One of the best parts about serving as Dean of The Fletcher School is taking part in groundbreaking conversations around some of today’s biggest issues. On February 24, I had the pleasure of participating in Tufts’ 32nd Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium, a three-day discussion centered around the theme of “The World of Tomorrow: Power and Politics in the 21st Century.”

EPIIC, which is an integrated, multidisciplinary program at Tufts, delves into a complex global issue each year, with past topics including: “International Terrorism;” “Ethnicity, Religion and Nationalism;” “Oil and Water;” and “The Politics of Fear.” This year, the symposium hosted discussions around critical global issues such as the changing nature of economies, the rise of populism in Western democracies and escalating climate change.

I was thrilled to deliver the keynote lecture, Adapting to Today, Turning Towards Tomorrow, where I discussed the future of global security in a rapidly changing world – a popular topic of the moment.

I was also deeply honored to accept the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts’ Institute for Global Leadership. Past recipients of the award include Martti Ahtisaari, Yevgenia Albats, Hanan Ashrawi, Francis Deng, Bill Drayton, Paul Farmer, John Kenneth Galbraith, Ashraf Ghani, and Shiv Khemka – so I’m humbled to be in such good company. It was both energizing and inspiring to witness the delegations of international students and students from the U.S. Naval and U.S. Military academies participating with such enthusiasm. Tufts students are truly committed to changing the world for the better.

Kudos to Tufts’ Institute for Global Leadership and EPIIC students for hosting such a thought-provoking event. As always, thanks for reading.

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