Cryptocurrency and Global Financial Security Panel at Georgetown Diplomacy Conf

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Copley Formal Lounge: Georgetown University

3600 N Street · Washington, DC

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Panel IV: International Cultural Center 120 and will run from 4pm-6pm

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The Fifth Annual Georgetown Diplomacy and International Security Conference

Conflict and Concord: Rebuilding the Geopolitical Sphere

Keynote by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper

Friday, April 11, 2014, 3:00PM-7:45PM

Georgetown’s largest student-run international affairs conference will this year host policy-makers and experts to discuss the important topic of the future national security challenges faced by the United States. In the wake of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, how are the United States military and government adapting to meet the challenges of the 21st century? How will the United States respond to the changing landscapes of the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe? These and more questions will be addressed by our keynote speaker, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, following the panel discussions. Panel topics include the changes in International Law and the ICC, the rise of defense technologies such as missile systems in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, an assessment of US-China cooperation in Southeast Asia, the role of innovative and new crypto currencies and how they will impact the global financial world, and the evolution of international surveillance. The conference will include refreshments and participants will have a chance to meet and chat with experts.

Hosted by the International Relations Club

- Check-in: 3:00 PM-4:00PM Copley Formal Lounge: Georgetown University, 3600 N Street

- Panel Discussions: 4:00 PM-5:50 PM

- Refreshments: 5:50 PM- 6:20 PM

- Keynote Address by James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence: 6:30 PM-7:30PM

-Closing Remarks: 7:30PM-7:45PM

Panel IV: Cryptocurrency and Global Financial Security, Location: International Cultural Center 120

Panel Coordinator: Neshal Patel

The creation of Bitcoin in 2009 stemmed the prominence of cryptocurrency and with the rise of its importance came the inevitable questions and criticisms about cryptocurrency. While cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that are managed through advanced encryption techniques, many governments have taken a cautious approach toward them, fearing their lack of central control and the effects they could have on financial security. Since the inception of Bitcoin, several countries have accepted the new digital currency while many others have banned or passed strict regulations on it. In addition, the immediate success of Bitcoin has also led to the establishment of other cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Peercoin, and Dogecoin to name a few. The rise of cryptocurrencies also brings into question the legitimacy and security of these new mediums of currency and many fear the rapid fluctuations that occur with the price of these cryptocurrencies.

Will these currencies ever be used as conventional currency? Are these currencies too volatile and risky to ever be respected globally? What is the future of these cryptocurrencies? How will these new currencies coexist with and impact the security of the current global financial system?


Ms. Carol Van Cleef, Partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips

Ms. Cathy Reisenwitz, Editor-in-Chief, Sex and the State

Mr. Darrell Duane, Leader, Bitcoin Solutions