NAFSA Worldview


NAFSA Worldview programs highlight global issues relevant to international educators. World leaders, policy experts, and celebrated authors share insights that can expand and shape our perspective. Dr. Esther Brimmer, executive director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, is the host of NAFSA Worldview programs.

Worldview with Helen Clark
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Helen ClarkThe Right Honourable Helen Clark, 8th Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), provides NAFSA with an overview of the UNDP and its role within the United Nations. Ms. Clarke has been able to leverage her policy making experience as a three-term Prime Minister of New Zealand to advance the goals of the UNDP.

For 51 years, the UNDP has led the global fight against poverty for the United Nations. As a part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, is a call to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Ms. Clark connects the relevancy of the UNDP initiatives to international education in this illuminating dialogue.


About Helen Clark
United Nations Development Programme
Helen Clark became the administrator of the UNDP in April 2009 and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programs, and departments working on development issues. She completed her tenure as administrator in April 2017.

Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for 9 years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 to 2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social, and cultural spheres. As Prime Minister, Helen Clark was a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.

Helen Clark came to the role of Prime Minister after an extensive parliamentary and ministerial career. Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Helen Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland. She graduated with a BA in 1971 and an MA with first class honors in 1974.

Worldview with Dr. Richard N. Haass
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Richard HaassDr. Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, will be the NAFSA Worldview guest on a live webcast offered free of charge to international educators and friends of our community. The topic of the NAFSA Worldview was “Knowledge, Power, and Populism: Universities in a Changing International Order." Dr. Haass, the author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, analyzes current tensions. International education, including the exchange of students and scholars, is part of building a sense of shared interests in our modern world order. Yet that order is under stress. In many countries, we see the erosion of respect for fact-based decision-making and expertise in public discourse. Authoritarians attack scholars who defend norms beyond the expedient. Dr. Haass will address the implications of an erosion of world order for colleges and universities and the exchange of scholars and students. “How might international political turbulence affect international education?”


About Richard N. Haass, DPhil
Throughout his career, Dr. Richard Haass has combined scholarship, diplomacy, and policy-making. He chaired the U.S. State Department’s Policy Planning Staff under Secretary of State Colin Powell. At that time, he worked with Esther Brimmer, DPhil, whose term spanned administrations. He has served on the National Security Council, and he has also authored and edited numerous books on American foreign policy. Currently Dr. Haass serves as president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). a New York-based think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. CFR's mission is to “be a resource for its members; government officials; business executives; journalists; educators and students; civic and religious leaders; and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.”

NAFSA thanks The California State University System for its generous support of NAFSA Worldview with Dr. Richard N. Haass.