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 our Senior Director of Operations for more information: Syed Ahmed | sya437@g.harvard.edu.

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

FALL 2021

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Ben Rhodes

Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting


Aurélia Nguyen

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



General David H. Petraeus

4th Director of the CIA


General H. R. McMaster

26th U.S. National Security Advisor

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Aminata Touré

Former Prime Minister of Senegal


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


Admiral William H. McRaven

Former Commander of U.S. Special Operations


Nicholas Burns

Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs


Robert Gates

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


Fiona Hill

Former National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs


Karen Donfried

Nominee Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs


P. W. Singer

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow


Jared Cohen

CEO of Jigsaw

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Johnny Harris

Host of Vox Borders


Kent Walker

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

FALL 2020


Krishna Urs

U.S. Ambassador to Peru


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


Christopher Landau

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

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Jonathan Lee

Director of Global Public Policy at WhatsApp


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


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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


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


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


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