Summit on Conflict, Cooperation & Diplomacy

We are excited to announce that the Mroz Institute Summit on “Conflict, Cooperation, and Diplomacy: Perspectives on the Middle East, Latin America, China, and Russia” will take place in Charleston on February 22-23, 2024.

The summit is an in-person event but we will also live-stream it. Register to attend remotely via the webinar or in person.

We are bringing to campus a tremendous group of distinguished academics and practitioners working on conflict resolution and cooperation in various regions around the world. Dr. Joseph Nye, David Hickton, Rose Gottemoeller, Toni Verstandig, Ambassador James Story, and Dr. Jeff Helsing will be our speakers and panelists. We will begin on Thursday night, February 22 with a fireside chat with Dr. Joseph Nye and a talk by David Hickton on cyber security continue on Friday morning, February 23.


Thursday, February 22, 2024
  • 4:00 pm. “Confronting the Cyber Threat” – by David Hickton, founding director of the Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security at the University of Pittsburgh. Hickton served as US attorney and prosecuted groundbreaking cyber cases, including a first-of-its kind indictment against members of the Chinese military for economic espionage.
  • 5:00 pm. “Are the US and China destined for war: cold or hot?” – fireside chat with Dr. Joseph Nye, Distinguished Professor of Government at Harvard University, former US Assistant Secretary of Defense, and EWI Board Member.
  • 6:30 pm. Welcome reception
Friday, February 23, 8:30 am-1 pm
  • 7:45-8:30am Breakfast
  • 8:30am Welcome remarks by President Hsu, Provost Austin, and Dean Arias
  • 9am-9:45am “The role of NGOs in conflict resolution” by Dr. Jeff Helsing, Executive Director of the Better Evidence Project and Research Associate Professor in the Carter School for Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution.
  • 10am-10:45am “The Middle East: post-conflict diplomacy and the two-state solution” by Toni Verstandig, Executive Director of the Verstandig Family Foundation, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs at the US Department of State.
  • 11am-11:45am “A new era for US foreign policy” by Ambassador James Story, who served as US Ambassador to Venezuela (2018-2023).
  • Noon-12:45pm “Diplomacy and cooperation without trust: responding to Russia’s nuclear threats” by Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy Secretary General of NATO, currently serving as a Research Fellow at Hoover Institute, Stanford.