Distinguished Voices Lecture Series

 

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Christopher Cox

Christopher Cox

The New Global Economic Reality: How North Korea and Terrorism Play Key Roles

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Chris Cox is a partner in the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP and president of Morgan Lewis Consulting LLC, its global strategic consulting business. He advises multinational companies on strategic issues, corporate governance, securities regulation and general business matters worldwide.

 

During a 23 year Washington career, Chris was a White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan, chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the US House of Representatives and the fifth ranking elected leader in the House. In Congress, in addition to his role as chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Chris was chairman of the Select Committee on US National Security and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Financial Services Committee. 

Afshin Molavi

Afshin Molavi

Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, or Goodbye: the Emerging World Revolution and What it Means for America

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Afshin Molavi is a fellow at the Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute, where he writes broadly on emerging markets, particularly on themes related to 'The New Silk Road,' South-South trade, global hub cities, new emerging market multinationals, global aviation, the geopolitics of energy, and the intersection of Middle East states and the global economy. Molavi is also a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank, and a former director of the World Economic Roundtable, an ambitious effort to re-map the global economy in the wake of the Great Recession.

 

A former journalist, his dispatches from the Middle East and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Businessweek, The Journal of Commerce, National Geographic and dozens of academic and specialty publications.

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

The Global Outlook: America, China and Beyond

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gillian Tett explains how capital markets and politics created the European financial crisis. An award-winning journalist and preeminent authority on capital markets, she is widely credited with being the first to cover the credit crunch in the mainstream press and has won many prestigious journalism awards for her coverage of capital markets.

 

Beginning in 2004 — three years before anyone else — she began building a team at the Financial Times to cover capital markets, correctly anticipating the need to watch an industry growing uncommonly fast. By 2007, a year ahead of the curve, she began issuing her news breaking warnings of a looming financial crisis. She is currently the Managing Editor (US) and columnist at the Financial Times. In her previous role at FT, she oversaw global coverage of the financial markets. 

General Michael Hayden

General Michael Hayden

The Future of Intelligence

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

General Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate. As head of the country’s premier intelligence agencies, he was on the front lines of global change, the war on terrorism, and the growing cyber challenge. General Hayden dissects hot spots around the world, analyzing the tumultuous global environment, the impact of the recent US election and what it all means for Americans and America’s interests. He speaks on the delicate balance between liberty and security in intelligence work, as well the potential benefits and dangers associated with the cyber domain. 

 

In addition to leading CIA and NSA, General Hayden was the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country. In all of these jobs, he worked to put a human face on American intelligence, explaining to the American people the role of espionage in protecting both American security and American liberty. Hayden also served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center and served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, at U.S. European Command, at the National Security Council, and the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. He was also the deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces in South Korea.


 

Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich

Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich

Putin’s Plans and U.S. Foreign Policy

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

 Stephen Sestanovich is the George F. Kennan senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis professor of international diplomacy at Columbia University. His areas of special expertise are Russia and the former Soviet Union, Caucasus and Central Asia and U.S. foreign policy.

 

From 1997 to 2001, he served as special advisor to the secretary of state and ambassador at large for the New Independent States. In this capacity, he was the State Department's principal officer responsible for policy toward Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union. Prior to joining the State Department, Ambassador Sestanovich worked at two of Washington's leading public policy research organizations. From 1994 to 1997, he was vice president for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1987 to 1994, he was director of Soviet and East European studies (later Russian and Eurasian studies) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. From 1984 to 1987, Ambassador Sestanovich served as senior director for policy development at the National Security Council. He was a member of the State Department's policy planning staff from 1981 to 1984 and senior legislative assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan from 1980 to 1981. 

Calderon

Felipe Calderon

A Presidential Look at Latin America and Mexico’s Perspective on Hemispheric and Bilateral Relations

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Felipe Calderón served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. He is internationally recognized as a President who strengthened the rule of law and made possible the economic recovery of Mexico after the world economic crisis. Previously, he was Secretary of Energy (and as such chaired the boards of PEMEX and CFE) and director of Banobras (National Bank of Public Works and Services). He was both a local and federal congressman, leader of the National Action Party (PAN) in the Federal Congress and General Secretary and National President of PAN.

 

He has been named "Statesman of the Year" by the World Economic Forum and "Champion of the Earth" by the United Nations. He has received the Teddy Roosevelt Award for the Environment, the GLOBE Award from the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment, the International Star of Energy Efficiency award, among other important awards as a world leader on environmental issues.