Visiting policy practitioners

Visiting adjunct professors of practice teach regular courses in our curriculum.

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The Ford School and Weiser Diplomacy Center also engage expert practitioners for shorter-term instructional roles. Visiting adjunct professors of practice teach regular courses in our curriculum. For example, in spring 2020, Ambassador Richard Boucher and Carolyn Brehm co-taught a course on influence in foreign affairs. In fall 2020, Dr. Bama Athreya taught a course on gender, trade, and development. Visiting practitioners also teach shorter modules, simulations, and short courses. Recent visiting instructors include Ambassador Dan Shields and Ambassador Susan Elliott. In fall 2021, we look forward to welcoming Carol Giacomo to teach an undergraduate course on Writing Persuasively About International Relations and Ambassador Dan Shields will be back to teach a graduate course on U.S. Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific.

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Visiting policy practitioner

Carol Giacomo

Carol Giacomo, a former diplomatic correspondent for Reuters in Washington, covered foreign policy for the international wire service for more than two decades before joining the Times editorial board in August 2007. In her previous position, she traveled over 1 million miles to more than 100 countries with eight secretaries of state and various other senior U.S. officials. Her reporting for the editorial board involves regular independent overseas travel, including recent trips to North Korea, Iran and Myanmar. In 2009, she won the Georgetown University Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 1999-2000, she was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, researching U.S. economic and foreign policy decision-making during the Asian financial crisis.
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Visiting policy practitioner

Ambassador Daniel Shields

Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel Shields consults, teaches courses and conducts simulations relating to diplomacy and U.S.-Asia relations. From 2015-18, while on detail from the U.S. State Department as the Diplomatic Advisor to the Commandant at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he helped educate future strategic leaders on how to integrate the diplomatic, informational, military and economic (DIME) instruments of power to achieve national security objectives. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei from 2011-14, handling sensitive South China Sea-related issues in connection with Brunei’s hosting in 2013 of the various Summits involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Ambassador (Ret.) Shields led two other U.S. diplomatic Missions in Southeast Asia as Chargé d’Affaires.