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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy


Conferences & Events

Public Diplomacy Speaker Series

In concert with the Dean's Office, the Sié Center welcomes prominent policy leaders from around the world to speak to the next generation of diplomatic leaders and scholars about emerging issues in global security and diplomacy.

Past Events  

Kathleen Stevens, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea

"Public Diplomacy in Washington and In the Field"
May 16, 2014

Charlie Firestone, Executive Director of Communication and Society Programs at the Aspen Institute

"Towards a Theory of Netpolitik: Using Network Power to Advance Public Diplomacy"
April 15, 2014

Brandon Valeriano, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Politics and Global Security, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

"What Do We Know about Cyber Conflict? Scope, Impact, and Restraint in Cyberspace"
April 9, 2014

David Kaye, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law

"Do Treaties Matter? The Republican Assault, the Damage Done, and the Executive Branch's Response"
January 27, 2014

Ambassador Derek Shearer, Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College and former U.S. Ambassador to Finland

February 4, 2014

Sanger and Kinzer

David E. Sanger, chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times and Stephen Kinzer, Journalist and Foreign Correspondant

November 7, 2013

On November 7, Christopher Hill, the Dean of the Josef Korbel School, moderated a panel discussion with noted journalists Stephen Kinzer and David Sanger on "U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges in the Twilight of the Obama Administration." 

Haslach Patricia Haslach, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State

March 4, 2013

On March 4, the Josef Korbel School welcomed Ambassador Patricia Haslach, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. While visiting the school, Haslach spoke with students and faculty in small group settings. Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to ask Haslach questions about her work and also had the chance to ask for advice on launching a career in the government sector. Read More >>

Amb. DaviesGlyn Davies, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy

January 18, 2013

As part of the Public Diplomacy Speaker Series hosted by the Sié Center, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies spoke to students, staff and faculty on issues including human rights in North Korea, multilateral diplomacy, and nuclear non-proliferation. Appointed in January 2012 by Secretary of State Clinton to facilitate high-level engagement with other Six-Party Talks partners, Special Representative Davies serves as a senior emissary for U.S. engagement with North Korea.  Read More >>

Bill BurnsWilliam J. Burns, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

January 9, 2013

The Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy welcomed U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns to the Korbel School of International Studies on January 9 to speak to students, faculty and staff at a number of small and large gatherings. Ambassador Burns holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, Career Ambassador, and became Deputy Secretary of State in July 2011. He is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary.  Read More >>

MunterCameron Munter, former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan

September 17, 2012

On Monday, Cameron Munter, the former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, was welcomed by the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. The Ambassador spent the day with students and faculty discussing their research projects as well his 28-year career of service, which includes tours in Pakistan, Iraq, Serbia and Germany. As part of the Public Diplomacy Speaker Series 2012-2013, he spoke to over 100 attendees about his time in Pakistan as well as other issues of national security and foreign policy.  Read More >>

Albright Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State

April 13, 2012

The first female Secretary of State and daughter of the namesake for the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Dr. Madeleine Albright visited the University of Denver last week, sharing fond memories and insights into current international events. Speaking with Albright at the Cable Center for over 500 attendees, Ambassador Christopher R. Hill said that her legacy of service was to create an image of the United States as one that was approachable and real.

Koss Andrew C. Koss, Deputy Permanent Delegate, U.S. Mission to UNESCO

February 22, 2012

In the third installment of the Public Diplomacy Series, retired Foreign Service Officer Andrew Koss mixed memories and advice in a talk given to a group of students on Wednesday in the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. With a career spanning 3 decades and more continents, Koss served as a Public Affairs officer, rising to Minister-Counselor before retiring. As a Public Affairs Officer, Koss engaged in strategies of public diplomacy.

Hill, Chinoy, Koss Mike Chinoy, Senior Fellow at USC's U.S.-China Institute; former foreign correspondent, CNN

January 19, 2012

Mike Chinoy, former CNN Senior Asia Correspondent and current research fellow at the US-China Institute, spoke on the role of foreign correspondents in China's history and perception in the West as part of the Public Diplomacy Series at the Josef Korbel School last week. 

Casey General George W. Casey, Jr., former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

October 12, 2011

Former Army Chief of Staff and Josef Korbel School (formally Graduate School of International Studies, GSIS) alum General George Casey came back to the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy this October to give a talk on what he calls a decade of "persistent conflict."