Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series

The Einaudi Center launched the Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series in Spring 2006 with a talk by Larry Diamond, professor of political science and sociology and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Since then, the series welcomed several other prominent speakers that are listed below. The Series foresees 4-6 speakers a year who have a position of prominence in international affairs and can address topical issues from a variety of perspectives.

Click on the name of a speaker below to learn more about these events. Features include summaries of the lectures, media coverage, as well as videos of the talks available through CornellCast video (

The Einaudi Center also hosts the Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels World Affairs Fellowship that brings to campus persons who have distinguished themselves as international public figures.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs

“Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction”

Dwight E. Stanford Chair in U.S. Foreign Relations at San Diego State University

"America: Empire or Umpire, and At What Cost?"

Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State in South Africa

"The Role of Higher Education in the Development of South Africa"

Australian Ambassador to the United States of America

"Old Ally, New Challenge: Rebalancing in a World Clamoring for American Attention"

South African Constitutional Court Justice (1994-2009) and anti-Apartheid activist

"Liberating the Mind and Liberating the Heart: South African Experience in Dealing with Terrorism and Torture"

Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College and
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

"The Search for a Liberal Foreign Policy"

Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor at the Washington Post

"The Surge of Uncertainty: An Examination of America's Strategy in Afghanistan"

Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University
Whitney H. Shepardson Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

"After Pax Americana: No One's World"

Housum Professor of History at Yale University

"Thinking the Twentieth Century"

Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

"India in a Globalized World: Some Policy Dilemmas"

Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundations and Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at The City University of New York

"The Crisis of Zionism"

A.D. White Professor-at-Large and Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick

"The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on the Future of International Relations"

Associate Professor of Energy Policy at Sharif University of Technology, Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies at MIT, and Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran, 1988-1997

"Iran's Foreign Policy and its Future"

CNN National Security Analyst and Bestselling Author

"The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama, and Ordinary Muslims are Remaking the Middle East"

Professor of International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

"When Should the U.S. Intervene? Criteria for Military Intervention in Weak Countries"

Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 
"The Future of Liberal Internationalism"

Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University 
"On Giving Strategic Advice to Leaders"

Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College 

"Enemies of Democracy"

Ambassador of Colombia to the United States (2006-Sep 2010)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia (2002-2006)
"The United States and Colombia: An important regional partnership"

Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government
"Doomed to Fail: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy"

President of the Czech Republic"A Return to Cornell: Personal Remarks by the Czech President"

Professor of Government at Columbia University and Director of Columbia's Institute of African Studies
"Lessons of Darfur: Human Rights Activism and Africa"

Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of the China and the World Program, Princeton University
"Challenges and Opportunities in U.S.-China Relations"

Staff writer at the New Yorker and President of the New American Foundation 
"Osama Bin Laden and the Age of Globalized Terror"

Former Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.
"What We Expect from America: A Saudi Perspective"

Czech Ambassador to the United Nations
"The 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism - A Czech Perspective"

Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
"What Future for U.S. Democracy Promotion Under President Obama?"

President, Center for Global Development
"The White House and the World: A Global Development Agenda for the Next U.S. President"

Professor of International Relations at Stanford and former Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State
"Can America Find a Grand Strategy?"

Bernard Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the International Development Program, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
"American Foreign Policy after the Bush Administration"

Retired General in the U.S. Marine Corps, former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command, Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Professor
"The New World Order"

Senior Research Fellow, Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, Paris
"EU enlargement and the Turkish accession"
Moderated by Christopher J. Anderson

Former EC Ambassador to the international organizations in Geneva
"EU-US trade relations, WTO and the Doha Round"

Media Coverage

Einaudi Center News

Wageningen University and Chairman of the Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority
"Genetically Modified Crops in Europe: Regulation, Risk Assessment and Public Attitude"

Founder and Executive Committee Chair of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH) and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council
"Peace in the Middle East: Who Needs It?"
Moderated by President David Skorton

Dean Acheson Professor, Director of the European Studies Program, John Hopkins University
"The Return of the Twin-Deficits and the Future of the Dollar"

Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland
"Media, Opinion, and Identity in the Arab World"

Department of Political Science, University of Chicago
"Why the Bush Doctrine Crashed and Burned in Iraq"

Former Assistant Secretary General of the UN; Senior Adviser at the UN Foundation
"Issues for the New United Nations Secretary-General: An American Perspective"

Former Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General, UN Under-Secretary-General
"May We Please Listen to the Darfurians Themselves? Sudan’s Lost Voices"

Professor of political science and sociology and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
"Prospects for Democracy in Iraq and the Middle East"