Thursday, March 28

9:00 AM  /  Introduction and Welcome

  • Bill Foster, Mayor of St Petersburg
  • Frank Biafora, Dean of Arts and Sciences, USF St. Petersburg
  • Douglas McElhaney, Ambassador, retired

9:10 – 10:20 AM  /  Africa Today: Breadbasket for the World or Continued Dependency?

Speakers: Fugit, Jett, Felice, Rogers, Arthur

  • Are cases of civil war and disintegration of the state a harbinger for the future?
  • Will petroleum and other mineral resources provide an engine for growth?
  • Is new and substantial Chinese investment in agricultural and other sectors a positive development?

10:30 AM – 11:50 AM  /  The Fudge Factory: How Is US Foreign Policy Really Made?

Speakers: Scher Clem, Campbell, Walsh, McElhaney

  • Who are the major players?
  • Do domestic politics translate naturally to foreign policy objectives?
  • Does the White House call the shots? Defense? State? CIA?
  • Should America be in the business of spreading democracy and human rights?

1:00 PM – 2:20 PM  /  Latin America: The Follow On to Castro, Morales, Chavez

Speakers: Walsh, Jett, Smith, Nagel, Crummett

  • Will we see changes in Cuba post-Castro? In Venezuela post-Chavez?
  • Has the US played a positive role in encouraging democratic and progressive change?
  • Has the influx of Latin Americans to the US changed our politics?

2:30 PM – 3:50 PM  /  Will the World Ever Get out of this Recession?

Speakers: (Scott) Brown, Scher, Deutsch, Hozic, Ebrahimpour

  • How do we get the international economy moving again?
  • Is China a new and independent engine of international growth?
  • Will the Europeans overcome the difficult economic issues confronting their Union?
  • Is the presence of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) a new, positive element for continued prosperity?
  • Does political gridlock in Washington and heavy American debt obligations work to the detriment of international growth?

4:00 PM – 5:20 PM  /  Global News in The Digital Era

 Speakers: Buckley, (Neil) Brown, Rogers, Hozic, Jett

  • Was traditional pen and paper/broadcast journalism better prepared, more accurate?
  • Is the absence of editorial staff a blessing or a curse?
  • Do bloggers bring value added to reporting the news?
  • Is the explosion of news sources a boon to readers?



Friday, March 29

9:00 AM – 10:20 AM  /  America’s Energy Policy in a Resource-Hungry World

Speakers: Glab, Noun, Edmonds, Philippidis, Deutsch

  • Is American energy independence the right objective for our policies?
  • Should/has America lead the campaign against global warming?
  • Is development of alternative sources of energy a concept before its time?
  • Can extraction of natural resources live peacefully with environmental exigencies?

10:30 AM – 11:50 AM  /  The Middle East: Critical Issues in a Critical Region

Speakers: Clem, Deutsch, Fugit, Benchekroun

  • Where will the Arab Spring take us?
  • Is terrorism still an issue despite interventions in Iraq/Afghanistan?
  • Does Iran’s future portend a more positive role in regional politics?
  • What are the chances for progress in the Israeli/Palestinian peace process?
  • Should the world be more involved in finding solutions in Syria?

1:00 PM – 2:20 PM  /   Foreign Policy: Traditional Diplomacy? Military Intervention? Development Assistance?

Speakers: Clem, Campbell, Smith, McElhaney, Fugit

  • When is military force the proper tool for maintaining peace and security.
  • Do we too often negotiate when other avenues would be preferable?
  • When do “soft power” alternatives such as aid, loans, and institution building provide optimal outcomes?
  • Do the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan provide any lessons learned?

2:30 PM – 3:50 PM  /  How Can We Slow the Development of Nuclear Weapons?

Speakers: Jett, Andrucysyn, Campbell, Felice, Clem

  • Have we made any progress or are things getting worse?
  • Who is the greater threat – Iran or Pakistan?
  • Does acceptance of India as a nuclear power provide a positive example for others?
  • Do systems that defend against nuclear weapons impede non-proliferation goals?
  • Can we influence North Korea, Iran, and others through negotiation or are sanctions and/or isolation the best medicine


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