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Great Decisions Lecture Series: Past Speakers

2017
The United Nations and the Future of Europe Jan Fischer, International Civil Servant, United Nations
Nuclear Security Xolisa Mabhongo, Representative of the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency to the United Nations 
Trade & Politics Arthur Cyr, Director of Clausen Center for World Business, Carthage College
Prospects for Afghanistan & Pakistan Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, Professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian History, James Madison University
Preparing for a Stormy 2017 in the South China Sea Gregory Poling, Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Oil Dependence & U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East Ozum Yesiltas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, St. Norbert College
Latin America's Political Pendulum Professor of Political Science and Graduate Program Director, Loyola University
Saudi Arabia in Transition Mehmet Gurses, Associate Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University
2016
The Rise of ISIS Robert Kramer, Professor of History, St. Norbert College
The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East Brian T. Edwards, Crown Professor in Middle East Studies, Northwestern University
The Koreas Bruce Cumings, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History, University of Chicago
Migration Monami Maulik, Founder and Executive Director, DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center
Psychology and Global Climate Change Susan Clayton, Ph.D.Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology, College of Wooster
The Future of Kurdistan Ozum Yesiltas, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, St. Norbert College
Cuba and the U.S.  Marifeli Pérez-Stable, Ph.D.Professor of Sociology, Florida International University
The United Nations  Ramu Damodaran, Chief of United Nations Academic Impact, United Nations
2015
India Changes Course Arup Varma, Professor, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University
Syria's Refugee Crisis Ozum Yesiltas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, St. Norbert College
Privacy in the Digital Age Kathleen Bartzen Culver, Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Center for Journalism Ethics, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Russia and the Near Abroad Ted Gerber, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Brazil's Metamorphosis Simone Buechler, Assistant Professor of Latin American & Latino Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago
Human Trafficking in the 21st Century Ellen Kennedy, Executive Director, World Without Genocide
U.S. Policy Toward Africa Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, Director of Institute for Developing Nations, Emory University
Sectarianism in the Middle East Micheline Ishay, Distinguised Professor of Human Rights and International Studies, University of Denver
2014
Energy Independence Michael Kraft, Emeritus Professor, Public and Environmental Affiars, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Islamic Awakening Robert Kramer, St. Norbert College
Is China’s Dream A Nightmare for America and the Rest of the World? Merton Finkler, John R. Kimberly Distinguished Professor in American Economic System, Lawrence University
Turkey’s Challenge Sinan Ciddi, Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University
Israel and the U.S. Fred Kaplan, Author of The Insurgents, and the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
Defense Technology Shawn Brimley, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for A New American Security
U.S. Trade Policy Art Cyr, Director of A.W. Clausen Center for World Business, Carthage College
2013
Iran Steven Dachi, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Future of the Euro Marc Schaffer, Assistant Professor of Economics, SNC
NATO Art Cyr, Director of A.W. Clausen Center for World Business, Carthage College
China in Africa Lawrence Herzberg, Associate Professor of Chinese, Calvin College
Humanitarian Intervention Heinz Klug, Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
Egypt Ambassador Edward Walker, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Israel and the United Arab Emirates
Maritime East and Southeast Asia: Is Conflict with China Inevitable? Ambassador Alphonse La Porta, former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia
Threat Assessment Joseph Tulbane
2012
Promoting Democracy Around the World Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, Director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy, University of Kentucky
Cybersecurity and the Threat Mr. Jeffrey Carr, CEO and Author of “Inside Cyber Warfare”
Mexico, the Drug Cartels and Effects on the US Matthew Dalstrom, Rockford College
Exit Strategies for Iraq and Afghanistan Jason Brozek, Assistant Professor of Government, Lawrence University
Energy Geopolitics Mark Bockenhauer SNC Professor of Geography, and Wendy Scattergood , SNC Associate Professor of Political Science
The State of the World’s Oceans David Poister SNC Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science
Indonesia Donald Weatherbee, Senior Fellow, Walker Institute of International Studies, University of South Carolina
Unlearning Racialism: Confronting Apartheid in our Hearts Mr. Sean Callaghan, Lead Consultant at Strategic Impact
Middle East Realignment Mr. Rami George Khouri, Director, Institute for Public Policy, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
2011
The Horn of Africa Analyst Ben West from national Analytical Service STRATFOR.COM
US National Security since 9/11 Jeffrey Simon, Renowned national terrorism commentator
Rebuilding Haiti Karen Richman, Director of the Center for Migration and Border Studies, University of Notre Dame
Sanctions and Nonproliferation Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Responding to the Financial Crisis Michael Gapen, Barclays Capital
Germany Ascendant Gary Shellman, Concordia of Wisconsin
The Caucasus Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, Director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy, University of Kentucky
Global Governance Wolfgang Schmidt, Entrepreneur and Social Activist
2010
Global Financial Crisis Mr. David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Author
Special Envoys Arthur Cyr, Carthage College
Russia and Its Neighbors Mr. Ian Kelly, Russian Specialist, U.S. State Department
Preventing Genocide Celestin Musekura, Founder of African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries
U.S.- China Security Relations Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, Ambassador in Residence, University of Maryland
Global Crime Mr. Robert and Mr. John Pavich, International Criminal Attorneys
The Persian Gulf Mr. Rami George Khori, Editor and Journalist from Lebanon
Women in Latin American Politics Gratzia Villaroel, Associate Professor of Political Science, St. Norbert College
2009
Crisis in the Global Food Supply Mr. Raj Patel, international author and activist on world food distribution
Energy and the Global Economy Drs. Kevin Quinn and Marc vonder Ruhr, St. Norbert College
Afghanistan and Pakistan: The People and the Border Ms. Jennifer Brick, University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Arctic Age:  Economics, Int’l Politics, and Environmental Issues Mr. Bob Reiss, International author and expert on the region
Egypt in the 21st Century Ghada Talhami, Professor Emertus, Lake Forest College
Cuba After Fidel Ambassador Peter Deshazo, Director for American Programs, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Universal Human Rights Mr. Harry Wu, Internationally known Chinese Human Rights Activist
The US and Rising Powers Ms Deborah Groute, Senior Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State.
2008
US Defense and Security Policy: Now and the Future Al Stolberg, Dept. of Strategy and Defense Policy, USA War College
US Presidential Candidates: Stands on International Issues Wendy Scattergood, Political Science, St. Norbert College
Latin America: Shift to the Left? Excellency Jamil Mahuad, ex-President, Ecuador
US-China Trade Policy Barrett McCormick, Professor, Marquette University
Talking with the Enemy Hon. Stephen F. Dachi, Retired US Foreign Service
Russia U.S. Department of State Official
Private Philanthropy Art Cyr, Director of International Business Center, Carthage College
The European Union at 50 Mr. Anthony Smallwood, Chief, European Union Delegation to USA
Iraq: End Game Professor Hassan Abbas, Harvard Law School International Fellow
2007
International War Crimes Heinz Kluge, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Attorney at the Hague World Criminal Court
Middle East: Update Mr. Ariem Herminath, Retired CIA Officer, Serving in the Middle East for over seven years
Mexico’s Future: Partner or Competitor Enrique Figueroa, Observer for OAS to the Mexican National Elections and Professor at UW - Milwaukee
Climate Change: Science versus Politics Drs. Jame Hodgson (Biology) and Wendy Scattergood (Political Science), St. Norbert College
Migration Mark Bockenhauer (Geography) St. Norbert College and Consultant to National Geographic Society
World’s Children Mr. David Hughes, Specialist in International Children’s Issues, Plan USA
U.S. Policy in Central Asia Mr. John Hillmeyer, Tadjikistan Desk Officer, U.S. State Department
The Future of South Africa Ambassador Edward Perkins, Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and to South Africa
2006
World Energy Ms. Antonia Juhasz, Author and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC
Brazil: Power of South America Bryan Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
U.S. and Iran: Future Relations Mr. Manohar Thyagaraj, Expert in International Affairs and the Middle East, Marquette University
U.N. Reform Laura Zanotti, Jean Monnet Fellow, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute
Turkey Deniz Balgamis, Assistant Director of the Center for Turkish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Global Health Pandemics and Security Nelle Temple Brown, External Relations Officer, World Health Organization
Human Rights in the Age of Terrorism Mr. John Pavich, Past Lawyer for the International Criminal Tribunal and CIA Counter Terrorism Authority
China and India: Partners or Competitors Mr. Stephen F. Dachi, Foreign Affairs Specialist and International Consultant, Washington, DC
2005
China: Challenges Ahead Carla Freeman - China Specialist, UW-Parkside
US Intelligence Reforms Adm(R) Mike Ratliff- Former Director of Naval Intelligence
Outsourcing American Jobs Marc Von der Ruhr - St. Norbert College
Global Poverty Gap Mr. David Theis - Senior Analyst, World Bank
Russia Today Joseph Tullbane - St. Norbert College
Middle East Roundup Amb. Edward Peck - Former Ambassador to Iraq and Mauritania
Global Water Issues A Panel of national, regional, and local experts
Sudan and Darfur Robert Kramer - St. Norbert College
2004
Democracy in the Americas Mark Everingham - UW-Green Bay
Media Influence in US Foreign Policy A Panel of regional and local TV and Print professionals
US Relations with Europe Mr. Pierre Shostal - National Defense University, Wash, DC
Diversity in Islam Barbara Stowasser - Chair, Arabic Studies, Georgetown U.
The Philippines Robert Boyer-  St. Norbert College
Weapons of Mass Destruction Amb. James Goodby - Chief Negotiator, Nuclear Disarmament of USSR
Public Diplomacy Ernest Latham - Senior Analyst on Democratization of C. Europe, CISS, Wash DC
Reform in the Middle East Mr. Stephen Buck-  Former Charge-d-Affairs, US Embassy, Saudi Arabia
2003
Multilateralism/Unilateralism William Vocke- Global Affairs Institute, Milwaukee
Saudi-US Relations Mr. Stephen Buck- Former Charge-d-Affairs, US Embassy, Saudi Arabia
Nigeria Omobolade Delano- St. Norbert College
China Mr. David Reuther- Former National Security Council Staffer
World Trade and Food Policy Edward Reed- UW-Madison
Afghanistan Sima Wali- Member of the Afghani Royal Family
Women’s Rights Lynn Walter- UW-Green Bay
European Integration Arthur Cyr- Global Business Center, Carthage College
2002
Global Terrorism Mr. Donald Hamilton- National Institute for Prevention of Terrorism
Korean Security Issues Wayne Patterson- St. Norbert College
Middle East Peace Process Dr A Richard Norton- Princeton University
South Asia – India and Pakistan Joseph Elder- UW-Madison
Colombia and Drug Traffic Robert Ricigliano- Former Assistant to Colombian President
Aids in Africa Amb. Tom Loftus- Spec Asst to Sec Gen of World Health Org
Russian Reexamined Hon. Mira Baratta- Under-Secretary of Defense for Russia
Energy and Environment A Panel of Federal, State, Business, and Academic Experts
2001
Trade and Globalization A Panel of Federal and regional experts
China and Taiwan Lyushun Shen Dep- National Representative, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Wash DC
National Missile Defense Amb. Michael Cotter- Former Dep Secretary of US State Dept
US Relations with Iraq Mr. David Reuther- Former National Security Council Staffer
Mexico and NAFTA Mr. Darin Narayana- President, Bank One Int’l, one of the drafters of NAFTA Agreement
European Integration Mr. Wilfred Schneider- Dep Dir of EU Delegation to Wash, DC
Conflict Resolution in Africa Thomas Trebon- African analyst, Dean of St. Norbert College
Int’l Humanitarian Crisis Ms. Ruth Messinger-  Woodrow Wilson Visiting Scholar, CEO of World Jewish Charities