Deans and directors from 45 schools of international affairs and public policy in the U.S. and abroad gathered at the University of Washington on Jan. 7 and 8 for their annual meeting as members of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).
The Jackson School of International Studies hosted the event for the first time, where discussions covered topics such as building partnerships and exchanges among Schools, global fundraising techniques and adapting Schools to the 21st century.
The APSIA members came from schools across the U.S. as well as Azerbaijan, Canada, France, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
The two-day program also included an evening reception and dinner with keynote speaker Mark Suzman, President of Global Policy, Advocacy and Country Programs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a panel discussion open to the public on “National Security Challenges in a New U.S. Administration.”
Panelists included Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Dean of the Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University; Susan Collins, Dean, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan; Enrico Letta, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po; Eric Schwartz, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; and, Jackie Miller, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Seattle, as moderator.
Over 100 members of the public, APSIA deans and affiliates, and Seattle-based global groups attended the event, which was held in downtown Seattle and co-sponsored by the Jackson School, APSIA and the World Affairs Council.
In 2015, Reşat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School, became Vice President of APSIA.
Read more about APSIA here.