United Nations representative Neal Walker (MPIA '82), will be on hand to discuss the unprecedented circumstances facing Ukraine at 12:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 9 in Posvar Hall, 3415. Walker is currently the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine. Prior to his current post in Ukraine, he served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh (2011 - 2014) and in the Kyrgyz Republic (2006 - 2011). In addition to these senior positions, Neal has served with UN in Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala and (as briefly as possible) in UN HQ in New York.
Students are welcome to attend this meeting to receive an overview of the Ford Institute Working Group on Food Security. At the conclusion of the meeting, students will be asked to volunteer to participate and will receive their research assignments.
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The Matthew Ridgway Center will host a two-day conference, Sept. 10 - 11 entitled "Containing Treat Convergence, Exploiting Threat Divergence: U.S. Strategy in Dealing with Emerging Threats" in Ballroom B of the University Club.
The overall purpose of the conference is to examine the notion of convergence as it becomes increasingly prominent in discussions within the Department of Defense and the Department of State, as well as the Department of Homeland Security. In recent years, the notion of threat convergence has become central to much of the national security dialogue in the United States, providing the focus for congressional hearings, an initiative by the Fund for Peace, and the theme of many academic articles.
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2015 GSPIA Graduation
Anthony Asciolla (MPA '13) was recently featured in the Tribune-Review for his commitment to the citizens of Baldwin Borough. According to the article, this June marked Asciolla's one-year anniversary as the borough's code-enforcement officer. The borough manager praised Asciolla's work with residents, going above-and-beyond the call of duty when an elderly woman was forced from her home after flooding. “Anthony stepped in, kept in touch with this woman, plugged her in with some social services,” borough manager John Barrett said. “He went beyond where we normally would have gone to make sure that she was accounted for.” Read more.
According to data in the August 21, 2015 Chronicle of Higher Education, the endowment of the University of Pittsburgh now ranks #25 among all U.S. colleges and universities. As recently as 2011 Pitt’s endowment was just over $2 billion. In the 2014 data just released, Pitt’s endowment had increased to just under $3.5 billion. Pitt’s endowment now ranks #7 among public research universities behind only those of the University of Texas, Texas A&M, the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Virginia and Ohio State.
On July 16 Dean John Keeler and Professor Lou Picard hosted a dinner at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, to present Distinguished Alumnus Awards to Pandelani Thomas Mathoma (MPIA ’94, PhD 2000) and Thomas Mathukhu Mogale (PhD ’97). Both are alumni of the School of Governance (formerly P&DM) at “Wits” and wrote their dissertations under the supervision of Picard, who played a major role in assisting with the establishment of the school in the early 1990s and has been a frequent visitor ever since.. Our dinner thus also served as a celebration of the special partnership between GSPIA and the Wits policy school, whose primary purpose since its inception has been helping to build a post-apartheid public service in South Africa and to enhance public management throughout the region.
GSPIA/Pitt is ranked #19 world-wide in the 2015 Foreign Policy magazine rankings of the top 25 master’s programs for those seeking a policy career in international relations. GSPIA/Pitt ranked #16 among U.S. programs and #3 among programs at U.S. public universities, behind only UC-San Diego and UC-Berkeley. The full rankings are included in the January/February 2015 issue of Foreign Policy.
Dean John Keeler and Director of Alumni Relations Jean Hale, along with Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Alastair Hamilton from our Washington Center, spent the third week in June meeting with many of our DC-based alumni at a variety of events large and small.
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