Public Speaker Series

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council holds regular speaker programs with renowned experts at the forefront of policy making and scholarship. Our regular events feature distinguished authors, international thought leaders, and policymakers with expertise and experience on the most pressing global issues. You will have the opportunity to get “behind the headlines” on important current issues in international affairs.…and an opportunity for you to engage with the experts directly.

Current Programs

11/21/19 We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices From Syria. Dr. Wendy Pearlman’s book, “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled”is the result of personal interviews with over 300 displaced Syrians across the Middle East, Europe and the United States. It chronicles the Syrian war from its origins in peaceful protest to its present horror, solely through the words of ordinary people transformed by its unfolding.

12/12/19 What Future for U.S. Intelligence? As Former Chair of the National Intelligence Council, Greg Treverton shares his perspective on issues related to the current state of the intelligence community. Strategic analysis and strategy, adjusting “stories”, transparency and big data, new ways to add value, new competitors…and new collaborators are at the forefront of these matters.  In some ways, truth itself is under siege.  What does that mean for intelligence? 

1/10/20 The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Going on Year Six. More than five years have passed since Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution prompted Russia to seize and illegally annex Crimea, then trigger a conflict in eastern Ukraine that has taken more than 13,000 lives.  Former Ambassador to Ukraine Steve Pifer speaks on the status of this conflict, and the prospects for the future.

Past Programs

11/5/19 Challenges in Latin America with John Maisto, Former U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Venezuela & the Organization of American States (OAS)

10/22/19 Hong Kong on the Brink with Dr. Jeff Wasserstrom, Author of Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink (expected pub. Feb 2020) and Chancellor’s Professor of History, University of California, Irvine.

9/11/19 From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia with Amb. Michael McFaul (ret)

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