World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

Upcoming events

    • 04 Feb 2019
    • 25 Mar 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Community Room at Palmetto Electric, 111 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island
    • 2
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    • Registration for Great Decisions is limited to World Affairs Council of Hilton Head members only. Members cannot bring guests.
    • Two members from the same household can register together. Register the second member as a guest.  

    Meeting Dates:

    • February 4*
    • February 11
    • February 18
    • February 25
    • March 4
    • March 11 
    • March 18 
    • March 25 


    * Meeting place change for first meeting only:  HHI Fire Station Headquarters, 40 Summit Dr., Hilton Head - just past the Recycle Center on the north end of the Island. 

    • 05 Feb 2019
    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Unitarian Universalist Church at 110 Malphrus Rd., Bluffton, SC 29910
    • 12
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    • Registration for Great Decisions is limited to World Affairs Council of Hilton Head members only. Members cannot bring guests.
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      Meeting Dates:

      • February 5
      • February 12 
      • February 19 
      • February 26
      • March 5
      • March 12 
      • March 19
      • March 26 
      • 06 Feb 2019
      • 27 Mar 2019
      • 8 sessions
      • the Wesley Room in the Celebration Center at Saint Andrews by the Sea, 20 Pope Ave, Hilton Head Island
      • 11
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      • Registration for Great Decisions is limited to World Affairs Council of Hilton Head members only. Members cannot bring guests.
      • Two members from the same household can register together. Register the second member as a guest.  

      Meeting Dates:

      • February 6
      • February 13
      • February 20
      • February 27
      • March 6
      • March 13
      • March 20
      • March 27
      • 07 Feb 2019
      • 04 Apr 2019
      • 8 sessions
      • Community Room at Palmetto Electric, 111 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island
      • 2
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      Note:  

      • Registration for Great Decisions is limited to World Affairs Council of Hilton Head members only. Members cannot bring guests.
      • Two members from the same household can register together. Register the second member as a guest.  

      Meeting Dates:

      • February 7
      • February 14
      • February 21
      • February 28
      • March 7 
      • March 14
      • March 28
      • April 4


      *Note - No meeting on March 21, due to lack of meeting room availability.

      • 01 Mar 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
      • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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      Robert MallettRobert Mallett
      President, and CEO, Africare                                        

      ABSTRACT

      Africa is undergoing significant change to address its many challenges. While change on the continent is uneven, we can increase its pace and breadth with policies that reward and create opportunities.

      Africa is the second largest and second-most-populous continent with a host of diverse ethnicities, cultures and languages.  Poverty, Poor Health and lack of access to an education are just some of the issues that Mr. Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Africare will address.

      BIOGRAPHY

      As the President and CEO of Africare, Robert L. Mallett is responsible for developing the strategic vision for the organization in a new environment for development assistance. He articulates to stakeholders, old and new, Africare’s unique guiding philosophy and value proposition. At the same time, Mr. Mallett ensures the organization’s well-known technical capabilities continue to result in program excellence reflecting Africare’s leadership in contributing to the social and economic development of Africa.

      Mr. Mallett has a diverse background in law, government, public policy, healthcare and international development. Before joining Africare in late 2015, Mr. Mallett served on the Board of Directors for seven years and as President and CEO at Accordia Global Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping Africa overcome the burden of infectious diseases.

      Prior to his leadership at Accordia, Mr. Mallett was a senior corporate executive at two of the world’s largest companies. He was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Public & Senior Markets Group at United Healthcare, the largest private healthcare insurer in the United States. At Pfizer Inc., the global pharmaceutical company, Mr. Mallett served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy and as President of the Pfizer Foundation. He was also an officer of the company.

      Mr. Mallett also has been in private practice at international law firms in the United States, and he served in former President Bill Clinton’s administration as Acting Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

      Mr. Mallett is a graduate of Morehouse College and received a law degree from Harvard University.

      https://www.africare.org

      • 12 Mar 2019
      • 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM
      • Sound Waves, 7 Lagoon Rd., Hilton Head, SC 29928
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      Patrick Skinner, Savannah Police Officer, former Director of the Soufan Group and CIA Operations Office

      Topic: The Spy who came home

      Our speaker will share his career journey from the CG Search and Rescue team to a CIA Operative to private sector intelligence analysis, to his current role as a beat cop with the Savannah Police Department. He will discuss the militarization of Police; the focus of everything being treated as a ‘war’ and what real community police work entails both from a tactical and strategic approach.


      Biography

      Patrick Skinner is a beat cop in his hometown of Savannah, GA.  From 2011 to 2017, prior to joining his local police force as a then-46-year-old rookie, he was employed with the Soufan Group, a well-respected private sector intelligence analysis firm. As the Director of Special Projects, Mr. Skinner advised governments and corporations on matters of geopolitics and risk, working with senior officials to develop solutions to intelligence and conflict resolution challenges.

       In the summer of 2003, Mr. Skinner joined the CIA’s third post 9/11 class as a prospective case officer, working under diplomatic cover.  With the CIA through 2010, he served as an Operations Officer, in the agency’s Counterterrorism Center, running assets in Afghanistan, Jordan and Iraq.  

       Earlier in his career, he served as a Federal Air Marshal, a US Capitol Police officer where he was assigned to plainclothes duty in the Senate, and in the US Coast Guard; 2 years working search and rescue followed by 3 years working on an icebreaker in the Hudson River.





      • 15 Mar 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
      • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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      Roman Popadiuk Roman Popadiuk
      Principal, Bingham Consulting; Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine                                    

      ABSTRACT

      The presentation will examine the historic relationship between Ukraine and Russia and Ukraine's efforts to build a viable state in the face of Russian aggression. In this context, the presentation will also examine Ukraine's importance to European and regional security and to U.S. national interests.

      BIOGRAPHY

      Roman Popadiuk, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, is a principal in Bingham Consulting. A retired member of the career Senior Foreign Service, Roman brings more than 30 years of experience in the areas of national security, political risk analysis, communications strategy, and energy policy, including serving on the National Security Councils of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. With his vast experience and contacts that span the globe, Roman brings a unique insight into international political and business matters.

      He has written about and is frequently interviewed on issues relating to U.S.-Ukraine relations, the situation in Ukraine, and other national security and global relations issues. He co-authored Privileged and Confidential: The Secret History of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. His writings have been published in The Ukrainian Quarterly, The Foreign Service Journal, Mediterranean Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

      Roman is a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Energy Task Force of the Ukraine 2020 Policy Dialogue, a forum co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine aimed at strengthening U.S.-Ukraine relations and Ukraine’s integration into Europe. In 2006, he served as an observer of the parliamentary election in Ukraine. He is a senior advisor to the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

      https://www.thepresidency.org/experts/honorable-roman-popadiuk



      • 05 Apr 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
      • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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      Ambassador Jerzy Pomianowski
      Career Diplomat and former Deputy Foreign Minister to the Republic of Poland; Executive Director of European Endowment for Democracy

      Supporting Democracy in Eastern Europe in a Time of Uncertainty

      In too many places, democracy is in recession or has suffered serious setbacks. Authoritarian rule has deepened. Regimes are becoming increasingly strident in their attempts to cripple civil society and muzzle free speech. Ever more sophisticated disinformation campaigns designed and spread by Putin’s info-guerillas seek to undermine democratic values and discredit those who stand up for them.

      Can we do something about it? What if we let Putin and others poison millions of minds with toxic narratives and fake news?

      The ultimate purpose of democracy is to create the conditions in which free citizens can pursue the most fulfilling lives possible, that they themselves choose. Good governance, freedom of expression, the rule of law and respect for the dignity, rights, hopes and fears of individuals are what make societies truly democratic.  Democracy support is critical from a strategic perspective as it aims at winning minds and hearts of people on the ground. Much of this work can only be achieved by genuine, local activists who can translate the strategic vision of the international democratic community into a local context relevant to ordinary people. How best we can support them, especially in eastern Europe, remains a challenge.

      Biography

      Ambassador Jerzy Pomianowski took the leadership of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) in 2013 after two years as Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland. In this most recent position, he coordinated among others the Polish Foreign Relations with Russia, Ukraine and   other Eastern Partnership countries as well as democratization agenda, which included the establishment of the EED, a flagship initiative of the Polish EU Presidency in 2011. 

      As the director of OECD-UNDP’s Partnership for Democratic Governance (2008-2011), Pomianowski supported countries destabilized by armed conflict or natural disasters. This followed the work as Director General of the Polish Foreign Service. In 1997-2002 he served his country as Polish Ambassador to Japan. Ambassador Pomianowski began his diplomatic career in 1990 immediately after fall of communism in Poland. 

      Before that, from 1980 to 1989, Pomianowski was an active member of the democratic opposition in Poland. He was a board member of the Independent Students’ Association and Chief Editor of the Independent  Publishing House  at the Warsaw University his Alma Mater.

      Pomianowski speaks Polish, English, Russian, French, Bulgarian. He devotes his free time to practice and promote Aikido as the President of the Polish Aikido Federation.  






      • 09 Apr 2019
      • 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM
      • Sound Waves, 7 Lagoon Rd., Hilton Head, SC 29928
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      Allison Stiller, Assistant Secretary of the Navy
      Topic: Building the Navy the Nation Needs

      The National Defense Strategy for building and sustaining a lethal, resili- ent force includes balanced investments across readiness, capability, and capacity. To retain and expand our competitive advantage, the Navy has developed scalable acquisition profiles that promote a stable and efficient industrial base. The Navy the Nation Needs presentation will review the requirements and discuss the attendant Navy and industry investments in capital improvements, capital expansion, and a properly sized world-class workforce.


      Biography

      On Jan. 20, 2017, Ms. Allison F. Stiller began performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development & Acquisition (ASN(RDA)). Ms. Stiller also serves as the Principal Civilian Deputy, ASN(RDA). Her responsibilities include oversight and policy for Navy and Marine Corps research, development, and acquisition programs for shipbuilding, aviation, space, weapon systems, and communication systems. This portfolio includes oversight of more than 100,000 people and an annual budget in excess of $50 billion as well as hundreds of technical developments and procurement programs for the Department of the Navy. Ms. Stiller also leads the Department’s Senior Executive Acquisition Corps.

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      • 03 May 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
      • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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      Alyssa Ayres
      Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations

      ABSTRACT

      A rising India wants a seat at the table of global powers, and is ready to set its own terms on everything from defense to climate to trade. Ayres considers how a fiercely independent India seeks its place as a leading power, and how the United States should respond.

      BIOGRAPHY

      Alyssa Ayres is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At CFR her work focuses on India’s role in the world and on U.S. relations with South Asia. In 2015, she served as the project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S.-India Relations, and from 2014 to 2016, as the project director for an initiative on the new geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan.

      She directs the U.S. Relations with South Asia Roundtable series, blogs regularly for Asia Unbound, and is a contributor to Forbes.com. Her book about India’s rise on the world stage, Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2018.

      Ayres served previously as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia from 2010 to 2013, covering all issues across a dynamic region of 1.3 billion people (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) and providing policy direction for four U.S. embassies and four consulates. Originally trained as a cultural historian, Ayres has experience in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors, and she has carried out research on both India and Pakistan.

      From: https://www.cfr.org/experts/alyssa-ayres


      • 17 May 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
      • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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      David Eisenhower, J.D.

      David Eisenhower II, J.D.
      Director, Institute for Public Service, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

      TOPIC: World War II's Promise for Liberal Democracy






    Past events

    15 Feb 2019 Christopher Alexander: Canadian and U.S. Relations
    12 Feb 2019 Evening Speaker Series: Amb. Everett Briggs
    01 Feb 2019 Dr. Soner Cagaptay: The New Sultan and Turkey’s Foreign Policy
    25 Jan 2019 Trita Parsi: Iran’s Strategy in the Middle East
    11 Jan 2019 Josh Michaud:Global Health
    08 Jan 2019 Evening Speaker Series: Larry Kramer
    08 Jan 2019 2019 Evening Speaker Series - 4 events
    07 Dec 2018 Michael Auslin: Asia and America in the Age of Trump - War, Retreat or Recommit?
    16 Nov 2018 Luncheon with Dr. Jennifer Keene
    16 Nov 2018 Dr. Jennifer Keene: World War I and the Dawning of the American Century
    02 Nov 2018 Global Speakers Program- Ambassador Pierre Vimont: President Macron’s France
    26 Oct 2018 Bruce Hoffman: Inside Terrorism Today
    05 Oct 2018 Larry Diamond: The Liberal Democratic Order in Crisis
    04 Oct 2018 Fall Forum - Group 3, Thursdays
    03 Oct 2018 Fall Forum - Group 2, Wednesdays
    02 Oct 2018 Fall Forum - Group 1, Tuesdays
    21 Sep 2018 Annual Meeting
    15 Aug 2018 Summer Forum: Dr. Sally Mason
    11 Jul 2018 Summer Forum: Richard J. Gough
    20 Jun 2018 Summer Forum: Dr. Jim Wagner
    04 May 2018 Todd S. Sechser: Nuclear Security
    20 Apr 2018 Mohamed Razeen Sally: Asia Rising: Past, Present and Future
    10 Apr 2018 Evening Speaker Series: Ben Kinnas
    06 Apr 2018 Ray Toll & RADM Ann Phillips, USN: Rising Sea Levels and Their Impact on the Navy
    16 Mar 2018 Anthony Zinni: A New Military Strategy
    05 Mar 2018 Evening Speaker Series: Katherine Canavan
    02 Mar 2018 Sarah Chayes: The Real Cost of Corruption
    16 Feb 2018 Amb. Christopher Hill: Outpost, A Diplomat at Work
    13 Feb 2018 Evening Speaker Series: Don Paul Colcolough
    02 Feb 2018 Amb. William "Bill" Richardson III: North Korea
    26 Jan 2018 Ivo Daalder: Trump’s Foreign Policy
    12 Jan 2018 Benjamin Buchanan: The Cyber Security Dilemma
    09 Jan 2018 Evening Speaker Series: Hazel O’Leary
    09 Jan 2018 2018 Evening Speaker Series
    01 Dec 2017 Edward Alden: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy
    17 Nov 2017 Dr. Andrew Selee: Mexico’s Relations with the United States in the Administration of Trump
    03 Nov 2017 Amb. James Jeffrey: The Middle East
    13 Oct 2017 Anand Menon: The Future of the European Union
    06 Oct 2017 Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failed States

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