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Barry Pavel

Barry Pavel

Senior Vice President, The Atlantic Council
Thursday, Sep 06, 2018 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | TBD

Barry Pavel is senior vice president of the Atlantic Council, Arnold Kanter Chair, and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, focusing on emerging global challenges, strategy, technologies, and key regional security issues. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he was a career member of the Senior Executive Service in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy for almost eighteen years. From October 2008 through July 2010, he served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security Council staff, serving both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. In this capacity, Mr. Pavel led the development of five of the first eight Obama Administration Presidential Study Directives. He was the initiator and architect of the NSC’s first-ever National Security Priorities Review and a key contributor to the President’s 2010 National Security Strategy. From October 1993 through November 2006, Mr. Pavel led or contributed to a broad range of defense strategy and planning initiatives for both the Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations.  Mr. Pavel received a Presidential Rank Award in 2007 in recognition of his career accomplishments. 

Matthew Sutton

Matthew Sutton

Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History, Washington State University
Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | TBD

Matthew Avery Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University. He is the author of American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014), Jerry Falwell and the Rise of the Religious Right: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012), and Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America (Harvard University Press, 2007). He has published articles in diverse venues ranging from the Journal of American History to the New York Times and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the US Fulbright Commission, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation. In 2016 he was appointed a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.

Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead

Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | TBD

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College, a Distinguished Fellow in American Strategy and Statesmanship at the Hudson Institute, and The Wall Street Journal's Global View columnist. He formerly served as the Editor-at-Large for The American Interest, where he directed the popular Via Meadia blog.Professor Mead currently serves as a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Bosch Stiftung, and previously was the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. The author of God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008), Professor Mead is also the United States book reviewer for Foreign Affairs. Professor Mead is an honors graduate of Yale College, as well as a founding board member of New America and a board member of Freedom House.

Frank Lavin

Frank Lavin

Former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; CEO and founder, Export Now
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | TBD

Frank Lavin is the CEO and founder of Export Now, which helps companies sell on-line in China from their home offices.  In Government, Lavin served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 2005-2007.  In that capacity, Lavin served as lead U.S. trade negotiator for both China and India and was the senior policy official in the Commerce Department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the globe. Lavin was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001-05, where his duties included helping negotiate the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.  In the private sector, Lavin served in senior finance and management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore with Bank of America, and Citibank. 

Earlier in his career, Lavin served in the George H.W. Bush and Reagan Administrations, working in the Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Security Council, and White House. Lavin served as Director of the Office of Political Affairs in the White House 1987-89. Lavin earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; an M.S. in Chinese Language from Georgetown University; an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University; and an M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Lavin is the co-author of “Export Now” (2011), a featured title by John Wiley & Sons.  Lavin serves on the Board of Directors of Globe Specialty Metals, the world’s largest producer of silicon metal alloys, Consistel, the largest telecommunications firm for in-building services in Southeast Asia, and UOB Bank, a Singapore-based regional bank.  He also served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo USA Pavilion.

Sam Kleiner

Sam Kleiner

Author, The Flying Tigers
Monday, Nov 05, 2018 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | TBD

Samuel Kleiner will be giving a talk on his newly released book The Flying Tigers, the story behind the American pilots who were secretly recruited to defend the nation’s desperate Chinese allies before Pearl Harbor and ended up on the front lines of the war against the Japanese in the Pacific.

Mr. Kleiner is a lawyer based in New York City. He was raised in Tucson, Arizona and holds a BA from Northwestern University, a doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a JD from Yale Law School. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic.

Philip Gorski

Philip Gorski

Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | TBD

Philip S. Gorski (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1996) is a comparative-historical sociologist with strong interests in theory and methods and in modern and early modern Europe. His empirical work focuses on topics such as state-formation, nationalism, revolution, economic development and secularization with particular attention to the interaction of religion and politics. Other current interests include the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences and the nature and role of rationality in social life. Among his recent publications are The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Growth of State Power in Early Modern Europe (Chicago, 2003); Max Weber’s Economy and Society: A Critical Companion (Stanford, 2004); and “The Poverty of Deductivism: A Constructive Realist Model of Sociological Explanation,” Sociological Methodology, 2004.

Philip Gorski is Co-Director (with Julia Adams) of Yale’s Center for Comparative Research (CCR), and co-runs the Religion and Politics Colloquium at the Yale MacMillan Center.

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