Lectures & Speaking Topics

The Holy City
How and why did Jerusalem become the Holy City? This lecture investigates what it means to Christians and Jews today and why Jerusalem is once again the center of the world in the twenty-first century.
Jerusalem: The Center of the Geopolitical World
Why is Jerusalem at the center of all of today’s strategic conflicts? This lecture discusses the city in relation to conflicts between the United States and Iran, Israel and Palestine, secularism and fundamentalism, as well as the Arab revolutions.
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
The lecture discusses how Stalin lived and ruled, what his dictatorial style tells us about Russia today, and what Western leaders can learn from him.
Young Stalin: The Making of Stalin
This lecture looks at Stalin as the bank robber, priest, poet, lover, pirate, and revolutionary.
Catherine the Great and Prince Potemkin: The Most Successful Political and Romantic Partnership in History
This lecture outlines the amazing rise to power of Catherine the Great and Prince Potemkin, their sexual affair, and how they shared power, all told through their letters. Montefiore presents a study of female power, and what it tells us about Russia today.
The Rules of Power and Leadership
What can our own political and business leaders learn from the stories and careers of Stalin, Catherine the Great, Hitler, and Churchill? This lecture takes a closer look at empire builders, from Genghis Khan and Tamerlane to the great Islamic caliphs and Napoleon.
The Guide to Revolutions
From the Arab Spring to the French, Russian, Mexican, American, and English revolutions, an expert’s take on revolutions and power. This lecture uses the events and thoughts of Lenin, Stalin, and George Washington to explain how power is transferred in revolutions from Paris and St. Petersburg to Damascus, Cairo, and Tripoli.
Autocracy and Dictatorship
This lecture explains how dictators rise to power, how they keep it, how they lose it and what our own managers and leaders can learn from cases from Robespierre and Julius Caesar to Muammar Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein.