Past Speakers

Yossi Alpher

Yossi Alpher is a consultant and writer on Israel-related strategic issues, and is co-editor, with Ghassan Khatib (Minister of Labour in the Palestinian Authority) of, a web-based Israeli-Palestinian political magazine.

Ivan Eland

Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty of the Independent Institute

Larry Birns

Larry Birns, Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Phil Bobbitt

Professor of Law at University of Texas

Sherif Fam

Mr. Fam, a U.S. citizen, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and is a retired engineer.

He has been active in efforts to resolve the Israel- Palestine conflict working with a number of organizations including the Boston Coalition for Palestine, in which he is a member of the steering
committee, and United for Justice and Peace: Israel-Palestine Task Force. He hosts a weekly radio program “This Week in Palestine” broadcast from Boston College over station WZBC.

Christopher Hall

Christopher Hall, President, American University in Kosovo

John Buell

John Buell

John Buell is a political economist who lives in Southwest Harbor, ME. He writes a column for the Bangor Daily News.
Daydreams and Nightmares: Remaking Modern Transportation

Nieman Weekend

Nieman Weekend with Journalists from Brazil, South Africa, Palestine, Colombia, China, Australia, Japan, Albania, Pakistan, Canada, Cameroon

Charles Waterman

Charles Waterman

Charles Waterman is the Chief Executive Officer and founding member of Jefferson Waterman International. Before founding JWI, Charles Waterman held several leading positions within the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. Waterman spent many years living and working overseas in Kuwait, Cairo, Beirut, Amman, and Jiddah.

Maj. Scott Ritter

Maj. Scott Ritter, USMC (Ret.) Chief Weapons
Inspector For the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq

Brook Larmer

Brook Larmer, Bureau Chief in, Shanghai, Buenos Aires Miami and Hong Kong for Newsweek

John MacGaffin

John MacGaffin, retired senior CIA officer, current Consultant on International Affairs

Upcoming Speakers

  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    John Harvey
    Topic: U.S. Nuclear Forces: Decisions for the Trump Administration
  • Monday, May 15, 2017
    Ambassador Chas Freeman
    Topic: America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East
  • Monday June 12, 2017
    Trita Parsi
    Topic: Iran again
  • Monday, July 10, 2017
    Anne Garrels
    Topic: Putin Country: The Real Russia
  • Monday, August 7, 2017
    Jennifer Cooke
    Topic: Africa
  • Monday, September 18, 2017
    Juan Cole
    Topic: The Middle East
  • Tentative Date: Monday October 23. Alternate: Monday, October 30
    Ambassador Mike McFaul
    Topic: Russia

Past Speakers