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November 10, 2008


In the face of growing transnational threats—from the global financial meltdown to the looming climate crisis—experts from Stanford, New York University and the Brookings Institution will release a groundbreaking "plan of action" to renew American leadership and international cooperation on Thursday, Nov. 13, at a conference hosted by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).

"America's foreign standing in the world has been hurt by the last eight years," said Stanford's Stephen Stedman, who co-directed "Managing Global Insecurity," an 18-month project that includes foreign policy recommendations for the next U.S. president. "We need greater international cooperation. Transnational threats really do change the nature of the game."

Stanford's conference, Transitions 2009, also will feature internationally acclaimed historian Timothy Garton Ash, who will deliver the keynote address, titled "Beyond the West? New Administrations in the United States and Europe Face the Challenge of a Multi-Polar World."

The all-day conference at Arrillaga Alumni Center will offer analysis from some of Stanford's leading international scholars, including FSI Director Coit D. Blacker, who served as a special adviser during the first Clinton administration; Stephen D. Krasner, director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department from 2004 to 2006; and Stanford President Emeritus Gerhard Casper.

"There has rarely been a moment more fraught with danger and opportunity," Blacker said. "This conference will examine what we need to do to prepare our own citizens for the formidable challenges we face and America's own evolving role in the world."

Additional discussions will focus on combating HIV in poor countries, improving security in northeast Asia, rethinking the war on terror, working in a global economy and overcoming barriers to nuclear disarmament.

Editor Note:

Reporters who would like to attend the conference are requested to register with Judith Paulus at Interviews can be arranged with speakers following their presentations.



Judith Paulus, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies: (650) 723-8490, mobile (650) 303-4535,


Coit D. Blacker, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies: (650) 725-5368

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