The Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium

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The international symposium is an annual public forum designed and enacted by EPIIC students. It features international practitioners, academics, public intellectuals, activists and journalists who come to Tufts each year for three days of discussion and debate in panels and small-group discussions determined by students in the EPIIC course.

The Boston Globe made this assessment of the EPIIC Symposium: “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.”


The 33rd Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium
March 1-3, 2018


Thursday, March 1

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


Beyond Borders: Contending with Transnational Challenges

  • Samantha Gross, Former Director, Office of International Climate and Clean Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • W. Andy Knight, Professor of International Relations, University of Alberta; Author, Remapping the Americas: Trends in Region-Making
  • Jonathan Prentice, Chief of Office, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary - General for International Migration, United Nations



Friday, March 2


Panel: The Changing Social Contract? Globalization and Technology in the 21st Century

  • Michael J. Handel, Associate Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University; former Labor Market Analyst, OECD
  • Thomas Kochan, The George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management; Author, Shaping the Future of Work
  • Nawaf Obaid,Visiting Fellow for Intelligence and Defense Projects, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Jeff Vogel, Managing Director, Bulger Partners


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The Future of R2P? Mass Atrocities and the Liberal World Order

  • Simon Adams, Executive Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Kate Cronin-Furman, Author, Just Enough: The Politics of Accountability for Mass Atrocities (forthcoming)
  • Sergey Kislitsyn, Research Fellow, Center for North American Studies, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • John Packer, Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), University of Ottawa; former Senior Legal Adviser and Director, Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, The Hague


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Keynote Address: Is the Liberal World Order Ending?

Allan Rock, President Emeritus, University of Ottawa; Former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations; Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Former Minister of Health, Canada

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The Global Nuclear Dilemma: Power, Stability and Proliferation

  • Amb. Joanne Adamson, Deputy Head, EU Delegation to the United Nations; UK Chief Negotiator, Arms Trade Treaty diplomatic conferences, UN
  • Mathieu Duchâtel, Senior Policy Fellow and Deputy Director, Asia and China Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Amb. Bonnie Jenkins, Former Special Envoy and Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Dept of State
  • Charles K Johnson, Director of Nuclear Programs, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)


51 Winthrop st


Saturday, March 3

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


A Loss of Faith: The Rise of Populism and Nationalism

  • Mark Bailey, Deputy Head, Political Section, British Embassy, Washington; former Foreign Affairs Assistant, UK Prime Minister
  • Michael Lind, Author, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States
  • Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow and Charles W. Robinson Chair, Brookings Institution



Keynote Address: Repositioning the United Nations: Reinforcing Multilateralism in a Challenging Global Context

Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations; Former Minister of Environment, Nigeria


Challenging the Liberal World Order: The Rise of Alternative Forms of Governance

  • Tarun Chhabra, Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution
  • Radosław Sikorski, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of National Defense, Poland
  • Feodor Voytolovsky, Director, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences



Expert-led, Small-Group Discussions


The Role of the United States in the Liberal World Order: Past, Present and Future

  • Daniel Benaim, Former Speechwriter and Policy Advisor, White House, State Department, and U.S. Senate; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Author, All Politics is Global
  • Anthony Dworkin, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations; former Executive Director, Crimes of War Project