World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

Upcoming events

    • 06 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 08 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 3
    Registration is closed

    Fall Forum Group 1 meets on:
    October 6, October 27, November 17, December 8
    10 am to 11:30 am

    Session 1
    • Introduction
    • China’s biggest strategic mistake
    • America’s biggest strategic mistake
    Session 2
    • Is China expansionist?
    • Can America make U-turns?
    Session 3
    • Should China become democratic?
    • The assumption of virtue.
    • Appendix by Stephen Walt - The Myth of American Exceptionalism
    Session 4
    • How will the other countries choose?
    • A paradoxical conclusion

    Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are hosting this year’s Fall Forum virtually. All meetings will be Zoom meetings.

    • 06 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 08 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Fall Forum Group 4 meets on TUESDAY EVENINGS
    October 6, October 27, November 17, December 8
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Session 1
    • Introduction
    • China’s biggest strategic mistake
    • America’s biggest strategic mistake
    Session 2
    • Is China expansionist?
    • Can America make U-turns?
    Session 3
    • Should China become democratic?
    • The assumption of virtue.
    • Appendix by Stephen Walt - The Myth of American Exceptionalism
    Session 4
    • How will the other countries choose?
    • A paradoxical conclusion

    Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are hosting this year’s Fall Forum virtually. All meetings will be Zoom meetings.

    • 07 Oct 2020
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    • 09 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 3
    Registration is closed

    Fall Forum Group 2 meets on WEDNESDAYS
    Dates: October 7, 28, November 18, December 9
    10:00 am to 11:30 am

    Session 1
    • Introduction
    • China’s biggest strategic mistake
    • America’s biggest strategic mistake
    Session 2
    • Is China expansionist?
    • Can America make U-turns?
    Session 3
    • Should China become democratic?
    • The assumption of virtue.
    • Appendix by Stephen Walt - The Myth of American Exceptionalism
    Session 4
    • How will the other countries choose?
    • A paradoxical conclusion

    Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are hosting this year’s Fall Forum virtually. All meetings will be Zoom meetings.

    • 08 Oct 2020
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    • 10 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    Fall Forum Group 3 meets on THURSDAYS
    Dates: October 8, 29, November 19, December 10
    10:00 am to 11:30 am

    Session 1
    • Introduction
    • China’s biggest strategic mistake
    • America’s biggest strategic mistake
    Session 2
    • Is China expansionist?
    • Can America make U-turns?
    Session 3
    • Should China become democratic?
    • The assumption of virtue.
    • Appendix by Stephen Walt - The Myth of American Exceptionalism
    Session 4
    • How will the other countries choose?
    • A paradoxical conclusion

    Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are hosting this year’s Fall Forum virtually. All meetings will be Zoom meetings.

    • 04 Dec 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • Zoom - Webinar
    Register

    Please Note: Due to Covid-19, presentations will be delivered via Zoom Webinar through December 2020. 
    WACHH members participate at no charge. Non-members must register via the website and pay $10 to participate.

    Abstract

    No matter who will be sitting in the Oval Office on January 21, 2021, they will be confronted with multiple nuclear crises. They will have to make choices that will affect whether we are living in a world in which the number of nuclear weapons is going up or going down. These choices will be related to both internal and external policies. Should we use nuclear weapons first in a crisis? Do we need more than one person involved in the authorization of a nuclear strike? Is it is a good idea to invest in new low-yield nuclear capabilities? Should we reenter what's left of the Iran Deal? How do we make arms control agreements with Russia when the trust between our nations is broken? 

    Alexandra Bell will outline current global nuclear threats and their related policy choices. She will then discuss how the President and Congress can and should respond to those threats. 

    Biography

    Alexandra BellAlexandra Bell is the Senior Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation. Her areas of focus include bilateral and multilateral arms control and non-proliferation, Euro-Atlantic security, diplomacy, and Congressional affairs. Previously, Bell served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Before joining the Department of State in 2010, she worked on nuclear policy issues at the Ploughshares Fund and the Center for American Progress.

    Bell received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the New School and a Bachelor’s degree in Peace, War and Defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2001-2003, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica. Bell is a Member of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) Board of Directors, a Deep Cuts Project Commissioner, a Truman National Security Fellow, a 2012-2017 Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, and a 2017 Munich Security Conference Young Leader.

    Bell has been quoted or published in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Economist, the Guardian, the Raleigh News and Observer, the Seattle Times, Bloomberg, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Politico, Vox, The Daily Beast, Time Magazine, Bustle, Huffington Post, Sinclair, Inkstick, and more. She has also provided commentary for MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, BBC, CGTN, and Al Jazeera.


    • 08 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    Biography

    David Eisenhower

    A graduate of Amherst College and George Washington University Law School, Eisenhower served in the U.S. Navy and authored Eisenhower at War, 1943-1945, a New York Times bestseller and one of three history jury selections for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1987. 

    David Eisenhower is the director  of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg School at  the  University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Communication and the Presidency, which examines the impact of the "Bully Pulpit" on recent and contemporary national politics. He also oversees COMPS (Communication in Public Service) undergraduate students' course work and internships. The Institute also sponsors events and symposia, and brings teaching fellows to the Annenberg School.


    • 12 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 184
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    Subscribe to all three events in the 2021 Evening Speaker Series for $25. Open to members of World Affairs Council of Hilton Head as well as to the general public. The sessions are:

    • Jonathan Haupt- Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    • Colin Moseley- Tuesday, February 9, 2021
    • Dr. William Mallon- Tuesday, March 9, 2021


    • 12 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (EST)
    • Zoom
    • 99
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    Pat Conroy's Legacy as Teacher

    Acclaimed southern storyteller Pat Conroy (1945-2016) is best remembered as the author of a dozen beloved books, including The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Water Is Wide. But Conroy was first and foremost a teacher. Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, will explore Conroy’s legacy as a teacher and mentor through informative profiles of representative teachers from Conroy’s formative years as a student at Beaufort High School and through profiles of Conroy’s own students at BHS and on Daufuskie Island -- using photos and excerpts from published and unpublished writings by and about Conroy. The presentation will also include an overview of how the nonprofit Conroy Center continues Conroy's legacy of transforming lives through stories. 

    About the Presenter

    Jonathan HauptJonathan Haupt is the executive director of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, South Carolina’s first affiliate of the American Writers Museum, second American Library Association Literary Landmark, and TripAdvisor’s top-ranked destination in Beaufort, South Carolina. Haupt is also the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint with the late Pat Conroy. He serves as an associate producer of the SCETV author interview program By the River and hosts the Live from the Pat Conroy Literary Center monthly podcast on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. Haupt’s book reviews and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier, Savannah Morning News’ Beacon magazine, Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort Lifestyle, Southern Review of Books, and Southern Writers’ Suite T blog. He is co-editor with Nicole Seitz of the award-winning anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy.  


    • 22 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    Abstract

    What is the nature of the Kim Family Regime and why is it important to the United States? There are five major issues surrounding Korea: war, instability and regime collapse, human rights, proliferation and global illicit activities, and unification. South Korea and the US remain blood allies but there is always friction within the alliance that must be managed. While north Korea is an existential threat to South Korea it is in the US national interest to prevent conflict and if it (or regime collapse) occurs to ensure that what follows is a secure, stable, economically vibrant, non-nuclear peninsula unified under a liberal constitutional form of government that might be called the United Republic of Korea.

    Biography

    David Maxwell

    David Maxwell, Senior Fellow
    Foundation  for  Defense  of  Democracies

    David Maxwell is a senior fellow at the Foundation  for  Defense  of  Democracies. He is a 30-year veteran of the United States Army, retiring in 2011 as a Special Forces Colonel with his final assignment serving on the military faculty teaching national security strategy at the National War College.

    He has served in various command and staff assignments in the Infantry in Germany and Korea as well as in Special Forces at Ft. Lewis, Washington; Seoul, Korea; Okinawa, Japan; and the Philippines, with total service in Asia of more than 20 years. He served on the United Nations Command / Combined Forces Command / United States Forces Korea CJ3 staff where he was a planner for UNC/CFC OPLAN 5027-98 and co-author of the original ROK JCS – UNC/CFC CONPLAN 5029-99 (North Korean Instability and Collapse) and later served as the Director of Plans, Policy, and Strategy (J5) and the Chief of Staff for Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR). From 2000 to 2002 he commanded 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan. He has been the G3 and Chief of Staff of the US Army Special Operations Command. He commanded the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines in 2006-2007. Following retirement from the Army he served as Associate Director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University from 2011 through 2017.

    He is a fellow at the Institute of Corean-American Studies (ICAS) and on the Board of Advisors for Spirit of America. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), the International Council of Korean Studies (ICKS), the Council of US Korean Security Studies (CUSKOSS), the Special Operations Research Association, the Small Wars Journal, and the OSS Society. He teaches “Unconventional Warfare and Special Operations for Policy Makers and Strategists.”

    He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and holds MMAS degrees from the US Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies and an MS degree in National Security Studies from the National War College of the National Defense University.


    • 01 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 22 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Hargray Building, 862-A William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island
    • 10
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    Group I will meet Mondays at 10:00 am- 11:30 am.

    The meeting location is the Community Room at the Hargray Building, 862-A William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island


    • 02 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 23 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Literacy Center, 1 Kitties Landing Rd #B, Bluffton, SC
    • 11
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    Group II will meet on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm.

    The meeting location is the Literacy Center, 1 Kitties Landing Rd #B, Bluffton, SC.


    • 03 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 24 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Rec Center Community Room, 20 Wilborn Rd, Hilton Head, SC
    • 24
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    Group III will meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 am- 11:30 am.

    The meeting location is the Rec Center Community Room, 20 Wilborn Rd, Hilton Head.


    • 04 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 25 Mar 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Zoom webinar
    • 12
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    Group V will meet on Thursdays at 10:00 am- 11:30 am.

    The meeting will be held via Zoom webinar. Credentials will be emailed to you before each meeting.  


    • 04 Feb 2021
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    • 25 Mar 2021
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    • 8 sessions
    • TBA
    • 11
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    Group IV (an Evening Group) will meet on Thursdays at 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm.

    The meeting location is TBA.


    • 05 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    Abstract

    The direction of American foreign policy will prove highly consequential to Millennials -- on issues ranging from climate change and war, to COVID-19 and humanitarian aid. More connected internationally than ever, Millennial leaders entering public leadership are poised to fundamentally reshape foreign policy on these issues, transforming old debates framed by traditional “hawk-dove” and Left-Right divisions. The generations that came of age during U.S. wars in the Middle East, a global economic recession, the largest climate protests in history, and major pandemics will push for bold action to protect the most vulnerable and a new era of global cooperation.

    Biography

    Steven Olikara

    Steven Olikara (@StevenOlikara) is a political entrepreneur, and Founder & CEO of Millennial Action Project (MAP), the largest nonpartisan organization of millennial lawmakers in the U.S. Working with over 800 elected leaders in Congress and state legislatures, MAP is building a new generation of leadership to transcend the partisan divide and strengthen our democracy. A nationally-recognized political commentator, Steven has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NBC News, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and other national outlets. An avid musician, he is also co-author of the new book, JFK: The Last Speech, on the role of artists in democracy.

    Previously, Steven advised two multi-platinum recording artists on youth empowerment and sustainable energy initiatives, including Akon Lighting Africa which electrified over 1 million homes in Africa with solar power. Steven also served as Truman Fellow at the World Bank where he focused on environmental protection. He has been a featured speaker at venues such as the Aspen Ideas Festival, the White House, Harvard’s Institute of Politics, SXSW, and the United Nations. He serves on numerous Boards and Commissions focused on advancing human rights, democracy, and national service.

    Steven has been named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy, an Aspen Institute Ideas Scholar, and one of the Most Influential Leaders Under 40 by Washington Life magazine. A proud Wisconsinite, Steven graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Udall and Truman Scholar, the nation’s highest undergraduate honor for public service leadership.


    • 09 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 98
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    Delivering Health Care

    Dr. Colin Moseley is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon. He held academic positions at the University of Toronto and UCLA, and has contributed to pediatric orthopedic education around the world. He was in Canada when Universal Health Care was introduced and witnessed the political hyperbole, the implementation, and the outcome, spending more than a decade as a patient and surgeon in that system. He then spent almost three decades in Los Angeles gaining an understanding of health care in the USA. His presentation will address the benefits and shortcomings of both systems, the different ways health care is financed and managed around the world, and will pay special attention to issues not well covered in the public media.

    About the Presenter

    Dr. Colin MoseleyDr. Colin Moseley grew up in Montreal, Canada, and studied Medicine and trained in orthopaedic surgery at McGill University. He spent the last half of his career as Chief of the Medical Staff of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles and Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at UCLA. He was known for his method for predicting growth in children with leg length discrepancy, and his large experience in surgery for young children born with hip problems.

    He has had extensive involvement with academic organizations in orthopaedics. He was a member of the Council on Education and the Chairman of the Annual Meeting Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He spent many years on the Board of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, became the President, and received their Distinguished Service award.

    His commitment to teaching was strong, both in the UCLA orthopaedic training program, and more widely with his colleagues around the world. In this capacity he gave hundreds of invited lectures and presentations at the national and international level which involved travel to many corners of the world. He was impressed by how wonderful people are, even in countries that we view as unfriendly.

    In Hilton Head he has volunteered with VIM and the Boys and Girls Center, and has been in charge of the Fall Forum for the World Affairs Council.


    • 19 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    Abstract

    The two historic meetings between Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un alleviated tensions between the two nations who at one time seemed on the brink of a military encounter. But there is a “fundamental difference in understanding” between the two sides regarding the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the major goal of the summits.

    While Washington was only considering a peace treaty and loosening sanctions on Pyongyang after it had denuclearized, North Korea’s position was a phased approach in which it would receive concessions for every step taken toward denuclearization. That difference is a major reason for the current stalemate in negotiations.

    This is a complicated game of diplomacy with both sides looking to make the next best move. Ambassador Yun will share his insights into North Korea and its short and long-term goals and discuss the prospect of Kim abandoning North Korea's nuclear weapons.

    Biography

    Ambassador YunAmbassador Joseph Yun, former US Special Representative for North Korea Policy, is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on relations with North Korea, as well as on broader US-East Asian policy. His 33-year diplomatic career has been marked by his commitment to face-to-face engagement as the best avenue for resolving conflict and advancing cross-border cooperation. He is currently Senior Advisor with The Asia Group, a DC-based strategic advisory firm and the U.S. Institute of Peace, an American non-partisan, independent federal institution that provides analysis of and is involved in conflicts around the world. He is also a Global Affairs Contributor with the CNN.

    As Special Envoy on North Korea from 2016 to 2018, Ambassador Yun led the State Department’s efforts to align regional powers behind a united policy to denuclearize North Korea. He was instrumental in reopening the “New York channel,” a direct communication line with officials from Pyongyang, through which he was able to secure the release of the American student, Otto Warmbier, who had been held in captivity for 15 months.

    From 2013 to 2016 he served as US Ambassador to Malaysia, actively forwarding the administration’s goal of elevating relations with Southeast Asia. During his tenure, Ambassador Yun hosted two visits to Malaysia by President Obama—the first by any US President since 1966—resulting in the signing of the US-Malaysian Comprehensive Partnership Agreement, pledging closer cooperation on security, trade, education, technology, energy, the environment, and people-to-people ties.

    As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2011-2013), he helped to bring about the diplomatic normalization of American relations with Myanmar, traveling to Rangoon as the first US-based government official to meet with Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi following her release from house arrest. He also worked to lay the foundation for official participation by the President of the United States in the annual East Asian Summit, starting from 2011.

    Previous assignments include Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asian Policy, Counselor for Political Affairs in the US Embassy in Seoul, Economic Counselor in the US Embassy in Bangkok, as well as earlier assignments in South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and France. He has received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, three Superior Honors Awards, and nine Foreign Service Performance Awards from the US State Department.

    Ambassador Yun joined the Foreign Service in 1985. Prior to that he was a senior economist for Data Resources, Inc., in Lexington, Massachusetts. He holds a M. Phil. degree from the London School of Economics and a BS from the University of Wales. He is married to Dr. Melanie Billings-Yun. They have one son, Matthew.


    • 05 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    ABSTRACT

    Madame Tsai Ing-wen won a second term in January 2020 to serve as the president of Taiwan for another four years. The first term of her presidency saw steady improvements in US-Taiwan relations and a deterioration in cross-Strait ties as Beijing ramped-up diplomatic, military, and economic pressure on Taipei to accept its terms for unification. As the power disparity between Taiwan and China widens, Taipei is becoming more susceptible to Chinese coercion and CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping may become more emboldened to use military force. What are the implications for the Taiwan Strait over the next four years and beyond? 

    BIOGRAPHY

    Russell Hsiao Russell Hsiao is the executive director of GTI and adjunct fellow at the Pacific Forum. He previously served as a senior research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, National Security fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Penn Kemble fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. Prior to those positions he was the editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation from October 2007­ to July 2011 and a special associate in the International Cooperation Department at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. While in law school, he clerked within the Office of the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission and the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

    Mr. Hsiao received his J.D. and certificate from the Law and Technology Institute at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology. He received a B.A. in International Studies from the American University’s School of International Service and the University Honors Program.


    • 09 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 99
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    An Insider Perspective of Olympic History

    Our fears have become reality as the spread of COVID-19 has forced the IOC and Japanese organizers to postpone the Tokyo Olympics by a year. This was a decision unique in Olympic history. The Games are now scheduled to take place from 23rd July to 8th August 2021.

    Dr. Bill Mallon, a founding member of the International Society of Olympic Historians, will look back to the example of Berlin 1916, when the Games were cancelled because of the World War 1. There were few who imagined that the next Olympics would take place in 1920, only two years after the armistice. It was virtually a miracle that Belgium, the nation which had suffered most, agreed to be the host. The 1920 Games in Antwerp add resonance because they were also overshadowed by a pandemic that claimed more lives than the First World War. And still, the Games went ahead. This should encourage us as we take on and cope with an epochal challenge such as the coronavirus crisis.

    The 100th anniversary of those Games is a perfect time to have Dr. Mallon share the history of the Olympics and his unique stories gathered over 40 plus years of attending and chronicling the games. 


    About the Presenter

    Dr. William James Mallon Dr. William James Mallon is an American orthopedic surgeon, former professional golfer and a leading authority on the history of the Olympic Games.

    Mallon played on the PGA Tour from 1976–79, posting three top-10 finishes. After leaving the PGA Tour he returned to Duke University to study medicine graduating as an M.D. in 1984. He specializes in complex reconstructive shoulder and elbow surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has written widely on the subject of sporting injuries and has been the medical editor of Golf Digest since 1987. Previously North American editor of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, he has been editor of that publication in 2009.

    Mallon is also a leading authority on the history of the Olympic Games and has written 24 books on the subject. He was a co-founder and later president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and was historical consultant to the organizing committees of both the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics. Mallon has also been a consultant statistician to the IOC and was awarded the Olympic Order in silver in 2001 for services to the Olympic movement.


    • 19 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    Abstract

    Although usually described as an “Eastern European” or “Eurasian Power,” contemporary Russia in the past decade has emerged as major actor in the Middle East. Moscow has demonstrated an unusual ability both to apply military force effectively and to practice diplomacy deftly, juggling and expanding ties not just with American adversaries like Syria and Iran, but also with American partners such as Israel, Turkey, and Egypt. Russia’s seeming success appears all the more remarkable given the routine dismissal of Russia by American observers as a declining power. What is the historical background of Russia as a Middle Eastern power? Is Russia’s success in the region real and what explains it? How sustainable is it? And what does Russia’s role in the Middle East mean for America?

    Biography

    Michael A. Reynolds

    Michael A. Reynolds, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is Director of Princeton University’s Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Associate Professor in Princeton’s Department of Near Eastern Studies. His teaching and research ranges over the geography of the Middle East and Eurasia and covers the themes of empire,  international relations, nationalism, geopolitics, ethnic conflict, and religion and culture. He is the author of Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires, 1908-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 2011), co-winner of the 2011 American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize, a Financial Times book of the summer, and a Choice outstanding academic title, and is the editor of Constellations of the Caucasus: Empires, Peoples, and Faiths (Markus Weiner, 2016). Currently he is at work on a biography of Enver Pasha, hero of the Young Turk Revolution and Ottoman Minister of War during WWI.

    In addition to his historical research, Reynolds writes on contemporary issues related to Turkey, Russia, the Kurds, Azerbaijan, the North Caucasus, and US foreign policy. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, and Newsweek.  He has held fellowships and grants from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, the Smith Richardson Foundation, Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Fulbright IIE, American Research Institute in Turkey, IREX, and NCEER and others. He holds a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton, an MA in Political Science from Columbia, and a BA in Government and Slavic Languages from Harvard.


    • 09 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    ABSTRACT

    Disinformation is as old as humanity. When Satan told Eve nothing would happen if she bit the apple, that was disinformation. But the rise of social media has made disinformation even more pervasive and pernicious in our current era. In a disturbing turn of events, governments are increasingly using disinformation to create their own false narratives, and democracies are proving not to be very good at fighting it.

    During the final three years of the Obama administration, Richard Stengel, the former editor of Time and an Under Secretary of State, was on the front lines of this new global information war. At the time, he was the single person in government tasked with unpacking, disproving, and combating both ISIS’s messaging and Russian disinformation. Then, in 2016, as the presidential election unfolded, Stengel watched as Donald Trump used disinformation himself, weaponizing the grievances of Americans who felt left out by modernism. In fact, Stengel quickly came to see how all three players had used the same playbook: ISIS sought to make Islam great again; Putin tried to make Russia great again; and we all know about Trump.

    Biography

    Richard Stengel Richard Stengel is the longest serving Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in American history (2013-16). While at the State Department, he helped modernize State’s communications and led the department’s counter-disinformation efforts. He helped create and oversee the Global Engagement Center, the United States’ only stand-alone anti-ISIL messaging entity. He spearheaded the creation of the Sawab Center in Abu Dhabi, the first joint American and foreign counter ISIL messaging hub, which has become a template for others around the world.

    He also led department-wide efforts to counter the global rise of disinformation. In addition, the Under Secretary oversees all communications from the podium and beyond. He also oversaw the modernization of all embassies websites and pioneered the use of social media at the Department. He also led the creation of English for All, a government-wide effort to promote the teaching of English around the world and oversaw the departments extensive educational exchanges, including the Fulbright Scholarship.


    Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It

    Information Wars Book CoverIn a narrative that is by turns dramatic and eye-opening, Information Wars walks readers through of this often frustrating battle. Stengel moves through Russia and Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and introduces characters from Putin to Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Mohamed bin Salman to show how disinformation is impacting our global society. He illustrates how ISIS terrorized the world using social media, and how the Russians launched a tsunami of disinformation around the annexation of Crimea – a scheme that became the model for their interference with the 2016 presidential election. Information Wars stresses that we must find a way to combat this ever growing threat to democracy.


    • 30 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    Abstract

    Robert S. Spalding will discuss the coronavirus outbreak; its spread and the CCP’s responsibility. He will also talk about the evolving rivalry and entry into a Cold War bipolar world. He will also touch on the implications of Artificial Intelligence, data, and 5G on national security and economic competitiveness.

    Biography

    Robert Spalding

    Dr. Robert S. Spalding III, Brig Gen, USAF (R) is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. His work focuses on U.S.-China relations, economic and national security, and the Asia-Pacific military balance.

    Spalding has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years and is an accomplished innovator in government and a national security policy strategist. As Senior Director for Strategy to the President, he was the chief architect of the framework for national competition in the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS). He has earned recognition for his knowledge of Chinese economic competition, cyber warfare, and political influence, as well as for his ability to forecast global trends and develop innovative solutions.

    Spalding’s relationship with business leaders, fostered during his time as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, allowed him to recommend pragmatic solutions to complex foreign policy and national security issues, which are driving positive economic outcomes for the nation. Spalding’s groundbreaking work on competition in Secure 5G has reset the global environment for the next phase of cyber security in the information age.

    Spalding is a skilled combat leader, promoter of technological advances to achieve improved unit performance, and a seasoned diplomat. Under Spalding’s leadership, the 509th Operations Group—the nation’s only B-2 Stealth Bomber unit—experienced unprecedented technological and operational advances. Spalding’s demonstrated acumen for solving complex technological issues to achieve operational success, was demonstrated when he led a low-cost rapid-integration project for a secure global communications capability in the B-2, achieving tremendous results at almost no cost to the government. As commander, he led forces in the air and on the ground in Libya and Iraq. During the UUV Incident of 2016, Spalding averted a diplomatic crisis by negotiating with the Chinese PLA for the return of the UUV, without the aid of a translator.

    Spalding has written extensively on national security matters. He is currently working on a book concerning national competition in the 21st Century. His work has been published in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, War on the Rocks, FedTech Magazine, Defense One, The Diplomat, and other edited volumes. His Air Power Journal article on "America’s Two Air Forces" is frequently used in the West Point curriculum.

    Spalding is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has lectured globally, including engagements at the Naval War College, National Defense University, Air War College, Columbia University, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and other Professional Military Educational institutions. Spalding received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Agricultural Business from California State University, Fresno, and holds a doctorate in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He was a distinguished graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey and is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.


Past events

20 Nov 2020 Richard MacGregor: Australia and China - The West’s Tipping Point
06 Nov 2020 Maud Olofsson: Will the Nordic Model Survive?
23 Oct 2020 Matthew Kroenig: The Return of Great Power Rivalry
02 Oct 2020 Doug Lute: How the West Lost Its Way
16 Sep 2020 Summer Forum: George Kanuck
19 Aug 2020 Summer Forum: Rich Thomas
15 Jul 2020 Summer Forum: Ashely Jenkins
01 May 2020 Global Speaker Meeting: Jonatan Vseviov, Estonia's Ambassador to the United States
25 Apr 2020 National AWQ Competition
24 Apr 2020 LTG H.R. McMaster - Battlegrounds: The Fights to Defend the Free World
21 Apr 2020 Evening Speaker Series: Janet Mancini Billson, PhD
20 Mar 2020 Henri Barkey: Kurds and the New Geopolitics of the Middle East
07 Mar 2020 AWQ County Competition
06 Mar 2020 Sheila A. Smith: Japan Rearmed - The Politics of Military Power
05 Mar 2020 Evening Speaker Series: Kathleen Biggins
21 Feb 2020 Joby Warrick - Black Flags and Red Lines
20 Feb 2020 AWQ Mock 2
18 Feb 2020 Evening Speaker Series: Alex Kershaw
07 Feb 2020 Dr. Bhavya Lal: The Changing Landscape of Space
06 Feb 2020 Great Decisions Group IV, Thursdays at 7:00 pm
05 Feb 2020 Great Decisions Group III, Wednesdays at 10:00 am
04 Feb 2020 Great Decisions Group II, Tuesdays at 10:00 am
03 Feb 2020 Great Decisions Group I, Mondays 10 am
31 Jan 2020 Model UN Regional Conference
24 Jan 2020 Sean McFate: The New Rules of War
21 Jan 2020 2020 Evening Speaker Series - 4 events
21 Jan 2020 Evening Speaker Series: Bing West
10 Jan 2020 Admiral Cecil Haney: China’s Doctrines on Space, Cyberwarfare and its Nuclear Program
06 Dec 2019 Michael Shifter: The Chaos in Venezuela
15 Nov 2019 Sulmaan Khan: Haunted By Chaos - China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping
01 Nov 2019 Global Speakers Program: Monica Araya
25 Oct 2019 Ambassador Peter Ammon: US and German Relations, Post 1989
04 Oct 2019 General Wesley Clark - Deglobalization: Threats and Opportunities
03 Oct 2019 Fall Forum - Group 3: THURSDAYS
02 Oct 2019 Fall Forum - Group 2: WEDNESDAYS
01 Oct 2019 Fall Forum - Group 4: TUESDAY EVENINGS
01 Oct 2019 Fall Forum - Group 1: TUESDAYS
27 Sep 2019 Annual Meeting - World Affairs Council of Hilton Head
14 Aug 2019 Summer Forum: David Lauderdale
17 Jul 2019 Summer Forum: Lynne Cope Hummell
19 Jun 2019 Summer Forum: Larry Kramer
17 May 2019 John Gilbert: North Korea and the Nuclear Threat
16 May 2019 Cocktail Reception for David Eisenhower
03 May 2019 Alyssa Ayres: India’s Rise on the World Stage
09 Apr 2019 Evening Speaker Series: Allison Stiller
05 Apr 2019 Global Speakers Program - Ambassador Jerzy Pomianowski: Supporting Democracy in Eastern Europe
15 Mar 2019 Ambassador Roman Popadiuk: The Ukraine Russian Crisis
12 Mar 2019 Evening Speaker Series: Patrick Skinner
01 Mar 2019 Robert Mallett: Africa - Familiar Challenges, Rewarding Opportunities
15 Feb 2019 Christopher Alexander: Canadian and U.S. Relations
12 Feb 2019 Evening Speaker Series: Amb. Everett Briggs
07 Feb 2019 Great Decisions Group IV: Thursday evenings, 7:00 pm
06 Feb 2019 Great Decisions Group III: Wednesdays, 10 am
05 Feb 2019 Great Decisions Group II: Tuesdays, 10 am
04 Feb 2019 Great Decisions Group I, Mondays 10 am
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 2019 Evening Speaker Series - 4 events
08 Jan 2019 Evening Speaker Series: Larry Kramer
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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