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