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Conference Program
 Thursday, April 27, 2017

8:30am -  9:00 am             Registration and Breakfast 

9:00am - 9:10am               Opening Remarks
Dr. Klara Bilgin, Dean, School of Public and International Affairs Virginia International University

9:10am - 10:00am             Morning Keynote Address
Christopher Mondini,Vice –President Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers   Rethinking Regions in the Internet Age: How to Govern the Internet?

10:00am - 11:00pm           Panel I - International Security and State Challenges (i)

Emma Grace, Faculty, The Chicago School of Processional Psychology   Attitudes Toward International Security and Terrorism in the United States, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen
Indu Saxena  Countering Terrorism in South Asia: A Call for Reconnecting Nation- states
Taner Dogan, Ph.D. Candidate, City University of London, Illiberal Democracy in the Context of Islamist Movements
Shirin Saeidi, Faculty, George Mason University Citizens of God: Hezbollah Supporters and the Post-2009 Man in Iran 
Dr. Emrullah Uslu, Discussant

11:00am-12pm                         Panel II - International Security and State Challenges 

Hany Eldeib, Faculty, Virginia International University Egypt - Hub of Stability or Hornet's Nest?
Oksana Klepikova,Ph.D. Candidate, University of Passau Germany and Elisei Boguslavskii, George Washington University, Legal Positivism and Challenges of Law Appropriation, Corruption, and Economic Development on the case of Value Added Tax on exports in Germany and Kazakhstan
Alisher Ahmedov, Analysis of International Transport Corridor’s Development in Central Asia
                                                Dr. Emrullah Uslu, Discussant

12:00pm -  1:00pm            Lunch and Lunchtime Book Presentation
Mark Silinsky, Faculty, United States Army War College                       Jihad and the West - Black Flag over Babylon

1:00pm – 2:00pm               Afternoon Keynote Address
Sourabh Gupta, Resident Senior Fellow Institute of China-America Studies, The Evolving Geo-Politics of the Asia-Pacific Region and the Rise of China

2:00pm – 2:30pm               Coffee Break

2:30pm – 4:00pm                Panel III- China in Focus and Community Transformations I

Badrinath Rao, Associate Professor, Kettering University, Hindu Majoritarianism and the eclipse of Minority Rights: Assessing the threats to India’s Survival as a Democratic Nation-State.
Amna Mahmood, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina, Changing Power Dynamics in South China Sea: Growing Power of China, US Concerns and Implications for the Region
Shintaro Hamanaka, Research Fellow, Who Want to create the region? Membership Politics and the Boundaries of Regions.

4:00pm -  5:30pm                Panel IV - China in Focus and Community Transformations II

Faustine Fabwire, Senior Policy Adviser, Bread of the World Fragile Environment, Resilient Communities: Snapshot of Bread for the World Institute 2017 Hunger Report
Hao Zhang, Ph.D Candidate, Johns Hopkins University, Following the State: The Rise of Chinese Overseas Contractors in Infrastructure Construction
Mu-Chiao Chiu, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Dialogue between Chinese and Taiwanese Youth: Practices in Facilitating for Youth in the Taiwan Strait Context and Key Findings
Sansar Tsakhirmaa, Ph.D. Candidate, Johns Hopkins University, Comparative Ethnically and Territorially-Based Autonomy in China and Russia

6:00pm - 7:30pm                 Barbecue and Networking     

Friday, April 28, 2017

9:00am - 10:00am               Morning Keynote Address
Kwaku Nuamah, African Security Political Development Expert, American University, Confronting Challenges to Democracy in Africa: Lessons from the 2016 Elections in Gabon, Gambia and Ghana

 10:00am - 12:00am            Panel V- Security and Political Developments in Africa
Sunmolu Peters, Faculty, Strayer University, The Impact of the Gambian Crisis on the Growth of Democracy in West Africa
Astrid Ruiz-Ramon, CEO of Afrikalabelle, Dangerous Times Call for Smart Security and Reinforced Development
Yvan Ilunga, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, The Construct of Legal and Political norms by Non-State Actors in the Pursuit of Security and Political Stability in Africa
Ademola Onafuye, Virginia International University, Understanding the Text and the Context for Insurgency in Nigeria: A Case Study of the Rise of Boko Haram

12:00pm – 12:30pm               Video Presentations

Conference Contact: Dr. Klara Bilgin, email:, Ph. (703) 591-7048
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