Career Conversations at the Council on Foreign Relations

On April 10,  the Fordham IPED 2025 Cohort, along with some members of the undergraduate International Political Economy (IPE) majors, had the incredible opportunity to visit the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) office in Manhattan, New York. The CFR, a non-partisan American think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international relations, also publishes the journal Foreign Affairs, a leading forum for discussion of events that affect global affairs.

The cohort met with Ambassador Michelle D. Gavin, the senior fellow for Africa Studies at the CFR and former United States Ambassador to Botswana and served concurrently as the United States representative to the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Ambassador Gavin, who also worked as a special assistant to President Barack Obama and as a senior director for Africa on the National Security Council, discussed her career journey with the cohort. The IPED students, through Ambassador Gavin, also got an inside look into the inner workings of the United States government and its relations with the African region.

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