Mr. Brian Katulis, Vice President of Policy and Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute - Mr. Brian Katulis is a senior fellow and vice president of policy at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. He is an expert on, and has conducted research in, the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. In addition to his work at the Middle East Institute, he is a… Read More
Dr. Henri J. Barkey, Cohen Professor of International Relations,Lehigh University, and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations - We are delighted to have as our first speaker of 2024 Dr. Henri J. Barkey, adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen chair in international relations at Lehigh University. Dr. Barkey is one of the country’s top experts… Read More
Mr. James Ketterer, Senior Fellow, Center for Civic Engagement, Bard College; U of L Jazz Combo - Mr. James Ketterer is Senior Fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College in New York state. At Bard, he previously served as Dean of International Studies and Director of the Bard Globalization and International Studies program in New York City. Ketterer also served as Dean of the… Read More
Mr. Danny M. Loftin, Central Intelligence Agency (retired) - Mr. Danny Loftin was an Operations Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency from 1968 to 2003. He spent fifteen years overseas in U.S. embassies in the Soviet Union, Europe, Latin America and Africa performing diplomatic and intelligence duties using French, Spanish and Russian. His senior positions during Washington and inter-agency… Read More
Mr. Amos Izerimana, Director of International and Immigrant Affairs, Office of the Mayor, Louisville - Mr. Amos Izerimana joined the Louisville Mayor’s office of International and Immigrant Affairs in September 2020, and was appointed Director in January 2023. Within the Mayor’s office he has led the Office for Globalization through an administration transition, designed and facilitated “Global Connections” discussions with international affairs experts and local… Read More
Mr. Ali Wyne, Senior Analyst, The Eurasia Group, “Managing China’s Resurgence: How the United States Can Compete with Quiet Confidence” - Ali Wyne is a senior analyst with Eurasia Group's Global Macro-Geopolitics practice, focusing on US-China relations and great-power competition. He has served as a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a policy analyst at… Read More
Mr. Thomas Shanker, Director of the Project for Media and Security, George Washington University, former New York Times Pentagon Correspondent - Mr. Thom Shanker was named director of the Project for Media and National Security in June 2021, after a nearly quarter-century career with The New York Times, including 13 years as Pentagon correspondent covering the Department of Defense, overseas combat operations and national security policy. Early in the war in… Read More
Mr. Vangala Ram – Developments in the Middle East - Mr. Vangala Ram is an intelligence and Foreign Service professional. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service as a Senior FSO recently after a distinguished twenty-seven year career, earning a number of awards along the way. Mr. Ram’s tours in the Foreign Service included nine overseas diplomatic assignments in Banjul,… Read More
Dr. Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School, George Washington University - Robert Sutter has been Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University since 2011. He also served as Director of the School’s main undergraduate program, involving over 2,000 students, from 2013-2019. Before that, he taught full-time at Georgetown University for ten years; and he… Read More
Mr. Steven Feldstein, Winner of the 2023 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, and Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Mr. Steven Feldstein is receiving the 2023 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for his book The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology Is Reshaping Power, Politics and Resistance (Oxford University Press, 2021). In his book Feldstein examines how governments in China, Thailand, Ethiopia and the Philippines have used… Read More
Ambassador William B. Taylor, Vice President, Russia and Europe, U.S. Institute of Peace, former Ambassador to Ukraine - Ambassador William B. Taylor is vice president, Europe and Russia, at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Among his many posts, Ambassador Taylor served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009, in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. In 2019, after President Trump ordered Ambassador Marie… Read More
Ms. Katherine Zimmerman, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute - Katherine Zimmerman is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she focuses on the global Salafi-jihadi movement and counterterrorism. She also studies the al Qaeda network and related trends in the Middle East and Africa, including al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Yemen, al Shabaab in Somalia,… Read More
Dr. Joseph Sany, Vice President, Africa Center, US Institute of Peace - Dr. Joseph Sany is vice president of the newly established Africa Center at USIP, and has been working at the forefront of peacebuilding with civil society, governments, businesses, and international organizations in Africa for over 20 years. In his most recent role at FHI 360, a non-profit development organization, Dr.… Read More
Mr. William Drozdiak, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - For more than four decades, William Drozdiak has been regarded as one of the most knowledgeable American observers of European affairs. During his tenure as foreign editor of the Washington Post, the newspaper won Pulitzer Prizes for its international reporting on the Israeli—Palestinian conflict and the collapse of the Soviet… Read More
Dr. Ishani Dasgupta, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Asian Democracy, University of Louisville - Please join us for a special fireside chat about the role of Tibet in the tense relations between the world’s two largest countries, India and China. Dr. Ishani Dasgupta earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2022. She was awarded distinction for her dissertation, “Emergence of a… Read More
Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky - Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh came to the Patterson School following a Foreign Service career centered on conflict resolution, political-military affairs, and humanitarian issues. In addition to Washington assignments in the State Department, Pentagon, and on Capitol Hill, he served in Berlin, Moscow, Tbilisi, Rome, and Bern. In 1992, he led the… Read More
Ambassador Richard LeBaron, Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council - Ambassador Richard LeBaron is currently a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Global Ties, the umbrella organization that supports the work of local international visitor councils. Ambassador LeBaron will discuss some of the practical progress made in… Read More
Mr. William Drozdiak, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - For more than four decades, William Drozdiak has been regarded as one of the most knowledgeable American observers of European affairs. During his tenure as foreign editor of the Washington Post, the newspaper won Pulitzer Prizes for its international reporting on the Israeli—Palestinian conflict and the collapse of the Soviet… Read More
Dr. Mona Lena Krook, Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Women and Politics PhD at Rutgers University, and winner of the 2022 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order - We are delighted to have Dr. Mona Lena Krook, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers and winner of the Grawemeyer World Order Award, as our April speaker. Dr. Krook will speak on the topic of her award-winning book, Violence Against Women in Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020). For the book,… Read More
Mr. Lucian Kim, Fellow, The Kennan Institute, and Moscow Bureau Chief, National Public Radio - We are delighted to have Mr. Lucian Kim in-person to speak on Russia and the war in Ukraine. For the past 25 years, Lucian Kim has been based as a correspondent for leading U.S. news organizations in Berlin and Moscow. He has covered key events in recent European history: the… Read More
Mr. Blaise Misztal, Vice President for Policy at JINSA - Blaise Misztal is the Vice President for Policy at JINSA. His research interests include Iran and its nuclear program, U.S.-Turkey relations, countering extremism, and strategic competition. JINSA, the Jewish Institute for National Security of America, is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit think-tank and lobby. Misztal will be discussing the current… Read More
Ambassador Dennis Jett (ret.), Professor of International Affairs, Penn State University - We are delighted to have Ambassador Dennis Jett (ret.), currently Professor of International Affairs, Penn State University, back for an encore presentation. Ambassador Jett will discuss American ambassadors and U.S. diplomacy based on the second edition of his book, American Ambassadors: A Guide for Aspiring Diplomats and Foreign Service Officers… Read More
Mr. Ryan Hass, Senior Fellow—Foreign Policy, Center for East Asian Studies and Michael H. Armacost Chair, Brookings Institution - Ryan Hass is a senior fellow and the Michael H. Armacost Chair in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, where he holds a joint appointment to the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies. He is also the Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair… Read More
Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne, Distinguished Diplomat in Residence, American University’s School of International Service - Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne is a Distinguished Diplomat in Residence teaching at American University’s School of International Service. He is also a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Co-Chair of its Mexico Institute Advisory Board. He is a Senior Non-Resident Advisor at the Atlantic… Read More
Ms. Annie Pforzheimer, Senior Associate (Non-resident), Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies - Annie Pforzheimer is a non-resident associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. She is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Journalism at the City University of New York, a Global Fellow in the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center… Read More