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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
Matthew Kroenig
The Return of Great Power Rivalries
Maud Olofsson*
Will the Nordic Model Survive?
Richard MacGregor*
Australia and China: The West’s Tipping Point
Alexandra Bell
Nuclear Weapons Policy in the Next Administration
David Eisenhower
Great Power Rivalries - Through the Rearview Mirror
Col. David Maxwell
Developments in North Korea
Steven Olikara
How the Rise of Millennials and Gen Z Will Shape American Foreign Policy
Joseph Yun
Biden Administration’s Approach to Asia
Russell Hsiao

Taiwan - Cross-Strait Relations Beyond 2020

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

**Made possible by the Global Speakers Program

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