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Jennings Randolph Military Fellowship Program

Each year the JR Program welcomes several officers from both the Army and Marines serving in a Senior Service College Fellowship capacity. Officers selected as fellows at USIP have extensive military experience and/or responsibility for civil-military relations Learn more about the work of former Military Fellows [PDF]

photo of jamesJames "Jim" Tuite - Infantry Officer, United States Army
He currently serves as a U.S. Army War College Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and his previous assignment was in the Pentagon as the director for the Army’s Strategic Leader Development Program for the 39th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Mark Milley. In this position, he developed and managed the professional education and strategic conferences for the Army’s general officer corps. As an Infantry officer, Jim has served in a variety operational and tactical environments in command, staff and transition team leader positions. Most recently, he served as the battalion commander for the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii from 2013 - 15. Jim has also served in institutional assignments as the professor of Military Science and Department Chair at Providence College, RI from 2011 - 12 and as an assistant professor of Leadership at the United States Military Academy from 2004 - 07. Jim is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Management and earned a Master of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary.  

photo of jamesEdward Powers - Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Edward W. Powers is an active duty United States Marine currently assigned to the United States Institute of Peace as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow. LtCol Powers has 19 years of military service specializing as a UH-1N/Y “Huey” helicopter pilot. Prior to arriving at the USIP, he was the Commanding Officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 and the Marine Air Group 39 Operations Officer aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton in California. He has deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of combat operations and deployed to Okinawa, Japan to support the rotational USMC forces in the Pacific. Most recently, he was deployed in support of Operation Sahayogi Haat to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief following the devastating earthquake there in 2015. LtCol Powers is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in English Literature and from Baker University with a Master of Liberal Arts degree. LtCol Powers is married to his wife of 23 years, Mary and has two children: Charles and Julia.

TAPIR Program

The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) Program is open to candidates who have recently received their doctorate in social and political sciences or economics and whose research focuses on topics of international relations and/or international peace and security issues.

Fellowships are granted for a duration of 24 months to prepare Fellows for a career in international policy-oriented research at renowned think tanks and political consulting research institutes. Fellows spend three eight-month stays at institutions participating in the program - at least one on the Eastern and one on the Western side of the Atlantic. The TAPIR fellowship is administered by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Germany. | Visit their website for more information about placements and applying

To find out more about the program, eligibility, the application and selection processes, and contact information, visit TAPIR Program and Application Information.

photo of jamesNaysan Rafati, TAPIR Fellow
Dr. Naysan Rafati joined the U.S. Institute of Peace as a TAPIR Fellow in November 2016. He will be working primarily on Iranian politics and foreign policy. Prior to USIP, Naysan was a visiting fellow at the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri) in Paris, where he was jointly affiliated with the Security Studies Centre and Middle East Programme. His research at Ifri focussed primarily on relations between Europe and Iran since the 2015 nuclear agreement. Naysan read for his MSt and DPhil degrees in Oriental Studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford, where he was awarded the Albert Hourani and Jenkins Memorial Scholarships and taught various courses on Middle East politics and history. He received his BA magna cum laude from Yale. Naysan speaks Persian, Arabic, and Hebrew, and is stateless.


Past TAPIR Fellows

Sofía Sebastián (2015-2016)
Her research topics included atrocity prevention and protection of civilians. 

Dominik Tolksdorf (2014)
His research focus was European foreign policy and political developments in the post-Soviet space and the Western Balkans.

Dominik Balthasar (2013-2014)
“State-fragility and the Role of International Actors in Supporting State-building Policies in Somalia and Mali”

Tobias Koepf (2012-2013)
"French, EU, and U.S. Involvement in the Sahel Region and in Côte d’Ivoire"

Claudia Hofmann (2010-2012)
“Peace Negotiations in the Philippines: The Government, the MILF and International NGOs” & “NGOs and Non-State Armed Actors. Improving Compliance with International Norms”

Mateja Peter (2011-2013)
“International Peacebuilding as a Site of Multidirectional Politics: Western Balkans and Beyond”

Sandra Pogodda (2007-2009)
“The Political Economy of Reform Failure and Transatlantic Cooperation in the Middle East”

Judith Vorrath (2010-2012)
“Political Trends in the Africa Great Lakes Region”

Ken Weisbrode (2009-2011)