The purpose of the conference is to recognize and share high-quality undergraduate research related to international and global topics.
- a crisis simulation supervised by former U.S. Ambassador Ken Yalowitz and former White House Director of Global Engagement Brett Bruen,
- a dinner social featuring international appetizers,
- a keynote "National Security and Women's Insecurity" by Valerie Hudson, University of Texas A&M,
- panels featuring presentations of student research on global affairs (see below),
- a closing luncheonaddress by visiting Global Practitioner Peiqin Zhou, Nanjing University.
The 2016 Best Presentation Award was given to Haley Barbour, Drake University.
2015 Conference Highlights: April 10-11, 2015, activities included a group simulation in U.S. foreign policy facilitated by Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli, a keynote address "Political Islam: What the West Can Learn from Its Own History" 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. Nunn's topic was "Inside the National Security Council."
Corruption, Political Institutions and Civic Identity:
John Wingert (Drake University), “Corrupting Emerging Democracies: A Review of the Literature”
Transnational Flows of People and Ideas:
Michael Hoyt (Drake University), “The Humanitarian Crisis of 2014: Realist and Constructivist Views of International Migration”
The 2015 Best Presentation Awards were given to Allison Smith, Beloit University, and William Heaston, Drake University.
2014 Conference Highlights: The First Annual Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs was held on April 11-12, 2014 at Drake University. The 2014 Friday Night Keynote speaker wasTodd Sechser, University of Virginia, on "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, spoke on "U.S. Policy on Russia and Ukraine."