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.

February 9, 2015

View the full talk given by Dr. Kathryn Sikkink here. For more information, please see blog post above.


Image for Douglas Johnson: The Costs and Consequences of the US Decision to Use Torture
February 9, 2015

In his talk on "The Costs and Consequences of Torture," Doug Johnson examined the morality and logic of US foreign policy decisions that led to the use of torture in Guantanamo Bay. In authorizing torture, the United States had to break our own eighth amendment and the fifth amendment.

Image for Kathryn Sikkink: Human Rights as a Tool for Emancipation
February 9, 2015

This past Monday, February 9th, 2015, Dr. Kathryn Sikkink visited Occidental College to give a talk entitled "Human Rights as a Tool for Emancipation."  I had the pleasure of hearing both her official talk, given to Occidental’s first-year class as a part of the Core Program’s lecture series, as well as attending a smaller lunch between Dr. Sikkink and students. Dr.

February 7, 2015

Speakers: Prof. Kantathi Suphamongkhon and Amb. Stephen Bosworth

Moderator: Amb. Derek Shearer

February 7, 2015

Speakers: Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Ambassador Cameron Munter, Ambassador Chris O’Connor

Moderator: Professor Huss Banai, Occidental College

Image for Ambassador Christopher Hill:  Education of a Diplomat
November 6, 2014

For the full video of Dr. Hill's talk, please see below. 

In his talk "Education of a Diplomat," Ambassador Hill reflected on his 33-year career in the State Department and how this experience has influenced his role as Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Relations at the University of Denver.

Image for Professor Charles Call:  Peacebuilding in the 21st Century: lessons from the US, the UN, and scholars
November 4, 2014

For Dr. Call's full talk, please see the video below.  

Image for Malcolm Byrne:  Iran-Contra: The (Almost) Forgotten Scandal and Why it Still Matters
October 21, 2014

For Dr. Byrne's full talk, please see video below.