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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)


Sponsor of this Program - The Eliza Thompson House

The Eliza Thompson House is an exquisite 1847 inn located in historic Savannah. Recommended by Conde Nast Johansens and known for superior service, the inn is just a short walk from Savannah’s best-loved historic attractions. Many of our speakers choose to stay at this lovely inn and they are always delighted to have done so.  The Savannah Council on World Affairs appreciates their support.




Panel Discussion - "The Crisis in Ukraine"

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014

Time: Coffee and Cookies at 1:30 p.m.
Program from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (approximate)

Location: Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway, Skidaway Island, Georgia 31411
Access: Open to the public at no charge.

We have all watched in amazement at the blatant land grab by Vladimir Putin, first in Crimea and now treatening Ukraine proper.  Yet few of us have much understanding of the history and culture uniting Russia and Ukraine, nor do we understand the options available to the European Union and NATO.  The Savannah Council on World Affairs is fortunate to have assembled a panel of experts with deep understanding of this troubled area who will explain in a detailed yet understandable way the unifying logic of this challenging situation. In a unique twist, one of the panel members will give their report from Kiev, in the Ukraine, via Skype.  This will be a wonderfully interesting program and we encourage everyone to join us.

Chair - Dr. Olavi Arens, Professor of History, Armstrong State University

What is Ukraine? - Dr. Jacek Lubecki, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of  the Center for International Studies, Georgia Southern University

The Russian Perspective on Ukraine - Dr. Martin Blackwell, Associate Professor of History, University of North Georgia

European Union Policy Options on Ukraine - Dr. Jamie E. Scalera, Associate Professor of History, Georgia Southern University

NATO and the Ukranian Crisis - Dr. James W. Peterson, Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department of Political Science, Valdosta State University

Report from Kiev, Ukraine (via Skype) - Mr. William Risch, Associate Professor of History, Georgia College & State University

Jacek Lubecki was born in Poland and studied law and romance languages at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland. He received his Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate School of International studies, University of Denver in 2000. Among his publications is: “Poland in Iraq” (Polish Review, summer 2005).

Martin Blackwell, following the completion of his undergraduate degree, lived and worked for many year in such cities as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv, and L’viv (the latter two in Ukraine). He received his Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, Bloomington. Among his publications is: “The Reconstruction of the Communist Party in Kyiv after the Nazi Occupation” (Modern History of Russia, vol. 1, no. 2, Nov. 2011).

Jamie E. Scalera received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working on several projects that examine the process of accession to international organizations and the impact of membership on member-states. Among her publications is: “The Divergent Effects of Joining International Organizations: Trade Gains and the Rigors of WTO Accession” (with Todd Allee) (International Organization 66, Spring 2012).

James W. Peterson received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the editor of Czech and Slovak History Newsletter. Among his publications is “The Czech Republic and the World: Conflicting Loyalties, Organizational Memberships, and Changed National Images (Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, No. 1907, Aug. 2008).

William Risch is currently doing research in Kyiv, Ukraine. Among his numerous publications is a book, “The Ukrainian West: Culture and the Fate of Empire in Soviet Lviv” (Harvard University Press, 2011). The breadth of his interest is indicated by a recent article, “Escape from the Street: Language, Rock-and-Roll, and Subversive Youth Space in Late Socialist Lviv” (E. Foust and S. Fuggle, ed., “Word on the Street: Reading, Writing & Inhabiting Public Space, London, 2011).

Upcoming Programs

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

Dec. 11, 2014 - Putting Russia and the Ukraine in Context - 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