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Two of the Admissions Office’s favorite students will be spending much of today running the Boston Marathon.  Moni, who is also an Admissions Graduate Assistant, and Niko are the only two Fletcher students on the Tufts Marathon Team this year.  They have been training and fundraising for months and, last I checked, were feeling confident.  It will be warm today, but the breeze off the water may keep the runners cool.

Many other students will be heading out to the race course to cheer them on.  Because really, running Boston for your first marathon is awesome.  Registered to participate are 30,000 runners — most of whom met the required time standard, with about 5,000 running to raise funds for charitable organizations.  Niko and Moni, like other members of the Tufts Marathon Team, are raising funds for “nutrition, medical, and fitness programs at Tufts University, including research on childhood obesity at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.”

So give a cheer for Moni and Niko, Fletcher’s own marathoners!

Moni and Niko

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The Hall of Flags is Fletcher’s town square, its crossroads, its living room — everyone walks through at some point during the day.  A highlight of my year comes when I grab my computer and my ace co-pilot, Kristen, and head out to the HoF to talk with whomever we see.  Students, staff, faculty — we don’t hesitate to keep them any of them from getting their work done, or even from crossing the Hall of Flags on the way to the door.  We started our HoF time by scanning the scene to choose our first conversational target.  Our topic for the day:  Tell us something noteworthy about your year at Fletcher.

There’s often a student staffing a table at which tickets to an event are sold.  A perfect place to start.

Carmyn, second year student pursuing dual degree with the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna (selling tickets for Americana Night):

One of the most noteworthy things for me this year were the guest and visiting speakers that came to Fletcher.  For example, I kicked off my year by attending a luncheon lecture as a part of the International Security Studies lecture series, and heard from General Petr Pavel, the Chairman of the Military Committee for NATO.  In addition, the Fletcher Security Review has also hosted some really amazing and highly experienced professionals as guest speakers.  I feel very invested and involved in the fields that I am studying.  There are so many engaging things here at Fletcher, so it’s really great to have those opportunities on the academic side, as well as many possibilities to attend social events led and organized by students.  Aside from that, just getting to know people at Fletcher has been great.  The student body here is phenomenal.

Carmyn, HoF1 

Helen, Associate Director of the Office of Career Services:

We have ten new Blakeley Fellows!  Jerry Blakeley very generously has given $50,000 for the summer of 2016 to support ten first-year students doing internships in developing countries, focused on microfinance, private sector development, public/private partnerships, NGO business development, and project financing.

Although there are other sources of funding for summer internships, this amount can significantly defray expenses for these unpaid internships.  Countries that students will be working in include Uganda, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Malawi, Indonesia, and India.  This is the ninth summer that the Blakeleys will be supporting students doing these types of internships.

Helen, HoF
Helen is such a good sport that she let Kristen convince her to come looking for us!

Halley, Staff Assistant for the Office of the Registrar (just completing her first year at Fletcher): 

It’s been really amazing meeting and interacting with so many students from all over the world and so many cultures and backgrounds, getting to know them throughout the year, and seeing them succeed academically and thrive at Fletcher.

Halley, HoF
Not content to interrupt one person at a time, Kristen and I set our sights on a study group.

Peter, second-year MIB:

I’m involved in the Fletcher Social Investment Group — one of the leadership members — and we had the opportunity to present at the CEME Fellows meeting and to get their feedback, and to share with the external Fletcher community what we’re up to.

Preetish, second-year MALD:

My entrepreneurship class in Energy, Entrepreneurship and Finance, which is what we’re currently working on.  The way energy and finance comes together in class is interesting.  I’m looking for a career in this field.

Peter:  The professor (Barbara Kates-Garnick) is also the former Commissioner of Energy in Massachusetts, so it’s really interesting.

Harper, first-year MALD:

I like the flexibility that the MALD program provides so that you can take a class like Energy, Entrepreneurship and a class like Role of Force in the same semester.

Peter group, HoF
Why interrupt only one study group?  We moved on to what we thought was another.  Turned out it was three people simply chatting together.  Nate and Cristina were both volunteer interviewers for Admissions in the fall!

Nate, second-year MALD:

It was definitely the media communications panel from the DC Career Trip, because it was very encouraging to interact with so many alums who work in a space that I’m actively pursuing a career in.  I appreciated that they did such a great job relating their Fletcher experience to their career paths and also how enthusiastic they were about making time in their day to encourage aspiring students to follow their career path.  At the panel, there were representatives from The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Inter-American Development Bank, FCW, and the Glover Park Group.

Marc, mid-career MAHA student:

One of the more noteworthy events?…I hate to follow through and say the DC Career Trip, but in particular, I attended a small session on conflict and violent extremism at the State Department with a number of officials, and it was a good opportunity to talk about the profession, and it dovetailed with classes here.  It reminded me why I came here.  I previously worked for Chemonics, but I want to get into CVE, and it’s great to know that there are a lot of people from Fletcher doing cutting edge work in that field.

Also, I’ve taken classes in urban planning and GIS – it was a great opportunity to tie in those topics that I may not have been able to study elsewhere.

Cristina, first-year MALD:

International Negotiations with Professor Babbitt.  She’s a very dynamic professor and her command of the subject matter is impressive.  She really knows how to teach, too!

Nate group, HoF
Next I saw a familiar face from the PhD program.

Liz, MALD ‘94, PhD ’16 (who told us she was visiting Fletcher to guest lecture for Professor Conley-Zilkic’s class on Understanding Mass Atrocities):

I successfully defended my thesis in December 2015.  Since then, I’ve continued my work with folks in the U.S. government — specifically advising on the policy stance toward the current crisis in Burundi.

Liz’s dissertation title:  “Securing the Space for Political Transition: The Evolution of Civil-Military Relations in Burundi.”

Liz M, HoF
We chatted a bit more with Liz about how earning your PhD is a very big deal, and then she was off to her guest-lecture gig.

With that, we decided it was time to head back to our day-to-day work.  We’ll be back, Hall of Flags!  Until then…

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There was a time, way back in the day, when the Admissions Blog was just about the only game in town.  Now the School and its various programs/groups maintain multiple Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and even other blogs.

The LLM program, for example, has had its own blog since the start of this academic year.  Though not all the information they share pertains to students in all degree programs, it’s still worth a look!

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I’m a member of a city commission and we recently worked on our annual report for 2015.  Click! — a light bulb lit up over my head.  Why not have Fletcher’s student organizations write brief annual reports for the blog?  I reached out to several groups and am happy to share the summaries of their activities for the 2015-16 academic year.

Fletcher Cares
Amber Atteridge

Fletcher Cares is a public service organization that provides opportunities for volunteerism to build a stronger, more efficient, and more sustainable community network within Fletcher.  Our goal is to build collaboration wherever possible with other Fletcher and Tufts organizations and to promote public service careers.  This year Fletcher Cares participated in a winter coat drive and ran a community event “Fit for Finals” to promote health and well-being during finals.  This spring, Fletcher Cares will once again be volunteering for the Boston Marathon, hosting our annual charity dinner and auction, working with a U.S. prison reform organization, and will close out the year with a spring “Fit for Finals” event.

Fletcher Finance Club
Bryan Stinchfield

The Fletcher Finance Club’s mission is to be a platform of learning in the areas of finance and related public policy by offering extracurricular skills- and knowledge-building initiatives; and to provide a complementary channel through which members may successfully pursue a professional career in the broad financial services and banking industry.

A few events we have hosted were seminars to help students with the process of interviewing with financial firms.  This past fall we hosted an alumnus guest speaker who worked at Citibank’s infrastructure and project finance team, and members had an intimate off-the-record session on how to secure jobs on Wall Street or in energy finance.  Also related to energy finance, we hosted guest speakers from Global Focus Capital LLC and Spinnaker Oil and they laid out fundamental analysis of the current state of energy prices and what companies are doing to hedge.

In addition to guest speakers, Fletcher Finance hosts sessions about internship and job opportunities with firms in global finance.  In one such job panel with Chatham Financial, an alumna explained the need for advanced hedging instruments to operate globally.

We also work closely with the greater Tufts community.  This spring, along with the Tisch College, we co-hosted a ceremony to honor Robert Manning, current CEO of MFS Investment Management, with the Tisch College Corporate Citizen Fellow Award.  Following this event, the Fletcher Finance team toured MFS global headquarters in downtown Boston and had sit-downs with the head of Global Equity, Fixed Income, and Research for the leading investment manager.

Fletcher Finance also provides additional skills building opportunities for our club members through our technical seminars.  We’ve partnered with Tufts Finance Network to bring more finance-related events to Fletcher with a coveted financial modeling program, Wall Street Prep.

Our group members come from diverse backgrounds and we welcome those who may not have any financial background but want to learn more.  Current club co-president Michael Duh spent eight years as an auditor at a Big Four public accounting firm and will be heading to work for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York after graduation in their financial institution supervision group.  Co-president Athul Ravunniarath  has made a name for himself in the impact investing space, having now consulted and worked for MasterCard, I-DEV, and Acumen Fund — leading investors in fin-tech and renewable energy — to which Athul brought to the table modeling, due diligence, and deal scoping skills, which he has honed with the help of the Fletcher education and Finance Club.  What Fletcher Finance allows members to do is elevate their understanding of finance not only for analysis, research, and number crunching, but also to gain the global contextual understanding that is needed to asses any financial deal.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact our elist.  The Fletcher Finance Club is honored to share more about our work and encourages future Fletcher students to carry the torch in the years to come.

Fletcher LGBTQA
Jonathan Ramteke

Fletcher LGBTQA aims to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues in the fields of foreign policy and international relations, as well as to create a safe and inclusive community for lesbian, gay, transgender, and/or queer students and their allies.

This academic year, Fletcher LGBTQA has sponsored two lecture events on LGBTQ issues relevant to foreign policy and international relations.  In October, Professor Timothy McCarthy of Harvard University spoke about the Lavender Scare, the U.S. government’s campaign during the 1950s to persecute LGBTQ federal employees.  He described how 5,000 LGBTQ federal employees were fired, under the guise of maintaining national security, and how the events of the Lavender Scare remain relevant today because of the widespread absence of state and federal laws that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  In November, Maria Beatriz Bonna Nogueira, fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, spoke about the drive to include LGBTQ issues in international conversations on human rights.  As former Head of International Affairs at Brazil’s Ministry for Human Rights, she outlined Brazil’s successful efforts to advocate for LGBTQ rights in the context of international organizations.

Just this week, Fletcher LGBTQA, in partnership with Fletcher Christian Fellowship and the Religion, Law, and Diplomacy Group, offered a panel event on Global Faiths and Transnational LGBTQ Activism.  At the event, presenters from diverse traditions shared their experiences on how faith can be used as a catalyst for social justice to build transnational community and advocacy.  Speakers included Reverend Irene Monroe, a public theologian, and Kaamila Mohamed, the founder of Queer Muslims of Boston.  Tufts University Chaplain Reverend Greg McGonigle moderated.

As issues related to gender and sexuality are gaining more and more attention in foreign policy and international relations, Fletcher LGTQA, at the oldest graduate school of international affairs in the U.S., hopes to be a leader in the conversation.

Asia Club
Aditi Sethi

Asia Club provides a space for students interested in all aspects of the continent to share experiences and knowledge with one another, and to develop a diverse network of students and professionals with similar interests.  The club also works to highlight Asian culture in day-to-day student life through exhibitions and events, often in collaboration with other student clubs that also focus on the region.  Over the past year, Asia Club has organized Asia Night, one of Fletcher’s five “culture nights,” which showcased 12 cultural performances from across Asia, including martial arts, Chinese rock opera, Thai dancing, and music from various countries.  Before the end of the semester, Asia Club plans to host talks by government officials.  Along with the South Asia Club, Asia Club plans to bring Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Consul General of India, New York, to speak. Asia Club has also been working to host Mr. Scott Lai, Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, for an intimate discussion.

FLEEC
Emma Johnston

Fletcher’s Energy and Environment Club or “FLEEC” serves several functions for the Fletcher community.  First and foremost, it is Fletcher’s internal network for all things related to the environment and energy.  It is your most accessible resource for finding students with experience or interest in those fields.  The club facilitates lectures, field trips, networking events, and panels for students interested in the International Environment and Resource Policy Field of Study.

Highlights from FLEEC this year include “The Great Debate” with Professors Bill Moomaw and Bruce Everett.  Two of Fletcher’s most well-respected professors debated the possible outcomes of the climate talks in Paris and the economics of climate change moving forward.

FLEEC leadership also worked with Harvard Kennedy School in November to organize a mixer for students interested in energy.  Students from both schools gathered at a bar in Harvard Square for a fantastic networking opportunity.

FLEEC successfully in organized a field trip to a local recycling plant.  FLEEC aims for a few technical field trips like this per year.  We believe a solid understanding of the technology helps inform the business plans and policy ideas we create here at Fletcher.

The close of the year will bring still more events, including an annual alumni networking event the weekend of graduation.  FLEEC leadership encourages input from current and incoming students on how best to tailor events to their interests.  We are always grateful for the suggestions.

Today and tomorrow, four teams from Fletcher will be showcasing their ventures at the finals of the Tufts 100K New Ventures Competition.  The full program of activities includes the competition itself, the Tufts Entrepreneurship Showcase, a keynote address from John Sculley, and the awards ceremony.

100KIn addition to the big prize, there is a $1000 audience award, so the Fletcher teams are encouraging the community to come out and vote for them.  It’s a public event and tickets are available.

The four Fletcher teams are:

Blue Water Metrics

PowerShare, which also competed last year.

Rashmi

Uliza!

And you can (as usual) follow the competition on Twitter.  Good luck to our entrepreneurial students!

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Much as I might try, it’s hard to capture the vibrancy of the Fletcher community.  One way I’ve attempted to do so is simply by listing all the official activities taking place in a month.  Naturally, everything I’ve listed below was in addition to classes, study groups, student activity meetings, etc., etc.  In addition, as you’ll see, students were away for a week in March, shortening the list by 25% or so.  With no further ado, I hope you’ll enjoy seeing what’s been going on here this month.  (I started the list on Monday, February 29.  Leap Days are a rare enough event that including the 29th seemed reasonable.  And I included links to details when I could.)

Monday, February 29:
Will Business Help or Hinder the Paris Climate Agreement?” A Fletcher Reads the Newspaper event, sponsored by the Center for International Business in the Global Context.

Military 101: The U.S. Navy,” Captain James Raimondo, U.S. Navy Military Fellow, sponsored by Fletcher Students in Security — one of many events each semester that draws upon the expertise resident in the community.

Tuesday, March 1:
The Algerian Paradigm,” a lecture by Hamou Amirouche, author and former member of the Algerian National Liberation Army, sponsored by the Fares Center.

Understanding the Global Terrorism Landscape,” Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, a private off-the-record event, sponsored by the International Security Studies Program.

Diplomacy as a Reassurance Measure: A View from a Defense Attaché,” Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Wright, U.S. Army War College Military Fellow, Diplomatic Studies Roundtable.

Seminar on the Global Hunger Index, Professor Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation.

“Seven Days in Syria” Film Screening and Discussion, Janine di Giovanni (GMAP ’16), Newsweek Middle East Director, and Scott Rosenfelt, producer, sponsored by the Fares Center.

March 2016 CalendarWednesday, March 2:
The Changing Shape of Power in National Security,” a luncheon lecture by Juan C. Zarate, chairman and co-founder of the Financial Integrity Network.

Thursday, March 3:
Greece Pivoting on the Axis of Europe,” a lecture by Efthymios Margaritis, Captain, Hellenic Ministry of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers (and a current Fletcher MA student), sponsored by the Fares Center.

The Inanity of Infinity,” with Abhishek Maity, MALD ’16, second in this semester’s “The Beauty of Mathematics” series.  Abhishek offered his math series last semester, too.  Who would have guessed that advanced mathematical concepts are what was missing from students’ lives?

National Security, Double Government and the 2016 Election,” a lecture by Fletcher Professor Michael Glennon.

Social Hour — a weekly event to which all community members are invited to eat, chat, and relax.  Each week’s Social Hour has a different sponsor.  This week’s Social Hour is hosted by the Fletcher Political Risk Group.

Friday, March 4:
The Migration Policy Forum, “Perilous Journeys: Human and Policy Challenges of Transit Migration through Mexico,” panel discussion with Rafael Fernandez de Castro of Syracuse University and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, Noelle Bridgen of Marquette University, and Diana Essex-Lettieri of Asylum Access, sponsored by the Institute for Human Security.

Brown Bag Lunch: “Intelligence Security and Technology Reform in the Post-Snowden Era,” Sina Beaghley, senior policy analyst at the Rand Corporation, sponsored by the Fletcher Security Review.

Saturday, March 5:
The Fletcher Conference on Managing Political Risk.  One of two weekend conferences.

Sunday, March 6:
11th Annual Tufts Energy Conference , The Geopolitics of Energy: International Politics in a Shifting Energy Landscape.  The second of the weekend’s conferences.

Monday, March 7:
Impact or Investing: Is there a choice to make?” A lecture by Greg Neichin, director of Ceniarth.

Tel Aviv Nightclubs and West Bank Checkpoints: The Politics of Being Fabulous in the Holy Land,” a conversation and Q&A with Sa’ed Adel Atshan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College, sponsored by the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Fletcher LGBTQA, the Gender Initiative, and Fletcher Global Women.

Pizza and a movie.  The Fletcher Africana Club and Educators in International Affairs will screen the film, “The First Grader,” and will be joined by Carol Yu, Associate Director of Teacher Evaluation and Selection at Bridge International Academies, which works in Africa to deliver high quality, low cost education.  A perfect evening activity.

Tuesday, March 8:
Workshop on User Experience, with Dan Maccarone of Charming Robot, sponsored by the Murrow Center.

How Neoliberalism Infiltrated Global Health,” Dr. Salmaan Keshavjee, Director of the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, sponsored by the Fletcher Society for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies.

Obama’s Legacy in the Middle East for the Next President,” a lecture by William B. Quandt, Edward R. Stettinius Chair (Emeritus), Department of Politics, University of Virginia, sponsored by the Fletcher Seminar on International Conflict.

Join Ginn Library in celebrating the re-opening of the Fletcher Perspectives Gallery with a new exhibit of selected photography from the Fletcher student community.  The current exhibit, co-curated with David Gilmore (MALD ’16), features 14 thematic images from six photographers, highlighting architecture and skylines from Montreal to Morocco.

Wednesday, March 9:
East Asian Security: Challenges for U.S. Policy and the Region, an evening conference.

Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series presents Mark Pomar, President and CEO of U.S.-Russia Foundation.  The CFA lecture series is Fletcher’s oldest prestigious lecture sponsor.

Thursday, March 10:
“Civil Disobedience Across the Americas: From Selma to Buenos Aires and Beyond,” a panel discussion with artists Marcelo Brodsky, Jorge Tacla, and Fernando Rosenberg. Moderated by Tufts Professor of History, Peter Winn.  Not actually a Fletcher event, this one takes place at the Aidekman Arts Center.  Fletcher students welcome!

What Are Numbers? Order and Chaos,” third in this semester’s “The Beauty of Mathematics” series, with Abhishek Maity, MALD ’16.

Development and Equity,” 2016 Leontief Prize and Lectures, with honorees Dr. Amit Bhaduri, Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Dr. Diane Elson, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex.

Discussion on Leadership,” Francesco Tortora, brand director for Procter & Gamble, sponsored by the International Business Club.

“Water: Security, Productivity, Management, Linking Global Water Resources to Health and Security,” a lecture by Dr. Kate Brauman, Lead Scientist, Global Water Initiative, Institute of the Environment, University of Minnesota, sponsored by the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.

Social Hour — a weekly event to which all community members are invited to eat, chat, and relax.  Each week’s Social Hour has a different sponsor.  This week, the sponsor is the Arctic Conference.

Friday, March 11:
The Third Annual Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award Ceremony, in honor of Nahid Bhadelia, F05.

3/11 Five Years After: Recovery and Resilience,” an interdisciplinary panel sponsored by Fletcher’s Japan Club, with opening remarks from Fumi Tataki MIB ’16, Professor Shinsuke Tanaka, and panelists  Professor Michael Golay (MIT), Professor Keiko Hirao (Harvard University/Sophia University), and General Yoshikazu Watanabe (Eastern Army Commanding General, Ret.).

Conference on Impact Investing and Community Finance, presented by the Fletcher Social Investment Group, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts Gordon Institute Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program, and Tufts University Department of Economics.

Saturday, March 12:
The Fifth Annual Fletcher Opening Arctic Conference.

Monday, March 14:
Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Mixed and Integrated Farming Systems as an Adaptation Strategy in Mozambique,” a research seminar led by Dr. John Duncan, Fletcher Postdoctoral Scholar of Agriculture, Forests and Biodiversity, sponsored by the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.  Lunch will be served.

Pascali’s Island,” film screening and discussion with Fares Center Director Nadim Shehadi and Professor Elizabeth Prodromou, sponsored by The Fares Center.

“Water and Conflict: From Academic Debates to Urban Wars,” Dr. Mark Zeitoun, School of International Development, University of East Anglia.

Transnational Organized Crime Threats to the U.S. and Latin America: A USAF Perspective,” a lecture (including lunch) with  Lieutenant General Mark C. Nowland, Commander, 12th Air Force and Air Combat Command.  Sponsored by the International Security Studies Program.

Apple v. the FBI,” the semester’s second Fletcher Reads the Newspaper event, at which a panel will discuss the legal debate around Apple and the line between security and privacy.

Extreme Inclusion: A Poverty Graduation Approach in the Arid Lands of Africa,” a discussion of poverty graduation programs in Northern Kenya by Professors Kim Wilson and Jenny Aker, and Kathleen Colson, founder and CEO of the BOMA Project.

Discussion of the current situation in Yemen with Bettina Muscheidt GMAP ’01, Ambassador and Head of Delegation for the European Union to Yemen, sponsored by the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), the Institute For Human Security, and the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies.

Tuesday, March 15:
International Water Law and China’s Management of its International Rivers,” a lecture by Fletcher Professor James Fry.

“Understanding the Impact of War and Displacement in Cities: an Information Approach for Urban Settings,” a lecture in the Myron Weiner Series on International Migration at MIT by Fletcher Professor Karen Jacobsen, Acting Director of the Tufts Feinstein International Center.  (For those who can’t get enough of the Fletcher faculty and want to travel to hear them speak.)

Wednesday, March 16:
Board Service: The Why, How, and What It Is Like, of Serving on Boards as Part of a Post-Fletcher Career, sponsored by Fletcher’s International Business Club, the Institute for Business in the Global Context, and the Fletcher Alumni Club of Boston.

Turmoil in Yemen: Uprising, Civil War and Saudi-Led Intervention,” a conversation and Q&A with Rashed Al Dhaheri, Doctoral Fellow at the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies.  (Rashed has since defended his dissertation and can now be called Dr. Al Dhaheri!)

Thursday, March 17:
Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series presents Carrie Hessler-Radelet, director of the United States Peace Corps. (Lunch will be served.)

Israel in Pursuit of Peace: The Role of Religion,” Dr. Tal Becker, fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, sponsored by the Fares Center.

Social Hour — a weekly event to which all community members are invited to eat, chat, and relax.  This week, the sponsor is the Fletcher China Studies Society.

Friday, March 18: 
Spring break begins at the end of classes

Friday, March 18-Sunday, March 27:
Fletcher treks!  Groups of students will travel to Cuba and to Israel/West Bank.  The trips are subsidized, but the groups are limited in size and students must apply to join these educational trips.

Monday, March 28:
The Nuclear Hedging Phenomenon and the Iranian Nuclear Deal (JCPOA),” a luncheon lecture by Ariel (Eli) Levite, Nonresident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment’s Nuclear Policy Program, sponsored by the International Security Studies Program.

Technology Transfer and Adoption for Climate Resilience,” a research seminar (over lunch) with Laura Kuhl, doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School, sponsored by the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.

Governing Adaption: Bridging Scales for Water Security,” Dr. Anita Milman, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Lean Production, Sustainable Consumption: Lessons from the Global Seafood Supply Chain,” a lecture by Roger Berkowitz, President & CEO of Legal Seafoods, sponsored by the Institute for Business in the Global Context.

21st Century: Security vs. Privacy,” a panel discussion moderated by Dean James Stavridis with Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal and Eli Sugarman, Program Officer, Cyber Initiative, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Tuesday, March 29:
The Future of FinTech 2.0,” a round table discussion with Arthur Sculley, senior fellow with Fletcher’s Center for Emerging Market Enterprises, sponsored by the Institute for Business in the Global Context.

Faces Of Our Community,” a TED-style event featuring Fletcher students and other members of the community.

The Palestinians: New Challenges, Uncertain Horizons,” a lecture by Ahmad Khalidi, Senior Associate Member, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.  Sponsored by the Fletcher Seminar on International Conflict.

Wednesday, March 30:
The Hazards in Attempting Rapid Attribution of Cyber Attacks,” a luncheon lecture with Eric Greenwald, General Counsel for the Cybersecurity Company Redacted and former Senior Director for Cybersecurity on the National Security Council Staff, sponsored by the International Security Studies program.

Andrea Glorioso, Counselor for ICT and the digital economy at the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S. will speak on future prospects for digital markets and transatlantic relations in a digital context, as well as ongoing discussions on privacy issues in the EU.  Sponsored by Fletcher’s Cyber Working Group, the Hitachi Center, and the Murrow Center.

Palestine and Syria: Transition and Upheaval in the Middle East,” lunch discussion with Mouin Rabbani, analyst, commentator and researcher.  Sponsored by the Fares Center.

U.S. Economic Engagement in Asia,” Ziad Haider, U.S. Department of State Senior Adviser on the Policy Planning Staff, sponsored by the Fletcher China Studies Society and the Fletcher Society for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies.

Military 101: U.S. Marines, Major John Bidwell, F’16, sponsored by Fletcher Students in Security.

Thursday, March 31:
Technologies to Bend the Arc of the Future,” a luncheon lecture with Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), sponsored by IBGC Speaker Series and the Tufts Institute for Innovation.

Opportunities and Challenges for Peace and Democracy in the African Great Lakes Region,” Thomas Perriello, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, sponsored by the Institute for Human Security.

“The Ancients: From the Vedas to Al-jabr,” final session of this semester’s “The Beauty of Mathematics” series, this session sponsored by the Religion, Law, and Diplomacy Club.

Social Hour — a weekly event to which all community members are invited to eat, chat, and relax.  Hosted this week by Fletcher Veterans.

Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1: 
The Fusion of Religion and Nationalism in Comparative Perspective: Implications for Conflict Dynamics, with keynote speaker Michael Sells, John Henry Barrows Professor of Islamic History and Literature at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.  What better way to close out a crazy busy month than with a two day conference?

Climate Change: The Role of the University,” a two-day symposium on the role that universities will play as the world moves to implementing the Paris Agreement, sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Tufts Institute for the Environment in collaboration with Tufts Climate Action.

And that sums it up.  I wish I could say that I managed to capture every single event during the month, but I know that I didn’t.  Still, even this 90% complete list gives you a sense of how much is happening every day, how diverse the different options are, and how regularly students can score a lunch, for the low price of enjoying a lecture that interested them anyway.

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There’s always something happening in Fletcher’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.  The center hires student researchers each year and regularly sponsors lectures, and the professors teaching courses on the environment are frequently cited in the media.

Recently, the Tufts Now newsletter highlighted some CIERP accomplishments:

Mieke van der Wansem, F90, the associate director for educational programs at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School, is the new co-head of faculty for the International Programme on the Management of Sustainability, a one-week executive education course organized by the Sustainability Challenge Foundation in the Netherlands.  She also organized a new one-week executive education program in December for senior officials of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission titled “Industrial Implications of the Circular Economy,” led by Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, associate professor of energy and environmental policy at Fletcher.  Several Fletcher professors taught in the program, including Gallagher, on “U.S. Climate Policy”; Avery Cohn, on “Metrics and Lifecycle Analysis in a Circular Economy”; Shinsuke Tanaka, on “Economic Policies for Pollution Control and Innovation”; Joel Trachtman, on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Environmental Provisions and Implications”; and Bhaskar Chakravorti, on “Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship.”  Two professors from the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning in the School of Arts and Sciences taught sessions: Ann Rappaport, on “Corporate Environmental Management,” and Weiping Wu, on “Sustainability and Industrial Parks.” Jonathan Harris, from GDAE, spoke on “Principles of Ecological Economics.”

While these programs don’t directly affect current Fletcher students, they do add to the general knowledge residing in the School.

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Professor Michael Glennon published a book in 2014 on “double government,” and that book, National Security and Double Government, has resonated for many with the themes of this year’s election.  You can hear him in an extended conversation on “Radio Open Source.”  It’s worth a listen.

 

You may have seen on Fletcher’s Facebook page or Twitter feed that a group of students has traveled to Cuba during this week’s spring break.  When the trip was planned, the students wouldn’t have known that their adventure would coincide with President Obama’s.  The trip was already a special opportunity, but it turned out to be a historic one.  I’ll let a Miami TV news crew tell the story.

Kat Trujillo

 

Most Fletcher students pursue an internship between their first and second years of the MALD or MIB programs.  While some internships are paid, and others come with a stipend, many (alas) are unpaid and might be out of reach for students.  That’s where Fletcher summer funding comes in.  There are quite a few sources of support for internship-pursuing students.  At the time of year when students are making their final summer arrangements, here are a few of the announcements I’ve seen lately:

The Blakeley Summer Fellowship will provide stipend funding to up to ten students to support a summer internship in a developing country, with a focus on microfinance, private sector development, public-private partnerships, SME development, or NGO business development.

The Slawson Fellowship will provide stipend funding to one first-year MALD or MIB student who accepts a summer internship with an NGO to work in a developing country.  The student must be interested in a career in NGO management, and must be a U.S. citizen returning to Fletcher in fall 2016.

Each year, the Fletcher Alumni of Color Association awards internship stipends to Fletcher students of color pursuing unpaid or partially funded summer opportunities.

The Topal Family Foundation will offer stipend funding to three or more  MALD, MA, MIB, LLM, GMAP, or PhD students selected as Topol Scholars in Nonviolent Resistance for summer research or a summer internship that focuses on nonviolent resistance.

The fellowships may not make students wealthy, but they certainly go a long way toward covering travel or living expenses during the summer months.

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