This year’s Senior Fellows at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs will include a distinguished ambassador, a one-time presidential candidate, and a former president of Yale University.
The Jackson Institute brings leading practitioners in various fields of international affairs to campus to spend a year or a semester teaching courses and mentoring Yale students. Six of the 14 senior fellows for 2014-2015 are newcomers. They are:
Johnnie Carson, former assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of African Affairs. Carson’s 37-year foreign service career includes stints as ambassador to Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Uganda. He also served as the National Intelligence Officer for Africa at the National Intelligence Council and was senior vice president of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He will be a Kissinger Senior Fellow and will teach undergraduate seminars on contemporary African issues.
Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and chair of the Democratic National Committee 2005-2009. A leading Democratic candidate in the 2004 presidential election, Dean is the founder of Democracy for America and a CNBC contributor. He will teach a seminar on the politics of foreign policy.
Unni Karunakara, former international president of Doctors Without Borders. Karunakara’s work with the organization has included programs in Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bangladesh, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. His academic and research fellowships focus on the demography of forced migration and the delivery of health care to neglected populations affected by conflict, disasters, and epidemics. He will teach a module in “Gateway to Global Affairs” and a seminar on complex humanitarian emergencies.
Richard Levin, chief executive officer of Coursera. Levin’s 20-year tenure as Yale president saw a dramatic growth in the university’s resources, research, and global reach. He led initiatives that strengthened programs in science, engineering, and medicine; spurred economic growth in New Haven; and made international experiences the norm for undergraduates. He is the Frederick William Beinecke Professor Emeritus of Economics and director of the Project on U.S.-China Relations at Yale. Levin will be guest lecturing in selected courses on economic policy as well as on China.
Clare Lockhart, director and co-founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness. She served as an adviser to the United Nations in Afghanistan and to the Afghan government from 2001 to 2005. Her work involves addressing accountability and governance issues through a system-building approach, and she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine in 2009 and 2010. She will teach a graduate seminar.
Jake Sullivan, former national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. Sullivan previously served as director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State and deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. At Yale, he also will be the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in National Security at Yale Law School. Sullivan will teach seminars on U.S. foreign policy.
In addition, there are eight returning Senior Fellows: Eric Braverman, CEO of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation; David Brooks, New York Times columnist; Thomas Graham, former special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia on the National Security Council; Michele Malvesti, a vice president in the National Security Sector at Science Applications International Corporation; Stan McChrystal, former commander of the International Security Assistance Force and of the United States Forces in Afghanistan; Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court; Stephen Roach, one of Wall Street’s most influential economists; and Emma Sky, who has worked at senior levels on behalf of the U.S. and U.K. governments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Jerusalem, across the fields of development, defense, and diplomacy.
Biographies of this year’s Jackson Senior Fellows can be found on the institute’s website.