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The National Security Challenge of China: Game On
Gary Roughead

China’s rapid economic, technical, and military advancements challenge the nature of the global order and present a broad national security challenge to the U.S., its allies, and like-minded partners. Admiral Gary Roughead will discuss how China’s multi-faceted blend of strategy and tactics demand adjustments to U.S. strategy and how we think about national security.


Iranian-American Relations Update
Mohsen Milani

For three decades, Dr. Mohsen Milani has explained Iran to SILL audiences. From the humiliating hostage crisis to Obama's nuclear deal, Iranian-American relations have been hotly debated by Presidential candidates. Donald Trump pledged to be tougher with Iran. Dr. Milani will discuss what happened and evaluate prospects for positive and negative change.


Changing Climate: Changing….Well….Everything
Terry Root

Back-to-back 100-year floods, extended droughts, and the polar vortex are all connected to the disruption of our climate due to greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Terry Root will discuss the science behind our changing climate and how plants and animals are being affected. She will also address Florida's vulnerabilities and necessary remedies.


The European Union in Uncertain Times
Martin Walker

With uncertain leadership and direction, Brexit in the rear-view mirror, and anti-democratic and euro/global skeptics in its leadership circles, the EU faces growing challenges and a slowing economy. Mr.Martin Walker explores the landscape and suggests what these developments mean for the future of Europe and the implications for the U.S.


America's Nation-Building Efforts - What Have We Learned?
Jeremi Suri

Americans have long promoted nation-building as a prerequisite for democracy, evidenced by the United States' involvement in Germany, Japan, and Iraq. Dr. Jeremi Suri will examine the U.S. record of nation-building. Where have Americans succeeded? Where have they failed? What are the lessons for the twenty-first century?


Driven to Extremes
Margaret Jay

The growth of extreme political positions, on both the left and the right, is a development that is happening worldwide. Baroness Margaret Jay will discuss some of the reasons that this trend is taking place both in the UK and elsewhere.


Solutions to Slavery in Our Country
Laurel Bellows

Slavery exists everywhere in our country and beyond. First, let's understand the complexity of this horror. Then Laurel Bellows will detail solutions. There is a role for each person as we battle to save the lives of vulnerable children, men, and women trapped by desperation in a web from which escape appears impossible.


Fateful Choices in the Middle East: Israel and the United States
Dennis Ross

Israel faces choices that go to its very nature, and the U.S. has much at stake in the Middle East that engages its national interest. Amb. Dennis Ross will discuss the options and the implications as Israel strives to remain a Jewish democratic state, and the consequences for U.S. national security.

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Battles of the Future: How Technology Replaces Traditional Weapons of War
Sean & Jessica McFate

Technology is changing war, but not in the way people think. The days of air, land, and sea battles are being replaced by technologies that transform commercial markets. Economic power, cyber and artificial intelligence will matter more than firepower. Join Dr. Sean and Jessica McFate as they explore technology and economic warfare shaping the future.


China's Economic Challenges and U.S.-China Competition
David Dollar

China will be the world's largest economy by 2035 if current trends continue. Dr. David Dollar will focus on challenges that may alter that scenario - population aging, environmental degradation, financial instability, and the uncomfortable co-existence of private and state enterprises. Trade tensions with the U.S. are more a reflection than a cause of China's difficulties.


Indispensable Nation? The U.S. Role in World Order
Robert Lieber

For nearly seven decades America created and sustained international institutions, economic order, and regional stability. It served as leader and defender of the liberal democracies and market economies. Dr. Robert Lieber discusses if that role is still possible or even desirable. And what are the implications for America's security, prosperity, and even its values?


Putin and Our Presidential Elections
Robert Barylski

Russian meddling in America's 2016 presidential elections generated a strong political backlash. The Trump administration imposed substantial sanctions and has demanded political concessions from Russia in Venezuela, Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere. Dr. Robert Barylski will discuss lessons the Kremlin learned since 2016 and how it is navigating through the 2020 election year.