Top Speakers With Talks On Geopolitical Risk & Political Chaos

As the world continues to face a range of geopolitical threats – from Iran and Russia to terrorism and cyber warfare, it's imperative to hear directly from the people involved in national security and intelligence at the highest levels. These speakers, with backgrounds that span military, government, and private sector service, offer talks on understanding and managing geopolitical risk. Take a look at these insider speakers who help to explain the current geopolitical landscape and what these threats mean for you and your business:

Top speakers on geopolitical risk & political chaos

  • Gen. John Allen, Former Commander of NATO and US Forces in Afghanistan, & Former Presidential Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
  • Joel Brenner, Former National Counterintelligence Executive and Author of America the Vulnerable
  • Director Jim ClapperFormer Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
  • Michael FromanFormer United States Trade Representative and President of Strategic Growth, MasterCard
  • Phil Gordon, Former Special Assistant to the President on the Middle East and the Gulf Region
  • Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
  • Lisa MonacoFormer United States Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor and CNN Senior National Security Analyst
  • Michael MorellFormer Deputy and Acting Director of the CIA
  • Gen. John NicholsonFormer Commander of American & NATO Forces in Afghanistan
  • Kenneth Pollack, Former CIA Iraq-Iran Military Analyst and Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Sean Roche, Former Associate Deputy Director for CIA Digital Innovation
  • Adm. Michael RogersFormer Director, National Security Agency & Former Commander, US Cyber Command
  • Nick Burns Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Antony BlinkenFormer Deputy Secretary of State, CNN Global Affairs Analyst
  • Ian BremmerInternational Affairs Expert & President of the Eurasia Group
  • Gen. Vincent BrooksRetired Four-Star General & Former Commander, United Nations Command
  • Evelyn FarkasFormer Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia and NBC National Security Contributor
  • George FriedmanFounder and Chairman of Geopolitical Features
  • Kevin KajiwaraGeopolitical Expert and Co-President, Teneo Intelligence
  • Anja Manuel, Former Diplomat and Principal, RiceHadleyGates

Read on for more information about these speakers and their specific topics: 

Gen. John Allen

Former Commander of NATO and US Forces in Afghanistan, & Former Presidential Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

General John Allen is the former Head of NATO Forces in Afghanistan. Personally appointed by President Obama as the first American to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, he is a fresh and thoughtful thinker on what’s happening in the world. Translating how security challenges will likely play out, while sharing powerful stories from his time leading the military, Allen’s talk on geopolitical megatrends assesses hot spots, threats, and opportunities around the world. | Click to learn more.

Joel Brenner

Former National Counterintelligence Executive and Author of America the Vulnerable

Joel Brenner specializes in cyber security, US intelligence, and internal data investigations. His new book reveals the startling rate at which private data is leaked without prior knowledge regardless of current security measures. Not only individuals, but businesses and corporations are all affected. Through his extensive knowledge, Brenner reveals how this situation arose and what there is to do to stop it. His expertise is applied to operational and practical business strategy, guiding the way to insulate oneself from these very real threats. | Click to learn more about Joel.

Dir. James Clapper

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

Formerly the nation’s top intelligence official and principal intelligence advisor to the President, James Clapper is revered for both his encyclopedic knowledge of critical intelligence issues and his straight-shooting style. Having overseen the U.S. intelligence community through a period that included the bin Laden raid and the Snowden leaks, Clapper’s uniquely positioned to discuss the broad scope of threats facing American interests. | Click to learn more.

Michael Froman

Former United States Trade Representative and President of Strategic Growth, MasterCard

Michael Froman is an expert on trade and its effects on US global relationships. He was formerly President Obama’s chief advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade and investment issues. Froman’s experience and insight has never been more valuable given the current emphasis on trade. He helps audiences understand America's new role in the global economy, as well as what the Trump Administration's stances on various trade agreements mean for businesses. Currently the Vice Chairman and President of Strategic Growth at MasterCard, he is perfectly positioned to provide businesses with a 360-degree overview of how our global relationships will evolve. | Click to learn more.

Phil Gordon

Former Special Assistant to the President on the Middle East and the Gulf Region

As the most senior official in the White House focused on the Middle East, Phil Gordon worked on high-level issues like the Iranian nuclear program and Middle East peace negotiations. Called “one of the premier scholar-practitioners of his generation” by the Council of Foreign Relations, Gordon shares unique insights on the state of geopolitics and the U.S.’s relationship with the Middle East, including the factors causing the region’s chaos and the things our nation should be doing about it. | Click to learn more.

Sue Gordon

Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

As the country’s number two ranking intelligence official, Sue Gordon oversaw the entire Intelligence Community (IC), witnessing firsthand the shift in cyber and national security that has come with the global accessibility of information. With over 3-decades of security service, Gordon explains the challenges facing the IC today and the need for innovation in order to keep up. Having just retired in October, she brings recent, high-level experience to every engagement. | Click to learn more.

Lisa Monaco

Former United States Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor and CNN Senior National Security Analyst

Based on her 4 years in the White House, Lisa Monaco believes cyber security is the biggest threat facing countries and organizations now. Suggesting that companies need to take a hard look at who and what is on their networks, she helps companies rethink how to manage and mitigate risk. Having overseen the government response to the OPM cyber-attack, she is able to discuss the diverse nature of the cyber threat—from nation states to the dark web to “hacktivists”—as well as new types of attacks, the implication of the Internet of Things, and what companies should do now to get ahead of it all. | Click to learn more.

Michael Morell

Former Deputy and Acting Director of the CIA

In an age where the intelligence community has never been more important to national security, former CIA Acting Director, Michael Morell, offers audiences a debrief on the current state of national security. In speeches, he discusses the key geopolitical challenges that keep top intelligence officials up at night, how cyber fits into our relationships with Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, as well as the role of cyber operations in war. | Click to learn more.

Gen. John Nicholson

Former Commander of American & NATO Forces in Afghanistan

Gen. Nicholson stepped down as Commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support mission in September of last year. An energetic, combat-seasoned voice on leading complex organizations to win, Gen. Nicholson is widely admired for his position as one of our nation’s greatest “Warrior-Diplomats,” and as the longest-serving commander in the Afghan theatre of war. Nicholson draws on his experience with large military units and allied coalitions in times of complexity and risk and provides lessons that are highly relevant to improving strategic thinking, strengthening results through collaboration and developing resilient colleagues who will thrive in today’s fast-paced global operating environment. | Click to learn more about John.

Sean Roche

Former Associate Deputy Director for CIA Digital Innovation

At the CIA’s Directorate of Digital Innovation, Sean Roche was responsible for modernizing and accelerating innovation across the entire agency with cutting-edge technologies and cyber intelligence. Discussing the current cyber landscape, Roche provides a thorough yet digestible analysis of the most pressing threats facing organizations today. His high-energy presentation and hilarious anecdotes straight from Washington will leave audiences at ease, providing manageable takeaways they can instantly implement to enact more secure processes. | Click to learn more.

Kenneth Pollack

Former CIA Iraq-Iran Military Analyst and Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

With an extensive background in national security, intelligence, and foreign policy, Dr. Kenneth Pollack is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and an expert on Middle Eastern political-military affairs with a particular emphasis on Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. The author of nine books on the Middle East, he addresses foreign policy, international relations, and geopolitics, stressing economic, social, and educational change as part of the solution to the issues in the Middle East. | Click to learn more about Kenneth.
 

Adm. Michael Rogers

Former Director, National Security Agency & Former Commander, US Cyber Command

Admiral Michael Rogers is one of the most-knowledgeable cyber security experts on the lecture circuit today. Rogers served under both Presidents Trump and Obama and oversaw the NSA, from 2014 to 2018, and Cyber Command responses to both the Snowden leaks and Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. He helps groups answer questions like, “What do we need to do to evolve and protect our assets?” and “What will the future look like and how will that change affect my business?” | Click to learn more.

Nick Burns

Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns is one of the country’s most articulate spokespeople on globalization and U.S. foreign policy, earning respect as a nonpartisan expert on public diplomacy and world affairs. Over the course of his illustrious, 27-year career, he played a leadership role in U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East and Asia and was the nation’s top career diplomat as under secretary of state for political affairs from 2005–2008. He served three presidents: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Burns speaks with candor and passion about his position at the forefront of American foreign relations and policy and offers a big-picture perspective of our country’s position on the world stage. | Click to learn more.

Antony Blinken

Former Deputy Secretary of State, CNN Global Affairs Analyst

Tony Blinken held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations over three decades—including most recently as Deputy Secretary of State from 2015-2017. He additionally held posts as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. Blinken is a managing director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and a co-founder and managing partner of WestExec Advisors, a strategic consultancy. He is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times where his views appear monthly and a global affairs analyst for CNN| Click to learn more.

Ian Bremmer

International Affairs Expert & President of the Eurasia Group

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including TIME magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. He is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets through his creation of Wall Street’s first global political risk index (GPRI)—and for establishing political risk as an academic discipline. His definition of emerging markets—“those countries where politics matters at least as much as economics for market outcomes”—has become an industry standard. | Click to learn more.

Gen. Vincent Brooks

Retired Four-Star General & Former Commander, United Nations Command

General Vincent K. Brooks is a career Army officer who recently retired from active duty as the four-star general in command of all U.S. Forces in Korea, where he concurrently commanded United Nations Command as well as the Republic of Korea—U.S. Combined Forces Command comprising over 650,000 Koreans and Americans under arms. Widely respected as a speaker and leader of cohesive, innovative organizations, within and beyond the military, his areas of expertise include leadership in complex organizations, crisis leadership, and building cohesive trust-based teams, national security, policy, strategy, international relations, military operations, combating terrorism and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as diversity and inclusion. | Click to learn more.

Evelyn Farkas

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia and NBC National Security Contributor

Known as the top Obama Administration official on Russian issues, Evelyn Farkas shares an insider’s perspective on the Kremlin’s goals and methods. She offers a fascinating look at America’s position in the world as well as her thoughts on how to secure global stability and prosperity. | Click to learn more about Evelyn.

Kevin Kajiwara

Geopolitical Expert and Co-President, Teneo Intelligence

Kevin Kajiwara advises Fortune 100 CEOs and significant institutional investors with insights on geopolitical and policy risks, and their investment and corporate strategy implications. He plays an active role in promoting the firm’s research agenda and developing its macro views, as well as integrating Teneo’s geopolitical advisory services across the platform. Prior to joining Teneo, Kevin was the director of Strategic Clients at Eurasia Group and a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. | Click to learn more.

George Friedman

Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Features

Dr. George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster, international affairs strategist, and New York Times best-selling author. As Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a new online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events, Friedman combines his passion for writing and publishing for his readers world wide who follow international affairs. A very popular keynote speaker on the future of international geopolitics, Dr. Friedman has briefed for many major military and government organizations and is frequently invited to speak internationally. | Click to learn more.

Anja Manuel

Former Diplomat and Principal, RiceHadleyGates

Anja Manuel is co-founder of RiceHadleyGates (along with former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice and former Sec. of Defense Robert Gates). A consultant to Fortune 50 and Silicon Valley CEOs, she breaks down the rise of emerging markets and America’s shifting role in international leadership, and presents an overview of potential pitfalls and opportunities for businesses globally. She is a frequent contributor to Fortune, Reuters, and The New York Times. | Click to learn more.

 

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