The Fletcher School: 7th Annual Fletcher Doctoral Conference

Panels Discussions

PANEL 1A: International Security Studies

Title: Responding to Organized Crime in a Globalized World

Panel Overview: This panel will investigate how nation-states have sought to check the rise of transnational organized crime groups. Presenters will discuss Mexico’s reform of federal and state police forces, Brazil’s pacifying police unit (UPP) program, and small state responses to organized crime.

Panel Coordinator: Matthew Herbert

Moderator: Dr. Ibrahim Warde


  • Irina Chindea
  • James Shyne
  • Matthew Herbert


PANEL 1B: International Environment and Resource Policy

Title: Emerging Powers in Sustainable Development Diplomacy

Panel overview: The rise of emerging powers like Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa is sure to have a significant impact on the governance of sustainable development. This panel will discuss how their rise reshapes the landscape, whether the emerging powers have cohesive interests to impact lasting change, and what their rise means for the rest of the developing world.

Panel Coordinator: Rishikesh Bhandary

Moderator:  Rishikesh Bhandary


  • Dr. Mihaela Papa
  • Dr. Nancy W. Gleason


PANEL 2A: International Security Studies

Title: Global Trends and Nuclear Proliferation

Panel overview: Geopolitical dynamics and regional shifts in the balance of power have contributed to an evolving security paradigm that is marred by uncertainty and multiplicity of actors. Nuclear proliferation is an issue of serious global significance and this panel aims to shed light on the topic from a broad and multifaceted perspective. Discussion will focus on answering the following questions: Why have current counter-proliferation policies been ineffective in dissuading or arresting nuclear aspirants? What are the intelligence challenges of nuclear proliferation? What is the outlook for the Missile Technology Control Regime’s ability to prevent future proliferation of missiles and related technologies? What are the changing internal and external factors that drive nuclear technology development and its potential nuclear breakout?

Panel Coordinator: Rashed Al-Dhaheri

Moderator: Professor Robert Pfaltzgraff


  • Dr. Eric Dahl
  • Dr. Jim Platte
  • Teera Tony Tunyavongs


PANEL 2B: Development Economics

Title: International Financial Institutions in the 21st Century

Panel overview: In light of the global financial crisis and the emergence of new economic power centers in the developing world, the Bretton Woods institutions have come under increasing scrutiny. This panel will look at the evolving history of the World Bank and the IMF, from the changing importance of their work in developing countries that are approaching middle-income status to the challenges in their relationships with client governments and other financial institutions.

Panel Coordinator: Aaron Melaas

Moderator: Professor Steven Block


  • Dr. Hasan Tuluy
  • Dr. Antoinette Sayeh

PANEL 3A: Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization

Title: Geopolitics of South and Central Asia Post-2014

Panel overview: This panel will examine the geopolitics of South and Central Asia in light of the departure of NATO combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014. Participants will explore ways in which the end of NATO's combat mission in Afghanistan might affect regional stability.

Panel Coordinator: Arian Sharifi

Moderator: Professor Andrew Hess


  • Dr. Hassan Abbas
  • Dr. Geoffrey Gresh
  • Arian Sharifi


PANEL 3B: International Law & Organizations

Title: International Organizations: Implications for Global Governance

Panel Overview: International organizations are among the most important global actors in today’s international legal order, with influence across a wide range of transnational challenges such as security, social and political order, economic development, and environmental policy. Myriad actors with political interests often make questions of global governance staggeringly complex. This panel will begin to address a series of questions that include the following: In a system fraught with tension, what are the results of deadlock in the effort to reach consensus? What is the role of international organizations in managing such tensions, bridging differences, and encouraging compliance and cooperation? And how do we manage information gaps and disagreement that can adversely affect discourse within international organizations?

Panel Coordinator: Teera Tony Tunyavongs

Moderator: Professor Eileen F. Babbitt


  • Professor Antonia Chayes
  • Professor Ian Johnstone
  • Zinaida Miller