Director's Note



September 16, 2022


Dear Sié Community, 

Ever since I joined the faculty at the Korbel school in 2015, I have been honored and privileged to be affiliated with the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. It has been my home within the school and the source of many opportunities to conduct research and programming on some of the most pressing issues of our times.  

Now, it gives me great joy to step in as the new Director of the Sié Center after many years of Debbi Avant’s remarkable leadership. I am grateful to her, and to Cullen Hendrix (Director from 2018-2020), for stewarding such an engaged community of scholars, students, and practitioners.

The Sié Center is a leading center for advancing knowledge around global security, prosperity, and social justice through innovative research, interdisciplinary education, and engagement. This past spring we celebrated our 10th anniversary as a community, which was an opportunity to revisit the Center's many successes over the years. We now have 19 affiliated faculty, nine current Sie fellows, four postdoctoral or visiting scholars, two staff members, and a dynamic community of research assistants, community partners, alumni, and #friendsofsie.

We also have three primary engagement initiatives, which each pursue connections between security, prosperity, and social justice concerns and engage multiple faculty and graduate research assistants: Responsible Public Engagement, Navigating the Future of Governance, and the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI).  Stay tuned for events and opportunities associated with each of these initiatives in the coming months.

We are excited to jump back into our community events at the Sie Center this quarter. Right now, save September 22, from 12-1:30 pm, for an event I'll host with Carla Canales, an American mezzo-soprano singer, on Harnessing the Power of Culture to Advance Foreign Policy Objectives. This event is part of the Cultural Diplomacy Series at Korbel. If you are interested, please reach out to Ann Irving for an RSVP link:

Thanks to each of you for being a part of this Sié Community -- whether it is as a student or former student, a friend, a partner in our work, or as an attendee at our events. We believe in the power of this community to advance reseach, programming, and partnerships that will build a more just, democratic, and free world for all.


With all my best,


Marie E. Berry