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Dean's Discussion Series

Each semester, Dean Jim Goldgeier invites prominent experts and practitioners for one-on-one interviews to discuss critical topics in international affairs.

A short section of the Berlin Wall

The Legacy of the Berlin Wall: Twenty-Five Years Later

Hope Harrison
, George Washington University
Jackson Janes
, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies
Sarah Snyder

Dr. Hans Blix

Hans Blix is a distinguished Swedish diplomat and politician who served as Sweden's minister for foreign affairs. He was also head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission. In 2002, the commission began searching Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, ultimately finding none. Previously, he was director general of the International Energy Agency (IAEA). Watch the event here.

Dr. Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His most recent book, Political Order and Political Decay, is the second installment of his account of mankind's emergence in politics. Watch the event here.

Vali Nasr

Dr. Vali R. Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, is a Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser and commentator on international relations whose most recent book, The Dispensable Nation, deals with the implications of Obama administration’s foreign policy on American strategic interests. Watch the event here.

Map of Iran.

Special Event in partnership with the Wilson Center: The United States and Iran: Can Diplomacy Prevent an Iranian Bomb?
Iran and the P5 plus 1 have completed an interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue. Negotiators began meeting in Vienna in February to take on the challenge of a comprehensive accord. What are the chances of success, and what are the implications of failure - for the United States, Iran, and the region at large? Watch the event here.

Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Tara Sonenshine has a distinguished career in government, non-profits and the media. She served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs under both Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry. She is currently Distinguished Fellow, School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. Watch the event here.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter is currently the president and CEO of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute and idea incubator based in Washington and New York. Watch the event here.

Jamie Shea is Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges of NATO

Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges for NATO, asks the question, "What does the United States still need to do in Europe?" in this Dean's Special Event. Watch the event here.

Maria Otero, former Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

Maria Otero, former Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, will discuss the broader concept of how the United States can help governments and civil society protect the most vulnerable members of society. This includes human rights, but also includes addressing women and security, trafficked persons, displaced people, vulnerable groups such as LGBT and people with disabilities - the role that civilian security plays in our overall foreign policy making. Watch the event here.

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Special Event: The Crisis in Ukraine
After weeks of turmoil in Ukraine, protesters took control of Ukraine's capital on Saturday and the parliament sought to oust President Yanukovych and form a new government. Join Professors Keith Darden and Anton Fedyashin, with moderator Dean Jim Goldgeier, to discuss the current situation in Ukraine, possible outcomes, and the roles of Europe, Russia, and the United States. Watch the event here.

Ambassador Frederick Barton

Ambassador Frederick Barton is the Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations and the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. The new Bureau is responsible for driving the State Department’s efforts to improve U.S. government effectiveness in preventing conflict and addressing crises. Watch the event here.

Chris Schroeder

Major regional and international private equity firms, venture capitalists and global tech players are making significant investments in the Middle East despite the uncertainty in the region. In Startup Rising, Chris Schroeder marries his own observations with the predictions of these giants to offer a surprising and timely look at the second stealth revolution in the Middle East. Watch the event here.


John Zogby - In his most recent book, veteran pollster John Zogby teams up with leading Millennial Management Consultant Joan Snyder Kuhl to provide a detailed analysis of First Globals. Watch the event here.

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Special Event: American Options in Syria
As President Obama prepares to address the American public on Tuesday evening about Syria, join SIS Dean James Goldgeier and SIS faculty members David Bosco, Benjamin Jensen, and Celeste Wallander to discuss American options in the region and potential consequences of American actions. Watch the event here.

John Prendergast SIS/MA '90

John Prendergast - 2012 Alumnus of the Year and Co-Founder of the Enough Project and Satellite Sentinel Project. Watch the event here.

Ambassador Dennis Ross

Ambassador Dennis Ross - The Ziegler Distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Watch the event here.

Dr. Thomas C. Schelling

Tom Schelling - Recipient of the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for "having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis," including in his classic work, The Strategy of Conflict. Watch the event here.