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s you read through this issue of
Rivista, I think it will be apparent
that the celebration of the Bologna
Center’s 55th year of operation is very much
on our minds. As well it should be. The
SAIS Bologna Center, in its longevity, its
mix of permanent and adjunct faculty from
almost a dozen countries, its visibility in the
city of which it has become an integral part,
and the quality of the student education and
experience it provides, is really unique
among American university ventures into
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international education.
The Center’s success is apparent in the career paths of its more than 6,000
graduates, some of whose stories we tell here as we do in every issue. Its place in
the community is made clear every time you ask a cab driver to take you to the
“università americana” and you are whisked to via Belmeloro, 11. And its
expanding role as an integral part of SAIS is evidenced by the fact that about half
of all SAIS M.A. students now begin their studies in Bologna. These students
come from some thirty-seven countries, enriching the student experience here in
Bologna and diversifying SAIS’s student body more generally.
As Odette Boya Resta’s brief review of the Center’s 55 years shows, C. Grove
Haines’ basic concept has stood the test of time even as the challenges and circumstances of the world have changed. But the Center has also evolved—in its
curriculum, in its concentrations, in its mix of students and their interests—and
it continues to evolve.
Today, for example, we encourage, sponsor, and organize an increasing number of
annual conferences, such as the European Politics and Islam lecture series, the first of
what we expect will be a series of programs dealing with ethnic conflict studies issues,
made possible by a generous grant from Jack and Carol Wasserman and
Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Foundation. These “think tank-like” activities take advantage
of the expertise of our faculty to contribute to important policy discussions, at the
same time keeping a vibrant atmosphere at the Center and increasing its visibility
throughout Europe as we work to attract the best students in an increasingly competitive environment. You can expect a further expansion of these activities in the future.
Inexorably, along with other changes, our staff evolves as well. It’s always a
pleasure to welcome new people with new ideas, and we introduce to you in this
issue our new language director, Sara Gelmetti, as well as the newest addition to our
economics faculty, Çigdem Akin. They are new faces here, but they share the strong
commitment to teaching and to our students that has been a hallmark and tradition of the Center for all of its 55 years. Of course, we are more grudging about letting go of colleagues but, as you will see in these pages, Hannelore Aragno and Judy
Walt, who have meant so much to this institution for so many years—indeed, a
large fraction of those 55 years— have decided to join the ranks of retirees this year,
and they do so with our profound thanks for their many contributions.
Lastly, a word about the 55th anniversary celebration. It will be special not
only as a meaningful rite of passage for the Center, but as an interesting program
in itself. Both Johns Hopkins and the University of Bologna are “under new management” this year with Ron Daniels taking over as the new president of Johns
Hopkins and Ivano Dionigi elected Rettore Magnifico of the Alma Mater
Studiorum. We are very fortunate that both have agreed to share the platform at
the weekend’s main event, speaking about the state of higher education in the
United States and Europe. Given the pressures and the structural changes in
higher education on both sides of the Atlantic, it promises to be an interesting and
substantive event—and a symbolically meaningful one as the leaders of these two
great institutions, which have worked together over these years and continue to
grow closer, engage in dialogue. I hope you can join us.
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Table of contents
2 an aSean economic community?
benefits and costs
of deep South-South integration
4 55 years of engagement
the bologna center looks back
alUmni profile
6 Jutta Wolke (bc80/dc81)
helping train Students
for global leadership
8 StUdent profile
from the emerald isle to La Citta’ Rossa
one Student’s experience
with global Social Justice
bologna center faculty news
and recent books
turkish abcs: exploring attitudes,
behaviors, and convictions
Arrivederci, Aufwiedersehen and farewell
development Section
your Support, the center’s Strength
a Second “career” in international
relations: peter kessler (bc71)
events and conferences
at the bologna center
Ci Vediamo Alla Birreria Lamma: bologna
Was a classroom Without Walls
55th anniversary celebration alumni
Weekend and amici di bologna 2010
alumni notes
there are lots of Ways to help,
and So many of you do
in memoriam
10 bologna featUre
bologna rediscovered
12 a conversation with
elena panaritis (bc90/dc91)
Social entrepreneur, economist
and politician
14 bc italian Students committee
engaging the SaiS community
protect the environment
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14 the bologna center responds to haiti
15 international human rights day
an aSean
economic community?
benefits and costs of deep South-South integration
by Michael G. Plummer
market in laos, photo by gianluca perticoni
ASEAN economies
must respond
to the exigencies
of the international
compete intensively
for markets,
investments and resources;
adapt to the economic
rise of China and India;
and develop
and economic vigor
sufficient to weather
global economic shocks
—a need underscored
by the current global
economic crisis.
SEAN economic integration represents the most prominent and promising feature of dynamic commercial
policy in Southeast Asia. The decision to create an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)
by 2015 at the Cebu Twelfth ASEAN Summit
in January 2007 heralds a new approach to
economic and business relations with pervasive implications for the ASEAN Member
Countries, ASEAN itself, and other economic
cooperation accords in the Asia-Pacific
region, of which ASEAN constitutes the heart
of an ever-expanding body of initiatives.
And given the critical role that Asia plays
in the global trading system, the AEC will also
have wide global ramifications. Indeed, as
ASEAN is one of the most advanced regional
economic groups in the developing world, its
performance will no doubt be watched closely
by other regions.
Such perspective regarding the importance
of the AEC is essential not only in appreciating
its historical significance but also in highlighting the stakes involved. The AEC will require
a good deal of political momentum to implement, just as the EC Single Market Program did
in the mid-1980s. Understanding the potential
benefits and costs are, therefore, essential if the
AEC is to succeed.
In a recent project*, we estimated the
potential economic effects of the AEC.
the economics of the aec
As is the case for the rest of the world, globalization constantly produces opportunities as
well as challenges for ASEAN and its Member
States. ASEAN economies must respond to the
exigencies of the international marketplace;
compete intensively for markets, investments
and resources; adapt to the economic rise of
China and India; and develop competitiveness
and economic vigor sufficient to weather global economic shocks—a need underscored by
the current global economic crisis.
Greater economic cooperation and integration can help ASEAN meet these challenges and seize opportunities as they emerge.
In this regard, the AEC, if implemented effec-
tively, will constitute a bold step forward in
terms of economic reform. As envisaged the
AEC is comprised of four parts:
a single market and production base,
characterized by a free flow of goods,
services, investment, and skilled labor, as
well as a freer flow of capital.
a competitive economic region, characterized by sound competition policy, consumer protection, intellectual property
rights protection, infrastructure development, sectoral competition in energy and
mining, rationalized taxation, and e-commerce.
equitable economic development, characterized by SME development and
enhancement of the Initiative for ASEAN
integration into the global economy, with
ASEAN centrality and participation in
global supply networks.
The creation of a single market and production base should allow ASEAN to benefit
from efficiency and economies of scale in
value-chain processes, while other aspects of
the AEC will boost competitiveness, strengthen ASEAN’s institutions, and improve the
region’s socioeconomic environment. ASEAN
member states intend to complete the AEC by
2015; meeting that deadline will require support at all levels and recognition that implementation will face opposition in some quarters. Securing support, assuaging stakeholders’ concerns, and countering opposition, in
turn, requires understanding the full implications of the AEC for ASEAN and ASEAN
member states.
Our conservative estimates indicate that
ASEAN economic welfare should rise by 5.3
percent, or $69 billion, relative to a situation
in which there is no AEC. We also estimate
that the AEC will increase ASEAN real
income significantly and that all member
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states will benefit from the AEC. Other estimated benefits
include the following:
expanded trade in goods. Our model shows that the AEC
will expand ASEAN trade in goods, with exports outpacing
imports in all but three manufacturing sectors. Many of these
areas offer important opportunities for the region to join
global production chains. Our estimates also confirm the
value of keeping the AEC open, a position advocated in the
AEC Blueprint, which outlines ASEAN’s vision in implementing the AEC: extending the AEC to include “+1” agreements with its East Asian neighbors and increases the aggregate welfare benefits to ASEAN by two-thirds, and by an
additional one-third if the United States and the EU are
greater inflows of foreign direct investment. FDI will
likely increase as barriers to production networks are
removed and as policies in the ASEAN Comprehensive
Investment Area (ACIA) are implemented. Production networks, in turn, should be particularly advantageous to Small
and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) throughout ASEAN and in
its relatively poor, transitional economies (Cambodia, Laos,
Myanmar and Vietnam, or the “CLMV”) in particular. The
AEC could increase FDI stocks 28 percent to 63 percent
($117–$264 billion relative to 2006 inward FDI stocks).
Contribution to annual income growth could be (conservatively) on the order of 0.5–1.0 percent of GDP per annum.
Over time, this effect could be considerable, given the
potential of ASEAN Member States to expand in production
value chains and enter new value chains.
rise in per capita gdp. To estimate the direct effects of
behind-the-border measures and best practices spread by
means of the AEC, we use a special technical called
“extreme bound analysis,” which essentially allows us to
capture the effects of importing regional “best practices.”
Our projections suggest that competition policy alone could
raise per capita GDP by 26 percent to 38 percent in the
resource-rich original group of ASEAN countries; this
includes an increase of 8 percent to 14 percent due to foreign
investment attracted by policy reform. These figures are on
par with estimates of the economic impact of Eastern
European countries’ joining the EU.
Narrower development gaps. By creating opportunities for
production networks and spreading best practices that boost
productivity, the AEC should help the poorer ASEAN countries converge with the rest of the region, a process that has
already started. Productivity improvements will be greatest
in the least-developed economies.
Flexible labor management that attracts investors. Allowing
skilled workers to move about freely will make ASEAN
attractive to foreign investors, encourage mutual recognition
of professional qualifications, and engender regional cooperation among training institutes, universities, research institutions, and the like. Countries with shortages of skilled
labor may benefit the most, and professionals and skilled
workers will be able to seek better jobs and higher earnings.
ASEAN member states: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR,
Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
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competitive consumer markets. Consumer markets will
feature a cheaper and wider range of imported goods and
services, greater domestic competition, and more extensive
consumer protection.
Institutional improvements under the AEC (e.g., in
financial markets, infrastructure, and harmonization-related
structures) should encourage growth in the private sector
and make the public sector more efficient. In sum, the net
economic benefits of the AEC should be large, perhaps well
beyond the 5.3 percent increase in welfare due to “AEC
value added” derived through our conservative CGE model.
Other likely gains not modeled include:
Lower cost of capital due to freer movements
of capital and improved financial systems
Greater efficiency and boosts to GDP
due to freer movement of skilled labor
Benefits from “ASEAN One Voice”
Greater macroeconomic stability
due to implementation of conservative policies
necessary to support the AEC
In sum, the potential benefits of the AEC are considerable. Of course, with the structural change that always
accompanies adjustment toward greater efficiency, there
will be losers as well as winners in this process, and developing regions such as ASEAN are the least prepared to take
care of the most vulnerable. Hence, an important recommendation of the study is that ASEAN policymakers should
develop means to facilitate the transition; that is, helping
labor that has to change from one sector to another. This will
no doubt require a safety net that will protect the most vulnerable. Moreover, given the great diversity in levels of
development in ASEAN, it is important that the more developed states provide technical and other forms of assistance
to the lesser-developed countries in order to speed up the
process of closing development gaps.
Much needs to be done before there will be an ASEAN
Economic Community. Whether or not the project will be
successful will depend critically on the political will of the
ASEAN leaders to undertake extensive—and often politically costly—reforms. In this study, we make the case that the
economic incentives to move forward with this historic
process are strong. Hence, our team is optimistic regarding
the ultimate results.
michael g. plummer is Eni Professor of Economics at the
Bologna Center; Head of the Development Division, Trade
and Agriculture Directorate, OECD; and Director of the
American Committee on Asian Economic Studies.
* This project was undertaken at the request of the ASEAN
Secretariat and financed by USAID through the “ASEAN-US
Technical Assistance and Training Facility,” which is housed at the
ASEAN Secretariat. The East-West Center (Honolulu) was the executing agency, and the project was jointed directed by myself and
Chia Siow Yue of Singapore. It was published in November 2009
by ISEAS under the title, “Realizing the ASEAN Economic
Community.” All opinions are those of the authors and should not
be attributed to any participating organization.
55 yearS
of engagement
the bologna center looks back
by Odette Boya Resta
anniversary of the
Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins
University Paul H. Nitze School of
Advanced International Studies. It is a year
to reflect on how the Center has grown over
the years—institutionally, academically and
in sheer size. What began in 1955 as a pioneering experiment—the first U.S. graduate
school established in Europe—has developed into a program unique for its longevity,
its global perspective, and its ability to adapt
and remain relevant.
The word ‘engagement’ describes the
Bologna Center well: the interaction among
students and faculty from around the world,
alumni involvement, and the academic dialogue and debate that take place within its
walls. A glance at the Center over the past
six decades reveals a pattern of continued
engagement in international affairs.
The Center celebrated its inauguration on
February 22, 1955 during a momentous year
that saw the creation of the Warsaw Pact as a
counter to NATO. The world as a whole, and
Europe in particular, was divided into two
camps that would define global relations for
the next forty-five years. What better place
to study the unfolding story of U.S. and
Soviet influence in Europe than in Bologna,
the unofficial ‘capital’ of leftist thought in a
country aligned with the Western Bloc!
Though the first rule of real estate is
‘location, location, location,’ simply positioning an American institution of international affairs in Bologna would by no means
ensure its success. Many of the early accomplishments of the Center are owed to its
founder and first director, C. Grove Haines,
who worked tirelessly to make it flourish. By
the end of the fifties the initial class size of
ten students had grown to nearly fifty. The
Bologna Center had by now found its calling: to foster mutual understanding and
cooperation between future leaders in the
United States and Europe.
The Center’s curriculum in these years
focused on the economics and politics of
Italy, Germany, France and Austria, with one
course offered in 1955 that examined
Western European efforts towards political
and economic integration. Two years later
the Treaty of Rome was signed and the
European Economic Community (EEC) was
established, paving the way for the European
During the “Italian Miracle,” Italy’s postwar
period of sustained economic growth, the
Bologna Center also thrived. As more students enrolled, the Center’s need for physical space increased. In 1961 the Center
moved to its current location on via
Belmeloro in a state-of-the-art building
designed by award winning Italian architect
Enzo Zacchiroli. The new building symbolically grounded the American institution in
the most current Italian artistic and intellectual trends.
The sixties were a time of deep social
change worldwide—with landmark passages
of civil rights legislation in the U.S. and
decolonization across the globe. The
Vietnam War was ‘watched’ in living rooms
in the West, generating greater interest in
world issues and social awareness, manifested through youth and student movements.
International politics were the order of
the day at the Bologna Center. Gianfranco
Pasquino (BC66/DC67, Italy) senior adjunct
professor of European Studies recalls, “In
the sixties when I was a student at the
Center, there was much more interest in
what was going on in Europe. We had excellent courses on politics in Italy (Federico
Mancini), France and Germany (both by
Alfred Grosser). Of course, the Vietnam War
engaged the attention and the criticism of
most European students and of many U.S.
students. On the whole, I would say students
were less inclined to become highly specialized and more interested in international politics and BIG issues.” New commuting professors during this period included Pierre
Hassner, who built strong ties with students.
By the seventies the world was paying close
attention to the relationship between social
and economic issues. Recession spread
across Europe after the OPEC oil-price rose,
demonstrating the interconnectedness of the
global economy. At the same time the division between the world’s rich and poor
nations—and its stable and unstable
regions—had never been more obvious.
Simon Serfaty, director of the Bologna
Center from 1973 to 1976 broadened the
curriculum to make it more compatible with
an enlarged vision of Europe.
Serfaty explains, “Courses on the South
began to be introduced, and the Center pursued an Ostpolitik of its own—not only with
a reinforcement of Paolo Calzini’s offerings
but also by developing a network of bilateral exchanges which included students’ educational visits in Cracow and in Belgrade, as
down payments for future exchanges I was
planning with Budapest and Moscow.
Students from the East were also recruited, and we showed interest in bringing
some from the South as well. To parallel this
enlargement of the Center’s range we also
deepened its curriculum, with particular
emphasis on economic history—with the
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recruitment of additional core faculty members who included such stars or stars-tobe Robert Skidelsky and Adrian Lyttleton.”
Wilfrid Kohl, director of the Bologna
Center from 1976 to 1980, remembers Italy
during this decade: “In autumn 1976, a
major theme of Italian politics was the possibility of an “historic compromise” (compromesso storico), a government of national
solidarity between the two major political
parties—the Christian Democrats (DC) and
the Communists (PCI)—as a way to deal
with the country’s severe economic crisis
and high unemployment.
Then on March 11, 1977, the police shot
a University of Bologna student as he participated in a demonstration. University students immediately vented their outrage in
street protests. The carabinieri were called
in, and numerous clashes followed.
In response, we cancelled classes at the
Center for several days to show solidarity
with the University of Bologna students. In
lieu of classes, Professor Ekkehart
Krippendorf led ongoing discussions in the
Center’s auditorium with our faculty and
students about the roots of political discontent in Italy.”
The eighties brought profound changes in
the political and economic structures of the
Eastern Bloc—epitomized by the fall of the
Berlin Wall at the close of the decade.
In step with developments around the
globe, the Center persisted in the expansion
of the curriculum by introducing more
courses on the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe
and developing country issues. At the same
time more study trips to and student
exchanges with countries in the Eastern Bloc
attracted a diverse group of students.
Bologna Center director from 1982 to
1987, Robert Gard observes, “During my
tenure as director, there was evident ferment
in the economic and political structures of
the Warsaw Pact and the Eastern Bloc,
heralding a new chapter in the Cold War that
led to the signing of the Strategic Arms
Reduction Treaty and the collapse of the
Soviet Union. The faculty of the Bologna
Center responded with curricular initiatives
and less formal discussions that provided our
bright, concerned, thoughtful, active and
impatient students with context and insights
into the significance of these developments
and their implications for the future.”
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What emerged on the global scene in the
nineties was an American hegemon, a postSoviet group of transition countries, and a
set of European governments pushing for
economic integration as a way to establish a
more relevant political role.
Ambassador Stephen Low, director from
1987 to 1992, captured the late Cold War environment. Erik Jones (BC89/DC90/Ph.D.96),
professor of European Studies, recalls
“Low’s diplomatic service was more closely
focused on Africa than on Europe and his
concern was more centered on development
than conflict. Nevertheless it would be a
mistake to see his tenure as a sharp break
with the past. Low was a great fan of
European culture and a strong promoter of
European Studies.”
The Bologna Center continued to play a
key role in the analysis of the process of
European integration, as well as of the shifting power dynamics between Europe, the
U.S., the transition countries, and the world at
large. The Center’s role as a thought leader
and center of debate is evidenced by the number of Nobel prize winners who lectured or
visited during this decade alone, including
Franco Modigliani, Robert A. Mundell, Paul
A. Samuelson, Amartya Sen, Robert M.
Solow, and James Tobin. Guest lecturers
complemented the Center’s notable and
memorable faculty, including Enzo Grilli.
“Patrick McCarthy returned as Low was
settling in; Andrew Hurrell and Craig Nation
held consecutive IR chairs; and I spent much of
my year as his bartender — you can’t get much
more culture than that!” remembers Jones.
The renovation of the Bologna Center building, completed in 2006, was carried out under
the leadership of the late Robert H. Evans,
alumnus and director of the Bologna Center
from 1992 to 2003. The newly renovated
building has successfully retained its original
spirit while expanding in size and adapting to
new technologies. John L. Harper
(BC76/DC77/Ph.D.81), professor of American
Foreign Policy and European Studies says,
“Bob Evans realized before most of us the
need to renovate and expand the physical plant,
and dedicated himself to accomplishing that
complex and expensive task.”
In terms of international relations, the
past decade was characterized by the War on
Terror and the emergence of new powers on
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the global scene. While international security issues were always part of the Center’s
curriculum, these became more topical, and
diversified, during this decade as a greater
number of thought leaders worldwide began
to talk about socio-economic-security issues
and to look at the Middle East as a key area
of analysis. The Bologna Center continued
to adapt to such changes by introducing
courses on the Middle East as well as on
International Policy.
Ambassador Marisa Lino, director of the
Bologna Center from 2003 to 2006, notes,
“The Center has always been on the cutting
edge of involvement in debating critical
international events, from student activism
in the 1970’s era in protesting the Vietnam
War, to examining the different approaches
today between Europe and the United States
with respect to the global efforts to fight terrorism. Bologna Center students then go on
to take up professions and roles in governments, international organizations, business
and the non-profit world where they will
directly apply what they have learned.”
One thing hasn’t changed in six decades.
An important part of learning at the
Bologna Center takes place outside of the
classroom as students from different
nations and backgrounds study, socialize
and engage with each other and the wide
world around them.
On April 23-25 the Bologna Center will celebrate the 55th anniversary of its founding
together with alumni and special guests
Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns
Hopkins University, and Ivano Dionigi, rector
of the University of Bologna.
Visit for a detailed
program and to register.
Jutta WOlke
(BC80/DC81, Germany)
by Karen Riedel
is peace
it requires
ties in the
scene, which
builds trust
and cooperation.”
Gutner, Tammi L., The Story of SAIS, The
School of Advanced International Studies,
The Johns Hopkins University, 1987.
“Experiment in Bologna,” Time Magazine,
Monday, March 7, 1955.
On previous pages: background photo by Manuela Diana.
Images of the Bologna Center community through the
years, Bologna Center Photo Archive.
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Helping Train Students for Global Leadership
efore training at Germany’s
Foreign Service Academy, Sophia
Armanski studied history, political economics and public policy
in London, Kathmandu and Brussels, and
she gained practical experience at the
German Council on Foreign Relations and in
the German Embassy in Kathmandu.
Another student at the academy,
Alexandre Callegaro, studied international
relations and international law in Dresden,
Montreal, Geneva and Cambridge, and he
worked in the German Federal Parliament,
the United Nations in Geneva and New
York, the German Embassy in Washington
and the International Criminal Tribunal for
the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
Voluntary service at a Jewish senior citizens’ welfare center in New York as part of
the Action Reconciliation Service For Peace
led Michael Herold to study political science
in Berlin, Lyon and Paris before coming to
the academy. His practical experience was
obtained in the German Federal Parliament,
in the German Foreign Office, the Friedrich
Ebert Foundation in Cameroon, the United
Nations Environment Program in Nairobi
and with Médecins Sans Frontières.
These students exemplify the international outlook, rich experience and engage-
Jutta Wolke
Winter/Spring 2010
ment in world affairs that mark the Foreign
Service Academy as a premier facility for
diplomats and civil servants in training.
Jutta Wolke, a 1980 Bologna Center
graduate, has led the academy’s effort since
August 2008, and her own career mirrors
that of the curriculum offered at the academy. Her portfolio includes service at almost
every level in both bilateral and multilateral
posts in Germany and abroad. She has
worked in political, economic, UN and central administrative departments as well as in
the Office of the Federal President and
as Chief of Staff for the OSCE
Representative on Freedom of the Media.
So heading up her country’s only academy for diplomatic training seemed a natural
fit, she says. In addition to training all foreign service personnel and educating future
students about foreign service careers, the
academy also trains international diplomats,
educating young professionals from more
than eighty countries.
“Our most important responsibility is
recruiting and training junior diplomats. We
also provide a three-year college training for
legal and consular staff and mid-career training, which includes the preparing for and
coordinating annual conference for heads of
mission in Berlin.”
The academy looks for a unique set of
skills, Jutta explains. Students must prove
through tests in history, law, political economy and official UN languages that they have
a good general education. Applicants then
undergo a series of interviews to assess their
political skills. “We are looking for people
who are motivated, flexible team players.
They need to have good political sense and
be ready to take risks,” she says.
Jutta’s overarching duties are to manage
the academy and provide leadership and
vision for the curriculum and for the academy’s future. “Networking,” a watchword at
the academy, is sprinkled throughout its
website. Jutta’s international experience and
her time spent at the Bologna Center, she
says, instilled in her the importance of the
concept. The guiding theme, in fact, for the
2010 Diplomats in Training Program is
Diplomacy by Networking. “Foreign policy
is peace policy,” Jutta says. “It requires creating personal ties in the international scene,
which builds trust and cooperation.” Jutta
practices what she preaches. She has been a
long-time supporter of the Bologna Center
alumni organization in Germany and attends
the annual reunions both in Berlin and in
Bologna whenever her schedule permits.
“My year at the Bologna Center, living
in an international environment and having
the opportunity to live and study with students from other cultures was an experience
from which I enormously profited, not only
professionally, but personally. I have made
friends for life. This is an experience that I
try to pass on to our candidates and junior
Jutta’s dedication to keep the Bologna
Center connection alive was further demonstrated when she led a tour of the academy
for alumni who attended the annual fall program in Berlin. The academy’s grounds are
renowned. Located on Reiherwerder, a beautifully landscaped 14-hectare peninsula on
the shores of Lake Tegel, the estate once
belonged to the Borsigs, a family of wealthy
industrial magnates. The original buildings
date back to the early 20th century and have
been extensively refurbished and expanded.
“This is where new entrants to the intermediate and higher branches of the Foreign
Service receive their initial training and brush
up on subjects such as civil law, international
law and economics or improve their French
and English language skills,” Jutta explains.
In addition to providing residence and
classroom space for its students, the grounds
also feature Villa Borsig, a spacious neoBaroque mansion, which now serves as the
official guest house for international visitors
to the Foreign Ministery.
“We were pleased to show off to
Bologna Center alumni our campus and to
have the opportunity to explain the academy’s mission and services. Our alumni are
always thirsty for knowledge, and that’s
what makes the group so vibrant.”
Student Profile
From the
iSle to
la città
One Student’s Experience
with Global Social Justice
by Lindsay La Forge
Patrick Flanagan
photo by Bryan Vasek
t is nearly impossible to complete a SAIS course
in economics without broaching the case study
of the Irish economy during the 1990s, when,
through EU contributions and a social partnership approach, the “Celtic Tiger” grew at a rate of
more than five percent annually. Growing up in
Ireland at this time, first year Bologna Center M.A.
student Patrick Flanagan (BC10, Ireland) found that
the world was his oyster. Initially interested in commerce and finance, he attended University College
Dublin for his undergraduate degree. He later took a
position in Capital Markets for the Allied Irish Banks,
worked as an analyst at Accenture, and even had a
brief stint at Microsoft. Patrick had the world of commerce at his fingertips, but as he says, “When you
enter with an idea about the world, you often leave
with another.”
While pursuing his undergraduate degree in
Finance and Commerce, Patrick traveled to North
Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern
and Western Europe. A semester abroad at Singapore
Management University had a profound impact on
Patrick’s global outlook, “It took me out of my somewhat Eurocentric view and I realized that there was
really a lot outside of my own experiences.”
In opening himself up to the world and understanding the different social, cultural, and economic
orientations of the people he met, Patrick found a
renewed interest in the theme of social justice which
was so prevalent in his Jesuit childhood education and
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family values. “I became excited about life
and about the idea of working to serve the
needs of others.” This began with Patrick
serving as Vice President of the Saint
Vincent De Paul Society at University
College Dublin, organizing soup runs and
working to alleviate the isolation felt by the
homeless of the city.
His call to social justice quickly acquired
a more global focus. Patrick decided to visit
his uncle who was serving as a priest in
Malawi and helped in the construction of a
much needed health clinic there. “It was
absolutely grand, really life changing,” he
says about his experiences. He found the
work that he had completed so gratifying
that he returned to Africa again as part of a
Habitat for Humanity house building project
in Zambia. Patrick found deep gratification
in assisting the impoverished internationally
through these experiences. In Zambia, he
became acquainted with the Irish Embassy
and the active role that they were playing in
developmental cooperation. “It made me
really proud of my country,” Patrick recalls,
“It made me feel like I could be a part of
something larger.” This was the beginning
of his interest in a career in international
In the summer after finishing his undergraduate degree, Patrick accepted a professional fellowship as Assistant to the First
Economic Secretary at the Irish Embassy in
Washington, D.C. as part of the WashingtonIreland Program for Service and Leadership.
This joint endeavor of the governments of the
United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United
States aims to give Irish citizens direct experience with the governmental processes and
culture of the United States. Walking the hallowed halls of the United States Congress,
visiting the United Nations building, and
having discussions with Chief Justice John
Roberts, Patrick realized his potential for
leadership and true passion for international
relations. “It showed me just how much was
possible through public diplomacy.” When
the devastation of Hurricane Katrina struck
the Gulf Coast, Patrick flew to New Orleans.
He assisted victims there, rebuilding homes
as he had in Africa. “Americans have given
so much to us, not only with the program that
I was participating in, but to the nation of
Ireland as well…so we wanted to help
Americans in their time of need.” Patrick saw
a very different side of the United States in
that trip outside of the beltway and experi-
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enced a deeper cultural understanding of the
nation which was hosting him and a greater
sense of international cooperation and the
important political connections between the
United States and Europe.
Sure about his interests in international
diplomacy and global development, but
lacking formal academic training in the area
of International Relations, Patrick chose to
continue his education by attending
Aberystwyth University for his MSc degree
in International Economics. “Kenneth Waltz
might as well have been a dance before I
came to Aberystwyth,” he jokes. Studying in
the world’s first department of International
Politics, Patrick dove into the field head
first, and was awarded a grade of distinction
for his economic dissertation entitled, “In
whose Interest? Securitisation of European
Commission Development Aid.” Patrick’s
time at Aberystwyth gave him the theoretical
background to engage in the debate over
international issues in a meaningful way.
While completing his MSc degree,
Patrick received the Royal Norwegian
Embassy’s Cultural Agreement Scholarship
to research international development and
aid effectiveness through a summer semester
at the University of Oslo. “International relations and issues of development challenged
me in an entirely new way,” Patrick says. As
the only student from a Western European
country in his program, he was immersed in
perspectives on his work that changed his
approach and assumptions. This helped him
to gain a profound understanding of the
complex intentions, mechanisms, and perceptions that accompany aid flows and the
complications which can accompany poverty alleviation policy in Western donor
This past fall, Patrick began a Master’s
degree in International Relations and
Economics at the SAIS Bologna Center.
Continuing his obligations to social justice
and global poverty alleviation, he has selected International Development as his concentration and is continuing to focus on African
issues. “You can work in a high powered
career in an important city, but sometimes
the meaning of your work has to be put into
That context is what Patrick hopes to
gain at SAIS, linking theory to practice and
gaining the tools that will allow him to create effective policy. Attending courses, the
Center’s lectures, and interacting with fellow
students, he is refining his capacity to
engage with and analyze nuanced and crucial issues like the global financial crisis, EU
enlargement, climate change, and microfinance effectiveness. Patrick hopes to put the
skills that he gains at SAIS to work with
international organizations. “I would love to
work in South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe…
these places are so important right now and I
know that effective policy can make a real
difference in the lives of people there.”
While he may be led in an entirely different
direction, as he has been before, Patrick is
certainly working toward a career which satisfies his thirst for knowledge as well as his
personal convictions.
Patrick assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina
in New Orleans, LA
Lindsay La Forge (BC10, U.S.) is a firstyear M.A. student concentrating in
International Law and Organizations. A
recent graduate of Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore, she has held
positions with U.S. Senator Ken Salazar,
the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and
Lockheed Mar tin Readiness and
Stability Operations. Her research interests focus on modernization in the
Middle East and organizational involvement in Eastern Europe.
Bologna Feature
by Nizar Ghanem
verything is so complete in Bologna. Arches span the city left
and right, creating an ambiance that, if unbalanced, would
send the pedestrian into a trance. Its red colored buildings
encircle centro storico as if competing for a peek at Piazza
Maggiore. And there in the middle of that piazza stands a lonely grand
and uncompleted medieval church. It is this incompleteness, this
unfinished business, which gives Bologna its restless spirit. Like a
giant medieval wheel, the whole city revolves around the center point,
and since that point is unfinished, Bologna keeps turning.
The Johns Hopkins Bologna Center is situated in via Belmeloro, just
in the middle between via San Vitale and the Bologna University area.
It is a perfect location from which to begin unraveling Bologna’s fascinating history: How was salt transported in the Middle Ages? How was
the first university in Europe built? And how did the Renaissance begin?
San vitale
It is said that Dante, himself once a student at the University of
Bologna, arriving in Bologna in the 13th century, was so impressed by
the due torri—two famous towers built as part of family competition
in Bologna—that he mentioned it in his masterpiece The Divine
Comedy. Like today’s pedestrians, most probably Dante looked up at
the marvelous towers, and then continued on to via San Vitale. At that
time, the street was called via Salaria, or the ‘salt road.’ Along this
road the precious commodity was brought from the salt pans in the
San Vitale’s monuments are two fine palaces of the 16th century,
the Palazzo Fantuzzi and the Casa Franchini. The church of San Vitale,
a Romanesque work that originally stood outside the city walls, was
rebuilt in the 1800s, but it retains its Romanesque crypt and the renaissance Capella di Santa Maria degli Angeli.
San Vitale, nowadays, is crowded by small restaurants, gelaterie,
pizzerie and a couple of cafés. Just a ten minute walk from the
Bologna Center, one can enjoy a good Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria
Spacca Napoli and on the way back stop for a quick gelato at, Al
Gelatauro, a traditional café that offers coffee and sweets. Gelato is
the pride and joy of Italians. Like Middle Easterners with hummus,
everyone seems to recommend the best gelateria that offers the ‘real’
Italian gelato. Al Gelatauro provides a good start in the quest for the
‘real’ gelato... buona fortuna!
Via San Vitale with view of the Torresotto di piazza Aldrovandi
the university and the university museum
After a good meal on via San Vitale, followed by an espresso or a caffé
macchiato at a local café, you can cross via San Vitale back to the university quarter. This quarter is one of the most fascinating places in
Bologna, packed with students, organizations, live music, and an occasional hippie striding along with his three or four dogs. It is the quarter that housed many of the artists and scientists of the Renaissance.
The University of Bologna is the first university constructed in
Europe. It is believed that the University was established around the
eleventh century, when the word university was used for the first time.
Stefano Zamagni, vice director of the Bologna Center and senior
adjunct professor of International Economics, says, “The feature of
University of Bologna is that it came from the bottom up. It was not
created by an emperor or a king. It is the civil society that created the
University. The students appointed the directors and professors, and the
general atmosphere was communal.”
The cultural movement that led to what was termed the
Renaissance, that brought Europe out of the dark ages, began with the
city states that sprang up all over Italy. This revival of culture began
with the Italian writers and scholars of the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries who occupied themselves with studia humanitatis, or the
humanities, and thus came to be called Humanists. It is this pool of
humanists who immersed themselves in studying classical culture,
law, medicine and art who gathered in the university area just a few
minutes away from the Bologna Center’s modern building.
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In fact, the student unions which ran the uniIt is the city of the learned, Rossa, that had no kings, dukes or princes, and
with Florence created a cultural and scientific
versities for so long, electing professors and firmovement that changed the world.”
ing them, can sometimes be seen in the univerthe red city, La Rossa,
Nevertheless, Bologna has no air of arrosity area walking around with their medieval
that had no kings, dukes
gance, or pride. Its people are calm, friendly
cloaks and hats.
If one is interested in expanding one’s
or princes, and with Florence and relaxed. History is not on display here, but
you breathe it in daily and it surprises you in
knowledge and curiosity about that epoch, it is
places you do not expect.
possible to visit a number of small museums
created a cultural
connected to the university and housed in the
and scientific movement
Palazzo Poggi. For example, the Museo Navale
Cadogan Guides, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna,
has a collection of early maps and 18th century
that changed the world.
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model warships. One can visit the Museo di
Hartt, F. History of Italian Renaissance Art
Architettura Militare where it is possible to find
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plans and models of Baroque era fortifications. Another museum
called Museo Aldrovandi houses collections of the great renaissance
naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi, who established botany, zoology, and
Nizar Ghanem (BC10, Lebanon) is a first year M.A. student at SAIS
entomology as distinct scientific disciplines and made Bologna a cenBologna. He has worked as a researcher at the Lebanese Center for
ter for their study.
Policy Studies and as a peace-building and conflict resolution trainer
Bologna has a special place in the Italian collective memory.
and community organizer in Lebanon and Iraq.
Professor Zamagni notes, “It is the city of the learned, the red city, La
A 19th century map of Bologna’s centro storico
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a cOnverSatiOn With
(BC90/DC91, Greece)
lena Panaritis is an inspiring individual. An expert on property rights, illiquid real estate
assets, and public sector management, she heads the Panel Group LLC, a specialized
investment advisory group that invests in undervalued property and provides counsel on
transforming illiquid real estate and related public policy. She is a Member of Greece’s parliament
and a Special Adviser to the Greek government on public sector reform and economic policy.
Panaritis teaches economic development, housing finance and property markets reform at the
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and INSEAD and holds seminars at various universities
including Stanford and the University of Southern California. In more than a decade as an economist
at the World Bank, she led several institutional reforms including property rights reform in Peru that
has improved the life of more than 10 million people in less than ten years.
You describe yourself as a social entrepreneur. What drives you?
I think the simple answer is “I cannot help
it.” But if I think hard I can say that what
drives me is little four year old Joshua from
Georgetown, Guyana, barefoot in an old pair
of shorts begging me to help his sick mother
who gave birth alone in a shack around the
corner; Marc from Burkina Faso, father of a
three month old, who provides for his family of five on an income of only 25 US cents
a day; eleven year old Carlitos from Peru
who works with his mother in a rudimentary
T-shirt cottage factory trying to make ends
meet never having attended school. Add to
this the inability to enjoy a nice stroll in the
middle of Athens, because of unruly driving
and parking on pedestrian pathways; wild
bush fires in Greece that destroy the ecosystem and lead to further uncontrollable urbanization; corruption; lack of rules and fairness; the present housing bubble and bad
asset pricing that have led millions of people
to foreclosures of their first home in the U.S.
These are issues that worry me and keep me
alert in constantly trying to figure out how to
create an impact.
I was working as a social entrepreneur
before there was a formal title for it.
Originally, I am an economist with a focus
on institutional economics. Since my time at
the World Bank I have been doing a combination of field work and research.
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achieve secure derivative trading if the information on the underpinning asset is not
oblique and difficult to
find – because markets
run on information. In
the same way we
understand the need to
standardize derivatives,
we must understand the
need to do the same for
the underlying real
estate assets. The reason is very much based
Panaritis in a village close to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso where she worked on defining
on the fact that properpolicies to improve land and housing markets
ty rights information is
asymmetric, creating a supply side inefficienI have seen first-hand what makes a differcy
regarding housing and property and leads
ence to improve economic growth, reduce
poverty, and create positive social and enviThe
incorrect valuation of land, properronmental impacts. My conclusion has been
thus mortgages is at the center of our
that private entrepreneurs can achieve positive
and we need to fix this! My outimpacts in all those areas by simply “doing
will not be coming out vibrantgood and doing well” at the same time. One
ly from this situation if we do not address the
can be a private investor and entrepreneur and
root cause so that mortgages are valued correach both market competitive financial
rectly once and for all.
returns and positive social impacts.
You are known for your expertise on property
markets, the financial crisis and real estate market bubbles. What is the outlook?
Most of my work is focused on how to establish appropriate rules (specifically property
rights) that reduce market frictions and
increase security and liquidity. I study how to
secure assets values and asset transactions. I
apply much of this on real property.
Regarding the international financial crisis
and specifically the housing market in the
U.S., I believe that we have not focused much
on the supply side of the problem which I
believe is at the heart of the crisis. Although
there is general agreement that the financial
crisis results from a variety of factors, such as
a considerably low household saving rate in
the U.S.; excessive liquidity and a wave of
cheap and easy credit; proliferation of “subprime” mortgage loans to high-risk borrowers;
interest rates kept too low for too long; and the
failure of financial supervision and regulation.
Yet, what is missing in the analysis is a much
less obvious issue that of a poorly defined
weak underlying asset of real estate.
Housing prices in the U.S. and mortgages
are defined by local parameters that vary from
county to county and state to state. We cannot
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What is the mission of Panel Group LLC and
does SAIS play a role?
Panel Group aims to create value for the communities where it’s involved and for the recipients of its services—investors and governments. Its vision is to assist citizens and governments in achieving important social and
economic benefits and be profitable at the
same time. Panel Group is interested in both
improving city governance and strengthening
communities’ asset management systems.
According to the philosophy adopted, value is
primarily a function of better tradability and
not the look of an asset. As a result our work
as part of Panel Group is not bounded by geographic limitations, but we prefer working in
dynamic environments such as those found in
emerging markets or transitional economies.
This is where SAIS plays a major role.
The solid international economics program
with a focus on studying how economics and
policy affect politics government and market
behavior is one thing. The incomparable international student body, the caliber of the teaching community, and the ability of the school to
attract speakers from important government
agencies, international organizations, and
numerous firms and institutions contribute
significantly to help prepare graduates to face
real world scenarios. And then, after graduation the network of alumni is so wide that at
crucial moments there is always a “SAISer”
to look up for advice, because either he/she
has been involved in a similar project in the
past, or because he/she has spent time in the
country in question, or finally because he/she
works or worked for the organization on the
opposite side of the negotiation table.
You were recently appointed to parliament in
Greece. Describe that experience.
Being asked to return to my country of origin
and participate in the political life is a great
honor. Being appointed as a member of parliament however, is a great responsibility.
Throughout my whole career (beginning after
graduation from SAIS in 1991) I have been
involved in policy making and the politics of
more than thirty countries, either as a reform
adviser, or through my private work, or through
the World Bank. The responsibility is large and
so is the challenge especially now that the
country is facing a major economic crisis.
The Bologna Center Class of 1990, of which
you are a member, is celebrating its 20th
anniversary this year. Are you planning to
return to Bologna the last weekend in April?
I’m planning to be in Bologna in April and
really looking forward to it. See you there!
Elena Panaritis’ methodology of transforming
informal to formal markets is considered one of
the best practical applications of institutional
economics. Her book Prosperity Unbound:
Building Property Markets with Trust, with a foreword by Francis Fukuyama, explores her
methodology. She currently blogs at:
bc italian StUdentS committee the bologna center
engaging the SaiS community
responds to haiti
ngagement of the Bologna Center’s
students in international affairs is
exemplified by the activities of the
BC Italian Students Committee.
Founded in October 2008 by a group of
Italian Bologna Center students, the
Committee aims to provide SAIS students
with insight into Italy’s role in international
relations: the potential as well as the weaknesses of its political system, its foreign policy and economy—including its performance in the fields of science, technology and
Thirty Bologna Center students met with
Giorgio Napolitano, president of Italy, at the Quirinale
Palace in Rome. The students represented fourteen
countries, including Azerbaijan, China, Vietnam and Brazil,
as well as Italy and the United States.
The BC Italian Students Committee also provides a forum for discussion and constructive
debate on Italy’s commitment to both an
increased European integration and a strong
transatlantic relationship. Events were organized with the support of the Bologna Center’s
staff and faculty and in collaboration with the
Student Government Association.
“We wanted Italian students at SAIS to
team up and become directly involved in the
planning of activities relating to Italian affairs.
It wasn’t just a matter of promoting our country within an extremely broad and diverse student body. Much of the interest, and amusement as well, was doing it as a team – a concept that is often overlooked by Italian political élites,” explains Giovanni Faleg.
There is no lack of memorable speakers
the Committee brought to the Center in academic year 2008-09. “We organized two lec-
tures by prominent Italian statesmen and
economists – Massimo D’Alema, Romano
Prodi and Mario Monti. Before each lecture,
Italian students met privately with guests
and engaged in discussions on topics ranging
from the transatlantic dimensions of Italy’s
foreign policy to the political implications of
the financial crisis in Italy,” says Giovanni.
Following its success in Bologna, the BC
Italian Students’ Committee continued its
activities at SAIS Washington. Sergio Porcu,
explains “Last year we founded the first ever
Italian Club at SAIS. The Washington campus
has a long tradition of club, both career and
regional, but it is the first Italian Club. It aims
at providing SAIS students coming from all
over the world with an insight of Italy’s role
in international relations. We hosted the
Italian minister of Foreign Affairs, Franco
Frattini and the Ambassador of Italy to the
U.S., Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata.”
The Committee’s activities have impacted the SAIS community’s view of Italy and
its relationship with the world. “SAIS faculty and students have reacted in a very positive way to our activities; they appreciated
the opportunity to hear from Italian political
and business leaders. In fact, all Bologna
Center students are among the best Italian
Ambassadors to the world, having decided
to spend one year of their life in Italy. I hope
that our efforts have contributed to increase
understanding of Italy,” says Sergio.
giovanni faleg (BC09, Italy) studied at the
University of Strasbourg and majored in
European Studies before coming to SAIS as
the Carlo Maria Santoro Fellow. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the European
Institute of the London School of Economics
and Political Science.
Sergio porcu (BC09, Italy) is an M.A. student at
SAIS in Washington, D.C. He studied at the
Universities of Sassari and Poitiers before coming to SAIS. A lawyer by training, he has worked
at a law firm in Sassari, at KPMG in Milan, and
at Equilibri in Milan. He has also worked at the
Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He is currently president of the Italian Club at SAIS.
n January a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck
Haiti devastating the capital Port-au-Prince,
killing an estimated 200,000 people, and
leaving countless injured and homeless.
What followed was what President Barack
Obama referred to as “One of the largest relief
efforts in its history.”
Haiti ‘Charitivo’ organized by students from the Class of 2010
Over at the Bologna Center, students took
their own course of action. As soon as the earthquake hit, several students from the Class of
2010 crafted a plan to respond to the human
suffering and structural damage that has
occurred in and around the capital. SAIS-BC Haiti
Fund-Raising Committee was born and swiftly
set up three fundraising initiatives: 1) a student,
faculty and staff online donation campaign, the
SAIS-BC Haiti Relief Fund 2) a Loose Change
Haiti Campaign, and 3) a Haiti ‘Charitivo’ (Charity
+ Aperitivo) Event to close the campaign.
By the end of January the three initiatives
brought in a grand total of €2773, surpassing the
Committee’s original goal. The funds were
donated to a number of relief organizations
working in Haiti, including Partners in Health, a
Boston-based organization that has worked on
health and social justice issues in the country for
over twenty years.
Many students have already expressed interest in working in Haiti at the end of the semester. Ian Warthin (BC10, U.S.) took three weeks
off to volunteer. In January he helped with supply chain logistics in Miami with Partners in
Health and planned to head to Haiti afterwards.
“We’ve been very impressed and touched by
the generosity of SAIS Bologna students, faculty
and staff towards this cause and for standing in
solidarity with the people of Haiti,” says Ian.
SAIS Bologna students’ initiatives are part of
the larger Johns Hopkins University community
efforts to respond to the crisis in Haiti. See
for more information.
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the bologna center celebrates
hUman rightS day
so that businesses may move beyond voluntary corporate social responhis year, the Bologna Center, in conjunction with the Center
to a new era of deeper obligations. Shemberg advocated for
for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development
corporate guidance especially in nations where transna(CCSDD), chose to honor International Human Rights Day
may have more wealth or influence than the governby highlighting the evolving nature of human rights law
involvement of Shemberg in such an innovative
through a series of events.
Nations shows the true evolution of the organiDecember 10th marked the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. This
Following Andrea Shemberg’s rousing lecture, a fundraising recepgroundbreaking document’s thirty articles arose from the atrocities of
tion was held at the center where students further discussed the topics
the Second World War to form the basis of international obligations to
raised by both speakers. “It is so important to recognize that the issue
the individual transcending the sovereign state. Student volunteers
of human rights is layered in origin and effects…the UN, the state, the
carefully cut paper snowflake invitations to the events, emphasizing
corporation, the community, and the individual all have a role in chartaspects of human individuality encompassed by the Declaration.
ing its course,” says student Monika
The series was kicked off by Professor
Students at the International Human Rights Day fundraising reception
Noniewicz (BC10, Poland).
Michael Rosenfeld of the Cardozo Law
Photo by Bryan Vasek
This reception not only provided a
School of Yeshiva University exploring
forum for academic theorizing but also
the conceptual issues involved in human
allowed students the opportunity to make a
rights. He asked whether they were indipositive change in the area of human rights
vidual, collective, or universal in nature?
Should one promote, encourage, or
Participants donated to Casa Delle Donne
impose them? And who must act as the
Per Non Subire Violenza, a local NGO that
safeguard of them and with what threshprovides anonymous housing to women
olds? Rosenfeld highlighted how the
and children who are victims of domestic
novel, revolutionary, and evolving qualiviolence.
ties of the body of human rights law have
International Law concentrator
complicated the way in which it is viewed
Stephen Byeff (BC10, U.S.) summed up
and utilized.
the day’s intent well saying, “Today’s lecAndrea Shemberg, the legal adviser to
tures were helpful because they placed
the UN Special Representative for
theory within the larger context of current
Business and Human Rights, added to this
practices. The reception provided further
dialogue with her lecture addressing the
opportunities to explore the intersection
relationship of the multinational corporaof theory and practice and donate to an
tion and human rights. She emphasized
organization that tangibly interacts with
the importance of operationalizing the UN
human rights issues.”
framework of “Protect, Respect, Remedy”
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bologna center facUlty - News
Çigdem akin
new assistant professor of economics
in residence in bologna
Do you like Bologna?” I ask her.
Always thoughtful, Professor Çigdem
Akin pauses and reflects, as if contemplating a distant image or recalling
a remote feeling, then responds, “Yes. You
see, I like small cities. They are predictable!”
she laughs and says, “Have you ever met an
economist who doesn’t like predictability?”
The Bologna Center has a new resident
assistant professor in macroeconomics. Born
in Istanbul, a city located half in Europe, half
in Asia, looking both at the Blacksea and the
Mediterranean; Professor Çigdem Akin
brings to SAIS her excellent skills in economics and a vigorous passion for learning.
Coming from an academic family—her
parents are university professors of chemistry—she spent her childhood in Balikesir, a
small city in the western part of Turkey.
When she finished high school she had the
opportunity to continue her studies in
Istanbul at the Bosphorus University, one of
Turkey’s elite schools. Here she studied international relations, but her broad interests,
compelled her to complete a double major in
political science and sociology.
“I wanted to become a diplomat, but at
the same time, I liked math, social sciences
and languages,” she reflects, “At that time
Turkey was witnessing a huge financial crisis. I thought perhaps economics would
respond to some of my inquiries about public policy and international relations, and
that is how I took the decision to continue in
Professor Akin’s chance came when the
International University of Japan offered her
a scholarship to pursue a program in international development economics. She reflects
Çigdem Akin
on her experience: “I lived in Niigata. I loved
Japanese culture and was able to learn the
language. The program was also very engaging, diverse and interdisciplinary. It strengthened my interest in economics and public
policy.” With this program Professor Akin
had the chance to work at the Asian
Development Bank Institute in Tokyo and the
Toyota Motor Corporation.
Ever ambitious, Professor Akin was not
satisfied and wanted to further explore the
subject of international economic relations
and globalization. After being awarded a
five-year scholarship to the George
Washington University, Professor Akin traveled to the United States where she specialized in international economics. At the
George Washington University, she completed her dissertation on business cycles synchronization among forty-seven countries, a
large sample of developed and emerging
market economies and the North-South relations.
“I was examining why countries go
through recessions or booms at the same
time, as well as analyze trade patterns, financial integration patterns, and structural similarities. I studied the emerging market
economies.” Professor Akin explains. She
continues, “My other focus was North-South
relations, studying the developing south and
the emerging south. We studied whether or
not growth linkages have changed from
1960 to 1986 and from 1986 to 2005.”
Furthermore, Professor’s Akin study on
the housing wealth in emerging markets is
one of the first in that field. As part of her
Phd she studied how the housing wealth and
stock market wealth effects consumption.
The majority of studies were done in the
context of the OECD countries, Professor
Akin used her knowledge of housing statistics in Turkey to provide an analysis in the
context of emerging markets.
Between 2006 and 2008, Akin worked at
the International Monetary Fund as a
research assistant where she focused on
international policy making. Meanwhile, she
was still teaching macroeconomics, microeconomics, international finance and trade
classes at the George Washington
University. Yearning for another experience,
Professor Akin applied to SAIS and was
Professor Akin is very pleased with her
Bologna experience. “The students are very
nice, and the program is very strong,” she
says, “It’s a student town, so there is always
something new to do and getting bored is not
an option. I like the strong sense of community here,” she adds.
Professor Akin believes that learning is a
lifestyle, “I will always be studying something new,” she says, and she is serious
about it. During pre-term the students came
to be fond of the economics professor who
shared language courses with them; she took
Italian and is currently learning French as
well. While some struggle with a second language, Professor Akın speaks Turkish,
English, and has studied Japanese, German,
Italian and now French.
“What are your future plans?” I ask. “I
like it here,” she responds, “for the time
being, I think Bologna does it for me.” Then
she pauses, “Maybe… someday I would like
to study law, though!” she laughs then adds,
“Why not?!” Indeed, why not?
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Winrich kühne
Steven muller professor
in german Studies
Kühne lecturing at the Bologna Center
Nearly twenty years ago I began
teaching classes on politics and conflict in Africa at the Bologna Center,
following a request by Ambassador
Stephen Low, the Center’s director at the
time. Motivated by the hospitality of the
Bologna Center faculty and staff, the profound student interest to get more intimate
with Africa and its struggle for stability,
development and democracy—as well as
their enthusiasm to learn from a practitioner—I was an adjunct professor for almost
two decades traveling back and forth from
Last year Winrich Kühne was named the
Steven Muller Professor for German Studies.
He recently retired as director of the German
Center for International Peace Operations
(ZIF) in Berlin which he founded in 2002. He
is a longtime consultant to the German parliament and government, was a senior adviser to the European Union’s former Crisis
Prevention Network, and is a member of the
international advisory board of the United
Nations Department of Peacekeeping
Operations’ Lessons Learned Unit.
Professor Kühne began his career as an
academic and political consultant in the field
of European Peace and Security Studies at
the German Research Institute for
Winter/Spring 2010
International and Security Affairs (SWP).
The largest think tank of its kind in Europe,
SWP primarily operates as a research institute and consultant for the German government and parliament. In the 1980s his
research focus turned to Africa. He went on
to head SWP’s Africa department and was
later invited to join its directorate.
He has written extensively on African
issues as well as on peace operations, peacebuilding, conflict management, and other
foreign and security policy issues. He also
has been a member of international election
observer missions in a variety of countries,
including Namibia, Malawi, Angola,
Mozambique and South Africa.
Professor Kühne received his Ph.D. in
international law from the University of
Tübingen and taught at the University of
Munich. Presently he is a member of the
Government’s inter-ministerial Crisis
Prevention Group as well as a member of the
editorial boards of the Journal of
International Peacekeeping and Global
Kühne with UN Peacekeeping mission
bologna center facUlty - Recent Books
Federico Zeri, dietro
l’immagine. Opere d’arte
e fotografia,
catalogo della mostra
Anna Ottani Cavina, editor
Torino, 2009
and integration:
a european Perspective
Pompeo Della Posta, co-editor
Palgrave Macmillan
il Partito Democratico,
elezione del segretario,
organizzazione e potere
Gianfranco Pasquino, editor
Bononia University Press
Bologna, 2009
Party Politics
in new Democracies
Stephen White, co-editor
Oxford University Press
revised paperback edition,
Prospettiva Zeri, ed.
Anna Ottani Cavina, editor
Torino, 2009
l’europe par le Marché:
histoire d’une stratégie
By Nicolas Jabko
Presses de Sciences Po
Paris, 2009 essential Questions
in eu law
By August Reinisch
Cambridge University Press
in russian Politics 7 Stephen White, co-editor
Houndmills: Palgrave
Macmillan and Durham NC
Duke University Press, 2010
the icSiD convention.
a commentary
August Reinisch, co-author
Cambridge University Press
la passione dell’avere
By Stefano Zamagni
Il Mulino
Bologna, 2009
international investment
law for the 21st century
essays in honour
of christoph Schreuer
August Reinisch, co-editor
Oxford University Press
By Vera Zamagni
Il Mulino
Bologna, 2009
allies Yet rivals:
international Politics
in 18th century europe
By Marco Cesa
Stanford University Press
(Forthcoming 2010)
crisi finanziaria globale,
stato e mercato
Pompeo Della Posta, editor
l’america di Obama:
le elezioni del 2008 e le
implicazioni per l’europa
Erik Jones, co-editor
Il Mulino,
Bologna 2010
nuovo corso
di scienza politica
By Gianfranco Pasquino
Il Mulino (4th edition)
Bologna, 2009
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bologna center facUlty - News
Professors thomas row
and Winrich kühne
receive Johns hopkins University
alumni association excellence
in teaching awards
l’istituto Mobiliare
italiano. 1931-1998
Vera Zamagni, co-author
Il Mulino
Bologna, 2009
the economics
of globalization
By Pompeo Della Posta
(Forthcoming 2010)
european responses to
the global Financial crisis
Erik Jones and Laura Beke,
Bologna, 2009
cooperative enterprise:
facing the challenge
of globalization
By Stefano and Vera Zamagni
(Forthcoming 2010)
Michael G. Plummer
oecd development
division headed
by professor
Michael Plummer
ichael G. Plummer, ENI
Professor of International
Economics at the Bologna Center, is
Head of the Development Division in
the Trade and Agriculture Directorate
of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
in Paris. He is leading a team of
researchers focusing on development
issues related to trade and agriculture
dealing largely with non-member
countries. He continues to teach his
course on Asian Economic
Development, on a bi-weekly basis, at
the Bologna Center.
homas Row, senior adjunct professor of European Studies,
and Winrich Kühne, Steven Muller Professor of German
Studies, received the Johns Hopkins Excellence in Teaching
Awards during the spring 2009 commencement ceremony. Row
was acknowledged for his teaching excellence in a large class,
while Winrich Kühne received the award for a small class.
The Bologna Center reserves these awards for adjunct faculty
who play a critical role in the educational experience of its
One student said, “It is clear that Dr. Row feels a sense of
responsibility in teaching us. He sought to convey that we are
very much a part of the history he is teaching, or as he might say,
like “Billiard balls on the pool table of history.” He was able to
make events of 400 years ago relevant to today and gave me, a
Latin American Studies student, a new-found appreciation for
European history.”
Another student commented, “Kühne is a brilliant professor
with a vast amount of knowledge he brings to discussions in a
dynamic, yet not overwhelming way; which says a lot considering
the breadth of the topic we cover. I’ve learned so much from him.”
Both professors donated their winnings to the Bologna
Center: Row to the Fred Hood Research Fund and Kühne to the
African Fellowship.
recalling De gaulle
discussion on de gaulle, france and europe
n November 6-7, 2009 at SAIS
in Washington a European
Studies Conference was held titled,
Charles de Gaulle’s Legacy of Ideas, in
memory of Professor Patrick
McCarthy. Remembered fondly
among many alumni for his course
on Contemporary French Politics,
Professor McCarthy was an admirer
of de Gaulle’s writings and reserved a
special place for him in his panoply of
David Calleo, Dean Acheson
Professor of European Studies and
director of European Studies at SAIS
gave the opening remarks. Topics for
discussion were De Gaulle and
French Planning; De Gaulle and
European Integration; De Gaulle,
Winter/Spring 2010
Adenauer and the Franco-German
Engine; and De Gaulle and the
Italians. Presentations were delivered by Professor Calleo; Benjamin
Rowland (SAIS Ph.D.); Michael
Stürmer, adjunct professor of
European Studies; John L. Harper,
professor of American Foreign
Policy and European Studies;
Professor Lanxin Xiang, The
Graduate Institute, Geneva; and
Thomas Row, senior adjunct professor of European Studies. Discussants
included both John L. Harper and
Dana Allin, adjunct professor of
European Studies. Pierre Vimont,
French Ambassador to the United
States, was a special guest and
luncheon speaker.
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culture, community
and Personal Journeys
neW langUage program director
Sara gelMetti
“Learning a new language is
like embarking on a journey
into a foreign land: you have
to keep your mind open
and be ready to let go of
some of your certainties,”
says Sara Gelmetti, the Bologna Center’s
new Language Program Director. It is this
spirit of openness to new experiences that
she brings to the Center.
Sara hails from Lake Garda in the
Italian region of Lombardia. Guided by her
innate curiosity and fascination with cultures and languages, she pursued an M.A.
in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the
University of Pavia. Afterwards, she won a
research scholarship at Trinity College
Dublin, in Ireland, where she went on to
complete an M. Phil in Applied Linguistics.
During her graduate studies Sara
focused on adult foreign language acquisition and the role of information technology
in language teaching. She began to work
with IT in her first academic position as
Italian language instructor at Trinity
College, where she set up an online tandem
language learning program. “I strongly support the integration of technology in education; it doesn’t take the place of instructor
and human contact, but it does promote
communication and improves the ability to
compare different cultures,” she explains.
Sara’s next position as language coordinator and lecturer at the University of
Wisconsin in Madison took her on a journey from her origins in the Italian Alps to
the plains of the American Midwest. Here
she experienced how the United States can
be a fascinating patchwork of languages
and cultures. “In Madison the majority of
the students came from the Midwest and
many had German or Scandinavian ancestors. Yet they were avid learners of Italian.”
In 2004 she began what she calls five
wonderful years at Stanford University, in
California, as coordinator of the Italian
Language Program. Among other responsibilities—including managing the program
and teaching Italian language courses at all
levels—Sara mentored and trained graduate
students and teaching assistants. She also
coordinated the Italian language courses at
the overseas Stanford campus in Florence
and fostered the relationships with the
Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian
Consulate in San Francisco.
Working at the Stanford Language
Center gave her the inestimable opportunity not only to collaborate with many other
language programs but also to become an
ACTFL certified tester, both for oral and
writing proficiency.
When asked what attracted her to the
Bologna Center, Sara replies, “It was the
students. They are world citizens,” she
explains, “They are truly interested in developing a deep knowledge of other cultures.
They know that in their professional future
they will interact in international environments or even in the very same countries of
which they are learning the language here at
SAIS. What better and more motivated lan-
Sara Gelmetti
guage learners could we hope for?”
Sara is impressed by the many Bologna
Center students who have already mastered
two or three languages and are now studying a fourth. “In some cases they have
passed the proficiency exam in a language
and still continue to study another—this is
so remarkable!” she exclaims. A thirst for
knowledge about peoples and cultures continues to characterize the Center’s students.
When asked what her plans are for the
Language Department, Sara replies,
“Language study is an integral part of the
Center. The language program at SAIS
Bologna offers eight languages, with a special focus on European languages. My main
goals are to maintain the excellent standards in language teaching, while encouraging continuous professional development, and to increase the performance standards in language learning. In fact,
Portuguese and Arabic, the two fairly recent
additions to our language program, are rapidly growing and we have just introduced
higher level courses.”
You can feel the energy that Sara brings
to the Center. “Language teaching is a joy,
since you don’t only teach the language, but
you also share the culture, the sense of
community and your personal journeys. My
latest one has just begun,” remarks Sara.
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by Stefan Wieser (BC09, Austria)
“Hello, my name is Justin Frosini, I
am the director of the CCSDD, a
joint venture of the Johns Hopkins
University Bologna Center and the
Faculty of Law of the University of
Bologna and I would like to welcome all of you.”
till echoing in my mind, these opening
words of Professor Frosini at several
conferences, study trips and summer
schools organized by the CCSDD became a
constant companion during my first year in
Bologna as a SAIS M.A. student.
So what do those five letters stand for?
What is the CCSDD all about?
The Center for Constitutional Studies and
Democratic Development (CCSDD) is located on the premises of the Faculty of Law of
the University of Bologna on via Belmeloro,
just a stone’s throw away from the SAIS
Bologna Center. The CCSDD is composed of
a small fixed staff, supplemented by independent researchers, Ph.D. candidates, law
students from the University of Bologna, and
last but not least by a series of Bologna Center
student interns—all held together and coordinated by Professor Frosini.
Filling the gap between the elaborate theories of international politics and economics
taught at SAIS on the one hand and the hard
legal facts of international and public law
instructed at the Facoltà di Giurisprudenza
on the other hand, the CCSDD is involved in
the organization of a series of conferences at
the Bologna Center related to the aforementioned legal disciplines as well as study trips
and summer schools open to both Italian law
students as well as SAISers.
I took part in the CCSDD’s conflict management study trip to Sarajevo in February
2009 which gave participants the unique
chance to get an inside view of the activities of
the several actors involved in post conflict
management in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the
war torn heart of the Balkans. Once done with
final exams at SAIS, my internship with the
CCSDD prolonged my stay in Bologna for the
summer months. My participation in the
CCSDD’s summer school held in Montenegro
in July 2009, not only gave me the opportunity for academic exchange with students from
the Balkans, but also deepened my knowledge
of legal reform in the European Union and
comparative constitutional law.
Based on these personal experiences, I
can only strongly recommend that all future
Bologna Center students who have an academic or professional interest in International
Law, democratization processes and conflict
management to get involved in the ample
activities of the CCSDD.
turkiSh abcs
Exploring Attitudes, Behaviors, and Convictions
s part of the Year of Religion at
SAIS, the European Studies
Program at the Bologna Center hosted a group of students on a trip to Ankara,
Istanbul, and Mardin to explore ideas of secularism, pluralism, religious identity, and
their roles in Turkish life. The trip took place
during the 2010 intersession, January 29 February 6.
The group began in Istanbul where they
met with representatives from a number of
religious communities including Alevi,
Armenian, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Roman
Catholic, Protestant, and Sunni Muslim.
Beyond the meetings with religious groups,
the students met with journalists, civil society
representatives, and SAIS alumni.
Because the experience of a place is more
than just meetings (and because it would be a
shame to go to Turkey and not see the sights)
the group toured some of the more prominent
attractions in Istanbul including the Aya
Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Neve Shalom, and
even explored the famous bazaars. They traveled from Istanbul to Mardin, an ancient
Winter/Spring 2010
town in the far Southeast, where they
explored a side of Turkey very different from
Istanbul. From Mardin, the group traveled to
Ankara where they met with a government
minister, toured parliament, and visited the
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
To prepare for the trip, students conducted research on a number of issues including
particular aspects of Turkey’s history, relations among religious communities, and current political debates. Students who participated include European Studies concentrators from both the Bologna and Washington
D.C. campuses as well as two Bologna students from outside the European Studies
by Allison Hart
Program and represent a variety of national
and religious backgrounds.
This trip is the first of its kind for
European Studies. The funding has been
made possible by the Starr Foundation as part
of their “Understanding Asia” initiative.
Allison Hart (BC10, U.S.) is the project coordinator for the Turkey trip and a European
Studies concentrator at the Bologna Center.
Prior to SAIS, Allison was a research assistant at
the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. A
native of Chicago, Allison received her B.A. from
Northwestern University in Middle East
Language and Civilization.
turkey, islam and europe E
rik Jones, Professor of European Studies, authored a review essay
titled, Turkey, Islam and Europe in the global politics and strategy journal, Survival, Vol. 51, Issue 5, October 2009. Jones is a contributing editor
to Survival, a bi-monthly journal and a leading forum for analysis and
debate of international and strategic affairs. It is available online at
This spring, two pillars of the Bologna Center are retiring after a combined eight decades of service.
For many alumni, faculty and staff, it’s difficult to imagine the Center without Hannelore Aragno,
Registrar, and Judy Walt, Coordinator of the English Program and Lecturer. Over the winter, I had
an opportunity to sit down with each of them to learn about their experiences and the changes
they’ve witnessed at the Center over the years.
by Ann Gagliardi
hannelore aragno
I was the last one here to start using the computer for my work. I was very fond of my
typewriter and my paper filing system.
How did you end up working here?
I started as German instructor in the early
1960s. At the time, we had about seventy-five
students but there was a very large German program. A friend of mine told me that the Bologna
Center was looking for a German instructor and
that they needed someone right away because
the instructor who’d taught here previously had
to leave suddenly. I had an interview with
Director Grove Haines, the school’s founder,
and began a week later. It was very challenging.
I taught German for seventeen years. Then, the
Registrar position opened and I applied. I happened to be in the right place at the right time.
What do you like best about the Bologna
The Bologna Center is a very special place. I
have always felt lucky to work here. I cherish
my relationships with my colleagues. It’s also
very challenging work. Your horizons are constantly being broadened – it’s never boring. The
students are highly motivated and they bring the
flair of the entire world.
Also – and this certainly stems in part from
my own childhood experiences in post-war
Germany and the experience of having witnessed
the creation of the European Union – it’s truly
wonderful to see all these young people from so
many different countries studying together, going
head to head with tough subjects like micro.
The friendships and understanding that are
forged here will last forever, and what the students learn here builds the bridges that will make
the difference in the future.
How was the shift from teaching German to
serving as Registrar?
Hannelore Aragno
The work in the Registrar’s office was so different then. For example, I had a pad of paper with
all the courses on separate sheets and did all of the course registration
by hand at the beginning of each semester. For years there was a reception to kick off the start of the academic year the night before the first
day of classes and I could never go because I was busy creating the
course lists for the professors to refer to the next day in the classroom.
You’ve seen a lot of changes during your time here.
Yes, it’s true. For example, for a long time, very few of the
European students went on to do the second year in D.C. They were
admitted to do the Diploma, and could only go on to D.C. if they
made a certain grade point average. These policies started to change
in the early 1980’s. It was definitely a positive development.
Another change has been in the language program. Previously the
focus was on European languages. Now we offer Arabic, and I can
imagine further additions in the future, for example Chinese. I’ve
also seen a lot of changes in technology.
What else stands out in your mind as you look back over the years here?
My time at the Bologna Center has been tinged by tragedy. Gerold von
Braunmuller, a former student, was a victim of politically-motivated
violence in Germany, as was Professor Marco Biagi, right here in
Bologna. I remember well a student who ended up dying in Vietnam,
and another, Hélène de Beir, who was killed in Afghanistan while
working on a peacekeeping/humanitarian mission.
What are your plans for retirement?
Once I actually retire—I’ll be here through the end of the current academic year – I want to dedicate more time to my interests. I love history, art history, and music. It would be great to be able to sit in on Tom
Row’s core Evolution course. Another thing I might do is join a gym.
Until now, my main source of exercise has been running for the train!
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to arise
Judy Walt
How did you end up working here?
In 1973 I was working at a private language school in Bologna and
someone told me that the Bologna Center was looking for a teacher.
I contacted the then head of the English department, was interviewed
by the Director and bingo I started almost immediately. Serendipity
or happenstance.
I started off teaching English to the Italian students doing the
“corso diplomatico.” (At the time, the Bologna Center was a recognized training center for students planning to enter the Italian diplomatic corps). A number of my former students went on to become
ambassadors – there’s one in Tanzania, another in the Ivory Coast.
Come the mid 70s, I took over the Bologna Center English language program. At that time, we had a special exchange program
with the University of Krakow and I also taught ad hoc courses in
English for the Polish students, working quite closely with them. It
was quite something to be in an American university, during the Cold
War, the Iron Curtain still in place, with a bunch of Communists in
our midst. While they learned English and IR, everyone learned
something about preconceived ideas and human nature. Our regular
students then had the opportunity to go to Poland on a study trip for
a few weeks. Now there are career trips to London and Brussels and
study trips to Sarajevo, and, this year, Turkey and Berlin as well.
Judy Walt
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You’ve seen a lot of changes during your time here.
Many, many. The building of course has changed, and so has the size
of the school. Fortunately on the whole the standard of English has
improved enormously, probably a reflection of the level of instruction in home countries and the increased opportunities to travel
abroad. Today, around 25% of non-native speakers of English have
already studied in an English-speaking university when they get here.
Although I still use The Economist and Foreign Affairs for inspiration and examples, gone are the days of laboriously typing out articles onto stencils to be cyclostyled and the need for a shortwave radio
to get Voice of America or the BBC World Service. As most of my
teaching is based on authentic material, the Internet and photocopying machines today provide infinite possibilities and I’ve even learnt
to burn CDs- a great achievement for this non-technological person!
Language too has changed: grammar to a large extent has
remained the same but some things that were big NOs in the past are
now OK- if not to be encouraged. Words have changed over the
years, with ‘cool’ and ‘weird’ being very much part of the seventies
and eighties and then ‘awesome ‘and ‘hang in there’ becoming
trendy. Just think that the word ‘globalization’ was unheard of until
the late eighties, early nineties. And today we have credit crunch,
bailout and bubble! My students, I’m sure, will remember a few significant words and sounds from my classroom. I used to say ‘brrrr’
rolling my rrrrs to prompt a response so as to get students to provide
a word I’d left out in a phrase or expression: to be
focus…brrrr…(on). while words like gloomy, tackle, blueprint and
watershed were an essential part of any course and became known
as Judy Words.
What do you like best about the Bologna Center?
The people: students, staff, and faculty. The Bologna Center people
are very special. I’ve made exceptional friends from all over the
world. I don’t need to name them because they know who they are.
It’s nice to know I could travel to just about any country in the world
– Albania, China, Lebanon, Japan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan – and find
a friendly face from SAIS. I’ve learned so much from my students. I
still remember a presentation during the pre-term class on the
Grameen Bank and way, way back one student fascinated me when
he talked about this round object that was to take the place of cassettes: the first CD. The staff, too, have certainly helped to make my
time here so pleasant. Last but not least, I cannot thank the professors
and resident faculty enough for donating their time to sitting through
endless English oral proficiency exams and coming to talk to the
class during the intensive course. I can still see the grimaces on their
faces as I approached with my request!
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cOncerteD eFFOrt
the outset
What are your plans for retirement?
I’m teaching part-time until the end of this academic year and will
keep close contact with the school afterwards. I’ve always enjoyed
coming to the seminar series lectures and remember hearing
Amartya Sen, J.K. Galbraith, Stanley Hoffman, to name but a few,
and I’ll continue to do so.
Also, most of my former students know I’m married to an artist,
and I’m looking forward to promoting art and to travelling abroad.
After all these years and so many wonderful people it’s time I left
the gerund behind, came to terms with the tenses, past, present and
especially future, gave up on the impossible definite article, and said
farewell. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in this amazing school
and feel very privileged for having had this fantastic opportunity.
dire straits afflUent
on the brink of
in hindsight
to wane hithertO
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ann gagliardi is Career Counselor in the Office of Career Services at
the Bologna Center.
your Support, the
owe you all, on behalf of the Development team, a heartfelt Grazie! for your passionate
engagement with the Center. Bologna alumni and friends offer their fundamental help in many
areas ranging from student recruitment, to employment opportunities, to alumni relations and,
last but not least, to financial support. The very tight and loyal network which develops from the
unique experience as Bologna Center students grows even larger as our students become alumni.
In the next pages, I am pleased to feature some of the many projects and activities our alumni and
friends are currently engaged in to support critical areas such as student fellowships, program
support and our building campaign. Still, there is much more going on with class initiatives and
broader alumni activities like the Amici di Bologna in New York and our Alumni Chapters throughout
the world, where alumni volunteers organize events and facilitate connections with local governments
and institutions to increase the visibility and the support of the SAIS program in their country.
We seek to capture all these initiatives on our website The Support the Bologna
Center button will link you to all the ongoing fundraising initiatives as well as to our giving page.
Your comments are as always welcome!
This year, our 55th anniversary, we have decided to concentrate our efforts on the most ambitious challenge ever faced by the SAIS Bologna Center, notably the expansion and renovation of
its facilities. You may recall we launched the project in June 2005 and we successfully completed
it in December 2006. Not only was the project conducted on time and on budget but, we carried
it out throughout the summers of 2005 and 2006 to avoid disruption of our academic activities.
By the end of the summer of 2006 the work was so advanced that the administration together
with the students decided to put up with some extra noise over the fall months to conclude all
the work by December.
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center’s strength
The Bologna Center Class of 2007 was therefore the first class housed in a brand new building.
In typical Bologna Center fashion, this was a very successful team effort!
The building project cost US$9 million, of which US$6 million was to be raised through
philanthropy. As of February, I am pleased to report that thanks to the generous support of alumni
and friends, the Center has reached 86 percent of its goal. Several initiatives have been recently
launched by Bologna alumni and friends to help the Center meet its goal by the end of the
current fiscal year. The yearly Annual Fund will also be primarily devoted to our building campaign.
As you can see at some naming opportunities are still available to associate
in perpetuity your name, or that of your class, to the Center. Feel free to contact our team if you
want to learn more.
Our ability to continue offering a unique educational and life-changing experience as well as to
successfully carry out our future projects and meet future challenges, as mentioned by Director
Keller in his remarks, is strongly dependent on the completion of this important project.
We are grateful to each one of you for your contribution, no matter the size, and for any new
friends you bring closer to our community. Our Honor Roll for the past fiscal year, on page 34,
shows the great loyalty and generosity of our supporters. There is no doubt, we would not have
been able to accomplish fifty-five years of success and growth without you. I hope that many more
will choose to get involved and that our Honor Roll will continue to grow.
Learn how to make a contribution to the Bologna Center in the following pages, and please
consider making a gift today. Grazie e a presto!
Gabriella Chiappini
Director of Development
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On these two pages: various naming ceremonies and new spaces throughout the renovated Bologna Center building
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hOW tO Make
to the bOlOg
Credit card donations
are now accepted
in both Euro and U.S. dollars
on the Center’s website:
By Check:
Make your check payable
to “Johns Hopkins University
Bologna Center.”
Attach a note to indicate
your gift designation
(for instance, Annual Fund)
or, if applicable, indicate your
gift designation in the “note”
section of your check.
Mail it to the Development
Office in Bologna.
By Wire Transfer:
Please contact
[email protected]
for our bank coordinates.
Residents of the countries listed
below can make a tax deductible
donation to the Bologna Center
via their country association:
For donors in belgiuM
Through an agreement with VGE and the
King Baudouin Foundation (KBF), donors in
Belgium can support the Bologna Centre, and
benefit from a tax-deduction in accordance
with Belgian Income Tax Code, art.104.
Donations can be made on KBF’s account
IBAN: BE10 0000 0000 04 0
BIC: BPOTBEB1 Holder: King Baudouin
Foundation - Rue Brederodestraat 2
1000 Brussels - Belgium, mentioning in the
Bank communication “TGE-Bologna Center Johns Hopkins University - Italy.”
For online donations to the King Baudouin
Foundation visit and
follow the instructions below.
1) Select your language.
2) On the left, find “Centre for Philanthropy”
or equivalent in your language.
3) On that page, find the link to make a donation “online.”
4) Find “My donation is intended for”
and tick “A project account, fund or specific
project in Europe or the United States.
5) In the pull down menu of “Projects
in Europe,” select “Italy- Bologna
Center, Johns Hopkins University MD.”
6) Click on the box marked
“I am making an online donation now.”
7) Complete all information requested.
8) Send an email to [email protected]
for proper tracking of your donation.
For donors in canaDa
The Johns Hopkins University is an approved
charity in Canada fully recognized by the
Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency.
Therefore, contributions to the Bologna Center
are tax deductible. An official gift receipt valid
for tax purposes in Canada will be issued by the
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Fill out the giving card and send it with your
donation in Canadian dollars to:
1) Elaine Dorsey
Director of Data Administration
Development and Alumni Relations
The Johns Hopkins University
Suite 2500 - 201 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21201 U.S.A
Ph: (410) 625-8370, Fax: (410) 625-7445
Email: [email protected]
2) Send an email to [email protected]
for proper tracking of your donation.
For donors in France
Through an agreement with the Fondation de
France, donors in France can support all divisions of Johns Hopkins University, including
the Bologna Center, and benefit from a tax
deduction in France. Donations can be made
by check to:
Fondation de France - Ghislaine Rumin,
40 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris
Beneficiary of your check must be:
Fondation de France
Please write on the check OR
in an accompanying note:
“Fondation de France/500477/Johns Hopkins
University (USA) Foundation.”
Wire Transfer to:
56, rue de Lille, 75356 Paris 07 SP
IBAN: FR67 4003 1000 0100 0010 0222 L76
Adresse Swift: CDCGFRPP
Code banquet: 40031 - Code guichet: 00001
Clé RIB: 76 - N° de compte: 0000100222L
Titulaire du compte: Fondation de France
Reference: “500477/ Johns Hopkins
University (USA) Foundation”
Either way, please send an email to
[email protected] for proper tracking of
your donation.
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For donors in gerManY
Tax-deductible contributions to the Bologna
Center can be made through the:
Verein der Freunde des Bologna Center
Sparkasse Essen Konto 274 001
BLZ 360 501 05
“Bologna Center General Purpose.”
Send an e-mail to [email protected] for
proper tracking of your donation.
For donors in italY
Alumni in Italy can make their tax deductible
contributions to the Bologna Center of the
Johns Hopkins University through the
Associazione Italo-Americana “Luciano
Finelli” / Friends of the Johns Hopkins
Please visit:
Contributions may be made by:
Bank transfer to:
Unicredit Banca, Filiale Bologna 3307 Piazza Aldrovandi 12/A - Bologna
IBAN code:
Beneficiary: Associazione Friends of the
Johns Hopkins University
Gift designation/causale: Bologna Center
Send and email to: Michelle Wilhelmy at
[email protected] and
[email protected] for proper tracking
of your donation.
Credit card:
Download the donation form from the
Association website, and mail it
to the addresses indicated on the form for
Winter/Spring 2010
For donors in the netherlanDS
Tax-deductible contributions can be made
Stichting Johns Hopkins University
Bologna Center, S’Gravenhage, Postbank
Girorekening 5659006.
Send an email to [email protected]
for proper tracking of your donation.
For donors in the uk
Gifts to the Bologna Center can be made in a
tax efficient manner through The Bologna
Center of the Johns Hopkins University UK
Charitable Trust. This allows donors to take
advantage of the Inland Revenue’s Gift Aid
Scheme in which UK tax payers are able to
augment their gift to charity. Inland Revenue
gives the charity the basic rate tax the donor
had paid. In addition, higher rate tax payers
can reclaim the difference between the basic
rate and the higher rate on their annual tax
1) Download the forms from:
2) Or request the forms from Eileen Flood at
[email protected]
3) Send an email to [email protected]
for proper tracking of your donation
For donors in the uSa
Contributions to the Johns Hopkins
University SAIS Bologna Center, are taxdeductible in the USA. An official gift receipt
valid for tax purposes in the USA will be
issued by the Johns Hopkins University in
Baltimore. Please send your contribution to:
1) Elaine Dorsey
Director of Data Administration
Development and Alumni Relations
The Johns Hopkins University
Suite 2500 - 201 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21201 U.S.A
Ph: (410) 625-8370
Fax: (410) 625-7445
Email: [email protected]
2) Send an email to [email protected]
for proper tracking of your donation
For more information
or questions on ways to give
to the Bologna Center,
please contact:
Clarissa Ronchi
Development Coordinator
Johns Hopkins University
SAIS Bologna Center
Office of Development
Via Belmeloro 11
40126 Bologna Italy
Tel. +39/051/2917821
Email: [email protected]
horst Siebert
Memorial Fellowship
Sponsored by the fritz thyssen Stiftung of köln
Horst Siebert
“horst was not only a distinguished economist and gifted teacher whose presence
enhanced the academic reputation
of the center, but he was also deeply
committed to the goals of the center.
as a teacher, scholar and writer,
he was a beloved friend to the faculty,
staff and students.”
- professor kenneth h. keller, director
adly Professor Siebert died June 2,
2009. He originally came to the Center
in fall 2003 as the Steven Muller
Professor of German Studies, an endowed
chair created through the generosity of
German alumni, foundations, corporations
and friends.
Since February 1998 he had been a Board
of Trustees Member of the Fritz Thyssen
Stiftung, a foundation established on July 7,
1959 by Amélie Thyssen and her daughter
Countess Anita Zichy-Thyssen in memory of
August and Fritz Thyssen (respectively,
founder of the Thyssen mining and steelmaking company, and his son). It was the first private foundation dedicated to supporting
scholarship and research to be established
after World War II in the Federal Republic of
The relationship between the Fritz
Thyssen Stiftung and the Bologna Center has
been a long and productive one spanning over
almost thirty years providing support for fellowships, conferences and research activities.
In 2009, the Stiftung decided to honor the
memory of Professor Horst Siebert by establishing the Horst Siebert Memorial
Fellowship program for a period of two years.
During this timeframe, exceptional German
students will receive support for a year at the
Bologna Center under the auspices of this
new fellowship program.
enzo grilli
Memorial Fellowship
Sponsored by banca d’italia
Enzo Grilli
“enzo grilli achieved leadership positions
both in academic institutions and international organizations; this happened not only
because he was good at doing both things, but
rather because he had a distinctive, multifaceted ability to combine research with policymaking.
in his own words, “the two aspects –
theory and economic policy (…) – cannot be
distinguished too clearly from each other.”
While at the World bank and the international
monetary fund he worked on economic
development. he also studied economic development. thanks to these efforts, he got a deep
knowledge of several strands of economic
theory, classical, keynesian and structuralist,
that he condensed in his last book, Crescita e
Sviluppo delle Nazioni, whose perspective was
one of “economic thought, economic history
and economic policy.”
- mario draghi, governor of the bank of italy
nzo Grilli (BC68/DC69/Ph.D.75, Italy)
was a dearly loved professor at SAIS and
a pre-eminent figure in the major international economic institutions. In his memory,
Banca d’Italia decided to finance an Enzo
Grilli Memorial Fellowship in academic year
2010-2011 to support a brilliant Italian student,
with a strong interest in economics, to study at
the Bologna Center. A formal commemoration
event will be held at the Bologna Center before
the end of the current academic year to honor
Enzo Grilli. Governor Draghi, Grilli’s former
colleague and personal friend, has accepted to
be the keynote speaker.
This worthy initiative follows on the footsteps of similar ones started upon his sudden
death in 2006 by Assicurazioni Generali and by
former Grillis’ students and SAIS alumnae
Silvia Zucchini (BC99/DC00, Italy) and
Alessandra Campanaro (BC00/DC01, Italy).
While the Generali support will come to an end
next academic year, the alumni initiative is still
going on ( with the goal to
raise US$100,000 to establish the Enzo Grilli
Fellowship Fund aiming at providing fellowship
support in perpetuity to a SAIS student spending a year in Bologna and a year in Washington.
“Among the many friends and colleagues
that often came to visit my father at home,
Enzo was always the one welcomed with the
biggest pleasure by me and my brothers.His
fantasy and ability to invent seemed to me
unlimited. I remember him playing with me, my
father and my 10 year-old brother with the
“biglie” (small glass balls often used to play
in the sand.) They were his favorite game.
Addio Enzo-biglie, as my brother used to call
him, ti abbiamo voluto bene.” - Matteo Faini
(Enzo Grilli’s personal friend and Bologna
Center alumnus, Class of 2009)
To join the Enzo Grilli Fellowship Fund initiative, we encourage alumni and friends to contact:
Silvia Zucchini [email protected] or
Alessandra Campanaro [email protected]
or the Bologna Center development staff
[email protected]
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Frederick hood research Fund
red Hood (1980 – 2008) was an MAIA
student at the Bologna Center from
2002 to 2004. He was an extremely
gifted student and chose to undertake the
PhD program, studying initially at SAIS
Washington before returning to the Bologna
Center again from 2005 to 2007.
Fred Hood was not just gifted as a student
but also had an exceptional capacity for
making friends, entertaining, and stimulating all those he gathered around him. His
time at the Bologna Center resulted in many
great friendships and many memories,
across both the student and faculty bodies.
In recognition of this unique contribution
his classmates, friends and former professors, at the time of his sudden death in
December 2008, announced the establishment of the Fred Hood Research Fund. He
will be remembered in perpetuity at the
Bologna Center thanks to this initiative.
The Fund aims to provide support to the
activity of Ph.D. and MAIA researchers at
the Bologna Center. The initial goal was to
raise US$100,000 over a period of five
years. At the time of writing this article,
notably in only 14 months’ time, pledges
have exceeded the goal. Moved by the generosity and affection of his friends, Fred’s
family decided, in December 2009, to add a
significant contribution to the Fund by
matching the amount pledged at the time,
with the aim to perpetuate Fred’s memory
and reflect his great affection for the
Bologna Center. The Family’s donation has
given a terrific push to the initiative and it
will allow for the Fund to become operative
starting in academic year 2010-11.
“The Bologna Center was very much Fred’s
home for most of the last seven years of his
life. My children, Stephen and I are happy
to support this initiative, and hope that the
Fund will help to keep our beloved Fred’s
memory alive at the Bologna Center for
years to come,” says Fred’s mother, Ms.
Maya M. Hood.
With cash and commitments currently at
US$181,000, class leaders are willing to push
the goal further toward the US$200,000
threshold. If this new goal is reached, this
will be the most successful Class initiative
conducted in such a short timeframe.
Frederick Hood
Classmates, friends and students of Fred
who are interested in joining the initiative
should contact the Bologna Center development staff at [email protected] or the
initiative leaders.
Bologna Class of 2003:
Saverio Grazioli-Venier
[email protected]
Pete O’Brien [email protected]
Headley Butler [email protected]
Bologna Class of 2004:
Yoshi Funaki [email protected]
Lucy Payton [email protected]
Bologna Classes of 2005 through 2007
and Ph.D. students:
Timo Behr [email protected]
Patrick Mccarthy Fund
atrick McCarthy (1941 – 2007) was an
extraordinary professor whose breadth
of knowledge across politics, literature, economics and finance fascinated generations of students at the Bologna Center.
Upon his death, a memorial event was
organized in Bologna in March 2008,
followed by one in D.C. (more info on
In 2009, a group of his former students
and BC alumni from the Class of 1991,
notably James Upton, Carl Gardiner and
Curtis Butler decided to launch an initiative in
his memory to link his name in perpetuity at
the Center “the immediate plan is to reach the
US$100,000 minimum, upon which the
Patrick McCarthy fund will be established.
The interest generated would be used annually from that date forward to fund research by
Bologna Center faculty members. If we were
to reach the levels required to fund an
endowed professorship, the fund’s purpose
could switch to fund a permanently named
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professorship. We know that we are far from
alone in our great fondness for Professor
McCarthy. He was a student’s teacher, and as
such we have high hopes that the contributions of many, even if modest, might add up to
a very significant amount.”
The appeal was immediately followed by
a most generous challenge gift by the
Parachini Family to stimulate progress
towards the goal.
The Bologna Class of 1999, led by Silvia
Zucchini and Stefano Frascani, launched the
initiative among their classmates during
Alumni Weekend 2009. The appeal has resulted into a considerable push towards the goal.
As of February 2010, the Parachini
Family challenge gift has been entirely utilized and a total of US$111,000 has been
raised. With the first goal accomplished, the
Patrick McCarthy Fund is now moving
towards the second and most ambitious goal,
namely the establishment of a professorship
in Patrick McCarthy’s name.
Patrick McCarthy
Alumni and friends who would like to make
this happen, should contact the Bologna
Center development staff [email protected]
or their class leaders.
Bologna Class of 1991:
Carl Gardiner [email protected]
James Upton [email protected]
Curtis Butler [email protected]
Bologna Class of 1999:
Stefano Frascani [email protected]
Silvia Zucchini [email protected]
the ethnic conflict Studies Program
Supported by Wendy’s arby’s group foundation
Erik Jones and Saskia van Genugten
he Ethnic Conflict Studies Program launched at the Bologna
Center with a generous gift from Jack and Carol Wasserman,
has attracted a new donor: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Foundation
of Atlanta, GA. Responding to a proposal by alumnus Jack Wasserman
(BC64, U.S.), Wendy’s/Arby’s Group directors, Nelson Peltz, Peter
May and Joseph Levato, have offered their support to the program as
a way of meeting their commitment to “giving back,” which is a core
value of the company. Wendy’s/Arby’s Group is the third largest quick
service restaurant company in the United States, with approximately
US$12 billion in systemwide sales through its more than 10,000
owned and franchised restaurants.
“The Ethnic Conflict Studies program is a deserving initiative and we
are proud to support work on this important topic at the Bologna Center,”
says Wasserman,“Preventing ethnic conflict is critically important.”
A European Politcs and Islam lecture
The Ethnic Conflict Studies program will investigate the causes and
consequences of ethnic conflict, illuminate the impact that governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals have had or
may have on the initiation of ethnic conflict, and consider means of preventing and halting ethnic conflict (including third-party intervention).
To inaugurate the program activity, Bologna Center professor of
European Studies, Erik Jones (BC89/DC90/Ph.D.96, U.S.), assisted by
SAIS doctoral candidate Saskia van Genugten (BC07/DC08,
Netherlands), has organized a series of eleven lectures by pre-eminent
scholars, to be held throughout the spring of 2010 to discuss the relationship between Europe and Islam
The proceedings of the series will be published as a special issue of
West European Politics, the premier journal for the study of comparative
politics in Europe.
dr. george M. Santangelo room
Giorgia Santangelo Derrico and Roderick Porter
ologna alumna and Advisory Council
member, Georgia Santangelo Derrico
(BC69, U.S.) and her husband Roderick
Porter decided to generously respond to the
Bologna Center Building Campaign appeal by
naming a room in the Center’s building after
Georgia’s late father, Dr. George M.
Dr. George M. Santangelo graduated from
City College, NY and received a Doctorate of
Dental Surgery from the University of
Pennsylvania. He served as a Captain in the
Dental Corps of the Air Force of the United
States. Dr. Santangelo practiced dentistry and
orthodontia for forty years and served on the
Orthodontia Board for the State of New York.
Dr. Santangelo was also a member of the
Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity for sixty-eight
years. This was the first Italian American fraternity in the United States.
“He was an ardent believer in education
and strongly supported my attending the
Bologna Center. The gift to Johns Hopkins
Bologna Center has been presented to honor
his memory,” says Georgia.
Georgia’s and Rod’s gift to the building
comes at a crucial moment to help the Center
fulfill its building campaign goal by June
2010. Prior to this gift, they had established
the Dr. George M. Santangelo Fellowship program to offer financial support to Bologna
Center students of Italian-American descent,
primarily through the Alpha Phi Delta
Fraternity. Since its inception in 2004, the
Fund has benefitted five brilliant students at
the Bologna Center.
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the bologna center class of 1965 initiative
to Support the building campaign
n the occasion of their 45th Class
anniversary in 2010, the Bologna
Class of 1965 has decided to celebrate
this special reunion by naming a room in the
Center’s renovated building. Merle and Heinz
Opelz together with Herbert Geissler launched
the initiative in January 2010 to their class.
“Our 45th Class Reunion this year coincides with the 55th birthday of the Bologna
Center. Most of us have by now reached the age
of retirement or are near it. We think this is a
proper moment for everyone of us to look back
and to reflect once more on what the year at the
Bologna Center has given us. It is also the
moment to say “thank you.” We do think that
our 45th reunion is the most appropriate occasion for a special class donation to the Bologna
Center. We have the possibility to take part in
the most important project that the Center has
ever undertaken: the complete renovation of the
building. Naming a room requires a minimum of
US$25,000. Depending on our class generosity,
we may be able to organize a formal naming
ceremony during the Alumni Weekend 2010 and
celebrate the Center’s 55th anniversary by leaving a permanent mark in the Bologna Center:
The Class of 1965 Room. With this donation we
want also to honour the memory of those classmates who have left us too early and for good
and of the father of the Center, Grove Haines.
Class of 1965 40th reunion in Bologna
We ask you to be as generous as possible!”
Members of the Class of 1965 who would like
to get involved in the initiative, should contact
Merle and Heinz Opelz [email protected]
and Herbert Geissler [email protected]
or the Bologna Center development staff
[email protected]
Joint reunion plans for the classes of 1985 and 1990
to Support the building campaign
Class of 1985
he alumni of the classes of 1985 and
1990 have particularly close relations
with the Bologna Center, manifested
through active participation in a range of
activities as well as having made donations to
fund fellowships, scholarships and classrooms
at the Center. What could be more natural than
to hold the Bologna Center’s first-ever joint
class reunion, for their important 20th and
25th celebrations?
The story began in mid-December, when
Class of 1990 reps Michaela Trezek, Sarita Jha
and Tanya Lolonis traveled to Bologna for a
Class of 1990 20th reunion planning meeting.
The tireless trio met up with Andras Fehervary
(in Bologna for the same purpose for the Class of
1985), and in between shoe shopping, cappuccino sipping and wine sampling, had a chance to
tour the newly renovated Bologna Center and
learn about the ambitious plans the Center has to
be more influential than ever before.
The Center’s overhaul has been the most
intensive effort ever undertaken by the Center –
and it shows. It is brighter and very stylishly kit-
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ted out. The library, now named after Robert H.
Evans (BC60, Director from 1993 to 2003) has
benefited from some of the most dramatic
changes, with the collection now safely in the
cellar, and the rows of shelving removed to create an expansive and inviting reading room.
While most students have their own PC’s these
days, the Center has gone high tech with a wellfurnished computer room as well as a computerised Language Lab. Last but not least, the bar
— run in the past by the unforgettable Ivo — has
expanded out into the garden.
Some aspects of the Center’s face-lift have
not yet been paid for, and the alumni debated
potential initiatives to help. One relevant possibility for a “named space” is the new Reading
Room in the mezzanine floor of the Robert H.
Evans library, which is bright, hip and colorful –
qualities all would agree characterize the Class of
1990. Andras assured the Trio that despite (or
perhaps because) being from the pre-internet era,
the Class of 1985 could indeed read, and would
be willing to consider a shared fundraising effort.
Hence, in addition to sharing reunion events,
Class of 1990
another unprecedented first in the history of the
Center is in the offing: a shared class gift aiming
at raising US$300,000 over the next five years to
name the Center’s new Reading Room.
To stay up-to-date with developments, a
blog has been established for each class where
classmates can get hotel information, re-connect
with friends and share news.
classmates can, with a simple email, add comments, news, photos, music and video – an easy
method get informally in contact with one
another. E-mails can also be sent to:
[email protected] for the Class of 1990,
and [email protected] for the Class of
1985, and they will be posted the same day.
Other ways of getting back in touch
include the Class of 1985 Linked In site.
Those who are interested in making a contribution to the success of this unprecedented
joint initiative should contact class leaders or
the Bologna Center development team
[email protected]
the class of 1989 bar area in honor of ivo rossetti
Ivo Rossetti at his bar
n the occasion of their 20th anniversary the Bologna Center Class of
1989 launched a generous initiative
to support the Center’s building campaign by
naming the renovated and expanded bar area
after their class in honor of former barista Ivo
Rossetti. “Much effort has been put into modernizing and enlarging the Center to make it
more accommodating for today’s students. The
completed renovation offers us the opportunity to put our name on the center of students’
life then and now: the bar area ….“The Class
of 1989 Bar in honor of Ivo Rossetti.” This
may seem like a high goal, but we think it is
possible to reach it if everyone chips in.” With
this appeal, Sarah Kaplan and Adrian Trevisan,
who volunteered as class leaders, launched the
Class initiative in 2009. Ivo, who is still working for the Bologna Center, though no longer
as barista, was very touched by this initiative
“Da molti anni si è conclusa la mia esperienza al bar del Bologna Center, ma mi rimane di
quel periodo un ricordo speciale. Quanti studenti ho incontrato...mi ricordo di tutti quanti.
Per questo motivo vi ringrazio per l’iniziativa
e...alla prossima ragazzi. Non lavoro più al
bar ma sono ancora qui!” “My experience as
the Bologna Center’s barista came to an end
several years ago, but I still have a special
memory of that period. I met many
students…and I remember all of them. For this
reason I want to thank you all for the initiative
and… ‘alla prossima ragazzi.’ I don’t work at
the bar any more, but I am still here!”
The initiative aims at raising US$300,000
through year 2014, when the Class will celebrate its 25th anniversary. So far, we have
raised US$24,500 through gifts and multi-year
“Part of our education in Bologna took
place in the classroom, where we learned the
social and economic facts and theories that
explain how the world works. Another, equally
important, part of our education took place in
Bar Ivo, where we debated the issues with people from different countries who see the world
differently than we do. The Bologna Center has
incurred substantial debt in its recent modernization campaign in order to be able to continue to offer to students today the specialized
education it offered to us twenty years ago. We
now have the opportunity to help repay that
debt and show our gratitude and support. So
please participate in our effort to assist the
Bologna Center in remaining a viable educational institution. Any contribution will help.
Can we encourage you to donate US$500,
US$1,000 or more per year for five years?
Think about the amount you pay every year to
use your cell phone…Can you contribute that
much to the Bologna Center?”
Class of 1989 members who want to get
involved to give funds or work to raise funds
from others are encouraged to contact:
Sarah Kaplan [email protected] and
Adrian Trevisan [email protected]
or the Bologna Center development staff
[email protected]
the “Sonja valtasaari mchugh Seminar and
Scholarship program” by the class of 1992
fter graduating from the Bologna
Center in 1992, Sonja Valtasaari
McHugh begun her distinguished
international career in Zagreb, Croatia where
she assisted Sergio Vieira de Mello, the Head
of Civil Affairs of the United Nations
Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
Sadly, after this promising beginning,
Sonja died in April 2009 after a four year battle with breast cancer.
Sonja’s classmates deeply cared for her.
This is the reason why Kate Felsen Di Pietro,
Mary Crass Fenu and Ilaya Rome Hopkins
(Class of 1992 leaders) decided to commemorate the one year anniversary of her death
(April 2010) with an honorable initiative:
“We would like to launch a “Sonja
Valtasaari McHugh Seminar and Scholarship
Program” to allow students from various
countries in Central and Eastern Europe to
attend the yearly CCSDD Summer School in
Montenegro as well as to increase Bologna
Center students awareness about former
Sonja Valtasaari McHugh
Yugoslavia by attracting two to three experts a
year to talk to students and prepare them for
the school’s field trip to Yugoslavia (which
usually takes place between semesters in
February each year). We would like to ask
each one of you to participate in this project
which will run initially over the next three
years starting in the Summer 2010 through
Summer 2012. At the time of our 20th class
reunion in 2012 in Bologna, we will be able to
evaluate the success of our initiative and discuss its future.
Outright yearly gifts of any size will be put to
immediate use in the year they are made. To
ensure continuation of the program over the next
three years, we ask you to consider a minimum
commitment of US$1,500 payable over three
years. Higher commitments are also welcome
and payable over three years as well; these will
ensure greater support of the program.
Our hope is that Sonja’s spirit and efforts
abroad and at home will be remembered now
and forever.”
In a few weeks’ time, US$6,600 has
already been committed toward the Program.
Sonja’s classmates and friends who want
to get involved in the initiative can make their
online pledge and contribution at or contact the
[email protected]
The Johns Hopkins University - SAIS - Bologna Center
the bologna center class of 1995 initiative
to Support the building campaign
n the occasion of their 15th
Anniversary the Bologna Class of
1995 decided to participate in the
Center’s building campaign by naming a
room in memory of Professor Patrick
McCarthy. In January, Elisabeth King and
Lorna Brough announced the initiative to
their class.
“We thought that what would make a
donation from our class to the school more
meaningful would be to donate in memory of
someone who truly marked our experience in
Italy. We immediately thought of Professor
Patrick McCarthy. Just about every student in
our class had the great pleasure of taking
class with and getting to know him. He
marked us all with his brilliance, wit, kindness
and great passion for the city of Bologna.
We’re proposing to set a goal for our class
fund at US$30,000. All donations would be
earmarked for the building itself, and if we
meet this goal, we would be able to dedicate a
room in Professor McCarthy’s memory with a
plaque in his name from our class.”
When the Class initiative was announced
to Professor Veronica Pye, Patrick’s wife, she
was particularly touched.
“Patrick loved teaching at SAIS, both in
class or sitting around with the students in the
bar. He had a wicked sense of humor which
he used to great advantage, especially when
talking about Italian politics. I am sure he
Class of 1995
meet the bologna center
Development team
From left: Alberto Ghione, Gabriella Chiappini and Clarissa Ronchi
Right: Alessandra Adami with Matteo
n the internet era, one often wonders who
the people are behind the screen. We are
therefore pleased and proud to present to
you the Bologna Center Office of
Development team, now composed of three
full-time members (and a baby!). Gabriella
Chiappini, Director of Development since
July 2009, joined the Bologna Center in 1990.
She has worked with four directors, notably
Stephen Low, Robert H. Evans, Marisa R.
Lino and Kenneth H. Keller. Recently she was
appointed Senior Development Coordinator
working closely with Gabrielle Bennett, former Bologna Center Director of Development.
Winter/Spring 2010
would be honored by this initiative, but
maybe also slightly puzzled and amused.”
We encourage all the Class of 1995 members to get involved and join the initiative by
Elisabeth King [email protected]
and Lorna Brough [email protected]
or the Bologna Center development staff
[email protected]
Stavros niarchos
foundation funds
Student aid
Clarissa Ronchi joined the team in
September 2009 as Development Coordinator.
Clarissa comes from Bologna and has extensive work experience in banking and marketing of financial products. Alessandra Adami,
Administrative Assistant since 2007 comes
from Udine. She is pictured with her newborn Matteo, the youngest member of our
team. While Alessandra is on maternity leave
Alberto Ghione from Torino is replacing
her. For more information and to get in touch
with the Center’s development team, please
contact [email protected]
or call
+39 051 2917821.
he Stavros Niarchos Foundation
has committed to a grant of
US$500,000 over two years to
fund student fellowships and internships.
The grant will create a pipeline of talented young candidates, specifically from
Greece and the European Union, with
transatlantic sensibilities to the Bologna
and Washington D.C. campuses. This
brings the school closer to its “Leaders
for the Future” initiative goal and complements the significant increase in the
number of alumni who are giving back to
SAIS. To assist in Niarchos Fellowship
recruiting efforts, contact Ashley Rogers
at [email protected] or Gabriella
Chiappini at [email protected]
Grazie a tutti voi!
We would like to thank each and every one of our donors for pledges and gifts made in fiscal
year 2009 (from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009). Gifts of any size help enhance the Bologna
Center and fund its many projects. alumni represented more than 80% of our donors.
We are very proud of this figure as it testifies to the affection and loyalty of our Alumni.
Donor lists are checked carefully each year; in the unfortunate event of an error, please notify us at [email protected]
cOrPOratiOnS, FOunDatiOnS
anD OrganiZatiOnS
The Associated Jewish
Community Federation
of Baltimore
Assicurazioni Generali
Associazione Italo-Americana
Austrian Ministry of Culture
Austrian National Bank
Banca d’Italia
Bank Austria Creditanstalt
The Bank of America Foundation
Bechtel Group Foundation
Bologna Fiere
Citizens Charitable Foundation
City of Vienna
The Community Foundation for
the National Capital Region
Compagnia di San Paolo
Con Edison Inc
J. F. Costopoulos Foundation
David L. Jegen and Cynthia L.
Greene Fund
Department for Business,
Innovation and Skills, UK
Department for Employment and
Learning, Northern Ireland
Diageo North America
ENI S.p.A.
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Fondazione della Cassa di
Risparmio in Bologna
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
GE Foundation
Ginsburg-Stern Philanthropic Fund
Global Impact
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Investor AB
The Investment Fund for
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Josef Krainer Memorial
Stephen Lesser Fund
Marposs S.p.A.
The McGraw-Hill Companies,
Merck Employee Giving
Merrill Lynch & Company
Foundation, Incorporated
New York Times Company
Niamogue Foundation
Nixdorf Stiftung
The Victor Parachini Family Fund
PepsiCo Foundation
Scitor Corporation
Student Awards Agency for
UK Charitable Trust
Vanguard Charitable Endowment
Verein der Freunde und Foerderer
des Bologna Center
Walt Disney Company
Wells Fargo Foundation
Welsh Assembly Government
Robert J. Abernethy
Ivan A. Adames
Nicholas Ballas
Janet K. Boese
Joseph W. Bredie
Elizabeth H. Brill
Joseph and Rita Cardillo
Rosenini Caruso-Lyniuk
Louise M. Cortezi
Betty A. Dukert
Mariane Dunne
R. Anthony Elson
Nicolas T. Erni
Maria C. Evans
Philip Evans
Pamela P. Flaherty
Wendy D. Ginsburg
Lara M. Goldmark
Michael Goodman
Harpreet S. Grewal
Susan R. Gurman
Michele Guzzinati
Mirella Haggiag
Laura G. Hardon
Laura L. Harper
Michael L. Hirson
Joanne B. Ivie
David L. Jegen
Adaline R. Johnson
Richard G. Johnson
Bertrand Jost
Jacqueline Kaiko
Mark L. Kovner
Winrich Kühne
Jennifer Kuzmuk
Catherine R. Lau
Maia K. Linask
Jacqueline Lipman
John Loh
Stephen Low
Susan Low
Max Matteucci
Paul A. Matteucci
Steven Muller and Jill E.
Gail P. Newman
Judith B. Norman
Helen M. O’Brien
Victor M. Parachini Jr.
Stefano Possati
Ann K. Randolph
Scott P. Rembold
Yoonhee Rho
Elizabeth W. Rowe
Peter C. Salvatore
Kathleen H. Tesluk
Jessica D. Trenti
Anne Elizabeth L. Trevisan
Gesuino Vaccani
Svetlana Vasic
Laura Vassalli
Stephen and Kajal Vicinelli
Gaetano and Susan Vicinelli
James A. Von Klemperer
Edward T. Wilson
Tiffany Zalis
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Emma B. Bauarschi
Ermanno Cabiaia
Cesare Curti
Joseph M. Dukert
Mary Lee L. McIntyre
Hans W. Schoenberg
claSS of 1957
Philip G. Futterman
Anton Konrad
Kenneth Z. Liatsos
Dennis H. Morrissey
Claude C. Noyes
Gaetano Zucconi
claSS of 1958
David B. Hoffman
Eugene J. Rosi
Ramiro Ruggiero
Joan S. Ward
claSS of 1964
Robert W. Hull
L. Brewster Jackson II
Marjorie W. Lundy
Robert L. Mott
Peter R. Pearce
Herman Warnier
Jack G. Wasserman
Anne C. Webb
claSS of 1965
Dorothy J. Black
Joan Ellen Corbett
Herbert Geissler
Heinz Opelz
Merle B. Opelz
Erich Spitaeller
Herbert Traxl
John D. Isaacs
Herman G. Knippenberg
Winfried Lambertz
D. Thomas Longo Jr.
Alberto Mazzuca
Frank J. Piason
Andres Rigo-Sureda
Laurence Schloesing-Colchester
Eric H. Smith
Marcellus S. Snow
Lazare Tannenbaum
Tain P. Tompkins
Peter Ames
Christopher Stowell
claSS of 1969
Olga Grkavac
Samuel C. Oglesby
Susan Shively
Edouard Maciejewski
Rozanne D. Oliver
Bruce E. Stokes
Joseph Vogten
claSS of 1974
Sharon E. Hewitt
Alan Konefsky
Elizabeth C. Seastrum
Elda I. Stifani
Peter L. Tropper
Atilla Uras
claSS of 1975
Hareb M. Al-Darmaki
Veronica Baruffati
Joyce Bratich-Cherif
Elizabeth I. Combier
Pamela B. Gavin
Robert W. Jenkins
Willem H. Van der Leeuw
claSS of 1959
Robert S. Ginsburg
Artus F. Hettinger
Francis M. Kinnelly
Hans J. Kniehl
Paolo Mancinelli
Marilou M. Righini
claSS of 1960
Alberto Gritti
Ludmilla K. Murphy
Raffaele Santoro
claSS of 1961
Ioannis Bourloyannis-Tsangaridis
Alexander J. De Grand
Manuelle J. Diamond
T. Richard Fishbein
Orlando D. Martino
Philippus Bosscher
claSS of 1962
Katherine S. Batts
Clarke N. Ellis
Juergen Glueckert
Brooke C. Holmes
Tullio Osti
Ruprecht Vondran
Klaus-Peter Wild
Antoon Struycken
claSS of 1963
James A. Berezin
Ellen G. Cole
E. Bliss Eldridge
Stephen O. Lesser
Andrew MacKechnie
Robert K. Meahl
Alex and Naneen H. Neubohn
Anna Pellanda
Evert A. Alkema
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Klaus D. Boese
Bonita B. Furner
H. Richard Hurren
Bastiaan R. Korner
Christopher Meyer
Arthur D. Neiman
Gianfranco Pasquino
Stephen Rosenberg
Peter P. Schwarz
Drury R. Sherrod III
Pedro N. Solares
M. John Storey
Candace J. Sullivan
Henricus Van der Vlugt
Ann M. Watkins
claSS of 1967
Roger J. Daley
Peter A. Flaherty
Margaret C. Jones
Gerhard Knirsch
John F. Kordek
Lynne F. Lambert
Giuseppe F. Pennisi
Richard H. Stollenwerck
Roberto Toscano
Bonnie S. Wilson
Gerald Wuerker
claSS of 1968
Dennis J. Amato
Vladislav A. Bachar
Eckhard Bergmann
Sheppard Craige
Martin Curwen
Helmut Dorn
Kempton Dunn
Gerald M. Feldman
Brigitte Fliegauf
Patrick H. Harper
Kurt O. Hengl
Juergen Hoehler
Stephen F. Hopkins
claSS of 1970
Raymond V. Arnaudo
William I. Brustein
John R. Cooper
George L. Deyman
Christine B. Giangreco
Douglas W. Lister
David S. Mason
Sharon W. Mason
Richard L. Symonds
Pamela S. Tomlinson
claSS of 1971
Samir R. Abiad
Ulrich R. Baumgartner
Doral S. Cooper
Roger B. Cooper
David Ellwood
Richard W. Erdman
Margaret G. Goodman
Peter Kessler
Susan F. Kessler
Charla McCracken
Eric D. Melby
Raymond Purcell
claSS of 1976
Marco De Stefani
Renzo M. Morresi
Christopher S. Pfaff
Jeffrey M. Ranney
Judith B. Prowda
Ingrid A. Valtin-Kern
claSS of 1977
Constantijn Bakker
Christof Ebersberg
Mark J. Fidelman
Bennet R. Goldberg
Gregory V. Powell
Dominique J. Thormann
claSS of 1978
Cesare Calari
Patricia A. Haas Cleveland
Jennifer Innes
Daniel S. Lipman
Ronald K. Lorentzen
Patrick B. Pexton
David L. Rowe
Stephen E. Stambaugh
claSS of 1972
Franklin M. Berger
Richard J. Caples
Elizabeth Domagalla-Greulich
Ralph V. Eickhoff
Daniel J. Norman
Arturo M. Ottolenghi
Carmen C. Suro-Bredie
Geert E. Van Brandt
James V. Zimmerman
Hanns Zoellner
claSS of 1979
Timothy J. Ball
Jennifer Innes
Daniel K. Kingsbury
Noah R. Levy
Andrew L. Matz
Claire R. Palmer
Thomas J. Row Jr.
Harlan M. Sender
claSS of 1973
Henry R. Berghoef
Karen S. Brown
John T. Garrity Jr.
Donald J. Hasfurther
claSS of 1980
Eric R. Biel
Peggy A. Clarke
Pieter De Haan
Janet G. Francisco
Thomas K. Hanshaw
Arntraud Hartmann
Mitchell S. Heller
Jennifer Johnson-Calari
Lawrence Y. Kay
Mary E. Marks
Mary L. Mortensen
Wendy L. Roehrich-Hall
Christa L. Thomas
Hans-Markus Von Schnurbein
claSS of 1985
Gwen A. Bondi
Marco Dell’Aquila
Anne W. Erni
Frederick R. Fucci
Wilhelm Hemetsberger
Alan R. Hoffman
Christopher M. New
Ernesto Rosell-Pau
Barbara A. Salvatore
Matthew C. Sola
Sarah E. Veale
claSS of 1990
Robert G. Angevine
Laura L. Barrington
Mimi Burke
John B. Coates IV
Jeanine T. Corvetto
Marijan Cvjeticanin
Nina M. Gafni
Liam P. Harvey
Eric L. Johnson
Asiye D. Jones
Kristin O. McKissick
Christopher A. Mondini
Kimberly M. Murphy
Beth M. O’Laughlin
Susan B. Rzemien
Jayne K. Smith
Lynn M. Wagner
Salman Zaheer
Merril A. Springer, Esq.
Katharine S. Wurtz
claSS of 1994
Serra Z. Ayral
Michael A. DeLucia Jr.
Carl E. Garrett
Jennifer L. Gelman
Susannah L. Gold
Adriana C. Gradea
Monica N. Hertzman
Carrie C. Hitt
Arnold L. Holle
Markus Jelitto
Julia H. Messitte
Zachariah P. Messitte
claSS of 1981
Mario F. Alfano
James Anderson
Alexei R. Bayer
Michael C. Bergmeijer
Thomas G. Bombelles
Timothy S. Chapin
Sara H. Fought
Robert O. Gurman
Roger K. Hardon
Nicholas G. Hopkinson
John B. Ivie
Carol Ann M. Kenny
Frans Lijnkamp
Robert J. Quartell
Gianni W. Sellers
David N. Snyder
Bart Stevens
Thomas B. Tesluk
Erik A. Fontijn
claSS of 1982
Susan L. Ballard
Ann M. Beckman
Michael C. Bergmeijer
Alexander A. Biner
James T. Dunne
John C. Jove
Jean S. Luning-Johnson
Linda F. Marion
Harold J. Rose
John D. Rosin
claSS of 1983
Gary C. Davison
Michael P. Delia
Martin E. Fraenkel
Paul J. Fraker
Thomas Jetter
Charlie Rast
Robert T. Sethre
Catherine L. Shimony
Albert D. Shuldiner
Carmela C. Vetri
Christopher Yurkovsky
claSS of 1984
William E. Garber
Steven N. Greenfield
Yoon-Young Lee
Bruce W. Morrison
Patricia S. Pollard
Marie-Claude L. Warnotte
claSS of 1986
Elizabeth C. Creel
Catherine M. Farry
Hannelore Gantzer
Maria D. Mitchell
Christopher M. New
Dennis L. Richards
Christine T. Stelling-Danielewski
Caroline Straathof-Nordholt
Christopher A. Thorn
Alison M. Von Klemperer
Harrison M. Wadsworth III
Rebecca S. Williams
Rhys H. Williams
claSS of 1987
Michael S. Bosco
Nicholas D. Cortezi
Rosa Kim
Glenn A. Miles
Gary Portuesi
Jennifer W. Roberts
Edmund M. Ruffin
Caroline Straathof-Nordholt
Lawrence J. Wippman
claSS of 1988
Karl-Olof Andersson
Jeannine E. Johnson-Maia
Helene J. Rekkers
Henric J. Van Weelden
Luanne D. Zurlo
claSS of 1989
Kelle A. Bevine
Kevin D. Brownawell
Michael H. Brush
Pietro del Bono
Leanne D. Galati
Matthew R. Grund
Erik Jones
Ajay Kaisth
Daniela Z. Kaisth
Sarah L. Kaplan
Susan E. Matteucci
Torun Reinhammar
Karen E. Seiger
Steven D. Spiegel
Adrian D. Trevisan
Zoran Vasic
Marta Costanzo Youth
claSS of 1991
Curtis A. Butler
Jason G. Chroman
Carl W. Gardiner III
Jonathan A. Golnik
George P. Kent
Isabelle Krauss
Alex T. Lau
Jennifer A. Lind
Anthony R. Marinzoli
Paul V. Oliva
Jennifer L. Reingold
David A. Schatsky
James A. Upton
Joseph J. Roevens
claSS of 1992
Katherine F. Di Pietro
Elizabeth J. Goldstein
Christopher J. Goncalves
Fatma D. Goncalves
Ilaya R. Hopkins
Cynthia Marshall
Eileen Morales
Terry A. Pratt
Mark A. Quinn
Peter A. Thornton
Shin Umezu
claSS of 1993
Stefano Bertozzi
Amanda C. Blakeley
Julia Curtis
Kristen A. Fries
Abigail Golden-Vazquez
Sharon F. Grewal
Laura A. Johnston
Lisa A. Levy
Megan C. Marshall
Jan H. Panek
Richard P. Price
Juliet M. Sampson
Steven G. Shafer
Marylene L. Smeets
claSS of 1995
Aaron F. Brady
Stefan Brupbacher
Katherine F. Buckley
Monica Garaitonandia
Jacob J. Gullish
Margo H. Hill
Elisabeth J. King
Dennis J. McAuliffe Jr.
Patrizia Poggi
Catherine M. Valega
Virginia S. Volpe
Yuko S. Yamanashi
claSS of 1996
Cory V. Gnazzo
Laurie M. Guzzinati
Monika T. Hencsey
William T. Johnston
Karissa T. Kovner
Catherine C. McKalip-Thompson
Thomas R. Palumbo
Charles L. Park
Ann D. Richter
Dana Rysankova
Jeffrey D. Sigal
claSS of 1997
Scott S. Bloom
Joanna D. Brudnicka
David G. Dayhoff
Aurora Ferrari
Cynthia L. Greene
Elizabeth M. Jost
Susan B. Leavitt
Kathleen B. MacDonald
Paola Ridolfi
Ioannis Stamatekos
claSS of 1998
Leslie M. Hand
Laurie G. Hopkins
Yvette Saint-Andre
Justin C. Tyson
Florian Von Oppenheim
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Christina V. Balis
Lucas T. De Beaufort
Alexander C. Ruck Keene
Jason Simpson
Peter F. Taylor
Henrik L. Weng
Jennifer L. Weng
Silvia Zucchini
Mary E. Kissel
Sarah K. Leddy
Jennifer D. Linker
Andrew T. Natenshon
Caryn A. Nesmith
Konstantinos Nikolopoulos
Peter F. O’Brien
Grant E. Rissler
Pier D. Tortola
Jessica Holzer
Jack Y. Yeung
C. Fabian Wendenburg
Holger P. Wilms
claSS of 2007
James L. Ballas Jr.
Philip H. Bartels
Sandrine A. Boukerche
Alberto C. Bruzzone
Scott M. Cantor
Jill M. Craig
Franz-Stefan Gady
Karen M. Goldfarb
Michael Heydt
Robert A. Isaacs
Jonathan A. Kartt
Murali M. Krishnan
Abigail C. Lackman
Francois X. Mirza
Daniel Moger III
Diana Salvemini
Alexander Schratz
Phillip Sulke
Jonathan F. Taylor
George Tzortzis
Sarah B. Underwood
Joseph E. Whalen
Sergio D. Zabala
claSS of 2000
Victor O. Abiola
Agnieszka Aleksy-Szucsich
Beverly F. Barrett
Laura E. Forlano
Vanessa Friedman
Zeynep Kudatgobilik
Sonia Martin-Wild
Michelle Y. Moosally
Hayley G. Nelson
William F. Pompa Jr.
Jakob Szucsich
Christina T. Vrachnos
Christopher J. Wild
Christopher D. Winkler
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Andre Aasrud
Jane M. Buchanan
Christa Clapp
Andrew S. Davis
Jessica A. Dodson
Massimiliano Giamprini
Daniel E. Ingber
Jeremy Levine
Victoria A. Nestor
Yuki J. Osuga
Tom Ro
Emine E. Serter
Abigail Somma
Melody O. Woolford
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Kristof A. Abbeloos
Emily C. Ardell
Karen Bazex
Allison M. Carlson
David R. Ciulla
Lori R. Cloutier
Maren R. Coleman
Polina V. Gerasimova
John E. Howbert
Conway S. Irwin
Caitlyn H. Kim
Candice Koo
Damir Marusic
Allison B. McCoy
Matthew I. Oster
Lucy Payton
Caspar Romer
Marc Schleifer
Daniel P. Sullivan
Lisa A. Thomas
Saverio Grazioli Venier
Susanne Wegl
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Joshua E. Brann
Gatis Eglitis
Anne-Claire Goupy
Andrew W. Jones
Charalambos Konstantinidis
Afsheen Lebastchi
Christine M. Salerno
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Doina Cebotari
Hester M. DeCasper
Jonathan S. Dunn
Joanna H. Ganson
Thomas W. Henneberg
Bianca N. Jinga
Dusan Kovacevic
Christopher M. Kuzmuk
Daniel J. McCartney
Brian P. Megali
Rebecca M. Ruf
Anushka N. Thewarapperuma
Jennifer G. Tranter
Daniel A. Williams III
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Jennifer C. Arnold
Eva M. Blaszczynski
L. Headley Butler
Douglas H. Campbell
Charles C. Carter
Gregor C. Feige
Blair Glencorse
Johan Gott
Julie D. Hackett
Caitlin Hughes
Catherine P. Jones
Eleanor T. Keppelman
claSS of 2006
Daniel E. Birns
Jane E. Bloom
Faarnaz Chavoushi
Matthias R. Feldmann
Elaine M. Hensle
Christopher E. Powell
Friedrich Schroeder
Sarah E. Shapiro
Joel T. Shelton
Liam L. Sullivan
George Turner
Matteo Vaccani
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Katherine A. Gorham
Elizabeth S. Kiernan
Arash A. Massoudi
Pablo Thaler
a Second “career” in
peter kessler (bc71, germany)
or Peter Kessler, water is a wonderful medium to work with. In fact, so
wonderful that it became a vital
part of his professional career.
Working at both national and state levels,
Kessler tackled the challenges surrounding
this precious good at the Hesse State
Ministry for Environmental Protection in
Wiesbaden, Germany. During his last ten
years at the ministry, he headed the
Department of Water Management. Even in
retirement, Kessler deals with his favorite
medium, and he has added a whole new
international flavor to his passion.
it all started with the rhine river
During Kessler’s time in water management, European integration and globalization became increasingly prevalent in his
everyday work. In 1994, he became a member of the German delegation to the
Protection of the Rhine (ICPR). Kessler
suggests that the very concept of Europe
can be traced to the Rhine River.
In fact, in the water sector, “Father
Rhine” is considered a forerunner of the
European Community. France, Germany,
Switzerland—five countries that had been
bitter enemies during World War II—now
work together in transboundary river basin
management. Between 1980 and 2000, in a
tremendous effort, these countries have managed to clean up the river and re-establish its
fish population.
To this day, the Rhine river cooperation is a model for successful international river basin management worldwide.
Drawing from this experience, Kessler
completed international missions in Asia
and Africa as short-term expert on environmental protection.
Kessler (third from left) at an EU workshop in Zagreb, Croatia in 2009
The Johns Hopkins University - SAIS - Bologna Center
According to Kessler, it is this ongoing process of European integration
which has increasingly shaped national
legislation and implementation. Further,
estimates show that the European Union
mandates up to eighty percent of national
legislation in the environmental field. In
terms of practical work this means helping
to develop directives, participating in the
EU decision making process, transposing
the directives into national law, and, finally, implementing the laws.
a new “career” after retirement
But it wasn’t until he retired from the environment ministry that Kessler added a special international flavor to his love for
water. His last day of work was on
December 30, 2003, and just a few days
later, on January 4, 2004 he was on his first
mission to Warsaw, Poland.
Many of the EU programs such as the
one in Warsaw are carried out on a volunteer basis. And it’s not a second professional career anyway, says Kessler, “I get a lot
more out of these projects than money
could ever give me. I get to know other
countries and cultures, and I can contribute
to European enlargement and integration.”
After completing the project in Poland,
he worked as a short-term expert in
Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Serbia,
Montenegro and Croatia. At the moment,
he is helping to prepare a new EU project
in Kosovo.
the twinning Philosophy
Most of Kessler’s projects are so-called
Twinning Projects, defined as a partnership
between two administrations, one inside
and one outside of the European Union.
There are Twinning Projects practically in
all areas of legal and administrative activities – from fighting international crime,
surveying and mapping and food monitoring, to independent mass media and energy
efficiency. These projects do not imply the
traditional technical assistance which is
still widespread in development aid.
Instead, the Twinning approach enables the
administrations in beneficiary countries to
implement European legislation and carry
out technical measures themselves.
The keywords in this context are
“capacity building” or “institution building,” and lasting success. “These projects
are not one-shot deals. There should be a
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tangible and, more importantly, sustainable
result. When participants exchange experiences years down the road, we did our job
right,” says Kessler.
In a very practical sense, the so-called
“accession countries” are prepared for their
role within the European Union. Now that
there are not many accession countries left,
the European Union is extending the
Twinning Program to North Africa, the
Middle East and the succession states of
the former Soviet Union. Kessler remarks
that what at first glance looks makeshift, is
in fact part of the European neighborhood
policy: stabilize these countries and help
them develop good governance. Some
political scientists say that this neighborhood policy is the most important part of
European foreign policy.
able to discuss these and other issues with
his American wife, Susan Fall Kessler
(BC71, U.S.) who teaches intercultural
communication. The Kesslers are a binational family with two sons, Patrick and
Jens, who grew up in two cultures.
It’s this soft approach that has made
many of the project experiences along the
way all the more valuable. “It has been
very rewarding for me to see the story of
European integration and global cooperation unfold — and, even better, being able
to contribute to it. Water has enabled my
second “career” in international relations,”
says Kessler.
Peter Kessler and Susan Fall Kessler
“Some political scientists
say that the neighborhood
policy is the most important
part of European
foreign policy.”
europe: Why don’t they applaud?
One of the issues Kessler notes is that
experts from inside the EU tend to believe
in their mission and are often convinced
that other countries should follow their
way to “happiness.” These same EU
experts may discover that their counterparts abroad have a completely different
Kessler has experienced it himself. “You
often find yourself at a presentation-filled
project workshop in an Eastern or South
Eastern European country. In fact, the presentations are very interesting and enriching.
Yet nobody applauds or asks a question. So,
naturally, the experts from the EU ask themselves: Didn’t they understand us? Don’t
they like us?” Kessler, continues, “Many
Eastern or South-Eastern Europeans do not
like doing business until they have gotten to
know their counterparts face to face. It is a
case where trust is a factor.”
In this regard, it was his life on the
home front that helped Kessler. He was
Since 2004, Peter Kessler has worked as a
consultant, mainly in the fields of environmental and administrative management.
Prior to his retirement, he was
Deputy Secretary and Water Director
in the Hessian Environment Ministry in
Wiesbaden, Germany. During this time,
he focused on the development and
later the implementation of the EU
Water Framework Directive.
Kessler began working for the
Hessian Government in 1971. A graduate of the University of Heidelberg, he
also studied law and political science at
the Freie Universität in Berlin and the
University of Lausanne/Switzerland.
After the completion of his bar exam
(Grosse Juristische Staatsprüfung) he
studied International Relations at the
SAIS Bologna Center.
Kessler and his wife Susan were
members of the Bologna Center
Student Committee (now: Student
Government Association) together with
Eric Melby, Bill Weems and Andrew
Brackenbury during Academic Year
at the bologna center
november 2009
reimagining iran
azar nafisi - executive director of cultural conversations and professorial lecturer, SaiS Washington
author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I Have Been Silent About: Memories
october 2009
energy Security and the environment
Joschka Fischer
former minister of foreign affairs
and vice chancellor 1998-2005, germany
march 2009
Una nuova agenda euro-atlantica
Massimo D’alema
member of parliament, italy
former prime minister of italy
may 2009
tocqueville Was right: enduring religiosity in america,
de-christianization in europe, and Why?
Josef Joffe
editor and publisher,
Die Zeit
adjunct professor
of political Science,
Stanford University
associate, olin institute
for Strategic Studies,
harvard University
november 2009
“making movies”: a conversation with Sidney lumet
Sidney lumet
film director
The Johns Hopkins University - SAIS - Bologna Center
may 2009 - europe and the crisis
Mario Monti, president, bocconi University, milan, former eU
commissioner for internal market, financial Services, taxation and customs
and for competition policy; Stefano Zamagni, moderator,
vice director and Senior adjunct professor; romano Prodi, president,
foundation for Worldwide cooperation, chairman, United nations-african
Union panel for peacekeeping in africa, former president of the european
commission, former prime minister of italy
november 2009
politica in italia/politics in italy. edizione 2010
edited by Marco giuliani and erik Jones
authors’ Workshop
december 2009
international human rights day
andrea Shemberg
legal adviser to the Un Special representative
for business and human rights
photo by bryan vasek
october 2009
Whither afghanistan after the 20 august elections?
ambassador Francesc vendrell
former Special representative of the european Union for
afghanistan 2002-2008 former personal representative of the
Secretary-general and head of the United nations Special
mission for afghanistan 2000-2001
Winrich kühne, moderator
Steven muller professor in german Studies
September 2009
the euro—Stability anchor in turbulent times
ewald nowotny
governor, austrian national bank
Winter/Spring 2010
march 2009
genetics, medical technologies and health policies
international Workshop
CI VEDIAMO ALLA birreria laMMa!
Bologna Was a Classroom Without Walls
by Sam Oglesby (BC69/DC71, U.S.)
stumbled upon the Birreria Lamma by accident. It was September 1968 and I had just
moved to Bologna. Taking a shortcut from
my street, via Oberdan, to via Belmeloro
where I was about to begin my year at SAIS
John Hopkins, I turned the corner and found
myself in the tiniest of vicoli, a dark alley that
must have been built in medieval times.
When I exited the vicolo, I heard the din of
voices and the clattering of flatware against
plates and found myself standing in front of
huge double oak doors and a sign that read
“Birreria Lamma.” A medley of prosciutto,
lasagna al forno, espresso and other trademark
Italian odors drew me inside; the scene was
Brueghel-esque. Scores of working-class people
were eating and laughing as waiters shouted
orders to the galley. In the kitchen signore
labored over steaming cauldrons and sizzling
pans, cackling in the high-pitched, sing-song
bolognese dialect that was generously peppered
with old French words like cinq franc (five lire).
My nose full of the smells of Bologna, I
left without eating, rushing to class where I
would have my first exposure to Italian politics. But it was in the Birreria Lamma where I
would really learn what was happening in
Italy. I would spend a lot of time over the coming year in this rowdy, delicious stew-pot of a
restaurant. It was where much of my education
would take place.
It was in the Birreria Lamma that I met the
person who was to become my entree to the
everyday Bologna I came to love. Walter was
a pelliciaio—a furrier—who designed and
stitched mink coats that were the rage in Italy
during the 1960s. We would usually meet in
the evening and have dinner together at
Lamma and then visit some of his Italian
friends. One couple I met through Walter were
communists. At that time Bologna was run by
a communist government and the city was the
seat of the PCI, the Italian Communist Party. I
went to a number of PCI rallies with Anna and
Federico and I came to realize that Italian communism was more akin to FDR New Deal-ism
“I stood for a moment
beneath the ancient towers,
stretching so I could see
the sky and the racing
clouds and watch
the towers “moving.”
I then made a bee-line
for Lamma….”
than anything coming out of Moscow.
Sometimes we would visit Anna’s father who
was a professor at the University of Bologna
and a member of the PCI central committee.
He was a gentle man and would tell us
about his role in the resistance fighting the fascists. Later when he finished his stories, we
would listen to scratchy old records on his
gramophone with Giovanna Daffini belting out
songs of the down-trodden rizzaio, the women
workers in the rice fields of northern Italy who
became famous as symbols of working-class
fervor. Through my contacts in Bologna,
thanks to Walter and the Birreria Lamma, I
found out more about what was really happening in Italian politics than I would have
learned by never straying from the classroom.
Chatting with Walter and other Italian
friends, it didn’t take me long to fall in love with
the Italian language. I loved to sit at the
Bologna train station and listen to the
announcements in those exquisitely accented
tones “In arrivo al binario quattro il Settebello
da Firenze.” What was it about the Italian language that was so beautiful? I found the answer
when I learned to sing some opera arias in
Italian. Near the due torri was a senior home for
retired opera singers. I used to go there sometimes on rainy afternoons for a coffee and a chat
with its inhabitants who were eager to reminisce
and at times burst into song if the right hints
were dropped. When I sang along with them,
the words seemed to roll off my tongue like
honey. Somehow, by comparison, singing in
English sounded utilitarian!
Although I often thought of Bologna after
I left, I never managed to go back until 2008.
When I arrived, my first priority was to visit
the Birreria Lamma. I hoped I would find
Walter at our old table; we could eat and drink
and catch up on the decades that had passed so
quickly. From the stazione I took a bus to the
center of town and alighted at the due torri. I
stood for a moment beneath the ancient towers, stretching so I could see the sky and the
racing clouds and watch the towers “moving.”
I then made a bee-line for Lamma, but it was
no longer there.
In its place was a fast food restaurant; a
bunch of skate boarders were hanging out
where Walter and I used to meet. A passerby
told me that Lamma had closed a few months
earlier. As autumn dusk gathered, I walked to
Piazza Maggiore where we had spent so many
evenings engaged in that most civilized of
Italian rituals, the after-dinner stroll. As I stood
silently looking at the simple but elegant
church in the center of the piazza, I thought I
heard Walter laughing behind me. I turned
with a smile hoping to see my old friend, but
there were only two happy Italian students
enjoying the evening. Walter and I had been
like that forty years earlier.
Oglesby’s new book Encounters:
A Memoir - Relationship Journeys
from Around the World will be
published this spring. It contains
a chapter on Bologna and the
SAIS Bologna experience and
what it meant to him as well as
other chapters about living the
diplomatic life in many countries around the world over
more than thirty years.
Sam Oglesby studied in Bologna 1968-1969
and obtained his SAIS M.A. in 1971. He
worked for the United Nations Development
Program in Asia for twenty-five years and is
now a writer. His first book, Postcards from the
Past-Portraits of People and Places, was published in 2003.
The Johns Hopkins University - SAIS - Bologna Center
alumni Weekend 2009
april 23, 24, 25, 2010
bologna, italy
his year’s Alumni Weekend will take place in Bologna, April 23-25, 2010,
when the Bologna Center will celebrate fifty-five years since its founding
with special guests Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins
University and Ivano Dionigi, rector of the University of Bologna. Visit for the full program and to register.
di Bologna
June 5, 2010
New York City
he Amici di Bologna event this
year will be held in New York
City on Saturday, June 5, 2010.
Visit in the spring
for details and to register.
Winter/Spring 2010
Wrap up
ast May Bologna Center alumni gathered to
reconnect with former classmates and professors
and to focus on the 20 years that had passed since
the fall of the Berlin Wall—the theme of the weekend.
Adrian Lyttelton, senior adjunct professor for
European Studies, opened the session with a lecture,
The Return of History: 20 years after the fall of the
Berlin Wall. Another panel, moderated by Marco Cesa,
professor of international relations, featured professors
John L. Harper and Michael Stürmer who discussed
Cycles in American Foreign Policy.
On Sunday, students, staff and faculty members
gathered at the Bologna Center to remember Fred
Hood (MAIA04, UK), who passed away in December
2008. The weekend came to a close with a tour of
centro storico.
amici di bologna 2009
Wrap up
he Delegates Dining Room at the UN headquarters in New York City was the location of
the second annual Amici di Bologna gathering last June. Tom Tesluk (BC81/DC82, U.S.),
Chairman of the Bologna Center Advisory Council,
created the group, together with U.S.-based alumni,
to help them maintain their ties to the Bologna
Center and to each other.
An academic panel led by Director and
Professor Kenneth H. Keller and professors Marco
Cesa, Erik Jones and Vera Zamagni opened the
evening. A reception on the terrace overlooking the
East River and a seated dinner followed.
The dinner raised approximately US$21,000 for
the Bologna Center with some 200 alumni, faculty,
staff and special guests in attendance, including
Dean Jessica Einhorn and Johns Hopkins University
Trustee Robert J. Abernethy.
Arrangements for the event would not have been
possible without the wonderful support of Thomas
Stelzer (BC83, Austria) and other members of the
Amici Steering Committee.
In July francesca torchi joined the Bologna Center
staff in the Alumni Relations and Student
Recruitment offices. She has collaborated with the
Center since 2007 and has already made valuable
contributions to its work by leading the organization of two successful Alumni Weekends. She contributes to the Center’s work in its aims to reach a
broader audience in Europe through alumni and
other events, and she will also be responsible for
managing the data related to those activities.
Alumni notes
arren Devalier (bc68/Dc69,
u.S.) is president of K.K.
Interface Inc., a Tokyo-based
consulting firm. His youngest daughter is
now a first year student at SAIS in
Washington, concentrating in China studies. Warren says: “I invite all my Bologna
friends to visit me in Tokyo or Kyoto.
David Mees (bc84/Dc85, u.S.) is the
Cultural Attache at the U.S. Embassy in
Rome. David began his service abroad in
1988 in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia.
He was the last U.S. diplomat stationed in
Sarajevo before the civil war broke out. He
has also worked in Tanzania, Pakistan,
Kosovo, Iceland, Washington, D.C., and in
Joseph l.M. roevens Ph.D. (bc91,
belgium) is a member of the faculty at
NHTV Breda University. His dissertation is
titled Systemic Constellations Work in
Organizations. Joseph describes the work as
rich in scientific variety, case studies, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and reflections
by organizational professionals. It looks at the
effectiveness of Constellations Work and its
contribution to organizational science, consulting, decision-making, and management.
Pernilla Stahl (bc93, Sweden) and her
family will move to Calcutta, India for a brief
stay. Upon return to Sweden she will resume
job as a producer of OBS, an international
radio program. She recently met Francis
Fukuyama who was interviewed in OBS, and
she would be glad to have more SAIS contacts in her show.
David Mees
In January ambassador carlo trezza
(bc69/Dc70, italy) was appointed
Chairman of the UN Disarmament Advisory
Commission by the UN Secretary General.
Trezza was appointed in 2007 as the first
Italian member of this international group
made up of fifteen distinguished persons
called upon to advise Ban Ki-moon on disarmament and non-proliferation. The appointment comes at a critical moment, a few
months before an international conference to
review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Trezza Joined the Italian Foreign Service in
1970 serving as a diplomat in Lusaka (197375), Tel Aviv (1975-78), Bonn (1978-81),
Madrid (1984-89), Washington (1989-92),
the Republic of Korea (1998-2002), and
Geneva (2003-2007). He is Co-Director and
Diplomatic Advisor to CASD (Italian Center
for High Defense Studies).
tom vellenga (bc84/Dc85, u.S.) is
President of Heartland Democracy, an NGO
based in the U.S. Midwest that aims to win
over hearts and minds to just and sustainable goals through public engagement on values and policy initiatives. Tom is former senior adviser on national security to then-White
House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and former
senior adviser on environmental cleanup,
health, and safety to then-Secretary of Energy
Federico Peña during the Clinton
Administration. Recently, Tom administered
and launched public programs at the
University of Minnesota’s Humphrey
Institute of Public Affairs. Previously, he was
executive director at the Institute for
Agriculture and Trade Policy and a senior
Congressional liaison at the U.S. Agency for
International Development.
vanessa Dick (bc96/Dc97, France)
is Head of Section, Governance, Economy
and Social Sectors in the European Union
Delegation to the Republic of Congo
(Brazzaville). She is married to a German
water engineer she met in Albania in 2001.
Prior to Congo, they lived in Kenya for nearly four years and have a two-year old son
named Max who is eager to meet other SAIS
Vanessa Dick and family
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Peter Matz
In June gerhard Sailler (bc96,
austria) became Deputy Head of Mission
at the Austrian Embassy in Moscow. Together
with his wife Madalena and two daughters
Carolina and Katharina, he will remain for
four years.
nate the European and International Relations
department of the party in Vienna. After six
years in Brussels as Secretary General of the
Business Organization of the European
People´s Party (EPP) Small and Medium
Entrepreneurs (SME) Union, Patrick will
move with his family to Vienna. His wife is
currently studying at the Harvard John F.
Kennedy School of Government.
Sonita reese (Prussner) (bc01,
u.S.) is Director of Strategic Partnerships at
Rare Conservation in Arlington, Virginia. She
married Owen Reese in April 2008 and is
expecting her first son in 2010.
Peter Matz (bc99/Dc00, germany)
has published a book about his recent experience working in Angola as an education specialist with UNICEF. The book is titled Lost
in Transformation.
It relates the challenges and adventures of an
expat living in a fascinating country full of
paradoxes, and pays tribute to the unfaltering
spirit of the Angolan people, many of whom
are struggling, despite the ongoing post-war
economic boom. Peter is currently living and
working in Frankfurt, Germany.
In November Patrick voller (bc99,
austria) was appointed International
Secretary of the Austrian People’s Party
(ÖVP). Beginning in January he will coordi-
Winter/Spring 2010
In Belgrade last June, brad bell (Dc99),
verena Wessely (bc02, austria),
austria), branka bell (Dc02) and the
Bell’s baby boy Liam (pictured from left to
right) got together to celebrate the smashing
final of an EU organized Danube bicycle tour.
Verena Ringler reports that “Global
Warming,” a Serbian brass band, sent them
into a night of ferocious outdoor dancing.
giovanna lauro (bc05, italy) is pursuing her Ph.D. at Oxford University at the
Center on Migration, Policy and Society
(COMPAS) where she researches the phenomenon of forced marriages in France and
the UK. An expert on the politics of integration of immigrants and women‘s sexual and
reproductive health and rights, Giovanna has
worked with the United Nations on several
development projects concerning gender
equality and women’s empowerment.
Maria Evans, wife of Robert H. Evans, alumnus and
former Bologna Center director, writes: On an
October trip to Myanmar, in a hamlet along the
shores of Lake Inle, I met a couple—he the local
storyteller and village healer—and their month old
baby, named Obama. Proudly, they held a crumpled picture of the U.S. president, and said,
"Obama good for us," their only English sentence.
This is perhaps a good omen for that beautiful,
suffering country, where rigid censorship still prevents communications with the rest of the world.
A family in Myanmar
Massimo Fusato and Patrizia Albanese
On the night of carnevale, the stars aligned in
Venice where Massimo Fusato (bc01,
italy) and Patrizia Albanese celebrated their
wedding. Their dashing dance was joined by
their SAIS friends, who Massimo likened to
“the guiding stars on our lives’ journey.”
There are lots of ways to help,
and so many of you do…
he Bologna Center is
fortunate to have many
alumni who help advance
the work of the school and make
the SAIS network so vibrant. In
the Development section of Rivista,
we recognize alumni who made
financial contributions to the
Center; here we want to thank
alumni who contribute in other
ways equally essential to the
success of our work. These efforts
raise the visibility of the school,
attract new students to the program,
provide job opportunities for students
and alumni, and demonstrate a level
of commitment that we are truly
honored to have. Many alumni
help in multiple ways, and those
individuals are noted with a
diamond since, for reasons of
space, names are listed here just
once. If, despite our best efforts
to mention everyone we have
inadvertently made an error, please
send a note to [email protected]
We will make corrections in the
next issue of Rivista.
…Thank you.
career triPS
Dana Allin ♦ (BC85/DC85/Ph.D.90, U.S.)
Carter Atlamazoglou (BC06/DC07,U.S.)
Christopher Beauman (BC63, UK)
Cyrus Behbehani (DC91, U.S.)
Mark Bousfield (BC07/DC08, UK)
Amelia Branczik (BC01/DC03, UK)
Bronwen Brown (DC02, U.S.)
Nathaniel Bullard (BC05/DC06, U.S.)
Christopher Cantelmi (BC93/DC94, U.S.)
John PaulCook ♦
(BC83/ DC84/Ph.D.98, U.S.)
Michael Delia (BC83/DC84, U.S.)
Marco Dell’Aquila ♦ (BC85/DC86, UK/Italy)
Carel Du Marchie Sarvaas ♦
(BC95, Netherlands)
Victoria Elles (BC06/DC07, UK)
Charles Esser (DC00, U.S.)
Alice Faibishenko (BC05/DC06, U.S.)
Joakim Fels (BC87, Germany)
Amjad Ghori (DC86, U.S.)
Mark Giancola ♦ (X96/DC97)
Richard Gildea (BC83/DC84, U.S.)
Engin Goksu (BC95/DC96, Turkey)
Daniel Gould (BC03, UK)
John Graham ♦ (DC79, U.S.)
Faysal Itani (BC07/DC08, Lebanon)
Judith Kaeser-Erdtracht
(BC07/DC08, Germany)
Reinhold Knapp (BC87/DC88, Austria)
Marshall Millsap ♦ (BC75/DC76, U.S.)
Tim Jennison (DC91, UK)
Aliya Ladhani (DC07, Canada)
John Raines ♦ (BC05/DC06, U.S.)
Timothy Reid (BC02/DC03, UK)
Ramses Ruziev (BC07/DC08, Tajikistan)
Rabee Sahyoun (KSAS96)
Amela Sapcanin (DC99, UK)
Susan Smith (BC07, U.S.)
Scott Stevens (BC91, U.S.)
Alex Tiersky (DC04, U.S.)
aluMni WeekenD 2009
career cOunSeling
Kristoff Abbeloos ♦ (BC04, Belgium)
Jean Arkedis (BC04/DC05, U.S.)
Emily Ardell (BC04/DC05, U.S.)
Martin Buhr (BC94/DC95, U.S.)
Federico Cupelli (BC04/DC05, Italy)
Daniel Davies (BC99, UK)
Antoine Duvauchelle (BC99/DC00, France)
Steven Greenfield (BC84/DC85, U.S.)
Anne Hassberger (BC99/DC00, Switzerland)
Lodovico Masetti (BC57/DC58, Italy)
Peter Matz (BC99/DC00, Germany)
David Mees (BC84/DC85, U.S.)
Eric Morhenn (BC99/DC00, U.S.)
Steven Rust (BC05/DC06, U.S.)
Karen Seiger (BC89/DC90, U.S.)
Olya Smyrnova (BC04, Ukraine)
Marianne Stigset (BC99/DC00, Norway)
Peter Taylor (BC99/DC99, UK)
Lisa Thomas (BC04/DC05, U.S.)
Michael Waldron (BC05/DC06, U.S.)
Silvia Zucchini (BC99/DC00, Italy)
Anthony Zamparutti (BC88/DC89, U.S.)
The Johns Hopkins University - SAIS - Bologna Center
OPPOrtunitieS & aDvice
Elizabeth Allin-Figl (BC85, Austria)
Armando Anfosso (BC01/DC02, Italy)
Gaurav Arora (BC07/DC08, U.S.)
Philip Bartels (BC07/DC08, U.S.)
Daniel Bloemers (BC09, Germany)
Joseph Brinker ♦ (DC01, U.S.)
Sulan Chen
(X98, People’s Republic of China)
Andras Fehervary ♦ (BC85/KSAS86, U.S.)
Fumiko Fukuoka (DC90, Japan)
Markus Jelitto (BC94/DC95, Germany)
Tom Kenyon (BC99/DC00, UK)
Maha Khan (BC07/DC08, Pakistan)
Isabella Lindner (BC88, Austria)
Christopher Maletz (DC06, U.S.)
Kevin McCall (BC09, Ireland)
Jim McNicholas (BC98/DC01, U.S.)
Antonio Missiroli ♦ (BC93, Italy)
Aaron Mihaly (BC09, U.S.)
Rob Miller (BC08/DC09, U.S.)
Daniel Moger (BC07, U.S.)
Daniel Moyer
Georg Oberreiter (BC89, Austria)
Diana Orejas (BC98/DC99, Spain)
Massimiliano Paolucci (BC97/DC98, Italy)
Grazina Raguckaja (BC08/DC09, Lithuania)
Michael Reiterer (BC79, Austria)
Leopold Schmertzing (BC07, Austria)
Zuzana Svettlosakova (BC09, Slovakia)
Daniela Tonon (BC01, Italy)
Sarah Underwood (BC07/DC08, U.S.)
Adam Vaccaro (BC07, U.S.)
Jeremy Ventuso (BC08/DC09, U.S.)
Fabian Wendenburg (BC06/DC07, Germany)
Winter/Spring 2010
aluMni chaPter 2009
Efsane Askin (BC93, Turkey)
Ralf Beke-Bramkamp (BC88, Germany)
Ioannis Bourloyannis-Tsangaridis
(BC81, Greece)
Carole Choukroun (BC93/DC86, France)
Sally Anne Corcoran (BC95/DC96, U.S.)
Gatis Eglitis (BC02, Latvia)
Claudia Flisi (BC71/DC72, Italy)
Jürgen Glückert (BC62, Germany)
Jaume Guardans (BC93, Spain)
Bikem Ibrahimoglou (BC93, Turkey)
Anna Ipsilanti ♦ (DC02, Greece)
John Kadelburger (BC86, Sweden)
Geraldine Kelly ♦ (BC80/DC81, Ireland)
Karl Krammer (BC79, Austria)
Eduardo Lopez Lopez (DC95, Mexico)
Percival Manglano (BC98, Spain)
Mark Maskow (BC99/DC00, Germany)
Martin Miszerak (BC78/DC79, U.S.)
Sandor Orban (BC90, Hungary)
Denise Senmartin (DC04, Argentina)
Indrek Tarand (BC93, Estonia)
Hasan Teoman (BC80/DC82, Austria/Turkey)
Eve Trezza (BC71/DC72, U.S.)
Hans Van Geloven
(BC96/DC97, Netherlands)
Sebastian Vos ♦ (DC03, Netherlands)
Erlijne Wissels (BC08, Netherlands)
Vladimir Zuberec (BC03, Slovak Republic)
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SeMinar SerieS 2009
Jeremy Bowen (BC83/DC86, UK)
John L. Harper (BC76/DC77/Ph.D.81, U.S.)
Erik Jones (BC89/DC90/Ph.D96, U.S.)
Daniel Keohane (BC98/DC99, Ireland)
Maurizio Massari (DC01, Italy)
Matthias M. Matthijs (BC02, Belgium)
Georg Oberreiter (BC89, Austria)
Antonio Parenti (BC94/DC95, Italy)
Gianfranco Pasquino (BC66/DC67, Italy)
Giuseppe Pennisi (BC67/DC68, Italy)
Michael Plummer (BC82, U.S.)
Michael Reiterer (BC79, Austria)
Michele Testoni (BC02, Italy)
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Scott Cantor ♦ (BC07/DC08, U.S.)
David Ciulla (BC04, U.S.)
Laura Forlano (BC00, U.S.)
Vanessa Friedman (BC00/DC01, U.S.)
John Jove (BC82/KSAS83, U.S.)
Ajay Kaisth (BC89, U.S.)
Daniela Kaisth (BC89/KSAS90, U.S.)
Jennifer Lind (BC91/DC92, U.S.)
Michelle Moosally (BC00/DC01, U.S.)
Charles Park (BC96/DC98, U.S.)
Gianni Sellers (BC81/DC82, U.S.)
Thomas Stelzer (BC83, Austria)
Bart Stevens (BC81/DC82, Belgium)
Elda Stifani (BC74/DC75, U.S.)
Tom Tesluk ♦ (BC81/DC82, U.S.)
Anne Weiner Erni (BC85/KSAS86, U.S.)
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(BC00/DC02, Poland)
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Lucie Podszun (BC05/DC06, Germany)
Monika Sztajerowska (BC10, Poland)
Albert Zbily (BC96/DC97, Canada)
In Memoriam
horst Siebert
20 March 1938
2 June 2009
Professor Horst Siebert, who held the Heinz
Nixdorf Chair in European Integration and
Economic Policy at the Bologna Center,
passed away in June in Switzerland with his
wife Christine at his side.
Siebert was a world-renowned economist who helped shape German and
European economic policy over the past two
decades and contributed to a wide variety of
academic debates, from international trade
to environmental policy. The Heinz Nixdorf
Chair was the third chair held by Siebert at
the Bologna Center. He originally came to
the Center in fall 2003 as the Steven Muller
Professor in German Studies. He was then
named to the AGIP Chair in International
Before coming to the Bologna Center,
Siebert was president of the Kiel Institute of
World Economics. He was a member of the
German Council of Economic Advisers from
1990 to 2003. A prolific author, Siebert
wrote numerous books and articles on international trade, the labor market, environmental economics and economic policy. He
was the 2007 recipient of the Hayek Prize
for excellence in economic writing. He also
Germany’s federal order of merit, the KarlBräuer Prize from the German Taxpayers’
Association and the Ludwig-Erhard Prize.
The Kiel Institute celebrated his many contributions by hosting a major conference in
his honor in June 2008 on the occasion of his
70th birthday.
Siebert had been a visiting scholar in
universities throughout the world, including
Harvard, MIT, Wesleyan, New York
University and the University of California.
He received his Ph.D. and post-doctoral
degree from the University of Muenster in
Germany and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent.
“Horst was not only a distinguished
economist whose presence enhanced the academic reputation of the Center, but he was
also deeply committed to the goals of the
Center and a beloved friend to the faculty,
staff and students,” said Professor and
Director Kenneth H. Keller. “His old-school
professorial politeness belied a wonderful
sense of humor and an engagement in the
world around him. We will miss him greatly.”
“Horst had a special talent to bring policy debates alive through impeccable application of theory to an uncertain world,” adds
Michael Plummer, Eni Professor of
International Economics at the Bologna
Center, “He was a great economist, and a
dear colleague and friend.”
es and projects, replicable on rural
economies in the U.S., the Caribbean and
Europe. This was a dream of Jonathan. His
family and some of his friends are now in the
process of getting this project off the ground.
Jonathan is survived by his wife Mimi
and his three children. All who knew him
will remember his warm and exuberant personality.
federico mazzoni
27 March 1930
20 December 2009
Jonathan cooper
14 November 1956
19 October 2009
Jonathan Cooper (MAIA82, UK) passed
away in October. Jonathan, or “Johnny” as
he was affectionately known, was an alumnus, Classes of 1981 and 1982, and enjoyed
a long relationship with the Bologna Center.
Jonathan returned to the Center in 1990 to
become the Student Affairs Coordinator and
subsequently Director of Development in
He was an active member of the UK
Alumni Chapter and was instrumental in the
development of the Bologna Center UK
Charitable Trust.
Jonathan was a new business development expert and was involved as a managing
partner in the creation of London coffee
shop chains such as EAT and Amano Café.
When he was diagnosed with an incurable adeno carcinoma Jonathan hastened to
complete the creation of The Cooper Social
Enterprise Foundation, an international nonprofit organization set up to provide management support for local start-up enterpris-
Federico Mazzoni (BC57/DC58, Italy)
passed away in December after a long illness. He was an astute political scientist who
held posts at the European Economic
Community (EEC), at the Istituto per
l’Assistenza allo Sviluppo del Mezzogiorno
(IASM) and with the United Nations.
Federico and Lodovico Masetti
(BC57/DC58, Italy) were classmates
throughout their academic careers, beginning at liceo, at the University of Florence,
at the Bologna Center and later at SAIS in
Washington. “Federico was an old-fashioned
gentleman who was nevertheless adapted to
the technical age. He was a lifelong scholar,
an accomplished sportsman, and a loyal
friend to those who had the opportunity to
know him well,” recalls Lodovico.
Edward Glassman (BC57, U.S.), a classmate of Federico at the Bologna Center,
remembers his generosity, “Federico convinced me to explore the Adriatic Coast the
summer after our Bologna academic year
and to visit him and his family at their
Milano Maritima villa.” Federico and his
family frequently opened their home in
Bologna to the Center’s students. Several
years later Edward reconnected with
Federico over spontaneous dinners in Rome
where they were both living at the time.
Federico’s friends will remember his
kindness and nobility of character.
The Johns Hopkins University - SAIS - Bologna Center
danilo cavazzana
10 December 1948
5 January 2010
responsible for American Public Law to
Professor Paolo Tesauro.
Throughout his career he authored several books and articles on legal theory and
the honorable
charles mcc. mathias Jr.
24 July 1922
25 January 2010
Sonja valtasaari mchugh
27 February 1968
6 April 2009
Danilo Cavazzana (BC78, Italy) passed
away in January. He will be remembered as
a warm and enthusiastic individual well
loved by his family and friends. Danilo was
CEO of Sicad Ltd. in Brazil.
Joanne Celens (BC83, Belgium), a close
friend, remarks, “Danilo carried the Bologna
spirit around with him and that is how we
met in Milano where he was the central pillar of the Hopkins plus clan. He was passionate about international political debates and
adored his political career. But above all he
was a great friend to so many, in many
places and languages, origins and characters.
He invented social networking well before
dot com, keeping us posted, bringing different people together.” His sincere, profound
and candid friendship is evident in the various testimonials on the website, a
tribute sponsored by his friends.
giorgio recchia
24 July 1942
3 November 2009
In November, Professor Giorgio Recchia
(BC66, Italy) died in Rome after a long illness. He was from Penne, a small town in
the province of Pescara, Abruzzo. He studied
at the law faculty of the “La Sapienza” in
Rome, at the Bologna Center, and then in the
U.S. where he earned a Master of
Comparative Jusrisprudence at New York
University’s School of Law in 1968.
He is the author of Enforcement of
Foreign Arbitration Agreements and Awards
in Italy and the United States, A
Comparative Study. After receiving a grant
from the law faculty at the University of
Naples, Recchia was hired as Assistant
Sonja Valtasaari McHugh (BC92/DC93,
Finland) died in April after a four year battle
with breast cancer. Born in Helsinki,
Finland, she moved to the United States,
where she attended The Dalton School in
New York City and later received a B.A. in
Government from Georgetown University
before attending the Bologna Center.
Sonja’s distinguished international career
began in Zagreb, Croatia where she assisted
Sergio Vieira de Mello, the Head of Civil
Affairs of the United Nations Department of
Peacekeeping Operations, in negotiations
throughout the former Yugoslavia. Sonja
continued her career as a program officer at
The Foundation for a Civil Society, a senior
political analyst in Sarajevo, a democracy
adviser for the United States Agency for
International Development in Sarajevo, and
an adviser on democratization in
Southeastern Europe at The Hague.
Ilaya Rome Hopkins (BC92/DC93,
U.S.), her dear friend and classmate,
remarks, “Whether as a student, working in a
war torn country or on the playground, I
don’t know if Sonja ever realized the impact
she had on people. But it was real. For me,
both in happy times and challenging situations, she gave me a better appreciation of the
amazing gift it is to be a parent and to recognize the important things in our own lives.”
Sonja is survived by her loving husband,
Gregory Lyndon McHugh, her two beautiful
daughters, Mia Helena and Liv Alisia, and
many family and friends.
The Honorable Charles McC. Mathias Jr.
passed away at his home in January. He was
a United States Senator from Maryland and
a Member of the U.S. House of
Representatives from Maryland’s 6th district. A graduate of Haverford College, Yale
University, and the University of Maryland,
he began practicing law in 1949.
During the Second World War Mathias
enlisted in the United States Navy and served
until 1946. Following the war, Mathias rose
to the rank of captain in the United States
Naval Reserve. Later he served as assistant
attorney general of Maryland (1953-1954);
city attorney of Frederick, Md., (1954-1959);
member of the Maryland house of delegates
(1959-1960); and was elected as a
Republican to the eighty-seventh and to the
three succeeding Congresses (January 3,
1961 - January 3, 1969).
Mathias was elected to the United States
Senate in 1968 where he served until 1987.
Mathias practiced law in Washington, D.C.
and was a resident of Chevy Chase,
The relationship between Mathias and
the Bologna Center has been a long and productive one spanning over almost twenty
years during which time he provided support
for fellowships, in particular. In 1996,
Mathias endowed a fund to the Bologna
Center which every year still guarantees
financial aid for an outstanding student.
Since then, fourteen Bologna Center students have received support from The
Charles McC. Mathias Jr. Fellowship.
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