Jackson School of International Studies
December 2013
Resat Kasaba Holiday greetings from Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba
It is a pleasure to look back and see all that we have accomplished at the Jackson School in 2013. First on this list is the new Ph.D. in International Studies, which we have successfully launched after years of preparation. The first cohort of students who are now going through the program have brought a new element of intellectual excitement to our midst. Read more.
Ph.D. cohort Welcome, inaugural Ph.D. cohort!
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington welcomed its premiere cohort of Ph.D. students to campus last week. The inaugural class consists of scholars and practitioners in areas such as Chinese military diplomacy and human rights intervention in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. Read more.
Accelerate your career in global affairs Introducing the MAAIS: A 10-month degree option for mid-career professionals
In response to requests from foreign governments looking for a one-year degree option for their employees, the Jackson School has introduced the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies, a degree offering for professionals with experience in a variety of backgrounds. “I think this stems from the fact that the world is becoming increasingly complex,” said Jennifer Butte-Dahl, director of the MAAIS program. Read more.

Spotlight on Students

Model UN presentation Student group hosts discussion on crisis in Central African Republic
The Central African Republic, a landlocked nation near the western coast of Africa, is considered one of the most unstable regions in the world by the U.N. The Jackson School Student Association hosted an event for participants to learn more about the issue and brainstorm ways the international community can help the distressed nation. Read more.

Spotlight on Alumni

Alicia Akins Empowering Women: Alum works at center featured in Burke exhibit
Alicia Akins (MAIS, China Studies: 2012) has a personal connection with the Empowering Women exhibit, which ran at the Burke Museum this fall. Akins has worked as Programmes Director for one of the featured organizations, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos, since shortly after her March 2012 graduation. Read more.


Arctic map Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies speaks at Canadian Consulate
The Canadian Consulate in Seattle was at capacity on Oct. 24 for Vancouver-based Tony Penikett’s talk on “Where is the Arctic, who lives there, what are their security interests.” Penikett is the inaugural Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at the University of Washington. Read more.

Awards, Honors, and Professorships

Gary Hamilton Hamilton awarded visiting research professorship at University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong has awarded Gary Hamilton, Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and Department of Sociology, with a Visiting Research Professorship in the HKU Department of Sociology. The award covers three academic years (2013-2017), during which Hamilton will spend two months each year in residence. Read more.
Donald Hellmann Northwest Asian Weekly awards Hellmann 2013 Visionary Award
Donald Hellmann, Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and Political Science, was named a 2013 Visionary Award recipient by the Northwest Asian Weekly. Hellmann was honored at a gala on Oct. 18. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Jill Dougherty Jan. 14: Putin & Resurgent Russia: Implications for the U.S. with Jill Dougherty
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, join the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies for a discussion with CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty on Putin's Russia. Dougherty and Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz will discuss Russia's international role, energy policy, relations with its former Soviet neighbors, soft power diplomacy, rising nationalism, LGBT issues and the Sochi Olympics. Read more.
Shinichi Kitaoka Jan. 16: "East Asian Security Challenges and Japan's New Strategy under Abe"
On Thursday, Jan. 16, Shinichi Kitaoka will give a lecture on "East Asian Security Challenges and Japan's New Strategy under Abe." The lecture is part of the Mitsubishi Corporation 2013-14 Lecture Series. Kitaoka is a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, and Executive Director of Research for the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS). Read more.
Thomas Pickering Feb. 5: Ambassador Thomas Pickering to speak on U.S. challenges
Ambassador Thomas Pickering will speak Feb. 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. about "Major Challenges Facing the U.S." The event takes place in Kane Hall 130 at the University of Washington. Pickering served more than four decades as a U.S. diplomat. Before retiring in 2000, he was under secretary of state for political affairs, the third highest post in the U.S. State Department. Read more.
Steven Heydemann March 4: Steven Heydemann, special advisor at U.S. Institute for Peace
On Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m., Steven Heydemann will lecture on “Authoritarian Governance and the Arab State in an Era of Mass Politics.” Heydemann serves as special advisor for Middle East initiatives at United States Institute for Peace. He is a political scientist who specializes in the comparative politics and the political economy of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria. Read more.

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