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Oberlin Club of Washington, DC: Careers in International Relations Panel

Join the Oberlin Club of Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 22 at 6 p.m. for a panel comprised of local alumni who will share perspectives about careers in international relations.

The panelists have professional backgrounds that span from service in government, think tanks, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector. They will offer insight into their work and job opportunities within their respective fields.

Alumni and students are welcome. Audience members are encouraged to engage the panelists.

Oberlin Club of Washington, DC: Careers in International Relations Panel

DIRECTIONS: The Institute is two blocks from either the Farragut West stop or the Farragut North stop.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Panelists slated to participate include:

Bea Camp ’72 served 32 years as a Foreign Service Officer with tours in Beijing, Bangkok, Stockholm, Budapest, Chiang Mai, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. With her appointment as Consul General in Shanghai, Bea became the first woman to lead a U.S. consulate in China. Before joining the Foreign Service, Bea taught at Chiang Mai University on an Oberlin Shansi fellowship, worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and helped pioneer the first electronic news service at Dow Jones in New York. She is currently Editor of American Diplomacy, an online journal focused on international relations and Foreign Service life. As a retiree, she has taken several short-term assignments at U.S. embassies abroad, filling in for staffing vacancies in Mongolia, Indonesia, and Australia.

Patrick Clawson ’73 for 20 years has been the Director of Research at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the largest D.C.-based think tank studying the Middle East. It is a non-partisan institute focused on U.S. policy in the Middle East; many of its alumni work in important positions in the U.S. government. Each year, The Washington Institute hires eight recent college graduates to spend a year as research assistants, and at any time it has four to seven interns who are typically college students. Prior to joining The Institute, Pat worked at the National Defense University, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. He earned a PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research. Pat has authored or edited 30 books; most of them are about Iran.

Tamara Cofman Wittes ’91 is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2009-2012. She co-hosts Rational Security, a weekly podcast on foreign policy and national security issues, and writes on U.S. Middle East policy. She served as a Middle East specialist at the U.S. Institute of Peace and director of programs at the Middle East Institute in Washington. Tamara teaches at Georgetown University, is a founder of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Women in International Security. She holds a master's and doctorate in government from Georgetown University.

Paula Newberg ’74 trained in politics and social theory at the University of Chicago and has spent her career at the intersections of academia and public policy, foundations, and multilateral and nongovernmental organizations. Specializing in rights, governance and development in war-torn, crisis and transition states in Asia, Africa and Europe, she served with the UN and its partner organizations, was a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment and Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, and taught at Columbia, Georgetown (where she directed the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy), and the University of Texas. She has been an advisor to a number of foundations and nonprofit organizations, and a columnist for the LA Times, the Globe and Mail, and Yale Global Online.

Clyde Owan ’79 served as an intelligence officer for 37 years, primarily at the Department of Defense where he was a senior intelligence officer. His career also encompassed assignments at the Department of the Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Intelligence Council where he was a Deputy National Intelligence Officer. He was a military analyst, Pentagon briefer to senior policymakers, mentor, outreach coordinator, and supervisor. He holds graduate degrees from the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University and the U.S. Naval War College.

Sophie Richardson ’92 is the China director at Human Rights Watch. She has authored numerous articles on domestic Chinese political reform, democratization, and human rights in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Vietnam. She has testified before the European Parliament and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and been a featured commentator on major media outlets. Sophie is the author of China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, an in-depth examination of China's foreign policy since the 1954 Geneva Conference, including rare interviews with policymakers. She holds a graduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Robin Walker ’04 currently works as a strategic planner covering the Indo-Pacific region for Lockheed Martin, a global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company, and one of the world’s largest defense contractors. He previously spent over a decade as a senior South Asia expert for several government agencies, most recently as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for South Asia at the National Intelligence Council within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He briefed two presidents prior to their meetings with the Indian Prime Minister. He has a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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