Department News and Events

HPU is a proud host to a variety of guest lectures. The following are past guest lectures hosted by HPU. For upcomming lectures, news, and events check out the Social Sciences Department homepage.

Balacz Bokor

21 November 2011
Guest Talk by Visiting Hungarian Diplomat:

A Central European Perspective on the Arab Spring

Consul General of Republic of Hungary in Los Angeles

Ambassador Balázs, Consul General of the Republic of Hungary in Los Angeles, served 25 years as a diplomat in the Middle East and on Middle East affairs, including assignments in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, and Kuwait.  He will offer a valuable perspective on recent developments in the region, informed from his own experience with Hungary’s transition from communist rule over the past two decades.

Ambassador Bokor was appointed Consul General of Hungary in Los Angeles in 2007 and is a career diplomat with the Hungarian Foreign Service.  He has served as Ambassador in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Cyprus, and has held numerous positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Chief of State Protocol and Director General of the Department of the Middle East and Africa.  He also served in the Embassy of Hungary in Libya and in Yemen.  Ambassador Bokor is a graduate of the Budapest University of Economics and completed advanced studies in the Faculty of Diplomacy at the Moscow State University of International Relations.

Co-sponsored by the Diplomacy and Military Studies Program, the
Departments of History and the Department of Social Sciences

Jose Luis Silva

15 November 2011

“Peru in the Asia-Pacific Region”

Minister of Foreign Commerce and Tourism Republic of Peru

Jose Luis Silva Martinot is Minister of Foreign Commerce and Tourism for Peru, a position he assumed on 28 July 2011 with the inauguration of the new administration of President Ollanta Humala.  As Peru’s trade and tourism minister, he is in charge of issues pertaining to foreign commerce of the Government of Peru and the promotion of Tourism in Peru.  He directs international trade negotiations for the Peruvian government, and has been in Honolulu the past week to participate in the APEC Leaders Meetings.

Mr. Silva served previously as President of the Association of Peruvian Exporters (ADEX). His professional background includes commercialization and promotion of natural medicinal products, and he has more than 25 years of business experience in areas related to pharmaceuticals. He has expertise in areas of biodiversity, intellectual property, medicinal plants, and environmental issue, and is a leader in promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and integrating traditional knowledge and biodiversity into the area of intellectual property.

A graduate of the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru, he received his MBA from the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL), also in Lima, which is a new HPU partner university for student exchange.

Glenn Carle Book

15 November 2011

The Interrogator:Intelligence and the War on Terror

Glenn Carle

Glenn Carle is a retired career CIA officer, having served 23 years in the Clandestine Services. His last post was as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats, on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) (2003-2007).
His book, The Interrogator (Nation Books), was published this summer. "It concerns my experience leading the interrogation for a time of one of the most senior members of al-Qa’ida the CIA captured—in this instance, kidnapped off a street in the Middle East in 2002. I struggled with the issues of rendition, detention, interrogation, enhanced interrogation techniques, my obligations and duty toward the letter and spirit of the laws, and with my moral duty. It is a difficult and important story, in which I show what the United States has done to itself, and how we have corroded our laws, our institutions, and our values. Reviewers have written that The Interrogator, a “haunted, powerful book may well be the best and most truthful firsthand account of life inside the CIA ever published.”

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences
and Diplomacy & Military Studies (DMS) Programs

Geoff Till

30 September 2011
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Evening with the Humanities Lecture Series Presents

“Is There a Naval Arms Race Developing in the Asia-Pacific Region? If So, Would it Matter?”

Geoffrey Till, Ph.D.
Professor of Maritime Studies, King’s College London

Geoffrey Till is Emeritus Professor of Maritime Studies at King’s College London (UK), Director of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Defence Studies Department at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College. Since 2009 he has also been a Visiting Professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. 

In addition to many articles and chapters on various aspects of maritime strategy and policy defence, he is the author of a number of books.  His most recent are a major study, Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century, a second expanded edition of which appeared in March 2009 for Routledge, with Chinese and Korean language versions being produced in 2011. More recently still, he has edited, with Dr. Patrick Bratton of HPU, The Triumph of Neptune?: Seapower and the Asia-Pacific: Adjusting to New Realities, also for Routledge (forthcoming 2012).

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences
and Diplomacy & Military Studies (DMS) Programs

The presentation is made possible by support from HPU’s
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant

Amos Yadlin

23 August 2011

Reflections of a Director of Foreign Intelligence

Maj. Gen., Israeli Defence Forces

IDF Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin recently completed a five-year tour as head of Israeli military intelligence and is currently a Kay Fellow on Israeli national security at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, DC.  A much-decorated fighter pilot – he piloted one of the F-16 jets that destroyed Saddam Hussein’s Osirak nuclear reactor in Baghdad – Gen. Yadlin has spent more than forty years in uniform, including service as defense attaché in Washington, commandant of the IDF National Defense College, and deputy commander of the Israeli Air Forces. He officially retires from the IDF in September 2011. 

Gen. Yadlin holds a degree in economics and management from Ben Gurion University in Israel, and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

His remarks will touch on the philosophy of intelligence, intelligence dimensions, the tasks of foreign intelligence, intelligence organization in the 21st century, the dialogue with the political masters, accountability and ethics.

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences
and Diplomacy & Military Studies (DMS) Programs

The presentation is made possible by support from HPU’s
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant

Arun Gandhi

"Gandhian Peace: The Way to Non-Violence & Acceptance in a Turbulent World"


“THE CALLING: Heal Ourselves,Heal our Planet”
Documentary Film in Production created by Barbara Altemus
Directed by Oscar Nominated William Gazecki

Hosted & Supported by,
We Are One Foundation (WRO)
Gandhi International In stitute for Peace (GIIP) Manny Menendez/MCM Group Holdings Ltd

Steve Castonguay

11 January 2010

Join us for a Discussion with U.S. Diplomat and HPU Alumni:

An Insider Perspective on Diplomacy in Action

U.S. Foreign Service

U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India (2007-2009)
U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan (2009-2010)

Steve Castonguay received his BA in Political Science (2004) and MA in Communication (2007) from Hawai‘i Pacific University.  Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Foreign Service and was posted to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, where he served as Vice Consul – Second Secretary from 2007-2009.  From January 2010 to January 2011 he served as a Political Officer and Staff Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  After some relaxation at his home in Kailua, he heads back to Washington, DC, next week for Spanish language training and preparation for his next assignment to Costa Rica.

Castonguay was a public affairs officer with the U.S. Marine Corps while completing his studies at HPU, and credits his academic preparation at HPU as a crucial factor in his selection as a Foreign Service Officer.

 Co-Sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences
and Diplomacy & Military Studies (DMS) Programs