Distinguished Speaker Series

Launched in 2006, the Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes several speakers a year who have a position of prominence in international affairs and can address topical issues from a variety of perspectives.  

 

Naoto Kan

Prime Minister of Japan, 2010-2011

"The Truth about the Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima and the Future of Renewable Energy​", March 28, 2017 

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center Write-up; Cornell Daily Sun; Cornell Chronicle; Interview: CIAO; Ithaca Journal 

Jens Beckert 

Director, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany

"Imagined Futures and Capitalist Dynamics", February 27, 2017 

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center Write-up; Cornell Daily Sun

Derek Mitchell 

Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group, Former US Ambassador to Myanmar (2012-2016) 

"Myanmar's Political Transition: Looking Ahead", November 17, 2016 

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center Prewrite; Cornell Daily Sun; CornellCast Video

Fred Cate 

 Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, Vice President for Research, Indian University

"Cybersecurity and the Role of Law", November 16, 2016 

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center Prewrite; Cornell Chronicle Prewrite; Cornell Daily Sun; CornellCast Video 

Jon Lindsay 

Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs, University of Toronto 

"Shifting the Fog of War: Information Technology and Politics of Control", October 26, 2016 

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center Prewrite; Cornell Chronicle Prewrite; Cornell Daily Sun; CornellCast Video 

Milton Mueller 

Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology 

"Cybersecurity and the Territorial State: Alignment and 'Fragmentation' in Global Internet Governance", September 14, 2016 

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center Prewrite; Cornell Chronicle Prewrite; Lecture VideoCornell Daily Sun 

Andreas Wüst

Andreas Weust

Head of the Refugee Admission Unit, Ministry for Integration in the German state of Baden-Württemberg

"The Refugee Crisis and Beyond: Challenges to Germany's Immigration and Integration Policies", May 2, 2016 

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center PrewriteCornell Daily Sun; CornellCast Video 

Adam Posen

Adam Posen

 President, Peterson Institute for International Economics

"Central Bank Independence After the Inflation is Gone", April 18, 2016 

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center PrewriteConference HomepageEinaudi Center Coverage; CornellCast Video 

Safak Pavey

Safak Pavey

Turkish Parliament and a NATO Parliamentary Member

"Humanitarian Disasters and the Refugee Crisis: Turkey-European Struggles for European Consensus", March 14, 2016

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center PrewriteCornell Daily Sun; CornellCast Video 

Ira Helfand

Co-Founder and Past President, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

"The Growing Danger of Nuclear War and What We Can Do About It", February 8, 2016

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center PrewriteCornell ChronicleCornell Daily SunCornellCast Video

John Psaropoulos

Noted Greek Journalist; Former International Reporter, CNN

"Open Door or Fortress? Greek and European Responses to the Refugee Crisis", November 18, 2015

 

Media Coverage:

Einaudi Center PrewriteEinaudi Center CoverageCornellCast VideoSpeaker Interview  

David Sanger

New York Times National Security Correspondent

"What Happened to the 'Light Footprint' Strategy? President Obama and Interventions Around the World", November 10, 2015 

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video

William Hitchcock

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Randolph P. Compton Professor at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs

Why the First World War Still Matters: Reflections on the Centennial, 1914-2014”, March 9, 2015

Media Coverage:

CornellCast Video

PDF icon William Hitchcock Discusses the Relevance of WWI Today.pdf

Sarah Mendelson

Sarah Mendelson

U.S. Ambassador, Economic and Social Council of the United Nations; Senior Advisor and Director of the Human Rights Initiative at Center for Strategic and International Studies; Deputy assistant administrator, Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

“Why Governments are Targeting Civil Society and What Social Scientists Can Do About It”, February 23, 2015

 Cornell Chronicle

PDF icon Sarah Mendelson Addressed the Targeting of Civil Society.pdf

Ólafur Grímsson

 Ólafur Grímsson

President of Iceland, 1996-Present

"Iceland's Clean Energy Economy: Lessons for a Global Transformation", November 21, 2014

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video

PDF icon President of Iceland Will Speak at Cornell.pdf

Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama

Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

"Will Democracy Have Competitors in the 21st Century?", November 18, 2014

Media Coverage:

CornellCast

Sang-Hyun Song

Sang-Hyun Song

President of the International Criminal Court; Judge in the Appeals Division of the International Criminal Court

"Preventive Potential of the International Criminal Court", October 9, 2014 

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video

PDF icon Judge Song Will Speak at Cornell.pdf

PDF icon Song Highlights Preventive Potential of International Criminal Court.pdf

Stephen Van Evera

Stephen Van Evera

Ford International Professor, Political Science Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"American Grand Strategy and the Current Crises: Ukraine and the Middle East", September 29, 2014 

Media Coverage:

CornellCast Video

PDF icon Professor Stephen Van Evera Addresses U.pdf

PDF icon Stephen Van Evera to Speak on American Grand Strategy and Current Crises.pdf

Douglas Rutzen

Douglas Rutzen

President and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)

"Defending Civil Society and Peaceful Protest Around the World", April 29, 2014 

Media Coverage:

CornellCast VideoCornell Chronicle

PDF icon Douglas Rutzen to Speak on Civil Society and Peaceful Protest.pdf

Andrew C. Weber

Andrew Weber

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs

Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction”, March 27, 2014 

Media Coverage:

CornellCast VideoCornell Chronicle

PDF icon Assistant Secretary of Defense Andrew C. Weber to speak on countering weapons of mass destruction.pdf

PDF icon Andrew C. Weber Discusses U.S. Efforts to Eradicate Weapons of Mass Destruction.pdf

Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Elizabeth Hoffman

Dwight E. Stanford Chair in U.S. Foreign Relations at San Diego State University

"America: Empire or Umpire, and At What Cost?", March 6, 2014

Media Coverage:

CornellCast Video 
 

PDF icon Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman to speak on the history of American foreign policy.pdf

PDF icon Cobbs-Hoffman Describes U.S. as Umpire Rather Than Empire.pdf

Jonathan Jansen

Jonathan Jansen

Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State in South Africa

"The Role of Higher Education in the Development of South Africa", October 22, 2013

Media Coverage: 

CornellCast VideoCornell Chronicle

 

PDF icon Jonathan Jansen to Speak on the Role of Higher Education in Development.pdf

PDF icon Jonathan Jansen Promotes Nearness.pdf

Kim Beazley

Kim Beazley

Australian Ambassador to the United States of America

"Old Ally, New Challenge: Rebalancing in a World Clamoring for American Attention", September 10, 2013

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video 

PDF icon Australian Ambassador Emphasizes the Importance of the Middle East in U.pdf

Albie Sachs

 Albie Sachs

South African Constitutional Court Justice (1994-2009) and anti-Apartheid activist

"Liberating the Mind and Liberating the Heart: South African Experience in Dealing with Terrorism and Torture", August 29, 2013

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video 

PDF icon Albie Sachs to Address Torture and Terrorism in South Africa.pdf

PDF icon Albie Sachs Reflects on His Time as an Anti.pdf

Eric Alterman

Eric Alterman

Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

"The Search for a Liberal Foreign Policy", April 22, 2013 

Media Coverage:

CornellCast Video 

PDF icon Eric Alterman to Discuss the Search for a Liberal Foreign Policy.pdf

PDF icon Eric Alterman Speaks on “The Search for a Liberal Foreign Policy”.pdf

Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor at the Washington Post

"The Surge of Uncertainty: An Examination of America's Strategy in Afghanistan", April 2, 2013 

Media Coverage:

CornellCast Video 

PDF icon Chandrasekaran Speaks on U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan.pdf

Charles Kupchan

Charles Kupchan

Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University; Whitney H. Shepardson Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

"After Pax Americana: No One's World", February 21, 2013

Media Coverage:

CornellCast Video

Timothy Snyder

 Timothy Snyder

Housum Professor of History at Yale University

"Thinking the Twentieth Century", October 1, 2012 

Media Coverage: 

CornellCast Video

PDF icon Timothy Snyder to Reflect on the 20th Century in Upcoming Talk.pdf

Duvvuri Subbarao

 Duvvuri Subbarao

Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

"India in a Globalized World: Some Policy Dilemmas", August 28, 2012

Media Coverage: 

CornellCast Video 

 

PDF icon Subbarao Explains Why India’s Economic Rise Will Continue in the Post-Crisis Era.pdf

Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart

Senior Fellow, New America Foundation; Senior Political Writer, Daily Beast

"The Crisis of Zionism", May 1, 2012

Media Coverage: 

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast

PDF icon Beinart Identifies Crisis in Zionism as Generational.pdf

Lord Skidelsky

Lord Skidelsky

Lord Skidelsky

Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick; A.D. White Professor at Large

"The Relevance of Keynesian Thought to Current Economic Woes in the US and Europe", April 19, 2012

Media Coverage: 

Cornell Law Coverage

PDF icon Lord Skidelsky to Address the Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on International Relations.pdf

Abbas Maleki

 Abbas Maleki

Associate Professor of Energy Policy at Sharif University of Technology, Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies at MIT, and Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran, 1988-1997

"Iran's Foreign Policy and its Future", Macrh 12, 2012 

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video

PDF icon Abbas Maleki to Address the Future of Iranian Foreign Policy.pdf

Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen

CNN National Security Analyst and Bestselling Author

"The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama, and Ordinary Muslims are Remaking the Middle East", March 7, 2012 

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video 

PDF icon Peter Bergen to Discuss the Remaking of the Middle East.pdf

Robert Keohane

 Robert Keohane

Robert Keohane

Professor of International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

"The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama, and Ordinary Muslims are Remaking the Middle East", October 13, 2011

Media Coverage:

Cornell Chronicle

PDF icon Robert Keohane to Discuss Criteria for Military Intervention in Weak Countries.pdf

G. John Ikenberry

G. John Ikenberry

 

Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

"The Future of Liberal Internationalism", April 11, 2011

 

Eliot Cohen

Eliot Cohen

Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University  

"On Giving Strategic Advice to Leaders ", April 1, 2011

Media Coverage:

CornellCastCornell Chronicle

Ian Buruma

 Ian Buruma

Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College 

 "Enemies of Democracy", February 10, 2011

Media Coverage:

Cornell Chronicle

Carolina Barco Isakson

Carolina Barco Isakson

Ambassador of Colombia to the United States (2006-Sep 2010); Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia (2002-2006)

"The United States and Colombia: An important regional partnership", November 15, 2010

Media Coverage:

Cornell Chronicle

PDF icon Carolina Barco Isakson to speak at Cornell.pdf

PDF icon Ambassador Barco Speaks on the Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between the United States and Colombia.pdf

Stephen Walt

Stephen Walt

Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government

"Doomed to Fail: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy", September 16, 2010 

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleSlope Media Video 
 

PDF icon Stephen Walt.pdf

Vaclav Klaus

Vaclav Klaus

President of the Czech Republic

"A Return to Cornell: Personal Remarks by the Czech President", September 24, 2010

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video 

PDF icon Václav Klaus Speaks in a Presidential Homecoming to Cornell.pdf

Mahmood Mamdani

Mahmood Mamdani

Professor of Government at Columbia University and Director of Columbia's Institute of African Studies

"Lessons of Darfur: Human Rights Activism and Africa", April 29, 2010 

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video 

PDF icon Mahbubani Speaks on Global Challenges and a New World Order.pdf

PDF icon Mahmood Mamdani to Address the Lessons of Darfur.pdf

Thomas J. Christensen

Thomas J. Christensen

Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of the China and the World Program, Princeton University

"Challenges and Opportunities in U.S.-China Relations", April 8, 2010  

 

PDF icon Thomas J. Christensen to Address U.S.-China Relations.pdf

Steve Coll

Steve Coll

Staff writer at the New Yorker and President of the New American Foundation

"Osama Bin Laden and the Age of Globalized Terror", March 5, 2010 

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video 

PDF icon Steve Coll.pdf

HRH Prince Turki AlFaisal

HRH Prince Turki AlFaisal

Former Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.

"What We Expect from America: A Saudi Perspective", April 23, 2009

Media Coverage:

Cornell ChronicleCornellCast Video 
 

Martin Palous

Martin Palous

Czech Ambassador to the United Nations

"The 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism - A Czech Perspective", March 11, 2009 

Media Coverage: 

CornellCast Video 

Thomas Carothers

Thomas Carothers

Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

"What Future for U.S. Democracy Promotion Under President Obama?", March 5, 2009

CornellCast

 

Nancy Birdsall

Nancy Birdsall

President, Center for Global Development

"The White House and the World: A Global Development Agenda for the Next U.S. President", November 3, 2008

Cornell Chronicle

 

Stephen Krasner

Stephen Krasner

Professor of International Relations at Stanford and former Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State

"Can America Find a Grand Strategy?", September 17, 2008

CornellCast

 

Anthony C. Zinni

Anthony C. Zinni

Retired General in the U.S. Marine Corps, former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command, Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Professor

"The New World Order", April 15, 2008

Media Coverage:
Cornell Chronicle

CornellCast

Laure Delcour

Laure Delcour

Senior Research Fellow, Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, Paris

"EU enlargement and the Turkish accession" - Moderated by Christopher J. Anderson, November 12, 2007

 

Carlo Trojan

Carlo Trojan

Former EC Ambassador to the international organizations in Geneva

"EU-US trade relations, WTO and the Doha Round", October 23, 2007

Media Coverage: 

CornellCast

Harry Kuiper

Harry Kuiper

Wageningen University and Chairman of the Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority

"Genetically Modified Crops in Europe: Regulation, Risk Assessment and Public Attitude", October 16, 2007

Media Coverage:
Cornell Chronicle

CornellCast

Hanan Ashrawi

Hanan Ashrawi

Founder and Executive Committee Chair of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH) and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

"Peace in the Middle East: Who Needs It?" - Moderated by President David Skorton, September 20, 2007

Media Coverage:
Cornell ChronicleCornellCast

David Calleo

David Calleo

Dean Acheson Professor, Director of the European Studies Program, John Hopkins University

"The Return of the Twin-Deficits and the Future of the Dollar", April 24, 2007

PDF icon David Calleo Working Paper.pdf

Shibley Telhami

 Shibley Telhami

Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland

"Media, Opinion, and Identity in the Arab World", April 12, 2007

 

 

John Mearsheimer

John Mearsheimer

Department of Political Science, University of Chicago

"Why the Bush Doctrine Crashed and Burned in Iraq", March 28, 2007

 

 

Gillian Sorensen

Gillian Sorensen

Former Assistant Secretary General of the UN; Senior Adviser at the UN Foundation

"Issues for the New United Nations Secretary-General: An American Perspective", February 6, 2007

 

Lakhdar Brahimi

Lakhdar Brahimi

Former Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General, UN Under-Secretary-General

"May We Please Listen to the Darfurians Themselves? Sudan’s Lost Voices", November 21, 2006

Media Coverage:
Law School VideoCornell Chronicle

Larry Diamond

Larry Diamond

Professor of political science and sociology and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

"Prospects for Democracy in Iraq and the Middle East", April 11, 2006