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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 through public events,

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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.
News

Ford School wins innovation in international programming award

Jun 14, 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...
In the Media

Ciorciari analyzes U.S. priorities in Cambodia

May 31, 2021 VOA Cambodia
Ahead of the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State's visit to Cambodia, foreign policy experts debated what the visit could mean. Many pointed to the relationship between Cambodia and China, including John Ciorciari, associate professor of public policy...
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Javed Ali appointed associate professor of practice

May 18, 2021
National security expert Javed Ali has been appointed an associate professor of practice on the faculty of the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective August 30, 2021. Ali is currently a Towsley Foundation...
In the Media

Ciorciari's new book on governance failure featured in podcast

May 2, 2021 Burn Bag Podcast
In speaking about his new book, “Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States,” Ciorciari discusses what sovereignty sharing is, defining it as "consent-based agreements between a national government and international actors to share domestic authority,"...
In the Media

Amid border surge, Lin discusses immigration reform

Mar 22, 2021 Sinclair Broadcast Group
“It matters in the sense that members of Congress and the president will be worried about the public reaction to the surge might affect the willingness to support either of these bills,” said Ann Lin, as a surge of migrants — including unaccompanied...
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Ford School undergraduates continue to lead during the pandemic

Mar 15, 2021
By Jack Eichner (BA '21) This week marks one year since the University of Michigan’s campus shut down. Questions swirled as students had to adjust to virtual learning while simultaneously adapting to new living situations in a rapidly evolving...
Publication

Ciorciari’s new book sheds light on sovereignty sharing

Mar 11, 2021
In fragile states, where human rights violations run amuck and conflicts create instability, domestic and international actors sometimes take the extraordinary step to share sovereignty to combine knowledge and resources to increase accountability...
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Ambassador Levitsky’s gift supports student internships

Feb 11, 2021
With a generous gift from Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, a Professor of International Policy and Practice, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will establish the Joan Levitsky Internship Fund. The Fund, established in memory of Joan Levitsky,...
In the Media

Page comments on Biden's first foreign policy speech

Feb 5, 2021 Just Security
After President Biden gave his first major foreign policy speech on Thursday, which focused on repairing America's image across the globe and issues ranging from Yemen and China to global efforts to tackle climate change, Professor Susan D. Page...
News

Ciorciari supports U-M Law alum charged in Cambodia crackdown

Nov 24, 2020
University of Michigan Law School alum Theary Seng cut her hair live on Radio Free Asia this past Thursday. It was not for fashion but convenience: should she go to jail the next week, she wanted to be prepared to deal with lice.  Seng is a...
News

Page reflects on representing America abroad

Sep 1, 2020
Ford School professor of practice Ambassador Susan Page served in the Foreign Service in Kenya, Botswana, and Rwanda, and was the first U.S. ambassador to South Sudan. In a recent article in The Atlantic, she reflected that her long career abroad...
News

Ciorciari comments on Thai monarchy amid students protest

Sep 1, 2020
Over the past month, students in Thailand have been protesting against the monarchy and the military-led Thai administration and demanding more democracy. An article on the World news website says, “The monarchy seems to have taken note,” as the...
State & Hill

Ford School to host champions of democracy from across the globe

May 22, 2020
The Ford School will welcome delegates from countries around the world as we host the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Symposium virtually or in-person October 12-16, 2020. NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that works...

Levitsky predicts impeachment for Brazil’s Bolsonaro

May 14, 2020
Brazil’s Supreme Court on April 28 ordered an investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro after popular Justice Minister Sérgio Moro resigned and accused him of firing the country’s Federal Police chief in an attempt to interfere with investigations....