Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Announces Spring 2011 Fisher Family Fellows

Contact: Cathryn Cluver
Phone: (617) 496-0104
Date: April 04, 2011

The Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is pleased to announce the Spring 2011 Fisher Family Fellows. The 2011 Fellows include the former Brazilian Minister of External Relations, Celso Amorim; the former UN Special Representative to Afghanistan, Kai Eide; and renowned Washington Postcolumnist, David Ignatius. All three fellows will be delivering public addresses and working closely with Harvard Kennedy School degree students in Cambridge.

“We are very fortunate that such a distinguished group of international practitioners will be working with our students over the next month,” said R. Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Future of Diplomacy Project. “Their presence on campus is an important contribution to our ambition to increase the Kennedy School’s capacity to teach diplomatic practice and the tools of peaceful conflict resolution.”

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 Fisher Family Fellows will be in residence with the Future of Diplomacy Project at various times over the month of April:

  • Celso Amorimserved as Minister of External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil for three administrations: first, under President Itamar Franco from 1993-1994 and then in the consecutive administrations of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) from 2003-2010, making him the longest serving foreign minister of Brazil. Prior to his appointment as foreign minister, Amorim held several ambassadorial posts, including serving as the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, the WTO and the Conference on Disarmament (New York, 1995-1999; Geneva, 1991-1993 and 1999-2001). He was also Brazilian Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2001-2002). In addition to his longstanding diplomatic career, Amorim remains on the faculty of both the University of Rio de Janeiro and the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo. In recognition of his dedication to international public service, Amorim has received several national and foreign awards. He was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Top Global Thinkers in 2010 (ranked as number six). He is a graduate of the Rio Branco Institute, the prestigious Brazilian diplomatic academy, and has completed post-graduate work at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He will be in residence with the Future of Diplomacy Project from April 18, 2011–May 13, 2011. In addition to delivering a public address on April 19, 2011, Amorim will host a study group on Brazil’s foreign policy role in the 21st Century.
  • Kai Eidewas Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan March 2008 to March 2010. Most recently, he is the author of “Power Struggle Over Afghanistan” (2010). Prior to his assignment to Afghanistan, he was the political director of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, appointed in October 2006. Eide also served as Norwegian Permanent Representative to NATO from 2002 to 2006–overall his third term at NATO. He was Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway (1991–1993) and First Secretary of the Norwegian Delegation. Prior to this experience, he served as deputy director of the Private Office of Secretaries General Lord Carrington and Manfred Wörner from 1984 to 1989. In addition to his broad NATO experience, Eide spent a significant part of his diplomatic career in the OSCE and CSCE, starting from the early phases of Helsinki Process in the 1970s. He served as Norwegian Ambassador to the OSCE from 1998 to 2002, including as chairman of the OSCE Permanent Council in 1999. Eide played instrumental roles in both the Balkans and the Middle East, serving as Special Envoy of UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, in the Balkans and as co-author to the Mitchell Report on the Palestinian Intifada in 2000. His two reports on the Balkans – in 2004 and 2005 – formed the basis for the policy adopted by the UN Security Council to start the process of determining Kosovo’s final status. Eide was the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997–98 and deputy UN representative to the International Conference on Former Yugoslavia (ICFY) during the Balkan War in 1994 and 1995. In 1989 and 1990, Eide was the State Secretary responsible for foreign and security policies in the Office of the Norwegian Prime Minister. He also served as special adviser to the CEO of the Norwegian oil company STATOIL before reentering the Norwegian Foreign Service. He will be in residence with the Future of Diplomacy Project from April 4, 2011–April 8, 2011. He will discuss the international community’s role in Afghanistan in a public address on April 5, 2011 at the Harvard Kennedy School.
  • David Ignatius writes a twice-a-week foreign affairs column and contributes to the PostPartisan blog at The Washington Post. Ignatius joined The Postin 1986 as editor of The Post's Outlook section, and then served as foreign editor from 1990 to 1992. Prior to becoming a columnist, Ignatius was The Post's assistant managing editor in charge of business news, a position he assumed in 1993. He continued to write weekly after becoming executive editor of the Paris-based International Herald Tribunein 2000, and resumed writing twice a week for the op-ed page in 2003. Before joiningThe Post, he worked for ten years as a reporter forThe Wall Street Journal, covering at various times the steel industry, the Justice Department, the CIA, the U.S. Senate, the Middle East, and the State Department. Ignatius has written seven novels: "The Increment" (May 2009), "Body of Lies" (April 2007), "The Sun King" (1999), "A Firing Offense" (1997), "The Bank of Fear" (1994), "SIRO" (1991), and "Agents of Innocence" (1987). Ignatius's column won the 2000 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary, a 2005 Edward Weintal Special Citation, and the 1984 Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting. He will be in residence with the Future of Diplomacy Project from April 11, 2011–April 15, 2011 and deliver a public address entitled “America and the Global Political Awakening” on April 13, 2011.

The Future of Diplomacy Project 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. R. Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at Harvard Kennedy School and former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs heads the Future of Diplomacy Project.

Cathryn A. Clüver serves as its Executive Director. See more on the website.

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