Southeast to Host Second Annual CSIS Regional Conference

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 27, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University and the Global Strategy Institute of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) are hosting the second annual CSIS Regional Conference April 23, a half-day seminar that will address how significant social, economic, environmental, and political issues will impact the United States and its role as a global citizen in the next 20 years.

The conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the University Center.  The conference will bring together key CSIS scholars and 28 Southeast students who participated in an intensive spring break week-in-residence at CSIS — a nonpartisan and nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based think tank established in 1962.

Keynoting the

April 23 conference will be two CSIS staff members who are among the nation’s leading futurists – Dr. Erik Peterson and Linda Jamison. Jamison, CSIS dean and senior fellow of the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy,  opens the morning session in the University Center Ballroom with her presentation “Creative Leadership: Problem Solving for the 21st Century.”   During her previous tenure at CSIS, from 1989 to 1996, Jamison conducted the Center’s first leadership program, the International Women’s Leadership Fellows Program.  Prior to rejoining CSIS in 2002, Jamison served in two capacities at the United Nations, as senior adviser to the UN Information Center and as head of office for the UN Office for Project Services, both in Washington. She is the author of a briefing book entitled, The U.S. Role in United Nations Peace Operations, and several articles and online publications on U.S.-UN relations.

Peterson, CSIS senior vice president and director of the Global Strategy Institute will provide the keynote luncheon presentation, “The Seven Revolutions,” in the University Center Ballroom.  As director of the Global Strategy Institute, Peterson heads the Seven Revolutions Initiative, an internationally recognized effort to identify and forecast global trends out to the year 2025 and beyond. Peterson also holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at CSIS. For his contributions to the Center, he received the 2006–2007 CSIS Trustees Award. Before joining CSIS, he was director of research at Kissinger Associates.

“Southeast Missouri State University is fortunate that we have been able to develop a relationship with CSIS that puts our best students in contact with these experts for an entire week over spring break, and gives them a much better understanding of the issues they will face over the next 25 years – issues such as the rise of international competitors, the environment, international financial crises, global energy usage, population pressures, and others,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “We are delighted to have both Peterson and Jamison here on the same day. This is a rare opportunity for people in this area to hear speakers with such expertise on the major trends that will affect the lives of all of us.”

The conference also will provide the opportunity for Southeast students who participated in the CSIS Senior Seminar Course in Washington, D.C., to share with Southeast faculty, staff, other students, and the broader community some of what they learned at this year’s seminar, Dobbins said. These students will present their presidential policy recommendations on energy, transnational relations, conflict and climate change at five mid-morning sessions in the University Center Indian and Missouriana Rooms.

The presentations stem from research conducted by the student teams at CSIS in March. During their week-in-residence, the student teams prepared a simulated researched briefing for CSIS officials on the issues of “U.S. and Transnational Relations” with an emphasis on India and China, “Conflict” with emphasis on nuclear nonproliferation, “Energy” with emphasis on alternative sources, and “Climate Change” with emphasis on water. Based on feedback from this exercise, the students have since refined their presentations in final form.

Dr. Fred Janzow, vice provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies, said, “The week students spent at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., was a transforming experience for them.  The students interacted with some of America’s top national policy advisors regarding the most significant international issues that the United States and other countries must resolve over the next 20 years.” 

Seating for the regional conference is on a first come, first served basis for all morning sessions.  Tickets are required to attend the luncheon featuring the keynote address by Peterson.  Faculty and staff can request tickets through the Office of Training and Development Web site or through the dean’s office in each of Southeast’s respective colleges beginning April 1.  Student tickets will be available at the Southeast Bookstore beginning April 1. Members of the public may request tickets by contacting the Office of the Vice Provost at (573) 651-2062. For more information, call the Office of the Vice Provost at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 651-2062.