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2012 Speakers

Great Decisions Cookbook
January 14

Dr. Alethia Cook, ECU, Department of Political Science BIO CV PPT VIDEO

January 21
Promoting Democracy
Dr. Dursun Peksen, ECU, Department of Political Science BIO
January 28
State of the Oceans
Dr. David Kimmel, ECU, Department of Biology Bio PPT1 PPT2 Video
February 4
Energy Geopolitics
Dr. Richard Ericson, ECU, Department of Economics BIO CV PPT Video
February 11
Dr. Angela Thompson, ECU, Department of History Bio PPT Video
February 18

Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., Major General, USAF (Ret.), Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security and Visiting Professor of the Practice, Duke University School of Law    Article  Bio PPT Video

February 25
Exit from Afghanistan and Iraq
Dr. Austin Long, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs  Article on Iraq   Article on Afghanistan Bio  Video
March 4
Middle East Realignment

Nathan Lean, Graduate Student, Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Bio Article PPT Video

2011 Speakers

Great Decisions Cookbook


January 15
Sanctions and Nonproliferation
Dr. Dursun Peksen, Department of Political Science, ECU Bio VIDEO

January 22
Horn of Africa
Dr, Julius E. Nyang-oro, Chair, African and Afro-American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill CV VIDEO

January 29
The Caucasus
Dr. Elkhan Mehdiyev, Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Baku, Azerbaijan; Fulbright Scholar, Duke University CV PAPER PPT VIDEO

February 5
Germany Ascendant
Dr. David Conradt, Department of Political Science, ECU    BIO  PPT VIDEO

February 12
Rebuilding Haiti
Dr. Anuradha Mukherji, Department of Geography, ECU      BIO     CV VIDEO

February 19
U.S. National Security
Dr. Alethia Cook, Department of Political Science, ECU     BIO     CV  VIDEO

February 26
Responding to the Financial Crisis
Dr. Randall Parker, Department of Economics, ECU     BIO     CV  VIDEO

March 5
Global Governance
Dr. Nancy Spalding, Department of Political Science, ECU     CV


2010 Speakers


January 16           Russia and its Neighbors

  Dr. Richard Ericson, Department of Economics, ECU CV  BIO SLIDES PHOTOS   

  Cultural Exhibit: Dr. Elena Murenina and Dr. Irina Swain, Russian Studies Program, ECU    

January 23            Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution 

  Dr. John Williams, International Studies   CV  BIO  SLIDES

January 30             US-China Security Relations

   Dr. Yang Zhong, Department of Political Science,

   University of Tennessee, Knoxville  CV BIO

February 6             Global Financial Crisis

   Dr. Randall Parker, Department of Economcs, ECU  CV BIO    

February 13           Kenya and R2P

   Dr. Nancy Spalding, Department of Political Science, ECU CV  SLIDES

   Culture Display: Dr. Spalding; Dr. Cook, et al

February 20           Special Envoys

   Dr. Todd Bennett and Dr. Michael Palmer,                                                                        

   Department of History, ECU  BennettCV  BIO  Palmer CV BIO SLIDES

February 27           The Persian Gulf

    Dr. Jalil Roshandel

   Department of Political Science, ECU   BIO   SLIDES 

   Cultural Display: Arab Student Union

March 6                    Global Crime

    Dr. Gerald Mark Jones, Department of Criminal Justice, ECU  CV


2009 Speakers


January 17              U.S. and Rising Powers

                                  Dr. Alethia Cook, ECU Department of Political Science

                           CV Bio SLIDES

January 24              Energy and the Global Economy,

                            Dr. Amy Blizzard, ECU Department of Geography

                            CV Bio SLIDES

January 31              Global Food Supply

                            Dr. Holly Hapke, ECU Department of Geography CV Bio

February 7               The Arctic

     Dr. Lisa Clough, ECU Department of Biology, CV Bio   

    and Dr.   Jeff Johnson,ECU Department of Sociology

    CV Webpage  SLIDES  Climate Change Site

     Sea Ice Site

February 14             Egypt in the 21st Century

                                   Mr. Eihab Abousena,

                            Department of Modern Languages, University of Akron


(Funded has been provided by the ECU Office of Institutional       Diversity and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi)

February 21             Cuba after Castro

Dr. Denis Rey, Department of Political Science, University of Tampa, CV Bio

(Funding has been provided by the ECU International Studies Program and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi),

and Dr. Luci Fernandes, ECU Department of Anthropology CV Bio  SLIDES

Follow-up article and photo exhibit:


February 28             Afghanistan/Pakistan

Dr. David C. Champagne,Director, Strategic Studies Detachment, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) CV Bio

March 7                     Universal Human Rights

                            Dr. Rodney Roberts, ECU Department of Philosophy

                            CV Bio


2008 Speakers


Iraq end-game                                 

Speaker: Dr. Timothy McKeown, Department of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill   BIO  CV    SLIDES   PHOTOS                                      

European Union at 50                     

Speaker: Mr. Jiri Ellinger, Political Secretary, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, DC   BIO CV   PHOTO   SLIDES (Provided by the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington DC and by the Embassy of the Czech Republic)


U.S.defense & security policy                     

Speakers: TSgt Paralyn McClain, US Air Force, Why We Serve Program  BIO

and Dr. Alethia Cook, Department of Political Science, ECU BIO  CV



Speaker: Dr. Richard Ericson, Department of Economics, East Carolina University  BIO  CV SLIDES

Latin America: shift to the left?                   

Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Popke, Department of Geography, East Carolina University  BIO  CV SLIDES

U.S.-China trade policy 


Speaker: Dr. Runying Chen, ECU Department of Interior Design and Merchandising, College of Human Ecology  BIO CV SLIDES PHOTOS


Talking to our enemies                                 

Speaker: Renee M. Earle, Diplomat in Residence, Duke University, Franklin Center for International Studies  BIO

Private philanthropy                         


Speaker: Kenneth Morgan, Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, past member of the board of directors of Rotary International and the Triangle United Way  BIO CV

[Individual philanthropy

Presenter: Ms. Ann Eleanor, Secretary, WAC of ENC  SLIDES]


 2007 Speakers


Migration                    January 20     

Speakers: Dr. Lee Maril, Dept. of Sociology, and Dr. Rebecca Torres, Dept. of Geography, ECU                                                       

Children                      January 2

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Zanga,  Jefferson-Pilot/Catherine and Max Joyner Distinguished Professor in Primary Care, Ass’t Dean, Professor of Pediatrics, Brody School of Medicine,  ECU

South Africa             February 3     

Speaker: Dr. Andrew McKune, Thomas W. Rivers Distinguished Professor in International Studies, ECU; Tshwane University of Technology Pretoria, South Africa

Central Asia              February 10

Speaker: Dr. Alex Cooley, Department of Political Science, Barnard College Harriman Institute: Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies, Columbia University

Mexico                      February 17   

Speaker: Mr. Carlos Teissier, Journalist, Director of International Affairs, Universidad Regiomontana, Monterey, Mexico 

Climate Change            February 24

Speaker: Dr. Stan Riggs, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geology, ECU

War Crimes                   March 3 

Speaker: Dr. Peter Juviler,  Co-Director, Center for the Study of Human Rights, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

Middle East                March 10

Dr. Jalil Roshandel. Department of Political Science, ECU

2006 Speakers


Brazil                                                                 January 21

Speaker: Prof. Thomas Guedes Da Costa, National Defense University

Human Rights in the Age of Terrorism         January 28

Speaker: Prof. Scott Silliman, Executive Director, Center for Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University

Global Health Pandemics                                February 4

Speaker: Dr. Lloyd Novick, Director, Master of Public Health (MPH), ECU

US and Iran                                                      February 11

Speaker: Dr. Jalil Roshandel, Department of Political Science, Duke University

United Nations Reform                                    February 18

Speaker: Dr. Jeannie Grussendorf, Department of Political Science, ECU

China and India: Partners or Competitors?  February 25

Speaker: Dr. Bob Thompson, Department of Political Science, ECU

Energy Resources                                             March 4

Speaker: Dr. Rick Niswander, Dean, College of Business, ECU

Turkey                                                                 March 11

Speaker: Ms. Bernadette Levin, Turkey Deak Officer, US Department of State 


2005 Speakers


Russia                                           January 22

Speaker – Dr. Richard Ericson, ECU Dept of Economics

Middle East Round-up                 January 29

Speaker – Dr. Joseph Kickasola, Regent University, joint Professorship in Schools of Law, Religion, and Government

China: Challenges Ahead            February 5

Speaker – Dr. Ronald Montaperto, ECU Adjunct, Dept. of Political Science, formerly of the National Defense University and the Asia-Pacific Studies Center, HI FOLLOW-UP

Global Poverty Gap                      February 12

Speaker – Dr. Leslie Omoruyi, ECU Dept of Political Science, Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria

Outsourcing Jobs                          February 19

Speaker – Mr. Jim Chesnutt, President and CEO, National Spinning Corporation

Sudan and the Darfur                  February 26

Speaker – Ms. Suzan Bradley, Team Leader for East Africa/Horn of Africa, USAID-Food for Peace Office, Department of State 

U.S. Intelligence Reform              March 5

Speaker – Mr. Richard Stolz, Former Deputy Director of Operations (DDO) for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Global Water Issues                      March 12

Speaker- Professor Barney Kane, retired ECU faculty, Dept. of Environmental Health, School of Allied Health Sciences