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2021-2022 Lecture Series

Feature lectures attendance is for Full Members only. Click here for more details. 

CMimi Gregory

The 2021-2022 season lectures will be in-person again*. 

NEW LECTURE VENUE: Moorings Presbyterian Church

791 Harbour Dr, Naples 

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The afternoon lecture starts at 3:45 PM and the evening lecture starts at 7:30 PM. Please check your membership card for the lecture time that you are signed up for. 

* We are working on a possible live online coverage option for members who cannot attend the lectures in person. As in previous years, video recordings will be released shortly after the lectures.

“The Gathering Storms”


November 1st  

Ömer Taspinar, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)  

“Turkey, Islam and the West: A Growing Disconnect".

To watch a video recording of this lecture click here


November 15th 

Ryan Berg, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“Turbulence in the Caribbean: Uprisings in Cuba and Assassination in Haiti.”     


December 6th 

Christopher Painter, President of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise.

“Responding to Nation-State, Criminal and other Threats in Cyberspace: Can We Build a More Secure Future?”


January 10th 

Ryan Hass, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution,

Chair in Taiwan Studies.

“Is the United States Destined For War in the Taiwan Strait? “


January 24th 

Andrew Tabler, Martin J. Gross Fellow on Arab Studies, Syria and the Levant, and Anna Borshchevskaya, Senior Fellow on Russian Policy in the Middle East, Washington Institute.

“Syria and the Advent of Russian Triangular Diplomacy in the Middle East”


February 7th 

Ambassador Ryan Crocker, [USA ret.] Career Ambassador, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan. Diplomat in Residence, Princeton University.

Leaving Afghanistan”.


February 22nd Tuesday 

Suzanne DiMaggio, Chairman, Quincy Institute. Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“Talking with the Enemy: The Cases of North Korea and Iran”

March 7th 

General Paolo Ruggiero, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation. 

NATO: Maintaining the Transatlantic  Bonds Between North America and Europe”.

March 21st 

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner,[USA ret.] Egypt, India, Philippines and Zambia. International Affairs Advisor , Squire Patton Boggs (US), American Aademy of Diplomacy.

“Reflections On Our Pivot to Asia”

April 4th

Katherine Zimmerman is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and an adviser to AEI’s Critical Threats Project.

"After Afghanistan: Countering al Qaeda and the Islamic State".  

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