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.


The Council is governed by a President, an Executive Director, an Executive Committee and a Board of Trustees. 

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. 

Grant Hammond

Dr. Mark Conversino, Executive Director

Dr. Mark J. Conversino is Deputy Commandant and Professor of Strategy and Security Studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), Air University (AU), Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Alabama. As an award-winning professor, he is responsible for creating warrior-scholars of airpower. Dr. Conversino joined the faculty of the Air War College (AWC) as a civilian following his retirement from the Air Force and subsequently joined the faculty of SAASS in 2015. He specializes in military and airpower history and theory, Russian history and the politics of the former Soviet Union. 

His book is Fighting With the Soviets: The Failure of Operation FRANTIC, 1944-1945, Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1997. 

Mark Conversino

Board of Trustees

Dick Amberg
Don Armstrong
Bowen Ballard
Ed Bridges
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
Julian McPhillips
Dan Morris
Jim Nathan
John Panettiere
Nan Rosa
Steve Schloss
Will Sellers
Tom Vocino
Alex Whatley


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