Navigating the Strategic Dark: Framing the Security Environment for the Next Decade

Date: Friday, Nov.14 2014 - Saturday, Nov.15 2014
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (both days)
Location: Faculty Club, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
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Launch Conference for the Institute for 21st Century Questions (21CQ)
in Celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Global Brief Magazine

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Day 1 – November 14, 2014

8am to 9am – Registration

9am – Aboriginal Prayer

9.10am – Opening Remarks & Welcome – Irvin Studin, President, Institute for 21st Century Questions, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, Global Brief Magazine

9.20am to 10.45am – Opening Panel: “Resolution: There is no Global Strategic Narrative for the Next Decade. All Narratives are Local.”

  • Hubert Védrine, former foreign minister of France
  • John E. McLaughlin, former CIA director
  • Yoram Schweitzer, senior researcher and program director, National Institute for Security Studies, Tel Aviv

10.45am to 11am – Coffee Break

11am to 12.15pm – “Resolution: The Ukraine-Russia Crisis is Solvable. Or Not.”

  • Vyacheslav Tolkovanov, former Ukrainian Civil Service Head and Professor, Higher School of Public Administration, Kiev
  • Leonid Kosals, Professor, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

12.15pm to 1.15pm – Lunch & Conference Photograph

1.15pm to 2.30pm – “Resolution: The Near Future for the Middle East is Bleak. Can the Long Run Be Fixed?”

  • Lerna E. Yanik, Professor, Kadir Has University, Istanbul
  • Katerina Dalacoura, Professor, London School of Economics
  • Miloud Chennoufi, Professor, Canadian Forces College

2.30pm to 3pm – Coffee Break

3pm to 4.15pm – “Accountability and Why Africa Will Rise This Century”

  • Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of the Gambia
  • Adama Dieng, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide
  • Introductory Remarks: Donald M. Ferencz, Convenor, Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression
  • Moderator: Craig Scott, Member of Parliament (Toronto – Danforth) and former Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

4.15 to 5pm – Drinks Reception

Day 2 – November 15, 2014

9am to 9.15am – Welcome Remarks from Sam Sasan Shoamanesh, Vice-President & Co-Founder, 21CQ, Managing Editor, Global Brief Magazine

9.15am to 10.30am – “Resolution: North America Will See War This Century.”

  • Jeremi Suri, Professor, University of Texas – Austin
  • Michael Morgan, Professor, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Jon Finer, Deputy Chief of Staff, United State Secretary of State

10.30am to 10.45am – Coffee Break

10.45 to noon – “Resolution: China Is Rising, But Not All of Asia Will Rise With It.”

  • David Skilling, Director, Landfalls Strategy Group, Singapore (and Former Senior Adviser, New Zealand Treasury)
  • Arabinda Acharya, Professor, National Defense University – Fort Bragg
  • Sorpong Peou, Professor and Political Science Department Chair, Ryerson University

Noon to 1pm – Lunch

1pm to 2.15pm – “Resolution: Europe Remains a Peace Project – Nothing More, Nothing Less – for the Foreseeable Future.”

  • Michael Matthiessen, Principal Advisor, European External Action Service, Brussels
  • Michael Barutciski, Professor and Program Director, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, York University

2.30pm to 3.45pm – “Resolution: Latin America is Not the World’s Least Strategic Region This Decade.”

  • Patricio Navia, Professor, Diego Portales University, Santiago
  • Simon Bohn, Professor, York University
  • Alejandro Magos, Global Brief magazine and University of Toronto
  • Victor Armony, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
  • Moderator: Pierre Pettigrew, former foreign minister of Canada

3.45pm to 4pm – Epigram

  • George Elliott Clarke, Poet Laureate, Toronto and Professor, University of Toronto

4pm to 5pm – Celebratory Drinks


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