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Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies hosts America’s Role in the World Conference

April 7, 2017

On March 29th and 30th Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies hosted the 2017 Conference on America’s Role in the World. Students, faculty, and the public were invited to attend a number of panels pertaining to various issues in geopolitics facing the new president. The Convenors of the conference were Richard G. Lugar, former republican senator from Indiana, Lee H. Hamilton, former representative from Indiana, and Lee Feinstein, the Dean of SGIS and former ambassador to Poland.

There were seven panels throughout the two-day conference. Some of the topics discussed were the rising tide of anti-democratic means of governance, relations with Russia, conflict in the Middle East, Nuclear proliferation, and Indiana’s role in the world. The panelists fielded questions at the end of each session, giving participants of the conference an opportunity to interact with some of the foremost minds in American foreign policy today. Attendees also had the option on both days to attend an engagement lunch for a Q&A session with various experts.

The opportunity to hear speakers such as Roger Cohen of The New York Times, former ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder, Indiana governor Eric Holcomb, among others proved an invaluable experience to young students in SGIS who want to go on and make their mark in the world. Some of the speakers at the conference were also Indiana graduates. Marie Harf graduated from Indiana with a degree in Political Science with concentrations in Jewish Studies and Russian and East European Studies. Harf has held a wide variety of positons in Washington. Notably, she was Associate Policy Director on former president Barrack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Harf currently serves as a Fox News contributor. Adam Hitchcock, another Hoosier, is a managing director at Guggenheim Partners in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to that, Hitchcock also worked in the Obama administration, as the chief of staff of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Both Harf and Hitchcock reflected positively on their days in Bloomington, and encouraged current students to take on leadership roles while at IU.

The event will undoubtedly help raise the profile of Indiana’s School of Global and International Studies, founded in 2012. For many panelists it was their first time in Bloomington, and they made sure to note how lucky we, as students, are to study at such a great university.

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