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Past Events -- 2018-2019 Season

May 15, 2019 - "Perspectives on International Development" - Wade Warren, Chief Strategy Officer, International Development, Deloitte

April 25, 2019 - "America’s Trade Policy: ‘Global Rules’ vs ‘Might Make Right’" - Ambassador David D. Nelson, Founder, CEO and Principal of Global Business Policy-DC

March 11, 2019 - "U.S.-Turkey Relations: Challenges and Policy Options" - Amanda Sloat, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

February 19, 2019 - "India in the Age of the Indo-Pacific: New Alliances, New Challenges?” - Professor Yang, Chair of the History Department and former Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle

January 22, 2019 - "Brexit and the Future(s) of the European Union" - Mark Copelovitch, Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

December 5, 2018 - "The Global Refugee Situation: Driving Forces and Implications" - Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group

November 14, 2018 - "Is Peace Possible in Afghanistan?" - Christopher D. Kolenda, Ph.D, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret), Founder, Strategic Leaders Academy

October 24, 2018 - "CHINA Town Hall" - National speaker (via webcast): Dr. Condoleezza Rice; Madison speaker (live): Dinny McMahon of the Paulson Institute, co-sponsored by the National Committee on US China Relations

September 6, 2018 - "But Do You Wear A Uniform: Thirty-Five years in America’s Other Army" - Ambassador Scott DeLisi

Past Events -- 2017-2018 Season

July 19, 2018 - Special Breakfast Event, "Education in Africa" - Pontso Gloria Tsoeunyane (Lesotho), Silomo Clarence Khumalo (South Africa), and Magessa Deogratias George (Tanzania), Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

June 14, 2018 - "Recent Geopolitical Situation on the Korean Peninsula and Prospects for the US - Korea Relations" - Jin Park, Chairman, Korean-American Association

May 10, 2018 - "Global Health Programs:  Big Successes in the Midst of Big Transitions" - Ambassador John E. Lange, Senior Fellow, Global Health Diplomacy, United Nations Foundation

April 10, 2018 - "Brace Yourself!  Africa is Coming!" - Richard Zurba, Director of Zurcom International, co-sponsored by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

March 7, 2018 - "North Korea: The Political and Military Challenges of a Rogue State" - Professor John K. M. Ohnesorge and Professor Kevin Kelly, UW Madison Law School

February 13, 2018 - "Edward Snowden's Damage To the U.S. Cyber-Security Structure" - Professor Barton Miller, UW Madison Department of Computer Science

February 1, 2018 - MCFR Special Breakfast With William Drozdiak, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe at The Brookings Institution, Senior Advisor for Europe with McLarty Associates, co-sponsored by the UW Center for European Studies

January 18, 2018 - "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Where Do We Stand, and Where Do We Go From Here?" - Professor Nadav Shelef, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison

December 12, 2017 - "Global Food Systems & U.S. National Security", Professor Molly Jahn,  UW Dept. of Agronomy, Center for Sustainability, Global Health Institute

November 8, 2017 - "How Should a President Use the CIA: Tensions Between the Intelligence Community and the Administration" - Dr. Paul Pillar, Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Center for Security Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

October 24, 2017 - "CHINA Town Hall" - National speaker (via webcast): former National Security Adviser Ambassador Susan E. Rice; Madison speaker (live): Taiya Smith, Director of the China Program at the Climate Leadership Council, co-sponsored by the National Committee on US China Relations

September 6, 2017 - "The U.S., Mexico, and the NAFTA Mess" - Dr. Carol Wise, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, co-sponsored by the UW Madison Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program

Past Events -- 2016-2017 Season

April 27, 2017 - "American Interests in the Asia Pacific:  Trade, Geopolitics, and Relations with China in the Trump Era" - John Mullen, McLarty Associates, co-sponsored by UW International Division

April 5, 2017 - "The Climate Challenge:  Clearer Than Ever" - John Kutzbach, Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, and the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

March 14, 2017 - "U.S. Development Aid in the New Nation of Timor Leste – A Grizzled Development Officer is Surprised by Optimism" - Rick Scott, US AID

February 16, 2017 - "Empowering the World’s Poor Through Savings-Based Credit Programs" - Dr. Brian Branch, President and CEO World Council of Credit Unions

January 17, 2017 - "International Challenges In a New Administration" - Professors Jon Pevehouse and Scott Gehlbach of the UW Political Science Department

December 7, 2016 - "Vietnam: The Realities of Communism in the Global Economy”" - Dr. Sandeep Mahajan

October 25, 2016 - "Merkel & the Refugees: a Case Study in Leadership"
- Thorsten Benner, Director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin

October 18, 2016 - CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections - National speaker (via webcast): Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former National Security Advisor (1969-1975), former Secretary of State (1973-1977), Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc.; Madison speaker (live): Dr. Carla Freeman, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

September 22, 2016 - "The 2014-15 Plunge in Oil Prices: Causes and Implications" - John Baffes, Senior Economist, World Bank Development Prospects Group

Past Events -- 2015-2016 Season

May 5, 2016 - "Global Food Security: Are We Meeting the Challenge?" - Joseph Glauber, former Chief Economist, US Department of Agriculture

April 6, 2016 - "Inside Iranian politics: The Basij Militia, the Hardliners Groups, and the Iranian People" - Saeid Golkar, visiting fellow for Iran policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, adjunct professor for the Middle East and North African Studies Program, and visiting scholar at Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University

March 15, 2016 - "The Evolving Crisis in Venezuela " - Dr. Margarita Lopez Maya, Professor at the Center for Development Studies (CENDES) at the Central University of Venezuela, Fellow at the Wilson Center

February 17, 2016 - "The European Union in Economic, Political, and Social Crisis" - Nils Ringe, Associate Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair, Director of the Center for European Studies, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and the European Studies Alliance

January 27, 2016 - "Human Health - the Greatest Beneficiary From Climate Change Policy" - Jonathan Patz, Professor and John P Holton Chair in Health and the Environment Director, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin

December 9, 2015 - "Foreign Policy in the Campaign: Attitudes of Elites & the Public" - Dina Smelz, Senior Fellow for Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

November 18, 2015 - "Diplomacy On the Front Lines: The Case For Saving Yemen" - Dr. Khoury, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

November 13, 2015 - Special breakfast co-sponsored by the Madison Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany: Germany and Russia: The New Pivotal Relationship in Europe - Professor Stephen F. Szabo, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

October 5, 2015 - CHINA Town Hall: Chinese Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) In the United States - National speaker (via webcast): Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton; Sheldon Day, Mayor, Thomasville, Alabama; Daniel Rosen, Founding Partner, Rhodium Group; Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on US - China Relations; Madison speaker (live): Dr. Jennifer Adams, USAID

September 17, 2015 - "Lessons From Turkey's Democratic Experience For the Middle East" - Dr. Y Alp Aslandogan, Executive Director of the Alliance For Shared Values

Past Events -- 2014-2015 Season

June 4, 2015 - "Why Do Capitalist Societies Have a Problem with Financial Profits?" - Dr. Sascha Münnich, John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow Harvard University's Center for European Studies

May 12, 2015 - "Saudi Arabia's Bold Attack on Oil Competitors: Motives and Sustainability" - Rachel Bronson, Executive Director The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

April 20, 2015 - "What Does the World Do Now? Longer-term Implications of Ebola and Institutional Responses" - Dr. Christopher W. Olsen, Professor of Public Health in the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and Acting Director of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute; Dr. Janis Tupesis, Associate Professor and Director of Global Health Programs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Global Health Oversight Committee, in the School of Medicine and Public Health; Dr. J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center within the Center for Strategic and International Studies

March 26, 2015 - "Fast Track to Where?: Free Trade Agreements and Trade Promotion Authority" - Praveen Dixit - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Analysis,  U.S. Department of Commerce's  International Trade Administration   View more information on Free Trade Agreements

February 25, 2015 - "Reshaping U.S. Defense Forces for the Fourth Generation of Warfare: Small, Smart, and Multiple" - Col. Thomas X. Hammes, USMC (Ret), Ph.D

January 21, 2015 - "Diplomacy from Midwest Lenses: Reflections from Wisconsin's U.S. Ambassadors –Ebola to Ukraine" - U.S. Ambassadors Mark Green (Tanzania), Richard Graber (Czech Republic) and Tom Loftus (Norway)

December 10 , 2014 - "For Both the People and Wildlife: How Will the World Meet the Threats to the Mekong River Basin?" - Dr. Ian Baird, UW Madison Assistant Professor of Geography

October 27, 2014 - "ISIS and the Challenge to Leadership in the Middle East" - Graham E. Fuller, American author and Political Analyst

October 16, 2014 - "CHINA Town Hall" - National speaker (via webcast): Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States; Madison speaker (live): Dr. Thomas Bickford, Senior Research Scientist for China Studies / China Security Affairs at the Center for Naval Analyses

September 22, 2014 - "Russia: Dealing With Conflict In Ukraine" - Ambassador Ian Kelly, Diplomat-In-Residence for the Midwest

Past Events -- 2013-2014 Season

May 7, 2014 - "Global Philanthropy and Global Governance" - Joan Spero, Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

May 5, 2014
- "Point Alpha at "Freedom's Frontier": Cold War Hot Spot in the Fulda Gap, Landmark of American military commitment and symbol of German unity" - Volker Bausch, Director of the Point Alpha Foundation and Academy in Geisa, Germany. Co-sponsored with the UW-Madison Center for German and European Studies, part of the Division of International Studies.

April 9, 2014
-"Ronald Reagan & the War on Terror" - Chip Duncan, Documentary Filmmaker and President of The Duncan Group, Inc.  Chip Duncan's public television documentary The Reagan Presidency can be purchased as a digital download from iTunes or Amazon and as a DVD from Amazon or from the filmmaker's website.

March 12, 2014 –
From Reset to Regret: The Rocky Road of US-Russian Relations” - Kjell E. Engelbrekt, Visiting Fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of Illinois at Chicago  Click here to view Kjell Engelbrekt's PowerPoint presentation. Click here to view it in PDF format.

February 11, 2014 (Members Only breakfast)
- “Covering Health and Poverty Issues with Nicholas Kristof and Beyond” - Erin Luhmann

February 10, 2014 -
Learning to Navigate the Ethics of Global Health and Humanitarian Reporting: Sharing My Experiences From the 2013 Win-A-Trip with NYT Columnist Nicholas Kristof”  - Erin Luhmann, Winner of  the 2013 Win-A-Trip contest, as a journalism graduate student at UW-Madison

January 23, 2014
- "Al Jazeera America: Bringing a Complex World to US Audiences" - Jay LaMonica, Executive Producer America Tonight Al Jazeera America

December 10, 2013 - "Immigration Reform Needs for the Midwest" - Julianna Kerr, Director of Immigration Initiative, Chicago Council on Global Affairs  Click here to read Julianna's blog post about her day in Madison, ending with her MCFR evening.

November 19, 2013 - "Humanitarian Intervention, Arms Control and the Syrian Dilemma" - Andrew H. Kydd, Asst. Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin

October 28, 2013 - "CHINA Town Hall" - National speaker (via webcast): Madeleine Albright, 64th United States Secretary of State; Madison speaker (live): Jason Rockett, CEO and Senior China Analyst for a boutique advisory firm in Boston

October 2, 2013 - "Eyewitness to the United Nations General Assembly" - Dr. Joan Prince, Vice Chancellor of Global Inclusion and Engagement, nominated by President Obama to serve as Alternate Representative of the United States to the Sixty-seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations

Past Events -- 2012-2013 Season

May 20, 2013 - "Defense Policy for an Era of Shifting Priorities and Constrained Resources” - Dr. Kohn, graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, currently Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.  Learn more through their Event Backgrounder and recent articles: Beyond Sequester: Improving National Defense in an Age of Austerity, Lean Forward: In Defense of American Engagement, Strategy in a Time of Austerity: Why the Pentagon Should Focus on Assuring Access

May 6, 2013
- "Fighting Anti-Semitism in the Global Community" - Former Ambassador Hannah Rosenthal, who served for three years  (2009-2012) as a U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to lead the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

April 9, 2013 -
"Dinosaurs, Democracy and Development: A New Era in Mexico and U.S.-Mexico Relations" - Christopher Wilson, Associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

March 27, 2013 -
"Sri Lanka's Saravodaya Movement: Health and Hope in Times of Civil War and Natural Disaster" - Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, community health physician, peace maker and executive leader

 February 12, 2013 -
"Islamic Constitutionalism for the 21st Century: Not Theocratic. Not Secular. Not Impossible." - Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes of the University of Wisconsin Law School

January 15, 2013 -
"On the Ground With the Humanitarian Crisis In Syria" - Dr. Zaher Sahloul, President of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). Dr. Zaher Sahloul, our January speaker from the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) has sent us pictures from his trips to Syria. They are a powerful reminder of the human cost of war.  Click here to view the photos (PowerPoint presentation).

If you wish to learn more about SAMS or contribute to their work please visit

November 26, 2012 -
"Feed a Person a Fish OR Teach a Person To Fish?" - Steve Radelet, Chief Economist, U.S. Agency for International Development and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Acting Director of the Peace Corps

October 29, 2012 -
"CHINA Town Hall" - Gary F. Locke, U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China via webcast and Dr. Min Jiang from the University of North Carolina. Co-sponsored by the National Committee on United States-China Relations and Wisconsin China Initiative

October 10, 2012 -
"Cyber-Technology As a Tool (Weapon) of International Affairs: The Context of Discussion and Defense” - Mr. Howard Schmidt, Former White House National Cyber Security Coordinator.  Co-sponsored by CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

September 24, 2012 -
"Global Challenges and Prospects for the U.S. Economy” - Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, Chair, Department of Economics at Marquette University and Former Director of the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe's Economic Analysis Division

Past Events -- 2011-2012 Season

May 2, 2012 -"Cuba Today: Domestic Developments and Foreign Policy” Julia Sweig,Senior Fellow & Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations.  Co-sponsored with Madison Camaguey Sister City Association and UW-Madison  Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies

April 10, 2012 -"While America Sleeps:  A Wake-Up Call for the Post 9-11 Era" Senator Russell Feingold. Media coverage of event:  WisconsinEYE Broadcast (click on TV Set icon to view), Isthmus article

March 8, 2012 -"Evolution of the African Peace and Security Architecture" Ambassador John L. Hirsch, International Peace Academy Columbia University

February 14, 2012 -"World Oil Supply: Looming Crisis or New Abundance"- A debate with: Dr. Tadeus Patzek,Chair, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering University of Texas - Austin; John Hofmeister, President, Citizens for Affordable Energy; moderator: Dr. Alan Carroll,  UW-Madison Geology Department.  Co-sponsored with Madison Peak Oil Group and Energy-Hub More info

January 19, 2012 -"Changing World of Work in the Global Economy"- Jonas Prising, Executive V.P., President of the Americas, Manpower Group View Mr. Prising's presentation slides

December 8, 2011 - "Revisiting Israeli-Palestinian Peace in the New Middle East"- Nadav Shelef,Harvey M. Meyerhoff Assistant Professor of Modern Israel Studies, UW - Madison

November 16, 2011 - "China Town Hall" - Douglas Spelman, Deputy director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars live in Madison, and Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former National Security Advisor, via webcast.

October 20, 2011-"Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama"- Jeremi Suri, University of Texas

October 12, 2011 - "The Emerging Arctic Ocean and Russia: Prospects for Cooperation" -Bill Butler (Penn State Law)

September 12th, 2011 -The Politics of Global Food Security: Starvation in a World with Adequate Food"- Roger Thurow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Past Events – 2010 – 2011 Season

June 14th, 2011 - "The Financial Crisis is Over...Now What?" - Dr. Mark Copelovitch, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs.View Dr. Copelovitch's presentation slides.

April 13th, 2011 - "War in the 21st Century: The Spectrum Expands" - Col. Thomas X. Hammes, Senior Military Fellow,Institute for National Security Studies, National Defense University

March 16th, 2011 - "The Euro, the Dollar and the Global Financial Crisis" -William M. Drozdiak, Executive Director, American Council on Germany

February 16th, 2011 - "Bringing Israel's Bomb out of the Basement" - Dr. Avner Cohen, Senior Research Fellow, National Security Archive; Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies-Monterey Institute of International Studies. More information regarding Dr. Avner Cohen and his presentation here:

January 25, 2011 -"American Foreign Policy in a Divided Government"-Dr. Jon Pevehouse, UW-Madison

December 7, 2010 - "Challenges to Brazil Post-Lula" - Dr. Glauco Arbix, Professor of Sociology at the University of Sao Paulo.

November 10, 2010 - "Making Progress on Climate Change: the Prospects for the UN Cancun Meeting" - Dr. Charlotte Streck, Director of Climate Focus in Washington, D.C. and International Expert of the UN Climate Change Process and Carbon Mitigation Measures 
Watch the video of Dr. Streck, interviewed by MCFR Director David Knuti
, and recorded the morning after our event at the studios of  Madison's local access channel WYOU.

October 18, 2010 - "China Town Hall" - Derek Vollmer, program officer for the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS) at the National Academies, live in Madison, and Jon Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to China, via webcast from Beijing.  Resources from Derek Vollmer relating to his presentation:
Energy Futures report (2008):
Renewables project (forthcoming, project info only):

October 14, 2010 - Professor Jeffrey Kahn, SMU Dedman School of Law - "The Case of Colonel Abel: What the Prosecution of a Master Soviet Spy Teaches about American and Russian Criminal Justice."

September 9, 2010 - Dr. Satu Limaye - Director, East-West Center- "The Emergence of India as a World Power."

Past Events – 2009 – 2010 Season

June 10, 2010 - Richard Millett, Senior Research Assistant at the North-South Center of the University of Miami - Searching for Stabiliy: U.S. efforts to create armies and police in foreign countries."

May 5, 2010 -
Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director, US Program, Migration Policy Institute - "The Crucial Role of Immigration in America: Where are We?  Where are We Going?"

March 16, 2010 - Jacqueline Wilson, US Institute of Peace - "Peace Building: Local Conflicts and International Responses"

February 17, 2010 - Dr. Peter Gubser, Past President, American Near East Refugee Aid - "American Interests in the Middle East"

January 13, 2010 - Prof. Paul Wilson, UW Nuclear Engineering and Policy - "Nuclear Energy Production: Non-Proliferation Roulette?"

December 8, 2009 -  Albert Keidel, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs – “The Future of U.S.-China Economic Relations”

November 12, 2009 - Mike German, Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy, American Civil Liberties Union – “Thinking Like a Terrorist”

November 2, 2009 - Peter Feaver, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, Duke University – “A View from Inside President George W. Bush's National Security Council”

October 28, 2009 - Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow, The Peterson Institute – “Has Russia’s Capitalist Revolution Failed?”

September 30, 2009 - Scott Straus, Coordinator of the Wisconsin Human Rights Initiative – “Africa's World War: Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Beyond”

September 25, 2009 - Kjell Magne Bondevik, UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, and Former Prime Minister of Norway – “Sustainable Governments: Somalia and the Challenges to Building a Democracy”

Past Events – 2008 - 2009 Season

June 4, 2009 - Melanie Manion, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, UW Madison – “20 Years after the Tiananmen Movement: Lessons on Chinese Democratization” 

April 25, 2009 - Ambassador Robert Finn – “The Quandary of Afghanistan”

March 26, 2009 - Karl Meyer, Editor Emeritus of World Policy Journal – “Inventing Iraq, Inventing Iran: The Past That Haunts Washington”

March 11, 2009 - Geir Lundestad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee – “The History and Politics of the Nobel Prize”

February 18, 2009 - Matthew Murray, TNK-BP Corruption Risk Manager, President, Sovereign Ventures Inc. – “Putin's Russia: a Frontline Experience”

January 21, 2009 - Melvin A. Goodman, Senior Fellow and Director of the National Security Program at the Center for International Policy – “The Failure of Intelligence: Intelligence Reform and the Obama Administration”

December 9, 2008 - Derek Chollet, Senior Fellow at The Center for a New American Security – “America Between the Wars:  How the Misunderstood Years Between the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Start of the War on Terror Shaped Our World

November 6, 2008 - Ambassador Donald Gregg, Chairman of the Board of The Korea Society - “Korean Challenges for the New Administration”

October 14, 2008 -Jules Pretty - “Food Riots: The Relationships Between World Consumption, Agricultural Sustainability and Food Shortages”

September 23, 2009 - Professor Lamont Colucci – “Crusading Realism: The Bush Doctrine and American Core Values After 9/11”

September 10, 2008 - Alan Zelicoff, MD – “Global Pandemics:The Risks of the Wrong Response -- the Case of Avian Flu”

Past Events - 2007-2008 Season

June 25, 2008 - Vicki Huddleston, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institute, former Chief of the United States Interests Section in Cuba, and former US Ambassador – “Memories of Fidel - U.S. Policy in Post-Fidel Cuba”

May 20, 2008 - Brian E. Carlson, Senior Liaison for the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Department of State and Former US Ambassador – “Does the World Hate America and What Can We Do about It?”

April 16, 2008 - Scott Ritter, chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998 – “The Reality of Arms Control: From the Trenches”

March 25, 2008 - Arthur I. Cyr, A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor of Political Economy and World Business, Carthage College – “Turkey and the U.S.: Vital and Vexed Alliance”

February 20, 2008 - Leslie Lebl, Former Foreign Service Officer – “Radical Islam in Europe: Not the Usual Extremists”

January 23, 2008 - Jeremi A. Suri, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin - Madison – “Henry Kissinger and the Seeds of the Contemporary Middle East Crisis”

December 3, 2007 - Eric G. Postel, Commissioner, The HELP Commission

November 13, 2007 - John C. Campbell, Former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Visiting Professor of International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison – “Nigeria: A Critical U.S. Partner”

October 9, 2007 - Robert B. Oakley, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies & Former Ambassador to Pakistan, Somalia, Zaire – “Pakistan and the United States: A Time of Great Peril”

September 11, 2007 - Robert D. Langenkamp, Former Director, National Energy-Environment Law & Policy Institute,University of Tulsa, and Former U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary – “Iraq's War without End: The Role of Oil”

Past Events - 2006-2007 Season

September 28, 2006 - Barry C. Lynn, Senior Fellow, The New America Foundation - "End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation"

November 9, 2006 - David Shorr, Program Officer The Stanley Foundation - "End Politics Aside – What Kind of Superpower Do We Want to Be?"

November 28, 2006 - Dr. Julian Lindley-French, Senior Scholar, The Center for Applied Policy at the University of Munich - "Why America Needs Europe"

December 7, 2006 - James M. Olson, Senior Lecturer, George Bush School of Government - "The Moral Dilemmas of the War on Terror"

January 16, 2007 - Henry Henderson, Director of the Chicago office of the Natural Resources Defense Council - "The International Politics of Global Warming"

February 21, 2007 - E. Wayne Merry, Senior Associate at the American Foreign Policy Council - "Post-Soviet Russia at 15 Years: Taking Stock, Will it Reach Fifty?"

March 20, 2007 - Thomas Lippman, Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute - "What's Next in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East?"

April 25, 2007 - John Richie, Former Coordinator, U.S.-Mexico Border Affairs and US Consul General - "What is the Real Significance of the Growing Number of Left-of-Center Presidents in Latin America?"

May 30, 2007 - Nidra Poller, Paris Editor of Pajamas Media - "French Presidential Elections: All is Not Won".

June 26, 2007 - Mark Ward, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator USAID - "Managing US Aid in a Post-9/11 World: What Difference Does it Make"?

Past Events - 2005-2006 Season

June 13, 2006 - Maryscott "Scotty" Greenwood, Executive Director of the Canadian-American Business Council - "A New Era in Canada-US Relations".

April 6, 2006 - Dr Eric Noji, Senior Policy Advisor for Health and National Security, at the CDC - "Avial Influenza and SARS: Global Challenges for Health Diplomacy".

March 28, 2006 - Polly Nayak, Former Ranking CIA Officer, - "Current Topics on India".

March 23, 2006 - Dr. Oksana Garnets, Chernobyl Recovery and Development Advisor, UNDP - "Policy Response to Chernobyl - Local, National, and International".

February 21, 2006 - Adam Garfinkle, Editor of The American Interest - "The Bush Adminstration's Foreign Policy from the Inside-Out: Reflections of a Recovering Speechwriter".

January 18, 2006 - Frank Calzon, Director of the Center for a Free Cuba - "The Future of US Cuban Relations".

December 13, 2005 - Ibraham Karawan, Director of the Middle East Center, Associate Director of Political Science, University of Utah - "Egypt and the US Interest".

November 14, 2005 - Walter Cutler, Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, President of Meridian International Center - "Saudi Arabia".

November 10, 2005 - Thomas Navratil, Deputy Director, US State Department, former Director of Counterterrorism - "Baltic/Northern European Perspective"

October 19, 2005 - Teresita Schaffer, Former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Former Director of the Foreign Service Institute - "Rising India"

Past Events - 2004-2005 Season

June 16, 2005 - Isaac Cohen, President and CEO, INVERWAY LLC - "The Central American Free Trade Agreement: Its Promise and Problems".

May 11, 2005 - Arthur J. Alexander, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University; Former President, Japan Economic Institute. - "China: Japan's Dream or Nightmare?"

April 20, 2005 - Herman J. Cohen, Former U.S. Ambassador to Senegal. - "South Africa: A Model for the Continent?"

March 23, 2005 - Luis Bitencourt, Director, Brazil Project, Latin American Program, at Woodrow Wilson Institute for International Scholars. - "Brazil: Does the U.S. Need to Wake Up?"

March 10, 2005 - Edward W. Gnehm, Former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Australia, and Kuwait - "Pandora's Box in Baghdad"

February 23, 2005 - Andrew Apostolou, Director of Research, The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies  - "The Iranian Challenge"

February 9, 2005 - Jeremy Shapiro, Senior Analyst, Brookings Institution. - "The Future of the U.S. - European Partnership"

November 11, 2004 - Hon. Edward Masters, former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia – “The Recent Election and Other Developments in Indonesia"

October 13, 2004 - Paula R. Newburg, International Management, Political, and Public Policy Consultant, - "The Current Situation in Afghanistan"

September 29, 2004 - Phyllis E. Oakley, Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research - "Terrorism, Nation Building, and Intelligence"

Past Events – 2003-2004 Season

May 19, 2004 - Hon. Robert B. Oakley, Former Ambassador - "A Brief History of Terrorism, Emphasis on Pakistan"

April 21, 2004 - Frederick Z. Brown, Associate Director of Southeast Asian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University - "Indochina in Peacetime-Social and economic Update"

March 2, 2004 - General Boris Saavedra,  Liaison Officer between the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and the Inter-American Defense College - "The Current Crisis in Venezuela"

January 23, 2004 - Marshall I. Goldman, Associate Director of the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University - "Putin and the Oligarchs - Promise of the Future, or Echo of the Past?"

November 20, 2003 - Banning Garrett, Director, Asia Programs of The Atlantic Council of the United States - "China and the World of Disorder"

October 14, 2003 - Gerald Robbins, Associate Scholar with the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Freelance Journalist - "Turkey in the Post-Saddam Era"

September 10, 2003 Honorable Donald P. Gregg, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and Chief of Station, Seoul, Central Intelligence Agency - "Tensions and Opportunities on the Korean Peninsula"

June 30, 2003 - Ed Abington, the Palestinian Authority's Lead Registered Representative in the US, Formerly, US Consul General in Jerusalem - "Current Perspectives on Middle East Peace"

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