2011-2012 Feature Presentations:
October 31st: Dr. Abbas Milani, "Arab Spring, Tehran Winter, Will the Democratic winds sweeping the Middle East change Iran"? Dr. Milani is the co-director of the Iranian Democracy Project at the Hoover Institute and Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University. His talk will focus on recent developments in the Muslim Middle East and what impact they may have on Iran. Read more...
November 14th: Damon Wilson, "Sidestepping Nato's 'Dim and Dismal' Future: Does Atlanticism Have a Future?" Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council, Mr. Wilson will take his cue from Secretary Gates' farewell speech and speak to NATO's combined efforts in Libya and the value of the alliance over all as the US prepares to host the NATO summit next May. Read more...
December 5th: Jennifer McCoy, "Understanding Chavez' Venezuela". Dr. McCoy is Director of the Carter Center's Americas Program and a Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University.She will discuss Chavez's policies and alignments with countries like Cuba and Iran and his nationalization of priviate enterprise in search of economic security. Read more...
January 9th: Neil MacFarquhar, "Longtime Instability in the Arab Nations." NY Times Bureau Chief at the United Nations, Mr. MacFarquhar, a fluent Arabic Speaker and former Cairo Bureau Chief, will take a look at the challenge of forming new governments in the wake of the tumult of 2011 in Middle Eastern countries. Read more...
January 23rd: Steven Burg, "Maximizing Power: Russia and her Neighbors in the 21st Century". Adlai Stevenson Professor of International Politics at Brandeis University, Prof Burg will return to bring us up to date on Russia. At the end of communism, Russia finds herself becoming a "normal" state. seeking to maximize its power relative to other major powers.
February 6th: Farah Pandith, "Muslim Engagement in the 21st Century."
Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, US Department of State. Ms. Pandith’s office is responsible for executing Secretary Clinton’s vision for engagement with Muslims around the world. She reports directly to Secretary Clinton. Read more...
February 20th: Bruce Riedel, "Pakistan, the Most Dangerous Country in the World". Mr. Riedel is an expert on terrorism and conflict resolution at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Riedel will discuss: “Pakistan, the Most Dangerous Country in the World”. He will examine the United States’ roller-coaster relationship with this nuclear country, following the capture and death of Bin Laden, and the rupture of earlier collaborations. Read more...
March 12th: Mike Mochizuki, "Japan's Uncertain Future: 3-11 and Beyond". Associate Dean of Academic Studies at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs, he will examine the political, economic, social and foreign policy implications of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Read more...
March 26th: Jamie Horsley, "China's Rise Amidst Rising Challenges: Implications for U.S.-China Relations". Deputy Director of Yale University’s China Law Center, Ms. Horsley will address the prospects for political reform as a new leadership comes to power in the midst of a worldwide economic crisis. Read more...
April 9th: Anne Korin, Co-Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, "Turning Oil into Salt Energy Independence through Fuel Choice and Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century".As co-author of these two titles, Ms. Korin will discuss what we can do to reduce the strategic importance of oil. Read more...
Apr 04, 2011
Wired For War: Everything You Wanted To Know About Robots and War, But Were Afraid To Ask
Peter Singer is the Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on three core issues: the future of war, current US defense needs and future priorities, and the future of the US Defense System. He was recently named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2009 by Foreign Policy Magazine.
Mar 21, 2011
Palestine-Israel: The Middle Road to Peace
Amb. Phillip Wilcox (USA ret.) is President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and the former Chief of Mission and US Consul General in Jerusalem. Waging Peace is a constant step in this multi-year process, with both sides' lack of realism blocking intelligent action.
Mar 14, 2011
NCWA Presents a Special Program: “Healing our Veterans"
The Naples Council on World Affairs invites you to a special program discussing the impact that many of our foreign policy decisions have made on the men and women we send to war.
Mar 07, 2011
Turkey's Powerful New Role in the Middle East
The Naples Council on World Affairs welcomed Trudy Rubin on Monday, March 7th, at St. John the Evangelist’s Kiney Hall at 3:45 and 7:30 pm. She discussed Turkey’s emergence as a powerhouse on the international stage.
Feb 21, 2011
China - A Time of Transition
The Naples Council on World Affairs will welcome Dr. Warren McFarlan on Monday, February 21st, at St. John the Evangelist’s Kiney Hall at 3:45 and 7:30 pm. He will address the issues that concern Americans with respect to our relationship with China.
Feb 07, 2011
The 'New' Brazil in an Uncertain World
Kellie Meiman, Managing Director for the International Practice of McLarty Associates, Washington, DC, will address the Naples Council on World Affairs on Monday, February 7th, at St. John the Evangelist’s Kiney Hall, 625 111th Avenue, at 3:45 and 7:30 pm.
Jan 24, 2011
North Korea: Lifting the Veil, An Inside Look at a Mysterious and Potentially Dangerous Regime
The Naples Council on World Affairs will welcome Ambassador Charles [Jack] Pritchard, President of the Korea Economic Institute, to the podium on Monday, January 24th, 2011, at St. John the Evangelist’s Kiney Hall, at 625 111th Avenue, at 3:45 and 7:30pm.
Jan 10, 2011
Islam's Synergy with American Democracy
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser is Chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, and a former US Navy physician. He is willing to challenge the insidious threat of political Islam, and is a staunch advocate of the separation of mosque and state. Dr. Jasser received his honorable discharge in 1999 as a Lieutenant Commander and is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal.
Dec 06, 2010
Enemies Into Friends: How Peace Breaks Out
Dr. Charles Kupchan's newest book gives a formula for the United States to court its adversaries. Kupchan is the Senior Fellow in European Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University. He also served as Director of International Affairs at the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration.
Nov 15, 2010
The Great Looming 2011 Afghanistan Debate
Michael E. O’Hanlon, newly back from Afghanistan, has kindly stepped in to replace Sarah Chayes who was asked to return to that country and work with General Petraeus. He will address the Naples Council on World Affairs on Monday, November 15th, at St. John the Evangelist’s Kiney Hall, 625 111th Avenue, at 3:45 and 7:30 pm.
Nov 01, 2010
Trouble in the EuroZone
Sir Eldon has spent the summer months in Europe,Turkey and at several Black Sea ports which offered him a snapshot of Ukraine as well. With his reporter's ears to the ground, we can count on a most interesting view of the challenges ahead.
Apr 05, 2010
Threats From Cyberspace: Crime, Terrorism and War
Susan W. Brenner, NCR Distinguished Professor of Law & Technology, University of Dayton School of Law, will discuss this new and pervasive threat to our lives.
Mar 22, 2010
Economic Recovery in a Global Context
Dennis Lockhart, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, has had an extensive foreign banking career in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, as well as North and South American postings. Adding his broad domestic experience, we can count on an excellent overview of the global economy.
Mar 15, 2010
Developing Democratic Economies
The Naples Council on World Affairs and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will welcome Dr. John D. Sullivan, of the Center for International Private Enterprise, [CIPE], to address the subject of governance and emerging markets in fragile states.
Mar 08, 2010
Russian Foreign Policy in Today's World
Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, will share his country's view on this demanding subject.
Feb 22, 2010
Obama Year 2: Past as Prologue?
Ambassador Robert Hunter is Senior Advisor at the RAND Corporation. He is also Senior International Consultant to Lockheed Martin Overseas Corporation, serves on the Senior Advisory Group to the US European Command, and is a Senior Concept Developer for Allied Command Transformation.
Feb 10, 2010
Dear Members: Please note that the lectures with Dr. Victor Cha, Wednesday, February 10th have been CANCELLED.
Jan 25, 2010
The Wars of Iraq and Afghanistan: An Update From the Battlefields
Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institute will share his expertise on this region and the challenges facing the US in peacekeeping in Iraq and winning the war in Afghanistan.
Jan 11, 2010
The Coming Challenges of the Arctic Region
Mead Treadwell, appointed Chairman of the US Arctic Research Commission by the President in 2006, will discuss strategic and defense issues facing Alaska and the Arctic regions.
Dec 07, 2009
How to Use America's Power
Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, will discuss his new book: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy.
Nov 16, 2009
The CIA and the Culture of Failure
John Diamond, author and national correspondent for the Associated Press, will discuss US Intelligence from the end of the Cold War through the invasion of Iraq to present times.
Nov 02, 2009
Drugs, Democracy, and Development: the Real Challenges for Mexico and U.S.-Mexico Relations
Shannon O'Neill, of the Council on Foreign Relations, will address this topic which looms steadily larger on our horizon.