​​​​​​​2020-2021 Speaker Series

Can American Self Confidence and Leadership Be Restored?
with Amb. Christopher Hill
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​09/2/2020
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​​​​​​​Ambassador Christopher Hill served as a peace corps volunteer in the Republic of Cameroon from 1974 - 1976 before joining the State Department in 1977.  Throughout his diplomatic career, he served as Ambassador of the United States to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from 1996 - 1999, Special Envoy to Kosovo from 1998-1999, Ambassador to Poland from 2000 - 2004, and Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2004 - 2005.  Ambassador Hill went on to be appointed Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the head of delegation for the 'six-party talks' that aimed to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis of 2005.  President Barrack Obama nominated him for the post of US Ambassador to Iraq in 2009.  After retiring from the State Department, Ambassador Hill is currently the Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver. Prior to this position, he was the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a position he held from September 2010 to December 2017. He is also the author of Outpost: A Diplomat at Work.

Failed Global Leadership: the U.S.-China Rivalry During Covid-19
with Dr. Sam Zhao
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​09/24/2020
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Dr. Suisheng (Sam) Zhao is Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. A founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China, he is a member of the Board of Governors of the US Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, a member of National Committee on US-China Relations, a Research Associate at the Fairbanks Center for East Asian Research in Harvard University, and an honorary jianzhi professor at Beijing University, Renmin University, China University of International Relations, Fudan University and Shanghai Foreign Studies University. A Campbell National Fellow at Hoover Institution of Stanford University, he was Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College in Maryland, Associate Professor of Government and East Asian Politics at Colby College in Maine and visiting assistant professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at University of California-San Diego.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of California-San Diego, M.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri and B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Peking University. He is the author and editor of more than ten books.
His articles have appeared in Political Science Quarterly, The Wilson Quarterly, Washington Quarterly, International Politik, The Hague Journal of Democracy, European Financial Review, The China Quarterly, World Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Journal of Democracy, Pacific Affairs, Communism and Post-Communism Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and elsewhere.

DCFR Discussion: TBA
with Anthony Carroll
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​10/22/2020
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Anthony Carroll is a practicing corporate attorney with twenty years experience working in international development and investment with a particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. His professional assignments have allowed Tony to work on issues involving many African countries including oil and gas/energy, construction material manufacturing, fisheries and textile investments in Ghana. His expertise on WTO issues, cross-border investment and corporate commercial transactions, business registration and the development of business and professional associations.

He provides business, legal and political counsel to numerous companies and developing countries. He possesses an extensive background in investment and intellectual property law both as in house lawyer with a venture capital firm and as an advisor to the international pharmaceutical industry and sovereign countries where he has built bridges
between sometime divergent African and multinational views.
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Carroll is considered one of the preeminent specialists advising developing countries on the creation of enabling environments required for investment flows. His large number of contacts in the business community makes him an excellent matchmaker for new African investment.

U.S. & German / European Relations
with Constanze Stelzenmüller
November 2020
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Constanze Stelzenmüller, an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy, is the inaugural Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. Prior to working at Brookings, she was a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where she directed the influential Transatlantic Trends survey program. Her areas of expertise include: transatlantic relations; German foreign policy; NATO; the European Union’s foreign, security, and defense policy; international law; and human rights. Stelzenmüller is the former director of GMF’s Berlin office. From 1994 to 2005, she was an editor for the political section of the German weekly DIE ZEIT, where she had also served as defense and international security editor and covered human rights issues and humanitarian crises. From 1988 to 1989, she was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School. She has also been a GMF campus fellow at Grinnell College in Iowa, a Woodrow Wilson Center public policy scholar in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Remarque Forum—a conference series of the Remarque Institute at New York University. Stelzenmüller’s essays and articles, in both German and English, have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Foreign Affairs, Internationale Politik, the Financial Times, the International New York Times and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Her dissertation, "Direkte Demokratie in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika," was published in 1994 by Nomos. She is also a frequent commentator on American and European radio and television, including Presseclub (ARD), National Public Radio, and the BBC. Stelzenmüller is a governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a fellow of the Royal Swedish Society for War Sciences. She has worked in Germany and the United States, and speaks English, French, German, and Spanish. Stelzenmüller holds a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn (1992), a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1988), and a law degree from the University of Bonn (1985).

Critical Minerals & U.S. National Security
with Dr. Morgan Bazilian
January 19, 2021
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Dr. Morgan Bazilian is the Director of the Payne Institute and Professor of Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines. Previously, he was Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector and is regarded as a leading expert in international affairs, policy, and investment.

Dr. Bazilian holds two Master's degrees and a Ph.D. in areas related to energy systems and markets, and has been a Fullbright fellow. He holds, or has held, several affiliations including at Columbia University, Cambridge University, The Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He is on the editorial boards of Environmental Research Letters, Energy Strategy Reviews, and Energy Research and Social Science. He has published over 140 articles in learned journals. His book, Analytical Methods for Evergy Diversity and Security​​​​​​​ is considered a seminal piece in the
area of energy, finance, and security. His work has been published in Science, Nature, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Dr. Bazilian was a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Advisory Council on Energy, and on the Global Advisory Council of the Sustainable Finance Programme at Oxford University. Previously he was a Deputy Director at U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a senior diplomat at the United Nations. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Irish Government as Principal Advisor to the Energy Minister, and was the Deputy CEO of the Irish National Energy Agency. He was the European Union's lead negotiator on low-carbon technology at the United Nations climate negotiations. He is also Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Watching Climate Change from Space
with Dr. Waleed Abdalati
February 23, 2021
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Dr. Waleed Abdalati​​​​​​​ is Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado and a Professor in the University's Department of Geography. CIRES, established through a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is a diverse institute that focuses on understanding the Earth System and its components, as well as the human relationship with our environment. His research interests are in the use of satellite and airborne remote sensing techniques, integrated with in situ observations and modeling to understand how and why the Earth's glaciers and ice sheets are changing and the implications for seal level rise. This work has taken him to the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Patagonian Ice Fields ten times.

Before joining CIRES in 2008, Dr. Abdalati held various positions at NASA in the areas of scientific research,
program management, scientific management, mission science oversight, etc. In 2011 and 2012, he served as NASA Chief Scientist, acting as advisor on agency science matters to the NASA Administrator and NASA leadership, and working with the White House and Congress on matters related to the NASA Science portfolio. Earlier in his career, he worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry. His technical and scientific expertise is complemented by considerable experience communicating with the public, the media, and NASA sponsors and stakeholders.

Dr. Abdalati received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University in 1986, a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado in 1991 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Abdalati has received over a dozen professional awards from the White House, NASA, NSF and The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. 

Discussion: TBA
In Conjunction with the American Council on Germany
March 2021

U.S. National Security
with Dr. Lewis Griffith
April 14, 2021
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Lewis Griffith holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate School of International Studies (now the Korbel School), University of Denver. Specializing in the area of security studies, Dr. Griffith has done significant independent research, to include published work, in the areas of weapons proliferation, humanitarian intervention, and the implications of globalization on the state security policies of non-Western states. While completing his Ph.D., Dr. Griffith also held a number of academic and educational administrative positions, serving as the Project Director of the intercollegiate Rocky Mountain Model United Nations, the Project Director for the Colorado World Affairs Challenge, as well as serving as the Conference Coordinator for the ISSS/ISAC National Conference in 2000. He joined the faculty at Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) in 2003 where he served as Course Director for the Strategy and Warfare Course and the Inter/National Security Course before being named the Department Chair of the Joint Warfighting Department where he oversaw three core ACSC courses, three planning exercises/war-games, a number of external exchange programs, and approximately 30 faculty. Also at ACSC, Dr. Griffith taught the War on Terror research elective and was the all school lecturer on globalization, terrorism, economics and national security, nuclear deterrence, effects based operations, stability and reconstruction operations, as well as the role of the geographic combatant commands in US defense policy and planning.
Prior to ACSC, Dr. Griffith served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado-Denver, and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Dr. Griffith is regularly invited to speak on a wide range of international and national security related topics to include serving from 2005-2010 as an adjunct professor to the Ira A Eaker College where he lectured regularly on US National Security and Defense Policy. In the fall of 2010, Lewis joined the faculty of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. University of Denver where he taught across the security studies curriculum at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

HONOREE TO BE ANNOUNCED
MAY 2021