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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

International Leaders Forum 2012

“The National Democratic Institute's International Leaders Forum gives leaders from around the world and
across the political spectrum the opportunity to see the American democratic process at work first hand.”

— Madeleine K. Albright

 


SCHEDULE

 

All events are held at the Belk Theater.

Tuesday, September 4

10 - 10:15 a.m.

Introduction to the International Leaders Forum

Speakers: Madeleine K. Albright, former secretary of state and chairman, NDI; Kenneth Wollack, president, NDI; Dan Murrey, executive director, Charlotte in 2012 Host Committee

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

"The 2012 Campaign: The Role of Primaries, Nominating Conventions and Presidential Debates"

Panelists discuss important facets of the 2012 presidential selection process.
Panelists: Frank Fahrenkopf, former chairman of the RNC and co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates; Paul Kirk, former U.S. senator, co-chairman emeritus of the Commission on Presidential Debates, and former DNC chairman; Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and former DNC chairman; and Elaine Kamarck, Harvard lecturer, former Clinton White House senior policy advisor
Moderator: Eugene Robinson, columnist and Pulitzer prize winner, The Washington Post

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Intermission

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

“Campaign 2012 in Ads, Anecdotes and Media Perspectives with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski” A program organized with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show

MSNBC talk show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski recreate the "Morning Joe" show featuring regular contributors discussing the campaign period, including how the nominations and campaigns have been covered from a media perspective.
Panelists: Mark Halperin, senior political analyst for TIME magazine, Time.com and MSNBC, co-author of Game Change; John Heilemann, national affairs editor and columnist for New York magazine and NYMag.com, and co-author of Game Change; Sam Stein, political reporter at Huffington Post; Michael Steele, former chair of the RNC
Hosts: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

3 - 3:15 p.m.

"Democracy Spotlight" Series

Dynamic global thought leaders discuss and demonstrate how information communications technology (ICT) is being used to strengthen democracy.
Sponsor: Google
Speaker: Marietje Schaake, European Parliament

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

"How They Would Govern" A program organized with the American Enterprise Institute and the Bipartisan Policy Center

Panelists cover how a next administration would turn campaign promises into reality, including working with Congress and setting priorities, all within the context of our contemporary political process and challenges in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Sponsor: Amgen
Panelists: Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senate majority leader, co-chair, ONE Vote 2012 and vice chair, NDI; Vin Weber, former U.S. representative and former chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy; John Podesta, chair and counselor of the Center for American Progress, former White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton; Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker; Scot Lehigh, columnist for The Boston Globe
Moderators: Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; John Fortier, director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center

Wednesday, September 5

10 - 11:30 a.m.

"New Frontiers in Polling"

Leading pollsters and analysts will discuss findings of public opinion research regarding the 2012 presidential election. They will review and analyze how voter sentiment is shaping the campaigns and, in turn, how the campaigns are trying to influence voter sentiment when it comes to defining issues, characterizing candidates, and communicating messages. The panel will feature clips from a nonpartisan focus group in the swing state of Wisconsin.
Panelists: Whit Ayres, president, North Star Opinion Research; Stan Greenberg, CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner; Peter Hart, chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates; Andrew Kohut, president, Pew Research Center
Moderator: Katty Kay, BBC

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Intermission

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

"21st Century Campaigns"

The most innovative campaigners, including social media and data management experts, discuss how new techniques are reshaping how political campaigns are run.
Sponsor: Google
Panelists: Gigi Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge; Mindy Finn, strategic partnerships, Twitter, 2008 Romney campaign and Republican digital strategist; Andrew Bleeker, global digital practice director, Hill & Knowlton, 2008 Obama for America and former DNC digital strategist
Moderator: Riz Khan

3 - 3:15 p.m.

"Democracy Spotlight" Series

Dynamic global thought leaders discuss and demonstrate how information technology is being used to enhance citizen participation, improve government accountability and strengthen government transparency.
Sponsor: Google
Speaker: David Drummond, senior vice president, corporate development and chief legal officer, Google

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

"Investing in 21st Century Cities" A program organized with the Charlotte in 2012 Host Committee, Center for American Progress Action Fund, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors

By the year 2050, two-thirds of the world's population is expected to live in urban areas. This panel of innovative urban leaders will share their strategies and personal experiences in building vibrant, thriving 21st century cities.
Panelists: Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte; Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia; Matteo Renzi, mayor of Florence, Italy; Annise Parker, mayor of Houston
Moderators: Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School; Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress

Thursday, September 6

10 - 11:15 a.m.

"Global Responses to Poverty and Human Development" A program organized with the ONE Campaign

With nearly 1.5 billion people living in absolute poverty, the United Nations has declared that poverty eradication efforts remain "the most significant challenge facing humankind." Inadequate access to education, basic health services and means to sustainable livelihoods impedes development and leads to low living standards. This panel of "influence shapers" will share innovative ways that governments, corporations and average citizens can make a difference in ending poverty, inequality and barriers to opportunity for the world's poor.
Sponsor: Duke Energy
Panelists: Morgan Tsvangirai, prime minister of Zimbabwe; Ashley Judd, actor, humanitarian, delegate to the Democratic convention and board member, Population Services International; Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senate majority leader, co-chair, ONE Vote 2012 and vice chair, NDI; David Miliband, former British foreign secretary, member of parliament;
Moderator: Michael Elliott, CEO and president, ONE Campaign

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Intermission

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

"Democracy Spotlight" Series

Dynamic global thought leaders discuss and demonstrate how information technology is being used to enhance citizen participation, improve government accountability and strengthen government transparency.
Sponsor: Google
Speaker: Tim O'Reilly, founder, O'Reilly Media; David Eaves, public policy entrepreneur

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

"U.S. Role in the World" A program organized with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Experts discuss global challenges facing a next administration and their vision for America's role in the world, including opportunities on development, democracy and the economy.
Panelists: Madeleine K. Albright, former secretary of state and chairman, NDI; Michèle Flournoy, former U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy; Tim Roemer, former U.S. ambassador to India and former member of Congress; James Steinberg, former deputy secretary of state and dean of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Jack Lew, White House chief of staff, will make opening remarks.
Moderator: Richard Wolffe, MSNBC contributor and author

Updated Aug. 29, 2012