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Vera Jelinek, Ph.D., Divisional Dean

Dear CGA Students, Alumni, Advisory Board Members, Faculty, Staff, and our extended community. With the beginning of summer, warm weather, and lots of happy faces around Washington Square Park, I want to take this occasion to focus on new beginnings.

And where better to begin than with the seventy-five students whose hands I shook on the platform of Radio City Music Hall to congratulate them on having completed the Masters in Global Affairs or the Masters in Global Security, Conflict, and Cyber Crime. One day later, we celebrated the groups that graduated in 2020 and 2021 who were not able to march and gather because of Covid. I wish all of you could have been with us to see the beaming faces not only of the graduates but all their families and friends who filled the orchestra and balconies. This is a beginning not only for them but for the world because I am convinced that they will apply what they learned in their respective countries.

Some 1600 Alumni of our graduate programs are not only forging ahead and making positive changes in their respective fields but also preparing the groundwork for those CGA students who will follow. These alumni are changemakers and two of them were recently recognized as such by NYU writ large.

CGA faculty continue to be invited as panelists, spokespersons on global issues, and guest lecturers and teachers in Greece and elsewhere. One is leading a global field intensive to the Emirates and another to Greece, and plans are already in the making for another Global Field Intensive (GFI) program in January 2023.

All of us, and by that I mean the CGA community as a whole, have a stake in the future and investing in the education we provide is one way of ensuring that the next generation will contribute to a better and safer world for people the world over.

Enjoy your families, friends, and loved ones and come back to us refreshed and raring to go in the fall.


Afghan Scholarship Recipients Announced

CGA Afghan Crisis Scholarship Recipients

The CGA, in response to the August 2021 Taliban take-over of Afghanistan, created an Afghan Crisis Scholarship. The Scholarship supports Afghan evacuees whose graduate studies in disciplines related to international relations/global affairs were either interrupted by the Taliban take-over, or would be impossible under the Taliban regime.

Read more about the recipients here.


U.S. Army War College (USAWC) International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (ISCNE)

U.S. Army War College (USAWC) International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (ISCNE)

On February 25–26, 2022, The Initiative on Emerging Threats (ISET) at CGA hosted the 7th annual U.S. Army War College (USAWC) International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (ISCNE). The simulation brought together over fifty students to negotiate a geopolitical crisis in the Arctic region. Read more.

CGA Graduate Homecoming

On March 29, 2022, we had a special event for our CGA Graduate Community as a part of this year’s Alumni Homecoming celebration.

The event, “Food Security: Solutions to a Complex Global Crisis,” featured a keynote address by Chef José Andrés, Founder and Chief Feeding Officer at World Central Kitchen. The keynote was followed by a conversation on food security with Dr. Sonali McDermid and Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft moderated by CGA Advisory Board Member and Adjunct Faculty Member, Richard Wolffe.

Watch the video below:

CGA Showcase

On May 12, 2022, the CGA hosted a showcase that featured a keynote from Dr. Andy Knight, insightful panels and roundtables led by CGA faculty and fellows, and included student poster presentations highlighting the results of practica, theses, and capstone projects which focused on current topics at the forefront of global affairs.



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Students from the MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime (MSGSCC) program competed in the prestigious Atlantic Council Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge and placed second among 40 global teams. Read more.

Nahjae Nunes (MSGA ’23)

Nahjae Nunes (MSGA ’23) was selected as a 2022 Harold W. Rosenthal Fellow in International Relations.

Nunes is the first NYU student to receive this accolade! The Rosenthal Fellowship is an internationally prestigious program that offers America’s most outstanding and civic-minded graduate students in international affairs the opportunity to spend a summer working to solve some of the US government’s biggest national and global challenges. He will be working with the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) this summer on a variety of projects and initiatives.

Nikki Stoumen (MSGA ’22)

Nikki Stoumen (MSGA ’22) received a 2022 Graduate Student Award for Summer Research on Migration.

Nikki’s work will focus on “Localizing Policymaking through Peacebuilding: Lessons from Colombian Social Leaders on Creating Community-Led Solutions to Climate-Induced Displacement” Read more.

DeLaine Mayer, (MSGA ’08)

DeLaine Mayer, a CGA alum who earned her M.S. in Global Affairs and Energy/Environment Policy with distinction in 2018, now works as a business development leader at Full Cycle, a California-based climate tech startup whose patented technology turns food waste into a home compostable, biodegradable biomaterial called PHA, an alternative to oil-based plastics.

DeLaine is passionate about the research and deployment of advanced technologies that can address the climate crisis on Earth while enabling sustainable, long-term human development off-Earth.


In partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), students from the Masters in Global Affairs, Gender Concentration published a case study research report “The pandemic will not stop us: The impact of COVID-19 on women’s peace activism in Colombia, the Philippines, South Sudan and Ukraine” as part of their research practicum. Read the Policy Brief and Case Study report.

M.S. in Global Affairs students Mariapaola Gironda, Christie Vargas, Alexandra Woodward, Rayme Silverberg, and Chris Wozniak developed and authored a report on involuntary celibates (incels) and a primer on the relationship between misogyny, mass violence, and violent extremism as part of their CGA consulting practicum with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

M.S. in Global Affairs (MSGA) and Global Security, Conflict, and Cyber Crime (MSGSCC) students in the United Nations Foundation (UNF) Practicum, Sarah Collins-Fattedad, Michael DeVito, Yasmin Góes, Mariam Khorenyan, and Leila Milgrim, presented their project mapping out existing governance initiatives related to digital technologies. Read the full report here.


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