President of Robertson Foundation for Government visits CFE-DM to discuss the Academic Partnership Program

CFE-DM Staff

The President of the Robertson Foundation for Government, Geoff Robertson, visited the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance on Jun. 28, 2022 to discuss the Applied Research and Information Sharing branch’s Academic Partnership Program. The RFG, established in 2009, has the stated mission of identifying and preparing future U.S. government leaders in the areas of foreign policy, international affairs, and national security. RFG supports graduate academic fellowships, government internships, professional development, and career networking.

The RFG has a long-standing partnership with the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and CFE-DM through the USINDOPACOM Summer Fellows Program. The program is designed to engage graduate students from across the nation for a ten-week internship during which they are hosted onsite and work alongside staff within the command on real-world challenges impacting the Indo-Pacific region.

The RFG sponsors three to four fellows each summer. CFE-DM has hosted two Robertson Fellows, Robyn Battles in 2021 and Taylor Tielke in 2018. Fellows hosted at CFE-DM are provided an opportunity to work on developing operational initiatives and to build a network with stakeholders to bridge the gap between academia and practice. Moreover, participation in the research fellows program allows graduate students an opportunity to conduct research that will be used by planners and decision-makers.

The purpose of the ARIS APP is to reach out to and partner with the global academic community, to provide a research opportunity for undergraduates in the second semester of their junior years and for Master’s level and post-graduate students, and to share information on innovative, relevant, and current research concerning civil-military coordination to prepare for disaster management and humanitarian assistance missions.

In addition to discussions on education and the fellowship programs, Robertson’s visit explored areas of shared interest such as climate change, cybersecurity, and mis/disinformation.

“I do believe RFG and CFE-DM have significant synergies,” said Robertson.

It is by bolstering these mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships that the ARIS APP can enhance capacity building through information sharing and socializing new ideas and strategies based on the latest data and research.

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