Spring 2022, Volume 36 Number 2

The spring 2022 issue of Centerpiece highlights recent activities at the Weatherhead Center. Director Melani Cammett shares important Center news, along with personal news, in the Message from the Director. Graduate Student Associate (GSA) Andi Zhou writes about the connections between maps, homelands, and sacrifice in our first feature, "Who Fights for the Homeland?" We sat down with recent GSA alum Angie Bautista-Chavez for an interview on "The Journey to Professorship," which details her experiences as a first-generation college student at Harvard to assistant professor at Arizona State University. We pay tribute to Herbert C. Kelman, a longtime Center affiliate who leaves behind a legacy of peace and kindess to everyone who worked with him. Finally, we invite you to meet our new executive officer for The Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies, Kaori Urayama, and our new Undergraduate Associates for 2022–2023. 

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Message from the Director
by Melani Cammett

This spring, the mood around the Weatherhead Center vacillates between hopeful optimism and somber concern. Hope is reflected in our graduating students—who, after more than two years of pandemic restrictions on their studies, are ready to take their next steps into a more promising world. At the same time, terrible humanitarian crises —in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and other places—darken our world and reinforce our commitment to the study of international affairs and global challenges...

Who Fights for the Homeland?
by Andi Zhou

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine marches on, little clarity has emerged about how the war will end. Is there any compromise that both sides would accept? Will Russian President Vladimir Putin not rest until he can take over Ukraine in its entirety, or would he be content to secure control over a swath of eastern and southern Ukraine? Does Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy have any latitude to offer territorial concessions, or would such a proposal be considered so treasonous as to be politically suicidal, if not outright unthinkable?...

The Journey to Professorship: In Conversation with Angie Bautista-Chavez
Interview by Michelle Nicholasen

From first-generation college student to assistant professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University (ASU), Angie Bautista-Chavez shares her experiences navigating the world of academia and the ways in which the Graduate Student Associates (GSA) program helped prepare her for life as a profesora...

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Cover photo credit: Rose Lincoln, Harvard University

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