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Weiser Diplomacy Center

The Weiser Diplomacy Center serves as a hub for engagement with the foreign policy community, bringing a diverse cadre of seasoned diplomats and foreign policy experts to campus and creating new opportunities for students and faculty.

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Visiting faculty

Shannon Farrell

U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence
Shannon Farrell is a U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence at the Ford School. Shannon joined the Foreign Service in 2003 after working as a corporate attorney in private practice for eight years. She served overseas most recently as the Consul…
Visiting faculty

Carol Giacomo

Visiting Policy Practitioner, Weiser Diplomacy Center
Carol Giacomo is a visiting policy practitioner at the Ford School's Weiser Diplomacy Center. Giacomo became the chief editor of Arms Control Today, a monthly magazine on nonproliferation and global security, in April 2021 following 13 years as a…
Visiting faculty

Daniel Shields

Visiting Policy Practitioner, Weiser Diplomacy Center
Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel Shields is a visiting policy practitioner at the Ford School's Weiser Diplomacy Center. He consults, teaches courses and conducts simulations relating to diplomacy and U.S.-Asia relations. From 2015-18, while on detail from…
Core faculty

John D. Ciorciari

Associate Professor of Public Policy; Director, International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center
Ciorciari is an associate professor of public policy and director of the Ford School's Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center. His research focuses on international law and politics in the Global South.
Staff

Zalma Valencia

Administrative Assistant, International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center
Zalma Valencia is the administrative assistant for the Ford School's International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy…
In the Media

Page discusses situation in Sudan

Jan 19, 2022 CNN One World
Sudanese civilians continue to protest the military coup, calling for democratic and free elections. Susan Page, professor of practice, weighed in on the situation. "The military and security forces have no shame. They continue to use live...
In the Media

Ciorciari showcases Japan as a "Courteous Power"

Jan 5, 2022 Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Japan has taken on a role in Asian affairs as a "courteous power", according to a new book by Ford School professor John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center, and co-author Kiyoteru Tsutsui of Stanford...
In the Media

Ali warns of COVID-related military susceptibility to extremism

Dec 23, 2021 The Hill
As the Pentagon begins to separate out non-vaccinated personnel across different services for refusing to comply with the Defense Department’s COVID vaccine mandate, a risk exists that those people could become targets of domestic extremist...
State & Hill

An evolving humanitarian crisis

Dec 13, 2021
By Rebecca Cohen (MPP '09) Thousands of Afghans holding pro-democracy values—some with ties to the U-M community—were left behind in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. In August, Taliban forces rapidly took control and formed a new...
State & Hill

Soundbites: Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Nov 23, 2021
I am working urgently on universal coverage. I also want to make sure that we remember that coverage alone does not guarantee access to high quality care. Those are two very different things. We have to center equity in all of these efforts. As we...
In the Media

Levitsky says ambassadorship is president's prerogative

Nov 12, 2021 The Detroit News
A new bipartisan bill aims to ensure that political donors-turned-ambassadors are qualified for the job. Speaking to The Detroit News, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky said, “There were some really embarrassing nominations during the previous...
News

Ford School represented in U-M student delegation at COP26

Nov 4, 2021
University of Michigan graduate students and their faculty adviser are attending the two-week COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. The students will observe the negotiations, attend side events and interact with various experts. U-M has sent...
News

Ford School announces new diplomacy fellows

Oct 19, 2021
The Weiser Diplomacy Center (WDC) is pleased to announce six impressive 2021 fellows from various backgrounds who are interested in international security, development, and/or human rights: Radhika Arora (MPP ‘23), Hannah Cumming (JD/MPP ‘24), Alhan...
News

Community conversation: Consequences of Afghanistan withdrawal

Sep 2, 2021
In one of the first community events of the academic year, 60 Ford School students and faculty gathered in the Betty Ford Classroom for a conversation about the situation in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces. Panelists...
In the Media

Yang on remittance disruptions in Afghanistan

Sep 2, 2021 Wall Street Journal
As the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan it became more and more disconnected from global financial systems, cutting off ways Afghans living abroad send money home. Dean Yang, who studies the role of remittances in developing countries...
News

Shannon Farrell to serve as new Diplomat in Residence

Sep 2, 2021
A warm welcome to Shannon Farrell, who will serve as the new Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the North Central region. She will sit at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and will offer advice and guidance to...
In the Media

Ciorciari comments on Afghanistan evacuations

Aug 31, 2021 WXYZ Detroit
The United States has finally left Afghanistan, leaving behind thousands of Afghans fearing for their lives due to connections with the U.S. John Ciorciari, associate professor of public policy and director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and...
In the Media

Levitsky comments on 'tense' diplomatic meeting in Brazil

Aug 31, 2021 BBC Brazil
Following a recent meeting between American and Brazilian diplomats that diverged into a discussion about democracy, Melvyn Levitsky discounted the threat of a potential military coup. "I knew the Brazilian military very well. And although I...
News

Ford School research center websites get a fresh new look

Aug 27, 2021
Seven of the Ford School’s dynamic research centers have launched new websites. Building on the Ford School’s own modern web design and technical capabilities, the new websites convey the energy and innovation of each center. Participating research...
In the Media

Ali says ISIS-K should be taken very seriously

Aug 25, 2021 BBC World News
Javed Ali explains why ISIS-K is so dangerous on BBC World News. "Isis Khorasan, one could argue, remained the most active and viable branches of the broader ISIS family."...."As the attacks have shown over the past few years, (this group)...
In the Media

Ciorciari on what happens next with Afghan troops

Aug 20, 2021 CNBC
John Ciorciari, associate professor of public policy and director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center, spoke to CNBC about Afghanistan's fall to the Taliban after President Biden withdrew the U.S. military from the...
News

Ciorciari and Ali analyze Afghanistan withdrawal

Aug 16, 2021
With stunning speed, the Taliban has overthrown the Western-backed government of Afghanistan, bringing a chaotic end to a two-decade effort by the United States and others to remake the country. More than 3,500 U.S. and allied troops and tens of...
In the Media

Ciorciari defends Cambodian human rights lawyer charged with treason

Aug 10, 2021 The New York Times
Theary Seng, a human rights lawyer, has been charged with treason in Cambodia for attempting to build a democratic system and defending human rights.   “Theary has been a courageous champion for democracy and social justice in Cambodia for many...
In the Media

10 years later, Page discusses South Sudan's independence

Jul 9, 2021 Deep Dish Podcast
Susan D. Page, professor of practice in international diplomacy, recounted South Sudan's journey to independence on the Deep Dish podcast from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “On July 9th, it will be the 10th anniversary of south Sudan’s...
News

Ford School wins innovation in international programming award

Jun 17, 2021
The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) recognized the Ford School of Public Policy's Student-Initiated Projects (SIPs) and Extended Research Projects (ERPs) with the Innovation Award for Professional Development...
News

Ciorciari, Levitsky on Biden-Putin meeting

Jun 16, 2021
A group of state and national lawmakers urged President Biden to discuss the release of Paul Whelan, a Michigander currently being held in Russia, during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week. John Ciorciari, associate...