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New Era International

New Era International

New Era International (NEI) assesses how scholars and policymakers in key strategic regions of the world view the political and economic choices that will drive global foreign policy over the next 5-10 years. Bridging the Gap partners with a host institution and invites leading thinkers from academia, business, and government for three days of structured discussion focused at each site on a single area of uncertainty in the evolving international environment.

The goals of the conference are to:

  1. Shift the discourse on foreign policy challenges to an analytically useful and empirically relevant framework focusing on trade-offs rather than the conventional “discourse of interests” employed in international relations
  2. Identify and explore the most important tensions and complementarities in the perspectives of global actors
  3. Develop concrete insights as well as a research agenda that will contribute to both scholarly and policy-centered understandings of the challenges facing global decision makers

The first New Era International workshop was held in Fall 2013 in Singapore, in partnership with the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. This workshop focused on regional views on the definition and provision of regional public goods in the East Asia Pacific. The NEI workshop employed scenarios and other methods that work to help participants move beyond their particular national, disciplinary, and occupational perspectives, with a goal of drawing on each individual’s distinctive expertise while diminishing the influence of his or her functional biases.