Humphrey Global Policy Capstone Team Presents at US Dept of State

Humphrey students Richie Barta (MPP), Israel Ghebreamlack (MDP), Thor Hong (MPP), Alexander Nelson (MPP) and Lauren Weber (MPP) presented the results of their research on  "The Economic Impact of the 2014 Ukraine-Related Sanctions on the EU," to Department of State officials in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in Washington, D.C., on May 20, 2015.   The Humphrey students examined the impact of the EU's sanctions and of Russian counter-sanctions on a select group of ten EU economies and the implications for policy makers.  The students drew on ten years of economic data in eight sectors, as well as on the expertise of academics and policy experts in fields including sanctions theory and European politics, in preparing their report.  In addition to being presented to the Department of State, the report will be made available on the University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy.

This is the third year that Humphrey students have completed capstone projects for the Department of State.  In previous years students completed projects for the Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration Affairs on "Identification and Outreach to Persons with Disabilities;" and for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor on "Business and Human Rights:  Recommendations to Advance Access to Remedy."  

The students were advised by Humphrey School Diplomat in Residence, Mary Curtin, a former Department of State Foreign Service Officer.  For further questions, please contact Dr. Curtin at


Mary T. Curtin, Ph.D.
Human Rights Program Advisor
Diplomat in Residence
Coordinator, Global Policy Area
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