Posted on: April 13, 2016

Discussing Power Shifts: The annual Conference on Politics, Conflict and Development

Discussing Power Shifts: The annual Conference on Politics, Conflict and Development

On April 15 and 16, Virginia International University’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and the Center for Democracy and International Affairs (CDIA) will be hosting their annual Conference on Politics, Conflict and Development.

This year, SPIA and CDIA will be bringing approximately 40 speakers from seven different countries to deliberate power shifts in politics that can be causes or outcomes of conflicts and emergencies, and explore the global response to regional and international conflicts and emergencies.  The conference aims to analyze recent trends, identify emerging approaches, and to propose new solutions.

The conference will also be featuring three keynote speakers: Dr. Jeffery Mankoff, Dr. Paul Salem, and Dr. Daniel Rothbart.  Each keynote speaker will address a particular topic in hopes of encouraging creative solutions and engaging conversations related to global conflict, emergencies and global response.

Dr. Mankoff will be leading the opening address from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with his lecture, Russia and the Resurgence of Political Conflict in Europe.  Dr. Mankoff is currently the Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Russia & Eurasia Program for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Following Panel I on Negotiations and Peace Building and a quick lunch break, Dr. Salem will be discussing Power Shifts and the Future of the Middle East from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.  Dr. Salem is the President for Policy and Research at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC.  We are anticipating his expert opinion on the contemporary power struggles during the conference.

The second keynote speaker will be followed with Panel II, Panel III and the Parallel Student Panel, where attendees will be debating and analyzing Economic Development, Conflict, and Regional Shifts and the Regional Conflicts in the Middle East.

On Saturday morning, attendees will be addressed by Dr. Rothbart, the Director of Programs on Ethics on Conflict, and Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  He will speaking about Ethnic Identity and Violent Conflict in a global perspective.

In two days, CPCD will explore various corners of the world in respect to the conflicts that these nations have faced, and the factors that caused these conflict and emergencies on Virginia International University’s main campus in Fairfax, VA.  To register for the event, please visit:

For further information about CPCD, please contact Dr. Klara Bilgin at
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