David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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2008 Boren Fellowships Symposium

Published in October 2008 Newsletter

This year’s Boren Fellowship Symposium was held on September 22-23, at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC.  More than 50 Boren Fellowship alumni attended the symposium that opened with a welcome by Robert Slater, director of National Security Education Program.  The keynote speaker was Ellen Laipson, the president and CEO of the Henry L. Stimson Center. Ms. Laipson connected with the audience of recently returned Fello 

Boren Fellowship alumni presented on varied topics, such as the study of Palestinian women’s organizations in Israel and the West Bank, the ecological role of the plateau pika (a small mammal related to the rabbit) on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, and the domestic and international effects of China’s evolving financial structure. The final panel of the day consisted of three former Fellows who are now pursuing their careers in government service. The first speaker talked about her work as a policy analyst at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of International Affairs, and the second spoke about his experience at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. The third speaker told the audience about his work for the Naval Forces Europe and Africa sixth fleet as a maritime partner liaison responsible for monitoring illegal fishing in Africa.

 ws by sharing her own experience as a young woman returning abroad from studying Arabic in Tunisia. During her twenty-five years of government service, she has held many prestigious positions such as the director for Near East and South Asian Affairs for the National Security Council, the vice chair of the National Intelligence Council and the special assistant to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Using her varied career as an example, Laipson urged the recently returned Fellows to be flexible in pursuing their first and future government careers. She also encouraged the Fellows to use the Boren alumni association, the Boren Forum, to form solid professional connections and learn more about available job opportunities.

Recent Boren Scholarship alumni were invited to attend the second day of events, which included a job information session with representatives from federal government agencies. Representatives from fourteen federal agencies were available to speak to Boren Fellows. Boren Scholarship alumni were also invited to participate.