World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

Speaker MeetingFriday Speaker Series 2020-2021

Return of Great Power Rivalries

The 2018 National Defense Strategy acknowledges an increasingly complex global security environment and the re-emergence of long-term, strategic competition between nations. This environment potentially presents a challenge to U.S. prosperity and security by revisionist powers. China, Russia, and other economic and military powers want to shape a world consistent with their own. This upcoming 2020/21 speaker series will feature diplomats, military leaders, senior policy makers, and scholars that will help us make sense of this return of great power rivalries.

The Friday Speaker Series, our principal program, usually takes place on the first and third Fridays of each month at the First Presbyterian Church – October through May. This season, due to the pandemic,  all the programs will be presented via Zoom webinars. We hope to be back in the church next October.  Speakers come from around the globe who are known for their international experience in government, business, military affairs and academia. International speakers are supported by our Global Speakers ProgramPlease check the program calendar for exact dates and topics. Attendance at the Friday Speaker Series is a primary benefit of joining WACHH. Guests are invited to attend as well (see Guest Policy).

Download 2020-2021 Schedule (PDF)

Date  Presenter   Topic
10/2/2020 Doug Lute How the West Was Lost
10/23/2020
Matthew Kroenig
The Return of Great Power Rivalries
11/6/2020
Maud Olofsson*
Will the Nordic Model Survive?
11/20/2020
Richard MacGregor*
Australia and China: The West’s Tipping Point
12/4/2020
Alexandra Bell
Nuclear Weapons Policy in the Next Administration
1/8/2020
David Eisenhower
Great Power Rivalries - Through the Rearview Mirror
1/22/2021
Col. David Maxwell
Developments in North Korea
2/5/2021
Steven Olikara
How the Rise of Millennials and Gen Z Will Shape American Foreign Policy
2/19/2021
Joseph Yun
Biden Administration’s Approach to Asia
3/5/2021
Russell Hsiao

Taiwan - Cross-Strait Relations Beyond 2020

3/19/2021
Michael Reynolds
Russia and the Middle East in the Twenty-First Century
4/9/2021
Nina Jankowicz How to Lose the Information Wars
4/30/2021 Dr. Robert Spalding US-China Relations in a Post-Coronavirus World
5/7/2021
Mathew Burrows Russia and China: Benign Friendship or Malignant Gamechanger?


**Made possible by the Global Speakers Program


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