Our 51st Year

Global Issues
Sarasota Tuesday Series

The Next Germany
Jeffrey Gedmin

Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin will discuss how Europe's biggest economy, a nation rich and problematic in history, is a country in flux. Voter ties to mainstream parties are loosening. There are signs of social fragmentation. Extremist elements are visible, and perhaps on the rise. Is German democracy in trouble?


Pandemics: From "What If" to "What Now"?
John Sinnott

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American government failed miserably in their response to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. John Sinnott will explain that the threat of a pandemic dramatically increased over the past three decades, review what went wrong and where we go from here.

Jones, Richard

Energy Transition: Is It Feasible? What Will It Entail?
Richard Jones

With the change of Administrations, energy transition is on the front burner of American politics. President Biden proposes incentives to spur new energy technologies. Amb. Richard Jones will discuss whether the new Administration's goals are attainable and the ways in which the U.S. energy landscape would need to change to accomplish them.


The Dragon and the Bear: Russo-Chinese Relations
Robert Barylski

Are Russia and China allies or rivals? Dr. Barylski will analyze and explain the complex relationship between Russia and China and will discuss how the legacy of the past and current trends will shape the future.


Modern Misunderstandings of American Government and Politics
Bob McClure

Americans see their political world through rosy readings of history and grandiose expectations for central government power. Dr. Robert McClure will discuss how we first deceive ourselves and then become depressed when government and politics fails to measure up to our fantasies.


The Online Accelerator
Margaret Jay

An unexpected result of the Covid 19 pandemic has been to hugely increase the extent to which we live our lives online. In the U.K. many observers note internet use has speeded up in the last decade. Everything from work and medical activity to family visits and shopping seems to have become virtual. Baroness Margaret Jay will address whether this is a short term fix in a crisis or a permanent change and how much should we welcome or fear it?


Military Assistance vs Military Operations: A Cure for the Forever Wars
Charles Ray

Amb. Amb. Charles Ray will discuss a way that the U.S. military can deal with terrorist organizations while still preparing to conduct operations (if necessary) against near peer competitors like Russia or China, through a focus on military assistance and training. Hopefully, this focus will minimize operations that mire our defense establishment in "forever wars".


Military Support to Civil Authorities
Russel Honoré

As a 37-year Army veteran, Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (Ret.) has led efforts to respond to many national disasters. He will share his experiences regarding emergency preparedness and the U.S. military's responsibility to respond to the needs of civil authorities when a national-security crisis occurs. His no-nonsense approach is riveting.


Ethiopia and its Prime Minister-From Nobel Laureate to War Crimes
William Davison

Three years ago, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmad brought ethnic harmony to fractious Ethiopia and it neighbors and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. He then directed the war against the province of Tigray, resorting to alleged war crimes. William Davison will explain the history and how a leader with apparently peaceful intent has turned bloody.


Current Issues in U.S. Intelligence
Mark Lowenthal

U.S. intelligence must be flexible in order to respond to evolving issues, as well as changes in the political leadership. Dr. Mark Lowenthal will discuss how U.S. intelligence has changed with the Biden administration and the major policy issues that intelligence addresses.


Negotiating with North Korea
Stephen Biegun

Stephen Biegun will discuss the current state of affairs in North Korea, and prospects for future negotiations. From August 2018 through January 2021, he served as the Special Representative for North Korea and was the lead official for the 2019 Summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un.


Our Own Worst Enemy: The Global Assault From Within on Modern Democracy
Thomas Nichols

Democracy is in trouble around the world – but who is really to blame?
Thomas Nichols
challenges us to rethink the origins of anti-democratic movements and to consider whether the responsibility rests on the citizens of the democracies themselves.