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Newsmakers

Summer 2006

Belfer Center Fellow Doug Ahlers organized and joined 25 Kennedy School students and staff in New Orleans in March to assist residents of the Broadmoor neighborhood in developing a redevelopment plan for recovery. Ahlers, a New Orleans resident, has funded an internship and is coordinating several Shell Oil internships that will enable development specialists to work with Broadmoor during the summer to refine and implement the plan.

International Security Program Fellow James Bieda has been assigned to United States Forces Korea (USFK) as director of Command and Control Systems and chief of the Joint Command Information Systems Activity (JCISA). Colonel Bieda, whose Belfer Center research focuses on intelligence gathering and terrorism prevention, will oversee command and control systems used throughout the Korean theater to provide timely information and operational awareness.

International Security Program/ Intrastate Conflict Program Fellow Michael Boyle has been appointed lecturer in International Relations at the internationally renowned University of St. Andrews in Scotland for the forthcoming academic year. Boyle's research at the Belfer Center has been on political violence, post-conflict states, and peacekeeping, with a focus on Kosovo and East Timor.

International Security Program Director Steven Miller and Belfer Center Senior Fellow and former Senior Vice President for GE Ben Heineman have been named to the 2006 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks announced the new fellows and said, "It gives me great pleasure to welcome these outstanding leaders in their fields to the Academy." Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society. The Academy, founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots,

will induct this year's new class at its annual induction ceremony on October 7.

Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy and Belfer Center faculty affiliate William Hogan of the Kennedy School's Mossavar- Rahmani Center for Business and Government, has been named winner of the prestigious International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) award for "outstanding contributions to the field of energy economics and its literature." Science, Technology and Globalization Director

Calestous Juma was instrumental in the establishment in February of the PJ Patterson Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation in Jamaica. This international venture, named for the country's prime minister, is the first institutional response to the recommendation of the United Nations' Millennium Project's Task Force on Science, Technology and Innovation. Juma co-chaired the task force. John Park, project leader of Managing the Atom's North Korea Analysis Group, has accepted a position with Goldman Sachs in New York. Beginning in August, he will work on financing initiatives for government infrastructure projects. As a Northeast Asia researcher, Park is especially interested in the evolving interconnection between economic development activity that is taking place along the Sino-North Korean border and nuclear security issues in the region.

Senior Fellow Richard Rosecrance served as the distinguished visiting professor of international relations at the Australian National University in Canberra in February and March. He took part in a number of discussions involving Australia, the U.S., and China, and the possibility that Australia might increasingly side with China on some issues such as the dispute over Taiwan.

 

International Security Program Fellow Laura Sjoberg, who holds a joint fellowship with the Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program, will be a visiting assistant professor of political science at Duke University next year. At the Belfer Center, Sjoberg has focused her research on just war theory, gender aspects of international security, and Iraq.

Kennedy School Academic Dean Stephen Walt has been named to the shortlist of nominees for the Council on Foreign Relation's 2006 Arthur Ross Book Award for Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy (W.W. Norton, 2005).The prestigious award for the best book on international affairs was endowed by Arthur Ross in 2001 to honor non-fiction works that provide new ideas to help resolve foreign policy problems.

 

Moira Whelan, director of communications and outreach for the Belfer Center, has accepted a position as communications director for the Valley Forge Initiative (VFI) and Foreign Policy Leadership Council (FPLC). The sister organizations will serve as the hub for progressive idea development and messaging on national security by combining a network of national security experts with community leaders nationwide.

Associate Professor Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Director Emeritus Lewis Branscomb chaired a one-day session, "Protecting Our Future," at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The March conference brought together policy-makers, academics, and the business community to discuss steps to protect the nation's critical information infrastructure.

International Security Program Fellow Assaf Moghadam has accepted a fellowship at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard for the next academic year. At the Belfer Center, Moghadam's research has focused on terrorism, suicide attacks, and global jihad, and he has made numerous presentations on suicide attacks. As an Olin fellow, he will complete and publish his dissertation on the globalization of martyrdom.

 

 

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