IRC Speakers: 2005-09
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Dr. Michael Tansey, Professor of Economics, Rockhurst University
Topic: The Battle Between World Leaders and Political Cartoonists

McKinney Russell, President, Public Diplomacy Council
Topic: The Rising Tide of Anti-Americanism

Dr. Jacob Kipp, Director, Foreign Military Studies, Office of US Army Training and Doctrine Command (Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas)
Topic: Russia: Friend or Foe?

Edward Mortimer, Director of Communications for Secretary General of the United Nations
Topic: The Future of the United Nations

Stephen Hemphill, Senior Consultant, Justice Iraq Reconstruction Management Office for U.S. State Department
Topic: Update from Iraq: A Personal Report

H.E. Jean-David Levitte, French Ambassador to the United States
Topic: French-U.S. Relations

Robert Andrews, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations
Topic: The Global War on Terrorism

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
Topic: Middle East Challenges and Opportunities

Judy Van Rest, Executive Vice President for International Republican Institute
Robert Benjamin, Regional Director of Central and Eastern Europe for National Democratic Institute
Topic: Expanding Freedom, Building Democracy, and Ending Tyranny Worldwide

John C. Danforth, Former Senator from Missouri and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN


Laurie Garret, author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance
Topic: The Next Pandemic: Flu & National Security

Raymond W. Baker, author of Capitalism’s Achilles Heal: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System

Greg Mortenson, Director of the Central Asia Institute
Topic: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations…One School at a Time

H.E. Lee Tae-sik, Ambassador to the U.S., Republic of Korea
Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
Topic: Issues facing Korea and United States

Lieutenant General David H. Petraeus, commander of the legendary 101st Airborne Division during the first year of the Iraq War
Topic: Observations From Soldiering in Iraq

Michael C. Brannigan, Ph.D., founder of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh and Vice President of Clinical and Organizational Ethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics; author of Ethics Across Cultures
Topic: Dying for International Ethics: How Different Cultures Perceive Death and Aging

Aziz Haniffa, Managing Editor and Chief Diplomatic and Political Correspondent of India Abroad, the oldest and largest circulating South Asian newspaper in North America
Topic: Transformed U.S.-India Relationship

Barry C. Lynn, senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation

Dr. George Rupp, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee
Topic: Local Conflicts, Global Challenge

Everado Suárez, Mexican Consul in Kansas City

Rachel Yould, Rhodes and Fulbright Scholar
Topic: What Is America's Role in the World?


H.E. Reem Al-Hashimy, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of the
United Arab Emirates in the United States
Topic: UAE-U.S. Relations: Reliable Partners, Common Interests

Barukh Binah, Consul General of Israel to the Middle East
Topic: The Middle East in the Shadow of the Iranian Threat

David J. Gottlieb, Associate Dean of Clinical Programs and Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law
William Eckhardt, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Urban Affairs Outreach at UMKC School of Law; former President of International Relations Council

Wes Jackson, Founder and President of the Land Institute
Topic: Global Sustainability and National Security

Jason Kander, K.C. Attorney, former Military Intelligence Officer
Topic: On the Ground in Afghanistan: How U.S. Intelligence Operates and Progress in the War on Terror

Dr. Robert Litan, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation

Justin Logan
Topic: A Grand Bargain with Iran

Walter Russell Mead, Henry A. Kissinger Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations
Topic: God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

T.R. Reid, Washington Post Journalist
Topic: The United States of Europe

Ambassador Dennis Ross
Topic: Statecraft: And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World

H.E. Ronen Sen, Indian Ambassador to the U.S.
Topic: U.S.-India: A Strategic Partnership for Mutual Benefit

Takao Shibata

Dr. Barry Strauss


Dr. Richard Derman, Winner of the 2007 IRC Award for Academic Achievement
Topic: Conversation with Dr. Richard Derman

Mike Fannin, Editor, Kansas City Star

Dr. John Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas
Topic: Sports, Culture, and Politics at the Beijing Olympics

Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Dr. Ira Helfand, Co-Founder of Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and Founder of New York City PSR
Topic: A Chain Reaction: Nuclear Weapons, Policy, and People

James Goldgeier
Topic: America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11

Ambassador Marc Grossman
Topic: The Foreign Affairs Budget of the Future: Fixing a Hollow Service

Dr. Alan Holiman
Topic: Has Putin Destroyed Democracy in Russia?

Tain-Tsair Hsu, Mayor of Tainan City, Taiwan
Topic: Foreign Policy and the 2008 Election: International Journalism's View

H.E. Tae-Sik Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the U.S.
Topic: Remarks on U.S.-Korea Relations: Political and Economic Aspects

Richard C. Longworth
Topic: Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan
Topic: Change in Afghanistan

Senator Pat Roberts, U.S. Senator (R) from Kansas
Jim Slattery, U.S. Senate candidate (D) from Kansas
Topic: What America Needs in a Foreign Policy: Candidates' Address

Samuel Siringi, senior journalist, Kenyan newspaper The Nation
Ruth Rodriguez, Professor, Pomeu Fabra University, Madrid
Randy Smith, Deputy Managing Editor, Kansas City Star

Jay Sjerven, Senior Editor of Markets, Sosland Publishing
John Gillchrist, Chairman, Bartlett & Co.
Topic: World Food Crisis: How Did It Happen and What Can Be Done?


H.E. Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the U.S.

Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute
Topic: The International War on Drugs

Karen Harbert, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy
Topic: Building Meaningful Energy Action

Thomas Hoenig, Federal Reserve Bank President

William Lambert, Associate Professor in the Department of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations
Tom Wilhelm, Director of the Foreign Military Studies Office at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
Topic: Pakistan-Afghanistan Today

Jeff Lanza, retired FBI agent
Timea Eva Nagy, sex slave survivor
Topic: Human Trafficking: Hidden in Plain Sight

Greg Mortenson
Topic: Stones into Schools

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the four years following September 11, 2001
Topic: Eyes on the Horizon

Azar Nafisi, author of Things I've been Silent About: Memories

Ambassador Ronald Neumann, U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain, and Afghanistan

Natalya Riegg, Professor of Political Science and Global Studies at the University of Saint Mary
Dovile Budryte, Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia Gwinnett College
Lisa Vaughn, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati
Topic: Feminist Conversations

Vlad Sambaiew, The U.S. Role in a Changing Global Order

David Shorr, Program Officer in Policy Analysis and Dialogue at the Stanley Foundation
Topic: Changing World Order

H.E. Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S.
Topic: Challenges in the Middle East

Allison Stanger, Russell Leng Professor of International Politics and Economics and Director of the Rohatyn Center for Internatioanl Affairs at Middlebury College
Topic: One Nation under Contract

Dean Tan, Dean of UMKC Bloch School
Dr. Norihito Tanaka, Visiting Professor of Economics at UMKC
Topic: Asian Economic Outlook