John Walcott, a Georgetown Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) professor and the foreign policy and national security editor at Reuters, has three recommendations for aspiring MSFS policymakers: tell the truth; speak your mind; and listen before reaching and then communicating a decision. These lessons, which he learned over his forty years as a journalist and twenty years of teaching, have also guided him as he has reported on complex issues, including weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
On Thursday, February 1, MSFS Director Ambassador Nancy McEldowney and Global Politics and Security Concentration Chair Nicole Bibbins Sedaca gathered more than twenty first and second-year students for a dynamic lunchtime discussion about women’s empowerment and leadership in international affairs.
What is “real” China? Over winter break, five students from the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program traveled to China to participate in the China Insight Trek organized by the World Youth Development Forum. China Insight Trek, initiated by a Harvard alum, has been held for over 10 years providing opportunities for trekkers to interact with a diverse range of people and exposing an insider’s perspective of the “real” China.
Engaging with the topic of non-violent resistance movements is relevant for anyone going into the field of international affairs or politics. In the past few decades, non-violent resistance movements have become commonplace in regions of the world that we previously never thought possible. The power of nonviolent resistance that Dr. King was referring to was analyzed and broken down for MSFS students during an all-day clinic on Friday, January 19.
The Georgetown University Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program values and prioritizes diversity in its academics, student body, and overall operation. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, more than fifty MSFS students participated in a facilitated workshop to develop skills to effectively navigate multicultural spaces and succeed as leaders in the international arena. Following the workshop, students volunteered to support two greater-D.C. area non-profit organizations, putting into practice the lessons learned throughout the day.
Earlier this month, four graduate students from the School of Foreign Service won first place in the two-day NYC Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, hosted by the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. The team - Hoya Hacksa - was comprised of Katya Sedova (MSFS ‘18), Jack Lucas (SSP ‘19), Marc Becker (on exchange from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin), and Anna Carroll (MSFS '18), coached by Georgetown Professor Richard Andres.
The Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), and the Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society (GAPS) hosted Dr. Asad Alam, the World Bank Country Director for Egypt, Yemen, and Djibouti, on October 3rd to discuss “Protecting Development Assets During Conflict: The Case of Yemen.”