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Editor’s Notes


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


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.



What Good is Grand Strategy? | Print |  E-mail


Date: Thursday, September 18,  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. Hal Brands


Grand strategy is one of the most commonly used terms in the foreign policy lexicon.  But what is grand strategy?  Why is it so important and so difficult?  And can the United States actually do grand strategy effectively in a complex and changing world?  This talk explores the nature of grand strategy, discusses historical examples of American leaders who have done it well, and looks forward to see what the prospects are for the future of American grand strategy in a difficult geopolitical environment.

Hal Brands joined the faculty at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy in July 2010. He is a historian whose research focuses on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, Cold War history, Latin American security and diplomacy, and other strategic and military issues. He previously worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses outside of Washington, D.C., and has served as a member of the RAND Corporation Grand Strategy Advisory Board. At Duke, he is an affiliate of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and serves on the Executive Board of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

Brands is the author of From Berlin to Baghdad: America's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World (University Press of Kentucky, 2008). His second book,Latin America's Cold War (Harvard University Press, September 2010), was adapted from his dissertation, which won the John Addison Porter Prize for Best Dissertation in the Humanities at Yale University and the Mary and Arthur Wright Prize for Best Dissertation in Non-U.S. or European History at Yale. His most recent book is What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Statecraft in American Foreign Policy from Harry S. Truan to George W. Bush (Cornell University Press, 2014).

Brands earned a PhD, MA and MPhil. in History from Yale University. He received a BA in History and Political Science from Stanford University.

Representative Publications (More Publications)


  1. Hal Brands. What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S Truman to George W. Bush. Cornell University Press, 2014.
  2. Hal Brands. Latin America's Cold War. Harvard University Press, 2010. (Paperback released in 2012)
  3. Hal Brands. From Berlin to Baghdad: America's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World. University Press of Kentucky, 2008.
  4. Hal Brands, David Palkki. ""Saddam, Israel, and the Bomb: Nuclear Alarmism Justified?"." International Security 36.1 (Summer, 2011).
  5. Hal Brands, David Palkki. "Conspiring Bastards: Saddam Hussein's Strategic View of the United States." Diplomatic History (June, 2012).
  6. Hal Brands. "Third-World Politics in an Age of Global Upheaval: The Latin American Challenge to U.S. and Western Hegemony, 1965-1975."Diplomatic History 32.1 (January, 2008). [pdf]
  7. Hal Brands. "Non-Proliferation and the Dynamics of the Middle Cold War: The Superpowers, the MLF, and the NPT." Cold War History 7 (August, 2007).
  8. Hal Brands. "Progress Unseen: U.S. Arms Control Policy and the Origins of Détente, 1963–1968." Diplomatic History 30 (April, 2006). [pdf]
  9. Hal Brands. Dilemmas of Brazilian Grand Strategy. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, September, 2010. [display.cfm]
  10. Hal Brands. Crime, Violence, and the Crisis in Guatemala: A Case Study in the Erosion of the State. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, May, 2010. [display.cfm]
  11. Hal Brands. Mexico's Narco-Insurgency and U.S. Counter-Drug Policy. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, May, 2009.
  12. Hal Brands. "Reform, Democratization, and Counter-Insurgency: Evaluating the U.S. Experience in Cold War Latin America." Small Wars & Insurgencies 22.2 (Summer, 2011).

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Upcoming Programs (Click on the link for more complete information)


Oct. 16, 2014 - The Dark Side of Globalization - Dr. Robert J. Bunker

Oct. 17, 2014 - Panel Discussion:  Ukraine, Past, Present and Future

Nov. 13, 2014 - Dancing With The Devil:  The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes - Dr. Michael Rubin

Dec. 11, 2014 - Russia - Dr. Stephen Blank

Jan. 22, 2015 - Sadanand Dhume

Feb. 12, 2015 - Ambassador Bellamy

March 12, 2015 - Gulfstream Aerospace and The World

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








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