International Events

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Redefining Relations for North American Prosperity
Join us for a presentation of the report by COMEXI on "Redefining Relations for North American Prosperity” that outlines a series of specific recommendations for each of the main components of the U.S.-Mexico relationship: trade, security, migration and diplomacy. Panelists: Susana Chacon is a professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey University, editorialist of the Mexican newspaper El Universal and a member of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences Luz Maria de la Mora is the country director for WEConnect International in Mexico and is also the managing director and founder of LMM Consulting Gustavo Mohar is the founder and CEO of Grupo Atalaya and has served in high-ranking positions within the Mexican Government Chairs: Ambassador Marcela Celorio, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego Rafael Fernández de Castro, Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego Co-sponsored by the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI). The event will take place in the Institute of the Americas Deutz Room. Closest parking will be at the Pangea Parking Structure. Please make sure to purchase a permit at the pay stations on the top level. The venue will be a short 5-minute walk from the structure.

Location: UC San Diego, Institute of the Americas, Deutz Room 10111 N. Torrey Pines Road 6856396, 920937
Event Date: Sep 18, 2017
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The Way Forward on the Korean Peninsula
Following the South Korean elections, will the U.S. face challenges with its new strategy of “maximum pressure and engagement?” This roundtable discussion will consider the Koreas’ relations with China and the U.S. in the context of ongoing developments in North Korea’s nuclear and missile program. Speakers: Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and William J. Perry Distinguished Fellow, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations John Delury, Yonsei University Duyeon Kim, Visiting Senior Fellow, Korean Peninsula Future Forum, Seoul Moderated by Stephan Haggard, GPS Co-sponsored by the Pacific Century Institute. The event will take place in GPS classroom 3201 (directions). Closest parking will be at the Pangea Parking Structure. Permits must be purchased on the top level. There will be signage to direct you from Pangea to GPS.

Location: School of Global Policy and Strategy, GPS classroom 3201, International Lane, La Jolla, CA 92093
Event Date: Jun 08, 2017
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Brazil’s Future as an Energy Superpower
Join us for a lively discussion on Brazil’s energy future followed by a reception and global music performance by Sonic Impact. Even though Brazil has the potential to be one of the world’s largest energy suppliers, political uncertainties have long scared investors and hobbled the nation. In this conversation, Mauricio Tolmasquim, professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and GPS Professor David Victor will lay out where Brazil stands today, what the country’s energy future may look like, and what role Brazil will play globally in tackling energy challenges such as limiting emissions that cause global warming. This event is sponsored by GPS's Center on Global Transformation. The event will take place in The Great Hall (directions). There will be limited number of parking spaces at the Pangea Parking Structure on a first come, first serve basis. Once those are full, purchasing permits at the pay stations will be required. There will be signage to direct you from Pangea to the Great Hall.

Location: UC San Diego, The Great Hall, International Lane, San Diego, CA 92093
Event Date: May 31, 2017
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Housing Across Borders: Mexican and U.S. Housing in Perspective
Mexican and U.S. housing markets are traditionally understood to operate as discrete units, but recent housing crises on both sides of the border highlight how the people and processes that constitute these markets are actually intertwined. This conference interrogates how the U.S. and Mexican housing sectors are connected by the movement of people, money, policies, and ideas. Taking into consideration their shared histories, we propose thinking about the United States and Mexico together as a provocation that can lead us to testing our ideas about what housing and city mean. How have housing models originating in the U.S. shaped assumptions about and policy implementation in Mexico? How are the two markets linked through the movement of people and investments? Most of all, we ask the question of what can be learned by considering the connectedness of these housing markets, and through the experiences of planners, politicians, and residents in each country? This conference explores these connections by putting practitioners and interdisciplinary scholars of the U.S. and Mexico into conversation. To this end, the conference will be composed of: two traditional panels in which scholars share their work in presentation form, two roundtable discussions dealing with the panel themes, and one roundtable discussion among planners, developers, and practitioners from the San Diego-Tijuana region. The potential for connections and comparisons will be drawn out in roundtables and in informal discussions during the conference.

Location: Institute of the Americas, Malamud Conference Room 10111, N. Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 920937
Event Date: May 26, 2017
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China's Ideological Spectrum
Using data from large-scale surveys in China, Jennifer Pan of Stanford University will share her findings that public preferences in ideology are not simply split along a pro-regime or anti-regime divide in authoritarian contexts. Her research indicates a possible link between China’s market reform and social divisions, and their correlations with preferences for nationalism, state intervention in the economy and social values. To understand the consequences of ideology, Pan also tested whether the expression of ideological loyalty and disloyalty among job applicants affects employment prospects among government, SOE, private and foreign firms. A reception will be held following the talk. The event will take place in GPS classroom 3201 (directions). Closest parking will be at the Pangea Parking Structure. There will be signage to direct you from Pangea to GPS.

Location: GPS classroom, 3201 International Lane, La Jolla, CA 92093
Event Date: May 25, 2017
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IT Innovations for Improving Governance in Afghanistan
Presenters Joshua Blumenstock, School of Information, UC Berkeley Michael Callen, Rady School of Management, UC San Diego The use of mobile phones and mobile money is revolutionizing finance and governance in some of the world’s poorest and most unstable countries. In this PDEL Innovations Workshop, Blumenstock and Callen will describe three projects they have been conducting in Afghanistan over the past five years that investigate ways in which development engineering can be brought to bear to improve governance: Using mobile money to pay government salaries in order to reduce corruption and promote financial inclusion Using cell phone data to get real-time measures of economic activity Adapting behavioral finance innovations to mobile platforms to promote financial inclusion The presentation will highlight the ways in which the confluence of mobile technology, financial service innovation, and big data analytics are opening up exciting new frontiers in the struggle to improve the welfare of citizens and government employees in the developing world. Free and open to the public. There will a reception following the event. FAQ What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? The SDSC Auditorium is on the campus of UC San Diego. Parking is available in the Hopkins Parking Structure and at other locations on campus. All visitors must display a valid parking permit. See for more information.

Location: San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium UC San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92103
Event Date: May 22, 2017
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Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy
In his newly released book "Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy,” Council on Foreign Relations Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden explains why the political consensus in support of trade liberalization has collapsed, and how to correct the course. The U.S. has contributed more than any other nation to writing the rules that created the competitive global economy of today, helping support stronger growth in much of the world. Yet successive U.S. administrations have done far too little to help Americans succeed under those rules. Join Edward Alden as he explains more and talks about his newly released book with GPS Acting Dean Gordon Hanson, followed by a short question and answer portion and reception. This event is sponsored by GPS's Center on Global Transformation.

Location: School of Global Policy and Strategy, GPS Gardner Room, International Lane La Jolla, CA 92037
Event Date: May 11, 2017
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San Diego Global Forum: The Intensifying Battle for the Chinese Market
The Intensifying Battle for the Chinese Market: Emerging Opportunities and the Challenges Threatening American Businesses For decades, the world has witnessed the incredible rise of the Chinese economy and more recently, the rise of an affluent Chinese middle class, drawing investment from all corners of the world. Recently however, rising labor costs and a slowdown in economic growth are exacerbating long-standing regulatory issues, causing a shift in strategy for American businesses. Alan Beebe, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China comes to San Diego to provide insight on the obstacles American firms continue to face in China, and what opportunities need to be taken advantage of to remain competitive in the world’s most populous country. Jack Bell, founder & CEO at Pantek Partners, will lead a Q&A session with Beebe. 5:00 PM - Registration 5:30 PM - Program and Q&A 6:30 PM - Reception

Location: Tom Ham's Lighthouse (Harbor View room), 2150 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Event Date: May 09, 2017
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Phantom Services: Deflecting Migrant Workers in China
As China continues to urbanize, more migrants need and expect public services. Many municipalities, however, deflect demands for benefits instead of meeting them or denying them outright, for both political and practical reasons. UC Berkeley Professor Kevin O'Brien describes how "phantom services" are politically appealing at a time when the central government is calling for greater benefits for non-locals and urging people to move to small cities while migrants continue to appear in large numbers in the biggest, most desirable cities. Presentation and Q&A will be followed by a reception. The event will take place in GPS classroom 3201 (directions). Closest parking will be at the Pangea Parking Structure. There will be signage to direct you from Pangea to GPS.

Location: School of Global Policy and Strategy GPS classroom 3201 International Lane La Jolla, CA 92093
Event Date: May 04, 2017
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California & Climate Change
David Hults, assistant chief counsel for the Air Resources Board of the California Environmental Protection Agency, will give a talk on "California & Climate Change: Global Leadership in the Face of National Uncertainty." He will be joined by GPS Professor David Victor. With the Trump Administration now in power, California has said it will take the lead in advancing important policy goals even if the federal government doesn’t act. This is now reflected in a range of topics — from immigration to civil rights to marijuana. Nowhere is this effort more visible than on global climate change — an area where CA has its own aggressive laws and policies and, increasingly, a global leadership role as it tries to get the rest of the world to reduce emissions. This talk will discuss what California is doing at home, the tricky legal issues that arise as one state moves in ways that may differ from federal policy and how it could affect the global picture as more nations try to implement the Paris accord. Agenda: 5–5:10 p.m. Welcome and Introductions 5:10-5:40 p.m. Presentation 5:40-6 p.m. Q&A 6-6:30 p.m. Networking Mixer

Location: School of Global Policy and Strategy, GPS classroom 3201 International Lane La Jolla, CA 92093
Event Date: Apr 27, 2017