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Strauss Center Director of Studies Leads Next Generation Project Assembly

Feb 19, 2007 |

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law’s Director of Studies, Francis J. Gavin, will lead a multi-day assembly “Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions” at the University of California, San Diego this week.

The event, hosted by The Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD and The American Assembly of Columbia University will take place on the campus of UCSD February 22-24, 2007.

The Next Generation Project’s goal is to generate new ideas about U.S. global policy and the future of international institutions; influence policy discussions about the future of America’s role in the world; and cultivate new policy networks. In order to accomplish this, The Assembly identifies young emerging leaders from diverse geographic, professional, and demographic sectors and facilitates discussions with experienced mentors. The project is directed by Gavin, who in addition to being the Director of Studies at the Strauss Center, is the Tom Slick Professor in International Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Sixty-five of the brightest leaders from San Diego and throughout the nation will discuss the most pressing threats and challenges the United States and the world will face in the years to come. Fellows will participate in two days of intensive dialogue and debate, which will culminate in a final plenary session. The final report will be widely circulated among scholars, the business community, and national policymakers.

Fellows attending the West Coast Assembly are drawn from an array of diverse backgrounds. These include representatives from leading corporations (eBay and QUALCOMM); law firms; investment banks; the media; the military (U.S. Central Command); nonprofit policy institutes and foundations (Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and The Riordan Foundation); federal, state, and local government (State Department and Department of Defense); religious organizations (the Council on American Islamic Relations and the National Council of Churches); innovative biotechnology companies; cutting edge entrepreneurial startups (Ethos Water); and international institutions, including the International Monetary Fund and the UN Development Programme. Several prominent UCSD graduates will be among the fellows.

Working in a non-partisan fashion, the Center seeks to encourage broad and respectful debate; find practical solutions to pressing global problems; and prepare faculty and students to become leaders in an increasingly complex international environment.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin works to promote public awareness and discussion of global policy issues. The Center helps students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas as well as the broader community better understand the nature of the most pressing challenges facing the world today and to find the solutions needed to meet them. The Center achieves this goal by hosting events that bring experts and opinion leaders to campus, facilitating policy-relevant research by UT’s distinguished faculty, and disseminating the results of our discussions and research to policymakers, business and civic leaders, journalists, students, and interested citizens of Texas and elsewhere.