HATTIESBURG – The
University of Southern Mississippi's International Development doctoral
program (IDV) will co-sponsor "Global Policy and Development
Conference 2005: Nation Building and Sustainment Operations"
with the Association for Global Policy and Development (AGPD). The
event will take place October 27-29 at the Southern Miss Gulf Park
The conference focus is to bring together policymakers,
academics, military and the international business and development
community. Participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities
inherent in nation-state building and sustainment operations.
"This conference will showcase the scholarly
contribution of The University of Southern Mississippi to the world.
Academic conferences serve major objectives," said Dr. Shahdad
Naghshpour, director of IDV at Southern Miss. "The first objective
is to bring world-class scholars to the site to enrich Southern
Miss and the community. The second objective is to display the scholarly
contributions of the university community. Last year's conference
had numerous researchers from overseas."
The conference will cover a broad spectrum of topics,
such as public administration, sustainment and reconstruction, the
role of private enterprise, the role of non-governmental organizations
and intergovernmental organizations, terrorism and responses to
terrorism, globalization and economic development and citizenship
and integration challenges.
Dr. David Butler, assistant professor, IDV, Department
of Political Science, International Development and International
Affairs said, "Since the end of the cold war there has been
an intense focus on failing and failed states for global security
as well as the promise the new states provide. There are many parties
and stakeholders involved in stabilizing and rebuilding failed states
with the hope that these states and their citizens will emerge once
again as active participants of the global community."
The participants will attend morning and afternoon
panels and a late afternoon roundtable discussion, bringing together
different sectors and functions in nation-state building and sustainment
The conference is open to academics, practitioners,
private and public sectors, policymakers, politicians and members
of the military from developed states and from states and regions.
Practitioners impacted by nation-state building and sustainment
operations and the overall day-to-day hands-on operations of building
and developing in countries are invited to attend.
"The conference is presented at a time of great
importance. This is a critical area our country is just scratching
the surface on," said Maj. Gen. Buford C. Blount, a distinguished
visiting lecturer of national security and strategic studies in
the College of Arts and Letters at Southern Miss. "You just
need to look at the resources our country is committing to Iraq
and Afghanistan, the billions of dollars and the cost in American
lives. We must be prepared for the next time, and there will be
a next time. We must come together to find the solutions, find better
ways, to have systems in place before we need them again."
The cost is $250 per participant and $150 for student
participants, which includes a year's subscription to the journal
Horizons and a one-year membership in the Association of Global
Policy and Development.
For more information, go to http://www.usm.edu/international/global_policy/.