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Upcoming events

    • 09 Nov 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Gold Room, Troy University Montgomery, 231 Montgomery St.
    • 140
    Register

    This registration is for the IN-PERSON event in the Gold Room 231 Montgomery St, Troy University's Whitley building. There is plenty of parking adjacent. This event includes a reception and the ability to ask questions orally of the speaker. It will also be carried on Zoom video -- for which you can register for the VIDEO alternative event (in which participants can ask questions only via the chat function.)

      

    Peter Martin, a defense policy and intelligence reporter for Bloomberg News, frequently writes stories about international events, especially US foreign policy with regard to China, Afghanistan and other hot spots. His Linked-In profile is here. His Twitter profile is here

    He is the author of the book China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy, (Oxford University Press, 2021) currently the No. 1 best seller in Asian History on Amazon. ISBN-13: 978-0197513705 | ISBN-10: 0197513700

    https://www.amazon.com/Chinas-Civilian-Army-Warrior-Diplomacy/dp/0197513700

    The book argues that China's increasingly aggressive diplomats have not only failed to take advantage of the US diplomatic mistakes in "America First" policies, the Middle Eastern wars and in dropping out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Worse, even though the current generation speaks languages and is well educated in the West, they have antagonized other countries. 

    The term Wolf Warrior has caught on as a foreign appellation of Chinese diplomats, derived from a popular film in which Chinese military forces act forcefully and heroically abroad, a sort of Chinese response to "Rambo" or more recently "Seal Team" type films. 

    Martin read numerous memoirs of Chinese diplomats and interviewed many other foreign diplomats, finding that there are reasons for this counter-productive behavior. The Communist Party came to power with a reaction to the shameful weakness of imperial China, ruthlessly exploited by foreign empires in the nineteenth century. 

    Zhou Enlai, who reconstructed the diplomatic corps from scratch in 1949, required diplomats to act in pairs, checking each other for party loyalty and reporting all interactions to their superiors. His first generation were neither linguists nor well educated, but at least were actively loyal to the communist party and Maoism.

    From about 1995-2005, Chinese policy became more engaged through trade, and diplomats both capable and more forthcoming to international diplomats. Under Xi Jinping, who consolidated power and is now effectively president for life, strident "China First" rhetoric is popular domestically -- but counter-productive with potential international partners.

    Whereas the US State Department has been weakened in recent decades both in resources and in authority, the Chinese MOFA (which in Mandarin lends itself to puns with "Magic") has grown in resources and stature with the Chinese government. Even talented diplomats (now often western educated, and multi-lingual) are unable to speak diplomatically, let alone bend to compromise with foreigners, but must toe the party line, and in public, vigorously insulting foreigners. 


     


     

    • 09 Nov 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Via Zoom video, online alternative only
    • 139
    Register

    This registration is for the VIDEO alternative event via Zoom (in which participants can ask questions only via the chat function.)

    You can register instead for the IN-PERSON event in the Gold Room 231 Montgomery St, Troy University's Whitley building. There is plenty of parking adjacent. That event includes a reception and the ability to ask questions orally of the speaker. 

      

    Peter Martin, a defense policy and intelligence reporter for Bloomberg News, frequently writes stories about international events, especially US foreign policy with regard to China, Afghanistan and other hot spots. His Linked-In profile is here. His Twitter profile is here

    He is the author of the book China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy, (Oxford University Press, 2021) currently the No. 1 best seller in Asian History on Amazon. ISBN-13: 978-0197513705 | ISBN-10: 0197513700

    https://www.amazon.com/Chinas-Civilian-Army-Warrior-Diplomacy/dp/0197513700

    The book argues that China's increasingly aggressive diplomats have not only failed to take advantage of the US diplomatic mistakes in "America First" policies, the Middle Eastern wars and in dropping out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Worse, even though the current generation speaks languages and is well educated in the West, they have antagonized other countries. 

    The term Wolf Warrior has caught on as a foreign appellation of Chinese diplomats, derived from a popular film in which Chinese military forces act forcefully and heroically abroad, a sort of Chinese response to "Rambo" or more recently "Seal Team" type films. 

    Martin read numerous memoirs of Chinese diplomats and interviewed many other foreign diplomats, finding that there are reasons for this counter-productive behavior. The Communist Party came to power with a reaction to the shameful weakness of imperial China, ruthlessly exploited by foreign empires in the nineteenth century. 

    Zhou Enlai, who reconstructed the diplomatic corps from scratch in 1949, required diplomats to act in pairs, checking each other for party loyalty and reporting all interactions to their superiors. His first generation were neither linguists nor well educated, but at least were actively loyal to the communist party and Maoism.

    From about 1995-2005, Chinese policy became more engaged through trade, and diplomats both capable and more forthcoming to international diplomats. Under Xi Jinping, who consolidated power and is now effectively president for life, strident "China First" rhetoric is popular domestically -- but counter-productive with potential international partners.

    Whereas the US State Department has been weakened in recent decades both in resources and in authority, the Chinese MOFA (which in Mandarin lends itself to puns with "Magic") has grown in resources and stature with the Chinese government. Even talented diplomats (now often western educated, and multi-lingual) are unable to speak diplomatically, let alone bend to compromise with foreigners, but must toe the party line, and in public, vigorously insulting foreigners. 


     


     

Past events

19 Oct 2021 Reuben Brigety II, “The Fractured Power: How to Overcome Tribalism.” By VIDEO only
19 Oct 2021 Reuben Brigety II, “The Fractured Power: How to Overcome Tribalism.” IN-PERSON event
14 Sep 2021 Gens. Walter Givhan and John Bradley, “Afghanistan Then and Now” - video conference
24 May 2021 WACA and NATO speakers, "Outer Space as an Operational Domain"
19 May 2021 Michael T. Heaney, "The Scottish Independence movement," online
30 Mar 2021 Sue Miller, "The Peace Corps at Sixty," online video conference
19 Mar 2021 Hap Arnold Speaker Series
16 Mar 2021 Amb. Bill Taylor, "Russia’s Threat to Stability and Peace." ONLINE by video only
19 Jan 2021 Great Decisions 2021, seminar series, via video
12 Jan 2021 Britain and Biden: Shared Goals
03 Dec 2020 David R. Stilwell, State Dept, in-person event (also a video alternative)
03 Dec 2020 David R. Stilwell, ONLINE video alternative
01 Dec 2020 Great Decisions, seminar series, via video
27 Oct 2020 Jonathan Hillman, "The Emperor’s Road: China and the Project of the Century," via video
01 Oct 2020 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), video forum
29 Sep 2020 Lt. Gen. Hecker, “Air University in a Rapidly Changing Global Environment?” - video conference
28 Sep 2020 Video conference rehearsal
12 May 2020 Air War College Professors' Regional Reports
28 Apr 2020 Values-Based Leadership Forum, Troy University and Air War College
14 Apr 2020 Dr. Ray Takeyh, "Iran and its US strategy" CANCELLED owing to pandemic
17 Mar 2020 Lt. Gen. Hecker, “US Global Military Operations: A Joint Staff Perspective” - CANCELLED owing to pandemic
11 Feb 2020 Amb. Chase Untermeyer, “The Middle East Security Situation”
19 Nov 2019 Dr. Rebecca Grant, "Trade Wars: Tariffs, Sanctions, 5G Tech and the New Tools of American Diplomacy"
01 Nov 2019 "NATO at 70" Conference, TUM Campus, 1-2 Nov. 2019
08 Oct 2019 Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Walter Givhan and Dr. Mark Conversino, "Russia and the US: The State of the Relationship"
11 Sep 2019 Ms. Sarah Chayes, "International Corruption and Its Discontents"
07 May 2019 Air War College Professors, Regional Reports
09 Apr 2019 Michael Slobodchikoff and G. Doug Davis, “Decline of the Liberal International Order”
12 Mar 2019 Dr. Adam Segal, "Technology and Innovation"
12 Feb 2019 Dr. William "Drew" Wagstaff, "China Ascendant"
30 Jan 2019 Great Decisions 2019 seminar series
15 Nov 2018 Dr. Joshua Busby, "Climate Change and National Security: What Do We Know?"
16 Oct 2018 Dr. Grant Hammond, "The Revolution in Security Affairs" [Brought forward]
11 Sep 2018 Dr. Pano Yannakogeorgos, “A World at War With Itself: The Cyber Threat and Globalization”
08 May 2018 Air War College Professors, Regional Reports
11 Apr 2018 General Michael Hayden, USAF (ret), “Global Security”
13 Feb 2018 Professor Gabriel Aquilera, “Venezuela”
23 Jan 2018 Amb. Jack Matlock, PhD, "Russia Then and Now"
23 Jan 2018 Great Decisions 2018 seminar series
16 Nov 2017 Professor Jorge Dominquez, “Cuba: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”
17 Oct 2017 Professor Loch Johnson, "American Foreign Policy in a World Both Uncertain and Dangerous"
12 Sep 2017 Dr. Mark Conversino for Amb. Jack Matlock, "Russia, Then and Now"
09 May 2017 Panel of Air War College Instructors, "Report to Alabama on Regional Tours"
11 Apr 2017 Ambassador Marc Grossman, "Turkey, Europe and the US"
14 Mar 2017 John Pomfret, journalist, on China
17 Jan 2017 Great Decisions 2017 Seminar Series
10 Jan 2017 US and Korean Officials, “A Celebration of Korea”
15 Nov 2016 Dr. David Sorenson, Air War College, “Requiem for Syria”
18 Oct 2016 Jennifer M. Harris, Council on Foreign Relations, "Geoeconomics and Statecraft"
06 Oct 2016 (copy) International Security Seminar Series
29 Sep 2016 International Security Seminar Series
20 Sep 2016 Ambassador Joseph Wilson, “Africa and the US: Past and Present”
10 May 2016 Air War College Faculty Regional Studies Report.
08 Mar 2016 Philip Brenner: Behind the Scenes of the U.S.-Cuba Turnaround.
27 Jan 2016 Great Decisions Discussion Series
19 Jan 2016 By Special Demand January 19, 2016, "Korea-Win, Lose, or Draw?" with Gen Cleveland
13 Dec 2015 Joe Klein, on Sunday 13 December at 6:30 PM
11 Nov 2015 AWAC National Conference 2015
10 Nov 2015 Osama Siblani
20 Oct 2015 James Clad
22 Sep 2015 Dennis Lockhart sponsored by Johnson Sterling
27 Aug 2015 Peter Zeihan sponsored by Air University, the Alabama World Affairs Council and Auburn Montgomery
01 Jul 2015 Senior Air War College Instructors: Report to Alabama
29 Apr 2015 William Moomaw, "The Future of Energy Worldwide- Affecting the Economy, National Security, and the Environment"

For a complete listing of past events and notes of speeches, please visit http://www.awac.us

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