International Speaker Series

The International Speaker Series at UNC Charlotte is a long-standing initiative that offers the campus community an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned experts in various fields. The speakers discuss topics that range from economics, to globalization, to foreign policy. Consequently, attending an International Speaker Series event provides a platform to stay current on pertinent topics. This initiative is a joint effort, co-sponsored by the: Office of International Programs, Department of Global Studies, World Affairs Council of Charlotte, and Atkins Library. 

If you plan to attend, please complete the pre-registration form.

Faculty who want to participate are requested to indicate if they are attending with a class and/or need arrangements for an extra credit sign-in sheet at the event’s welcome desk.

For more information, please contact the Office of Global Education and Engagement at or 704-687-7755


U.S.- China Relations in the New Global Order

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Belk Gym 201

Dave Rank is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the head of the China practice at The Cohen Group, a global business strategy consultancy. Additionally, he teaches at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He spent 27 years as a State Department Foreign Service Officer, including his final assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission and, following the 2016 election, as the Chargé d’Affaires (acting Ambassador) at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In addition to six Foreign Service assignments in greater China, which includes three in Beijing, two at the American Institute in Taiwan and one at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai, Rank also served at the U.S. embassies in Kabul, Athens, and Port Louis in Mauritius. In Washington, he worked in the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), the State Department Korea desk, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and as a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. In 2015 he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for his role in the release of the only American servicemember held by the enemy in Afghanistan. He is also the recipient of the American Foreign Service Association’s Sinclaire Award for the study of languages and their related cultures. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, Dari and Greek. He and his wife, Mary, have three children.

China's Digital Yuan: Is Data the New Currency?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lucas Room, Cone Center

Yaya J. Fanusie is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). His research focuses on the national security implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Fanusie spent seven years as both an economic and counterterrorism analyst in the CIA, where he regularly briefed federal law enforcement, U.S. military personnel, and White House-level policy makers. Fanusie received an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley.