The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Senior Fellows.
Jackson Senior Fellows are leading practitioners in various fields of international affairs who spend a year or semester at Yale teaching courses and mentoring students. This year’s group includes eight newcomers and 12 returning Fellows.
He retired from the Foreign Service in April 2009 after a career of over 37 years but was recalled to active duty by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan in 2011. He has served as U.S. Ambassador six times: Afghanistan (2011-2012), Iraq (2007-2009), Pakistan (2004-2007), Syria (1998-2001), Kuwait (1994-1997), and Lebanon (1990-1993).
Born in Spokane, Washington, he grew up in an Air Force family, attending schools in Morocco, Canada and Turkey, as well as the U.S. He received a B.A. in English in 1971 and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2001 from Whitman College (Washington). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Association of American Ambassadors. In August 2013, he was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors which oversees all U.S. government-supported civilian international media.
Before joining CFR as a fellow in 2017, Di Giovanni was the Middle East Editor at Newsweek reporting mainly on human rights abuses and investigating war crimes, and an award-winning writer for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Harpers, Granta, The New York Review of Books and the Guardian. A recent Pakis Scholar at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Di Giovanni has extensive experience focusing on war crimes, international law and international security.
She is a leading expert analyst on the Middle East, Balkans and Africa, geopolitical risk, international security, conflict prevention, strategic communications, human rights, sustainability, and global terrorism. She has investigated war crimes and reported war on four continents over the past three decades.
Di Giovanni has reported widely on war, conflict, and its aftermath for more than 30 years in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Africa. She has witnessed the siege of Sarajevo, the fall of Grozny, and the genocide of Srebrenica and Rwanda as well as more than a dozen active conflicts where she was a front-line witness. She has won more than 10 major awards for her war reporting.
He now serves as the head of the China practice at The Cohen Group, a global business strategy consultancy. Dave also teaches at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and is Senior Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago (EPIC) and at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, Dari and Greek.
Prior to his entry into the private sector, Governor Richardson represented New Mexico in the 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. Congress for 15 years (1982-1996). He then was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy (1997- 2000). As a diplomat and Special Envoy to the Organization of American States (OAS) from 2010-2016, he successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq and the Sudan. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize four times.
Ambassador Thomas speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Bangla. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. He is a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees.
For a decade, she produced in-depth reports from regions in crisis, including Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; Pakistan; China; Afghanistan; Russia; Yemen; Iraq; Korea; Egypt; Syria; Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan; Crimea and Ukraine; and Iraqi Kurdistan. While in Washington, she covered the making of U.S. foreign policy.
Warner won an Emmy Award for her 2007 reporting from Pakistan. Other honors include the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting from Georgetown University, and the George Polk Award to a Newsweek team for its coverage of terrorism.
She joined the NewsHour in 1993 after two decades as a political, White House and diplomatic correspondent at Newsweek magazine. A panelist in the last 1998 presidential campaign debate, she covered U.S. policymaking during the George H.W. Bush Administration, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Previously, she reported for the Wall Street Journal, and the Concord (N.H.) Monitor.