SPEAKERS

Throughout the year, HUFPI invites distinguished speakers to Harvard to discuss international events and share their perspectives with future foreign policy professionals. We seek out a diverse range of identities and perspectives to engage our equally diverse student body.

Current and former officials interested in speaking to our organization are welcome to contact speakers@harvardforeignpolicy.org

We do not endorse the ideas of any invited speakers. All guests are expected to take questions from the group.

SPRING 2022

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Margot Wallström

Former Foreign Minister of Sweden & First UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

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Derek Grossman

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

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 William Courtney

President Clinton's Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasian Affairs and former Ambassador to Georgia 

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Youssef Chahed

Former Prime Minister of Tunisia

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Sudhakar Ramakrishna

CEO of Solarwinds

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Jody Olsen

20th Director of the Peace Corps

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Hugo Llorens

Former Ambassador to Afghanistan 

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John Herbst

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine

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Omar Razzaz

Former Prime Minister of Jordan

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Kurt Campbell

Former CEO of the Asia Group and NSC Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific of the Biden Administration

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Joshua Kertzer

Professor of Government at Harvard University

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Emily Channell-Justice

Director of the Contemporary Ukrainian Program

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George Soroka

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University

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Serhii Plokhii

Director of the Harvard Ukraine Institute and Professor of Ukrainian History

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Steven Pifer

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine

FALL 2021

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Ben Rhodes

Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

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Aurelia Nguyen

Managing Director of the #COVAX Facility at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

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William Taylor

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine

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David Sanger

Chief Washington Correspondent at The New York Times

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Tim Maurer

Senior Counselor for Cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security

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Major General (ret.) Amos Yadlin

Former Israeli Military Intelligence Chief

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Mac Thornberry

Former U.S. House Representative for Texas' 13th District

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Luis Felipe López Calva

UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Chad Wolf

Former Acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security

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Hussain Haqqani

 Former Ambassador of Pakistan to Sri Lanka and the United States

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Thomas Friedman

Op-Ed Columnist at The New York Times 

SPRING 2021

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General David H. Petraeus

4th Director of the CIA

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General H. R. McMaster

26th U.S. National Security Advisor

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Aminata Touré

Former Prime Minister of Senegal

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Stephen J. Hadley

21st U.S. National Security Advisor

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Wendy Sherman

Deputy U.S. Secretary of State

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John Bolton

27th U.S. National Security Advisor, 25th U.S. Ambassador to the UN

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Admiral William H. McRaven

Former Commander of U.S. Special Operations

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Nicholas Burns

Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

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Robert Gates

22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense, 15th Director of Central Intelligence

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Fiona Hill

Former National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs

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Karen Donfried

Nominee Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

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P. W. Singer

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow

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Jared Cohen

CEO of Jigsaw

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Johnny Harris

Host of Vox Borders

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Kent Walker

Senior Vice President for Global Affairs & Chief Legal Officer at Google

FALL 2020

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Krishna Urs

U.S. Ambassador to Peru

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Michael McFaul

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia

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Carol Giacomo

Diplomatic Correspondent & Member of the Editorial Board at The New York Times

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Christopher Landau

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

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Jonathan Lee

Director of Global Public Policy at WhatsApp

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Juliette Kayyem

Assistant Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security

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Jeff Fields

FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Inter-Agency Cyber Network Operations Unit

SPRING 2020

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Karen Bass

U.S. Rep for California's 37th Congressional District, Chair of U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa

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Lord Kim Darroch

Former British Ambassador to the U.S., National Security Adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron

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Jenna Ben-Yehuda

President & CEO of the Truman National Security Project

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Will Hurd

U.S. Rep for Texas's 23rd Congressional District, Former CIA Officer

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Noah Feldman

Harvard Law Professor, Former Senior Constitutional Adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq

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Rebecca Brocato

Former Special Assistant to President Obama for Legislative Affairs, National Security Council Staff

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Ned Price

Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State

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Rashad Hussain

Associate White House Counsel, U.S. Special Envoy for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications

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Arasalan Suleman

Former Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation