Agenda 2013

The Internet and International Politics: Implications for the United States and Europe

The Talloires Conference
Tufts University European Center, Talloires, France
June 14–16, 2013

Planning Committee: Steven Bloomfield, Karl Kaiser, Robert Paarlberg


Friday, June 14

4:00-4:15     Welcome: Beth A. Simmons, Former Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University

4:15–6:15    Session I: How the Internet Influences the Freedom of Expression and Democracy?

  • What is the impact of social media as an instrument of advancing change through civil society’s members (including NGO’s) acting independently of governments?
  • How can governments or non-state actors control the Internet
  • The impact of the "new" media on the "old" media
Chair: Jim Hoagland, Associate Editor, Washington Post 
Thomas Bagger, Head, Planning Staff, German Foreign Ministry 
Philipp S. Krüger, CEO, Explorist, New York 
Ben Wagner, Visiting Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations, European University Institute, Florence, Italy 

7:00              Reception and dinner at Hotel L'Abbaye

Chair: Thierry de Montbrial, President, Institut français des relations internationales, Paris
Keynote: Ben Scott, Senior Advisor, Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, Washington, DC, Visiting Fellow, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Berlin; Formerly Department of State, “The Internet Innovation and US Foreign Policy”

Saturday, June 15

8:30–10:30    Session II: The Role of the Internet in Concrete Cases: Successes and Failures in Regime Change 

  • The role of social media
  • The case of China
  • The Arab Spring
Chair: Richard Cooper, Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University 
Adam Bye, Digital Transition Leader, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, UK 
Rebecca MacKinnon, Co-Founder, Global Voices Online, New America Foundation 
Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

10:30             Group photo and break

11:00–1:00    Session III: The Internet as a New Instrument of Foreign Policy

  • Its potential and limitations
  • Its use by the United States and other states
  • The impact on international politics
Chair: Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School 
Olaf Böhnke, Head, Berlin Office, European Council on Foreign Relations 
Maxime Lefebvre, French Diplomat, Professor of International Relations, Sciences Po 
Katherine Townsend, Special Assistant for Engagement, USAID 

1:00               Lunch at Le Prieuré

4:30–6:30      Session IV: Cyber Security

  • The nature and scale of the threat
  • What policy responses have been tried by major countries
  • How can the United States and Europe cooperate on this issue? 
Chair: John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, Co-Director, Program on International Security Policy, University of Chicago 
Annegret Bendiek, Deputy Head, EU External Relations, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany 
Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, Bits Blog 
Terry Roberts, Vice President of Intelligence and Cyber, TASC; Former Executive Director, Carnegie Mellon Software Institute 

7:30                Reception and dinner at Le Cottage Bise

Chair: Pierre Keller, Former Senior Partner, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie 
Keynote: Roger Cohen, International Herald Tribune, New York Times 
"US Foreign Policy after the Presidential Elections" 
Warren and Anita Manshel Lecture in American Foreign Policy 

Sunday, June 16

9:00–11:00      Session V: The Future of Internet Governance

  • Conflicting concepts of multi-stakeholder autonomy and state control
  • What rules for the future Internet regime?
  • The follow-up of the (December 2012) Dubai UN Conference on International Communication, ICAN, and ITU
  • The position of the Unites States, the EU, and other major actors
Chair: Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 
Susan Crawford, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 
Lars-Erik Forsberg, Deputy Head, International Unit, DG Connect, EU Commission 
Milton L. Mueller, Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies 

11:00                Closing remarks: Karl Kaiser and Steven B. Bloomfield

12:00                Lunch and farewell at Hotel de l’Abbaye

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