Must "America first" mean "America alone?"  How do we achieve the optimal mix of soft and hard power to effectively advance American interests? Under President Trump, US diplomatic engagement has become a subject of intense debate. 


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 to most effectively use American military power. 


I am available to offer a lively, insightful presentation for your association, civic, university or corporate group on these and other cutting-edge topics.  I can tap my deep professional experience working around the globe as a diplomat, peacemaker, and educator to provide a review of pressing foreign policy issues, as well as details on careers in international affairs. 


My decision to not to work via a costly speakers bureau is a deliberate one.  While it places a greater logistical burden on me, I sincerely believe that 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 (I am usually in Europe every other month, most frequently London and Brussels). 


Recent themes include:


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

The Dangerous South Caucasus Powder Keg


Preparing for Careers in International Affairs



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