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Summer Reading – Part 5

Our summer reading series continues.  The first part of the entry contains information from a few more incoming students and a list of recent posts from faculty and current students follows.

New Students to Follow or Read

Anna Edgerton (Incoming MIA, dual degree with Journalism)

Twitter: @AnnaEdge4

Recently published on the World Policy Journal website Full project:

My article:

Aly Jiwani (Incoming MIA)

Pakistan’s Brewing Sectarian War (Foreign Policy Magazine)

Wendy Lee (Degree Program: Dual Degree MPA from LSE)

Twitter: @wleerpcv

Personal Blog:

Peace Corps Blog:

Aarti Ramachandran (Incoming MIA) 

I blog for the Foreign Policy Association on topics related to India.

Other Reading Opportunities – SIPA Faculty and Students

The Bad, the Bad-ass, the Badassilisks: A final project by Emiko Araki, Julia Charavoine, Feng Feng and Jennifer Wilmore in Craig Duff’s multiplatform storytelling course.

Hassan Abbas was interviewed by the Council on Foreign Relations: “A Low in Cycle of U.S.-Pakistan Ties.” He also blogs at the Asia Society and Watandost.

John Lyman guest-posts on “Pakistan-U.S. Relations Going Forward” at The Morningside Post, SIPA’s student-run blog.

Steven Cohen: “The Return of Drill, Baby, Drill” at The Huffington Post.

Gary Sick analyzes President Obama’s speech on the Middle East at his blog Gary’s Choices.

Rebecca Wexler (MIA ’11) writes, “Amateur Aid Causes Trouble in Haiti” at Writing About War, Thanassis Cambanis’ graduate seminar blog.

Polly Cleveland writes, “From Public Meat Markets to Derivatives Markets” at Dollars & Sense.

Stuart Gottlieb comments on the announcements by Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump at The Arena, Politico’s daily debate with policymakers and opinion shapers.

Howard Friedman writes, “Discrimination in Plain View: Walking out of a Restaurant” at The Huffington Post.

Michelle Chahine (MIA ’12) and a few SIPA students try to define “ambition” at her blog First Generation.

John Mutter talks about “Growing a Better Bike” at OnEarth.


Alumni Notes #1: February 2011

Every so often I work with our Director of Alumni Affairs and I get highlights on what some of our alumni are doing.  I received a report from her earlier this week and started to digest it.  I decided to divide the information into two posts.  This first post covers three general sectors and the next post will cover NGOs, the United Nations, business, academia and think tanks.

Below are sector titles, names, program, graduation year, organizations, and titles.  Feel free to follow the links for related pages on those referenced.

Media and Technology

Na Eng – MIA 1999:  News and Documentary Producer, CNBC.

Omoyele  Sowore – MPA 2003:  Founder of

Claire Shipman – MIA 1994:  Senior National Correspondent, ABC News

Richard Smith – MIA 1969:  Chairman, Newsweek

Lan Yang – MIA 1996:  Sun Media Investment Holdings

Politics and Government

Bill de Blasio – MIA 1987:  New York City Public Advocate

Eric Garcetti – MIA 1995:  President, Los Angeles City Council

Patricia Haslach – MIA 1981:  Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy of the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, US Department of State

Shannon Lightner-Gometz – MPA 2001:  Deputy Director, Illinois Dept of Public health, Office of Women’s Health

Robert Scher – MIA 1991:  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, U.S. Department of Defense

Chun Yung Woo – MIA 1994:  Korean Senior Presidential Secretary for Foreign Affairs and National Security, Korean Government.


Scott Campbell – MIA 1995:  Executive Director, Elton John AIDS Foundation

Richard Greenberg – MPA 2004:  President, The Fund for New Jersey.

Anisa Kamadoli Costa – MIA 1998:  President, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation

Ferry Pausch – MIA 2001:  Managing Director, Deutschlandstiftung Integration

Rita Soni – MIA 2001:  CEO, NASSCOM Foundation

SIPA Media Notes

It is not uncommon for SIPA faculty to be featured in the media.  Here is a recent compilation of some appearances.


Steven Cohen asks “Can Obama Get His Sputnik Moment?”
CNN, January 26, 2011
“By recalling the challenge of Sputnik, the president is trying to summon America to a national effort to retool and revitalize our economy. America brings great resources and great difficulties to this newly competitive environment.”

Jeffrey Sachs gives State of the Union address a “thumbs down”
Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2011
“Professor Sachs … says the numbers won’t add up. That’s because [education, infrastructure and basic research] already take up a large chunk of the more than $600 billion of nondefense discretionary spending undertaken by the government.”

Dorian Warren provides commentary on State of the Union address
NY1, January 25, 2011 (Windows Media Player)

“I think it was a very good speech. I think he was drawing from the Tucson speech where he came across as post-partisan, as willing to reach across the aisle as unifier, that he defined the ‘we’ as a nation.”

Helios Herrera discusses the State of the Union address

Rede TV, January 26, 2011 (Portuguese)

“Obama’s proposed budget cuts will not be enough to cut the whole budget deficit and the Republicans might repeal them for that reason. The climate of bipartisanship at the speech will not change overall the political game. The republicans will do what is possible to make sure Obama does not get reelected in 2012.”

William Eimicke previews State of the Union address
WNYC, January 25, 2011
“Professor Eimicke said the president needs to get more specific. He’d especially like to hear more about the president’s plans for improving the nation’s infrastructure to help boost the economy and create jobs.”

Anya Schiffrin examines “Davos and the Gender Quota”
The Guardian, January 25, 2011
“The air is thin in Davos, and every January it gets saturated with testosterone as economic and business leaders swoop in for the annual meeting, momentarily replacing the resort town’s sea of ski parkas with a cloud of black suits. But we didn’t know how bad things were until it was reported that sponsors of the meeting have been told to make sure they bring one woman for every four men in their delegation.”

David Dinkins discusses his legacy as the first black NYC mayor
, January 24, 2011
“Sometimes you will feel criticism is inaccurate and unfair. And sometimes you might feel, you know, you’ve got a point.”

William Eimicke presents the Picker Center’s police consolidation report to the City of Schenectady, NY
Albany Times-Union, January 25, 2011
“You’re spending less on rent, you’re spending less on technology, you’re spending less on equipment.”

Joseph Stiglitz comments from the World Economic Forum in Davos
Washington Post, January 24, 2011
“’If you work in emerging markets, you feel the energy. If you are in the U.S. or Europe, you see the numbers and it’s hard not to feel depressed.’”

Scott Barrett comments on Bill Gates’ donation to polio eradication
Associated Press, January 24, 2011
“Professor Barrett said if the World’s Health Organization’s next polio deadline is missed, it may be time to abandon the efforts  ‘Eradication cannot continue indefinitely. The situation is very fragile and at some point the alternative needs to be examined more carefully.’”

Diane Vaughan addresses NASA and the Challenger disaster, 25 years later
Orlando Sentinel, January 23, 2011
“Professor Vaughan, who researched NASA’s culture after Challenger and Columbia, says NASA has taken a different approach after Columbia: ‘Look at the recent attempts to launch Discovery and how long they’ve stood down for that. It doesn’t mean they [NASA engineers] are doing poorly. It means they identified a flaw and are taking safety seriously.’”

Gary Sick writes, “While You Were Reading About Ukrainian Nurses…”
Foreign Policy, January 19, 2011
“Real news was buried in WikiLeaks — like this revealing cable on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”

Patricia Gorman Clifford discusses “What Do Business Schools Want?”
Washington Post, January 24, 2011
“The fact you are realistically evaluating your current skill set is a great place to begin. Some prospective students are so focused on gaining admission that they don’t think enough about managing the hard work and specific types of tasks that they’ll be expected to complete as a student.”

Jeffrey Sachs discusses the outlook for the European debt crisis
Bloomberg TV, January 18, 2011
Professor Sachs talks about the outlook for the European debt crisis, the economic growth outlook for Africa, the impact of globalization on U.S. society, and climate change.

Dorian Warren on Walmart and New York City
WNYC, January 18, 2011
“They waited until the political opportunity was much more advantageous for them in the sense of an economic recession. It’s muted some of the opponents’ claims about how Walmart will be bad for certain neighborhoods precisely because it’s hard to say we don’t want jobs Walmart would create.”

Joseph Stiglitz discusses “unsustainable imbalances” in emerging nations
El Mercurio de Valparaíso, January 16, 2011 (Spanish)
Professor Stiglitz visited Santiago, Chile to share his reflections on “unsustainable imbalances” in capital inflow with Columbia University graduates and former World Bank officials.

Arvind Panagariya comments on Indian growth and poverty
Times of India, January 14, 2011
In delivering the Raj Krishna Memorial lecture at the University of Rajasthan, Professor Panagariya said, “India’s economy is growing at over 12 percent in dollar terms. It’s $1.3 trillion economy can reach the size of China’s  $6 trillion in 15 years if it continues to grow at the current pace.”

Anya Schiffrin is blogging from the World Economic Forum at ReutersDavos Notebook. Read her latest “The Deepest Fear of the Davos Man.”

Howard Friedman blogs for The Huffington Post. Read his latest: “What Would Dr. King Think of Today’s Poverty?”

John Mutter was featured on TreeHugger in an article entitled, “Brooklyn’s Bamboo Bikes Hitting the Big Time in Ghana.”

Anne Nelson posted “Vietnam Fighting a Losing Battle Against Free Speech Online” at PBS’s  MediaShift blog.

Rodolfo de la Garza blogs for WNYC. Read his latest post, “The Case for Nonpartisan Redistricting.”

Gary Sick blogs at Read his comments on “And Life Goes On: An Iran Snapshot.”

Steven Cohen blogs regularly for The Huffington Post. Read his latest post: “Civility is More Than Symbolism.”

Stuart Gottlieb comments regularly on The Arena, Politico’s daily debate with policymakers and opinion shapers.

Digital Media as a Means For Social Change

There are always events going on at SIPA each week featuring interesting speakers from all different fields.  A recent example focused on professionals representing digital media channels you are likely familiar with.  The following article was contributed by SIPA student Timothy Shenk.


Two leaders in the evolving digital media landscape spoke with SIPA students about promoting social and political advocacy through online videos and other channels.

Steve Grove, head of news and politics at YouTube, and Noopur Agarwal, director of public affairs at MTV, discussed their organizations’ work in separate presentations.
Grove described the ways news and political videos have proliferated on YouTube in recent years, as everyone from federal bureaucrats to amateur pundits use the medium to speak directly to millions of viewers. In an innovative approach to journalism, YouTube has conducted virtual town hall meetings by soliciting questions from the public and submitting them directly to leaders such as President Obama, Grove said.

However, unlike the traditional news media, YouTube is unable to vet its content for accuracy or decency before it is posted online. Pornographic, copyrighted or hateful material must be flagged by users or identified by a computer algorithm, then reviewed by a YouTube employee, before it can be taken down, Grove said.

Agarwal described MTV‘s approach to social advocacy. Beginning with the Live Aid concerts in 1985, MTV has used its pop culture brand to advocate for issues of concern to young people. In 2004, MTV launched a campaign on its college network, mtvU, to press for an end to the genocide in Darfur.

MTV carries out its campaigns in partnership with public policy organizations. For example, MTV promotes testing for sexually transmitted diseases in partnership with a public health research and advocacy organization, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

MTV also partners with the social networking service Foursquare to encourage people to post an online badge showing that they have been tested. Surprisingly, it has become one of the most popular Foursquare badges, Agarwal said.

Most recently, MTV launched “A Thin Line,” a campaign to raise awareness about digital abuse. MTV runs advocacy videos on its main cable channel and promotes a website where young people share real stories of online bullying.

“This is the first generation that’s grown up this way and has relationships play out online,”Agarwal said. “It’s part of being a young person from now on.”

SIPA Faculty Member Wins an Emmy in Digital Documentary Category

Many students at SIPA are interested in the use of media as it relates to policy objectives.  This interest is met through our specialization in International Media, Advocacy, and Communications (IMAC).

Adjunct SIPA professor Craig Duff, who teaches in SIPA’s IMAC specialization, recently won an Emmy.  He shares an Emmy for his work at TIME – three online videos called the Iconic Photo series.

The following comes from the Letter from the Editor section of TIME:

TIME has a long history of innovation in visual media — which continues to this day. In 1937 we won an Oscar for our March of Time newsreels. On Sept. 27, 2010, we won an Emmy in the new digital documentary category, for three online videos called the Iconic Photo series.

The series was produced and edited by Craig Duff,’s director of multimedia, who accepted the award alongside photographer Anthony Suau, whose image of a young man hammering at the Berlin Wall in 1989 was the subject of one of the videos.

“The idea,” Duff says, “is to bring famous images to life in a new medium, with the same attention to reporting and storytelling that we have always been known for.”

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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