Interviews

During this time of social distancing, we remain dedicated to connecting you with global leaders in international relations and diplomacy. We hope the below interviews, conducted by members of our current student community, both challenge and inspire your thoughts and perspectives, ultimately leading to continued conversations, and a strengthened sense of community.

 

Featured Guest: Rachel Dean Wilson, Head of External Affairs, Alliance for Securing Democracy

Interviewer: Seva Tsivgas

President of the Women of Diplomacy Leadership Program, Seva Tsivgas, interviews Rachel Dean Wilson, head of external affairs at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. Rachael honed her strategic communication skills while serving in senior roles on Capitol Hill and political campaigns, as well as working in corporate communications and PR consulting. Most recently, Rachael served as communications director to Senator Jon Kyl and prior to that, she was a regional PR Director at Whole Foods Market where she managed strategic, crisis and consumer communications for the company’s Mid-Atlantic and South regions. Rachael worked for the late Senator John McCain for six years, most recently serving as his Senate communications director and as an adviser to his reelection campaign in 2016. From 2014 to 2015, Rachael was the vice president of public relations at a boutique communications firm, where she built and managed the PR team, worked with a broad range of clients and developed new business. From 2010 to 2014, she worked as Senator McCain’s press secretary in the Senate. She began her career as a press assistant on McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Rachael received a bachelor’s degree in communications and public service from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Featured Guest: Maggie Dougherty ’11, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Interviewer: Seva Tsivgas

President of the Women of Diplomacy Leadership Program, Seva Tsivgas, interviews alumna Maggie Dougherty ’11, about her work, the challenges women face in Washington and the opportunities.

Maggie Dougherty serves as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Previously, she worked as senior policy advisor to formed US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley. In this position her portfolio included Europe, Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance, and Refugees. Additionally, she managed Ambassador Haley’s Congressional engagement. She also previously served as Senior Congressional Advisor at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. where she managed the United Kingdom’s relationship with the U.S. Congress. From 2011-2016, she served in the Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as a foreign policy advisor. During her time in the Senate, she managed Sen. Rubio’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee portfolio. She also drafted legislation that became law, such as the Girls Count Act (P.L. 114-24). She holds a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. Her hometown is St. Peters, Missouri.
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Featured Guest: Col. Eric Lyon, Military Intelligence Officer

Interviewer: Peter Eggerding

Undergraduate student Peter Eggerding interviews Colonel Eric Lyon, U.S. Army Military Intelligence officer, and Harvard National Security Fellow. Col. Lyon recently worked as the Director, CJ2X (Human, Identity and Counterintelligence), Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. He previously served as Chief of Operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency, and has served multiple tours as a Special Forces Officer.
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Featured Guest: J. Nathan Bland, M.A. ’04, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Interviewer: H&M Roman Leadership Center

The H&M Roman Leadership Center at the School of Diplomacy sits down with alumnus J. Nathan Bland, ’04, a career Foreign Service Officer with over fifteen years of experience with the U.S. Department of State. He is currently an Assistant General Services Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City overseeing the Visits and Conference Unit and the Motorpool Section. His most recent assignment was as the Political, Economic and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan, Belize. He also served as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in at the U.S. Embassy in Belize during his last eight months at post. Before arriving in Belize, he completed the Foreign Service Economic Studies course during which he also worked as a State Department Fellow in the General Electric Company’s Global Government Affairs and Policy office.

Previous assignments included an assignment in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs where he played a leading role in U.S. Government international engagement on marine environmental protection in the Caribbean, ocean dumping, and oil and hazardous spills. Prior to that, he served as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, and a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang, China. He began his career with the U.S. Department of State as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) working in the Public Affairs Office for the East Asia and Pacific Affairs Bureau in 2004. During his time as a PMF, he also completed a three-month rotation assignment in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines.

Nathan graduated from Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations with an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations and an M.A. in Asian Studies. He also holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Louisiana College.
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Featured Guest: Carrie Filipetti, U.S. Department of State

Interviewer: Seva Tsivgas

President of the Women of Diplomacy Leadership Program, Seva Tsivgas, interviews Carrie Filipetti, who currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cuba and Venezuela in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Prior to this position, Carrie served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN), where she advised U.S. Ambassador Nikki R. Haley on issues related to counterterrorism, the Middle East, and the Western Hemisphere. Carrie spent five years at The Paul E. Singer Foundation, where she served as Director of Portfolio Management. In this capacity, Carrie oversaw the Foundation’s transition from a one-person relationship-driven organization to a national leader in strategic philanthropy. Also in her capacity as Director of the Foundation, Carrie served as a Senior Advisor and co-founder of Start-Up Nation, a Tel-Aviv based non-profit that seeks to connect the world with Israeli innovation.
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Featured Guest: Grace Chung ’10, Senior Community Development Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation NYC

Interviewer: H&M Roman Leadership Center

Grace Chung, Senior Community Development Officer, is responsible for handling resource development for Local Initiatives Support Corporation NYC, working with senior staff to develop new programmatic initiatives, and providing technical assistance to community development corporation partners. She is managing the New York Land Opportunity Program (NYLOP), an initiative to assist mission-driven organizations to explore developing affordable housing on their underutilized land through joint venture partnerships. Prior to joining LISC NYC in 2015, she served as an intern in the LISC Philadelphia program and a fellow at the Philadelphia Commerce Department. She holds a bachelor’s from Seton Hall University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Featured Guest: Adam Nielson, Cybersecurity Specialist

Interviewer: Peter Eggerding

Adam Nielson is a cybersecurity specialist with over 24 years of DoD, US Army, and NSA service in analyzing and exploiting information security vulnerabilities with extensive risk management experience in multiple high-threat operating environments. With over 14 years of experience working offensive Information Security including development of information security policies, procedures, security training, and risk management, he leverages his broad expertise in the application of regulatory controls and safeguards pursuant to cybersecurity best practices and associated compliance requirements. He has created training modules on the implementation of cybersecurity guidelines, network forensics, pentesting and malware analysis. As a cybersecurity specialist, he has assisted over a dozen organizations in updating their information security processes to become more secure by implementing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Mr. Nielson retired from the US Army in 2016 serving in multiple war zone deployments including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition, he served in multiple overseas stations in service of the Nation while in the US Army.
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Featured Guest: Dr. Martin EdwardsDepartment Chair and Associate Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

Interviewer: Darren J. Mattos

Dr. Edwards discusses remote learning and the impact of COVID-19 on our community as well as its impact on international organizations.
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Featured Guest: Dr. Bryan Price, Executive Director, Buccino Leadership Institute, Seton Hall University

Interviewer: Katherine Strych

Seton Hall’s new interdisciplinary leadership program, the Buccino Leadership Institute, is headed by Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Bryan C. Price, Ph.D., a nationally- recognized expert on leadership development and terrorism, who serves as the Institute’s founding executive director. Price’s career is steeped in more than 20 years of distinguished leadership experience, including serving in multiple levels of command, ranging from leading combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to serving as an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, considered the world’s premier leadership development institution. In his most recent role, he directed the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, an internationally- renowned research and education center with global influence. Price earned a B.S. in U.S. History from West Point, an M.A. in International Relations from St. Mary’s University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. His knowledge and expertise in terrorism, counterterrorism, U.S. national security, leadership and performance psychology have resulted in his briefing senior United States government and military officials throughout his career, including members of Congress, secretaries of Defense, Directors of the CIA, FBI and NCTC, and numerous combatant commanders. His book, Targeting Top Terrorists: Understanding Leadership Removal in Counterterrorism Strategy (Columbia University Press), has received international praise from recognized experts in the field. Price is the recipient of numerous military commendations, including the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals and two Air Medals. His professional affiliations include the American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, and Marshall Center for Security Studies Alumni as well as serving as a Term Member of the Council of Foreign Relations (2010-2015).
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Featured Guest: Dr. Philipp H. Fluri, Deputy Director, The Geneva DCAF Centre for Security, Development and the Rule of Law; Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

Interviewer: Jarrett Dang

Dr. Philipp Fluri is a former Swiss diplomat who specializes in international security and works as Deputy Director of The Geneva DCAF Centre for Security, Development and the Rule of Law advising governments in Eastern Europe, Asia and South America on security governance issues. Dr. Fluri continues to be an active force in the international community by engaging in research and presentations on current international security policy issues such as the refugee/migration crisis and regional security architectures. He is a returning Sergio Vieira de Mello Chair in the Practice of Post-Conflict Diplomacy at Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy.
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