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Seventh Biennial Captain James T. Bush Seminar

Presented by the

Naples Council on World Affairs 

and the 

National War College

was held on

Friday, February 28th, 2020

8:45 am - 3:45 pm

“China’s Quest for Global Power”

"The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved."  -  Confucius

8:45  Welcome and Introductions

Mimi Gregory, V.P. Programs, NCWA

Capt. Isaac Puzon, [USN ret.], Executive Director, NWC.

Robert E. Haffa, Director, NCWA

9:00:  “China’s Quest for Great Power”:  “China’s foreign policy, naval power and energy needs.” Dr. Bernard D. Cole: USN [Ret]  Bernard D. Cole was commissioned from the NROTC Unit at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). He served from 1965-1995 as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy, including tours as Commanding Officer of USS RATHBURNE (FF1057) and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 35. He was the Amphibious Ready Group’s Boat Group Commander during several amphibious and riverine operations in Vietnam in 1966-1967, and a Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam from June 1967 to June 1968, including duty at Khe Sanh Combat Base during the Tet Offensive. Cole then served as a Professor of Maritime Strategy at the National War College from 1995 to 2015. He has written many articles, chapters, and eight books, including The Great Wall at Sea. His most recent book is China’s Quest for Great Power: Ships, Oil, and Foreign Policy in China, Cole was named U.S. Naval Institute Press “Author of the Year” for 2014. He earned an A.B. in History (Univ. No.Carolina), M.P.A. in National Security Affairs (Univ. of Washington), and Ph.D. in History (Auburn University).

9:50: Coffee Break

10:00: China’s Allies and Adversaries: “What are China’s relationships with Russia, Iran and others?”

Dr. James MacDougall is a retired DOD Senior Executive who served in positions related to U.S. defense and security policy.  He was a Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College from 2007-2009 and 2014-2018. In 2013-2014 he was the Chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College.  Dr. MacDougall served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Eurasia from 2003 to 2007 planning and developing U.S. defense and national security policy for Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Balkans. He was awarded the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award: the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University.  

10:50: “A Cyber Policy and Strategy to Counter China.” What are China’s Cyber capabilities? What policies and strategies might counter them?

Dr. Richard B. Andres is Full Professor of National Security Strategy in the US National War College where he teaches courses on strategy development with practical emphasis on cyber conflict. He holds faculty positions related to cyber strategy at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the American Enterprise Institute.  His current work focuses on the geopolitical implications of cyber conflicts.  His Ph.D. is in political science/philosophy from the University of California, Davis.

Break for Lunch

12:45: Greg Hudson, NCWA President

1:00: “China’s Constraints”. What international factors inhibit China’s rise to global power? 

Dr. Cynthia Watson, Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs. Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs as of March 2018Dr. Watson earned a BA, with Honors, from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, a MA from the London School of Economics, and a Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Watson has served on the Governing Boards of a number of professional organizations and the Editorial Board of Third World Quaterly. Her areas of expertise include the Asia Pacific and Latin America. She joined the faculty of the National War College in 1992.  She is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the National Committee on U.S. China Relations, and the Society for Military History.

1:50: Coffee Break

2:00: China Soft Power"

Dr. Sonya Finley  is  a  professor  of  strategy  at  the  National  War  College  and  adjunct

assistant  professor  within  the  Georgetown  University  Security  Studies  Program.  She  also

has  designed  courses  and  taught  at  the  Eisenhower  School  for  National  Security  and

Resource  Strategy,  National  Defense  University  and  the  Department  of  Social  Sciences

at  the  United  States  Military  Academy  at  West  Point.  Sonya  retired  as  a  U.S.  Army

Colonel  after  a  26-year  career  with  key  assignments  as  a  strategist/strategic  advisor,

planner,  and  speechwriter  for  senior  uniformed  leaders  in  the  Republic  of  Korea,  Iraq,

and  Washington  D.C.,  as  well  as  the  Office  of  the  Secretary  of  Defense  for  Policy

(Plans).  She  is  a  former  East-West  Center  fellow  and  former  term  member  of  the

Council  on  Foreign  Relations.  She  holds  a  BA  from  Emory  University,  an  MPA  from

Cornell  University,  a  Certificate  in  Strategic  Thinking  and  Management  for  Competitive

Advantage  from  The  Wharton  School  at  the  University  of  Pennsylvania,  and  a  PhD  from

Virginia  Tech.

2:50: “How is China Seen in the Rest of the World?” What is the international appeal of China as a revisionist state?

Dr. Zachary Abuza is a Professor at the National War College, in Washington, DC, where he focuses on Southeast Asian politics and security issues, including governance, insurgencies, democratization and human rights, and maritime security. He is the author of five books, including, Forging Peace in Southeast Asia:  Insurgencies, Peace Processes, and Reconciliation  (2016), Conspiracy of Silence:  The Insurgency in Southern Thailand (2008), Political Islam and Violence in Indonesia (2006), Militant Islam in Southeast Asia (2003), and Renovating Politics in Contemporary Vietnam (2001).  He authored the Southeast Asian chapter in the acclaimed study, Leaving Terrorism Behind, as well as the the National Endowment for Democracy’s 2015 report on the media and civil society in Vietnam. He received his B.A. from Trinity College (1991), and M.A.L.D. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.  

3:30: Moderator Summary: Robert E. Haffa

Special Thanks: Captain Isaac Puzon, is Executive Director of the National War College Alumni Association. “Ike” holds a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the Naval War College and the National War College. He also has a MS from Pepperdine University in Organizational Development.  He graduated with a BA from East Carolina University in Political Science.  As a trained Naval Aviator, he has over 4,400 flight hours in naval aircraft.  He is the recipient of U.S. State Department Meritorious Honor Award, and numerous military awards.

The Naples Council on World Affairs thanks Patricia J. Bush for her continued support of the James T. Bush Seminars with the National War College.

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. Patricia Bush continues the family tradition, having also served on the Council Board of Directors. 

On Site Committee:

Joe Bianco

Harry Dimopoulos

Joyce Fletcher

Robert Pendergrass

Judy Rubinstein

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