George Tayloe Ross Addresses On International Peace

The annual George Tayloe Ross Addresses on International Peace was established to promote peace by exploring and investigating topics of current interest that affect relations among nations, ranging from international political matters to environmental questions. 

Past lecturers include:
Sir Hilary Beckles

Sir Hilary Beckles is Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and Chairman of the Caribbean Community Commission on Reparation and Social Justice [CARICOM]. Sir Hilary has been at the forefront of an international legal effort for reparations from European slave-trading nations. He is a prolific scholar, a committed activist for social justice, and among the most distinguished public intellectuals in the Caribbean.

Sir Hilary is Vice President of the International Task force for the UNESCO Slave Route Project; a consultant for the UNESCO Cities for Peace Global Programme; and in 2014 was appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, to his inaugural United Nations Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board on sustainable development. Sir Hilary is also an Editor of the UNESCO General History of Africa. 

Sir Hilary was made a Commander Knight of St Andrew (KA), Barbados’ highest honour, in recognition of his distinguished service in the field of education and his dedication to the furtherance of the arts and sports, in particular cricket.

He has lectured extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas and has published more than ten academic books including Britain’s Black Debt: Reparations for Slavery in the Caribbean (2013); Centering Woman: Gender Discourses in Caribbean Slave Society (1999); White Servitude and Black Slavery in Barbados 1627-1715 (1990); The History of Barbados (1990); Natural Rebels: A History of Enslaved Black Women in the Caribbean (1989); The Development of West Indies Cricket: Volume One, The Age of Nationalism; and Volume Two, The Age of Globalisation, (1999); A Nation Imagined: The First West Indies Test Team: The 1928 Tour (2003). 

Sir Hilary received his higher education in the United Kingdom and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Economic and Social History from Hull University in 1976, and a PhD from the same university in 1980. He has received numerous awards including Honorary Doctor of Letters (Brock); (Glasgow); (Hull); (KNUST), in recognition of his major contribution to academic research into transatlantic slavery, popular culture, and sport. 

Celeste A. Wallander

Dr. Celeste A. Wallander is Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia on the National Security Council Staff.  She served in the Office of International Security Affairs (ISA) as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia from May 2009 to July 2012, where she was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all defense and policy matters as they pertain to Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, including the Western Balkans. 

Previously, she was a professor in the School of International Service at American University and director of the M.A. Program in Global Governance, Politics, and Security (2009-2013), Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (2012-2013), visiting professor at Georgetown University (2006-2008), Director and Senior Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2001-2006), Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. (2000-2001), and professor of Government at Harvard University (1989-2000). She is the founder of the Program on New Approaches to Russian Security and the Eurasian Strategy Project.

Dr. Wallander received her Ph.D. (1990), M.Phil. (1986) and M.A. (1985) degrees in political science from Yale University, and her B.A. (1983 – summa cum laude) in political science from Northwestern University.  She has received fellowships and research grants from the National Science Foundation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the MacArthur Foundation, Smith-Richardson Foundation, and the Mott Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council of the United States, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

James Goldgeier

James Goldgeier is Dean of the School of International Service at American University. Prior to joining AU, he was a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. He taught previously at Cornell University, and has held appointments at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, the State Department, the National Security Council staff, the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Library of Congress, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Hoover Institution, and the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy. From 2001-2005, he directed GWU’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. His books include: America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 (co-authored with Derek Chollet); Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (co-authored with Michael McFaul); and Not Whether But When: The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO. He is the recipient of the Edgar S. Furniss book award in national and international security and co-recipient of the Georgetown University Lepgold Book Prize in international relations. Among his current projects, Goldgeier and collaborators at Duke University and the University of California, Berkeley, lead the Bridging the Gap initiative, which encourages, trains and advocates for scholars and doctoral students to produce research-oriented policy-relevant scholarship and theoretically grounded policy work.
Lecture: "Can the liberal international order survive?"

Timur Kuran

Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. His research focuses on social change, including the evolution of preferences and institutions, and the economic history and thought of the Middle East. His current projects include a study of the role that the Middle East’s traditional institutions played in its poor political performance, as measured by democratization and human liberties. Among his publications are Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification (Harvard University Press); Islam and Mammon: The Economic Predicaments of Islamism (Princeton University Press); The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East (Princeton University Press); and a tri-lingual edited work that consists of ten volumes, Socio-Economic Life in Seventeenth-century Istanbul: Glimpses from Court Records (İş Bank Publications).
Lecture: "Religious and Legal Roots of Authoritarianism in the Middle East"

Jeffrey Kopstein

Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Former Director of the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto, and Director of the Central and East European Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Former James Bryant Conant Fellow in German and European Studies at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow, among others. Co-editor of Growing Apart? America and Europe in the 21st Century (2008) and Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, and Institutions in a Changing Global Order (4th ed. 2013) and author of The Politics of Economic Decline in East Germany 1945 – 1989 (1997).
Lecture: “Why Neighbors Kill Neighbors: The Political Origins of Anti-Jewish Violence”

Mark Suzman

Managing Director for International Policy and Programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Executive Council on Development and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Poverty & Sustainable Development. Former Director of Global Development Policy, Advocacy, & Special Initiatives at the Foundation. Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategic Communications in the Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations from 2005 to 2007. Former correspondent for the Financial Times in Johannesburg, London, and Washington, D.C.
Lecture: “Development, Africa, and Millennium Development Goals: Why the World is Getting Better Faster than You Think and How We Can Accelerate Progress”

Ryan Crocker

Former United States Ambassador to Afghanistan (2011 – 2012), Iraq (2007 – 2009), Pakistan (2004 – 2007), Syria (1998 – 2001), Kuwait (1994 – 1997) and Lebanon (1990 – 1993). Appointed Dean of Texas A&M University’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service. Named an Honorary Marine by the United States Marine Corps. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2009. Recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of States’ Distinguished Service Award, and the State Department Distinguished Honor Award, among others.
Lecture: “Lessons from a Long War: The U.S. and the Broader Middle East”

Edward Lacey
Former Deputy Director of the Office of Policy Planning, United States Department of State, Principal Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance, Deputy Assistant Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and Principal Deputy Director of the Department of Defense On-Site Inspection Agency. Recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Service and the Department of State Superior Honor Award.
Discussion: Foreign policy of the United States of America
Reinares Fernando

Professor and Chair of Political Science and Security Studies, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain. Senior Analyst on International Terrorism at Real Instituto Elcano, a Spanish think tank. Member of the Council on Global Terrorism, Washington, D.C. Former Senior Adviser on Antiterrorist Policy to the Spanish Interior Minister. Contributing editor of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, editorial board member of Terrorism and Political Violence, Democracy and Security, Cultures et Conflits and Sécurité Globale.
Discussion: Current terrorist threats to Europe and the United States

Paula J. Dobriansky

Holds the Distinguished National Security Chair at the United States Naval Academy, and is an adjunct senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. From 2001 to 2009, served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. Appointed special envoy to Northern Ireland by President George W. Bush in 2007. Former member of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, by presidential appointment, and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council. Recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal.      
Lecture: “From Globaloney to Global Issues: A New Agenda for the 21st Century”

Allan Gerson

Chairman of the Gerson International Law Group, a Washington, D.C., based firm specializing in public international law and its interplay with complex litigation and political support. Gerson brought the first suit against Libya on behalf of the families of the victims of Pan Am flight 104, and helped pass the 1996 law making it possible for citizens to hold foreign governments accountable for acts of terrorism. Gerson co-authored The Price of Terror (2001) with Newsweek Senior Editor Jerry Adler. Other works include Israel, The West Bank and International Law (1978), The Kirkpatrick Mission: Diplomacy Without Apology (1991) and Privatizing Peace: From Conflict to Security (2002).
Lecture: “Privatizing Justice: Representing the Victims of Terrorism and Human Rights Abuses”