How can we achieve the optimal mix of soft and hard power to advance American interests? 


The President's foreign policy tool kit must be equipped to effectively meet today's challenges.  These include growing competition from China and Russia, checking the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran, and deciding when, how, and where best to use American military power. 


I am available to offer remotely -- or within the framework of COVID restrictions in person -- an insightful presentation for your association, civic, university or corporate group on these and other cutting-edge topics.  I have deep professional experience working around the globe as a diplomat, peacemaker, and educator and can tap that to provide a lively review of pressing foreign policy issues. 


I have chosen not to work via a speakers bureau because I believe dealing directly with hosts allows me to offer greater value and more attention to your specific interests, needs, and expectations. This personal engagement leads to a quality, successful event.


I am an avid public speaker, comfortable in settings small, medium, or large.  I am available for seminars, dinners, conferences and retreats in the United States and overseas (before the COVID-19 quarantines and travel complications, I was typically in Europe every 2-3 months, most frequently in London and Brussels). 


Recent speaking themes include:


War, Peace and Diplomacy in the Caucasus


What led to the Tragic 2020 War in Nagorno-Karabakh


Radioactive Relations: America and Russia Edge toward

        a New Nuclear Arms Race


Peace Mediation -- A Practitioner's Perspective

See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak to Evil: The Case for

       Diplomatic Engagement

Preparing for Careers in International Affairs



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Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, Geneva Centre Security Policy
Informal policy discussion on peace talks..
Ambassador Cavanaugh speaks with students and cadets at 2018 Texas A&M Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA)
Riley Institute at Furman University
International careers discussion at Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee
Carey Cavanaugh analyzing US-Russian relations at University of Florida
Digital Diplomacy presentation for Apple