News Release: International, People

Aug. 15,  2011

Semetko Elected to Council on Foreign Relations

News Article ImageHolli A. Semetko

Holli A. Semetko, vice provost for international affairs at Emory University and director of The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, has been named a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the nation’s most influential think tank on international affairs and foreign policy.

Semetko is among 74 life members announced this year by CFR, whose ranks include American diplomats and politicians, senior media figures and business professionals.

“Dr. Semetko was nominated because of her international expertise and outstanding work at Emory,” said Emory President Emeritus James T. Laney, who served as U.S. ambassador to Korea under the Clinton administration and is active in council affairs. “She is an invaluable resource to the university and beyond, as both Atlanta and Emory have moved to become significant players in Asian affairs. Her leadership and vision at Emory are critical in bringing international issues to the attention of the broader community.”

An award-winning scholar with more than 90 publications, Semetko’s research on political communication extends from the Americas and the European Union to Asia and focuses on information and public opinion in elections, domestic politics and international relations. Semetko’s work has helped Emory to establish new international partnerships and obtain support from foreign governments and foundations for new programs including Korean Studies, the annual India Summit, and expanded Chinese language and culture offerings.

As director of The Halle Institute for Global Learning, Semetko launched the research program, which brings faculty and their research networks together for conferences at home and abroad, and the Emory-Nanjing visiting scholars program. She collaborated with faculty and Atlanta-based foreign diplomatic missions to create Emory’s Knowledge Futures initiative, the endowed Turkish Lecture Series, Cartooning for Peace at the United Nations and, with Raymond Schinazi, Cartooning for Peace and Health. She extended The Halle Institute’s study trip programs from Germany and India to China, Jordan, Korea and Turkey.

About the Council on Foreign Relations

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan think tank and publisher that serves as a resource for government officials, business executives, journalists, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy decisions facing the United States and other countries.


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