2017 NSSP Spring Symposium Agenda

Global and National Security Challenges and Opportunities Facing the New Administration

Synopsis: The new US administration faces a myriad of regional, country-specific, and thematic challenges over the next four years.  President Trump must address current conflicts and regional threat challenges, ranging from Europe to the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.  Within these regions, countries like Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and Syria, among others, will pose specific challenges, which our new President must contend with. Thematic issues to be discussed include: regional threats, terrorism, cyber security and technology, population migration and human conditions, and information and gray warfare.

DAY 1                                       

8:30-9:00 - Coffee and sign-in

9:00-9:15—Welcoming Remarks, Craig White, Acting Provost, (Intro: Frank Gilfeather)

9:15-9:30—Setting the Stage, Lieutenant General (ret) Bradley Hosmer, UNM, (Intro: Frank Gilfeather)

9:30-10:30—Keynote:  Global Trends 2035, Greg Treverton, Former Chairman, National Intelligence Council, (Intro: Emile Nakhleh)

10:30-10:45—Questions and comments/Coffee break

10:45-12:00 - Panel 1: Regional Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities (Moderator: Melissa Bokovoy)

  • Africa, Ambassador (ret) Mark L. Asquino 
  • Middle East and Terrorism, Emile Nakhleh, UNM

12:00- 1:30—Lunch/Speaker, Russia, Information Warfare and the 2016 Election, Scott Shane, Reporter, New York Times (Intro: Kathy Powers)

1:30-2:15— Panel 2:  UNM NSSP and GNSPI Student Briefs, (Moderator: Alexander Cohran)

  • North Korea: The Sick Man of Asia, Torin  Hovander, UNM
  • Russia’s Ambitions: Emily Stepanek and Theo Pirone-Aufrichtig, UNM

2:15-2:30—Coffee Break

2:30-3:30 - Conflict Issues: Cyber and as an Instrument of Conflict, Chris Lamb, SNL (Intro: Stephanie Forrest)

3:30 – 4:30- Symposium Reception and Continuing Discussion: Speakers, students, and faculty are invited to discuss topics of mutual interest during this reception.  Global Intelligence and Security Society. 


8:30-9:00—Coffee and Registration

9:00-10:00—Keynote:  Global Governance, Stewart Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations, (Intro: Manuel Montoya) 

10:00-11:30—Panel 3:  Global and National Security Issues (Intro: Marek Osinski)

  • The Long Shadow of Civil Wars: Regional and Lasting Effects of Conflicts in Central

America, and the Difficulty of Remediating Them, William Stanley, Director, LAII, UNM

  • Food and Water as Critical Present Security Issues, Chris Duval, Professor Geography, UNM 
    • Security and Stability Issues in the Americas, Ambassador Michael A Hammer, Deputy Commandant and International Advisor, Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University

11:30-1:00:  Lunch and Special Topic: Migration: Causes and Resulting Stresses, Judd Devermont,

National Intelligence Officer for Africa, National Intelligence Council, (Intro: Kate Krause)

1:00- 2:00: Lessons Learned from the Russian Hack: The New Era of Political Warfare, Brandon Valeriano, Reader, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, (Intro: Joshua Kastenberg) 2:00-3:00: Career Panel (Moderator: Patrick Dowden)

  • DIA – Patrick Dowden
  • CIA – Patti Bolton
  • NSA – Abigail Bradly
  • DOS – Ken Chavez
  • UNM Career Services – Ivy Rodriguez

3:00 - 4:00:  More Informal Career Discussions – UNM Global Intelligence and Security Society SYMPOSIUM EXTERNAL EVENTS:

April 4, 3:45 to 5 p.m. – Scott Shane, Q&A session on Wikileaks, C&J Building, Room 121. New York Times national security reporter and expert on the NSA and jihadist Internet recruiting, Scott Shane, will answer questions about Wikileaks, national security and journalism issues.  (Light refreshments will be served.)

April 5, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.-- Brandon Valeriano colloquium titled, “The Enemy Image and Framing Future Threats through Video Games,” C&J Building, Room 121. Dr. Valeriano’s research explores cyber coercion, external threats and video games, the biological and psychological examinations of cyber threat, and arms races and repression in cyberspace. (Light refreshments will be served).