ISD Welcomes 2015-2016 Diplomats, and Military and Intelligence Officer Associates and Fellows

Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy is proud to announce its new cohort of diplomats and military and intelligence officers as the 2015-2016 ISD Associates and Senior Fellows. The group includes U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland (2012-2015), Special Assistant to the President and Spokesperson for the National Security Council Bernadette Meehan (2014-2015), and Korean Foreign Ministry Director General for Multilateral Affairs Byung Hwa Chung (2013-2015). These practitioners-in-residence, from the U.S. Department of State, the intelligence community, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and the Korean and Chinese foreign ministries, bring a broad range of professional experience to ISD, to the University, and the School of Foreign Service. As part of their residencies, these practitioners will teach at both the graduate and undergraduate level, support ISD-sponsored simulations, and conduct informal seminars; each looks forward to the opportunity to interact with students and faculty across the University community. They join ISD’s Director, Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies Chester Crocker, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor Casimir Yost, and Director of Studies Jim Seevers. Several of them will teach capstone courses in the spring as part of ISD’s newly launched Certificate in Diplomatic Studies.

“This is an extraordinarily experienced group of practitioners, a number of whom are Georgetown alumni, who have been selected by their agencies to spend a year reflecting on the policy issues that have shaped their careers, to refresh their understanding of emerging issues, and to engage with Georgetown’s world-class faculty and amazing students. I expect that Georgetown students will take full advantage of the practitioners’ presence here.” says Ambassador Barbara Bodine, distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy and director of ISD.

“Many Georgetown students seek careers in the policy worlds of diplomacy, defense or intelligence,” notes ISD Director of Studies Jim Seevers. “Working with ISD’s associates and senior fellows in the classroom, in co-curricular simulations, and as mentors, is a highly effective way for the students to learn about how policy is developed and implemented. I know these talented diplomats and military and intelligence officers will return to their jobs enriched by their immersion in the Georgetown community.” he adds.

Ambassador Richard B. Norland
U.S. State Department Senior Fellow

Ambassador Richard B. Norland has served as a career diplomat for the past 35 years, with a focus on Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia), conflict resolution (Northern Ireland, regional conflicts in the former USSR, Afghanistan), and the Arctic. Most recently he served as U.S. Ambassador to Georgia. He has also served as U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Deputy Chief of Mission in both Afghanistan and Latvia, International Affairs Advisor/Deputy Commandant at the National War College, and Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council.

Ramon Escobar
Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow, U.S. State Department

Ramon Escobar joined the Foreign Service nine years ago and has served in a diverse range of tours covering issues in the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. In his last assignment, Ramon served on the Colombia Desk where he was primarily responsible for assisting Bernard Aronson, Special Envoy to the Colombia Peace Process, in his efforts to help end Latin America’s longest-running conflict. Before the Special Envoy was appointed in February 2015, Ramon was responsible for U.S.-Colombia cooperation on economic, energy, labor, and environment issues.

Bernadette Meehan
Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow, U.S. State Department

Bernadette Meehan is a career Foreign Service Officer who most recently served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Spokesperson for the White House National Security Council. Prior to her three year assignment at the National Security Council, Bernadette served at the State Department as Special Assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Special Assistant in the State Department Executive Secretariat. Her overseas assignments include Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Special Assistant to the Ambassador and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia

Michael G. Pratt
U.S. Army War College Fellow

Colonel Michael Pratt comes to ISD from Headquarters, Department of the Army, where he served as the Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army. Colonel Pratt has led infantry units from the platoon to the battalion level and has operational deployments to Kuwait and Kosovo in addition to combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. His most recent tour was in eastern Baghdad where he was a battalion operations officer during the height of sectarian violence during the war.

Victor H. Sundquist
U.S. Army War College Fellow

LTC Victor Sundquist began his Army career in 1988 as an enlisted soldier with the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California. In 1995, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Intelligence from the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first duty assignment was in the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade where he served in various intelligence positions including Platoon Leader, S2, and Intelligence Chief with CENTCOM’s forward intelligence command in Kuwait. During this deployment time, he worked closely with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense, the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, and American forces to assist in the development of host nation collection capabilities in order to counter Iraqi aggression.

Scott Rowe
Senior National Defense Fellow, U.S. Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Scott Rowe serves as the Commander, 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan. In this position, he is responsible for the operation of 24 F-15 aircraft and ensures the combat readiness for 40 pilots. He was previously the Director of Operations in the 44th Fighter Squadron.


Patrick Kim
U.S. Intelligence Community National Security Law Fellow

Patrick Kim is an assistant general counsel at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of General Counsel, where he advises intelligence officers and senior leaders at all levels of the agency on a wide range of national security law issues. Before joining the intelligence community, he served as a federal, state and local prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, the Maryland Attorney General's office, and the State's Attorney's Office for Montgomery County, Maryland. Prior to his government service, Patrick was a litigation associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and served as a law clerk to a federal judge in the Southern District of New York.

Ho Park
Affiliate Research Scholar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea

Ho Park joined the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in December of 2014 after serving as Political Minister at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Rome, Italy. Prior to that, he served as Political Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Paris, France. Ho joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT), in 1992 and began his tour in the United Kingdom as Second Secretary in 1998 and later served in Laos as First Secretary. In 2005, Ho went back to the Republic of Korea (ROK) and served as Director for Innovation Division of Office for Planning and Management at the MOFAT, dealing with human resources and contributing the expansion of the MOFAT. After that, in 2007, Ho began to serve as Director for West Europe Division of European Affairs Bureau at MOFAT where he held regular political meetings with major European nations and worked on consolidating the ROK-EU strategic partnership. Ho received a BA in political science from Hankook University of Foreign Studies in the Republic of Korea and studied at the State University of New York at Albany in 1993.

Byung Hwa Chung
Affiliate Research Scholar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea

Byung Hwa Chung was named director general for multilateral economic affairs at the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October 2013. Since becoming a Foreign Service officer in 1987, his overseas postings have included Addis Ababa and Sanaa, where he was deputy chief of mission, as well as Washington, D.C., and Geneva. Mr. Byung plans to research ways to achieve regional economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region in the midst of the Sino-American rivalry.

Lu Zhang
Affiliate Research Scholar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China

Zhang Lu was named counselor of the protocol department within the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 2015. Since joining the foreign ministry of the People's Republic of China in 1990, Ms. Zhang has served in New Delhi, Hong Kong and Beijing.