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In today's fast-changing global landscape, the competition between major powers in the East and West significantly affects countries in the Global South. As these powers compete for influence and resources, nations in this region face complex challenges and opportunities.

Join us for a conversation with distinguished experts on Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia as they discuss this multifaceted dynamic. They will explore how the Great Power Competition affects economic growth, political systems, diplomatic relations, social issues, and more in the Global South.

Don't miss this thought-provoking event that aims to explain the geopolitical twists and turns that the Global South is navigating in hopes of shaping their own brighter and more equitable futures.

Appetizers and a cash bar will be provided.

Why is this Important for Arizona?

Arizona may seem geographically distant from the Global South, but understanding the dynamics of great power competition from this perspective is crucial for policymakers, businesses, and academics in the state. The insights gained from this event can help Arizonans enhance geopolitical awareness, identify economic opportunities, address security concerns, learn from environmental strategies, foster academic exchange, and improve humanitarian efforts in the Global South. By engaging with these perspectives, Arizona can play a more informed and constructive role in the global community.


  • Dr. Sophal Ear (Associate Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University)

    Dr. Sophal Ear

    Associate Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University

    Dr. Sophal Ear is a tenured Associate Professor in the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University where he lectures on global affairs, International Organizations, and Asia. Since 2023, he is the President of the International Public Management Network (IPMN).

    He is the inaugural Chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Board of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, serving in 2021-22. Prior to ASU Thunderbird, he taught at Occidental College, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He consulted for the World Bank, was Assistant Resident Representative for UNDP in East Timor, Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Advisor to Cambodia's first private equity fund Leopard Capital, Audit Chair of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Treasurer of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Secretary of Southeast Asia Development Program, and Corresponding Secretary of the Crescenta Valley Town Council. A TED Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, he sits on the Boards of Refugees International, Partners for Development, the PPIA Program, IPMN, and the Center for Khmer Studies.

    He is the author of Viral Sovereignty and the Political Economy of Pandemics: What Explains How Countries Handle Outbreaks (Routledge, 2022), Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia, 2013), co-author of The Hungry Dragon: How China’s Resources Quest is Reshaping the World (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor of the virtual issue of the journal Politics and the Life Sciences on Coronavirus: Politics, Economics, and Pandemics (Cambridge, 2020). He wrote and narrated the award-winning documentary film "The End/Beginning: Cambodia"​ (47 minutes, 2011) based on his 2009 TED Talk and has appeared in four other documentaries. A graduate of Princeton and Berkeley, he moved to the US from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.

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  • Dr. Glen Goodman (Senior Director for Latin America for the International Development Initiative of Arizona State University)

    Dr. Glen Goodman

    Senior Director for Latin America for the International Development Initiative of Arizona State University

    Dr. Glen Goodman is Senior Director for Latin America with ASU's International Development Initiative and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Brazilian Studies in ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC). Dr. Goodman and the Latin America team work to harness ASU’s considerable expertise and capabilities to pursue funded projects in the region across development sectors. In SILC, Goodman teaches a variety of courses on Brazilian and Latin American culture and history. He also helps to coordinate research funding opportunities for SILC faculty.

    Dr. Goodman’s historical research focuses on German migration and ethnicity in Brazil and has been published in journals such as German History, The Americas, and Global Food History. Prior to joining ASU, he was an Assistant Professor of Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a Fulbright Visiting Professor of History at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. He has secured research support from a number of top funding sources including the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Fulbright, and Fulbright-Hays.

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  • Dr. Okechukwu Iheduru (Professor at the School of Politics & Global Studies at Arizona State University)

    Dr. Okechukwu Iheduru

    Professor at the School of Politics & Global Studies at Arizona State University

    Okey Chris Iheduru joined the Arizona State University faculty in fall of 2004. He received his bachelor's from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, his master's from the University of Akron, and his doctorate from the University of Connecticut. Professor Iheduru is the author of "The Political Economy of International Shipping in Developing Countries" (1996). He has written numerous book chapters, as well as articles in journals such as International Studies Review, Review of International Political Economy, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, African Affairs, Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of Developing Areas, Ocean Development and International Law, and Maritime Policy and Management.

    In 2005, he was elected chair of the Executive Committee of the Southern Interdisciplinary Research on Africa (SIRAS). He was a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Scholar in South Africa in 2000-2001, and has consulted for the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency/SPCS Transport Consortium on the maritime policies of African states.

    He is also a visiting professor-at-large of national security governance at the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria. His current teaching interests straddle comparative politics and international relations; while his current research interests are focused on social transformation and military leadership, state-mediated capitalism and comparative capitalism; and cross-border non-state actors and changes in African political economy and regional integration.

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5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration & Networking


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PCFR Members
Standard Price $15
General Public
Standard Price $25


The Pub at Thunderbird

401 North 1st Street (5th floor)
Phoenix, Arizona

If you have any questions please contact Samuel Richardson

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We encourage attendees to use street metered parking or park at the Cronkite Visitor Lot (E Fillmore & N Central) for $3/2-hours.


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