ST. PETERSBURG Ė Distinguished diplomats, military and intelligence officials, media and academic experts from across the country will gather at USF St. Petersburg Feb. 13-15 for the second annual Conference on World Affairs.
Sponsored by the USF St. Petersburg Honors Program and the nonprofit St. Petersburg in the World, the conference will include 15 panel discussions focused on the critical international issues of the day.
It is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking will be available at the USFSP parking garage, 260 Fifth Ave. S. The conference begins Thursday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m. It continues Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, beginning at 9 a.m. each day. It will be presented in the University Student Center Ballroom, 200 Sixth Ave. S.
Speakers have been drawn from a wide array of disciplines and viewpoints, including a former CIA official, a former deputy commander of Central Command who helped lead the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former special assistant to the president on the National Security Council and former ambassadors to Lebanon, Bosnia, Namibia and Peru. Myriad academic experts will participate from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the University of South Florida Tampa, New College, Duquesne University, Penn State University, the University of Denver, the University of Virginia and others.
The conference is spearheaded by Douglas McElhaney, former ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, a member of the advisory board of the USF St. Petersburg Honors Program and a founder of St. Petersburg in the World.