The Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium 2017: The World of Tomorrow

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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 World of Tomorow: Order and Chaos in the 21st Century

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


Thursday, February 23

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


The Economy of the Future

  • David Dapice, Economist, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University
  • Dieter Ernst, Senior East-West Center Fellow; Author, Toward Greater Pragmatism? China's Approach to Innovation and Standardization
  • Manuel Muñiz, Professor of the PRactice, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Rafael del Piño Professor of Global Transformation and the Director of the Program on Global Leadership, Rafael del Piño Foundation

Moderator: Daniel Lewis, EPIIC Colloquium Member



Friday, February 24


Welcome and Presentation of Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award to Dean Stavridis

  • Anthony Monaco, President, Tufts University
  • Jackson McGlinchey, EPIIC Colloquium Member


ASEAN Auditorium


Keynote Address:
Twenty-First Century Security: Challenges and Opportunities

ADM James Stavridis (U.S. Navy, ret.), Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; 16th Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans


ASEAN Auditorium


Climate Change: A Threat to International Security

  • Paul Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Tufts University; Chair, Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces
  • Paul Kirshen, Academic Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab and Professor of Climate Adaptation, School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Co-Founder, Water: Systems, Science, and Society (WSSS), Tufts University
  • Rear ADM David Titley (U.S. Navy, ret.), Professor of Practice, Department of Meteorology, the Pennsylvania State University; Founding Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk

Moderator: Leif Monnett, EPIIC Colloquium Member


ASEAN Auditorium


Identity, Integration and the Future of the Nation-State

  • Michael Bröning, Head of the International Policy Department of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a political foundation affiliated with the Social Democratic Party of Germany
  • Randy Kluver, Professor of Communication, Texas A&M University; Co-PI, Media Monitoring System Project
  • Yascha Mounk, Fellow, Politial Reform Program, New America Foundation; Author, The People versus Democracy: How the Clash Between Individual Rights and the Popular Will is Undermining Liberal Democracy (forthcoming)
  • Farah Pandith (F'95), Chair, Subcommittee on countering Violent Extremism, Homeland Security Advisory Council; Inaugural special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State

    presentation of the Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public Diplomacy Award by Minh Dinh, EPIIC Colloquium Member

  • Benjamin Sacks (A'10), Ph.D candidate in history, Princeton University; Geography Fellow, Liechtenstein Institute for Self-Determination, Woodrow Wilson School

Moderator: Eva Kahan, EPIIC Colloquium Member


ASEAN Auditorium


Expert-Led, Small-Group Discussion Sessions

Rooms in Olin, Mugar, and Cabot


Welcome and Introductions

  • David Harris, Provost and Senior Vice President, Tufts University
  • Manuel Muñiz, Professor of Practice, The Fletcher School, directing the EPIIC Colloquium
  • Tong Liu, EPIIC Colloquium Member


ASEAN Auditorium


Keynote Address: The Shape of Things to Come

Juan Enriquez, Managing Director, Excel Venture Management; Founder, Biotechonomy LLC; former Founding Director, Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project; former head, Mex-ico City’s Urban Development Corporation; former Peace Negotiator, Chiapas; former Member, Sorcerer II Expedition, a global circumnavigation, with Craig Venter, which doubled known genes from all species; Author, As the Future Catches You and The Untied States of America

introduction and presentation of the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award by Thaw Htet, EPIIC Colloquium Member

ASEAN Auditorium


The End of the Liberal World Order?

  • Mai'a Davis Cross, Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Northeastern University; Author, The Politics of Crisis in Europe
  • Joachim Koops, Research Professor for European Foreign and Security Policy, Institute for European Studies; Dean of Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Nikos Passas, Distinguished Inaugural Professor of Collective Action, Business Ethics and Compliance, International Anti-Corruption Academy, Vienna

    introduction and presentation of the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award by David Heim, EPIIC Colloquium Member

  • Victoria Zhuravleva, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (the Russian Academy of Sciences), Moscow

Moderator: Shaan Shaikh, EPIIC Colloquium Member


ASEAN Auditorium


Saturday, February 25

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


The Changing Nature of Force

  • COL Alex Crowther(U.S. Army, ret.)(A’82), Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research, Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP), the National Defense University, specializing in Cyber Policy
  • Daniel Feehan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Oleg Svet (A’08), National Security Advisor, Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; formerly based in the U.S Embassy in Iraq, where he led long-term strategic communications initiatives for the spokesman of US Forces-Iraq

Moderator: Michael Olesberg, EPIIC Colloquium Member



The Future of Diplomacy

  • Amb. Daniel Feldman (A'91), former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), U.S. Department of State, the key diplomatic strategist for policy formulation and implementation, including the successful mediation of the Afghan presidential electoral impasse

    presentation of the Robert and Joann Bendetson Public Diplomacy Award by David Heim, EPIIC Colloquium Member

  • Philippe Leroux-Martin, Director, Rule of Law, Justice and Security, U.S. Institute of Peace; former Head, legal department, International Civilian Office in Kosovo
  • Padraig O'Malley, John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston, involved in Track II diplomacy from Ireland to Iraq
  • Rodrigo Tavares, ormer Head, Office of Foreign Affairs, São Paulo State Government, Brazil; Author, Paradiplomacy: Cities and States as Global Players

Moderator: Douglas Berger, EPIIC Colloquium Member



Expert-led, Small-Group Discussions


Keynote Conversation: Diplomacy and American Foreign Policy

R. Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 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; former U.S. Ambassador to NATO; former U.S. Ambassador to Greece

David Sanger, National Security Correspondent, The New York Times; Author, 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; Member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and has received numerous awards for coverage of the presidency and national security policy

presentation of the Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public Diplomacy Award by Mariya ilyas, EPIIC Colloquium Member

Moderator: Denis Bravenec, EPIIC Colloquium Member



Future Imperatives for American Foreign Policy

  • Douglas Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties
  • Jose Maria Beneyto, Professor of European Law and Politics, Internatioal Relations and International Law and the Director of the Institute for European Studies in Madrid
  • Steven Feldstein, former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Deomcracy, Human Rights, and Labor Bureau, U.S. Department of State; former Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Alexander Görlach, Founder, The European; former Deputy Spokesman, Christian Democratic Union, Bundestag

Moderator: Alexis Tatore, EPIIC Colloquium Member