LECTURE SERIES

 

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. 

 

 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.

 

 

Oct. 14, 2021 - The Rising Tide: Increasing Demand for Climate Action

Mr. Ramon Cruz

Nov. 18, 2021 - Navigating Isolationist and Internationalist Traditions in U.S. Statecraft

Dr. Charles A. Kupchan

 

Dec. 9, 2021 - Reforming U.S. Immigration: Will the Third Time be the Charm?

Mr. Edward Alden

Feb. 15, 2022 - Program on Ukraine, Title TBA

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Stay tuned for more information and more programs!

 

 

 

 

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PAST LECTURE SERIES

2020-21 Series

Oct. 26th, 2020

"U.S.-Russia Relations in the Countdown to November 3"

Dr. Angela Stent

Nov. 17th, 2020 "

"The U.S. and China in an Era of Competition"

Mr. Richard Fontaine

(video available under "VIDEOS" tab)

Dec. 7th, 2020

"Why You Should Now Care Even More about

Public Health"

Mr. Richard Skolnik

(video available under "VIDEOS" tab)

 

Jan. 26th, 2021

"Endless Wars, Refugees, and the U.S. Role in a Turbulent World"

Ambassador Frederick Barton

Feb. 23rd, 2021

"Rebuilding and Restructuring Security Alliances

for Future Challenges"

Dr. Michael Edward O'Hanlon

Mar. 23rd, 2021

"The United Arab Emirates & the U.S.: Cooperation and Challenges"

Mrs. Shaima Haussain Gargash

DUE TO COMMUNITY PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE SPREAD

OF COVID-19, WE HOSTED ALL OF OUR TALKS ON ZOOM.

2019-20 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,

2018-19 Series

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"

Andrés Ruzo

January 10th, 2019

"Facing Nuclear Challenges-Russia, North Korea, and Iran"

Steven Pifer

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

2017-18 Series

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"

Raymond Baker

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"

Jonathan Reiber

2016-17 Series

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

2015-16 Series

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

2014-15 Series

 

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

 

Spring 2014

Inaugural Series

 

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