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CONFERENCE | New Frontiers in International Affairs: A Conversation on the Arctic, Space and Cybersecurity

October 13, 2015

Jackson School International Policy Institute

Views from the Puget Sound and the Potomac

Friday, October 16, 2015 | HUB Room 334 and 332, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Inaugural Conference of the Jackson School’s International Policy Institute

Co-sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation

8:00-8:30 AM


8:30-8:45 AM


  • Professor Reşat Kasaba, Director & Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
  • Robert M. Beecroft, Supervisory Senior Inspector, U.S. Department of State; former Ambassador and Head of the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Program Chair, American Academy of Diplomacy
  • Stephen Del Rosso, Program Director, International Peace & Security, Carnegie Corporation of New York

8:45-10:15 AM

Panel One – Changing Political and Economic Dynamics in the Arctic: Nation-States and Indigenous Permanent Participants

  • Moderator: Nadine Fabbi, Managing Director, Canadian Studies Center and Arctic & International Relations, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
  • Kenneth S. Yalowitz, Global Fellow, The Wilson Center; former Ambassador to Belarus and Georgia
  • Ben Fitzhugh, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington
  • Matt Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Northwest Economic Region

10:15-10:30 AM


10:30-12:00 PM

Panel Two – New Regions, New Frontiers: Pacific Northwest and Asia in Outer Space

  • Moderator: Saadia Pekkanen, Associate Director, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
  • Teresita C. Schaffer, Nonresident Senior Fellow, The India Project, The Brookings Institution; former Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East and South Asia
  • Roger Myers, Executive Director of Advanced-In-Space Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Dominic Gates, Aerospace Reporter, Seattle Times

12:00-2:00 PM

Keynote Address – America’s Global Interests: Can We Do More Than One Thing At A Time?

Welcome:  John Hempelmann, President, Board of Governors, Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Marc I. Grossman, Vice Chairman, The Cohen Group; former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Ambassador to Turkey

2:00-3:45 PM

Panel Three – Public-Private Collaboration in Establishing International Cybersecurity Norms

  • Moderator: Sara Curran, Associate Professor of International Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
  • Jessica Beyer, Lecturer, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
  • David C. Gompert, Senior Fellow, The RAND Corporation; former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
  • Paul Nicholas, Senior Director, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft Corporation
  • Scott Godwin, General Manager in the National Security Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Center

3:45-4:00 PM

Concluding Remarks

Don Hellmann, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies (invited)

4:00-6:00 PM


Yukon Room, University of Washington Club

The University of Washington’s new International Policy Institute, located within the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, intends to tackle hard problems and new frontiers in international affairs. The Institute is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York aimed at improving the transfer of research and expertise between higher education and the policy world in the area of global affairs.  The institute will leverage the research and expertise of Jackson School faculty and create a platform for collaboration between the UW, partner universities, and a host of international affairs practitioners, including business leaders, international development experts, and security professionals.  The Institute intends to generate original thinking on emerging topics in international affairs and bring a new and uniquely Pacific Northwest voice to the policy conversation. 

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This publication was made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.