Jonathan Nwosu, 2015, USA

On the flexibility: The flexibility of the Fletcher curriculum was one of the major things that attracted me to the program. My academic interest is in U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. At Fletcher, there are ample options concerning the practice of U.S. diplomacy in general as well as courses specific to my region of interest. Additionally, the curriculum allows for “experimentation,” in that students are enabled to take course that may be outside of their immediate interest of study, but are nonetheless beneficial. For example, this semester I am taking courses relating to politics on the Korean peninsula and migration in Latin America. While I have no academic background in either of these regions, these courses have been thought-provoking, engaging, and have made me consider expanding my regional interests.

On what Fletcher has taught me: Being at Fletcher has taught me that no single nation, organization, or individual has a monopoly on knowledge concerning any topic. Quite often, it is assumed that certain entities that deal in niche issues will inherently have all of the answers. Many issues, both global and local, are immensely complex and must be addressed multilaterally, employing historical examples and relevant actors. In class discussions at Fletcher, I am constantly humbled by the diversity of experiences and wealth of knowledge. On issues as varied as reforming the American immigration system, maintaining peace on the Korean peninsula, and effective integration of European foreign policy, my Fletcher classmates have expressed a profound depth of knowledge and perspectives that can benefit each issue. The Fletcher experience has reaffirmed my belief in the need for collaboration across multiple dimensions to effectively combat issues.


Favorite book:

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Favorite website:

Buzzfeed

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Thomas R. Pickering

Most memorable international experience:

Biking all of Angkor Wat:

Favorite Guest Speaker:

H.E. Jorge Hevia Sierra


Fields of Study:

  • Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization
  • United States

Activities involved in at Fletcher:

  • Africana Club
  • Diplomacy Club
  • Ralph Bunche Society
  • North Korea Working Group

Education before Fletcher:

  • BA, International Relations, Syracuse University  

Experience before Fletcher:

  • J. William Fulbright Program-Jeonmin Middle School, English Teacher, Daejeon, South Korea
  • High School Diplomats Program, Special Events Coordinator, Fairfax, VA; Princeton, New Jersey; Tokyo, Japan

Languages:

  • Igbo
  • Spanish
  • English