The Future of the Global Order in an Era of Populism, Nationalism, and Retrenchment: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Registration will open on Tuesday, September 5th

You’re invited to join Perry World House as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Grand Opening by hosting our inaugural conference on The Future of the Global Order. The overall goal of the conference is to explore how populism, nationalism and retrenchment as global phenomena are altering the global order as we know it.

  • Can the global order survive an era of nationalism?
  • Will international alliances overcome national retrenchment?
  • When is electoral democracy a pathway to populism?
  • What key forces will shape the world’s economic future?

We will explore these questions and more with world leaders, diplomats, military officials, journalists, and industry experts. In partnership with the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, we will also be hosting the inaugural Penn Biden Leaders Dialogue, featuring former Vice President Biden. The conference will be broken down into three panel discussions, and will conclude with a dialogue between former Vice President Biden and a guest.


Perry World House, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Panel 1: The Future of the International Security Environment

Panel 2: The Future of the International Economic Order in an Era of Retrenchment

Panel 3: Populism, Nationalism, and Electoral Politics: A Global View from the Media

Irvine Auditorium, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Inaugural Penn Biden Leaders Dialogue, with former Vice President Biden

Past Conferences:

Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography: An Examination of Marginalization & Inequality, April 20-21, 2017

Read the Daily Pennsylvanian's coverage of this event here.
See photos here.

From the unprecedented scale of migration to questions surrounding the sustainability of urbanization and the consequences of demographic change, this conference examines three interconnected phenomena that individually and collectively shift the world’s population and transform the way we live. Perry World House has identified marginalization and inequality as particularly salient and cross-cutting characteristics of today's global shifts, and this conference helps us identify ways to disrupt these currents and address important questions about human rights across the world. Join us on April 21st, for a day of thought-provoking remarks and conversations on some of today's most pressing global questions with distinguished speakers including Ambassador Samantha Power, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Anne C. Richard, Jockin Arputham, and more. 

April 20th: "Displacement to development: How marginalization and inequality shape Global Shifts," was an invitation-only experts meeting, convening a select group of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners for a series of substantive conversations looking at the ways in which marginalization and inequality shape global shifts. April 21st was open to the public and featured a number of distinguished guests. See the official program here.

8:30-9:30AM: Registration and Breakfast

9:30AM: Welcoming Remarks

  • Bill Burke-White, Director, Perry World House
  • Amy Gadsden, Executive Director, Penn Global, University of Pennsylvania

9:35-11:30AM: Urban Marginalization

Opening Distinguished Address by Jockin Arputham, President, Slum/Shack Dwellers International and Perry World House Visiting Fellow

Experts' Conversation on the Causes and Consequences of Urban Marginalization


  • Jockin Arputham, President, Slum/Shack Dwellers International
  • Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat
  • Hilmar von Lojewski, Head of Department, Urban Development, Building, Housing and Transport, Association of German Cities

Moderator: Susan Wachter, Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate and Professor of Finance; Co-Director of PennIUR

Announcement of winners of PWH-PennIUR Photo Competition

Coffee Break (20 minutes)

12:00-1:00PM: Keynote Address by Ambassador Samantha Power (HON'15), with Introduction by Penn President Amy Gutmann

Please join us for a Keynote Address from Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2013-2017) and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Ambassador Power will be introduced by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann.

1:00-2:30PM: Lunch

PennIUR Earth Day Lecture (optional): From 1:15-2:15PM, you are invited to join PennIUR for its annual lecture, "MUSA Earth Day 2017: Urbanization, Migration, and Climate Change: What Can We Learn From a Spatial Perspective?" This lecture by Deborah Balk, Associate Director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, will take place over lunch in the Global Policy Lab.

2:30-4:30PM: Migration & Inequality

Introduction of Distinguished Speaker, Anne C. Richard

  • LaShawn R. Jefferson, Deputy Director, PWH

Remarks by Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2012-2017) and Perry World House Visiting Fellow

Distinguished Dialogue on Migration & Inequality


  • T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees; Professor and Director, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, the New School for Social Research
  • Arafat Jamal, Head, Inter-Agency Coordination, UNHCR
  • Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, Center for Community Change
  • Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2012-2017); Perry World House Visiting Fellow

Moderator: Susan Martin, Founder, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University; Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita of International Migration

4:30PM: Closing Remarks

4:40-5:30PM: Reception

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