IRC Speakers: 2010-14
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Ingrid Betancourt, author
Topic: Every Silence Has an End

Jean-Louis Bruguière, High Representative of the European Union to the United States
Topic: Transatlantic Cooperation in the Fight against Terrorism

Hon. Emanuel Cleaver, U.S. Congressman from Missouri
Topic: Cuba Today: Reflections on My Visit

H.E. Gary Doer, Canadian Ambassador to the U.S.

George Friedman, CEO of STRATFOR
Topic: The Next 100 Years

David Gergen, former Presidential Advisor
Topic: Remarks on Issues Affecting the United States

Ambassador John Herbst

Dr. Dale A. Neuman, Director, Harry S Truman Center for Governmental Affairs at UMKC, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UMKC

Dr. Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the CATO Institute
Topic: Giving Diplomacy a Chance: The Iranian & North Korean Nuclear Problems

Dr. Roland Quinault, Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Chair of British History at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri
Topic: Winston Churchill Speaks to the 21st Century

Condoleezza Rice, diplomat, political scientist, and concert pianist

Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
H.E. Han Duk-Soo, Ambassador to the U.S., Republic of Korea

Dr. John D. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise
Topic: Governance and Emerging Markets in Fragile States

Daniel Wildcat, Native American scholar
Topic: Red Alert! Saving Our Planet with Indigenous Knowledge

Hon. Jason Yuan, Republic of China's (Taiwan's) Representative to the United States


Hon. Fernando de la Rua, former President of Argentina

Eric Greitens, Senior Fellow at the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs
Topic: The Heart and the Fist

Parag Khanna, author
Topic: How to Run the World

Hon. Junq-Tzer Lin, Governor of Taiwan province
Topic: Taiwan's Challenges and Opportunities

John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of the Program on International Security at the University of Chicago

Gerald Seib, Washington Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal
Topic: Beyond Iraq & Afghanistan and How the 2012 Elections Will Shape It

Teng-Kee Tan, Dean of UMKC's Henry W. Bloch School of Management

Laura Unger, Special Advisor at Promontory
Topic: After the Financial Crisis: The Four Corners of Risk in the Post Dodd-Frank World

H.E. Mauro Vieira, Brazilian Ambassador to the U.S.

Stephen Zack, President of the American Bar Association


Ayad Akhtar, author
Topic: American Dervish

Dr. Gary Armstrong, Professor of Political Science at William Jewell College
Topic: Clash of Civilizations

Erin Ennis, Vice President of the U.S.-China Business Council
Julie Walton, Chief Representative of the U.S.-China Business Council's Shanghai Office
Topic: Doing Business in China

Dr. Nader Hashemi, Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver
Topic: This Islamic World: The Crisis of Religion and Politics

Ambassador Allan Katz, U.S. Ambassador to Portugal

Charles A. Kupchan, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, author, and Professor at Georgetown University

Hon. Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
Topic: China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

Tibor Nagy, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University

Jacob Prado, Mexican Consul in Kansas City
Topic: Mexican Foreign Policy

H.E. Ebrahim Rasool, South African Ambassador to the U.S.
Topic: Development and Diplomacy

Anthony Shadid, author of House of Stone

Ike Skelton, Partner in Washington, D.C., office of Husch Blackwell, U.S. Representative for 34 years

H.E. Jorge Skinner-Klee, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States from Guatemala

Dr. Thimios Zaharopoulos, Special Assistant to the President at Park University
Topic: Greek Debt Crisis: What's Happening and What Does It Mean?


Ambassador Terence McCulley, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria

Diana Untermeyer, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, author of Qatar: Sand, Sea, and Sky

H.E. Darío Paya, Permanent Representative of Chile to the Organization of American States
Topic: Update on Chile

Graham Paul, Consul General of France in Chicago
Topic: U.S.-France Relations

Neal Conan, National Public Radio reporter, editor, and former senior host of Talk of the Nation

Frederick Jiang, Senior Vice President of Ivy Investment Management Company
Topic: The Myth and Fact about the Chinese Economy

Daniel Markey, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations
Topic: No Exit from Pakistan


Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics at Columbia University and past president of the American Political Science Association
Topic: Why Does the U.S. Spend So Much on Security and Feel So Insecure? Fear, Interests, and Opportunity in Contemporary American Foreign Policy

Alexander G. Tsiovkh, Ph.D., Director of Ukrainian Studies at the KU Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies
Lidiya Zubytska, doctoral student in political science at the University of Kansas and native of Ukraine
Gregory J. Cook, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel
Topic: Ukraine: A Nation in Transition, an Uncertain Future

Haroon Ullah, member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s policy planning staff
Topic: Political Violence and Extremism in Pakistan

Dr. Vandana Shiva, physicist, ecologist, activist, and author
Topic: Cultivating Diversity, Freedom, and Hope

Ioanna Efthymiadou, Consul General of Greece & EU Local Chair in Chicago
Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President
Fred Baehner, Publisher, IBNewsMag
Gino Serra, Honorary Vice Consul of Italy & Partner, Bryan Cave LLP
Timothy Lynch, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Law, UMKC School of Law
Ambassador Allan Katz, former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal
Topic: European Union and the United States:  An Important Relationship for the Midwest

Sigurd Pacher, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Austrian Embassy

Haroon Ullah, member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s policy planning staff
Topic: New Trends in Shadow States: How ISIS Could Reshape the Middle East

Hon. Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest
Topic: Israel: Facing the New Challenges in the Middle East

Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security, Governor of Arizona, and Attorney General of Arizona
Topic: Of Borders and Bridges

Amanda Aikman, a consultant with the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Christopher Budke, former FBI special agent for more than 30 years
Katie Cronin, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law
Teresa Moore, Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri
Topic: Human Trafficking: Global Crisis – Local Implications

Dr. David Sanders, founder, School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Topic: Global Health within the Context of Globalization: Challenges and Key Actions

Ambassador Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and Algeria
Topic: Syria, Iraq, and U.S. policy in the Middle East