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International Affairs

Global Divergence: Challenging Dominant Perspectives of an Interconnected World

Lewis & Clark’s 54th

International Affairs Symposium 

April 4-6, 2016


 All sessions are free and open to the public. Sessions are held in Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber. Details are subject to change. 

Monday, April 4

Does the Net Work? Analyzing the Social Implications of the World Wide Web

3:00 p.m.

Moderator: Erik Nilsen, Associate Professor of Psychology; College of Arts and Sciences

With tech-savvy entrepreneurs praising the Internet for its ingenuity, there is much hype surrounding the potential of an open online platform. But does the Internet provide a sphere of opportunities and social empowerment? Or does it reflect entrenching hierarchies that amplify social inequalities across global boundaries?

Jack Lule

Jack Lule is professor and director of global studies and the Globalization and Social Change Initiative at Lehigh University. His research covers a plethora of topics, including international communication, globalization and the media, and cultural and critical studies. As a scholar on the subject of globalization and communications, Lule frequently contributes to various newspapers, periodicals, and books. He has also contributed to many media outlets including BBC and the National Public Radio.

Benjamin Mako Hill

Benjamin Mako Hill is assistant professor of communications at the University of Washington. With extensive knowledge in the field of open-source development as a founding member of Ubuntu, Hill examines the evolution and success of peer-based communities. He sits on the Free Software Foundation Board, and the advisory councils for the Knowledge Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation.

Monday, April 4

On the Horizon: Charting the Next Steps in Combating ISIS

7:30 p.m.

Moderator: Tom Buchele, Clinical Professor of Law and Managing Attorney; Earthrise Law Center

What is a good starting point for the West to rollback the ISIS terror network? Should states start the process by building good governance to establish order and security? Or should the starting point be a multipronged and nuanced approach, such as addressing deep-seated social and political discords?

Max Boot

Max Boot is the current Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He contributes regularly to The Weekly Standard, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Commentary. Boot has advised American military leaders, presidential candidates, and testified before Congress, and is known for his detailed historical writings and engaging news articles.

David Ignatius

David Ignatius is an associate editor and weekly columnist for The Washington Post. Prior to the Post, Ignatius reported for The International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal. Decades of journalistic experience have earned Ignatius a reputation as one of the most credible commentators on foreign affairs. He is especially well known for his reports on current events in the Middle East.

Tuesday, April 5

The Eagle or the Dragon: Debating the Merits of Contrasting Forms of Development

3:30 p.m.

Moderator: Elizabeth Bennett, Assistant Professor of International Affairs; College of Arts and Sciences

China’s intensification of development initiatives has begun to rival those typically promoted in the developing world. Is the good governance and political rights-based development model promoted by the West still the most sustainable and effective method for aiding the world’s most disadvantaged? Or does China’s infrastructure and economic growth-based development approach offer a better alternative for developing countries?

Andrew S. Natsios

Andrew Natsios was the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where he managed reconstruction programs for Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan. He was a distinguished professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and has authored several publications on international development. Natsios is currently an executive professor at Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Patrick Mendis

Patrick Mendis is a senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and commissioner of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. His work with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, World Bank, and U.N. has lent him expertise in the development field. A prolific writer and distinguished academic, Mendis has extensive experience working and teaching in China.

Tuesday, April 5

Melting Pot or Not? Exploring International Policies in an Age of Migration

7:00 p.m.

Moderator: Maryann Bylander, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; College of Arts and Sciences

In an “age of migration” how should state policies be crafted to accommodate members of increasingly diverse societies? Is assimilation better for states’ efforts to create civic cohesion and stability? Or is multiculturalism more desirable for ensuring the preservation and blending of culture and identity?

Mike Gonzalez

Mike Gonzalez is a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. Gonzalez is a widely read journalist and distinguished commentator reporting from Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States for over 20 years. He is currently a leading voice and expert in the fields of immigration, national identity, assimilation, and US domestic policy.

Kait Bolongaro

Kait Bolongaro is a journalist for Deutsche Welle, a German broadcasting company. Bolongaro travels around the world for her work, writing primarily on issues of politics, society, and the environment. In doing so, she strives to give accurate, on the ground analysis of current world affairs, such as immigration. Her work has also appeared in Cafébabel, Al-Jazeera, and numerous other publications.

Wednesday, April 6

(Inter)national? Evaluating the Concept of Global Citizenship

3:30 p.m.

Moderator: Kim Cameron-Dominguez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; College of Arts and Sciences

As today’s conflicts become increasingly interconnected, individuals are attempting to connect beyond their local context. Is global citizenship the answer for furthering an international community to be better engaged in more solutions? Or does it neglect the realities of individual, local and/or national identities?

Ronald Israel

Ronald Israel is cofounder and director of the Global Citizens’ Initiative and has published extensively on the topic of global citizenship. Israel has experience working on projects in countries around the world, holding prior positions as director of the Education Development Centers International Development Division and as an advisor to international agencies such as USAID, UNESCO, and the World Bank.

David Jefferess

David Jefferess is an associate professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of British Columbia. His teaching focuses on postcolonial theory, globalization, theories of resistance and the practice of decolonization. Jefferess has published several articles on global citizenship, humanitarianism, and international development. He is affiliated with such research groups as Ethical Internationalism in Higher Education and Global Ethics in Higher Education. 

Wednesday, April 6

Shaking Up Global Dynamics: The Impact of Globalization on the Durability of the World Order

7:00 p.m.

Moderator: Kyle Lascurettes, Assistant Professor of International Affairs; College of Arts and Sciences

Contending and disruptive forces unleashed by the processes of globalization have brought into question the durability of the prevailing global order. Is the current international arrangement robust enough to respond to these challenges? Or are we confronting a future of decentralized power and global chaos?

Thomas Wright

Thomas Wright is a fellow at the Brookings Institution and director of the Project on International Order and Strategy. He previously served as executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and lecturer at the University of Chicago. An expert on U.S. foreign policy and global order, Wright’s work has appeared in publications such as The Financial Times and The Washington Post.

Randall Schweller

Randall Schweller is professor of political science and behavioral sciences faculty fellow at Ohio State University. He is highly regarded for his extensive contributions to the field of international relations theories, especially in neoclassical realism. He has prolifically published on the topic of impending global disorder and world politics in leading journals such as International Studies Quarterly and International Security.