Past Guest Speakers

The Young Initiative invites foreign policy experts and guest speakers to campus to engage in discussions on international relations and the global political economy with students and faculty.

Details on Young's past guest speakers and their topics of discussion can be found here.

June 17, 2020

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June 17, 2020

Toby Dalton is a senior fellow of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He works on regional security challenges and the evolution of the global nuclear order, with a focus on South and East Asia.

June 17, 2020

Andrew Zimbalist is a professor in the Economics Department at Smith College. He has acted as a consultant in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

June 17, 2020

Alfred Madain is the founding director of Bedouin X, the desert blues band, and an educator and ethnomusicologist in Los Angeles. He grew up in Jordan, listening to an eclectic selection of music from the Arab world, the United States, and Europe.

June 17, 2020

Yuriko Romer is an award-winning film director based in San Francisco. Her current documentary project DIAMOND DIPLOMACY explores the relationship between the United States and Japan through a shared love of baseball.

June 17, 2020

Robert Edelman is a professor in the History Department at the University of California, San Diego. Edelman is an expert in Soviet and Cold War-era sports history. His writing focuses on spectator sports in the USSR, the history of the popular soccer club Spartak Moscow, and sport in the Cold War.

June 17, 2020

Dr. Erin Lockwood is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Her research areas include international political economy, global financial politics, risk and uncertainty, power, authority, and legitimacy in international politics, and global inequality.

June 17, 2020

Miry Whitehill is the founder and executive director of Miry’s List. Miry started Miry's List in Eagle Rock in July 2016 when a friend introduced her to a family of newly arrived Syrian refugees resettling in Los Angeles with kids the same age as her own.

June 17, 2020

Dr. Momin Rahman is a professor of sociology at Trent University. His scholarship focuses on LGBTQ citizenship and its role in Muslim culture, politics, and identity. Invited as part of the LGBTQIA+ Speaker Series.

June 17, 2020

Huss Banai is a noted expert on Iran and professor at Indiana University at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and a research affiliate at the Center for International Studies at MIT.

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