Global Agenda Speaker Series: University of Delaware

Global Agenda Archive

Global Agenda is the University of Delaware's annual Spring semester international affairs speaker series, free and open to the public, and an undergraduate course in which students meet practitioners in foreign policy and media from the United States and other nations. Students in the course meet privately with all guest speakers prior to the evening presentation. Global Agenda is presented by the Center for Global and Area Studies, with support from the Center for Political Communication.

In 2013, Global Agenda's theme was "America's Role in the World." The world places many demands on United States leadership: From fighting terrorism and negotiating peace in the Middle East, to defending human rights, intellectual property and freedom of navigation, preventing nuclear proliferation, and maintaining economic stability worldwide. Some nations crave the U.S. role; others resent it. Global Agenda 2013 explores a variety of ways U.S. influence is felt and expected around the world.

Global Agenda 2014 is taught and moderated by Prof. Julio Carrion.

For your interest and scholarship, previous Global Agenda topics are available below.

2012: Spies, Lies and Sneaky Guys: Espionage & Intelligence in the Digital Age

2011: Mirror Mirror: Perceptions of America Abroad

2010: Understanding Political Islam

2009: Tinderbox: Understanding the Middle East

2008: Boiling Point: International Politics of Climate Change

2006: Hidden Dangers: Global Challenges Below the Radar

2005: Rx for the President - Policy Medicine for Global Challenges

2004: Enemies List

2003: Spies, Lies and Sneaky Guys

2002: Understanding International Terrorism Today


FEBRUARY 19, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Africa in the 21st Century

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Emira Woods is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa and the developing world. She has written on a range of issues from debt, trade and development to U.S. military policy. Emira serves on the Board of Directors of Africa Action, Just Associates, Global Justice and the Financial Policy.

MARCH 5, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Global Public Opinion

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Richard Wike is director of the Global Attitudes Project at Pew Research Center. He has conducted research about global public opinion on topics including America’s image in the world, perceptions in Muslim-majority countries, China’s economic surge, social networking, and the Arab Spring.

MARCH 12, 2014 - 7:30 PM

The Arab Spring and Beyond

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Dayna Greenfield is acting director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council. A democracy and governance specialist, she leads the Atlantic Council’s Yemen Policy Initiative and writes frequently about Yemen, Jordan, and Egypt, as well as US aid to the Arab world.

MARCH 25, 2014 - 7:30 PM

The UK and Europe

Canceled due to weather

Sir Peter Westmacott is the British Ambassador to the United States. He was appointed to his position in 2012, following four years of service as Ambassador to France. His forty-year career in the British Diplomatic Service has included postings in Tehran, Brussels, and Ankara.

APRIL 23, 2014 - 7:30 PM

China's Challenges

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Susan Shirk is the Chair of the 21st Century China Program and Ho Miu Lam Professor of China and Pacific Relations at UC San Diego. She served under the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mongolia from 1997 to 2000.

APRIL 30, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Latin America Today

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Michael Reid is the Americas editor of The Economist. A journalist specializing in development, international affairs, Latin & South America, politics, and public policy, he is the author of the book Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America’s Soul.