ICWA Archives

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Elena Agarkova

Years: 2008-2010

Topic: Siberia's natural resources and its people.

Area: Russia

Senior Program Officer, WWF Arctic/Bering Sea Program at World Wildlife Fund.

Hisham H. Ahmed

Years: 1994-1996

Topic: Oral History of the Palestinian People

Area: Jordan and Gaza

Professor, Department of Politics, Saint Mary's College of California.


Adam Smith Albion

Years: 1994-1996

Topic: 1994-1996 Trabzon: Black Sea Affairs 1996-2000 Cental Asia, the Caspian and Xinjiang

Area: Turkey

Program Director of the South East Asia Leadership Academy (SEALA). Previously he built and directed two parallel organizations for Central Eurasia and the Middle East. He serves a member of the advisory board of the Museum of Islamic Art (Pergamon Museum) in Berlin.


George Antonius

Years: 1930-1942


Area: Near East

Author of The Arab Awakening (1938), basic text on the Arab national movement.

Hannah Armstrong

Years: 2012-2014

Topic: State-building and security in the Sahel Region of West Africa

Area: Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Western Sahara

New America Fellow, International Security Program. A writer and researcher with seven years of experience in North African and Sahelian politics and security, Hannah is writing a book about how terrorism and counter-terrorism in the Sahara are concealing the real reasons for rebellion and upheaval.

Granville Austin

Years: 1960-1966


Area: India

A former journalist/photographer who later served with the U.S. Information Service, Department of State, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and on the staff of a U.S. senator. He authored two seminal political histories of the constitution of India; The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation and Working a Democratic Constitution: The Indian Experience. Red Austin received fellowships or grants from St. Antony's College, Oxford, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Rockefeller Founation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. In 2011, in recognition for his writing on the framing and working of the Indian Constitution, he was awarded a Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian honor of the Republic of India.

Christopher P. Ball

Years: 1996-1998

Topic: Hungarian minorities in the former Soviet-bloc nations of East and Central Europe

Area: Hungary and Romania

Director of the István Széchenyi Institute at Quinnipiac University; Associate professor of economics in the School of Business. Honorary Hungarian Consul, Director of the Central Eurpoean Institute, President of CEENET, Inc.


Richard J. Balzer

Years: 1972-1975

Topic: The effects of social and economic change on the lower-middle-class

Area: United States

Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Goverment. An attorney and organizational consultant focused on leadership, strategy, and organizational change for over thirty years.

Bryn Barnard 2 posts

Years: 1981-1983

Topic: Visual Communication in Southeast Asia

Area: Malaysia

Children's book illustrator and author; graphic and fine artist. Visiting author and illustrator at schools, institutions and universities in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Teacher at the American International School in Kuwait.


A. Doak Barnett

Years: 1947-1952


Area: Far East China

A noted China scholar, devoted teacher, and a firm believer in the importance of productive Sino-American relations. Following his Fellowship in China, Mr. Barnett served as a public affairs officer at the American Consulate in Hong Kong and then as an associate for the American Universities Field Staff until 1955. He went on to teach and consult at the State Department Foreign Service Institute, Syracuse University, the National Planning Association and the Ford Foundation before becoming a professor of Political Science at Columbia University in 1961. In 1966 he was the principal witness in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee review of China policy, which is credited with influencing Presidents Nixon and Johnson. Mr. Barnett then spent thirteen years as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, after which he became a Professor of Chinese Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including China’s Far West: Four Decades of Change, 1994.

Joseph Battat

Years: 1975-1978

Topic: Science and Technology Policies for Development inthe People’s Republic of China

Area: China

Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management, MIT. Former consultant for the World Bank Group. He became a co-Dean of the the first MBA program in the history of the People's Republic of China. He developed its curricula and recruited its expatriate faculty. He taught at Indiana University's graduate business school in the 1980s. While at IU, he worked with George Soros to design and establish the first school of Western-style management in Soviet-Bloc East Europe in Budapest. His responsibilities of twenty years at the World Bank were global in nature, while continuing to work on the development of China's less advantaged regions. He led the Foreign Investment Advisory Service, a unit of the Bank, which advises governments around the world on how to improve the business environment in their country.

Carole Beaulieu

Years: 1992-1994

Topic: The countries of former French Indochina with a focus on Vietnam

Area: Vietnam, Laos, & Cambodia

Publisher and Editor-n-chief, L'actualité Magazine.

Pooja Bhatia

Years: 2009-2011

Topic: Politics and development in Haiti

Area: Haiti

Senior Editor and writer, Ozy Media. Haiti correspondent for The Economist; work has also appeared in The New York Times, the London Review of Books, the Daily Beast, and others.


David Binder

Years: 1957-1959


Area: Germany

Berlin correspondent. London Daily Mail 1960; Correspondent, New York Times, 1961-2004

Thomas L. Blakemore

Years: 1938-1941


Area: Japan

Former partner in the Tokyo law firm of Blakemore & Mitsuki. Admitted to the Japanese Bar with full courtroom status in 1950. During Allied Occupation of Japan with Courts and Law Division of Government Section, GHQ MacArthur Headquarters 1946-49, and involved primarily in Code revisions following the enactment of the new Constitution in 1946. Before then with Foreign Service, Department of State 1945-46 as legal assistant to U.S. Political Advisor in Tokyo. With OSS in China and India in WWII. Author: Criminal Code of Japan (1950). B.A (1936) and LL.B. (1938) at University of Oklahoma, with postgraduate legal studies at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge (1938-39) and at Tokyo Imperial University (1939-41).

Alex Brenner

Years: 2003-2005

Topic: Economic and cultural globalization

Area: China

Director of Research and Analysis, GreenPoint Group, a U.S.-China Strategic Advisory Firm. His work is informed by years of experience on the ground in China and a broad record of research and writing about contemporary Chinese issues.

James C. Brewer

Years: 1961-1965


Area: South Africa, South America

Minister, Unitarian Church, Asheville, NC (1983-90); Senior Minister, First Unitarian Churches of Chicago, Toronto and Westport, CT (1979-83); General Secretary, U.S.-South Africa Leader Exchange Program, 1969-79; Director, Foundation for Voluntary Service, 1966-69; Minister, Unitarian Churches in Massachusetts and Virginia.

Barbara Bright Novovitch

Years: 1968-1970

Topic: Youth in Europe: East & West

Area: West Germany, Sweden, Ireland

Writer and editor; previously held staff positions at the Washington Post, Newsweek and Reuters in U.S. and foreign postings. Founding editor of Woman's World, a weekly women's magazine.

L. Carl Brown

Years: 1960-1962

Topic: North Africa

Area: Sudan, Morrocco, & Tunisia

Professor Emeritus in Foreign Affairs at Princeton University, L. Carl Brown is a historian of the modern Near East and North Africa with special emphasis on the Arab world. A member of the Princeton faculty from 1966 to 1993 he was long director of the interdisciplinary Program in Near Eastern Studies.

Robert W. C. Brown

Years: 1953-1957


Area: Uganda

Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, New York, reported, evaluated, and urged action with respect to world issues and the U.N. to the U.U.'s across the Continent and to IARF Member Groups around the world. Previously Vice President and Project Director, International Research Associates, New York, 1959-73.

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