The Levermore Global Scholars Program annually hosts a selected number of accomplished international professionals and scholars to share their unique expertise, insights, and experience with our students. Fellows often give guest lectures on diverse global themes, supervise research, participate in lunch colloquia, mentor students, and advise on international careers.
Over the years, his many accomplishments have included representing UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Western Sahara, where he led the civilian and military components of the UN peacekeeping mission. While serving as deputy special representative of the secretary-general for civil administration in Kosovo, after its ethnic conflict, he was responsible for civil administration. In the period before Kosovo gained independence, his duties covered oversight of government ministries in four regions and thirty municipalities. As UN resident coordinator in Iran, he led interagency humanitarian, development and good governance initiatives. As chief of the executive office of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA), he promoted reforms in health, education and development programs. In this position, he was instrumental in adjusting operations to address emergencies affecting Palestinians arising from the War of the Camps in Lebanon and the Gulf War. At the outset of the first intifada, he launched pioneering programs to support UNWRA operations serving refugees and monitor developments on the ground.
At the fall of the Somoza government in Nicaragua, he established and was responsible for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, developing and managing programs that served 800,000 returning refugees and displaced persons. Throughout his career, Mr. Bastagli has worked extensively on a wide range of other international issues, including drug control, organized crime, poverty alleviation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. He continues to advise various United Nations initiatives around the world.
Dr. Trenkov-Wermuth has taught at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Cambridge, Bard College, Baruch College (CUNY), the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Hamilton College. He served as Senior Program Coordinator at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation and was also named a TAPIR Fellow at the RAND Corporation’s National Defense Research Institute in Arlington, VA and in the Global Security Program at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki, Finland. Dr. Trenkov-Wermuth has worked at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York, at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, and at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris.
His research and teaching focus on the UN and the EU, on rule of law reform and transitional justice, and broadly on international security politics. He is the author of United Nations Justice: Legal and Judicial Reform in Governance Operations (United Nations University Press, 2010) and co-author of NATO and the Challenges of Austerity (RAND, 2012) and Overcoming Obstacles to Peace: Local Factors in Nation-Building (RAND, 2013). He holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and an A.B. in World Politics from Hamilton College.