Jackson school of global affairs

Spring events featured ECB president, CNN host

This spring, the Jackson School and its affiliated centers and programs hosted public events on a range of global affairs topics. In April, the school welcomed Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank. In her remarks, Lagarde emphasized the importance of ideas in driving economic growth, and the conditions that have needed to be in place—throughout history—for ideas to translate into broad prosperity. 

Other speakers included CNN host Fareed Zakaria ’86, who discussed his new book, Age of Revolutions; Wazhma Sadat ’14, ’19JD, subject matter expert at the Office of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, on the legacy of the war; Sandra Cavalieri, hub manager, Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat, on global air quality governance; Leslie Maasdorp, vice president and CFO of the New Development Bank, on multilateral development finance reform; and Tanvi Madan ’03MA, a senior fellow in the Center for Asia Policy Studies in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, on Indian foreign policy. 

New initiatives on peace, climate, and social innovation

The Jackson School recently launched three new faculty-led initiatives.

The Social Innovation Initiative, led by Jackson faculty member Teresa Chahine, convenes students, practitioners, and scholars working on social innovation to address the world’s most pressing problems.

The Deitz Family Initiative on Environment and Global Affairs, led by Jackson senior fellow Jessica Seddon, supports Jackson School students who want to learn to work effectively at the intersection of environmental change and security, humanitarian aid, finance, technology governance, and other aspects of global affairs. 

The Peacebuilding Initiative, led by Catherine Panter-Brick, Ian Shapiro ’83PhD, ’87JD, Cara Fallon ’07, ’08MPH, Bonnie Weir, and David Simon, includes research and education efforts aimed at advancing innovation in peacebuilding as well as an annual colloquium.    

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