Press Release

Future of Diplomacy Project announces new resident and non-resident fellows

| November 9, 2010

Cambridge, MA -- The Future of Diplomacy Project, the newest research initiative to be launched by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, is announcing its resident and non-resident research fellows for Fall 2010.

"Our research fellows bring a blend of practical and academic expertise in diplomacy to the Harvard community, which is instrumental to the critical examination of international conflict resolution mechanisms today. Their research work and the seminars they will conduct with students and faculty at the Kennedy School will support our work on how diplomacy, negotiation and statecraft can contribute to resolving some of today's most intractable international problems," 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.

Resident and non-resident fellows contribute to the work of the Future of Diplomacy Project through their writing, research and their participation in seminars that are open to students and members of the Harvard community.

Resident Fellows 2010/2011

Said Tayeb Jawad, former ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, joined the Future of Diplomacy Project as the inaugural Fisher Family Fellow in late October 2010. His time in residence 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. Jawad served concurrently as Afghan ambassador to the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico from 2003-10. He returned to Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 to assist in the state-building process, where he played a versatile and crucial role in government, serving as President Hamid Karzai's press secretary, chief of staff and director of the Office of International Relations. In these positions, Jawad formulated and managed strategies, implemented policies, and worked closely with the international community to build and restore state institutions (including the Afghan National Army). He was also instrumental in prioritizing national reforms in Afghanistan, notably in the Ministry of Defense.  In addition, he served as the president's principal liaison with the constitutional commission throughout the drafting of the Afghan Constitution. At the Future of Diplomacy Project, Jawad leads a study group on the future of Afghanistan, open to students, experts and the Harvard community. On November 18, 2010 he will deliver a public lecture on the reconciliation process in his country.

Yvonne Yew joins the Future of Diplomacy Project from Vienna, Austria.  A former Singapore diplomat, she has worked on regional and multilateral issues in Asia and in Europe. She served as the alternate representative and governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during Singapore's term on the IAEA Board of Governors from 2004-2006. She was also a consultant to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization's International Scientific Studies Project. Yew's research examines the future of the non-aligned movement and her findings will be published as a series of articles on the Future of Diplomacy website. She will also participate in a number of student seminars on her research.

Non-resident Fellows 2010/2011

Marc Grossman was the former U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs from 2001-2005. In this capacity, he served as the department's day-to-day manager of overall regional and bilateral policy issues, and was responsible for integrating political, economic, global, and security issues into the United States' bilateral relationships. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, he helped marshal international diplomatic support for the global war on terrorism and for the military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. A career foreign service officer from 1976 to his retirement in 2005, Grossman served as U.S. ambassador to Turkey and political officer at the U.S. Mission to NATO and Islamabad. Ambassador Grossman also served as the director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources from 2000 to 2001. There, he revamped the State Department's human resource strategies, including the department's strategies for training, assigning, and retaining personnel both at home and abroad. As a non-resident fellow, Ambassador Grossman has held a series of seminars with Kennedy School graduate students on Middle East Peace negotiations, including negotiation simulations. In addition, a series of his articles on the future of diplomacy have already been published on the diplomacy project's website.

Kenneth I. Juster served as U.S. under secretary of commerce from 2001-2005. In this capacity, he was in charge of the Bureau of Industry and Security. Juster oversaw issues at the intersection of business and national security, including strategic trade controls, imports and foreign investments that affect U.S. security, enforcement of anti-boycott laws, and industry compliance with international arms control agreements. He was one of the key architects of the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership initiative between the United States and India. His work related to India was instrumental in transforming the U.S.-India relationship and laid the foundation for the historic civil nuclear agreement between the two countries. In his previous service at the State Department from 1989-1993, Juster was the deputy and senior adviser to Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger, and played an instrumental role in establishing and managing U.S. assistance programs to Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Juster, who has also practiced international law and been a senior business executive, is currently a managing director at the international investment firm Warburg Pincus, based in New York City. In a series of study group sessions, the first of which take place on November 9 and 10, 2010, he will examine the intersection of business and diplomacy, and the impact of trade sanctions and other measures on shaping the negotiation environment.

David L. Phillips is currently director of the Program on Peacebuilding and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as a senior adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and as a foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State. He has held positions at academic institutions as executive director of Columbia University's International Conflict Resolution Program, director of American University's Program on Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, visiting scholar at Harvard University's Center for Middle East Studies, professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and as adjunct Associate professor at New York University's Department of Politics. He has worked at think-tanks as deputy director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations, senior fellow at the Preventive Diplomacy Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, and project director at the International Peace Research Institute of Oslo. During his fellowship, Phillips will be writing a book entitled "Diplomacy Backed by Force: How America Helped Realize Kosovo's Independence."

About the Future of Diplomacy Project:

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. See more on the website:…

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