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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

Stephen E. Biegun

Visiting Policy Practitioner, Weiser Diplomacy Center
Stephen E. Biegun is a visiting policy practitioner with the Weiser Diplomacy Center at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He has more than three decades of international affairs experience in government and the…
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

Professor of Public Policy; Director, International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center
Ciorciari is a 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.
Core faculty

Melvyn Levitsky

Professor of International Policy and Practice
Levitsky serves as senior associate of the school's International Policy Center, and senior advisor to the Weiser Diplomacy Center. During his 35-year career as a U.S. diplomat, Levitsky was ambassador to Brazil from 1994-98 and held such senior positions as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters, ambassador to Bulgaria, deputy director of the Voice of America, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights.
Core faculty

Susan D. Page

Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy, Weiser Diplomacy Center; Professor from Practice, University of Michigan Law School
Page applies her vast foreign policy experience to the Weiser Diplomacy Center. She has served the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations in senior roles for decades, across East, Central, and Southern Africa, and in Haiti and Nepal. Page was the first U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan and served as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations in Haiti.
Staff

Matt Doss

Administrative Assistant, Weiser Diplomacy Center
Matt Doss is the administrative assistant for the Weiser Diplomacy Center at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Previously, Matt served as policy director for the Great Lakes Commission. Matt has more than two…
Staff

Zuzana Selcova Wiseley

Assistant Program Manager, Weiser Diplomacy Center
Zuzana Selcova Wiseley is the assistant program manager for the Weiser Diplomacy Center. Zuzana has over 20 years of experience in private and public sector of international affairs and higher education. She is a Comenius University alum (M.Ed '02)…
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

Levitsky comments on Russia-Ukraine prisoner swaps

Jun 27, 2022 USA Today
A major prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine took place earlier this week, but the prospects for several Americans held by Russia look bleak.  Ford School professor Melvyn Levitsky was quoted in an article in USA Today before the swap....
State & Hill

Discourse: Ford School faculty in the news, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
“(Putin) has already violated every international treaty, including the U.N. charter, by invading. This has international implications, not just European implications. Now, the question of what we do and how we do it, with regards to sanctions or...
State & Hill

“More is more”

May 31, 2022
Michael S. Barr’s first term as dean By Laura K. Lee In October 2021, the Regents of the University of Michigan approved Provost Susan M. Collins’ recommendation to reappoint Michael S. Barr as Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of the Ford School...
In the Media

Ali: U.S. intelligence-sharing with Ukraine poses potential risks

May 9, 2022 The Cipher Brief
The U.S. and allies have declassified and shared intelligence with Ukrainian authorities over the past months of the war with Russia. Associate professor of practice Javed Ali, a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security...
In the Media

Levitsky says new Russian prisoner exchange unlikely soon

Apr 28, 2022 The Detroit News
After one American was released from Russia in a prisoner exchange, another American—Paul Whelan from Michigan—remains in a Russian prison. Whelan's family expressed regret that he had not been included. Some have argued that more sanctions...
In the Media

Levitsky discusses Congress and foreign policy

Apr 25, 2022 Roll Call
Over the last few decades, the foreign policy power of Congress has deteriorated, leaving a question mark around the process of withdrawing from treaties. Melvyn Levitsky weighed in on the debate. “It’s a gray area because the Congress wants to...
In the Media

Ukraine invasion has damaged isolated, paranoid Putin - Ciorciari

Mar 27, 2022 The Express
All eyes are on Russian President Vladimir Putin as the war in Ukraine continues. John Ciorciari, associate professor of public policy and director of the Ford School's International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center, said some in his inner...
In the Media

Ali discusses comparisons of invasions of Iraq and Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022 BBC Brazil
As the war in Ukraine rages on, many are making comparisons between the U.S.'s invasion of Iraq and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, discussed the comparison. "It's easy to understand why people think the...
In the Media

Ali discusses risks of sending weapons to Ukraine

Mar 13, 2022 The Mehdi Hasan Show
While the United States is doing its best to support Ukraine, Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, discussed the risks that providing weapons to the country creates. "It looks like we are already implementing a similar campaign...
News

Russia Invasion of Ukraine Teach-Out features Ali and Levitsky

Mar 9, 2022
Ford School professors Javed Ali and Mel Levitsky are participating in a "Russian Invasion of Ukraine Teach-Out", created by the University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation and available through Michigan Online. The teach-out will be live...
In the Media

Ciorciari discusses China's shift on war in Ukraine

Mar 9, 2022 Nikkei Asia
China's view on the war in Ukraine is shifting as Russia continues its attack. John Ciorciari, associate professor of public policy and director of the Ford School's International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center, discussed what has...
In the Media

Levitsky applauds Zelensky

Mar 9, 2022 CBS Detroit
Nearly two weeks after Russia initially invaded Ukraine, the fighting continues. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has emerged as an international leader, which Melvyn Levitsky, professor of international policy and practice,...
News

Ford School faculty discuss Russian invasion

Mar 5, 2022
As the invasion of Ukraine continues, media outlets turn to Ford School faculty for insight on the situation. This week, Ford School professors John Ciorciari, Melvyn Levitsky, and Javed Ali analyzed Russia’s intentions with the invasion, as well as...
News

Ford School experts weigh in on Russian invasion of Ukraine

Feb 25, 2022
As the Russian military surrounded and began its assault on Ukraine, Melvyn Levitsky, professor of international policy and practice, and Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, lent their expertise to numerous media outlets to break down the...
News

Russia-Ukraine: Ford School experts can discuss

Feb 24, 2022
Ford School experts can discuss Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine and its implications on global politics, economics and the human scale. John Ciorciari is an associate professor of public policy and director of the Ford School of Public...