2005

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

2006

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?

2007

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

2008

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?

2009

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