Rafael Loss, 2016 MacJannet Fellow at Fletcher School

Rafael Loss, 2016 MacJannet Fellow at Fletcher School

I am a transatlantic citizen.  Not only are my political beliefs deeply rooted in the idea of transatlantic cooperation, particularly between the United States and Germany, but my own story is one of transatlantic relationships.  Due to political differences with the ruling dictatorship and his outspokenness about suppressing civil liberties and rights, my Argentinian father decided to start a new life in Germany in the 1980s.

During my formative years, I thus had the opportunity to spend numerous summers exploring South America.  Starting in 2011, I pursued my undergraduate studies in the wonderful town of Bremen, Germany. (Maybe you are familiar with the Bremen town musicians: That is where they supposedly come from.)  My studies have provided me with a much more systematic approach to the value of international relations and the European integration process.  They also allowed me to spend two semesters abroad in Canada, where I studied during the fall of 2013, and South Africa, where I interned with the German embassy in Pretoria.

In 2014, I was fortunate enough to have been offered an internship with Marieluise Beck in the German Bundestag and with the German Green Party’s Co-Chairman Cem Ozdemir.  These five months I spent in the heart of German politics were shaped by the Ukraine crisis on the one hand and the dramatic deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Iraq and Syria on the other hand.

2015 MacJannet Fellows reception at Fletcher School with Tufts President, Monaco (left) and Foundation President, Todd Langton

2015 MacJannet Fellows reception at Fletcher School with Tufts President Anthony Monaco (left) and Foundation President Todd Langton (right)

My graduate studies at the Fletcher School now allow me to reflect on those experiences and to further develop skills and acquire the knowledge necessary to serve the purpose of peace and international understanding.  Not only inside the classroom, where I can learn from distinguished academic and practitioners like Alan Henrikson and Antonia Chayes, but also outside the classroom, where I benefit from the excellence of the Fletcher community.

For Professor Robert Pfaltzgraff, for example, I conduct research on conflict escalation and coalition management. Likewise, I will assist him and Professor Richard Shultz in teaching a course on Security Studies for The Fletcher School’s executive program GMAP.  I am also participating in the student-run Fletcher Security Review and head the school’s European Affairs Society and Fletcher Students in Security.  Next spring I will have the pleasure to co-chair the European Conference at Harvard. Last but not least, I serve on The Fletcher School’s Admissions Committee.  Together with seven other students as well as members of the Admissions Office and Faculty, I help select the next generation of Fletcher students and potential members of the MacJannet Foundation family.

After Fletcher, I am currently considering pursuing a PhD in the United States.  Ultimately, I hope to become what some call a “pracademic”.  I want to be based in academia and engage in policy-relevant research, but I would also welcome every opportunity to serve the public and government.

I look forward to getting to know members of the MacJannet Foundation community and thank you for your support.