Committee on Foreign Relations
2002 - 2016 Program Years
Managing Director at Lord Capital, LLC,
former Political Affairs Officer in the U. S. Foreign Service
and a twenty year veteran of U. S. Capital Markets
“Freedom’s Strategic Logic: Preparing Today’s
Foreign Service for Today’s Challenges”
Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy
Assessing Afghanistan 15 Years After 9/11”
Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute
where she focuses on Eastern European politics
and the transatlantic relationship
Dr. Lobsang Sangay
Successor to the Dalai Lama
Research Director at the SETA Foundation at Washington D. C.
and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Penn State
Deputy Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office
with the US Congress at European Parliament
European Refugee and Migration Crisis
Dr. Scott C. Colby
Financial and Insurance Consultant
with a Ph.D. in Chinese history from Columbia University
“The Pro-Democracy Demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2015”
The Margaret Thatcher
Fellow at The Heritage Foundation focusing on defense and security
matters, including the role of NATO and the European Union in
transatlantic and Eurasian security.
“Transatlantic Security Matters”
Regional Director for Middle East and Africa Programs
at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
“Historic and Political Reasons for the Rise of Islamic
Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center
Rothrock, Research Scholar, Kennan Institute
“Foreign Policy Issues” & “Russian Motives
ACFR 2Oth Annual Confence
Excellency Ambassador Yasuo Saito
Formerly served as the Ambassador of Japan
to Saudi Arabia, Russia, and France
Also served as Consul General in Atlanta
and as the Japanese Government Representative to UNESCO
Currently serves as an adviser to private companies and as the
Executive Board Member of the Japanese Olympic Committee
"Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan"
Barrett, VP at International Republican Institute
“Tunisia and The Middle East After the Arab Spring”
Senior Research Fellow for the Asian Studies Center, the Davis
Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage
“An Opportunity to Reenergize U.S. India Relations”
Member of the Political Science and History faculties
at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming
Chair of the Political Science Department
and Director of the International Studies Program
to Reenergize U.S. India Relations”
Associate with Vision Americas, with two decades of experience
in the Washington political process and inter-American relations.
Served in senior positions in the U.S. Department of State,
the National Security Council, and
the U.S. Agency for International Development
“Mexico and Immigration Issues”
Dr. Charles E. (Chuck) Ziegler
Louisville CFR Director,
Professor and Distinguished University Scholar
Specialist on the domestic, foreign and security policies
of Russian and Eurasia
“Putin Comes to Shove: Pushing Back in Ukraine”
Senior Fellow at American Progress
Expertise: National Security, Middle East Politics, and Terrorism
“U. S. Middle East Policy at a Time of Regional Fragmentation
Senior Adviser at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) in Arlington,
Advisor to IHS Jane's and Cambridge Energy Research Associates
Former U. S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia
Senior Counselor and Director for Middle Eastern affairs
at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Senior Counselor at the Agency for International Development
The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape
Senior Research Fellow for the Asian Study Center
Senior Fellow with the Center for Security Policy
and Chief Analyst and founder of LIGNET.com (Langley Intelligence
Served 25 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense
Intelligence Agency, Department of State and the U. S. House of
Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (most
of his career focused on multilateral diplomacy)
Special Dinner Lecture
Ambassador David Dunford
Served 29 years in the U. S. Foreign Service
Worked for General Garner and Ambassador Bremer in Iraq during
2003 as the Senior Official in charge of reorganizing the Iraq’s
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dorothy Douglas Taft
Principal, The Tantallon Group, LLC
Served as Director of the Office of Democracy and Governance
US Agency for International Development and Chief of Staff / Deputy
Chief of Staff
of the US Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Washington
Christian P. Whiton
Principal, D. C. International Advisory Group
Author of Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War
Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War
Charlotte “Charlie” Ponticello
Programs Director And Advisor For
American Committee on Foreign Relations
“Women In Afghanistan”
Ambassador Thomas Graham
The International Non-Proliferation Regime:
Nuclear Weapon Danger: Iran and North Korea
Mr. Henry (“Hank”) Levine
Senior Director of Albright Stonebridge Group
“China – A Rising Power Meets the U.S. and the World”
BCFR Members Michael Calvert and Cheryl Williams
“Our Study Trip to Cuba with the
American Committees on Foreign Relations”
Ambassador Molly Williamson
Scholar with the Middle East Institute
“The Global Politics of Oil”
Dr. David Ottaway
Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center
“Saudi Arabia’s Race Against Time”
Ambassador Vicki J. Huddleston
Former Ambassador to Mali and Madagascar and
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs
Ambassador Priscilla Clapp
Retired Minister-Counselor in the U. S. Foreign Service
“Reforms in Burma: Opportunities, Challenges and
How the U.S. is Helping”
Author and former Washington Times correspondent
"America’s Other Army: U. S. Foreign Service and 21st
Professor Brian Norris
"Dinosaurs and Bureaucrats: Mexican Politics Today"
Colonel Robert M. Cassidy
"The Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
Former Deputy Foreign Editor at The Washington Post
"Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War With Itself"
Elizabeth O. Colton, Ph.D.
Operations Manager American Committees on Foreign Relations Washington,
"The Upcoming Presidential Election And Foreign Policy Challenges"
Dr. George Herring
Looking Back, Thinking Ahead: A Historical Perspective on U.S.
Congressional Correspondent in Washington DC for the
Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education
Immigration and the American Dream: Battling the Political Hype
Lawrence A. Husick
Senior Fellow, Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism,
and Homeland Security, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Adjunct Professor, Organizational Dynamics Masters Program
Cyber-Terrorism: The Next Threat to National Security
and What We Can Do About It.
Dr. Cynthia Watson
What’s Burning? Immediate International Priorities in 2012
Islamic Extremism: How Potent is the Threat?
Changes in Cuba: How Should the United States Respond
Vice President and Senior Economist,
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Understanding the World Financial and Economic Crisis We are Living
Dr. Lamont Colucci
Assistant Professor of Politics and Government, Ripon College
Coordinator, National Security Studies Program
Clinton, Bush and Obama: Contrasting National
Security Strategies and Finding a Way Forward
Ambassador Kenneth Brill
Fund for Peace; Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs
Political Counselor, Embassy of Germany to the United States
Current Events In Northern Africa (Libya, Tunisia And Egypt) And
Their Possible Effects On Our Foreign Policy And The Economic
Vanda Felbab Brown
Foreign Policy Fellow, Brookings Institute
Shooting Up: Narcoterrorism from Latin America to Africa
Dr. John A. Ritchie
Liaison for the State Department to Congress on Immigration issues
(2008, 2009, 2010)
Former Coordinator, U.S.-Mexico Border Affairs (2004-06)
US Consul General, Monterrey, Mexico, (2001–04)
Dr. Robert Haffa, Jr.
Director, Analysis Center
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Colonel (Retired) U.S. Air Force
Ready for a Surprise in Space?
Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute
Should the U.S. Have an Ambassador to Islam?
Director of Projects and Analysis and Senior Fellow in Energy,
Science and Technology at the Center for Economic Enterprise
The Failure of Copenhagen: What Next for Global and Climate and
Ambassador Robert P. Finn
Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton
Senior Research Associate, Liechtenstein Institute
Afghanistan’s Clouded Future
Dr. Bernard D. Cole
Professor, National War College
China’s Strategic Priorities
John ReppertBrigadier General (retired)
“The Arc of Stability: Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan”
Dr. Lutz Hermann Görgens
German Consul General
“The Berlin Wall: The Rise/The Fall and the Aftermath”
Amnesty and the Nexus between Immigration and National Security
Dr. Robert H. Donaldson
The US, Russia, and NATO: Why ‘Reset’ is not Enough
Venezuela: From an Authoritarian
Petrostate to Narcostate
Martin Rickerd OBE MVO
The Challenges and Opportunities
for the International Economy
Dr. Roy Stafford
The Hopes for the Obama Foreign Policy
from a European Perspective
Ambassador Robin Raphel
"Women and Leadership in the
Evolving 21st Century World”
"Liberal Legacies and Conservative
Conundrums: American Foreign Policy
in the Next Administration"
Herman “Hank” J. Cohen
Africa: Is There a Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Ambassador Alphonse F. La Porta
The Challenges of Stability in
Southeast Asia: Radical Islam and
Dr. Thomas Bagger
United Europe –
A Legacy of U.S. Foreign Policy?
The Strategic Implications of China's Rise
Robert "Dobie" Langenkamp
Inconvenient Truths Redax: Questions Not Being Answered by our
Mr. Geoffrey Nyarota
How the International Community Contributed to the Failure
Professor Randall Law
Lessons from the History of Terrorism
Professor Alan Lee Williams
Transatlantic Convergence or Divergence: NATO-EU-UK
Christopher N. Smith
Attorney at Law and Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Denmark
Ms. Nidra Poller
Paris Editor of Pajamas Media and novelist
"French Presidential Elections: All is Not Won!"
The Hon. William J. Cabaniss, Jr.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic
"My Experience as Ambassador to the Czech Republic"
Fred Charles Ikle
Former Undersecretary of Defense
"Annihilation from Within: The Ultimate Threat to Nations"
Mr. Jeremy Martin
Director, Energy Program, Institute of the Americas
Mr. Scott Bates
Vice-President and Sr. Fellow
for National Security Policy in Washington, D.C.
New Approaches to Defending the U.S. From Terrorist Attack
UK Consul General
Tackling the Big Issues - Some Priorities for British Global Policy
Mr. Barry C. Lynn, Sr.
Fellow, the New America Foundation
"End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global
"The American Interest" (quarterly publication) comes
to be announced
Mr. Steven C. Clemons
Sr. Fellow and Director, American Strategy Program,
The new America Foundation
"Pulling America's Head Out of the Sand:
Thoughts on Transforming Crisis and Convulsion into Stability
in the Middle East
Mr. Edward G. Abington
Senior Associate, Bannerman & Associates, Inc.
"After the Israeli and Palestinian Elections: What Chance
Dr. Jay C. Davis
Non-Proliferation: Iran and North Korea
Mr. John O'Sullivan
Editor-in-Chief, United Press International
Europe, America and the Permanent Crisis
Member, Council on Foreign Relations Task Force
U.S. Policy Towards Russia - Task Force Report
Gordon G. Chang
Author and Lecturer
North Korea and China - A Take on the World
Mr. John O'Sullivan
Editor-in-Chief, United Press International
Europe, America and the Permanent Crisis
Michael J. Dziedzic
Retired USAF Colonel
Rebuilding Societies in Post-War Settings
Leslie S. Lebl
Former Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs, U.S. Mission
to the European Union in Brussels
The U.S., the European Union and the Greater Middle East
Research Fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council Educational
"Globalization and U.S. Trade Issues."
Valerie J. McNevin, Esq.
E-Finance, E-Security Specialist in the Financial Sector Operations
and Division Vice-President at the World Bank
Rethinking Intelligence: How the New Methods of Financing Terrorism
are Changing and Challenging Us."
Major General Jim Darden (USA-Ret)
"Europe and Africa"
Alan D. Romberg
Former Principal Deputy Director of Policy Planning Staff, Department
"China-Taiwan and U.S. Relations"
Major General Carl H. Freeman (USA-Ret)
Former Chairman, Inter-American Defense Board and
President, Inter-American Defense College
"The Challenges of Security Cooperation in the Americas Post
Former Deputy Executive Director of the 911 Commission
"Preparedness in the Face of Terrorist Threats"
Ambassador Edward Masters
Co-Chairman of The United States-Indonesia Society
"Can Indonesia's Infant Democracy Survive the Tsunami?"
Ambassador William J. Cabaniss
U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic
"Central Europe-Growth and Democracy"
Mr. John Clark
Senior Research Fellow
Sagamore Institute for Policy Research
"China and U.S. Policy"
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld
Director of the New York based
American Center for Democracy
Ambassador Phillip C. Wilcox, Jr.
Foundation for Middle East Peace
"Israel and Palestine: Is Peace Possible?"
E. Wayne Merry
American Foreign Policy Council
"America and Europe: Breaking the Cold War Alliance
to Build a New Partnership"
Mr. Robert Pickus
World Without War Council
"The Hispanic Challenge"
Director of Research, The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
"U.S. Public Debate on Foreign Policy, Its Peculiar Character
Detachment from Policymaking"
Mr. Ken Jensen
Executive Director of the American Committees on Foreign Relations
"Afghanistan and Iraq in the Light of Previous Interventions"
Dr. Richard Millett
Senior Advisor of the Latin America for Political Risk Service
"U.S. Neocons and Foreign Policy"
Mr. Jonathan Clarke
President of the American Journalism Federation
"Lessons From Baghdad"
Robert R. Reilly
Director of the Voice of America
"North Korea - After the Bomb"
Mr. Joseph P. Manguno, Jr.
Senior News Editor for CNN International
"Rational and Humane Solutions to
the Population Problem"
Werner Fornos, President
Population Institute, a Washington, D.C.
Based Non-Profit Public Interest Group
"Prospect for Latin America's Economies"
President and CEO of Inverway, LLC
"The U.S. and Pakistan"
Ambassador Husain Haqqani
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
"Examining Our Policies in the Middle East"
Ambassador Edward L. Peck
Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
Chevy Chase, Maryland