Ruina Archive

Past Keynote Speakers

2023: Kai Bird

Author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

2022: Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins

Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security

2021: Rose Gottemoeller

Former deputy secretary of NATO, and the United States chief negotiator of the new START nuclear agreement with the Russian Federation

2020: William J. Perry

Former US Secretary of Defense from 1994-1997

2019: Ernest Moniz

US Secretary of Energy from 2013-2017 and emeritus faculty member in the MIT Department of Physics

2018: David Holloway

Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History and Professor of Political Science at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University

2017: Jake Sullivan 

Served in the Obama administration as national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden

2016: Ambassador Laura Holgate

US Representitive to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency

2015: Ambassador Wendy Sherman

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs 2011-2015

2014: Ambassador Robert Gallucci

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service

2013: Robert Jervis

The Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University

2012: Sir Lawrence Freedman

Professor of War Studies, Kings College, London, UK 

2011: Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia (1993–1996), India (1992–1993), the United Nations (1989–1992), Israel (1985–1988), El Salvador (1983–1985), Nigeria (1981–1983), and Jordan (1974–1978). Served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1997 to 2000) 

2010: Scott Sagan

Co-Director, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Standford Univeristy 

2009: Hans Blix

Chairman, Weapons of Mass Destruction Committee , former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA; 1981–97) and served as the chief weapons inspector for the United Nations (UN; 2000–03)