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Kasaba elected President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

May 31, 2017

Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba
Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba at the 2016 Annual APSIA Deans and Directors Meeting, which the Jackson School hosted at UW.

Reşat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School of International Studies, has been recently elected as the new president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, a U.S.-based global organization commonly known as APSIA.

His term as president begins on June 1, 2017 and will run through May 31, 2019.

The vote was unanimous, said APSIA Executive Director Carmen Iezzi Mezzera by phone on Tuesday, May 30, from the organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“Reşat’s leadership will help us navigate the changing international landscape, so that we can support students’, members’, and partners’ transformation into more effective agents of positive change,” said Mezzera. “I look forward to working with Reşat and the Executive Committee to advance professional international affairs education around the world.”

Created in 1989, APSIA is dedicated to the improvement of graduate education in international affairs.

Over 65 graduate schools are currently members or affiliate members of APSIA; over half are based outside of the U.S., including in Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

“It is a great privilege to be trusted with leadership of APSIA at a time when so much is happening in the international arena. More than ever we need globally aware students who are ready to engage the challenges that our world presents,” said Dr. Kasaba. “Working together, we will provide the best education in international affairs to our students and expand and enrich the opportunities that are available to them.”

Kasaba also holds the Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies at the Jackson School, and has served as Vice President of APSIA since 2015.

In addition to strengthening and promoting leading graduate schools of international affairs, APSIA offers prospective and current graduate students a wealth of resources throughout the year, including funding, job and event opportunities. Read more on

About the Jackson School
The Jackson School of International Studies is a nationally recognized leader in advancing the understanding of and engagement in world issues. Founded in 1909, it is one of the oldest and largest schools in the country to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in international and area studies. Its location in Seattle, a global hub of commerce, philanthropy and progressive policy, provides a diverse and dynamic environment that helps connect scholarship with what the world needs. For over 40 years the School has hosted the highest number of federally-funded national resource centers in area studies in the U.S.