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Cathryn Clüver

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Cathryn Clüver

Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

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Telephone: (617) 496-0104
Email: Cathryn_Cluver@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Cathryn Clüver is the founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, which examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the 21st century. She is also the Interim Executive Director of the India and South Asia Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

She looks back on a ten-year career in international journalism and communications, during which she covered global affairs, most notably EU politics and business and the aftermath of September 11th, working as a producer and writer for CNN-International based in Atlanta and London.

She served on the management team of the European Policy Centre in Brussels, where she was the Deputy Editor of its public policy journal, Challenge Europe and the think tank’s Communications Director, before joining Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as Senior Journalist and consultant in 2005. There, she worked on public policy issues (demographic change, urban competitiveness, green energy) and advised both the consultancy’s Chinese and French offices on branding and communication strategies. In 2009 she served in the second Bloomberg mayoral administration, where she implemented an online program for New York City's 1.8 million limited-English-proficiency migrants to access essential public services. 

Her past research work and writing has focused on comparative immigration systems and border control in the European Union and the US. She has lectured on EU communications policy and European competitiveness and cohesion at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the University of Nancy, France and her alma mater, Brown University. In her current role, she examines negotiation practice and the impact of technology and communication on diplomatic actors and spearheads the Project's Metro Diplomacy Initiative, looking at the international role of cities. She has commented on EU-US relations and immigration on ABC radio and on German television and radio, including on ARD and PHOENIX and writes regularly for Atlantic Monthly's Quartz

Cathryn holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Hauser Fellow in Nonprofit Management and recipient of the Donald K. Price award for academic excellence and community service.  She is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she received a Masters Degree in European Studies and of Brown University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations and French Civilization. Cathryn is an elected member of the HKS Alumni Board of Directors, where she is serving a four-year term and was named a Truman National Security Fellow in 2011. In 2012 she was appointed to the Advisory Council of Georgetown University's BMW Center for German and European Studies.

 

 

By Date

 

2014

Sharon Wilke

February 25, 2014

Diplomatic Correspondent Anne Gearan Assesses Secretary Kerry's First Year in Office

Event Report

By Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

Speaking as a guest of the Future of Diplomacy Project’s Women and International Reporting series, Anne Gearan, Diplomatic Correspondent from The Washington Post led a discussion on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's first 365 days in office.

 

2013

Bundeswehr/S.Wilke

December 17, 2013

The most victorious woman in Germany right now isn’t Angela Merkel

Op-Ed, Quartz

By Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

Cathryn Cluver, Executive Director, Future of Diplomacy Project, evaluates the state of German politics in the wake of elections.

 

 

December 5, 2013

Nepali Ambassador Visits Harvard

Event Report

By Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

Only two weeks after national elections in Nepal, the country’s Ambassador to the US, Dr. Shankar P. Sharma, addressed an audience of Nepali ex-patriots, Harvard Kennedy School students and expert faculty at a presentation jointly hosted by the Kennedy School’s India and South Asia Program, the South Asia Institute and the Center for Public Leadership in an “off-the-record” presentation on December 3, 2013.

 

 

Sharon Wilke

December 2, 2013

Admiral Olson Outlines Future Challenges

Event Report

By Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

In a presentation entitled “The World At Night: Rethinking America’s Military Strategy,” Admiral Eric Olson (Ret.) set out a panoply of foreign policy challenges that will challenge US strategic thinking about security policy in the future.

 

 

Marcello Casal

September 24, 2013

Everything You Need to Know About the 2013 UN General Assembly

Magazine or Newspaper Article, PolicyMic

By Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

Cathryn Clüver discusses what to watch for at the upcoming General Assembly meeting in New York City.

"As heads of state and national delegations descend on New York City for the 68th UN General Assembly meeting, New Yorkers are dreading the annual, massive traffic meltdown on the East Side."

 

 

July 31, 2013

"The American Dream lives—in Copenhagen and Pittsburgh"

Op-Ed, The Atlantic, The Quartz

By Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

The American Dream is dead. Long live the American Dream. These were the confusing messages from last week: a ground-breaking new Harvard/UC Berkeley study proved our economic mobility is dictated as much by our parents’ income as it is by the city in which we were born, and President Obama promised a “better bargain” for the middle class in his weekly address, summarizing his recent speeches on the state of the US economy.

 

 

June 11, 2013

The one woman who will benefit from the catastrophic floods in Europe

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Quartz

By Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

Cathryn Clüver discusses the impact of the floods in Germany on the upcoming German elections.

 

2012

Sharon Wilke

May 2, 2012

Conversations in Diplomacy: Justice Richard Goldstone

Media Feature

By Charles Hobbs and Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

In this interview with the Future of Diplomacy Project's Conversations in Diplomacy podcast series, Justice Richard Goldstone discusses the "crucial" role of diplomacy in international criminal justice.

 

 

January 30, 2012

Conversations in Diplomacy: Alec Ross

Media Feature

By Charles Hobbs and Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation to Hillary Clinton, met with Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director Cathryn Cluver in January 2012 for a conversation on his efforts to engage the State Department with 21st century innovations.

 

2011

April 4, 2011

Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Announces Spring 2011 Fisher Family Fellows

Press Release

By Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

The Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is pleased to announce the Spring 2011 Fisher Family Fellows. The 2011 Fellows include the former Brazilian Minister of External Relations, Celso Amorim; the former UN Special Representative to Afghanistan, Kai Eide; and renowned Washington Post columnist, David Ignatius. All three fellows will be delivering public addresses and working closely with Harvard Kennedy School degree students in Cambridge.

 

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