Naples Council on World Affairs
Past Lectures

April 23rd, 2012 "Staying the Course in Afghanistan"

Mimi Gregory, Past President and Program Chairman of the Naples Council on World Affairs addressed the Council on her recent Leadership Delegation to Afghanistan.

"The Leadership Delegation representing the World Affairs Councils of Dallas, Charlotte, Hampton Roads, Salt Lake City, Springfield, MA. and Naples spent a week in Afghanistan at the invitation of Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker and the U.S. Department of State. Our reports on the meetings that we held with the leadership of that country and our own country representatives is now available on our website for your information. I am confident that you will find the report very interesting and invite you to take the time to read it."

- Mimi Gregory

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March 2nd, 2012 "Captain James T. Bush Seminar"

The Naples Council presented the Bi-Annual Captain James T. Bush Seminar with the National War College on Friday, March 2nd, at the Hilton Naples.

Captain James T. Bush, in whose honor this seminar is named, commanded the USS Simon Bolivar, a Nuclear Submarine, during his distinguished U.S. Navy career. He was President of the Naples Council on World Affairs, 2000-2001.

9:30 am Welcome and Introductions

9:40 am Dr. Bernard Cole: “A Newly Aggressive China”? It is clear that China’s military continues to modernize and her economy continues to grow. Adding a more active Foreign policy, the obvious question is: What does that mean for the United States and her Allies?

Dr. Cole teaches Sino-American Relations and Maritime Strategy at the National War College. His primary research focus is on Chinese Military and Asian Energy issues. Dr. Cole served 30 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy, all in the Pacific. He commanded the frigate USS RATHBURNE and Destroyer Squadron 35 and served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations for Expeditionary Warfare.

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10:40 am Brief Coffee Break

10:50 am Dr. Cynthia Watson: “Latin America; A Tale of Two Policies”. Keeping an eagle eye North of Panama and a watchful eye on China, Russia and Iran, new partners South of the Canal, what does that forecast for U.S. policy in the region?

Our Latin American expert, Dr. Watson has been a member of the National War College faculty for the last 20 years. Raised in Thailand and Colombia, she received her Master’s Degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics and a Doctorate in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Today she is Chairwoman of the Department of Security Studies at the National War College and currently serves on the Editorial Board of “Third World Quarterly”.

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11:50 am Luncheon Break: Please gather your belongings, and place them on your chair so that staff may serve lunch. You will return to your same seats.

12:00 pm Luncheon with Keynote Speaker: Rear Admiral Patrick Martin, Chief of the French Liaison Detachment at U.S. Central Command. “France’s Role in the Fight Against Piracy in the Indian Ocean: A Twenty Nation Joint Effort”.

Admiral Martin’s posting to US Central Command comes on the heels of his appointment as Military Advisor to the French Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council in New York. After spending 18 years at sea, his posts have included the French Military Mission at SACEUR, the NATO Defense College and planning responsibilities focused on the Middle East. He has been awarded the Legion of Honor in the rank of “Officer” and the National Order of Merit in the rank of “Commander”.

1:30 pm Dean E. Pfoltzer: “The Army Future Years Defense Program”. The Defense Department’s current strategic guidance was driven by the approaching end of a decade of war, a changing technological and geopolitical landscape, and the national security imperative of deficit reduction. How will we continue to reassure our European partners and what is the “face” of the new military?

Dean Pfoltzer is Deputy Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation at the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 Headquarters, Department of the Army. He has worked for the US Navy, Marine Corps, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as the US Army where his “military rank” would be equivalent to a Major General. His broad responsibilities cover the full breadth of all Army program efforts to include analysis, development, integration and reporting.

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2:30 pm Brief Coffee Break

2:40 pm Dr. Samuel Liles: “Cyber Security: A 21st Century Imperative”. Cyber warfare is a new and widely growing field of conflict that can take many forms, placing great importance on conceptual analysis.

Dr. Liles has his doctorate in technology from Purdue, where he teaches, specializing in computer forensics. He also teaches at the National Defense University, has more than 30 years experience in information and technology, but not all of his experience is esoteric! He is also a Marine and has worked in law enforcement to acquire a broad understanding of the physical security domain.

January 17th, 2012 "Taiwan:  The Thriving Chinese Democracy"

The Naples Council on World Affairs gave a presentation on Taiwan by our current president Wally Stimpson. The 23 million people on that island passionately believe in democracy, free speech, human rights and the rule of law, and have created an economic powerhouse. Strangely, everyone seems to agree that Taiwan is part of China. How can this be? And can the status quo be maintained?

During his business career as a management consultant, Wally traveled widely, but mostly in the United States. Now in his second decade with the Naples Council, and also in Great Decisions, he has developed a strong interest in world affairs. Wally is originally from Massachusetts and earned both a BA in mathematics and an MBA from Harvard University.

Please join us for this presentation that will include results from the critical Taiwan elections just days before.

December 12th, 2011 "Azerbaijan: The Meat in a Dangerous Sandwich!"

The Naples Council on World Affairs gave a presentation this key country in the Caucasus Region, given by our board member and Council Secretary, Donna Suddeth. “Azerbaijanis say they live in a dangerous neighborhood with Russia to the north and Iran to the south”. Donna visited Azerbaijan this past summer and quotes the residents of this country located so precariously between two important nations in our foreign policy sights.

Donna will share her experiences while on this Leadership Mission with other council members from the U.S. network, on Monday, December 12th, at 10:30 am at St. John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Avenue. in the Claussen Center Seminar Room.

An avid traveler and internationalist, Donna has also lived in many states in our vast country where her wanderlust has taken her to all 50 states and 70 countries. She served as President of the Welcome to Florida International Club for 2 years in addition to serving 6 years on the Naples Council Board of Directors. She is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle and taught in the school district there for 3 years. Please join us for this interesting presentation.

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