Foreign Affairs LIVE: Graduate School Fair 2019

Council on Foreign Relations


On September 18th, Foreign Affairs' sixth annual Graduate School Fair, produced in partnership with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), will convene undergraduate students and mid-career professionals for a live debate. This year’s conversation will explore the question of career opportunities in the International Relations field, and the many paths that it may take.

*This event is by invitation only. If you know your access code please register online or request an invitation at [email protected].*


5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Registration and Welcome Reception

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Foreign Affairs LIVE Panel Discussion

Jonathan Finer, Adjunct Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Rebecca Lissner, Assistant Professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department, U.S. Naval War College (*Speaking in a personal capacity and not in behalf of the Department of Defense, US Navy, or Naval War College)

Minh-Thu Pham, Executive Director for Policy, United Nations Foundation


Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Executive Editor, Foreign Affairs

6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | APSIA Graduate School Fair

Participating Schools

American University School of International Service

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs

Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Georgia Institute of Technology Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

The Graduate Institute, Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government

IE University School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs

Stanford University Freeman Spogli Institute

Syracuse University The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Texas A&M University Bush School of Government & Public Service

Tufts University The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

University of California, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies

University of Maryland School of Public Policy

University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

University of Southern California Master of Public Diplomacy

University of St. Gallen Master of Arts in International Affairs and Governance

Yale University Jackson Institute for Global Affairs


Jonathan Finer is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was the chief of staff and director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State, serving as Secretary John Kerry’s principal advisor and helping lead the Obama administration’s key diplomatic initiatives, including the Iran nuclear negotiations and the Paris climate accord. Finer served in the White House during the first term of the Obama administration, starting as a White House fellow in the Office of the Chief of Staff and also working as Vice President Biden’s Middle East advisor and foreign policy speech writer, as well as on the National Security Council Staff.

Rebecca Lissner is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Future Warfare Studies within the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s global policy research center; the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; the Brady-Johnson Fellow at Yale University’s International Security Studies; and a Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellow. Dr. Lissner has also served as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. Dr. Lissner’s research interests focus on international security and American foreign policy, and she is working on two book projects: one that examines lessons learned from U.S. military interventions and another, with Mira Rapp-Hooper, provisionally titled The Day After Trump: A New American Strategy for International Order (forthcoming with Yale University Press). Her scholarship has been published in or is forthcoming from International SecurityPolitical Science Quarterly, the Texas National Security Review, Survival, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and International Peacekeeping. Her policy writing has appeared in Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyThe Washington Quarterly, and The Atlantic, among other publications, and she is a contributing editor at War on the Rocks. Dr. Lissner received an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University.

Minh-Thu Pham is Executive Director for Policy at the United Nations Foundation, where she develops and leads strategic initiatives to strengthen the UN’s ability to solve global problems and brings together governments, civil society and thought leaders to help reach global agreements. Over the last four years, she has led UNF’s effort to support the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She recently taught international policymaking at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and has over 15 years of experience in foreign policy, international diplomacy, and fieldwork. She served in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General for Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon as policy adviser in the Strategic Planning Unit, leading initiatives to strengthen the UN and improve relations between the U.S. and the UN. Minh-Thu has high-level experience delivering the MDGs, implementing the peace accord in Bosnia and advancing refugee and humanitarian causes in Ethiopia, Vietnam and Washington, DC. She has a background in documentary work and was once a crew photographer for the BBC series Planet Earth. Minh-Thu is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project; was selected a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2007; and serves on the Board of the Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families. She holds an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA in History from Duke University. She was born in Vietnam and lives in New York City.

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan became Executive Editor of Foreign Affairs in October 2017. He previously served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and, before that, as a senior editor at the magazine. His writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, and his narrative history of George Marshall’s post­–World War II mission to China, The China Mission, was published by WW Norton in April 2018.




The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) brings together the leading graduate schools around the world, which specialize in international affairs. They connect prospective students and employers to our member schools, so that students can capitalize on the skills an APSIA education provides. APSIA collaborates with other higher education institutions and the professional international affairs community in order to address common problems.

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The Robertson Foundation for Government (RFG) invests in public service leadership development to catalyze globally engaged talent for the federal workforce. With an emphasis on foreign policy, international relations, and national security, RFG supports graduate academic fellowships, government internships, professional development trainings, and career networking. The foundation also funds initiatives that highlight the importance and impact of public service, and the dynamic range of opportunities available in the international arena within the federal government.

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