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Editor’s Notes

As usual, we have an exciting lineup of lectures scheduled for this fall. The fun begins on Sept. 15 and continues on Oct. 20 with a program on Egypt and on Nov. 17 with a program on India.  More details will be available soon.

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.

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

Dr. John Deni: Beyond Crimea: The Future of Western Relations With Russia

Dr. Evan Ellis: Chinese Engagement With Latin America

Dr. Yale Ferguson: Turkey and the EU: The Context Changes Again

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.

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Yemen: A Failed State, But Not A Failed Society! | Print |  E-mail



Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016

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. Roby Barrett

Yemen cannot be understood without the context -- past as present, present as future. Yemen is a geographical term, not a political entity...there are at least five Yemens. Yemen has never been nor will it ever be a nation-state, but as separate societies -- the Zaydi north, the Africanized Tihama coast, the Indian Ocean culture of the south, and the Hadrami east -- it has managed to function over time. The rivalries between these five societies has given rise to significant conflict that has frequently caused difficulties for the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and other countries in the region.

In reality, from the beginning, the only real U.S. strategic interest in Yemen has been the security and stability of Saudi Arabia and we need to tailor U.S. policy accordingly. Now the question is:  What next? We will talk about that too.

Dr. Roby Barrett is the president of a consulting firm specializing in defense and security technology applications and systems including nuclear issues, police-border security, command and control, and weapons acquisition issues. He is a former Foreign Service officer and a graduate of the Foreign Service Institute’s intensive 2-year Arab Language and Middle East Area Studies program as well as the Counterterrorism Tactics and Special Operations courses.

Dr. Barrett is a senior advisor to the Board of Directors of the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. He is a Senior Fellow with the Joint Special Operations University and the Air Force Special Operations School. He was an Eisenhower-Roberts fellow of the Eisenhower Institute in Washington D.C., a Rotary International fellow at the Russian and East European Institute at the University of Munich, a Scottish Rite Research fellow at Oxford University.

Dr. Barrett was a guest speaker at the Bahrain MOI Gulf Security Forum (2008), at the opening of the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center (Amman 2009), and the Bahrain SOF Conference (2010). Dr. Barrett supported numerous military units including the 5th Special Forces Group, 101st Airborne both in the U.S. and Iraq, Naval Special Warfare Command both in the U.S. and the Arabian Gulf, 4th Psychological Warfare Group, and 19th Special Forces Group.

B.A. in History and Government at Texas A&M University - Commerce; M.A. in History and Government at Baylor University; M.A. in Government at Texas A&M University - Commerce; Ph.D. in Middle East and South Asian History at University of Texas at Austin


LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!!!  You're interested in world affairs and read books and newspapers that keep you informed, and you enjoy a challenge for a good cause, so... let's get together for an evening of Trivial Pursuit, World Affairs style! The questions will be a mixture of facts and fun derived from contemporary world events. Join us on Thursday November 10 for a fun evening at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church. 50 Diamond Causeway on Skidaway Island.  Dinner will be served at 6pm and the competition begins at 7pm. The cost is only $35 for SCWA members, $45 for non-members, including beer and wine.
Collect a group of friends to make a table for eight, or come alone and we'll fix you up.  Payment must be received by November 1 and should be sent to SCWA, PO Box 10231, Savannah GA 31412.  You may also pay by credit card or your PayPal account by clicking here.

Upcoming Programs

Oct. 20, 2016 - Dr. Charles Dunne, Egypt Under El-Sisi...And Where Do We Go From Here?

Nov. 17, 2016 - Nagesh Singh, Consulate General of India, Atlanta, India in the New International System - A Rising Power








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