[PAST EVENT] 2012-2013 PIPS Symposium

May 1, 2013
6:30pm - 8:30pm
National Press Club, Washington D.C.
The Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) is an undergraduate think tank designed to bridge the gap between the academic and foreign policy communities in the area of undergraduate education.

PIPS is premised on two core beliefs: (1) rigorous policy-relevant research is a valuable component of a student's education; and (2) undergraduates, when guided by faculty and members of the policy community, can make meaningful contributions to national security debates - their creativity and energy are untapped resources.

To this end, PIPS each year selects six research fellows (juniors and seniors) who identify an emerging international security challenge and develop original and carefully researched policy recommendations.

In this symposium, PIPS fellows have the opportunity to present their work to policy officials and scholars in Washington, D.C.

Presentations will include:

- Michael Aiken, "The Promise of Sack Farming: Promoting Urban Agriculture to Tackle Food Insecurity in West Africa."

- Madeleine De Simone, "On the Forecast: Easing Tensions over Hydraulic Power Along the Mekong."

- Elizabeth Hennemuth, "Unintended Consequences: The Potential of U.S. Immigration Reform to Destabilize Mexico."

- Robert Marty, "Climate Change and Disease-Induced Instability in East Africa."

- David Newbrander, "Special Economic Cities: Developing Algeria through Special Economic Zones."

- Wesley Stukenbroeker, "AirSea Assistance: Winning the Pacific in an Age of Austerity."

David Gordon, Head of Research and Director of Global Macro Analysis for the Eurasia Group, will be the discussant.


David F. Gordon is Eurasia Group's head of research and director of global macro analysis. He is a member of the firm's executive committee, and is based in Washington, D.C.

Before joining Eurasia Group, David spent more than ten years working at the highest levels of U.S. foreign and national security policy processes. From June 2007 to January 2009, David served as the director of policy planning under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He played a leading role in developing policy ideas for Rice on issues ranging from Afghanistan and Pakistan to U.S. engagement in East Asia to the multilateral response to the international financial crisis. He also led the department's strategic policy dialogues with more than 20 countries around the globe.

Prior to his work with the U.S. State Department, David served in a top management role at the National Intelligence Council (NIC) from 2004 to 2007, during which time he led the NIC's integration into the new Office of the Director of National Intelligence and its reemergence as the preeminent analytic center in the U.S. government through enhancing analytic quality and integrity in the aftermath of the 2003 Iraq National Intelligence Estimate. He provided analytic leadership for the NIC's groundbreaking reports, Global Trends 2015 and Global Trends 2020.

Other positions that David has held include the director of CIA's Office of Transnational Issues, an office that covers issues including global economics and energy, illicit finance, insurgency and counterinsurgency, and global health; and national intelligence officer for economics and global issues at the NIC. For six years, David represented the intelligence community on the senior White House interagency body responsible for coordinating international economic policy.

Earlier in his career, David was a senior fellow and director at the Overseas Development Council, a senior staff member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the regional economic policy and democracy/governance adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development based in Nairobi, Kenya.

In the 1980s, David pursued an academic career with a joint appointment at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. He has also taught at the College of William and Mary, Princeton University, Georgetown University, and the University of Nairobi. David's latest book is Managing Strategic Surprise: Lessons from Risk Management and Risk Assessment, co-edited with Ian Bremmer and Paul Bracken (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

David is a graduate of Bowdoin College and undertook graduate studies in both political science and economics at the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in 1981.

This event is open to the public.

[[dasmi2, Dennis Smith]]