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.
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 http://www.mei.edu/node/25/edit
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