Future of Diplomacy Project selects senior European officials as Fall 2012 Fisher Family Fellows

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: October 23, 2012

Cambridge MA -- The Future of Diplomacy Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has appointed former EU Commissioner and member of the Greek Parliament Anna Diamantopoulou and former UK Ambassador to the United States Sir David Manning as Fisher Family Fellows for autumn 2012.

Both Fisher Family Fellows will teach, meet with faculty and students and conduct research during their time on campus.

Anna Diamantopolou, member of the European and Greek Socialist Movement. served as European Union Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities from 1999 until 2004. Upon returning to electoral politics in her native Greece, she served in successive cabinet posts as Minister of Education and until the most recent parliamentary elections as Minister of Competitiveness. She will be in residence with the Future of Diplomacy Project for the month of October. Diamantopolou will teach a weekly seminar to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) degree students on the necessary changes to European governance, the origins of the European financial crisis and fundamental structural reforms in the Greek and EU education systems. She will also deliver a public address at 6 p.m. tonight in the Wiener Auditorium.

Sir David Manning, former UK Ambassador to the United States from 2003 until 2007 will join the Project in November 2012. He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as a British diplomat in 1972 and served in Warsaw, New Delhi, Paris and Moscow. From 1994 to 1995 he was Head of Policy Planning; from 1995 to 1998 Ambassador to Israel; and from 1998 to 2000 he was Deputy Under secretary of State for Defence and Intelligence and a member of the Foreign Office Board. Manning was the UK Permanent Representative at NATO (Brussels) from 2000 to 2001 before returning to London as Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat between 2001 and 2003. He will teach a series of Master Classes with the Future of Diplomacy’s Faculty Director.

Nicholas Burns, The Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations and founder of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, said: “We are fortunate to have Anna Diamantopoulou and Sir David Manning as autumn 2012 fellows. Both are distinguished, very experienced public servants who will be of great help to our students.”

The Fellows’ work at Harvard Kennedy School is made possible through The Richard and Nancy Fisher Family Fellows Program, created by Nancy and Richard W. Fisher, AB ’71, long-time supporters of Harvard University’s international engagement and teaching. The fellowship was created in 2010. Previous fellows include Said T. Jawad, former Afghan Ambassador to the United States (Fall 2010); Celso Amorim, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Brazil (Spring 2011); Roger Cohen, Columnist, New York Times (Fall 2011); Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India; Javier Solana, former Secretary General of NATO; David Miliband, former UK Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Tim Shriver, President and CEO of Special Olympics (September 2012).

Led by R. Nicholas Burns (Director) and Cathryn Clüver (Executive Director), the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is dedicated to promoting the study and understanding of diplomacy, negotiation and statecraft in international politics today. The Project aims to build Harvard Kennedy School’s ability to teach in this area, to support research in modern diplomatic practice and to build public understanding of diplomacy’s indispensible role in an increasingly complex and globalized world.

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