Director's Speaking, Interviews

Recent & Upcoming Speaking


Dr. Sharyl Cross


-Lecture “Sino-Russia Relations and Crisis in Ukraine,” Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, April 7, 2022

-Panel Speaker “Crisis in Ukraine: Unpacking Europe and NATO Responses to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine,” Center for European Studies, Robert Strauss Center and Clements Center, University of Texas, Austin, March 7, 2022

-Panel Speaker “After Merkel: The Future of Transatlantic Security,” Center for Europe, University of Texas, Austin, February 23, 2022

-Chaired panel entitled “Major, Emerging and Small State Interactions in a Time of Shifting Global Geopolitics,” and presenting paper “Russia, China and Regional Security Flashpoints: Authoritarian Convergence Counterbalancing the United States and Challenging the Western Liberal Order,” Research Committee on Geopolitics, International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress, Lisbon Portugal, July 2021

-Lecture “Transatlantic Relations and Democracy,” at the Gavro Vukovic Diplomatic Academy (annual program for young diplomats throughout the world), sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Faculty of Law at the University of Montenegro with support of the United Nations Development Program, July 2021

-Lecture on “Great Power Competition:  Western Balkans Case Study,” Rising Leaders Forum (session for senior military officers and civilians), National Defense University, June 2021

-Speaker on “China-Russia and Global Geopolitics,” Department of Political Science, United States Air Force Academy, April 2021

-Speaker at the 2020 annual 2BeSecure conference sponsored by the Atlantic Council Montenegro, NATO, US Embassy Montenegro on the topic “Geopolitics of COVID19 and Global Leadership,” December 2020

-Chaired panel entitled “Exploring the Nexus Between Orthodox Christianity and Geopolitics:  Identities, Values and Interests,” 52nd Annual Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, ASEEES Convention, Washington DC, November 2020

-Panel chair for session “Geopolitics of Eurasia” at the Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law and Diplomacy (RLD) 5th annual conference entitled “Ukraine is Not Yet Dead:  Religion, Pluralism and Geopolitics in Eurasia,” Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, October 2020

-Participated in the conference sponsored by the SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University, Cornell Emerging Markets Institute (EMI) Annual Conference: “Constructive Engagement,” Bloomberg Center on Roosevelt Island, Cornell Tech Campus, New York, November 8, 2019

-Chaired panel entitled "Russia’s Perspectives on World Order: Implications for Geopolitics Among Major Powers, Russia, China and the United States" 51st Annual Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies ASEEES Convention to be held at the San Francisco, November 23-26, 2019

-Spoke on "Trump-Putin, US-Russia and World Order," World Affairs Council Austin, September 5, 2018

-Delivered lectures on US/NATO-Russia Relations and Sino-Russia Strategic Partnership and World Order for the U.S. Army Strategic Broadening Seminar hosted by the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, September 2018

-“China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Geopolitics,” Oxford University Press, 2018 (with Paul J. Bolt, USAF Academy)  Kennan Institute and Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S., Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, June 2018

-Symposium speaker “Russia, China and the Middle East,” Indiana University, Bloomington April 13, 2018

-Panel speaker for the conference “Peaceful Coexistence? Russian Grand Strategy Beyond Putin,” Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University of Texas, Austin April 12, 2018

-Debate on “Putin in Power until 2024:  What Does it Mean?” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) online, April 2, 2018

-Guest speaker for the Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations, "China, Russia & Twenty First Century Global Geopolitics," with Paul J. Bolt, U.S. Air Force Academy, Kennan Conversation Series, December 2017

-Featured speaker for session on "Perspectives on Policy Challenges for Rusia's Foreign Ministry" annual member's conference for the Pacific Coast Council on International Policy, Los Angeles, October 2017 and Pacific Coast Council on International Policy (Three Part Article)

- A Kennan Conversation on Russia, “Unlocking the Russian Mystery:  Developments and Home and Priorities Abroad,” sponsored by the American Committees on Foreign Relations in cooperation with the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, St. Louis, May 2017

- A Kennan Conversation on Russia, “Trump-Putin and the US Russia Relationship:  Strategic Interests, Priorities, Values, World Order,” sponsored by the Houston Seminar and the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston and Houston Seminar in cooperation with the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, March 2017; Corporate briefing on U.S. -Russian Relations, Schlumberger, Houston, March 2017

-Speaker for the colloquium entitled "Religion and Migration in the Mediterranean and Europe:  Research Methods, Analytics, and Policy Implications" sponsored by the Institute of Human Security at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy," Tufts University, January 2017

-Participated in the conference “Greece’s Turn? Litmus Test for Europe,” contributing to opening panel on Russia-Greece Relationship, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, October 13-14, 2016

-Presented at the conference “Searching for a Modus Vivendi in Relations between Russia and the West,” Hellenic Foundation for European Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) with the support of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, Athens, January 2016

-Participated in the Expert Workshop on Religion and International Security (co-sponsored project with the Fletcher School at Tufts University), NATO-HQ, Brussels Belgium, January 2016

-Participated in the 5th annual Belgrade Security Forum entitled “Can Europe Redefine Itself,” contributing to panel entitled “The Russian Dilemma: What Kind of International Order is Russia Seeking?” Belgrade Serbia, September 29-October 2, 2015

-Lectured on “US-Russia and Regional Conflicts: Syria and Ukraine,” Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation MGIMO, October 2015

-Participated in panel entitled “Ukraine: Test US and EU Capacity,” 5th annual “2BeSecure” Conference sponsored by the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, NATO, US Embassy Montenegro, June 2015

- "NATO-Russia Relations: The Ukrainian Crisis and Beyond” Foreign Service Group-Texas, April 2015

-Served as moderator and organizer for panel entitled “Perspectives on Economic Development and Investment Opportunities among New and Aspiring EU Member Nations in South East Europe” Texas-EU Business Summit April 2015 sponsored by the European Union, World Affairs Council of Austin, and European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Texas, Austin

-Presented with Dr. Igor Okunev (MGIMO/Moscow) on the St. Edward's University-Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) student global classroom video sessions at the World Russia Forum 2015 Washington DC, March 2015

-Contributed to panel on “Religion and International Security: Theory-Policy Nexus,” at conference on “Religion and Foreign Policy in The United States and Europe,” Clements Center and The Transatlantic Academy, University of Texas Austin, February 2015

-Lectured on “US/NATO - Russia Relationship: Consequences of the Ukrainian Conflict & Beyond,” Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies and Center for European Studies, University of Texas, Austin, February 2015

-Paper presentation on “United States, Russia, China and Shifting Global Power Relationships: Ukrainian & Syrian & Case Studies,” and chaired panel entitled “Post-Modern Geopolitics,” International Political Science Association Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada, July 2014

-“Into the Fold or Out in the Cold? NATO Expansion and European Security After the Cold War,” co-sponsored by the Global European Program and Kennan Institute, Invited speaker with Chuck Hagel, US Secretary of Defense, Jamie Shea, DASG at NATO, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Former Prime Minister of Poland, and Andrey Kozyrev, Former Foreign Minister of Russia, 2014

-Delivered keynote address entitled “Religion and International Security: Exploring the Theory, Research and Policy, Practice Nexus” for conference on “Religion, Law, and Democracy,” sponsored by the International Political Science Association and London Metropolitan University Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation, January 2014

-Lecture on the NATO-Russia Relationship at the Kennan Institute Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, January 2014

-Presented on Russia and Syria for panel on U.S. Policy and the Syrian Conflict, sponsored by the Kozmetsky Center, St. Edward’s University, September 2013

Recent Publications:

China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Geopolitics, Oxford University Press, 2018 (with Paul J. Bolt, USAF Academy).

-“The China-Russia Security Relationship,” with Paul J. Bolt, China Policy Institute Analysis, March 13, 2018

-Editor’s interview in advance of the Trump-Putin meeting on US-Russia bilateral relationship, NATO and Europe/Eurasia, US Priorities in South Caucasus and Eurasia, Azeri.Today, July 4, 2017.

-“China-Russia: US Leadership in Global Geopolitics – Insights from Sharyl Cross,” XX The Rebalance Insight Series, The Diplomat, December 2016

-Contributed article entitled “Ukraine’s Impasse:  Beyond a Protracted Frozen Conflict, Searching for a Viable Security Structure,” to the Congressional Program conference "Dialogue with Members of the U.S. Congress, the Russian Duma and the German Bundestag:  Addressing Mutual Foreign Policy Challenges," sponsored by the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, Berlin, April 30-May 4, 2016