2019-2020 SPEAKERS


Date:            Thursday November 7, 2019 

Speaker:     Ann-Louise Colgan

Topic:          U.S. Institute for Peace: Building Peace in a World of Conflict

Ann-Louise Colgan, is the Director of Public Education at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. The USIP is a nonpartisan institute established by Congress that works with local partners in conflict zones abroad.

Colgan previously managed the Genocide Prevention Taskforce and served as the Director of the Academy for Genocide Prevention the U.S. Holocaust Museum. She was also the Assistant Director of Africa Action that advocates for Africa.


Date:            Wednesday October 16, 2019 

Speaker:     William C. McCahill Jr.

Topic:          Today’s China: It’s Political Culture and Economy

William (Bill) McCahill, is a Senior Resident Fellow of The National Bureau of Asian Research, having joined in November of 2016. He focuses on Chinese domestic politics and policies, and on how those affect foreign investors and businesses in China. His professional experience in China dates from 1976.

Before joining NBR, Mr. McCahill had been senior advisor for China at Mirabaud & Cie., a Geneva-based Swiss private bank. Working from Hong Kong and Suzhou, he advised Mirabaud’s equities traders, capital markets and private banking teams, and their clients. From 2012 through 2014, Mr. McCahill had done similar work with the emerging markets investment bank Religare Capital Markets. He had previously co-founded and managed a China-focused equities and macroeconomic research firm, opened the Beijing office of a major U.S. law firm, and operated a business consultancy in China.

A 25-year Foreign Service career preceded Mr. McCahill’s China business activities. He began his diplomatic service in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Beijing; subsequently held senior posts at U.S. missions in Western Europe, Scandinavia, and Canada; and in 2000 retired from his last posting as chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.


Date:            Friday September 13, 2019 

Speaker:     Senator James Risch, Chairman , Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Topic:          American Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Jim Risch , currently serving a second term as Idaho's 28th Senator. With more than four decades of experience in elected office.

Senator Risch presently serves as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 116th Congress.

Senator Risch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Idaho, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Idaho, College of Law. He served on Law Review and the College of Law Advisory Committee at the University of Idaho and has taught criminal law at Boise State University. He was a small business owner, a rancher/farmer and senior partner in the Risch Goss Insinger Gustavel Law firm at the time of his election to the U.S. Senate.