About Us

The Alabama World Affairs Council (AWAC) is a nonprofit organization that sponsors lectures and programs on current and recent events of national and international interest. Through these programs, which take place in Montgomery, AWAC aims to promote public awareness and understanding of international affairs as they relate to U.S. interests in the context of political, economic, cultural, historical, and military issues. AWAC leadership states that the organization works to foster a democratic society through increasing individual knowledge of world affairs.

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Dr. Grant Hammond, President

Dr. Grant Hammond is a Research Professor of Strategy and Technology at the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology at Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL.  Dr Hammond holds a BA from Harvard and an MA and PhD from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.  The former Provost of the Air University, he has served as the Executive Officer of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard, Chair of the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College, Professor of Strategy and International Relations at the Air War College, and Dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.  He is the author of three books, scores of book chapters, articles and numerous studies for the USAF and DOD.  Dr. Hammond has travelled to more than 75 countries, lectured to all the US armed services Command and Staff Colleges and War Colleges and to military and civilian audiences in 13 countries.  He is the co-founder and past President of the Memphis World Affairs Council. 

Dr. James Nathan, Executive Director

James Nathan is the recently retired Khalid bin Sultan Eminent Scholar, Auburn University at Montgomery. He is a former Foreign Service officer and the author of seven books and more than 80 academic articles. He has written over one hundred articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, The LA Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Times, USA Today, the Huffington Post, and other popular publications. Dr. Nathan has also held senior posts at the Naval War College, Army War College, the University of Delaware and the Johns Hopkins University. He recently was Senior Distinguished Fulbright Professor in Beijing at China's most senior diplomatic institution (The Foreign Affairs University of China), and SyCip Distinguished Fulbright Professor in Manila. He has been a senior Distinguished Fulbright Professor in Australia; a Fulbright Alumni Fellow in Beijing; and program director of the State Department's Asian leadership course in Hong Kong. 

Board of Directors

Dick Amberg
Don Armstrong
Bowen Ballard
Ed Bridges
Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd
Thornton Clark
Charles Cleveland
Mark Conversino
Eddie Crowell
Richard Gill
Walter Givhan
Lawrence Grinter
Grant Hammond
Bob Henry
Mike Jenkins
Sam Johnson
Jeremy Lewis
Joan Loeb
Mike Luckett
Elizabeth Mazyck

Vanzetta McPherson

Julian McPhillips
Dan Morris
Jim Nathan
John Panettiere
Steve Schloss
Will Sellers
Tom Vocino
Alex Whaley
Jessica Weyreuter


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