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About the Institute Conferences

A long roster of distinguished participants include: former President Gerald Ford; former Vice Presidents Al Gore and Walter Mondale; former Senators Mark Hatfield, Slade Gorton, Edmund Muskie, and Gaylord Nelson; former White House Counsels Ted Sorensen, Leon Panetta, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.; and former Ambassadors Joseph Sisco, Andrew Young, and Paul Warnke.

Table Conferences

The widely ranging conference subjects are found in the following table.

YearFrank Church ConferenceKeynote Speaker
1982War or Peace? The American RoleSenator Frank Church
1983International Issues in the Middle EastAssistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco
1984Political Repression and Social ControlUnited Nations Ambassador Andrew Young
1985Americanism: Activism or Apathy?President Gerald Ford; Senator Edmund Muskie
1986Responding to Revolution: At Home and AbroadAssistant Secretary of Defense Paul Warnke
1987Who Decides? The Domestic Sources of American Foreign PolicyAssistant Secretary of State David Newsom
1988Prospects for PeaceWhite House Advisor Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
1990Our Public LandsSenator Gaylord Nelson
1991The New World: Changing U.S.-U.S.S.R. RelationsAdvisor to Russian Duma Andrei Kortunov
1992The World After the Soviet UnionAdvisor to Soviet General Secretary Georgi Arbatov
1994Honor in Public ServiceUnited Kingdom M.P. Dudley Fishburn
1995The Impact of Global Arms SalesCongressman Robert Drinan
1996Troubled Waters: Preserving Life's Most Precious ResourceFounder of Sightline Institute Alan Thein Durning
1997What is National Security?Senator Mark Hatfield
1998The Dragon Stirs: A New Dawn for China and the U.S.Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China He Yafei
1999Juggling Pragamatism and Principle: Intervention and the BalkansMajor General William Nash
2000The Presidency: Leadership and the Paradox of PowerWhite House Counsel Theodore Sorensen
2001Lights Out in the American West! Oil, Water, Gas & ConservationWhite House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta
2002America's Image Abroad: Leadership? Hubris? Indifference?Reverend Forrest Church
2003Secrecy in GovernmentVice President Walter Mondale
2004The American Presidency: Principled LeadershipSenator George McGovern
2005Global Flash Points: Clash of CulturesHolocaust Survivor Samuel Pisar
2007Global Warming: Beyond the Inconvenient TruthVice President Al Gore
2007Tipping Points: Presidents, the Constitution & National SecuritySenator Gary Hart
2008America's Challenges: Perils and PossibilitiesSenate Intelligence Committee Counsel F.A.O. Schwarz, Jr.
2009The Global Environment: From Kyoto to CopenhagenU.N. Informantion Center Director William Davis
2010Eagle & Dragon: The U.S. & China in the 21st CenturyDeputy Secretary of State David Shear
2011The Arab SpringAmbassador Christopher Hill
2012Afghanistan After AmericaAmbassador Ryan Crocker
2013Watching the Watchers: Security vs. LibertyJournalist Jonathan Alter
2014Wilderness: America's HeritagePresidential Historian Douglas Brinkley
2016Clash of Cultures: The Middle East in TurmoilSecretary of Defense Leon Panetta
2017America's Future: Refugees, Migration and National SecurityAssistant Secretary of State Anne Richard
2018Global Struggle for DemocracyNational Democratic Institute President Ken Wollack
2019Democracy in an Age of AnxietyAmbassador Michael McFaul
2020How Democracies Survive and Thrive in the 21st CenturyProfessor Larry Diamond
2021Democracy on the Brink: The View from the Mountain WestPollster Celinda Lake
2022Beyond Left and Right: Democracy in the 21st CenturyNina Jankowitcz
2023Securing America's Future: Rebuilding Trust Gina Bennett (CIA), Author James Risen