Salt Lake Committee on Foreign Relations

May 22, 2018
SPEAKER - Dean Cheng
TOPIC - Northeast Asian Security:  The Three Nots

April 11, 2018
SPEAKER:  Adam Lysenko
TOPIC:  The Post-Engagement US-China Relationship

March 21
SPEAKER:  Daniel Benaim
TOPIC - The Trump Administration and the Middle East

February 21, 2018
SPEAKER:  Burton Hersh
TOPIC:  On the Assassination of JFK--in the Time of Trump

January 17, 2018
SPEAKER - Paul Zajac
TOPIC - Emmanuel Macron's Vision for France and Europe


November 29, 2017
SPEAKER - William Wechler
TOPIC - Terrorists, Criminals and Drug Cartels - Combatting Threats from Non-State Actors

October 30, 2017
SPEAKER - Moises Rendon
TOPIC - Venezuela, the New Totalitarian Regime

October 11, 2017
SPEAKER - Omar Samad
TOPIC - Afghanistan: "Is There a Light at the End of This Tunnel?

May 17, 2017
SPEAKER - Nick Heras
TOPIC - What Does It Mean to Put Iran on Notice?

April 19, 2017
SPEAKER - Ambassador Vicki J. Huddleston, Ret.
TOPIC - From Obama to Trump -- What's Next in U.S. and Cuba Relations?

March 14, 2017
SPEAKER - Christopher Wilson
TOPIC - "South of the Border, Down Mexico Way"

February 7, 2017
SPEAKERS - Sergey Parkohmenko and Dr. Stacy Closson
TOPIC - The Future  of U.S. - Russia Relations: Thinking Beyond Trump and Putin

January 18, 2017
SPEAKER - Thomas Wright
TOPIC - Foreign Policy in the Trump Administration


November 9, 2016
SPEAKER - Aaron Stein
TOPIC - Turkey and the United States -- A Fragile Alliance

October 18, 2016
China Town Hall Meeting featuring a web-streamed discussion with Henry Kissinger

May 26, 2016
SPEAKER - Luis Bitencourt
TOPIC - Brazil Today

April 5, 2016
SPEAKER - Ambassador Christopher Hill
TOPIC - Understanding the Syrian Civil War

March 8, 2016
SPEAKER - Peter Brookes, Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation
TOPIC - Anxious in Asia: Beijing's Military Buildup

February 11, 2016
SPEAKER - Geoffrey Harris, Deputy Head of Office of the European Parliament Liaison Office to the U.S. Congress
TOPIC -- The Refugee Crisis Currently Facing Europe

January 13, 2016
SPEAKER - Ambassador Thomas Pickering
TOPIC - Challenges Facing U.S. Foreign and Security Policies


May 13, 2015
SPEAKER- Lisa Ruth
TOPIC- Iran, Syria and Isis: Is There a Path to Peace?

April 15, 2015
SPEAKER- Gretchen Birkle
TOPIC- Africa: On the Road to Better Governance or Corruption and Jihad?

March 26, 2015
SPEAKER- Jean H. Lee
TOPIC- Inside North Korea: Daily Life in the Hermit Kingdom

February 25, 2015
SPEAKER- Hussain Haqqani
TOPIC- US, Pakistan and an Epic History of Misunderstanding

January 21, 2015
SPEAKER- Dodge Billingsley
TOPIC- ISIS and the New Middle East


November 5th, 2014
SPEAKER- Jose Cardenas
TOPIC- Does Venezuela Matter to US?

October 8th, 2014
SPEAKER- Luke Coffey
TOPIC- Russia, Ukraine and the 'reset'

May 14th, 2014
SPEAKER- Husain Haqqani
TOPIC- Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an Epic history of Misunderstanding

April 16th, 2014
SPEAKER- Christopher Merrill
TOPIC- The Intersection of Culture and Diplomacy

March 19th, 2014
SPEAKER- John Price
TOPIC- Africa and Middle East: The Challenges of a Destabilized Region

February 19th, 2014
SPEAKER- Aparna Pande
TOPIC- India's Foreign Policy- India/U.S.Ties

January 16th, 2014
SPEAKER- Christian Whiton
TOPIC- Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War


November 20th, 2013
SPEAKER – Lamont Colucci
TOPIC – The National Security Doctrines of the United States

October 29th, 2013
SPEAKER – David B. Ottaway
TOPIC – Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World

May 23rd, 2013
SPEAKER – Priscilla Clapp
TOPIC – Building Democracy in Burma

April 24th, 2013
SPEAKER – Tamim Khallaf
TOPIC – Egypt and the New Middle East- Challenges and Repercussions

March 20th, 2013
SPEAKER – Peggy Sands Orchowski
TOPIC – Immigration and Globalization: America's Challenge for Immigration Reform

February 20th, 2013
SPEAKER – Panel Discussion with Keith Martin, Jane Day and Ibtissam Gale
TOPIC – Morocco and its Utah Connection

January 16th, 2013
SPEAKER – Nicholas Kralev
TOPIC – The U.S. Foreign Service: Behind the Scenes of America Diplomacy


November  15th, 2012
SPEAKER – Barbara Slavin
TOPIC – Time to Rethink US Policy on Iran

October  2nd, 2012
SPEAKER – Blaine Harden
TOPIC – North Korea: Totalitarianism Forever?

May 22nd, 2012
SPEAKER – Jeremi Suri
TOPIC – Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founder's to Obama

April 30th, 2012
SPEAKER – Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
TOPIC – U.S. China Relations: 2012 and Beyond

March 15th, 2012
SPEAKER – Robert Cassidy
TOPIC – The Long War in Afghanistan: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

February 16th, 2012
SPEAKER – Steven A. Cook
TOPIC – The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square

January 18th, 2012
SPEAKER – Ambassador John Price
TOPIC – When the White House Calls


November 17th, 2011
SPEAKER – Dr. Tim Chambless
TOPIC – U.S.-China Relations: The Need for Cooperation and to Avoid Conflict

October 12th, 2011
SPEAKER – Ambassador Patrick Duddy
TOPIC – The Venezuelan or Brazilian Model- Which Way Forward for South America?

May 25th, 2011
SPEAKER – Ambassador Barbara Bodine
TOPIC – Avoiding the Worst Policy Mistakes in Yemen

April 20th, 2011
SPEAKER – Imam Muhmammad Musri
TOPIC – Role of Moderate Muslims After 9/11

March 10th, 2011
SPEAKER – Ambassador Christopher Hill
TOPIC – Engaging the Axis of Evil

February 10th, 2011
SPEAKER – Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.
TOPIC – Not Going Away: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea

January 11th, 2011
SPEAKER – Dr. Arthur I. Cyr
TOPIC – Presidential Politics and Foreign Policy- Continuity or Change?


November 11th, 2010
SPEAKER – Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh
TOPIC – How do you Advance Peace and Fight Terrorism in Today's Troubled World?

October 13th, 2010
SPEAKER – Husain Haqqani
TOPIC – The Critical Importance of Strategy in U.S.-Pakistan Relations

September 15th, 2010
SPEAKER – Dr. Robert H. Donaldson
TOPIC –Reviewing the reset with Russia: Hit or flop?

June 30th, 2010
SPEAKER – Roxane Farmanfarmaian
TOPIC – The Middle East: How the Past Informs the Future

May 19th, 2010
SPEAKER – Valerie Hudson
TOPIC – The Heart of the Matter: The Security of Women and the Security of States

April 20th, 2010
SPEAKER – Marshall Goldman
TOPIC – Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia

March 17th, 2010
SPEAKER – Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman
TOPIC – A Fresh Look at Africa: It's Growing Strategic and Economic Importance

February 23rd, 2010
SPEAKER – Gladys N. Ashitey, MD
TOPIC – Fulfilling a Political Promise: Inventing a Healthcare System for 22 Million Ghanaians

February 3rd, 2010
SPEAKER – Henry D. Sokolski
TOPIC – The Pitfalls of our Current Arms Control Proposals


November 17th, 2009
SPEAKER – Dr. Cynthia A. Watson
TOPIC – What's Burning?  Immediate International Priorities

October 29th, 2009
SPEAKER - Amos N. Guiora
TOPIC - Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security

September 23rd, 2009
SPEAKER- Charles Horner
TOPIC- Rising China and its Postmodern Fate

May 21st, 2009
SPEAKER- Dr. Jay C. Davis
TOPIC- Nuclear Weapons: Why do we still have them and how many do we need?

April 20th, 2009
SPEAKER - Bahman Baktiari
TOPIC - How to Engage Iran? Lessons from three decades of troubled US-Iranian Relations

March 10th, 2009
SPEAKER - Jeremy Martin
TOPIC - US-Mexico Relations: Energy, Security and the Merida Initiative

February 12th, 2009
SPEAKER - Dr. Peter Mansoor
TOPIC - The Iraq War: Opportunities Missed and Lessons Learned

January 20th, 2009
SPEAKER - Rocky Anderson
TOPIC - Genocide, Lost Opportunities and the high road for human rights


November 13th, 2008
SPEAKER - Aric Mutchnick
TOPIC - The Israeli/Palestinian conflict: Can there ever be peace in the holy land

October 9th, 2008
SPEAKER - Dr. Seyom Brown
TOPIC - The Higher Realism: A New Foreign Policy for the United States

September 18, 2008
SPEAKER - Dr. Asbed Kotchikian
TOPIC - Underneath the Shadow of the Bear: Georgian-Russian Relations

April 17, 2008
SPEAKER - Carlyle (Karl) Thayer
TOPIC - China's 'Harmonious World' Doctrine and Southeast Asia

March 19, 2008
SPEAKER - Ambassador William D. Montgomery
TOPIC - Crisis in the Balkans: The Implications of Kosovo Independence

January 29, 2008
SPEAKER - Salvador Jimenez, US Mexican Consul
TOPIC - Mexico-Utah Relations


November 27, 2007
SPEAKER - Leslie S. Lebl, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council of the US
TOPIC - Radical Islam in Europe

October 23, 2007
SPEAKER - Dr. Bruno Tertrais, Senior Research Fellow
TOPIC - Trans-Atlantic Relations: A New Beginning?

September 18, 2007
SPEAKER - Ambassador Donald P. Gregg
TOPIC -  North Korea: The Longest Running Failure in the History of American Espionage

June 6, 2007
SPEAKER - Patrick Mendis
TOPIC - Glocalizaton: The Human Side of Globalization

April 11, 2007
SPEAKER - Dr. Paula Newberg
TOPIC - Afghanastan and Pakistan and Their Neighbors

March 28, 2007
SPEAKER - Gerald Robbins
TOPIC - Redefining Turkey's Strategic Importance

February 13, 2007
SPEAKER - Dr. Ronald W. Mortensen
TOPIC - Humanitarian Assistance and U.S. Foreign Policy

January 23, 2007
SPEAKER - Dr. Dean Collinwood
TOPIC - Whither the New Japan?


November 28, 2006
SPEAKER - Dr. Robert D. LangenKamp
TOPIC - The Geopolitics of Oil

October 11, 2006
SPEAKER - Pauline Baker
TOPIC - Weak and Failing States:  What are they?  How do we recognize them?  What do they signify?  How should we respond?

September 27, 2006
SPEAKER - Roxanne Farmafarmian
TOPIC - Iran : Rogue on the Sidelines or Lynch Pin to the Middle East

August, 2006
SPEAKER - David R. Irvine, Brigadier General (ret.)
TOPIC - Tortured Times for American Values

May 2006
SPEAKER - Tony Sullivan
TOPIC -The Riddle of Palestine: Arab Politics, U.S Policy and the Dialectic of Civilization.

April 2006
SPEAKER - Elizabeth A. Whitaker
TOPIC - Latin America Turn Left: U.S Policy- Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, and Venezuela

March 2006
SPEAKER - Tom Blau, Professor of National Security Affairs, School for National Security Executive Education,National Defense University, where he manages the Regional Defense Counter Terrorism Fellow Program for Foreign officers and U.S government Staff

February 2006
SPEAKER - Amb. Abderahman Salaheldin
TOPIC - Egypt and the U.S.: A Model for Dialogue Between Civilizations

January 2006
SPEAKER - Amb. Joseph C. Wilson IV, Currently manages J.C. Wilson International Ventures on Strategic Management and International Business Development; formerly Ambassador, Gaboese Republic and Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe; also served in Niger, Togo, South Africa, Burundi, Congo and Germany; last official American meeting with Saddam Hussein before Desert Storm as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq


November 2005
SPEAKER - Christopher Kojm
TOPIC - The 9-11 Commission Recommendations: One Year Later

October 2005
SPEAKER - Rami G. Khouri
TOPIC - Democratization in the Middle East and American Foreign Policy

September 2005
SPEAKER - Isaac Cohen
TOPIC - Will CAFTA Work?

May 2005
SPEAKER - Alexander Konovalov
TOPIC - Russo-American Relations and Security

April 2005
SPEAKER - Henry Sokolski
TOPIC - Nuclear World War: The Next Big Worry

March 2005
SPEAKER - Michael K. Young
TOPIC - Religious Tolerance in a Divided Word: Possibilities and Pitfalls

Febuary 2005
SPEAKER - Sean Anderson
TOPIC - Iran: Lessons for the War on Terror

January 2005
SPEAKER - Prof. Ibrahim A. Karawan
TOPIC - Terrorism in the Name of Islam; The Doctor and the Sheikh


December 2004
SPEAKER - Johathan Clarke
TOPIC - America Alone: The New-Conservatives and the Global Order

November 2004
SPEAKER - E. Wayne Merry
TOPIC - Trans-Atlantic Relationships Bad and Getting Worse (Regardless of Our Election Outcome): Why and What Needs to Be Done.

October 2004
SPEAKER - Dr. Kenneth Jensen
TOPIC - The Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy and Administration Transition

September 2004
SPEAKER - Dr. Jay C. Davis, Director
TOPIC - The Real Proliferation Threat: Iran and North Korea