In January, Belfer Center Senior Fellow Doug Ahlers was part of the National Democratic Institute/Carter Center delegation to observe the Palestinian elections, a group that included Institute of Politics Director Jeanne Shaheen. Ahlers spent a week in December observing the Egyptian parliamentary elections and researching use of the Internet and mobile phone networks as political campaign tools leading up to the election.
International Security Program Fellow James Bieda was selected by the Air Force in December for promotion to the grade of Colonel. Prior to his term at the Belfer Center, Bieda was chief of the Communications and Information Division at 3rd Air Force Headquarters, RAF Mildenhall, UK.
Former Belfer Center Fellow Maury Devine was knighted by the King of Norway in November and presented the "Royal Norwegian Order of Merit," the highest award given to non-Norwegians for contributions to Norway. Devine is former president of Mobil Oil North Sea and has served on boards of several Norwegian organizations.
Calestous Juma, director of the Belfer Center's Science, Technology and Globalization Project, was elected to The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) for his contributions to policy research and his work on the implications of biotechnology for sustainable development in Africa. The principal aim of TWAS is "to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South."
Belfer Center Senior Fellow Senator Bob Graham was honored in January with the "Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service," presented by the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The award was created to recognize people who share the 28th president's dedication to "enlightened and deliberate dialogue."
At press time, the Belfer Center announced the appointment of Jeffrey Lewis as executive director of the Managing the Atom project. Lewis is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland's Center for International and Security Studies and author of the forthcoming Minimum Means of Reprisal: China's Search for Security in the Nuclear Age (MIT Press, 2006).
Former Belfer Center Research Assistant and Russia Specialist Marcy McCullaugh won an international essay contest for her paper "How NGOs respond when the state does not: Confronting the problem of HIV/AIDS in Russia." The annual contest is sponsored by the Association for the Study of Health and Demography in the former Soviet Union.
International Security Program Fellow Sebastian Rosato has accepted a position as assistant
professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. Rosato, whose research at the Belfer Center has focused on twentieth century European integration, is in the process of preparing a book manuscript entitled The Strategic Logic of European Integration. He will take up his new post in August.
International Security Program Fellow Todd Sechser will take on new duties next fall as assistant
professor at the University of Virginia's Department of Politics. While at the Belfer Center, Sechser researches bargaining and diplomacy, military doctrine and civil-military relations, the effectiveness of military threats in international crises, and the consequences of nuclear proliferation.
The Nixon Center's "2005 Distinguished Service Award" was presented in January to Belfer Center International Council Chairman and America's first Secretary of Energy James Schlesinger and to Senator Pete Domenici, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman delivered the keynote address at the awards dinner in Washington, D.C.
Energy Technology Innovation Project (ETIP) Fellow Jennie Stephens was named assistant professor of Environmental Science and Policy in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University in 2005.
Kennedy School Associate Professor of Public Policy Monica Duffy Toft was appointed to the Belfer Center Board of Directors in January. A faculty associate at the Belfer Center for five years, Toft also serves as associate director of Harvard's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies.
Kennedy School Academic Dean and Belfer Center Professor Stephen Walt is a
finalist for the prestigious "2005 Lionel Gelber Prize" for his book Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy. The annual award recognizes the top piece of writing in international affairs. The winner will be announced in March.
Belfer Board Member and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense John White was named Robert and Renée Belfer Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government in January. The Belfer Lectureship is awarded to a scholar who demonstrates a distinguished contribution within the academic community and as a policy practitioner. White, a former director of the Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, has been a public policy lecturer at the Kennedy School since 1998.
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