Q & A with Lieutenant Commander Josh Parsons (MSFS ’20)

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 Faculty Q&A: Admiral John Kirby

Rear Admiral John Kirby, a former Spokesperson at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defense, taught a half-semester (module) class for the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program this fall. The course, National Security and Communications, examined how public communications both shapes and undergirds national security, and its strategic importance to public policy. MSFS interviewed Admiral Kirby about his course, experience in the U.S. Government, and advice for aspiring policymakers.

MSFS Launches Practitioners in Residence (PIR) Program

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

Student Spotlight: Kojo Adjepong-Boateng, MSFS’19

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

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John Walcott: Award-Winning Georgetown Professor, Journalist, and Film Inspiration

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.

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#MSFSAbroad: Exploring the “Real” China

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.

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Women in International Affairs: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

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.