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.
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.
Dainis Butners has a very unique perspective when it comes to foreign service. “Growing up in a Latvian household gave me a perspective on culture, geopolitics, and history that is not taught in schools,” Butners said. His heritage and professional background have provided a lens for lifelong learning and focused his pursuits on U.S.-Russia relations, transatlantic relations, international business, and diplomacy.
On November 27, Nicholas Frazier (MSFS ‘19) was promoted to the rank of Major in the U.S. Army. Major Frazier’s family, friends, and classmates joined him at Georgetown to celebrate his pinning. In an interview, Major Frazier shared his personal views about military service and its contribution to his MSFS experience.
The Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society (GAPS), in collaboration with the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, hosted “DevTalks: Security and Development” on the evening of December 1. The event opened with remarks from School of Foreign Service (SFS) Dean Joel Hellman, where he discussed how security and development have coexisted but rarely interacted. He foresees the need for that to change considerably in the future.
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.
Each year, the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program welcomes the next incoming class through New Student Orientation, a three-day program to introduce them to life at Georgetown. This August, new students had the opportunity to put the MSFS value of service into action through a Service Day in partnership with Washington Parks & People (WPP).