According to a UNM press release, the University’s Global and National Security Policy Institute and National Security Studies Program will host the 8th annual Spring Symposium on April 4-5, in the SUB Ballroom A.

The symposium, titled “Global and National Security Challenges and Opportunities Facing the New Administration," will focus on challenges faced by the new U.S. administration which includes a myriad of regional, country-specific and thematic issues over the next four years, according to the release.

"This annual Security Symposium features prominent speakers addressing issues and trends facing all of us from global climate change and migration to direct attacks on our political system by hostile external forces," Professor Frank Gilfeather, director of the NSSP, is quoted as saying in the release.

According to the release, issues to be discussed include: regional threats, terrorism, cyber security and technology, population migration and human conditions, and information and gray warfare, along with topics such as communications and journalism, Russia’s ambitions, and climate change.

"The rich program reflects the co-sponsorship by the UNM IC-CAE NSSP and the recently established Global and National Security Policy Institute. The scholarly presentations also reflect our broad definition of national security, ranging from cyber threat to terrorism and food, water, and energy security," GNSPI Director Emile Nakhleh is quoted as saying in the release.

According to the release, talks include a keynote presentation on Global Governance by Stewart Patrick from the Council on Foreign Relations.

There will also be a career panel and discussion at the end of the program, as well as an external event in the C&J building such as a Q&A session on Wikileaks and a colloquium titled, “The Enemy Image and Framing the Future Threats through Video Games.”

Additional talks are also scheduled in Anderson School and the School of Law.

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