Davvid Akov, Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest region
Consul General Akov will discuss relations between America and Israel on the 60th anniversary of the formation of the state of Israel. He began his tour of duty at the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco in August 2004. A native of Israel, Akov joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1985 and was counselor for congressional affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., for five years.
Mahvish Khan-Lawyer; Journalist, Author of "My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees And The Stories They Told Me"
Spurred by the detainment of prisoners
at Guantanamo Bay, American lawyer
Khan decided to offer help to the de-
tainees. Born to Afghan parents, she used
her language skills as a translator, and
from her time with these detainees she
has written a diary that provides insights
into the lives and families of those held
at Guantanamo. Read more »
Ambassador Reno L. Harnish III, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Diana Farrell, Director, McKinsey Global Institute
Ken Caldeira, Scientist, Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology
Greg Dalton, Commonwealth Club Vice President, Director of The Club's Climate 1 Initiative, Moderator Read more »
Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State; Chair and Principal, Albright Capital Management; Author, Memo to the President Elect
Memo to the President Elect
Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, will discuss the necessary steps our next president should take in order to rebuild our standing in the world and ensure a strong and secure future for our nation. Read more »
Dr. Steven West,
Phd Near East Cultures and Languages , Fullbright Scholar to Turkey, BA in Gov't
Islam: Towards A New Understanding
Despite 9/11, Dr. West proposes that the fundamental struggle is between
factions within Islam, and not with America. And, for the sake of world
safety, it is urgent that the 3 great Semitic religions reach
understanding and inclusiveness.
This program was recorded live on January 10, 2008
Russian professor Lilia Shevtsova (Senior Associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) speaks to the Club about all things Russia. Her book is Russia, Lost in Transition: The Yelsten & Putin Legacies
This program was recorded live on October 16, 2007.
SPEAKER: Imad Moustapha, Syrian Ambassador to the United States
TITLE: THE U.S., SYRIA AND THE NEW OLD MIDDLE EAST: CONFRONTATION OR COOPERATION?
Syrian Ambassador to the U.S. Imad Moustapha will offer his insight into what it will take to achieve peace in the Middle East, with Syria being a key player in Middle Eastern politics. He will also explain how Syria’s strong diplomatic ties to the United States are critical in efforts to rebuild Iraq and improve the region's relationship with the West. Read more »