Said Tayeb Jawad, former ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, has joined the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as the inaugural Fisher Family Fellow. He will engage in a number of public speaking events on the future of Afghanistan during his monthlong residency, sharing his knowledge and real-world experience with students and faculty. In addition, he will participate in the project’s programming, which examines innovation in negotiation and diplomacy with Harvard students and faculty.His work at HKS is made possible through the Richard and Nancy Fisher Family Fellows Program, created by Nancy and Richard W. Fisher A.B. ’71, longtime supporters of the University’s international engagement and teaching.Jawad served concurrently as Afghan ambassador to the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico from 2003 to 2010. He returned to Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001, to assist in the state-building process, where he played a versatile and crucial role in government, serving as President Hamid Karzai’s press secretary, chief of staff, and director of the office of international relations.“We are extremely pleased to welcome Ambassador Jawad to the Harvard Kennedy School as our first Fisher Family Fellow. He brings with him not only a wealth of experience on Afghanistan and the reconciliation process but also an international vantage point on the evolving nature of conflict diplomacy and negotiation strategy in democratization efforts,” said R. Nicholas Burns, director of the Future of Diplomacy Project.Trilingual in English, German, and French, Jawad was educated at the Afghan French Lycée Esteqial, the School of Law and Political Sciences at Kabul University, and later at Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster, Germany. He earned his M.B.A. from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco and subsequently worked for a number of prominent law firms in the United States.
The starry reception for the 2015 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards was a blast, but one bubbly, blonde Broadway favorite was missing from the bunch: Annaleigh Ashford, who absolutely slayed fans with her hilarious performance as aspiring ballerina Essie in You Can’t Take It With You. The Tony nominee, who has been in Los Angeles filming Masters of Sex, is back in town, so on May 29, she stopped by our Times Square headquarters to accept her Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Featured Actress in a Play! Check out this Hot Shot of Ashford with her shiny new trophy, then see her on the 2015 Tony Awards, on TV’s Masters of Sex and back on Broadway in Sylvia this fall. View Comments read more
“Janavs’s contention that she has satisfied the exhaustion requirements ignores the plain language of the statute, which does not contemplate a motion by an individual who is not yet in BOP custody,” the document read. “While Janavs may have sent a letter to a warden at a BOP facility, until she actually reports to that facility and is taken into custody, that warden is not ‘the warden of the defendant’s facility.’” The opposition also noted that no staff or prisoners at either of the facilities to which Hodge and Janavs were assigned have tested positive for the coronavirus. Janavs was sentenced in February to five months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $250,000 after pleading guilty in October to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering for arranging for her daughter’s false recruitment to USC’s beach volleyball team and rigging her two daughters’ SAT scores. In the order filed Thursday, the court acknowledged the defendants’ concerns of endangerment but stated that they had not yet exhausted all other means of modifying their sentences. Hodge and Janavs would not meet conditions for consideration of a sentence reduction regardless, the government argued in an opposition entered Tuesday, citing Janavs’ presentence physicals indicating good physical health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines about at-risk populations. “Their motions should be denied for the separate reason that they cannot establish ‘extraordinary and compelling circumstances’ that would justify reduced sentences,” the opposition read. “BOP has instituted substantial policies and procedures to manage the pandemic and prevent the spread of infection.” The government argued that Douglas Hodge and Michelle Janavs do not qualify for a commuted sentence in response to the defendants’ motion requesting home confinement in lieu of prison. (Daily Trojan file photo) According to the government’s opposition, only individuals already in federal custody may appeal to commute a prison sentence to home confinement, a condition that would preclude both Hodge and Janavs from submitting their requests. Hodge was sentenced to nine months in prison and fined $750,000 in February for paying for four of his children’s college admissions — including two to USC — as false athletic recruits and for attempting to fraudulently secure his fifth child’s acceptance to Loyola Marymount University in the same manner. His sentence is the heaviest to date in the college admissions scandal. Two USC parents in the college admissions case who requested that their prison sentences be converted to home confinement due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus were denied in court Thursday after the court found they did not meet requirements for the modification. The judge declined the parents’ requests for home confinement on grounds of failure to meet administrative requirements, ruling instead to postpone their self-surrender dates to June 30 from their previous reporting deadlines of May 4 and 7, respectively. Hodge and Janavs are among 19 parents in the admissions case with ties to USC, six of whom pleaded guilty and proceeded with sentencing. The remaining 11 parents connected to the University have opted to contest charges and will be tried in Boston federal court beginning in October. Douglas Hodge and Michelle Janavs submitted motions last week alleging that their sentences for their roles in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal would pose a threat to their health in light of the increased contagion reported in federal prisons during the coronavirus pandemic. Janavs cited preexisting health conditions that would further increase the severity of her symptoms should she contract the virus. She quoted figures from the Bureau of Prisons showing increasing numbers of coronavirus cases in federal prisons, while Hodge stated that his age, 62 years, elevated his vulnerability to the virus. read more