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Editor’s Notes

Dancing With The Devil - The Perils of Engaging With Rogue Regimes

Many of us feel that engaging in dialog with entities that hate us is preferable to using force.  Dr. Michael Rubin gave a compelling talk on Nov. 13 demonstrating that dialog frequently merely delays the use of force, sometimes beyond the point when it can be used.  Rogue leaders have observed both our great power and our reluctance to use it and they manipulate us to their advantage. It was a fascinating perspective on an ever more vexing problem.  His book, with the same title as the lecture, is now available, and the audio track of his lecture is available by clicking here and then clicking on the "Play" button.

THIRTY FOR 30 CAMPAIGN

In 2014 your Savannah Council on World Affairs (SCWA) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary.  To commemorate that event we are kicking off our Thirty for 30 campaign asking our members and supporters to contribute $30 (or more!).  The money will be used to fund our student stipend program (described below) and other programs. SCWA has prided itself on bringing quality speakers to Savannah to address pressing world affairs issues, and recently to assist local students in their efforts to broaden their experience.  Your support makes these important programs possible! To donate, click here. Thanks.

 

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 AASU, 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.

 

To contribute online, please click here.

 

On behalf of the students, Thank You!

 

 

 


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

 

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.

 

 


Putting Russia and the Ukraine in Context | Print |  E-mail

 

Date: Thursday, December 11,  2014

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. Stephen Blank

 

Dr. Stephen Blank will explore the context under which Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. This means examining the conceptual and political and military background to the invasion, Putin's domestic and foreign objectives, and the geopolitical consequences for Ukraine, Russia, Europe, and the rest of the world.  The Russian invasion is the most naked act of aggression since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.  It threatens many aspects of European and international security and to grasp the nature of that threat we must fully clarify its context, its domestic and foreign policy goals, the nature of the military operation involved and the consequences of this action and of the West's weak response.  The lecture will aim to clarify all of these issues and is derived from Dr. Blank's ongoing research on these subjects.

STEPHEN BLANK is a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, www.afpc.org.  From 1989-2013 he was a Professor of Russian National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Blank has been Professor of National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute since 1989.  In 1998-2001 he was Douglas MacArthur Professor of Research at the War College.  

He has published over 900 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian, and European military and foreign policies, testified frequently before Congress on Russia, China, and Central Asia, consulted for the CIA, major think tanks and foundations, chaired major international conferences in the USA and abroad In Florence, Prague, and London, and has been a commentator on foreign affairs in the media in the United States and abroad.  He has also advised major corporations on investing in Russia and is a consultant for the Gerson Lehrmann Group

He has published or edited 15 books focusing on Russian foreign, energy, and military policies and on International Security in Eurasia.  His most recent book is Russo-Chinese Energy Relations: Politics in Command, London: Global Markets Briefing, 2006.  He has also published Natural Allies?: Regional Security in Asia and Prospects for Indo-American Strategic Cooperation, Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, 2005.  He isalso  currently writing a book “Light From the East: Russia’s Quest for Great Powr  Stauts in Asia” to be published in 2014 by Ashgate Publishrs

Dr. Blank is also the author of a study of the Soviet Commissariat of Nationalities, The Sorcerer as Apprentice: Stalin's Commissariat of Nationalities, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994 and the co-editor of The Soviet Military and the Future, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992. 

Prior to this appointment Dr. Blank was Associate Professor for Soviet Studies at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education of Air University at Maxwell AFB.  He also held the position of 1980-86: Assistant Professor of Russian History, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1980-86, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian history,

University of California, Riverside, 1979-80. 

 

Dr. Blank's M.A. and Ph.D. are in Russian History from the University of Chicago. His B.A is in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Upcoming Programs

Jan. 22, 2015 - Sadanand Dhume

Feb. 12, 2015 - The World in Crisis: America's Place as a Great Power - Ambassador William H. Bellamy

March 12, 2015 - Gulfstream Aerospace and The World

April 16, 2015 - Time to Attack Iran - Dr. Mathew Kroenig

May 7, 2015 - Turkey and the EU - The Context Changes Again - Dr. Yale Ferguson


 

 

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