2014-2015 Speaker Series
"Putting War Criminals in the Dock"
with Kenneth R. Scott
A former U.S. Assistant Attorney, prosecutor of war crimes stemming from the war in the former Yugoslavia and currently engaged with the war crimes investigation regarding the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, Ken will give us a perspective on the realities associated with prosecuting war crimes in the current international system.
"The Future of the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal"
with Col. Brantley Saltzman
Col. Brantley Saltzman is one of the U.S. Air Force's leading strategic thinkers and regular contributor to Strategic Studies Quarterly. His work on minimal nuclear arsenals has been widely referenced to include in Congressional testimony, The New York Times, and in both the Bush and Obama administrations, and he will update his case based on the current context.
"Human Security in Today's Context: An Inside Look at the Human Security Report"
with Dr. Lindsay Heger
Dr. Lindsay Heger of the think tank One Earth Future is a co-author of the 2015 Human Security Report, which provides a practical sense of how to think of human security in today's global context and how human security is being addressed and met in the developing world.
"Resource Extraction in the Developing World"
with Dr. Derrick Hudson
Dr. Derrick Hudson heads the Masters of International Political Economy of Resources (MIPER) Program at the Colorado School of Mines. He will discuss issues associated with resource extraction, economic development, and conflict in the developing world using a range of examples from the current international context.
with Dr. Joseph Varuolo
Dr. Joseph Varuolo's academic expertise is secession, Russian nationalism, ethnic minorities of the Russian sphere, non-state entities and political violence. Dr. Varuolo also has a wealth of practical/policy experience regarding Russia. He served as the Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy, Moscow, Russia from 2004 to 2007.
"The Current State of International Law"
with Dr. Charlotte Ku
Dr. Charlotte Ku is the long-time Executive Director of The American Society of International Law (ASIL) and former professor at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia, serves as the Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs and directs the College's Graduate and International Studies Program at the University of Illinois.
"Global Health Threats and U.S. Readiness"
with Dr. Paul Biddinger
Dr. Paul Biddinger works at Boston General Hospital and the Harvard School for Public Health. He is one of the United States' leading experts on the intersection of health issues, preparedness and national security and is part of the US response to the Ebola crisis. He will discuss the nature of the threats and the challenges of preparing for and addressing them both globally and domestically.
"Conflict, Crisis, and Economic Development: Opportunities and Challenges to Engaging Modern Africa"
with Russell Schiebel
Russell Schiebel is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He is currently the Deputy Director in the office supporting the mission of the White House appointed Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan working to end the crisis in South Sudan and to address the legitimate security and political concerns of Sudan's diverse population.