2015-2016 Speaker Series​​​​​​​

"Yemen in a Regional Context"
with Joanne Cummings

Joanne Cummings works for the U.S. Department of State and has served extensively in the Middle East, North Africa, and East Africa. Daughter of a Foreign Service Officer, she was raised in Lebanon, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. In the private sector and for Department of State, she has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Syria, and Ethiopia, as well as nine years working regionally from Morocco through Pakistan. She has lived through, and served in, a variety of stress and conflict environments. She was evacuated from Syria and now serves in Yemen as Political and Economic Section Chief.
"Realities on the Ground in the Middle East"
with Brent Shapiro

Brent Shapiro is a regional security consultant, a long-standing member of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Special Operations veteran who has long served as a consultant to a range of federal agencies and other entities on operational realities in the Middle East. In addition, Mr. Shapiro speaks regularly across the country on regional Middle Eastern issues, security challenges and socio-political dynamics.
"South Asian Politics: Climate Change and Security"
with Neil Bhatiya

Neil Bhatiya is a Policy Associate at The Century Foundation where he researches U.S. foreign policy and international climate change policy with a specific focus on environmental peacebuilding, and climate change in South Asia.
"U.S. Nuclear Policy Issues"
with Rose E. Gottemoeller

As Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Rose E. Gottemoeller advises the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament. She has served as Acting in this position since February 2012. While Acting, Ms. Gottemoeller continued to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control Verification and Compliance, a position she was appointed to in April 2009.
"The Modern Middle East"
Members Day with Lunch, Discussion & Dinner Speakers

Members Day will feature two formal speakers as well as connecting series of panels and engagement opportunities for DCFR Members and their guests. The DCFR Lunch Meeting will feature Ambassador Robert Harrison. At Dinner, there will be a presentation featuring distinguished Professor Eytan Gilboa of the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum discussing regional issues.
"Buttressing the Twin Pillars: The Future of US Relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran"
with Toby Matthiesen

Co-Sponsored by The Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver

Toby Matthiesen is a Research Fellow in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. He was previously a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His first book Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn't was published by Stanford University Press in 2013.
"The Politics of National Intelligence"
with Dr. Joshua Rovner

Dr. Joshua Rovner of Southern Methodist University where he is the John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair of International Politics and National Security, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of Studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies. Before coming to Southern Methodist University, he was Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College, and he also taught at Columbia University and Williams College. He is the author of Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011), which won the International Studies Association Best Book Award for security studies, and the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award.
"The EU and the Iran Nuclear Deal"
with Cornelius Adebahr

Co-Sponsored by the Colorado European Center of Excellence (CEUCE)

Cornelius Adebahr is an associate in the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. Dr. Adebahr is also an associate fellow at the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations, where he consults on a project supporting think tanks in the Western Balkans that is funded by the German Foreign Office. Dr. Adebahr has been a fellow of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Program of the Volkswagen Foundation as well as of the Postgraduate Program in International Affairs of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the German National Merit Foundation.
"America's Alliance Dilemmas: Dealing with Adversaries and Difficult Friends"
with Dr. Timothy Crawford

Dr. Crawford's current research project focuses on the strategy and politics of dividing alliances in the first and second world wars. He is the author of Pivotal Deterrence: Third Party Statecraft and the Pursuit of Peace  (Cornell, 2003), which was the winner of the 2003 Edgar S Furniss Book Award. He is also co-ediotr with Alan J Kuperman on Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion, and Civil War (Routledge, 2006).
"A Discussion of the Middle East"
with Gerald M. Feierstein

Gerald M. Feierstein is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Prior to his current appointment, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen from September 2010 until September 2013. Ambassador Feierstein, a specialist in Near East and South Asian Affairs, entered the Foreign Service in June 1975 and has served overseas in nine postings: Islamabad (1976-1978), Tunis (1983-1985), Riyadh (1985-1987), Peshawar (1989-1992), Muscat (1995-1998), Jerusalem (1998-2001), Beirut (2003-2004), Islamabad (2008-2010) and Sana'a. In Washington, Feierstein previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Coordinator for Programs in the Bureau of Counterterrorism from 2006-2008.
"The European Refugee and Migrant Crisis"
with Frances Burwell

Co-Sponsored by the Colorado European Center of Excellence (CEUCE)

Frances G. Burwell is the Vice President of European Union and Special Initiatives at the Atlantic Council. Her previous experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the Center for International Security Studies at the University of Maryland. She also served as the Founding Executive Director of Women in International Security. Vice president Burwell's areas of expertise cover a range of transatlantic economic and political issues, including US-EU relations and the development of the European Union's foreign and defense policies.
"The Challenges of Post-Conflict Peacebuilding"
with Dr. Naazneen Barma

Dr. Barma's research and teaching focus on the political economy of development, international interventions in post-conflict stsates, and natural resource governance, with a regional specialization in East Asia and the Pacific at the Naval Post-Graduate School. Prior to joining the faculty at the Naval Post-Graduate School, Dr. Barma was a Young Professional and Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank, where she conducted political economy analysis and worked on operational dimensions of governance and institutional reform in the East Asia Pacfic Region.
Leadership in Global Engagement Award presented to Daniel F. Ritchie

Speaker Series: 2015 Fall - 2017 Spring