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