Mansfield Dialogue Recordings

The Mansfield Dialogues is a public lecture series designed to bring community together to discuss critical issues in international engagement and ethics in public affairs.

Ukraine - Our Fight for Independence

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s former press secretary Iuliia Mendel shares her first-person account from the ground in Ukraine during Russia’s invasion, and details from her front row seat to many of the key events preceding the 2022 Russian invasion. From attending meetings between Zelenskyy and Putin and other European leaders, visiting the front lines in Donbas, to fielding press inquiries after the infamous phone calls between Donald Trump and Zelenskyy.

Rethinking China: Shifting Goals and Ambitions

The Mansfield Center is honored to host this conversation on the future of the U.S.-China relationship and what it means for the world. The event features Hoover Institution Fellow Elizabeth Economy and Wall Street Journal Chief China Correspondent Lingling Wei and commemorates the 50th anniversary of Mike Mansfield’s historic April 1972 visit to China. Mansfield Fellow and award-winning journalist Dexter Tiff Roberts will provide an introduction.

Sam Donaldson: The Long View

Veteran ABC newsman Sam Donaldson looks back on a half-century in the news business, covering everything from the civil rights movement to the Vietnam War to Watergate, and every presidential administration from Lyndon B. Johnson to Barack Obama. Donaldson discusses the sweeping changes in journalism and its critical role in democracy and provide perspective on today's turbulent times. The conversation is moderated by Newsy National Correspondent Maritsa Georgiou and Author and Journalist Gwen Florio.

Reflections on the Challenges and Opportunities for Bipartisanship

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte reflects on the challenges and opportunities for politicians and citizens working together across the aisle.

A Question of Respect

Political Strategists Celinda Lake and Ed Goeas discussed recent polling data on ‘civil war’ versus ‘civility’ Lake, a native Montanan and veteran Democratic pollster, and Goeas, a veteran Republican pollster, have partnered for over 30 years on the nationally recognized ‘Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service Battleground Poll,’ one of the country’s most respected national political research programs.


Resuscitating the American Republic: Fidelity to One Another, the Cause of Freedom, and the Country's Future

Former Montana Governor and Republican National Committee Chair, Marc Racicot, addressed fidelity and risks to our republic, our fellow citizens, and our shared values, in a conversation introduced by new UM Provost Dr. Pardis Mahdavi and moderated by veteran political reporter Chuck Johnson.

Maintaining Civility in an Age of Division


Does civility still exist in politics? Join four retiring long-time Montana legislators who will discuss how civility has changed in their communities and in the State Capitol, as well as their ideas on how to foster civil discourse in the political arena.

Featuring Republican legislators Frank Garner of Kalispell and Doug Kary of Billings, and Democratic legislators Mary McNally of Billings and Diane Sands of Missoula, in a conversation moderated by former Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion.

China's Civilian Army: Transformation to a Global Superpower


Peter Martin joins us for a discussion on his book, "China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy," which charts China's transformation from an isolated and impoverished communist state to a global superpower from the perspective of those on the front line: China's diplomats. Moderated by Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, the China reporter for Axios. 


Does the Constitution Establish a Democracy? Reflections on Voting Rights

A University of Montana Constitution Day Event

Featuring Voter Participation Center Chair Denise Juneau, Professor Chris Mann of Skidmore College and Professor Daron Shaw of the University of Texas Austin. Moderated by UM Constitutional Law Professor Anthony Johnstone and introduction by Joanna R. Shelton, UM Faculty Affiliate in Economics and Nonresident Senior Associate in Economics for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Hear conservative and progressive voices as nationwide experts share their understanding of voting, the Constitution, and where we are today. This UM Constitution Day event was co-sponsored by: UM Office of the Provost, Blewett School of Law and the Baucus Institute, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education, Project on American Democracy and Citizenship, and Justice, Policy and Public Service Community of Excellence.

Strategic Empathy: The Key to America's Failed North Korea Policy

Find follow-up discussion from the event here

Featuring Retired US Airforce Intelligence professional Robert E. McCoy in a conversation moderated by Mansfield Senior Fellow Steven I. Levine

Retired U.S. Air Force Korea intelligence professional and Mansfield Fellow Robert E. McCoy discusses his assessment that a lack of strategic empathy in Washington is key to the bipartisan failures of U.S. policy toward North Korea. Like it or not, the way forward does not allow for denuclearization. The dialogue was moderated by Mansfield Senior Fellow Steven I. Levine, who taught Chinese history and politics at UM and elsewhere during his fifty-year academic career.

From Foes to Friends: The U.S.-Vietnam Partnership

Featuring U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink in a conversation moderated by Mike Halligan. 

Ambassador Kritenbrink's rap music video wishing the Vietnamese people a Happy Lunar New Year featured in the dialogue.

The U.S.-Vietnam relationship has come a long way in a generation. We have become trusted partners in important areas, overcoming decades of doubt in the aftermath of war. U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink discusses how we went from foes to friends – how the remarkable progress since we normalized relations 25 years ago happened. Ambassador Kritenbrink will highlight the role of our thriving people-to-people ties, including vital initiatives like the University of Montana Mansfield Center’s U.S.-Vietnam High School Exchange Program as well as his own efforts to connect with regular Vietnamese people. How did our work to address the legacy of war contribute to our progress? What part can the private sector play in growing prosperity? Ambassador Kritenbrink discusses these questions and more, making clear that the sound state of U.S.-Vietnam ties is hardly a miracle. It is the result of persistent, positive efforts on both sides of the Pacific. 

Connecting With Voters and Flipping Seats

Featuring Campaign Managers Shelbi Dantic and Amanda Stevens in a conversation moderated by NBC Evening Anchor Maritsa Georgiou. 

Congressional campaign managers Shelbi Dantic and Amanda Stevens describe how they connected with voter concerns to achieve victories that flipped seats.  UM Alumna Dantic managed the campaign for Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA), the only Democrat to flip a Republican-held House seat in 2020 and the first woman to ever hold the seat. Stevens ran Rep. Nicole Malliotakis’ (R-NY) campaign, resulting in the only congressional seat in New York City represented by a Republican.

Great Power Competition: Beijing vs. the Free World

Matt Pottinger, Former Deputy National Security Advisor; Dexter Tiff Roberts, Mansfield Fellow and Author of the "Myth of Chinese Capitalism"

Former Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger discussed the new landscape in the great power competition between the U.S. and China, and strategic pitfalls that free countries must avoid.

One Nation: Saving Our Democracy Through Bipartisanship

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey); Rep. Tom Reed (R-New York)

Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Gottheimer and Rep. Reed discussed their efforts to find common ground at a time when hyper-partisanship divides the country and threatens democratic governance.

Rights and Responsibilities in a Time of COVID

Anna Conley, Missoula County Attorney’s Office; Former Justice Jim Nelson, Montana Supreme Court; Tom Snyder, Owner, Five on Black; Sue Vinton, Montana House of Representatives Majority Leader; Anthony Johnstone, Constitutional Law Professor, UM Blewett School of Law

Representatives from business, law, and government discussed issues of freedom and the economic and social impacts that result from the actions of private and public citizens in a public  health emergency. Moderated by Anthony Johnstone, Constitutional Law Professor, UM Blewett School of Law. Co-sponsored by the Justice, Policy, and Public Service Community of Excellence. 

Disproportionate Impacts on Native Communities

Chairwoman Shelly Fyant, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; Councilwoman Kaci Wallette, Fort Peck Tribes; and Cora Neumann, Founder, We Are Montana

Tribal leaders across Montana have remained vigilant in their COVID response, at times going beyond state and federal restrictions to keep their communities safe. Despite these efforts, Native communities continue to experience devastating fatality rates: Native Americans comprise 6.7% of Montana's population but 30% of COVID deaths. This panel explored the role systemic inequalities play in these outcomes, and highlight the courageous leadership of Native leaders on the front lines.

Serving Montana: UM's Public Health COVID-19 Response

Drs. Tony Ward, Erin Landguth, Erin Semmens, and Ethan Walker
D’Shane Barnett, PhD Student and Executive Director of the All Nations Health Center

Students and faculty of UM's School of Public and Community Health Sciences discussed their efforts to protect and inform Montana communities. Moderated by Mansfield Center Executive Director Deena Mansour. 

Addressing Racism in a Time of Pandemic

The Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Never Trump Revolt and the Future of American Democracy

Jim Messina: An Insider Assessment of the 2020 Election

Election Post-Mortem

The Myth of Chinese Capitalism

Montana Legislative Session Preview

Post-Election: Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy and NATO

Cold War Imperialism: U.S.-Backed Anticommunism Movements and The Jakarta Method