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APEC 2018


(l-r) Jackson Robinson, Rob Cain, Katherine West, David Cousar and Mary Bradley Pazdan

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2018
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
November 12 - 18, 2018

On November 12, 2018, five students — Rob Cain ('19) (bio) from Abbeville, SC (Economics with a minor in Poverty Studies); Davis Cousar ('20) (bio) from Anderson, SC (Economics, and Politics and International Affairs); Mary Bradley Pazdan ('19) (bio) from Greenville, SC (Politics and International Affairs and Communication Studies); Jackson Robinson ('20) (bio) from Birmingham, AL (Politics and International Affairs and Mathematics-Economics double major) and Katherine West ('19) (bio) from Edgewood, KY (Politics and International Affairs); along with Dr. Cleve Fraser, Department of Politics and International Affairs and Dr. Jessica Hennessey, Department of Economics, attended the APEC Voices of the Future 2018 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea where they served as citizen diplomats. 

To view all the student biographies, click here; their agenda in Papua New Guinea, click here; the student blog, click here.

Since this is the 20th Anniversary of the APEC "Voices of the Future" program, it was celebrated in Papua New Guinea in November 2018. Dr.Jessica Hennessey was invited to serve as the Moderator for the APEC Voices Youth Forum’s Economy Report. The forum took place on Tuesday, November 13th after the Official Opening Ceremony, and the APEC Voices 20th Anniversary Book Launch by the H.E. Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.

Katherine West also spoke at the "Voice of the Future" Youth Forum - see video below.


Press Coverage

To read an op-ed written by Davis Cousar "Sharing Clothes, Sharing A Future," click here.

For an article summarizing the students' experience, penned by Furman contributor, Tina Underwood, click here

For a special report on APEC Voices of the Future 2018, click here.