Swann Nciweni Receives 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service

Swann Nciweni, a Hopkins Governmental Studies recent graduate, has received the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service at JHU.  The award recognizes significant voluntary community service by faculty, staff and students of The Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.  Swann was nominated by the American Diabetes Association for her work speaking around the state of Maryland to over 20,000 people about the management and prevention of diabetes.   She has also developed a project, M.O.V.E, which gets people to sign a pledge to move or exercise at least 30 minutes per day.   The award will be presented at the 29th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration event scheduled for Friday, January 7, 2011.  Congratulations, Swann! 




Congratulations to Thesis Defenders!

The following Government and Global Security Studies students successfully defended their Master's theses last week.  Writing a thesis is no small feat, and successfully making it through the review and defense is a real achievement.  Congratulations!

David Black
Jenny Cross
Ryan Curran
Jasmine Darland
Romeo Domdii Cliff
Sean Evins
Scott Fisher
Carlos Freitas
Gazelle Ghorbani
Adam Graf
Megan Haebler
Patrick Hanley
Robb Heier

Adrienne Hoar
Daniel Jones
Ricardo Lopez
Sarah Lovenheim
Andrew McNamee
Andrea Monts
Jhonna Schupp
Jennifer Shevchek
Zachary Stokes
Jack Swetland
Jennifer Wahlen
Teressa Wykpisz-Lee



Students: Please take a minute to share a few details about your work. Your colleagues who are at the beginning of this process always appreciate examples of successful projects.


Faculty member D. Robert Worley's new article

Governmental Studies faculty member Robert Worley's new article, "From Conception to Policy: Evolution of Thinking on the War against Terrorism 2002-2004," has just been published in the Small Wars Journal.  The fascinating piece draws from dozens of interviews of decision-makers on the national level and the theater level.

Many of you have taken Dr. Worley's class on national security, and will find that you have extensively discussed the themes of the article in class!

The abstract is below.  And you can have a look at the full article on the Small Wars Journal website.

From Conception to Policy: 
Evolution of Thinking on the War against Terrorism 2002-2004
by D. Robert Worley

This paper provides a synthesis of information drawn from several efforts conducted by a Washington-based think tank in the 2002 to 2005 time frame. Findings, conclusions, and recommendations should be of interest to senior policy makers across the agencies of the United States Government and members of Congress. Recommendations are developed specifically for the interagency process statutorily housed in the National Security Council. The focus is on three different conceptions of the conflict and how they evolved in the years immediately following the 9/11 attacks. The material presented remains relevant to those who study national security policy and how it is formulated. It may hold some interest for historians. It has been productively employed in a graduate program in government and security at Johns Hopkins University to evoke discussion on national security policy formation.


David Black Selected as Delegate to China with American Council of Young Political Leaders


David Black, a Hopkins Governmental Studies graduate student, has been selected by The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) as a delegate to China for a 15-day political exchange program beginning on December 3, 2010.

He will join nine other young political and policy leaders from across the United States to study China’s political system, engage in dialogue on international issues, and forge professional relationships and friendships.  The program is arranged by ACYPL and made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.  

Recognized by Congress as a pre-eminent catalyst for introducing rising political leaders and policy makers to international affairs and to each other, ACYPL is a bi-partisan, not-for-profit international exchange organization based in Washington, DC. Since its founding in 1966, ACYPL has, with generous support from the US Department of State, corporations, foundations and individuals, conducted programs and exchanges with 100 countries, producing a global network of over 7,500 alumni. Former ACYPL participants include over 40 sitting members of the US Congress, 6 sitting US governors and ambassadors, cabinet ministers and parliamentarians around the globe. 

Congratulations, David!


Event announcement: Crisis Simulation

Global Security Studies & National Security Studies @ JHU are delighted to officially open registration for our first ever international relations crisis simulation, to be held on January 15, 2011 from, 0900-1600 at the DC Campus.   

Making decisions under conditions of stress and limited knowledge are part of what it takes to be a leader. 

 In the crisis simulation students will be divided into teams representing actors (from the United States, other nations and major international institutions) in an international crisis.  They will be briefed on their role but left to make their own decisions about directions for policy. 

There is no advanced reading required for this exercise.  Registration for the crisis simulation will be on a first come, first served basis.  Participation is free and lunch will be provided.

Participation will count as two symposia credits for the spring (not that anyone cares, right...)  Please RSVP here, if you are interested in participating.