The Fletcher School's Global Issues Seminar Series

About the Program

The Global Issues Seminars (GIS) are an outreach program of The Fletcher School. The seminars are held two to three times a year. Lectures by Fletcher professors and more pedagogically-oriented sessions by local high school teachers provide an intellectually stimulating day for some 50-60 Boston area high school history teachers.

Current Program

The current year’s program focus is on “Challenges in the Digital Age” 

  • Saturday, November 2, 2013 (9:00 am -2:45 pm): "Cyber Security and Spying in the Digital Age"

    William Martel, The Fletcher School, "Understanding Cyber in National and Domestic Security"

    Alison Russell, Tufts University, "Understanding Cyber Power: What it means for the US and the International Community"

    David Grace, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional HS: "Spying & Civil Liberties in the Digital Age". This presentation will focus on the extent of what Snowden revealed on NSA domestic spying and provide debate positions on where to go from here.  The goal of the afternoon session will be to inform the participants on the issues and provide materials and a debate model for classroom use.


  • Saturday, March 29, 2014

    Topic TBA

Previous Programs

2012-13: "The European Union and International Organizations"

  • Saturday, November 3, 2012: "The European Union: Political and Economic Changes"
  • Saturday, April 27, 2013: "The Changing Nature of International Organizations"

2011-12: "Change in N. Africa, The Middle East, and S.W. Asia"

  • Saturday, October 29, 2011: “The Arab Spring and Implications for U.S. Regional Policy”   
  • Saturday, February 4, 2012: “Policy Adjustments in a Post Bin Laden World”

2010-11: “Changing Roles of Emerging Global States

  • Sat., Nov. 6, 2010, “China's Road to Becoming a Major World Power”
  • Sat., March 19, 2011, "Iran: Ahmadinejad, Ayatollahs, and Aspiring Reformers”

2009-10: “WHY ARE WE AT WAR?: LESSONS LEARNED, CURRENT POLICY AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ

  • Nov. 14, 2009, “Afghanistan: Changing Strategic Objectives”
  • Feb. 27, 2010, Iraq: Democracy, Division and Disengagement”

2008-09: "THE POLITICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT"

2007-2008: GLOBALIZATION: ITS IMPACT ON THE U.S. AND THE WORLD

  • October 27, 2007 - Globalization: The U.S. and the World
  • February 5, 2008 - Globalization: Europe and the Americas
  • April 5, 2008 - Globalization: Asia's Interaction with the World

2006-2007: HUMAN RIGHTS AND SECURITY ISSUES

  • November 4, 2006 - The U.S. as a Case Study
  • February 3, 2007 - The Middle East and Africa
  • April 7, 2007 - China and Russia

2005-2006: CONTEMPORARY WORLD LEADERS

  • November 5, 2005 - Focus on Europe
  • February 4, 2006 - Focus on Africa
  • April 1, 2006 - Focus on the Middle East and South Asia

2004-2005: THE POST-COLD WAR ERA: NEW WORLD DISORDERS AND AMERICAN RESPONSES

  • November 6, 2004 - Focus on the Middle East and Central Asia
  • February 5, 2005 - Focus on East Asia
  • April 2, 2005 - Focus on Latin America

2003-2004: COLD WAR PERSONALITIES AND THEIR POLICIES

  • November 1, 2003 - Part I: Kennedy and Khrushchev
  • February 7, 2004 - Part II: Non-Aligned Nations
  • April 3, 2004 - Part III: The Final Years

2002-2003: WORLD WAR II AND ITS AFTERMATH

  • November 2, 2002: Origins and Early Years of the Cold War
  • February 8, 2003: Cold War: The Middle Years
  • April 5, 2003: Cold War: The Final Years

2001-2002: COMPARATIVE CIVIL WARS

  • Fall 2001: The United States as a Case Study
  • Winter 2002: Civil Wars in Europe
  • Spring 2002: Civil Wars in Africa

2000-2001: WORLD WAR I AND ITS AFTERMATH

  • Fall 2000: Guns of August: World War I and Central and Eastern Europe
  • Winter 2001: Old Conflicts with Current Echoes
  • Spring 2001: The Breakup of Empires

1999-2000: COMPARATIVE REVOLUTIONS

  • November 1999: People, Nations, and Cultures in Revolutionary Change
  • February 2000: Revolution from Within: France and Russia
  • April 2000: Revolutions in China, Latin America and Africa