WELCOME to SCWA FALL 2021
2 Featured Programs
SCWA resumes In-person programming at Skidaway Community Church (aka Skidaway Presbyterian Church).
September 23 ~ IN-PERSON @ Skidaway Community Church ~ 7:30 PM
Dr. Charles Kupchan
“From Trump to Biden: Navigating Isolationist and Internationalist Traditions in U.S. Statecraft”
Dr. Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a
former National Security Council staff member.
The United States is in the middle of an urgent and heated debate over the future of its engagement with the world. From America’s founding era until World War II, the nation’s leaders generally shunned strategic commitments abroad. Thereafter, Americans embraced global leadership and activism. The pendulum now seems to be swinging back. Trump’s “America First” approach to statecraft reflected the weakening of the nation’s appetite for internationalism due to costly military engagements in the Middle East, economic uncertainty
and a backlash against globalization, and domestic political polarization. Biden argues that “America is back,” but his withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq and his pursuit of a “foreign policy for the middle class” reveal continuing fragility in the domestic foundations of U.S. internationalism. Dr. Kupchan examines the history of isolationist and internationalist traditions in the United States to shed light on whether and how the Biden administration can bring the nation’s statecraft back into line with its means and purposes by finding the middle ground between a foreign policy that does too little and one that does too much.
OPEN TO ALL
$10 Guest Fee
Offered In-Person & Recorded
- Liston Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m., Suspended social hour.
- Masks strongly encouraged.
- Advanced registration preferred; walk-ins allowed.
Q&A session to follow Dr. Kupchan’s presentation
September 14 ~ RECORDING available soon
Brigadier General Todd R. Wasmund, U.S. Army
“U.S. And French Military Cooperation – Meeting Security Requirements of Tomorrow”
The United States’ ally since the American Revolution, France remains one of our most capable and strategically important partners. Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014 dramatically changed the security situation in Europe and caused the United States Army to reevaluate its posture and strengthen its relationships with its allies and partners in Europe. During his talk, BG Wasmund will briefly revisit recent events in Europe, introduce the exchange of general officers between the U.S. and French armies of which he is a part, and then provide an overview of the strategic vision of the French Army to meet emerging security requirements.
FREE & OPEN to ALL!
All attendees are required to register, including SCWA Members and Non-Members!
The regular $10/guest program fee is waived.
Register by: Monday, September 13 by clicking HERE.
Participants will be emailed program access instructions & reminder emails on Monday, September 13 and 1 hour before the live stream.
Brigadier General (Promotable) Todd R. Wasmund is the first U.S. General Officer selected as an exchange officer with the French Army and began serving as the Deputy Commanding General – Operations of the 3rd (French) Division in Marseille in January 2020.
Commissioned into the Field Artillery in 1991 upon graduation from the United States Military Academy, he has served in a variety of positions throughout the United States, Europe, South Korea and Asia.
BG Wasmund has had the privilege to lead Soldiers on a Border Transition Team in Iraq, and he commanded the 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery in the United States and in Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, he also served as the Chief of Staff of the Combined Training Advisory Group – Army in support of the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan. He later commanded the 3rd Infantry Division Artillery Brigade at Fort Stewart, GA.
While serving as the Deputy Commanding General (Support) of the 1st Infantry Division, he commanded the Division Headquarters (Forward) in Poland.
BG Wasmund’s staff experience includes Chief of the Joint Staff, J35, Joint Operations Division in support of U.S. Africa Command and Chief of Staff of the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
He holds degrees from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School at the National Defense University, and he served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor of Economics at the U.S. Military Academy.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, French Parachutist Badge, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.
BG Wasmund and his wife, Tracy, are most proud of their five children and eight grandchildren.
Note: BG Wasmund is scheduled to be promoted to Major General on 8 September 2021 with a ceremony in Germany.
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US World Affairs Councils are offering our Members Real-time Analysis through Free & Fee Webinars
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 & Have a Terrific Summer
All programs below are accessible online unless otherwise indicated.
Programming on Afghanistan
- September 2: WorldOregon will host “Afghanistan—Inside Out.”
- September 2: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth will host “9/11, Twenty Years On: A Look Back at the Investigation, the Commission’s Findings, and Subsequent Events.”
- September 2: Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall will host “Military and Intelligence Perspectives on the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
- September 8: World Affairs Council of New Orleans will host “Great Decisions: The U.S. War in Afghanistan: the History, the Costs, and the Withdrawal“
- September 8: Montana World Affairs Council will host “Taliban, Islamic State (ISIS) & the Global Terrorist Network: What Just Happened in Afghanistan?“
- September 14: World Affairs Council of New Jersey will host “After the Fall: What the Taliban’s Takeover of Afghanistan Means for the U.S.“
- September 28: World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana will host “America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes“
- September 30: World Affairs Council of Rhode Island will host “Afghanistan: Beyond the Headlines with Anthropologist Thomas Barfield.”
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