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Global Notes

Global Notes is the community forum for the Humphrey Institute's global policy area, including the affiliated Freeman Center for International Economic Policy. The purpose of the blog is to open communication between and among our students, alumni, faculty, staff and the larger community interested in the policy aspects of global politics and economics studied at the Humphrey Institute.

Sherry Gray

Coordinator of the global policy area of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, her areas of expertise and teaching are international relations, East Asian foreign and security policy, and East Asian domestic politics.

Robert T. Kudrle

Orville and Jane Freeman Professor of International Trade and Investment Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Law School, University of Minnesota. Director, Freeman Center for International Economic Policy. Researches industrial organization, public policy toward business, and international economic policy.

Steve Andreasen

Senior Lecturer in the global policy area of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, his areas of teaching and expertise are national security, foreign and defense policy; arms control; nuclear weapons; nuclear proliferation; missile defense; intelligence; crisis management.

Ragui Assaad

Professor in the economic and community development and global policy areas of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He researches labor policy and labor market analysis in developing countries, the informal economy, community and economic development, and developing countries' urban planning.

Deborah Levison

Associate professor in the economic and community development and global policy areas of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, she is involved in several projects in developing countries on the interrelated topics of children's labor force work and education, child care, and women's employment.

Michael Barnett

Harold Stassen Chair of International Relations at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. He teaches and does research on international relations, international organizations, humanitarian action, the United Nations, and the politics of the Middle East.

Greta Friedemann-Sanchez

Assistant professor of international development in the global policy area, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. An economic and medical anthropologist, her research centers on families, household economics, and individual family-member health.

J. Brian Atwood

J. Brian Atwood became dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in October 2002, where he is widely credited for raising the school's profile and national ranking. He served for six years as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Administration of President William Clinton. In the Clinton Administration, Atwood led the transition team at the State Department and was Under Secretary of State for Management prior to his appointment as head of USAID.

During the Carter Administration, Atwood served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. He was dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute in 1981 to 1982 and the first president of the National Democratic Institute for international Affairs (1986 to 1993).

In 2001, Atwood served on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations. He writes and speaks frequently on international development, post-conflict reconstruction, foreign policy, the role of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations in international affairs, and the united States' role in the world order.

Atwood holds a bachelor's degree in government and history from Boston University and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from American University. He joined the Foreign Service in 1966 and served in the American Embassies in Cote d'Ivoire and Spain.

Robbin S. Johnson

President, Cargill Foundation, and Senior Adviser, global policy area, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Retired as Senior Vice President, Cargill Corporate Affairs, in 2007. Serves on the board/executive committee of the International Policy Council on Food, Agriculture and Trade and on the boards of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation and Second Harvest Heartland. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dara Kay Cohen

Dara Kay Cohen is an assistant professor in the global policy area at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the dynamics of violence during civil war. Her dissertation research examines the variation in the use of sexual violence during recent civil conflicts. She has completed eight months of fieldwork in Sierra Leone, East Timor and El Salvador, where she interviewed more than 200 ex-combatants and noncombatants.

Blog Administrators

Global Notes is currently administered by Dr. Sherry Gray and Rachel Garaghty. Dr. Gray serves as the Global Policy Area advisor at the Humphrey Institute and her areas of expertise include: International relations education and programs, East Asian foreign and security policy, and East Asian domestic politics. Rachel is a first year MPP student interested in global policy and development studies. If you would like to write for Global Notes or have any suggestions for the content of Global Notes, please e-mail Rachel (gara0030@umn.edu).

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Global Notes was designed in Fall 2008 by Graham Lampa, Project Lead for the "Emphasizing the 'Public' in Public Affairs" initiative. This project, funded by a Service and Process Improvement Fund grant from the University of Minnesota's Office of Service and Continuous Improvement, created weblogs for Humphrey research centers to improve public outreach and the . More Humphrey blogs can be accessed from the Humphrey blog digest.

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