For decades, the Patterson School has sponsored a fall conference on a topic of academic and policy interest. Fall conferences themes are chosen to build expertise on the most pressing foreign affairs issues and to enhance familiarity with different geographic regions. The conferences are restricted to Patterson School students and our invited guest speakers - usually 12-16 policymakers and experts from government, think tanks and NGOs, and academia. The 2015 conference centered upon India in all its dimensions, bringing officials, businessmen, journalists, and academics from the subcontinent to provide firsthand accounts of developments and challenges. The 2016 conference focused a similar lens on political and development problems across the African continent.