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Past International Speaker Series Events

The International Speakers Series was initiated in 2000 to celebrate the World Affairs Council of Oregon’s 50th anniversary - and is now the nation’s premier speaker series focusing on global affairs. Each year, the Series brings prominent international leaders to Portland, including Madeleine Albright, Jane Goodall, Bill Moyers, Hillary Rodham Clinton,  Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Sandra Day O’Connor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Condoleezza Rice, Bono, and many more.

2017 Series

Rick Steves, Tawwakol Karman, Shaun King, James & Deborah Fallows


2016 Series

Thomas L. Friedman, Reza Aslan, Rana Foroohar, Bill McKibben


2015 Series

Peter W. Singer, Robin Wright, Bill Moyers, Katharine Hayhoe 


2014 Series

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Khalida Brohi, Leymah Gbowee, Hung Huang

2013 Series
George Papandreou, Mona Eltahawy, James Hansen, His Holiness the Dalai Lama

2012 Series
Jim Lehrer, Amartya Sen, David Brooks, Sima Samar

2011 Series
General Stanley McChrystal, Vandana Shiva, Paul Volcker, Nicholas D. Kristof

2010 Series
Karl Rove and Howard Dean, Joseph Stiglitz, President Pervez Musharraf, Mark Hixon

2009 Series
Paul Krugman, Fareed Zakaria, David Suzuki, Laurie Garrett

2008 Series
President Vincente Fox, President Kim Dae-jung, Sergei Khrushchev, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

2007 Series
President Bill Clinton, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Hafez Al-Mirazi, Sheri Xiaoyi Liao

2005-2006 Series
Dan Rather, Wangari Maathai, Shirin Ebadi

2004-2005 Series
Condoleeza Rice, Bono, William McDonough, Jose Maria Aznar, Zbigniew Brzezinski

2003-2004 Series
Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabeel Shaath, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Fareed Zakaria

2002-2003 Series
Secretary General Amre Moussa, President Ernesto Zedillo, Senator George Mitchell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

2001-2002 Series
Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Jane Goodall, Thomas Friedman

2000-2001 Series
President Mikhail Gorbachev, Queen Noor of Jordan, Robert Reich, His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Your series subscription does more than get you access to some of the world’s foremost experts on international affairs. For each ticket you purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes to support the various programs that are integral to the Council’s mission of connecting Oregonians to the world, including public programs, our K-12 programs and youth exchanges, and our international visitors program.  Your support  has a direct local impact by enabling our organization to provide the important resources necessary to create an informed community of global citizens, both young and old. 

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