2020-2021 SPEAKERS

February Meeting (via Zoom)

Date:            Tuesday February 16, 2021 

Speaker:     Judd Devermont

Topic:       Africa Matters to U.S. Cities: the Hometown Argument

Judd Devermont is the Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Wash. D.C. Prior to joining CSIS, he was served as the representative of the Director of National Intelligence on sub-Saharan issues, and as the Central Intelligence Agency’s senior political analyst on sub-Saharan Africa. He also served at the National Security Council Director for Somalia, Nigeria, the Sahel, and the African Union.

In addition, he is a lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs; a senior advisor at Kupanda Capital, a pan-African investment platform; and at Fraym, a data analytics firm. He also hosts “Into Africa,” a biweekly podcast series on African politics and policy. He holds degrees from UCLA and Yale University in African studies.

January Meeting (via Zoom)

Date:            Tuesday January 26, 2021 

Speaker:     David Shambaugh

Topic:       Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia

David Shambaugh has been Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University since 1996. He was also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution (1998--2015), and previously served as Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in the Elliott School (1996-1998).

Professor Shambaugh is recognized internationally as an authority on contemporary Chinese affairs, with particular expertise in Chinese domestic politics, China's military, Chinese foreign relations (esp. U.S.-China Relations, China-Europe relations, China-Asia relations), and the international politics and security of the Asia-Pacific region. He has authored or edited numerous books and articles. His latest book is Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia (2020).

Professor Shambaugh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and B.A. cum laude in East Asian Studies from The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

December Meeting (via Zoom)

Date:            Wednesday December 9, 2020 

Speaker:     Charles Kupchan

Topic:       "After America First:
                    Navigating America’s Isolationism and Internationalist Traditions "

Dr. Kupchan is Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University, and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

From 2014 to 2017 Kupchan served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council in the Obama White House. He was also Director for European Affairs on the NSC during the first Clinton administration. Before joining the Clinton NSC, he worked in the U.S. Department of State on the Policy Planning Staff. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University.

He is the author of Isolationism: A History of America's Efforts to Shield Itself from the World (2020), No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn (2012), How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (2010), The End of the America Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-first Century (2002), Power in Transition: The Peaceful Change of International Order (2001), Civic Engagement in the Atlantic Community (1999), Atlantic Security: Contending Visions (1998), Nationalism and Nationalities in the New Europe (1995), The Vulnerability of Empire (1994), The Persian Gulf and the West (1987), and numerous articles on international and strategic affairs.


Date:            Tuesday November 10, 2020 

Speaker:     Chuck Rosenberg

Topic:          "The Rule of Law: Norms Matter"

Chuck Rosenberg is former Chief of Staff to the Director of the FBI.

Chuck Rosenberg has held numerous senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice including U.S. Attorney in Virginia and Texas; Senior Counselor for National Security and Chief of Staff to two FBI Directors; Counselor to the Attorney General of the U.S.; and as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration until 2017. Currently he serves as a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC; Senior Counsel to a Washington, D.C. law firm; and as Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is also the host of a podcast, The Oath.


Date:            Tuesday October 13, 2020 

Speaker:     David Levine

Topic:          "The vulnerabilities of elections in the U.S. and abroad"

David Levine , is the Elections Integrity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. David previously served in a range of positions administering and observing elections, and advocating for election reform. As the Ada County, Idaho Elections Director, he managed the administration of all federal, state county and local district elections in Boise and its environs.

As Election Management Advisor for the Washington, DC Board of Elections, he supported the Executive Director and the Board in highly complex matters relating to elections operations, data management, voter registration and outreach, and advised others concerning legislation, statutes and regulations impacting election programs. He also served as the Deputy Director of Elections for the City of Richmond, Virginia.

Before he actually administered elections, David worked with advocacy groups to improve the election process. He has also observed elections overseas in a number of countries for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Haverford College and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.


Date:            Monday September 14, 2020 

Speaker:     Ingrid Rabe

Topic:          "Global Health Issues and Covid-19."

Dr. Ingrid Rabe serves as a Consulting Medical Epidemiologist for the World Health Organization. Her responsibilities include leading pilot sentinel surveillance for arboviruses in several African and Asian countries, and for co-development of the WHO Arbovirus Strategic Plan.

Previously she was a Medical Epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Decease Control and Prevention. She continues to serve as an external examiner in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Dr. Rabe holds medical degrees from Pretoria University and the University of the Witwatersand.