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UCSD is Global Village for National Security Specialists

By Barry Jagoda I January 17, 2006

They came to UCSD from 18 countries around the world, mostly young, government and university specialists in national security policy. They are here for a six-week program, called "U.S. National Security Policymaking in a Post 9/11 World," directed by IRPS Dean Peter Cowhey and Professor Susan Shirk, and funded by the U.S. Department of State with the goal of providing insight into American policymaking.

Arriving last week, they got right down to business on Monday morning, January 9, with introductions from Dean Cowhey to UCSD and to the University of California system, whose Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation is the formal sponsor of the program. The lively seminar participants immediately had questions wanting to know how universities in the United States could receive government funding and still remain independent, describing their own problems of gaining funding for research and expressing enthusiastic interest in the program that will follow, including four weeks at UCSD with presentations from another four dozen lecturers, mostly members of the university faculty. Subsequently, the group will travel sessions elsewhere in California and then spend a final week in Washington, D.C.

According to program manager Raymond Clark, the expected result is that "the visiting fellows will gain and disseminate in their home countries a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of the United States and the U.S. policymaking process.' Broad themes include: Foreign Policy, National Security and the Opinion-Forming Process; Terrorism and National Security; U.S. Innovation Leadership, Globalization and Regional Security; and One World, Public Health, Energy, environmental and Border Security.

Participants are from Brazil, Mexico, Greece, India, China, Malaysia, Albania, Philippines, Uganda, India, Canada, Romania, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Niger, Taiwan, New Zealand and Serbia/Montenegro.

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