America’s evolving position as a global power among nations such as Brazil, Russia, India and China will be the focus of a conference at the University of Central Florida.

“America and the Rising Powers” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in UCF’s Student Union. The conference, hosted by the UCF Global Perspectives Office, is part of a yearlong series of presentations on global peace and security.

The international global issues forum will feature experts from around the world, including former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, who will give the keynote address on the United States’ relations with established and rising powers.

Other speakers include Robert Sutter, a visiting professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service who will discuss American and Chinese relations, and Shubhro Sen, co-founder and executive director of the Massachusetts-based Conscious Capitalism Institute. Sen will speak about India on the global stage.

Joao Castro Neves, the founding partner of and analyst for CAC Political Consultancy, a Brazil-based political strategy and consulting organization, will highlight the country’s ascent and ties with the United States. Jack Mendelsohn, a member of the Arms Control Association’s board of directors, will give a presentation on the United States’ relationship with Russia with an emphasis on arms control.

The public is invited to attend the conference, and attendees must register by Thursday, Oct. 21. Registration is $50 per person. The fee includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and conference materials, and it can be paid at the conference. The conference is free for UCF students, but they must register in advance.

To register, contact the UCF Global Perspectives Office at 407-823-0688 or

The National Conference of Editorial Writers and the Global Connections Foundation are also co-hosting the conference.

Other sponsors include UCF’s Student Government Association, Nicholson School of Communication, Global Peace and Security Studies Program, Diplomacy Program, Terrorism Studies Program, Political Science Department, International Services Center and China-Taiwan Cross-Strait Program. Additional sponsors are The India Program at UCF, UCF LIFE, the Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellowship program, the Orlando Area Committee on Foreign Relations, C.T. Hsu International (Group) Co., Lawrence J. Chastang and The Chastang Foundation, The Anil and Chitra Deshpande Foundation and LarsonAllen L.L.P.