Here’s a quick update on what’s happening at Fletcher. We just returned from a terrific trip to São Paulo, Brazil — a dynamic hub of business and culture in Latin America.  In addition to many engaging events with Fletcher alumni who live and work in Latin America, highlights included a visit to the Cardoso Institute, where we hosted a panel and discussed 21st century security and then former President Fernando Cardoso and I signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute and The Fletcher School.

Dean James Stavridis and former #Brazilian President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, pose for a photo before the event. — at Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso (iFHC).

Dean James Stavridis and former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso at the Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso (iFHC) in São Paolo.

I also had the opportunity to participate on a panel discussion on the globalization of Brazilian business co-hosted with the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, and we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of International Relations at the University of São Paulo.

From left to right: Mauricio Folkerts (F81), Pablo Rabczuk (F12), Senior Associate Dean Deborah Nutter, Dean James Stavridis and Geri Smith (F07). — at FAAP - Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado.

From left to right: Mauricio Folkerts (F81), Pablo Rabczuk (F12), Senior Associate Dean Deborah Nutter, Dean James Stavridis and Geri Smith (F07). — at FAAP – Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado.

The trip was emblematic of the global engagement and community that make The Fletcher School such a special place. My sincere thanks to our alumni and friends for their help making Fletcher’s 2014 visit to São Paulo a success!

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