Government Professor Earns PELL Fellowship for his Work as a Scholar and Diplomat



Government Professor Earns PELL Fellowship for his Work as a Scholar and Diplomat

from The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy

April 10, 2017
Stone Ridge, NY

SUNY Ulster Government Professor Earns PELL Fellowship for his Work as a Scholar and Diplomat

from The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, in Newport, Rhode Island, has named a new Fellow for 2017-2018. Dr. Ray Raymond, SUNY Ulster Associate Professor of Government and History, received the honor for embodying the Pell Center’s mission of promoting American engagement in the world, effective government at home, and civic participation by all Americans.

Founded in 1998 by the U.S. Congress, the Pell Center honors Senator Claiborne Pell, the distinguished Rhode Island diplomat and U.S. senator. The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy is a multidisciplinary research center. It’s focused at the intersection of politics, policies, and ideas. This fellowship recognizes Dr. Raymond’s work both as a diplomat, and as a scholar.

Outside of the SUNY Ulster classroom, Raymond also serves as Director of the Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies, and lectures on U.S. government and politics, the U.S. Constitution, U.S. national security policy, the European Union (including BREXIT) at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. naval Academy. In recent years, Dr. Raymond has also lectured at Duke University, the University of California- Los Angeles, the University of Maine, Rosemont College, Marist College, Salve Regina University, and Union College, among others. Dr. Raymond has also lectured for world affairs councils throughout the United States and for business executives for national security. In October 2016, he was invited to lecture, at the University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom on the topic: "The Crisis of American Democracy.” In December, he returned to University of Manchester, this time via Skype, as part of an international seminar. During that time he presented "An Initial Assessment of the US Presidential Election."

Most recently, along with his co-author Dr. Schuyler Foerster, Raymond has been writing and publishing works expressing serious concerns about the various aspects of the US / Foreign Policy. “The Center for National Interest,” a public policy think tank, in Washington, D.C., published his “Balanced Internationalism: 5 Core Principles to Guide US National Security Policy”. Here they are:

  1. American global leadership remains essential to preserve the rules-based order that has prevented global conflict among the great powers, built a successful global economy and offers new emerging powers a place in that order.
  2. Our leadership must be collaborative not unilateral. America first cannot mean America alone.
  3. We do not have the luxury of ignorance or “alternative facts.” We must invest in the intelligence community and listen to them respectfully as they present the facts as they are, based on careful analysis, not as we would wish them to be.
  4. Empathy is the most important strategic virtue, hubris the most dangerous strategic vice. This is a recurring lesson in our history.
  5. In a democracy like ours, proper process and the rule of law matter. Adherence to the Constitution is not an optional extra.

They therefore have challenged the foreign policy positions, set out by Senator Bernie Sanders on the left, and President Donald Trump on the right. Raymond writes, “America’s legitimacy as a global leader will rest not only on our military and economic power, but also on our moral authority.”

Raymond has more completed work, yet to be published. One such work is "The UK-US Special Relationship at the Crossroads" with Dr. Foerster, who is currently Fulbright Distinguished Professor at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. This has been accepted in principle for publication by the “Atlantic Council.” The duo also WROTE "America First: America Alone," which is under review by the editors of "The World Today, The Royal Institute of International Affairs” in Chatham House, London.

A former British diplomat, from 1997 to 2005, Raymond worked with Prime Minister Tony Blair’s policy unit and as an adviser to his chief of staff. From 2001 TO 2015, Professor Raymond served as chair of the Marshall Scholarships for the Mid-Atlantic States and as a member of the Marshalls U.S. Governing Body. Along with the Rhodes scholarship, the Marshalls are the most competitive academic scholarships in the United States.

Dr. Raymond has lectured on comparative politics, international relations and counter-insurgency at West Point for 30 YEARS and in 2009 served as the Thomas Hawkins Johnson Visiting Professor at the US Military Academy. He is also a fellow of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City, and the Royal Society of Arts in London.

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