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

As we begin the 2014-2015 lecture series, I cannot remember another time when the news each day has brought greater concerns and the subjects we have chosen are so prominent in those newscasts that we might well feel that we are viewing a daily screening on one of the major or foreign network presentations as we attend the lectures.

Thus I believe you will agree, as you read through our program schedule, that we are bringing our membership the world “of the minute”, and doing so with the wish that the report will bear good tidings of resolution in the end. We look forward to seeing you on November 3rd!

November 3rd: 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: John Donvan, John Donvan is the host and moderator for the Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates and is an author and correspondent for ABC News. He has hosted "Nightline," "World News," “Good Morning America," and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” and WBUR's "On Point."

December 8th: 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: 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: Professor Angela Stent, is the Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor of Government and Foreign Service At Georgetown University. Her Russian expertise will be put to the test as we endeavor to understand President Putin’s “foreign policy planning”.

February 2nd: We will be welcoming 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: 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: 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: 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: Dr. Victor Cha, Director of Asian Studies and the D.S. Song Chair in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, will once again address the current issues in the Korean peninsula as well as the thorny issues arising in the South China Sea between Japan and China. As Senior Adviser and the inaugural holder of the new Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, we look forward to his perspective.

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