Re-posted from the Foreign Policy Research Institute

The Kingdom of Jordan relies on American support to prevent terrorist infiltration from Islamic State and other Salafi-Jihadist threats; alleviate the economic burden strained by a massive influx of Syrian refugees; and achieve a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The U.S. perceives Jordan as a strategic partner—an island of stability in an unstable region. In 2016, Jordan received $1.4 billion in economic and military assistance from the United States. This aid is part of a three-year memorandum of understanding whereby Washington will allocate $1 billion in aid to Jordan annually, up from $660 million in recent years. As a result of Jordan’s unique geostrategic position, the U.S. has refrained from publicly critiquing its human rights abuses.

Lacking natural resources such as gas and oil, the Kingdom relies on financial assistance from the West and military and intelligence cooperation from Israel. While Jordan and Israel were still officially in a state of war, at the request of the United States, Israel sent fighter jets to protect King Hussein from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and an invading Syrian army in 1970. In 1994, shortly after the Oslo Accords, Israel and Jordan signed peace treaties, terminating their state of belligerency which had been in effect since 1948.

During the 1950s, Western intelligence assessments predicted that the King would not survive, and should he fall, the Kingdom would go with him. On the contrary, Jordan has proven quite resilient, and has navigated the Arab Spring uprisings with greater dexterity than its neighbors.

Despite the peace treaty with Israel, the Kingdom exploits the Palestinian issue to divert attention from internal problems. However, critiques of Israel often extend beyond legitimate criticism of specific Israelis policies to defamation against Judaism and the Jewish people.

 

Jordan’s Anti-Semitism is Counterproductive

Jordan was included in a U.S. State Department annual report on religious freedom as a country plagued with pervasive anti-Semitism. The 2016 report documented that Jordanian “cartoons, articles, postings on social media, and public statements by politicians continued to present negative images of Jews and conflate anti-Israel sentiment with anti-Semitic sentiment.” The State Department also disapproved of the Kingdom’s unwillingness to take “action with regard to anti-Semitic material appearing in the media.”

The following are recent examples of conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic tropes against Judaism and the Jewish people.

On April 27, 2014, Kamel S. Abu Jaber, a former Jordanian foreign minister and director of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies, wrote an op-ed in the Jordan Times citing Mein Kampf. He claimed that Zionists have brainwashed Western governments into subscribing to “that esoteric Talmudic myth, placing Zionist interests before and above their own national interests.”

On April 28, Jordanian columnist, preacher, and TV host Monther Abu Hawash published an article in the Islamist-leaning paper, As Sabeel, stating that the Jewish people are wicked and “the enemy of God” and the Islamic faith. Abu Hawash vilifies Jews as “rats who are defiling Jerusalem and destroying the foundation of Al Aqsa,” and who resemble the devil.

Food has also become a political weapon to defame Jews and discredit their connection to their ancestral homeland. On June 25, the private news agency Ammon published an article arguing that mansaf, a traditional Jordanian lamb dish, was created to ridicule Jews because it is not kosher. When Jordanians consume this meal, they convey their hatred towards Jews until Judgment day.

In September 2014, Sheikh Abd al-Mun’im Abu Zant, a former Jordanian MP, recycled a medieval anti-Semitic trope that Jews use the blood of Christian children to prepare unleavened bread for Passover. He added that Jews are “liars” who practice in cannibalism. On December 10, 2014, Jordanian MP’s went on anti-Semitic tirades to protest gas exports from Israel. MP Yahya Mohammad Alsaud said that the government is able to solve the energy situation without resorting to the Jews, “who don’t respect agreements.” MP Mohammed al-Abadi advocated expelling Israeli tourists from the Kingdom. MP Mohammad Riyati recited Koranic verses: “These Jews attacked the prophets.” MP Khalil Attieh insinuated that Israelis poisoned wells, questioning if Israel intentionally polluted the Sea of Galilee.

In December 2014, Jordanian MP Khalil Attieh again revealed his anti-Semitic prejudices by denigrating Jews as the descendants of apes and pigs on Roya TV. Later that month, Jordan’s news site Assawsana published an article requesting that the Jordanian Minister of Religious Endowments order their clerics in the mosques to change their Friday sermons from “Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and those who follow them or are friends with them” to “Oh Allah, destroy the Jews because of their actions.” That way, Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel would not be perceived as a curse against Jordanians.

On June 24, 2015, the semi-independent Jordanian paper Ad-Dustour featured an article by Yasser Zaatreh, a writer and political analyst, praising Palestinian stabbings against Israelis as “heroic.” He encouraged Palestinian unity to perpetrate additional attacks.

In response to an Israeli critique of Jordanians protesting a bilateral gas deal, Adnan al-Rousan went on an ad hominem attack against both the Israeli pundit specifically and the Jewish people generally. On November 8, 2016, al-Rousan wrote that “the Jordanians have been here for a million years or more, while you, oh terrorist nobodies Jews have been here for only a few decades. Your state will disappear very soon Allah willing and your nukes, the UK and the US will not protect you.” He described Judaism as a “fake terrorist religion, the religion of Sherlock, the Merchant of Venice.” Threatening genocide, al-Rousan added, “The Jordanians will reclaim their rights with their hands, and you will eventually pay the price, as you did in Khaybar and in Germany.”

On April 9, 2017, Jordanian columnist As’ad al-‘Azouni published an article in Ammon claiming that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi could not possibly be a Muslim, but was in fact an Israeli Rabbi named Elliott Shimon. On May 6, Jordanian attorney Sufian Shawa echoed a lingering conspiracy in the Arab world that the two lines on the Israeli flag represented Jewish ambition to expand Israel’s borders from the Nile to the Euphrates. Writing in Ad-Dustour, Shawa said that as a result of Benjamin Netanyahu’s burgeoning relationship with Narendra Modi, Israel now sought to expand its borders to the Indian Ocean. The author added that Israel is a product of international freemasonry, whose influence controls Western governments.

These attitudes are not marginal but mainstream, cutting across the socio-economic strata of Jordanian society. A Canadian filmmaker illustrates how anti-Semitic texts such as Mein Kamp and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion are proudly displayed in Amman book shops and considered legitimate works of non-fiction. In April 2017, the Jordanian Prime TV channel broadcast a three-part series on The Protocols, moderated by Prime TV and Dyar Media General Director Ayed Alqam, who is also a film director and actor. In the series, Alqam said that the Jews are “an ostracized and abhorred people,” well known “for their lying, fraud, and deception, and their sowing of strife.”

 

A Shift in Tone?

Recently, several courageous voices have deviated from mainstream attitudes with a more positive view of Israel and the Jewish people. Although a minority opinion, this shift in perception offers a glimmer of hope for laying a foundation for tolerance and mutual respect, criteria necessary to upgrade a cold peace into a warm peace, and thus ensuring greater regional stability.

The Center of Israel Studies is an independent think tank in Jordan formed in 2014 to study the history and politics of Israel. Founded by Jordanian political scientist Abdullah Swalha, the Center aims to educate Jordanians on contemporary Israeli issues. “Why is it,” he asks, “that Israeli think tanks know everything about the Arab world, but that Arab think tanks don’t know anything about Israel?” Swalha added, “We don’t see the other side of Israel: Israel as a model of democracy, Israel as a model for prosperity, Israel as a state that respects human rights.”

In a March 2014 interview, Jordanian Sheikh Ahmad al-Adwan announced that Jordanian and Arab media had a religious obligation to stop anti-Jewish propaganda. He said that anyone who calls Israelis by names which Allah did not use is a villain, and that these media outlets “need to act in a God-fearing manner and call Israelis with names Allah used, and the name he gave to their land [Israel].”

In 2015, Jordanian Sheikh Ali Hassan Al-Halabi, director of the Imam al-Albani religious studies center, issued a fatwa forbidding the killing of Jewish civilians and soldiers. “The Jews do not attack anyone who does not attack them,” said the sheikh. “If they [Jews] killed every Muslim they saw, nobody would be left in Palestine. They would all flee to other countries. But all the people there stay put.” However, Jordanians did not respond affectionately to these radical pronouncements, prompting the sheikh to recant his views.

 

The Future of Israeli and American Cooperation with Jordan

Is Jordan’s policy of strategic military and intelligence cooperation with the United States and Israel sustainable while Amman does little to clamp down on anti-Semitic incitement?

Middle East commentators and pundits suggest that Jordanian anti-Semitic attitudes are linked with the Arab-Israeli conflict, and resolving the conflict would reduce these prejudices. Prior to the 1967 War, this assessment could be true. However, anti-Jewish propaganda has had decades to manifest in Jordanian society. Today, even with an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, it will take generations to change these perceptions.

When pressed about this bigotry and incitement, Jordanian officials may tell their Western interlocutors that Jordan has a free press and these views do not reflect those of the government. Or they can feign ignorance and suggest that these views are for domestic consumption, and should not be taken literally.

However, historical precedents reveal that Jordan is willing and able to respond to media criticism. In June 2017, Jordan revoked Al Jazeera’s license in a show of solidarity with the Saudi-led anti-Qatari coalition. In 1998, Jordan closed Al Jazeera’s office in Amman for four months after a broadcast insulted the Kingdom’s diplomatic relations with Israel.[1] Moreover, Jordan’s “Prevention of Terrorism Act,” enacted in 2006, grants the Kingdom sweeping powers to prosecute citizens for “disturbing public order” and “disturbing relations with a foreign country.” Under these laws, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic criticism technically violates these terms and could be followed by criminal action.

Although there has been some progress, the Kingdom’s toleration of anti-Semitic propaganda violates the spirit of the 1994 peace treaty and actually harms Jordanian and Israeli interests.

For Jordanians, anti-Semitic propaganda prevents Jordanians from achieving their full intellectual and economic potential. It creates an atmosphere where it is far easier to blame societal problems on external actors. Xenophobia and bigotry can have unpredictable consequences. Left unchecked, this propaganda could easily be used as justification to target other minority groups, harming Jordan’s tourism industry and tarnishing the Kingdom’s international reputation as a force of moderation. These hateful attitudes could also one day force Israelis to reconsider the wisdom of assisting their neighbor in water, energy, and agricultural development.

For Israelis, Jordan’s toleration of such prejudice places constant pressure on the King to terminate the peace treaty and reject normalization with the Jewish state. It creates an unnecessary burden on Jordanian leaders to work with Israelis on critical security cooperation and increases the probability of violent attacks by disgruntled Jordanians against Israelis traveling abroad.

Author

Ronald A. Marks, M.A.

Dr. Michael Sharnoff is the Director of Regional Studies at DMGS, where he is an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies. He is the author of Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel (2017).

Dr. Sharnoff has traveled extensively in the Middle East and has lived in three major world capitals. He has congressional experience on Capitol Hill; worked at influential policy centers in Washington; and publishes frequently on the Middle East. His articles have appeared in major publications including The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Al Arabiya, Palestine-Israel Journal and Your Middle East. He completed a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from King’s College, London, and his research interests include the Arab-Israeli conflict, Political Islam and contemporary Middle Eastern history.

ANNA’S STORY

She particularly enjoyed the way that he illuminated the theory of each topic by providing compelling historical examples together with his own personal experience and insights from his illustrious career in the National Security field.

“During the Bosnian wars, Dr. Meyer was The Deputy Chief of the CIA Taskforce in the Balkans. That’s the level of real-world experience that our professors have. We are taught and mentored in classes of around 7 students by faculty of that caliber.  It makes for a phenomenal experience, probably unique to our school, I would venture to say.”

Anna also talks excitedly about Professor James Anibal’s exceptional teaching style where students engage in multiple thought-provoking exercises, including some where they try to build and break deception types, guided by Anibal’s own extensive experience in the field.

“Learning by completing these exercises really cements the theories in our minds. These classes are invaluable to any student interested in the topic and will – without a doubt – make us much better practitioners ourselves.”

Anna also enthuses about the significant potential of the DMGS’ student body, where she has found lifelong friends who share her passion as well as her determination to become a leader in the National Security and Intelligence communities. A testament to her care and pride for her fellow students, Anna takes an active role in DMGS’ Student Government Association, where she has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President.

“I can truly say that I am frequently inspired by the students of DMGS because of their constant drive to do more, achieve more, and learn as much as they can. I, myself, learn something from my fellow students every day.”

Anna is especially appreciative of the external experiences DMGS has made possible for her, including representing the school at the 2017 Women in National Security Conference and competing in the 2017 Atlantic Council Cyber 9/12 Competition. However, perhaps the most memorable opportunity afforded to her by Daniel Morgan was the chance to participate in the Oxford Analytica Global Horizons Conference in Oxford, England, in both 2017 and 2018. It is precisely through such enrichment provided by DMGS that Anna has been able to travel outside the United States for the first time in her life. Wide-eyed, she describes how exploring the campus and halls of the prestigious Christ Church College at Oxford University was a surreal experience for her, as she and her fellow DMGS students were able attend seminars, panels, and plenaries with experts from all over the world. She emphasizes how this experience effectively gave her a chance to expand her knowledge, her worldview, and her overall understanding of the importance of National Security and Intelligence studies at a global level. A lasting memory of this extraordinary opportunity was of the conference black-tie gala at Blenheim Palace, the familial home of Winston Churchill.

“The memory that will forever stand out to me is walking up the Palace stairs in a ball-gown on what was my third day ever in another country. It was truly magical!”

Finally, Anna sums up her experience at the school by crediting DMGS with advancing her career through networking opportunities where she was able to meet career professionals in the National Security and Intelligence communities that she would have never been able to meet otherwise. She is particularly grateful for the faculty who took the time to help her discover her passion so she could determine her career path and who have guided and opened doors for her.

“The school really invests in its students not just through education, but through external experiences as well, and that investment really pays off for us when it comes to establishing our careers. When deciding upon a graduate school, DMGS was my choice without hesitation and I would make the same decision again every time.”

Kenneth’s Story

His artistic talent earned him a place at the Art Institute of Boston, majoring in illustration.  However, Kenneth left after a year because he was disappointed with the course content and did not want to waste his time on a course that did not fulfill him or develop his talents and aspirations.  After some self-reflection, deliberation and research, he eventually decided to go to CUNY to study business and entrepreneurship to learn how to turn his artistic skills into “a business not a just passion.”

Upon graduation from the CUNY program, he took a break for a year to evaluate his next step.  He experimented and explored different areas, starting a number of innovative art ventures and productions.  He also took hospitality jobs to help finance his ventures.  Yet Kenneth still felt as though he were missing something and, while he was contemplating joining the Peace Corps, his mentor advised him to look at DMGS.

He is well aware that many may not immediately make the connection between the study of Intelligence in conjunction with Business Entrepreneurship or Art.  Consequently, Kenneth goes on to explain that there are many areas in the private sector that require intelligence skills, describing it as an underserved field that is wide open for graduates.  As time has progressed, Kenneth’s eyes have increasingly been opened to the niche positioning that a Master’s in Intelligence could bring to him to make him highly marketable in his fields of interest.

“I realized that being adept at intelligence-gathering in Business Arts and Media would be a specialized niche.  I wouldn’t have to start my own business but instead would instantly have differentiated value upon graduation.”

To explain this further, Kenneth describes how intelligence is a key factor in making effective market and business decisions since being competitive requires knowing what competitors are doing in the marketplace.  Even coming up with the title to a song can be amplified by intelligence gathering techniques as that information strengthens all strategic decision-making.

‘The Fundamentals of Intelligence course really taught me how to gather human intelligence – not just as it applies to spies – but to effectively make “informed decisions” using competitive intelligence.  I learned how to craft a market analysis through public information.  Knowing where to look and how to search things out it essential in all areas of business.”

Kenneth then turns to the subject of his professors.  Like all the other students at DMGS, Kenneth cannot help but comment on how exceptional members of DMGS’ faculty are.  In his opinion,, compared to other professors who “speak much but say little,” DMGS’ professors really deliver what he calls “the bottom line of knowledge in their subjects,” adding that there is “no fluff or wordiness” as they simply and clearly present relevant information in a succinct and pertinent form.

“They have years of experience and can therefore distill down what really matters in a real work setting. They then communicate the essence of each topic in a way that sticks with the student. Educators like this are few and far between.  It is amazing to be in such small classes with such great professors.”

At DMGS, one can’t help but feel the warmth and camaraderie amongst the students.  This is something that Kenneth clearly feels very deeply himself. 

“I also admire my fellow students who have all done such amazing things before coming here.  They inspire me to up my game and it humbles me to break bread and to study alongside people who have experienced even greater challenges than I and who ensure that I always keep an open mind.”

Pressed for an example of this, Kenneth talks about a couple of his fellow students: one who is a Kurd from Iran and one from Georgia who has lived in the shadow of the Soviet Union.

Before ending the discussion, Kenneth says that he must also stress two other things: DMGS’ speaker series and the school’s founder, Abby Moffat. The events, he says, have been hugely important to the learning environment because they reinforce what students are taught in the classroom and they also provide great networking opportunities, as students have the chance to engage with a number of prominent people in their fields of interest.

In describing Abby Moffat, he recounts how much she adds to the positive culture of DMGS.  Kenneth also mentions that Abby has been particularly inspiring and encouraging to him on a personal level and that has made a big difference in his life.

“Abby Moffat brings a nurturing and compassionate entrepreneur spirit to the school.  Her strength, kindness and insights drive the organization, just as my grandmothers’ strengths and courage drove the successes within my own family.”

Margalita’s Story

“I quit my job and embarked upon my second Master’s degree at DMGS because I realized that program would benefit me a great deal. I would not have left my job if I hadn’t anticipated this and I wasn’t disappointed. It was one of the best decisions that I have ever made as it has now led me to even higher paths.”

Nor was leaving her job an easy decision.  Before DMGS, Margalita had been working for the UN and EU.  She grew up in Tbilisi during the civil war and learned to count from the traces of the bullet holes against a building wall. Coming face to face with war at such a young age affected her career choices in later life and motivated her into positions where she would help people affected by conflict.  Specifically, she worked on projects that supported the Prime Minister’s office in her native country of Georgia. She worked in a new agency commission on a National Action Plan implementing the UN Security Council’s Resolution on Women, Peace and Security. Her assignment was to identify the needs of conflict-affected women and girls.  Together with the UN Women’s Mission as well as several government officials and advisors on human rights, Margalita travelled to villages along the Administrative Boundary Lines. Her mission was to identify the needs of these women and girls and to translate their aggregate problems into policy to support Georgia’s Three – year UN Action Plan.  Margalita then went on to assist in building the necessary capacity to support the implementation of these policies and solutions under the European Union Project.

Margalita says that what drew her to DMGS and what ultimately drove her to take the significant step of leaving her UN position was the quality of the faculty at the school.

“It’s not the name or the history of a school that matters, it’s the professors.”

She is now very glad that she took the steps that she took in coming to DMGS. One of the professors she enthuses over is David Kanin whom she describes as “one of the most educated professors in the universe” and whose classes she describes “are like paradise.”  In fact, Margalita is extremely enthusiastic about all of her professors whom she collectively describes as not just as compelling academicians but as extraordinary individuals.

“Even the five-minute interactions during the class breaks is something that we all look forward to.”

The extent of her satisfaction with the teaching at DMGS has been so great that she insists that the quality benchmark for lectures and discussions is now much higher than previously experienced and that she and her fellow students have consequently become “professor and lecture snobs.”

“We now all see how much others miss out on in traditional classes.  We have never experienced and probably will never experience this type and level of teaching again.”

Another important facet of DMGS is the free-thinking aspect that underpins its pedagogic approach as the professors encourage their students to question everything rather than blindly following one school of thought. This is an approach which Margalita describes as “unique in today’s world that is oversaturated by opinion.”

“The minute you create an environment when you shut each other down, the learning ends.  DMGS clearly understands this and opens up the learning environment to embrace all ideas.”

This openness to multiple viewpoints also extends to multiple cultures.  By opening up its programs to those from other countries who seek to make the world a better and safer place, DMGS creates a dynamic and exciting learning environment.  Margalita is also very enthusiastic about this and about the impact it has on the school’s environment.

“It’s a real privilege to be in the class with people from so many different backgrounds.  It adds to our discussions in an amazing way.”

Finally, Margalita is also extremely enthusiastic about DMGS’ location and networking opportunities.“Being in D.C., magic happens outside the classroom.  We meet the people that we only read about previously. We effectively meet history here.”

SHANNON’S STORY

Upon her return to the United States, Shannon completed her undergraduate degree in her areas of true passion and was later accepted to continue her graduate studies at University of Glasgow.  However, after one semester there, Shannon came to the realization that the program was not a good fit for her due to its intensely theoretical approach. Having been at the forefront of action rather than deliberation, Shannon found a theoretical program to be too confining for her needs and aspirations.  Luckily, one of her professors at the university was Peter Jackson, a renowned editor of multiple major intelligence publications. Immediately understanding the frustrations of a student who had already experienced so much and wanted to do much more, hee advised her,

“If you are looking for something practical, there is a new, specialized school in Washington D.C. and everyone there has a fundamentally practical approach to graduate studies. I think that it would be a perfect fit and would get you where you want to go.”

Having taken his sage advice, Shannon is now at DMGS in her second semester and says that she is loving the experience.  She goes on to say that Daniel Morgan has certainly lived up to the practical teaching and experience that she was looking for.

“When you are uninformed or ill-advised you blindly pick a school for the name without really understanding the importance of the professors who will teach you.  That is a big mistake.  Anybody looking at the bios of DMGS’ professors can see that this is THE place to be if you want to go into National Security”.

To illustrate her point, Shannon talks about one of the first professors she had at DMGS, a former diplomat who worked on the 911 commission and was, therefore, able to give her and her fellow students an inside perspective on actual events that others merely read as history.

Describing one of the biggest differences she is experiencing at Daniel Morgan compared to what she had encountered in higher education thus far, Shannon points to the exceptionally small class sizes:

“I don’t think other graduate students experience the personalized attention we get at DMGS. Each student  gets immediate direction and mentorship; at most graduate schools a student would wait 3 weeks to get a paper back and then would have to make an office appointment 2 weeks after that for in-person guidance . Not here.”

Shannon also enthuses over the extraordinary opportunities that she has been given at DMGS.  Thanks to a trip sponsored by the school, where she went on a week-long security summit just outside Prague, she was introduced to the UN NATO program (Youth Atlantic Treaty Association) and is now a UN Youth Ambassador. This means that, once per month, Shannon attends international conferences around the world.  Shannon is, not only delighted to be a part of this, but is also very grateful for the way her professors at DMGS are so accommodating and encouraging to her in these endeavors.

Another significant advantage of being a DMGS student is the flexibility of having classes scheduled in the evening. Shannon is particularly appreciative of this since it has allowed her to obtain the best internships as well as to get the best out of her internships:

“I am able to work and come to class in the evenings.  Other interns consistently have to leave and come back to work to attend classes during the day.  As a result of DMGS’ class schedule I get better training than the other interns and it makes it easier for me to apply for jobs without class times getting in the way.”

Shannon believes that these factors all play into the reason DMGS graduates get such wonderful career positions upon graduation.

“I couldn’t believe some of the places that DMGS students have gone.  A number of my fellow students have gotten jobs with the top contractors in National Security and one even just got a job at the White House.”

Shannon points out that this is a testament to how good the education and opportunities are at Daniel Morgan. She points out that top firms want DMGS graduates because they are extremely well-prepared, noting that high profile firms are keen to hire DMGS graduates even before the school has obtained the full accreditation status which is expected next year.

Shannon ends her story with a summary of her enthusiasm about the Daniel Morgan School:

“DMGS has been a perfect fit for me. I can’t even describe how wonderful this place is. Everyone is so kind and so intelligent and so well-connected. There is not a better school especially for anyone who has an interest in National Security.  As the school is young, it is like a best kept secret …but it probably won’t be a secret for long.”

TOMASZ’ STORY

Tomasz is now at The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security where he hopes to get an American perspective on issues related to Russian and global security. As he is obviously already extremely well-versed in this area, Tomasz sought out a program with the utmost authority and credibility to augment his own well-established base in the field.  Tomasz found that level of authority when he came across current Daniel Morgan – and former Harvard professor, Yuval Weber’s biography.  Seeing Dr. Weber’s well-documented expertise, Tomasz said that he “realized that DMGS was the right place to be.”

Now that he attends Daniel Morgan, he says that he is even more certain of the fact that DMGS was the place where true expertise in the field resided.  In addition to the formidable intellect of Dr. Weber, Tomasz has also been struck by the depth of national and international expertise that resides within the DMGS faculty as a whole.  In his own area of expertise, he has further been engaged by the extensive knowledge and insights of incoming professor, Dr. Edward Lemon, formerly a professor at Columbia University and now a DMGS-Kennan Institute Fellow. Dr. Lemon is a global authority on Eurasia. Talking enthusiastically about his experience at DMGS, Tomasz notes:

“It gives me a different angle and a truly global perspective in my chosen field which is particularly fascinating. These extremely erudite professors and stimulating courses have really shed light in several areas and have helped to unfasten the complex international geopolitical knot.”

Another reason Tomasz was drawn to The Daniel Morgan Graduate School was the possibility to be in the center of Washington D.C. amidst the hub of prestigious think tanks and media outlets with whom he had hoped to make connections. Tomasz says that his actual experience has greatly exceeded his expectations, as DMGS has given him significant access and entrees to several key organizations through its prestigious partners and events.

“It’s so easy to have extraordinary networking opportunities here at DMGS. Many doors have been opened for me and I have already been connected to many people and organizations that I would not have even dared to imagine.”

Gilbert’s Story

He says that his experience at the school has gone well above his already high expectations, going so far as to add that it has completely changed his perspective in multiple areas that he had previously viewed through a more narrow contextual lens.  He is currently enrolled in the National Security M.A. program, with a specialization in International Relations.

“This gives me a special perspective and understanding of security across the globe.  I increasingly understand the importance of studying security issues with a global backdrop since the impact of the National Security is not isolated.  It is intertwined because of the interconnectedness of the modern world.”

To achieve his specific career and learning objectives and work within the confines of his prominent career,, Gilbert is obliged and has been approved to take an accelerated track that would enable him to complete this in only 15 months.

 “The deans and professors at Daniel Morgan have been incredibly supportive in working with me to make the adjustments that I need to achieve my career objectives while meeting all the necessary academic milestones.  They don’t put up roadblocks.  They look for the solutions to the roadblocks.”

Gilbert is also impressed with DMGS’ personalized approach at the instructional level.  He notes that the small classes result in everyone having a chance to express themselves and to better engage with the material being covered.  He also explains how DMGS’ professors have a fascinating way of leading and guiding the class through their subjects, while deftly merging students’ international perspectives into the discussion.

“At this school, different skills and cultures come together in a very special way that enhances the learning experience for every one of us.”