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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.

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 | Misinformation: Why Is It a Problem?

Lisa Fazio
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University 

Panel | Impact of Social Media on Global Affairs

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

Renée DiResta
Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory, Stanford University

Nathaniel Gleicher
Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook 

Shelby Grossman
Research Scholar, Stanford Internet Observatory, Stanford University

Moderator: Kurt Wagner
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 Abu Sneida
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, 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 and Iran Project Director, 
International Crisis Group

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

Flash Talk

Konstantin Sonin
John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago; Pearson Faculty Affiliate

Case Study | Saudi Arabia

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

Adel Hamaizia
Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House; Vice-Chairman, Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum, University of Oxford 

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: Arwa Damon
International Correspondent, CNN

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 | Constant Confusion: Technology Meets Modern Conflict

Brett Goldstein
Former Director, Defense Digital Service, U.S. Department of Defense; Pearson Associate 

Panel | Artificial Intelligence and International Security

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

Raluca Csernatoni
Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe

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

Special Session | AI and the EU

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

Break 

Flash Talk

Jeff Moss
Founder and Director, Black Hat and DEF CON; Member, Homeland Security Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Panel | Cyber Abuse, Security, and 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
Associate Director, Cyber Policy Initiative, Harris School of Public Policy, and Lecturer, Graham School, University of Chicago

Moderator: Ellen Nakashima
National Security Reporter, The Washington Post

Flash Talk | The Quantum Revolution: A New Paradigm for Communication

David Awschalom
Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering and Vice Dean for Research, 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. 

 

Nina Jankowicz
Disinformation Fellow
Wilson Center
Shadi Abu Sneida
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
Director of Strategy and Policy, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
U.S. Department of Defense
David Awschalom
Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering and Vice Dean for Research
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
Raluca Csernatoni
Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe
Arwa Damon
International Correspondent
CNN
Renée DiResta
Research Manager
Stanford Internet Observatory, Stanford University
Lisa Fazio
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development
Vanderbilt University 
Leopoldo Fergusson
Associate Professor
University of the Andes
Melissa Fleming
Under-Secretary General for Global Communications
United Nations
Kara Frederick
Research Fellow, Technology Policy
The Heritage Foundation
F. Gregory Gause
Department Head and Professor
The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Nathaniel Gleicher
Head of Cybersecurity Policy
Facebook
Brett Goldstein
Former Director, Defense Digital Service
U.S. Department of Defense
Shelby Grossman
Research Scholar
Stanford Internet Observatory, Stanford University
Adel Hamaizia
Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Vice-Chairman, Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum, University of Oxford
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
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
Jeff Moss
Founder and Director, Black Hat and DEF CON
Member, Homeland Security Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Ellen Nakashima
National Security Reporter
The 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 of Government
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
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
Associate Director, Cyber Policy Initiative, Harris School of Public Policy
Lecturer, Graham School, University of Chicago
Ali Vaez
Senior Advisor to the President and Iran Project Director
International Crisis Group
Kurt Wagner
Technology Reporter
Bloomberg News

2021 Location

Pearson Global Forum | Information in Conflict

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

 

Media

Pearson Global Forum | Information in Conflict

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

 

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