Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Walter Givhan and Dr. Mark Conversino, "Russia and the US: The State of the Relationship"

  • 08 Oct 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Gold Room, 2nd Floor, Whitley Hall, Troy University Montgomery, 231 Montgomery St. Montgomery, AL
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Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Walter Givhan, our President, and Mark Conversino PhD, our Director, combine to give lessons from their interactions with Russian authorities on the trajectory of Russian relations with the US. 

Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan, USAF, Retd , President

Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan, USAF, Retired, President of ALWAC, is the Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement for Troy University.  A native of Safford, AL, Maj. Gen. Givhan graduated in History from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, has several Master’s degrees including strategy and international relations, and was a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. 

He served as the USAF liaison officer to the French ground forces for operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and he led the effort to rebuild the Afghan air force. He also has commanded a combat training squadron, an operations group, an air base wing, an air expeditionary wing, and the Air Force Institute of Technology. 

Maj. Gen. Givhan's staff assignments include the offices of the Secretary of the Air Force; Legislative Liaison; Chief, Combat Forces Division, Directorate of Programs; and Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group, HQ USAF. He also served in the US Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. He is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flying hours in aircraft including the F-15 and A-10. 

Dr. Mark Conversino, Executive Director

Dr. Mark J. Conversino is the Chief Academic Officer, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In this position, Dr. Conversino is the principal architect of the resident and nonresident (distributed learning) components of the continuum of education. 

Conversino was recently Deputy Commandant and Professor of Strategy and Security Studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), Air University. As an award-winning professor, he was 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. 

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