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Mayor Signer

The History That Fuels Local Government Action
The Virginia Policy Review welcomes Mayor Mike Signer of Charlottesville for a talk: “The History that Fuels Local Government Action.” Mike Signer is a lecturer at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He was elected to Charlottesville City Council in 2015 and elected Mayor of Charlottesville in January 2016.

William Webster

Constitution Day
The University of Virginia community is invited to join us for Constitution Day on Friday, September 16. The special guest speaker will be William H. Webster, the current Chairman of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council. From 1978 to 1987, Webster was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and from 1987 to 1991, he was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Prior to these appointments, Webster was a federal judge in Missouri. Well-respected on both sides of the aisle, Webster is the only person to have held both of these positions in government.

Ulrich Mans

When Silicon Valley Meets Purpose: Big Data for Peace and Justice
The Batten Global Policy Center present Dr. Ulrich Mans, from the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University. Ulrich has a background in conflict studies; he holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Amsterdam and a MA in International Development Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen. Before joining the Centre for Innovation in The Hague, Ulrich has worked for 10 years for various organizations in the field of political transitions, including the International Crisis Group, the Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Life and Peace Institute in Khartoum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. His talk, “When Silicon Valley Meets Purpose: Big Data for Peace and Justice,” will explore the use of design thinking to solve matters of war and peace and other topics. Today, ending violent conflicts and building peace calls for an in-depth understanding of new data streams. With the Data Revolution, we need to find new ways in order to design and build data-driven methodologies that support peace processes across the globe. Ulrich will present an overview of recent data-related trends in the peace, justice and humanitarian sector. How do organisations in the sector adapt to the needs of a digital world? He will explain the underlying concepts of data-driven innovation and the required innovation processes, giving examples of innovation projects with partners ranging from United Nations to small entrepreneurial NGOs.

Patrick Regan

Climate Change and Climate Policy
The Batten Global Policy Center welcomes Patrick Regan, Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Patrick Regan (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1992) researches the impact of climate change and social adaptation on armed conflict. His most recent book, The Politics of Global Climate Change (Paradigm, 2015), articulates a multi-level political process for influencing climate change legislation, beginning with local politics. In February 2016, Regan was appointed Associate Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative for Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative, a university effort that seeks to understand the effects of climate change though a lens of human social adaptation.

Dr. Julia Nesheiwat

2016 MPP Orientation Keynote Address
Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Presidential Deputy Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the U.S. State Department speaks with incoming Master of Public Policy students.

Robert Hurt and Gerry Connolly

U.S. Representatives Robert Hurt (R-VA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) speak to Professor Warburg's class.
U.S. Representatives Robert Hurt (R-VA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) speak to Professor Warburg's class.

Kevin Fay

Sustainability and the International Policy Process
As part of Earth Week, the Batten School and UVA Sustainability will co-sponsor a special Batten Hour with Kevin J. Fay, a member of the UVA Board of Visitors and the CEO of the law firm Alcalde & Fay. In December 2015, Mr. Fay was part of 21st Conference of Parties in Paris where 196 countries reached a historic climate change agreement.

Fred Hitz

The Current Condition of U.S. Intelligence in the Fight against ISIS
Professor Frederick Hitz will present a timely lecture on the state of U.S. intelligence and the fight against ISIS. Hitz is a former Inspector General at the CIA. He teaches courses on anti-terrorism and the role of the intelligence community.

Elizabeth Cameron

National Security and Global Health
Seeking an End of Epidemics: Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda Stopping outbreaks at the source can save thousands of lives, prevent political collapse, and deter billions in economic losses. Preventing, detecting, and rapidly responding to biological threats – whether naturally occurring like Ebola, Zika, MERS, and influenza, or deliberate like the 2001 anthrax attacks – is a national security priority, as well as a global health imperative. Unfortunately, despite over a decade of implementation, only approximately 30% of all countries have in place the essential capacity required by the International Health Regulations (2005) to address infectious disease threats. This talk will explore the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) as a multilateral, Leaders level initiative to establish targets, accelerate measurable commitment, and sustain global interest and financing across sectors. The United States has made a commitment to assist at least 31 countries to achieve the Agenda’s targets, the G-7 has made a collective commitment to assist at least 76 countries, and the 50-country multilateral GHSA collective has made over 100 new commitments to accelerate national, regional and global progress. Synchronizing these commitments to achieve sustainable capacity will require a new frame for country collaboration across sectors, budgets and borders. Elizabeth (Beth) Cameron is the Director for Countering Biological Threats with the National Security Council staff, where she played a major role in conceiving and launching the Global Health Security Agenda and oversees issues relating to countering biological threats, including biosecurity, dual-use research of concern, combating bioterrorism, biological select agents and toxins, and epidemic threats such as Ebola. Prior to this assignment, she served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Senior Advisor and in the role of Chief of Staff for Honorable Andrew Weber, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs (NCB). Cameron holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Human Genetics and Molecular Biology Program at the Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia.

President Teresa Sullivan

President Sullivan Speaks to Batten students.
President Sullivan Speaks to Batten students.

Phil Midland

Engaging China and Japan in the 21st Century
The East has re-established its ‘great state’ character. China, as the perceived leader of the East, has significant challenges to perform. The Communist Party of China (CPC) is growing with the technology, designing ubiquitous networking as a component of national management and global reach – a digital-virtual Great China. The challenge to the West is recognition and interpretation of this Chinese renaissance and the 21st Century global-reach of the East. On March 28 at 1:00 p.m., Phil Midland, President of IHS International LLC, will speak on the rise of China and Japan at the Batten School. Midland served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years, retiring with the rank of Captain and since 1995 has led various project initiatives for U.S. companies and institutions in China. Mr. Midland has supported the Office of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense with various China and Japan assessments since 1998, and has interfaced directly with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. Mr. Midland has supported the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Net Assessment (OSD/NA) for the past 15 years regarding political and infrastructure assessments concerning China. In addition to support of the U.S. government, Mr. Midland has led several key U.S. corporate initiatives in China, including: electric power production, wireless communications, industrial construction, finance and banking, transportation development and investment, investment and healthcare policy. He has helped to develop unique research and exchange relationships between Chinese research institutions and U.S. university and research centers. Midland has worked directly with the Vatican and Archdiocese of Washington DC regarding various issues of religion in China. Mr. Midland received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin (Madison), a M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and was a Federal Executive Fellow studying under and supporting the work of Samuel Huntington at Harvard University. Presented by the Batten Global Policy Center.

Mayor Benjamin

Lessons from South Carolina on Governance, Social Justice and Politics
Mayor Benjamin has been a noted leader on issues as varied as South Carolina’s decision to remove its Confederate flag from its State House, flood recovery, economic development and racial and social justice.