World Affairs Lecture Series

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2013 -2014 Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price
World Affairs Lecture Series


JohnZogby300dpiJohn Zogby
Senior Analyst, Zogby Analytics
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 7:00 PM

First Globals, Americans born between 1979 and 1994, are truly more globally aware than any other generation. They are sensitive and want to make their workplace and planet a better place. How do we begin to understand them and position them to better play out their destiny? John Zogby will examine who First Globals really are, what they have to offer, and how they are the best equipped of all to thrive and solve the problems of our shared world today and tomorrow.

John Zogby, founder of the “Zogby Poll” and Zogby companies, is an internationally respected pollster, opinion leader and best-selling author.  Zogby writes weekly columns on, is a founding contributor to The Huffington Post, and is often published on the opinion pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.  Zogby is a senior advisor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Commissioner for the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Smart Power, and the author of First Globals.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.


TerenceMcKnightWebRear Admiral Terence E. McKnight, USN (Ret)
Vice President, Government Relations, Cobham
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7:00 PM

Piracy is on the rise and fast becoming a serious global security issue, with an estimated worldwide economic impact of piracy estimated at $13 billion a year.  In 2011 pirates took 1,000 seafarers into captivity.  What are the measures that the U.S. government must take to curb the flow of U.S. dollars for ransom payment and protect the free flow of commerce throughout the world?

In 2009, Rear Adm. Terry McKnight took command of CTF 151, the multinational task force on patrol in the Gulf of Aden.  As task force commander, he directed operations that disrupted several hijackings and resulted in the capture of numerous Somali pirates.  A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, and the U.S. Army War College, his personal decorations include the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.  He is the author of Pirate Alley:  Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.


JohnCampbellWebAmbassador John Campbell
Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7:00 PM

Many African countries are profoundly divided, with longstanding grievances, weak institutions, and nascent, if any national identity. When losing an election means losing access to patronage, competitors are willing to risk anything to mobilize divisions within society to protect their access to state wealth and power. How should Western democracies support free and fair elections and the rule of law in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Kenya?

Ambassador Campbell served as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer from 1975 to 2007. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria and Dean of the Language School at the Foreign Service Institute. Notable assignments included Director of the office of UN Political Affairs, and Political Counselor in Nigeria and South Africa. He is the author of Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink and writes the blog Africa in Transition.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.


DouglasJohnstonWebDr. Douglas M. Johnston
President and Founder of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 7:00 PM

How should the United States deal with the jihadist challenge and other religious imperatives that permeate today’s geopolitical landscape? Dr. Johnston argues that what is required is a longer-term strategy of cultural engagement, backed by a deeper understanding of how religion informs the world views and political aspirations of others. He will discuss how religious considerations can be incorporated into the practice of U.S. foreign policy, and describes how the United States should realign itself to deal more effectively with the causal factors underlying religious extremism.

Dr. Johnston served in senior positions in the public and private sectors, including five years at Harvard University where he taught international affairs and founded the Executive Program in National and International Security. His most recent assignment was as Executive Vice President and COO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Johnston is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an MPA and a PhD in political science from Harvard University.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.


AmyWilentzAmy Wilentz
Contributing Editor, Nation Magazine; Professor of English, Literary Journalism Program, University of California, Irvine
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:00 PM

It’s nearing four years since Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake, killing as many as 300,000 people and destroying much residential and business infrastructure, as well as ninety percent of the country’s governmental buildings, not to mention churches, schools, hospitals, and nursing facilities. While billions were pledged to “build Haiti back better,” not much has happened.

A Harvard graduate, Wilentz has written about Haiti since 1986 for major publications, including Time, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. She will take us on a tour of the relationship between locals and outsiders, extrapolating from Haiti to the wider world. She is the winner of the prestigious Whiting Writers Award, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award. Her latest book, Farewell, Fred Voodoo, is her second work of nonfiction on Haiti. (Photo courtesy of Paula Goldman.)

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.


TVPaulWebT.V. Paul, PhD
James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 7:00 PM

Pakistan ranks 124th out of 144 countries in global competitiveness, Taliban forces occupy 30% of the country, and it is perpetually in danger of becoming a failed state – with over a hundred nuclear weapons that could easily fall into terrorists’ hands. Since its founding in 1947, Pakistan has been at the center of major geopolitical struggles. In an age of transnational terrorism and nuclear proliferation, understanding Pakistan’s development, particularly the negative effects of foreign aid and geopolitical centrality, is more important than ever.

T.V. Paul is a leading scholar of international security, regional security, and South Asia. He received his undergraduate education from Kerala University, India; M.Phil in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA. The author or editor of 15 books, his 2009 book The Traditional of Non-use of Nuclear Weapons was selected for the Peace Prize Laureate Exhibition honoring President Barak Obama by the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo. He is the Founding Director of the McGill University Centre for International Peace and Security Studies. (Photo by Rachel Paul.)

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.

2012 -2013 Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price
World Affairs Lecture Series


John Marks in Libya (290X290)John Marks
President and Founder, Search for Common Ground
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 7:00 PM

Preventing violent conflict is among the most crucial challenges facing humanity today. Where mass violence exists, economic development is stifled; human rights are abused; and the environment is devastated. Current problems are simply too complex and too interconnected to be settled on a violent, adversarial basis. What is needed, in John Marks’ view, is a mass attitudinal and behavioral shift toward non-violent, non-adversarial ways of dealing with differences.

30 years ago, Marks founded Search for Common Ground to play a key role in catalyzing such a shift. Under his leadership, Search has become the world’s largest non-profit conflict prevention and peace-building organization with offices in 30 countries. Marks is a former Foreign Service Officer, Executive Assistant to the late US Senator Clifford Case (R-NJ), and Fellow of Harvard’s Institute of Politics. He is also an award-winning, best-selling author, a Skoll Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and an Ashoka Senior Fellow. A graduate of Cornell University, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the UN’s University of Peace.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.

Small edit Mike Haltzel at Bryce Mt.; 28may2012IS THE U.S. IN DECLINE? PUTTING THE 21st CENTURY INTO PERSPECTIVE

Michael Haltzel, PhD
Senior Fellow, School of Advanced International Studies,
Johns Hopkins University
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:00 PM

Two costly and divisive wars, the Great Recession, a variety of seemingly intractable domestic problems, and the concomitant rise of China, India, and Brazil have led many commentators to pronounce the United States in decline. Using a mulch-disciplinary approach, Michael Haltzel examines the concept of decline and argues that in most respects the U.S. is, in fact, well positioned to meet the new challenges of the 21st century. Success, however, is anything but inevitable; American government and society will have to become more flexible, pragmatic, and open to change.

From 1994 to 2005, Dr. Haltzel was European policy advisor to U.S. Vice President (then-Senator) Joseph R. Biden, Jr. His other positions have included Chief of the European Division of the Library of Congress, Director of West European Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Longwood University. The author or editor of ten books on European history and international relations, Dr. Haltzel has been decorated by seven countries of the EU:  Austria, Hungary, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Sweden. He earned a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. and Ph.D., both from Harvard.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.


Tarek Masoud LectureDr. Tarek Masoud
Assistant Professor of Public Policy,
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7:00 PM

In the almost two years since Egypt’s revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood has captured the country’s presidency and dominated its parliament (until the latter was dissolved by the courts). What does the political ascent of Islamists mean for the future of Egypt, and for the future of America’s relationship with that country?

Tarek Masoud is an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A political scientist and Middle East specialist, his research focuses on political development in countries that are poor and unfree.  In 2009, Masoud was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Aaron Wildavsky Award for Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics. Masoud holds an AB with honors from Brown and received his Ph.D in political science with distinction from Yale in 2008.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.


Ioan-Grillo-by-John-Dicke-300x225Ioan Grillo
Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 7:00 PM

El Narco is not a gang; it is a movement and an industry drawing in hundreds of thousands from bullet-ridden barrios to marijuana-growing mountains. And, it has created paramilitary death squads with tens of thousands of men at arms from Guatemala to the Texas border. Drawing on his decade inside Mexico, Grillo goes beyond the abstract, shapeless statistics of drug tonnage and dollar values with countless zeros, and sheds light on the often shadowy power that has torn our nearest neighbor apart in its first decade as a true democracy.

Ioan Grillo has covered Latin America since 2001 for international media, including Time magazine, CNN, the Associated Press, PBS NewsHour, the Houston Chronicle, CBC and Sunday Telegraph. He has witnessed military operations, mafia killings, and cocaine seizures, and has discussed the drug war with two Mexican presidents, three attorney generals, and the U.S. ambassador. A native of England, he lives in Mexico City.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.



Dr. Fouzia Saeed
Author, Human Rights Activist and Academic Scholar
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:00 PM

We are honored to welcome Dr. Saeed, who is recognized as one of the most prominent women’s rights leaders in Pakistan, and whose influence is felt around the world.  She has over 30 years of experience fighting for justice and equality for women in Pakistan, and is the director of Mehergarh, an Islamabad-based human rights and democracy center that conducts training and research on youth activism and empowerment.

Recognizing the important role that citizens can play in shaping public policy and fostering international exchange, Dr. Saeed devotes her career to exploring how civil society can influence legal and political decision-making in Pakistan and the consequences for the United States..

Dr. Fouzia Saeed has over 30 years of work experience as a women’s rights activist and Gender and Development professional. Dr. Saeed devotes her career to exploring how civil society can influence legal and political decision-making in Pakistan and the United States. Dr. Saeed speaks five languages – English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and Pashto. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Women’s Studies and is the author of two critically-acclaimed books on Women’s Issues.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.



Cari GuittardCari E. Guittard
Global Engagement Partners;
Adjunct Faculty, USC & The Hult International Business School Dubai
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 7:00 PM

Are we doing enough to inspire and prepare the next generation to compete and succeed globally? In her interactive and provocative lecture, Guittard will explore weapons of global influence and global mindsets — sharing insights, tools and techniques from a global career.  This event is a must attend for students and faculty, and anyone who works globally, is interested in global affairs, travels extensively, and/or has children interested in pursuing global careers.

Cari E. Guittard is a founding Principal at Global Engagement Partners (GEP), a corporate diplomacy, global engagement, intelligence, defense and strategic communications firm. Prior to her work with GEP Guittard served as founding Executive Director of Business for Diplomatic Action, a private sector-led public diplomacy non-profit whose mission involved engaging and guiding corporations in a variety of global affairs and public diplomacy activities. Guittard teaches graduate courses in Corporate Diplomacy & Geopolitics for the University of Southern California Annenberg School, and courses in International Negotiations and Women’s Leadership for the Hult MBA School in Dubai.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.

The views and opinions expressed in any lecture are solely those of the speaker and do not represent the position or opinion of the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, Westminster College, or our Sponsors.

 2011- 2012 Lectures


Adam Segal, PhD
Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counter-terrorism & National Security Studies,
Council on Foreign Relations
Tue, Sept 13, 2011, 7:00pm

The emergence of India and China as economic powers has shifted the global landscape and called into question the ability of the United States to compete and maintain its technological lead. In Advantage, Adam Segal makes the compelling case for the crucial role of the “software” of innovation and argues that by strengthening its politics, social relations, and institutions that move ideas from the lab to the marketplace, the United States can play to its greatest economic strengths and preserve its position as a global power.

Before joining the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Segal was an arms control analyst for the China Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is the author of Digital Dragon: High-Technology Enterprises in China and writes for the blog Asia Unbound. His work has recently appeared in the Financial Times, the Economist, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs.


Ambassador John Price
Former US Ambassador and Businessman
Tue, Oct 4, 2011, 7:00pm

John Price, one of Utah’s most prominent citizens, was already a successful entrepreneur and businessman when the White House called. In February 2002, he was sworn in as US Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Seychelles, and the Union of the Comoros. Drawing from his telling new autobiography, When the White House Calls, Price will discuss lessons he learned during his years of service, his concerns for US foreign policy, his thoughts on the future of sub-Saharan Africa, and the need for more engagement in the region.

Born in Berlin, and after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939, Price settled in Salt Lake City and earned his BS in geological engineering from the University of Utah. After operating successful business enterprises throughout the Intermountain region and nationally, he served his country as US Ambassador to the three island nations off the east coast of Africa from 2002 to 2005.


L. Hunter Lovins
President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions
Tue, Nov 15, 2011, 7:00pm

Believe in climate change. Or don’t. But you’d better understand this: the best route to rebuilding our economy, our cities, and our job markets, as well as assuring national security, is doing precisely what you would do if you were scared to death about climate change. In Climate Capitalism, L. Hunter Lovins, with sustainability expert Dr. Boyd Cohen, tells the stories of inventors, major corporations, communities, and main street businesses who are cutting their costs, driving innovation, inspiring their employees, and building prosperity by investing in energy efficiency and renewable resources.

Trained as a sociologist and lawyer, Lovins is also professor of business at Bainbridge Graduate Institute and the chief insurgent of the Madrone Project. Recipient of such honors as the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award, and Leadership in Business, she was named Time Magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet and in 2009, Newsweek dubbed her a “Green Business Icon.” Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide.


Majka Burhardt
Writer, Climber, and Guide
Tue, Jan 17, 2012, 7:00pm

You can’t lead teams through poisonous-snake-infested grasslands, up crumbling sandstone spires, and into confrontations with local tribes without the willingness to have tough conversations—many of them. A champion of “Additive Adventure,” when adventure goes beyond exploration to cultural and environmental connections that create a larger conversation of singular and collective human meaning, Majka Burhardt will examine what it means to dig into these conversations as a leader, and as a team, and how to emerge on the other side with clearer objectives and returns. Burhardt has journeyed from the roof of Africa to the waters of the Arctic. She is the author of two books: Vertical Ethiopia and Coffee Story: Ethiopia. Her writing regularly appears in the Alpinist, AFAR, The Explorer’s Journal, and Climbing Magazine.


Frederick Kempe
President & CEO, Atlantic Council
Tue, Feb 21, 2012, 7:00pm

In his national bestselling book—Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth—author Frederick Kempe calls Kennedy’s record during 1961 one of the worst inaugural year foreign policy performances of any modern presidency. He tracks Kennedy’s actions through his inauguration in January, the Bay of Pigs debacle in April, the Vienna Summit in June, and the construction of the Berlin Wall in August to a showdown of tanks at Checkpoint Charlie in October. The result, he argues, was a brush with nuclear war in 1961 and again during the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later. Yet Kempe’s book has powerful lessons for today, when another young relatively inexperienced president wrestles with the enormous foreign policy challenges of the Arab Awakening and its aftermath.

Selected as one of the European Voice’s 50 most influential Europeans—although he is American—Kempe is an award-winning, 25-year veteran with the Wall Street Journal and currently serves as president and CEO of the Atlantic Council, one of Washington’s premier think tanks.

This event was cancelled.


Lyric Hughes Hale
Editor in Chief, EconVue, Inc.

The world spins in economic turmoil, and who can tell what will happen next? Cold numbers and simple statistical projections don’t take into account social, financial, or political factors that can dramatically alter the economic course of a nation or a region. With unsurpassed expertise, the editor of What’s Next? Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy, explains what’s going on in individual countries, how current global issues will impact them, and what economic scenarios they may face in coming years. Her research covers Russia, Australia, Europe, sub-Saharan and South Africa, the major Asian economies, North America, and the largest economies of Latin America.


  • George Ayittey, PhD:
    President, Free Africa Foundation
  • Amb. Jeffrey Bader:
    Director, China Initiative
  • Ted Galen Carpenter:
    Vice President for Defense & Foreign Policy, Cato Institute
  • John Cassara:
    former CIA Case Officer & Treasury Special Agent
  • Joseph Cirincione:
    Director of Non-proliferation, Carnegie Endowment for Peace
  • Richard Erb, PhD:
    former Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Bruce Everett:
    Professor of Business, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service
  • Roxane Farmanfarmaian, PhD:
    Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Politics and International Relations, Cambridge University
  • Daniel Griswold:
    Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
  • John Hatch:
    Considered the “father of village banking,” also served as FINCA’s (Foundation for International Community Assistance) president
  • Amb. Swanee Hunt:
    Director, Women Waging Peace
  • Karen Kasmauski:
    Photographer, National Geographic
  • Amb. Ted Kattouf:
    President, AmidEast and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and the United Arab Emirates
  • James McGregor:
    Former Asian Wall Street Journal bureau chief, founding partner of BlackInc China and Senior China Advisor for Oglivy Public Relations Worldwide
  • Paul Nicklen:
    Photographer, National Geographic
  • Joseph Nye:
    Pioneered the theory of “Soft Power”
  • Clyde Prestowitz:
    President of the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington
  • Lant Pritchett:
    Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, Harvard University
  • Keith Reinhard:
    Director, Business for Diplomatic Action
  • Larry Rohter:
    Culture Reporter, the New York Times
  • Amb. Sameh Shoukry:
    Egyptian Ambassador to the United States
  • Steven Solomon:
    Economic Journalist and Author
  • Ron Somers:
    President of the US-India Business Council
  • Geoffrey Tabin, MD:
    Director, International Ophthalmology, John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah
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