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Weatherhead Center awards 16 fellowships

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The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard recently announced that it has awarded 16 fellowships for the 2006-07 academic year. The recipients are as follows:

Amparo Eréndira Anguiano (Mexico) was a political officer with the rank of first secretary, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, from 2001 to this year. Previously, she served as political officer posted to the embassy of Mexico in Hungary. Other previous assignments include deputy director, European division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Mexico; head of Russian desk, European Division, MOFA; and political officer, with rank of third secretary, embassy of Mexico in China. Her Harvard research will focus on issues pertaining to multilateral diplomacy and the United Nations (U.N.) – in particular, U.N. peacekeeping operations and postconflict peace-building activities, and the ways in which member states contribute to such efforts.

Armando Barucco (Italy) served until July 2006 at the Directorate General for European Integration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was in charge of European Union (EU) Financial and Development Cooperation Programmes. Previously, he was consul general of Italy in Mumbai (Bombay), India. Other previous assignments were to the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU; Italian embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he served as deputy head of mission; and in Somalia, where he was deputy head of the Italian diplomatic delegation for Somalia during the United Task Force (UNITAF) and United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM) operations. While at Harvard, Barucco is pursuing research on globalization and its effects on traditional societies in Asia, especially in India and China. His research will focus on the relationship between religion, politics, and economics. He is also interested in pursuing his studies on the enlargement of the EU.

James Bevan (United Kingdom) was most recently the director for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London. He has served in British embassies in Washington, D.C., Paris, and Kinshasa, Congo, and at the U.K. delegation to NATO. In the FCO in London, he has worked on a wide range of issues, including the EU and the Balkans. Bevan has also worked for the U.S. administration on an exchange program with the State Department. While at Harvard, he is pursuing research on the role of embassies in the digital age, decision making in foreign policy, and leadership of organizational change.

Alaa Issa comes to Harvard from New York, where he served as counselor, political and disarmament, with the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations. Since joining the foreign service in 1988, he has worked principally in New York and Cairo, with a focus on human rights, nonproliferation, and the regional and security portfolio relating to Iraq. From 1999 to 2002, he was director, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Bureau, in the foreign ministry. The most recent assignment is his second to the U.N. Mission. While at Harvard University, Issa will conduct research in several areas, including enforcement of international obligations, legal and political; proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and the nature of state sovereignty in international legal frameworks.

Hong-Rak Kim served most recently as Korean ambassador to Guatemala. Previously, he served as deputy director general responsible for Latin American Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Seoul. Overseas assignments include Ecuador, Panama, Mexico, and the United States (Washington, D.C., and Atlanta). While in Washington, D.C., he served as Korean representative of an observer member state to the Organization of American States (OAS), and participated in OAS general assemblies in Panama (1996) and Peru (1997). While at Harvard, he will conduct research on the Republic of Korea’s policy for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula, and the role of the United States in this process.

WonHyung Lee, Republic of Korea, comes to Harvard as ambassador at large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT). From 2001 to 2003, he served as Korean ambassador to Cambodia. Other previous assignments include: minister, Korean embassy, Japan (1999-2001); minister, Korean embassy, China (1997-1999); and deputy director general, Asia-Pacific Bureau, MOFAT (1995-1997). Ambassador Lee has also held several academic positions, including distinguished professor, Yonsei University, Department of Political Science; lecturer, Yonsei University, Graduate School of Public Administration; and visiting researcher, Keio University, Department of Law (International Politics). He is the author of several publications, including “Diplomatic Strategies of Korea: National Strategies of the Ro Moo-Hyun Government.” While at Harvard, he plans to conduct research on a “balanced” strategy for Korea’s dealings with North Korea and the United States. He is also interested in pursuing research on the Republic of Korea-United States-Japan security triangle.

Marina Albinovna Makovskaya, Russian Federation, currently holds positions as senior research fellow, Russian Academy of Sciences, and as director, Center of Innovative Technologies. Makovskaya has most recently served as director, economic consulting for the State Fund for assistance of the development of small innovative enterprises in innovative areas of the government of Russia. As senior research fellow of the Russian Academy of Sciences, she has served as economic counselor with the government delegation in Seoul, negotiating the export of liquid natural gas and processing products. She has also worked as a researcher for the Korean Development Institute of the World Bank, and for the Posco Research Institute, Republic of Korea. While at Harvard, Makovskaya will conduct research on issues surrounding the current energy debate, specifically, with respect to energy poverty; the challenge of joint energy partnerships; and the development of global and regional energy markets.

Ernst K. Martens (Germany) has most recently served as director for civil, commercial, and trade law at the Foreign Office in Berlin. Previously, he was deputy head of mission at the German embassy in Algiers and before that deputy director of the Foreign Office treaty section and legal adviser at the German U.N. Mission in New York and German representative in the Sixth Committee of the U.N. General Assembly. He served as deputy head of mission at the German embassy in Asunción, Paraguay, after working at the International Law Division of the Foreign Office and as German delegate to conferences on the law of the sea, air and space law, and environmental law. While at Harvard, he will pursue research on international arbitration as a means to resolve cross-border investment disputes and the role of international law.

Kim Mattsson, lieutenant colonel with the Finnish Defense Forces, joins the fellows program following seven years as aide-de-camp to the president of Finland, the last three as first aide-de-camp. Previously, he was military assistant to the chief of the defense staff; staff officer, operational division; and military observer in the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, Middle East. While at Harvard, he will focus on crisis management, operations other than war, the role of the armed forces, and support to civil authorities.

Charles L. Moore Jr. (colonel, United States Air Force [USAF]) comes to Harvard following a two-year assignment at Aviano Air Base, Italy, where he served as commander of the 555th Fighter Squadron. The squadron is tasked with conducting offensive and defensive operations under NATO, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and national taskings with various weapons systems. Moore was responsible for the operational combat capability and training of 47 assigned/attached fighter pilots, along with 18 enlisted personnel. He supervised all aspects of squadron operations including a $26 million flying program consisting of 4,500 sorties and 10,400 hours. Other previous assignments include F-16 assistant operations officer, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nevada (1998-2001); and F-16 weapons officer, 35 FS, Kinsan AB South Korea (1997-98). While at Harvard, he will pursue research on the next generation of USAF aircraft.

Martha Papadopoulou (Greece, Ministry of Education) is an educator whose specialty is philosophy and history. She has worked as an archivist with the General Central Archives – Historic Archives of Epirus, prefecture of Ioannina, since 1988. In addition to authoring numerous articles and other publications, Papadopoulou has appeared at dozens of conferences in Greece and abroad and has conducted research in the United States, Austria, Switzerland, China, and Israel, among other destinations. She was previously assistant professor at the University of Ioannina, where she taught on the history of medicine. While at Harvard, she plans to conduct research on government and public administration in the United States, China, and Europe.

Claude Rakovsky, (France, EU, civil servant) has served for most of his career as an official in the directorate general for competition of the European Commission (EC). In the past decade, Rakovsky has been in charge, as a head of unit, of the review of some of the major merger projects filed with the European Commission under the EC Merger Regulation. During his time serving with the directorate general for competition, he was the main negotiator for antitrust cooperation agreements between the EU and third countries, including the 1995 agreement between the government of the United States and the commission regarding the application of competition laws. While at Harvard, he will conduct comparative research on the approach of United States and the EU antitrust agencies to the abuse of power by large corporations.

Jisheng Sun is an associate professor at China Foreign Affairs University. Most recently, Sun served as the deputy dean of the Department of English and International Studies. Previously, she was the section chief of the department’s graduate program, a program that has produced many excellent interpreters of the foreign ministry and other ministries. She has also been a visiting professor at Marietta College (Ohio), where she taught Chinese culture and society and other related courses. Sun has been actively involved in the English language training of Chinese government officials and functionaries, and is one of the chief examiners of the comprehensive English test for Beijing municipal functionaries. While at Harvard, she hopes to conduct research on international relations theories.

Yukio Takasu (Japan, diplomat) comes to Harvard from Tokyo, where he served as ambassador in charge of human security, science and technology cooperation, and special envoy for U.N. reform. From 2001 to 2005, he was ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna. Additionally, he represented Japan at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization, U.N. Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and other United Nations bodies located in Vienna. He served as assistant secretary-general and as controller of the United Nations from 1993 to 1997. He served for three years in the late 1990s as ambassador to the United Nations, where he represented Japan on the Security Council and other U.N. conferences. Other overseas assignments have included London; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Jakarta, Indonesia. While at Harvard, Takasu will conduct research on human security and multilateral diplomacy.

Stephen Townsend (colonel, U.S. Army) has served most recently as the deputy chief of plans, U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Previously, he served as the chief of the Total Army Analysis in the Army headquarters in the Pentagon. He has also served as a combined planner in Korea and as an executive officer in a Ranger Training battalion and in a mechanized infantry battalion. While at Harvard, he will research crisis prevention and cooperation with weak and failing states to prevent state failure.

Peter Watkins (United Kingdom, Ministry of Defence [MOD]) was most recently command secretary of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Strike Command, which contains the RAF’s frontline aircraft. Watkins was responsible for finance, civilian personnel, and political affairs. He was previously private secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence from 2001 to late 2003, a period of significant operational activity and policy development. Earlier assignments had centered on defense acquisition and international armaments cooperation. He was team leader of the ministry’s “Smart Acquisition” change program, counselor for Armaments and Aerospace in the British Embassy, Berlin; and, in the mid-90s, the MOD director responsible for the financial and politico-legal aspects of the United Kingdom’s participation in the Eurofighter, Tornado, and Joint Strike Fighter programs. While at Harvard, he will research the politico-military framework for peace support operations, energy security, and NATO/EU relations with Ukraine and neighboring countries.