Trending Geopolitical Speakers On Hot International Topics

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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.

TRENDING GEOPOLITICAL SPEAKERS 

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.

STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL

Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan, Author of Best-Sellers "Team of Teams" and "My Share of the Task," and Co-Founder of the McChrystal Group

"To hear McChrystal talk about leadership is like hearing Steve Jobs talk about innovation or Henry Ford talk about productivity. The former general is a warrior and visionary who turned a bulky bureaucracy into a fast-moving force that helped wipe out Al-Qaeda in Iraq and is credited with turning the tide of that war as well as the one in Afghanistan." – WIRED Magazine 

ADMIRAL MICHAEL ROGERS

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

Admiral Michael Rogers is the former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), the former chief of Central Security Service, and the former commander of US Cyber Command. One of the most-knowledgeable intelligence professionals and cyber security experts on the lecture circuit, Rogers assumed those posts in April of 2014 and retired in June of 2018, marking 37 years of service. An MIT technology seminar fellow and former Harvard senior executive in national security, Rogers’ presentations are packed with insights gleaned from his recent experience at the highest levels of the US government. He served under both Presidents Trump and Obama and oversaw the NSA and Cyber Command responses to both the Snowden leaks and Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. He also put the NSA through its largest reorganization in 20 years and led the creation and operationalization of the nation’s cyber mission force, culminating in the elevation of Cyber Command to the senior-most command level in the DOD.

SUSAN GORDON

One of the most accomplished leaders in the history of national security, Sue M. Gordon is the former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI) – the country’s number two ranking intelligence official. As the fifth PDDNI, she co-led the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and oversaw the entire Intelligence Community (IC), comprised of over a dozen agencies that collect information on threats against the United States. In particular, Gordon’s transformative leadership focused on integrating intelligence across the organization, expanding outreach and partnerships, driving innovation, and advancing diversity and inclusion throughout the Community.

DIRECTOR JIM CLAPPER

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. 

GENERAL JOHN ALLEN

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.

DR. EVELYN FARKAS

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.  

MICHAEL MORELL

Former Deputy and Acting Director of the CIA and Author of the Best-Seller The Great War Of Our Time

One of the country’s most-respected national security experts, Michael Morell is the former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the author of the New York Times best-seller The Great War Of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism from al Qa’ida to ISIS. The agency’s second-in-command, he spent his entire career at the CIA and has been in the room with the nation’s major political players for more than a decade. He is the only official who was with both President Bush on September 11th and President Obama on May 1st, when Osama Bin Laden was brought to justice during a raid that Morell had been integral in planning. According to the Wall Street Journal, he had “been at the center of nearly every fight against al Qaeda and has seen the limits of U.S. intelligence,” and POLITICO called him the “Bob Gates of his generation.” He is a CBS News on-air contributor in intelligence and national security.

JOHN NICHOLSON

Commander of American & NATO Forces in Afghanistan 2016-2018

General John Nicholson is a United States Army four-star general (retired) widely admired as a uniquely-skilled “warrior-diplomat’. He completed his term as Commander of U.S. Forces–Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support mission in September 2018, as the longest-serving commander in the Afghan theatre of war. His leadership, deep experience and close relationships with Afghan leaders were key to brokering the first nationwide ceasefire in the 17-year war and helped launch the peace initiative now underway. In reporting on the Afghan war, NPR said of Nicholson, “Maybe no American soldier knows this battleground better than Army General John Nicholson.”

NICHOLAS BURNS

Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Former Highest-Ranking Member of the Foreign Service

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.

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