International Summit Promotes Information Exchange

The 2015 Florida International Summit, co-hosted by UCF and FSU, focused on “Opportunities and Challenges for Human Society and Development,” and was attended by students, faculty, practitioners and community members. The summit is the annual, signature event supported by the Florida Network for Global Studies (FNGS). Through established global studies programs at various Florida universities, FNGS aims to advance the exchange of information on economic, political, social and technological change taking place in an increasingly globalized world.

The panels highlighted three regions: Europe, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Each panel and presentation focused on challenges for society, such as human trafficking, illegal narcotics and political violence.

The South Asia panel featured Govind Mohan, economic minister for the Embassy of India, who discussed the potential for greater economic cooperation between the U.S. and India. Also on the panel, Persis Khambatta, BowerGroupAsia senior director for South Asia, compared the progress of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and Convergence Center for Policy Resolution co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Aakif Ahmad ended by talking about prospects for Pakistan, underscoring the favorable possibilities for human and economic development during the long term. The panel was moderated by Steve McDowell and John H. Phipps, professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs at FSU’s College of Communication and Information.

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