Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs

The most recent Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs was held April 5-8, 2017, at Drake University.  The Conference is a forum to recognize and share undergraduate research on global topics.  Students from Drake and other institutions across the country gather annually on campus to share their work and learn from leaders in international relations.

Past speakers and panelists have included:

  • Former U.S. Ambassador Stephen Rapp (U.S. ambassador-at-large for global criminal justice from 2009 to 2015)
  • Former Ambassador Darci Vetter (Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative)
  • Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli (Republic of Slovenia) 
  • Former U.S. Ambassador Ken Yalowitz (Belarus & Georgia)
  • Iowa Rep. Zachary Nunn (former Director of Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council, White House)
  • Jerry Gallucci, former foreign service officer and UN Peacekeeper 
  • Brett Bruen, former White House Director of Global Engagement
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