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PICS 2015 Graduation Ceremony and Reception (by Invitation Only)

Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:00 AM
Michigan Theater

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) celebrates the 2015 graduation ceremony and reception. 


Welcome Remarks

Robert J. Franzese, Jr. 

Director, Program in International and Comparative Studies;
Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Political Science;
Research Professor, Center for Political Studies;
I.S.R. Fellow, The Society for Political Methodology

Student speaker

Sumana Palle 

BA International Studies/Business Administration

Graduation Speaker

Mark V. Vlasic

Senior Fellow, Institute for Law, Science, and Global Security and Senior Fellow, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown; 

principal, Madison Law & Strategy Group PLLC


Mark V. Vlasic is a senior fellow and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, and a principal at Madison Law & Strategy Group PLLC. Before his return to academia and private practice, Mr. Vlasic was a public sector specialist at the World Bank Group, serving as the first head of operations of the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative. He is a former White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, as well as a former advisor to the President’s Special Envoy to Sudan. In recognition of his contributions, Mr. Vlasic received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. 

Prior to government service, Mr. Vlasic was a prosecution attorney at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. He was a member of the Slobodan Milosevic and General Radislav Krstic (Srebrenica) trial and investigative teams, focusing on the mass executions and genocide in Bosnia. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in Davos and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mark V. Vlasic