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.

Wednesday, January, 29, 2020 – 6:00 PM
Tanoan Country Club

RESERVATIONS: Please return this reservation slip, along with your check for $35.00 per plate for members and $45.00 per plate for non-members(payable to WACA) and any special dietary requests to our Program Officer, Bob McGuire, at P.O. Box 27086, Albuquerque, NM 87125-7086 no later than Wednesday, January 22, 2020!!. Please keep in mind that you will be charged for your meal if you cancel your reservation after that date, or if you reserve and do not attend the meeting. Please note that we may not be able to seat you without an advance reservation.

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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.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – 6:00 PM
Tanoan Country Club

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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.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 6:00 PM
Tanoan Country Club

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