Reservations Open 2 Weeks Before Each Event

Distinguished Speaker Series
2022–2023 Program

Monday October 24, 2022
Safety in the Age of Technology

Professor Scott Addlesberger
Director Criminal Justice and Forensics Program at Keiser University
PB- Colony

Monday November 14, 2022
India’s Strategic Choices: Old Friends and New Threats

Richard Rossow 
(Dedicated to Mike and the Team in India)
Senior Adviser and Wadhwani Chair in U.S.- India Policy Studies at CSIS
PB- Colony

Monday December 5, 2022
Keeping the Lights On: Energy Challenges in the 21st Century

Jack Spencer 
Senior Research Fellow for Energy & Environmental Policy at Heritage Foundation
PB- Colony

Tuesday December 20, 2022
(WAC Members Only )
Japan and Northeast Asia In Transition

Dr. Kent Calder
Director Edwin O Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS

Monday January 9, 2023
China: War In An Era of Depression and Destabilization

Gordon Chang    
Author, Columnist, TV Commentator, Senior Fellow at the Gladstone Institute     

Monday January 23, 2023
The Future of Europe After the Russia/Ukraine War

Max Bergmann     
Director of the Europe Program at CSIS

Monday February 13, 2023
Making International Trade Work for America: Historic Course Correction

Ambassador Robert Lighthizer
18th United States Trade Representative (USTR)     

Monday March 13, 2023
An Urgent Look at Climate and Ocean Opportunities in our Defining Decade

Dr. Deborah Bronk                 
President and CEO Bigelow Laboratory
PB- Colony      

Monday March 27, 2023
Africa: Leadership, Choices, Expectations in Post Authoritarian Transitions

Dr. Mvemba Phezo Dizolele   
Senior Fellow & Director Africa Program Center for Strategic & International Studies

Tuesday April 11, 2023
2 Global Blocs: Emerging Geopolitical Power Competition Facing U. S. & Our Allies

Hamlet Yousef
Managing Partner IronGate Capital Advisors

Organizations that are members of the national association of World Affairs Councils of America enjoy a variety of unique benefits, including access to nationwide program series, discounts on a number of international journals and publications, reduced rates during our annual National Conference, monthly updates on available speakers and other resources, and of course, opportunities to network with colleagues from across the country.

Member councils can be found in 40 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 

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6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Speaker Presentation
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2022-2023 Membership:

Diplomat-$5000; Statesman-$2500; Ambassador-$1200; Benefactor-$800; Patron-$550; Family-$325; Individual-$225; Young Professional-$155; 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 ( 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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