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Editor’s Notes

Global Strategy


Dr. Hal Brands gave a fascinating talk on Sept. 18, outlining for us the elements that should be addressed in a foreign policy strategy and relating that to how the current and previous administrations acted.  He also freely acknowledged the difficulty in articulating a perfect strategy backed up by perfect execution.  Did I say difficult?  It's impossible to be perfect, but it is helpful to try.



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.

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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.



The Dark Side of Globalization | Print |  E-mail


Date: Thursday, October 16, 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. Robert J. Bunker

Why did globalization begin to go very wrong and the American middle class begin to feel economically imperiled? Why have new constructs such as criminal and plutocratic insurgency developed? Why have narco tanks—that look like something out of a Mad Max-like movie set in parts of war torn Mexico—been built and why do advanced narco-subs originating in Colombia sail on our seas? These questions and many more will be addressed in this highly informative presentation on Dark Globalization.


Dr. Bunker is a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Minerva Chair at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. He is also Adjunct Faculty, Division of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University. Past professional associations include Futurist in Residence, Training and Development Division, Behavioral Science Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, Quantico, VA; CEO, Counter-OPFOR Corporation; Adjunct Faculty, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California; Terrorism Instructor, California Specialized Training Institute, California Office of Emergency Services; Staff Member (Consultant), Counter-OPFOR Program, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center-West; Fellow, Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the U.S. Army; Adjunct Faculty, National Security Studies M.A. Program and Political Science Department, California State University, San Bernardino, CA; and Faculty, Unconventional Warfare M.A. Distance Education Program, American Military University.

Dr. Bunker has delivered over 200 presentations, including papers and training, to military, law enforcement, and academic and policy audiences, including U.S. congressional testimony. He also has well over 200 publications ranging from edited books and booklets to reports, chapters, articles/essays, response guidance, subject bibliographies, and encyclopedia entries in academic, policy, military, and law enforcement venues. Dr. Bunker holds university degrees in political science, government, social science, anthropology-geography, behavioral science, and history and has taken hundreds of hours of specialized law enforcement and counterterrorism training.

*All views expressed in this presentation are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Representative Publications

Fifth Dimensional Operations: Space-Time-Cyber Dimensionality in Conflict and War: A Terrorism Research Center Book, co-editor with Charles “Sid” Heal (iUniverse, 2014) Forthcoming

Global Criminal and Sovereign Free Economies and the Demise of the Western Democracies, co-editor with Pamela Ligouri Bunker (Routledge, 2014) Forthcoming

Studies in Gangs and Cartels, co-author with John P. Sullivan (Routledge, 2013)

Mexican Cartel Essays and Notes: Strategic, Operational, and Tactical: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology, primary author (iUniverse, 2013)

Body Cavity Bombers: The New Martyrs: A Terrorism Research Center Book, co-primary author with Christopher Flaherty (iUniverse, 2013)

Criminal Insurgencies in Mexico and the Americas: The Gangs and Cartels Wage War, editor (Routledge, 2012)

Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology, primary author with John P. Sullivan (iUniverse 2012)

Red Teams and Counterterrorism Training, co-author with Stephen Sloan (University of Oklahoma, 2011)

Narcos Over the Border: Gangs, Cartels and Mercenaries, editor (Routledge, 2011)

Criminal-States and Criminal-Soldiers, editor (Routledge, 2008)

Networks, Terrorism and Global Insurgency, editor (Routledge, 2005) 


Non-State Threats and Future Wars, editor (Routledge, 2002)





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