Monday, Aug. 18

Welcome Remarks
  • The Honorable Paul Thissen, Speaker of the House, Minnesota
  • Senator Verna Jones Rodwell, Maryland; Co-Chair of the Task Force on International Relations
  • Senator Pamela Althoff, Illinois; Co-Chair of the Task Force on International Relations

Current Trends in Governance Worldwide

Hear from Dr. J. Brian Atwood about his insights on world democracy, leadership and government reform.  As the former dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and through his work with the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Busan Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, Dr. Atwood will offer unique perspectives on development and governance in both developed and developing countries.    
  • Karl Kurtz, Director, NCSL Trust for Representative Democracy Division
  • Dr. J. Brian Atwood, Chair, Global Policy Area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota - Remarks from Dr. Atwood

Energy: Perspectives from Across the Globe 

(Joint Session with the Task Force on Energy Supply)
This session will look at the energy efforts of major global economies, their energy trade relationship with the U.S. and how these relationships may influence decision-making in this country and across the globe. Discussions will cover Europe’s rocky energy relationship with Russia, how this could affect U.S. energy exports and the Eurasian and Central Asian countries’ role in this energy landscape. The panel will also highlight China’s growing energy demand and energy policy, as well as the present and future energy trade relationship with the U.S. and other countries and Canada’s role as the nation’s largest energy trading partner. 
  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington; Co-Chair, NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply
  • The Honorable Michael L. MacDonald, Senator, Parliament of Canada
  • The Honorable Li Bin, Counselor, Economic Affairs Section, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America
  • Dr. Faruk Taban, President, Turkic American Alliance (TAA)
  • Mr. Geoffrey Harris, Deputy Head of Office, European Parliament Liaison Office with U.S. Congress

Tuesday, Aug. 19

Education Reform and Oversight Mechanisms Roundtable Briefing

This session will explore the substantive issue of education reform and the institutional issue of oversight mechanisms within a legislature. Brief remarks from experts will set the stage for small group discussions on these timely topics. International legislators and staff will participate in small group discussions with U.S. state legislators and legislative staff following the briefing on education reform and oversight mechanisms in the U.S. Groups of seven to nine attendees will be assigned to tables and joined by up to two U.S. facilitators. Each table will be given the opportunity to share their main discussion points with the room. This session is an opportunity to network and exchange ideas with counterparts from around the world. Questions for discussion might include:  1) When it comes to spending tax money on government programs, what are your best ways to ensure the funds are well spent?; and 2) How is your country measuring student achievement? How can legislators impact the education reform agenda?
  • Lee Posey, Senior Committee Director, NCSL 
  • Ken Levine, Director, Sunset Advisory Commission, Texas Legislature 

International Attendee Luncheon

International attendees will hear from  Lori Sturdevant, editorial writer and columnist for the Minneapolis Tribune. She has written for more than 30 years on state government and politics and was lead Capitol reporter and a newsroom assignment editor before joining the editorial staff. She has been the editor or co-author of eight books. Her latest book is “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement,” released by Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2014. 
Welcome and Introductory Remarks 
  • The Honorable Sandra Pappas, Senate President, Minnesota
  • Lori Sturdevant, Editorial writer and columnist, StarTribune
You can view other resources from the Legislative Summit by visiting the  2014 Legislative Summit Online Resources Page, photo page and videos page

If you would like to learn more about NCSL's work with international parliamentary bodies and organizations in Washington, D.C. and throughout the world, please contact either Kathy Brennan Wiggins, director of NCSL's International Program or Courtney Bjorgaard, staff coordinator of NCSL's International Program.