On February 9, 2016 Professors Joe Bankoff, Vicki Birchfield, Ken Knoespel were joined by a select group of students and Vice Dean Vanessa Scherrer from Sciences Po (who had participated in the jointly taught course on Global Issues and Leadership last fall ) for an exclusive visit to the U.S. Embassy, the Ambassador’s residence and the George Marshall Center (Hotel de Tallyerand). The visit was organized by Johnny Jones, a Nunn School and Georgia Tech alumnus (2002) currently serving as a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy. Johnny participated in the Nunn School’s study abroad program in Europe when he was an undergraduate and attributes his passion for international affairs and his decision to pursue a career in diplomacy to that experience. In addition to an exclusive, behind the scenes visit to to the Ambassador’s residence, the group enjoyed an personal meeting with Ambassador Hartely in the famous Wallace room of the Embassy. The Ambassador had visited the GT-Lorraine campus last October where Professor Birchfield was teaching at the time and she noted again how impressed she was with the campus and the Lafayette Institute. Professor Bankoff took the lead in discussing the innovative co-taught course and growing collaborations between the Nunn School and Sciences Po and each student had an opportunity to discuss their experience in the course and their career interest. Ambassador Hartley conveyed her deepest respect for the career and public service of Senator Nunn and reiterated how impressed she is with Georgia Tech and its commitment to international education. Following the meeting with the Ambassador, Johnny brought in a panel of diplomats including the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, the Head of the Economic Section and the personal briefer to the Ambassador to have an open-ended and wide ranging discussion with the students on issues ranging from terrorism to TTIP.