The Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium

The 2017 EPIIC international symposium was three days of far-reaching discussions on issues critical to understanding the challenges to stability facing the global world order, from the complexities of the changing nature of economies to the rise of populism in Western democracies; from the changing nature of force and diplomacy to the implications of hybrid warfare and escalating climate change.  The symposium also considered the future of the liberal world order and imperatives for US foreign policy. See coverage of the symposium in the Tufts Daily and of Adm. Stavridis' talk in Tufts Now.

Of past EPIIC Symposia, the Boston Globe has editorialized: "...At a time when the national discourse seems forever reduced to its lowest common denominator -- to sound bites and slogans -- EPIIC is a refreshing antidote. Far from looking to simplify the world, the symposium aims to teach students to view life in a way that respects complex human systems..."


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The World of Tomorrow: Order and Chaos in the 21st Century

The 32nd Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium
February 23-25, 2017

ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School
160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155


Thursday, February 23


The Economy of the Future

• David Dapice

• Dieter Ernst

• Manuel Muniz


Friday, February 24

10:30am Keynote: Twenty-First Century Security: Challenges and Opportunities

• Adm. James Stavridis, The Fletcher School


Climate Change: Threats to International Stability

• Paul Berkman

• Paul Kirshen

• David Titley

2:00pm Identity, Integration and the Future of the Nation-State

• Michael Bröning

• Randy Kluver

• Yascha Mounk

• Farah Pandith

• Benjamin Sacks


Expert-led Discussion Sessions

• European Foreign Policy in the Trump Era with Mai’a Cross -- Room: Mugar 235

• Geopolitical Narratives and their Impact with Randy Kluver -- Room: Olin 102

• Chinese and Russian Perspectives on Information Warfare with COL Alex Crowther (U.S. Army,
ret.) -- Room: Cabot 205

• Germany’s Future in Europe with Michael Bröning -- Room: Olin 110

• Populism and Global Economics with Manuel Muñiz -- Room: Cabot 206

• The Future of United Nations Peacekeeping with Joachim Koops -- Room: Mugar 231

• Climate Change and Security with Rear Adm David Titley (U.S. Navy, ret.) -- Room: Olin 108

7:00pm Keynote: The Shape of Things to Come

• Juan Enriquez

8:00pm The End of the Liberal World Order?

• Mai'a Davis Cross

• Joachim Koops

• Nikos Passas

• Victoria Zhuravleva


Saturday, February 25

10:00am The Changing Nature of Force

• Alex Crowther

• Daniel Feehan

• Oleg Svet

2:00pm The Future of Diplomacy

• Amb. Daniel Feldman

• Philippe Leroux-Martin

• Padraig O'Malley

• Rodrigo Tavares


Expert-led Discussion Sessions

• Science Diplomacy with Paul Berkman -- Room: Mugar 200

• Hybrid Warfare and U.S. Responses with Alex Crowther -- Room: Mugar 231

• U.S. Grand Strategy since the Cold War with Zoltan Feher, Foreign Policy Analyst and
Press Attache at the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, DC -- Room: Olin 112

• Geography and Strategy with Benjamin Sacks -- Room: Mugar 235

• The Role and Responsibilities of the National Security Adviser and the NSC with Oleg Svet
-- Room: Olin 116

• Russian-American Relations in a Changing World Order with Victoria Zhuravleva -- Room:
Cabot 205

7:00pm Keynote Conversation:

• Amb. R. Nicholas Burns

• David Sanger, Senior Correspondent , New York Times

8:00pm Future Imperatives for American Foreign Policy

• Doug Bandow

• Jose Maria Beneyto

• Steven Feldstein

• Alexander Görlach


Participants include:



Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC.



Jose Maria Beneyto is an academic, an international lawyer, a politician and a writer. He is a Professor of European Law and Politics, International Relations and International Law, a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam of the EU and the Director of the Institute for European Studies in Madrid. He has published extensively on European Union constitutional development, EU foreign policy, energy, telecoms and financial sector regulation, international law, EU political theory, global governance, international organizations and human rights. He was a Civil Servant of the European Institutions and an advisor to the European Parliament, the European Convention, the OCDE and the World Bank. As a politician, he was until 2016 a member of the Spanish Parliament (Spokesman for Foreign Affairs), Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Chair of its Committee on External Relations.



Paul Berkman is an internationally-renown scientist, explorer, educator and author who has made significant contributions to the sustainable development of our world during the past three decades. He is especially motivated to establish connections between science, diplomacy and information technology to promote cooperation and prevent discord for good governance of regions beyond sovereign jurisdictions – which account for nearly 70 percent of the Earth. Paul was a visiting professor at the University of California at the age of 24, after wintering in Antarctica on a SCUBA research expedition the previous year, and travelled to all seven continents before the age of 30. He was former Head of the Arctic Ocean Geopolitics Programme at the University of Cambridge and a Research Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. In September 2015, Prof. Berkman joined the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University as Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy. In addition, he is the founder and sole-owner of EvREsearch LTD, Chief Executive of DigIn (Digital Integration Technology Limited) and Chair of the Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces. Prof. Berkman also is the coordinator of the international Arctic Options and Pan-Arctic Options projects, which are funded by government agencies from 2013-2020, addressing Holistic Integration for Arctic Coastal-Marine Sustainability. He convened and chaired the Antarctic Treaty Summit in Washington, DC on the 50th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty, involving 40 sponsoring institutions from around the world as well as a joint resolution adopted with unanimous consent in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He also convened the NATO advanced research workshop that became the first formal dialogue between NATO and Russia regarding Arctic security, stimulating subsequent presentations to the Norwegian Parliament and NATO Maritime Command. In addition, Prof. Berkman co-convened and chaired the Workshop on Safe Ship Operations in the Arctic Ocean at the International Maritime Organization with more than seventy participating organizations. He also co-chaired the International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability convened by the International Council of Science/World Data System and Committee on Data for Science and Technology. He has an extensive record of interdisciplinary publication and among his books are: Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean and Science Diplomacy: Antarctica, Science and the Governance of International Spaces. For his contributions, he has received the: Antarctic Service Medal from the United States Congress; NASA Faculty Fellowship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Byrd Fellowship at The Ohio State University; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship at the National Institute of Polar Research in Japan; Erskine Fellowship in the Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury in New Zealand; and Fulbright Distinguished Scholarship at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom as well as being elected to the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.



Michael Bröning is Head of the International Policy Department of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a political foundation affiliated to the Social Democratic Party of Germany. He is the founding editor of International Politics and Society (, a political magazine with a monthly readership of 200,000. His articles have appeared in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines, including Foreign Affairs, The New Statesman, and Der Spiegel. Michael is also a frequent contributor to Die Zeit online, Germany’s most widely read weekly newspaper.



Amb. Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc.  He was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Olympics International, the Diplomacy Center Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, The Trilateral Commission, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Atlantic Council, America Abroad Media, the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Gennadius Library. He is Vice Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and serves on the Panel of Senior Advisors at Chatham House: the Royal Institute of International Affairs.  Burns served in the United States government for twenty-seven years.  As a career Foreign Service Officer, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S.–India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001–2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997–2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995–1997).  He worked for five years (1990–1995) on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Burns also served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem (1985–1987) where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt (1983-1985) and Mauritania (1980 as an intern). Professor Burns has received twelve honorary degrees, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Johns Hopkins University, the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award, and the Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University.



Mai’a K. Davis Cross is the Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Northeastern University.  She researches European politics, especially in the areas of foreign and security policy, epistemic communities, crises, diplomacy, and public diplomacy. She is the author of three books: The Politics of Crisis in Europe, Security Integration in Europe: How Knowledge-based Networks Are Transforming the European Union, and The European Diplomatic Corps: Diplomats and International Cooperation from Westphalia to Maastricht. Her second book was the 2012 winner of the Best Book Prize from the University Association of Contemporary European Studies. She is also co-editor (with Jan Melissen) of European Public Diplomacy: Soft Power at Work, and (with Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski) Europe’s Hybrid Foreign Policy: The Ukraine-Russia Crisis (special issue, Journal of Common Market Studies, 2016). Cross has also written over 25 articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including European defense, counter-terrorism, crises, and intelligence sharing. She is currently a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



Alexander Crowther is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at the National Defense University where he specializes in Cyber Policy. He is also an Adjunct Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation.  He spent 30 years on active duty with the U.S. Army, including a decade each in the Cold War, the post-Cold War era, and the post-September 11, 2001, era, and retired as a colonel. He started out as a light infantry officer and later worked as a Latin American Foreign Area Officer and Strategic Plans & Policies Officer. He served overseas eight times: three times in Latin America, twice in Korea (including command of a company in the United Nations Command Security Force – Joint Security Area – Pan Mun Jom (UNCSF-JSA), and the Cheju-do Training Center), twice in Iraq and once in Belgium. He is Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, and Ranger qualified and has the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. Crowther served six Joint tours. His work at the strategic level includes tours at the Army Staff, the Joint Staff J5 (Strategic Plans & Policies), and as a Research Professor at Strategic Studies Institute. He was personally selected to be a Counterterrorism Advisor for the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, a Political Advisor for the MNC-I Commander, and a Special Assistant for the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He is also an Adjunct Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI). He was an International Security Studies Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has published several monographs and chapters in edited volumes to include Security Requirements for Post-Transition Cuba; Tailoring a U.S. Embassy for Stability and Reconstruction Operations in Stability Operations and State Building: Continuities and Contingencies; as well as several opinion editorials.



David Dapice is an Economist in the Vietnam Program at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University.  After two years as an economic adviser in Indonesia, he joined the Tufts University’s economics department. He achieved tenure and served as the chair of the department. He also continued his overseas work, primarily in Southeast Asia, with sabbatical years spent with the World Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1990 he began joint work with the Vietnam Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, serving as the chief economist, working with its director. He has been engaged extensively in Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar as well as shorter efforts in Cambodia, Thailand, Mongolia and India. He has served on selection boards for Fulbright and Fulbright-Clinton fellowships and has helped to establish the Fulbright School in Ho Chi Minh City. His work continues to take him to Asia three or four times a year.



Juan Enriquez is the Managing director of Excel Venture Management (life sciences VC) and the Founder of Biotechonomy LLC. He has founded several successful start-ups. He is a bestselling researcher, author, and teacher on the economic and political impacts of life sciences as well as the rise and fall of countries. He was the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, ran Mexico City's Urban Development Corporation, a peace negotiator in Chiapas, and a member of Sorcerer II Expedition, a global circumnavigation, with Craig Venter, which doubled known genes from all species. He is the author of As the Future Catches You and The Untied States of America, and the co-author, with Steve Gullans, of Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Random Mutation are Changing Life on Earth. He published various academic articles and case studies including “Transforming Life Transforming Business the Life Science Revolution,” (co-authored with Ray Goldberg), “Global Life Science Data Flows and the IT industry”, “SARS, Smallpox, and Business Unusual,” and "Technology, Gene Research and National Competitiveness." He is the co-author of the first map of global nucleotide data flow (Selected by Rhem Koolhaas and Wired as one of the iconic examples of 21st century design). Has been on various boards including Cabot Corp., Cabot Micro, Synthetic Genomics, Activate Networks, Harvard Medical School Genetics Advisory Council, Americas Society, Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center, Harvard’s PAPSAC, WGBH, Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, Center for Excellence in Education, and the Boston Science Museum.



Dieter Ernst is a Senior East-West Center Fellow. Ernst is a former senior advisor to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris; a former research director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), University of California at Berkeley, and a former professor of international business at the Copenhagen Business School. He has co-chaired an advisory committee of the US Social Science Research Council to develop a new program on Innovation, Business Institutions and Governance in Asia. He has also served as scientific advisor to several institutions, among them the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, the National Bureau for Asian Research, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, and the U.N. Industrial Development Organization. He is the author of a number of books, including Toward Greater Pragmatism? China’s Approach to Innovation and Standardization.  His areas of expertise include China’s industrial and innovation policies and their impact on the U.S. economy and global production networks and R&D internationalization in high-tech industries and Asia’s emerging knowledge economies.



Daniel Feehan serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness), performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) in the U.S. Department of Defense. He is the focal point within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) on the readiness of the Armed Services, developing and overseeing policies and programs to ensure the Total Force; Active, National Guard and Reserve, of the United States are ready for the missions assigned by the President and the Secretary of Defense. He serves as the co-chair of the Readiness Management Group and as a member of Executive Readiness Management Group. His responsibilities also include policy and oversight of Service and joint training, education and training innovation and capability modernization, advanced distributed learning technologies for the Federal Government, and the Defense Language and National Security Education Office. He oversees the Department's $700M Combatant Commander’s Exercise and Engagement and Training Transformation account, the development of Live, Virtual and Constructive Training Standards and Architectures, the Defense Readiness Reporting System, Cyber workforce training policy, and ensures training is properly incorporated into major acquisition programs. Before this role, Feehan served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness), a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and as a White House Fellow to the Secretary of Defense. He previously served in the active duty Army as an engineer officer. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, the Iraq Campaign Medal (with two service stars), and the Ranger Tab.



Zoltan Feher is a diplomat from Hungary and a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School. He worked as a diplomat since 2002, most recently as Hungary’s Deputy Ambassador and Charge d’Affaires in Ankara, Turkey. Earlier, he was a Foreign Policy Analyst and Press Attache at the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, DC. Last year, he was at the Harvard Kennedy School where he earned a Master’s in Public Administration degree and worked as Professor Joseph Nye’s assistant. A lawyer and political scientist by training, he has also taught International Relations at various Hungarian universities. His research interests include geopolitics, grand strategy, realism, US foreign policy, Transatlantic relations, as well as Central and Eastern Europe.



Amb. Daniel Feldman joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP after most recently serving as the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) at the U.S. Department of State. Amb. Feldman had been the highest ranking official at the State Department responsible for relations with those two countries, actively shaping the Obama Administration’s policies for the region, including on political transition, economic growth initiatives, regional integration efforts, international engagement with key partners, strategic communications and congressional outreach.  At the State Department, Amb. Feldman served as a principal advisor to Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Rodham Clinton regarding Afghanistan, Pakistan and broader South, Central and East Asian issues. Serving in the SRAP office since its creation in 2009, originally as deputy to Amb. Richard Holbrooke, he traveled frequently to the region with both secretaries as well as a range of other senior U.S. officials from throughout the interagency community. As special representative in 2014-2015, he was the key diplomatic strategist for policy formulation and implementation, including the successful mediation of the Afghan presidential electoral impasse. For more than six years, he oversaw all economic growth initiatives in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the promotion of private-sector investment, regional trade efforts and the appropriation of billions of dollars of U.S. foreign assistance. Feldman also created and managed the International Contact Group, a group of more than 50 countries most engaged in Afghanistan, and engaged frequently with key countries in the region, including India, China and Gulf countries, as well as European partners. For his service, Feldman was awarded two of the State Department’s highest awards, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award by Secretary Kerry in 2015, and the Secretary’s Distinguished Honor Award by Secretary Clinton in 2013. Beginning in 2002, Feldman was in private practice in the Washington, D.C., office of another law firm, where he co-chaired the first-of-its-kind, stand-alone CSR practice. He left that firm as a partner in 2009, when he was recruited by Amb. Richard Holbrooke to create and lead the 100-person SRAP office. He has a long history of government service and political involvement. His previous government experience includes serving as director of multilateral and humanitarian affairs at the National Security Council in the Clinton administration and as counsel and communications adviser to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He also was senior foreign policy and national security advisor to the Kerry presidential campaign in 2004, communications advisor and recount attorney for the Gore campaign in 2000 and a senior campaign advisor to Sen. Mark Warner. He helped to found, and subsequently served on the board of, the National Security Network, a nonprofit foreign policy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that focuses on international relations, global affairs and national security. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has appeared frequently in the media, on outlets including BBC, NPR, CNN and FOX News Channel, discussing national security issues. He has been appointed a White House Fellow and a Henry Luce Scholar, and was a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and on the South African Supreme (Constitutional) Court.  Feldman is an alumnus of the EPIIC program.



Steven Feldstein is a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program, where he focuses on issues of democracy, human rights, governance, rule of law, political reform, security, emerging economies, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Feldstein most recently served as a deputy assistant secretary in the Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Bureau in the U.S. Department of State, where he had responsibility for Africa policy, international labor affairs, and international religious freedom. Previously he was the director of the Office of Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), providing high-level policy guidance on emerging issues and priority areas. He has also served as counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where his portfolio included oversight over all U.S. foreign assistance agencies, budgets and programs, State Department management and operations, and UN organizations. Feldstein has previously worked at the U.S. Department of State as a special assistant to the undersecretary for economics; as a presidential management fellow at USAID; as a Princeton-in-Africa fellow for the International Rescue Committee in Rwanda; as an adviser for the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame; and as an adjunct professorial lecturer at American University’s School of International Service.



Alexander Görlach is the founder of the debate magazine The European, whose publisher and editor-in-chief he was from 2009 to 2016. He holds a Ph.D. in theology and a Ph.D. in linguistics. In both academic works Alex deals with the relations of the Muslim and the Western World. He studied in Italy, Egypt and Turkey for this enterprise. As a journalist Görlach worked for German Television, serving in the studios of this television outlet in New York and London. Görlach also wrote for several German national newspapers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung und Die Welt and Focus Magazine. Prior to founding The European he served as head of the online edition of the political magazine Cicero. For a period of time Görlach worked as a deputy spokesman of the Christian Democratic Union in the Bundestag, the German parliament. He was also a scholar of the Adenauer Foundation for talented students and later held teaching assignments, among others, at the Freie Universität Berlin. Today he is a member of the Liberal Party (FDP) in Germany. In 2014, Görlach became a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard where he held a series of lectures on debates in Germany and its influence on Europe. In 2015, he was invited as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard's Divinity School. Görlach researches in the field of politics and religion. He is a Senior Advisor to the Berggruen Institute and The World Post, a distinguished columnist for Die Wirtschaftswoche, and an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. In his last book, We want to see you fail, Görlach examines the reasons of mediocrity and malice in German society. During his stay at CES, he will work on his book project on "The Future of Secularism in Europe and the US." His is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.



Paul Kirshen is the Academic Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab and Professor of Climate Adaptation at the School for the Environment of the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  Prior to that he was a Carsey Senior Faculty Fellow at the University of New Hampshire. He has thirty years of experience serving as principal investigator/ project manager of complex, interdisciplinary, participatory research related to water resources and coastal zone management and climate variability and change. He was a research professor at the Environmental Research Group of Department of Civil Engineering and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Previous to that, he served as Climate Change Adaptation Research Leader at Battelle Memorial Institute. From 1996 to 2009, he was a research professor in the civil and environmental engineering department at Tufts University and director and co-founder of the Water: Systems, Science, and Society (WSSS) Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. He is also a lead author for the 2014 Fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment and the 2013 US National Climate Assessment, is a member of ICLEI USA– Local Governments for Sustainability’s Climate Adaptation Steering Committee, and a member of the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee and its Coastal Zone and Ocean Subcommittee.  He was project manager/principal investigator of a $900,000 U.S. EPA grant to investigate the integrated impacts of climate change on metro Boston and to develop recommendations for adaptation actions (CLIMB Project, 1999-2004). He has also conducted water and climate management research in West Africa since 1974. He has over fifty published journal articles on these topics as well as many book chapters and reports.



Randy Kluver is Professor of Communication at the Texas A&M University.  He conducts theoretically driven research on political communication (including rhetorical and new media approaches), and global and new media. His work explores the role of political culture on political communication, and the ways in which cultural expectations, values, and habits condition political messaging practices and reception in a variety of contexts. Recently, Kluver has been exploring the role of communication and geopolitics, and developing research agenda that articulates ‘media-centric’ views of geopolitics.  Currently, he is co-PI of the Media Monitoring System Project, a real time international broadcast transcription and translation system, and is developing research protocols and agendas using this pioneering technology. Kluver was the founder and Executive Director of the Singapore Internet Research Centre, and one of the principal investigators of the international “Internet and Elections” project, a groundbreaking international analysis of the use of the Internet in the elections. Kluver’s book Civic Discourse, Civil Society, and Chinese Communities won the Outstanding Book Award from the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association in 2000.  His essay “The Logic of New Media in International Relations” received the 2003 Walter Benjamin Award from the Media Ecology Association as the outstanding research article in media ecology. Prior to coming to Texas A&M, Kluver taught at Oklahoma City University, Jiangxi Normal University, the National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Computer-mediated Communication, the Asian Journal of Communication, New Media and Society, China Media Research, and the Western Journal of Communication.


Joachim A. Koops is Research Professor for European Foreign and Security Policy at the Institute for European Studies. In addition, he is also the Dean of Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Course Director of the Executive Course in Global Risk Analysis and Crisis Management. Koops's research interests include the European Union as an international actor and 'Integrative Power', the theory and practice of (effective) multilateralism and global governance, inter-organizational cooperation and rivalry (with special focus on NATO, the EU, United Nations and African Union) as well as crisis management, peacekeeping and peacebuilding (including the Responsibility to Protect/Rebuild). Current research projects include United Nations Peacekeeping, the European Union as a Diplomatic Actor, the EU’s cooperation with NATO and the United Nations, theories of cooperation and rivalry among major international organizations and lessons learned from the UN Peacebuilding Commission and the Standby High Readiness Brigade for United Nations Operations (SHIRBRIG) for UN Peacekeeping.  At the IES, Joachim Koops focuses on EU Diplomacy, the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), effective multilateralism and the European Union as an Inter-organizational Actor.


Philippe Leroux-Martin is the director rule of law, justice and security at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Before joining USIP, he was a fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to his fellowship, he headed the legal department of the International Civilian Office in Kosovo, the organization responsible to support and supervise Kosovo’s accession to independence. He also headed the public law unit of the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo and acted as chief legal advisor to former Belgian Prime Minister Wilfried Martens during his tenure as chair of the Police Restructuring Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a member of the Québec Bar. He has been a contributor on BBC World News, BBC Radio, CBC Radio, Al Jazeera, Radio-Canada and the New York Times.



Yascha Mounk is a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University, a Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America as well as a Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund. Mounk's first book was Stranger in My Own Country - A Jewish Family in Modern Germany. It was reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and the Times Literary Supplement, among many other publications; a German edition appeared in the fall of 2015. His second book, The Age of Responsibility: Luck Choice and the Welfare State will be published by Harvard University Press in the summer of 2017. Mounk is now at work on The People versus Democracy: How the Clash Between Individual Rights and the Popular Will is Undermining Liberal Democracy. It will be published by Harvard University Press in English, by Droemer in German, and by Mirae N in Korean. Mounk regularly writes for newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Slate, and Die Zeit. He has also appeared on radio and television in over ten countries.



Manuel Muñiz is a jurist and an international relations scholar. He is the Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs where he leads activities and research on US-Europe relations. Muñiz’s research interests fall within the fields of innovation and disruption, geopolitics, and regional and global governance. He has undertaken research on processes of cooperation and integration in Europe and the North Atlantic with a view to understanding how states tackle interdependence and complexity. Muniz is a local affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University and a member of the Alumni Board of Directors of the Kennedy School of Government. He is also a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission and a holder of the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Fellowship. As Rafael del Pino Professor of Global Transformation and the Director of the Program on Global Leadership at the Rafael del Pino Foundation, one of Spain’s leading philanthropic institutions dedicated to nurturing talent through education, Muñiz’s work seeks to foster Spanish leadership in the field of global affairs. His work for the Foundation includes the organization of high-level seminars at Harvard University and the University of Oxford, delivering and chairing conferences and lectures in Spain, and the awarding of fellowships for the funding of study and applied research.  During the Spring term of 2017, Muñiz is teaching the EPIIC course at the Tufts Institute for Global leadership as a Professor of the Practice at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.



Padraig O’Malley is the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation at UMass Boston’s the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies and author on topics related to divided societies. Born in Dublin, Ireland, O’Malley is an award-winning author and expert on democratic transitions and divided societies, with special expertise on Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Iraq. His latest book, The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine – A Tale of Two Narratives, was published by Viking/Penguin Press in July 2015. His fifteen-year documentation of the transition from Apartheid to democracy in South Africa, The Heart of Hope is available at the Nelson Mandela Foundation website. His work is archived at the South Africa History Association, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; the Robben Island Museum, University of the Western Cape, South Africa; and the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA. O’Malley is also the founding editor of the New England Journal of Public Policy, a publication of UMass Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.  O’Malley has earned a global reputation for breaking deadlocks by bringing together mortal enemies to sit down and discuss their religious, racial, and political differences.  O’Malley helped facilitate: The Amherst Conference on Northern Ireland (1975) and The Historic Good Friday Agreement (1998). In September 2007, O’Malley, in collaboration with Nobel Prize winner Marti Ahtisaari’s Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL), and Tufts University, assembled senior negotiators from Northern Ireland and South Africa to meet in Helsinki with their counterparts from Iraq. The partnership was known as “The Iraq Project”; the meeting became known as “Helsinki I.” O’Malley spent six months in Baghdad meeting with members of the Iraqi parliament to arrange meetings in Helsinki. There was a second round of talks in April 2008 (Helsinki II), and in July 2008, 36 leaders from all political parties in Iraq met with the same Northern Ireland and South African facilitators and negotiators. This last session resulted in the “Helsinki Agreement,” a series of principles that became the basis for exploring political reconciliation in Iraq in 2009. During a conference at UMass Boston in April 2009, delegations from four cities -- Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland); Mitrovicë/Kosovska Mitrovica; Kirkuk, Iraq; and Nicosia (Cyprus) (two municipalities: one Greek-Cypriot and one Turkish-Cypriot) – decided to create a permanent Forum for Cities in Transition.



Farah Pandith is a diplomatic entrepreneur, foreign policy strategist and former diplomat. Pandith has been a political appointee in the George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama administrations. She left government in early 2014 for Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she maintains an affiliation.  In 2015, Pandith was appointed to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) where she also chairs the HSAC subcommittee on countering violent extremism (CVE). She is a Senior Advisor and Commissioner on a CSIS CVE Commission to be released in late 2016.  She is writing a book on extremism and driving efforts to counter extremism through new organizations, programs, and initiatives. She was appointed the first-ever special representative to Muslim Communities in June 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, serving under both Secretaries Clinton and John Kerry. The Office of the Special Representative was responsible for executing a vision for engagement with Muslims around the world based on a people-to-people and organizational level. She reported directly to the secretary of state. Pandith traveled to nearly one hundred countries and launched youth-focused initiatives. She is also the main architect of the Women in Public Service Project. In January 2013, she was awarded the Secretary's Distinguished Honor Award. Prior to this appointment, Pandith was senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. This role was created for her in the context of the Danish Cartoon Crisis, and she built new State Department strategies for how U.S. embassies in Europe understood the Muslim demographic, the increase in foreign ideologies present on the ground, and how the United States could build resilience. From December 2004 to February 2007, Pandith served as the director for Middle East Regional Initiatives for the National Security Council. Prior to joining the NSC, Pandith was chief of staff of the Bureau for Asia and the Near East for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In 2004, she spent two months in Afghanistan developing a public outreach strategy. She also served at USAID from 1990–1993 on the administrator’s staff and as the special assistant to the director of policy. From 1997 to 2003, Pandith was Vice President of International Business for ML Strategies, LLC in Boston, Massachusetts, and served as a Commissioner on Governor Paul A. Cellucci’s bi- partisan Asian Advisory Commission.



Nikos Passas is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and co-Director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy. He is also Visiting Professor at the Basel Institute on Governance; Visiting Professor at Vienna University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication’s Center for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University; Professor, Distinguished Practitioner in Financial Integrity and Senior Fellow of the Financial Integrity Institute at Case Western Reserve Law School; Head of UN Sanctions Implementation Legal Review Services at Compliance Capacity and Skills International (CCSI) and Chair of the Academic Council of the Anti-Corruption Academy in India. He specializes in the study of corruption, illicit financial/trade flows, sanctions, informal fund transfers, remittances, terrorism, white-collar crime, financial regulation, organized crime and international crimes. He has published more than 220 articles, book chapters, reports and books in 14 languages. His next book is entitled Trade-Based Financial Crime and Illicit Flows.  He is a co-author of United Nations Non-Proliferation Sanctions on Iran and North Korea (2016), the author of Informal Value Transfer Systems (IVTS) and Criminal Activities (2004), Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (2003), IVTS and Criminal Organizations (1999) and editor of Transnational Financial Crimes (2013), The United Nations Convention against Corruption as a Way of Life (2007), International Crimes (2003), It’s Legal but It Ain’t Right: Harmful Social Consequences of Legal Industries 2004); Upperworld and Underworld in Cross-Border Crime (2002); Transnational Crime (1999), The Future of Anomie Theory (1997), and Organized Crime (1995). In addition, he has contributed to the United Nations Non-Proliferation Sanctions on Iran and North Korea: Practitioner's Compliance Handbook (2015), edited a volume on the Regulation of Informal remittance Systems for the IMF, co-authored a World Bank study into Migrant Labor Remittances in the South Asia Region, authored two reports to FinCEN on the trade in precious stones and metals and completed numerous studies on terrorism finance, procurement fraud, corruption asset recovery, anti-corruption authorities, as well as on governance, development and corruption international policy. He serves as editor-in-chief of the international journal Crime, Law and Social Change and associate editor in a number of journals. He served as Chair of the Am. Soc. of Criminology International Division and as ASC’s liaison to the United Nations. He also served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Criminology. He served as Team Leader for a European Union Commission project on the control of proliferation/WMD finance.



Benjamin Sacks is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Princeton University and the inaugural Graduate Fellow of the Center for Digital Humanities. He is deeply interested in the confluence of empire, geography and planning, as well as in the history of urbanization. He is the recipient of a number of national prizes and scholarships, including the Beinecke National Scholarship for Graduate Study (2009), the Society for American City and Regional Planning History's Montequin Prize (2013) for best paper on North American colonial planning history. He is one the youngest scholars ever to be elected to the fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society.



David Sanger is a national security correspondent for The New York Times and one of the newspaper’s senior writers, as well as an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also the bestselling author of "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power," and "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power." He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and has received numerous awards for coverage of the presidency and national security policy. He also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. From 1999 until 2006, Sanger was White House correspondent for The New York Times covering one of the most tumultuous eras in American national security policy, from 9/11 through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has also won the Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting for his coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises, the Aldo Beckman prize for coverage of the Presidency, and, in two separate years, the Merriman Smith Memorial Award, for coverage of national security issues. Sanger has specialized in coverage of nuclear proliferation. “Nuclear Jihad,” the documentary that Sanger reported for Discovery/Times Television, won the 2007 DuPont Award for its explanation of the workings of the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network. The documentary was based on a series of investigative articles that Sanger co-authored with William Broad; that series was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  Sanger has reported from New York, Washington and Tokyo, where he was bureau chief in the early 1990’s. He returned to Washington in 1994 as chief economic correspondent. In all of those roles, he has covered a wide variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and Asian affairs, and was appointed chief Washington correspondent in 2006.



Admiral James Stavridis is the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University since its founding in 1933. Stavridis attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent over thirty years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa. He also commanded US Southern Command in Miami, charged with military operations throughout Latin America for nearly three years. He was the longest serving Combatant Commander in recent US history. In the course of his career in the Navy, he served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense. He led the Navy’s premier operational think tank for innovation, Deep Blue, immediately after the 9/11 attacks. He won the Battenberg Cup for commanding the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet and the Navy League John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational leadership, along with more than 50 US and international medals and decorations, including 28 from foreign nations. He also commanded a Destroyer Squadron and a Carrier Strike Group, both in combat. He has published six books on leadership, Latin America, ship handling, and innovation, as well as over a hundred articles in leading journals. Admiral Stavridis is also the Chair of the Board of the US Naval Institute, the professional association of the Nation’s sea services: Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine.



Oleg Svet is a Military Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. His Congressional portfolio includes national security, homeland security, armed services, and intelligence. He provides strategic guidance on the drafting of legislation pertaining to the National Security Council, the National Defense Authorization Act, counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization, and defense industrial programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the B-21 Long Range Striker programs. During the Iraq War while working at the American Embassy in Baghdad he was a strategic communications adviser to the J9 (Spokesman) of US Forces-Iraq. He has published widely, including in USA Today, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and Defense One. Dr. Svet is an alumnus of the EPIIC program.



Rodrigo Tavares has dedicated his professional life to finding innovative solutions in the fields of human development and foreign affairs. In 2011-2014, he served as Head of the São Paulo State Government’s Office of Foreign Affairs. During his mandate, São Paulo state (the world’s 19th largest economy) was often regarded as one of the most prominent subnational players in international relations. In 2008-2010 he was invited by the UN Secretariat to write Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s annual reports on Africa’s development, presented to the General Assembly. The reports involved analysis and political negotiation in several African and European countries. He was one of the youngest UN report writers in the organization’s history. He has also been a consultant to other UN agencies (FAO, UNU) and to the Swedish Armed Forces. Earlier, he worked for five years at the UN University (in Belgium and Ethiopia), the UN think-tank (ranked among the world’s top-ten government-affiliated think tanks). He has also lived in New Delhi where he worked for the Delegation of the European Union to India (Department of Political Affairs) (2004). In 2001 and 2002, he served in the Swedish NGO CIVIS on the planning and development of conflict resolution projects in South America. Tavares is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network (Competitiveness), a professor at the International Relations MBA at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV-SP), and an Associate Research Fellow at the United Nations University (UNU-CRIS). He has published four books including Paradiplomacy: Cities and States as Global Players. From 2006 to 2016 he was a columnist in Visão, the largest Portuguese newsmagazine. In 2011, he was one of seven people selected by the Government of Québec as Young Leader for his influence in foreign policy.  He is Founder and CEO of Granito Partners.



David Titley is Professor of Practice in the Department of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University and founding Director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. He is a nationally known expert in the field of climate, the Arctic, and National Security.  He served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral.  Titley’s career included duties as Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance.  He also served as Senior Military Assistant for the Director, Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  While serving in the Pentagon, Titley initiated and led the US Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.  After retiring from the Navy, Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the Chief Operating Officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Titley serves on numerous Advisory Boards and National Academies of Science Committees.  He currently chairs the NAS committee on Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change Attribution.



Victoria Zhuravleva is a Senior Research Fellow at Institute of World Economy and International Relations (the Russian Academy of Sciences), Moscow. She was previously Associate Professor of Political Science at MGIMO-University and the Executive Secretary for the Russian International Studies Association (RISA).  She is the author of numerous articles and books including “American sanctions on Russia: Obama’s smart power in action”; “Political and Ideological Roots of American Leadership”; “Russian Foreign Policy Image in USA”; and “Putin and Obama: Impossible Compromise”.  She is the co-author of “The Growling Bear” in the “Wild East”: Images of Modern Russia in American Researches: 1992-2007 and Russia and the World: 2015 IMEMO Forecast// Perspectives.