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The Internet and International Politics: Implications for the United States and Europe Tufts University European Center Talloires, France June 14-16, 2013 Planning Committee: Steven B. Bloomfield Karl Kaiser Robert L. Paarlberg Rapporteur: Erin Baggot

Agenda Friday, June 14 4:00-4:15


Welcome: Beth A. Simmons, Former Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University

Session I | How the Internet Influences the Freedom of Expression and Democracy • What is the impact of social media as an instrument of advancing change through civil society’s members (including NGO’s) acting independently of governments? • How can governments or non-state actors control the Internet • The impact of the "new" media on the "old" media

Chair: Jim Hoagland, Associate Editor, Washington Post

Thomas Bagger, Head, Planning Staff, German Foreign Ministry

Philipp S. Krüger, CEO, Explorist, New York

Ben Wagner, Visiting Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations, European University Institute, Florence, Italy


Reception and dinner at Hotel de L’Abbaye

Chair: Thierry de Montbrial, President, Institut français des relations internationales, Paris Keynote: Ben Scott, Senior Advisor, Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, Washington, DC; Visiting Fellow, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Berlin; Formerly Department of State, “The Internet Innovation and US Foreign Policy”

Saturday, June 15 8:30–10:30

Session II | The Role of the Internet in Concrete Cases: Successes and Failures in Regime Change • The role of social media • The case of China • The Arab Spring

Chair: Richard Cooper, Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University Adam Bye, Digital Transition Leader, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, UK

Rebecca MacKinnon, Co-Founder, Global Voices Online; Senior Fellow,

New America Foundation

Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Group photo and break


Session III | The Internet as a New Instrument of Foreign Policy


• Its potential and limitations • Its use by the United States and other states • The impact on international politics Chair: Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs,

International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Olaf Böhnke, Head, Berlin Office, European Council on Foreign Relations Maxime Lefebvre, French Diplomat, Professor of International Relations, Sciences Po Katherine Townsend, Special Assistant for Engagement, USAID



Lunch at Le Prieuré Session IV | Cyber Security • The nature and scale of the threat • What policy responses have been tried by major countries • How can the United States and Europe cooperate on this issue?

Chair: John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, Co-Director, Program on International Security Policy, University of Chicago Annegret Bendiek, Deputy Head, EU External Relations, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, Bits Blog Terry Roberts, Vice President of Intelligence and Cyber, TASC; Former Executive Director, Carnegie Mellon Software Institute


Reception and dinner at Le Cottage Bise

Chair: Pierre Keller, Former Senior Partner, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie Keynote: Roger Cohen, International Herald Tribune, New York Times "US