Go beyond international headlines and hear from expert speakers on a variety of global topics, with podcasts of our past programs. 

Global Conversation: Afghanistan/Pakistan

October 11, 2017

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration draw down or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?


Global Conversations MINNEAPOLIS: Geopolitics of Energy

September 13, 2017

States and will remain so, including for the health of our economy.  Looking ahead, however, two developments will increasingly affect how energy and foreign policy come together. How do factors come together, and what will be the main areas of focus of US foreign energy policy in the years to come?
Join us for a thought-provoking conversation with former Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson as he discusses these factors and their effect on foreign policy.


Global Conversations: Nuclear Security

August 09, 2017

Augsburg College Professor Joseph Underhill, Ph.D., discusses the way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy. Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors.

Global Conversations: African Folktales to Contemporary Authors

July 12, 2017

St. Olaf College Associate Professor Joseph Mbele and Augsburg College Associate Professor Mzenga Wanyama discuss how African stories – from ancient oral traditions to contemporary literature – find expression today, both in Africa and in the African diaspora.

Love, Africa: Insights from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

May 30, 2017

New York Times East Africa bureau chief and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Gettleman speaks about his “Love, Africa” story and the impact of U.S. policies in East Africa.

Global Conversations: Trade and Politics

March 9, 2017

University of Minnesota Professor Varadarajan V. Chari discusses the current U.S. political mood toward international trade and the development of policy solutions for the challenges at hand.

Latin America: Prospects for Peace and Progress

February 22, 2017

Hear Inter-American Dialogue President Michael Shifter speak about the challenges facing Latin America – including trade and economic development, security and drug policy, and international migration. Moderated by John Rash, Star Tribune Editorial Writer and Columnist.

Global Conversations: The Future of Europe

February 9, 2017

Foreign Policy expert Bill Davnie discusses what post-Brexit Europe will look like and how U.S. foreign policy can adapt.

2017 U.S. Foreign Policy Update with Tom Hanson

January 24, 2017

Listen to the ever-popular annual U.S. Foreign Policy Update with former career Foreign Service Officer, Tom Hanson. Tom explores and explains the latest foreign policy developments, trends, and challenges facing the U.S. and Trump administration in the upcoming year, including nuclear security, international trade, and U.S. relations with China and Latin America. This timely and thought-provoking presentation is recommended for anyone interested in international relations.

Global Conversations: Cuba and the U.S.

December 14, 2016

Gary Prevost, political science professor at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, discusses how American and Cuban leaders today are trying to find common ground on issues of mutual interest even as they continue to see the world through very different lenses.