2023 Columbia University School of General Studies Class Day Speaker Announced

NEW YORK - April 13, 2023 - PRLog -- This year's GS Class Day keynote speaker is Keren Yarhi-Milo '03GS, Dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Relations. An expert in international security, crisis decision making, and political psychology, Yarhi-Milo is also an award-winning scholar with an extensive record of leadership and service at SIPA and Columbia.

In 2022, Yarhi-Milo was recognized by the International Studies Association (ISA) with the Emerging Scholar Award for her significant contribution to the field of security studies, and her most recent book, Who Fights for Reputation: The Psychology of Leaders in International Conflict, was recognized by the American Political Science Association as best book in foreign policy and by the ISA as outstanding book in foreign policy. Her previous book, Knowing the Adversary: Leaders, Intelligence, and Assessment of Intentions in International Relations, received the Mershon Center for International Security's Furniss Award, given annually to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security, and was also co-winner of the ISA's biennial book award in diplomatic studies.

Yarhi-Milo is a series editor of Princeton Studies in International History and Politics from Princeton University Press. She has also published extensively in academic journals, receiving honors from the American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Studies Association, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. In 2010, her doctoral dissertation earned APSA's Kenneth Waltz Award as best in the field of international security and arms control.

Yarhi-Milo joined the Columbia faculty in 2019 after a decade at Princeton University. Before becoming dean of SIPA in July 2022, she served for two years as director of SIPA's Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies. In her role as director of the Institute, Yarhi-Milo launched the Emerging Voices in National Security and Intelligence program to attract and support students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in pursuing careers in those fields. She also worked closely with the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, hosting jointly-led discussions and panels on the American withdrawal from Afghanistan and the current war in Ukraine.

In January, Yarhi-Milo announced the news that Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton would be joining SIPA as a professor of practice with a joint appointment as a presidential fellow at Columbia World Projects. This fall, the two will co-teach "Inside the Situation Room," a course designed to teach students to analyze and understand the many facets of foreign policy decision-making, to a classroom made up of both SIPA students and Columbia undergraduates.

To read the full press release, visit the Columbia GS website (https://www.gs.columbia.edu/news/2023-columbia-general-st...).

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