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End of Year Message from the Chair

At the Nunn School we are fast approaching the end of the 2016-17 academic year. These are exciting yet somewhat uncertain times for those of us focused on International Affairs because of the social, political and environmental challenges we confront across the globe.  I am comforted by the fact that 55 of our students will be graduating this year from our undergraduate, masters and PhD programs. In times like these, we need more future leaders with global perspectives and skills. Their understanding of the impacts of technology on cultural and political systems, their researching skills and professional development would not be possible without the support and guidance of our devoted faculty, staff, mentors and parents. We are excited for them as they now take their next steps, whether it’s attending graduate school or finding a job.

While we have some great students graduating, we are also excited to welcome the incoming class of future policy makers. These students will soon be assisting faculty with research projects, and/or studying abroad in one of our programs. We hope to continue strengthening the tools and experience opportunities we provide them to be effective leaders in a very globalized 21st Century.

For a generation, the Sam Nunn School has served as a bridge on Georgia Tech’s campus between the realms of technology, policy, culture, and the humanities. We have raised the visibility of the School and the value of what we can contribute to Georgia Tech's Strategic Plan to redefine the Technology Institute of the 21st Century.  Since its founding, the Nunn School will grant has granted 1,978 diplomas to its undergraduates, master’s, and PhD candidates and is currently educating over 250 future leaders in its degree programs.

We greatly appreciate the support that our Alumni and our Advisory Board are contributing to the growth and trajectory of the School.  While there is still much progress to be made in our nation and in our world, I remain confident that the Nunn School will continue to equip its students with the skills necessary to make major impacts internationally. This would not be possible without the support and dedication of Georgia Tech, our faculty, staff, trusted advisors, alumni, and other supporters. 

Thank you for your continuing support of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.  On behalf of us all at the School, I wish you wonderful summer break. To those graduating, best of luck and please stay in touch.


Joe Bankoff

Chair, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA Awards and Honors

It is a time of celebration here at the Nunn School with graduation and the end of the academic year. Before the 2016-17 wraps-up and the school year becomes a distant memory, we need to acknowledge our faculty, students, and alumni for their accomplishments. Here is a short and not very exhaustive list of recent accomplishments:


Joe Bankoff, Co-Chair of the Faculty Learning Group on Internationalization

Peter Brecke, 25 Years of Service to Georgia Tech

Kirk Bowman, GP’s Professor of Excellence Award

Seymour Goodman, Regents Professor

Jenna Jordan, IAC Student Advisory Board's Teaching Award for Tenure-Track Faculty
Jenna Jordan, CTL’s Junior Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Margaret Kosal, 2017-18 Stamps Presidential Scholars Faculty Guide

Neha Kumar, Lockheed Inspirational Young Faculty Award


John Doerfler, Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year

Steven Hawkins, Presidential Management Fellow
Steven Hawkins, 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Murry “Trey” Smith, 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award


Jermey Farris, INTA Distinguished Alumni Award

Interns Work with Dr. Margaret Kosal and Jon Huang to Investigate Emerging and Next-Generation Technologies

During much of the Spring semester, there have been a couple of especially young faces around the Habersham building in the afternoon - two Atlanta Public Schools (APS) high school students. Working with Nunn School Associate Professor Margaret E. Kosal and post-doc, Dr. Jon Huang, the two APS students investigated how emerging and next-generation technologies are playing a role in national defense and in a Third Offset Strategy for deterrence. One student explored nanotechnology and next-generation body armor, and the other looked at biotechnology and synthetic genomics. All of the Spring interns presented the findings of their research last Friday at the Marcus Nanotechnology Building.

The internship program is organized by GT’s Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) and Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC) in conjunction with APS’ Gifted Internship Program. It seeks to connect talented juniors and seniors from APS high schools with ongoing research projects at Georgia Tech.

Borowitz Quoted in Christian Science Monitor on SpaceX Launch

Dr. Mariel Borowitz was quoted by The Christian Science Monitor in an article about the SpaceX launch on May 2nd. Read the complete article here

Learn more about Dr. Borowitz's research and teaching specializations in technology policy and space policy here.

Funke Adebola Selected for the 2017 Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Program

Congratulations to PhD student Funke Adebola for her selection as one of the three students representing Georgia Tech at the 2017 Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Program: Cities of the Future. Funke will spend four weeks in Germany developing her professional, research and collaborative skills to find solutions to global challenges that cities of the future will encounter.

CETS Hosts Conference on Transatlantic Mutual Legal Assistance

18 April the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies (CETS), the Institute for Information Security & Privacy at Georgia Tech, and the Scheller College of Business hosted a one-day conference about transatlantic mutual legal assistance. The conference featured current and former European and American government officials, representatives from Fortune 100 technology companies and internet advocacy groups, as well as leading academics.  

For more details and a recording of the first panel discussion, click here. The keynote lecture delivered by Bruno Gencarelli titled, "Achieving Individual Privacy and International Security Cooperation in a Shifting Landscape" can be found on our YouTube channel


Dr. Lawrence Rubin and Tarun Chaudhary Participate in Naval War College's Symposium

Professor Lawrence Rubin and PhD Candidate Tarun Chaudhary participated in the Naval War College’s  "EMC Chair Symposium: Sea Control and Foreign Policy” on April 4-7, 2017. Prof. Rubin presented a paper titled,"U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East Amidst Regional Disorder and Entangled Alliances.”

Joe Bankoff Selected as Chairman of the Fulton County Arts Council

Congratulations to Mr. Joe Bankoff, Chair and Professor of the Practice in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, on his selection as chairman of the Fulton County Arts Council. Mr. Bankoff was voted in on April 12th and will begin his role on a listening tour. Get the full story here


Sam Nunn Security Program (SNSP) Trip to DC

Over Spring Break, the Sam Nunn Security Program (SNSP) spent 5 days in DC, where they met with representatives from Congress, the DoD, the Vice President’s National Security Advisor and her staff, State Dept, the National Science Foundation, and think tanks working at the intersection of science, technology, security, and policy. Led by the Nunn School's Associate Professor Margaret E Kosal, the Fellows learned about issues ranging from counter-WMD policies, climate change and energy, cybersecurity, and biotechnologically-enabled threats to how to build a professional network and creating a personal brand.

Ambassador Arun Kumar Singh Speaks on the Future of US-India Relations

The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy, and the Center for International Business, Education, and Research hosted former Indian Ambassador to the United States, Arun Kumar Singh for a talk on the future of US-India relations. Read what the Ambassador had to say about the future of US-India Relations here.

Admiral Winnefeld Speaks at Rotary Club of Atlanta

Distinguished Professor of the Nunn School retired Admiral Sandy Winnefeld addressed the Rotary Club of Atlanta on Monday, April 24 talking about global threats. Admiral Winnefeld provided an outline of the framework in which responses to threats were evaluated during his service as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to both Presidents Bush and Obama.

With him are Clyde Tuggle, SVP of The Coca-Cola Company and Rotary Club President and Joe Bankoff, Chair of the Nunn School who introduced the Admiral’s talk.

Wang Publishes Chapter in "North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence"

Congratulations to Dr. Fei-Ling Wang on his paper, “Between the Bomb and the United States: China Faces the Nuclear North Korea” being published as a chapter in Sung Chull Kim and Michael D. Cohen eds., North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence.

To learn more about Dr. Wang's research interests and publications, click here.

Panel Discussion on China’s One China Principle: Its Past and Future

The Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy jointly hosted a panel discussion with the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs on the past and future of the “One China” Policy. The program was moderated by Dr. Dalton Lin of the Sam Nunn School and featured Jay Taylor and Dr. Steven Goldstein of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University as well as Dr. John Garver, Professor Emeritus of the Sam Nunn School. The panel spoke to a crowd of around 30 people about the distinctions between the “One China Principle” and the “One China Policy”. Read more about their discussion here

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