SCWA December Program

Michael F. Lind


The Return of Geo-Economics


Date:  Thursday, December 12, 2019

Time:  Membership Social at 7:30 p.m.  Program at 8:00 p.m.


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.

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For decades, the study of international security has been divorced from the study of international trade and investment, along with domestic economic development. In political science departments, self-described realists debate defense and diplomacy with idealists of various kinds. In the economics department, there is no debate; the academic economists almost unanimously agree that free trade and investment benefit all sides. They instead postulate an ideal world where national borders would be insignificant and there would be free flows of goods, services, money, and labor.

Even before President Trump began to explicitly promote U.S. economic nationalism, the wall that divided the national-security realists and the free-market economists was crumbling – mainly because of the rise of China, which has benefited from a version of statist economics while challenging U.S. military hegemony in Asia. Slowly but inevitably, debates about national security and the global economy are merging into a single dispute about relative national power. This marks a revival of what Edward Luttwak has called “geo-economics”.

 Speaker’s Biography:

Michael Lind is the co-founder of New America, along with Walter Mead, Sherle Schwenninger and Ted Halstead, and co-wrote the organization’s manifesto, The Radical Center (2001). He co-founded New America’s American strategy program and most recently served as the policy director of the economic growth program.

A graduate of the University of Texas (BA with honors and J.D.) and Yale (master’s in International Relations), Lind has taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins and has been an editor or staff writer for The New Yorker (1996-97), Harper’s(1994-95 & 98-99), The New Republic (1995-96) and The National Interest (1991-94). Lind is a columnist for Salon and writes frequently for The New York Times and The Financial Times. He is the author of numerous books of history, political journalism, fiction, poetry and children’s literature. His most recent book is “Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States” (2012). His new book, to be published in January 2020, is “The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite”.


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80 Days


Friday, Dec 13th at 8:00 pm

presented by Savannah Repertory Theatre

40% of ticket sales benefit Savannah Council on World Affairs

Story: Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he’s a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown’s adaptation of the classic literary adventure by Jules Verne.

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Thursday, January 16:  Robert L. Suettinger – Topic: “The U.S. & The People’s Republic of China”

Thursday, February 20:  Dr. Maryam Alavi, Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Dean’s Chair Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology – Topic: “Digital Transformations”

Thursday, March 12:  Ibrahim B. Anoba – Topic: “How a Population of 4.2 Billion Could Impact Africa by 2100: The Possible Economic, Demographic, and Geopolitical Outcomes”

Thursday, April 20:  Dr. Gunter Jikeli, Indiana University.  Erna B. Rosenfeld Professor in Jewish Studies, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Germanic Studies. Topic: “Contemporary anti-semitism in Europe”

Thursday, May 21:  Dr. Sheila Smith – Topic: “Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power”

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