. Esser, a 1999 graduate of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, is the point person for making sure “Tweeting” ambassadors engage through relevant content, “YouTubing” diplomats stay on message and Facebook status updates by envoys help advance the goals of the United States government. “It’s a challenge and a privilege,” says Esser. “I get to wake up every day and work at the center of our foreign policy issues.” In the newly established position, Esser is charged with creating and managing the digital strategy for the State Department, which includes overseeing the department’s official social media platforms, broadcast operations and its website. It’s an outgrowth, she says, of what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dubbed “21st Century Statecraft.” “That’s a fancy way of suggesting that we’re using technology, networks and innovation to advance U.S. interests around the world,” she says. “Technology enables people to have a direct and real-time voice in the policy conversation, with one another and with their governments.” Esser travels outside the country about a quarter of the time, but the rest of it is spent in Washington working with a 45-member team developing strategies for digital policy making. To excel in this position, she says, “You need to be able to synthesize lots of complicated information at the intersection of policy, press and digital media. You need to understand the media environment, understand the issues and understand the landscape of the world, and then put that all together in a package,” she says, “at warp speed—and, yes, sometimes in 140 characters.” Esser accepted this challenge at the U.S. Department of State in September 2011 after several years in the private sector working in public relations and strategic communications. Before taking the position, she was a managing director for the Glover Park Group—a major public affairs company in Washington, D.C.—and before that was vice president of Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, a strategic communications company. Esser

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earned a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from Fletcher in 1999. Esser says she did face a learning curve adjusting to working in government, particularly in dealing with the bureaucratic setup of the State Department and the government in general. And it has taken her time to get up to speed on the sheer breadth of policy issues that the State Department is constantly grappling with. She attributes her ability to deal with it all in no small part to her time at Fletcher. “The coursework that Fletcher offers in international policy, economics, international law, negotiation, how to approach or tackle challenges from an interdisciplinary angle; that’s what helps me every day,” she says. Her coursework in international negotiation was particularly useful, she says. “Negotiation teaches you how you go about achieving a goal when you’re working with people with a different world view, different goals, different desires,” she says, “and how to work with someone with a different world view and get to an outcome that works for you.” — Mike Eckel, MALD 13 candidate

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USAID’s Steve Radelet on “Astonishing” Progress in Global Development


f Steve Radelet were a newspaper editor, his above-the-fold banner headline would read: “It’s the Greatest Era of Global Development!”

He’s not, though. He’s the chief economist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), whose budget for development aid dwarfs the entire budgets of many other countries. But his conviction remains the same: the developing world has made stunning advances in the past 30 years, a powerful “good news” story that most Americans do not realize.

In 1989, there were three countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that qualified as democracies. Now there are 20 countries that fall under this category in one form or another, and most have thriving economies.

“We live together in the greatest era of global development progress ever, from poverty reduction, income growth, and improvements in health and education and democracy,” Radelet said. “This is not to say that everything is wonderful and fine, but that we’re making a huge amount of progress.”

“Twenty years ago, the argument was that successful countries weren’t democracies: Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, even under Suharto,” Radelet said. “Twenty years ago, most people said the relationship between development and democracy didn’t exist.”

Speaking on 17 September at the Charles Francis Adams Lecture at The Fletcher School of Law Steve Radelet, chief economist for USAID and Diplomacy, Radelet told students and faculty that critics of development policy have largely “missed the boat” on the changes that have happened since before the end of the Cold War. Multilateral institutions like the World Bank report a tripling of the average income in low-income countries since the 1960s. Further, the number of countries classified as low income by the World Bank has fallen by nearly half. Over the two decades since the Soviet collapse, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen by one-third.

“It’s not easy, it’s a long struggle, but it’s a huge wonderful experiment that is going on around the world. I believe the tide is now changing,” he said. “There’s one exception—China—but outside of that, most of the countries that have been really successful in the past 20 years have been democracies.”

“This is astonishing! It’s never happened before in human history. This is huge, and you know most people in the world aren’t aware of it,” said Radelet, who has also been a deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury; advisor to the governments of Liberia, Indonesia, and Gambia; and author of Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries are Leading the Way. “It’s one of the greatest achievements in human history,” Radelet added. This dramatic, though unequal, rising tide of economic growth is due in part to the economic policies of many countries that have


liberalized trade. Such countries have also turned away from centrally planned policies with heavy government intervention. But it’s also due, he said, to the wave of democratization that began as a trickle in the 1970s and then surged after the end of the Cold War.

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Now, it’s a different story. It’s the first time in history that so many low-income countries have become democracies: a huge social experiment untried in the past, he said.

Radelet said that the big questions from development economists, aid experts, and others are: What explains this progress? Can it spread to other countries and sub-regions? Can it be sustained? The center of weight for the developing world’s economy is shifting away from the United States and Europe and toward China, India, Turkey, and Brazil. New technologies such as cell phones are leading to greater global integration. Private capital flows are accelerating to developing countries. USAID and other development giants are being joined in the effort by massive private philanthropies like the Gates Foundation or the Nike Foundation. “It’s a great era of development, but it’s not clear that it will continue,” Radelet said. “There is an enormous opportunity to expand that circle of development.” — Mike Eckel, MALD 2013

Fletcher Welcomes a New Class


s we enter a typically beautiful New England autumn, Fletcher’s 80th incoming class has arrived to begin an exciting year. After a successful orientation program in late August, classes have begun and the semester is in full swing. The 272 new members of the Fletcher community come to Medford from a variety of countries and professional backgrounds. From a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants, these 131 men and 141 women are an accomplished and diverse group. The incoming class includes students representing 54 countries, including citizens of Afghanistan, Georgia, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Singapore, Barbados, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Israel, Pakistan, and South Africa. With 39% of the class entering from abroad and a group of American students with substantial academic, professional, and volunteer experience overseas, the new class brings a true global perspective befitting Fletcher’s reputation.

An Incoming Class Comparison

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Fall 1933 Fall 2012 total class enrollment 21 men 17 (81%) women 4 (19%) top undergraduate feeder SCHOOL harvard average age 23

The class includes 179 MALD, 43 MIB, 20 M.A., 16 LLM, and 7 Ph.D. students, as well as seven exchange students. Thirteen students plan to pursue joint degrees in nutrition, law, business, veterinary medicine, divinity, and medicine. Included in the group are returned Peace Corps volunteers, U.S. military veterans, active duty military officers, AmeriCorps volunteers, Fulbright

272 131 (46%) 141 (54%) Brown 27

fellows, government officials, journalists, and lawyers. Tufts University, Brown University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Keio University, Lahore University, Penn State University, Cornell University, and Macalester College are among the institutions contributing multiple alumni to the new Fletcher class. Ranging in age from 21 to 46, class members bring to Fletcher a variety

of professional experience. Students include a U.S. Army intelligence officer, an assistant to the president of the Center for American Progress, a senior legal executive in the Central Bank of Malaysia, a researcher for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a senior journalist at Television Asahi, an information officer with the Norwegian Atlantic Committee, a deputy director of the Mexican Ministry of the Interior, an extractive industries coordinator at Oxfam America, a security assistance officer at the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda, a program associate with Pact, Inc., a research analyst with Columbus Capital Management, an analyst with Deutsche Bank, a junior associate at the World Bank, a youth technology specialist at the Department of Defense, a third secretary with the Chinese Foreign Ministry, a program manager with City Year, and a commercial officer at the Consulate General of Pakistan.

The academic interests of the members of the new class are as diverse as their nationalities and work experience. The most frequent intended fields of study are international negotiation and conflict resolution, development economics, international security studies, human security, and humanitarian assistance. The 2012–2013 academic year is off to a great start, with a new class ready to engage, challenge, and enrich the Fletcher community.

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From Lisbon to Hanoi GMAP The Global Master of Arts Program is on the move! For their latest international residency, GMAP visited Lisbon, Portugal, this summer with students and faculty from the March Class of 2012–13. GMAP students go through three two-week residencies each year—two at Fletcher and one at an international location. Lisbon was chosen for the opportunity it presented for students and faculty to get a firsthand perspective on the euro-zone crisis, and also served as a compelling backdrop for our students to explore, inter alia, the topics of international finance, international trade, security studies, international organizations, and foreign policy leadership—all classes that GMAP students undertake in their year-long study at The Fletcher School. The GMAP conversation turns to Asia in January 2013 as GMAP undertakes its first ever residency to Hanoi, Vietnam, where we turn to look at developments in Vietnam, Asia, and the South China Sea. This is a region of shifting geopolitical landscapes, emerging market economies, and a growing focus on the environment, trade, and leadership transitions.

Lisbon, Portugal Amidst the more than 50 hours of class in Lisbon, the students had the opportunity to meet many distinguished speakers such as the Duke of Bragança and heir to the Portuguese throne, Dom Duarte Pio; Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Portas; the U.S. ambassador to Portugal Allan Katz; president of the Portuguese Socialist Party Maria de Belém; the executive secretary of the Community of Portuguese Language

Countries Domingos Simões Pereira; and chairman of Peninsular War 200 Colonel Nick Lipscombe. In addition, the class paid a visit to NATO Joint Forces Command in Lisbon (JFCLB), where they met with chief of staff and acting commander Rear Admiral Pires da Cunha; JFCLB knowledge management director Commodore David Wolfe, and operations director Rear Admiral Michael Gilday. They discussed issues of international security, the future of NATO and European defense policy. The class was also given a private guided tour of the Portuguese parliament, where students deepened their understanding of Portugal’s political history and culture. This rich tapestry of speakers and visits during the residency were made possible through the warm hospitality of the Fletcher community in Lisbon. Marta Abrantes Mendes, MALD 09, Filomena Bordalo Silva, GMAP 09, and Filipa Jorge, MALD 11, were instrumental in inviting some of our speakers and arranging our tours. Antonio Marin, GMAP 11, also played a major role in organizing our visit to NATO JFCLB, where he currently serves. GMAP also organized its second annual alumni weekend in Lisbon from 31 August–2 September, inviting alumni and friends from around the world to join us for a weekend of academic enrichment and building new alumni networks. Through sessions led by Professor Lawrence Krohn, some 20 alumni and friends engaged in deep intellectual discussions on the European crisis as well as on emerging markets, based on the book

Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma. Senior Associate Dean Deborah Winslow Nutter led a discussion on foreign policy leadership, which she teaches in the GMAP program. Based on a poll of the wider GMAP alumni before the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been nominated as the foreign policy leader of the past year. This intriguing result led to an animated discussion among the alumni about Clinton’s legacy at the U.S. State Department, the changing role of women in foreign policy leadership, as well as the implications of Clinton’s nomination over that of President Barack Obama. The group also had the opportunity to take in the sights of Lisbon and its environs, including a tour of the Queluz National Palace, the coastal town of Cascais, and dined in the breathtaking setting atop the Castle of São Jorge, overlooking the city of Lisbon.

Hanoi, Vietnam As GMAP shifts its focus towards Vietnam, we are looking forward to more engaging conversations with distinguished guests. Fletcher is proud to count among its alumni the current foreign minister of Vietnam, H.E. Pham Binh Minh, F94, Vietnam’s ambassador to the United States, H.E. Nguyen Quoc Cuong, F97, as well as Vietnam’s permanent representative to the United Nations, H.E. Le Hoai Trung, F95. The GMAP faculty, staff, and students are gearing up for some excellent discussions and a great learning experience in Hanoi. March 2012–2013 GMAP Class in Lisbon

Update Summer internships With 85% of a typical incoming Fletcher class self-identifying as planning to make a medium to major career change after Fletcher, the summer internship process has never played a more important role in helping students “recreate” themselves in their new career paths. The challenge they face, however, is how many of the employers in the fields of interest to the Fletcher students do not pay their summer interns. Most student loan programs limit borrowing to the nine months of the formal academic calendar, forcing students to fund their own summer internship experience. Through several different funding sources, Fletcher supports over 100 students each summer in pursing their new career passions. This year Fletcher provided $294,000 in funding to support students with internships in more than 40 different countries. Over the summer, Fletcher students spanned the globe, from

Washington, D.C., to Rwanda, applying the theoretical frameworks from their coursework to the real life/real time challenges faced by global organizations in every field and sector. Marloucha Louina, MALD 2013, is one of the first recipients of the newly created Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA) Internship Support Fund. Including Ms. Louina, nine Fletcher

students received internship support last summer with the help of FACA. Having an immense interest in the field of migration, Louina spent the summer as an identity claims volunteer for the African Refugee Development Center in Israel. Louina says, “I enjoyed every single aspect of my internship. It made me realize my love for providing direct legal and social services to asylum seekers. Once I complete my studies at The Fletcher School, I intend to apply for employment within this realm.” She also says, “This life-altering internship provided me with immense professional skills, refreshed career aspirations, and life-long colleagues and friends. For all this I am grateful to FACA. Without its support I would not have been able to have this beautiful experience.” Maroucha Louina (right), with fellow interns at the African Refugee Development Center in Israel

Fletcher’s 11th Annual Talloires symposium The Fletcher School’s 11th Annual Talloires Symposium, held 1–3 June 2012, featured keynote speakers Dr. Vali Nasr, F84, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Dr. Randa Slim, adjunct research fellow at the New America Foundation and scholar at the Middle East Institute. Following the keynote discussion on the theme “The Middle East after the Arab Spring: Changing

Peggy Kirby, F37, and Laurie Hurley, director of admissions and financial aid at Fletcher

Political and Strategic Landscape,” Dr. Nasr and Dr. Slim participated in a panel discussion featuring faculty lecturer, Dr. Leila Fawaz, Issam M. Fares professor of Lebanese and eastern Mediterranean studies at the Fletcher School, and Dean Stephen W. Bosworth. Set at Tufts’ European Center in the mountain and lakeside village of Talloires, France, the three-day event attracted more

Talloires speakers Randa Slim, Leila Fawaz, Dean Bosworth, and Vali Nasr, F84

than 90 members of the Fletcher community, hailing from all over the world. In typical Fletcher fashion, the weekend’s participants gathered for candid discussion, sharing common interests, fine dining, and reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends. We look forward to welcoming Fletcher alumni and friends to the twelfth annual Talloires Symposium, 31 May–2 June 2013.

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September 2012 6th Annual Fletcher Doctoral Conference The Fletcher Doctoral Conference, which took place on Friday, 28 September, was a stimulating and enjoyable occasion and provided a unique opportunity for leading scholars and practitioners in the field of international relations to exchange perspectives on the most important issues facing academics and policymakers today. The overwhelming majority of the panelists were either Ph.D. alums or current Ph.D. students, so it was an excellent opportunity to both network for future collaboration and to reminisce about former Fletcher student days during the lunch break and post-conference dinner, sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. This year’s conference was dedicated to beloved Fletcher professor Alan Wachman Fletcher Ph.D. Program Director Jenifer Burckettwho passed away Picker welcomes conference attendees in June. The all-day event started with a keynote speech delivered by alumna and current vice president for east Asia and Pacific region at the World Bank, Dr. Pamela Cox (Ph.D. 1984). Her remarks focused on poverty and inequality in the world, trends and challenges and the role of the World Bank is assisting countries in the fight against poverty and inequality. Dr. Cox started by reminding the audience that, although poverty has been falling across the globe, this trend is not homogeneous

INCR Panel with Ph.D. candidate Mike Hartnett, Ph.D. alum Anthony Wanis-St. John, Professor Eileen Babbitt, and Ph.D. alum Darren Kew


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Doctoral Conference Co-Chairs Leo Kosinski, Barbara Ramos, and David Knoll

across or within countries. Some regions have been more successful than others in the fight against extreme poverty, while large gaps still remain between urban and rural areas. She further pointed out that economic growth does not translate automatically into falling poverty, which, in turn, is not necessarily accompanied by falling inequality. Therefore, she argued, in order to tackle the challenges of poverty and inequality, economic growth must be accompanied by complementary measures that will ensure the opportunity to benefit from growing incomes is open to all. The keynote was followed by six very stimulating panels with our students and alumni presenting original research covering nearly all Fletcher fields of study: international security studies, international Dr. Pamela Cox delivers the keynote environment and resource policy, southwest Asia, development economics, and international negotiation and conflict resolution. There was also a special panel on “From Practitioner to Professor: Pursuing an Academic Track with a Fletcher Ph.D.” After each panel there was a good half hour of spirited Q&A. We hope to see many of you next year at our seventh annual Doctoral Conference to be held on 27 September 2013. Please check our website for further information and to see a video recording of this year’s conference: Doctoral-Conference-2012.

Kabul, Afghanistan

The Fletcher Club of Kabul had the opportunity to gather a couple of times over the past six months. Left: Caroline Andresen, F10, Marta Mendes, F09, Cornelia Schneider, F06, Ted Achilles, F62, and Raseema Alam, F07. Right: Cornelia Schneider, F06, Farheen Khan, F06, Marta Mendes, F09, Farrukh Lalani, F08, and Raseema Alam, F07.

Dili, Timor Leste “It was nice to come to Dili for a very short time but feel welcomed by family. The very amusing thing is that all the Fletcherites live in the same neighbourhood. The difference is literally two or three houses.” —Raseema Alam, F07 Below: Vikram Bhatia, F09, Jeanne Izard, F01, Silas Everett, A94, F00, Todd Wassel, F06, Upsana Garoo, F06, and Raseema Alam, F07.


The Fletcher Club of Pittsburgh held a kick-off social event on 7 August 2012 at the Allegheny HYP Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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 Taiwan Club has not been very active these past months since our last gathering. However, we will have another meeting in November to be hosted by Paul Hsu, F65, F66. We do have one new member, Levente Szekely, F99, who is the newly appointed Hungarian Trade Representative to Taiwan. We are delighted for him to join the Club. Our Club Chair was invited to join the Fletcher Asian Advisory Group by Dean Bosworth and visited Seoul, Korea, on 18/19/20 September for the AAG Meeting as well as the ceremonies

for the newly established Kim Koo Korea Foundation Professorship in Korean Studies at Fletcher School. The inaugural speech by Professor Sung-Yoon Lee, F94, F98, was thought provoking. The AAG meeting was exciting with all members enthusiastically supporting the expansion of Fletcher’s presence in the Asia Pacific Arena. Many productive recommendations were made. All look forward to further development of action plans in the months ahead.


The Fletcher Club of Los Angeles has been good about supporting events for prospective Fletcher students but not so good at creating events for alumni. However, that is about to change. With the help of new Fletcher grad Jenny Shin, F12, we are going to plan an alumni mixer in November. We will be emailing the SoCal alumni list in October with details.


The Fletcher Club of Chile hosted a luncheon with the U.S. Ambassador in Chile, Alexander Wolff. The lunch served as an exchange of opinions about U.S.-Chile relations in a time when Chile became member of the OECD and is a strong partner with the U.S. alumni in attendance included: Juan Manuel Baraona, F71; Cristian Quinzio, F76; Gustavo Palacios, F76; Rodrigo Palacios, F85; Francisca Reyes, F03; Jean Acquatella, F96; Andrea Fischer, F06; Germán Olave, F97; Fernando Izquierdo, F76; Jorge Ramirez, F98, and Andrés Montero, F85, who organized the luncheon.

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On a warm (by Dutch standards!) summer evening in July, Netherlands-based Fletcher alumni, together with local Tufts alumni, met for casual drinks and dinner at one of the beachside cafes in Scheveningen, the beach area of The Hague, to catch up and watch a beautiful sunset over the North Sea. Because of the relatively small numbers of Fletcher and Tufts alumni in the Netherlands, we tend to organize events together as “TUNAA” (Tufts University Netherlands Alumni Association). Below: Fletcher alumni Gabor Nagy, F06, Ursina Pluess, F01, and Jennifer Croft, F99; Tufts alumni Karin Plokker, J84, Mehyun Vanderborgh, J90, and Mariafrancesca Nicotra, J99.


A group of Fletcher friends and alumni met in Ulaanbaatar on 23 May 2012 to greet former dean Ted Eliot, visiting Mongolia in his role as a member of the Asia Foundation board of trustees. The group of Fletcher graduates spanned the period from the 1960s to the present day. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to meet. We look forward to getting together more frequently. Fletcher graduate and Golomt Bank CEO John Finigan, F03, kindly hosted the occasion.

FLETCHER WOMEN’S NETWORK Our Fletcher Women’s Network (FWN) is moving onward and upward. As a network, we continue to grow by increasing our numbers and reach. With the search function of our online community (our “virtual water-cooler”), 570 Fletcher women who live and travel all over the world are able to find one another by location (as well as other factors). Yet as we would still love to include more women outside of the United States, please spread the word to all Fletcher women everywhere.

Yet beyond networking, after having launched a network that seems to be responding to interests and needs of a good cohort of Fletcher women, we want to offer more professional “value-added.” In Washington, D.C., members of the FWN have networked with members of Women in International Trade (WIIT), as you can see from Abby Lindsay, F09, and Dulce Carrillo, F01, in the photo, as well as with Women in International Security (WIIS). We also intend to organize an op-ed project workshop ( in spring 2013 for Fletcher women.

Our newsletters remain our mechanism for identifying and connecting Fletcher women with similar professional interests. Thanks to Meira Naggaz, our twelfth volunteer-compiled newsletter features Fletcher women working on healthcare issues, both in the United States and around the world.

Other opportunities are arising for the FWN through our collaboration with the Initiative on Women’s International Leadership (IWIL). While IWIL tends to focus on the School and on students and the FWN’s mission addresses women graduates, the results of last spring’s survey have pointed to some overlapping interests. We


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Left to right: Bolor Sambuu, Foreign Affairs Specialist, Erdenes TT (Friend of Fletcher); Ariunaa Batbold, F01, Managing Director for Mongolia, Schulze Global Investments; Paul Slawson, F60, Asia Foundation Board of Trustees; Jonathan Addleton, F82, United States Ambassador to Mongolia; Ted Eliot, Former Dean of the Fletcher School (Friend of Fletcher); Otgontsetseg Zundui, F06, Assistant UNDP Resident Representative to Mongolia; John Finigan, F03, CEO of Golomt Bank; Jambalmaa Khainzan, F08, N08, Founder and Director of Mongolia Food Safety and Nutrition Society; Uyanga Gantsog, Specialist, Erdness TT (Friend of Fletcher)

are just beginning to investigate possibilities for promoting Fletcher women to sit on corporate boards. If you are an FWN member and are interested in any of the above, let us know. We would be glad for new perspectives on our steering committee, and are always seeking more leaders. If you are not yet a member, please do join us. Contact us at


On 7 July 2012, the Fletcher Club in Kenya hosted its latest reception with a sumptuous luncheon in Nairobi at a renowned restaurant offering south, west, and central Asian cuisine. It was a fantastic opportunity for 17 alumni and current Fletcher students interning in Nairobi to meet and reminisce upon

their time in Fletcher and beyond. Part of the sumptuous menu included remembering the Fletcher follies; the professors; the various programs (MALD, MA, GMAP, LLM, MAHA); the Hall of Flags; and the parties and social hours, not forgetting the clambakes, wine, and cheese. Any alumni visiting Nairobi, please drop us an email.


We are pleased to announce two new members to the Fletcher Club of London board of directors: Nicole Kearse, F04, and Olfa Meliani, F99. They join Tannaz Banisadre, F06, and Karen Miles, F07, in organizing and hosting various events for London-based Fletcher alumni. The Fletcher Club of London also kicked off its fall programming in true style, after the summer holidays, at the Running Horse pub in Mayfair, London. For those of you who couldn’t attend, we look forward to seeing you at future events.


The Fletcher Club of Hong Kong gained a new member in August. Robert Kokta, F04, recently joined the U.S. Consulate, and his wife and baby will be arriving shortly. Paul Schulte, F88, has moved to Bank of New York, but we don’t have the new email. (Paul, if you are reading this, please send us your new address!) The Club recently got together for last minute drinks hosted by Marcela PrietoMillan, F05, and attended by Robert, Jacob Hamstra, F11, Dorothy Chan, J97, F03, and Charles Lee, F90. Lindy Lek was unable to join as she and her family were enjoying Bhutan. Next event is late fall at the flat of Larry Heim, F02—we hope to have a bigger turnout with more advance notice.

Washington, D.C.

Our calendar year moved into high gear as dozens of Fletcher alumni volunteered their time and talents, sharing their insights about their careers and building networks during the D.C. Career Trip on 23 and 24 February 2012, which also included a 500+ strong showing at the cocktail party, hosted at the National Press Club. We were thrilled to host an exclusive screening and discussion of We Are Egypt, a compelling, timely, and widely acclaimed documentary by Lillie Paquette, F 08, who exchanged views after the film, with our 75 alumni who sold out the event held in the Langston Room of the popular Busboys & Poets in the heart of D.C.’s historic U Street district on 24 February.

Thanks to Erping Zhang, F03, several alumni took advantage of the exclusive opportunity to attend the opening night post-show cast reception to meet the artists of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the South Opera Tier Lounge of Kennedy Center on March 21.

Years,” with about 25 Fletcher alumni. It covered the foreign policy issues now emerging in the final days of the 2012 presidential campaign and the issues getting short shrift now, but likely to force their way to the top of the agenda for the next administration.

On Saturday, April 21st, 18 Fletcher alums, friends and family participated in the D.C. area’s 2012 Servathon, a city-wide day of service to the community. The Fletcher crew joined other volunteers to help revitalize Fort Stanton Senior Park and Garden in Anacostia. Volunteers had a good time getting their hands dirty to clean and landscape the park grounds. Thank you for all of you who came out for a successful event!

We kept the good times rolling with three happy hours over the past few months and joined our colleagues from SIPA and the Kennedy School for our second annual TriSchool Happy Hour.

About 200 Fletcher alumni, recent graduates, students, friends, and families enjoyed perfect weather and lots of food and fun at our annual picnic on 10 June at Virginia Highlands Park. Thanks again to our board secretary, Hadley White, F04, for leading coordination of the event, as well as to everyone else who pitched in to help make the day a success. New board member, Sean Duggan, F12, organized a gathering of Fletcherites to celebrate the fifth year of free live opera broadcasts at National’s Stadium with Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni on Saturday, September 29 on the Washington National’s jumbotron. On 24 October, Doug Wilson, F73, former assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, led a very timely, off-the-record discussion, entitled “Defense and Foreign Policy: The Next Four

The past few months have also seen some changes in the Fletcher D.C. Alumni Board. Sarah Hahn, F10, has left D.C. for NYC to pursue new career opportunities. We thank her for her service and wish her well. In turn, we are very pleased to announce that Brigitte Brown, F10, has agreed to take on the programs coordinator position. Brigitte will be taking the lead in developing ideas and planning for issue forums and other similar programming. Our other Class of 2010 Co-representative, Josh Gross, F10, has stepped down. We thank Josh for his valuable contributions and look forward to seeing him at future Fletcher happenings. And finally, moving onto our board, Sean Duggan, F12, received unanimous support to be our new Class of 2012 representative. He will join Kim Lyon, F11, as the representatives of the two most recent graduating classes on our board. Please be sure to visit our web site ( for continuous updates, or send us an email to

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Seattle Julie Bennion, F01

Los Angeles Grant Hosford, F97 San Diego Geoffrey Pack, F89


San Francisco* Needs new leadership

Colorado* Needs new leadership

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

Argentina Buenos Aires Francisco Resnicoff, F07 fletcher.buenosaires@

Armenia Arusyak Mirzakhanyan, F04

Australia Melissa Conley Tyler, F96

Austria Rainer Staub, F96 Jonathan Tirone, F00 Dhaka Sarwar Sultana, F98 sarwar_sultana@


Oregon Portland Kristen Rainey, F06 rainey@


Brussels Katrina Destree, F95

Bosnia and Herzegovinia Sarajevo Haris Mesinovic, F00 harismesinovic@

Philadelphia Tommy Heanue, F90 Pittsburgh* Tom Etzel, F11 Elisabet Dennehy, F89, F90

Texas Houston Mark Fisher, F05

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


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



Brazil SĂŁo Paulo Paulo Bilyk, F92 Alberto Pfeifer, F02

Bulgaria Nadja Milanova, F12

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Radka Betcheva, F11 radka.betcheva@

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, F07

Colombia Stella Cuevas, F95


South Korea

Delhi John Floretta, F11

Seoul Sukhee Han, F94

Mumbai Vikram Chhatwal, F01

Iraq Baghdad Needs new leadership

Japan Tokyo Mariko Noda, F90

Kenya Anne Angwenyi, F02 anne_angwenyi@

Kosovo Needs new leadership

Lebanon Mindy Burrell, F98


Costa Rica

Shahryn Azmi, F86

Mariano Batalla, F11

Needs new leadership




Quito Genevieve Abraham, F11 genevieve.abraham@

Needs new leadership

England London fletcherclublondon@

France Paris William Holmberg, F05 fletcherclubofparis@ fletcherclubofparis

Nepal Ram Thapaliya, F02

Netherlands Jennifer Croft, F99

Philippines Catherine Hartigan-Go, F92 cathartigango@

Romania Sinziana Frangeti, F07


Saudi Arabia

Berlin Mosud Mannan, F89

Jamil Al Dandany, F87 jamil.dandany@

Greece Thomas Varvitsiotis, F99

Hungary Budapest Anita Orban, F01

Singapore Kim Odhner, F03

South Africa

Switzerland Geneva Anand Balachandran, F02 swissfletcherclub@ fletcherclubofswitzerland Zurich* Susan Shin, F05

Taiwan Ted I, F64

Thailand Bangkok Ekachai Chainuvati, F03*

Turkey Emre Kayhan, F03, F09

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 Belinda Chiu, F04

Fletcher Women’s Network Marcia Greenberg, F91 Boston New York San Francisco Washington, D.C. London Rome

Jacques Roussellier, F01 jacques_roussellier@

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Fall Reunion

6 –7 September 2012

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy welcomed members of Fletcher’s class of 1962 who returned to Medford for their 50th reunion. It was a privilege to also welcome members of the classes of 1937, 1947, 1956, 1960, and 1965 back to campus. The reunion offered many opportunities for returning alumni to engage with Fletcher faculty and current students, including a career panel in which members of the class of 1962 offered guidance to future Fletcher graduates. The reunion concluded with a lively convocation keynote address delivered by George Packard, F59, F63, the Class of 1947 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for 2012. (See page 10 for more on the Convocation.)


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Front row, L to R: Roy Lockheimer, A59, F60, Usameh El-Jamali, F65, F75, and Peggy Kirby, F37


17–19 May 2013 Dean Stephen W. Bosworth and the entire Fletcher community invite members of the classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008 to save the date and join us in Medford for Spring Reunion 17–19 May 2013

Raymond Malley enjoys convocation luncheon with students and fellow alumni

Student panelists Heidi Packard, MIB 2013, and Juan Carlos Portilla, LLM 2013, with Usameh El-Jamali, F65, F75 (center)

Jim Gould, F47, with Asia Foundation Fellows Rui Ding (left) and Xiandeng Yi (right)

Sid and Carol Hurlburt, F62, who served as an active and enthusiastic member of her reunion committee

Fletcher student, Juan Carlos Portilla, speaks with an alumni after the student panel

Reunion attendees listen to Dean Bosworth’s state of the school presentation

Usameh El-Jamali, F65, and Roy Lockheimer, A59, F60, share stories of their time at Fletcher

Panelist and MALD 2013 candidate, Rachael Parrish, Herb Levin, F56, and George Packard, F59, F63 fall/winter 2012

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Call for Papers The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is pleased to announce a general call for papers for our Summer 2013 issue. Manuscripts will be accepted on a variety of topics and may be either Features (3,000 – 8,000 words) or Perspectives (1,500 – 3,000 words). Please include an abstract and adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. Please send submissions and any questions to by 15 March 2013. For more information on submissions, or to subscribe to the print journal, visit our new website: Founded in 1975 and published biannually, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is the student-managed foreign policy journal at The Fletcher School. The publication provides a broad, interdisciplinary platform for analysis of legal, political, economic, environmental, and diplomatic issues in international affairs.

“The Fletcher Forum is required reading for the international affairs professional.” STEPHEN W. BOSWORTH Dean of The Fletcher School

The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is happy to announce the launch of our new website: Merging the Forum with the former student publication The IR Thread, this website retains a database of print journal archives but will also publish new, online-only articles with a policy focus. Our new website also features video interviews and multimedia content. It is updated regularly with fresh content on contemporary issues in international affairs. We encourage all readers to contribute, including via comments on existing articles, so that the site can become a forum for conversations across a range of international issues. Our first online contributors have included Professor Sung-Yoon Lee, two Fletcher Military Fellows, the State Department’s Alec Ross, and students who have previously been published in the New York Times. Articles on the website are searchable and are organized by topic (Development, Diplomacy, Economics, Energy and Environment, Law and Institutions, Politics, Security) as well as by region (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, North America). Check it out today! For more information or to submit an article for review, email Web Managing Editor Jamie Kraut at

Dwight Ambach, F53, passed away quietly at his home at Aldendale on Horn Harbor in Mathews County on 12 June, surrounded by his loving family. Dwight was widely known throughout Mathews County for his activities as a master gardener, musician, and board member and active participant in many community organizations. Dwight is survived by his wife of more than 56 years, Betsy (Hunter) Ambach; son, Hunter M. Ambach and his wife Kathleen; daughter, Nancy C. Ambach; son, James G. Ambach and wife Kim; five grandchildren, Jimmy, Emily, Jack, Ali and Ben Ambach; and brother, Gordon M. Ambach and his wife Lucy. Born 9 January 1931, in Highland Park, Illinois, son of Russell W. and Ethel (Repass) Ambach, Dwight received an A.B. from Brown University and an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Before coming to Mathews County, Dwight had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service, retiring with the rank of minister-counselor. He served in diplomatic posts in Germany, Chile, and Austria. His assignments in the United States included tours as executive assistant to the chairman of the ExportImport Bank and dean of the Foreign Area Studies Program of the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. Haig J. Boyadjian, F58, of Mahwah died 14 June at the age of 77. Born in Jerusalem, Palestine, he came to the United States in 1953 to attend college. Haig was a banker and author, who before his retirement worked for Midland Bank, New York, New York. He was a veteran who served in U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961. He is survived by his two sisters, Lucy Janjigian of Franklin Lakes and Anahid Thomas of Porchester, England, and his brother Peter of Hernando, Florida. Louis F. Brakeman, F55, 79, of Orange City, Florida, passed away on 20 July. Lou lived a full and satisfying life. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the eldest of three children, 52

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and graduated from Kalamazoo College, where he met his wife, Lori. He was awarded a Danforth Fellowship, which supported him as he pursued his graduate education. He spent a year in India on a Fulbright Scholarship and received his doctorate from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Achievement was his chief value, followed closely by service, affection, and creativity. He considered himself to be a good listener and was widely respected for his contributions to improving the satisfaction of faculty. He enabled people to accomplish what they wanted to accomplish and took the lead in implementing a curricular vision that was both progressive and traditional. He also made campuses more responsive to the concerns of minorities and women, in particular taking a strong lead in affirmative action. Lou supported his wife of nearly 59 years in her endeavors and loved her very much. He also had great love of the theater, art, music, birding, and lifelong learning. Laura Creasey, F96, passed away quietly on 7 July after a brave struggle against cancer. Laura was born in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1971. Although her life was short, she did more and saw more in her 41 years than most people do in twice that time. She had a great love for travelling, art, learning, and wine. On many adventures around the world, Laura explored new cultures, saw beautiful sites, and made fascinating friends. Laura was a docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art where she shared the joy of art with area school children. Laura will be remembered for her elegance, quick wit, beauty, curiosity, compassion, and exuberance for life. She will be terribly missed by her parents Dan and Carolyn

Creasey, her two cats Sam and Max, and of course by her loving husband and best friend Jonathan Lipsitz. Laura now embarks on her final adventures! The former minister of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and former UMP senator Jean François-Poncet, F48, died 17 July, at age 83. Born on 8 December 1928, Jean François-Poncet was the secretary general of the Elysée (1976–1978) under the presidency of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, before becoming his minister of foreign affairs (November 1978– May 1981). Elected senator for Lot-etGaronne in 1983, he was re-elected in 1992, and also in 2001. Ambassador James Freeman, F60, passed on 21 September. His knowledge and experience as one of Liberia’s most distinguished diplomats made him a rare breed of astute Foreign Service veterans who never really received the recognition and the flowers he deserved. Ambassador Freeman’s diplomatic career spanned more than three decades. He first joined what was then the State Department in 1957 and was one of the first three employees sent to The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy by the government to do graduate studies in diplomacy during the tenure of the late Joseph Rudolph Grimes as secretary of state. Ambassador Freeman, along with the other two sent to Fletcher, Ambassador Charles Hansford and the late Dr. Abraham James, graduated from Fletcher in 1960; their success paved the way for other Liberians to attend Fletcher. Shakri Ghanem, F73, F75, the former Libyan prime minister and oil chief died 29 April in Vienna. He was 69. A fluent English speaker who was educated in the United States and worked abroad for years, Ghanem was one of the main reforming influences inside the Libyan administration for the past decade. Ghanem graduated in English from Benghazi University, in eastern Libya. He later studied for a Ph.D. at Tufts University in the United States.

Julia Shane Li, F87, followed in the footsteps of both her parents (Joy Wadleigh Shane, F52, and Charles Shane, F58) by attending Fletcher. She was awarded the M.A.L.D. in 1987, with a concentration in international economics and international trade policy. Long fascinated by China and fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Julia then joined the entering class of the Joint Program in Chinese and American Studies, administered collaboratively by Johns Hopkins and Nanjing Universities the following year in Nanjing, China. Upon completion of the one-year program in 1988, Julia worked for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in Hong Kong. Following marriage to Nanjing classmate Tang Li, Julia returned to the United States with Tang. Based in the Washington area, she worked for the World Bank as a consultant and project economist (1997–2003) and as a unit operations officer, East Asia and Pacific region, rural development and natural resources sector (2001–2003). When family responsibilities made it difficult to continue long-term travel to China, Julia also became certified to teach advanced placement courses in world history and human geography in the Montgomery County High Schools, and did this for several years. Recently, she had resumed her consultant work with the World Bank and had completed missions to China and Vietnam. She was anticipating further ventures in this direction, when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late February. Despite four months of treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, she died on 17 June. Julia leaves her husband Tang Li, daughters Susan and Madeleine, and son Martin. Kelly William McCloud, F76, passed on peacefully at home in Oakland, California, on 14 February at the age of 59. Kelly was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, on 8 September 1952. He attended the American Community School in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the

Webb School, in Claremont, California; Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California; Boalt Hall, Berkeley, California; and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He received B.A., J.D. and LL.M. degrees. During his career, Kelly practiced international law. He was a member of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco and a long time loyal fan of the Boca Juniors futbol club of Argentina. He lived his life to its very fullest. His contagious smile, ever-present wit and gregarious spirit will be greatly missed. Kelly is survived by his three brothers Kimball, Mark and James and his two sons Christopher and Paul. Peter (Max) McSloy, F69, passed on 7 February in London, England. Dr. Leo M. Sabota, F61, a carrierbased aviator who was an integral part of the Berlin Airlift before embarking on a second career as university professor, died 13 September after a brief illness. Leo enlisted as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Navy and was called to active duty in August 1943. In August 1945, he was accepted for a regular Navy commission. Leo served on a number of aircraft carriers, including the USS Leyte, Valley Forge, Antietam, Tarawa, Siboney, and Intrepid, completing two Mediterranean deployments, and a number of CVS cruises out of Quonset Point. He said flying the dangerous missions was a benchmark in his life because “I always loved a challenge.” He retired from active duty in 1965 after 22 years of service. Educational assignments included one year attending the Navy Postgraduate School, two years at the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and one year attending The Fletcher School of International Law in Minnesota and Diplomacy where he received his master’s degree. Upon retirement from the Navy, he began a second career as a

university professor, department chairman and dean at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tennessee, and Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He earned a doctorate of philosophy degree from the University of Tennessee in 1968. He retired a second time in the mid-1990s and later moved to Tyler. There, he served many years with the Tyler Literacy Council. Sasha Shaikh G.M., F02, passed away on 18 May in Pasadena, California. “As some of you may know since Fletcher, Sasha has struggled with numerous health problems and his medical condition deteriorated significantly over the past few months landing him in a coma. His times at Fletcher were some of the happiest of his life. Within the Fletcher community he had found a true home, a place where his dreams could take flight. His family has asked that we share this news with all of you. A beautiful service was held on 20 May in Pasadena commemorating his short life. Several members of the Class of 2002 attended the celebration service and spoke on behalf of the Fletcher community, including Shant Manoukian, Vijay Palaniswamy, and ourselves. As some of you are aware, the service coincided with the 10th reunion weekend for the Class of 02, and numerous classmates signed a card for the family sharing their condolences. While we mourn the loss of a friend and classmate, we also celebrate his wonderful sense of humor, boundless potential and extraordinary humanity.” —Kieran Brenner, Tao Nguyen, and Jill Van den Brule, F02, classmates Sarup Singh, F88, died of a heart attack in March 2012. He practiced law in New Delhi, India. Anne Vaughan Spilsbury, F52, Beloved community activist and longtime resident of Huntington Bay, died on 2 July at the age of 82. Continued on next page fall/winter 2012

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Richard Louis Storch, F60, 75, of Washington, D.C., and Waterford, Virginia, died 9 August of complications from lymphoma. Richard graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, served as an aide to Clarence B. Randall in the Eisenhower administration, and earned a master’s degree at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. For five years afterwards, Richard was a U.S. Foreign Service officer stationed in Lome, Togo, and Beirut, Lebanon—a city he loved and remained in for his next job, representing and opening branches for the Continental

Bank in the Middle East. Returning to the United States and determined to make a positive contribution, Richard joined the World Bank. He stayed there for fourteen productive years, eventually becoming managing director for the Europe division of the International Finance Corporation. In the last and longest of his several careers (he would joke that there were more to come), Richard adopted the family business, real estate, but developed a true passion for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings. Over the course of 28 years, Richard invested in projects in

Dupont Circle and throughout Loudoun County, taking great pride in the tangible improvements he made and the diverse people with whom he worked. The focal point of his efforts and attentions became the historic town of Waterford, Virginia, and specifically his home there, which he meticulously and lovingly restored for himself and his family. A loving and devoted husband, son, and father, Richard took great interest in and responsibility for not only his own family but also the many others he attracted by virtue of his easy humor, great generosity, and earnest concern.

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 12th Annual Talloires Symposium

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