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Editor’s Notes

Our program on December 8 was "ripped from the headlines."  Randall Schriver spoke about the conflicts that exist between China, Taiwan and the United States.  Understanding the recent history helps to understand the social, economic and military forces which are in play, although the current volatile environment makes it very difficlt to predict the future,  It was a fascinating discussion that you can listen to by clicking here and following instructions.


We would like to thank our sponsors, both new and old.  Their generous support, along with the support of our members, enables us to continue to bring high quality speakers to our community and to support students who need help in defraying the cost of study abroad.  New to our sponsors are the Planters Inn on Reynolds SquareEllis, Painter, Ratteree & Adams, LLPUnited Community Bank, and Patricia Bishop Seabolt Brokers.  Returning as sponsors are The Keaton and Sams Group, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc., ESZTER NEMZETKÖZI KFT, United WebWorks, and the Eliza Thompson House.  Thank you all!



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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

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.



Iran, the U.S., and the Future of the Nuclear Deal | Print |  E-mail



Date: Thursday, January 26, 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.

J. Mathew McInnis

One of the signature accomplishments of the Obama administration was the deal with Iran to prevent them from developing a nuclear weapon.  And one of the loudest threats from Donald Trump during his campaign was his intent to undo that deal.  How likely is this? What are the implications of just the threat? And what are the implications if he actually kills the deal?  It's hard to imagine a more important topic, and we are pleased to be able to offer our members a thoughtful, non-partisan view of the subject.

J. Matthew McInnis is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on Iran, specifically on its foreign policies, intentions, decision making, strategic culture, and military power. He also works on US defense and regional security issues in the Middle East and on the effectiveness of the US intelligence community.

Before joining AEI, McInnis served for 15 years in senior leadership positions in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where he worked on Iran, Iraq, and the larger Middle East; counterproliferation; and East Asian security issues. Most notably, he was the senior expert for Iran at US Central Command from 2010 to 2013, directly advising Generals David Petraeus, John Allen, and James Mattis. In this capacity, he structured and created major initiatives within the US Department of Defense and the intelligence community to improve America’s understanding of and ability to respond to Iranian military behavior and capabilities.

Previously, McInnis served as the Iran division chief and the senior intelligence officer for Iraq at the DIA. In 2006, he deployed for one year to Baghdad, where he led an analysis of the Iraqi government and security forces, Kurdish politics, Shi’a militias, and Iranian influence for the Multi-National Force–Iraq under Generals George Casey and Petraeus. He also served — at the beginning of the surge — as senior defense intelligence adviser to Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno, commanding general of MultiNational Corps Iraq.

At DIA, McInnis was staff director of the counterproliferation and Middle East offices, and an analyst and program manager for the China and East Asia office where he was the architect of the agency’s first China intelligence strategy.

McInnis has a B.A. in international studies from Eckerd College, an M.A. in European studies from New York University, and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Upcoming Programs

February 16, 2017 - Nuclear Deterrence and President Trump

March 16, 2017 - Bangladesh: A Political History Since Independence

April 27, 2017 - The U.S. and NATO Under New Leadership

May 11, 2017 - Drug Trafficking and International Security












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