Our events are open to our members and to the public.  Events are free to our members and guests are $20.00 per event.  To register for an event online, please click the "Register" button under each event.  For further information and reservations please call Mrs. Dahdee Bullen at (334) 567-0953.

Upcoming events

    • 30 Jan 2019
    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 106 Bartlett Hall, across parking lot behind our usual 231 Montgomery St
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    This popular series of seminars on world affairs attracts participants nationwide. The fee includes a lively booklet with readings, maps and photos, produced by the Foreign Policy Association. The program begins in late January and runs for 8 consecutive weeks on Wednesdays at the most popular time (2-3:30 pm, from our survey last year) to assist more people to participate. Local experts donate their services to lead the seminars. Location is 106 Bartlett Hall, behind our usual Whitley building at 231 Montgomery St. 


    Great Decisions 2019 sessions, with revised dates: issues, and (speakers).
    Wed. January 30: Issue 2, The Middle East: Regional Disorder (Sorenson)
    Wed. February 6: Issue 7, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested (Aguilera)
    Wed. February 13: Issue 4, The Rise of Populism in Europe (Batta)
    Wed. February 20: Issue 5, Decoding U.S.-China Trade (Murphy)
    TUE. February 26: Issue 6, Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics (Yannakogeorgos)
    Wed. March 6: Issue 3, Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? (Deaile)
    Wed. March 13: Issue 1, Refugees and Global Migration (Hammond)
    Wed. March 20: Issue 8, State of the State Department and Diplomacy (DoS speaker?)

    Note: books have arrived and if you have not picked up yours, contact <jLewis@huntingdon.edu>. 

    • 12 Feb 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Gold Room, 2nd Floor, Whitley Hall, Troy University Montgomery, 231 Montgomery St. Montgomery, AL
    • 140
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    China has grown rapidly since the late 1970s when Deng Xiaoping first began implementing radical reforms. Today, China challenges the United States militarily in the region and diplomatically around the world. How are we to understand this rise? This presentation provide the context for understanding what China’s growth means for the international community, how Chinese leaders view their place in the world and what problems they must surmount to achieve those goals. 

    Dr. William “Drew” Wagstaff (PhD, Emory University) is an Assistant Professor of International Security for the Blue Horizons Program within the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology at Maxwell AFB. Dr. Wagstaff has a number of on-going research projects on terrorism, military effectiveness, peacekeeping, and Chinese politics. Proficient in Mandarin, Dr. Wagstaff has enjoyed traveling China, including cities such as Wuxi, Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, Tianjin, and Beijing. 
    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Gold Room, 2nd Floor, Whitley Hall, Troy University Montgomery, 231 Montgomery St. Montgomery, AL
    • 140
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    Adam Segal is an American cybersecurity expert and China scholar. He serves as the Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.
         Segal holds the master's degree from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and the BA and PhD in Government from Cornell University. Previously, he served as a China analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists; and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution, MIT's Center for International Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Tsinghua University.
         He is the author of three books, all reviewed in leading journals: Digital Dragon: High-Technology Enterprises in China (2003); Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge (2011); and Hacked World Order (2016).
         An avid runner, Segal is a die-hard fan of Manchester City (the top football club) and the Minnesota Vikings (not exactly).
    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Gold Room, 2nd Floor, Whitley Hall, Troy University Montgomery, 231 Montgomery St. Montgomery, AL
    • 140
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    Sarah Chayes, a leading author on global corruption, previously served the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Peace Corps in Morocco; reported on Europe and North Africa for National Public Radio; and received awards for reporting on the Kosovo war. She also served in 2010 as special advisor on strategic US policy on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Arab Spring, to Adm. Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She holds the BA and MA in History from Harvard University and was awarded the Radcliffe College History Prize. She speaks Pashto, French, and Arabic.
         At Carnegie, Chayes launched a corruption and security initiative, which analyzed the structure of kleptocratic governments around the world, the other risk factors with which public corruption is interacting in specific countries, the likelihood of a significant security event resulting, and potential approaches available to different local and international actors.
         Chayes is the author of a Comprehensive Action Plan for Afghanistan (2009); The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban (2006) and Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (2014). She frequently analyzes world affairs on television programs and in leading national magazines. 


    • 07 May 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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    The grand finale each year is a report from professors at the Air War College on visits to different areas of the world as part of the Regional and Cultural Studies portion of the curriculum. Three professors will report on their findings from their travel in March and entertain your questions. 

Past events

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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