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20th Annual Summer Lecture Series

Summer Lecture Series 2017

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.

Lectures Air on CATV Arts & Education Channel

All shows will air twice in prime time 8:00 PM slot on Wednesdays and Fridays. On channels: Comcast Channel 10 and VTel Channel 1170

US Policy Toward a Rising China: September 15

Cyber Warfare & Cyber Defense: September 20 & 22

Nuclear Proliferation: September 27 & 29

European Union: October 4 & 6

Global Warming: October 11 & 13

Why Russia Matters: October 18 & 20

Reading Packet

Several of this year's speakers have provided suggested readings to enhance the topics they will discuss during this year's series. To read this packet online, click on the link below.

Reading Packet - SLS 2017

July 13: U.S. Policy Toward A Rising China

James Steinberg
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

July 20: Cyber Warfare & Cyber Defense

Chris Inglis
Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency

July 27: Nuclear Proliferation

William Perry
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

August 3: European Union

Julie Smith
Former Acting National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden, currently Director at the Center for New American Security

August 10: Why Russia Matters

Matthew Rojansky
Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center

August 17: Global Warming

Click here to view a PDF of Prof. Emanuel's slideshow presentation.

Kerry Emanuel
MIT professor and Director of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate at MIT, Named in 2006 by Time magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

August 24: Beyond The Horizon: 21st Century Global Security and Risk

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

Video and Clips

All clips provided courtesy of CATV. Visit our YouTube channel for a look at our past Summer Lecture Series.


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Last Updated: 9/14/17