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Norwich University hosts an impressive slate of speakers on subjects of international interest. We invite you to learn about the speakers who have visited Norwich to share their knowledge.

“Strategic Diplomacy: Israel – Europe Relations in a Middle East Context”

Ambassador Zeév Boker

Consul General of Israel to New England, former Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, and Zeév, former Director of the International Relations Department and Director of the Southeast Europe Department of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Libya’s Impact on Department of State Policy in the Sahel”

Renee Michelle Ragin

Renee Michelle Ragin is a Ph.D. Candidate with Duke University’s Program in Literature and is earning a certificate in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Her dissertation is on the prominent political ideologies during the Lebanese civil war era (1975-1990), as well as the counter-narratives employed by non-combatants, especially writers and artists. She has taught at Duke University and North Carolina State University and has lectured on the Syrian refugee crisis at a local high school. Prior to Duke, Renee was a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State serving in Washington, DC and Saudi Arabia. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 2010.

“Under Contract: The Human Costs of Privatizing War”

Noah Coburn

Author of Under Contract: The Invisible Workers of America’s Global Wars, and Bazaar Politics: Power and Pottery in an Afghan Market Town, and a socio-cultural anthropologist focusing on political structures and violence in the Middle East and Central Asia.

“Opportunities and Challenges of Establishing Afghanistan’s First and Only All-Girls Boarding School”

Shabana Basij-Rasikh

President and co-founder of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA). Since its establishment in 2008, SOLA students have represented 23 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. More than 45 students have been sent to colleges and universities abroad, and they received more than 194 years of scholarships, valued at $9.4 million.

“Indo-Pacific: From Oceans of Confrontation to Oceans of Prosperity”

Admiral Tomohisa Takei

Former 32nd Chief of Maritime Staff of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. A graduate of the Japan National Defense Academy.


February 4, 2020: Alexis Vahlas, Professor at the University of Strasbourg, “The Human Costs of War”

September 29, 2019: Se Woo Pyo, South Korean Brigadier General, “Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance and Comprehensive Military Agreement for Peace Process”

March 4, 2019: Five Parliament Members of the Republic of North Macedonia, “Macedonia: An In-depth Look at Regional and International Dynamics”

February 3, 2019: Pierre Le Goff, Political Officer of the European Union Representative (West Bank & Gaza Strip, UNRWA), “Did the West Lose in Syria?”

October 9, 2018: Steven M. Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, “China and the World in 2018”

March 6, 2018: Jim Townsend, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy, “The U.S., NATO, and Transatlantic Defense”

February 14, 2018: Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Afghanistan’s education leader, “Opportunities and Challenges of Establishing Afghanistan’s First and Only All-Girls Boarding Schools”

February 14, 2018: Yonghyon Kim, South Korean Consul General to Boston, “Pyeong Chang 2018, North Korea, and Peace on the Korean Peninsula: An Insider's Perspective”

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