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Held Virtually via Zoom

October 21, 2021 ~ 7:30 PM


Dr. John R. Deni

Research Professor of Security Studies,  U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute & nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council


COALITION OF THE unWILLING AND unABLE: European Realignment and the Future of American Geopolitics

Program Abstract:

Why does the U.S. need European allies in standing up to China, pushing back against Russia, and pursuing other common interests around the world? Can those allies do their part to address these and other challenges by America’s side? Deni’s talk addresses the economic, demographic, political, and military trends that are fundamentally upending the ability and willingness of European allies to work with Washington. Brexit and its impact on Britain’s economy and its military, Germany’s reluctance to take on a leadership role, France’s continuing economic malaise, Italy’s aging population and its withdrawal from major overseas operations, and Poland’s demographic decline and single-minded obsession with Russia will combine to make partnership with Washington nearly impossible. In short, the constellation of allies and partners the U.S. has relied on since 9/11 will look very different a decade from now. How should Washington respond, when it doesn’t hold all the cards? Deni will offers an array of practical recommendations for American leaders. By leveraging these proposals, U.S. policy makers can avoid the worst-case scenarios and make the most of limited opportunities.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. John R. Deni is a Research Professor of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), which is part of the U.S. Army War College.  He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and an adjunct lecturer at the American University’s School of International Service. Previously, he worked for 8 years as a political advisor to senior U.S. military commanders in Europe. Prior to that, he spent 2 years as a strategic planner specializing in U.S. security cooperation and military-to-military relations. While working for the U.S. military in Europe, Dr. Deni was also an adjunct lecturer at Heidelberg University’s Institute for Political Science—there, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on U.S. foreign and security policy, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), European security, and alliance theory and practice. With degrees from the College of William & Mary, American University, and George Washington University, Dr. Deni has spoken at conferences and symposia throughout Europe and North America. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of 7 books, including NATO and Article 5, along with authoring several peer-reviewed monographs and journal articles.

BOOK: Coalition of the unWilling and unAble: European Realignment and the Future of American Geopolitics, University of Michigan Press (January 12, 2021), 274 pages



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Tuesday 10/12
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International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Carrie Hessler-Radelet, President and CEO of Project Concern International, Robert Krisko, member of America’s first Peace Corps project, and Jim Damico, member of the Kansas City Peace Corps Association, for “Peace Corps at 60
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WorldOregon presents “9th Annual NGO Showcase
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presents “Council Conversation Club: ‘Breaking News’”
World Affairs Council Upstate hosts Matthew Placek, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina Upstate, for “Rising Discontent in Russia: Is Vladimir Putin’s Regime Vulnerable?
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Tara Kangarlou, award-winning journalist, for “Global Classroom Book Club | The Heartbeat of Iran | Fall 2021
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents “Fall 2021 Session – Global Affairs & U.S. Foreign Policy Institute
World Affairs Council of Upstate presents “Hiking with UIWG
Wednesday 10/13
Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts four-star General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal, founder of the McChrystal Group, for “RISK: A User’s Guide
San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Peter Núñez, former Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement, for “Politics Has Affected Border Security, Immigration, and Drug Trafficking
World Affairs Council of Detroit hosts General (Ret.) Wesley Clark, Chairman and CEO at Wesley K. Clark and Associates, and Congressman John Inglis for “The Conversation America Needs
World Affairs Council Upstate presents Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, “Reviving the Islamic Enlightenment: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern Crisis
Peoria World Affairs Council hosts Sam Kessler, writer and consultant, “AUKUS: Building New Alliances, or Turning Back on Others?
World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Claudia Prado-Meza and Karla Kral, professors at the Universidad de Colima, for “Women in Mexico: Feminism, Entrepreneurship, and Digital Platforms in the Times of COVID
World Affairs Council of New Orleans hosts Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia and Asia Program deputy director at the Wilson Center, for “Great Decisions: The U.S. War In Afghanistan: History, Costs and Withdrawal
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts a panel of specialists for “Women in Global Leadership: International Business
WorldDenver presents “Networking Happy Hour” (In Person)
World Affairs Council of Charlotte presents “Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte Global Social” (In Person)
Cleveland Council on World Affairs presents “Jovenes en Accion – Mexico Youth Virtual Program
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg presents “WACH President Speaks With Physicians for Social Responsibility
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Seth Jones, Senior Vice President at Harold Brown Chair and Director of International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, for “Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran, and the Rise of Irregular Warfare
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Representative Ann Johnson, former Chief Human Trafficking Prosecutor of Harris County, for “Human Trafficking: What Is It? Where Is It? How Can You Help?
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents “Uncovering Egypt: Travel Discussion II
Thursday 10/14
World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Syaru Shirley Lin, Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics, for “Ambassador Roundtable: Taiwan in Focus
World Affairs Council (Northern California) hosts four-star General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal, founder of the McChrystal Group, “Understanding Risk
Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts Ramón Cruz, National President of the Sierra Club, for “The Rising Tide: Increasing Demand on Climate Action” (In Person)
WorldBoston hosts Sam Kaplan, Director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, for “Challenging China: Smart Strategies for Dealing with China in the Xi Jinping Era
Foreign Policy Association hosts Phillip Swagel, Director of the Congressional Budget Office, for “Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Speaker on National Security and Fiscal Policy” (In Person)
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head presents Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS and Founder of Cambridge Energy Associates, for “The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations” (In Person)
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts David Rubenstein, Co-founder and Co-Executive Chairman of the Carlyle Group, for “The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream” (In Person)
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents “2021 Jesse H. Jones Award Luncheon: Celebrating Houston’s Global Leadership” (In Person)
World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts Ambassador (Ret.) Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2011-2012) and career diplomat, for “Making Sense of Afghanistan
World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Ralph Ibarra, President of DiverseAmerica, for “The Impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Washington State
Friday 10/15
Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Melinda Haring, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, for “What the He** is Going on in Belarus and What Do the Russians Want
Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Fiona Hill, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at the Brookings Center on the U.S. and Europe, for “A Conversation With Dr. Fiona Hill
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Peter Martin, Defense Policy and Intelligence Reporter for Bloomberg News, for “A Conversation With Boyd Haight on China’s Wolf Warrior Diplomacy
Global Minnesota and World Affairs Council Upstate present “World Food Day 2021 Virtual Symposium
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Karen Britt, assistant professor of art history in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Northwest Missouri State University, for “International Career Series: Art & Archeology
Saturday 10/16
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky presents “Conference – Social Studies: More Relevant Than Ever” (In Person)
Sunday 10/17
World Affairs Council of Orange County presents “Annual Trustee Luncheon” (In Person)

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