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Conference Program 26th Annual Graduate Student Conference of the BMW Center for German and European Studies Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University, Washington, DC Building Better Partnerships: Transatlantic Cooperation with the Developing World Friday, February 12, 2021 Online (Zoom)
Symposium Schedule* 9:00 – 9:05 AM Welcome by John Armstrong (MAGES ‘21) Introductory Remarks by Dr. Abraham Newamn 9:05 – 10:20 AM First Student Panel Moderators: Dr. Abraham Newman & Carla Adams (MAGES ‘22) 10:20 – 10:30 AM Break 10:30 – 11:50 AM Expert Panel Moderator: Dr. Scott Taylor 11:50 AM – 12:10 PM Break 12:10 – 1:20 PM Keynote Address by W. Gyude Moore & Discussion moderated by Jonas Heering (MAGES ‘21) & Kyilah Terry (MAGES ‘21) 1:20 – 2:00 PM Virtual Brown Bag Lunch & Undergraduate Research Presentation 2:00 – 3:15 PM Second Student Panel Moderators: Dr. Holger Wolf & Nick Lokker (MAGES ‘22) 3:15 – 3:30 PM Break 3:30 – 4:45 PM Alumni Panel Moderator: Dr. Katrin Sieg 4:45 – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks *All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Keynote Speaker W. Gyude Moore Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development W. Gyude Moore is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. He previously served as Liberia’s Minister of Public Works with oversight over the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure from December 2014 to January 2018. Prior to that role, Moore served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Head of the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU). As Head of the PDU, his team monitored progress and drove delivery of the Public Sector Investment Program of Liberia—a program of over $1 billion in road, power, port infrastructure, and social programs in Liberia after the civil war. As one of the President’s trusted advisors, he also played a crucial role in supporting President Sirleaf as Liberia responded to the West Africa Ebola outbreak and shaped its post-Ebola outlook At CGD, Moore’s research focus is around financing infrastructure in Africa and the changing landscape of development finance on the continent. His research tracks the channels of private sources of finance, the rise of China and its expanding role in Africa, and Africa’s response to these changes. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University. He holds a BS in Political Science from Berea College and an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Moore was also a 2019-2020 Centennial Fellow at the School of Foreign Service.
Expert Panel Dr. Anne-Marie Gulde Deputy Director for Asia and Pacific, International Monetary Fund Anne-Marie Gulde, a German National, is Deputy Director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department (APD). She is directly overseeing the Department’s work and policy priorities on South Asian countries (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka) and on several East Asian Countries (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam), and she leads the department’s work on financial sector issues. Before joining APD in 2019 she was Deputy Director in the African Department and earlier in the European Department, and previously held a division chief position in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department. Dr. Gulde studied Economics, Political Science, and History in Tuebingen, (Germany), St. Louis (USA), and Kiel (Germany) and holds a Ph.D. in international economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva (Switzerland). She has published widely on different topics in international economics, with a focus on exchange rate regimes, currency boards, and financial stability and development issues. Eric Kite (MAGES ‘98) Deputy Director, Caribbean Affairs, United States Agency for International Development Eric Kite is a career civil servant with 22 years of experience working for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He currently serves as the Deputy Director for Caribbean Affairs in the Agency’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau. Mr. Kite began his USAID career as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Center for Democracy and Governance, working extensively with Transparency International and in the design of Agency transparency and accountability programs in the Philippines, Indonesia, Paraguay, and Mexico. He also worked for six months for USAID/West Bank & Gaza managing support for the Palestinian Legislative Council. He then served several years as the regional coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean democracy programs. From 2005-2006, he served as the Office Director for Democracy and Governance in Kabul, Afghanistan, managing USAID’s program of support for the country’s first parliamentary election, establishment of the new Parliament, as well as civil society, rule of law, and decentralization programs. Upon return from Afghanistan, he joined the Latin America and
Caribbean Bureau as a democracy specialist. After acceptance into the Agency’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Mr. Kite served for three months as the Acting Mission Director of USAID/Guyana in 2011 and completed a development assignment to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training. Mr. Kite served as Director of the Central America and Mexico Office from 2014 to 2018. Mr. Kite holds a master’s degree in foreign service with a specialization in democratic transitions from Georgetown University. This followed Ph.D.-track political science coursework from the University of Missouri, and a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Germany studying international relations and democratic transitions. He has undergraduate degrees in political science and German from the University of Missouri. He is a native of Columbia, Missouri. Helga Flores Trejo Vice President Global Public Affairs International Organizations, Bayer AG As VP for Global Public Affairs for International Organizations, Helga Flores Trejo is responsible for driving Bayer’s relations and partnerships with International Organizations, such as UN agencies and Multilateral Developments Banks, as well as key networks such as WEF, B20 and others. Additionally, she manages Bayer’s multilateral trade policy. Prior to joining Bayer, she led open innovation at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in charge of establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships to foster innovation, such as MIT Media Lab, WEF’s 4th Industrial Revolution Center among others. Previously, she was Head of External Relations for the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) known today as BID Invest. At the IDB Group, she held diverse positions, including Chief of the Constituencies Unit, Head of Strategic Communications for Sectors and Advisor on External Relations in Brazil for the Representative of the IDB. Prior to joining the IDB Group, she served as Executive Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, one of Germany’s largest foundations, promoting transatlantic policy exchange on issues including sustainable development, climate change and global security. Prior to that, she worked for the Government of Hamburg, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Belgrade, and the German Parliament (Bundestag). Helga Flores Trejo has fellowships with the Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Prince of Wales’ Business and Environment Program, and the BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation. She is a Board Member of CulturalVistas. She served in the Commission for Civility and Effective Governance of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and, she was as member of the Europe-U.S.-Latin America Task Force of the Atlantic Council. Helga Flores holds a master’s degree in international Relations from Frankfurt University in Germany and speaks Spanish, German, English, French and Portuguese.
Student Panel 1 Alta Alonzi National University of Singapore, Singapore “Donor Do’s and Don’ts: More Equitable Approaches to Development Aid in Thailand” Alta Alonzi is a Master in Public Policy degree candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She is interested in the intersection of policy, environment, gender, and entrepreneurship in international development. She has five years of experience working in six countries for international development including teaching, donor research, capacity-building training, and drafting strategy documents for small grassroots NGOs up to international organizations such as UNICEF, the Asian Development Bank, and BRAC Bangladesh. Alta completed her undergraduate degree in Global Liberal Studies at New York University. Marta Granados Hernández Fordham University, USA “A Transatlantic Response to the Belt and Road Initiative in Eurasia: The Cases of Kazakhstan and Pakistan” Marta is a graduating senior at Fordham University majoring in International Studies and Humanitarian Affairs. She is currently interning at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York. Previously, she held internship positions at Carnegie Europe and Foreign Affairs Magazine. She is interested in European security, EU-Asia relations, and the Belt and Road Initiative, with a focus on Central and South Asia.
Anna Katharina Scheidemantel University of Bath, England - UNC-Chapel Hill, USA - Humboldt/Free University, Germany “Climate Mainstreaming in Development Assistance: Maximizing Synergies Through US-EU Cooperation” Anna Katharina Scheidemantel holds a B.A. in Media Management from Stuttgart Media University. During a year abroad at Oxford Brookes University, she discovered that her true passion lies with international relations and politics. After finishing her bachelor's degree in 2018, she interned with the United Nations in Brussels as a Carlo-Schmid-Fellow. She is currently undertaking her graduate degree in Contemporary European Studies (Euromasters) at the University of Bath, UNC-Chapel Hill and HU/FU Berlin. Her academic interests include climate and environmental policy, politics in the media and political storytelling. Katharina is a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and currently lives and studies in Berlin. Martina Svibic University of Tuebingen, Germany “Reforming Transatlantic Development Policy: A Coordinated Effort Towards More Equality and Sustainability” Martina Svibic is pursuing her master’s degree in Democracy and Governance in Europe at the University of Tuebingen. Her interests are German and European foreign, security and development policies. Currently, she is writing her thesis on Germany’s national role (re-)conceptions by analysing legal bases for deploying its Armed Forces.
Student Panel 2 Jakub A. Bartoszewski & Michael Richter Texas A&M University, USA; University of Bremen, Germany “Africa at the Crossroads: A Call for Extended Transatlantic Cooperation” Jakub A. Bartoszewski is a research assistant at Texas A&M University and a student of the Master of International Affairs programme at the Bush School of Government & Public Service. His concentrations within the program are International Economics, Trade and Energy. Before his studies in Texas, Jakub graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics from New York University. As a part of his studies, over the past 5 years Jakub completed academic programs in Abu Dhabi, Washington DC, New York City, Florence and Accra. Jakub is an Old Cranleighan and an alumnus of the British Alumni Society Scholarship Program. Michael Richter is a research fellow and Ph.D. candidate within the Innovative Training Network (ITN) MARKETS programme (EU-MSCA grant) at the Research Centre for East European Studies in Bremen and the University of Bremen. He holds master’s degrees from the College of Europe, the University College London (UCL) and the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow in international economics, politics, and international relations, as well as degrees in international management from the ESB Business School and the Jagiellonian University. Miguel Carricas Laspalas Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland “‘Adiós‘ to Maximum Pressure: How Sanctions Relief in Venezuela Sets the Stage for a Stronger & More Genuine Transatlantic Cooperation” Miguel Carricas is a Master’s candidate in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Additionally, Miguel works as Associate at the Geneva International Sanctions Network, a consortium led by the Institute’s Global Governance Center to provide expertise on UN and international sanctions. Before joining the Institute, Miguel combined his studies in Economics in Spain with other academic experiences at Tokyo’s Waseda University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgetown University, among others. A former motor-racing journalist covering Formula 1, Miguel now focuses on two main fields of study: the right to self-determination and the effect of sanctions, with a focus on Venezuela and North Korea.
Daeun Lee & Youngjae Pak National University of Singapore, Singapore “When They’re All Dammed Up: Revisiting Water Infrastructure Transatlantic Cooperation in Lower Mekong Countries (LMC)” Daeun Lee is currently an M.A. student studying Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She received a B.A. in international studies at Korea University. Her major research areas are focused on Asian strategic thought and Northeast Asian politics. Youngjae Pak is currently an M.A. student enrolled in the Committee of International Relations program at the University of Chicago. He received a B.A. in international studies and political science and international relations and an M.A. in comparative politics at Korea University. His major research areas are focused on great power politics and the dynamics of hegemonic instability within international organizations. Nicholas Zalewski University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA “The EU’s Attempt To Protect The Environment Through Trade Deals” Nicholas Zalewski is a second-year M.A. student in European Union Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He triple-majored at the same university in Political Science, Global Studies, and Italian. Nicholas researches the freedom of movement in the European Union and the challenges Eastern and Southern European Union member states face in attracting EU migrants to balance the loss of their own citizens who move to Northern and Western European Union member states in search of work. He is also interested in how the European Union strives to be a leading global actor and help shape the environmental and human rights policies of other world regions. Nicholas has a passion for foreign languages and speaks Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. In graduate school he is studying Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian.
CGES Undergraduate Fellow Presenters London Diller “Illiberal Leaders and Trans-Atlantic Political Learning” Chris Castaldi-Moller & Christina Luke "Confronting China via International Climate leadership" Maya Fernandez-Powell “Recommendations for the European Union: Strengthening Democracy in the Face of Radical Far-Right Political Parties and Movements” Liam Szczepiorkowski "Willing and Able? Prospects of Reigning in Backsliding Democracies in the EU"
Alumni Panel Susan Fratzke (MAGES ‘12) Senior Policy Analyst, International Program, Migration Policy Institute Susan Fratzke is a Senior Policy Analyst with MPI's International Program, where she primarily works with the Transatlantic Council on Migration. Her research areas include forced migration, asylum, and resettlement policy, with a particular focus on Europe. Before joining MPI, Ms. Fratzke worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Prior to that, she worked with an adult literacy program serving immigrant and refugee students in Minnesota. Ms. Fratzke holds an M.A. in German and European studies, with a concentration in European migration policy, from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she received the 2012 Jill A. Hopper Award for Excellence. She has also earned a certificate in refugees and humanitarian emergencies from Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration and holds a B.A. in political science (with honors) from Iowa State University. Amélie Lohmann (MAGES ‘18) Adviser, Political Affairs, German Mission to the United Nations Amélie is currently part of the political team at the German Mission to the UN. Focusing on human rights issues during Germany's membership of the UN Security Council 2019-2020 and at the UN General Assembly, she is applying her academic experience in European foreign and security policy from Konstanz, Madrid, Brussels and DC (CGES '18) and her work at NATO and the German Think Tank SWP, as well as her experience in development cooperation on the Horn of Africa with GIZ. Eniola Mafe (MAGES ‘10) Lead, 2030Vision, Technology and Sustainable Development, World Economic Forum Eniola Mafe is a strategist and international development leader to accelerate Africa’s transformation and inclusive growth agenda. Eniola is the Co-Founder of #TheNewNigerian, an online community born out of #Endsars movement, now with a community of over 26,000 to reimagine, redefine and shape a New Nigerian future. Eniola currently
leads the growth and development of 2030 VisionInitiative, focused on harnessing 4IR technologies to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals within the next decade. In partnership with UNDP, Arm and more than 20 top technology companies, this platform provides a focal point to mobilize more concerted and cooperative efforts by technology companies, government, civil society and international organizations. In addition, Eniola leads the Forum’s engagement in Digital Earth Africa focused on leveraging earth observation to inform policy and decision making and address key challenges. Eniola has also guided the adaptation of the global Internet for All methodology across multiple countries, helping governments to align these country-level projects with their national development plans. Prior to the Forum, Eniola led a $90 million corporate social enterprise for Chevron in Nigeria, served as a Technical advisor on Social Investment for the Government of Nigeria, and program manager on Africa at Vital Voices Global Partnership. In 2018 Eniola was named one of OkayAfrica 100 Women in Africa in 2018. She holds a M.A. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. from Spelman College (Phi Beta Kappa). Leila Stehlik-Barry (MAGES ‘11) Program Officer, Justice & Security Dialogues, United States Institute of Peace Leila is a Program Officer at the US Institute of Peace on the Governance, Justice and Security team, supporting the Institute's Justice and Security Dialogues program in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Tunisia. Previously, at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, she supported programs to promote civilian oversight of the security sector and citizen participation in political processes in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of North Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia. Her professional experience includes work at the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, Chicago Council of Lawyers, Citizens Alert, Czech Consulate in Chicago, European Commission, International Budget Partnership, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Search for Common Ground, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Leila holds a Master complémentaire en droits de l'homme (Advanced Master in Human Rights) awarded jointly by l'Université catholique de Louvain, l'Université de Namur and l'Université Saint-Louis. She graduated from MAGES in 2011 with a concentration in human rights, peacebuilding and rule of law and certificates in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies and Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies. Leila holds a B.A. in Political Science, Legal Studies and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University.
TAPS Organizers Conference Co-Chairs John Armstrong (MAGES ‘21) John Armstrong is a second year M.A. candidate in the German and European Studies program at Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Classics. At Georgetown, John worked as a research assistant for Dr. Abraham Newman and admissions ambassador for the BMW Center. He was an editorial assistant for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and a contributor to The Transatlanticist blog writing on issues of democracy and climate policy. His current research is focused on democratic theory, authoritarianism and comparative political economy. Jonas Heering (MAGES ‘21) Jonas Heering is a second year M.A. candidate in the German and European Studies program at Walsh School of Foreign Service. He graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management. His research interests include the impact of social media on international relations, digital disinformation, and public diplomacy. He currently works as a research assistant at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and the Government Department and has previously worked at the Mortara Center for International Studies and the Academic Resource Center. He is the co-host of the BMW Center’s podcast, The Europe Desk. Kyilah Terry (MAGES ‘21) Kyilah Terry is a second year M.A. candidate in the German and European Studies program at Walsh School of Foreign Service. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in International Relations and minor in European Studies. In MAGES, her research focus is on migration diplomacy and asylum policy, which has led to many rewarding teaching and research assistant positions, including those with Georgetown’s Government Department, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Currently, she works with Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS) where she researches avenues to increase diversity and inclusion in APSIA schools.
Conference Committee Carla Adams (MAGES ‘22) Carla Adams is a first year M.A. candidate in the German and European Studies program at Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her research focus is in environmental policy. Chloe Laird (MAGES ‘21) Chloe Laird is a second year MAGES student focusing on European security & defense issues. She is especially interested in the question of strategic autonomy and questions surrounding the viability of a "European Army." Currently, she is a non-resident research intern at the Hudson Institute focusing on the Sino-Russian relationship and its impacts on Europe. Nick Lokker (MAGES ‘22) Nick Lokker is a first year M.A. candidate in the German and European Studies program at Walsh School of Foreign Service. His primary research interests are Transatlantic security cooperation, EU-Russia relations, and European integration. He has worked as an intern for the European Parliament, the Center for European Policy Analysis, and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.
Faculty Moderators Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Dr. Abraham L. Newman Dr. Katrin Sieg CGES Professor and Director of the Professor and Director, BMW Center Mortara Center for International for German and European Studies Studies; TAPS Faculty Advisor (CGES) Dr. Scott Taylor Dr. Holger Wolf Professor and Vice Dean for Diversity, CGES Associate Professor and Director Equity and Inclusion of MAGES
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