International Speaker Series

International Speaker Series: H.E. Aung Lynn, Ambassador of Myanmar to the United States

Aung Lynn was appointed on July 18, 2016, as the ambassador to the United States from  Myanmar. It’s the first time in more than 50 years that a career member of the Foreign Ministry has held the post.

Aung Lynn’s early work was in geology. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Yangon and joined his country’s government in 1982 as an assistant engineering geologist in the Ministry of Irrigation. The following year he moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

International Speaker Series: Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

Having served at the highest levels of the Federal Government, in Congress and as the 24th U.S Secretary of Defense, Secretary Hagel will share his perspectives on current and past U.S. foreign policy, the direction of U.S. involvement in international engagement, recent global developments, and issues of international security. 

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International Speaker Series: Talmage Boston

Talmage Boston is an expert lawyer, historian, and author who has written numerous legal and history texts, including his newest book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents. In his presentation, "Five Commandments for Presidential Leadership," Boston will summarize what he has found to be the most important traits in a President and offer unbiased questions that we should ask ourselves about the current election, based on the presidential history.

International Speaker Series: H.E. Arun K. Singh, Ambassador of India to the United States

H.E. Arun K. Singh was appointed to his position as Ambassador of India to the United States by the Ministry of External Affairs of India on March 8th, 2015.  Prior to this role, he served in a number of high-ranking positions within the Indian Foreign Service.  Ambassador Singh will share his perspectives about the significant progress that has been made in bilateral cooperation and international partnership between both India and the United States.  

International Speaker Series: Robert Walker

Robert Walker is the President of the Population Institute.

Walker will share his insights into the consequences of rapid population growth around the globe, and its impact on the poorest and hungriest countries. As competition for resources continues to create conflict around the globe, this discussion is more pertinent than ever. Walker has led the Population Institute in a ground-breaking research report, which is the first ever project to identify and rank those countries facing the greatest demographic challenges. 

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International Speaker Series: Dr. Lyle Goldstein

Professor Goldstein will discuss his most recent book, Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry. 

Prof. Lyle J. Goldstein is an associate professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute, which was established at U.S. Naval War College to improve mutual understanding and maritime cooperation with China. Professor Goldstein has conducted field research in China and Russia and has written numerous publications on Chinese security policy, especially concerning maritime development. 

International Speaker Series: Matthew Bishop

Matthew Bishop is the Senior Editor and former Globalization Editor of The Economist.

Bishop will provide insight regarding the historical context behind the current global economic challenges and the importance of impact investing and social entrepreneurship in the global economy. In addition to his work with The Economist, Bishop authored two recent works:"The Road from Ruin: How to Renew Capitalism and Put America Back on Top" and "Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World."

International Speaker Series: Colonel Mark Mykleby

The spring installments of the 7th Annual International Speaker Series begin with Colonel Mykleby who will deliver a presentation entitled Sustainability: An American Grand Strategy for the 21st Century followed by questions from the audience.

As Special Strategic Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colonel Mark Mykleby co-authored A National Strategic Narrative, a concept paper which centers on sustainability’s role in American domestic and foreign policy.