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Global Issues - Lakewood Ranch Wednesday Series

Speckhard

Responding to a World in 'Permacrisis'
1/10/24
Daniel Speckhard

Bombarded by an explosion of natural disasters, health crises, wars, political instability, and economic dislocation, governments are overwhelmed, business struggles to navigate the uncertainty, non-profits cannot meet the demand, and media has lost its independent voice. Amb. Daniel Speckhard will speak to the transformational change needed to confront the existential challenges facing the world.


Rubin

A Fragile Balkan Region in the Vortex of War in Ukraine
1/17/24
Eric Rubin

Russia's re-invasion of Ukraine last year changed the stakes for U.S. involvement in Europe. Drawing on his experience in ex-Yugoslavia going back to 1991, and more recently as U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, Amb. Eric Rubin will look at the region as an example of the new realities facing American foreign policy.


Peterson

Ukraine: Lessons in Modern Warfare
1/24/24
Nolan Peterson

Russia's invasion of Ukraine was also a wake-up call for the U.S. military, underscoring how the next war America fights will be dramatically different than the previous decades of counterinsurgency operations. Nolan Peterson has reported on the war since 2014. A former Air Force Special Operations pilot, he will discuss what lessons we have learned.


Rigger

Taiwan: Economic Powerhouse, Security Flash Point
1/31/24
Shelley Rigger

Taiwan has an outsize role in the world economy but is a thorny political issue in US-China relations. Dr. Shelley Rigger will explain why Taiwan is of enduring value to the United States and why we should commit resources so the people of Taiwan can choose their relationship with the PRC.


Bunting

The Changing Climate and our Changing World
2/7/24
Bob Bunting

The global climate is warming. Bob Bunting will discuss what we face during the next 30 years and what we can do about it. He is a renowned scientist, businessman, entrepreneur and teacher. He will present a unique outlook and offer specific solutions for our specific area as the climate continues warming and climate disruptions increase.


Hoffman

The War on Terror Twenty Years Later: Are We Safer Now?
2/14/24
Bruce Hoffman

Are we safer today from terrorism than we were on September 11, 2001? If bin Laden were alive today what would he say? Dr. Bruce Hoffman answers both questions through an assessment of the two decades America has spent fighting terrorism including the effect of new laws and new agencies. He wiil also evaluate whether the United States is better prepared and equipped to counterterrorism today than it was on 9/11.


Hakakian

Iran: The Womenís Rights Moment
2/21/24
Roya Hakakian

When a 22-year-old Iranian woman came to Tehran to visit relatives, she was arrested for nothing more than hair peeking out of her headscarf. Beaten while in custody, she later died. Roya Hakakian will discuss why, while others have suffered a similar fate, this particular murder sparked the largest movement in Iran in 44 years.


Stent

Putinís War: How is it Affecting Global Order?
2/28/24
Angela Stent

The Russia-Ukraine war has ruptured Moscowís ties to the West. But countries in the global South have used the conflict to assert their independence while China has seized the opportunity to increase its global footprint. Dr. Angela Stent discusses what will the new global order look like once this conflict is over?


Hunter-Gault

Trying Times, Troubled Times - The Reasons to be Optimistic
3/6/24
Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Growing up in the segregated South, parents, neighborhoods, schools and churches equipped black children with the armor of history helping many to thrive and be hopeful. Charlayne Hunter-Gault will share that history to hopefully help create a more perfect union.


Morningstar

Russia, Ukraine and European Energy Security
3/13/24
Richard Morningstar

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, countries around the world have experienced soaring energy prices. Energy security is a major concern of many EU countries who had traditionally imported Russian gas. Amb. Richard Morningstar will discuss this crisis and the outlook for new alternative energy sources.


Gallucci

The Growing Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: Critical Threat to International Security?
3/20/24
Robert Gallucci

During the Cold War, the overarching international concern was nuclear war. After the fall of the Soviet Union, concern turned from nuclear holocaust fears to nuclear terrorism. Amb. Robert Gallucci will discuss the heightened risk presented by nuclear weapons in the hands of governments in South and Northeast Asia, the Middle-East, Russia and China.


Malott

A Message from Japan: Dear China, Asia Does Not Belong to You
3/27/24
John Malott

U.S. Marine jet fighters have landed on Japanese aircraft carriers, and Japan has conducted naval exercises with India and Australia. Amb. John Malott will explain how Japanís role in the world is changing faster than anyone could have imagined, even ten years ago. Where is Japan going globally, and what does it mean for the United States?