Student Elisabetta Recher Wins Diplomacy Barcamp Held at John Cabot University

Diplomacy BarCamp 2014

Diplomacy BarCamp 2014

On October 31, 2014 the Guarini Institute for Public Affairs hosted the Second Edition of the Festival of Diplomacy BarCamp, in which experts and students discussed human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants.

Professor Federigo Argentieri, Director of the Guarini Institute, inaugurated the event together with moderator Prof. Silvia Scarpa who introduced the selected discussion topics.

An excellent array of panelists presented their own perspectives and projects addressing the topic of the barcamp. These panelists were: Federico Soda (Director of the International Organization for Migration Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome), Isoke Aikpitanyi (founder of the Association of victims and former victim of trafficking), Maria Grazia Giammarinaro (UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons), Professor Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini (LUISS Guido Carli), as well as Carolina Zincone (Guarini Institute adviser)

The JCU contestants Elisabetta Recher, Luigia D’Alessandro, Netsanet Alemseged, and Sara Traylor, each shared their own innovative ideas and insights when addressing different aspects of the issue of human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

After their presentations, the contestants answered questions and received constructive criticism from the panel of experts. After a careful review of the projects, the panelists agreed that the best proposal was presented by JCU student Elisabetta Recher.

Professor Scarpa concluded the discussion by highlighting the importance of such events as ways of directing the development of students’ critical thinking skills, in order for them to be able to identify contemporary challenges while thinking proactively about potential solutions.

John Cabot wishes special thanks to the Festival staff, Secretary General of the Festival of Diplomacy Giorgio Bartolomucci, Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini, as well as Professors Argentieri and Scarpa, for contributing to the success of the Barcamp.

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