Foreign Affairs Live & APSIA Graduate School Fair

Council on Foreign Relations


Join us for a special installment of  Foreign Affairs Live, the discussion and debate series that brings our readers and authors together. This event will feature a 2-hour graduate school fair for prospective students and professionals focused on international affairs.


5:30PM: Check-in & Welcome
6:00PM: Panel Discussion and Q&A Session 
7:00PM: Graduate School Fair & Reception

Eventbrite - FOREIGN AFFAIRS Live & Graduate School Fair

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5:30PM: Check-in & Welcome

6:00PM: Panel Discussion and Q&A Session

7:00PM: Graduate School Fair & Reception


Michael Doran is the Roger Hertog senior fellow in foreign policy in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in Middle East security issues. He has held several academic positions--including visiting professor at New York University and assistant professor at Princeton University--and was deputy assistant secretary of defense and a senior director at the National Security Council. He holds a BA from Stanford University and an MA and PhD from Princeton University.


Murtaza Hussain is an internationally published journalist with The Intercept. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Al Jazeera, focusing on foreign policy, civil liberties, and national security. In 2014 he published a report based on classified documents revealed by Edward Snowden on NSA surveillance of prominent Muslim-American civil rights activists, lawyers, and political candidates.



Bilal Y. Saab is a subject matter expert on Middle East security and politics with a particular focus on the Levant and the Gulf. Currently, he is Senior Fellow for Middle East Security at the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. He is also the founder and editor in chief of Arms Control and Regional Security for the Middle East, a peer-reviewed professional blog devoted to all things arms control and regional security in the Middle East. Mr. Saab has more than a dozen years of experience working as an analyst and corporate manager on the Middle East. He served as the founding Executive Director and Head of Research of the Washington D.C. office of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), responsible for directing the strategic operations, research programs, and growth activities of the Dubai-based company. For more than seven years, he was a regular senior contributor on the Middle East to various IHS Jane's publications. With the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, he was a non-resident scholar (previously also a visiting fellow), advising CNS on a number of large projects pertaining to arms control, regional security, nonproliferation, and military affairs in the Middle East. From 2006 to 2009, he was a research analyst at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. Mr. Saab was and still is the only junior analyst in the roughly 100-year history of Brookings to have been granted by the organization's leadership the privilege of conducting research independently, speaking at U.S. and international forums, briefing U.S. government agencies, publishing analyses and papers, and providing commentary to U.S. and international media. Prior to joining Brookings, Mr. Saab served as Chief Officer and Editor of the Middle East Desk at the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom, where he was a British Council Scholar. At the CSTPV, he led a team of twelve researchers who tracked down and analyzed terrorist incidents in the Middle East. Previously, he worked at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) in Beirut and managed numerous research projects on good governance in the Arab world, including Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Before that, he conducted research on political and economic development in the Middle East at the Middle East Institute (MEI) and on post-conflict reconstruction in Iraq at the Post Conflict Reconstruction (PCR) Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), both think tanks based in Washington D.C. For his research and management skills at CSIS, Mr. Saab was awarded the prestigious Abshire-Inamori leadership award. In his capacity as specialist in international terrorism, defense policy, and security in the Middle East, Mr. Saab has briefed various intelligence, counterterrorism, defense, and diplomatic agencies in the U.S. government. In addition, he has lectured at various universities in the United States and spoken at a number of high-level terrorism and security conferences in Europe. He is part of a Track 2 network of scholars, scientists, and diplomats who focus on arms control, nonproliferation, and regional security in the Middle East and meet three times per year. His articles and studies have been published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals and policy magazines including The Middle East Journal, The Nonproliferation Review, Journal of Middle East Policy, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, The Washington Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The World Today. He is internationally recognized for his expertise on U.S. policy toward the Middle East, defense policy in the Middle East, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, Lebanon, Syria, terrorism, arms control (nuclear and conventional), regional security, and Iran's role and influence in the Levant. He has written for global newspapers including the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post Global, the International Herald Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor. He appears regularly on various shows and editions of CNN, BBC, NPR, France 24, Al Jazeera, and Al Arabiya. Mr. Saab holds a B.A. from the American University of Beirut (AUB), an M.Litt from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and an M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is fluent in both written and spoken English, French and Arabic.


Justin Vogt is an editor and writer. He is Deputy Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs. His articles and essays on U.S. foreign policy, counterterrorism, the politics of race, and other topics have appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Monthly, Slate, and other outlets. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs in 2011, Mr. Vogt was the managing editor of World Policy Journal. Earlier, he worked on the editorial staff of The New Yorker and as an associate producer on documentary films for the PBS series Frontline. In 2006, he served as a graduate student fellow in the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. He holds a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Brown University and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

APSIA Admissions Fair

APSIA Admissions Fair: New York | 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) fairs can help you take the next step in your career!

- Meet admissions officers from APSIA member schools
- Discuss admissions requirements and curricula
- Learn about financial aid packages, joint degree programs, and career opportunities
- Collect application information

EXHIBITORS American University - School of International Service
Columbia University - School of International & Public Affairs
Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy
George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs
Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service
Georgia Tech - Nunn School of International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School
Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
Sciences Po - Paris School of International Affairs
Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs
Texas A&M University - Bush School of Government & Public Service
Tufts University - The Fletcher School
UC San Diego - School of International Relations & Pacific Studies
University of Denver - Korbel School of International Studies
University of Maryland - School of Public Policy
University of Michigan - Ford School of Public Policy
University of Minnesota - Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public & International Affairs
University of Southern California - Master of Public Diplomacy
University of St. Gallen - Master of Arts in International Affairs & Governance
Yale University - Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

TIPS FOR SUCCESS - Please wear business casual or business formal attire.
- Bring business cards if you have them.
- Make sure you have a bag to carry the materials you collect from the exhibitors.

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