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Editor’s Notes

Our speaker in February addressed the history of nuclear arms controls in previous administrations, and the outlook for the future.  It was a fascinating discussion and an audio track is available by clicking here.


We distribute an SCWA Newsletter, generally twice a month.  It's an easy way to be kept informed of the upcoming lectures and events. To be added to our distribution list, just click here.


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.

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

J. Mathew McInnis: Iran, the U.S., and the Future of the Nuclear Pact

Mr. Randall Schriver: A Three-Way Collision: China, Taiwan, and the USA.

Mr. Nagesh Singh: India in the New International System: A Rising Power

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.

If you do listen to the audio please let us know (via the Contact Us option) if the experience was satisfactory.



NATO: The Political and Military Alliance That Created Modern Europe | Print |  E-mail


Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

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.


Lt. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Walter E. Gaskin's talk will connect the dots of our political, economic and military ties to Europe.  These ties are creating much concern based on the political climate in the U. S. as well as in a number of NATO member countries.  General Gaskin will make a relatively brief presentation and then open the floor for discussion where he will be free to not only answer questions, but make additional comments based on the points of interest raised by the audience.

Lieutenant General Walter E. Gaskin served as the Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium from 2010 until 2013, when he retired. Lt. Gen. Gaskin currently serves as an Institute for Defense and Business Executive Fellow. He served as the Commanding General of the 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC from June 2006 until July 2008. In addition to this role, he simultaneously served as the Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). During this tour, General Gaskin led II MEF (FWD) during its year-long deployment to Al Anbar Province, Iraq as the Commanding General of Multinational Forces-West. Previous assignments as a General Officer include service as the Vice Director of The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. from 2008 until  2009 and as the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruiting Command in Quantico, VA beginning in September 2002. Additionally, he served as the Chief of Staff, Naval Striking and Support Forces-Southern Europe and as the Deputy Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces-Europe in Naples, Italy from 2002 to 2004. General Gaskin's first assignment as a General Officer was the Commanding General, Training and Education Command in Quantico in March 2000.

A 1974 graduate from Savannah State University's NROTC Program with a Bachelor of Science, Lieutenant General Gaskin also earned a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1992. He has also completed the Senior Executive Seminar from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University in 2002. His professional military education includes The Basic School and Amphibious Warfare School (1982–83) in Quantico; the United States Army Command and Staff College, Leavenworth, KS (1986–1987); the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA (1993–1994); and the Combined/Joint Force Land Component Command (C/JFLCC) Course, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA (2009).



Sponsor of this Month’s Program - The Keaton Group, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.

The Savannah Council on World Affairs is grateful for the support of leadership enterprises in our community such as The Keaton Group.

Upcoming Programs

May 11, 2017 - Drug Trafficking and International Security

September 21, 2017 - Canada In The New International System - The Environment and International Relations

October 19, 2017 - Extremism, Political Islam and Governance in Bangladesh

December 7, 2017 - The Inside Story of the Iran Nuclear Deal













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