Institute of Current World Affairs

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The Institute of Current World Affairs is a Washington, D.C-based 501(c)3 which provides fellowships, allowing Americans under age 36 to live in a foreign country for two years. Their observations and research are published in monthly newsletters that are distributed to members.[1]

Purpose and Recent History[edit]

The Institute of Current World Affairs awards fellowships to young men and women allowing them to travel outside of the United States and gain an in-depth understanding of chosen topic areas. The institute is credited with launching the careers of notable foreign policy experts, including former U.S. ambassador to Kenya, Smith Hempstone,[2] and the former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, Phillips Talbot.[3]

The institute says it chooses young individuals that it believes possess the ability to make a substantial contribution to public life in the United States. The institute, which pays living expenses for fellows and their families, says it has sent more than 150 people abroad on its fellowship program. The work of its fellows have appeared in numerous national publications recently, sometimes with controversy.

In January, 2008, Nicholas Schmidle, working in Pakistan, wrote a Sunday magazine article for The New York Times titled "Next Gen Taliban." [4] He was deported by Pakistan's government the day after the article appeared.[5]

Many former fellows have gone on to notable positions, including some current board members. Author and physician Andrew Weil served as a fellow in the 1970s. Illustrator and author of several books about disease Bryn Barnard was sent to Asia by the institute.[6] And Susan Sterner, a fellow in Brazil for the institute, documented First Lady Laura Bush as a White House photographer.[7]

Current Fellows[edit]


Recent Past Fellows[edit]

Current Fellows
Jessica Reilly (Central America, 2015-2017)
Jonathan Guyer (Egypt, 2015-2017)
Onyinye Edeh (Nigeria & Niger, 2016-2018)
Jonthon Coulson (Indonesia, 2016-2018)
Recent Past Fellows
Hannah Armstrong (West Africa, 2012-2014)
Amelia Frank-Vitale (Mexico, 2012-2014)
Jori Lewis (West Africa, 2011-2013)
Shannon Sims (Brazil, 2012-2014, Forest and Society Fellow)
Chi-Chi Zhang (China, 2012-2014)
Neri Zilber (Israel, 2010-2012)
Elena Agarkova (Russia, 2008-2010)
Pooja Bhatia (Haiti, 2008-2010)
Alexander Brenner (China, 2003-2005)
Wendy L. Call (Mesoamerica, 2000-2002)
Richard Connerney (India, 2005-2007)
Kay Dilday (France/Morocco, 2005-2007)
Martha J. Farmelo (Argentina, 2001-2003)
Gregory Feifer (Russia, 2000-2002)
Ezra Fieser (Guatemala, 2008-2010)
Curt Gabrielson (East Timor, 2000-2002)
Suzy Hansen (Turkey, 2007-2009)
Peter Keller (Argentina, 2000-2002, Forest and Society Fellow)
Leena Khan (Pakistan, 2001-2002)
Cristina Merrill (Romania, 2004-2006)
Derek Mitchell (India, 2007-2009)
Andrew Rice (Uganda, 2002-2004)
Nicholas Schmidle (Pakistan, 2006-2008)
Raphael Soifer (Brazil, 2007-2009)
Andrew Tabler (Syria/Lebanon, 2005-2007)
Matthew Wheeler (Mekong River region, 2002-2004)
Jill Winder (Germany, 2004-2006)
James Workman (Southern Africa, 2002-2004)
kalluri eswar workman (India, 2012-2014)

Current ICWA Board of Trustees[edit]

Current ICWA Board of Trustees
Julie Barlow
Joseph Battat
Pooja Bhatia
Steve Butler, Executive Director
Virginia R. Foote
Patrice Fusillo
Gary Hartshorn, Vice Chair
Cheng Li
Krishen Mehta
Catherine Rielly
Mark Sidel
Anne G.K. Solomon
Edmund Sutton
Andrew J. Tabler
Nancy Talbot, Chair
Doris Voorbraak


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