Meet our Next Speaker
Monday, December 1
Topic: How Russia Sees the World
Ken Hillas, a Senior Foreign Service Officer, is now Professor of Strategy at the National War College and a Senior Inspector at the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors. From March 2008 until June 2009, he led a 40-person, inter-agency Provincial Reconstruction Team in the south-central Iraqi Province of Babil. He has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at both the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland (2005-2008) and the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic (2002-2005). He was in 2000-2001 the State Department’s Deputy Special Negotiator for Eurasian Conflicts with an OSCE mandate to mediate the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. He has been a member of the Foreign Service for 30 years and has received several Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards.
His foreign assignments have included Mexico, Russia, Italy and South Africa, as well as a short-term assignment in 1993-94 on the Bosnia Border Monitor Mission prior to the Dayton Accords-Serbian Border. He speaks good Russian, Spanish and Italian, as well as fair Polish and Czech.
A graduate of the University of Maine (BA, 1976), Mr. Hillas received an MA in 1977 in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in 2000 in National Security Studies from the National War College. He and his wife Barbara have been married 32 years and raised four children.
Meetings open to members only. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place at Erickson Hall at Point Lookout. Please plan on arriving by 11:30AM for noon meetings. The speaker begins promptly at noon and lunch is served from 1PM.
A Few Audios of Past Presentations
Listed below are links to past presentations for which audios have recently been added. Click on the link to gain access:
- Ambassador Peter Galbraith on Iraq and Syria: What’s Next?
- Shibley Telhami on The World Through Arab Eyes
- Jim Hightower’s Common Sense Commentaries
- Dean Cheng on China: The Three Nots
- Michelle Egan on US-EU Relations
- John Mearsheimer on The Follies of US Foreign Policy
- Stephen Kinzer on “The Brothers: John Foster and Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War”
- Ambassador Jack Matlock on Ukraine
- Peter Mattis on Chinese Intelligence
- Ambassador Laurence Pope on The Demilitarization of Diplomacy
- Paul Saunder on Russia and the U.S.
- Greg Thielmann on Iran Negotiations
- Trita Parsi on “Iran: Is Peace Finally in the Offing?“
- Diana Negroponte on Post-Chavez Venezuela
- Aaron David Miller on Gulliver’s Troubles: America and the Middle East
- Fred Kaplan on Counter-Insurgency: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
- Amb. Vicki Huddleston on Africa: al Qaida, Mali, and Who Knows What Else?
- Dana Frank on The U.S. and Post-Coup Honduras: A Human Rights Disaster
- Ray McGovern on Obama in lockstep with Israel on Iran? Why?
- Gregory Johnsen on Yemen, Drones and a Drone Policy
- Larry Wilkerson on Does It Really Matter Who’s President?
- Michael Pillsbury on A China Policy for the United States
- Ambassador Husain Haqqani on The US-Pakistan Alliance
- Joan Johnson-Freese on The Quest to Dominate Space
- Richard Downes: Brazil’s Emergence
- Michael Klare: “The Race for What’s Left”
- Murhaf Jouejati: “Syria: A New Perspective”
- Stephen Walt: “Deja Vu All Over Again?: Iraq, Iran, and the Israel Lobby“
- Josh Landis: “A Policy of Regime Change for Syria?“
- James Farwell on ‘The Pakistan Cauldron‘
- Sa’ad Ibrahim on “The Arab Spring in Egypt“
- Colonel Bill Smullen on “Thinking Strategically about US Foreign Policy“
- Peter Van Buren on “Lessons from the ‘reconstruction’ of Iraq“
- Nazila Fathi on “Iran and its Supreme Leader: Two years after the Contested Election“
- Tom DeMarco on “CyberWar: Science or Science Fiction?“
- Seth Jones on “Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa’ida Since 9/11“
- Yossi Alpher on “A Win-Win Formula for Palestinian Statehood“
- Allen Wells on “So Far From God, So Close to the United States: Mexico’s Most Pressing Challenges“
- Adam Hochschild on “A New Look at the Conflict That Shaped the 20th Century”
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