Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs

The First Annual Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs was held on April 11-12, 2014 at Drake University. The purpose of the conference is to recognize and share high-quality undergraduate research related to international and global topics. See below for the conference schedule and to download pdf copies of the papers presented. Check back next spring for information about next year's conference.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 11

1:00–5:00 p.m.: Pre-conference Workshop: Global Citizen Diplomacy
How can individuals change the nature of international relations? What does it mean to be a truly engaged global citizen? What action steps can you take on campus today to develop your global leadership skills? Why should you care about any of this? These ideas and many others will be explored at a student workshop that deconstructs the theory of citizen diplomacy: the concept that every global citizen has the right, even the responsibility, to engage across cultural differences and help create shared understanding through person-to-person interactions. Cowles Library, Room 201. This workshop was organized by the Center for Citizen Diplomacy.

5:30– 6:30 p.m.: Conference Registration, Meredith Hall, south lobby

6:30–7:15 p.m.: Pizza Social

7:30–9:00 p.m.: Keynote Address
Crisis Bargaining and Nuclear Blackmail:Should We Be Afraid of an Iranian Bomb?, Todd Sechser, University of Virginia, Meredith Hall, Room 101

Saturday, April 12

8:00–9:15 a.m.: Student Panel on Globalism, Nationalism and Identity‌


Emily Grant  Hannah Shell


9:30–10:45 a.m.: Student panel on International Political Economy

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Student panel on Nation, Gender and Human Rights

12:30–1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Best Presenter Award Luncheon
Speaker: Jerry Gallucci, Diplomat-in-Residence, Former Foreign Service Officer and UN Peacekeeper; Topic: U.S. Policy on Russia and Ukraine.