James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs

Ann Marie Park
International Education, 308.865.8944

Many issues that shape the quality of our lives have an international dimension.  Global economic interdependence, the development of appropriate environmental strategies, the resolution of regional conflicts and the enhancement of human rights all require a global perspective.  An important component of the education experience is discussion and interaction with people from many cultures.  Since 1964, Kearney State College, now the University of Nebraska-Kearney, has sponsored an international conference to discuss issues of global importance.  In 1988, the name of the conference was changed to honor Professor James E. Smith.

The United States today is facing two wars and the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.  As critical as our own situation is, it makes up only one small part of the staggering turmoil that encompasses our globe.  As well as addressing the world financial crises directly, among the other challenges confronting the planet to be addressed at the James E. Smith Conference on World Affairs are the genocide in Darfur, anarchy in Somalia, the war in Gaza, the struggles of indigenous peoples in Colombia and Nicaragua, terrorist movements in Sri Lanka, the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the role of NATO and EU enlargement.  Through speeches and discussion by international experts, diplomats, and scholars we hope to introduce UNK faculty, students, and the broader Kearney community to just a few of the crises currently active and how they impact the United States and Nebraska.  As every year, it is our hope that at least some members of the audience will be sufficiently inspired by what they hear at the conference to maintain a lifelong interest in international affairs and pursue further information about the outside world through reputable media sources.

Sunday, March 9

3:00-6:00: p.m.        Scott & Cheryl Morris International & Intercultural Food Festival
Health & Sports Center
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Monday March 9

Ponderosa E

9:05-10:00: a.m.         James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs Opening Address 

‘World Event Trading:  How to Analyze and Profit from Today’s Headlines”
Mr. Andrew Busch

Global FX Market Strategist for BMO Capital  Markets

Moderator: Dr. Robert Young, Department of Accounting and Finance

Ponderosa A& B

10:10-11:00:         The Effects of Globalization on Intra and Inter-State Relations

Dr. Roman Kosodiy
, Associate Professor, Finance Department, Sumy National
Agrarian University, Sumy, Ukraine
“The Impact of Financial Globalization on National Financial Systems and

Dr. Shimin Liu
, Associate Professor, School of Business, University of
International Business and Economics, Beijing, China
“Going Global: An Organizational Learning Perspective on the International Expansion of Chinese Enterprises”.

Mr. Jiri Ellinger, Political Secretary, Embassy of the Czech Republic
“The European Union in the World Politics at the beginning of the 21st Century: A
View from the current Czech EU Presidency“

Moderator: Dr. William Avilles, Department of Political Science

Ponderosa C & D

10:10-11:00:        Bhutan-The World’s Youngest Democracy: Transition Without Conflict

His Excellency Ambassador Lhatu Wangchuk

Ambassador of Bhutan to the U.N.

Moderator: Dr. Pradeep Barua, Department of History

Ponderosa A & B

11:15-12:05:         Ethnic Conflict and Civil Society in Central and South Asia

DrMuttukrishna Sarvananthan, Principle Researcher, Point Pedro Institute of
Development, Point Pedro, Sri Lanka

“Understanding the ‘Liberation’ Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its Leader: A
Firsthand View”

Dr. Shamsidden Karimov, 
Director, Tajikistan Development Foundation, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

“Post-Soviet Tajikistan and Democracy: Strengthening Civil Society as a Tool of Conflict Prevention”

Moderator: Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, Department of English

Ponderosa C & D

11:15-12:05:         Science of Conflict Management

Dr. Kamlesh Lulla, Award winning space scientist and consultant in Space and
Geospatial  Technology
“Space Technology and its Implications for Conflict Monitoring, Management and

Moderator: Dr. Vijendra Boken, Department of Geography

Ponderosa A & B

1:25-2:15: p.m.        Human Rights and Activism in Latin America

Katherine Hoyt
, Director
The Nicaragua Network

Fredy Romeiro Campo Chicangana

Indigenous Colombian Poet


Ponderosa C & D

1:25-2:15: p.m.        State Building and Ethnic Conflict in Central Europe

His Excellency Ambassador Nicolae Chirtoaca

Embassy of Moldova

Her Excellency Ambassador Bisera Turkovic
Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Moderator: Dr. Carol Lilly, Department of History

Ponderosa A & B

2:30-3:20: p.m.        The Role of Higher Education in Conflict Avoidance

Mr. Thomas A. Farrell, Associate Vice President for International Affairs
Nebraska University System

Dr. Natalia Ilyashenko, Head of the Informational and Analytical Office in the
International Relations Department, Novgorod State University

2:30-3:20: p.m.        The Role of Regional Powers in Conflict Management

Mr. Mahmoud Farouk Amer, 
Deputy Consul General
Consulate of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Chicago, IL

Mr. Machiel van Niekerk,
 Consul Political
South African Consulate
Chicago, IL

Ponderosa E

8:00-9:00: p.m.        Keynote Address: One Man, One Year, a World in Conflict

Kevin Sites, Conflict Journalist of “The Hot Zone”

Tuesday, March 10

Ponderosa A & B

9:30-10:45: a.m.        Stability and Peace in the Sudan

His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Akec KA Khoc
Embassy of the Sudan 

Moderator: Dr. Frank Tenkorang, Department of Economics

Ponderosa A & B

11:00-12:00:         Freedom: The Path to Lasting Peace in the Sudan

Reverend Heidi McGinness, Director of Outreach for Christian Solidarity

Moderator: Dr. Frank Tenkorang, Department of Economics

Nebraskan Atrium

12:00-1:45         Take a Delegate to Lunch 
( Please contact Barbara Amundson x8640 if interested)

Ponderosa A & B

2:00-3:15:         Russia and Central Europe

Mr. Jan Jires, Department of Political Science
Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic

“Central Europe and Russia: A Relationship Forever in Conflict?”

Dr. Hans-Peter Hinrichsen, Counselor, Embassy of Germany

Moderator: Dr. Christopher Stevens, Department of Political Science

Ponderosa A & B

3: 30-4:30:         Challenges and Developments on the African Continent

His Excellency Ambassador Ombeni Sefue,
 Embassy of Tanzania 

His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Akec KA Khoc, 
Embassy of the Sudan

Moderator: Dr. Joan Blauwkamp, Department of Political Science

Ponderosa E

8:00-9:00 p.m.        Keynote Address:  Touring the World in Conflict