A Kansas City Tradition Since 1996

The Berkley Lecture brings an expert in foreign policy and global affairs to the Kansas City area. The lecture was established through the Berkley Endowment to honor the IRC’s founder and his decades of service, and to provide a platform for engaging community members in understanding critical global issues.

Past Berkley lecturers include former U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford (2014), Gerald Seib (2011), The Honorable Thomas R. Pickering (2005), and Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr. (1998).

Past Berkley Lectures

2022 • Amb. Robert Jordan
Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

2021 • Sec. Chuck Hagel
Former Secretary of Defense (2013-15) and U.S. Senator from Nebraska (1997-2009)

2020 • Dr. Paul Salem
President of the Middle East Institute

2019 · Amb. Paula Dobriansky
Senior Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

2018 · Kate Charlet
Director of Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

2017 · Evans Revere
Former U.S. Diplomat and former CEO of the Korea Society

2016 · Col. Nicolas Auboin
French Liaison Officer, Combined Arms Center

2015 · Deana Arsenian
Vice President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

2014 · Robert Ford
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria

2013 · Daniel Markey
Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, author of No Exit from Pakistan
Read about his lecture – “Is There Really No Exit From Pakistan?” – Kansas City World Citizen blog

2012 · Charles A. Kupchan
Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, author, and professor at Georgetown University

2011 · Gerald Seib
Washington Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal

2010 · George Friedman
Founder and CEO of STRATFOR

2009 · Allison Stanger
Russell Leng Professor of International Politics and Economics and Director of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs at Middlebury College

2008 · James M. Goldgeier
Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Relations at the Council on Foreign Relations

2007 · Walter Russell Mead
Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. foreign policy, Council on Foreign Relations

2006 · Dr. George Rupp
President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

2005 · The Honorable Thomas R. Pickering
Former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, United Nations, India, Russia

2004 · The Honorable Lawrence J. Korb
Senior Fellow, American Progress and Senior Advisor, Center for Defense Information

2003 · James Fallows
National Correspondent, Atlantic Monthly

2002 · The Honorable Marc Grossman
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

2001 · The Honorable Princeton N. Lyman
Former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs

2000 · The Honorable Frank G. Wisner
Vice-Chairman, American International Group

1999 · Hodding Carter III
Journalist, Assistant Secretary of State for Carter Administration

1998 · Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom

1997 · “Mid-Point in the Legacy”
Conference and Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan

1996 · The Honorable Jack Matlock, Jr.
Former U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union