The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council maintains a roster of speakers who have international expertise and are ready to visit your local organization, school or classroom to present on a wide variety of global topics.
In addition to the esteemed experts below, we have within our network a wide variety of other topical experts. Please contact us if you do not see your area of interest below.
To request a speaker, or find out more information, email CSWAC Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note Speakers Bureau in the subject line.
Dr. William E. Berry, Jr.
Dr. Berry is available to speak on the following topics:
- U.S. national security interests in East Asia
- Inter-Korean relations and prospects for normalization
- Territorial conflicts in the South China Sea
- U.S. civil-military relations
Dr. William E. Berry, Jr. is currently an independent consultant specializing in East Asian security issues after retiring from the Air Force as a colonel in 1997. During his military career, he served in Vietnam, the Philippines, Korea, and Malaysia where he was the air attaché from 1990-1993. He also taught at the Air Force Academy, the National War College, and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and was the senior military professor and chair of the Academy’s Department of Political Science toward the end of his career. A Cornell PhD, he has written and lectured extensively on topics related to U.S. security interests in both Northeast and Southeast Asia. His earlier book, U.S. Bases in the Philippines: The Evolution of the Special Relationship, is generally considered to be one of the seminal works on this subject. Dr. Berry completed his most recent book entitled Global Security Watch-Korea, published by Praeger/Greenwood Press in March 2008. He and his wife, Noelle, live in Monument, Colorado.
Dr. Paul Bolt
Dr. Bolt is available to speak on the following topics:
- Chinese-Russian Relations
- Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy
- American Defense Policy
Dr. Paul Bolt is a Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy, where he has taught since 1997. He received his B.A. from Hope College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught at Zhejiang University and Baicheng Normal College in the People’s Republic of China, as well as the University of Illinois. In 2009-2010 he served as a Fulbright scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Dr. Bolt teaches courses in Asian politics, defense policy, American government, American grand strategy, and comparative politics. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and chapters relating to Asia. His latest book, co-authored with Sharyl Cross, is China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Geopolitics (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Dr. Schuyler Foerster
Dr. Foerster is available to speak on the following topics:
- “Balanced internationalism”: Principles for a sensible U.S. foreign and security policy
- Global trends and pivot points in international relations
- U.S. security in a changing world: challenges for leadership
- National security and military force in the 21st century
- Civic education and the challenge to democracy in a globalizing world
Dr. Schuyler Foerster is founding principal of CGST Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in national security policy and civic education. Currently a visiting professor at Colorado College, he served from 2010-2016 as the Brent Scowcroft Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy and, in Spring 2017, as the Fulbright Commission’s Distinguished Chair in Social Studies at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. During his 26-year Air Force career, he served as a senior advisor in security and arms control policy and as an intelligence officer. For 12 years, he was President of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh before returning to Colorado, where he has continued to serve as volunteer president for the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council as well as serving on the national board of the World Affairs Councils of America. He has published widely and regularly addresses academic, professional, and civic audiences on international politics and security issues—including several world affairs councils—and has received numerous military and civic awards, including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. A graduate of the USAF Academy, he holds a doctorate from Oxford University in politics as well as masters degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the American University, and served as a national security fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Edin Mujkic, PhD
Dr. Mujkic is available to speak on the following topics:
- Balkan Affairs
- Professional Military Education
- National Security
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- Homeland Security
- Public Administration
Edin Mujkic is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs for University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He is also a UCCS Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Faculty Fellow for 2017-2018. Edin received his BA from Auburn University Montgomery, majored in Political Science, with a minor in Criminal Justice. Edin followed up his Bachelor’s Degree with a Master’s in International Relations (2008) and was a Prince Khalid bin Sultan fellow. Upon completing his Master degree, Edin entered the Public Administration and Policy Ph.D. program at Auburn University graduating December 2012 . While earning his PhD, Edin furthered his education studying Strategic Leadership and National Security at Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. Edin is continuing his research focusing on professional military education, national security, defense, homeland security, U.S. foreign policy and public administration.
Mr. Schneider is available to speak on the following topics:
- Countries of Benin, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Turkey, Iraq and South Korea
- Military Affairs
- Foreign Policy & Politics-National down to local and the 2nd/3rd order effects of each
- Importance of education, travel, and languages-His favorites are Turkish and French
Karl Schneider has 22 years of experience in the United States Army as a Special Forces Officer (Green Beret), and Foreign Area Officer. Karl has served all over the world from South Korea, Europe, Turkey, Africa, as well as combat in Iraq & Afghanistan implementing United States Foreign Policy at the far reaches of the planet. From defending the Korean peninsula to teaching United Nations Chapter VI Peace Keeping and Chapter VII Peace Enforcement in Francophone West Africa, Karl’s experience has uniquely positioned him to have firsthand knowledge of the second and third order effects of our foreign policy.
Karl spent 18 months close to the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea as an Infantry Officer and understands the deep division between the two governments and more so the real military threat to the people. He experienced the countries angst when Kim Il Sung died in July of 1994. After entering the Special Forces, Karl worked extensively in West Africa as part of the 3rd Special Forces Group implementing the U.S. African Crisis Response Initiative and Operation Focus Relief to train African military forces in Peace Keeping and Peace Enforcement Operations. Karl had just left the Ivory Coast in 1999 when they experienced their first military coup since winning independence back in 1960. Later, Karl attended the Turkish Army War College and enjoyed the language and cultural immersion in Istanbul Turkey. He later served in the NATO Headquarters there at a very interesting time when Turkey suffered multiple terrorist attacks and the tumultuous transition in government leadership to the now current President of Turkey, Reccip Tayyip Erdogan. He then served in the 10th Special Forces Group here in Colorado Springs and deployed his unit to Diyala Province, Iraq. The challenges there were many to include: Sunni/Shia/Kurd conflict, tribal conflict, Iranian Quds Force operatives/operations, not to mention ‘simple’ security establishment. Later, while working in the Pentagon, he focused on strategic plans and operations while finishing his Master of Arts in International Relations and the coveted Seminar XXI MIT Fellowship. While at the Pentagon, he traveled extensively in support of these strategic efforts to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Karl is a community leader and small business owner. Currently, Karl serves as the Board Secretary on the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council as well as on the Board of Directors of the CIVA Charter High School in District 11. He also serves in multiple capacities in the El Paso County Republican party and is a former candidate for State House District 15.
Ms. Wilson is available to speak on the following topics:
- Living and working in the post-conflict Balkans
- Countries of Macedonia and Kosovo
- Peace Corps service (especially as an “older” volunteer)
- NGO development abroad
- Developing culturally competent programming
Nancy Wilson has 25 years of experience as a nonprofit executive director in several adult and youth-serving organizations. She has been a nonprofit consultant in organizational development, strategic planning and board development in organizations specializing in serving youth, immigrants and refugees, the environment, and community organizing efforts, among others. She has a background in educational policy as a school board member and co-founder and director of a public charter school.
More recently Ms. Wilson’s career and volunteer work as taken an international focus. In 2005-07 she served as a U.S. Peace Corp Volunteer in the post-conflict country of Macedonia. There, she worked with a Roma NGO providing free legal services to refugees from the war in Kosovo and those who became displaced when Yugoslavia broke apart. Upon returning to the United States, she became Project Facilitator for the Colorado Trust’s Serving Immigrants and Refugee Families Project (SIRFI) at the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning. In 2015, Ms. Wilson again returned to the Balkans with the Peace Corps, this time to the war-torn country of Kosovo as a community development volunteer and trainer. She remains passionate in her study of Balkan history and politics. She has traveled extensively in Eastern Europe and Africa and led projects for a Colorado nonprofit, US-Brazil Connect, in Northern Brazil as well where she lived on the Amazon River.
Currently Ms. Wilson serves as Chairperson for the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council Committee for International Visitors. In this role she works with National Programming Agencies in Washington to develop programs on various topics and host visitors from the U.S. State Departments premier exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).