State of the World 2018: Global Relations & U.S. Foreign Policy

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Venue:FIU-MMC Graham Center Ballrooms


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Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs for a timely discussion with leading experts on some of the most critical issues in the world today: security challenges from Russia and China; the fight against terrorism in the Middle East; U.S. policy toward Cuba and Venezuela; and the future of democracy and human rights.

Co-hosted by: Center for Strategic and International Studies and The American Interest

This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 305-348-7266 or email Kristen Nyman at

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8:00 – 8:30 Registration

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome

FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg

FIU Green School Dean John F. Stack, Jr.

8:45 – 10:00 Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy


Peter Baker, New York Times


Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations

Paula J. Dobriansky, Harvard University JFK Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs

Karen Donfried, German Marshall Fund

Anne-Marie Slaughter, New America

10:00 – 11:00 U.S. Standing in the World


Susan Glasser, Politico


Brian Fonseca, Florida International University

Žygimantas Pavilionis, Member of Parliament, Republic of Lithuania

Peter Van Praagh, Halifax International Security Forum

Richard Wike, Pew Research Center

11:00—11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30 The Future of Democracy and Human Rights


Martin Palous, FIU


Michael Abramowitz, Freedom House

Carl Gershman, National Endowment for Democracy

Will Inboden, UTexas-Austin

Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First

Patrick Merloe, National Democratic Institute

12:30 – 2:00
Lunch Conversation: Policy Toward Cuba, Venezuela and the Fight for Liberal Democracy


Francisco Mora, Florida International University


Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Bill Nelson

2:00 – 3:15: The Middle East and the Fight Against Terrorism


Adam Garfinkle, The American Interest magazine


Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Michele Dunne, Carnegie Endowment

Stephen McInerney, Project on Middle East Democracy

Nancy Okail, Tahrir Institute

3:15 – 3:30: Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:45: Dealing with Authoritarian Challenges: China


Charles Davidson, The American Interest magazine


Chris Johnson, CSIS

Minxin Pei, Claremont McKenna College

Daniel Twining, International Republican Institute

Ken Weinstein, Hudson Institute

Julie Jin Zeng, Florida International University

4:45 – 6:00: Dealing with Authoritarian Challenges: Russia


David J. Kramer, FIU


Heather Conley, CSIS

Daniel Fried, Atlantic Council

Mark Medish, The Messina Group

Kurt Volker, McCain Institute

Damon Wilson, Atlantic Council