Washington, D.C.
November 16, 2017

NAFSA and the U.S. Institute for Peace (USIP) are pleased to present the 2017 NAFSA USIP Symposium on International Education, Diplomacy, and Peace.

This special International Education Week half-day symposium focused on the intersection of international higher education and international affairs. Experts and leaders in diplomacy, education, and peacebuilding discussed how government policies that promote international education integrate with peacebuilding approaches in global communities.


NAFSA and USIP, two organizations working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected, peaceful world, co-hosted the in-person and online program.

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Framing the Day
  • Esther Brimmer, D.Phil., Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA
  • Ambassador Bill Taylor, Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Session I: International Education and Building a Transatlantic Community
  • Caroline Vicini, Deputy Ambassador to the USA, European Union Delegation
  • Daniel S. Hamilton, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Sharon Hudson-Dean, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
  • Moderator: Esther Brimmer, D.Phil., Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Session II: Global Perspectives on International Education and Building Communities
  • Mark S. Langevin, Ph.D., Director, Brazil Initiative, George Washington University
  • John Holden, CEO, 100K Strong Foundation
  • Moderator: Alison Milofsky, Director, Curriculum and Training Design, Academy, U.S. Institute of Peace
11:45 a.m - 12:45 p.m. Session III: New Intersections between Education and Peacebuilding
  • Julia Roig, President, PartnersGlobal
  • Bridget Moix, US Senior Representative, Peace Direct
  • Barbara Bodine, Director & Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Helsing, Associate Vice President, Academy, U.S. Institute of Peace