Upcoming Events 


Spring 2020  (All Live Events have been cancelled; virtual events will be available soon, check back for updates)

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Missed an event? Videos of some of our past lectures can be found in our Event Archive.


Past Events

Spring 2020

Intelligence Oversight with Former CIA Officer Ron Marks

Date: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020  

Location: Virtual Event   

Time: 10:00 A.M.

A zoom link will be provided to students. If you wish to attend and did not receive the zoom link, please contact ashleylu@ku.edu.

Covert Action with Former CIA Officer Ron Marks (Via Zoom)

Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2020  

Location: Virtual Event   

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Open Source Research by Tom Wilhelm and Ray Finch (Via Zoom)

KU Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies lecturer and former Eurasian Foreign Area Officer Ray Finch will discuss Open Source Research.

Date: Monday, April 6th, 2020  

Location: Virtual Event   Join the meeting herehttps://kansas.zoom.us/j/675338847

Time: 3:00 P.M.

ICCAE Reception/How to Prepare for a Security Clearance (Live event canceled)

Join us for a brief ICCAE welcome reception and a presentation about preparing to pass a security clearance.

Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Location: Alderson Room, Kansas Union

Time: 3-5 PM

Iran/Saudi Relations Lecture (Live event canceled)

A member of the Intelligence Community will be on campus to discuss the current situation in this region. Due to the sensitivity of this lecture and the nature of the speaker, you must be a US Citizen to attend.   

Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 

Location: Jawhawk Room, Kansas Union

Time: 3:00 P.M.

The Dole Institute: Spying in the Cyber Age

We are partnering with the Dole Institute to provide students with the opportunity to attend a series of lectures by former Intelligence Officer Ron Marks.

Date: March- 18th, 25th, April- 1st, 8th

Location: The Dole Institute

Time: Wednesday's at 4:00 PM

US Army Intelligence: Supporting Warfighters in Eurasia

COL James Chastain, Strategic Intelligence Officer from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) will discuss his work at the DIA and how his team supports policy makers in Washington, DC. COL Chastain will also provide a brief on the current Eurasia operational environment.

DeAngela Burns-Wallac: Secretary of the Kansas Department of Administration

Dr. Burns-Wallace will discuss her service to Kansas and the US in her previous role as a Foreign Service Officer for the Department of the State.  Please view her biography here: https://www.admin.ks.gov/about-our-agency/about-the-secretary

Fall 2019

Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center: September 12 at 1 pm- Kansas Union Crossroads Room

Join us for a presentation about the role of the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center (KIFC). Established in 2009, KIFC’s mission is to generate intelligence analysis critical for homeland security policy and relevant threat warning in order to protect life, liberty, and property in Kansas and the Great Plains region. Free & open to the public.

Hot Topics in Intelligence: Preparing for a Security Clearance

Matthew Battiston, KU Office of Global Operations & Security 

How Does a Chap From Kansas End Up Working For the CIA? 

Fred Geiger, CIA Military Analyst (Ret.) on

Hot Topics in Intelligence: Counterterrorism and Domestic Terrorism

Carl Taylor, Director of the KU Office of Global Operations & Security 

CIA Careers Presentation and Simulation

CIA representatives will provide information regarding the CIA and the variety of career and internship opportunities available. Speakers will review writing and presentation techniques for intelligence community resumes.

Intelligence Careers Q&A with Former FBI Officer Tom Crawford

Ambassador Katherine Canavan

Katherine Canavan, Retired Diplomatic and Consular Officer and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Diplomacy for the U.S. Army Command and Staff College

Spring 2019

2019 Security Conference: April 22-23

Cyber Attacks, Intellectual Property, & University Open Research: The Perfect Storm

An Evening with David E. Sanger

NYTimes National Security Correspondent

“War, Sabotage, & Fear in the Cyber Age”

Monday, April 22
Dole Institute of Politics

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Security Correspondent for the New York Times, David E. Sanger is one of the nation’s most lucid analysts of geopolitics, globalization, and cyber power. His new book, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, is an incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and bringing us to the brink of global war. Part of the ICCAE Security Conference, “Cyber Attacks, Intellectual Property, & University Open Research: The Perfect Storm” April 22-23. Sponsored by the Kansas Consortium-ICCAE, KU Graduate Military Programs, KU School of Law, KU Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellowship, KU Center for Military, War, & Society Studies, KU Dept. of Political Science, Dole Institute of Politics, and the Command & General Staff College Foundation of Ft. Leavenworth.

CIA and Military Operations: The DOD/CIA Post-Cold War Relationship

Thursday, April 18
Speaker: David P. Oakley, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University
Since 9/11, the CIA and Dept. of Defense have operated together in Afghanistan, Iraq, and counterterrorism operations. Although the Global War on Terrorism gave the DIA and DoD a common purpose, it was actions taken in the late 1980s and early 1990s that set the foundation for their current relationship. Author David Oakley will explore this relationship, how war and counterterrorism has influenced policymakers, and the future of intelligence and military operations.

The New Cold War with Russia

Thursday, April 11
Speaker: Fred Geiger, CIA Military Analyst (Ret.)
Russia’s attack on Crimea and support for Donbas separatists in 2014 was the key trigger for the West to recognize renewed conflict. Its 2015 intervention in Syria was a subsequent shock that made clear the country is again an international player. However, the New Cold War’s origins were at least a decade in the making. Fred Geiger, CIA Military Analyst (Ret.), will outline similarities and differences between the past and present Cold Wars with Russia.

2018 Events

U.S. Ambassador Eunice Reddick: Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, December 5

The campus community is invited to a lunch & learn conversation with Ambassador Eunice S. Reddick (Ret.). An accomplished diplomat, AMB Reddick has extensive experience shaping U.S. policy on Africa and Asia. Her many accomplishments include developing strategies to increase economic growth in Niger, supporting Gabon’s constitutional transition following the death of their long-serving president, and increasing the capacity of Sao Tome & Principe’s navies to confront piracy and other illegal activity in the Gulf of Guinea.

CIA Simulations at KU

Thursday, November 15

9:00-10:30 AM Directorate of Analysis (DA) Simulation
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Directorate of Operations (DO) Simulation

The Central Intelligence Agency invites students who are interested in a career as an intelligence professional to participate in analytical and operational simulation exercises on the KU campus. This exercise is tailored for students who want to learn how they can apply their backgrounds and problem solving skills to national security issues. During the exercise, students will play the role of CIA intelligence analysts assigned to a team. CIA intelligence analysts gather information from a wide variety of sources to develop objective, meaningful, and usable intelligence assessments. During the simulation, you and your teammates will be charged with investigating a potential emerging problem that demands critical thinking skills and sophisticated analysis, and your team will provide a detailed and convincing report of your findings.

CIA Information Session with the KU Career Center

Wednesday, November 14

The Central Intelligence Agency's primary mission is to collect, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence information to assist the President and senior US Government policymakers in making decisions related to national security. CIA carefully selects well-qualified people in nearly all fields of study. Science, engineering, economics, foreign languages, mathematics and computer specialist are but a few of the professionals continually in demand. Applicants can view all positions available on the website (https://www.cia.gov/careers) and must apply online to be considered for a position. Applicants must have US citizenship and the ability to successfully complete medical examinations and security procedures including a polygraph interview. All positions are located in the Northern Virginia area.

CIA Office Hours

Thursday, November 15

Representatives from the CIA Directorate of Analysis, Directorate of Operations, and Directorate of Digital Innovation will host office hours for one-on-one conversations with students. To sign up for an office hour, email lvonholt@ku.edu.

An Overview of the Central Intelligence Agency

Thursday, October 25

Kevin Rousseau, Chair of National Intelligence Studies at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth will address the history, current organization, and missions of the CIA. For more information, iccae.ku.edu

 Africa Experiences of a Defense Intelligence Officer

Wednesday, October 17

Roderick Jackson, Chair of Defense Intelligence Studies at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, will discuss his prior work in Africa. For more information, iccae.ku.edu

Can Geography Be Physical, Human, and Intelligence?

Thursday, October 4

Ralph Erwin is the Senior Geospatial Intelligence Officer assigned by the Army National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Support Team to be the NGA Liaison to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and the Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth. Free and open to the public.

Wildlife Trafficking & Illicit Networks: Following Illegal Trade with Open-Source Geo-Analysis

Thursday, September 20

Wildlife poaching is a constant threat to endangered animal populations, and illegal sales of items such as elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn funds up to 40 percent of terrorist activity in some parts of the world. This talk will discuss how the U.S. Intelligence Community and NGOs partner to address wildlife trafficking by using Geospatial-Analysis to illuminate illegal trade patterns and their potential convergence with other forms of illicit networks. Dr. Odean Serrano is Director of Geo-Analytics at Chengeta Wildlife and the former Intelligence Community Lead for Environmental Geography at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Crime-Terror Intersections and Intelligence-Led Responses

April 19, 2018
9am – 4pm
Big 12 Room, Kansas Union
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
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The annual security conference brings together scholars and practitioners to explore the intersections of organized crime and terrorism and government responses to the crime-terror nexus. It will feature an award-winning investigative journalist, Dana Priest, as a keynote speaker. The morning panel will showcase path-breaking research on the changing nature and types of terrorist-criminal connections and the new challenges they pose to the governments’ efforts to fight organized crime and terrorism. The afternoon panel will illuminate ways in which the U.S. government and intelligence community have tackled the complex issue of the terrorist-criminal intersections.

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