Annual AGS Graduate Student Conference

Every year, the American Graduate School in Paris hosts an international conference organized by graduate students enrolled in its International Relations and Diplomacy programs, with the supervision of a faculty advisor.

The Annual AGS Graduate Student Conference is open to graduate students and scholars from around the world, as well as researchers and professionals from think tanks, NGOs, Intergovernmental Organizations, governmental agencies, and research centers.

Through information, debate, and dialogue, this annual conference offers a platform for exchanges of ideas on a broad range of issues and challenges related to international relations. The Annual AGS Graduate Student Conference aims to contribute innovative approaches to the advancement of that field.

2015 Conference:

"The Influence and Role of NGOs in Global Governance:
From Grassroots to Global "
23-24 April 2015 in Paris

The unrelenting rise of the global public square's role in decision-mking has led to an increase in the role and influence that NGOs possess. The sphere of influence of the NGO network has latered the landscape of domestic and national decision-making from the state being the primary decision-maker to global governance and civil society holding increased poser and legitimacy in decision-making and policy formation. The increasing impact of NGOs across the global sphere (international, national, and local) shapes and contributes to the evolution of the global agenda, global development, and general awareness of a vast number of core issues at the national and international levels.
This year's conference will discuss the impact of NGOs in the evolving global sphere through NGO involvement and influence on global governance, including influence on states, international organizations, international relations theory, and the global public square, though campaigns, lobbying, policy development, and social media mobilization.

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Past Conferences

In the previous years, conferences have covered the following themes:

  • 2014:
    Cyber-developments in International Relations: Impacts on an Evolving World"

  • 2013:
    Identity and Gender Politics within International Relations

  • 2012:
    The Roles and Challenges of Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Inclusion and Exclusion in a Globalized World

  • 2011:
    The Politics of Disaster: The Mitigation, Management, and International Response to Environmental Crises

  • 2010:
    Evolving Borders: Identity and Affiliation in a Volatile International Landscape

  • 2009:
    Democracy in the 21st Century: Relevant, Redundant or Risk?

  • 2008:
    Searching Beyond the State: Intercultural Dialogue and Alternative Approaches to International Politics

  • 2007:
    Current Challenges and Future Trends in International Security

  • 2006:
    Order and Disorder in a Changing World

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