Book Review of Governmental Studies Center Chair Dr. Ginsberg's Moses of South Carolina

Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg’s book, Moses of South Carolina: A Jewish Scalawag during Radical Reconstruction (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) was featured in the Arts Section of the most recent Washington Jewish Week.  Read about Dr. Ginsberg’s fascinating study of Franklin Moses, who served as governor of South Carolina during Reconstruction.

Benjamin Ginsberg
Benjamin Ginsberg


Governmental Studies student's exceptional life story is told in The Washington Post

Many of us have been following the civil war in Sudan with great interest.  The long-promised referendum in Southern Sudan finally took place last month, and 98% of the population voted in favor of independence.  Former JHU MA in Government/ MBA student Abraham Akoi returned home to Sudan to participate in this historic vote.  His exceptional life story is the subject of this recent feature story in The Washington Post.  

Former JHU student Abraham Akoi


Governmental Studies Alum Sarah Lovenheim's article on Washington Post blog

Sarah Lovenheim, a Spring 2010 graduate of the MA in Government Program, published a recent blog in the Washington Post's Post Partisan site, on the crisis in Egypt.  The blog is based on research derived from her masters thesis.


JHU Advanced Academic Programs closed today

We hope you all are enjoying the snow!  Johns Hopkins has canceled classes today.  This closure applies to the Washington, DC Advanced Academic Programs campus, including all Governmental Studies classes.  

See you all next week for the first day of your Wednesday and Thursday classes.



Crisis Simulation report

The Center for Advanced Governmental Studies held its first ever crisis simulation this past Saturday.  The event, meant to simulate the lead up to the 1967 Mideast War, saw a group of 30 students divided into teams representing Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, USSR, USA, Britain and the United Nations. 

Throughout the day, students engaged in diplomacy, both overt and covert, shuttled to and from meetings of the UN Security Council, briefed the press, leaked stories and negotiated alliances.

In the end, the Government and GSS students in the simulation managed to avoid war- or rather, managed to delay it longer than the nations involved did at the time.  This was due, in the main, to the efforts of our UN Secretary General, Devon Hardy (GSS) who dragged her feet on withdrawing a peacekeeping force from the Sinai.  With neither the Israelis nor the Egyptians willing to shoot at or over the “Blue Helmets,” the drive to war was significantly slowed. 

Dan Price and Nick Iorio (far left) planning with the Israeli delegation (Jhonna Schupp, Nick Kesler and Richard Davis)

Also deserving special mention are the actions of the British delegation, students Nick Iorio and Dan Price.  The British, in complete secrecy, facilitated meetings between the Israelis and the Jordanians and brokered the play by which Jordan would both save face in the Arab world by joining the Egyptian-Syrian coalition while keeping its heavy weapons far away from Israel as a gesture of non-belligerence.  The late King Hussein would have been proud! If he had managed a similar deal, he might not have lost half his kingdom in June, 1967.

Everyone in the simulation did a great job and our external facilitator, Mara Karlin, was very impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication that our students displayed.  By the end of the day, several important lessons emerged.  For example, making decisions with imperfect information is both dangerous and frustrating.  And as difficult as it was to find common interests with other delegations, the dynamics of cooperation within your own team could be as great of a barrier to effective diplomacy.  Participants-- please do post your thoughts on the day's events.

Great job everyone! ´╗┐More pictures are here.  And you can see the original event announcment here.