PGC Student Conference Agenda Announced

unspecified-1The Pardee Graduate Council formally announces the 5th Annual Pardee Graduate Conference to be held on February 19-20, 2016 at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Shifting Global Systems?” where students will be presenting academic work identifying global dynamic changes and assessing their propensity to impact relationships around the world.

Prospective participants may RSVP here.

You can view the poster for the event here.

The scheduled panel discussions and presenters at the conference are as follows:

9:00 am to 11:25 am: Security and Political Systems

Security Panel:

  • Mike Sullivan (Tufts University): “Smart Partnership: A New Approach to Security Force Assistance”
  • Christopher Inglin (Boston University): “Future Warfare: Prospects for Controlling Space Weapons and UAVs”
  • Christian Rodriguez (Boston University): “Water, Oil and Constraints on Greater Kurdish Autonomy in Syria and Iraq”
  • Marcia Mundt (UMass Boston): “Incremental Approaches in Post-Conflict Contexts: On the Margins of Peace in Northern Ireland”
  • Laura Muth (Boston University): “Mothers of the Nation: Symbolism, Security and Women in the Armed Forces of Muslim States”

Political Systems Panel:

  • Ameya Naik (Tufts University): “More or Less Sovereign: UN Peacekeeping, Consent and Sovereignty in International Law”
  • Joshua Bruno (Boston University): “Optimism for Peace in Colombia”
  • Seyedamir Mahdavi (Harvard University): “Iran in the Post-Deal Era; Is the Nuclear Deal Capable to Solve the Major Problems? ”
  • Bethany Bell (Boston University): “Civil Society and State Interaction in Rwanda”
  • Katie Dellicker (Boston University): “Violent Non-State Actors and Governance”

11:45 am to 1:00 pm: Environmental Governance and Communication and Media

Environmental Governance Panel:

  • Mariana Echaniz (Boston University): “International Climate Finance: The Evolution of Chinese Positions”
  • Yanning Chen, Sean Hillman, Laura Ives, Charlott Sandor Johansen, Meredith Milord, Tomas Reid (Boston University): “A Green Opportunity: Channeling Energy in Development Finance and Policy”
  • Tara Moore (Boston University): “Iberian Lynx: Saving a Species from Extinction”

Communications & Media Panel:

  • Camille Nguyen (Boston University): “Information Communication Technology in Vietnam”
  • Katie Bergamini (Boston University): “The Influence of International Media on Russia’s Rebranding Strategy: A Case Study of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics”
  • Esther Austin (Boston University): “Diplomacy as a Survival Technique for a ‘Forgotten People”

2:10 pm to 3:40 pm: Religion and Finance and Trade

Religion Panel:

  • Adam Westbrook (Boston University): “Rethinking U.S. International Religious Freedom Policy: The Need to Address Underlying Assumptions and Challenges”
  • John Nowak (Harvard University): “Religion, the State and Shifting Global Systems: The Tablighi Jama’at and the London Mosque”
  • Justin O’Shea (Boston University): “Sayyid Qutb’s Influence on Al-Qaeda: An Examination of the Development of Jihad”
  • Claire Sadar (Boston University): “Inclusion-Moderation Theory, Ideology and State Suppression: An Examination of Three Islamist Parties in their Institutional Context”

Finance & Trade Panel:

  • Kevin Gallagher and Yuan Tian (Boston University): “Global Capital Controls Shifting after Financial Crises”
  • Ioanna Christodoulaki (Boston University): “The Structural Deficiencies of the Euro Area, the Response to the Greek Crisis and the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union”
  • Yanning Chen (Boston University): “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: China’s Motivations behind the AIIB”
    Chloe Teevan (Georgetown University): “Gulf Mega-Projects as Laboratories of Globalization”

4:00 pm to 5:15 pm: Migration

  • Vicky Kelberer (Boston University): “Reassessing UNHCR’s Approach to the Syrian Refugee Crises in Lebanon”
  • Bryn Schweda (Boston University): “Accessing Citizenship: Denial or Reluctant Acceptance in Japan and Cambodia”
  • Andrew Van Nostrand (Boston University): “A Stagnant Approach to the Changing Problem: The Successes and Deficiencies of the Refugee Advocacy Network”

All papers presented at the conference are original scholarship of MA and PhD candidates at Boston University, Tufts, Harvard, UMass Boston, and Georgetown.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, the International History Institute, the Center for the Study of Europe, the African Studies Center, and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations.