Upcoming Speakers

Anna Borshchevskaya

Monday, November 27, 2017

Topic: Russia: What Next?

Anna Borshchevskaya is the Ira Weiner Fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on Russia’s policy toward the Middle East.  In addition, she is a fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy and was previously with the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Atlantic Council. A former analyst for a U.S. military contractor in Afghanistan, she has also served as communications director at the American Islamic Congress.   Her analysis is published widely in journals such as The New Criterion, Turkish Policy Quarterly, and the Middle East Quarterly, and she also conducts translation and analysis for the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office and its flagship publication, Operational Environment Watch, and writes a foreign affairs column for Forbes.

Originally from Moscow, Ms. Borshchevskaya came to the United States  as a refugee in 1993 and has since received an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA in political science and international relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Stephen Harder

Monday, December 18, 2017

Topic: A China/US Partnership

Stephen Harder  is Global Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University in Shanghai.  He teaches courses on International Law and Institutions, Comparative Constitutions, and International Investment in Developing Countries.

He has been a partner at Clifford Chance LLP, a leading global law firm with headquarters in London since 1995, and he has been the managing partner of the firm’s mainland China practice since 2002. Harder’s recent practice focused on cross border transactions relating to China, including financings in Africa, South America, and Russia.

During his career, Harder has been based in New York, Brussels, Warsaw, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. When based in Europe in the early 1990s, he was a legal counsel for the Russian and Polish mass privatization program, as well as counsel to the Polish government in its “London Club” sovereign debt negotiations.

Harder wrote in the International Financial Law Review on “China’s Sovereign Wealth Fund: The Need for Caution” and spoke in recent years at U.S. law and business schools on “China in the Balance: Needed Reforms, Vested Interests and the Choices Facing China’s Leaders.” He also published in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences on “Political Finance in the Liberal Republic.”

He is a native of Boston and a resident of Rockport, Maine.

Kerry Emanuel

Monday, January 15, 2018

Topic: Hurricanes!

Trudy Rubin

Monday, February 5, 2018

Topic: Are we headed for the next Middle East War?: The end of ISIS, the rise of Iran, and the murky future of Syria and Iraq.

Dimitri Simes

Monday, April 2, 2017

Topic: The Cost of Ignoring Russia

Sarah Mendelson

Monday, June 18, 2018

Topic: Combating Human Trafficking 2.0

Upcoming Speakers

  • Monday, November 27, 2017
    Anna Borshchevskaya
    Topic: Russia: What Next?
  • Monday, December 18, 2017
    Stephen Harder
    Topic: A China/US Partnership
  • Monday, January 15, 2018
    Kerry Emanuel
    Topic: Hurricanes!
  • Monday, February 5, 2018
    Trudy Rubin
    Topic: Are we headed for the next Middle East War?: The end of ISIS, the rise of Iran, and the murky future of Syria and Iraq.
  • Monday, April 2, 2017
    Dimitri Simes
    Topic: The Cost of Ignoring Russia
  • Monday, June 18, 2018
    Sarah Mendelson
    Topic: Combating Human Trafficking 2.0

Past Speakers