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School of Diplomacy Faculty on the Road this Summer
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The School of Diplomacy's faculty is traveling across the globe this summer, guest teaching, lecturing, conducting research, and working with NGOs. Check out what some of our faculty are up to:

Dr. Margarita Balmaceda delivers a lecture.
Margarita Balmaceda
Dr. Margarita Balmaceda, an internationally-recognized expert on the energy politics of the former USSR and Eastern Europe, whose work has been supported by the EU and many international foundations, is a visiting fellow this summer at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Germany's largest and most prestigious independent think-tank. Supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Dr. Balmaceda is conducting a project on "Unpacking the Russian side of the black box of post-Soviet energy relations: Domestic Energy Processes and their Effects on Russia's Energy-Poor Neighbors." She is also a short-term visiting fellow of the Aleksanteri Institute of Russian Studies at the University of Helsinki, supported by the Center of Excellence on Choices of Russian Modernization. Lastly, she is traveling to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where, in collaboration with Dr. Heiko Pleines of the University of Bremen, she will conduct a special session of the Changing Europe Summer School devoted to energy transit issues. The Changing Europe Summer School, supported by the Volkswagen Foundation, meets in a different European city every summer to bring together selected Ph.D. candidates and post-docs for top-level discussion of their research projects.

Dr. Assefaw Bariagaber in Ethiopia.
Assefaw Bariagaber
Dr. Assefaw Bariagaber, whose research focuses on peacekeeping and peacemaking, ethnic and cultural pluralism, and conflict and refugee movements in Africa, has been to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, working on a project for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) concerning refugee camps. In Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Bariagaber met and interviewed various officials from IOM-Kenya and IOM-Somalia (still working from Nairobi because of security problems in Mogadishu) on the Somalia migration crisis, including refugees in Dadaab and internally displaced estimated persons (IDPS) in Somalia on their possible return. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dr. Bariagaber met and interviewed IOM-Ethiopia officials on the possible repatriation of Somali refugees and travelled to Dollo Ado refugee camps located close to Ethiopia’s border with Somalia and Kenya and conducted focus group interviews on their camp life and prospects for their repatriation. Dr. Bariagaber also travelled to Mogadishu, Somalia, to meet with IOM, other agencies, and Somali officials on possible return of the displaced. Dr. Bariagaber was at the United Nations Common Compound (UNCC) on June 19 when it was attacked by Al Shabaab and approximately fifteen people died.

Dr. Omer Gokcekus delivers a presentation.
Omer Gokcekus
Dr. Omer Gokcekus, professor of international economics and development, has been making his way from Africa to Europe. He presented a paper, "Classification and re-classification: Oregon's Willamette Valley AVA and its new sub-AVAs," at the 7th Annual Conference of the American Association of Wine Economists in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He conducted interviews and collected data on a research project, "External Actors' Role in Solving Local Collective Action Problems in a Post-Conflict Setting: A Case Study of the Turkish Cypriot Beekeepers," in Cyprus. In addition, he has been a visiting professor, teaching a Ph.D. course on international economics and conducting joint research, "Quality of openness and corruption in the ECA countries," with two faculty members at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Dr. Yanzhong Huang in Bellagio, Italy.
Dr. Yanzhong Huang
Dr. Yanzhong Huang, associate professor and director of the Center for Global Health Studies, participated in the workshop on Universal Health Coverage in Bellagio, Italy. He then participated in the Global Leaders Fellows Colloquium at Oxford University, UK. After the trip, he flew to Washington, D.C., to testify on Capitol Hill about public health in China, before heading to Beijing to speak at a conference on China’s social policy reform. While in China, he was the featured speaker at the Hong Kong Forum, speaking on China’s development model. At the International Relations Lecture Series at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, he was honored as a visiting fellow and delivered a speech on global health security; and at the Institute of Public Policy Seminar at South China University of Technology, he spoke on China’s food safety. Dr. Huang also did fieldwork in Beijing, interviewing more than fifteen NGO leaders, scholars, and government officials. He then presented at a CFR-CSIS joint workshop in Jakarta on health security challenges in Southeast Asia. In August, he is chairing a panel on emerging powers and global health diplomacy at a high-level event sponsored by NICE International in Bellagio, Italy.

Dr. Ann Marie Murphy stands next to Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (center) at the opening reception in Jakarta of the Columbia/ANU/CSIS symposium on Power, Politics and Politics.
WEAI and Marty
Dr. Ann Marie Murphy, whose research interests include political development in Southeast Asia, international relations in Asia and U.S. foreign policy toward the Asia Pacific region has been to Indonesia and Singapore. In Singapore, she participated in a series of meetings with high-level Singaporean officials as part of a delegation from Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute, where she is a Senior Research Fellow. In Jakarta, Dr. Murphy spoke at the conference entitled "Intersections of Power, Politics and Conflict" convened jointly by the Australian National University, Columbia University, and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. She conducted over twenty-five interviews with Indonesian policy-makers and analysts for a series of research projects. Finally, Dr. Murphy gave a public lecture entitled "Obama's Pacific Pivot: Implications for Southeast Asia and Indonesia," sponsored by the United-States-Indonesia Society, and was honored to have former Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, Arifin Siregar, moderate the talk. Click for coverage of her presentation in The Jakarta Post »

Dr. Zheng Wang at Fudan University.
Fudan Lecture
Dr. Zheng Wang, who studies peace and conflict management in East Asia, with a special focus on U.S.-China relations and China's external conflicts, and nationalism and identity politics in China and East Asia, served as Dr. Seaker Chan Endowed Visiting Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) of Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He taught a graduate course "Identity politics and nationalism" at Fudan University and gave several talks in China. After his trip to China, he went to Turin, Italy, to lecture at The TOChina Summer School. The TOChina Summer School is one of Europe's best-known intensive summer programs on contemporary Chinese politics, foreign policy and political economy. He was invited by the University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute.

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