Emory University's top international affairs educator has been named to the Council on Foreign Relations, an influential policy think tank in Washington

Holli Semetko, vice provost for international affairs and the director of the university's Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, was among the 74 life members named to the council this year, the university announced Aug. 15.

A scholar with 90-plus publications, Dr. Semetko has researched political communication all over the world. Her work at Emory has extended the university's research partnerships and attracted funding from foreign governments for special projects.

New programs launched under her watch include Korean studies, an annual India Summit attended by business and government leaders and expanded Chinese language and cultural programs.

At the Halle Institute, she has led the development of faculty exchange programs in China and an endowed Turkish lecture series in Atlanta, among other programs.

"Dr. Semetko was nominated because of her international expertise and outstanding work at Emory,” said James Laney, Emory's president emeritus, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and a council member.

Scholars like Dr. Semetko are important as Emory becomes more influential in Asia and beyond, Dr. Laney said in a news release.

GlobalAtlanta recently interviewed Dr. Semetko about the Emory-Nanjing Visiting Scholars Program, by which professors and graduate students travel between the two locales to present lectures and research.

Read more: Atlanta the First Stop for Nanjing Delegation

Visit http://halleinstitute.emory.edu/ for more information. 

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