Julie Barlow is a professional writer and co-author of two bestselling works on France and the French language: Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong, and The Story of French. Based in Montreal, Canada, Ms. Barlow is a regular contributor to Quebec’s principal French-language public affairs magazine, L’actualité. Her work has also appeared in magazines and newspapers across Canada, the U.S. and Europe including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor and the Courier international. She is a four-time National Magazine Award Finalist, won Quebec’s 2007 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction and has won three Professional Writing Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. She speaks widely on France and the French language at universities and for associations in North America and Europe.
Mary Lynne Bird served as the Executive Director of the American Geographical Society from 1983 to October 2010, when she retired from active duty. She came to the position from having served on research staffs at the Center for Research in Personality at Harvard University, the Center for International Studies at Princeton University, the School of International Affairs at Columbia University, the Twentieth Century Fund, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a Program Officer for the Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats and then Development Director for the Institute for World Order, Development Director for the Fund for Peace-which at the time included the Center for Defense Information-and Development Director for Engender Health (an international family planning agency). Along the way she has done fundraising consulting for the Federation of American Scientists and reviewed books for the New York Times. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Cynthia Caron is Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University. A political and environmental sociologist, she holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University. Her research on land and natural resource management has two complementary foci: the first coalesces around decentralization, state-society relationships, and governance; the second coalesces around gender relations, property rights, and equity. She has held several professional posts in development programming in India, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka and undertaken short-term assignments in Ethiopia and Rwanda. A Former ICWA Forest and Society fellow, her research has appeared in Society and Natural Resources, Agroforestry Systems, Land Tenure Journal, Journal of Asian and African Studies, and Energy for Sustainable Development. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka and received a fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She has served in a number of advisory boards in Sri Lanka and presently serves on the Board of the Growing Places Garden Project of North Central Massachusetts.
K.A. (Kay) Dilday is the New York Editor for, a London-based digital commons devoted to dynamic discussion of global developments and policy. As a writer and editor, she held staff positions at The New York Times and Essence Magazine and has contributed to publications in the U.S., Europe and Africa: among them The New York Times, The World Policy Journal, The Washington Post, Jeune Afrique, Open Democracy, the Financial Times, The Guardian and numerous others. She has also served as manager of Maysles Films, Inc. a documentary production company. Ms. Dilday is a commentator for radio and television in the United States and abroad for news outlets including the BBC and National Public Radio. She is a specialist in sociocultural international topics, with a particular interest in making inter-disciplinary and transnational connections. She was a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs in France and Morocco from 2005-07.
Gregory Feifer is editor for Europe, where the euro crisis hasn’t overshadowed all other stories… yet. Before joining GlobalPost, he was senior correspondent at Radio Free Europe in Prague and NPR bureau chief in Moscow, where he covered Russia’s resurgence under Vladimir Putin. He reported from across the country and other former Soviet republics, and observed the effects of Russia’s vast new oil wealth on an increasingly nationalistic society as well as Moscow’s rekindling of a new Cold War-style opposition to the West. Feifer is the author of Russians, a book about Russian behavior and society to be published by the Hachette imprint Twelve in September 2013. His book The Great Gamble, a history of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, was published by HarperCollins in January 2009. He also co-wrote Spy Handler, published by Basic Books in 2005, with former KGB colonel Victor Cherkashin. His work has appeared in numerous outlets, including The New Republic, The Washington Post and World Policy Journal. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Harvard University. Gregory was an ICWA Fellow in Russia from 2000-2002.
Helga Flores Trejo heads strategic communications for sectors at the Inter American Development Bank in Washington. Prior to joining the IDB she served for six years as executive director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in North America, a leading German think-tank, headquartered in Berlin, with twenty-six offices worldwide. Helga Flores Trejo is an expert on German and U.S. foreign policy, EU affairs, the Balkans, and immigration issues. As head of the Boell Foundation’s North American operations in Washington, she focused her work on global challenges confronting the United States and Europe, primarily regarding energy and climate change, the engagement with China and Russia, and confronting fundamentalism in the Middle East. Prior to leading the Foundation in Washington, Ms. Flores Trejo worked in the Balkans as senior advisor for the Parliamentary Support Program at the Belgrade Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). There she directed a program to install parliamentary control and oversight of the military and security services in the region. Helga Flores Trejo worked previously on foreign and European policy issues in Germany, first as a foreign policy and development advisor in the German Bundestag, then as chief of staff to Hamburg’s delegate in the Bundesrat (Upper House). She served concurrently as senior advisor on European Policy for the State Government of Hamburg where she also represented the State in the Bundesrat’s Committee on EU Affairs. She is a frequent speaker and moderator in Washington and Europe as well as commentator on foreign policy issues in German TV and Radio. Ms. Flores Trejo has been awarded fellowships by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Prince of Wales’ Business and Environment Programme as well as the BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation. She holds a Masters degree in Political Science and International Law from the Johann Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and speaks Spanish, German, French and English. Helga Flores Trejo was born and raised in Mexico, she emigrated to Germany in 1989.
Christopher Fomunyoh is currently senior associate and regional director for Central and West Africa at the National Demoncratic Institute (NDI). He has organized and advised international election observation missions in Africa, and has designed and supervised country specific democracy support programs with civic organizations, political parties and legislative bodies Dr. Fomunyoh interacts regularly with heads of state and government, cabinet ministers, elected officials and political and civic leaders. He recently designed and helped launch the African Statesmen Initiative (ASI), a program aimed at facilitating political transitions in Africa by encouraging former democratic heads of state to stay engaged in humanitarian issues, conflict mediation, public health and other key sectors of political, economic and human development on the continent. As an expert on democratization in Africa, Dr. Fomunyoh makes frequent guest appearances on major radio and television networks including CNN, BBC, NewsHour, National Public Radio, Voice of America, and Radio France Internationale. He has published a number of articles in academic journals on African politics and democratization. Dr. Fomunyoh has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe and North America, and is bilingual in English and French. He holds a Licence en Droitfrom Yaoundé University in Cameroon, a master’s degree (LL.M.) in international law from Harvard Law School; and a Ph.D. in political science from Boston University. Dr. Fomunyoh is an adjunct faculty at the African Center for Strategic Studies and a former adjunct professor of African politics and government at Georgetown University. He also is the founder of a nonprofit organization interested in supporting democracy and humanitarian causes in Cameroon.
Virginia R. Foote is the CFO and COO of C Change Investments, an alternative assets manager investing in clean energy, and natural resources. Gina is also on the Board of Directors of the Charles River Conservancy, a non-profit which improves and advocates for the Charles River Parklands in Boston. Gina chairs the Finance Committee and sits on the ICWA Board as well. Earlier in her career she was the Controller/CFO of an international education company in Cambridge, MA, a finance lecturer at Boston University School of Management, and an investment banker at Bear Stearns and a boutique firm in Mexico. She taught English in China, has a BA in History from Yale, an MSC in Economic History from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard. She is the spouse of former ICWA Fellow Willy Foote and went with him on his fellowship to Mexico.
Robert A. Levinson is Chief Executive Officer, President and Executive Chairman of Levcor International Inc. He served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Carlyle Industries Inc., from May 1998 to January 2003. From November 1979 to July 1986, he served as President of Dillon Yarn Corporation. From 1977 to December 1987, Mr. Levinson served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sheldon Petroleum. Mr. Levinson was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Museum from 1968 to 1994, where he served as Chairman from 1972 to 1984. From 1979 to May 1, 1995, Mr. Levinson served as Chairman of the Board of Andrex Industries Corp. Mr. Levinson serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Committee of U.S., China Relations Inc. and The National Academy of Design and Museum. Mr. Levinson served as Chairman and Member of the Advisory Board of The National Dance Institute. He has been an Executive Director of Levcor International Inc., since June 1989. He served as a Director of Arrow Resources Development, Inc., (formerly CNE Group Inc.) from February 26, 2007 to October 15, 2007. He served as a Director of Carlyle Industries Inc. He serves as Chairman Emeritus and Member of the Board of The Harlem School of the Arts. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Mr. Levinson is also on the Board of Overseers of the Hood Museum and Hopkins Performing Arts Center at Dartmouth, and a Member of the New York-Beijing Sister City Advisory Committee. He is on the Advisory Committee of the Center for U.S.-China Arts Exchange at Columbia University. Mr. Levinson graduated from Dartmouth with an A.B. degree in February of 1946 and received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth in September of the same year. He attended the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he did additional graduate work.
Cheng Li is Director of Research and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. He is the author/editor of Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform (1997), China’s Leaders: The New Generation (2001), Bridging Minds Across the Pacific: The Sino-U.S. Educational Exchange 1978-2003 (2005), and China's Changing Political Landscape: Prospects for Democracy (2008). He is the principal editor of the Thornton Center Chinese Thinkers Series published by the Brookings Institution Press. Dr. Li currently serves as a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a member of the Academic Advisory Team of the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group, a trustee of the Institute of Current World Affairs, and a member and director of the Committee of 100. Dr. Li has frequently been called upon to share his unique perspective and insights as an expert on China. He recently appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, BBC, Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, NPR Diane Rehm Show, and the PBS Charlie Rose Show. He is also a columnist for the Stanford University Journal, China Leadership Monitor. He received an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University. He was an ICWA Fellow in Shanghai, 1993-1995.
Krishen Mehta has been partner with PricewaterhousCoopers for almost 20 years, and completed a 30-year career with them in 2008 before retiring from the firm. During this period, he was based in New York, London, and Tokyo, and was partner-in-charge of the US Tax practice in Japan, Korea, China, India, Singapore, Malaysis, and Indonesia. In 2009, Krishen joined the board of Global Financial Integrity (, a Washington based think tank devoted to stemming capital outflows from developing countries. This organization is part of the Center for International Policy. In 2010, he became Co-Chairman of the Board of Advisers. Krishen also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program. He is also closely affiliated with Human Rights Watch (HRW), and assisted with the launch of their offices in Japan in 2009 and India in 2010. He is a member HRW's Asia Advisory Council. In 1997, while still in Japan, Krishen and his wife launched Asia Initiatives (, an NGO devoted to education and microfinance in South Asia. This organized still continuing, and now has US 501(c)(3) status. Krishen is an engineer by training, has an MBA, and is a US qualified CPA. His wife, Geeta Mehta, is an Architect and teaches at Columbia University in New York. Krishen and Geeta have two sons, one managing his own company in Hong Kong, and the second graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in May 2011.
Joel Millman is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in Portland, Oregon, covering global issues, immigration and the Pacific Northwest. In the spring of 2000, he opened the bureau’s satellite office on the U.S. - Mexico border in San Diego County, Calif., and also has worked through the Mexico City bureau. Mr. Millman began his journalism career in 1972 as a high school news stringer for the South Middlesex (Mass.) News. In 1981, he was a news producer with WNEW-TV News in New York. From 1987 to 1989, he was an Institute of Current World Affairs Fellow studying the impact of arms aid on recipient nations in Central America. He joined Forbes magazine as an associate editor in 1989. In 1990, Mr. Millman won a first-place award from the Overseas Press Club for magazine journalism and received the Inter American Press Association's (IAPA's) interpretive commentary award. In 1997, he was a member of a Journal team awarded the IAPA award for in-depth reporting for their coverage of political corruption and the drug-running crisis in Latin America. In 2004, Mr. Millman received Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America. Mr. Millman is the author of the 1997 book, “The Other Americans, How Immigrants Renew Our Country, Our Economy and Our Values,” published by Viking. Mr. Millman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in international relations.
Catherine Rielly has for 25 years worked for global poverty alleviation and gender justice through field research, teaching, policy and practice. Professor at SNHU’s School of Community Economic Development (CED) for nine years, she taught graduate-level classes in international development; policy analysis; economic and social policy; and gender analysis. A Political Economist, she has conducted research, training, and technical assistance on women’s empowerment, public policy, economics, democratization and governance, for the following organizations: the Harvard Institute for International Development, UNIFEM, UNFPA, UNDP, the Asian Development Bank, USAID, the Governments of Mali, Zambia, and Uganda, and Harvard University. Throughout her career, she has kindled women’s groups and networks aimed at economic empowerment and social change from women refugees in Manchester, to female embroiderers in Afghanistan, to a network of African First Ladies battling the spread of HIV/AIDS to children. She is Executive Director of Rubia, a non-profit organization serving women and girls in Afghanistan through education, training, and sale of their embroidered textiles. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and her B.A. in History from Stanford University. Dr. Rielly has conducted comparative research and written journal articles on policy processes in over twenty countries.
Carol Rose is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. A lawyer and journalist, Carol has spent her career working for and writing about human rights and civil liberties, both in the United States and abroad including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Japan, Sri Lanka, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Northern Ireland, and Vietnam. Prior to assuming her position at the Massachusetts ACLU in January 2003, she was an attorney at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, where she specialized in First Amendment and media law, intellectual property, civil rights, and international human rights law. While in private practice, Carol had the honor of serving as co-chair of Women in Communications Law of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, as a Vice Chair of the Human Rights committee of the ABA Individual Rights and Responsibilities section, and on the editorial board of the ABA’s Human Rights magazine. She was an Institute of Current World Affairs Fellow in Pakistan (1990-93).
Anne G.K. Solomon is a Senior Advisor on Science and Technology Policy at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC). Her professional work of over three decades has focused on research, innovation and related national and international policy issues. Prior to joining CSPC, she was senior advisor for science and technology policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Solomon began her career at the National Academies, directing the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People¹s Republic of China during the early years of renewed U.S.-China ties. Subsequently, on leave from the National Academies, she served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Carter administration, developing the first U.S.-China science and technology agreement and overseeing a range of federal science and technology programs. She returned to the National Academies to direct a bilateral U.S.-Japan dialogue and studies concerned with international technology competition and collaboration. During the mid-1990s, she served at the Department of State as deputy assistant secretary of state for science, technology, and health. Ms. Solomon holds a M.P.A. degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and studied Mandarin Chinese at the Yale-in-China Center in Hong Kong, SAR. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Edmund Sutton is retired from JP Morgan & Co. From 1985 to 1999 he was president of JP Morgan Overseas Capital Corp.
Dirk Vandewalle teaches at the Government Department and at Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He served as chair of the Asian and Middle East Studies program at Dartmouth, and received his Masters in International Relations, Middle East Institute Certificate, and PhD from Columbia University. His research focuses on the economic and political development of oil economies in North Africa and the Middle East, and he is the author of Libya Since Independence: Oil and State-building (Cornell University Press), A History of Modern Libya (First and Second editions, Cambridge University 2006 , 2012; third French edition 2013) as well as several edited volumes on development in North Africa and Libya. He has lectured widely in academic and policy settings in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, and was political advisor to the United Nations on Libya during the pre-assessment period in Summer 2011. He is currently Senior Advisor on Democratic Transitions for the Carter Center’s mission to Libya, and is currently Field Director of the Carter Center’s mission in Libya. He was an ICWA Fellow in Egypt and North Africa (1986-1989).
Daniel B. Wright is founder, President, and CEO of GreenPoint Group, a boutique U.S.-China strategic advisory firm. He has three decades of China experience building bridges between people, resources, and public policy between the United States and China. Dr. Wright was formerly Senior Vice President and China practice head of the Albright Stonebridge Group. Previously, he served at the U.S. Treasury Department as Managing Director for China and the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED), providing strategic counsel to the Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and SED Special Envoy Alan F. Holmer for this Cabinet-level exchange with China. Prior to this, Dr. Wright served as Vice President of the National Bureau of Asian Research, Executive Director of Johns Hopkins University SAIS’s Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs, and Visiting Scholar at Qinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management. Dr. Wright earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He studied Chinese and Chinese literature at Beijing University, the Beijing Foreign Language Institute, and the Beijing Languages Institute.
Neri Zilber , a journalist and researcher on Middle East politics and culture, is a visiting scholar at The Washington Institute for 2014. His research focuses on the Middle East Peace Process, with particular -emphasis on Palestinian economics and state-building. Most recently a Tel Aviv-based fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs (2011-2013) traveling throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan, Zilber’s work has appeared in the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Jerusalem Post, Politico, and Dissent, among other outlets. He is also a contributor to The Occupy Handbook (Little, Brown, April 2012), a chronicle of the global “Occupy” movement, in which he authored the chapter on Israel’s social protest demonstrations. In addition to reportage and commentary on Middle East affairs, Zilber consults for the private sector on political and economic risk in Israel, the West Bank, and the broader Eastern Mediterranean. Previously, he worked as a researcher and analyst at the U.S. Library of Congress and the World Jewish Congress. This will be his second tenure at The Institute where he formerly worked as a research assistant from 2004 to 2005. Zilber was raised and educated in Israel, Singapore, Spain, and the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

Honorary Trustees

David Hapgood, a writer and editor, moderates a lecture series on global affairs at New York University. His books include Charles R. Crane: The Man Who Bet on People. He was a managing editor at the South-North News Service; editor, Focus Magazine, American Geographical Society; writer-editor, The New York Times News of the Week; special assistant to the health services administrator in New York City; senior editor and acting managing editor, The Washington Monthly; and senior fellow and evaluator of Peace Corps programs in West Africa, India, and Costa Rica. David was an ICWA fellow in West Africa, 1961-1963.
Peter Bird Martin is Executive Director of the John Hazard Institute, a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides international comparative law fellowships to study the law, law language, and law culture of countries crucial to U.S understanding of international affairs. Peter Martin was an ICWA fellow in sub-Saharan Africa (1953 to 1955). He then spent 23 years as a writer, senior editor and magazine inventor at Time Incorporated. He was the Executive Director of the Institute of Current World Affairs from 1978-2006.



From the Archive

Trying out loungers at Beijing’s IKEA, 2004

“At first glance, this group may not look so impressive with its collective rear end sinking into the cushions. However, according to political scientists as well as some of my own (middle class) Chinese friends, these are the people who will quite likely determine the future of the country’s political system, and thus, the direction of China as a whole. The basic idea here is that an increasingly wealthy middle class focused on safeguarding its property will be more likely than any other force to push for democratic and legal reforms; you need a bourgeois class before you can have a bourgeois ‘revolution’.” [read newsletter]

—Alexander Brenner


ICWA Fellow (2003-2005)