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September 21, 2017


Alfredo Corchado, award-winning Mexican-American journalist

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October 19, 2017


Allan Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education

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“RUSSIA 2018: Putin's Last Act?”

John R. Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, 2008-2012 and recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award

November 16, 2017

Dr. David Shambaugh’s Bio

Professor David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China and Asia. He is also a life-long Traverse City (Old Mission) summer resident. He is a prolific author—his 2013 book, China Goes Global, and his 2016 book, China’s Future, were both selected by The Economist as best books of the year. He is currently the Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs, and Director of the China Policy Program, at George Washington University in Washington DC.

For the last six months, Dr. Shambaugh has been based in Singapore as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). During this period, he has traveled extensively throughout the region visiting nine out of ten Southeast Asian countries plus India. Based on his recent research in the region, he is now working on a new book on Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia.

Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he held the positions of Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) and Editor of The China Quarterly. He was also a nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution (1998-2015), previously directed the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1986-87), served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (2009-2015), and has been elected a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Asia-Pacific Council, and other public policy and scholarly organizations.

Professor Shambaugh is a frequent contributor to the international media, serves on a number of editorial boards, and has been a consultant to various governments, research institutions, foundations, and private corporations. As an author, he has published more than 30 books and 300 articles.

Professor Shambaugh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan; M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; and his B.A. in East Asian Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Retired diplomats bring the world, and a dose of civility, to Traverse City

IAF Co-Chair Karen Puschel talked with local business leader Verne Powell to get his views on what’s happening in Turkey. Verne and his brother George started Great Lakes International Trading (GLIT) in 1983. During the past 34 years, Verne has traveled to Turkey frequently to oversee the export of Turkish dried fruits and vegetables to northern Michigan, developing long-time business partners and friends there. His views on what’s happening now in Turkey are borne of experience and perspective that come from his “deep dive” into the culture of that country. 

GLIT is IAF’s Event Sponsor for the event on April 20 featuring Lawrence Mandel, recently retired senior diplomat in Ankara. Thanks to Verne, you’ll be able to sample some of the delicious imports that GLIT brings from Turkey including the sweet dried apricots that are described in our interview. We are deeply thankful to Verne for taking the time to share his expertise with the IAF community.


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