2nd Annual Nelson Institute for Diplomacy & International Affairs-Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs
April 10-11, 2015

The purpose of the conference is to recognize and share high-quality undergraduate research related to international and global topics.  Activities included a group simulation in U.S. foreign policy facilitate by Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli, a keynote address by noted scholar John Owen (bio: http://politics.virginia.edu/people/jmo4n), student panels and a closing luncheon with Iowa Representative Zachary Nunn (formerly Director of Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council, White House).

Paper and Presentation Guidelines: Students from any major are invited to submit papers for consideration (one paper per person). Submission will be reviewed by a faculty panel, which will base acceptance upon the appropriateness of the topic and the quality of the research. Once a paper is accepted, the author will be invited to present his or her paper in summary form (i.e., 12-15 minute oral presentation) on a conference panel. (Panels will be composed of presentations on related topics.) In addition to the panel presentations, accepted papers will be posted on the conference web site (with author’s permission). A $200 gift certificate will be awarded to the top presenter as selected by faculty judges. 

Papers should meet the following criteria:

- Address an international/global theme or topic.
- Include significant empirical and/or analytic content.
- Cite all relevant sources appropriately.
- Exceed 10 pages (double-spaced) in length.
- Meet high standards with regard to academic quality and clarity of presentation.

Students who attend the full conference (both days) receive a certificate of participation.

Please direct questions to Denise Ganpat (denise.ganpat@drake.edu).

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 10 (Meredith 106)

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Conference Registration
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Group Simulation in U.S. Foreign Policy facilitated by Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Dinner Social with International Appetizers
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Keynote Address (open to public) by John Owen, University of Virginia (http://politics.virginia.edu/people/jmo4n) "Political Islam: What the West Can Learn from Its Own History"

Saturday, April 11 (Medbury Lounge)

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:00am-10:15am: External Intervention and Political Change

Michelle Avrutin (George Washington University), “The EU and Ukraine: Possibilities for Accession”

Allison Smith (Beloit University), “International Actors in Ukraine’s Revolution to Democracy from 2004 to 2014”

Adam Smith (Drake University), “Children of the Caliphate: The Threat Posed by the Islamic State School System”

10:30am-11:45am: Corruption, Political Institutions and Civic Identity

John Wingert (Drake University), “Corrupting Emerging Democracies: A Review of the Literature”

William Heaston (Drake University), “Agency and Inertia: Organizational Theoretic Perspectives on Procurement Corruption in the United Nations”

Nathan Leys (George Mason University), “Profitability Through Superior Firepower: Defense Industry Election Spending After Citizens United

Cecelia Panella (Drake University), “How Much Will This Arm Go for on the Black Market? An Expansion on Snowden and the Mass Production of the Modern Citizen”

Noon-1:15pm: Transnational Flows of People and Ideas

Michael Hoyt (Drake University), “The Humanitarian Crisis of 2014: Realist and Constructivist Views of International Migration”

Taylor Donaldson (Drake University), “Sex Trafficking in the Balkans”

Madeline Geobel (Drake University), “From the Eyes of the Little Guys; Exploring Family Farming in Cameroon”

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Luncheon Speaker: Zachary Nunn, "Inside the National Security Council"  Iowa Representative Zachary Nunn served as the Director of Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council, White House, where he helped author two Presidential Policy Directives on cyber response options for the US Government.  

The 2015 Best Presentation Awards were given to Allison Smith, Beloit University, and William Heaston, Drake University.

Allison Smith, Nelson Institute best presenter 2015William Heaston, Nelson Institute best presenter 2015


2014 Conference Highlights:  The First Annual Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs was held on April 11-12, 2014 at Drake University. See below for speakers, topics, and award winners.

2014 Friday Night Keynote speaker: Todd Sechser, University of Virginia, Topic: Crisis Bargaining and Nuclear Blackmail:Should We Be Afraid of an Iranian Bomb?

2014 Student Panel on Globalism, Nationalism and Identity‌

 2014 Best Presenter Awards

Emily Grant-Central College  Hannah Shell-Drake University

2014 Student Panel on International Political Economy

2014 Student Panel on Nation, Gender and Human Rights

2014 Saturday Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Jerry Gallucci, Diplomat-in-Residence, Former Foreign Service Officer and UN Peacekeeper, Topic: U.S. Policy on Russia and Ukraine.

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