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The Pearson Global Forum
Information in Conflict
October 12-14, 2021 (A Virtual Experience)

The knowledge that forms the foundation of our understanding, decisions, advancement, and world is now in question. Scientific fact and proven theorem are being set aside for apocryphal beliefs. The emergence of new conflicts is outpacing the ability of the international community to cope, new rules now govern old disputes, disunity through the spread of populism is creating long-term damage, and disinformation and the abuse of knowledge are taking a devastating toll on our global world. The 2021 Global Forum will be a significant public event with the goal of (virtually) convening leading scholars and high-level policy makers from around the globe to exchange ideas and maximize the potential for impact in preventing and resolving violent conflicts and informing policy.

The Pearson Global Forum | Information in Conflict

Note: All times are shown in CDT. 

Welcome Remarks

James A. Robinson
Institute Director, The Pearson Institute; Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor, Harris School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science, University of Chicago

Keynote | Own Your Data: Taking Control of Our Digital Future

Brittany Kaiser
Co-Founder, Own Your Data Foundation; Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower

Panel | Manipulating Knowledge

Melissa Fleming
Under-Secretary General for Global Communications, United Nations

Nina Jankowicz
Disinformation Fellow, Wilson Center

Brendan Nyhan
Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

Richard Ovenden
Librarian, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford; Author

Moderator: Marianna Spring
Journalist, BBC

Break

Flash Talk

Kate Klonick
Professor, St. John’s University; Affiliate Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale University 

Panel | Social Media & Global Instability

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin
Executive Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education

Shelby Grossman
Research Scholar, Stanford Internet Observatory, Stanford University

Shoshana Zuboff
Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita, Harvard Business School

Moderator: Sarah Frier
Technology Reporter, Bloomberg News

Flash Talk | Facebook Causes Protests

Leopoldo Fergusson
Associate Professor, University of the Andes; Faculty Affiliate, The Pearson Institute

Welcome Remarks

Katherine Baicker
Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Keynote | The Future of Yemen

Tawakkol Karman
Nobel Peace Laureate; Journalist

Case Study | Yemen in Neglect

Shadi Abusneida
Aid Worker, UNHCR Yemen

Farea Al-Muslimi
Co-Founder and Chairman, Sana’a Center; Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Stacey Philbrick-Yadav
Chair, Department of Political Science, Associate Professor of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Juan R. I. Cole
Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan

Moderator: Afrah Nasser
Yemen Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

Flash Talk | Gang Rule 

Chris Blattman
Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Break

Case Study | Iran

Pouya Alimagham
Lecturer and Historian of the Modern Middle East, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Vali Nasr
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Majid Khadduri Professor of Middle East Studies and International Affairs, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Mahsa Rouhi
Associate Fellow, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy 
International Institute for Strategic Studies

Ali Vaez
Senior Advisor to the President & Iran Project Director, 
International Crisis Group

Moderator: Negar Mortazavi
Diplomatic Correspondent, The Independent; Host, The Iran Podcast

Flash Talk

Candace Rondeaux
Professor of Politics and Global Studies, and Senior Fellow at the Center on the Future of War, Arizona State University

Case Study | Saudi Arabia

F. Gregory Gause
Department Head and Professor, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Karen House
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard University

Pascal Menoret
Renée and Lester Crown Professor of Modern Middle East Studies, Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University

Moderator: TBA

Flash Talk | Comparative Constitutionalism: Islam in Perspective

James A. Robinson
Institute Director, The Pearson Institute; Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor, Harris School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science, University of Chicago

Welcome Remarks

Ka Yee C. Lee
Provost and David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Chemistry, James Franck Institute, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the College, University of Chicago

Keynote

Speaker TBA

Panel | Artificial Intelligence & International Security

Gregory C. Allen
Chief of Strategy and Communications, U.S. Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

Ulrike Franke
Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Kara Frederick
Research Fellow, Technology Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Herbert Lin
Senior Research Scholar, Center for International Security and Cooperation and Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and Security, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Moderator: Nancy Scola
Senior Technology Reporter, POLITICO

AI and the EU

Bruno Le Maire
Minister of the Economy, Finance, and the Recovery of France

Break 

Flash Talk

Speaker TBA

Panel | Cyber Abuse, Security, & Defense

Deborah Housen-Couriel
Fellow and Adjunct Professor, ICT, IDC Herzliya; Chief Legal Officer and VP Regulation, Konfidas Ltd.; Advisory Board, Federmann Cyber Security Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Christopher Painter
President, The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation; Former Senior Director for Cyber Policy and Acting Cyber Coordinator, U.S. National Security Council

Philip Stupak
Executive Director, Cyber Policy Initiative, Harris School of Public Policy, and Lecturer, Graham School, University of Chicago

Mariarosaria Taddeo
Senior Researcher Fellow, and Deputy Director, Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford; Fellow, Alan Turing Institute

Moderator: Ellen Nakashima
National Security Reporter, The Washington Post

Flash Talk

David Awschalom
Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering and Deputy Dean for Space, Infrastructure, and Facilities, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago

Closing Remarks

James A. Robinson
Institute Director, The Pearson Institute; Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

2021 Speakers

Pearson Global Forum | Information in Conflict

The fourth annual Pearson Global Forum will be held virtually October 12 - 14, 2021. Full speaker list and bios coming soon.

Nina Jankowicz
Disinformation Fellow
Wilson Center
Shadi Abusneida
Aid Worker
UNHCR Yemen
Farea Al-Muslimi
Cofounder and Chairman, Sana’a Center
Associate Fellow, Chatham House
Pouya Alimagham
Lecturer and Historian of the Modern Middle East
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Gregory C. Allen
Chief of Strategy and Communications
U.S. Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
David Awschalom
Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering and Deputy Dean for Space, Infrastructure, and Facilities
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Katherine Baicker
Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor
Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
Christopher Blattman
Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies
Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
Juan R. I. Cole
Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History
University of Michigan
Leopoldo Fergusson
Associate Professor
University of the Andes
Melissa Fleming
Under-Secretary General for Global Communications
United Nations
Ulrike Franke
Policy Fellow
European Council on Foreign Relations
Kara Frederick
Research Fellow, Technology Policy
The Heritage Foundation
Sarah Frier
Technology Reporter
Bloomberg News
F. Gregory Gause
Department Head and Professor
The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Shelby Grossman
Research Scholar
Stanford Internet Observatory, Stanford University
Karen House
Senior Fellow
Belfer Center, Harvard University
Deborah Housen-Couriel
Fellow and Adjunct Professor, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Chief Legal Officer and VP Regulation, Konfidas Ltd.; Advisory Board, Federmann Cyber Security Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Brittany Kaiser
Co-Founder, Own Your Data Foundation
Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower
Tawakkol Karman
Nobel Peace Laureate
Journalist
Kate Klonick
Professor, St. John’s University
Affiliate Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale University
Bruno Le Maire
Minister of the Economy, Finance, and the Recovery of France
Ka Yee C. Lee
Provost and David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Chemistry, James Franck Institute, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the College, University of Chicago
Herbert Lin
Senior Research Scholar, Center for International Security and Cooperation
Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and Security, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin
Executive Director
National Association for Media Literacy Education
Pascal Menoret
Renée and Lester Crown Professor of Modern Middle East Studies
Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University
Negar Mortazavi
Diplomatic Correspondent, The Independent
Host, The Iran Podcast
Ellen Nakashima
National Security Reporter
Washington Post
Vali Nasr
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Majid Khadduri Professor of Middle East Studies and International Affairs, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Afrah Nasser
Yemen Researcher
Human Rights Watch
Brendan Nyhan
Professor
Dartmouth College
Richard Ovenden
Librarian, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Author
Christopher Painter
President, The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation
Former Senior Director for Cyber Policy and Acting Cyber Coordinator, U.S. National Security Council
Stacey Philbrick-Yadav
Associate Professor of Political Science
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
James A. Robinson
Institute Director, The Pearson Institute
Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor, Harris School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science, University of Chicago
Candace Rondeaux
Professor of Politics and Global Studies and Senior Fellow
Center on the Future of War, Arizona State University
Mahsa Rouhi
Associate Fellow, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
International Institute for Strategic Studies
Nancy Scola
Senior Technology Reporter
POLITICO
Marianna Spring
Journalist
BBC
Philip Stupak
Executive Director, Cyber Policy Initiative, Harris School of Public Policy
Lecturer, Graham School, University of Chicago
Mariarosaria Taddeo
Senior Researcher Fellow and Deputy Director, Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Fellow, Alan Turing Institute
Ali Vaez
Senior Advisor to the President & Iran Project Director
International Crisis Group
Shoshana Zuboff
Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita
Harvard Business School

2021 Location

Pearson Global Forum | Information in Conflict

The fourth annual Pearson Global Forum will be held October 12 - 14, 2021.

The 2021 Global Forum will be a virtual experience.

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Pearson Global Forum | Information in Conflict

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