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2022/2023 Distinguished Speaker Series

The Distinguished Speaker Series, our principal program, usually takes place on the first and third Fridays of each month at the First Presbyterian Church – October through May.  Speakers come from around the globe who are known for their international experience in government, business, military affairs and academia. International speakers are supported by our Global Speakers Program

Admission to the Distinguished Speaker Series is a primary benefit of joining WACHH. Guests are invited to attend as well (see Guest Policy). Registration for guests for the 22/23 Speaker Series is open.

The meetings are hosted at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. Programs start at 10:00 AM with the featured speaker addressing the audience for approximately 50 minutes, followed by a Q & A session. Programs end at 11:30 AM. The Council is a 501 (c) 3, nonpartisan educational organization that takes no political position on the topics presented.

Click here for the 2023-2024 Program

Download a PDF of the 22/23 Friday Speaker Schedule  

Date  Presenter   Topic
October 7, 2022 Marie Yovanovitch

Ukraine: Can Democracy Survive?

October 21, 2022 Kent HarringtonLiving with Kim Chong and North Korea’s Nuclear Threat
November 4, 2022** Sergei Medvedev The Return of the Russian Leviathan
November 11, 2022 Kevin Cassidy Global Supply Chains
December 2, 2022
Sarah Chayes Corruption in America: What's at Stake
January 6, 2023
R. Evan Ellis
Chinese Engagement with Latin America
January 20, 2023
Amb. Lawrence Butler The Balkans: The Next Battleground?
February 3, 2023
Chris Preble

The Current State of U.S. Foreign Policy

February 17, 2023
Michael Woldemariam The Red Sea Corridor in an Era of Global Change
March 3, 2023
Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in a Changing World
March 24, 2023** Richard McGregor
The Meaning of AUKUS for China, Europe and the US
April 21, 2023
Rachel Thompson
Correspondence between Churchill & George Marshall
April 28, 2023
Alex Nowrasteh
Economic, Security and Social Implications of Immigration
May 5, 2022
Daniel Runde The American Imperative: Reclaiming Global Leadership through Softpower

**Made possible by the Global Speakers Program


Ambassador Level

  • Bob & Lynn Burt
  • Peter & Pam Cooper
  • Arno & Liz Dimmling
  • John & Lesley Gilbert
  • Bill Millhaem
  • Rick & Sue Mitchell
  • Cindy Petitt
  • Lori & David Wellinghoff
  • Henry & Georgia West

Diplomat Level

  • Barbara Walters Doehrman (2)
  • Lesley Green (2)
  • Les & Michele Janka (2)
  • HF Tomfohrde & Suzanne Joyce (2)
  • Margaret McManus & Jim Irwin
  • Peter Spreadbury
  • Gerry Witowski

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