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Editor’s Notes


Our 2015 season got off to a rousing start with the 9/17 lecture on how China is investing in Latin America.  We have more stimulating talks lined up and we look forward to seeing you.



Student Study Abroad Stipends

The Savannah Council on World Affairs (SCWA) provides stipends to as many as nine students each year in support of their plans to engage in a study abroad program.  We believe that such programs increase an individual's perspective on world affairs and gives them a better foundation for future involvement in the larger community.

Each candidate must have already been accepted to a study abroad program, must meet our academic criteria, and must have a verifiable need for financial assistance.  Academic coordinators at Armstrong State University, Savannah State University and Georgia Southern University screen prospective candidates and provide us with a selection from which to choose.

Your generous donation can help us raise the level of support we provide or perhaps increase the number of students we support.


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On behalf of the students, Thank You!




Audio Available - Follow the link below and select the Play button below the title

Dr. Mathew Kroenig - Time to Attack Iran?

Mr. Steven Cass - Gulfstream Aerospace and The World

Mr. Sadanand Dhoume - Rebooting U.S. India Relations

Dr. Stephen Blank - Putting Russia and the Ukraine in Context

Dr. Robert J. Bunker - The Dark Side of Globalization

Dr. Hal Brands - What Good is Grand Strategy?

Dr. Kevin Spooner - Partners Nevertheless Canadian American Relations Past and Present

Ms. Terry Smith-Labat, From Tall Ships to the Digital Economy

Mr. Frank Calzon, Cuba and U.S. Relations Under the Obama Administration

Dr. Raul Madrid, The Origins of the Two Lefts in Latin America

Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson, U.S. Higher Education Goes Global

Ms. Susan R. Johnson, The Demands of Contemporary Diplomacy

Dr. Michael Kraft, "Global Environmental Challenges"

Dr. Sean Lynn-Jones, "Why the United States Should Spread Democracy"

Dr. Marc Lynch, "Understanding Muslim Societies"

Sir James R. Mancham, "The Geo-Political Situation in the Indian Ocean"

Ms. Farah Stockman, "American Exceptionalism: Tales of a Journalist's Adventures in Kenya, Afghanistan and Iran"

Dr. Javier Corrales, "How 'Participatory Cancer' is affecting Venezuela and Beyond."  Click here.

Dr. Michael Baun,  "The Euro Zone Debt Crisis and the EU."  Click here.

Thomas Garret and Leslie Campbell, "The Arab Spring One Year Later:  Prospects for Democracy." Click here.

Lt. Col. Zumwalt,  "Bare Feet, Iron Will."  Click here.

Werner Fornos, "The One Billion Food Crisis." Click here.

If you do listen to the audio please let us know (via the Contact Us option) if the experience was satisfactory.



Beyond Crimea: The Future of Western Relations with Russia | Print |  E-mail


Date: Thursday, October 15,  2015

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.


Dr. John R. Deni


The Western strategy toward Russia over the last quarter century has been driven by a consensus that economic interdependence and other forms of interconnectedness enmesh states in a web of relationships that lessen security competition.  This logic of security and peace through interdependence rests at least in part on the notion that a rising tide lifts all boats – in other words, a positive-sum game, in which benefits for one country lead to benefits for all.  Unfortunately, Russia has not been interested in a positive-sum game, preferring instead a zero-sum game.  How should the West respond?  Beyond Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, and its ongoing invasion of eastern Ukraine, what strategy should the West follow to best safeguard Western interests in Europe and elsewhere?  What policies would be best suited to fulfilling that strategy?


Dr. John R. Deni is a Research Professor of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. He previously worked for 8 years as a political advisor for senior U.S. military commanders in Europe. While working for the U.S. military in Europe, Dr. Deni was also an adjunct lecturer at Heidelberg University’s Institute for Political Science where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on U.S. foreign and security policy, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), European security, and alliance theory and practice. He is the author or editor of three books, including Alliance Management and Maintenance: Restructuring NATO for the 21st Century, as well as several peer-reviewed monographs and journal articles.




Sponsor of this Month’s Program - The Keaton Group, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.


The Savannah Council on World Affairs is grateful for the support of leadership enterprises in our community such as The Keaton Group.


Upcoming Programs
Nov. 12, 2015 - The Iran Nuclear Deal:  Strengths, Weaknesses, and Where We Go From Here

Jan. 21, 2016 - Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement

The Cultural Corner – Embrace the Vibrance


Home to pristine beaches, esteemed beauty queens and timeless vallenato music, Colombia is the only South American nation to be bordered by two oceans- the Atlantic and Pacific.

It is the homeland to countless international celebrities such as pop-star Shakira, Grammy Award winner Carlos Vives, Nobel Peace Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez, actress Sofia Vergara and soccer (fútbol) icon James Rodriguez.

A leading exporter of emeralds, coffee, bananas and coal, Colombia is considered the second most bio-diverse country in the world and is recognized as having the “purest version” of the Spanish language. In 2013, its second largest city Medellín was named the world’s most “innovative city of the year” by various sources.

One of the most prosperous and progressive countries in Latin America today, Colombia is a treasure all in itself.

Parque Tayrona, Santa Marta, Colombia -  Photo: Gini Martelo 






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