Trending Geopolitical Speakers On Hot International Topics


US foreign policy seems to be changing on a weekly basis. Making sense of how we deal with foreign allies and adversaries, these geopolitics speakers help audiences work through risk factors, think about domestic and international strategies, and explain differences between historical American policy and the new policies we’re seeing come out of Washington, DC now. 

Here are seven of the most renowned and respected geopolitics and national security keynote speakers address the hottest international topics today.


  • General Michael Hayden
  • Former Director Jim Clapper
  • General John Allen
  • Gov. Bill Richardson
  • Dr. Evelyn Farkas
  • Lisa Monaco
  • Chris Tarbell and Hector Monsegur

Learn more about each of these terrific geopolitics and global trends keynote speakers by reading their mini bios below. To learn more, check out their individual speaker pages by clicking on the hyperlinks.


Former Director of the CIA, Former Director of the NSA, & Best-Selling Author of the New Book, The Assault on Intelligence

Gen. Hayden is the only man to have led the CIA and NSA. As the US’s former top intelligence officer, he specializes in “hot spots” around the world—breaking down the current state of global affairs and varied forces driving the rise and decline of nations. Hayden’s new book is out May 22nd and is called The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies. Hayden looks at a world order that’s “teetering on the brink”—hitting on threats posed by Russia, China, and North Korea—and addresses additional issues we’re facing in Washington. He also shares the effective responses that he believes will help steer America’s organizations and businesses through this period of disruption. Learn more about General Michael Hayden here. 


Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) & Author of the New Book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence

Jim Clapper is formerly the nation’s top intelligence official and principal intelligence advisor to the President. He is revered for both his encyclopedic knowledge of critical intelligence issues and his straight-shooting style. Of Clapper, President Obama said: “[He] possesses a quality that I value in all my advisers: a willingness to tell leaders what we need to know even if it’s not what we want to hear.” Clapper’s new book is Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence. It traces Clapper’s career through the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. 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. Learn more about Jim Clapper here


President of the Brookings Institution, 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. What Allen does so well is translate how security challenges will likely play out while captivating audiences with powerful stories from his time leading the military. Allen’s talk on geopolitical megatrends—coupled with his ability to assess hot spots, threats, and opportunities around the world with a country-by-country analysis—make him a great choice for high-level executives looking to learn more about emerging markets and probable business disruptions. Learn more about General John Allen here.


Former Governor of New Mexico, Former US Ambassador to the UN, & Former Special Envoy to the OAS who won the release of hostages in North Korea, Cuba, and more

The former US Ambassador to the UN and a two-time Governor of New Mexico, Richardson is known for visiting and successfully securing the release of hostages in North Korea during his time as a diplomat. In speeches, he shares his experience-based insights on tense relations between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. Richardson is also a four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, a foundation focusing on conflict resolution, prisoner release and environmental protection. Learn more about Bill Richardson here


Foreign Policy and Global Trends Expert, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, & NBC National Security Contributor

Evelyn Farkas is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, and a top choice for groups interested in global trends. The former advisor to three secretaries of Defense, who was considered the DOD's top Russia expert, Farkas expertly discusses the state of U.S. foreign affairs and the scope of security challenges America faces, how our changing relationships with allies and adversaries will affect the global order and businesses, and what companies and individuals should be thinking about now to stay ahead of global trends. Learn more about Dr. Evelyn Farkas here


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

Lisa Monaco was personally responsible for managing the government response to homeland security challenges—including Zika, the Boston Marathon Bombings, and the OPM cyber-attack—in the Obama Administration. She takes audiences inside the Situation Room and Oval Office to share insights on global trends and domestic vulnerabilities including the cyber threat. Having coordinated the government response to a wide variety of challenges, she provides a briefing on major domestic challenges as well as bright spots. Learn more about Lisa Monaco here.


Former FBI Agent, Reformed Black Hat Hacker, & Expert Cyber Security Speaking Duo

What happens when you combine the perspective and experience of one of the most successful cyber security law enforcement officials of all time with the true stories and insights of the former mastermind behind one of the most highly-skilled hacking networks the world has ever seen? With experience on both sides of the cyber security equation—Tarbell as a former law enforcement official with the FBI and Monsegur a former black hat hacker affiliated with the Anonymous/LulzSec collective—they deliver one of the most heart-pounding and informative presentations on the lecture circuit today. This is a heart-pounding, true story that takes you into the world of cyber crime. Learn more about Chris Tarbell and Hector Monsegur here

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