Foreign Affairs LIVE: Graduate School Fair

New York


Our Annual Foreign Affairs LIVE: Graduate School Fair,  produced in partnership with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), convenes undergraduate students and mid-career professionals for a live debate on the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy,  coinciding with the fall issue of Foreign Affairs magazine. This exciting and provocative debate will be moderated by Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose, and will be followed by a graduate school admissions fair, featuring the admissions boards of the most prestigious academic institutions.

Live Stream


Confirmed schools include:

School of International Service, American University

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign ServiceGeorgetown University

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International AffairsPrinceton University 

Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po 

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsSyracuse University 

Bush School of Government & Public ServiceTexas A&M University

The Fletcher School of Law and DiplomacyTufts University 

School of Global Policy and StrategyUniversity of California, San Diego

Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

School of Public PolicyUniversity of Maryland

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public AffairsUniversity of Minnesota

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Master of Public DiplomacyUniversity of Southern California

Master of Arts in International Affairs and GovernanceUniversity of St. Gallen 

Jackson Institute for Global AffairsYale University


5:30 - 6:00: Registration

6:00 - 7:00: Obama's Legacy and the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

Moderator: Gideon RoseEditor, Foreign Affairs 
Thomas ChristensenWilliam P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program, Princeton University Walter Russell MeadJames Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities, Bard College Bret StephensColumnist, The Wall Street Journal 
Jessica SternFellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

7:00 - 9:00: APSIA Graduate School Fair



Thomas J. Christensen is William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University. At Princeton he is also faculty director of the Masters of Public Policy Program and the Truman Scholars Program.   From 2006-2008 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs with responsibility for relations with China, Taiwan, and Mongolia. His research and teaching focus on China’s foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security.  His most recent book, The China Challenge:  Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power (W.W. Norton, 2015) was an editors’ choice at the New York Times Book Review and was selected as “Book of the Week” on CNN”s Fareed Zakaria GPS.  Before arriving at Princeton in 2003, Professor Christensen taught at Cornell University and MIT. He received his B.A. with honors in History from Haverford College, M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. He has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and as co-editor of the International History and Politics series at Princeton University Press. He is currently the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Nancy B. Tucker and Warren I. Cohen Book Series on the United States in Asia at Columbia University Press.  He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Schwarzman Scholars Program.  Professor Christensen  is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Non-Resident Senior Scholar at the Brookings Institution. In 2002 he was presented with a Distinguished Public Service Award by the United States Department of State.


Gideon Rose is the Editor of Foreign Affairs.  He served as Managing Editor of the magazine from December 2000 to September 2010.  From 1995-2000 he was Olin Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and from 1994-95 he served as Associate Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council.  In 1986-87 he was Assistant Editor at The National Interest, and in 1985-86 held the same position at The Public Interest.  He has taught American foreign policy at Columbia and Princeton universities.

Mr. Rose received a B.A. in Classics from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University.  His book How Wars End was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2010.  Other publications include Understanding the War on Terror (edited with James F. Hoge, Jr.; Council on Foreign Relations, 2005); America and the World: Debating the New Shape of International Politics (edited with James F. Hoge, Jr.; Council on Foreign Relations, 2002); How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War (edited with James F. Hoge, Jr.; PublicAffairs, 2001); “Democracy Promotion and American Foreign Policy,” International Security (Winter 2000/2001); “Conservatism and American Foreign Policy: Present Laughter vs. Utopian Bliss,” The National Interest (Fall 1999); “It Can Happen Here: Facing the New Terrorism,” Foreign Affairs (March/April 1999); “The Rollback Fantasy,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 1999); and “Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy,” World Politics (October 1998).


Walter Russell Mead is James Chace Professor of International Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and the Editor-at-Large of the American Interest. He is a frequent contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, such as Special Providence, and, most recently, God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World. Formerly, he was the Henry A. Kissinger Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.


Bret Stephens writes Global View, the Wall Street Journal's foreign-affairs column, for which he was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He also serves as the Journal's deputy editorial-page editor, responsible for the opinion sections of the paper's editions in Asia and Europe. Previously he was the editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed in 2002 at the age of 28, where he oversaw all news operations and wrote a weekly column. He is a current trustee of the Naval War College Foundation.

Bret was born in New York, raised in Mexico City, educated at the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics, and has also lived  and worked in Brussels. His book, "America In Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder" was published by Sentinel Books in 2014 and will be released in paperback in October. He lives in New York City with his wife Corinna, a classical-music and opera critic for the New York Times, and their three children. 


Jessica Stern is a fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Lecturer in Government at Harvard University. She is an Advanced Academic Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis and is an expert on terrorism. She serves on the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. She is a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar and, in 2009, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on trauma and violence.

She is a co-author of, ISIS: The State of Terror. She is the author of  DENIAL: A Memoir of Terror, named a best non-fiction book of 2010 by the Washington Post, TERROR IN THE NAME OF GOD: Why Religious Militants Kill, selected by the New York Times as a notable book of the year; THE ULTIMATE TERRORISTS; and numerous articles on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. She served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff in 1994–95 (read a May 1995 letter and July 1995 letter from the President and this note from the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs expressing their gratitude for her work and contribution).

Jessica is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Executive Committee and is an Advisory Board member of Cure Violence. She was named a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, fellow of the World Economic Forum, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellow. In 2009, she was also a Fellow at the Yaddo Colony for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. Jessica was an Erikson Scholar at the Erik Erikson Institute, as well. She has a BS from Barnard College in chemistry, an MA from MIT in chemical engineering/technology policy, and a PhD from Harvard University in public policy.

Jessica was included in Time magazine’s series profiling 100 people with bold ideas. The film, “The Peacemaker”, with Nicole Kidman and George Clooney, was based on a fictional version of Jessica’s work at the National Security Council. Her new book, ISIS: The State of Terror , is now available, published by Ecco, a HarperCollins imprint. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

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