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Global Issues Conference

Global Issues Conference

What Is Global Is Local

A global issues conference featuring experts on local and global aspects of pressing issues, such as food security, use of unmanned aerial vehicles, and implementation of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Speakers include John C. Bersia, Special Assistant to the President for Global Perspectives, UCF; Bernard Finel, Associate Professor of National Security Strategy, National War College; Jonathan Foley, Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota; Lt. Chris Francisco, Emergency Management/Homeland Security Section, High Risk Incident Command Division, Orange County Sheriff’s Office; Ambassador Garry Grappo, the former Head of Mission of the Office of the Quartet Representative, the Honorable Tony Blair, in Jerusalem; Gabriela Othon Lothrop, Market Director for East End Market in Orlando, Florida; Ricardo Salvador, Director, Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists; and Tamara Wittes, Senior Fellow and Director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution.

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: UCF Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom

Sponsors: UCF Global Perspectives Office, UCF Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies, The India Center at UCF, UCF Diplomacy Studies, UCF Middle Eastern Studies Program, UCF China-Taiwan Cross-Strait Program, UCF Kurdish Political Studies Initiative, UCF Global Peace and Security Studies Program, UCF Al Ghazali Islamic Studies Program, UCF Human Trafficking Awareness Program, UCF Isle of Man Small Countries Program, Chastang Charitable Foundation, The India Group, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, UCF Political Science Department, UCF International Services Center, UCF LIFE and the Global Connections Foundation.

More Information:

Advance registration is required to attend this event. Registration is provided at no cost, thanks to our sponsors. To register, or for more information, please email global@ucf.edu.

Click here for an overview of Amb. Grappo’s morning keynote. Click here for an overview of the Food Security Panel presentation. Click here for an overview of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Panel presentation. Click here for an overview of the luncheon keynote from Dr. Wittes or here to watch her full presentation.