“Discover Seven Futures – Same Planet. Different World” Topic of Erik Peterson Lecture Feb. 15

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Erik Peterson is the director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 9, 2007 — Erik Peterson, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), will present compelling research he has done in identifying and analyzing the driving forces of change shaping seven distinct geographical regions around the globe through the year 2025 and beyond when he speaks Feb. 15 at Southeast Missouri State University.

“Discover Seven Futures – Same Planet. Different World.” is the topic of Peterson’s presentation planned for 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. Tickets will be available Jan. 15 at the Show Me Center box office. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

CSIS is a nonpartisan and nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based think tank established in 1962. Peterson is also the director of the CSIS Global Strategy Institute, which is dedicated to research on long-range strategic issues and to developing innovative educational programs geared to leaders in government, business and other fields. As part of the Institute’s research, Peterson leads the SEVEN FUTURES team, which is dedicated to identifying and analyzing the driving forces of change shaping the world’s future.

The seven regions explored in the team’s research are Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Russia/Eurasia, South Asia, and East Asia and South East Asia.

Each of these regions face growing challenges and important opportunities that will affect the rest of the world. Peterson will discuss how leaders from within these regions and in other countries will respond. SEVEN FUTURES is a challenge to leadership across the world – a challenge to think seriously about events that are over the horizon and outside their borders.

Peterson is senior vice president at CSIS and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, an endowed position named in honor of the Merrill Lynch chairman emeritus and CSIS Executive Committee member. As director of the Center’s Global Strategy Institute, Peterson leads a mandate to assess long-range policy challenges and opportunities. In addition, he leads the Seven Revolutions Initiative, a broad-based effort to forecast key trends out to the year 2025. Peterson was on the Southeast campus last March to present an overview of the Seven Revolutions initiative.

From 1993 to 2003, Peterson served as director of studies at CSIS. In that capacity, he was responsible for the planning and development of the wide range of research projects at the Center. Peterson came to the Center from Kissinger Associates, where he was director of research.

He holds an M.B.A. in international finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a master of arts degree in international law and economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Colby College. He holds the Certificate of Eastern European Studies from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and the Certificate in International Legal Studies from The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.

For the past seven years, Peterson has co-taught a course on global trends at the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University. He has also lectured on international economics and finance and geopolitical risk at many colleges and universities, including Chapman and George Mason Universities, Georgia Tech and the Wharton School.

Currently, he is a member of the Global Risk Network of the World Economic Forum, a board member of the Center for Global Business Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of the Presidency. In September, in recognition of his achievements at the Center, Peterson was named by the CSIS Board of Trustees as its 2006-2007 Trustees Fellow.

For more information on Peterson’s Feb. 15 presentation at Southeast, call Continuing Education at (573) 986-6879.