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Global Pulse 2010: Online Development Dialogue

Global Pulse 2010: Online Development Dialogue

For the past three days I participated in USAID’s online dialogue about various international development topics.  Called “Global Pulse 2010, “ USAID has the following to say about it: …a 3-day, online collaboration event, that will bring together individual socially-engaged participants and organizations from around the world. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is […]

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Investing in People: Parliamentary Internships Pay Dividends

Investing in People: Parliamentary Internships Pay Dividends

When I was in Uganda last month I was fortunate to learn more about an interesting parliamentary internship program being carried out by the Center for International Development (CID) of the State University of New York (full disclosure: I used to work there).   Supported by Higher Education for Development (which uses fairly small grants to […]

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China in Uganda: A Building Fit for a President

China in Uganda: A Building Fit for a President

This week I returned from a trip to Uganda.  While there I saw evidence of the favorite topic of many in the international development community – the role of Chinese foreign assistance in Africa.  Across the street from the parliament building is an enormous construction site with working ongoing 24 hours a day, 7 days […]

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New Movie on RFK in South Africa

New Movie on RFK in South Africa

I have written before about Robert Kennedy’s trip to South Africa in 1966 (that post is here).   A movie has just been made about that trip and the connections between the anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements.   “RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope”  is directed by Tami Gold and Larry Shore […]

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Engage Globally, Think Locally: Great Decisions 2010

Engage Globally, Think Locally: Great Decisions 2010

Global Engagement as a concept and component of foreign policy can often seem like inside baseball, a potentially wonky set of topics reserved for inside-the-Beltway Washington types whose jobs its is to formulate and implement foreign policy.  But is should not be so limited in its scope – and it cannot if it is going […]

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Kenya Reforming Constitution: Is Parliament Ready for Prime Time?

Kenya Reforming Constitution: Is Parliament Ready for Prime Time?

A committee of the Kenyan Parliament has agreed to do away with the position of prime minister as part of a reform of its constitution.  The position of prime minister was created in 2008 as a way to allow for power sharing in bring an end to the bloody confrontations that followed Kenya’s national elections […]

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Links from Around the Web

Links from Around the Web

John Brown’s Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review, Version 2.0. If you aren’t reading this on a daily basis you should be.  It is the best collection of everything you need to know about public diplomacy and it’s downright entertaining, too. An excellent post on putting Ottoman ghosts into proper historical context – by Patricia […]

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RFK in South Africa: Another Era of U.S. Global Engagement

RFK in South Africa: Another Era of U.S. Global Engagement

Today is a national holiday here in the U.S., celebrating the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr.  There is nothing I could add to the many paeans to King (but I recommend that anyone needing a refresher look up his writings and speeches). But in thinking about the times King lived in and […]

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The Economist on Muslim Students in the West

The Economist had an interesting article last week on Muslim students studying in the West – “the West” being the UK, US and Canada for this article.   The piece is written in the wake of the attempted bombing of a US airliner on Christmas Day by a Nigerian man who had, until recently, attended university […]

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NAFSA Report on Visa and Immigration Policy

NAFSA Report on Visa and Immigration Policy

NAFSA: Association of International Educators released a report last month on visa and immigration reform.The report is titled “A Visa and Immigration Policy for the Brain Circulation Era: Adjusting to What Happened in the World While We Were Busy Making Other Plans” and is authored by Victor Johnson, a senior advisor for public policy at […]

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International Education, Baseball Style

International Education, Baseball Style

With the election of Andre Dawson to the Baseball Hall of Fame, I have been thinking about one way that I initially became interested in other cultures – through baseball.   Let me explain:  from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, Dawson played for the Montreal Expos, a major league baseball team that existed from 1969 through […]

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Hillary Clinton's Speech on Development

Hillary Clinton's Speech on Development

Today U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech on development at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. The full speech is available here. The speech gives an overview of how development should work in coordination with defense and diplomacy and offered some specific insights into the ongoing Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review and […]

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Brain Drain from the U.S.?

Brain Drain from the U.S.?

Last month Vivek Wadhwa had an interesting piece on U.S. brain drain in Yale Global Online.   Wadhwa outlines the enormous contribution made by international graduate students, faculty and researchers (as measured by patent filings) in science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines – and to the U.S. economy overall. In 2006, immigrants contributed to 72 […]

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International Education Gold Rush, Revised

International Education Gold Rush, Revised

“Because that’s where the money is” – Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks ——————————————————– The New York Times ran a story this past Sunday noting that some U.S. universities that set up operations in Dubai are having trouble attracting enough students.  Apparently, the economic downturn there has hit Michigan State and the Rochester […]

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Thugs, Drugs & Terrorism: Nothing New Under the (African) Sun

Thugs, Drugs & Terrorism: Nothing New Under the (African) Sun

The New York Times is reporting that three Malians have been arrested and charged with being part of an operation that smuggles drugs across West and North African routes into Europe.  The money then goes to groups associated with Al Qaida, so the charge goes, and also involves  “the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or […]

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About the Author

James Ketterer
James Ketterer

James Ketterer is Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program. He previously served as Egypt Country Director for AMIDEAST, based in Cairo and before that as Vice Chancellor for Policy & Planning and Deputy Provost at the State University of New York (SUNY). In 2007-2008 he served on the staff of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education. He previously served as Director of the SUNY Center for International Development.

Ketterer has extensive experience in technical assistance for democratization projects, international education, legislative development, elections, and policy analysis – with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. He has won and overseen projects funded by USAID, the Department for International Development (UK), the World Bank and the US State Department. He served on the National Security Council staff at the White House, as a policy analyst at the New York State Senate, a project officer with the Center for Legislative Development at the University at Albany, and as an international election specialist for the United Nations, the African-American Institute, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He is currently a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association and has also held teaching positions in international politics at the New School for Social Research, Bard College, State University of New York at New Paltz, the University at Albany, Russell Sage College, and the College of Saint Rose.

Ketterer has lectured and written extensively on various issues for publications including the Washington Post, Middle East Report, the Washington Times, the Albany Times Union, and the Journal of Legislative Studies. He was a Boren National Security Educational Program Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and in Morocco, an International Graduate Rotary Scholar at the Bourguiba School of Languages in Tunisia, and studied Arabic at the King Fahd Advanced School of Translation in Morocco. He received his education at Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Fordham University.

Areas of focus: Public Diplomacy; Middle East; Africa; US Foreign Policy

Contributor to: Global Engagement

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