​​​​​​2022 - 2023 Speaker Series

The Denver Council on Foreign Relations is actively scheduling another wonderful year of guest speakers.
Please check back regularly for updates!

General Mark C. Schwartz
September 07, 2022

Lieutenant General Mark C. Schwartz currently serves as the United States Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  Prior to arriving to the United States Embassy Jerusalem, LTG Schwartz served as the Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command.  His other general officer assignments include; Commander, Special Operations Command Europe, Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver, 1st Cavalry Division and Deputy Commander Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan.

A career Special Forces officer, prior to being promoted to brigadier general, LTG Schwartz served in Special Operations key developmental command and staff 

assignments including; Chief of Staff, Joint Special Operations Command; Commander, 3rd Special Forces Group; Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan; Director of Operations, Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan; Deputy Commander for Operations, CJSOTF-A; Executive Officer and Deputy Commander, 3rd Special Forces Group; Commander, 4th Battalion 1st Special Warfare Training Group; Special Operations Plans Officer, Joint Forces Command Brunssum the Netherlands NATO.He is a graduate of the Navy War College, Newport, RI and the Command and General Staff College, Leavenworth, KS.

LTG Schwartz is a native of Colorado.  He attended Idaho State University, Pocatello ID majoring in Finance and was commissioned an Armor second lieutenant in December 1987 through ROTC.

with Federiga Bindi
October 05, 2022

Dr. Federiga Bindi is a Senior Fellow at IWPR. She is also a tenured Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she founded and directed the “Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence” (2004-2012). Professor Bindi, who has a PhD from the European University Institute, has been a Visiting Fellow in a number of prestigious international institutions, among which the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Affairs, SAIS Johns Hopkins, the Institute d’Études Politiques in Paris, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, the University of Lisbon and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Professor Bindi served in a number of senior positions in government, among which Senior Advisor to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2011); Head of International Affairs and at the Italian National School of Administration (2010-2012) and Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels (2012-2014). She published eight volumes, among which Europe and America: The End of Transatlantic Relations? (2020),  The Foreign Policy of the European Union: Assessing Europe’s Role in the World (2010 & 2012); The Frontiers of Europe: A Transatlantic Problem? (2011); Italy and the EU (2011), Analyzing European Union Politics (2012). Federiga is currently editing a book Women Leaders in Foreign Policy for Brookings Press.

At IWPR, Federiga directs The State of the Women research network, financed by the European Commission, which aims to produce the first comprehensive mapping of the state of women, gender parity and women leadership in the European Union and the United States across 10 ten areas which constitute the fabric of society:  parliamentsgovernmentsCourtsmilitarydiplomacyacademiabusinessreligionmedia and sports.

Dr. Bindi also directs the  Foreign Policy Initiative promoting women leadership in foreign policy and a feminist foreign policy which follows a previous initiative Federiga created in Brussels, Women Leaders in International Relations.