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Editor’s Notes

Sadanand Dhoume gave a wonderful talk on Jan. 22, describing India's path from independence in 1947 to the current day.  He emphasized the importance of the close relationship with the U.S. while at the same time maintaining its official position of neutrality. India still has many challenges (don't we all?) but there has been considerable progress.


Mr. William H. Bellamy, our speaker for Feb. 12, will also be speaking at Savannah State University on Feb. 13 and has forwarded the following information to us:


Mr. William M. Bellamy, former Ambassador of the USA in Kenya, currently senior adviser to the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Professor of International Relations at Simmons College in Boston, MA., will speak at Savannah State University on the following topic: “ Dealing with Terrorism in East Africa: The role of the USA in the fight against Al-Shabaab”.  The presentation will take place on Friday, February 13 at 10:00am in Jordan Auditorium on the first floor of Jordan Hall across from the Tigers Arena.  The public is invited to attend.



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

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.

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A World in Crisis: America's Place As A Great Power | Print |  E-mail


Date: Thursday, February 12,  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.

Ambassador William H. Bellamy

Few nations in history have amassed as much economic wealth and military power as the United States since World War Two.  With the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the United States became the world’s “sole superpower” and “indispensable nation.” In the following decade, America’s global reach and influence expanded further still.

Much has changed in the new millennium.  Costly and inconclusive wars initiated by the US, and a near collapse of the global financial system and deep recession in the developed world, have damaged  America’s strategic position.  Unprecedented partisan gridlock in Washington has undermined governance and alarmed US friends and allies.  Far from winning the “war on terror,” the US is now confronted with a proliferation of violent extremist groups across the Middle East and Africa.  Elsewhere, aggressive nationalistic movements are pushing aside liberal democratic values championed by the US and the West in favor of authoritarian models, a trend exemplified by Putin’s Russia.  Meanwhile, China rises relentlessly as a counterweight to US global influence.


A redistribution of global power is inevitable in the near term, but the United States is far from finished as the world’s pre-eminent state.  Securing America’s place in a rapidly changing and uncertain world will not happen automatically.  It will require changes in the way we govern ourselves at home, and in the way we project our values and strengths abroad.


William H. Bellamy is a senior adviser to the Africa Program at CSIS and Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College in Boston, MA. He was previously director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and, before that, senior vice president of the National Defense University itself. Ambassador Bellamy retired from the Foreign Service after a 30-year career in 2007. His last overseas posting was as U.S. ambassador to Kenya (2003–2006), where he directed U.S. security programs in the Horn of Africa, supervised the U.S. governments largest foreign HIV/AIDS program, and led multinational efforts to combat corruption and promote good governance.

He has served as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs (2001–2003) and as deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs (2000–2001). His earlier diplomatic assignments include deputy chief of mission in Canberra (1997–2000), political minister-counselor in Paris (1993–1997), and political counselor in Pretoria and Cape Town (1991–1993). In South Africa, he was closely engaged in U.S. diplomatic efforts to promote a peaceful transition from apartheid to democratic rule.


Ambassador Bellamy holds a B.A. in history from Occidental College and an M.A. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He holds certificates from the Institute Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva and the Ecole Nationale dAdministration in Paris. He is the recipient of a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and a Distinguished Honor Award and two Superior Honor Awards conferred by the U.S. secretary of state.


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