Andrew Daehne, 2011, United States

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State - Washington, DC

How did your Fletcher experience prepare you for your current job? As a diplomat enforcing U.S. immigration law overseas, it helps that I was educated at a school teaching law and diplomacy. Only at Fletcher could I have delved academically into the intricacies of this job. I know that my education at Fletcher not only groomed me to practice diplomacy, but it groomed generations of diplomats from around the world. At the occasional diplomatic event, Fletcher alumni run into other Fletcher alumni, and our common bond helps facilitate the practice of diplomacy and the business of nations.

Why did you choose Fletcher for your graduate studies? I chose Fletcher because of its rich history studying and contributing to the practice of diplomacy. Fletcher was the first graduate school of international relations in the U.S., founded to look outwards during a time when most of the world was embracing isolationism. Fletcher nurtured diplomacy when the profession most needed it, and Fletcher continues to contribute to the field. Considering that "public diplomacy" was born at Fletcher, that countless retired and practicing diplomats bring their knowledge to teach at Fletcher, and that scores of foreign ministries choose to send their diplomats to learn the craft at Fletcher, it seems clear that Fletcher means diplomacy, and diplomacy means Fletcher.

Favorite book:

Animal Farm

Issue you know nothing about but you find fascinating:

Global plate tectonics 

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

Thesis Topic

The Senegalese Hip-Hop Movement's Moblization and Influence in Senegalese Politics

Fields of Study

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Public International Law

Education before Fletcher

  • BSFS, International Politics, Georgetown University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Office of European Union and Regional Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Washington, DC


  • French
  • Czech
  • English

Summer Internship

  • U.S. Embassy, Political Section; Dakar, Senegal