New Directions at ISD under Paula Newberg
Since 1978, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) has served as SFS' primary window on the world of the international affairs practitioner. In 2009, Paula Newberg became ISD's director, bringing with her decades of experience in both academia and the world of international organizations as well as a commitment to explore the changing world of 21st century diplomatic engagement. "ISD is quintessentially international,” Newberg says. “We're now taking that basic orientation and moving it towards a focus on global cooperation to solve global problems."
Prior to coming to Georgetown, Newberg spent a decade serving as a special advisor to the United Nations with a focus on Afghanistan and worked as a consultant for the United Nations Foundation as well as several private firms in the United States and abroad. She has also taught at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, the Rutgers University Graduate School of Management, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. "By serendipity as much as design, I'm an academic who found a career that has taken me outside the academy more often than I anticipated," she reflects.
Newberg's goal for ISD is to ensure that the Institute addresses the chief issues of this century in a helpful, insightful way, and she has developed several new initiatives to help ISD meet this goal, including an investigation into the prevailing norms and standards of global diplomacy; a look at emerging actors in diplomacy, including NGOs and insurgent groups; and an examination of the environments, both novel and familiar, in which 21st century diplomacy will be conducted. She hopes that ISD "will remain firmly embedded in the University, collaborating with faculty, working with students, and engaging with other Georgetown units, even as we explore the world beyond the hilltop."
Newberg has a B.A. in philosophy and literature from Oberlin College as well as an M.A. and Ph.D in political science from the University of Chicago.