2015 shaped up to be a year in which diplomacy was ascendant. The historic raising of the American flag in Havana. Landmark P5+1 (or EU-3 + 3) negotiations to constrain Iran's nuclear program. Both breakthroughs advanced normal relations between the United States and nations where there have been none in decades. In Europe, Athens and the EU reached a modus vivendi on tackling the debt crisis (with Greece staying in the Eurozone). Even London and Edinburgh seem to have used a wee bit of diplomacy to soothe the feelings of the electorate following the independence referendum (with Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom). more »
In December, more than a third of the 2015 entering Patterson School class will participate in an all-expense-paid study program sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Fulbright Japan. Our students will spend eight days in Japan developing a firsthand understanding of Japanese politics, economics and culture. They will travel to Tokyo and other prefectures, visiting government offices, high-tech industries, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and key historic sites.