Delta Phi Epsilon 2018 Symposium

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Delta Phi Epsilon 2018 Symposium

April 6 @ 8:00 am - April 7 @ 6:00 pm EDT

Assessing Shifts in the International Order

Join us for the Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Affairs Council’s first Annual Symposium, a two-day conference exploring emerging issues in international affairs and trade.

This year’s theme, “Assessing Shifts in the International Order,” asks if the international system is facing a change in the balance of power and what this means for U.S. foreign policy. The symposium will answer this question from a variety of perspectives, including security, public health, and business.


To reserve tickets, scroll to the bottom of the page. This conference has two ticket categories:

  • Council Members: Free for both days (check email for access code and instructions). To become a member, go to
  • General Public: $10 admission to all public sessions on April 6. $15 for admission plus lunch.

All proceeds go to supporting the Council’s Student Research Award, our annual merit scholarship program.


Friday, April 6 (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

8:00 am – 9:30 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Opening Remarks and Keynote
10:30 am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 11:45 am
Panel: “The Future of American Global Leadership”

In just one year under a new administration, the United States seems to have taken a completely different approach to policymaking with the global community. The new U.S. administration has sought to pull away from multilateral agreements and reduce involvement in international organizations. However, this shift in U.S. policy comes at a time of threatening maneuvering by countries such as Russia, China, and North Korea. As threats to the United States and its allies grow, what role will the United States need to take in the international community?

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Panel: “The Many Faces of Extremism”

Join us for a discussion of terrorism and other violent extremist movements with a focus on less-discussed regions such as East Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. Our assembled experts will discuss aspects of extremist conflict including cyberattacks, revenge killings, and extremist returnees to the United States. The panel will also discuss some recent developments in the field of countering violent extremism.

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Debate: “The Future is Crypto?”

As interest in Bitcoin and its progeny grows among businesses and governments, are cryptocurrencies on track to displace today’s reserve currencies or are they just the latest in a long history of speculative bubbles and overhyped technologies? Join us as we debate “Resolved: Cryptocurrencies are the future of the international financial system.” Audience participation is encouraged.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Panel: “The Future of International Institutions”

In the wake of the Second World War, institutions such as the United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund were created to rebuild a broken world and manage peace and prosperity. These international institutions were seen as essential to overcoming economic, humanitarian, and environmental global challenges and maintaining international relationships. In recent years, the roles of these institutions have been challenged by rising powers, new global threats, and a skeptical public. This panel will explore the relevance of multilateral organizations and discuss the potential impact they could have in the future.  

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Networking Happy Hour

Saturday, April 7 (COUNCIL MEMBERS ONLY)

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Registration and Breakfast
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Annual Report from the Board of Governors
11:30 am – 11:45 am
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Members Town Hall
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch and Networking Tables
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Board and Committee Elections
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
New officer orientation
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Networking Happy Hour

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have questions, you can email our Symposium Committee at

What’s the refund policy?

We will refund paid tickets after receiving a request at Because we have limited seating, we can only honor refund requests made at least 7 days before the conference.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Sorry, tickets are not transferrable!

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

It isn’t. Please double-check your registration information before purchasing. If are trying to transfer your ticket to a friend, please contact us for a refund at least 7 days in advance of the event and then have your friend register separately.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Elliott School is easily accessible by car and public transportation:

  • By Car: If coming from Northern Virginia, take the I-66 exit for E Street. From Maryland, take Connecticut Avenue south to New York Avenue NW. The nearest public parking garage can be found at 1776 G Street NW. For university parking options, see
  • By Metro: The Elliott School is within walking distance of the Foggy Bottom-GWU and Farragut West Metro stations (Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines).
  • Capital Bikeshare: The nearest Bikeshare station is located near the corner of 20th and E Streets, NW.


April 6 @ 8:00 am
April 7 @ 6:00 pm


Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Affairs Council


Elliott School of International Affairs
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