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A new organization designed to “foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its realities and socio-cultural dimensions” opened in June in Bangkok.
 
SEA Junction, or the Southeast Asia Junction, was founded by Rosalia Sciortino with several founding partners to promote all aspects of the region, from arts and crafts to the economy and development, “by enhancing public access to knowledge resources and by promoting exchanges among students, specialists and Southeast Asia lovers”.
 
The initiative, based at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, expects to provide an “informal place of exchange” where people with interest in the region’s “arts, cultures and societies can meet, share information, consult available resources and read related literature at their leisure”.
 
Among the planned activities are meetings, seminars, lectures, exhibitions and workshops through which “visiting regional specialists and practitioners share experiences, dialogue and give speeches, and small encounters are held for diverse constituencies”.
 
Sciortino, executive director of SEA Junction, is associate professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research at Mahidol University in Bangkok, and visiting professor at the Master in International Development Studies at Chulalongkorn University. She worked at the Foundation in the Jakarta and Manila offices from 1993 to 2000.
 
One of the organization’s founding partners is Alan Feinstein, executive director of the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF), which manages the Fulbright program and other educational exchange programs in Indonesia. He worked at Ford from 1987 to 1994 in the Education and Culture Program and in the Jakarta office. 
 
Bonnie Jenkins, an official of the State Department whose education and career have provided the background and experience that has made her a leading expert on arms control and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, led the United States delegation to the annual meeting in March of the International Network for Nuclear Security Training and Support Centers (NSS Network).
 
The network, of which Ambassador Jenkins is chair, met in Pakistan, the first time it has convened outside its headquarters in Vienna. 
 
The network was established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “to encourage states to share lessons learned in their own (countries) with the international community”.
 
Among her varied duties, Jenkins serves as the Department of State’s Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and is this country’s representative to the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (WMD).
 
She coordinates the department’s Cooperative Threat Reduction program and regularly briefs United States Combatant Commands about WMD programs in their area of responsibility, and works closely with relevant international organizations and multilateral initiatives. 
 
Before joining the State Department she was program officer at Ford for foreign and security policy, working to strengthen public engagement in United States foreign and security policy debates and formulation. Through her grantmaking initiatives she promoted support for multiculturalism, the peaceful resolution of disputes and the international rule of law.
 
Before joining Ford she was counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, known informally as the “9/11 Commission”, and was the lead commission staff member consulting on counter-terrorism policy in the office of the Secretary of Defense.
 
She received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, has a master’s degree in international and comparative law from Georgetown University, earned a doctorate from the University of Virginia and has a law degree from the Albany Law School. 
She has taught at Georgetown University’s Law School and Stanford University’s Center for International and Security Cooperation, and was a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 
 
Roland V. Anglin has been appointed dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
 
“Dr. Anglin is a leading national figure in public policy and urban affairs and a proven administrator who will continue to enhance the academic, research and community outreach excellence that have been hallmarks of the Levin College,” said Jianping Zhu, interim provost at Cleveland State and senior vice president for academic affairs, in announcing the appointment. 
 
Said Anglin when he was named to the post, “I hope to assist CSU’s leadership in continuing to advance the university’s position as a leading urban, public research institution.” 
 
He is especially qualified to provide such leadership after more than 25 years in academic, nonprofit and philanthropic work, including nine years at Ford starting in 1991 in the Urban Poverty program and then as deputy director of the Foundation’s Community and Resource Development Unit. 
 
He was the founding executive director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick, N.J., campus, and most recently was senior advisor to the chancellor and director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Rutgers campus in Newark. 
 
He has a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, a master’s from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.
 
Marta L. Tellado, the president and chief executive officer of Consumer Reports, has been appointed to the new Digital Economy Board of Advisors, an agency of the Department of Commerce that is intended to “help businesses and consumers realize the potential of the digital economy to advance growth and opportunity”.
 
The advisors are expected to help the department “focus on ensuring that the Internet continues to thrive as an engine of growth, innovation and free expression”.
 
To that end, the advisors will analyze challenges related to the global free flow of information on the Internet; advise the department on such issues as expanding broadband capacity, enhancing cybersecurity, protecting privacy and examining the role of intermediaries; promote the development of new digital technologies, and analyze the impact of the Internet on job growth and the economy as a whole.
Before being appointed head of Consumer Reports, Tellado was vice president for communications at the Foundation.

 


 

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