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D.C. Program Meets With Helsinki Commission's Hurd '99


In the final event of the Fall 2018 Washington D.C Program, Nathaniel Hurd ’99 met with the students on the D.C. program and recounted how his research at Hamilton led him to his current position at the Helsinki Commission.

While at Hamilton, Hurd researched the U.S. response to the Rwandan genocide and became interested in the intersection between U.S. foreign policy and humanitarian efforts.  After graduation, he delved into the world of United States/United Nations policies regarding Iraq and made a name for himself as an expert on the topic.

His expertise opened more doors into the world of international relations. After working for a humanitarian non-profit, Hurd went to Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where he received a Master of International Affairs, International Media and Communications degree. Following completion of his graduate studies, he worked for various international relations-oriented organizations and is now a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, otherwise known as the Helsinki Commission.

After describing his career path, Hurd gave the group of students some much-appreciated advice. He emphasized the importance of expecting the unexpected in your career path and that you should know what you find compelling and what you don’t, but also remain flexible and open to new experiences. But, he also offered another message. Hurd reminded the group that having a life outside of work is important. Hobbies keep us sane and friends help us see reality. In the hectic world of D.C., his advice is invaluable and a fitting parting message. 

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