Recent speakers and topics

  • Jack Devine & Jonathan WardWebinar – Jack Devine & Jonathan Ward on Russia and China: Preparing America for Our Greatest Strategic Challenge
  • Ambassador Michael (Mike) A. Hammerh  Webinar – The Biden Administration’s Plans to Partner with Africa: Grow Opportunities and Address Tough Challenges
  • Ms. Jessica Cox – Webinar – NATO as a Nuclear Alliance, Strong Militarily, United Politically, Globally Engaged
  • Daniel MarkeyWebinar: “China’s Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia”
  • Ambassador William (Bill) Brownfield – Webinar – Early Challenges Confronting the Biden Administration in Latin America

Webinar – Jack Devine & Jonathan Ward on Russia and China: Preparing America for Our Greatest Strategic Challenge

Tuesday, June 15
6 PM

For Americans, Africa is often the forgotten Continent even as China works to expand its presence. President Biden has signaled early on that the United States will engage and stands ready to be a partner for Africa. With a booming young and entrepreneurial population and key strategic resources – in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are opportunities for U.S. business. Preserving the Congo Basin, the world’s second lung, needs to be a priority. And, ISIS must be countered as it seeks to spread its reach into Mozambique, the DRC, and beyond.

About Jack Devine & Jonathan Ward

Jack Devine is a thirty-two-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency who served at the pinnacle of his career as the CIA’s top spymaster—Acting Deputy Director of the CIA’s operations outside the United States, in which capacity he had supervisory authority over thousands of CIA employees involved in sensitive missions throughout the world. He is also a founding partner and the president of the Arkin Group, an international risk consulting and intelligence firm. Mr. Devine’s international experience with the U.S. government included postings to Latin America and Europe. During his more than 30 years with the CIA, Mr. Devine was involved in organizing, planning and executing countless sensitive projects in virtually all areas of intelligence, including analysis, operations, technology and management.

He is the recipient of the Agency’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal and several meritorious awards. He is a recognized expert in Intelligence matters and has written Op-Ed articles for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs Magazine, The World Policy Journal, Politico and The Atlantic Monthly. He has also made guest appearances on National Press Club, CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CSPAN, Bloomberg News as well as the History and Discovery channels, PBS, NPR and ABC Radio.

Dr. Jonathan D. T. Ward is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese global strategy and US-China competition. He earned his PhD in China-India relations at the University of Oxford and his undergraduate degree at Columbia University where he studied Russian and Chinese language.

Dr. Ward’s on the ground experience in Asia includes traveling across Tibet in truck caravans, crossing the South China Sea by cargo ship, and gaining access to Communist Party diplomatic archives in Beijing which have now been closed to the world. Dr. Ward lived and traveled globally for over a decade, in China, India, Russia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. He speaks Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic.

He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Defense and for leading American corporations on Chinese long-term strategy. Dr. Ward has briefed leading corporations in the defense, aerospace, technology, financial services, telecommunications, automotive, and industrial sectors on Chinese strategy and US-China global competition. He is a frequently invited speaker for government, military, industry, and financial audiences.


Webinar – The Biden Administration’s Plans to Partner with Africa: Grow Opportunities and Address Tough Challenges

Thursday, May 27
6 PM

For Americans, Africa is often the forgotten Continent even as China works to expand its presence. President Biden has signaled early on that the United States will engage and stands ready to be a partner for Africa. With a booming young and entrepreneurial population and key strategic resources – in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are opportunities for U.S. business. Preserving the Congo Basin, the world’s second lung, needs to be a priority. And, ISIS must be countered as it seeks to spread its reach into Mozambique, the DRC, and beyond.

Presenter: Ambassador Michael (Mike) A. Hammer was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the United States ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on September 6, 2018. He had been serving as the Acting Senior Vice President of the National Defense University (NDU). He previously served as the Deputy Commandant of NDU’s Eisenhower School.

Ambassador Hammer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service class of Minis-ter-Counselor. He served as U.S. ambassador to Chile from 2014-2016. He began his diplomatic career in 1988. Prior to his appointment in Chile, Ambassador Hammer served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from March 2012 to August 2013. He also served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

Before joining the Bureau of Public Affairs, Ambassador Hammer served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for Press and Communications, and National Security Council Spokesman from January 2009 to January 2011. He previously served at the National Security Council as Deputy Spokesman from 1999 to 2000 and as the Director of Andean Affairs from 2000 to 2001.

Ambassador Hammer’s overseas postings include Bolivia, Norway, Iceland, and Den-mark. His other State Department assignments include the Operations Center and serving as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Ambassador Hammer has received several awards, including the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Department’s Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy, and several Superior Honor awards.

Ambassador Hammer earned a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He also earned Master’s degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and from the National War College at the National Defense University.

Ambassador Hammer grew up in Latin America, living in Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. He is fluent in Spanish and speaks French and Iceland-ic. Ambassador Hammer and his wife Margret Bjorgulfsdottir have three children.


Webinar – NATO as a Nuclear Alliance, Strong Militarily, United Politically, Globally Engaged

Wednesday, May 19
11AM

The world is changing. NATO, the transatlantic alliance, is continuing to adapt to keep Americans and Europeans safe in this decade and beyond. The NATO 2030 initiative is about making sure our Alliance remains ready today to face tomorrow’s challenges. The next Summit of Allied leaders will take place on 14 June 2021 at NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium. This will be President Biden’s first encounter with Allies at the highest level. NATO leaders will take decisions on the substantive and forward-looking NATO 2030 agenda to deal with the challenges of today and tomorrow: Russia’s aggressive actions, the threat of terrorism, cyber attacks, emerging and disruptive technologies, the security impact of climate change, and the rise of China. A few weeks before the Summit, NATO speakers are coming to Albuquerque, virtually, to listen to America’s heartbeat and engage with you about NATO, defense and deterrence and the security of nearly 1 billion people.

Presenter: Ms. Jessica Cox serves as Director, Nuclear Policy Directorate at NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium. She provides policy support to the Secretary General and others at NATO HQ on matters related to NATO nuclear deterrence, including in the Secretary General’s role of Chair of the Nuclear Planning Group.

The Nuclear Policy Directorate (NPD) organizes the work of the Nuclear Planning Group, develops and implements NATO nuclear policy, and organizes and leads HQ exercises, policy symposiums, and education and training programs. Ms. Cox chairs the Nuclear Planning Group Staff Group.Prior to her NATO assignment, Ms. Cox was a policy analyst in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). She recently completed two years detailed to the National Security Council (NSC) as the Director for Arms Control, where she led the development of U.S. policy on nuclear and conventional arms control treaties as well as issues associated with US-Russia and US-China strategic stability. As such, she was instrumental in developing a new approach to Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, managing implementation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, and restarting bilateral U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Talks in September 2017.

Prior to joining the NSC, Ms. Cox was Director of Russia Policy and Conventional Arms Control Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD Policy). She served previously as DoD’s Lead Negotiator for the Treaty on Open Skies, where she was instrumental in negotiating a new framework for certifying and using digital sensors on Open Skies aircraft. Since joining OSD Policy, Ms. Cox has served as the Country Director, Pakistan Policy, with a focus on strategic stability, counter-terrorism and Pakistan-India relations; Country Director, Iran, with a focus on Iran’s nuclear and missile developments; and Policy Analyst, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, with a focus on countering WMD terrorism. Ms. Cox came to OSD Policy from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), where she was the Deputy Country Manager, Republic of Georgia for the Biological Threat Reduction Program.

Ms. Cox has been active in both foreign policy and politics, holding such positions as: Client Manager for Grassroots Enterprise, a bi-partisan political consulting firm; Young Professionals Outreach Coordinator, 2004 General Clark for President Campaign; Program Coordinator, International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); and Research Assistant, Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP).

Ms. Cox holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor’s of Science in International Relations from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Cox entered government as a Presidential Management Fellow


Webinar – China’s Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia

Wednesday, April 14
6PM

Assessing the evolving political, economic, and security links between China and its western neighbors, including Pakistan, India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. Dr. Markey explains what these changes are likely to mean for the United States and recommends steps that Washington should take in response.

Presenter: Daniel Markey is a senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also serves as the academic di-rector of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Global Policy Program. He teaches courses in inter-national politics and policy. Dr. Markey’s latest book, “China’s Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia”, was published by Oxford University Press in March 2020. From 2007-2015, Daniel Markey was a senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. While there, he wrote a book on the future of the US-Pakistan relationship “No Exit from Pakistan: America’s Tortured Relationship with Islamabad” (Cambridge University Press, 2013). From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Markey held the South Asia portfolio on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the US Department of State. Prior to government service, he taught in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. At Princeton, he also served as executive director of Princeton’s Research Program in International Security. Earlier, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. Dr. Markey is the author of nu-merous reports, articles, book chapters and opinion pieces. His commentary has been featured widely in US and international media. Dr. Markey’s books are available from Amazon.


Webinar – Early Challenges Confronting the Biden Administration in Latin America

Thursday, March 25
6PM

Latin America has not received the same media attention for the new Biden Administra-tion as other parts of the world. Yet the President’s first bilateral e-meetings were with PM Trudeau of Canada and President Lopez Obrador of Mexico. From undocumented migration, drug trafficking and criminal gangs to pandemic spread, Venezuelan refu-gees, economic shortcomings, Russian/Chinese penetration and increasingly non dem-ocratic governments, the new Administration faces serious challenges and opportunities stretching from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego.

Presenter: Ambassador William (Bill) Brownfield has been affiliated with CSIS as a sen-ior adviser since 2018. Prior to that, Bill Brownfield enjoyed an illustrious career in public service, at the rank of career ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. Amb. Brownfield’s last seven years of his career were spent serving as the assistant secretary of state for the bureau of international narcotics and law enforcement affairs. As assistant secretary, Amb. Brownfield ran a portfolio of more than $4 billion in 80 countries administered by 5000 employees and contractors. Amb. Brownfield’s exper-tise in the Americas draws from his vast experience in serving as U.S. ambassador to Chile, Venezuela, and Colombia. Through his ambassadorial posts, Amb. Brownfield was immersed in working with the Colombian government to build upon existing institu-tions and promoting U.S. interests economically via the establishment of the Chile-United States Free Trade Agreement. In Venezuela, he led an embassy in constant cri-sis with the most adversarial government of any country in the Hemisphere. Brownfield has UN experience in Geneva and Vienna. He was temporary political adviser to the U.S. Southern Command. He received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Performance Award three times each. He is a graduate of Cornell Uni-versity and the National War College and attended the University of Texas School of Law. He speaks Spanish and French.


Webinar – Challenges for Arms Control

Thursday, February 25
6PM

The Trump Administration in 2020 laid down two clear principles, that the next nuclear arms reduction treaty should include constraints on warheads, and that China should come to the negotiating table. Both are significant new challenges for nuclear arms con-trol, and Rose Gottemoeller will describe some different ways to go about tackling them. In doing so, she will discuss the role that the national weapons labs may be able to play in developing the means and methods to constrain nuclear warheads. She will also explore ways to incentivize China to agree to talks.

Presenter: Rose Gottemoeller is the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lec-turer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for International Security and Cooperation.Before joining Stanford, Gottemoeller was the Deputy Secretary General of NATO from 2016 to 2019, where she helped to drive forward NATO’s adaptation to new security challenges in Europe and in the fight against terrorism. Prior to NATO, she served for nearly five years as the Under Secre-tary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State, advis-ing the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation, and political-military affairs. While Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in 2009 and 2010, she was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation.Prior to her government service, she was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonproliferation and Russia programs. She served as the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008, and is currently a nonresident fel-low in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. She is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.


Webinar – Asia in 2021: Living Dangerously

Thursday, January 14
6PM

As the world emerges from the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, the security and economic challenges facing the nations of Asia again come into focus. Is a lasting peace agreement possible on the Korean peninsula? Will China continue to pursue a more assertive policy, and will they dominate the region’s economic future as American influence recedes? Learn about current security issues, political developments, and economic trends in Asia and their implications for US interests.

Presenter: Ambassador William Itoh is professor of the practice in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He was a career Foreign Service officer and served as executive secretary of the National Security Council at the White House and as US ambassador to Thailand. He holds BA and MA degrees from UNM, was a logistics officer in the US Air Force, and assistant professor of history at California State University Humboldt.


Webinar – The Middle East and American Policy: A Blueprint for the Incoming Administration

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
6PM

The US election results have the potential of impacting policies toward the various governments in the Middle East. Will there be efforts to continue the momentum of normalization of relations among the Arab State and Israel? What will be the changes in U.S. Policy regarding the conflict in Yemen? These and many other questions will be addressed.

Presenter: Dr. Emile A. Nakhleh is a retired Senior Intelligence Service Officer (SIS-3), a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico, a National Intelligence Council/IC Associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since retiring from the US Government in 2006, he has consulted on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East. He has published frequently on the “Arab Spring” in the Financial Times, the LobeLog blog, and The Cipher Brief (thecipherbrief.com).  At CIA, he was a senior analyst and director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program and of Regional Analysis in the Middle East. Fluency in Arabic: 5,5,5. He was awarded several senior commendations and distinguished medals for his service, including the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Director’s Medal. Prior to his government service, Dr. Nakhleh was a Professor of Political Science and International Studies and a Department Chair at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. His research and publications have focused on political Islam and Muslim world engagement, Islamic radicalization and terrorism in the Middle East and the rest of the Muslim world; governance in the greater Middle East; and US policy toward the Middle East and the Muslim world. He holds a Ph.D. from the American University, Washington, D.C., in International Relations, an M.A. from Georgetown University in Political Science, and a B.A. from Saint John’s University, Minnesota, in Political Science.  He is the author of numerous academic books and scholarly articles including A Necessary Engagement:  Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World (Princeton University Press, 2009); Bahrain: Political Development in a Modernizing Society (Lexington Books, 2011; originally published in 1976 and translated into Arabic in 2006); “Intelligence Sharing and Co-operation:  Opportunities and Pitfalls,” in Steve Tsang, ed., Combating Transnational Terrorism:  Searching for a New Paradigm (Praeger, 2009); and “Moderates Redefined:  How to Deal with Political Islam” and “Propaganda and Power in the Middle East,” Current History (December 2009 and 2013). Dr. Nakhleh’s previous publications include: The Gulf Cooperation Council: Policies, Problems, and Prospects (Praeger, 1986); The Persian Gulf and American Policy (Praeger, 1982); Arab-American Relations in the Persian Gulf (Washington, DC:  American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1975); and The West Bank and Gaza:  Toward the Making of a Palestinian State (Washington, DC:  American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1975).  In 2009 Dr. Nakhleh served on The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Task Force on “Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy” and participated in the writing of the Task Force report titled Engaging Religious Communities Abroad:  A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy (The Chicago Council, 2010).


Webinar – U.S Foreign Policy Goals in the Baltics: 5G, Energy Security and Critical Infrastructure

Friday, November 13, 2020
6PM

U.S Foreign Policy Goals in the Baltics: 5G, Energy Security and Critical Infrastructure

Ms. Molinoff will address the Three Seas Initiative and its implications in the realm of development of key infrastructure, energy security and telecommunication security in the Baltic region.

Rebecca Molinoff

Ms. Molinoff is currently the Latvia Desk Officer and performs back-up duties for Lithuania and Estonia. She previously served as Vice-Consul in Chisinau, Moldova and Political-Economic Officer in Kingston, Jamaica.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Rebecca lived in London for nine years. She worked in financial services, primarily in strategy and corporate development, for British firms Prudential Plc and Lloyds Bank. She completed an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford and a BA in Government at Dartmouth College.

Rebecca grew up in northeastern Ohio and loves running, yoga, and the beach. She lives in Arlington with her British husband and their two sons, ages 4 and 6.


Webinar – Policy Toward the Americas

Thursday, November 19, 2020
6PM

The US election results will profoundly impact regional issues, from immigration and trade to climate change to the “Troika of Tyranny” and beyond. What happened, and why, and what does it all mean going forward in the midst of a pandemic, with economies stressed to the breaking point and China expanding its reach? Is the United States ready to meet the challenges in the hemisphere, to say nothing of taking full advantage of opportunities? What’s next for regional policy?

Presenter: Eric Farnsworth has led the Washington office of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society since 2003, during which time the stature and influence of the organization has grown significantly. He has played an important thought leadership and advocacy role across the broad range of issues affecting U.S. relations with the Western Hemisphere, including economic development, trade, and energy; Asia-Latin American relations and broader BRICS and global governance issues; security; and democracy.

Farnsworth began his career in Washington with the U.S. Department of State after obtaining an MPA in international relations from the Princeton’School of Public and International Affairs. During his time in government he served in positions of increasing responsibility in the foreign policy and trade communities, from Western Hemisphere Affairs at State to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, culminating in a three and a half year appointment as the senior advisor to the White House special envoy for the Americas. In this capacity he played an important role in developing and implementing the Clinton administration’s policies toward the Western Hemisphere.

In between his government and nonprofit experiences, Farnsworth was managing director of ManattJones Global Strategies, a Washington and Los Angeles-based advisory and strategic consulting group.


Webinar – After the Apocalypse: Implications for U.S. Policy

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
6PM

The United States remains the world’s preeminent and most active military power, but Republicans and Democrats find other things to talk about. Ever since the end of the Cold War, successive administrations have enthusiastically put U.S. military might to work. In the last three decades, the flag of the United States Army has accumulated 34 additional streamers — each for a discrete campaign conducted by U.S. troops. The air force and navy have also done their share, conducting more than 100,000 airstrikes in just the past two decades.

Unfortunately, this frenetic pace of military activity has seldom produced positive outcomes. As measured against their stated aims, the “long wars” in Afghanistan and Iraq have clearly failed, as have the lesser campaigns intended to impart some approximation of peace and stability to Libya, Somalia, and Syria. An equally unfavorable judgment applies to the nebulous enterprise once grandly referred to as the “global war on terrorism,” which continues with no end in sight.

But saving the United States’ soul will require an honest reckoning with post–Cold War U.S. foreign policy and, above all, with the reckless misuse of military power that forms its abiding theme. At the end of his presentation, Dr Bacevich will open the floor for questions.

His latest article published in Foreign Affairs can be found here.

Andrew Bacevich
Andrew Bacevich grew up in Indiana, graduated from West Point and Princeton, served in the army, became an academic, and is now a writer. He is a retired US Army armor colonel who commanded at every level from platoon to regiment with combat assignments in Vietnam and the first Persian Gulf War. Colonel Bacevich and is now professor emeritus from Boston University and the author, co-author, or editor of more than a dozen books, among them The New American Militarism, The Limits of Power, Washington Rules, America’s War for the Greater Middle East, and The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory. He is also co-founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a Washington think tank.


Webinar – Futures, Design, and Global Security

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
6PM

You are invited to a Webinar Conversation with Dr Elizabeth Keller, Professor Tom Weis and Professor Charlie Cannon on the subject of Futures, Design, and Global Security.
The increasingly complex and rapidly changing global security environment requires leaders and institutions to anticipate, adapt to, and prepare for a range of potential futures. In 2019 a small team from Sandia National Laboratories and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) developed and facilitated SIFT (Strategic Implications of Future Trends), an exercise that enables participants to think creatively and collectively about the strategic implications of emerging global dynamics. The exercise is designed to:

  • Help participants explore how emerging trends might intersect with and amplify one another
  • Support reflection on how the intersection of trends might affect organizational strategic priorities
  • Enable participants to imagine new opportunities for anticipating and adapting to changing circumstances

Elizabeth J. Kistin Keller, PhD
Elizabeth Kistin Keller leads the Strategic Futures Program at Sandia National Laboratories. In this role she enables leaders to better anticipate and adapt to changing global security and organizational dynamics through strategic foresight, systems analysis, and decision support. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in political science and Latin American Studies as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her master’s and PhD in International Development Studies (a combination of anthropology, economics, and political science) as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Before joining Sandia National Laboratories, Elizabeth spent several years working on transboundary water conflict and cooperation in North America, Southern Africa and South and South East Asia.

Tom Weis
Tom Weis is an Associate Professor in the Industrial Design department at the Rhode Island School of Design. Weis works with a team of faculty to guide graduate students through their year-long thesis projects. His undergraduate courses include such topics as advanced prototyping, gun violence prevention, aquaponics and global security issues. His work has been featured in such places as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2010 and Mass General Hospital’s Russell MD Museum of History and Innovation. Since 2015, Weis has explored how design and creativity might work to reduce nuclear threats. He has presented at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The International Atomic Energy Agency and has led collaborative workshops between design students and cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and with teams at Sandia National Laboratories.

Charlie Cannon
Charlie Cannon is a designer and educator focused on the contributions that design can make to addressing the wicked problems of our day. He is an Associate Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and a Scholar in Residence at PopTech. At RISD, Charlie cofounded the Innovation Studio. The studio brings interdisciplinary collaboration, creative thinking, social innovation and research to bear on intractable problems ranging from climate change to community development, from social justice to civic infrastructure. The Innovation Studio operates as a laboratory for new ideas to shift the attention of the design disciplines toward complex, present-day concerns, and to involve the larger public in the search for their solutions. Research projects emerging from the Innovation Studio have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund, the RISD Research Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.


Webinar – Visions or Mirage: Saudia Arabia at the Crossroads

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
6PM

You are invited to a Webinar Conversation with David Rundell of Arabia Analytica. Mr. Rundell, the author of the forthcoming book “Visions or Mirage: Saudia Arabia at the Crossroads” will be exploring the stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the radical changes it is experiencing today that may threaten that stability and will suggest that the West may be best served to support change in the Kingdom because it is in our best interest to do so. At the end of his presentation, Mr. Rundell will open the floor for questions.

David H. Rundell served as an American diplomat for thirty years in Washington, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Over those three decades he spent fifteen years in the kingdom working at the Embassy in Riyadh as well as the Consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran. His assignments in Saudi Arabia included the Chief of Mission, Charge d’Affaires, Deputy Chief of Mission, Political Counselor, Economic Counselor, Commercial Counselor, and Commercial Attaché. This is an unrivaled record of single-country concentration for an American diplomat, not only in Saudi Arabia, but in any country. He has won numerous awards for his analytical reporting, and participated in Operation Desert Storm, Saudi accession to the World Trade Organization and the defeat of the al-Qaeda terror campaign in Saudi Arabia. He lives in Dubai and London, travels regularly to Saudi Arabia and is a partner in the consulting firm Arabia Analytica


Webinar – GRAND ETHIOPIAN RENAISSANCE DAM ON THE BLUE NILE AND ITS IMPACT UPON ETHIOPIA, SUDAN AND EGYPT

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
6PM

Mr. Soave will be discussing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile and its impact upon Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. This project has also brought to the forefront a discussion of the riparian rights of all the countries that border on the Nile, both the Blue and White. Mr. Soave will briefly cover the history of the water rights to the Nile and then discuss the current state of affairs including the involvement of China in this enormous project. At the end of his presentation, Mr. Soave will open the floor for questions.

Antonio J. Soave is the current President of Gulf Global Synergies (GGS) and Chairman and CEO of Capistrano Global Advisory Services (“CGA”). In this capacity he has assisted myriad businesses to expand their operations abroad, establish joint ventures and conduct acquisitions on a global scale in a number of business sectors including, but not limited to, the following: infrastructure, rail, construction, oil & gas, automotive, agriculture, biotech, high-tech and heavy manufacturing. He is also active in business restructuring and foreign capital / equity financing, as well as corporate turn-around activities. His geographic areas of competence and specialization are the Middle East, Europe and South America. Antonio is an International Advisory Council member of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). USIP is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence. Antonio is also the founder and current Chairman of the Global Foundation of Peace through Soccer, an international non-profit organization that spreads a message of “peace through soccer.” Antonio is also the former Secretary of Commerce for the State of Kansas. He was officially appointed as Commerce Secretary on November 4, 2015, and he served in that capacity until July of 2017. In 2008 and the beginning of 2009, Antonio served as the Chairman and Executive Director of the School of Business at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Antonio is the Past Chairman of the International Business Council (“IBC”), a national/international non-profit organization that promotes a mission of “peace through commerce.” Antonio has a B.A. in International Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C., a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, and a LLM (Masters of Law) in International Law from the University of San Diego.


Webinar – Is a US-China Decoupling Really Possible in a Post-Pandemic World?

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM

In conjunction with the Santa Fe Council of International Relations, we will be co-hosting a Webinar from 10AM till 11:30AM on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. 

Join us to hear Professor Sarwar Kashmeri, Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and Applied Research Fellow of the Peace and War Center of Norwich University. Prof. Kashmeri believes that U.S. policy towards China is crafted on obsolete assumptions and on the hopes and dreams of what American policy makers want China to become rather than on what China is today. The pandemic offers an opportunity for the U.S. and China to jointly assume leadership to accelerate a global recovery, and sidestep the growing danger of a new cold-war. But: what will be the consequences of the Trump administration’s tendency to belittle China? How will the administration’s efforts to earn votes by discrediting China — e.g. blaming it for the coronavirus and for all of the current economic upheaval — permanently stain the US-China relationship? How might the November 2020 federal elections reshape this landscape — especially as VP Biden has his own strong opinions on US-China relations?

Prof. Sarwar Kashmeri is an international relations specialist, author, and commentator, noted for his expertise on U.S. grand strategy and national security. He speaks frequently before business, foreign policy, and military audiences. He is the author of 2019’s China’s Grand Strategy: Weaving a New Silk Road to Global Primacy.


Webinar – Putin’s grip on the reins of power, The impact of the oil glut on that power and Russia’s economy, Russia’s meddling in foreign affairs-something new or an old habit, Russia’s response to Covid-19 and other topics of interest.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
6PM

Erika Monahan
Associate Professor

Education:

BA in History, Dartmouth University, 1996
MA, PhD in History Stanford University, 2007

Research Interests:
Russia, Early Modern Europe, empires, early modern commerce, early modern travelers’ accounts, merchant cultures, political economy of early modern empires, history of corruption, environmental history, Central Asia

Profile:
I joined the UNM History department in 2008. My work for a small company in Russia during the 1990’s sparked my interest in the history of enterprise in Russia. This, coupled with an interest in borderlands and frontiers, led me to write a dissertation that examines merchants and their practices in Siberia during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. That project became my first book, The Merchants of Siberia: Trade in Early Modern Eurasia (Cornell University Press, 2016).

I currently have three ongoing projects. The first is a book project, tentatively titled “Spinning Russia: Nicolaas Witsen and the Making of Russia’s Image in Europe”, which investigates the work of Nicolaas Witsen (1641–1717)—a Dutchman who devoted himself to amassing information about the peoples, places, and history of Eurasia—in order to reexamine circulation of knowledge about Russia and Eurasia in the early modern era. Investigating representations of Eurasian indigenous peoples and the cartographical traditions on which Witsen drew are components of this project. Second, growing out of my first book, I am continuing to explore Bukharan merchants and imperial intermediaries in a broader Eurasian context and into the nineteenth century.

Third, Bloomsbury Publishers has commissioned me to write a revised and expanded second edition of Lindsey Hughes’ The Romanovs: Ruling Russia, 1613–1917.

I teach courses on Russsia, Muscovy, the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and Russia from the ninth century to the present in a three-semester narrative sequence. I also teach courses on the history of the Russian empire, Environmental History and Russia in a larger European and global context. I teach graduate seminars in Early Modern Commerce (Cultures of Exchange; Capitalism: A Prequel) and Eurasian Borderlands. My teaching and research touch all of our department’s thematic concentrations, while my publications to date fit most squarely in our Frontiers & Borderlands and Politics & Economy concentrations. If you are a potential graduate student interested in working with me at UNM, please send me an email.

If you are a scholar of Slavic studies interested in reviewing a book for Canadian-American Slavic Studies, please email me about your areas of expertise along with a CV and we will see about getting you paired with an appropriate book.

William Wohlforth
I teach and conduct research on international relations, with an emphasis on international security and foreign policy. Before coming to Hanover, I taught at Princeton and Georgetown.

I am the author or editor of nine books and some 60 articles and chapters on topics ranging from the Cold War to contemporary U.S. grand strategy. I teach courses in international politics, Russian foreign policy, leadership and grand strategy, violence & security and decision-making.

At Dartmouth, I’ve served as chair of the Government Department, on the Committee Advisory to the President, the Committee on Instruction, and on many College level search committees.

Beyond Dartmouth, I’ve held fellowships at the Institute of Strategic Studies at Yale, the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, and the Hoover Institution. For six years I served as associate editor and then editor-in-chief of the journal Security Studies.

A lot of my work is relevant to policy. I participate in a working group sponsored by the National Intelligence Council that is studying strategic responses to U.S. unipolarity. Our work has figured in several NIC reports, including most recently Global Trends 2030. I have served as a consultant to the Strategic Assessment Group and the National Bureau of Asian Research. I routinely lecture and conduct seminars with policy-makers, including, in recent years, the National Defense University, Naval War College, Army War College, George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies, and defense and foreign policy institutes in Germany, Canada, Portugal, Norway, Russia, and the United Kingdom.


71st Program Year – Eighth Meeting

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:00 PM, Canyon Club at 4 Hills, 911 Four Hills Rd SE

The Program: “The Shifting Role and Impact of Diplomacy in a World in Disarray.” By definition, diplomacy brings people together to manage relationships and resolve disputes. In a world in disarray, it becomes humanity’s best hope for avoiding conflict, bringing back order and securing a better future. Kralev will address the steps that the United States — and governments around the world — must take to give diplomacy its rightful recognition as a true profession, complete with all necessary resources and tools. He will also talk about how the work of diplomats has changed in the 21st century, and how smart, persistent and effective diplomacy can contribute directly to a nation’s security and prosperity, while promoting global stability in the process.

Nicholas Kralev is an author, journalist and entrepreneur specializing in diplomacy and international affairs, whose work of more than 20 years has taken him to almost 100 countries.

He is the founding executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, an independent organization that provides practical professional training in diplomacy and international affairs.

A former Financial Times and Washington Times diplomatic correspondent, he witnessed firsthand the conduct of American diplomacy while accompanying U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright on their travels around the world.

He is the author of “America’s Other Army” and “Diplomats in the Trenches,” as well as the host of the TV series on diplomacy “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev.” His work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy Magazine and the Huffington Post. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, BBC, Fox News and local stations across the globe.

He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and speaks five languages.


71st Program Year – Seventh Meeting

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “The Problem of Iran: Rethinking US Middle East Policy.” After the killing of Qassem Suleimani, a senior Iranian general, the United States and Iran almost went to war. While both sides have temporarily de-escalated, Washington and Tehran remain on a collision course and the likelihood of a military confrontation remains extremely high. This lecture examines the crisis in US-Iran relations during the Trump Administration. The key questions that will shape this presentation are: how did we get here and how can “the problem of Iran” be resolved in a way that meets the national security demands of the United States while also accommodating the political aspirations of the Iranian people.

Dr Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center of Middle East Studies at the University of Denver Joseph Korbel School of International Studies. He holds a PHD from the University of Toronto. He specializes in studying the intersection of comparative politics and political theory, in particular debates on religion and democracy, secularism and its discontents, Middle East and Islamic politics, democratic and human rights struggles in non-Western societies and Islam-West relations. He is a member of the Middle East Studies Association. His articles appear in publications around the world.


71st Program Year – Sixth Meeting

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “The Evolution of Russian Unmanned Military Systems.” Since 2012 Russian military has made great strides in the development of its unmanned systems. Moscow’s involvement in Syria served as an unprecedented “field lab” for many Russian “military robotics”. Mr Bendett will discuss how the Russian military sees the evolution of military conflict with an eye on unmanned systems.

Samuel Bendett is a Research Analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses’ International Affairs Group, where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves Russian defense and security technology and developments, Russian geopolitical influence in the former Soviet states, as well as Russian unmanned systems development, Russian naval capabilities and Russian decision-making calculus during military crises.

Prior to joining CNA, Bendett worked at the National Defense University on emerging and disruptive technologies for government response in crisis situation, where he conducted research on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD-P) and Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OSD-AT&L). His previous experience includes working for US Congress, private sector and non-profit organizations on foreign policy, international conflict resolution, defense and security issues.

Bendett’s analyses, views and commentary on Russian military robotics, unmanned systems and artificial intelligence capabilities appear regularly in the C4ISRnet, The National Interest, DefenseOne, Breaking Defense, War Is Boring, and The Strategy Bridge. He was also a foreign policy and international affairs contributor to the RealClearWorld.com blog, writing on Russian military technology.

Bendett received his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and B.A. in Politics and English from Brandeis University. He has native fluency in Russian.


71st Program Year – Fifth Meeting

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “After the INF Treaty” On August 2, the United States left the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which barred the deployment of all ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 to 5,500 kilometers by the United States and the Soviet Un-ion. With the Treaty no longer in force on either the U.S. or Russia, competitive dynamics are begin-ning to set in. In particular, U.S. departure from the Treaty had long been supported by proponents of a more robust defensive posture against China in the Asia-Pacific. Since 1987, Beijing has built itself as a true missile power, possessing an arsenal of hundreds of ballistic and cruise missiles with INF-proscribed ranges. 95 percent of China’s missile arsenal falls into this limit. What are the chal-lenges that arise for global stability and U.S. national security in the aftermath of the INF Treaty? What are the likely policy pathways ahead? Finally, will Asia become ground zero to a new U.S.-China missile arms race?

Presenter: Ankit Panda is an award-winning American writer, analyst, and researcher specializing in international security, defense, geopolitics, and economics. His work has appeared in a range of publications, including the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, the Diplomat, the Atlantic, the Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks.

He is currently a senior editor at the Diplomat, where he writes daily on security, geopolitics, and economics in the Asia-Pacific region and hosts a popular podcast. He is also an adjunct senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, where his work focuses on nuclear and conventional force developments in Asia, deterrence, and nuclear strategy.

Panda is director of research for Diplomat Risk Intelligence, a political risk firm. He is a contributing editor at War on the Rocks, a weekly columnist for the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, and an analyst for NK Pro, a specialist North Korea-focused service. He previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations. Panda has been a Korea Society Kim Koo Fellow, a German Marshall Fund Young Strategist, and a Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs New Leader.

Panda has additionally published scholarly research in journals including the Washington Quarterly, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and India Review. He is additionally a contributor to the International Institute on Strategic Studies’ Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment and Strategic Survey. Panda is also a consultant for a number of governments, international institutions, and corporations. He is a frequent participant in Track-2 and Track-1.5 dialogues in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Panda is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He lives in New York City and tweets at @nktpnd.


71st Program Year – Fourth Meeting

Thursday, October 31, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “Finland on World Affairs-Perspectives from Northern Europe” Return of great power competition is a bleak perspective for small nation like Finland that depends on rules-based international system. This presentation will look at topical international issues from the perspective of a small Nordic and Arctic nation, a staunch member of the European Union, a close partner of NATO and a great supporter of transatlantic community. Finland holds currently the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Sirpa Nyberg is Minister Counsellor and Head of the Political Section at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC. Prior to this posting, Ms. Nyberg was Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland in Norway and held the same post at the Embassy of Finland in Thailand. She has also served as Deputy Head of Unit for Northern Europe of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She worked at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in Geneva, engaging with the UN Human Rights Council, and at the Delegation of the European Union to the UN in New York, working on disarmament and non-proliferation issues. Ms. Nyberg studied political science at the University of Stockholm and national economics at the University of Nürnberg. She received her master’s degree in international relations from the University of Tampere. In her free time Ms. Nyberg enjoys the outdoors and she has climbed the highest mountain in New Mexico.


71st Program Year – Third Meeting

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “A Panel Discussion: The Future of Korea 2019” In cooperation with the World Affairs Council of America, the Korean Economic Institute of America (KEI), the US Department of State, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea we are pleased to announce a panel discussion with the representatives from the KEI, State Department and Korea. Please join us for an engaging evening on current events in Korea and interact with those with first-hand experience.

Panelist Claire Smolik is from the US Department of State’s Foreign Service Office/ Republic of Korea Unit Chief. After joining the Foreign Service in 2008, Claire Smolik served in Stockholm as a consular officer. Her next posting was to the State Department’s Operations Center as a Watch Officer. Subsequently, Claire had responsibilities related to NATO political coordination, including anti-piracy naval patrols off Somalia and NATO’s military coalition in Afghanistan. This led to a year at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, where Claire led the External Political team covering Afghanistan’s relationship with Pakistan, India, and Iran. Following a tour as political-military officer in Berlin, Claire returned to the Operations Center as a Senior Watch Officer. Claire currently serves as the Republic of Korea Unit Chief. Claire holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and completed a Master’s in Paris at Sciences Po.

Panelist Sang Kim is the Director of Public Affairs and Intern Coordinator at the Korea Economic Institute of America. She is responsible for managing KEI’s public outreach programs as well as the organization’s external affairs. She joined KEI in April 2013 as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant and has taken various responsibilities since then, including serving as the Associate Director of Programs. Prior to joining KEI, Sang was at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS where she researched on a variety of issues related to Korean affairs, focused mainly on U.S. – Korea and inter-Korea relations. Sang graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Government & Politics with minors in Korean Studies and Chinese Language. She earned her Master’s degree in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University.

Embassy of the Republic of Korean panelist TBD.

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71st Program Year – Second Meeting

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “Poverty, inequality and the structural threat to the Arab region” External powers looking at the Middle East tend to focus on issues of high politics. That focus may blind them to the local, regional, and global factors which drive the ongoing political and sectarian tensions and armed conflicts across parts of the Arab region. Lurking beneath diplomatic maneuvering is a dangerous pattern of new and deep structural threats that have converged in a cycle of poverty, inequality and vulnerability that seems likely to keep the region mired in stress and conflict for decades to come. These threats exacerbate existing antagonisms and armed clashes across the region, heighten social tensions, and ultimately lead to the fragmentation of both individual countries and the wider Arab region that had enjoyed some minimal commonalities and integrity in the past century.

Presenter Rami George Khouri is an internationally syndicated political columnist and book author. He was the first director, and is now a senior fellow, at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University. He is editor at large, and former executive editor, of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, and was awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Prize for 2006.

He teaches or lectures annually at the American University of Beirut and Northeastern University. He has been a fellow and visiting scholar at Harvard, Mount Holyoke, Princeton, Syracuse, The Fletcher School at Tufts, Northeastern, Denver, Oklahoma and Stanford universities, and is a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on US Relations with the Islamic World. He is a Fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Arab East Jerusalem). He also serves on the Joint Advisory Board of the Northwestern University Journalism School in Doha, Qatar, Georgetown University’s Center for Regional and International Studies in Doha, Qatar, and recently completed a four-year term on the International Advisory Council of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

He was editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years and for 18 years was general manager of Al Kutba, Publishers, in Amman, Jordan, where he also served as a consultant to the Jordanian tourism ministry on biblical archaeological sites. He has hosted programs on archaeology, history and current public affairs on Jordan Television and Radio Jordan, and often comments on Mideast issues in the international media.

He has a BA and MSc degrees respectively in political science and mass communications from Syracuse University, NY, USA.


71st Program Year – First Meeting

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “The Demographic Timing of Global Political Change” The changes we see occurring around the world have some of their roots in the changes in the population mix. Whether it’s the “Arab Spring”, the rise of populism in Eastern Europe or the migration crisis on our own border, each was and is being driven in part by the changes in the demographics of the affected populations. This presentation will look at trends and possible outcomes as time passes and population shifts occur.

Presenter: Richard Cincotta is a Wilson Center global fellow and director of the Global Political Demography Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

His research focuses on the influence of the demographic transition on political, institutional, and environmental conditions. He has served as the director of social science and demographic programs in the National Intelligence Council’s Long Range Analysis Unit and as a AAAS fellow in USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health. His writing on demography has appeared in Foreign Policy, Current History, Nature, and Science, and he contributed to the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2025 and 2030 reports.

Cincotta is trained as a population biologist and is a graduate of Syracuse University/SUNY College of ESF (BS) and Colorado State University (MS, PhD).


70th Program Year – Thirteenth Meeting

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “Manipulation of History and Authoritarianism in Central Europe.” History is a powerful tool in hands of politicians, and can be a destructive weapon, as power over the past is the power to decide who is a hero, who is a traitor, who is a citizen, who is an enemy. Tradition, the re-membrance of ancestors, experiences of previous generations are keys that unlock the doors to citi-zens’ minds, and allow certain ideas, visions and political programs to flourish. Current authoritarian regimes in Hungary and Poland have pursued a politics and culture of memory in order to embed their regimes into their country’s nationalist past.

Presenter: Melissa Bokovoy is professor and chair of the history department at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Bokovoy obtained her PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington in the field of Eastern Europe since 1453. She has been at the University of New Mexico since 1991. She is the author of Peasants and Communists: Politics and Ideology in the Yugoslav Countryside, 1941–1953 (Pittsburgh, 1998), which won the Barbara Jelavich Prize of the Association for Slavic, East Europe-an, and Eurasian Studies. She is co-editor of State-Society Relations in Yugoslavia, 1945–1992 (Pal-grave Macmillan, 1997) and co-author of Sharing the Stage: Biography and Gender in Western Civili-zation, 2 vols. (Houghton-Mifflin, 2003) and Sharing the World Stage: Biography and Gender in World History, 2 vols. (Cengage, 2009). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on 20th-century Yugoslavia. UNM has recognized her for both her scholarship and teaching. In 2001, she was appointed University of New Mexico Regents’ Lecturer. In 2011, she was named UNM Outstand-ing Teacher of the Year. In 2013, she became co-principal investigator of UNM’s AHA Career Diversi-ty Pilot Program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is now completing a manuscript on the politics of commemoration in interwar Yugoslavia.


70th Program Year – Twelfth Meeting

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 6:00 PM, Canyon Club at Four Hills, 911 Four Hills Rd SE

The Program: “The “Three Nots” of US-China Relations” – Discussing some of the misconceptions that too often shape our views of the US-China relationship. For example, Why Asia is not Europe, Why China is not the Soviet Union and Why this is not your father’s People’s Liberation Army.

Presenter: Dean Cheng brings detailed knowledge of China’s military and space capabilities to bear as The Heritage Foundation’s research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs.

He specializes in China’s military and foreign policy, in particular its relationship with the rest of Asia and with the United States. Cheng has written extensively on China’s military doctrine, technological implications of its space program and “dual use” issues associated with the communist nation’s industrial and scientific infrastructure.

He previously worked for 13 years as a senior analyst, first with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), the Fortune 500 specialist in defense and homeland security, and then with the China Studies division of the Center for Naval Analyses, the federally funded research institute.
Before entering the private sector, Cheng studied China’s defense-industrial complex for a congressional agency, the Office of Technology Assessment, as an analyst in the International Security and Space Program.

Cheng has appeared on public affairs shows such as John McLaughlin’s One on One and programs on National Public Radio, CNN International, BBC World Service and International Television News (ITN). He has been interviewed by or provided commentary for publications such as Time magazine, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Jane’s Defense Weekly, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo and Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.

Cheng has spoken at the National Space Symposium, National Defense University, the Air Force Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies.

Cheng earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University in 1986 and studied for a doctorate at MIT. He and his wife reside in Vienna, Va.


70th Program Year – Eleventh Meeting

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism and America: Fueling the Jihadi Global Threats.” – Terence Ward’s new book The Wahhabi Code: How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally pulls the mask off Saudi Arabia and presents a conundrum. Few global leaders or journalists have connected the dots or understood that Wahhabism — the ultra-conservative doctrine of Saudi Arabia — is also the core ideology of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Boko Haram. As the Saudis have nurtured the spread of Wahhabism and its lethal ideology throughout the world, they have succeeded in silencing most media criticism…until recently. Ward poses questions as Prince Bin Salman faces a backlash from the Khashoggi murder, the war in Yemen, and the imprisonment of women activists. Will MBS bring change and a more moderate Islam? Is he setting the stage for a conflict with Iran that will plunge America and the region into yet another war? Given Saudi history of aiding and abetting extremists while claiming to be their enemy why would America transfer nuclear technology to the Wahhabi nation? If the US wants to eliminate extremism and Saudi Arabia is battling for a dangerous monopoly on Islamic thought, should steps be taken to combat the supremacy of Wahhabi ideology worldwide and cut off the money that funds it?

Presenter: Terence Ward is a writer, producer, and cross-cultural consultant on the Middle East. For 25 years, he has advised companies, foundations and governments. Born in Boulder, Colorado, he grew up in Saudi Arabia and Iran. He received his BA in political science at the University of California at Berkeley. Continuing his studies in Egypt at the American University of Cairo, he specialized in Near Eastern history and contemporary Islamic political movements. Later, he received his MBA from the International Management Institute (IMI) in Geneva.

His newest work The Wahhabi Code: How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally explores the birth of the Wahhabi sect in Saudi Arabia, its mission to convert mainstream Sunni Islam and the risks it poses to the world. Terence serves as an international trustee of World Conference of Religions for Peace—the largest interfaith organization in the world. He is a member of ISMEO (Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente) based in Rome and on the advisory board of The Markaz (formerly the Levantine Center) in Los Angeles which embraces all Middle Eastern cultures. With his wife, Idanna Pucci, he lives in Florence and New York.


70th Program Year – Tenth Meeting

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6:00 PM, Canyon Club at Four Hills, 911 Four Hills Rd SE

The Program: “Building a National Security Information Source in a World Full of Complicated Threats” – Former CIA and NSA Director, General Michael Hayden, speaking at The Cipher Brief’s Threat Conference last Spring said that ‘The world has been more dangerous in the past, but never more complicated’. Hear Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher (and former CNN Intelligence Correspondent), Suzanne Kelly talk about how and why she created the national-security-focused website and why it’s more important than ever to have a trusted, non-political source for understanding and navigating today’s threat environment.

Presenter: Suzanne Kelly is CEO and Publisher of The Cipher Brief (www.thecipherbrief.com), a digital national security information platform. The Cipher Brief provides original and curated content and offers a free newsletter to subscribers. Kelly also runs The Cipher Brief’s Annual Threat Conference held each year in Sea Island, GA. Prior to founding The Cipher Brief, Kelly was CNN’s Intelligence Correspondent and she also co-founded, co-developed and served as co-editor of CNN’s national security website. Her first book, Master of War: Blackwater USA’s Erik Prince and the Business of War, was published by (Harper) Collins in 2009, and offered the only inside look at the rise and fall of private security contractor Blackwater. She spent nine years working as a news anchor for CNN International based in Atlanta and Berlin.


70th Program Year – Ninth Meeting

Monday, March 25, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise” – China’s reform era is ending. Core factors that characterized it-political stability, ideological openness, and rapid economic growth-are unraveling. Since the 1990s, Beijing’s leaders have firmly rejected any fundamental reform of their authoritarian one-party political system, even as a decades-long boom has reshaped China’s economy and society. On the surface, their efforts have been a success. Political turmoil has toppled former Communist East bloc regimes, internal unrest overtaken Middle East nations, and populist movements risen to challenge established Western democracies. China, in contrast, has appeared a relative haven of stability and growth.

But a closer look at China’s reform era reveals a different truth. Economic cleavages have widened; ideological polarization deepened. And China’s leaders are now progressively cannibalizing institutional norms and practices that have formed the bedrock of the regime’s stability since 1978. Technocratic rule is giving way to black-box purges; collective governance sliding back towards single-man rule. The post-1978 era of “reform and opening up” is ending. China is closing down. Uncertainty hangs in the air as a new future slouches towards Beijing to be born. How China arrived at this dangerous turning point, and what are the potential outcomes that could result?

Presenter: Carl Minzner is Professor of Law at Fordham University, and author of End of an Era (Oxford University Press, 2018) . He has written extensively on Chinese law and governance in both academic journals and the popular press, including op-eds appearing in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor.  Prior to joining Fordham, he was an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, he has served as Senior Counsel for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, International Affairs Fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations, and Yale-China Legal Education Fellow at the Xibei Institute of Politics and Law in Xi’an, China.  Carl is a native of Albuquerque.


70th Program Year – Eighth Meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program:  “Four Decades of U.S.-Iran Conflict and the Drumbeats of a Regional War – The row between the United States and Iran that began with the Iranian Revolution of 1979 has been a dominant feature of each country’s foreign policy and regional alignments in the Middle East for the past four decades. President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the re-imposition of crushing sanctions, and veiled threats of regime change have pushed the conflict toward a potential military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. and its regional allies. The talk will examine the history and the driving forces of this conflict and the likelihood of its turning into a confrontation that would involve other players in the region and beyond..

Presenter: Ali Banuazizi is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Director of the Program in Islamic Civilization & Societies, and a Research Fellow at M.I.T.’s Center for International Studies. He is the author of numerous articles on society, culture, and politics of Iran and the Middle East, and the coauthor (with A. Ashraf) of Social Classes, the State and Revolution in Iran (2008); coeditor (with Myron Weiner) of three books on politics, religion and society in Southwest and Central Asia; and Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. He is a past President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).


70th Program Year – Seventh Meeting

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “Brexit: Its Origins and its Future” – In June 2016, the British voted to leave the European Union. It was the first of several shocks to the established political system that year, and it was potentially one of the most far-reaching, with political and economic consequences that extend far beyond Britain itself. This talk will explore the history of the relationship between Britain and Europe, the Brexit vote and its aftermath, the current state of the debate, and the significance of Brexit for U.S. politics.

Presenter: Caleb Richardson received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.  He is revising his manuscript, “Neutral Combatants: Irishness and the Second World War,” for publication.  His work has appeared in New Hibernia Review/ Iris Éire-Ireland, Siar and Stanford Magazine, and he regularly presents at conferences on Irish and British history and to various local and community groups.  His current research focuses on two subjects: first, the attempted invasions of Canada in the late 1860’s by the Irish-American nationalist group known as the Fenians, and, second, the fate of the people known to everyone except themselves as the “Anglo-Irish” after Irish independence.  His teaching interests center on modern, medieval and early modern Irish and British history, historiography, the history of “Diaspora,” the history of class, and Western Civilization.  He is the Honors Advisor for the History Department, the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Conference on Irish Studies-West, the faculty sponsor of the Historical Society of UNM, an undergraduate history interest group, and the directory fo the UNM History Department Colloquium.


70th Program Year – Fifth Meeting

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “Special Operations in the Middle East during WWI” – From 1916-1918, the British forces in the Middle East conducted a series of special operations against the Ottoman forces and their German allies. The most famous of these special operations was the unconventional warfare effort known as the Great Arab Revolt and its famous practitioner, T.E. Lawrence. In fact, Lawrence was only one of many British and ANZAC officers and non-commissioned officers involved in operations that included direct action, unconventional warfare, and intelligence operations behind Ottoman lines. This presentation provides a summary of these diverse operations and how they were coordinated (or not) by the British command known as the Egyptian Expeditionary Force.

Presenter: J. R. Seeger served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and a case officer in the CIA for a total of 27 years of federal service. During his time in the CIA, JR served in multiple foreign and domestic field assignments. Since his retirement, JR has worked as a part time field training instructor for the US Army Intelligence School and the US Special Operations Command. He works on course design for the CIA Museum and is a contractor at Sandia National Labs. He has multiple published articles in the journal Studies in Intelligence and the Journal of the TE Lawrence Society and has published a novel, MIKE4, which focuses on counterterrorism and counterintelligence in the post 9/11 world.


70th Program Year – Fifth Meeting

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program:  “Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War” – Militaries around the world are racing to build robotic systems with increasing autonomy. What will happen when a Predator drone has as much autonomy as a Google car? Should machines be given the power to make life and death decisions in war? Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger and Pentagon official, will talk on his new book, Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War. Army of None was named one of Bill Gates’ Top 5 Books of 2018. Scharre will explore the technology behind autonomous weapons and the legal, moral, ethical, and strategic dimensions of this evolving technology.

Presenter: Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security..  From 2008-2013, Mr. Scharre worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where he played a leading role in establishing policies on unmanned and autonomous systems and emerging weapons technologies. Mr. Scharre led the DoD working group that drafted DoD Directive 3000.09, establishing the Department’s policies on autonomy in weapon systems. Mr. Scharre also led DoD efforts to establish policies on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) programs and directed energy technologies. Mr. Scharre was involved in the drafting of policy guidance in the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, and Secretary-level planning guidance. His most recent position was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.  Prior to joining OSD, Mr. Scharre served as a special operations reconnaissance team leader in the Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion and completed multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the Army’s Airborne, Ranger, and Sniper Schools and Honor Graduate of the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Indoctrination Program.

Mr. Scharre has published articles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, TIME, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Politico, and The National Interest, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and the BCC. He has testified before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees and has presented at the United Nations, NATO, the Pentagon, the CIA, and other national security venues. Mr. Scharre is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an M.A. in Political Economy and Public Policy and a B.S. in Physics, cum laude, both from Washington University in St. Louis.


Special Program: “The Middle East Today: Challenges & Opportunities.”

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 10:30 AM, Albuquerque Oasis, 3301 Menaul Blvd NE
A Cooperative Presentation with Albuquerque Oasis

The Program: In this class, Emile Nakhleh analyzes the geopolitics, history, cultures, and religions of the Middle East. He also examines the threat of terrorism, the rise of political Islam, the challenges to US national security, and the opportunities for US-Middle Eastern engagement.

Presenter: Presenter: Dr. Emile A. Nakhleh is a retired Senior Intelligence Service Officer (SIS-3), a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico, a National Intelligence Council/IC Associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Since retiring from the US Government in 2006, he has consulted on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East. He has published frequently on the “Arab Spring” in the Financial Times, the LobeLog blog, and The Cipher Brief. At CIA, he was a senior analyst and director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program and of Regional Analysis in the Middle East. Fluency in Arabic: 5,5,5. He was awarded several senior commendations and distinguished medals for his service, including the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Director’s Medal.

Prior to his government service, Dr. Nakhleh was a Professor of Political Science and International Studies and a Department Chair at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. His research and publications have focused on political Islam and Muslim world engagement, Islamic radicalization and terrorism in the Middle East and the rest of the Muslim world; governance in the greater Middle East; and US policy toward the Middle East and the Muslim world. He holds a Ph.D. from the American University, Washington, D.C., in International Relations, an M.A. from Georgetown University in Political Science, and a B.A. from Saint John’s University, Minnesota, in Political Science.

He is the author of numerous academic books and scholarly articles including A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World (Princeton University Press, 2009); Bahrain: Political Development in a Modernizing Society (Lexington Books, 2011; originally published in 1976 and translated into Arabic in 2006); “Intelligence Sharing and Co-operation: Opportunities and Pitfalls,” in Steve Tsang, ed., Combating Transnational Terrorism: Searching for a New Paradigm (Praeger, 2009); and “Moderates Redefined: How to Deal with Political Islam” and “Propaganda and Power in the Middle East,” Current History (December 2009 and 2013). Dr. Nakhleh’s previous publications include: The Gulf Cooperation Council: Policies, Problems, and Prospects (Praeger, 1986); The Persian Gulf and American Policy (Praeger, 1982); Arab-American Relations in the Persian Gulf (Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1975); and The West Bank and Gaza: Toward the Making of a Palestinian State (Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1975). In 2009 Dr. Nakhleh served on The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Task Force on “Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy” and participated in the writing of the Task Force report titled Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy (The Chicago Council, 2010).


Special Program: “The Year of Living Dangerously? Asia in 2019.”

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 10:30 AM, Albuquerque Oasis, 3301 Menaul Blvd NE
A Cooperative Presentation with Albuquerque Oasis

The Program: After several decades of peace and rapid growth, Asia now faces security and economic challenges. Can a lasting peace and possible reunification come to the Korean peninsula? Will China pursue a more assertive policy, including its claims to the South China Sea? Will China alone shape the region’s economic future following our withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership? This session focuses on current security issues, political developments, and economic trends in Asia and their implications for US interests.
 
Presenter: Ambassador William Itoh is professor of the practice in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He was a career Foreign Service officer and served as executive secretary of the National Security Council at the White House and as ambassador to Thailand. He holds BA and MA degrees from UNM, was a logistics officer in the US Air Force and assistant professor of history at California State University Humboldt before entering the Foreign Service.


70th Program Year – Fourth Meeting

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 6:00 PM
Canyon Club at Four Hills, 911 Four Hills Drive SE

The Program: “U.S.-China Economic Relations: Whither Goest?”. The U.S. administration has taken several actions that have strained the relationship in areas such as trade. China has responded and thus these two very large economies seem to be at odds. What is the likely direction and what will be the impact on the long-term relationship.

Presenter: Henry ‘Hank’ Levine is a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group, where he assists clients as they enter and grow in the Chinese market, helping develop and implement winning strategies with the help of an extensive network and partnerships in the Chinese central government. As a senior member of the firm’s China practice, Mr. Levine draws on decades of experience.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Levine was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia. He was responsible for increasing market access for U.S. companies in the economies of East Asia, with an emphasis on China. He served as a lead negotiator for the annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and as an advisor on China trade policy to two U.S. Secretaries of Commerce.

Mr. Levine also served as the U.S. Consul General in Shanghai, China from 1999-2002. In that capacity, he was the most senior U.S. government official in the East China region, at that time an area with a GDP larger than Russia and home of the third-largest American Chamber of Commerce in Asia. As Consul General, he worked closely with Chinese government officials and businesses, local universities, and the U.S. business community. He hosted visiting U.S. government representatives, including (then) President George W. Bush, former Presidents Clinton and Carter and many cabinet secretaries, and managed a Chinese and American staff of 180 people.

Prior to his post in Shanghai, he served as the Deputy Director for Economic Affairs in the State Department’s Office of Chinese Affairs, and in that role was the State Department’s action officer on China’s WTO accession negotiations.

Previously, Mr. Levine served as a Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Deputy Chief of the Economic Section and Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In that role, he oversaw the operations responsible for processing over 100,000 visa applications a year and for emergency services for American citizens. He has also served as Director for APEC Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Mr. Levine earned a B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University and did graduate work in International Affairs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. National War College.

He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Mr. Levine is based in Washington, D.C.


70th Program Year – Third Meeting

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:00 PM
Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: Directed Energy – a Game Changing Technology that is Big in New Mexico, and its Implications on the Global Scene” Directed energy (DE) is a technology that offers the ability to deliver energy to a target at the speed of light with a very deep magazine. Advances in pulsed power technology, batteries, capacitors, and electronics have made directed energy closer to reality. Senator Heinrich (D – NM) has been a strong advocate for DE, legislating support and advocating for more rapid transition to the Armed Forces. Dr. Michael D. Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, has said “Directed energy has gone through a lot of evolutions over the years … for many years, Congress and national policy fundamentally did not support the development of directed energy as a war-fighting tool.” This has changed. This presentation will introduce the audience to DE technology and describe how important it is to New Mexico and how this technology is developing on the global scene.

Presenter: Edl Schamiloglu was born in the Bronx, New York. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science he received his B.S. in Applied Math and Applied Physics, and his M.S. in Plasma Physics from Columbia University (1979 and 1981, respectively), and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Engineering (minor in Mathematics, 1988). He joined the University of New Mexico as Assistant Professor in 1988 and is currently Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the School of Engineering, and Special Assistant to the Provost for Laboratory Relations. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of the 2013 IEEE NPSS Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award “For outstanding contributions to the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society through its Pulsed Power Science and Technology and Plasma Science and Applications Technical Committees,” and the 2015 IEEE NPSS PPST Peter Haas Award “For research in the area of pulsed power, beams, and microwaves, and for his dedicated service to the current and future pulsed power community through his leadership and educational endeavors.”


70th Program Year –Second Meeting

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 6:00 PM
Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

In cooperation with UNM School of Law

The Program: “U.S.-Mexico Relations”. We are approaching a time of transition in U.S-Mexico relations. The U.S. administration has been in office a little over 18 months and has taken several actions that have strained the relationship in areas such as trade and immigration. Mexico has just elected a new President who is not from one of the traditional political parties. In what direction is he likely to take Mexico in and what will be the impact on the relationship of these two neighbors.

Presenter: Alberto Székely obtained his law degree from the University of Mexico and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degrees from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Ph.D in International Law at the University of London and an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of New Mexico.
His academic career has included teaching international law at the University of Mexico, El Colegio de Mexico, Arizona State University, Johns Hopkins and the University of Houston. He was an esteemed colleague of Prof. Al Utton and a co-founder of the Utton Center. His diplomatic work led him to become a Career Ambassador in the Mexican Foreign Service, where he was in charge of Mexico’s legal affairs at the United Nations and at the Organization of American States, performing for 8 years as the Chief Legal Advisor of the Mexican Foreign Ministry. He participated in the negotiation of the U.N. Law of the Sea Convention and of many multilateral and bilateral environmental treaties, after which he opened a legal and consulting firm where he has practiced environmental and natural resources law for the last 25 years, including mostly work on conservation and preservation of resources and ecosystems, as well as the creation of various natural protected areas, particularly in costal and transboundary environments.

He has published books and articles extensively in those areas, mostly in the United States, was elected by the U.N. General Assembly as a member of the International Law Commission, serves as member of the Permanent Court of International Arbitration at The Hague and has served as ad hoc judge and arbitrator in international tribunals. For the last decade, he has undertaken extensive work for the protection of forests in the context of climate change issues.


70th Program Year –Special Meeting

Monday, September 10, 2018, 6:00 PM
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNM., 1634 University Blvd NE.

In cooperation with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico

The Program: “Report on the Global Climate Action Summit”. As business and government leaders from around the world prepare to meet for the Global Climate Action Summit, Ecologic Institute and the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, with support from the Federal Government of Germany, bring the global conversation to the local level in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The Global Climate Action-Local Leadership addresses local concerns about climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies with insights and experiences from Germany, a recognized world leader in ambitious yet considered climate policies.

Germany’s efforts to fight climate change without sacrificing economic growth and energy security are founded on an integrative policy approach that includes ideas and input from industry, as well as scientific research and engaged citizens. Although the path has not always been smooth, the multi-sector process has grounded the commitments to the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals in society. Lessons from Germany’s experience can help communities develop their own climate goals.

Event speakers sharing Germany’s story include Wolfgang Saam, cofounder and Managing Director of Klimaschutz-Unternehmen, an association of corporations committed to climate protection; Dr. Christof Stefes, Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Denver and an expert in renewable energy policy; and Anton Hufnagl, First Secretary at the German Embassy in DC.

“The Global CALL will not only stimulate the local and regional discussion about climate mitigation policies, but will also support German-American transatlantic cooperation at the personal, citizen level,” says Max Gruenig, President of Ecologic Institute.

 

Panel: Wolfgang Saam, Director, Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Group of the German Economy Wolfgang Saam is co-founder and director of the Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Group of the German Economy, where he works on facilitating green business solutions in German companies and enhancing sustainable policy frameworks. As an expert, Wolfgang presents sustainable business development in government consultations, business committees and amongst non-governmental organizations. His recent project covered the interplay of employees’ preferences and employer’s programs to implement climate and energy savings activities in companies.

Before co-founding the Climate Protection Group, Wolfgang worked as a project manager at the Association of German Chambers of Business and Commerce in Berlin where he focused on energy efficiency and green-tech solutions.

Wolfgang studied political science and public policy at the University of Freiburg, the University of Michigan und the University of Potsdam. His expertise on international energy security issues was published by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. In 2015, he was a fellow at the german-turkish junior energy experts initiative of the Robert-Bosch-Foundation.

“To push sustainable business solutions forward, we have to take the creativity of employees into our focus. In contrast to capital and a given level of technology, creative ideas of staff are an almost inexhaustible source.

Panel: Christoph H. Stefes, Ph.D., a native German, is a Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Colorado Denver. In his teaching and research, he focuses on European and Post-Soviet Politics. For the past twelve years, he has studied the politics surrounding transitions towards sustainable energy systems on both sides of the Atlantic. He is the author and editor of several books and articles on this topic, notably Germany’s Energy Transitions. A Comparative Perspective (with Carol Hager, 2006): . In his most recent project, he analyzes the various forms of resistance against sustainable energy.

Panel: Anton Hufnagl serves as First Secretary for Climate, Environment and Urban Affairs at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. Previously, he helped defend the German government against compensation claims by the operators of nuclear power plants in national and international proceedings. Until 2010, Anton was an analyst with J.P. Morgan’s Exotics and Hybrids desk in London, U.K. Anton has studied economics and statistics in Paris, Mannheim and Moscow. More recently, has graduated with a Master in European Philosophy from the Universities of Vienna and Hagen. In 2017, he finished his studies at the Hertie School of Governance, where he was on a full scholarship from the Federal Ministry for the Environment.

Panel: Max Gruenig is the President of Ecologic Institute US and has been with Ecologic Institute since 2007.

His work focuses on sustainable development in the energy and transport sector, as well as urban sustainability and resilient cities.

In 2004, Max Gruenig received his degree in economics from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin, Germany). The main focus of his studies was natural resource economics and auction theory.

Max Gruenig has lived and worked in Germany, the United States, Iceland, and Japan. He is a native speaker of German and is fluent in English and French. He is a founding member of the European Institute for Sustainable Transport (EURIST), a member of the sustainability advisory board for NaturEnergiePlus and a member of the Consumer Research Network run by the German Federal Ministry for Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV). Lombardi, P., Gruenig, M. (Ed.) 2016: Low-Carbon Energy Security from a European Perspective, Elsevier Academic Press.


70th Program Year – First Meeting

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD. NE

The Program: “Oman — Past and Present” The story of Oman is compelling; a maritime power that was prospered as the global hub for the frankincense trade in antiquity, its unique world view and international relations of today are a reflection of its prolonged interaction, over many centuries, with diverse cultures. Its unbroken alliance with the United States, dating from 1790, is unparalleled among countries of the Middle East. “Friend to all, enemy to none,” Oman offers a compelling example of an independent, forward-looking nation whose modern foreign policy is a product of its history, values, and realistic appraisal of 21st century dynamics.

Presenter: Linda Pappas Funsch is a career specialist in Islamic and modern Middle Eastern history and cultures. This journey has included extensive study, travel, and residence throughout the region, from Morocco on the west to the countries of the Persian Gulf on the east.

Following undergraduate study at Marymount College, Tarrytown (NY) and the American University in Cairo, she was awarded an M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literature at New York University.

Ms. Funsch has served as editor of The Arab World magazine in New York, consultant for the League of Arab States’ office to the United Nations, project specialist for the Ford Foundation, both in Beirut and New York, and US Director of the American Research in Egypt consortium in Princeton, NJ.

Author of many published articles highlighting her travels through Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, Linda Funsch has taught at several colleges in New York and Maryland, including Iona College, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Hood College and at Frederick (MD) Community College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement where she offers a wide range of courses and special programs relating to Islam and the Middle East to highly motivated, non-traditional “life-long learners.”

As a public speaker, she is invited regularly to address topics relating to the Middle East and Islam throughout the Washington, DC metro area and beyond. She has appeared as guest lecturer at Georgetown University, the World Affairs Council, the World Bank, the National Defense University, Mary Washington University, and Baylor University, among others. She has been interviewed on Voice of America radio, the global broadcast institution of the U.S. Government. In addition, she is engaged in a number of ecumenical outreach activities, aimed at fostering an understanding and appreciation of the shared values among the Abrahamic faith traditions.

On behalf of the Washington-based National Council on U.S. Arab Relations, Ms. Funsch has led delegations of students, adults, and U.S. military officers to various destinations throughout the Middle East for intensive cultural immersion study tours. In recent years, her research has focused increasingly on the countries of the Persian Gulf. On two occasions, she has served as lead escort to the Sultanate of Oman with a select delegation of U. S. Central Command (CENTCOM) officers. Her book, Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization, was published in September 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan and translated into Arabic in 2017.

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Special Program: Congressional Candidate Forum “Diplomacy, Trade & Security”

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, UNM CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTER, 1634 UNIVERSITY BLVD NE
The Program: Co-sponsored by Global Ties ABQ, the World Affairs Council of Albuquerque, the New Mexico Trade Alliance and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of New Mexico. The Congressional District One Candidate Forum will address pressing U.S. domestic and foreign policies, including trade agreements, diplomatic efforts, immigration and refugee populations and intake, and security. The Forum will allow congressional candidates to express their positions on these issues and how they align with state policies.

Participants: Candidates participating in the forum include: Janice Arnold Jones (R),  Deb Haaland (D), Damian Lara (D), Damon Martinez (D), Paul Moya (D), Princeton Lloyd (Lib) and Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez (D).

Moderator: Ambassador William Itoh, President, World Affairs Council of Albuquerque.


Special Program: Moderated Discussion of “Outside the Margins: The Blue Book on The Global Refugee Crisis”

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018, 10:30 AM, ALBUQUERQUE OASIS, 3301 MENAUL BLVD. NE

The Program: Produced by the International Business Students Global of the University of New Mexico, “Outside the Margins, The Blue Book on The Global Refugee Crisis” offers a comprehensive guide for everybody to approach the issue of the global refugee crisis. The book will be discussed by two of its authors, Claire Stasiewicz and Sonny Christopher Haquani and the discussion will be led by Brianne Riggin-Pathak, MPH.

Moderator: Brianne Riggin-Pathak, MPH is a Principal at Qual and Quant Analytics. Her expertise is in qualitative analysis and cross cultural studies, especially those that involve the Middle East and Africa. She has studied conflicts and integration. She holds a Masters in International Public Health and Development from Tulane University and a Bachelors in African and African-American Studies from the University of Kansas. She is a member of both the World Affairs Council of Albuquerque and American Public Health Association.

Author: Sonny Christopher Haquanik is the executive editor and contributing author to Outside the Margins and a UNM undergraduate student studying Political Science and International Studies.

Author: Claire Stasiewicz is an editor and contributing author to Outside the Margins. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at UNM’s Anderson School of Management.

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69th Program Year – Eleventh Meeting

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018, 6:00 PM, LOS ALTOS GOLF COURSE & BANQUET FACILITY, 9717 COPPER AVE, NE.

The Program: “The Year of Living Dangerously? Asia in 2018”
After several decades of peace and rapid economic development, Asia now faces security and economic challenges. Following the Singapore summit, can a lasting peace and possible reunification come to the Korean peninsula? Will China pursue a more assertive policy in the region including its claims to the South China Sea? Will China alone shape the economic future of the region following our withdrawal from the TPP? This session will focus on current security issues, political developments and economic trends in Asia and their implications for US Foreign Policy.

Presenter: Ambassador William Itoh is a Senior Advisor to McLarty Associates, an international business consulting firm. He also serves as Professor of the Practice in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ambassador Itoh had a distinguished career in public service with the Department of State. From 1995-1999 he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. Prior to his appointment to Bangkok, he was Executive Secretary of the National Security Council at the White House (1993 1995). He currently serves as President of the World Affairs Council of Albuquerque.

Sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories
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69th Program Year – Tenth Meeting

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD. NE

The Program: “The Perfect Tragedy: A Secret Intelligence Perspective on the Assassination of President Kennedy” In the highly emotional period following the tragic 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, speculation that the Soviet KGB and/or the Cuban DGI intelligence services had, at one time or another, clandestine operational relationships with the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was suppressed by Soviet and Cuban as well as American authorities. Had the authorities not done so, the situation could have spun out of control and a nuclear holocaust might well have resulted. As more and more information has been revealed, the existence of separate KGB and DGI operational relationships with Oswald is obvious for anyone to see. This talk provides a straightforward explanation of what probably happened between Oswald, the Soviet KGB and the Cuban DGI based on widely-accepted historical facts.

Presenter: Bruce Held was Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy as well as Acting Undersecretary of Energy for Nuclear Security during 2013-2014 with oversight responsibility for America’s nuclear weapons complex, including Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Prior to the Energy Department, Bruce served three decades as a CIA clandestine operations officer, including tours as a CIA Chief of Station in Asia, Latin America, and Africa as well as Special Assistant to CIA Director George Tenet. He received the CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal for “tenacity and extraordinary accomplishments during a period of hostilities.” Bruce is the author of “A Spy’s Guide to the Kennedy Assassination” as well as “A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque”.

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69th Program Year – Ninth Meeting

TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD. NE

The Program: “Global Media & International Politics” The revolution in media technology has unleashed a worldwide storm of information about the United States and democracy, shaping global public opinion about the U.S. in new and challenging ways. It has also unleashed information manipulation tools being used by both friends and adversaries of the U.S. Former CNN world affairs correspondent Ralph Begleiter explores the implications of the new media environment for American foreign policy.

Presenter: During two decades as CNN’s “world affairs correspondent,” Ralph Begleiter was the network’s most widely-traveled reporter, covering five U.S. Secretaries of State and three Presidents. During the 1980s and 1990s, when CNN was the world’s only global, all-news television channel, he covered U.S. diplomacy, interviewed countless world leaders, hosted the public affairs program “Global View,” and co-anchored CNN’s “International Hour.” Later, he hosted the nationally broadcast PBS program “Great Decisions.” He has worked in 100 countries on all 7 continents, including taking university students to Cuba, South America, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Antarctica. At the invitation of the U.S. government, Begleiter has taught journalists in Cambodia, Thailand, Jordan, Syria and Taiwan, and has taught media-related classes for employees of the U.S. National Security Agency. During nearly two decades at the University of Delaware, he was founding Director of the Center for Political Communication and brought more than 30 years of broadcast journalism experience to his award-winning instruction in communication, journalism, and political science. In 2004-5, Begleiter successfully used the Freedom of Information Act in the United States to prompt public release of hundreds of photos taken by the U.S. government of fallen American soldiers returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq in flag-draped caskets. The ban on visibility of returning casualties was lifted by the Pentagon in 2009. For this effort, in 2012 Common Cause of Delaware honored Begleiter with its John Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award.

He frequently speaks to civic and community organizations, international affairs groups, universities and military institutions worldwide, including World Affairs Councils, the National Defense University, the Freedom Forum, Britain’s Royal College of Defense Studies, U.S. military academies and embassy policy groups.

He holds an Honors B.A. in political science from Brown University, an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, and is a member of the National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa.

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69th Program Year – Eighth Meeting

TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2018, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD. NE

The Program: “Diplomacy in the Digital Age” How has the practice of diplomacy changed with changing technologies? How do advanced technologies facilitate or complicate diplomacy What knowledge and skills do aspiring diplomats need to develop in the digital age?

Presenter: Ambassador Mike Hammer is Acting Senior Vice President of the National Defense University (NDU). He previously served as the Deputy Commandant of NDU’s Eisenhower School and Vice Chancellor of the College of International Security Affairs. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service class of Minister- Counselor, he began his diplomatic career in 1988 and most recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Chile. His overseas postings include Bolivia, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. He has held positions as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for Press and Communications, National Security Council Spokesman, and Director of Andean Affairs. He is the recipient of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, and the Department’s Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy, among other honors. Ambassador Hammer grew up in Latin America, living in Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Master’s degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and from the National War College at the National Defense University.

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69th Program Year – Seventh Meeting

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD. NE

The Program: “The Middle East and US Policy: A Status Report on On-Going Conflicts” As we look at the Middle East today, we witness a horrific war in Yemen, civil wars and ethnic and sectarian strife in Syria and elsewhere, and popular unrest in Iran and other countries. The threat of war in the Gulf between Saudi Arabia and Iran and in the Levant involving Israel, Hizbollah and Syria is higher than than at any time in the past decade. Tension is also rising between Israel and the Palestinians over Israel’s continued occupation, the status of Jerusalem, and the envisioned two-state solution. The lecture will offer a status report on the latest developments in the region and the diminishing role of American diplomacy and the ensuing vacuum. How all of these developments in the post-ISIS will impact US national security will also be examined.

Presenter: Dr. Emile A. Nakhleh is a retired Senior Intelligence Service Officer (SIS-3), a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico, a National Intelligence Council/IC Associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since retiring from the US Government in 2006, he has consulted on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East. He has published frequently on the “Arab Spring” in the Financial Times, the LobeLog blog, and The Cipher Brief. At CIA, he was a senior analyst and director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program and of Regional Analysis in the Middle East. Fluency in Arabic: 5,5,5. He was awarded several senior commendations and distinguished medals for his service, including the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Director’s Medal.

Prior to his government service, Dr. Nakhleh was a Professor of Political Science and International Studies and a Department Chair at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. His research and publications have focused on political Islam and Muslim world engagement, Islamic radicalization and terrorism in the Middle East and the rest of the Muslim world; governance in the greater Middle East; and US policy toward the Middle East and the Muslim world. He holds a Ph.D. from the American University, Washington, D.C., in International Relations, an M.A. from Georgetown University in Political Science, and a B.A. from Saint John’s University, Minnesota, in Political Science.

He is the author of numerous academic books and scholarly articles including A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World (Princeton University Press, 2009); Bahrain: Political Development in a Modernizing Society (Lexington Books, 2011; originally published in 1976 and translated into Arabic in 2006); “Intelligence Sharing and Co-operation: Opportunities and Pitfalls,” in Steve Tsang, ed., Combating Transnational Terrorism: Searching for a New Paradigm (Praeger, 2009); and “Moderates Redefined: How to Deal with Political Islam” and “Propaganda and Power in the Middle East,” Current History (December 2009 and 2013). Dr. Nakhleh’s previous publications include: The Gulf Cooperation Council: Policies, Problems, and Prospects (Praeger, 1986); The Persian Gulf and American Policy (Praeger, 1982); Arab-American Relations in the Persian Gulf (Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1975); and The West Bank and Gaza: Toward the Making of a Palestinian State (Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1975). In 2009 Dr. Nakhleh served on The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Task Force on “Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy” and participated in the writing of the Task Force report titled Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy (The Chicago Council, 2010).

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69th Program Year – Sixth Meeting

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD. NE

The Program: “The United States and the Americas: a View from Washington” The Americas are changing. Hopeful indicators are mixed with real challenges, both political and economic, including the collapse of Venezuela. Across the region, citizens’ expectations have grown significantly as economies have expanded, while a generation of democratic reforms has provided the means to register demands and affect governance. After this years round of elections in major economies, the region may look quite different. Meanwhile, the United States under the Trump Administration is emphasizing border security and economic nationalism, among other issues, even as China and other nations expand their reach into the hemisphere.

Presenter: Eric Farnsworth has led the Washington office of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society since 2003, during which time the stature and influence of the organization has grown significantly. He has played an important thought leadership and advocacy role across the broad range of issues affecting U.S. relations with the Western Hemisphere, including economic development, trade, and energy; Asia-Latin American relations and broader BRICS and global governance issues; security; and democracy.

Farnsworth began his career in Washington with the U.S. Department of State after obtaining an MPA in international relations from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. During his time in government he served in positions of increasing responsibility in the foreign policy and trade communities, from Western Hemisphere Affairs at State to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, culminating in a three and a half year appointment as the senior advisor to the White House special envoy for the Americas. In this capacity he played an important role in developing and implementing the Clinton administration’s policies toward the Western Hemisphere.

In between his government and nonprofit experiences, Farnsworth was managing director of ManattJones Global Strategies, a Washington and Los Angeles-based advisory and strategic consulting group. While there, he worked successfully to advance client interests particularly in the agriculture, auto, and technology sectors. Before coming to Washington he also worked in the global public policy division of Bristol-Myers Squibb, and in the U.S. Senate with Sam Nunn (D-GA) and the U.S. House of Representatives with John Edward Porter (R-IL). He also worked briefly at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Eric Farnsworth is a Truman Scholar, an alumnus of the Leadership America, Young Leaders of the (NATO) Alliance, and the U.S.-Spain Young Leaders programs, and has participated by invitation on programs with the Atlantic Council, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Carter Center, and the German Marshall Fund, among others. Previously he served as president of the Western Hemisphere Committee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and a board member of Princeton in Latin America (PiLA). In 2016 he was decorated by the king and ambassador of Spain for his work to promote bilateral and regional relations.

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69th Program Year – Fifth Meeting

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD. NE

The Program: “Meeting Our Energy and Climate Change Challenges” The challenges of providing for our energy needs and confronting the threat of climate change in the global energy environment must be addressed together. The talk will address both the problems and opportunities involved in doing so.

Presenter: Senator Jeff Bingaman He grew up in the southwestern New Mexico community of Silver City. His father was a chemistry professor and chair of the science department at Western New Mexico University. His mother taught in the public schools. After graduating from Western (now Silver) High School in 1961, Jeff attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1965.

He then entered Stanford Law School where he met, and later married, fellow law student Anne Kovacovich. Upon earning his law degree from Stanford in 1968, Jeff and Anne returned to New Mexico. They have one son, John. After law school Jeff spent one year as an assistant attorney general and eight years in private law practice in Santa Fe. Jeff was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978 and served four years in that position.

In 1982 he was elected to the United States Senate. He was re-elected to a fifth term in the Senate in 2006. At the end of that term he chose not to seek re-election and completed his service in the Senate on January 3, 2013. At the time of his retirement from the Senate he was Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also served on the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. In April of 2013 he began a year as a Distinguished Fellow with the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford Law School. In 2015 he taught a seminar on the functioning of Congress in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico.

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Special Program: Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018, 10:30 AM, ALBUQUERQUE OASIS, 3301 MENAUL BLVD. NE

The Program: “America’s Diplomats”
Produced by the Foreign Policy Association, “America’s Diplomats” takes you inside the Foreign Service and behind the scenes of US Foreign Policy. It describes the important role that our diplomats play in shaping American history. The film is followed by commentary and discussion with our expert panel, including Ambassador William H. Itoh, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston and Mr. Ken Chavez, Diplomat in Residence at the University of New Mexico.

Panel: Ambassador William H. Itoh served as U.S. Ambassador to Thailand and as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council at the White House. His overseas tours also included the U.S. Embassy in London and as U.S. Consul General in Perth, Western Australia. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a BA & MA in History.

Panel: Ambassador Vicki Huddleston served as U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar, U.S. Ambassador to Mali, and Chargé d’Affaires ad interim to Ethiopia. She also served as Principal Officer of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana and Deputy Chief of Mission in Haiti. She earned a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from the University of Colorado.

Panel: Ken Chavez is the State Department’s Diplomat in Residence at UNM. He joined the Foreign Service in 2004 and was most recently the Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua. Ken attended the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a BA and MA in English and Creative Writing.


69th Program Year – Fourth Meeting

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD. NE

The Program: “The Rise of Erdogan: The Crisis of Turkey.” Since the failed coup of July 2016, Turkey’s authoritarian slide has intensified. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used his post–coup State of Emergency powers to crack down not only on putschists, but a wide group of opposition factions from seculars to liberals to leftists, and Kurdish nationalists. Accordingly, Turkey is now divided into two blocks: a mostly conservative half (many members of which Erdogan has lifted out of poverty in the last decade) that adores him, and a mostly leftist half that loathes him.

Presenter: Dr. Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He has written extensively on U.S.–Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Jane’s Defense Weekly, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic, New Republic, and Newsweek Türkiye. He has been a regular columnist for Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey’s oldest and most influential English–language paper, and a contributor to CNN’s Global Public Square blog. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, BBC, and CNN–Turk.

A historian by training, Dr. Cagaptay wrote his doctoral dissertation at Yale University (2003) on Turkish nationalism. Dr. Cagaptay has taught courses at Yale, Princeton University, Georgetown University, and Smith College on the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. His spring 2003 course on modern Turkish history was the first offered by Yale in three decades. From 2006–2007, he was Ertegun Professor at Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Dr. Cagaptay is the recipient of numerous honors, grants, and chairs, among them the Smith–Richardson, Mellon, Rice, and Leylan fellowships, as well as the Ertegun chair at Princeton. He has also served on contract as chair of the Turkey Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. In 2012 he was named an American Turkish Society Young Society Leader.

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69th Program Year – Second Meeting

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD. NE
The Program: “The View from Washington: Foreign Policy Opportunities and Challenges” Ambassador Kenney will review the key foreign policy challenges facing the Trump Administration and discuss policy approaches under consideration. She will also highlight the inter-agency dynamics in Washington and how they affect policy formulation.

Ambassador Kristie KenneyPresenter: Ambassador Kristie Kenney holds the State Department’s highest diplomatic rank of Career Ambassador. Over her 30-year career, she has represented the United States abroad as Ambassador three times and served in senior positions at the State Department and the White House.

Ambassador Kenney served as the 32nd Counselor of the State Department, the Departments fifth ranking official position and on behalf of Secretary Kerry, led delegations to Latin America and Asia. As Ambassador to Thailand from 2011-2014, Ambassador Kenney was the first female to head U.S.Embassy Bangkok, one of the United States largest diplomatic missions with over 3,000 staff. She was the Ambassador to the Philippines from 2006-2010, the first woman to hold that post. She coordinated U.S. military and development assistance over multiple natural disasters. During this and subsequent assignments, she pioneered use of social media by U.S. Ambassadors to connect with diverse and dynamic foreign audiences. Earlier, she served as Ambassador to Ecuador where she advanced U.S. business and security interests in Latin America.

Ambassador Kenney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a Master’s degree from Tulane University. She also attended the National War College in Washington, D.C. She speaks Spanish and French, as well as some Thai and Tagalog. She is married to Ambassador William Brownfield. When not rooting for Washington area sports teams, Ambassador Kenney enjoys travel, skiing, and connecting with social media friends around the world.

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69th Program Year – Third Meeting

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD. NE

The Program: “How To Think About Future Wars” Thinking about future wars is bound up with current policy debates. A better future comes with the right policy choices. For example, Graham Allison sets out how dangerous the situation with China could become if his ideas for improving relations are not accepted. It is also bound up with past experience. The reason surprise attacks loom so large in US thinking is because of Pearl Harbor, although this case should also warn of the folly of gambling everything on a first blow. The fixation with surprise attacks is also encouraged by fascination with new technologies. This comes together in expectations that future wars will start with a devastating cyber–attack that will cripple critical infrastructure yet the reality of modern war is one of conflicts without clear beginnings and ends, in which first blows are rarely decisive.

Lawrence FreedmanPresenter: Lawrence Freedman was Professor of War Studies at King’s College London from 1982 to 2014, and was Vice–Principal from 2003 to 2013. He was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School and the Universities of Manchester, York and Oxford. Before joining King’s he held research appointments at Nuffield College Oxford, IISS and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1996, he was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997. He was awarded the KCMG (Knight Commander of St Michael and St George) in 2003. In June 2009 he was appointed to serve as a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War.

Lawrence Freedman has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the cold war, as well as commentating regularly on contemporary security issues. Among his books are Kennedy’s Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos and Vietnam (2000), The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (3rd edition 2004), Deterrence (2005), the two volume Official History of the Falklands Campaign (second edition 2007) and an Adelphi Paper on The Transformation in Strategic Affairs (2004). A Choice of Enemies: America confronts the Middle East, won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature. His most recent book is Strategy: A History (2013) was awarded the W J. McKenzie Book Prize by the Political Studies association.

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69th Program Year – First Meeting

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017, 6:00 PM, TANOAN COUNTRY CLUB, 10801 ACADEMY BLVD NE

The Program: “Cuba: Myths, Lies and Contradictions” Until President Obama’s opening to Cuba, powerful Cuban lobbies controlled U.S. policy toward the island. President Trump’s Cuba policy reversed Obama’s opening, returning our Cuba policy to a small clique of conservative Cuban Americans. The possibility of a normal relationship between our countries has evaporated, leaving key issues which bedevil our relationship—the embargo, Guantanamo Base, and settlement of expropriated property—unresolved. We have lost a unique opportunity to repair our relations with Cuba, instead Cuba will seek closer alliances with Russia and China.

Ambassador HuddlestonPresenter: Ambassador Huddleston was the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2009-11. She is a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa; U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar and to Mali; Principal Officer of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana and Chargé d’affairs ad interim in Ethiopia. She was Deputy Chief of Mission in Haiti, and Director and Deputy Director of Cuban Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Defense, she was a Visiting Scholar at Brookings Institution. Ambassador Huddleston was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow on the staff of Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). She began her overseas career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru. She also worked for the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) in Peru and Brazil. Huddleston earned a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins School Advanced International Studies and a BA from the University of Colorado. She has received U.S. Department of State awards, including a Distinguished Honor Award and a Presidential Meritorious Service Award. In 2008, she was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team for the U.S. Department of State. She has written opinion pieces in The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The Washington Post and is a former commentator for NBC-Universal. She is married to Bob Huddleston, a former USAID officer, and they have two children, Alexandra and Robert.

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