Karim Abdel-Malek, Thursday March 30, 2017

“Jordan: People, Culture, Challenges” Watch this program As a native from Jordan, Karim will share his experience growing up in the capital city of Amman. Jordan has historically been a strong ally of the US. Situated in the center of the Middle East’s many conflicts, bordering countries with significant turmoil, Jordan has accepted over oneContinue reading “Karim Abdel-Malek, Thursday March 30, 2017”

Douglas Jones, Thursday March 9, 2017

“The Election 2016: Was It Hacked?” Watch this program In the lead-up top the presidential election of 2016, both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were quoted saying “the system is rigged.”  They meant very different things, but the as the election grew closer it became evident that hackers, probably Russian, were actively attempting to breakContinue reading “Douglas Jones, Thursday March 9, 2017”

Don Letendre, Wednesday February 1, 2017

“The Global Impact of Drugs” Watch this program From small communities to corporate enterprises, drugs and their impact are reshaping the healthcare and economic landscape, making the educational journey of today’s pharmacists highly demanding and competitive. Peoples’ perceptions about drugs and their impact on society are limited to what they see and read. During thisContinue reading “Don Letendre, Wednesday February 1, 2017”

Jim Leach, Thursday December 15, 2016

“Post-Election Perspectives for International Relations” Watch this program James A. Leach joined the Iowa College of Law after serving most recently as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Leach is best known for his 30 years of service as a representative in Congress where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee,Continue reading “Jim Leach, Thursday December 15, 2016”

Michael Zmolek, Thursday November 3, 2016

“Seven Myths About Immigration” Watch this program Immigration flows and their regional impacts are increasingly taking center stage in global politics. With mainstream journalism focusing more on the reaction to immigration than on its causes, the result is that immigrants are widely vilified as (potential) criminals or even ‘rapists’, or more specifically as people whoContinue reading “Michael Zmolek, Thursday November 3, 2016”

Ambassador John Lange, Tuesday October 25, 2016

“Global Health and Sustainable Development” Watch this program From 1991 to 1995 at the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva, Lange managed humanitarian and refugee assistance channeled through international organizations.  He also had tours of duty in the State Department Bureaus of African Affairs, Western Hemisphere Affairs and Management in Washington and at U.S.Continue reading “Ambassador John Lange, Tuesday October 25, 2016”

Valon Murtezaj, Friday October 14, 2016

“U.S.-Kosovo Relations” Valon Murtezaj was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo in March 2016. Dr. Murtezaj was appointed to this position after a long and successful, professional and academic, experience. Before being appointed to this position, Murtezaj was Principal Advisor for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff to theContinue reading “Valon Murtezaj, Friday October 14, 2016”

H. Glenn Penny, Wednesday October 5, 2016

“German Iowa & the Global Midwest: How to Do Global History Locally” Watch this program German immigrants consistently accounted for the largest number of foreign-born people in Iowa from the 1850s through the 1970s. While today we focus on recent immigrants from Latin America and Southeast Asia, our state remains deeply impacted by an earlierContinue reading “H. Glenn Penny, Wednesday October 5, 2016”

Adam Bobrow, Wednesday May 11, 2016

“U.S.—China Cyber Agreement: Is It Enough of a Good Thing?” Watch this program Cybertheft is a popular issue. I will offer my reflections on the continued need for concrete action to match the rhetoric of the norm against cybertheft. Informed observers have not yet detected a decline in the intrusions from China focused on U.S.Continue reading “Adam Bobrow, Wednesday May 11, 2016”

Ron McMullen, Wednesday April 13, 2016

“Iowa, Heroin, and Afghanistan” Watch this program This presentation will focus on the connection between U.S counter-narcotics policy, the deteriorating rule of law situation in Afghanistan, and Iowa’s surge in opioid and heroin abuse. Ron McMullen, currently the University of Iowa’s Ambassador in Residence, served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea.  Ron hasContinue reading “Ron McMullen, Wednesday April 13, 2016”

Nicholas Martini, Thursday March 10, 2016

“Foreign Policy and the Role of the Public” Watch this program Nicholas Martini is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 2012. His research focuses on the intersection of international relations and political behavior. His current research explores theContinue reading “Nicholas Martini, Thursday March 10, 2016”

Maureen “Micki” McCue, Wednesday February 10, 2016

“The Global Humanitarian Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: What, Why, Who and Where” Watch this program Dr. Maureen McCue has traveled, consulted, and worked extensively around the world as a physician, researcher, and peace maker. She served as physician to 500 US and Soviet Citizen Diplomats during the Cold War walking from Leningrad to MoscowContinue reading “Maureen “Micki” McCue, Wednesday February 10, 2016″

Janice Weiner, Wednesday December 9, 2015

“The Collapse of the Berlin Wall; The Reunification of East & West Germany” Watch this program Janice G. Weiner was a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service for nearly 26 years.  She then worked for two years as professional issues and policy adviser for the American Foreign Service Association.  Her first Foreign Service assignmentContinue reading “Janice Weiner, Wednesday December 9, 2015”

James D. Fielder, Wednesday November 4, 2015

“Putting Theory into Practice: Applying Political Science To Afghanistan Operations” Watch this program In this presentation, Lieutenant Colonel James Fielder, USAF discusses how he applied two political science models to respectively improve Afghan Air Force communications and to forecast the 2014 Afghan Presidential election outcome, the latter which drove force protection decisions for fellow AirmenContinue reading “James D. Fielder, Wednesday November 4, 2015”

Ray McGovern & Coleen Rowley, Tuesday September 29, 2015

“Can We Wade Out of the Big Muddy and Get Back to Some Moral High Ground?” Watch this program Ray McGovern was an Army officer in the early 60s, then a CIA analyst from the administration of John Kennedy to that of George H.W. Bush. Ray prepared the President’s Daily Brief for Nixon, Ford, andContinue reading “Ray McGovern & Coleen Rowley, Tuesday September 29, 2015”

Mariola Espinosa, Wednesday September 2, 2015

“Cuba, US, and Public Health: A History of Strained Relations” Watch this program As tensions between the United States and Cuba begin fitfully to subside, a better understanding of the sources of the strained relationship between the two countries can help illuminate potential stumbling blocks to further progress.  One often-overlooked point of contention over the pastContinue reading “Mariola Espinosa, Wednesday September 2, 2015”

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Thursday May 14, 2015

“Foreign Policy Perspective from a New Zealand Point of View” Watch this program Sir Geoffrey Winston Russell Palmer served as the 33rd Prime Minister of New Zealand from August 1989 until September 1990, leading the Fourth Labour Government. He was responsible for major reforms of the country’s legal and constitutional framework, such as the creation of the Constitution Act 1986, NewContinue reading “Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Thursday May 14, 2015”

Sarah Lande, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

“Visionaries to the Grand Celebration in Beijing—The Iowa Xi Jinping Story” Watch this program “For me, you are America,” then-Vice President of China, Xi Jinping, told Sarah Lande during a 2012 return visit to Muscatine, Iowa. This visit brought Muscatine to the national spotlight, but the visionaries behind this landmark event and the benefits enjoyedContinue reading “Sarah Lande, Tuesday, March 24, 2015”

Jim Olson, Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Iowa and the United Nations” Watch this program As we mark the 69th anniversary of the United Nations Charter on October 24, Jim Olson will describe the many connections of Iowan, past and present, with the United Nations system.  At a time when the United Nations – and the world – face unprecedented challenges and opportunities,Continue reading “Jim Olson, Thursday, October 23, 2014”

Harilaos Stecopoulos, May 1, 2014

“Origins of US Cultural Diplomacy in the 1940s” Watch this program here. Some foundations of current day US diplomacy lie in the cultural internationalism of the 1940’s.  By way of diplomats, authors and thinkers, some obscure, but equally influential figures became its respected architects including William Fulbright, Archibald MacLeish,  and Sumner Welles.  Harilaos Stecopoulos examinesContinue reading “Harilaos Stecopoulos, May 1, 2014”