Naples Council on World Affairs


 Foreign Policy Strategies for America And The World


October 31st: Dr. Tim Boersma: "The Geopolitics of Climate Change.”   The Paris  Agreement began the process, but what tough questions remain to actually translate this into a meaningful and pragmatic policy framework? Dr. Boersma, Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University, will discuss how politics, power and vested interests will influence the outcome of the Paris and G20 talks in China. 

November 14th: Prof. Jeremy  Haft: "China on the Global Stage. China remains an enigma in its foreign policy, economics and politics. Yet getting China "right" is more important today than ever as the threat level on all fronts seems to be so high.  Prof. Haft's remarks will assess the basis of China's "superpower-status", its economy and relationship with the U.S. 

December 5thDr. Steven Cook: "Turkey's Lost Democracy." In 2005, Turkey began formal negotiations to join the European Union, but a little more than a decade later it looks less like a liberal democracy than a one-man electoral autocracy. What went wrong? What are the implications for the U.S. approach to Turkey and the future of its alliance with the West.

January 9th: General John R. Allen and Dr. Michael O'Hanlon:  "Challenges for the New Administration." Co-Directors of the Brookings Institutes' Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, we will ask them what the newly elected President and his/her Cabinet face in perhaps the most troubling times in our foreign policy since the end of the Second World War.

January 23rd:  Thomas R. Wright: “The European Union and the Euro: Implications for the U.S." As Director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at Brookings, Mr. Wright will comment on the change brought about by Brexit, transnational challenges and economic stagnation and how those issues affect the stability of the European Union and the preservation of the Euro.  

February 6th: Danielle Pletka: “An Overview of Today's Middle East" Are we doomed to an endless cycle of violence in the Middle East? Is the Sunni-Shia divide real? Are there solutions to problems like Syria? Danielle Pletka will survey the many conflicts ranging throughout the Middle East today.  

February 20th: David Rohde: “Inside the Strained U.S.-Saudi Alliance". The vote in Congress allowing U.S. citizens to sue Saudi Arabia as a supporter of terror, Obama's détente with Iran, and America's energy independence are causing both sides to question whether a 60 year alliance that is a cornerstone of U.S. - Mideast policy has run its course. 

March 6th: Dr. Cynthia Watson: “Latin America's Failing Democracies. Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, former president Cristina de Kirchner in Argentina, Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela; what role did they play in the "stall" of their democracies? Are there indicators of other serious turbulence ahead or are these merely outlying cases? Is the optimism of prior generations fading away?

March 20th: Dr. Stephen Sestanovich: “Putin's Plans and U.S. Foreign Policy. Just how do Putin's plans interact with the overall direction of US foreign policy? Dr. Sestanovich finds this an increasingly interesting question.  Meanwhile Mr. Putin continues his quest for the return of the Russian Empire, building an ever larger military and practicing provocative maneuvers in Eastern Europe. 

April 3rd: Admiral James Stavridis, USN: “Global Security and the Role of NATO".  Admiral Stavridis, a former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, will provide a sweeping overview of global security challenges - the Islamic State, Russia, Syria, Afghanistan, narcotics, piracy, and cyber threats - and discuss the ongoing role of NATO in meeting them as an ally of the United States.     




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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