Events & Reunions

The World According to Trump: A New Era of Foreign Affairs

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Tufts Women D.C.: Association of Tufts Alumnae

Location: Dentons US LLP
1900 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006 | See Map

When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6:30 pm (iCal)


Tufts Women D.C., the D.C. metro area chapter of the Association of Tufts Alumnae, invites you to a panel discussion with accomplished Tufts alumnae Sarah Arkin, A06, Jessica Wilson, A14, and Janne Nolan, F75, F77, FG83, moderated by Tara Sonenshine, J81. The panel will focus on the uncertainties we face in the fields of foreign policy, diplomacy, and national security in the Trump administration. Come hear our experts discuss everything from travel bans to walls, and what it all really means for homeland security. Refreshments will be provided.


Sarah Arkin, A06–Sarah is Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prior to that, she was U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Senior Policy Advisor, covering foreign policy, defense and trade issues as well as supporting the Congresswoman's work on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee. Previously, Sarah served in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, covering a range of issues including human rights, religious freedom and women’s rights. Sarah worked as a research assistant at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University and the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University and received a Boren National Security Education Program Fellowship in Cairo in 2012. Previously, she worked as a journalist and photojournalist, winning a Virginia Press Association Breaking News Award in 2009.

Jessica Wilson, A14–Jessica recently joined the State Department where she is a Senior Policy Advisor. Before coming to State, Jessica was at the Office of Homeland Security, serving as the Acting Deputy Director, Office of Policy, focused on the Middle East and Africa. Jessica has also served as a Development Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee.

Janne Nolan F75, F77, FG83 (PhD)–Among other things, Janne chairs the Nuclear Security Working Group and is a faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University. She has had extensive experience in national security in government and the private sector, holding senior staff positions in the Department of State and the U.S. Senate and as a member of several blue ribbon commissions including the White House Presidential Advisory Board on U.S. Arms and Technology Policy (chairman), the National Defense Panel, the Department of State’s Accountability Review Board, the Congressionally-appointed Panel to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S., and the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board.


Tara Sonenshine, J81–Tara is now a Senior Fellow at George Washington University. During the Obama Administration, Tara served as the former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the Department of State. Before her time at State, Tara served as the Executive Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Tara also served in various capacities at the White House during the Clinton Administration, including Transition Director, Director of Foreign Policy Planning for the National Security Council, and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications. Prior to serving in the Clinton Administration, Tara was an Editorial Producer of ABC News’ Nightline, where she worked for more than a decade. She was also an off-air reporter at the Pentagon for ABC’s World News Tonight and is the recipient of 10 News Emmy Awards for coverage of international affairs.


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6:30 pm: Registration/Welcome
7:00 pm: Discussion
8:00 pm: Reception