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Weatherhead Center for International Affairs names 2000-01 fellows

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The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs has named 21 international affairs practitioners from around the world as fellows for 2000-01. Established in 1958, with the founding of the Center, the Fellows Program welcomes mid- to senior-level diplomats, military officers, politicians, journalists, and others working in the realm of international affairs to pursue independent study and research at the University for one academic year.

As resources within the University community, the fellows will lend their expertise to both faculty and students throughout Harvard by engaging in the life of the University through seminar presentations, auditing and guest lecturing in courses of instruction, providing guidance for theses and dissertations, and the pursuit of their own focused research.

More than 800 individuals from all over the world have participated in the program. Former Fellows hold prominent positions of influence throughout the world. For more information, go to

The 2000-01 Weatherhead Center Fellows include the following:

James C.P. Chang, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan. Chang has most recently served as assistant director general in the Ministry’s Department of Information and Cultural Affairs. His Harvard studies involve an in-depth look at U.S. policy toward mainland China and Taiwan, and an analysis of issues concerning Taiwan and regional security.

Chen Zhou, Senior Colonel, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of the People’s Republic of China. For the past two years, Chen has been deputy director and senior fellow in the Academy of Military Science of the PLA. Chen is pursuing research in international security, arms control and disarmament, China’s national defense policy and military strategy, and the Asia-Pacific region security strategies of China and the United States.

Werner Daum, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since 1996, Daum has served as the German ambassador to Sudan. While at Harvard, Daum is making inquiries into how a people’s concept of human rights is determined by collective historical experience, levels of economic development, and basic social structures.

Dominique Decherf, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. Since 1997, Decherf has been deputy head of personnel in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris. Decherf is spending his year at Harvard researching the role of religion in international relations and studying Franco-American relations in the contexts of religion and politics.

Rodolfo A. Díaz, attorney general of Argentina during the second presidential term of Carlos Menem. Díaz is carrying out scholarly work on market-oriented reforms and institutional change, constitutional law and political economy, and public ethics and accountability, all particularly in the historical context of Argentina of the 1990s and with an eye toward the first decade of the new century.

Shin Ebihara, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Ebihara most recently served as executive assistant to the Prime Minister of Japan. Ebihara is researching the effects of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty on East Asian security.

Paul W.D. Hatt, Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom. Hatt has recently been serving as command secretary of the Royal Air Force Logistics Command for the Ministry of Defense. He is carrying out research on the achievements, failures, and lessons to be learned for future arms-control regimes based on the experience of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM).

Erkki Huittinen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Since 1996, Huittinen has been ambassador of Finland to Malaysia. His research focuses on the economic and political transitions in Eastern Europe after the Cold War and their relation to European Union enlargement.

Kevin C. Hutcheson, Commander, U.S. Navy. Hutcheson has most recently served as executive officer and then as commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 27 (VFA-27), which was embarked in USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and deployed to Atsugi, Japan. At Harvard, he is working on confidence- and security-building measures, specifically, the Open Skies Treaty, and applications for aerial inspection regimes and arms-control verification and compliance.

Ji Young-Sun, senior editorial writer with the Hankyoreh Daily Newspaper in Seoul, Korea, since 1998. While at Harvard, she is researching the North Korean refugee problem in China and prospects for improvement in the relationship between North and South Korea.

Ginandjar Kartasasmita, People’s Consultative Assembly, Indonesia. Until most recently, Ginandjar has been vice chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly, the highest constitutional body in Indonesia, where he has been elected five times as a member over the past 18 years. Ginandjar’s Harvard studies focus on an analysis of the political and economic forces that constrained policy responses to the Asian financial crisis, the process of constitutional reforms in a newly emerging democratic society, the process of democratization, and the role of international institutions in the Asian crisis.

Epameinondas Marias, Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Marias is a special scientific collaborator in the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was a candidate for a seat in the Greek Parliament in the April 2000 elections. Marias is working on the current and future roles of citizens in European society, the role of nongovernmental organizations and political parties in European integration, and international conflict resolution.

Oliver McTernan, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Notting Hill, London, has also been working with Pax Christi International with special responsibility for developing dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church, nongovernmental organizations, and government organizations in the former Soviet Union. As a fellow, McTernan is examining the religious element in current conflicts and exploring the spiritual dimension of conflict resolution on a local and global scale.

Smita Purushottam, Ministry of External Affairs of India. Until recently, Purushottam has been director for her Ministry of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). At Harvard, she is assessing the future direction of the Indian economy by conducting an empirical study on its recent liberalization and the process of its integration with major regional economies and the global economy.

Noemí Sanín, a Colombian politician. In 1998, she was the presidential candidate for the independent movement, Sí Colombia -Opción Vida, and she has served as the Colombian foreign minister. Her studies concern the historical, social, political, and economic contexts of globalization and their effect on the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Elisabeth E. Scheper, head of the East and Southeast Asia Department of the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation for the past 10 years. While at Harvard, she is researching how best to promote a rights-based approach to building a global society.

Jeffrey E. Stambaugh, Colonel, U.S. Air Force. Stambaugh has just completed a tour as commander, 425th Fighter Squadron, a unique F-16 squadron consisting significantly of Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. His Harvard studies focus on exit strategies for contingency operations and international security strategy and on the use of national tools to achieve policy objectives.

William J. Troy, U.S. Army, recently served as a brigade commander for the Training Support Brigade at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he provided training support to combat units of the National Guard in a four-state area. Troy’s research focuses on the capabilities and limitations of the U.S. military as an instrument of national power within the current American national security strategy.

Leonardo Vivas, executive director of the nongovernmental organization Venezuela Competitiva, the National Center for Competitiveness, for the past seven years. Vivas is launching a project to compare recent economic modernization policies, macroeconomic trends, and political development in Latin America.

Sebastian Wood, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom. Since 1998, Wood has served as principal private secretary to the Secretary of the Cabinet and head of the Home Civil Service. Wood is carrying out research on international security with particular interests in Asia-Pacific affairs, European security matters, and the role of the “information society” in international affairs.

Xénophon Yataganas, from Greece, a legal advisor in the Legal Service of the European Commission in Brussels. Yataganas is analyzing the recent institutional crisis of the Commission and the future of the European Constitution.