October 27, 2020 – Annual General Meeting Virtual Program
The Honorable Luigi R. Einaudi
Former: Acting Secretary General of the Organization of American States
U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States
“The Americas in the World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

November 5, 2020 – Virtual Program
Dr. Thomas E. Graham
Distinguished Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Senior Advisor, Kissinger Associates
Former: Director for Russia, National Security Council, President G.W. Bush Administration
“Has Putin made Russia a Great Power again”

November 18, 2020 -Virtual Program
Dr. Andrew D. Selee
President, Migration Policy Institute
“How US Immigration Policy will shape U.S. Foreign Policy over the next four years”

December 1, 2020 – Virtual Program
The Honorable Elizabeth M. Cousens
President & CEO, UN Foundation
Former: US Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council
“Reimagining Multilateralism: A Dialogue on the UN and the Future of Collective Action in the Post-Covid World”

December 15, 2020 – Virtual Program
Ms. Barbara Slavin
Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council
“Can the Biden administration repair the damage to Iran diplomacy and build a stronger foundation for Middle East peace”

January 13, 2021 – Virtual Program
The Honorable Kathleen Doherty
Chief Strategy Officer, The Annenberg Foundation Trust
Former: US Ambassador to Cyprus
“The Great Shell Game: Dirty Money & National Security”

January 28, 2021 – Virtual Program
The Honorable John Campbell
Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Former: US Ambassador to Nigeria
“What is happening in Nigeria: And the implications for The Region”

February 11, 2021 – Virtual Program
The Honorable Chas W. Freeman
Chairman, Projects International Inc.
Former: US Ambassador to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
“Playing War Games with China”

February 25, 2021 – Virtual Program
The Honorable John C. Kornblum
Senior Counselor, NOER LLP
Former: US Ambassador to Germany
“What to do about Europe”

March 4, 2021 – Virtual Program
Prof. Lien-Hang T. Nguyen
Dorothy Bong Chair in the History of the United States & Asia, Columbia University
“Vietnam in the World: from 20th Century hot wars to the Cold War of the 21st Century”

March 18, 2021 – Virtual Program
Dr. Dennis Carroll
Chair, The Global Virome Project
“Lessons from COVID19: Preventing the Next Pandemic”

April 15, 2021 – Virtual Program
Prof. Henri Barkey
Cohen Chair in International Relations, Lehigh University
“Into the Cauldron: American-Turkish relations in a New Era”

April 29, 2021 – Virtual Program
Dr. Manish Bapna
CEO World Resources Institute
“Towards a Net-Zero, Nature Positive Future”

May 4, 2021 – Virtual Program
Adm. James Stavridis (Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe)
Elliot Ackerman (Author)
“The Next World War?”

May 12, 2021 – Virtual Program
General Kenneth F. McKenzie
Commander, United States Central Command
“Strategic Competition in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility”

May 25, 2021 – Virtual Program
General John R. Allen
President, Brookings Institution
“American Leadership in the 21st Century”


October 21, 2019 – Annual General Meeting
The Honorable Patrick N. Theros
Former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar
President, U.S. Qatar Business Council
“Iran’s non-nuclear Force de Frappe”

November 5, 2019 – Luncheon
Prof. Stephen Walt
Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University
“The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy”

November 21, 2019 – Afternoon Program
Dr. Anders Åslund
Senior Fellow Atlantic Council
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
Swedish Diplomat
“Russia’s Crony Capitalism”

December 3, 2019 – Luncheon
Dr. Robert Kagan
Stephen & Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Contributing Columnist, The Washington Post
“The Jungle Grows Back: The Case for the Liberal World Order”

December 17, 2019 – Afternoon Program
Dr. Ian S. Lustick
Bess W. Heyman Chair, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
“Paradigm Lost: From Two State Solution to One-State Reality”

January 7, 2020 – Afternoon Program
Dr. Arturo Valenzuela
Senior Advisor for Latin America, Covington & Burling LLP
Former: Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Energy U.S. State Department
“End of an Era? Protest Movements and Institutional Crisis in Latin America”

January 23, 2020 – Luncheon
Dr. Edward N. Luttwak
Contractual Advisor, US Department of Defense & Treaty Allies
Chairman, AP Aircraft Fleet Leasing (Dublin)
Founder & Director, The Amazon Conservation Ranch (Bolivia)
“The China Confrontation”

February 5, 2020 – Afternoon Program
The Honorable Herman J. Cohen
President and CEO Cohen and Woods International
Board of Directors, Hyperdynamics Oil and Gas
Consultant on Africa, ContourGlobal Electric Power
Former: Assistant Secretary of State for Africa
U.S. Ambassador to Senegal, Gambia
“The Trump Administration’s Africa Policy in Perspective”

February 19, 2020 – Luncheon
Mr. Charlie Cook
Editor & Publisher of The Cook Political Report
Columnist for the National Journal
Political Analyst, NBC News
“2020 Election Preview”

August 6, 2020 – Virtual Program
Dr. David Dollar
Senior Fellow, China Center, Brookings Institution
Host of Dollar & Sense Podcast
“U.S.- China Trade and Technology Competition”

August 19, 2020 – Virtual Program
Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist, Princeton University
Former: Head, Foreign Relations Committee, Iran National Security Council
Iranian Ambassador to Germany
“Iran, The US, JCPOA and the Region”

September 10, 2020 – Virtual Program
Prof. Michael C. Davis
Professor of Law & International Affairs, Jindal Global University, India
Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars
Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
“Imposing China’s System on Hong Kong: A Look at the New Security Law”

September 30, 2020 – Virtual Program
Dr. Charles Ok. Pannenborg
Former: World Bank Chief Scientist
Chairman, World Bank Pandemic Committee
Director, Pan-American Health Organization
Chairman, Netherlands Commission on Global Health Research
Chairman, U.N. Tropical Disease Research Program
“The Current Corona Pandemic and the Rise and Fall of Global Health-
how the 21st Century Pandemics are shaping the New Global Order”


October 24, 2018 – Annual General Meeting
The Honorable James F. Collins
Senior Associate of the Russian and Eurasian Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation
Deputy Executive Secretary, Department of State
“The U.S. and Russia in a Post Bi-Polar World”

November 5, 2018– Afternoon Program
Dr. Michael Koplow
Policy Director, Israel Policy Forum
Editor, Israel Policy Exchange
Former: Program Director of the Israel Institute
“Are the U.S. and Turkey Headed for Reconciliation or Divorce”

November 19, 2018 – Luncheon
Her Excellency Dina Kawar
Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States
“The Middle East Between Challenges and Potentials”

December 4, 2018 – Afternoon Program
Mr. Charles Davidson
Founding Publisher: The American Interest Magazine
Co-Founder; Global Financial Integrity
Executive Producer, Sundance: We’re not Broke”
Former: Executive Director, Hudson Institute
“Putin’s Kleptocracy: How it Happened; How It Works; How Contagious is It”

December 20, 2018 – Luncheon
Mr. William A. Reinsch
Scholl Chair, International Business, Center for International Studies
Senior Advisor: Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP
Former: President National Foreign Trade Council
Under Secretary of Export Administration
“Tariffs, Trade Agreements and Trade Wars: The Trump Administration’s Trade Wars”

January 8, 2019- Afternoon Program
Dr. Evan Ellis
Research Professor, Latin American Studies, U.S. Army War College
Senior Fellow, Jack D. Gordon Institute of Public Policy
Florida International University, Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Centre for Strategic and International Studies
“Playing the Long Game: China’s Widening Footprint in the Americas”

January 23, 2019 – Luncheon
Ms. Karen Alderman Harbert
President and CEO, Center for Global Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Former: Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
“The U.S. Energy Revolution’s Impact on Global Energy Markets and the Economy”

February 5, 2019-Afternoon Program
Dr. Lani Kass
Senior Vice President and Strategic Advisor, CACI International Inc
Former: Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Professor of Military Strategy and Operations, National War College
“Back to the Future: Cold War 2.0.”

February 19, 2019-Luncheon
Ms. Danielle Pletka
Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Studies, The American Enterprise Institute
Adjunct Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Former: Senior Professional Staff Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
“The ‘New’ Middle East ”

March 12, 2019- Afternoon Program
Dr. Tanvi Madan
Director of The India Project
Fellow, Project in International Order and Strategy Foreign Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
“Indian Foreign Policy in the Trump Era.”

March 27, 2019- Afternoon Program
Mr. Eric Farnsworth
Vice President, Council of the Americas, Washington D.C. Office
Former: Managing Director, MannattJones Global Strategies
Superior Honor Award Recipient
Truman Scholar
“Venezuela at a Crossroads “

April 8, 2019- Afternoon Program
Dr. Michael Auslin
Payson J. Treat Fellow in Contemporary Asia, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Author: “The End of the Asian Century”
“The Premature End of the Asian Century and the Beginnings of a New Cold War: China v. the U.S”

April 18, 2019 – Luncheon
Dr. Yleem Poblete
Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
Former: Chief of Staff, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives
“Confronting the Challenges of Verification and Compliance of Arms Control, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament”

May 22, 2019 – Annual Dinner, The Chevy Chase Club
The Honorable Ryan C. Crocker
Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon
Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
“Middle-East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences”

September 17, 2019- Luncheon
Dr. Chad Brown
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Former: Lead Economist, Development Research Group at the World Bank; Senior Economist: The White House Council of Economic Advisors
“Trade Policy in the Age of Trump”

September 24, 2019 – Afternoon Program
Dr. Peter Beinart
Professor of Journalism and Political Science, City University of New York; Fellow, Foundation for Middle East Peace; Columnist, Journalist and Political Commentator – CNN, Time, The New York Review; Author: “The Crisis of Zionism”; Rhodes Scholar
“How the Debate about Palestine Became the Debate about America”


October 19, 2017 – Annual General Meeting
The Honorable James F. Jeffrey
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Former: Career Ambassador
Ambassador to Turkey, Iraq, Albania
Deputy National Security Advisor
“After Nine Months, Does Trump Have a Foreign Policy?”

November 6, 2017 – Luncheon
His Excellency Luis Almagro
10th Secretary General, The Organization of American States
Former: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay
“Challenges to Democratic Governance in the Americas”

November 13, 2017 – Afternoon Program
Dr. Janet E. Breslin-Smith
President, CrossWinds Strategic Consulting
Former: Professor and Chair, Department of National Security Strategy, National War College
U.S. Senate Personal and Committee Staff
“Sex and Strategy –- Gender’s Influence on Policy in Saudi Arabia”

December 5, 2017 – Luncheon
Dr. Susan J. Koch
Former: Director, Proliferation Strategy, Defense Arms Control
National Security Council Staff
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense,
Threat Reduction Policy
“Trends in Nuclear Deterrence, Arms Control and Nonproliferation”

December 19, 2017 – Afternoon Program
Mr. Marvin Kalb
Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Former: Diplomatic Correspondent, CBS News, NBC News,
Host, Meet the Press
“The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956 – Khrushchev, Stalin’s Ghost, And a Young American in Russia”

January 10, 2018 – Luncheon
Dr. Khalil Jahshan
Executive Director, Arab Center, Washington DC
Former: Lecturer, International Studies and Languages, Pepperdine University
Executive Vice President, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
“President Trump’s Policy Shift on Jerusalem And Its Impact on Arab-Israeli Peacemaking”

January 25, 2018 – Afternoon Program
Mr. Seth Cropsey
Senior Fellow and Director,
Center for American Seapower, Hudson Institute
Former: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict
Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy
“Seablindness: How Political Neglect Is Choking American Seapower And What To Do About It”

February 6, 2018 – Luncheon
Ms. Barbara Slavin
Director, Future of Iran Initiative, The Atlantic Council
Columnist, Al-Monitor.com
Former: Cairo Correspondent, the Economist
Editor, New York Times Week in Review
“Back to the Axis of Evil on Iran”

February 20, 2018 – Afternoon Program
Dr. John Lenczowski
Founder and President, The Institute of World Politics
Former: Director of European and Soviet Affairs, National Security Council
Principal Soviet Affairs Adviser to President Reagan
“Russian Active Measures and Information Warfare”

March 8, 2018 – Luncheon
Ms. Heather A. Conley
Senior Vice President, Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, Director, Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Former: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs
“Realpolitik or Ice-Politik? Understanding Today’s Arctic”

March 27, 2018 – Afternoon Program
Mr. Jeffrey J. Schott
Senior Fellow, International Trade Policy and Economic Sanctions, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Member, Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, Department of State
Former: Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University
“President Trump’s Tariffs and Trade Talk: Implications for the Economy”

April 11, 2018 – Luncheon
Dr. Ali Shihabi
Founder and President, The Arabia Foundation
Author, The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil
Former: Founder, Rasmala Holdings Limited
“Saudi Arabia’s Leadership Transition: What’s Really Happened and What It Means”

April 25, 2018 – Afternoon Program
Mr. Chris Inglis
Managing Director, Paladin Capital Group
Former: Deputy Director and Senior Civilian Leader, National Security Agency
U.S. Special Liaison to the United Kingdom
Brigadier General, Air National Guard
“Making Sense of Cyber, Cyber Trends and Government Roles in Defending Societies Held Hostage”

June 6, 2018 – Annual Dinner – Chevy Chase Club
The Honorable John J. Sullivan
Deputy Secretary of State, Department of State

September 13, 2018 – Afternoon Program
The Honorable Joseph Yun
Senior Adviser to the Asia Program,
United States Institute of Peace
Former: U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea and Japan
Ambassador to Malaysia
“North Korea: What Now?”

September 24, 2018 – Luncheon
General Michael Hayden
U.S.A.F., Retired
Principal, Chertoff Group
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Schar School of Policy & Government George Mason University
Former: Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Director, National Security Agency
“The Assault on Intelligence”


October 17, 2016 – Annual General Meeting
Mr. David D. Gries
Executive Director, China Vitae
Former: Vice Chair, National Intelligence Council
National Intelligence Officer for East Asia
CIA Director of Congressional Affairs
“Trends in Chinese Politics”

November 2, 2016 – Afternoon program
Dr. Mark G. Pomar
Founding President of the U.S. – Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement & Rule of Law
Former: President of the International Research & Exchanges Board
Executive Director, U.S. Board for International Broadcasting
“Russian Nationalism as a Challenge to the West”

November 16, 2016 – Luncheon
Dr. Steven A. Cook
Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow of Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Former: Research Fellow, Brookings Institution
Soref Research Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
“Turkey’s Failed Coup: Domestic, Regional, Alliance Implications”

December 5, 2016 – Afternoon program
The Honorable Chester A. Crocker
James R. Schlesinger Professor, Georgetown University
The Honorable David C. Miller, Jr
Partner, General Counsel, Torch Hill Investment Partners
The Honorable Thomas R. Pickering
Chairman, The Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs
“The Atlantic Council Study on NSC Reform”

December 20, 2016 – Luncheon
The Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Assistant Secretary of State, The Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State
Former: Director of the Foreign Service, Director of Human Resources, Department of State
Ambassador to Liberia
“Helping Achieve Africa’s Promise”

January 11, 2017 – Luncheon
Professor Michael C. Davis
2016-17 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy
Senior Fellow, Centre for Comparative and Public Law, University of Hong Kong
Former: Law Professor, University of Hong Kong
Winner, 2014 Human Rights Press Award for Media Commentary
“The Umbrella Movement and Beyond: Understanding the Evolving Crisis in Hong Kong”

January 31, 2017 – Afternoon program
Dr. Thomas Kenyon, M.D., M.P.H.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Project HOPE
Former: Director, CDC Center for Global Health
Principal Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator and Chief Medical Officer for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Department of State
“Global Health Security – Are We Prepared?”

February 8, 2017 – Luncheon
His Excellency Juan Carlos Pinzon
Ambassador of Colombia to the United States
Former: Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff to the President of Colombia
Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the World Bank
Colombia’s Path to Prosperity: The Peace Agreement and What’s Next”

February 28, 2017 – Afternoon program
The Honorable Thomas C. Hubbard
Senior Director, Asia Practice, McLarty Associates
Former: Ambassador to the Philippines and South Korea
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Principal Negotiator, 1994 Agreed Framework with North Korea
“Duterte’s Philippines: Seeking New Balance Between the U.S. and China”

March 16, 2017 – Afternoon program
The Honorable William B. Taylor
Executive Vice President, The United States Institute of Peace
Former: Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions, Department of State
Ambassador to Ukraine
First Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office
“Ukraine and World Order”

March 20, 2017 – Afternoon program
The Honorable James F. Jeffrey
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Former: Career Ambassador,
Ambassador to Turkey, Iraq, Albania
Deputy National Security Advisor
“Syria & Iraq After ISIS”

April 5, 2017 – Luncheon
Admiral Sam J. Locklear, U.S. Navy, Retired
President, SJL Global Insights LLC
Former: Commander, U.S. Pacific Command
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa
Commander, NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command
“Why Asia Matters to the U.S.: A Combatant Commander’s Perspective”

April 24, 2017 – Afternoon program
Mr. David E Sanger
National Security Correspondent, The New York Times
Former: Chief Washington Correspondent, White House Correspondent, Washington Economic Correspondent, Tokyo Bureau Chief The New York Times
Twice a member of teams that won Pulitzer Prizes for The New York Times
“Trump’s Foreign Policy in the First Hundred Days: Is This What the Next Four Years Will Look Like?”

May 18, 2017 – Annual Dinner – Chevy Chase Club
General Mark A. Milley
39th Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army

September 21, 2017 – Luncheon
Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt
Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, The American Enterprise Institute
Senior Adviser, The National Bureau of Asian Research
Founding Board Member, U.S. Committee on Human Rights in North Korea
Member, Global Leadership Council, World Economic Forum
Consultant, World Bank, Department of State
“The North Korean Nuclear Crisis”

October 3, 2017 – Afternoon Program (moved from Sept to Oct due to meeting space issues)
Mr. Jeff M. Smith
Research Fellow, South Asia Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation
Former: Director of Asian Security Programs, American Foreign Policy Council
Author, Asia’s Quest for Balance: China’s Rise and Balancing in the Indo-Pacific
“Past the Pivot: America’s Asia Strategy”