Past Programs, 2018 and earlier

Past Programs

  October 2018  

Global Dimensions of Middle Eastern Conflicts


Dr. Sheila Carapico, University of Richmond

  April 2018  

US-Iran Relations


Trita Parsi, Founding President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC)

  March 2018  

The State of Israel


Dr. Einat Wilf, past member of the Israeli Parliament

  October 2017  

Insurgent Warfare and Lessons to Counter the Islamic State


Dr. Seth Jones, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation

  September 2017  

Taiwan’s Challenges for three presidents: Trump, Tsai, and Xi Jinping


Dr. Harry Harding & Dr. Syarus Shirly Lin, University of Virginia

  June 2017  

An Evening with Cathy Scott Clark


Cathy Scott Clark, award-winning journalist, author and film-maker

  May 2017  

Trump & The Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace


Dr. James J. Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI)

  April 2017  

Trump & Egypt

McGuire Woods Forum on Foreign Policy


Dr. Eric Trager, The Washington Institute

  March 2017  

Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy

McGuire Woods Forum on Foreign Policy


Allen Lynch, Professor at the University of Virginia

  February 2017  

21st Century Energy Policy

The Dominion 2017 Speaker Series


William L. “Bill” Murray, Senior Public Policy & Electric Policy Director for Dominion

  January 2017  

U.S. Relations in the Middle East

The Dominion 2017 Speaker Series


Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Russia, India, El Salvador, Nigeria, Jordan, and the United Nations.

  December 2016 

Trump Foreign Policy: A New Era?



Dr. William Newmann, Virginia Commonwealth University






  November 2016  

Essential Elements of a Solution in Syria

The Dominion 2016 Speaker Series


Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Professor at William & Mary


  October 2016  

The Strategic Importance of Africa

The Dominion 2016 Speaker Series


Ambassador Herman J. Cohen, former U.S. Ambassador to Gambia and Senegal; Assistant Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush


  September 2016  

Religious Minorities Under Attack: The Story of Pakistan 

The Dominion 2016 Speaker Series


Farahnaz Ispahani, author and former Member of the Pakistani Parliament



  August 2016  

Why did Britain vote for the Brexit?



Chris Bischof, University of Richmond




  May 2016  

India at the Global High Table:

What Kind of Global Role is India Creating–and How


Ambassadors Howard and Teresita Schaffer

Howard B. Schaffer, Adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh

Teresita C. Schaffer, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and former U.S. Ambassador in Sri Lanka

  April 2016  

The China Effect



Vincent Wang, Professor at University of Richmond


  March 2016  

Turkey’s Role in the Shaping of a New Middle East



Dr. Sinan Ciddi, Director of the Institute for Turkish Studies at Georgetown University



  February 2016  

Russia – An Enigma



Allen Lynch, University of Virginia

  December 2015  

Al Qaeda and ISIS: Which is the Greater Danger?


Dr. Mary Habeck, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).


  November 2015  

Syria – an Analysis


Ribal al-Assad, Founder and Director of the Organisation for Democracy and Freedom in Syria.




  November 2015  

The Refugee Crisis and the Fear of the Other In Central Europe


Dr. Elżbieta M. Goździak, Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.



  October 2015  

The Rise, Rule, and Future of the Islamic State


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.



  September 2015  

The Never-ending Peace: How Bosnia Became Stuck in the Dayton Accords

Co-Sponsored Program at the University of Richmond


Dr. Florian Bieber, University of Graz & Central European University.


  September 2015  

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Boon or Bane? A Panel Discussion


Todd S. Sechser

Associate Professor, University of Virginia


Sheila Carapico

Professor, University of  Richmond

Lawrence Wilkerson

Distinguished Adjunct Professor, College of William & Mary

Scott Harrop

Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia


Peter Smallwood, University of Richmond



  May 2015  

ISIS: Regional or Global Threat?


Dr. Stephen Long, University of Richmond


 April 2015  

Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin


Dr. Clifford G. Gaddy, Brookings Institution




 March 2015  

Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: An Inside View from a Bit Player


Dr. Michael Fischbach, Randolph-Macon College



November 2014 America’s Global Leadership: Impact on Virginia Speakers:

  • George Allen: Governor of Virginia
  • Robert Pearson: Ambassador to Turkey
  • Gerry Mauer: Rear Admiral
November 2014 Who is Narendra Modi? Future Challenges of India’s New Prime Minister Speaker:

  • John Echeverri-Gent: Associate Professor at the University of Virginia
October 2014 China’s Expanding Military and the US Policy Response Speaker:

  • David C. Gompert: Distinguished Visiting Professor, United States Naval Academy
October 2014 Tensions in East Asia and Eastern Europe: A Global Strategic Perspective Speaker:

  • Dr. Yu-Shan Wu: Director, Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica
October 2014 The Tribunals at Guantanamo Bay Speaker:

  • General Mark Martins: Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions at Guantanamo
September 2014 US-Pakistan Relations: A Critical Analysis Speaker:

  • Husain Haqqani: Ambassador of Pakistan
August 2014 Making David into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel Speaker:

  • Joshua Muravchik:  John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
June 2014 Internal Political Standoff Within Ukraine Speaker:

  • Steven K. Pifer: U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution
 May 2014 The Faithful Scribe Speaker:

  • Shahan Mufti: University of Richmond
February 2014 Relations between the United States and Iran Speaker:

  • Michael Eisenstadt: Director of the Military and Security Studies Program, Washington Institution for Near East Policy
November 2013 Distant Death: A Debate on Drones Speaker:

  • Benjamin Wittes:  Brookings Institution
  • Conor Friedersdorf: Atlantic magazine
September 2013 The Situation in Turkey Speaker:

  • Dr. Sinan Ciddi: Director, Institute of Turkish Studies and Professor at Georgetown University
April 2013 China’s Future & Ours Speaker:

  • Brantly Womack: University of Virginia
February 2013 The Syrian Conflict: What’s at Stake and What Should the U.S. Do? Speaker:

  • Charles Dunne:  Foundation for Defense of Democracies
January 2013 Leaving without loosing Speaker:

  • Mark N. Katz:  George Mason University
October 2012 The Muslim Brotherhood: From Cave to Castle Speakers:

Eric Trager: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

September 2012 Egypt- An Analysis Dr. Sheila Carapico:  University of Richmond
September 2012 Freedom and Social Memory in Global Perspective Speakers:

John Kneehone: Professor at Virginia Commonwealth

Madge Dresser:  University of West of England
Javier Fernandez Galeano: Fulbright fellow at the New School of Social Research
Rozena Maart: University of KwaZulu-Natal
September 2012 Fighting for Darfur Speaker:

Rebecca Hamilton: University of Maryland and author

July 2012 An Evening with Tim Kaine  Speaker:
Tim Kaine: Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
April 2012 An Evening with Governor George Allen Speaker:

George Allen: Governor of Virginia

April 2012 Annual International Business Forum: The Rise of India in the Global Arena: Shift Happens, So How Do We Shift With It? Speakers:

Dave Ryan: Executive Vice President and America’s Regional Head of Tata Communications

Peter C. Durette: Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of MeadWestvaco Corporation
March 2012 Saudi Arabia on the Edge: The Uncertai Future of An American Ally
March 2012 Postscripts from Japan: Stories that Endure After the Earthquake and Tsunami Speaker:

Ichiro Fujisaki: Ambassador of Japan

February 2012 Somalia: America’s Forgotten Battleground Speaker:

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: Senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

January 2012 Vladmir Putin & Russian Statecraft Speaker:

Allen Lynch: Professor at University of Virginia

October 2011 The Bin Laden Aftermath Speakers:


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: Senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Brian Katulis: Senior Fellow at American Progress

September 2011 How Pakistan Negotiates With the U.S. Speaker:


Howard Schaffer: Ambassador to Bangledesh and Senior Counselor of Georgetown University- The Study of Diplomacy

August 2011 Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East Speaker:


David Makovsly: Director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process, and Washington Institute

May 2011 Winter Gala Luncheon: A Foreign Policy Discussion Speakers:


Evan Bayh: Senator of Indiana

Thomas Lippman: Washington Post

May 2011 Arab Voices: What They Are Saying, and Why it Matters Speaker:


Dr. James Zogby: Author of Arab Voices and the founder and president of the Arab American Institute

April 2011 The East Moves West: India, China, & Asia’s Growing Presence in the Middle East  Speaker:


Dr. Geoffrey Kemp: Director of Regional Strategic Programs at the Nixon Center

March 2011 Egypt – An Analysis Speakers:


Dia Guirguis: Washington Institute Fellow

Chris Toensing: Editor of Middle East Report and Director of the Middle East Research and Information Project

Brian Katulis: Senior Fellow at American Progress

February 2011 Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad Speaker:


Bruce Riedel: Brookings Institute

December 2010 The Beijing Consensus: How the Chinese Model Will Dominate the 21st Century Speaker:


Dr. Stefa Halper: Cambridge University

November 2010 Crescent and Dove: The relationship between Islam and peacemaking Speaker:


Dr. Qamar-ul Huda: Senior Program Officer and a Scholar of Islam at the United States Institute of Peace

October 2010 The Changing Nature of American Interest in the Arab World: Implications for U.S. Policies Speaker:


Dr. John Duke Anthony: Founding President & CEO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

May 2010 Spring Gala Luncheon: A Foreign Policy Discussion  Speaker:


Bob McDonnell: Governor of Virginia

May 2010 India: Rising Power Speaker:


Dennis Kux: former Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire

April 2010 The Tibetan Struggle for Survival Speaker:


Dr. Joh Kenneth Knaus: Harvard Fairbank Associate

March 2010 Afghanistan – the Other War Speaker:


Ronald E. Neumann: Former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Algeria

February 2010 Iran Speaker:


Michael Ledeen: Foundation For Defense of Democracies

December 2009 Winter Gala Luncheon: A Foreign Policy Discussion Speaker:


Jim Webb: Senator of United States

November 2009 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Speaker:


Romesh Ratnesar: TIME World Editor and Managing Director

October 2009 Flirting with Failure in South Asia S[eaker:


William Milam: Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

September 2009 A Fight to Save Democracy Speaker:


Michael Siger:  Political Theorist

May 2009 Spring Gala Luncheon: A Foreign Policy Discussion Speaker:


Eric Cantor: Congressman of Virginia

November 2008 Annual Dinner Honorees:


Former Sen. Charles S. Robb & John Adams Jr., chief executive officer of The Martin Agency

September 2008 Event Co-Sponsors:
Richmond Association for Business Economics; the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce / Asian American Business Assistance CenterTopic: Harnessing the Power of Globalization: From Tobacco to Semiconductors


Vivek Kundra, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia

April 2008 Global Ambassador Award Luncheon: Addressing Weaknesses in the Global Financial Markets Speaker:


Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke

March 2008 Brutal Wars, Negotiated Peace, and the Pursuit of Justice:  Liberia and Sierra Leone Speaker:


Jacques Klein: Under Secretary General of the United Nations (ret.)

December 2007 Speaker:


Charles W. Moorman, President and CEO of Norfolk Southern

November 2007 Annual Dinner Honoree:


Eugene P. TraniVirginia Commonwealth University President

November 2007 Russia, the United States and the U.N. Security Council Speaker:


John Mroz, president of the EastWest Institute in New York

May 2007 How the U.S. Can Ensure Energy Supply for the Future Speaker:


John Hoffmeister

April 2007 Virginia Global Business Ambassador Awards Speaker:


Mark Warner, former governor of Virginia

December 2006 Program at St.Christoper’s School
October 2006 Annual Dinner
June 2006 American Diplomacy for the 21st Century: A New Profession for a New World Speaker:


Marc Grossman: Ambassador to Turkey

June 2006  Nuclear Terrorism: Prospects and Prevention Speaker:


Robert L. Gallucci: Fr. Ambassador and Dean at Georgetown University

May 2006 The Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities Speaker:


Thomas Pickering: US Ambassador to United Nations

May 2006 The United States, India, and Pakistan Speaker:


Dr. Ashley J. Tellis: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

May 2006 Trudging Toward a Receding Horizon: Trying to Make Peace in the Holy Land, Excerpts from a Diplomats Diary Speaker:


Samuel Lewis: Ambassador to Israel

April 2006 From Turin to Mogadishu: The Changing Face of American Diplomacy in 130 Years Speaker:


Peter Bridges: Ambassador to Somalia

April 2006 Islam and the West: Avoiding a War of Cultures Yvonne Haddad: Professor at Georgetown University
March 2006 Global Health Pandemics and Security Speaker:


Judyth Twigg: Virginia Commonwealth University

March 2006 Speaker:


Gary Sypolt: President of Transmission, Dominion Resources

March 2006 France, the U.S., and the Leadership in the Euro-Atlantic World Speaker:


Dr. Simon Serfaty: Senior Adviser of Europe Program of Center for Strategic and International Studies Inc.

March 2006 China and India: Partners or Competitors? Speaker:


William Newman: Virginia Commonwealth University

March 2006 Turkey and International Security Speaker:


Ambassador Thomas Weston

February 2006 The Struggle to Build Iraq Speaker:


L. Paul Bremer: Chief Adminastrator of Iraq

February 2006 The U.S. and Iran Speaker:


Michael Fischbach: Randolph-Macon College

February 2006 The Challenge of North Korea Speaker:


James E. Goodby: Ambassador to Finland

February 2006 Human Rights in the Age of Terrorism Speaker:


Professor Deena Hurwitz:  Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of Virginia

February 2006 Brazil Emerges Speaker:


Paulo Sotero: Washington Correspondent for Brazilian Newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo & Commentator for BBC Brazil Radio

February 2006 UN Reform Speaker:


William Davis: Director, United Nations Information Center

January 2006 Oil and Global Security Speaker:


Anne Korin: Co-director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security

December 2005 Living with a Nuclear Iran Speaker:


Dr. Patrick Clawson: Deputy Director of Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Program at Maggie Walker Governor’s School
November 2005 Southern Africa Faces the Future Speaker:


Dr. Chester A. Crocker: Georgetown University

October 2005 Annual Dinner: Challenges of the Twenty-First Century Speaker:


Richard Lee Armitage: Deputy Secretary of State

Redressing Looted Art: Museums and the Nazi Legacy Speaker:


Nancy Yeide: Head of the Department of Curatorial Records

Origin of Conflict: Saving Haiti Speaker:


Raymod Pierre Hylton: Virginia Union University

September 2005 Origin of Conflict: Crisis in the Congo Speaker:


Dr. Herbert Weiss: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Origin of Conflict: Kosovo: Still Unresolved Speaker:


Eileen Malloy: US Ambassador to Krygzstan and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs in the Department of State

Origin of Conflict: Lebanon: The Way Ahead Speaker:


Dr. Michael R. Fischbach: Randolph-Macon College

Putin’s Russia Speaker:


Susan Eisenhower: Senior Fellow of the Eisenhower Institute

The Special Relationship Speaker:


Sir David Manning: British Ambassador to the United States

April 2005 Ties That Divide: A Conference on United States – German Relations
Japan In Asia Speaker:


Tom Foley: U.S. Ambassador to Japan

March 2005 Great Decisions Series: Global Poverty Gap Speaker:


Rick Rowden: Center for Economic Policy Research

The U.S. and Foreign Trade Speaker:


Stuart E. Eizenstat: Ambassador to the European Union & United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

Great Decisions Series: Intelligence Reform Speaker:


Christopher Kojm: George Washington University,  Chairman of the United States National Intelligence Council

Great Decisions Series: Global Water Issues Speaker:


Kenneth D. Reid: CAE Executive Vice President

Great Decisions Series: Outsourcing Jobs Speaker:


William Primosch: Director for International Business Policy

February 2005 Great Decisions Series: Sudan and Darfur Speaker:


Bishop Francis Gray: Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

Great Decisions Series: China: Decisions Ahead Speaker:


Vincent Wang: University of Richmond

Great Decisions Series: Putin’s Russia Speaker:


James F. Collins: Ambassador to Russia

The Challenge for Ukraine Speaker:


Steven K. Pifer: former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine & Director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution

Great Decisions Series: Middle East Roundup Speaker:


Gerald M. Feierstein: Former Ambassador to Yemen & Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau

January 2005 After Arafat and Palestinian Elections: The Way Ahead Speaker:


Philip C. Wilcox: Ambassador at Large & President Founder for Middle East Peace

David Makovsky: Senior Fellow for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Iran and the Middle East Speaker:


Bruce Laingen: President of the America Academy of Diplomacy & former Ambassador to Malta

December 2004 Program at Maggie Walker Governor’s School Speaker:


Pamela Bridgewater: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

November 2004 Nuclear Power Speaker:


Dr. Sidney Drell: Stanford University’s Hoover Institution

Turkey and the European Union Speaker:


Mark Parris: U.S. Ambassador to Turkey

October 2004 Speaker:


David Johnson: Douglas Southall Freeman, Internationalist

Annual Dinner Honoree:


A.E. Dick Howard, White Burkett Miller Professor at University of Virginia School of Law

Origins of Conflict Series: Greece, Turkey, ad Cyprus Speaker:


Douglas Hengal: Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs

September 2004 Origins of Conflict Series: Religious ad Tribal Conflict in Northern Nigeria Speaker:


Leonard H. Robinson, Jr.: President and CEO of the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa

The United States and International Trade Speaker:


Stuart Eizenstat:  Deputy Treasury Secretary

Doing Business Abroad Speaker:


Dorothy Erlanger: International Executive

Origins of Conflict Series: Russia and its Post-Soviet Neighbors Speaker:


Carey Cavanaugh: US Ambassador and a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State

Origins of Conflict Series: Internal Conflict in Columbia  Speaker:


Dr. Herbert Tico Brow:  University of Virginia

The U.S. and Europe Speaker:


Jean-David Levitte: French ambassador to the U.S.

International Trade and the Economy
June 2004 The U.S. and Europe: An American View
May 2004 Speaker:


Paulo Sotero: Washington Correspondent for Brazilian Newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo & Commentator for BBC Brazil Radio

April 2004 The US and UN: Can this Marriage Be Saved? Speaker:


Gilliam Sorenson: Senior Adviser & National Advocate at the United Nations Foundation

March 2004 China’s Emerging Role Speaker:


James R. Lilley: Former Ambassador to China & Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute

February 2004 Israel from the Palestinian Perspective Speaker:


Dr. Hasan Abdel Rahma: Chief Representative of the Palestine

January 2004 Inside the Politics of Nation Building Speaker:


Evan Gottesman: Author of “Cambodia: After the Khmer Rouge”

December 2003 Annual Program at Maggie Walker Governor’s School Samantha Power: Author of “Bystander to Genocide” and Lecturer at Harvard College
November 2003 China & Tibet Professor John Herman: Virginia Commonwealth University
Sri Lanka: Sinhulese and Tamil
Do We Have a Foreign Policy? Stapleton Roy: Ambassador to China and Indonesia
Origins of Conflict Series: Russia/Chechnya Judyth L. Twigg: Virginia Commonwealth University
October 2003 Origins of Conflict Series: Kashmir/India and Pakistan
Annual Dinner Honoree: John Warner: Former United States Senator
September 2003 Global Economic Outlook Dr. Gene Huang: Chief Ecoomist ad Moderator President of Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Brazil Peter Hakim: Columnist Christian Science Monitor and Director of Inter-America Dialogue
June 2003 “Inside” the Middle East Negotiations Ambassador Dennis Ross: Former Middle East Negotiator
May 2003 India – A Powerhouse Stephen Cohen: Senior fellow in The India Project and Part of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institution
April 2003 Pakistan – Friend or Foe? Dennis Kux: Former Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire & State Department South Asia specialist
March 2003 South Africa’s Difficult Road from Apartheid to Democracy Princeton Lyman: Ambassador to South Africa
February 2003 Japan’s Role for Peace and Security in East Asia Naoyuki Agawa: Japan’s Minister & Director of Information and Culture Center
January 2003 Saudi Arabia’s Brand of Islam Stephen Schwartz: Author, Journalist, and Senior Policy Analyst