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Tribune News Network
An ongoing collaboration between QF partner Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) and Education Above All (EAA) resulted in a unique classroom experience for GU-Q students, as well as the opportunity to learn about the relationship between development aid and diplomacy from Jason Foley, USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for the Middle East, during a virtual talk titled “Development and Diplomacy in the Middle East.”
The discussion provided students with a clear picture of the inner workings of international policy development, as well as the role that aid agencies like USAID play in contributing to foreign policy. “I always appreciate the opportunity to interact with students who are interested in international development and foreign policy,” Foley said. “These young people will soon be professionals leading development efforts all over the world, and their thoughtful questions demonstrated that they are up to the task.”
The event began with introductions by GU-Q Dean Dr. Ahmad Dallal and Fahad Al Sulaiti, Chief Executive Officer of EAA, who both extolled the virtues of educational partnerships like the one between the two organizations.
“Creating a shared opportunity to learn about diplomacy was beneficial for both our students and EAA representatives, and is part of our broader strategy to be a hub for dialogue and to share our resources and networks with the community,” Dean Dallal explained.
“The productive partnership between GU-Q as a provider of foreign service education and EAA, as a leading global development foundation focusing on education, has demonstrated how synergies across multiple sectors can positively result in desirable tangible outcomes,” Al Sulaiti added.
According to Dr. Gerd Nonneman, Professor of International Relations and Gulf Studies at GU-Q, who moderated the event, the talk provided students with expert engagement that enhances the classroom experience..
“It is incredibly valuable for students to hear first-hand from leading practitioners about the real-world dynamics of policy-making, the complexities, challenges and human side of government decision-making processes: the importance of persuasion, of bridging different interests and views. Such insight prepares them all the better to play their part in their professional lives in or out of government,” noted Dr. Nonneman.
Foley also discussed the benefits of being a member of the vast Georgetown School of Foreign Service alumni network, which is well-placed in government service all over the world. Foley, an alumnus and master’s degree recipient from the School of Foreign Service, frequently teaches courses at Georgetown’s Washington, DC, campus.
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