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2013 – From the Front Line to the Bottom Line

Executive Directors: Natalie Boyse, Henry Chen, Sarah Horton, Ben Kupferberg

Gen. Stanley McChrystal
Commander of International Security Assistance Force, Former Leader of Joint Special Operations Command
February 27, 8pm
Shriver Hall

Presidential Lecture: Andrew Ross Sorkin
Author of Too Big to Fail, Economist for The New York Times
March 13, 8pm
Shriver Hall

L. Paul Bremer III
Former Presidential Envoy to Iraq
April 3, 8pm
Hodson Hall

Rick Santorum
Former U.S. Senator, 2012 Presidential Candidate
April 9, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Frank Jannuzi
Deputy Executive Director, Amnesty International, U.S.A.
April 16, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Jerry Greenfield
Founder, Ben & Jerry’s
April 23, 8pm
Shriver Hall

2012 – The Paradox of Progress:
Chasing Advancement Amidst Global Crisis

Executive Directors: Andrew Davis, Eleanor Gardner, Jillian Martynec

John Ashcroft
Former Attorney General
February 28, 8pm
Shriver Hall

Occupy Wall Street (Panel)
Kate Khatib, Member of Occupy Baltimore, Author of We Are Many
Larry Swetman, Supporter of Occupy Philadelphia
Joy Davis, Member of Occupy Baltimore
Jonathan Cronin, Member of Occupy Austin
Artem Raskin, Member of Occupy UC Davis
Benjamin Philips, Member of Occupy Oakland
Kevin Zeese, Member of Occupy DC
March 6, 8pm
Shriver Hall

David Frum 
Editor of FrumForum.com
March 15, 8pm
Shriver Hall

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
49th Mayor of Baltimore
March 28, 8pm
Mason Hall

Presidential Lecture: Valerie Plame
Former Covert CIA Operations Officer, Author
8pm April 3, 8pm
Shriver Hall

Stephen Moore 
Senior Economics Writer, Editor of Wall Street Journal
April 12, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Robert Gibbs
Former White House Press Secretary
8pm April 17, 8pm
Shriver Hall

2011 – Global Citizenship:
Re-examining the Role of the Individual in an Evolving World

Executive Directors: Caroline Berger, Kieran Coleman, Isaac Jilbert

Chuck Hagel
U.S. Senator, Co-Chairman of President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
Chairman of The Atlantic Council
February 16, 7pm

Cady Coleman
NASA Astronaut
February 20, 2:30pm
Hodson Hall

Franklin Raines
Former Chairman and CEO, Fannie Mae
February 24, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Bob Woodward
Investigative Reporter and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
March 1, 8pm
Shriver Hall

Richard C. Koo
Chief Economist,Nomura Research Institute
March 9, 7pm
Glass Pavilion

Presidential Lecture: Thomas Friedman
Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist, The New York Times
March 10, 8pm
Hodson Hall

Cybersecurity Panel
Dennis McCallam, Distinguished Fellow at Northrop Grumman, Researcher at Air Force Research Lab
Lawrence Gordon, Professor at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business
Sam Small, Member of Security and Privacy Applied Research Lab, JHU Information Security Institute
Adam Surl, Director of Cyber Security, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
March 14, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Author and Activist
April 5, 8pm
Mudd Hall

R. Gil Kirlikowske
Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
April 13, 8pm
Mason Hall

Lieutenant General Paul J. Selva
Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
April 26, 8pm
Mason Hall

2010 – Re-engaging the World:
the New Global Community

Executive Directors: Mark Brennan, Max Cohen, Yuvaraj Sivalingam

Mr. Nicholas Kristof
Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
February 2, 8pm
Shriver Hall

James Yee
U.S. Army Chaplain of Islam
February 9, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

John Yoo
Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel at the US Department of Justice
February 17, 8pm
Hodson Hall

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Former National Security Adviser
February 23, 7:30pm
Shriver Hall
“America’s Geopolitical Dilemmas”

Obama’s First Year (Panel)
Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Policy Studies, Cato Institute
David Calleo, Director of European Studies, SAIS
Farah Stockman, Foreign Policy Reporter, Boston Globe’s Washington Bureau
February 25, 8pm
Maryland Hall

Lisa Jackson
EPA Administrator
March 10, 4pm
Clipper Room

The Way Forward: US Military Strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan (Panel)
Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
Matthew Hoh, former Marine and Foreign Service Official
March 3, 8pm
Hodson Hall

Niall Ferguson
British Historian of Financial and Economic History
March 24, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

First Sgt. (Ret.) Matthew Eversmann
Co-author of The Battle of Mogadishu
April 6, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Reza Aslan
Iranian-born writer and scholar of religions
April 13, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Jean-Hervé Bradol, M.D.
Former president of Médecins Sans Frontières – France
April 15, 7pm
Charles Commons Ballroom

The War In Our Neighborhood: Narco-trafficking in Latin America (Panel)
Francisco Gonzalez, Senior Associate Professor of Latin American Studies, SAIS
Elizabeth Harper, Senior Editor, U.S. Institute of Peace
John Walsh, Senior Associate for Drug Policy and the Andes, Washington Office on Latin America
April 21, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

2009 – Global Leadership in the 21st Century

Co-Chairs: Claire Cravero, Michael Glenwick, Jonathan Jacobs, Laila Ameri

Prince Zeid Bin Ra’ad
Jordanian Ambassador to U.S.
February 4, 7pm
Hodson Hall

David E. Sanger
Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times
March 3, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Robert Kagan
Senior Associate at Carnegie Endowment, Author of Dangerous Nation
March 11, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Global Financial Crisis (Panel)
Robert Barbera, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, Investment Technology Group
Albert Kyle, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
Willem Buiter, Professor of European Political Economy, London School of Economics
March 31, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Peter Bergen
National Security Analyst, CNN
April 1, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Global Environmental Disasters (Panel)
Brian McAdoo, Associate Professor of Earth Science, Vassar College
Jonathan Borak, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University
Cami McCormick, News Correspondent, CBS News
April 6, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

The Bush Legacy in Foreign Policy
Charles Kupchan, Professor at Georgetown University
Henry Nau, Professor at George Washington University
G. John Ikenberry, Professor at Princeton University
Aaron Friedberg, Professor at Princeton University
April 13, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Darfur Now (Movie Screening)
with Adam Sterling

Director, Sudan Divestment Taskforce and Genocide Intervention Network
April 15, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Jane Evelyn Atwood
Documentary Photojournalist
April 21, 8pm
Remsen Hall

John Micklethwait
Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Adrian Wooldridge
Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist
April 3, 5pm
Mudd Hall

2008 – A Decade of Discussion

Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Caudle, Katie Collins, Pamela Lachman, Anne Smedinghoff

Paul Rusesabagina
Inspiration behind the film Hotel Rwanda
February 5, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to Be Learned”

Perceptions of Islam in the Western World
Peter Sanders, Photographer, Exhibit Artist
Farah Qureshi, President of JHU Muslim Students Association
Manal Omar, Founder, Women for Women International Office in Baghdad
British Government Official
February 13, 5:30pm
Glass Pavilion

Islam in Britain’s Green and Pleasant Lands:
The Art of Integration (Exhibit)

Art Exhibit Commissioned by the British Embassy
February 14-20
Mattin Center

John Bolton
Former Ambassador to the UN
February 27, 6pm
Shriver Hall

College Democrats vs. College Republicans (Debate)
March 4, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
The 2008 Presidential Election

Energy Conservation and Sustainability: The Impending Climate Crisis (Panel)
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
Dr. Terry Maple, Head, Palm Beach Zoo
Dr. Scott Brown, CEO, New Energy Capital Corporation
March 11, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Mike McConnell
Director of National Intelligence
March 12, 4pm
Shriver Hall
Q&A Moderated by Professor Steven David

AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria: Contemporary Global Epidemics
Ulf Kristofferson, Director, UNAIDS Security and Humanitarian Response Section
Randall Packard, Professor of History of Medicine, JHU School of Public Health
March 26, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Nuclear Proliferation in Iran
Mehdi Khalaji, Visiting Fellow, The Washington Institute
Gareth Porter, journalist for Inter Press Service
Kaveh Afrasiabi, Professor, Bentley College & Tehran University
Meir Javendanfar, Director, Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Company
April 1, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Joseph Stiglitz
Nobel Prize Recipient, Former Chief Economist of the World Bank
April 8, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
“Making Globalization Work”

The Rise of Socialism in Latin America
Riorden Roett, Director of Western Hemisphere Studies & Latin American Studies, SAIS
James Roberts, Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation’s Center for International Trade and Economics
Dan Restrepo, Director of the Americas Project, Center for American Progress
April 9, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Kimberly Dozier
CBS News Correspondent wounded in Iraq
April 14, 8pm
Hodson Hall
“Journalism in a War Zone”

2007 – Shifts in the Global Tides

Executive Directors: Matthew Longley, Charlie Sido, Leona Say, Natasha Kulkhari

Panel: Human Trafficking: The Global Trade of Human Beings (Panel)
March 7, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Jeffrey Sachs
Director of the UN Millennium Project, Former IMF & WHO Advisor
March 20, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“The End of Poverty”

Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Assistant Managing Editor, The Washington Post
March 27, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
“Reporting from the Green Zone: The Reconstruction of Iraq”

Security in East Asia: Regional Politics and the North Korea Question (Panel)
April 5, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Azar Nafisi
Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, Professor at SAIS
April 17, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
“International Relations and Human Rights in Iran and the Muslim World”

The World and Wal-Mart: A Case Study of Corporate Globalization (Panel)
Charles Fishman, Author of The Wal-Mart Effect
Tres Bailey, Director of Agriculture and Food, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
April 25, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Mukhtar Mai
Founder, Mukhtar Mai Women Welfare Organization
April 30, 6pm
Glass Pavilion
“From Victim to Activist: The Changing Face of Women’s Rights in Pakistan”

2006 – Ideologies in Flux:
Examining Divergent Political Strains in Geopolitics

Co-Chairs: Marc Goldwein, Carey Polis, Adnand Ahmad

Thomas Friedman
New York Times columnist and author of The World is Flat
February 28, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“The Rising East: India and China in the 21st Century”

AIDS Crisis in the Sub-Sahara (Panel)
Thomas Quinn, Senior Investigator, National Institutes of Health
Robyn Munford, U.S. Program Director, Students Partnership Worldwide
Roxana Rogers, Director, USAID Office of HIV/AIDS
March 15, 8pm
Hodson Hall

Prospects for Democracy in the Middle East (Panel)
Eleana Gordon, Vice President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Barry Rubin, author of The Long War for Freedom: An Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East
Salameh Nematt, Washington Bureau Chief of Al-Hayat News
Christopher Preble, Foreign Policy Director at the Cato Institute
March 29, 8pm
Hodson Hall

Chris Matthews
Host of MSNBC’s Hardball
April 3, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“War and the Media”

Francis Fukuyama
Professor of International Political Economy, Director of SAIS International Development Program
April 11, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
“America at the Crossroads: Finding America’s Role in a Changing World”

Remaking Europe: Turkey’s Role in the EU (Panel)
Erik Jones, Professor of European studies, SAIS Bologna Center
Sabri Sayari, Professor of International Studies, Sabanci University in Turkey
Sylvie Goulard, Professor of European Studies, Sciences Po in Paris
April 18, 8pm
Levering Hall

Dennis Ross
Middle East special envoy under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton
April 26, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
“A Struggle for Peace: the Future of Israel and the Palestinian People”

2005 – Enduring Responsibility:
America and the Politics of Conflict Resolution

Executives: Yonina Alexander, Preeti Balakrishnan, Gabe Hopkins, Neil Shah

US-Cuba Relations: What to Expect (Panel)
John S. Kavulich II, President, U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council Inc.
David Mutchler, Senior Advisor for Cuba Latin America and Caribbean Bureau, USAID
Wayne Smith, Senior Fellow, The Center for International Relations in Washington
February 23, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Bridging the Atlantic Divide (Panel)
Matthew Taylor, Member of the British Mission to the European Union
Mr. Denis Pietton, Deputy Chief of Mission, French Embassy to U.S.
Dr. Florian Reindel, First Secretary at the Political Dept, German Embassy to U.S.
March 23, 8pm
Shriver Hall

Kashmir: Paradise Lost? (Panel)
DDr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council (KAC)
Bob Giuda, Chairman, Americans for Resolution of Kashmir (ARK)
Mohammad Sadiq, Deputy Chief of Mission, Pakistani Embassy to U.S.
Diraj Bakaya, Kashmir Overseas Association
March 30, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

The Third Revolution: Reforming China After Tiananmen (Panel)
Dan Wang, 1989 Tiananmen Square Student Leader
Dr. Gregory Chow, Former Chairman, American Economic Association’s Committee on Exchanges in Economics with the People’s Republic of China
Merle Goldman, U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations
April 6, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

The Balkans: Keeping the Peace (Panel)
Gen. William Nash, Council on Foreign Relations
Ivan Vujacic, Serbian Ambassador to U.S.
April 12, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Mexico: Forgotten Neighbor, Forgotten Democracy (Panel)
Julia Preston, Deputy Investigations Editor, The New York Times
April 19, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

2004 – The Great Divide

Directors: Hadi Husain, Erica Weiss

Rand Al-Rahim
Iraqi Ambassador to the US
February 17, 7pm
Shriver Hall
“Iraq: Today and Tomorrow”

Pat Robertson
Founder & Chairman, Christian Broadcasting Network
March 31, 8pm
Shriver Hall

Azar Nafisi
Visiting Scholar, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute
April 21, 8pm
AMR Reading Room

Tariq Ali*
Pakistani Author and Commentator
October 20 2003, 8pm
Mudd Hall

2003 – Psyche of the State:
The Commonality of Discontent

Directors: Nikita Japra, Robin Schilling, Suman Sureshbabu

Bowling for Columbine (Movie Screening)
March 5, 7pm
Shriver Hall

Bruce Laingen
American Ambassador in Iran, taken hostage in 1979
March 18, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
“The Rising Tide of Democratic Revolution: Iran in the 21st Century”

Steven Dunaway
Senior advisor to the Asia-Pacific region, International Monetary Fund
March 26, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“Indonesia: The IMF Investment”

Asian Regional Security and the North Korea Question (Panel)
April 5, 8pm
Glass Pavilion

Colombia: Moral Responsibility Or Vested Interest (Panel)
Asa Hutchinson, Former Administrator, Drug Enforcement Agency
Robert White, U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay and El Salvador
April 2, 8pm
Shriver Hall

Jean David Levitte
French Ambassador to U.S.
April 9, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“The Great Lakes Region of Africa: International Response”

Steven McCurry
Photographer (Photojournalist), National Geographic
April 15, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“The Private and the Public: Government Accountability From a Citizen’s Perspective” (Exhibit)

2002 – Paragon or Paradox:
Capitalism in the Modern World

Directors: Brandon Yoder, Zainab Akbar, Mohammed Yusuf Khan

Russ Feingold
U.S. Senator of Wisconsin
March 4, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
“Post-Cold War Power Vacuums in Africa: Options for U.S. Policy”

Maleena Lodhi
Pakistani Ambassador to U.S.
March 7, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“U.S.-Pakistan Relations”

Randy Hayes
President and Founder, Rainforest Action Network
March 14, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“Restructuring the Global Economy: Eradicating Bretton-Woods and Creating New Institutions”

William Schulz
Director, Amnesty International, U.S.A.
March 28, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
“In Our Own Best Interests: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All”

U.S., Iraq and the War on Terrorism (Panel)
Edward Peck, U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania
Erik Gustafson, Executive Director of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center and Gulf War Veteran
Scott Ritter, Former U.N. Chief Weapons Inspector to Iraq
April 4, 8pm
Shriver Hall

Benjamin Barber
Political Theorist and Author
April 10, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
“Global Capitalism: Terrorism’s Cause? Terrorism’s Excuse? Terrorism’s Remedy?”

Nicolas de Torrenté
Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders
April 17, 8pm
Glass Pavilion
“Access to Essential Medicines: Challenging a Deadly Status Quo”

2001 – Interconnections:
The Interactions between Developed and Developing Nations

Directors: Arati Shroff, Mustafa Ahmed

Ralph Nader
Former Presidential Candidate, Consumer activist
February 21, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“The Problems and Challenges of Globalization”

Phyllis Bennis
Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.
March 28, 8pm
Garrett Room, MSE Library
“United States Foreign Policy Towards Iraq”

George Soros
International Financier
April 23, 6pm
Bloomberg Hall
“Multinational Corporations and International Trade”

Newt Gingrich*
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives
April, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“Age of Transition and Technological Revolution”

2000 – Globalism

Directors: Aparna Saraf, Michael Rossi

Rubens Antonio Barbosa
Ambassador of Brazil to the U.S.
February 21, 8pm
Garrett Room, MSE Library
“The Changing Dynamics of Global Finance and Development”

Sheila Sisulu
Ambassador of South Africa
March 1, 8pm
Garrett Room, MSE Library
“Political Stability and Economic Growth in the Global Village

Noam Chomsky
Professor of Linguistics at MIT
March 13, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“U.S. Foreign Policy in a Globalized World”

George Mitchell
Former U.S. Senator of Maine
March 15, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“Solutions to Religious and Ethnic Conflict”

Jurgen Chrobog
Ambassador from Germany
April 17, 8pm
Garrett Room MSE Library
“The Developing Role of Multilateral Institutions”

William Daley
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
“Business, Technology and the Tools of Globalization”

1999 – Approaching the Millennium:
The Changing Parameters of the International System

Directors: Jay Suresh, Hari Chandra

Cesar Gaviria
Secretary General, Organization of American States; Former President of Colombia
February 8, 8pm
Garrett Room, MSE Library
“Regional Integration in the Americas”

Lee Hong-koo
Korean Ambassador to U.S.; Former Prime Minister of Republic of Korea
February 10, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“East Asia Balance of Power”

His Royal Highness Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein
Jordanian Ambassador to the United Nations
February 11, 8pm
Garrett Room, MSE Library
“Norms of Justice and the International System”

Shimon Peres
Former Prime Minister of Israel
February 20, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“Solutions to Ethnic and Religious Conflict”

Jurgen Chrobog
Ambassador from Germany
April 17, 8pm
Garrett Room MSE Library
“The Developing Role of Multilateral Institutions”

Policy Debate: Weapons of Mass Destruction
Professors Steven David & Jonathan Schell
February 25, 8pm
Garrett Room, MSE Library

Benjamin Gilman
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on International Relations
March 1, 8pm
Garrett Room, MSE Library
“The United States Response to New World Order”

Gro Harlem Brundtland
Director General, World Health Organization; former Prime Minister of Norway
March 3, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“Social Transformation in the Developing World”

Sonia Gandhi
President of the Indian National Congress
March 10, 8pm
Shriver Hall
“The Continuing Relevance of the Third World”

1998 – Superpower or Supercop?:
Response to the New World Order

Director: Tom Narayan

Ben Cardin
U.S. Representative of Maryland
February 11, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Stephen Chen
Taiwanese Ambassador to U.S.
February 12, 7pm
Mudd Hall

Yuli M. Vorontsov
Russian Ambassador to U.S.
February 12, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Robert Ehrlich
U.S. Representative of Maryland
February 18, 7pm
Mudd Hall

Riaz Khokhar
Pakistani Ambassador to U.S.
February 18, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Paul Sarbanes
U.S. Senator of Maryland
February 25, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Eliahu Ben Elissar
Israeli Ambassador to U.S.
March 5, 7pm
Mudd Hall

Jesus Reyes-Heroles
Mexican Ambassador to U.S.
March 5, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Kunihiko Saito
Japanese Ambassador to U.S
March 11, 8pm
Mudd Hall

Anthony Lake
Former U.S. National Security Advisor to Bill Clinton
March 12, 8pm
Bloomberg Hall

Before FAS

Prior to 1998, speakers for the Woodrow Wilson International Studies and the International Studies Forum Symposia have included former South African president F.W. de Klerk, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, former CIA Director Robert Gates, student leader of the Chinese Democracy Movement Chai Ling, and UN Undersecretary-General Karl Paschke. These symposia have covered such diverse topics as nuclear proliferation, the evolution of globalism in space, and United Nations reform.