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Amid these challenging circumstances, SCWA thanks you for your continued support!  Preview SCWA’s YouTube Channel featuring SCWA Board Directors Dr. Jacek Lubecki, Dr. Mohamed Mukhtar, and Dr. Olavi Arnes; and coming soon, our 2020 Fall Speaker series. Continuing this Fall, Members can stay engaged & participate in various FREE & FEE Virtual Webinars offered by US World Affairs Councils. Both FREE & FEE Virtual Opportunities are listed below and updated weekly simply follow the links to register. ~ Stay Tuned & Stay Healthy, SCWA!


Thursday, October 15, 2020

8:00 PM   

Dr. Matthew Kroenig


The Return of Great Power Rivalry: Democracy versus Autocracy

The US has been the most powerful country in the world for over seventy years, but recently the U.S. National Security Strategy declared that the return of great power competition with Russia and China is the greatest threat to U.S. national security. Further, many analysts predict that America’s autocratic rivals will have at least some success in disrupting-and, in the longer term, possibly even displacing-U.S. global leadership.  Do democracies tend to excel in great power rivalries; do they actually have unique economic, diplomatic, and military advantages in long-run geopolitical competitions?  Dr. Kroenig presents an innovative way of thinking about power in international politics and an optimistic assessment of the future of American global leadership.
Mat KroenigDr. Matthew Kroenig is a Professor in the Department of Government and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. A 2019 study in Perspectives on Politics ranked him as one of the top 25 most-cited political scientists of his generation.
Dr. Kroenig is the author or editor of seven books, including The Return of Great Power Rivalry: Democracy versus Autocracy from the Ancient World to the US and China (Oxford University Press, 2020), which was an Amazon Best Seller. The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters (Oxford University Press, 2018) was selected by the US Air Force for its professional reading list and was translated into Chinese and Korean.
His articles have appeared in many publications, including: American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Strategic Studies, Politico, Security Studies, Strategic Studies Quarterly, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among others.
Dr. Kroenig is the Director of the Global Strategy Initiative and Deputy Director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He writes a bi-weekly column, “It’s Debatable”, for Foreign Policy. Dr. Kroenig has served as a national security adviser on the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney (2012), Scott Walker (2016), and Marco Rubio (2016). He has served in several positions in the U.S. Department of Defense and the intelligence community in the Bush and Obama administrations, including in the Strategy office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the CIA’s Strategic Assessments Group. He regularly consults with a wide range of U.S. government entities. In 2005, he was the principal author of the first-ever, US-government-wide strategy for deterring terrorist networks. For this work, he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history summa cum laude from the University of Missouri in 2000, as well as a master of arts degree in 2003 and Ph.D. in political science in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley.
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All participants will be emailed program access instructions on Thursday, October 15th.


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12-12:45 PM ET 
Farewell Conversation with Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in the SE US. Register Here.
Registration is free but we ask that people register in advance.  We’ll send the Zoom link Tuesday morning.
Monday 9/14
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House Press Secretary to discuss her book Speaking for Myself.
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts The Honorable William Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Tom Collina, Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund, for “Rethinking U.S. Nuclear Policy and Response to Current Threats.”
Global Minnesota hosts Admiral (ret.) Michael Rogers, former U.S. Navy admiral, for “Ethical Leadership and Public Service.”
Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts Inta Morris, Chief Operating Officer at the Colorado Department of Higher Education, and Mark Hallett, Senior Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Colorado State University, for “Foreign Student Contribution to Higher Education and the Impact of COVID-19.”
Global Minnesota hosts a panel of experts for “Opportunities for U.S. Businesses: Expo 2020 Dubai.”
Tuesday 9/15
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts General (ret.) John Allen, President of the Brookings Institution, for “American Leadership in the 21st Century.”
WorldOregon hosts The Honorable William Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Tom Collina, Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund, for “The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump.”
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, for “A Farewell Conversation.”
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Erik Brattberg, Director of the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for “Choices: The Transatlantic Relationship.”
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Karl Dean, former Mayor of Nashville, for “Global Nashville YPs of Nashville.”
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts David Rundell, former U.S. diplomat, to discuss his book Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads.
World Affairs Council of New Jersey hosts Board Members Niso Abuaf and Gerald Cohen, for a community forum on “COVID & the Economy.”
Wednesday 9/16
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ambassador (ret.) Charles Shapiro, President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, for “Tea in the Garden.”
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Cyndi Hunter, Director of Global Accounts for United Airlines, for “An Insider’s Look: Returning to Flying – A New Approach to Safety.”
International Affairs Forum of Traverse City hosts Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami, for “Grappling With Pandemics: Global Public Health Policy in the 21st Century.”
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow in the Center on U.S. and Europe at the Brookings Institution, for “Foreign Interference in the 2020 Elections.”
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts George Kanuck, Lowcountry Immigration Coalition Co-Chair, for “Immigration.”
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Professor Angela Stent, Georgetown University, for “Putin’s World.”
World Affairs Council of Orange Country hosts Professor Thomas Fingar, Stanford University, and Professor Jean Oi, Stanford University, for “Fateful Decisions: China’s Domestic Challenges and their Implications for U.S./China Relations.”
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky and WorldDenver host journalist Donna Bryson for “It’s a Black-White Thing: Lessons Learned from Post-Apartheid South Africa.”
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Assistant Professor Ignacio Carvajal, University of Kansas, for “Lexicon: K’iche’ Maya.”
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts author David Shimer to discuss his book, “Rigged: 100 Years of Covert Electoral Interference.”
Global Minnesota hosts a panel of experts for “Food Security and Foreign Policy.”
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “Global News Review.”
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky hosts a panel of experts for “Food Security and Foreign Policy.”
Thursday 9/17
Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Jeffrey Ried and Stephanie Garlichs, Co-Founders of Ethiopian Education Fund, for “Ethiopia: How Ethnicity, Electricity, and COVID-19 Threaten Its Narrow Path to Peace.”
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador (ret.) Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, former U.S. Ambassador to Malta, for “Bombs, Elections, and Beauty Pageants: The Challenges and Joys of an Ordinary Diplomat.”
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts H.E. Martha Bárcena Coqui, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., for “A Conversation With Her Excellency Martha Bárcena Coqui.”
Colorado Spring World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador (ret.) Thomas Krajeski, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen and the Kingdom of Bahrain, for “Diplomacy, the Key to America’s Global Role.”
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Ambassador (ret.) Marc Grossman, Vice Chairman of the Cohen Group, and Ambassador (ret.) John Limbert, former U.S. AMbassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, to discuss their book Believers: Love and Death in Tehran.
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts David Rundell, former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, for “Shifting Priorities: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East.”
Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Eric Huang, Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, for “Taiwan: An Enduring Partner With the U.S.
World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Winifred Brownell, Dean Emerita at the University of Rhode Island, for “The Art of Communication in Domestic and Global Affairs.”
World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Marcus Jones, Charlotte City Manager, for “The Making of a Global City: International Business & Communities in Charlotte.”
World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Keith McCormick, former U.S. diplomat, for “Good Morning, Mr. President — Time for Your First Foreign Affairs Briefing.”
WorldOregon hosts associate Professor Christopher Nichols, Oregon State University, for “Further Lessons from the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919.”
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Professor Dan Schnur, University of Southern California, for “Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.”
Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Assistant Professor Lisel Hintz, John Hopkins University, for “Turkey-U.S. Relationship Status in the Trump Era: It’s Complicated.”
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Breck Walker, Board of Directors, for “Foreign Policy Challenges: Russia, North Korea, and Afghanistan.”
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a panel of experts for “The Civic Experience: Fake News and Social Media Disinformation.”
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “Wading Into Politics: A Panel Discussion of Key Issues Facing the U.S. and Central Illinois.”
Friday 9/18
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Gabrielle Fitzgerald, President and CEO of Panorama Global, and Ann Marie Kimball, Senior Consulting Fellow at the Chatham House Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs, for “A COVID-19 Update.”
Global Minnesota hosts a panel of experts for “What’s New in the New NAFTA?

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