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Tufts’ Fletcher School Welcomes Distinguished Visitors For Spring 2014

Medford/Somerville, MA—Three distinguished visitors from the Middle East and Europe will join The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in residence for the spring 2014 semester. Each has a remarkable record of achievement in the areas of international affairs, security, negotiation, trade and diplomacy—adding to the School’s accomplished full-time faculty and impressive roster of visiting lecturers with real-world experience in international leadership.

Dr. Mowaffak Baker al Rubaie is an Iraqi statesman who previously served as National Security Advisor to four consecutive Iraqi Administrations (2004-2009) and MP in Iraq’s Council of Representatives (2009-2010). In his role as Senior Statesman in Residence at The Fletcher School, in partnership with The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) at Tufts University, al Rubaie will organize lectures and create opportunities for engagement with Tufts students at the graduate and undergraduate level. Presentations will include the 2014 EPIIC Symposium: The Future of the Middle East and North Africa, among others. In addition, al Rubaie will keynote a four-part lecture series co-hosted by The Fletcher School’s International Security Studies Program and the IGL and will lead lectures on international business organized by Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context.

Also joining The Fletcher School this spring as Adjunct Professor of International Business is Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh, who will be teaching the course Doing Business in India. Singh is the former Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) (2005-2013), and previously the Secretary of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. The course will draw on Singh’s three decades of experience working on international trade and trade policy, regulation and opening up of infrastructure sector to competition, global governance, development policies and enhancing market competition through strengthened national and international institutions.

Finally, The Fletcher School is very pleased to welcome, for the third consecutive year, German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth who will teach a course on U.S.-European Relations since the Fall of the Berlin Wall in his role as Professor of Practice. A Fletcher School alumnus, Ambassador Scharioth earned an MA (F73), MALD (F74), and PhD (F78) from Fletcher before embarking on a 35-year career in the German Foreign Service (1976 – 2011). He served from 2006 – 2011 as German Ambassador to the US and from 2002 – 2006 as State Secretary of the German Foreign Office.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have these three remarkable figures join our community here in Medford,” says Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. “We look forward to working with them to prepare our students for international leadership positions across industries and sectors, through the School’s multi-faceted approach to international affairs and business.”

About The Fletcher School at Tufts University

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (The Fletcher School)—now celebrating its 80th year—is the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States. Since 1933, the School has prepared the world’s leaders to tackle complex global challenges through a collaborative, flexible and interdisciplinary approach to the study of international affairs. Its alumni represent the highest levels of leadership in the world, including hundreds of sitting ambassadors; respected voices from distinguished media outlets; heads of global non-profit organizations; leaders of international peacekeeping and security initiatives; and executive leadership of some of the world’s largest for-profit companies.

The Fletcher School awards professional degrees, including a two-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD); a one-year Master of Arts for mid-career professionals; a one-year, mid-career combined Internet-mediated/residential Global Master of Arts (GMAP); a Ph.D. program; a Master of International Business (MIB); and a Master of Laws in International Law (LL.M.), as well as joint degrees and certificate programs. For more information, please visit The Fletcher School website at: fletcher.tufts.edu

Media Contacts:

Taraneh Pettinato                taraneh.pettinato@tufts.edu          617.627.6814

Jessica Smith                      jessica.smith@tufts.edu                617.627.6186


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