Charles and Judy Bush

Alumni ·

AU Changed Their Lives—Now They’re Easing the Way for a New Generation

Alumni couple Judy and Charles Bush carry deeply imprinted connections to American University. In the decades following their graduation, their interest in the world never waned, nor did their connection to AU.
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Chinese president Xi Jinping during a 2018 state visit to Rwanda. This photo by the administration of Paul Kagame (https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulkagame/42872133284) is licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

International ·

How Much Does Ideology Really Influence Xi Jinping?

SIS professor Joseph Torigian recently wrote an article for the Wilson Center, which explores this question: Is Xi Jinping an ideological person? We spoke with Torigian to learn more about his piece.
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Jeffrey Moeller, Soukayna Lakhsassi, and Lina Abisoghomyan

In the Community ·

Mentoring Program Strengthens SIS Students’ Career Development

The SIS mentoring program has evolved since its initial launch in 2019, helping foster mentoring relationships even through the pandemic.
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Person standing with pride flag

In the Community ·

Doors Opening or Closing: Navigating AAPI and LGBTQ+ Intersecting Identities in America

As Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month ends and Pride Month begins, members of the AU family in both communities reflect on the intersection of those identities.
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These adorable animals are all business when it comes to educating children about the dangers of misinformation online.

Achievements ·

Mascots on a Mission

AU students are finalists in national competition to combat extremism
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SIS Dean Shannon Hader

Announcement ·

Shannon Hader Named Dean of American University’s School of International Service

Shannon Hader, MD, MPH, has been named the dean of the School of International Service at American University. She succeeds Christine BN Chin, PhD, who has served as dean of SIS since August 2017 and is returning to the faculty.
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SIS alumnus Knox Thames

In the Community ·

SIS Alumnus Knox Thames Dedicates Career to Promoting Religious Freedom

Knox Thames, SIS/MA and WCL/JD '01, has served in various government roles having to do with the intersection of global affairs, religion, and human rights.
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Budapest, Hungary - October 2, 2021: military wartime caricature abstract portrait of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Bikas park. Photo credit: Raketir / Shutterstock.com

Government & Politics ·

5 Questions about CPAC in Hungary and Far-Right Extremism

SIS senior associate dean and professor Carolyn Gallaher spoke with us about the platforming of far-right figures, the current state of the US’ GOP, and a racist conspiracy theory that’s been gaining traction among conservatives.
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Four SIS students separated in a film strip image

International ·

SIS Students Take a Summer Break from Classrooms, Not from Waging Peace

Many SIS students will spend the summer working toward future career goals; here are the plans of just a few.
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Adrika Lazarus in graduation cap and gown

International ·

A Special Day Delayed but Not Denied

A Q&A with Adrika Lazarus, SIS/MA ’20, who will serve as a student speaker on May 21, 2022, just as she originally planned to do in May 2020.
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