Happy New Year to everyone in the Fletcher community!

On this icy cold day here in Boston, I’m speaking to you from the Hall of Flags. I hope that our Fletcher alumni community is watching this video from someplace warmer! As we start off the new semester, I’m pleased to be able to tell you that we have a group of distinguished visitors that will be coming to Fletcher this semester. They are:

  • Dr. Mowaffak Baker al Rubaie, an Iraqi statesman and policymaker and former national security advisor;
  • Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh, former Deputy Director-General (DDG) at World Trade Organization;
  • Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, former German Ambassador to the US and;
  • The Honorable Mikheil Saakashvili, former president of the Republic of Georgia

We are looking forward to their contributions this coming year.

In addition, I’d like to take the opportunity to remind everyone about the opportunity to participate in a new initiative called “Fletcher Reads,” in which the global Fletcher community will come together to discuss a work of non-fiction with the author. We’re looking forward to welcoming best-selling author and my good friend Robert Kaplan for a discussion of his latest book, “The Revenge of Geography” here on January 23. No matter where you are in the world, if you have an internet connection you can still submit questions and watch the live web stream.

Please watch for the rest of my announcements. We have a lot of exciting trips planned and hope to catch you at one of them.:

Thanks for watching and see you next month!

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