Meet our Next Speaker

Kyle Parker

Monday, December 17, 2018

Topic: The Magnitsky Act and its Impact

Kyle Parker, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, was jointly appointed on January 3, 2018 by U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Ben Cardin, Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively.

Prior to his appointment to the Commission, Kyle served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as Ranking Member Eliot Engel’s senior advisor overseeing U.S. foreign policy toward the 50 countries and three international organizations covered by the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. From 2006 to 2014, Kyle served as Policy Advisor for Eurasia at the U.S. Helsinki Commission under the Chairmanships of Sam Brownback, Alcee Hastings, Ben Cardin, and Chris Smith. Before entering government, Kyle spent eight years at the American Foreign Policy Council managing high-level political exchanges with Russia, Ukraine, and China.

Kyle’s work on the Magnitsky Act, a landmark law redefining human rights advocacy around the world, is featured in a New York Times bestseller, and his expertise on Russia has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and foreign media outlets. Kyle is a graduate of the University of Maine and speaks fluent Russian.

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Upcoming Speakers

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    Kyle Parker
    Topic: The Magnitsky Act and its Impact
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    Topic: How China's Nineteenth Century Shapes its Present and Future
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Amb. Mendelson’s Slides Available Here

Posted on Monday October 29

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“Putin wanted to interrogate me. Trump called it ‘an incredible offer.’ Why?”

Posted on Wednesday August 29

By Michael McFaul.          “I thought I was done worrying about Vladimir Putin. I left Moscow in 2014 as the departing U.S. ambassador, after Putin spent my two-year stint deploying state-controlled media outlets and their surrogates to propagate disinformation about me. He’d been received tepidly in his campaign to retake the presidency from his ally, Dmitry […]

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“The Magnitsky Affair”

Posted on Tuesday August 28

By Amy Knight (New York Review):       “Last May, a money-laundering suit brought by the United States against Prevezon Holdings Ltd., a Cyprus-based real estate corporation, was unexpectedly settled three days before it was set to go to trial. The case had been at the center of a major international political controversy. Prevezon, which is owned by a […]

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“Why it’s time to stop calling these hurricane disasters ‘natural’”

Posted on Sunday December 31

by Kerry Emanuel:      “As the United States struggles to recover from two back-to-back hurricanes, it would be wise to reflect on why we keep having such calamities and whether they are likely to get worse. We must first recognize the phrase “natural disaster” for what it is: a sham we hide behind to […]

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“Saudi Arabia wants to improve Image; Here’s How”

Posted on Saturday September 16

by Juan Cole:           “Saudi Arabia is alleged to be hiring a PR firm to improve its tattered image in the West .    As usual, such a campaign confuses substance with fluff and the money will be wasted. I am sympathetic to Saudi feelings that they get an unfair rap. […]

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“The Theology of American National Security”

Posted on Friday December 4

by Andrew Bacevich         In April 2003, with Baghdad occupied by American troops, the top officials of the Bush administration were already dreaming of building bases in Iraq that would be garrisoned more or less in perpetuity. Everyone was too polite to call them “permanent bases,” so they were sometimes referred to […]

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Stephen Walt on His Forum Experience

Posted on Thursday August 9

We often write about our speakers after they appear at the Forum, but Steve Walt is the first one to write about us after speaking.  Click here for his latest Foreign Policy article.

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