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Speaker: Sir James R. Mancham, "The Geo-Political Situation in the Indian Ocean"

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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.

Sir James R. Mancham (KBE) and PhD was the first President of the Republic of Seychelles from 1976 to 1977. He had a major airport built and actively promoted business and tourism to help improve the local economy. While in London at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit coincident with the Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II a Soviet backed coup d'etat took place, forcing him to stay in England. In April 1992 he returned as the "Apostle of National Reconciliation" and by working with the people who had deposed him he made it his priority to restore the economy, national peace and reconciliation. A new constitution was drafted and the Seychelles became a multi-party democracy.
The Seychelles are in the Indian Ocean, a major seaway for the transport of goods and oil, and lately, a fertile hunting ground for pirates. It has also become the center of a rivalry between the two regional superpowers, China and India, and Sir James will comment on their actions (and US inaction) and the outlook for the future.
Sir James has spent a lifetime working in the topmost levels of business and government involved in this region and is uniquely positioned to offer insight into what is happening and what is likely to happen in this critical area of the world.

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Upcoming Programs

October 18, 2012 - Understanding Muslim Societies - Dr. Marc Lynch
November 15, 2012 - Middle East Law - Mr. Michael W. Hanna
December 6, 2012 - Oil, Dollars, Debt, and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold - Dr. Mahmoud Amid El-Gamal
April 25, 2013 - International Education - Dr, C.E. "Bud" Peterson, President of Georgia Tech


SCWA Board member Jose de Arimateia da Cruz will be giving a lecture on Thursday Sept. 27, and he invites you all to attend.

“Political Transformation in Contemporary Latin American Politics”
by Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz

When: Thursday, September 27, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Student Union’s Ogeechee Theatre on the Armstrong campus, 11935 Abercorn Street
Admission: Free and open to the public!

About this event:

During the 1960s and 1970s, Latin America was ruled by bureaucratic authoritarian regimes brought about by a series of revolution installing military regimes. In the 1980s most countries saw a return to democracy. By the 1990s most nations had not consolidated their infant democracy. Instead countries were developing hybrid regimes… In this presentation Dr. José da Cruz will discuss what factors led to the rise of B-A regimes in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s; the reasons for a return to democracy; and why instead of consolidation of democracy we have witnessed a rise of hybrid regimes. Free and open to the public.