The Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts high-profile foreign affairs lectures covering current international issues ranging from foreign intelligence to peace negotiations to immigration and trade.
Normally, these lectures are held in a public auditorium, and each lecture is followed by a wine and light-bites reception for SWAC members. We hope that members will take advantage of such opportunities to speak face-to-face to with those working directly in the field of international affairs.
For the 2020-21 Season, the first five lectures will be held via Zoom with follow-up
Q & A sessions with the speakers. If health conditions allow, the March or April events may be held in person. Please check back for additional information as it becomes available.
Dr. Angela Stent
Nov. 17, 2020 - The U.S. and China in an Era of Competition
(video available under "VIDEOS" tab)
Mr. Richard Fontaine
Dec. 7, 2020 - Why You Should Now Care Even More about
(video available under "VIDEOS" tab)
Mr. Richard Skolnik
Jan. 26, 2021 - Endless Wars, Refugees, and the U.S. Role in a Turbulent World
Ambassador Frederick Barton
Feb. 23, 2021 - Rebuilding and Restructuring Security Alliances
for Future Challenges
Dr. Michael Edward O'Hanlon
Mar. 22, 2021 – TBA
Click HERE for Speaker Bios
We will start the season with virtual lectures through Zoom webinars. All meetings start at
6:30 p.m. via Zoom, unless otherwise noted. Invitations and links will be provided on the home page of this website for each program in turn. Members will also receive e-mails with registration details
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PAST LECTURE SERIES
October 23rd, 2019
"Venezuela: A Real Threat in our Backyard"
Mr. Diego Arria
November 11th, 2019
"Migration across a Common Border: A Challenge
for Mexico and the U.S."
Mr. Gustavo Mohar
December 3rd, 2019
"Global Health: Why You Really Must Care"
Mr. Richard Skolnik
January 14th, 2020
"The Politics of Hate Have Driven the U.S. and Iran
to the Brink"
Mr. Jamal Abdi
February 11th, 2020
"Not with a Bang: Moving toward the Endgame
with a Nuclear North Korea"
Mr. Evans Revere
DUE TO COMMUNITY PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE SPREAD
OF COVID-19, THE MARCH AND APRIL EVENTS OF THIS
SERIES WERE RESCHEDULED TO THE FOLLOWING YEAR,
October 15th, 2018
"From PIGS to Hotspot: How Portugal is Engineering the Great Comeback Story of Post-Crisis Europe"
Dr. Michael Baum
November 6th, 2018
"Kurdistan and Iraq After ISIS: What’s Next?"
Ms. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
December 12th , 2018
"The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon"
January 10th, 2019
"Facing Nuclear Challenges-Russia, North Korea, and Iran"
February 4th, 2019
"Can We Prevent the Next Attack?: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges of Countering Violent Extremism"
Dr. Stevan Weine, M.D.
March 5th, 2019
"Reconstructing U.S.-Russia Relations"
Dr. William Pomeranz | Co-sponsored with New Topics New College
October 5th, 2017
"The Future of Korea and U.S.-Korea Relations"
Jandi Kim, Tim Johnson, and Jenna Gibson | Co-sponsored by the Korean Economic Institute and the Ringling Museum of Art
November 6th, 2017
"Sustainability in a Changing World"
Alize Carrere | Co-sponsored with New Topics New College
December 5th, 2017
"The Gulf States: Vive La Revolution or Vive La Counter-Revolution?"
Dr. Peter Bartu
January 17th, 2018
"Global Financial Integrity"
February 6th, 2018,
"Florida and Climate Change: Can We Survive Without Paris?"
Dr. Robert K. Musil
March 22nd, 2018
"The Future of Cybersecurity and Trends in Technological Risk: Impacts for U.S. Foreign Policy and Politics"
October 12th, 2016
"The Panama Papers”
Rogelio Novey | Co-sponsored with the Northern Trust Company
November 16th, 2016
"South Africa Update: Report from the Field"
Charlayne Hunter-Gault & Ron Gault
Lecture and wine-tasting featuring Passages wines produced by the Gaults in South Africa | Co-sponsored with Northern Trust Company
December 6th, 2016
"Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran"
Laura Secor | Co-sponsored with Suplee Shea Cramer & Rocklein, PA
January 26th, 2017
"Ocean Exploration and Protection for a Bold, Blue, and Prosperous Future”
Alex Tait | Co-sponsored with Mote Marine Laboratory.
Special event at the Mote Banquet Center
February 15th, 2017
"Nuclear Weapons: They're Back"
Robert Gallucci | Co-sponsored with New Topics New College
March 21st, 2017
"Terror Financing and International Money Laundering" John Cassara
October 13th, 2015
"Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible in the Near Future?” Ralph Nurmberger
November 10th, 2015
“An Arc of Instability in Foreign Policy: Reporting from the West Wing and Abroad” Carol Lee
November 30th, 2015
“Peace Negotiations Taking Place in Colombia with Guerrilla Movements” Frank Pearl.
Co-sponsored with New Topics New College.
January 26th, 2016
“Genocide and American Humanitarianism: Lessons from World War I and Its Aftermath” Susan Harper
February 8th, 2016
“Will Africa Feed China? Think Again” Deborah Brautigam
March 7th, 2016
“Arab Voices: What They Are Saying and Why It Matters” James Zogby
October 15th, 2014
"Building a Regional Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking” Nola Theiss
November 25th, 2014
“The New Global Order, China's Rise, and Our Shared Future” Ronnie C. Chan and Dr. Fan J. Zhang
[Presented in affiliation with The Ringling's Asian Initiative]
January 15th, 2015
“Beyond Crisis and Conflict: Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Middle East” Professor and Colonel (Ret.) Derek Harvey
March 17th, 2015
“Outpost: Life on the Front Lines of American Diplomacy” Ambassador Christopher Hill
[Presented in affiliation with Bookstore1Sarasota, New College of Florida, and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation]
May 12, 2015
“Winds of Change in Havana and Washington” Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez
February 13th, 2014
"The Federal Courts Confront the War on Terror” Honorable Jon O. Newman
April 7th, 2014
“American and Afghanistan: Partners for Peace” Honorable Eklil Hakimi and Khris Nedam
[Note: Unforeseen circumstances prevented Honorable Eklil Hakimi from attending.]
May 1st, 2014
“Function and Dysfunction: How Mexican and U.S. Governments Interact over Immigration”
Ambassador Daniel Hernández Joseph