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ISIS, Ebola, and Bodies that Fell from the Sky: A View of Global Crises from the UN

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ISIS, Ebola, and Bodies that Fell from the Sky: A View of Global Crises from the UN

Somini Sengupta is the New York Times bureau chief for the United Nations and will present a lecture on Thursday, 30 October at noon in 238 HRCB.

In her current position, she covers stories on diplomats, warlords, and assorted mayhem. Sengupta’s previous assignments for the NYT include technology correspondent and bureau chief in both New Delhi and West Africa.

Her most recent article, “Venezuela Gets U.N. Seat; Turkey Is Denied,” Read More…

My Personal Journey and the Story of a Rising Continent

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My Personal Journey and the Story of a Rising Continent

Our Distinguished Service alumna Amini Kajunju is president and CEO of the Africa-America Institute (AAI), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity in Africa through education, training, and dialogue. Kajunju will share her story on Thursday, 16 October at 11:00 a.m. in 238 HRCB.

And she will address career options with  “Making Africa Part of Your Career” that afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in B192 JFSB (Education in Zion auditorium).

A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kajunju is the first African to serve Read More…

Congress, the CIA, the NSA and the Broader Intelligence Community

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Congress, the CIA, the NSA and the Broader Intelligence Community

Michael Bahar, general counsel to the Minority Staff of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, provides legal advice to Democratic committee members. Bahar’s committee has recently addressed terrorism in North Africa, cybersecurity issues in U.S.–China relations, and the leaks to the NSA programs. His presentation will be Thursday, 25 September at 2:00 p.m. in 238 HRCB.

Between 2010 and 2012, he served as deputy legal advisor to the White House’s National Security Staff for foreign relations law, presidential emergency and war powers, intelligence law, information safeguarding and security, ethics, and congressional oversight.

Before graduating from college, Bahar was commissioned into the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). While waiting for his active duty service to begin, Read More…

FSSO Presents

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FSSO Presents

Get an inside perspective and learn how to make it in Washington with careers in diplomacy and development.

Ian M. Houston will discuss “Representing the U.S. Foreign Service and International NGOs: Practical Knowledge and Career Management” on  Thursday, 20 March, 3:00–4:30 p.m., in 238 HRCB.

Houston is the executive director of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) and represents the views of the men and women of the U.S. Foreign Service as the senior operational director at AFSA. At AFSA, Houston has been a strong advocate for several Foreign Service professional issues, growing the size of the diplomatic corps, and in managing overall operations including financial, and reporting to an elected governing board. Read More…

Kennedy Center Lecture

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Kennedy Center Lecture

“Launching Your International Development Career” will be presented by Bruce L. Brower on Tuesday, 26 November at noon in 238 HRCB.

Brower is a senior vice president and officer for Central and Eastern Europe with Chemonics International Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based development company. He also serves as a senior advisor to the Fostering Agricultural Markets Activity (FARMA) projects of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Read More…