The Berkley Lecture was founded in 1996 and brings an expert in foreign policy and global affairs to the Kansas City area. The lecture was established through the Berkley Endowment to honor the IRC’s founder and his decades of service, and to provide a platform for engaging community members in understanding critical global issues.
Past Berkley lecturers include former U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford (2014), Gerald Seib (2011), The Honorable Thomas R. Pickering (2005), and Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr. (1998).
Upcoming Berkley Lecture
National Security Challenges in the Next Decade: Implications for the U.S.
The IRC is proud to present Ambassador Paula Dobriansky as the 2019 Berkley Lecturer. Amb. Paula Dobriansky is a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
This event will be held Monday, February 25, at Grand Street Cafe, from 12-1:30 p.m.
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Past Berkley Lectures
2018 Kate Charlet
Director of Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
2017 Evans Revere
Former U.S. Diplomat and former CEO of the Korea Society
2016 Col. Nicolas Auboin
French Liaison Officer, Combined Arms Center
2015 Deana Arsenian
Vice President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
2014 Robert Ford
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria
2013 Daniel Markey
Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, author of No Exit from Pakistan
Read about his lecture - "Is There Really No Exit From Pakistan?" - Kansas City World Citizen blog
2012 Charles A. Kupchan
Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, author, and professor at Georgetown University
2011 Gerald Seib
Washington Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal
2010 George Friedman
Founder and CEO of STRATFOR
2009 Allison Stanger
Russell Leng Professor of International Politics and Economics and Director of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs at Middlebury College
2008 James M. Goldgeier
Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Relations at the Council on Foreign Relations
2007 Walter Russell Mead
Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. foreign policy, Council on Foreign Relations
2006 Dr. George Rupp
President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
2005 The Honorable Thomas R. Pickering
Former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, United Nations, India, Russia
2004 The Honorable Lawrence J. Korb
Senior Fellow, American Progress and Senior Advisor, Center for Defense Information
2003 James Fallows
National Correspondent, Atlantic Monthly
2002 The Honorable Marc Grossman
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
2001 The Honorable Princeton N. Lyman
Former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
2000 The Honorable Frank G. Wisner
Vice Chairman, American International Group
1999 Hodding Carter III
Journalist, Assistant Secretary of State for Carter Administration
1998 Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom
1997 "Mid-Point in the Legacy"
Conference and Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan
1996 The Honorable Jack Matlock, Jr.
Former U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union