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Associated Faculty

Paul Arthur Berkman is building connections between science, diplomacy and information technology to promote cooperation and prevent discord, balancing national interests and common interests for the benefit of all on Earth. He was a visiting professor at the University of California at the age of 24, after wintering the previous year in Antarctica on a SCUBA research expedition. He was Fulbright Distinguished Scholar and former Head of the Arctic Ocean Geopolitics Programme at the University of Cambridge, where he co-directed the first formal dialogue between NATO and Russia regarding environmental security in the Arctic Ocean. He also coordinates the Arctic Options and Pan-Arctic Options projects, involving support from national science agencies in the United States, Russian Federation, Norway, France, China and Canada (2013-2020). In 2015, he joined The Fletcher School as Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy and is now Director of the Science Diplomacy Center. He has an extensive record of interdisciplinary research and publication, including books on Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean (2012) and Science Diplomacy: Antarctica, Science and the Governance of International Spaces (2011).
Diana Chigas is Professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the The Fletcher School and Senior International Officer and Associate Provost at Tufts University. She is responsible for leading the development and realization of a university-wide global strategy. Previously Chigas was Director of the Reflecting on Peace Practice Program and Co-Director of collaborative learning at CDA. Chigas was a contributor to the 2012 OECD DAC guidelines on evaluation of conflict prevention and peacebuilding and to guidance for DFID on evaluation of peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity. She has over 25 years of experience as a facilitator and consultant in negotiation and conflict resolution, including preventive diplomacy in the OSCE and the Georgian–Ossetian peace process. Her current research through the Institute for Human Security at The Fletcher School examines the cumulative impacts of peacebuilding and the dynamics of corruption in conflict-affected and fragile contexts in order to develop more effective anti-corruption programming.
Andrew C. Hess is Professor of Diplomacy and Director of the Southwest-Central Asia and Islamic Civilization Program. He has a B.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Kent State University, an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from Harvard University. He teaches courses on the modern history and politics of the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and Southwest Asia. He has a long record of developing and running diplomatic and ministerial training programs for numerous Persian Gulf and Central Asian states. His book, The Forgotten Frontier (2010), has been translated into Arabic and Turkish. Hess has been an officer in the United States Marine Corps, a steel mill foreman, the Assistant Director of the Center for Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo, taught Middle Eastern history at Temple University, was appointed to a visiting research position at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, held a management post in Saudi Arabia with the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), and has served as the Academic Dean of The Fletcher School. Hess is renowned for his travels in Central Eurasia where he acquired an interest in the use of Turkish re-curved bow.
Sulmaan Khan is Assistant Professor of International History and Chinese Foreign Relations at The Fletcher School. He also directs the Water and Oceans Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy. He received a Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2012. He is the author of Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China’s Cold War and the Tibetan Borderlands (2015). He has published articles on Cold War and diplomatic history, and his research has been supported by the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has also written for The Economist, The American Interest, and Prospect on topics ranging from Burmese Muslims in China to dolphin migration through the Bosphorus.
Elizabeth H. Prodromou is Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School. She is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress and a Non-Resident Fellow at The Hedayah International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. Prodromou previously served as Vice Chair and Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2004-2012) and was a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group (2011-2015) under Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Her research interests focus on the intersection of religion, democracy, and security, with particular expertise on religion and geopolitics in the Near East and Southeastern Europe. Prodromou holds a MALD from The Fletcher School and a Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT.
John Shattuck is Professor of Practice in Diplomacy at The Fletcher School and a Senior Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Previously he was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor under President Bill Clinton (1993-1998), where he played a key role in the establishment by the United Nations of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia. He later served as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic (1998-2000), CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation (2001-2009), a Lecturer and Senior Fellow at Tufts University (2007-2009), and the fourth President and Rector of Central European University in Budapest, Hungary (2009-2016). He has published over a dozen books and book chapters and more than fifty articles on U.S. foreign policy, human rights, civil liberties, and higher education. He chairs the Advisory Board of the Center on Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Richard H. Shultz is Professor of International Politics and Director of the International Security Studies Program at The Fletcher School. Previously he has served as Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security at the U.S. Military Academy, Secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow at the Naval War College, and Brigadier General Oppenheimer Chair of War-fighting Strategy in the U.S. Marine Corps. Since the mid-1980s, he has served as a security consultant to various U.S. government agencies concerned with national security. His most recent books include Prioritizing Security Sector Reform: A New U.S. Policy (2016) and The Marines Take Anbar: The Four-Year Fight to Defeat al Qaeda in Iraq (2013). He also recently published the monograph length study Military Innovation in War: It Takes a Learning Organization - A Case Study of Task Force 714 (2016).
Monica Toft is Professor of International Politics and Director of the Center for Strategic Studies at The Fletcher School. She is also a research associate at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. While at Harvard, she directed the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs and served as Assistant Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. Toft’s areas of research include international security, ethnic and religious violence, civil wars, and demography. Her most recent books include Securing the Peace (2011), Political Demography (2012), and God’s Century (2012). Toft holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
Joel P. Trachtman is Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School. His recent books include The Future of International Law: Global Government (2013) and The Tools of Argument (2013). Trachtman has served as a member of the boards of the American Journal of International law, the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and the Singapore Yearbook of International Law. He has consulted for a number of governments and international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, and the OECD. From 1998 to 2001, he was Academic Dean of The Fletcher School, and during 2000 and 2001, he served as Dean ad interim. He has been a visiting professor at Basel, Hamburg, Harvard, and Hong Kong. He graduated in 1980 from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor in chief of the Harvard International Law Journal, and practiced in New York and Hong Kong for 9 years before entering academia.
David A. Wirth is Professor of Law at Boston College Law School in Newton, Massachusetts, where he has served as Director of International Programs. Wirth primarily teaches public international law and has a research interest in international environmental law. In addition to Boston College, he has taught at Harvard, MIT, Oxford, The Fletcher School, and the University of Virginia. Prior to moving to academia, Wirth was Senior Attorney and Co-Director of the International Program at the Washington, D.C. office of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Wirth has also been Attorney-Adviser for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Wirth is a 1981 graduate of the Yale Law School and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemistry from, respectively, Princeton University and Harvard University, at which he held a National Science Foundation Fellowship. During the summer of 1997, he was a Fulbright Scholar through the OSCE Regional Research Program.

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