Jackson Visiting Fellows Program

Jackson Visiting Fellows are distinguished practitioners invited to participate in an immersive multi-day program on the Yale campus, highlighting their extraordinary contributions to global affairs. They enrich the Jackson and broader university community through attending classes, giving public talks, and interacting with students and faculty through a variety of engaging events. 

Launched in 2019, the Jackson Visiting Fellows program strengthens connections between the Jackson Institute and centers of excellence across Yale University, integrates practitioners with scholars, and extends Jackson’s vibrant network of exceptional individuals deeply committed to global affairs. 

Visiting Fellows

Staffan de Mistura | October 22-23, 2019

Staffan de Mistura, former Undersecretary General of the UN and Special Representative for Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, visited Yale October 22-23, 2019. During his time at Yale, de Mistura spoke in six Global Affairs classes and gave a public talk to a standing-room-only audience in Horchow Hall. Read more about his visit

Staffan de Mistura, former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, served as Special Envoy for Syria of the United Nations Secretary-General from July 2014 to December 2018.  Prior to this assignment, he was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq (2007-2009) and in Afghanistan (2010-2011), and Italy’s Deputy Foreign Minister. During a career of over four decades with United Nations agencies, he served in numerous conflict zones, directing complex relief operations, food distributions and vaccination campaigns. In particular, he was posted in Sudan, Ethiopia, Albania, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia.  He also held senior political and humanitarian assignments in Lebanon and Iraq, and served as Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme.  Mr. de Mistura is a national of Italy and Sweden. He speaks seven languages.