Upcoming Speakers

Upcoming Speakers

CIR regularly hosts panel discussions, presentations, dialogues, and luncheons on pressing issues. We also feature dinner-and-a-movie events, photo presentations, and film screenings to help us better understand the beauty and mystery of the world – and of far-off 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.


March 3, 2020: Academic WorldQuest. Santa Fe Community College

March 3, 2020: CIR Book Club: The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society. Binyamin Appelbaum. 2019. Details.

March 5, 2020: CIR’s Annual Gala with keynote speaker Amb. Susan RiceAll details here.

March 10, 2020: Great Decisions: U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle. Speaker: Todd Greentree. All details here.

March 17, 2020: Katie Singer discusses the Limits of Internet GrowthAll details here.

March 19, 2020: Stephen Younger, former director of Sandia National Labs on A Century of Arms ControlAll details here.

March 26, 2020: Dr. Sig Hecker, former director of Los Alamos National Labs with 2020: North Korea and IranAll details here.

March 24, 2020: Great Decisions: The Philippines and the U.S. Speaker: TBD. All details here.

April 7, 2020: Great Decisions: Red Sea Security. Speaker: Todd Greentree. All details here.

April 21, 2020: Great Decisions: China’s Road into Latin America. Speaker: Todd Greentree. All details here.

May 5, 2020: Great Decisions: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Speaker: TBD. All details here.

May 5, 2020: CIR Book Club: The Case for Nationalism: How it made us powerful, united, and free. Rich Lowry. 2019. Details.

May 19, 2020: Great Decisions: Artificial Intelligence and Data. Speaker: Todd Greentree. All details here.

July 7, 2020: CIR Book Club: The Asian Century. Parag Khanna. 2019. Details.

September 1, 2020: CIR Book Club: Triple Axis: China, Russia, Iran, and Power Politics. Diana Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai. 2018. Details.

November 3, 2020: CIR Book Club: Inevitable Partnership: Understanding Mexico-U.S. Relations. Clint E. Smith. 2000. Details.

November 18-20, 2020: Journalism under Fire: Capturing Climate Change. All details TBD.


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.