On Friday, November 30th, MSFS student Josh Parsons (MSFS ‘20) was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserves. His ceremony was held at MSFS and his Oath of Office was administered by fellow MSFS student U.S. Army Major Nicholas Frazier (MSFS ‘19). We talked to Josh about his military service, his future career plans, and why it was important to him for his fellow MSFS students to be present at his promotion ceremony.
In Search of the Colombian Pearl: An MSFS Student’s Perspective on Carlos Vives’s visit to Georgetown
Manuela Hernandez (MSFS ’19) reflects on Colombian singer Carlos Vives’s visit to the School of Foreign Service to discuss his development organization, Tras La Perla. Manuela — who is taking the MSFS International Development concentration — discusses Tras la Perla’s work to empower communities in the neighboorhood of Pescaito in Santa Marta, Colombia and how Vives’s remarks reaffirmed her own interest in the field of development.
MSFS student Kalif Robinson (MSFS ’19) reflects on his role in the new feature documentary, Unlikely. The film investigates America’s college drop-out crisis and follows five students, including Kalif, as they pursue a post-secondary education.
The Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society, a group led by MSFS students, hosted their annual forum, this year titled “DevTalks: Creating and Maintaining Peace in Fragile States.” The event, which featured a discussion with Former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was attended by more than one hundred guests.
Jessica Kosmider (MSFS ’19) reflects on Secretary John Kerry’s visit to Georgetown, an event which took place as part of one of her MSFS graduate seminar classes.
On September 20, MSFS launched a new initiative, Practitioners in Residence (PiR), to facilitate professional interactions between current MSFS students and leading practitioners in international affairs. The Practitioners offer small and large-group mentoring sessions for MSFS students through skills clinics, seminars, and career sessions.
Kwadwo (Kojo) Adjepong-Boateng, MSFS’19, came to Georgetown with experience across the public and private sectors, having spent time working with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Rolling Stone magazine, UBS Wealth Management, and the International Crisis Group (ICG). He graduated from
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.