You are cordially invited to an

IWP Student Symposium

Speakers and topics include:

Global Pandemics: Zika Edition
with Katrina Klaus, IWP Class of 2016

Lebanon: An Uncertain Future
with Jaime Loizzo, IWP Class of 2016

Taking the High Ground: The Case for Space Dominance
with Brandon Weichert, IWP Class of 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016
5:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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This event is co-hosted by IWP Student Ambassadors.

 

Global Pandemics: Zika Edition
with Katrina Klaus, IWP Class of 2016

About the lecture: The United States is an innovator of global health security and leads the world in preventative measures to combat the emergence of infectious diseases. Global pandemics are a serious threat to our security and global health. The Zika virus is one such threat that has already encroached on our border. This presentation will discuss pandemics, highlighting the Zika virus, and assess the threat associated with emerging diseases on US national security.

About the speaker: Katrina Klaus is from Valhalla, NY and is graduating with her M.A. degree in International Affairs on Saturday. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Roanoke College. She is currently working as a contractor with the State Department in Diplomatic Security. She plans on continuing her relationship with State after graduation. 

Lebanon: An Uncertain Future
with Jaime Loizzo, IWP Class of 2016

About the lecture: The nation of Lebanon has faced a number of political, economic, and regional challenges in the past 24 months. Without a president and a declining economy, the nation faces an uncertain future. This lecture will discuss what Lebanon will look like in May of 2017 and the analytical methods used to determine the nation’s fate. 

About the speaker: Jaime Loizzo is graduating with her M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs with a concentration in Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare. She currently works at Banner Public Affairs and researches defense procurement and acquisition trends and creates communications strategies for defense contractors.

Taking the High Ground: The Case for Space Dominance
with Brandon Weichert, IWP Class of 2016

About the lecture: The United States has long enjoyed the economic and military benefits of space-based technologies, such as satellites. However, in the age of constrained budgets and rising threats, America’s space infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to attack. Without open access to space, America will lose its decisive competitive advantages both in the military and civilian realms. This lecture will assess the threats that America’s space infrastructure faces and advocate for the weaponization of space, in order to ensure America’s continued global military and economic dominance.

About the speaker: Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and veteran of several Republican campaigns. Hailing from Southwest Florida, Brandon has long had an interest in space issues. While on Capitol Hill, he handled legislative issues related to defense and space policy. Brandon holds a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University and is an Associate Member of New College at Oxford University. He is set to graduate with a Master of Arts in National Security and Statecraft with a Specialization in Defense Policy from the Institute of World Politics in Spring of 2016. Afterward, Brandon plans on pursuing his Ph.D. in International Relations.