Speakers and members of AWAC
Notes of guest speaker events at ALWAC

by Jeremy Lewis, PhD

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Current season, 2019-20

Recent past events, 2018-19

Past events, 2017-18

Past events, 2016-17
Videos provided by Troy University
Press Conference, summer 2016 - announcing new sponsorship by Troy University

President, Dr. Grant Hammond Interview - explaining new arrangements for ALWAC

"Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century"  - a presentation by a guest speaker, of interest to our members

September 20, 2016: Ambassador Joseph Wilson, “Africa and the US: Past and Present”

October 18, 2016: Jennifer Harris, Council on Foreign Relations, “Geoeconomics”

November 15, 2016, Dr. David Sorenson, Air War College, “Requiem for Syria”

January 10, 2017: US and Korean Officials, “A Celebration of Korea”

March 14, 2017: John Pomfret, award-winning journalist, "US-China Relations"

April 11, 2017: Ambassador Marc Grossman, “Turkey, Europe and the United States”

May 9, 2017: Panel from the Air War College, "Report to Alabama on the Regional Tours"

Special Programs
International Security Issues, Fall series, 2016

Great Decisions Program, Spring series, 2017

Past  Events, 2015-16
22 Sep. 2015: Dennis Lockhart, "The Federal Reserve Board's monetary policy"

20 Oct. 2015: James Clad, “The Shale Revolution”

Sunday 13 Dec. 2015 6:30 pm: Joe Klein, Time columnist. (community event)

19 Jan 2016: Reflections by Gen. Cleveland, "Korea--Win, Lose or Draw"

08 Mar 2016: Philip Brenner, "Behind the Scenes of the US-Cuba Turnaround"

10 May 2016: Air War College faculty, "Report to Alabama on Regional Tours"

Past events, 2014-15
Tues 23 Sep 2014: Reza Marashi, research director of the National Iranian American Council; prolific writer of opinion editorials; former State Dept officer. Video of key points
Tues 14 Oct 2014: PJ Crowley, Professor of Strategy and former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, with prior experience in two administrations at the National Security Council.  Crowley is noted for having resigned in protest over the management of the Bradley Manning WikiLeaks investigation. Video of key points

Tues 28 October: Masha Hamilton, international reporter, author and diplomat; 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, Huntingdon College.  AWAC members invited, free.

Tues 9 Dec 2014: Bret Stephens, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist for the Wall Street Journal. Video of key points

Tues 27 Jan 2015: Valerie Plame Wilson, "Weapons of Mass of Destruction….an update." Formerly a senior covert officer at the CIA, and the principal American responsible for counter proliferation before 9/11, and the elimination of an nuclear weapons smuggling scheme. 

Tues 24 Feb 2015: US Ambassador-at-large Clint Williamson, "International War Crimes: One Prosecutor's Story".
Williamson was responsible for war crimes issues and detainees; recent former Lead Prosecutor for the European Union Special Investigative Task Force on Kosovo.
Tuesday 7 April 2015: Alexander Motsyk, "Crisis in the Ukraine: What it Means for the West." Ambassador of the Ukraine, with diplomatic delegation. Additional event. 
Wednesday 19 April 2015: William Moomaw, "The Future of Energy Worldwide--- Affecting the Economy, National Security and the Environment," professor emeritus of Tufts University, a natural scientist, and former Co-Lead Author of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that was shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Bill graduated from Lanier High School in Montgomery in 1955.

Tues 26 May 2015 (new date): Senior Air War College Instructors, "Report to Alabama" on their recent trips to areas of interest around the globe as part of the AWC Regional and Cultural Studies Program.

Articles from the Montgomery Advertiser newspaper are also linked on our AWAC FaceBook page.
Burylo, Rebecca. 2015. "Local Fighter Ace shares story of joining elite ranks," Montgomery Advertiser, 21 March 2015. [Local PDF]
Burylo, Rebecca. 2015. "Montgomery's 'Fighter Ace' honored with Congressional Gold Medal," Montgomery Advertiser 9:32 p.m. CDT May 19, 2015. [Local PDF]

Gore, Leada. 2015. "Alabama's 'Fighter Ace' Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland receiving Congressional Gold Medal today," AL.com, 20 May 2015. [Local PDF]

Wed. 20 May 2015: Gen. Cleveland accepted the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of America's Fighter Aces, in Congress.

Troyan, Mary. 2015. "Montgomery man among fighter pilots honored," USA Today 7:46 p.m. CDT May 20, 2015. [Local PDF]

See video excerpt from Speaker.gov live stream, on our YouTube channel, 6'.

Past  Events, 2013-14:
Click names to view biographies and notes. See Images and Facebook links above for audience photos.

24 September 2013: Tom Timberman, "Nation Building in Wartime: Why it's Difficult," trainer/advisor on Iraq/Afghanistan reconstruction

22 October 2013: Maurice McTigue, Vice President, Mercatus Center

12 November 2013: Rex Adams, Chairman, Invesco, Inc.

World Affairs Councils of America's National Meeting, with an absolutely stellar list of speakers, was held 13-15 Nov 2013 in Washington DC.

Jim Nathan, Executive Director, guest column, "On Kerry's Whirlwind Diplomacy. Not so Bad," Montgomery Advisertiser, November 2013

21 January 2014: Dr. Lawrence Korb, "New Financial Constraints & US Foreign Policy," Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

25 February 2014: Dr. Itonde Kakoma, "Current African Wars and the State of Ongoing Diplomacy—A View from the Ground," Assistant Director, Jimmy Carter Presidential Center. [Play video track.]

21-22 March 2014: AWAC members were invited to join the conference of the Alabama Political Science Association, at Huntingdon College.  Panels and round table discussions featured (among others) Air University faculty and officers on international security and world politics, in addition to other faculty on civil rights issues. 

15 April 2014: Rep. Donald Manzullo, President, KEI, "The Future of Korea," with Korean diplomatic speakers.

13 May 2014: Senior Air War College Instructors "Report to Alabama" on their recent trips to areas of interest around the globe as part of the AWC Regional and Cultural Studies Program.

Past  Events, 2012-13:
11 September 2012: Brian Latell,"Fidel Castro's Secrets and the Future of Cuba." CIA operative, National Intelligence Officer for Latin America, tracked Fidel for CIA since the 60s. Author of three books.

9 October 2012: Ambassador Edmund Hull, "The Arab revolutions, 2011-12: a tectonic shift." Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, many high-level posts in State Department. Expert on counterterrorism, fluent in Arabic.

27 November 2012: Dr. Nader Hashemi, "Understanding Muslim Societies." On faculty of University of Denver, expert on the politics of the Middle East and on the nature of Islam.

8 January 2013: Col. Michael Meese, PhD, "The Future of Counterterrorism." Director of Combating Terrorism Center and Head of Social Sciences Department at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

12 February 2013: Ambassador Francois Delattre, "French-American Relations." French Ambassador to the U.S., Former Ambassador to Canada, has held his current post since February 2011.

14 May 2013: Air War College Instructors "Report to Alabama" on their recent trips to areas of interest around the globe as part of the AWC Regional and Cultural Studies Program.

AWAC members were also invited to hear a presentation by Gen. Richard Myers, former Chair of the Joint Chiefs, at the Capital City Club on 23 May 2013, 11:00-12:30 with a luncheon for $30 per person. 

Past  Events, 2011-12:
Click names to view biographies and notes

13 September 2011: Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. , "National Security Legal Issues: What's Hot," (Maj. Gen. USAF, Retired). A faculty member of Duke University Law School, he is a former Deputy Judge Advocate, USAF, who taught at USAF's JAG School at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery.

4 October 2011: Adam Segal, "How we can Overcome the Asian Challenge," Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations. Expert on Chinese policy and cybersecurity.

In October, The Montgomery Advertiser published this column by Gen. Cleveland.

8 November 2011: Peter Evans, "Sources of the US Comparative Advantage in Energy," Director of Global Strategy and Planning, GE Energy Infrastructure. Evans has extensive international energy experience.

AWAC MEMBERS INVITED: On 6-7 December 2011, as part of the Air Force Symposium Series and in support of Air Force Research Institute's research on the development of a long-range strategy for the Asia-Pacific region, Air University hosted a two-day conference  designed to bring leading scholars and practitioners together for an open discussion on the future of the region. For more information please visit http://afri.au.af.mil/asiapac.

February 7, 2012: Bing West, Rand Corporation analyst, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

6 March 2012: Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell, Director, Center for Hemispheric Policy, University of Miami. A recognized expert on Latin America, she has served as  Vice President of the Council of the Americas.

8 May 2012: Four senior Air War College instructors report to the Council on their recent trips.

Past  Events, 2010-11:
Click names to view biographies, notes

10 May 2011: Senior Air War College Instructors report on their regional tours

15 March 2011: Col. Andrew Bacevich, PhD, gave the annual Stallworth lecture at Huntingdon College.  President West warmly invited AWAC members to this free event, 7pm in Ligon Chapel.

8 March 2011: Charlie Kupchan, "Enemies into Friends: How Peace Breaks Out".  Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University.  [Images on web | Facebook photo album]

1 February 2011: "The Future of Korea," with a panel of speakers led by Ambassador Charles (Jack) Pritchard, President, Korea Economic Institute.  [Voice tracks]

16 November 2010: Dennis Lockhart, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

26 October 26 2010: Amb. Ivan Barbalic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations

28 September 2010: Tom McInerney, conservative commentator on Military affairs.

Past events, 2009-10:
Click names to view biographies, notes | Facebook Album, '09-10 | Images on web '09-10 | Hi-res images

4 May 2010: Senior Air War College Instructors reported on their regional tours, moderated by Dr. Mark Conversino.

6 April 2010: Dr. William Moomaw, Professor of International Environment Policy and Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Tufts University. Expert on Global Warming and graduate of Lanier High School.

22 February 2010 (Monday): Dr. Hans Mark, "The Dangers of Nuclear Proliferation." Director of NASA's Ames Research Center (and formerly at Livermore Labs), Secretary of the Air Force, and Chancellor, University of Texas system.

3 November 2009: Amb. Ryan Crocker, "Iraq/AfPak: Retrospects and Prospects." Ambassador to Pakistan, 2004-2007, Ambassador to Iraq, 2007-2009.

1 November 2009 (Sunday), additional event:Gen. Michael Hayden, "The State of US Intelligence." Former director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency.  (Alternative location: Taylor center, at Auburn University Montgomery)

13 October 2009: Edward (Jack) Hardin, top corporate attorney from Atlanta. Member of International Bar Association, Council on Foreign Relations.  (This speaker has been brought forward.)
May be rescheduled: Amb. John Kelly, Ambassador-in-Residence, Sam Nunn School of International Relations, Georgia Tech.

29 September 2009: Janet Guyon, "The Web and the Decline of News Outlets."Managing Editor of Bloomberg News; nine years with Fortune Magazine; 18 years with the Wall Street Journal as reporter, editor, and producer

Past events, 2008-09:
Click names to view biographies, notes; and see Images '08-09.
5 May 2009: Four senior Air War College instructors reported on their recent trips to hot spots around the globe, as part of the AWC's Regional Studies Program. Moderator: Dr. Mark Conversino.  Presenters: Dr. Lawrence Grinter (Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan); Dr. Nikolas Gardner: (France, Germany, United Kingdom); and Dr. Amit Gupta: (India).

10 March 2009: Dr. Brian Latell, Latin America and Caribbean specialist, particularly on Cuba, for the last four decades. Retired from the CIA where he tracked Fidel and Raoul Castro, he is currently a senior associate in the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a member of the University of Miami faculty.  His book, After Fidel, is an insider's view of the future of Cuba.

3 February 2009: Mr. Bret Stephens, "Israel and Hamas: The End Game," Foreign Affairs columnist, and member of the editiorial board for the Wall Street Journal.  Named a Young Global Leader by, and a media fellow at, the World Economic Forum, .  Former editor-in-chief (at age 28) of The Jerusalem Post.

21 October 2008: Dr. Lawrence J. Korb,  "Challenges for the Next Administration", defense analyst, Senior Fellow at American Progress, and Senior Advisor to the Center for Defense Information.  He was a member of the Council on Foreign relations for many years.  Dr. Korb served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs from 1981 through 1985.  He has spoken to our Council twice before, is a sought-after analyst and speaker on TV, and has written 20 books on national security.

7 October 2008: Amb. Robert E. Hunter, Senior Advisor to the RAND corporation, a leading figure in US foreign policy and national security for more than three decades.  He served on the National Security Council staff under President Carter, and was US Ambassador to NATO under President Clinton.

Additional opportunity on 23 September 2008: Bret Stephens, "Israel: Challenges at Age 60," foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal, at 7:30 pm at the Embassy Suites hotel.  Courtesy of AIPAC, free access for AWAC members -- but individual reservations required (contact information mailed to our members).

16 September 2008: Lee Cullum, "World Affairs and Middle America".  Ms. Cullum is a well-known columnist in print (Dallas Morning News), radio (NPR, All Things Considered) and television (PBS, Newshour with Jim Lehrer).

Past events, 2007-08:
Click names to view biographies, notes and images.
6 May, 2008. Four Air War College senior instructors reported on their trips to visit various hotspots around the world as part of the AWC Regional Studies Program.

8 April 2008. Peter Zeihan, "Iraq: From Beginning to End".Director of Global Analysis, Strategic Forecasting, Inc., or Stratfor, a private intelligence agency.

15 January 2008, Amb. Chas. Freeman, "The Middle East: U.S. Policy, Oil and Water," President, Middle East Policy Council and Co-Chair of U.S. China Policy Foundation, former Asst. Secretary of Defense for international affairs, and then US ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf war.

20 November, 2007. John Pomfret, currently the editor of the Outlook section of the Washington Post, is the author of the acclaimed book, "Chinese Lessons."  Educated at Stanford University and Nanjing University, he was the chief of the Chinese Bureau of the Washington Post during the Tiananmen Square incident. He speaks Mandarin plus four other languages and is married to a Chinese entrepreneur. He will speak on the new China.

16 October, 2007. Arthur Herman, “Why Iran Acts the Way it Does.” Coordinator of the Smithsonian's Western Heritage Program. Successful author, college professor, and conservative commentator on current issues. Books include "How the Scots Invented the Western World."

11 September, 2007. Major General USA (Ret) William L. Nash, Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention at the Council on Foreign Relations. A West Point graduate, he has a distinguished combat record in two wars and peacekeeping experience in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Past Events, 2006-07
[images] [High res. images]
Click names to view biographies, notes and images.

24 April, 2007. Four senior Air War College instructors reported on their recent trips to hot spots around the globe as part of the AWC Regional Studies Program.  Moderator: Col. Stephen Wright, PhD, Dean of AWC
    Dr. Dave Sorenson: The Middle East
    Dr. Steve Burgess: Africa
    Dr. Amit Gupta: India, Pakistan

Additional Opportunity: 15 March 2007. U.S. Energy Security Luncheon, sponsored by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.  Speaker: John Hofmeister, President of Shell Oil Company, 11:30 at the RSA Activities Center, 201 Dexter Avenue.  $25 per person. RSVP to Patsy Guy NLT 8 March at 240-9434 or by email at pguy@montgomerychamber.com.

[Another opportunity, note from Gordon G. Martin: AL Power and AUM held a public affairs forum featuring Dr. David Sorensen on the middle east, substituting for former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey, 22 Feb, at 11:30am]

6 February, 2007. Panel of speakers, China experts:
    * Dr. James Nathan, AUM, Moderator
    * Dr. Lawrence Grinter, Air War College
    * Cornelis "Kees" Keur, Air War College
    * Dr. David Lai, Air War College

23 January, 2007. His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Ambassador to the United States. For 25 years, he was the Chief of the Saudi Foreign Intelligence Service. He spoke on Saudi-U.S. relations in the fight against terrorism.

12 December, 2006. Dr. Richard Millett, "The Rise of Populist and Anti-American Governments in South America." Specialist on South America, particularly the Andean Ridge. Received his PhD from the University of New Mexico and is a graduate of the Air War College.

17 October, 2006. Dr. Brian Latell, "What Next After Fidel?  Latin America and Cuba specialist for the last 40 years, including 35 years in the CIA. An acclaimed author, he he has taught at the University of Miami and Georgetown University, where he earned his PhD.

Past events, 2005-06:
Click some names to view biographies; click speech titles for notes and images.
23 May '06
Dr. Anthony Lake, Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy at Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service  at Georgetown University.
 Service includes U.S. State Department 1962-1997; aide to Amb Henry Cabot Lodge in Vietnam; aide to Sec State Henry Kissinger; head of State Department Policy Planning Council 1977-1981; National Security Advisor to President Clinton 1993-1997.

11 April '06
Air War College instructors give a Report to Alabama on their recent regional trips
          Moderator: Col. Stefan Eisen, Dean of Academic Affairs at the AWC.
          Speaker: Dr. David Sorenson on Israel and Egypt
          Speaker: Dr. Adam Cobb on Indonesia and Malaysia
          Speaker: Dr. Mark Conversino on Russia

1 Mar. '06, 7:15 for 7:30 am, Breakfast in Montgomery room, Capital City Club.
Prof. Carlos Eire, "US-Cuban relations." Prof. Eire is the novelist and Riggs Professor of History and Religion, Yale University, author of the 2003 National Book Award-winning memoir of growing up before the cuban revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana.  Ticketed breakfast event at Capitol City Club, downtown Montgomery, courtesy of President Cameron West, Huntingdon College.  Complimentary parking deck access provided.

1 Mar. '06, 3:30-4:30pm, President's Colloquium, Flowers Hall, Huntingdon College.
Prof. Carlos Eire, "Reflections of a Life of Teaching." Courtesy of President Cameron West, Huntingdon College.

28 February, 7:30 pm, Prof. Carlos Eire, "Is Freedom a Luxury? Confessions of a Cuban Boy," free, public lecture by Dr. Eire in Ligon Chapel of Huntingdon College in Flowers Hall.  AWAC members particularly welcome.

7 Feb. '06
Jerry Leach, "Turkey and the European Union," President, World Affairs Councils of America, Washington D.C.

6 Dec. '05
Ambassador Chas Freeman, "China: Rising rather than Returning", President of Middle East Policy Council, Fmr. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 1990-91

8 Nov. '05
Brig Gen Russell Howard, "Terorism Then and Now", Director of the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University and recently retired from his position as Head of the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. [Image]

Tuesday 20 Sep, '05
John McLaughlin, "Intelligence and the CIA", Acting Director of the CIA between the resignation of George Tenet in July 2004 and the appointment of Porter Goss. [Image]

(AWAC Board of Directors Meeting : September 14, 2005, United Way Office, 12:00-1:30)

Past events, 2004-05:
Click some names to view biographies; click speech titles for notes and images.

Tuesday 10 May '05
Air War College Regional Studies Program.  [Notes]
Senior War College instructors reported on their recent visits to global hot spots.
Col. (Dean) Stef Eisen chaired
Dr Chris Hemmer discussed Arab-Israeli relations
Dr LE Grinter discussed Vietnam and China
Dr Glenn Lamar discussed France and Spain

Tuesday 12 April '05
Dr. Edward L. Morse, "Oil prices and the International Energy Sector: What Next?" [Notes] Morse is senior director and executive adviser for Hess Energy Trading Company and former owner/publisher of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly.  A renowned international expert on energy, he spoke on the worldwide outlook for energy supply, and the tension between Russia and Saudi Arabia for international oil ascendancy.

Tuesday 15 Mar. '05
Paul Smyke, [Notes] [Images] senior adviser to the World Economic Forum on its relations with the US public and private sectors. A Swiss-American political analyst, he spoke on the effects of globalization, nationally and in Alabama.

Thursday 9 Dec. '04
Ambassador Jean-David Levitte,"US-French Bilateral Relations." [Notes] French Ambassador to the United States since December 2002. Educated as a lawyer, oriental linguist and political scientist, he has been in the French Foreign Service for 34 years, last serving as Ambassador to the United Nations.  For five years, he was an advisor to President Chirac.

Tuesday 19 Oct. '04
Victor Comras, [Notes] Minister Counselor (Ret.) State Dept, a noted authority on international trade sanctions.  Following years as a diplomat in Africa, Canada and eastern Europe, he led the implementation of UN sanctions on Yugoslavia.  He recently served as one of five members of the United Nations group overseeing implementation of sanctions against Iraq, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other terrorist groups.

Tuesday 21 Sep. '04
Jack Jacobs, "Why has the US not been attacked since 9/11/01?", [images], [Hi-Res images], McDermott distinguished professor at West Point and military news analyst for NBC and MSNBC.  A successful businessman in finance, he is the recipient of three bronze stars, two silver stars, and the congressional medal of honor (for heroism as an infantry officer in Vietnam).  He retired from the army as a Colonel, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Past events, 2003-04:
Click names to view biographies; click speech titles for notes and images.

May 18, 2004
Air War College Regional Studies Program.  Senior War College instructors reported on their recent visits to global hot spots.

March 2, 2004
Speakers from the Saudi Arabian Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Samar Fatany, Mr. Omar A. Bahlaiwa, and Mr. Vaughan Fitzpatrick gave discussions of "Islam and Saudi Arabia", "The History of US-Saudi Relations", and "Diversity in Islam".  They gave several presentations at Huntingdon College, First United Methodist Church, and at a lunch for AWAC at the Capitol City Club.  Notes and images here are from the Great Decisions program discussion at Huntingdon College.

February 3, 2004 (at Maxwell AFB)
Don Oberdorfer, "The Two Koreas." Currently resident scholar at Johns Hopkins University, he is a nationally known author and expert on Korea and the Pacific rim. He wrote "The Two Koreas," the gold standard text for that area. He was a journalist for the Washington Post for 38 years, twice winning prestigious awards as a diplomatic correspondent.

Nov 18, 2003
Sir Eldon Griffiths, "The future of relations between the US and Europe."
President of WACA, former member of parliament for Bury St. Edmonds and commons foreign affairs committee.  Delegate to Council of Europe and European Union; advisor to the British police. Minister of sport and under secretary of environment.  Government spokesman on European and NATO issues, knighted 1988.  Former journalist for Time and editor for Newsweek.  Chair, Korea-America friendship society of southern California.
Note: owing to foul weather delaying Sir Eldon's flights, Prof. Grant Hammond of Air War College gave an excellent impromptu speech on the changing nature of international security.  Sir Eldon instead spoke twice on Nov 19th at Maxwell AFB and the Capital City Club.

Nov 18, 2003
Prof. Grant Hammond, Air War College, "The changing nature of international security."  Dr. Hammond holds degrees from Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University's SAIS. He is the author of several books, and a number of scholarly articles.
The impromptu address was based on his book manuscript, The Revolution in Security Affairs.

Oct 28, 2003
PDAS Charles R. Snyder, "US Policy in Africa."
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, director of Regional Affairs, State Department.  Career Africanist, on National Intelligence Council at CIA, 1992-95.  US Army and Defense Intelligence Agency.  BA Fordham University in Economics, MBA American University.  Numerous articles on African affairs.

Sep 30, 2003
Ambassador Bruce Laingen, "Iran: Axis of Evil, or Opportunity?"
[images] [High Res images]
President of American Academy of Diplomacy; highly decorated diplomat; executive director of the Volcker commission on public service.  Author, Yellow Ribbon: The Secret Journal of Bruce Laingen (1992) about his experiences as a hostage in Iran, 1979-80.

Past events, 2002-03:
Click names to view biographies, and click speech titles for notes and images.
May 13, 2003
Air War College Regional Studies Program Report. Senior War College instructors report on their visits to international hot spots.  (Often one of the best received presentations of the year).
Modified in 2003: owing to the cancellation of trips, Dr. Record and Dr. Sorenson spoke on the Middle East.

March 11, 2003
Dr. Michael Ledeen, "War Against Terrorism", author and former Reagan administration national security council official.

February 4, 2003
Dr. Robert Gallucci, "The Axis of Evil -- What Next?"
Images, low-res: [Gallucci]; [members]; [HC students]; [Hi-res images List].
Dean of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.  He served the US Government for 21 years, e.g., as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, and in the lead role dealing with nuclear proliferation and the disarmament of Iraq, and well as the negotiations with North Korea.

December 3, 2002
Amb. Yang Sung-chul, Korean ambassador to the US, member of Korean Economic Institute, former Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky, expert on Korean reunification and economic affairs, e.g. Hyundai.

October 8, 2002
Maj. Gen. Perry Smith, USAF Retd., "The Coming War with Iraq."
Gen. Smith was Commandant of the National War College, a combat fighter pilot, a high level planner, a noted author, a military analyst and media commentator with CNN (in the Gulf War) NBC and CBS.  He also is noted for having protested the false media reports about Operation Tailwind during the Vietnam War.

Past events, 2000-01 and 2001-02:

2001-2002 Notes: AWC Briefing | Robert Hunter | Christopher Meyer | Andy Mack | Larry Korb |
14 May 2002
Air War College panel briefing, "Global Hot spots"

Tues. 16 April, 2002
Amb. Robert Hunter, "American Foreign Policy: What Next?"

March 5, 2002
Amb. Sir Chris Meyer, on the changing nature of diplomacy

9 Oct. 2001
Prof. Andy Mack, Speech on Countering Islamic Terrorism

2 May 2000
Air War College panel briefing

Why, then, the world's mine oyster. Which I with sword will open.
-- William Shakespeare, Pistol to Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 2 Scene 2

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