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PIPS to host annual D.C. symposium May 1

The Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS), W&M’s elite undergraduate think tank, will host its annual symposium at the National Press Club at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 1.

Modeled after the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, PIPS is headquartered at William & Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, a joint venture of Arts & Sciences and the Reves Center for International Studies.

Co-directed by Dennis Smith and Amy Oakes of the Department of Government, PIPS is designed to bridge the gap between the academic and foreign policy communities in the area of undergraduate education.

Each year six outstanding research fellows are selected to spend the academic year identifying and emerging international security challenge and developing original policy recommendations to address it, and present their work to policy officials and scholars at a spring symposium in Washington, D.C.

This year David Gordon, head of research and director of global macro analysis for the Eurasia Group and former director of policy planning under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will act as discussant.

Student presentations will include:

  • Michael Aiken, "The Promise of Sack Farming: Promoting Urban Agriculture to Tackle Food Insecurity in West Africa."
  • Madeleine De Simone, "On the Forecast: Easing Tensions over Hydraulic Power Along the Mekong."
  • Elizabeth Hennemuth, "Unintended Consequences: The Potential of U.S. Immigration Reform to Destabilize Mexico."
  • Robert Marty, "Climate Change and Disease-Induced Instability in East Africa."
  • David Newbrander, "Special Economic Cities: Developing Algeria through Special Economic Zones."
  • Wesley Stukenbroeker, "AirSea Assistance: Winning the Pacific in an Age of Austerity."

This event is open to the public. The National Press Club is located on the 13th floor of 529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.