International Speaker Series
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About the International Speaker Series

The International Speakers series brings dignitaries, foreign-policy experts, and regional leaders together to discuss, debate, and engage the community of the Kansas City area in trying to understand global issues. 

Our robust global-affairs programming provides opportunities for IRC members, partner organizations, and community members to grapple with issues and understand their regional relevance.

We request that all attendees wear business casual to business attire. Visit our events calendar » for current programming. 


Past Events  

May 26, 2018

Czech Ambassador and Slovak Consul General Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Agreement

Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček and Consul General Ladislava Begeç discussed the significance of the Pittsburgh Agreement, an agreement signed in 1918 that prescribed intent to form an independent state known as Czechoslovakia.  


May 24, 2018

The Opportunities and Challenges of Chinese Investment in the U.S.: A Public Forum

Moderated by Virginia Harper Ho, Associate Dean for International & Comparative Law, panelists discussed practical opportunities and challenges regarding foreign investment. Attendees were able to learn about different perspectives of Chinese investments over lunch. Panelists included, Professor Ji Li of Rutgers University School of Law, Representative of the China Chamber of Commerce, Edward (Trip) Frizell of Polsinelli, KC SmartPot CEO Chris Gutierrez, and Vice President Jeff Zhao of Human Resources and Legal Affairs-BWI Group.


April 16, 2018  

Democracy and the Mexican and U.S. Electoral Systems

In a program presented by the IRC in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City and Lathrop Gage, panel members Head Consul Alfonso Navarro-Bernachi and Dr. Robynn Kuhlmann discussed the electoral systems in Mexico and the United States. Since 2018 is a critical year for both countries, the panel pointed out key differences and similarities between the electoral process for both nations.


March 21, 2018

Um Retrato Atual: Economic, Political, and Cultural Perspectives on Brazil in 2018

Christopher W. Anderson, Dr. Mona Lyne and Luciano Tosta made up an illustrious panel offering differing perspective on challenges and opportunities faced by Brazil in 2018. Moderated by Dr. Monica Mingucci the panel discussed Brazil’s economy, politics, and culture in a Latin American and global context.


December 6, 2017

NATO: Truman to Trump

This IRC-sponsored American Public Square Event brought together experts to discuss the history of NATO and the challenges it faces in the 21st century. Panelists included; Ivo Daalder, Nina Jankowicz, Barry R. Posen, and Stephen Walt.