Peter Maki, 2018 (December), United States

A quintessential Fletcher moment: Every semester, the Fletcher Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and the Fletcher Veterans get together for a 'War and Peace' Happy Hour. It's a great opportunity for students who think they come from very different backgrounds to realize that they have quite a few shared experiences. In fact, I think the Veterans are usually shocked that the RPCV stories are usually as crazy (or more) as the Vets' own war stories! It is a wonderful evening of camaraderie and we always leave with more friends than when we started.

How did you first learn about Fletcher? About eight years ago I began following Admiral James Stavridis who was then the Supreme Allied Commander of European Forces. Admiral Stavridis didn't write like any career military officer I knew - he had an amazing grasp of complex international issues and an understanding of economics and history I envied. I continued to follow his writing, travel, and career and took notice when he retired and became the Dean of The Fletcher School. When I later had the opportunity to go to graduate school, I knew I wanted the same educational experience that gave Admiral Stavridis his academic foundation in international affairs early in his own career. The Fletcher School was my first choice.

Favorite newspaper
Wall Street Journal

Favorite blog
War on the Rocks

Moment when you felt the furthest from home
Transiting the very wide Atlantic Ocean on my first deployment

Most memorable international experience
Drinking a California Chardonnay in a vineyard outside Kabul, Afghanistan

Favorite location on campus
7th floor balcony of Cabot

Fields of Study

International Security

International Organizations

Activities at Fletcher

Religion, Law & Diplomacy Initiative

Diplomacy Club


Fletcher Students in Security

Education before Fletcher

BA, Psychology and Political Science, University of Miami (FL)

Experience before Fletcher

Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy, United States