2021-2022 SPEAKERS

BoiseCFR November Meeting - Via Zoom

Date:            Monday November 22, 2021

Speaker:     Ambassador William H. Hill

Topic:      "U.S.-Russia Relations: Better under Biden?"

William H. Hill is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. A retired Foreign Service officer and US Ambassador, Dr. Hill is an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union, east-west relations, and European multilateral diplomacy.

He served two terms – January 2003-July 2006 and June 1999-November 2001 – as Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, where he was charged with negotiation of a political settlement to the Transdniestrian conflict and facilitation of the withdrawal of Russian forces, arms, and ammunition from Moldova. He is the author of Russia, the Near Abroad and the West: Lessons from the Moldova-Transdniestria Conflict, and No Place for Russia: European Security Institutions Since 1989.

BoiseCFR October Meeting - Via Zoom

NOTE: The speaker for this meeting was originally scheduled to be the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. Unforutnately she had to cancel at the last minute, but Fahad Nazer agreed to substitute.

The Zoom meeting was not recorded by The Boise Committee at the request of the Saudi Embassy.

Date:            Tuesday October 19, 2021 

Speaker:     Fahad Nazer - Official Spokesperson
                     The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C.

Topic:         A Conversation About Saudi Arabia

Fahad Nazer is the official spokesperson for the Embassy of Saudi Arabia to the United States. He was appointed to this role on January 18, 2019.

Prior to this appointment, Nazer was a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and served as an International Fellow at the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations. Additionally. He was also a columnist for the daily newspaper Arab News. His publications have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, YaleGlobal Online, The National Interest, and Newsweek.

Nazer earned his BA in political science from New York University and an M.A in political science from Saint John's University in New York City. He has also completed the credit and examination requirements of the PhD program in political science at the Catholic University of America in Washington.

BoiseCFR September Meeting - Via Zoom

Date:            Thursday September 23, 2021 

Speaker:     Greg Myre

Topic:         Afghanistan: What Went Wrong?

Greg Myre is a national security correspondent for NPR with a focus on the intelligence community, a position that follows his many years as a foreign correspondent covering conflicts around the globe.

Before joining NPR, Myre was a foreign correspondent for 20 years with The New York Times and The Associated Press.

He was first posted to South Africa in 1987, where he witnessed Nelson Mandela's release from prison and reported on the final years of apartheid. He was assigned to Pakistan in 1993 and often traveled to war-torn Afghanistan. He was one of the first reporters to interview members of an obscure new group calling itself the Taliban.

In his years abroad, he traveled to more than 50 countries and reported on a dozen wars. He and his journalist wife Jennifer Griffin co-wrote a 2011 book on their time in Jerusalem, entitled, This Burning Land: Lessons from the Front Lines of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Myre is a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington and has appeared as an analyst on CNN, PBS, BBC, C-SPAN, Fox, Al Jazeera and other networks. He's a graduate of Yale University, where he played football and basketball.