Harvard Kennedy School’s Future of Diplomacy Project Announces Fall 2011 Fisher Family Fellows

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: 617 495-1115
Date: September 01, 2011

Cambridge MA -- The Future of Diplomacy Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, is pleased to announce the 2011 Fisher Family Fellows. They include International Herald Tribune columnist Roger Cohen; Nabil Fahmy, the founding dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo; and Anne-Marie Slaughter, professor at Princeton University and former director of policy planning for the United States Department of State.

All three fellows will be delivering public addresses and working closely with Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) degree students during their time Cambridge.

“All three of our fellows bring a breadth of practical experience in international affairs to the Kennedy School,” said R. Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at HKS and director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. “They are leaders in their respective fields, as journalists, diplomats and academics. Their time on campus will allow them to engage our students on the role diplomacy can and must play in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time, including the transformation of the Middle East and relations between established and emerging global powers.”

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 course of the fall 2011 semester:

  • Roger Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting foreign editor on September 11, 2001, and foreign editor six months later. Since 2004, he has written a column for The Times-owned International Herald Tribune, first for the news pages and then, since 2007, for the Op-Ed page. In 2009 he was named a columnist for The New York Times. Cohen has written “Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo” (1998), an account of the wars of Yugoslavia's destruction, and “Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble” (2005). He has also co-written a biography of General Norman Schwarzkopf, “In the Eye of the Storm” (1991). He will be in residence with the Future of Diplomacy Project throughout November 2011 and will be holding a regular study group in addition to a public speech and other engagements around the university.
  • Nabil Fahmy is the founding dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo. He serves as the chair of the Monterey, California Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ Middle East Project. Fahmy has served as ambassador of Egypt to the United States (1999 – 2008), Egypt’s ambassador to Japan (1997 – 99), and political advisor to the foreign minister. He is a career diplomat who has played an active role in the numerous efforts to bring peace to the Middle East, as well as in international and regional disarmament affairs. He headed the Egyptian delegation to the Middle East Peace Process Steering Committee in 1993 and the Egyptian delegation to the Multilateral Working Group on Regional Security and Arms Control emanating from the Madrid Peace Conference from December 1991. Over the years Fahmy has been a member of the Egyptian Missions to the United Nations (Disarmament and Political Affairs) in Geneva and New York. He was elected vice Chairman of the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security Affairs of the 44th Session of the UN General Assembly in 1986.

    From 1999 until 2003, he was a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s Advisory Board of Disarmament Matters where he served as its Chairman in 2001.

    Fahmy has written extensively on Middle East politics, peacemaking and regional security, and international governance. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics/mathematics and his Master of Arts in Management, both from the American University in Cairo. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the Monterey Institute for International Studies.

    Fahmy will be in residence mid-November 2011 and will address the transformational processes in the Middle East with students.
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–11 she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor conferred by the State Department, for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. She also received a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010.Prior to her government service, Slaughter was the dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–09, where she rebuilt the School's international relations faculty and created a number of new centers and programs. She has written or edited six books, including “A New World Order” (2004) and “The Idea That is America: Keeping Faith With Our Values in a Dangerous World” (2007), and over 100 articles. She was also the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. From 1994-2002, Slaughter was the J. Sinclair Armstrong professor of international, foreign, and comparative law and director of the International Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard.

    Slaughter will examine the future of U.S. Grand Strategy in her public address in early November.

    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 (HKS) 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. It is based at the School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. R. Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at HKS 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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