Reservations Open 3 Weeks Before Each Event

Distinguished Speaker Series 2019–2020 Program

Tuesday October 22, 2019

Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne
Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico;Public Policy Fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center
The Importance of America’s Relations with Mexico
PB- Colony

Tuesday November 12, 2019

Douglas L. Loverro
Former Deputy Asst Secretary of Defense for Space Policy;Pres Loverro Consulting
U.S. SPACE Policy: For National Defense and Security
PB- Colony

Tuesday December 3, 2019

Sam Brannen
Sr Fellow International Security Program; Director Risk & Foresight Group at CSIS  
Seven Revolutions:  Mega-Trends Shaping the World to 2050
PB- Colony

Tuesday December 17, 2019

Brigadier General (ret) Chad T. Manske USAF (WAC Members Only)
Former 30th Commandant of the National War College
Are We Ready for the Brave New World? Per National Defense University

Tuesday January 7, 2020

Gordon Chang  
Author, Columnist, TV Commentator; Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute     
America’s Grandest Wager: China
PB- Colony

Tuesday January 21, 2020

Heather Conley
Director of the Europe Program at CSIS
The Kremlin Playbook: Understanding Russian Malign Influence
PB- Colony

Tuesday February 18, 2020

Roger L. Simon
Author, Academy Award-nominated Screenwriter, CEO Emeritus of PJ Media  
Mainstream Media Today: Fake News Does It Exist and Why?
PB- Colony

Tuesday March 10, 2020

Dr. Seth Jones   
Harold Brown Chair; Director of the Transnational Threats Project at CSIS Proxy Wars: U.S.- Iranian Competition in the Middle East
PB- Colony              

Monday March 24, 2020

Dr. Celina Realuyo     
Professor of National Security at the National Defense University
Securing the U.S Southern Border: From Narcotics  & Human Trafficking
PB- Colony

Tuesday April 7, 2020

Allison Sturma
Program Officer with the US Institute of Peace Public Education Department
Peace is Possible: Bringing Global Peace & Conflict Dialogue to US Schools
PB- Colony


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2019-2020 Membership:

Diplomat-$5000; Statesman-$2500; Ambassador-$1200; Benefactor-$800; Patron-$550; Family-$320; Individual-$220; Young Professional-$150; Student-$10

Members may attend Distinguished Speaker Series events at no charge. The non-member fee is $35 per person per program if payment is received at least 24 hours before the meeting or $40 on the day of the event. Payment may be made by credit card on-line but not at the event. Cancellations of reservations paid by check must be made 48 hours before an event by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone for a refund.

The Council is non-partisan and the speakers’ views do not necessarily reflect our own. We welcome the opportunity to be a platform where major global issues can be discussed in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

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