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


Friday, March 2


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

Lane 100


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

Lane 100


Keynote: Allan Rock “Is the Liberal World Order Ending?”

51 Winthrop st/Breed Hall


The Global Nuclear Dilemma: Power, Stability and Proliferation

51 Winthrop st/Breed Hall


Saturday, March 3

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


A Loss of Faith: The Rise of Populism and Nationalism


Keynote Address: Amina J. Mohhammed “Repositioning the United Nations: reinforcing multilateralism in a challenging global context.”


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


Expert-led Small-Group Discussions


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


Speakers to date include:

Simon Adams, Executive Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Amb. Joanne Adamson, Deputy Head, EU Delegation to the United Nations; UK Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament (2011-2013); UK Chief Negotiator at the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty diplomatic conferences in 2012 and 2013

Mark Bailey, Deputy Head of the Political Section at the British Embassy, Washington; previously Foreign Affairs Assistant to the UK Prime Minister, supporting PM Theresa May in her engagement with foreign leaders

Daniel Benaim, Former speechwriter and policy advisor at the White House, State Department, and U.S. Senate; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress researching U.S. policy in the Middle East; Visiting Professor in International Relations, New York University

Tarun Chhabra, Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution; Former Staff Director for Strategic Planning and Former Director for Human Rights and National Security, U.S. National Security Council

Kate Cronin-Furman, Author, Just Enough: The Politics of Accountability for Mass Atrocities (forthcoming); Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Author, All Politics is Global and Theories of International Politics and Zombies

Mathieu Duchâtel, Senior Policy Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia and China Programme, European Council of Foreign Relations; former Senior Researcher and the Representative in Beijing, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI); Co-Author, China’s Strong Arm, Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad

Anthony Dworkin, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations, former Executive Director, Crimes of War Project, Co-Editor, Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know

Samantha Gross, Fellow, Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate, Brookings Institution; former director of the Office of International Climate and Clean Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Amb. Bonnie Jenkins, Joint Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution and Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania; former Special Envoy and Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State

Charles K Johnson, Director of Nuclear Programs, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)

Sergey Kislitsyn, Research Fellow, Center for North American Studies, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)

W. Andy Knight, Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta; Advisory Board Member, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Welfare of Children

Thomas Kochan, The George Maverick Bunker Professor of Managementa Professor of Work and Employment Research, and the Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management; Author, Shaping the Future of Work

Michael Lind, Author, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States

Nawaf Obaid, Visiting Fellow for Intelligence and Defense Projects, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School, Harvard University; Former Special Advisor for Strategic Communications, Prince Turki Al Faisal, Saudi Arabia

John Packer, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the 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; former Constitutions and Process Design Expert, United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts, Department of Political Affairs

Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow and Charles W. Robinson Chair, Brookings Institution

Jonathan Prentice, Chief of Office, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, United Nations; former Senior Advocacy Adviser, International Crisis Group

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

Feodor Voytolovsky, Director, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO), Moscow; Author, Strategic Global Forecast – 2030, IMEMO, and Unity and Division of the West