The Council of American Ambassadors has selected the 2015 Class of International Affairs Fellows. The Fellowship program enables outstanding undergraduate students to come to Washington, D.C. and participate in a prestigious summer program that combines mentoring by former U.S. ambassadors, practical training through internships at the Department of State, and academic studies in international affairs.
Ambassador Aldona Z. Wos (Ambassador to Estonia, 2004-2006) received the Sister Cities International Diplomatic Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional support of Sister Cities International’s mission: to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time.
The Ambassadors’ Forum is a joint initiative of the Council of American Ambassadors, the Diplomatic Courier magazine, and Meridian International Center. The series captures the views of Ambassadors from around the world on the critical role of diplomacy in addressing current global challenges.
Ambassador Ronald Weiser (Ambassador to Slovakia, 2001-2005) and Mrs. Eileen Weiser donated $50 million to the University of Michigan. The gift includes $25 million designated to the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. The Weisers' interest in the study of emerging democracies deepened when Ambassador Weiser served in Slovakia, a country that faced considerable challenges in its transition to a democracy.
On February 4, Ambassador Charles Stith (Ambassador to Tanzania, 1998-2001) will celebrate the release of his book, African Americans in US Foreign Policy: From the Era of Frederick Douglass to the Age of Obama, at a reception at the State Department.
On December 4, Ambassador Jim Rosapepe (Ambassador to Romania, 1998-2001) and his wife, journalist Sheilah Kast, will launch the new edition of their book, Dracula is Dead: Travels in Post-Communist Romania, at the Embassy of Romania in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Richard Morningstar (Ambassador to Azerbaijan, 2012-present; Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy, 2009-2012; Ambassador to the European Union, 1999-2001) was named Founding Director of the Atlantic Council’s new Global Energy Center.