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2013-2014 Lecture Series
"Facing Transition, Challenges and Opportunities"

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

November 4th, 2013
Ambassador Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution, “The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms.”
Ambassador Pifer renews our attention and focus to the advantages of another bilateral treaty with Russia and the consequent results of no longer maintaining high level nuclear arsenals. Ambassador Pifer directs the Brookings Arms Control Initiative. His book [titled above] addresses arms control challenges facing the world’s leaders.

November 18th, 2013
Dr. Steven Cook, Council on Foreign Relations, “Turkey: Back To the Future, the New Ottoman Era”.
Steven Cook returns to Naples to discuss Turkey’s “drift” away from Europe and greater democratic reform. Street protests in Istanbul and frustration at the country's authoritarian turn, are all dangerous signals for Prime Minister Erdogan. Can/will Europe pull them back into discussions about joining the EU and will that solve the problem? Dr. Cook is the Hasib J.Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council.

December 2nd, 2013
Dr. Stephen Bosworth, Dean, Fletcher School of Diplomacy, “North Korea: The World’s Wild Card.”
Dr. Bosworth served as U.S. Special Representative for North Korean Policy from 2009-2012. His concerns regarding our experts’ abilities to verify any agreement we might reach with North Korea lead him to believe that it is time for new ideas about how to deal with Pyongyang. “We simply can’t ignore North Korea and its nuclear program, nor rely on China to take care of it.”

January 6th, 2014
Ambassador Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and P.J. Crowley, George Washington University, “A Conversation about the Middle East.”
These two Washington veterans will discuss continuing issues pulling the Middle East apart. Ambassador Ross is the Washington Institute’s Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, with more than two decades of experience in Middle East policy. P.J. Crowley is a Fellow at the George Washington University Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication.

January 20th, 2014
Dr.Clifford G. Gaddy, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Russia: “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin.”
Relations with Russia seem to have reached a new low as our efforts to deal both with Syria and Missile Defense are stonewalled by the Prime Minister. Dr. Gaddy’s extensive experience, specializing in Russia, offers a strong look at the most popular reforms and goals Mr. Putin has put in place, and asks if they have been successful. Dr. Gaddy has received numerous awards for his writing and research on Russia.

February 3th, 2014

February 17th, 2014
Professor Geoffrey Dabelko: Senior Advisor, Woodrow Wilson Center, “Climate Change: Our Greatest National Security Threat.”
Professor Dabelko is also Director of Environmental Studies at Ohio University." As military leaders warn of global warming as the imperative to kind of get military capabilities aligned [for] when the effects of climate change start to impact these massive populations, you could have hundreds of thousands or millions of people displaced and then security will start to crumble pretty quickly .” That quote inspires our invitation to Professor Dabelko!

March 10th, 2014
Michael O’Hanlon, Senior fellow,Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution: “Re-Balancing the U.S. Military in Asia and the Pacific”
Is our lean towards Asia a “bold strategic shift in National Security” or simply a “modest realignment of American defense capabilities”? A prolific writer as well as one of our favorite speakers, Mike O’Hanlon returns to discuss our relations with China and its view of this re-balance, military basing and how to avoid an arms race and the dangers of cyber warfare. These very broad subjects are featured in his current book to be published in late January.

March 24th, 2014
Shuja Nawaz, Director of the South Asia Center at The Atlantic Council, “Pakistan: Our Greatest Challenge to Conflict Resolution”.
Trying to manage relations with Pakistan is clearly a huge challenge for the United States. See-sawing between giving [or taking away] aid, ever the carrot and the stick, has been short of success. Raised and educated in Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz has written extensively on the tenuous relationship between our countries on what he refers to as “the Pakistan Dilemma”. His latest book is,”Learning by Doing: The Pakistan Army’s Experience with Counterinsurgency”

April 7st, 2014
Peter W. Singer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and one of the Smithsonian Institution’s “leading innovators in the nation”.
His new book, “CyberWarfare and CyberSecurity: What Everyone Needs to Know” will be the topic of his lecture. A generation ago, "cyberspace" was just a term from science fiction, used to describe the nascent network of computers linking a few university labs. Today, our entire modern way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. And the cybersecurity issues that result challenge literally everyone. Dr. Singer’s lecture will be given “in a lively, accessible style, filled with engaging stories and illustrative anecdotes” which means we should all emerge experts!


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