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Orange County Meets with Nepali Grantee

The Orange County Chapter met on Saturday, August 5th for a most informative meeting hosted by Sharon Kolby. The chief attractions were Prakash Bista, Shomi Bista and their six-month-old-baby girl, Pristine, who stole the show from her remarkable parents. Prakash gave a detailed report of the Modern Model Residential School …

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The Horn of Africa and Nepal

In May, co-chairs Stelle Feuers and Sharon Kolby hosted a discussion for Orange County chapter members on statecraft in the Horn of Africa. “I belong to a group focusing on diplomacy at USC that was having Ambassador Mike Hammer as a speaker,” explains Stelle. “He was at USC to attend …

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Salad Dressing CEO Mentors Others with Big Dreams

AWIU member Julie Pantiskas is the daughter of an AWIU founding member, Margaret “Peg” Power, and mother of 27-year-old Megan, who joined AWIU this July. It’s the first three-generation membership in AWIU history. That’s not surprising, as Pantiskas gravitates to firsts of all kinds, especially those involving a combination of …

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Senior fellow for women and foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Linda Robinson is a senior fellow for women and foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Robinson is a distinguished author, analyst, and prize-winning former foreign correspondent with forty years of experience in international …

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Jill Dougherty is an expert on Russia. She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and a member of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute Advisory Council. She has …

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Director, Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Hadeil Ali is director of the Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The program is dedicated to elevating diverse voices and perspectives to lead to …

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Journalist, 2015 International Woman of Courage Arbana Xharra is an investigative journalist with international recognition. An expert on religious radicalization, she has authored a series of investigative reports on religious extremists and Turkey’s Islamic agenda operating in the Balkans and the European Union. Her articles were published in numerous world …

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Fadia Thabet

2017 International Woman of Courage, Yemen   Fadia Thabet is a conflict analysis and peacebuilding practitioner focused on conflict transformation initiatives design and training. Fadia worked on countering violent extremism programs (CVE) in the MENA region focusing on al Qaeda and ISIS movements and gender-based violence prevention. Right now, she …

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(Dr. JNY) Assistant Professor of Political Science, Coordinator, Global Studies Concentration, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Dr. JNY’s expertise is in the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and democratic theory. Her research aims to extend the idea …

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Distinguished Practitioner in Residence School of International Service (SIS) American University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Sherry Lee Mueller teaches a graduate practicum entitled Cultural Diplomacy and International Exchange at American University, where she is also a member of the SIS Dean’s Council. After serving as president of Global Ties U.S. (formerly …

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