The World Order that has been in place for decades is suddenly facing important challenges from all sides. Russia is flexing its muscles again, worrying NATO and the countries on its border. China is becoming militarily assertive, especially in the South China Sea. Britain is exiting the European Union, leaving it potentially weakened. Terrorism has become a de-stabilizing force globally – are nuclear weapons within their reach? Cyber attacks are proliferating from many sources, threatening the security of nations. And the planet is warming, with many potential negative long-term effects on the way we live.
When you put 7 billion people on earth, there will always be critical challenges somewhere. But this time they are happening simultaneously and there is considerable uncertainty about how these challenges will work out and how the U.S. (and the world) should respond to create the most positive outcomes possible.
This lecture series probes the most important challenges in depth. There will be seven sessions. In the first six sessions a different, prominent speaker will provide his/her insights into one of the challenges, framing the key issues and explaining U.S. policy options to deal most constructively with them. In the seventh and culminating session, our speaker will tie the six sessions together into a coherent "big picture" world view.
This promises to be the most ambitious and powerful summer lecture series we have done to date, and one you surely won't want to miss. The expertise and dynamism of our speakers is exceptional.
Mark your calendars and watch for details on ticket availability.
Our distinguished speakers for this series are:
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Former Acting National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden, currently Director at the Center for New American Security
Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center
Speaker to be announced.
Admiral James Stavridis
NATO's 16 Supreme Allied Commander Europe and 15 Commander of the U.S. European Command (2009-2013)
Head of U.S. Southern Command (2006-2009)
Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
All clips provided courtesy of CATV. Visit our YouTube channel for a look at our past Summer Lecture Series.
Last Updated: 3/28/17