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Ambassador Susan D. Page

Director, Professor of practice in international diplomacy

Ambassador Susan D. Page

Ambassador Susan D. Page, a former diplomat, joined the Ford School faculty, and the Weiser Diplomacy Center in 2020 as a professor of practice in international diplomacy. She also serves as a professor from practice at the Law School. Page has served the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations in senior roles for decades, across East, Central, and Southern Africa, and in Haiti and Nepal. Page was the first U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan.
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Nayab Ali

Asstistant Program Manager

Nayab Ali

Nayab Ali brings hands-on policy and research experience from her previous roles at The Brookings Institution and the Center for American Progress. Nayab completed her undergraduate studies at Pitzer College in California. She holds a diploma of Politics, Policy & Leadership from Princeton University and an honor diploma from Genesis Academy Summer Institute in Chicago. Nayab is a proud alumna of the U.S. Department of State’s Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program, where she was one of the few students selected to represent Pakistan in the United States.
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Javed Ali

Associate professor of practice

Javed Ali

Javed Ali began his appointment as an associate professor of practice in fall 2021. Ali brings more than 20 years of professional experience in national security and intelligence issues in Washington, DC. He held positions in the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Ambassador Kamissa Camara

Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy

Ambassador Kamissa Camara

Ambassador Camara is a seasoned diplomat with over 15 years of experience in foreign policy and multilateral diplomacy. She served as Mali's Foreign Minister and Chief of Staff to the President until August 2020, and has held senior positions at organizations such as PartnersGlobal, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. Camara also serves as the Africa instructor for the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and is currently pursuing her PhD in Political Science at the University of Oxford.
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John Ciorciari

Professor of Public Policy

John Ciorciari

John Ciorciari ([email protected]) is a professor of public policy. His research interests include international law and politics in the Global South, particularly in Asia. He has been a national fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and as a Shorenstein Fellow at Stanford's Asia-Pacific Research Center. From 2004-07, he served as a policy official in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of International Affairs. Since 1999, he has been a legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which promotes memory and justice. He is the co-author of Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Michigan, 2014) and author of The limits of Alignment: Southeast Asia and the Great Powers Since 1975 (Georgetown, 2010). He is part of the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows.
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Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky

Senior Advisor

Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky

Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky ([email protected]), a retired career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service, is a professor of international policy and practice at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in the fall of 2006, Ambassador Levitsky taught for eight years as professor of practice in public administration and international relations at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and he has also taught at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
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