CIR’s Speaker Program: Livestreams and In-Person Events

CIR regularly hosts livestream and in-person panel discussions, presentations, dialogues, and luncheons on pressing issues. We also feature dinners, photo presentations, and film screenings to help us better understand the world and its cultures.

Our speaker program is one of our flagship programs. We bring to the CIR stage former ambassadors, journalists, academics, students, photographers, and activists – all of whom help advance our understandings of how to be a responsible global citizen.

Please note that opinions expressed by speakers are solely their own and do not express the views or opinions of CIR. CIR is a nonpartisan convener of talks and does not endorse the commentary, ideas, or opinions of any speaker on the CIR stage.


Thursday, June 25, 2020: How might foreign intelligence services best exploit the current situation in the United States?

Thursday, June 18, 2020: Rule of Law Panel #3: Can the American Body Politic Survive in a Post-Pandemic World?

Thursday, June 11, 2020: Amb. Mary Ann Casey on Radical Islam in Mediterranean North Africa:  Can Democracy Flourish in Tunisia and Algeria?

Thursday, June 4, 2020: Julie McCarthy on Hong Kong, Democracy, and the Coronavirus.

Friday, May 29, 2020: Rebecca Kitson and Kimberly Gauderman on Immigration, Asylum, and Coronavirus. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020: Dr. Braden Allenby on Engineering Resilience.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020: Joshua Hammer on The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Beyond

Thursday, May 21, 2020: Ko-Yung Tung on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Tuesday, May 19, 2020: Coronavirus in the Middle East.Drs. Emile Nakhleh and Todd Greentree.

Thursday, May 14, 2020: Rule of Law II: Diverging Sovereignties in Crisis.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020: Amb. Harry Thomas led the final session of Great Decisions 2020 on The Philippines and the United States. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020The Philippines and the U.S. Speaker: Amb. Harry Thomas (US ambassador to the Philippines 2010-2013).

Thursday, May 7, 2020: Amb. Deborah Jones in conversation with Amb. Vicki Huddleston on Libya in Chaos: Origins, Players and Outcomes.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020: Cryptocurrencies and Sovereignty. Speakers: Drs. Manuel Montoya and Reilly White.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Speaker: Lynn SanchezThe Life Link.

Thursday, April 30, 2020: Dr. Dennis de Tray on Why counterinsurgency fails: the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020: In the Fog of the Pandemic featured three voices from across Latin America — Carlos Viniegra (Mexico City), Nancy McGirr (Antigua, Guatemala), and Ángel Páez — sharing their stories of how the pandemic has changed their lives, their cultures, and their countries. Watch the talk here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Dr. Todd Greentree on the Great Decisions discussion, “Artificial Intelligence and Data”. Watch the talk here.

Thursday, April 23, 2020Dr. Todd Greentree on “The Coronavirus Pandemic: Black Swans and Pink Flamingoes”. How has corona reset international relations? What are the true costs of the absence of American leadership? How are the world’s populists responding to the crisis? Its authoritarians? What’s happening in weak or failed states?Watch the talk here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Dr. Todd Greentree leads this Great Decisions discussion on  Red Sea SecurityWatch the talk here.

Thursday, April 16th 2020: Panel discussion on “Demolishing the Foundations: Worldwide Consequences of America’s Assault on the Rule of Law.” From the Declaration of Independence forward, until 2017, commitment to the Rule of Law has underlain all American governments and was never a partisan issue. Panelists include Chuck Case (retired US bankruptcy judge and CIR Board President); Rich Moriarty (whose legal career spanned 40+ years in public and private sectors, and included arguing before the US Supreme Court); Richard Silver (former foreign service officer, lawyer, CIR Board Member); and moderating will be Vicki Huddleston (former US ambassador to Mali, Madagascar, and Chief of the US Interests Section in Cuba). Watch the talk here.

Thursday, April 23rd 2020: Todd Greentree on The Coronavirus Pandemic: Black Swans and Pink Flamingoes. He’ll circle around one main question: how has corona reset international relations? Further, what are the true costs of the absence of American leadership? How are the world’s populists responding to the crisis? Its authoritarians? What’s happening in weak or failed states? So many tantalizing questions… Bring your own questions for this interactive session with a true local/global authority. Watch the talk here.

April 14, 2020: [live stream] Dr. Todd Greentree in a Great Decisions discussion on US Relations with the Northern TriangleWatch the talk here.

April 9, 2020: [live stream] Mike Vigil on Drug Trafficking, Coronavirus, and Nicolas Maduro. Watch the talk here (slightly cut at beginning).

April 7, 2020: [live stream] Dr. Todd Greentree in a Great Decisions discussion on China’s Road into Latin AmericaWatch the talk here.

April 2, 2020: [live stream] Dr. Todd Greentree on Pandemics, Chaos, and International Relations. Watch the talk here.

March 27, 2020: [live stream] Katie Singer on Limits of Internet Growth.  Watch the talk here.

February 20, 2020: former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes, David Scheffer. All details here.

February 18, 2020: Great Decisions: Climate Change and the Global Order. Speaker: Steven Rudnick. All details here.

February 13, 2020: Dr. Nader Hashemi and Dr. Emile Nakhleh discuss The Problem of Iran: Rethinking US Middle East PolicyAll details here.

February 3, 2020: Impeaching a President. With Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Amb. Vicki Huddleston. All details here.

January 30, 2020: former Acting Director of the CIA, Michael Morell. All details here.

January 28, 2020: Great Decisions: India and Pakistan. Speaker: Todd Greentree. All details here.

January 16, 2020: John Dobson speaks about the past, present and future of Tariffs and TradeAll details here.

January 16, 2020: War with Iran? With Amb. Vicki Huddleston, Dr. Emile Nakhleh and Dr. Todd Greentree. All details here.

December 12, 2019: CIR’s Holiday Party. All details here.

December 10, 2019. The Amb. Vicki Huddleston Lectures. All details here.

December 5, 2019: Special Film Screening of Another Day of Life. All details here.

December 3, 2019: Benedicte Valentiner speaks about her many years as Chatelaine of Blair House. All details here.

November 14-15, 2019: Journalism under Fire returns! This year we ask, “how is technology shaping the truth?” All details here.

November 7, 2019: South Sudan: Can Africa’s Newest Nation Ever Find Peace and Prosperity? With Amb. Mark Asquino. All details here.