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2022-2023 Lecture Series

Only Full Members may attend lectures.
Associate Members have access to recorded videos placed on the website after the event. 
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CMimi Gregory

The 2022-2023 season lectures will be in-person again*. 

To access 2021-22 Season Recordings and Videos, Click "Lecture Archive."

NEW LECTURE VENUE: to be announced

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The afternoon lecture starts at 3:45 PM and the evening lecture starts at 7:30 PM. Please check your membership card for the lecture time that you are signed up for. 

* Lectures will also be live-streamed via Zoom and recorded for later viewing.




November 1  

Ömer Taspinar, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)  

“Turkey, Islam and the West: A Growing Disconnect"

To watch a video recording of this lecture click here


November 15 

Ryan Berg, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“Turbulence in the Caribbean: Uprisings in Cuba and Assassination in Haiti”     


December 6 

Christopher Painter, President of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise.

“Responding to Nation-State, Criminal and other Threats in Cyberspace: Can We Build a More Secure Future?”


January 10 

Ryan Hass, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution,

Chair in Taiwan Studies.

“Is the United States Destined For War in the Taiwan Strait? “


January 24 

Andrew Tabler, Martin J. Gross Fellow on Arab Studies, Syria and the Levant, and Anna Borshchevskaya, Senior Fellow on Russian Policy in the Middle East, Washington Institute.

Putin’s War in Syria: Unpacking Russia’s Syria Strategy


February 7 

Ambassador Ryan Crocker, [USA ret.] Career Ambassador, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan. Diplomat in Residence, Princeton University.

Leaving Afghanistan”.


February 22

Suzanne DiMaggio, Chairman, Quincy Institute. Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“Talking with the Enemy: The Cases of North Korea and Iran”

March 7 

Dr. Mariya Omelicheva, Professor National Security Strategy, National War College, and 

William H. Hill, Global Fellow at the Wilson Center Kennan Institute, Expert on Russia and former Soviet Union

“Understanding Vladimir Putin: His Battle Strategy and Psychological Interpretation of Rebuilding the Soviet Empire”

March 21 

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner,[USA ret.] Egypt, India, Philippines and Zambia. International Affairs Advisor , Squire Patton Boggs (US), American Academy of Diplomacy.

“Reflections On Our Pivot to Asia”

April 4

Katherine Zimmerman is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and an adviser to AEI’s Critical Threats Project.

"After Afghanistan: Countering al Qaeda and the Islamic State"  

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