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 2015, more than a third of last year's entering Patterson School class participated in an all-expense-paid study program sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Our students spent eight days in Japan gaining a firsthand understanding of Japanese politics, economics and culture. They traveled to Tokyo, Chiba, Nagano and Matsumoto, visiting government offices, industrial and agricultural operations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and key historic sites. In May 2016, half the class will travel to the Middle East and attend the Doha Forum on a similar week-long program as guests of the government of Qatar.