Update Andrew Ertl 12/18

UPDATE: December 2018

Andrew Ertl, previous winner of the Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship in 2016, is currently studying at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where he is pursuing a Master of Public Policy. Andrew said of his current program, “What I can say about Oxford, is that the curriculum here is quite a bit more technically difficult than my last master’s program. Still, I really appreciate the wholistic approach the school takes with regard to policy, and its foundations–I’m learning a lot.”

Andrew, being a History major, has expressed his enjoyment in being surrounded by so many old structures in Europe. He says, “It feels like I’m on a vacation while I’m earning a degree.” He has been able to do a bit of traveling so far, having visited Stonehenge and Bath. Soon enough, he plans to visit Scotland, Ireland, and everywhere in between.

In honor of Veteran’s Day last month and directed towards Mr. James R. Lint, Andrew said, “I just want to say, that I am in awe and inspired by veterans like yourself who gave so much more than myself. You all paved the way for someone like me and not a day goes by that I don’t reflect on that.”

Andrew continues to be proud of his association with the Lint Center for National Security Studies and we look forward to watching his continued success.

Update Julie Slama

UPDATE: October 2018

Julie Slama, winner of the 2016 Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship, has sent in this update:

I’m currently in my first year of law school at the University of Nebraska, after graduating this spring with a degree in Political Science from Yale University. In the past two years, I’ve had the chance to travel to 31 countries. The LC scholarship program was a big help in ensuring that I had the funds necessary to focus on my studies. Thank you for your continued support.

Update Andrew Ertl 7/18

UPDATE: July 2018

Andrew Ertl, previous winner of the Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship in 2016, graduated last week with a Master’s of Management Science in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing through the prestigious Schwarzman Scholars Program. Along the way, he made sure to take advantage of his location to extensively travel throughout China, meeting Chinese and foreign policy makers, and snapping a picture sitting next to a panda!

Currently he is home relaxing in Green Bay, WI; stopping by at the USO office at the Green Bay airport and Marine Corps recruiting office, and reading to prepare for his next graduate studies at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where he will pursue a Master’s of Public Policy. Andrew continues to be proud of his association with the Lint Center for National Security Studies and looks forward to when he can contribute more forthrightly to its mission.

LC Winner’s Report on Asia Travel

UPDATE: March 2018

The Lint Center is always pleased to hear from scholarship recipients who are already exploring the world and bringing back insights and knowledge from their travels.

Andrew Ertl, who  ‘Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint’ scholarship award in 2016, took a trip through Shanghai, Vietnam, and Seoul, South Korea. He took full advantage of the experience, visiting everything from a hockey game to an ice sculpture festival.

Andrew made a point of stopping at sites that were important both to his studies and to his past as a Marine. In Hue, outside the imperial citadel, I bumped into two former Marines who fought there (one of the Vietnam War’s toughest fights) 50 years ago. Andrew said, “Hearing about some of their experiences was something I will take with me forever. Next I stopped by Danang, the only reason for doing so was to see the site where Marines came ashore in March 1965 (Nam O Beach–which kicked off the United States’ rapid escalation).”

He also said, “Of all the places I visited in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most impactful was visiting the American Consulate General (which used to be the US Embassy) and where the Viet Cong broke in on January 30, 1968 during which two Marine guards (a job I used to do) died in its defense. Aaron O’Connell wrote a book called “Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps” in which he likens the Marine Corps to a religion. He is correct and I was on a pilgrimage.”

Andrew is now back in Beijing. We will be looking forward to seeing what projects and cultural experiences Andrew takes on next.

Scholarship Winner Naheed Vadsaria Publishes Book

UPDATE: August 2017

Tajik Hope: Reflections on Engaging Women in Kapisa Province.
by Naheed Vadsaria

Naheed Vadsaria is currently an MBA Candidate at at Johns Hopkins University. She won the Lint Center’s ‘Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness’ Scholarship and wrote about how communication can be a difficult aspect of National Security for her essay submission. She was the Recipient of Non-Article 5 NATO Medal, Superior Civilian Service Award, and French Brigade Ministry of Defense and Veterans Commander Commendation Award. She also Co Authored an article on Brazil’s Silent Resolution: http://www.diplomaticourier.com/brazils-silent-revolution

She published an ebook titled: Tajik Hope: reflections on engaging women in Kapisa province. A short summary can be found below:

The ebook discusses her work and interactions with Tajik Women in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, while she worked as a Social Scientist with the Department of Army’s Human Terrain System in Afghanistan. As a Social Scientist, she was embedded with French Brigade Task Force Lafayette (TFLF). It was here where she conducted operationally relevant research and analysis on major socio-cultural issues affecting TFLF’s area of operations. She also worked with Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa’s ad hoc Female Engagement Teams and Kentucky Agricultural Development Team to identify and collaborate with local Women’s Shura (councils) and key female leaders residing in Nijrab District, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan.

The ebook Tajik Hope includes a series of case studies that can be used to broaden the lens of Coalition Forces’ (CF) perception and widen Western Audiences’ understanding of how women in Afghanistan might be understood and engaged. Although most interviews conducted throughout the case studies were conducted with ethnic Tajik women, this ebook is intended to serve as a sociocultural awareness tool to assist CF in understanding how they can respectfully interact with Afghan women, including key female leaders and Women Shura. The document provides key conclusions drawn from each case study. Throughout these case studies are Holy Qur’anic Surahs and Hadiths, which support Afghan women’s rights in accordance to Islam.

Here is a link to the ebook: http://www.diplomaticourier.com/2016/03/08/tajik-hope-reflections-on-engaging-women-in-kapisa-province-2/