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Upcoming events

    • 01 Dec 2020
    • (CST)
    • 17 Dec 2020
    • (CST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom link TBA
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    Great Decisions 2020, seminar series

    5:30-7:30 pm CT, Tues. & Thursdays in December

    Issues selected from the FPA's Great Decisions 2020 book.

    Available in advance ($32 + shipping) from the FPA.org site, or ebook ($23) immediately from the Amazon.com site. (Sometimes Amazon also has the physical book for sale, $24-27, used or new.)

    Great Decisions 2020 topics

    Based on your survey responses, we have selected a variety of topics:

    • 01 Dec. Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
    • 08 Dec. The Philippines and the U.S. (led by LE 'Buck' Grinter)
    • 10 Dec. Artificial Intelligence and Data
    • 15 Dec. Climate Change and the Global Order
    • 17 Dec. India and Pakistan
    • Red Sea Security

    • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle

    • China’s Road into Latin America

    Topic descriptions from the FPA

    Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking by Ronald Weitzer

    Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?

    The Philippines and the U.S. by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay

    The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century. However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a large-scale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?

    Artificial Intelligence and Data by Susan Ariel Aaronson

    Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?

    Climate Change and the Global Order by Ronald Bee

    Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics?

    India and Pakistan by Barbara Crossette

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?

    Red Sea Security by David Shinn

    The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?

    U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle by Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti

    Combatting illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration?

    China’s Road into Latin America by Margaret Myers

    As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence?”


    • 03 Dec 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
    • 231 Montgomery St, 2nd Floor (also a video alternative)
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    David R. Stilwell is the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

    Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on June 20, 2019, he served in the Air Force for 35 years, beginning as an enlisted Korean linguist in 1980, and retiring in 2015 in the rank of Brigadier General as the Asia advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. 

    He served multiple tours of duty in Japan and Korea as a linguist, a fighter pilot, and a commander.  He also served as the Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 2011-2013.

    Most recently, Mr. Stilwell served as the Director of the China Strategic Focus Group at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii 2017-2019 and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu from 2016-2019. 

    He earned a B.S. in History from the U.S. Air Force Academy (1987), and a Master’s Degree in Asian Studies and Chinese language from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1988) and is a 2009 graduate of the Executive Leadership program at the Darden School, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He was awarded the Department of Defense Superior Service Award in 2015.  He speaks Korean, Chinese and limited Japanese.

    • 03 Dec 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
    • Online only, video alternative
    Register

    David R. Stilwell is the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

    Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on June 20, 2019, he served in the Air Force for 35 years, beginning as an enlisted Korean linguist in 1980, and retiring in 2015 in the rank of Brigadier General as the Asia advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. 

    He served multiple tours of duty in Japan and Korea as a linguist, a fighter pilot, and a commander.  He also served as the Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 2011-2013.

    Most recently, Mr. Stilwell served as the Director of the China Strategic Focus Group at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii 2017-2019 and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu from 2016-2019. 

    He earned a B.S. in History from the U.S. Air Force Academy (1987), and a Master’s Degree in Asian Studies and Chinese language from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1988) and is a 2009 graduate of the Executive Leadership program at the Darden School, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He was awarded the Department of Defense Superior Service Award in 2015.  He speaks Korean, Chinese and limited Japanese.

Past events

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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