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Spring 2014 Colloquium: A transformative opportunity for students exploring various degree paths

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Spring 2014 Colloquium at MIIS

Spring 2014 Colloquium at MIIS

The Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium is an unambiguous demonstration of the Monterey model for transformative professional education serving graduate students across the GSIPM degree programs. As we start a new year together, we are pleased to share an update from Professor Robert Rogowsky. As you may know, this year’s Colloquium is focused on Economic Diplomacy and Statecraft. The Colloquium is a semester-long course and guest speaker series that brings the world’s leading practitioners directly to the classroom. For special events and course participation questions, please contact GSIPM Special Programs Manager Erina McWilliam-Lopez via:

Dear Colleagues,

I will be leading the 2014 Colloquium and hosting a series of high-profile guest speakers in the classroom to capture themes in international commerce and foreign policy  that cross several degree paths at the Institute including peacekeeping and nonproliferation, commercial diplomacy, environment, development, localization, and trade. Students pursuing various career paths will have the opportunity to come together and explore issues surrounding economic statecraft with some of the most renowned scholars and practitioners working in the field of economic diplomacy.

Economic statecraft is at the heart of American international relations and foreign policy.  It is, indeed, at the heart foreign policy for virtually all nations.  With this in mind, the Spring 2014 Colloquium Course–Economic Statecraft and Diplomacy–offers a superb opportunity to study of the most pressing and challenging issues facing the world today.

We live in an increasingly integrated global marketplace dominated by transnational commercial systems:  transnational corporations, deep trading agreements, long supply chains, international unions, global NGOs, international standard setting bodies. Foreign policy, national security, and hegemonic power strategies are increasingly tied to economic capabilities and interests. Territorial conflicts, such as in the South China Sea, are based on fishing and oil drilling rights. The Ukrainian crisis is a deep philosophical struggle based on whether to join an EU-FTA versus the Russian dominated Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. Governance in this complex G-Zero world depends on economic diplomacy and highly sophisticated commercial and economic statecraft.  Economic tools such as sanctions, subventions, and trading arrangements are the foundation of modern power.  As governing structures continue evolve over the next decade, economic diplomacy will be the key to avoiding military conflict.

Scheduled speakers include (click links to view media coverage and biographic details)

Professor Evan Hillebrand, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky.

Rufus Yerxa, former Deputy Director, WTO.

Demetrios Marantos, former Deputy USTR, Senior Counsel, Square Inc.

Sean Thornton, Senior Counsel, Financial Regulatory Enforcement, Skadden Arps; Former Chief Counsel, U.S. Dept of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Don Lewis, (Stanford Law School). Click here to recent latest media coverage.

Steve Pifer, Director, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Brookings Institute.

Ann Rollins, Director of Government Relations at Apple Inc.

Jennifer Sanford, Senior Manager, International Trade & Energy Policy at Cisco, Inc

Skip Jones, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Agreements and Compliance, Department of Commerce.

Dr. Shusong Ba, Deputy Director General of Financial Research Institute at the State Council of China, and Chief Economist of China Banking Association. Currently Senior Visiting Scholar at the Columbia Business School.

Jeri Jensen, Consultant to the Millenium Challenge Corp. and Senior Partner in Business Driven Development.

Dennis Fleming, Director of the Niger Project, Chevron Corp. Click here to view related news.

Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and a resident in FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

Throughout the semester, the Colloquium will hold a select number of speaker receptions offering students an opportunity to network with guest presenters. Registered students will also have the opportunity to interact with speakers through classroom discussion.

How to register: The course can be taken this spring as a course or seminar for 2 or 4* credits. Classes will meet from 6-9pm on Mondays in room MG102*. Register for IPSG 9593 – A with CRN: 20553.  *Seminar credits require a supplemental deliverable as described in course syllabus.

We hope to see many of you join us for another excellent Colloquium series!


Professor Rogowsky

Please share this opportunity with your networks – we thank you in advance for spreading the word!

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