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Russia, Europe, and the United States: The Fragmented Relationship

presented by

SCWA Board Member Dr. Olavi Arens

There is an old adage “Russia is not as weak as it looks; Russia is not as strong as it seems.”  SCWA Board member Dr. Olavi Arens will present “Russia, Europe, and the United States: The Fragmented Relationship”.  The talk examines the relations, or the lack of relations, between Russia and the West (the US and Europe) since the end of the Cold War; including the current estrangement.  And what are the perspectives for the future?  The presentation will be released on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 pm on YouTube.  Stay Tuned for an SCWA Membership Announcement email with Link instructions.


The Many Faces of Islam

An abstract presented by SCWA Board Member Dr. Mohamed Mukhtar

Mohamad Mukhtar

Since the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union, the United States and the West have configured a new threat to Western Civilization.  Instead of the Commies are coming, it is “the Muslims are coming.”  Islam is a violent religion that became a cliché used by most Western analysts, media outlets, corporations, and governmental policymakers; Muslim mosques in the USA are perceived as terrorist enterprises.  Yet few non-Muslim Americans could give an accurate explanation of what Islam is.  Dr. Mukhtar’s talk on the “Many Faces of Islam” is an attempt to clarify the clouded thinking of Americans about Islam, its culture, and its adherents.


Jacek Lubecki

What is the future direction for Eastern & Central Europe in three scenarios?Learn more about the interconnected history of Eastern & Central Europe countries between two world wars and the Cold War, the region’s turn to liberalism and NATO in 1989 – 1999, NATO’s expansion and the War on Terror from 1999 to 2014, a resurgent Russia, and President Trump and Nationalistic Populism.

WELCOME to the

SCWA 2020-2021 Season


Thursday, September 10, 2020 Dr. Alasdair R. Young, Professor and Neal Family Chair in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Topic: “Breaking up is hard to do: Brexit and European integration”

Thursday, October 15, 2020Dr. Matthew Kroenig, Associate Professor, Georgetown University and Deputy Director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council.

Topic: “The Return of Great Power Rivalry”          

Thursday, November 19, 2020 –  Dr. Gunter Jikeli, Indiana University Erna B. Rosenfeld Professor in Jewish Studies, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Germanic Studies.

Gunther Jikeli

Topic: “Contemporary anti-Semitism in Europe”

Thursday, December 3, 2020Dr. Robert H. Latiff, U.S. Air Force Major General (retired) and professor at Notre Dame and George Mason universities focusing on technology and ethics.

Robert Latiff

Topic:  “Preparing for the New Global Battlefield”