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Foreign Policy Spring 2021

FOREIGN POLICY is the premier, award-winning magazine of global politics, economics, and ideas. Our mission is to explain how the world works -- in particular, how the process of global integration is reshaping nations, institutions, cultures, and, more fundamentally, our daily lives.

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15 min

Welcome to the age of humans—the Anthropocene. Scientists, academics, public intellectuals, and policymakers have been using this term to describe a new geological epoch marking an unprecedented era of human impact on the natural environment. Beginning with the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century, carrying through the development and testing of nuclear weapons, and peaking in recent decades with rapid global warming and the catastrophic depletion of the Earth’s biodiversity, the Anthropocene is often framed as an existential threat to the survival of the human species. Like some of the great environmental catastrophes of the past—such as the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago—the footprint of human activity will be present in the geological record for millions of years to come. Or so the…

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world’s fastest supercomputer cracking the covid code

In the global competition to develop the world’s fastest supercomputer, Japan’s Fugaku displaced the IBM Summit for top spot last June. Yet the driving factor behind its development was never to win. Instead, it was created with an application-first philosophy aimed at tackling the world’s biggest challenges. As COVID-19 raged, the supercomputer, developed jointly by RIKEN and Fujitsu, was deployed earlier than planned so it could be added to the global arsenal against the pandemic. Researchers knew it would be an ideal tool to run real-world simulations about viral transmission. “We have put out a press release every month or two. It would take a year or more to do the same with the world’s fastest supercomputer of the previous generation,” said Makoto Tsubokura, team leader at the RIKEN Center for Computational…

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feeding a growing market in technology. cybersecurity. and internet policy

“Fletcher alums are comfortable walking into rooms where they have a unique set of skills and a unique expertise and then trying to find common ground and explain important concepts.”-Josephine Wolff, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University There's a statistic cited often about The Fletcher School at Tufts University: 95 percent of Fletcher students accept a position within six months of graduating. While COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the job market for recent graduates, Fletcher graduates are finding employment at privatesector giants, such as Facebook and Twitter. They work in influential public-sector agencies, including the US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development. Fletcher grads also go to the nonprofit world, landing coveted jobs at organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates…

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robust alumni network gives graduates a head start

“Our graduates have weathered this pandemic exceptionally well. Most of their skill set adapts easily to remote work, and they have been finding employment in all sectors.” -Rae Ann BoriesEasley, Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver The University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies leverages its flourishing alumni network to help its students navigate job searching during COVID-19, by hosting virtual networking events and connecting students with alumni mentors. "The silver lining of the pandemic is that we have a very active alumni group who are in jobs all over the world," says Rae Ann Bories-Easley, director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at the Korbel School. "We have been working very closely with alumni since…

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program directory

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies https://sais.jhu.edu Johns Hopkins SAIS Global Careers https://sais.jhu.edu/career-services Contact https://sais.jhu.edu/student-experience/career-services, sais.dc.careers@jhu.edu, + 1 202-663-5710 University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies https://korbel.du.edu Career Services https://korbel.du.edu/careers-alumni/career-services Contact https://korbel.du.edu, korbeladm@du.edu, 303-871-2324 Tufts University, The Fletcher School https://fletcher.tufts.edu Career Services https://fletcher.tufts.edu/careers-outcomes Contact https://fletcher.tufts.edu, fletcheradmissions@tufts.edu, 617-627-3040 University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies https://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels Contact www.kent.ac.uk/brussels, bsisadmissions@kent.ac.uk, +32 2 641 1721 Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management https://thunderbird.asu.edu Contact https://thunderbird.asu.edu/hire-a-thunderbird, admissions.tbird@asu.edu “Connect with Us” Form: https://forms.monday.com/forms/81c50e063817562617f91b6bcaa45df7 George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government https://schar.gmu.edu Career Services https://schar.gmu.edu/career Contact https://schar.gmu.edu/contact-admissions, schar@gmu.edu, 703-993-8099 Texas A&M University, The Bush School of Government & Public Service https://bush.tamu.edu Contact https://bush.tamu.edu, BushSchoolDC@tamu.edu, 202-773-0022 University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs https://gspia.pitt.edu Contact https://gspia.pitt.edu Admissions: https://www.gspia.pitt.edu/AdmissionandFunding gspia@pitt.edu, 412-383-8970 University of Notre Dame, Keough School of Global Affairs https://keough.nd.edu Contact https://keough.nd.edu/mga, keough-admissions@nd.edu, 574-631-3426 See these schools and more at https://fpguide.foreignpolicy.com/2021-career University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Cover photos: Top row left: George Mason…

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an atmosphere that attracts entrepreneurs

Over the last 35 years, four unicorns and over 500 startups have been created by students and alumni of Germany’s foremost business and management education provider: WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. “We’ve created an atmosphere that attracts these kinds of people. We look for excellence in everything we do, while our core values lean toward an entrepreneurial spirit, community focus and ‘cosmopoliteness,’ which represents inclusion, gender equality and international diversity,” explains Dean Markus Rudolf. With campuses in Vallendar in the Rhine Valley and the vibrant city of Dusseldorf, WHU addresses its entrepreneurial mindset to all its academic programs, executive education and research. Its study programs run from bachelor degrees to MBAs and executive MBAs, with the latest addition being a pioneering Global Online MBA for executives. Unlike some other schools, WHU…