The Harlan Cleveland Award for Excellence in International Policy Issues 2016: 
Madeleine Eleanor Durbin

Madeleine Durbin 2016


This year’s recipient is Madeleine Eleanor Durbin. She has combined her International Relations major with minors in Global Political Economy and Geography. For International Relations, her topic concentration is International Security & Diplomacy and her geographic region concentration is Africa.  She studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, and Accra, Ghana, as well as in our Maxwell-in-Washington International Relations semester, where she interned in the Bureau of African Affairs in the US State Department. Professor Ryan Williams, Director of our Maxwell-in- DC Center, housed in the Center for Strategic & International Studies, endorsed this nomination for the Cleveland Policy Award noting “Maddi set herself apart in the DC Program not only for outstanding academics, but also for a true passion and enthusiasm for international affairs – both in the classroom and at her internship at the State Department.” Professor Jim Keagle described her as “most enthusiastic and engaging.” This year’s recipient is participating in the Renée Crown Honors Program and is in the first class of IR Distinction Scholars, where she has focused her research on environmental and development policies related to conflict minerals in Africa, including diamonds, coltan, uranium, and water.