Naples Council on World Affairs



New Bedfellows: the Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend


October 30th: “Peacebuilding for National Security”. Bill Taylor, EVP of the United States Institute for Peace.

November 13th: “Global Migration”. Professor Karen Jacobsen, Director of the
Refugees and Forced Migration Program at the Fletcher School.

November 27th: “How Should We Respond to North Korea's Nuclear
”. Evans J.R. Revere, Senior Director, Albright Stonebridge Group.

December 11th: “The Eagle and the Trident, the U.S. and Ukraine”. Ambassador
Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution.

January 8th: “The Longest Wars: Iraq and Afghanistan”. Ambassador Ryan C.
Crocker, Diplomat in Residence at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

January 22nd: “U.S.-Arab Relations”. Professor Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat
Center for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland.

February 5th: “Google’s Global Relations”. Ross LaJeunesse, Global Head of
International Relations at Google.

February 20th*: “Future of NATO and Department of State”. Ambassador
Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School.

March 5th: “Russia After the Cold War”. William Pomeranz, Deputy Director,
Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center.

March 19th: “China’s Internal Affairs”. Jamie Horsley, Esquire, Senior Fellow of
the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School.

April 03rd:* “The Paris Climate Agreement”. Dr. Joshua Busby, Professor, Public
Affairs, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin.

* Note: These lectures are on Tuesday


Foreign Policy Strategies for America And The World


October 31st: Dr. Tim Boersma: "The Geopolitics of Climate Change.”   The Paris  Agreement began the process, but what tough questions remain to actually translate this into a meaningful and pragmatic policy framework? Dr. Boersma, Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University, will discuss how politics, power and vested interests will influence the outcome of the Paris and G20 talks in China. 

November 14th: Prof. Jeremy  Haft: "China on the Global Stage. China remains an enigma in its foreign policy, economics and politics. Yet getting China "right" is more important today than ever as the threat level on all fronts seems to be so high.  Prof. Haft's remarks will assess the basis of China's "superpower-status", its economy and relationship with the U.S. 

December 5thDr. Steven Cook: "Turkey's Lost Democracy." In 2005, Turkey began formal negotiations to join the European Union, but a little more than a decade later it looks less like a liberal democracy than a one-man electoral autocracy. What went wrong? What are the implications for the U.S. approach to Turkey and the future of its alliance with the West.

January 9th: General John R. Allen and Dr. Michael O'Hanlon:  "Challenges for the New Administration." Co-Directors of the Brookings Institutes' Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, we will ask them what the newly elected President and his/her Cabinet face in perhaps the most troubling times in our foreign policy since the end of the Second World War.

January 23rd:  Thomas R. Wright: “The European Union and the Euro: Implications for the U.S." As Director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at Brookings, Mr. Wright will comment on the change brought about by Brexit, transnational challenges and economic stagnation and how those issues affect the stability of the European Union and the preservation of the Euro.  

February 6th: Danielle Pletka: “An Overview of Today's Middle East" Are we doomed to an endless cycle of violence in the Middle East? Is the Sunni-Shia divide real? Are there solutions to problems like Syria? Danielle Pletka will survey the many conflicts ranging throughout the Middle East today.  

February 20th: David Rohde: “Inside the Strained U.S.-Saudi Alliance". The vote in Congress allowing U.S. citizens to sue Saudi Arabia as a supporter of terror, Obama's détente with Iran, and America's energy independence are causing both sides to question whether a 60 year alliance that is a cornerstone of U.S. - Mideast policy has run its course. 

March 6th: Dr. Cynthia Watson: “Latin America's Failing Democracies. Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, former president Cristina de Kirchner in Argentina, Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela; what role did they play in the "stall" of their democracies? Are there indicators of other serious turbulence ahead or are these merely outlying cases? Is the optimism of prior generations fading away?

March 20th: Dr. Stephen Sestanovich: “Putin's Plans and U.S. Foreign Policy. Just how do Putin's plans interact with the overall direction of US foreign policy? Dr. Sestanovich finds this an increasingly interesting question.  Meanwhile Mr. Putin continues his quest for the return of the Russian Empire, building an ever larger military and practicing provocative maneuvers in Eastern Europe. 

April 3rd: Admiral James Stavridis, USN: “Global Security and the Role of NATO".  Admiral Stavridis, a former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, will provide a sweeping overview of global security challenges - the Islamic State, Russia, Syria, Afghanistan, narcotics, piracy, and cyber threats - and discuss the ongoing role of NATO in meeting them as an ally of the United States.     

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