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October 9, 2015

Arctic, cybersecurity — even outer space — covered in Oct. 16 Jackson School conference

UW News

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies’ growing areas of interest and sphere of impact will be on display Oct. 16, when academics and policymakers gather to discuss cybersecurity and geopolitical concerns from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic and even outer space.

The daylong conference is titled “New Frontiers in International Affairs: A Conversation on the Arctic, Space and Cybersecurity: Views from the Puget Sound and the Potomac.”

Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba will welcome the participants. Marc Grossman, vice chairman of the Cohen Group, will deliver the conference’s keynote address. He is also former U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to Turkey and assistant secretary of state for European Affairs. Donald Hellmann, longtime professor of international studies, will give concluding remarks.

The conference will feature three panels moderated by members of the UW community.

  • Nadine Fabbi, managing director of the Canadian Studies Center, will moderate on “Changing Political and Economic Dynamics in the Arctic: Nation-States and Indigenous Permanent Participants.”
  • Saadia Pekkanen, professor and associate director of the Jackson School, will moderate a panel on “New Regions, New Frontiers: Pacific Northwest and Asia in Outer Space.”
  • Sara Curran, associate professor in the Jackson School and Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and director of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, will moderate a panel on “Public-Private Collaborations in Establishing International Cybersecurity Norms.”

“This New Frontiers conference launches the University of Washington’s new International Policy Institute,” said Kasaba. “This 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.”

Kasaba said the event “continues and expands upon” the school’s ongoing work to connect academic and research insights with international affairs practitioners, business leaders and policymakers and international development experts as well as media representatives and security professionals from Seattle to Washington, D.C.

The event is a collaborative effort between the Jackson School and the American Academy of Diplomacy, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “support and strengthen U.S. diplomacy and enhance public appreciation of its critical role in advancing the national interest.” It is made possible through support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

Also attending the conference will be representatives of the RAND Corp., the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Department of State, Microsoft Corp., The Seattle Times and Aerojet Rocketdyne, among others.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in Room 334 of the Husky Union Building on the UW campus. The event is free but organizers request that those planning to attend register online.


For more information, contact Kristina Bowman, Jackson School communications specialist, at 206-221-1323 or kriscb@uw.edu; Monique Thormann, director of communications, at thormm@uw.edu; or Jennifer Butte-Dahl, organizer and Jackson School lecturer, at 206-221-8577 or jenbd@uw.edu.