On March 15, 2013, the third annual Washington, DC area Global Issues Network Conference, co-sponsored with DCPS School Without Walls, was held at the George Washington University campus.
With the organizing theme “Political Reform”, this annual collaboration among public, independent, charter, and parochial schools provided a day of learning, sharing and networking for Washington, DC area high school students. In break-out sessions, students had the opportunity to share what they and their schools are doing to address critical global issues in school clubs and other organizations and extra-curricular activities. Examples of student sessions included: One Book, One School (Bishop O'Connell High School), Fried Scorpion in China: My Summer in Suzhou (Wilson High School), and Women's Oppression and Opportunities Worldwide, based on the book Half The Sky (School Without Walls).
Invited guests rounded out the day's program. Keynote speaker Robert Malley, a political scientist and specialist in conflict resolution, lead off the conference by discussing the Arab Spring and its continuing impact. Mr. Malley is Program Director for Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group and a former Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs (1998–2001).
There was also a panel moderated by Douglas Jehl, foreign editor of The Washington Post. The three panelists were: Augusta Featherstone, Regional Program Coordinator for the Europe and Asia division of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); Robin King, Director of Urban Development and Accessibility of EMBARQ at the World Resources Institute; Marc R. Rosenblum, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of New Orleans and a Specialist in Immigration Policy at the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
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