David Van Slyke Named Dean of The Maxwell School

leigh   June 23, 2016   News

More than a decade ago, David Van Slyke joined the faculty of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. On Jun 10, 2016, Syracuse Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele G. Wheatly announced that he will become their next Dean.

Dr. Van Slyke holds the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy. His academic focus has been on public and nonprofit management, government contracting, public-private partnerships, policy implementation and strategic management.

“It is a great honor to work with the Maxwell School’s outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni as dean,” says Van Slyke.

He referenced the Athenian Oath in taking on his new duties, adding: “I am excited to serve in this important role as we pursue the school’s distinct contribution, to ‘transmitting the city not only not less, but greater, better, and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.’ The Maxwell School’s ideals are excellence in deeply relevant scholarship, impactful teaching and informed service across the diversity of the social sciences and their integration with professional public administration and international affairs. My goal is to harness that collective excellence through active communication and engagement. Working together, we can create an intellectually vibrant environment that delivers value to researchers, decision makers and citizens.”

Dr. Van Slyke succeeds Dean James Steinberg who has served as dean of the Maxwell School since 2011. Dr. Steinberg will remain at Syracuse and will continue to teach in the Maxwell School in his role as University Professor of social science, international affairs and law.

Dr. Van Slyke is a director and fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is a two-time recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Professorship for Teaching Excellence Award, winner of the 2007 Beryl Radin Award for Best Article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus in Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. His most recent book Complex Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program is the recipient of the American Society for Public Administration Section on Research Best Book Award for 2014 and honorable mention for the Public and Nonprofit Section of the Academy of Management best book award for 2016.

He is a co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation. He serves on the editorial boards of several top-ranked public affairs journals and is active in his professional and local community. He is actively engaged in the work of the Maxwell School’s Executive Education program and works extensively with senior leaders in government, nonprofit and business organizations in China, India, Peru, Singapore, Thailand and many other countries. Dr. Van Slyke has provided expert guidance to the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the World Bank. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

He earned a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Read the complete story on the Maxwell School website.

Bush School Welcomes New Dean General Mark A. Welsh III

leigh   May 26, 2016   News

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today approved the appointment of General Mark A. Welsh III as the new Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Welsh, currently the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, was appointed based on the recommendation of Texas A&M President Michael K. Young, Provost and Executive Vice President Karan L. Watson, as well as a search advisory committee. Welsh has announced an Air Force retirement date of July 1 and will assume his new position at the Bush School on August 15.

Welsh will succeed current Bush School Dean Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

“I could not be more pleased with, or thankful for, today’s announcement that General Mark Welsh will succeed Ryan Crocker as Dean of the Bush School,” says George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States and namesake of the Bush School. “Like Ryan, General Welsh has demonstrated uncommon leadership and an unwavering commitment to service throughout his distinguished career. I salute our wonderful partners at Texas A&M for making the absolute best decision for our students and faculty.”

Welsh became the 20th Chief of Staff of the Air Force in August 2012, serving as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 664,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the General and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council, and the President. His most recent previous post was Commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Commander of NATO’s Air Command, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He also served as Associate Director of Military Affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency, and as Commandant of the United States Air Force Academy.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Science degree in computer resource management from Webster University, and graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College, the Air War College, and the National War College.  He was a fellow of Seminar XXI at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a fellow of the National Security Studies Program of Syracuse University and Johns Hopkins University, a fellow of Ukrainian Security Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a fellow of the Pinnacle Course of the National Defense University, and a graduate of the General Manager Program at the Harvard Business School. He has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, and the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster.

Provost Watson expressed enormous gratitude on behalf of the university for Crocker’s service as Bush School dean. “I want to recognize Ambassador Ryan Crocker for his almost six years of service as dean,” she notes. “His commitment to the college and to Texas A&M University has been critical to advancing our mission of teaching, research and service. His leadership has helped increase the school’s outstanding reputation of offering new approaches to public service for a complex and changing future.”

Read the complete story on the Bush School website.

Alumni Spotlight- Lukas Berg

leigh   May 25, 2016   News


Inspiring Others to Serve

For Jackson Institute for Global Affairs graduate Lukas Berg, joining the Army wasn’t always part of his plan.

“I stumbled into my calling,” explained Berg, an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, his alma mater. But when he arrived on campus, he knew it was the right choice. “It’s a community committed to serving the public interest, and I fell in love with it,” he said.

After graduating in 2005, Berg served as a Blackhawk pilot in a variety of command and staff positions. In 2011, he was offered a teaching position at the military academy, which meant going back to graduate school. He wanted a program that would allow him the flexibility to pursue his interest in U.S foreign policy, and Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs fit the bill.

Berg’s transcript reflects his interdisciplinary approach to learning; it included courses in grand strategy, global affairs, law, business, economics, classics and East Asian studies.

As an instructor, Berg draws heavily on the lessons learned in his MA studies. “The world’s most pressing problems are interdisciplinary,” he said. “We need leaders from a variety of fields to solve them.”

For Berg, the opportunity to prepare future leaders is incredibly rewarding. “It’s humbling to be back here. My role is not just to teach American politics. It’s to inspire them to serve.”

It’s also a great career opportunity. “Public service attracts the very best people,” Berg says of his colleagues. “You can find talent like that in many organizations, but you’re not going to find talent that is so committed to serving a larger cause. There is no community quite like this.”

Alumni Spotlight- Nursultan Eldosov

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Individual Service

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy graduate Nursultan Eldosov is a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow at the US State Department. Nursultan credits his education and volunteerism for preparing him for his next role as a diplomat with the US Foreign Service.At the age of 10, Nursultan traveled internationally for the first time to Moscow, Russia for a visa interview at the US Embassy. After his family’s selection in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery, they moved to the US. When reflecting on his own immigration experience and the help his family received, Nursultan stressed how small actions can have a large impact: “It doesn’t take much to have an impact but that doesn’t mean you take those responsibilities lightly.”

After graduation, Nursultan will continue to take on public service responsibilities as a diplomat for the US Foreign Service in DC. For those interested in this field, Nursultan had the following advice: “Public service starts individually. Make the best of what you have and prepare yourself with education and experiences because that is public service within itself, having educated citizens.”

Alumni Spotlight- Penelope Angelopoulos

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Born to Serve


Munk School of Global Affairs graduate Penelope Angelopoulos now works as an International Development Officer for Global Affairs Canada, a recently amalgamated ministry that manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, encourages international trade and leads international development and humanitarian assistance.

Daughter of a military officer, Penelope was instilled with a sense of the importance of serving one’s country at a young age. As such, a career in the public service was not so much a choice, but an imperative. Over the course of various positions across the government, from Global Affairs Canada to the Department of National Defense and the Canadian House of Commons, Penelope has gained a deepened understanding of how government works, and how she can be an effective actor within it when confronted with domestic or international challenges.

In October 2015, she served as part of the Canadian delegation to the Global Coalition Against ISIL’s Working Group on Strategic Communications and Counter-Messaging. Here she exploring ways to counter ISIL’s digital narrative and promote alternative messaging with the help of major technology and social media companies.

She now works as an International Development Officer within the Partnerships for Development Innovation branch at Global Affairs Canada, a recently amalgamated ministry that manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, encourages international trade, and leads international development and humanitarian assistance. “I have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, hundreds of Canadian civil society organizations that make unique contributions to development. In a time where global issues are increasingly having an impact on local communities, my work to create space for the civic participation of these organizations is deeply meaningful.”

Alumni Spotlight- Sarah Factor

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                                          Addressing Global Threats

Sarah Factor, a graduate of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs is currently responsible for managing the U.S. alliance with the Republic of Korea in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy. In this role, Sarah deals with very complex security challenges and a variety of different actors throughout the region.

Sarah notes that with mounting economic and security challenges, staffs in defense-related agencies are compelled to think about how to address global and strategic threats in more creative ways. “We aren’t able to throw a lot of money at things,” so staffs are encouraged to “throw a lot of creative thought and brain power” into their roles. Alliance management is a difficult field; it requires constant engagement, constant gardening -“Trying to find out what needs to be grown, what needs to be pruned back,” says Sarah.

Sarah knows today’s students face tough challenges as well. “It’s not enough to say you went to a great school; what makes you competitive is, can you do anything? Can you practically apply those theories and frameworks you learned during your graduate studies?” Sarah advises students that it helps to be able to say that you actually know how to run a meeting, to prepare an agenda, to plan a project, to properly identify what a problem is, to build a solution and present it in a cogent manner.

Student Spotlight- Amanda Meng

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Intersection of Democracy

Amanda Meng, a PhD Candidate at Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, spent 10 months researching social movements and the impact of Open Government Data in Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Hong Kong. She interviewed over 100 government officials, activists, and data intermediaries to trace data across government and civic spaces.

Amanda is interested in the intersection of democracy and technology, and she also works locally to implement network technology in neighborhood and city projects. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Amanda served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and researched the socioeconomic impact of mobile network technology in Nigeria and India.

At Georgia Tech, she collaborated with Dr. Mike Best on social media tracking of the elections in Ghana (2012) and Nigeria (2014), and participated as a reviewer for Uruguay’s 2015 Open Data Barometer. She published “Twitter Democracy: Policy versus identity politics in three emerging African democracies” in 2015 and “Investigating the Roots of Open Data’s Social Impact” in 2014.

Rosenthal Fellowship Class of 2016 Announced

leigh   May 4, 2016   News

Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations




Rick Gilmore, Chairman

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Carmen Iezzi Mezzera, Executive Director

Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs


Rosenthal Fellowship Announces 2016 Fellowship Class


The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations and the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) announced today the selection of thirty fellows for summer 2016.  The Fellowship provides graduate students at APSIA member schools the opportunity to spend a summer working on international relations in the US Government Executive Branch or the US Congress.


This year’s Fellows represent 19 APSIA schools. They will intern at a variety of US agencies, including the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the Departments of Treasury, Defense, and State, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, US Embassies, and Congressional offices.


Established in 1977 in memory of Harold Rosenthal, a Congressional staffer and victim of international terrorism while on official duty, there have been over 200 Fellows to date.  Since the inception of the Rosenthal Fellowship, many Rosenthal Fellows have also participated in The European Union Visitors Program (EVP). Fellows also have the opportunity to extend their summer internship project under a mentoring program—VSFS (Virtual Student Foreign Service) Program at the Department of State.


In a joint statement, Carmen Mezzera, Executive Director of APSIA, and Rick Gilmore, Chairman of the Rosenthal Fellowship, said, “The program’s success depends first and foremost on the outstanding caliber of our fellows, the extraordinary support we receive from host offices in the Congress and Executive Branch and APSIA member schools, and the generous contributions and support of our Board, donor institutions, and longstanding friends of the program. The Fellowship is living proof that terrorism cannot overwhelm the human spirit.  We’re a program whose purpose is to provide exceptional students with unique government experience. They are our future leaders in new approaches to peaceful problem solving in international relations.”


The Rosenthal Fellowship includes a series of roundtable discussions with experts from DC research organizations and universities, career planning sessions, and Congressional briefings. The Robertson Foundation for Government co-hosts a number of events for fellows throughout the summer. Judy and Rick Gilmore, Chairman of the Fellowship, host an annual summer reception for fellows, hosts, and supporters.


In association with APSIA, the Rosenthal Fellowship receives financial support from a number of individual donors, as well as the Robertson Foundation for Government, the Rotary Foundation and previously from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.  Former Senator and Vice President Fritz Mondale serves as honorary chairman of the Fellowship.




2016 Rosenthal Fellows and Host Offices


Jessica Anderson, George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs

Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Near East Affairs


Albert Atkinson, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School

Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Tyler Bender, University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Department of Labor, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking


Diogo Cruz, Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy

Office of Congressman Jim McDermott


Madelyn Erickson, University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Intelligence Community


Faisal Hamid, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

Department of the Treasury


Kelley Hanks, Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government & Public Service

Department of Defense, Prisoners of War/ Missing in Action Accounting Agency


Trevis Harrold, University of Michigan, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy

Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Mexico City


Kathleen Hurt, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs


Benjamin Linden, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

Office of Senator Durbin


Eli Mitrani, Texas A&M University, The Bush School of Government & Public Service,

Southcom, J7 Theatre Engagement Directorate


Ana Monzon, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Millennium Challenge Corporation, Jakarta, Indonesia


Meredith Moon, University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Department of State


Brittany Parker, Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Department of Defense, International Security Affairs, Middle East


Daniel Paul-Schultz, Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School

Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense


Samantha Powell, Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies

Department of Defense, International Security Affairs, Africa


Isidoro Ramirez, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Navy Criminal Investigation Services


Jason Russell, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs

Department of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, East Asia


Emily Sandys, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

Department of State, Democracy Human Rights and Labor, Near East Affairs


Michael Schwab-Holler, University of California-San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy

U.S. Trade & Development Agency


Alicia Seagraves, American University, School of International Service

Office of Representative John Conyers


Gregory Shtraks, University of Washington, Henry M Jackson School of International Studies

Department of State, Russia Desk


Samantha Stein, University of Maryland, School of Public Policy

Department of Defense, International Security Affairs, Western Hemisphere Affairs


Adriel Taslim, University of California San Diego, School of Global Policy Studies

U.S. Government Accountability Office


Melia Ungson, University of California San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy

U.S. Government Accountability Office


Zach Uram, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

U.S. Trade Representative, Western Hemisphere Office


Olivia Volkoff, Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School

Department of State, U.S. Mission to North Atlantic Treaty Organization


Wenchen Wang, University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The Newseum


Andrew Watrous, Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Department of the Treasury


Taylor Wettach, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

Department of Defense, International Security Affairs, Europe


Natasha Wheatley, American University, School of International Service

Department of Defense, Special Operations/Low- Intensity Conflict, Southern Hemisphere Affairs

APSIA Welcomes Newest Member: IE Univ. School of International Relations

leigh   February 17, 2016   News

On February 15, 2016, APSIA was pleased to welcome the IE University School of International Relations (SIR) as its newest member.

Based in Madrid, Spain, the School offers a Master of International Relations (MIR) and undergraduate degrees. Drawing upon IE University’s top ranked business school, SIR also offers a dual MIR / MBA.

“The MIR is wholly dedicated to teaching, researching, and reflecting on world affairs.” says Dean Arantza de Areilza Churruca. “The program equips internationally-oriented professionals with the multidisciplinary skills to work in a world where the private, public, and non-profit sectors converge, global partnerships are created, and national boundaries fade.”

The School attracts a diverse student body and faculty who share a desire for professional excellence and a vocation to create progress and social change on a global level.

“We are delighted to welcome the School of International Relations into the APSIA membership.” says Executive Director Carmen Iezzi Mezzera. “The School’s work encompasses and transcends traditional distinctions between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to provide an important sense of how to operate in a globalized world. “

Deans Gather in Seattle for Annual Meeting

leigh   February 4, 2016   News

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On January 7-8, 2016, 42 representatives from 38 APSIA member and affiliate schools gathered in Seattle, WA for the annual meeting of APSIA deans and directors. The meeting was hosted by the University of Washington (UW) Jackson School of International Studies.

On Thursday January 7, the APSIA member meeting began by sharing accomplishments from 2015. Participants mentioned the launch of new degrees, the hiring of new faculty, and the creation of new research centers. APSIA’s Executive Director Carmen Mezzera then presented her report on the state of the Association.

Next, UW’s Senior Director of Institutional Advancement and Senior Director of Advancement for the Social Sciences joined members for a discussion on what motivates giving in different regions of the world, moderated by Philippe Burrin of the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

Following the discussion, Bob Wilson of the University of Texas at Austin moderated a session on ways to increase partnerships and exchanges among members with Joe Bankoff of Georgia Tech University and Keiji Nakatsuji from Ritsumeikan University, which highlighted the importance of interpersonal relationships and institutionalized agreements.

That evening, members were joined by representatives from affiliate schools. Over dinner, Mark Suzman, President of Global Policy, Advocacy, and Country Programs at the Gates Foundation, discussed the tremendous progress made in international development in the last fifteen years.

On Friday, January 8, APSIA co-sponsored a public discussion with the World Affairs Council of Seattle and the Jackson School to consider the security challenges facing a new US administration. Moderated by Jacqueline Miller of the World Affairs Council, Ryan Crocker of Texas A&M University, Susan Collins of the University of Michigan, Enrico Letta of Sciences Po, and Eric Schwartz of the University of Minnesota served as panelists.

Once participants returned to UW, Christopher Hill of the University of Denver asked Reuben Brigety of George Washington University, Andrew Kim of Korea University, and Irina Novikova of St. Petersburg State University to comment on adapting schools to the 21st century. Speakers agreed students need leadership training, cross-cultural competencies, and regional expertise to correspond to the demands of the job market.

Dane Rowlands of Carleton University then moderated a session on techniques to address faculty hiring needs. Karen McGuinness of Princeton University and Kenneth Paul Tan of the National University of Singapore kicked off the discussion, which stressed that schools should demonstrate collegiality and community among faculty.

Finally, John Keeler of the University of Pittsburgh asked Joel Hellman of Georgetown University, Adil Najam of  Boston University, Vanessa Scherrer of Sciences Po, and Stephen Toope of the University of Toronto to discuss ways to promote and differentiate international affairs education. Speakers stressed the importance of our schools’ deep, multidisciplinary commitment to international affairs and the strength of our students.

The 2016 APSIA meeting concluded with a cruise for deans, directors, and local staff around Seattle.