Diplomacy News and Notables Fall 2019

Hosted Nobel laureate, Nadia Murad, as honorary degree recipient and keynote speaker at the 2019 Forum on Modern Slavery, for her work to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Featured speakers included, but were not limited to Congressman Chris Smith; Executive Editor of the CNN Freedom Project, Leif Coorlim; UNITAS Program Director, Lamont Hiebert; Sr. Foreign Policy Advisor for Amnesty International’s UN Office, Stephen Arthur Larmony.

Co-hosted “Just Peacemaking through Nonviolence,” an interdisciplinary conference examining what it means to promote peace in the context of today’s cultural/social currents. Highlights included presentations from Peter Cardinal Turkson; Maria Stephan of the U.S. Institute of Peace; and Ken Butigan, Director of Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies at DePaul University.

With the UNA-USA, hosted the 20th annual UN Intensive Summer Study Program in June 2019, bringing students and mid-career professionals together for meetings with high-ranking UN officials and attendance at a UN Security Council meeting. (C. Smith, Acting Dean)

Welcomed Algerian Fulbright scholar and journalist, Houssam Eddine Beggas, into the Master of Arts program.

Partnered with AmeriCorps to provide the Segal AmeriCorps Education award for individuals who complete an approved term of national service in AmeriCorps programs.

Advanced student professional development by:
• Renegotiating Washington, D.C. Program agreement with UNF to reduce School costs, expand resources for recruitment, reputation building, and student development. Our new instructor, Ray Walser, a career foreign service officer and experienced educator, is receiving positive student reviews and increasing alumni engagement.
• Fostering diversity and inclusion by hosting inaugural Public Policy and International Affairs Public Service Weekend conference, “Local Action, Global Goals: Service for Sustainable Development,” June 21-23 in New York City, at the United Nations, and on Seton Hall’s South Orange, NJ, main campus.
• Hosting Rear Admiral Norman Hayes, the first African-American to be selected as an admiral in the U.S. Naval Intelligence, for a presentation on international leadership.
• Hosting U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence, Ms. Tiffany McGriff, for a presentation on the State Department hiring process and career tracks in the U.S. Foreign Service.
• Hosting Seton Hall alumnus Edward Klink with Nicole Floyd from KPMG to discuss career opportunities in the private sector and offer professional development advice to Diplomacy students.
• Hosting Dr. Noura Hamladji, the Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa with the United Nations Development Programme, to offer insights from her experience with UNDP peacekeeping missions.
• Hosting “All Conflict is Local: Personal Experience, Reflection and Conflict Resolution,” an annual student and alumni conference offering personal experiences and reflections on conflict from around the world.
• Hosting “The Art of Dialogue During War: Practical Lessons on how to get People Talking,” with Professor of Practice, David Wood.

Contributed to the field of diplomacy and international relations by publishing:
• “Let the People of Western Sahara Have a Say,” Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2019. (R. J. Huddleston, Assistant Professor)
• “Bribes and Backdoor Deals Help Foreign Firms Sell to China’s Hospital,” The New York Times, June 14, 2019. (Y. Huang, Professor)
• Four future book publications, now under contract with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press (2x), and Columbia University Press. (M. Balmaceda, Professor; P. Moremen, Associate Professor; Z. Wang, Professor; Y. Huang; Professor)
• “Participatory Budgeting, Civic Education, and Political Capital,” co-authored with Daniel Schugurensky, Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation. Singapore: Springer, 2019. (Benjamin Goldfrank, Professor)
• Expert report on Venezuela country conditions and expert witness courtroom testimony for a political asylum applicant, September 2019. (Benjamin Goldfrank, Professor)
• “PolitiFact: Why Ukraine? How an Eastern European country triggered tumult in American politics,” Tampa Bay Times, September 30, 2019. (Margarita Balmaceda, Professor)
• “How U.S. fossil fuels are tied to Ukraine and impeachment,” E&E News, September 30, 2019. (Margarita Balmaceda, Professor)
• “Distributing Justice: Transitional Justice and Stabilisation in North Africa,” Stabilising the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Palgrave MacMillan, 2019. (Zinaida Miller, Assistant Professor)

Received recognition for excellence and expertise:
• Awarded a $300,000, 2019-2021 Ford Foundation grant for “China as a Global Leader.” (Y. Huang, Professor)
• Testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission congressional hearing on “Exploring the Growing U.S. Dependence on Chinese Pharmaceutical Products,” Washington, D.C. (Y. Huang, Professor)
• In recognition of the Swiss Government’s role as a chief supporter of global mediation and peace processes, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies conducted a training for the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Human Security Division on “Effective Peace Programming.” This is the first piece of a multi-phase collaboration. (Z. Wang, Professor; D. Wood, Professor of Practice; R. J. Huddleston, Assistant Professor)
• Led intelligence officer training at Tuscon, AZ U.S. Air Force base. Presented research on counterterrorism to support Air Force work in Latin America. Offered information session on School of Diplomacy. (B. Price, Executive Director of the Buccino Leadership Institute; D. Kristo, Assistant Dean of Graduate Enrollment Management; M. Mirghahari, Abd el Kader Fellow)
• From July 1-October 28, expert commentary on UN General Assembly, event coverage, and student/alumni work, produced 97+ media clips with an estimated circulation of over 4M and an ad value of nearly $125,000. Top outlets include Fox News, USA Today, International Policy Digest, Vox, The Diplomat, and Inter Presse Service.
• Appointed Acting Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs for the United States. (H. Dugan, Sharkey Scholar)
• Received a Fulbright award to teach English in Moldova for 2019-2020. (S. Losada, B.S. ’19)
• Presented “Ukraine, Eurasian Energy Value Chains and the 2019 US Impeachment Inquiry” on a panel on “What’s So Special About Ukraine? Why Ukraine Is Suddenly in the Middle of US Politics”, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, October 15, 2019 (Margarita Balmaceda, Professor)
• Organized and facilitated “Community Conversations on Eurasian Natural Resource Politics” at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, October 11, 2019. (Margarita Balmaceda, Professor)
• Presented on NATO strategy at a workshop on “Teaching Strategy” held at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, September 25-27, 2019. (Sara Moller, Assistant Professor)
• Hosted a delegation of Chinese colleagues from Jinan University and led discussions on US-China relations and the role of think tanks. (Zheng Wang, Professor)
• Faculty recognized with Albert B. Hakim Service Medal for selfless service and advancing of University mission. (Assefaw Bariagaber, Professor).
• Received $1 million gift from the Henry F. Roman and Maryann Roman Family Trust to advance Seton Hall University’s Diplomacy and International Relations Leadership Center.
• Provided comments for Bloomberg Law piece “Chinese Vitamin C Price-Fixing Case Could Alter U.S. Drug Market”, September 9, 2019. (Yanzhong Huang, Professor)
• Presented on NATO strategy at a workshop on “Teaching Strategy” held at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, September 25-27, 2019. (Sara Moller, Assistant Professor)
• Hosted a delegation of Chinese colleagues from Jinan University and led discussions on US-China relations and the role of think tanks. (Zheng Wang, Professor)

Student and Alumni Accomplishments:
• Delivered remarks at the July 2019 signing of two NJ State higher education bills (S1149 and S2046) with Lt Gov Sheila Oliver. (Axel Esquivel, B.S. candidate)
• Participated in the Caravan for Democracy program sponsored by the Jewish National Fund. (Mark McGuire, B.S. candidate)
• Selected to participate in the Chinese Government Scholarship to continue Mandarin Studies at the Beijing Language and Culture University. (Ian Murphy, B.S. candidate)
• Received a fully funded summer fellowship for the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergrads Program at University of North. (Mohamed Shedeed, B.S. candidate)
• Featured on “10 Citizens Speak Out About The UN, The SDGs, And Climate Change” on the UN Foundation website. (Tatyana Guzman, B.S. candidate)
• Selected to participate in the 2019 African Studies Association Meeting as a panelist. (Roger Alfani, M.S. ’19)
Received a Fulbright award to teach English abroad at Comrat State University, Moldova for 2019-2020. (Santiago Losada, B.S. ’19)
• Recently published research project with Mark Cancian at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, International Security Program. (James Meil, B.S. ’16, M.A. ’18)
• Named a Latino Next Generation National Security & Foreign Policy Leader by New America and the Diversity in National Security Network. (Eduardo Vargas, M.A. ’07)
• Received a Fulbright awad to teach English abroad at Comrat State University, Moldova for 2019-2020. (Santiago Losada, B.S. ’19)


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