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Drawing of waves, as though from earthquakes, radiating out from a world map.

Seismic Shifts in the Global Landscape

Monday, April 03
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Hinckley Center

The International Society will hold its 33rd annual conference in April, focusing on critical issues for global professions from top experts on US/China economic decoupling, demographic implications for national security, disinformation, the Ukraine War, challenges in the Middle East, and religion.

The in-person conference will be held on BYU campus but live streaming is available for International Society members worldwide. Learn more here.


8:30 AM | Welcome + Overview
BRUCE LAW / ROBERT GRIFFITHS, Executive Director / President, International Society

9:00 AM | Forces Shaping the Middle East and North Africa
ELDER ALVIN MEREDITH, General Authority Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

10:15 AM | Global and Regional Trends on Religion and Religious Freedom Conditions
NADINE MAENZA, Global Fellow, Wilson Center and President, International Religious Freedom Secretariat

11:00 AM | Long-Term Consequences of the War in Ukraine
DAVID ANDREWS, Professor of International Relations, Scripps College and founding director, EU Center of California

12:00 PM | Luncheon Award Presentation: Challenges to America in a Changing Middle East
AMBASSADOR MATTHEW TUELLER, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Yemen, and Kuwait (ret.)
*Registration required ($37.50/each)

1:45 PM | Global Impact of China and US Decoupling
TIM STRATFORD, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP Beijing and former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative

2:30 PM | The Global Birth Strike: Reflections by a Female Latter-day Saint Scholar
VALERIE HUDSON, University Distinguished Professor of International Affairs, Texas A&M University

3:15 PM | Social Media, Disinformation, and the Search for Truth
ED CARTER, Journalist, Lawyer and Professor of Communications, BYU

Events Academics Law Religion National Security Politics and Policy Business