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2014-2015 Lecture Series
The Transformation of Our Strategic Foreign Policy Alliances

We are delighted to present an outstanding line up of speakers on subjects vital to our interests.

November 3rd, 2014
Andrew J. Tabler
, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Mr. Tabler focuses on Syria and U.S. Policy in the Levant. He resided in the Middle East for fourteen years and is a fluent Arab speaker. He will address our issues with Syria, our crisis management with Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah’s patronage of that country, and what, if any, are possible solutions.

November 17th, 2014

December 8th, 2014
Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan
, former Mexican Ambassador to the United States and a Latin-American specialist, will discuss U.S. relations with the countries of Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela as well as his country of Mexico. What are the vestiges of the Bolivarian Revolution? Can Venezuela survive with Maduro at the helm?

January 5th, 2015
Professor Andrew Nathan
, a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His research and teaching focuses on Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy, and we have asked him to address the current Chinese leadership and recent “clashes” in the south and east China Sea as well as other acts of aggression.

January 19th, 2015
Dr. Angela E. Stent
of Georgetown will speak on Vladimir Putin.

February 2nd, 2015
Ian Brzezinski
, Resident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and also a member of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisors Group. He will cover Ukraine, Poland, the Baltics and Central Europe, with an eye towards Putin’s “empire building”. And yes, the name recognition is correct!

February 16th, 2015
Admiral James Stavridis
, Former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and Commander, United States European Command, he is now Dean of the Fletcher School of Diplomacy. A native of South Florida! he will speak to us about NATO today and honoring our treaties in defense of our Allies as the global temperatures heat up and challenge our defense and diplomatic capabilities.

March 9th, 2015
Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns
, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Following 27 years as a career Foreign Service Officer, he remains deeply involved in international affairs at Harvard, the Aspen Institute and the Cohen Group. We have asked him to address the transformation of our strategic foreign policy alliances; which is also our lecture series title for this next season.

March 23rd, 2015
Robin Wright and Barbara Slavin
; These two dynamic experts will help us re-draw the map of the Middle East to include the many trouble spots that we are finding as the main focus of our news each day. Robin Wright is a Senior Fellow and Woodrow Wilson International Scholar. Barbara Slavin is a correspondent for Al Monitor and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. We look forward to welcoming them back to Naples.

April 6th, 2015

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