The School of International Service hosts engaging and informative events for our students and school community every week. Our guest speakers, expert panels, and book discussions address the most important questions in international affairs from broad interdisciplinary perspectives. Over the course their studies, students have the chance to hear from a diverse range of speakers, including current and former heads of state, government officials, civil society leaders, environmental stewards, human rights activists, and social entrepreneurs.

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200 Years of Bilateral Relations between Mexico and the US

Jan. 24: Amb. Tony Wayne will speak with Amb. Esteban Moctezuma of Mexico.

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Democratic Backsliding

Feb. 2: SIS profs. Carole Gallaher and Agustina Giraudy will participate in a discussion on democratic backsliding in the US and beyond.

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Nordic Security Transformed

Feb. 8: SIS prof. Garret Martin will have a conversation with the ambassadors of Finland and Sweden.

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Responding to Disasters

Feb. 10: AU prof. Ernesto Castañeda will talk to author Dr. Alla Shapiro about her new book.

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Jan 30
Before the West: The Rise and Fall of Eastern World Orders
SIS professors Amitav Acharya and Yang Zhang will speak with Professor Ayşe Zarakol from the University of Cambridge about her new book.
Jan 31
States of Nature: The Effects of Climate Change on Security
SIS professor Jordan Tama will speak with Professor Joshua Busby from the University of Texas about his new book.
Feb. 1
Quansheng Zhao Book Launch: Great Power Strategies
Join us for the launch of SIS prof. Quansheng (John) Zhao’s book, Great Power Strategies—The United States, China and Japan. SIS professor and dean emeritus Louis Goodman will moderate a panel discussion with the author and professors from other universities. Refreshments will be provided.
March 27
The State of Civic Freedom for NGOs Around the World in 2023
SIS professor Rick Rowden will speak with representatives from CIVICUS and the World Movement for Democracy as they address recent developments in terms of civic space for civil society organizations around the world.