News & Events

U.S. Challenges in the Middle East – Dennis Ross, April 20, 2017

Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, he served two years as special assistant to President Obama and the National Security Council's senior director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process.

Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy – a lecture by Eric Reading, April 6, 2017

Reading is executive vice president of the development firm Chemonics International, whose mission is to promote change around the world to “help people live healthier, more productive, and more independent lives.” He contends that while foreign assistance is commonly known for its humanitarian outcomes, foreign assistance is a vital component of the U.S. national security strategy and critical to U.S. economic prosperity.

Ukraine: Between East and West – a lecture by Maryna Shkuropat, March 30, 2017

Maryna Shkuropat is professor at the Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages in Ukraine and, currently, a Fulbright Scholar in residence at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Germany’s Refugee Challenge - a lecture by Anke Culver, February 23, 2017

Professor Culver is an authority on the effects of globalization and cultural differences on marketing and consumer behavior, both in her native Germany and in the United States. She lectures frequently on these subjects at two German universities: the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide and the Nord-akademie in Elmshorn. She also has taught at a number of American universities, including: Pacific Lutheran University; Northern Illinois University; and Loyola University in Chicago, her alma mater.