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Fall Seminars

The fall seminars are based on global leadership and policy, and are designed exclusively for Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. participants. If you are interested in domestic policy you may go to Federal Fellows, our sister program, which has four terrific options, including Homeland Security Policy! Note: All FGSM courses are cross-listed with Honors courses.

Students in the program choose one of the following courses for their fall Global Fellows seminar (3 credits):


Responses to Global Challenges: A Practitioner's Perspective (FGSM380)

Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30p.m., AJC 2134
Please note that this course is cross-listed as HNUH 388T.

Course Description: This course will examine global issues and responses primarily from the perspective of the practitioner, as a means of providing students with practical insight into the challenges and crises that exist worldwide. The focus will be on a range of social, humanitarian, and human rights issues set in different global contexts. Class topics may include humanitarian assistance and international humanitarian law, refugees and vulnerable populations, human rights, global health, environmental and human security policy, the role of Congress and the Executive branch, U.S. and U.N. relations, and good governance initiatives. The class will utilize public institution publications and government documents, as well as academic literature, in the readings. Practitioners with experience in the field will share their knowledge and expertise with students and participate in class discussions. Class attendance and active participation is crucial to the course. The guest speakers, representing different organizations, will provide students with a better understanding of the range of possible responses to global challenges. This seminar will also focus on the practical knowledge needed for careers in the international arena.

Instructor Information: Dr. Rhoda Margesson works as a Specialist in International Humanitarian Policy in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). She conducts research and policy analysis on international organizations and global issues, with a focus on humanitarian assistance and intervention, disaster relief, displaced populations, and some aspects of human rights. As a member of the United Kingdom delegation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union, she serves as an election observer. Previously, she was an Associate with Harvard’s Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution and worked in the conflict resolution field on both domestic and international projects. Dr. Margesson has also held research and teaching fellow positions at both the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Margesson earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School, a Graduate School of International Affairs at Tufts University.


Science Diplomacy: Foreign Policy and Science,
Technology, and Innovation (FGSM370)

Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., ESJ 1215
Please note that this course is cross-listed as HNUH 378T.

Course Description: This course will explore the science and technology/foreign policy nexus with specific sectoral assessments to include energy and climate change, public health, space and innovation, and economic development. Our world is increasingly defined by scientific advancements and technological innovation. Solutions to today’s global challenges — in economic growth/poverty reduction, climate change, food security, and health — will rely on developments in science and technology. Science is now a global endeavor. Developing countries are investing heavily in their science and technology infrastructure. The United States and many other countries view S&T as the means to achieve economic goals and to ensure the well-being of their populations. The pursuit of knowledge and technology development relies on national level efforts and also extends beyond national jurisdictions. As a result, the linkages between foreign policy and S&T have never been stronger. Science Diplomacy integrates the foreign policy and scientific and technological communities. The U.S. integrates scientific and technological knowledge into our diplomacy to help ensure that our policies are technically sound, programmatically viable, and politically feasible. Students, through expert speakers, presentations, readings, and negotiation exercises, will explore the critical roles scientific knowledge and technological innovation play in the formation and implementation of foreign policy issues.

Instructor Information:
Dr. Jonathan Margolis Dr. Jonathan Margolis, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. In this position, he is responsible for policies and programs in the areas of International Science & Technology, Space, and International Health and Biodefense. From 2007-2011, Dr. Margolis served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Communications in the Bureau of International Information Programs. Dr. Margolis oversaw the Bureau’s internet, video and print products, including social media. From 2006-2007, Dr. Margolis served as the Senior Coordinator for Global and Functional Issues in the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance, where he oversaw reform efforts to ensure effective use of foreign assistance resources. From 1997-2006, Dr. Margolis served as the Department's Special Representative for Sustainable Development and as the Director of the Office of Policy Coordination and Initiatives in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. As Special Representative, he headed the U.S. Delegation to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Dr. Margolis joined the State Department in 1991 as a American Association for Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellow and was integrally involved in environment, water, and economic issues and programs, as part of the multilateral track of the Middle East peace process through 1996. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at American University and the Foreign Service Institute, where he conducted courses on environmental policy, negotiations, and international organizations. Dr. Margolis has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in psychology, focusing on negotiation and conflict resolution. He holds a Master's Degree from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy. His undergraduate degree is in Fine Arts from Harvard College.

Dr. Jeffrey Haeni Dr. Jeffrey Haeni is the Acting Director for USAID’s Center for Environment, Energy and Infrastructure in the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation. The Center provides technical leadership for USAID’s biodiversity, climate change, energy, ocean plastics, land and resource governance, sustainable landscape, and infrastructure programming. Previously, Dr. Haeni served as USAID’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) and as the Director for the Office of Energy and Infrastructure, supporting the Agency’s multi-billion dollar annual infrastructure and energy portfolio. He has 15 years of experience working on energy sector development in more than 18 countries, and previously served as Chief of USAID’s Energy Division where he supported the design, implementation, and evaluation of energy projects. Before joining USAID, Dr. Haeni was an energy specialist on the Economic Policy Staff in the Bureau for African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and served as an energy advisor to former Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12) in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Colgate University.


U.S. Diplomacy and Public Policymaking (FGSM360)

Thursday, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., ESJ 1309
Please note that this course is cross-listed as HNUH 368T.

Course Description: This course will examine how U.S. national security and diplomacy policies and strategy are formulated and executed in a contemporary context. The course will look at the underlying ideological perspectives that tend to shape how U.S. decision makers view foreign policy challenges and opportunities. It will look at the range of tools available to national security practitioners as they work to protect and advance U.S. national interests. The course will also examine the domestic context and process through which decisions about specific foreign policy objectives are set and actions are implemented. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on the practical understanding and appreciation of how U.S. diplomacy is formulated and pursued. The course will seek to build practical skills of students for application in professional experiences in the international arena. Thus, the course will emphasize the development of professional writing, presentation, and policy analysis skills, including through an interagency simulation. The course will also feature guest lecturers from Washington’s international policymaking, think tank, media, and NGO communities.

Instructor Information:
Mr. Chip Usher Willim "Chip" Usher is an executive manager at the Central Intelligence Agency and a member of the Senior Intelligence Service. A 29-year veteran, he has held a variety of leadership assignments overseeing CIA's intelligence analysis work on the Middle East, Eurasia, and Asia supporting five U.S. Presidents. He is passionate about teaching critical thinking skills and applying strategic theory in real-world situations. Mr. Usher received his B.A. from Duke University and his M.S. in National Security Studies (with honors) from the National War College. He is married to Adrienne Hallett Usher, a senior official with the National Institutes of Health, and they have a five-year old son, Reed.



Dr. Paul “PJ” Maykish Dr. Paul “PJ” Maykish is the Director for Technology Competition on the National Security Council. Operationally, Dr. Maykish spent 24 years as a Ranger-qualified Air Force officer including two-years of commanding the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in the Middle East from 2017-2019. His strategy experience includes two years as the Air Force Strategy Advisor for the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD-P) where he designed Third Offset concepts, deterrence assessment frameworks, and the National Defense Strategy “stretch problems” to solve U.S. deterrence credibility issues. He then spent two years analyzing and countering threats against the U.S. from artificial intelligence and associated technologies as the Director of Analysis for the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Maykish received a B.S. in International Resource Management from the University of Montana; a Master of Environmental Management in Community Development from Yale University; a Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Spacepower Studies; Master of Arts in National Security Strategy from National War College, where he was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Military Strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Spacepower Studies.


Critical Regions and International Relations (FGSM 350)

Thursday, 7:00-10:00 p.m., AJC 2134
Please note that this course is cross-listed as HNUH 358T. 

Course Description: This course recognizes the importance of regional study within the field of international relations and is designed to examine key challenges.  Media reporting on global events often concentrates on the policies and actions of individual countries while underplaying the regional context and the interactions of multiple countries or multilateral institutions.  A central focus of this course will be the role of multilateral institutions in relation to critical regions.  Thus, this course will look at the wide array of factors influencing global events and dynamics, and the various tools available to foreign policy practitioners to address challenges in such critical regions as the Near East, Central Asia, and Europe.

Questions to be addressed include: Could the United States have reached a nuclear deal with Iran alone, without its “P5+1” partners - France, Germany, the UK, Russia, and China? What is the role of NATO and the international community in Afghanistan? How do the actions of multilateral economic institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund influence regional and state behavior, and conversely, how do the policies and priorities of individual states and regions determine the actions of multilateral institutions?  Is the European Union a successful model for a regional political and economic institution, or a failing one as it approaches Brexit?

Instructor Information: Danusia Hubah is a Foreign Affairs Officer at the Department of State.  She has extensive interagency experience from the policy, diplomatic, and intelligence perspectives on issues related to the Middle East, particularly Iran.  Hubah was previously the Director for Iran Policy at the National Security Council, where she coordinated the development of U.S. policies and strategies related to Iran, working closely with counterparts in relevant Cabinet agencies such as the Departments of Defense and the Treasury, and the Intelligence Community.  Hubah has served domestically as a policy officer the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and overseas as a diplomat at U.S. embassies and consulates in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United Arab Emirates.  Prior to that, Hubah worked as an intelligence analyst focusing on Iran.  She has an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from the University of California, San Diego. 


Water Security and Global Health Challenges (FGSM 390)

Wednesday, 3:00-6:00 p.m., ESJ B0320
Please note that this course is cross-listed as HNUH 398T. 

Course Description: This course will examine water challenges and health threats, the major actors as well as mechanisms and initiatives involved in responding, and the factors that governments need to consider as they develop global water and health strategies. Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, health, and livelihood for families across the world. Water and sanitation related diseases remain among the major causes of death in children under five. The inter-connectedness between water and health, energy, food security, ecosystems, and climate change makes water a key foundation for achieving country-level sustainable development goals.

Infectious disease outbreaks and other global health emergencies also pose threats not only to human health but to broader social, economic and political goals. The goal of building capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to a range of infectious disease outbreaks has emerged as a major global objective. The speed with which disease travels in today’s inter-connected world and the rapidity with which health care capabilities can be overwhelmed often require coordinated response efforts by multiple actors to combat such outbreaks. The course will also feature guest lecturers from Washington’s national and international policymaking, think tank, and NGO communities.

Instructor Information:
Dr. Jonathan Margolis Dr. Jonathan Margolis, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. In this position, he is responsible for policies and programs in the areas of International Science & Technology, Space, and International Health and Biodefense. From 2007-2011, Dr. Margolis served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Communications in the Bureau of International Information Programs. Dr. Margolis oversaw the Bureau’s internet, video and print products, including social media. From 2006-2007, Dr. Margolis served as the Senior Coordinator for Global and Functional Issues in the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance, where he oversaw reform efforts to ensure effective use of foreign assistance resources. From 1997-2006, Dr. Margolis served as the Department's Special Representative for Sustainable Development and as the Director of the Office of Policy Coordination and Initiatives in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. As Special Representative, he headed the U.S. Delegation to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Dr. Margolis joined the State Department in 1991 as a American Association for Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellow and was integrally involved in environment, water, and economic issues and programs, as part of the multilateral track of the Middle East peace process through 1996. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at American University and the Foreign Service Institute, where he conducted courses on environmental policy, negotiations, and international organizations. Dr. Margolis has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in psychology, focusing on negotiation and conflict resolution. He holds a Master's Degree from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy. His undergraduate degree is in Fine Arts from Harvard College.

Dr. Winston Yu Dr. Winston Yu is a Senior Water Resources Specialist at the World Bank (recently returning from a secondment to the International Water Management Institute). He joined the Bank in 2005 and has carried out projects and studies in the South and East Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa regions. His special interests include river basin management, hydrologic modeling, flood forecasting and management, transboundary issues, irrigation modernization, water institutions, and adaptation to climate change. Prior to joining the Bank, he was a Senior Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) working on water and climate change modeling studies and also served as a Science Officer at the US Department of State where he worked on water issues in the Middle East (including Iraq). He is currently on the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches courses on international water issues. He holds a PhD in environmental science and engineering from Harvard University.