2016-2017 SPEAKERS


Date:            Thursday May 11, 2017

Speaker:      Harry Krejsa

Topic:          "The Coming Korea Crisis"

Harry Krejsa is a Research Associate at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Asia-Pacific Security Program.

Prior to joining CNAS, Mr. Krejsa worked as a Policy Analyst for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. He also served as a Researcher with the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at National Defense University, where he published a report on Chinese investment in the United States and its security implications. Mr. Krejsa has led a field analysis on political transition in Myanmar, piloted anti-terror training programs in South Asia, and served as a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan.

Mr. Krejsa’s policy writings have appeared in War on the Rocks, The National Interest, The Diplomat, and PacNet, his analysis has been featured in Politico, Bloomberg Radio, and Japan Times, and he has given televised Chinese-language commentary to Voice of America.

Mr. Krejsa holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Political Science and East Asian Studies, for which he also studied at Nanjing University in China.


Date:            Tuesday April 18, 2017

Speaker:      Amb. Asif Chaudhry

Topic:          "Clash of Civilizations: Can Humanity Survive It? "

Ambassador Asif Chaudhry a former career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service who served as U.S. Ambassador to Moldova, currently is Vice President for International Programs at Washington State University.

Previously, he served as Vice President of the Commodity Credit Corp. at the Foreign Agricultural Service, where he managed a $5.5 billion credit guarantee program for U.S. agriculture exports. He also served as a foreign policy advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations where he worked on global engagement in the Asia Pacific region. As Minister Counselor for Agriculture Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, he oversaw trade relations for much of the Middle East.

Ambassador Chaudhry earned a PhD. in agricultural economics from Washington State University and holds a MA from the American University in Beirut.


Date:            Monday March 6, 2017

Speaker:     Amb. Derek Shearer

Topic:          "American Hard Power and Soft Power: The Emerging Trump
                       Foreign Policy."

Ambassador Shearer serves as Director of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, handling the college's international relations and directing the expansion of its international affairs programs.

Ambassador Shearer served in the Clinton administration as an economics official in the Commerce Department, and then as Ambassador to Finland (1994-97). Among his many accomplishments were the creation of the administrations coordinated strategy to the Nordic-Baltic region and the hosting of the Clinton-Yeltsin summit in Helsinki. After diplomatic service, Ambassador Shearer was a fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute and then at the Woodrow Wilson Scholars Center in Washington, DC. He also was a visiting Woodrow Wilson fellow and ambassador-in-residence at a number of colleges. He served as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Gore during the 2000 Presidential campaign and to Senator Hillary Clinton in the 2007-2008 Presidential primary contests. He is a graduate of Yale, class of 1968, where his classmates included President George W. Bush and filmmaker Oliver Stone.

Education: BA, Yale University; PhD, The Union Graduate School


Date:            Monday February 6, 2017

Speaker:     Stephen Grand

Topic:          A New Strategic Approach to the Middle East

Stephen Grand is a senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Previously he was director of The Aspen Institute’s Middle East Strategy Group; an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; and director of programs at the German Marshall Fund. He has also served as a staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and founding director of the Civic Education Project.

His most recent book is “Understanding Tahrir Square: What Transitions Elsewhere Can Teach Us about the Prospects for Arab Democracy.” He holds a PhD. from Harvard University; a BA. from the University of Virginia; and was a visiting researcher at Charles University in Prague.


Date:            Tuesday January 17, 2017

Speaker:     Dr. Dany Bahar

Topic:          Can Trump Protect America with Protectionism?

Dany Bahar is a fellow in the Global Economy and Development program. An Israeli and Venezuelan economist, he is also an Associate at the Harvard Center for International Development. His research interests include the role of international knowledge transmission and diffusion on innovation as well as sectoral productivity dynamics. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. He has worked and consulted for a number of multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.


Date:            Monday December 12, 2016

Speaker:     Pavlos Yeroulanos

Topic:         Can Greece Turn the Economic Crisis Into an Opportunity?

Pavlos Yeroulanos from 1999 through 2004 served as Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Secretary General for Greeks Abroad. In 2006 he was appointed Director of the Political Bureau of the President of PASOK and after that he became Secretary for Communications of the party acting as campaign manager for the European election campaign and the National election campaign in 2009. He is a founding member of the Hellenic Resources Institute in the U.S.A.

He has worked as Financial Director for Photoelectron Corporation, as well as for Alpha Finance, the investment-banking arm of Alpha Bank and for Barclays Bank in Athens. From 1994 to 1998 he served as Chief Financial Officer of KEFALONIA Fisheries and oversaw the restructuring of the company. From 2004 to 2006 he was a consultant at Egon Zehnger International.

Pavlos Yeroulanos was born in Athens.  He studied history at Williams College. He received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

He speaks English and French. He is married and has two daughters.


Date:            Thursday November 10, 2016

Speaker:     Aaron Stein

Topic:         Turkey and the U.S.: a Fragile Alliance

Aaron Stein presently is a resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. While there, his research has includes US-Turkey relations, Turkish foreign policy, the Syrian conflict, nonproliferation, and the Iranian nuclear program.

Dr. Stein has previously served as a doctoral fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, an associate fellow for the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and a researcher with the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM). His other projects have included work as a consultant for the International Crisis Group in Istanbul.

He has published a number of articles and reports on Turkey's nuclear capabilities and Turkish elections.

Dr. Stein holds a BA in politics from the University of San Francisco and an MA in international policy studies from Monterey Institute of International Studies. He received his PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean studies at Kings College in London. He is proficient in Turkish and has an elementary knowledge of Arabic and French.


Date:            Thursday October 27, 2016

Speaker:     Martin Frost & Tom Davis

Topic:         Congress a 'Partisan Divide'

Martin Frost, a former congressman from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is keen observer of national politics and policy. With 26 years of legislative experience, he is regarded as a preeminent political analyst among his peers. He held numerous leadership positions in his party and was also considered to be one of its top strategists, an innovative lawmaker who was able to craft bipartisan legislation.

Tom Davis is a former Republican congressman for the state of Virginia. He served seven terms and authored more than 100 bills that became law. Throughout his tenure in Congress, he was widely recognized as a skilled legislator, an honest broker, and a political mastermind. He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of political minutia, often lecturing members of Congress on the electoral history of their own districts.



Date:            Monday, September 12, 2016

Speaker:     Jill Dougherty

Topic:         Re-defining Russia: Vladimir Putin’s Ideology

Jill Dougherty, is an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union and is presently doing research at the Wilson Center. In her three-decade career with CNN she served as Foreign Affairs Correspondent, based in Washington, D.C.,where she covered the State Department and provided analysis on international issues.

Dougherty previously served as U.S. Affairs Editor for CNN International; Managing Editor of CNN International Asia/Pacific, based in Hong Kong; and CNN's Moscow Bureau Chief and Correspondent.

From 1991 to 1996 she was CNN White House Correspondent, covering the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

In 2013-14 she was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where she pursued research on Russia’s mass media.

Dougherty received her B.A. degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her M.A. from Georgetown University where she researched Russia’s soft power diplomacy.