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  • Oct 1, 2017

    Top Hillary Clinton speechwriter leads Master Class

    The “Master Class” is a classic SEGL challenge: several times a term, students present and defend a “deliverable” in front of a distinguished guest expert.  The deliverable might be a policy memo, an ethical argument, or–as was the case this week–a three minute speech.Read More

  • Sep 22, 2017

    Palestinians, Israelis, and Syrians

    Is there a more frustrating dispute than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?  It is so filled with fierce misunderstanding that every word, every historical event, every intention can cause unhappiness.  And yet the problem remains–and will remain–until we have leaders (perhaps including a few SEGL graduates) who fix it.Read More

  • Sep 18, 2017

    Ghosts of Rwanda: Fall 2017 tackles genocide

    Every SEGL graduate remembers “Ghosts of Rwanda Night.”  Since our first semester, the powerful PBS Frontline documentary has served as an early turning point for our students.  The film’s tragic story and graphic images provokes inspired soul searching.  What is the best response to mass atrocities?  Should American leaders always prioritize American interests, or is it worth risking American lives to help stave off tragedy abroad?  How do we prevent such human rights abuses from ever occurring? Ghosts, and our second case study of the semester, poses these questions.Read More