Thursday, March 28
9:00 AM / Introduction and Welcome
- Bill Foster, Mayor of St Petersburg
- Frank Biafora, Dean of Arts and Sciences, USF St. Petersburg
- Douglas McElhaney, Ambassador, retired
9:10 – 10:20 AM / Africa Today: Breadbasket for the World or Continued Dependency?
Speakers: Fugit, Jett, Felice, Rogers, Arthur
- Are cases of civil war and disintegration of the state a harbinger for the future?
- Will petroleum and other mineral resources provide an engine for growth?
- Is new and substantial Chinese investment in agricultural and other sectors a positive development?
10:30 AM – 11:50 AM / The Fudge Factory: How Is US Foreign Policy Really Made?
Speakers: Scher Clem, Campbell, Walsh, McElhaney
- Who are the major players?
- Do domestic politics translate naturally to foreign policy objectives?
- Does the White House call the shots? Defense? State? CIA?
- Should America be in the business of spreading democracy and human rights?
1:00 PM – 2:20 PM / Latin America: The Follow On to Castro, Morales, Chavez
Speakers: Walsh, Jett, Smith, Nagel, Crummett
- Will we see changes in Cuba post-Castro? In Venezuela post-Chavez?
- Has the US played a positive role in encouraging democratic and progressive change?
- Has the influx of Latin Americans to the US changed our politics?
2:30 PM – 3:50 PM / Will the World Ever Get out of this Recession?
Speakers: (Scott) Brown, Scher, Deutsch, Hozic, Ebrahimpour
- How do we get the international economy moving again?
- Is China a new and independent engine of international growth?
- Will the Europeans overcome the difficult economic issues confronting their Union?
- Is the presence of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) a new, positive element for continued prosperity?
- Does political gridlock in Washington and heavy American debt obligations work to the detriment of international growth?
4:00 PM – 5:20 PM / Global News in The Digital Era
Speakers: Buckley, (Neil) Brown, Rogers, Hozic, Jett
- Was traditional pen and paper/broadcast journalism better prepared, more accurate?
- Is the absence of editorial staff a blessing or a curse?
- Do bloggers bring value added to reporting the news?
- Is the explosion of news sources a boon to readers?
Friday, March 29
9:00 AM – 10:20 AM / America’s Energy Policy in a Resource-Hungry World
Speakers: Glab, Noun, Edmonds, Philippidis, Deutsch
- Is American energy independence the right objective for our policies?
- Should/has America lead the campaign against global warming?
- Is development of alternative sources of energy a concept before its time?
- Can extraction of natural resources live peacefully with environmental exigencies?
10:30 AM – 11:50 AM / The Middle East: Critical Issues in a Critical Region
Speakers: Clem, Deutsch, Fugit, Benchekroun
- Where will the Arab Spring take us?
- Is terrorism still an issue despite interventions in Iraq/Afghanistan?
- Does Iran’s future portend a more positive role in regional politics?
- What are the chances for progress in the Israeli/Palestinian peace process?
- Should the world be more involved in finding solutions in Syria?
1:00 PM – 2:20 PM / Foreign Policy: Traditional Diplomacy? Military Intervention? Development Assistance?
Speakers: Clem, Campbell, Smith, McElhaney, Fugit
- When is military force the proper tool for maintaining peace and security.
- Do we too often negotiate when other avenues would be preferable?
- When do “soft power” alternatives such as aid, loans, and institution building provide optimal outcomes?
- Do the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan provide any lessons learned?
2:30 PM – 3:50 PM / How Can We Slow the Development of Nuclear Weapons?
Speakers: Jett, Andrucysyn, Campbell, Felice, Clem
- Have we made any progress or are things getting worse?
- Who is the greater threat – Iran or Pakistan?
- Does acceptance of India as a nuclear power provide a positive example for others?
- Do systems that defend against nuclear weapons impede non-proliferation goals?
- Can we influence North Korea, Iran, and others through negotiation or are sanctions and/or isolation the best medicine