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World Affairs Council Hilton Head

WACHH is a vibrant community of people who are interested in world affairs. Our 1100+ members include academics, diplomats, business executives, authors, government service personnel, and people from all walks of life. Most live in Hilton Head and surrounding Beaufort County, South Carolina.
WACHH provides a forum to learn more about world events and their impact on the United States of America. In addition, we offer a variety of programs for our members, the general public, and the next generation – students in our area who participate in our outreach activities. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are a non-partisan organization and takes no political positions.

Our principal program is the Friday Speaker Series, which usually occurs on the first and third Fridays of each month – October through May. Speakers come from around the globe, known for their international experience in government, business, military affairs, and academia. Please check the program calendar for exact dates and topics. Friday Speaker meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church. Guests are invited to attend as well(there is a guest fee).


upcoming events:

Implications of China's Rising Power

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42296 [post_author] => 81 [post_date] => 2022-05-17 14:16:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-17 18:16:37 [post_content] => With more than a dozen years in the Pacific as a senior military leader, Major General Craig Weldon had a front-row seat to China’s behavior. This presentation explores what is happening: geopolitically, militarily, and economically as China expands its sphere of influence. Learn about the strategic importance of the Malacca Straight, the South China Sea, the exploding growth of China’s military, and their encroachment on the “second island chain” – where the U.S. begins its day in Guam. Craig will also draw parallels between China’s ambitions in Taiwan and Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. [post_title] => Implications of China's Rising Power [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => implications-of-chinas-rising-power [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-17 14:16:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-17 18:16:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42296 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-07-19 10:00:00 )
Beginning July 19 @ 10:00 am
With more than a dozen years in the Pacific as a senior military leader, Major General Craig Weldon had a front-row seat to China’s behavior. This presentation explores what is happening: geopolitically, militarily, and economically as China expands its sphere of influence. Learn about the strategic importance of the Malacca Straight, the South China Sea, the exploding growth of China’s military, and their encroachment on the “second island chain” – where the U.S. begins its day in Guam. Craig will also draw parallels between China’s ambitions in Taiwan and Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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The Petroleum Industry

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42302 [post_author] => 81 [post_date] => 2022-05-17 14:29:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-17 18:29:59 [post_content] => The global petroleum industry is central to so many facets of life and essential to the global economy, yet it is also a strategic necessity. Crude and its many refinements are also part of a geopolitical contest, the lifeblood of military campaigns, and an elevator to rising GDP. And yet how long can it last, is there a "crude curse", how does the global supply chain work, what impact on the environment, and do current events have on the security of our national supply and the world? Carlton Dallas, a petroleum industry insider, will review the impact of taxes, price comparisons with other countries, the history of discovery, relay how crude is tethered to politics, and how four developments have improved US energy independence. [post_title] => The Petroleum Industry [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-petroleum-industry [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-17 14:30:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-17 18:30:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42302 [menu_order] => -1 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-08-09 10:00:00 )
Beginning August 09 @ 10:00 am
The global petroleum industry is central to so many facets of life and essential to the global economy, yet it is also a strategic necessity. Crude and its many refinements are also part of a geopolitical contest, the lifeblood of military campaigns, and an elevator to rising GDP. And yet how long can it last, is there a "crude curse", how does the global supply chain work, what impact on the environment, and do current events have on the security of our national supply and the world? Carlton Dallas, a petroleum industry insider, will review the impact of taxes, price comparisons with other countries, the history of discovery, relay how crude is tethered to politics, and how four developments have improved US energy independence.
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Environmental Challenges in the South China Sea

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42306 [post_author] => 81 [post_date] => 2022-05-17 14:36:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-17 18:36:54 [post_content] =>   In his new book Dispatches from the South China Sea, veteran foreign correspondent James Borton chronicles how the sea’s sustainability is being threatened by the negative impact of continuous coastal development, climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, reclamations, destruction of corals and overfishing, as well as population and political pressures from all neighboring states. A blend of participatory research and field reportage, Dispatches paves the way for a transformation of policy and provides a basis for the eventual resolution of some of today’s major maritime conflicts. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. [post_title] => Environmental Challenges in the South China Sea [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => dispatches-from-the-south-china-sea [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-17 14:37:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-17 18:37:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42306 [menu_order] => -1 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-09-13 10:00:00 )
Beginning September 13 @ 10:00 am
  In his new book Dispatches from the South China Sea, veteran foreign correspondent James Borton chronicles how the sea’s sustainability is being threatened by the negative impact of continuous coastal development, climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, reclamations, destruction of corals and overfishing, as well as population and political pressures from all neighboring states. A blend of participatory research and field reportage, Dispatches paves the way for a transformation of policy and provides a basis for the eventual resolution of some of today’s major maritime conflicts. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.
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Marie Yovanovitch- Ukraine: Can Democracy Survive?

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42737 [post_author] => 81 [post_date] => 2022-06-08 18:55:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-08 22:55:52 [post_content] => Marie Yovanovitch was at the height of her diplomatic career when it all came crashing down. In the middle of her third ambassadorship—a rarity in the world of diplomacy—she was targeted by a smear campaign and abruptly recalled from her post in Kyiv, Ukraine. In the months that followed, she endured personal tragedy while simultaneously being pulled into the blinding lights of the first impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. It was a time of chaos and pain, for her and for the nation. Yet Yovanovitch was no stranger to instability and injustice. Born into a family that had survived Soviet and Nazi terror, she first saw the corrosive effect of corruption in Somalia while cutting her teeth as a diplomat in the male-dominated world of the 1980s State Department. She was an eyewitness to the 1993 constitutional crisis in Russia and the street fighting in Moscow. And she rose to the top of her profession in the crucible of the former USSR, where she saw how President Vladimir Putin adeptly exploited corrupt leaders in neighboring countries and undermined their developing democracies. Nowhere was Putin’s aggression clearer than in Ukraine, where Russia meddled in elections, launched cyberattacks, peddled misinformation, illegally annexed Crimea, invaded the Donbas, and attacked Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea. But when Yovanovitch was abruptly recalled from her post and Ukraine’s democratically elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, found himself set upon by Trump, it became clear just how dangerously close to the edge America itself had strayed. Through it all, Yovanovitch tirelessly advocated for the Ukrainian people, while advancing U.S. interests and staying true to herself. She will discuss Ukraine's prospects going forward and discuss whether the Ukrainian democracy can survive. [post_title] => Marie Yovanovitch- Ukraine: Can Democracy Survive? [post_excerpt] => Ambassador (ret.) Marie L. Yovanovitch is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine for three years, from 2016 to 2019. Her memoir, Lessons from the Edge, documents how she was abruptly recalled from Ukraine by the Trump administration in April 2019 and subsequently testified in the first impeachment of President Trump in November 2019. She previously served as Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia (2008-2011) and the Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008). From 2012-2013, Ambassador Yovanovitch was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she was responsible for policy on European and global security issues. She also served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2004-2005. She retired from the Department of State as a Career Minister in January 2020. Ambassador Yovanovitch served as the Dean of the Language School at the Foreign Service Institute, as well as International Advisor and Deputy Commandant at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University, where she also taught national security strategy. She began her career in Ottawa, followed by overseas assignments in Moscow, London and Mogadishu, and at the Department of State as Deputy Director of the Russian Desk. A graduate of Princeton University with a master’s degree from the National Defense University, Ambassador Yovanovitch received numerous Presidential and State Department awards, including the Secretary’s Diplomacy in Human Rights Award. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => marie-yovanovitch-ukraine-can-democracy-survive [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-08 18:56:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-08 22:56:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42737 [menu_order] => -1 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-10-07 10:00:00 )
Beginning October 07 @ 10:00 am
Marie Yovanovitch was at the height of her diplomatic career when it all came crashing down. In the middle of her third ambassadorship—a rarity in the world of diplomacy—she was targeted by a smear campaign and abruptly recalled from her post in Kyiv, Ukraine. In the months that followed, she endured personal tragedy while simultaneously being pulled into the blinding lights of the first impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. It was a time of chaos and pain, for her and for the nation. Yet Yovanovitch was no stranger to instability and injustice. Born into a family that had survived Soviet and Nazi terror, she first saw the corrosive effect of corruption in Somalia while cutting her teeth as a diplomat in the male-dominated world of the 1980s State Department. She was an eyewitness to the 1993 constitutional crisis in Russia and the street fighting in Moscow. And she rose to the top of her profession in the crucible of the former USSR, where she saw how President Vladimir Putin adeptly exploited corrupt leaders in neighboring countries and undermined their developing democracies. Nowhere was Putin’s aggression clearer than in Ukraine, where Russia meddled in elections, launched cyberattacks, peddled misinformation, illegally annexed Crimea, invaded the Donbas, and attacked Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea. But when Yovanovitch was abruptly recalled from her post and Ukraine’s democratically elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, found himself set upon by Trump, it became clear just how dangerously close to the edge America itself had strayed. Through it all, Yovanovitch tirelessly advocated for the Ukrainian people, while advancing U.S. interests and staying true to herself. She will discuss Ukraine's prospects going forward and discuss whether the Ukrainian democracy can survive.
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Kent Harrington: Living with Kim Chong and North Korea’s Nuclear Threat

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42742 [post_author] => 81 [post_date] => 2022-06-08 19:02:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:02:49 [post_content] =>  Living with Kim Chong and North Korea’s Nuclear Threat Despite seven decades of American military and political engagement on the Korean peninsula, Pyongyang’s dynastic communist regime continues to challenge US policymakers as well as stability in East Asia.  Like its predecessors, the Biden administration has sought to mix diplomacy and deterrence, while cooperating with its allies in Seoul, Tokyo, and elsewhere to constrain North Korea’s nuclear threat.  The results: like his father and grandfather, Kim Chong Un has continued to build his nuclear arsenal despite the costs to Pyongyang and the North Korean people.  70 years after the end of the Korean war, the question is obvious.  Is the past prologue?  Is Kim’s arsenal simply a fact we must live with, and if it is, what are the risks? [post_title] => Kent Harrington: Living with Kim Chong and North Korea’s Nuclear Threat [post_excerpt] => Kent Harrington, President of Harrington Group, LLC, has more than 40 years of experience on trade, economic, defense, and foreign policy issues as a specialist on intelligence analysis and Asia. He has provided political-economic assessments and strategic counsel on government relations to leading companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia. At the Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. Harrington led the intelligence community’s collection and research on international economic, foreign policy and national security issues, including serving four Directors of Central Intelligence as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia. He has worked with leaders around the world in several assignments, including as CIA chief of station in Tokyo, and served as CIA’s Director of Public Affairs, playing a major role in providing greater public access to intelligence and in crisis management. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => kent-harrington-living-with-kim-chong-and-north-koreas-nuclear-threat [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-08 19:02:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:02:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42742 [menu_order] => -1 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-10-21 10:00:00 )
Beginning October 21 @ 10:00 am
 Living with Kim Chong and North Korea’s Nuclear Threat Despite seven decades of American military and political engagement on the Korean peninsula, Pyongyang’s dynastic communist regime continues to challenge US policymakers as well as stability in East Asia.  Like its predecessors, the Biden administration has sought to mix diplomacy and deterrence, while cooperating with its allies in Seoul, Tokyo, and elsewhere to constrain North Korea’s nuclear threat.  The results: like his father and grandfather, Kim Chong Un has continued to build his nuclear arsenal despite the costs to Pyongyang and the North Korean people.  70 years after the end of the Korean war, the question is obvious.  Is the past prologue?  Is Kim’s arsenal simply a fact we must live with, and if it is, what are the risks?
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Sergie Medvedev: The Return of the Russian Leviathan

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42745 [post_author] => 81 [post_date] => 2022-06-08 19:11:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:11:46 [post_content] => Global Speakers Program Russia's relationship with its neighbors and with the West has worsened dramatically in recent years. Under Putin's leadership, the country has annexed Crimea, begun a war in Eastern Ukraine, used chemical weapons on the streets of the UK, and created an army of Internet trolls to meddle in the US presidential elections. How should we understand this apparent relapse into aggressive imperialism and militarism? Sergei Medvedev will discuss this new wave of Russian nationalism which he feels is the result of mentalities that have long been embedded within the Russian psyche. Whereas in the West, the turbulent social changes of the 1960s and raising awareness of the legacy of colonialism have modernized attitudes, Russia has been stymied by an enduring sense of superiority over its neighbors alongside a painful nostalgia for empire. It is this irrational worldview that Putin and others have exploited, as seen most clearly in Russia's recent foreign policy decisions, including the annexation of Crimea. [post_title] => Sergie Medvedev: The Return of the Russian Leviathan [post_excerpt] => Sergei Medvedev is Professor, Moscow Free University; Affiliate Professor, Charles University, Prague; and Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Previously he was a professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He has worked at the Marshall Center for Security Studies in Germany, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (Helsinki), the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Ebenhausen), the Istituto Affari Internazionali (Rome) and the Institute of Europe (Moscow). [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => sergie-medvedev-the-return-of-the-russian-leviathan [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-08 19:11:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:11:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42745 [menu_order] => -1 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-11-04 10:00:00 )
Beginning November 04 @ 10:00 am
Global Speakers Program Russia's relationship with its neighbors and with the West has worsened dramatically in recent years. Under Putin's leadership, the country has annexed Crimea, begun a war in Eastern Ukraine, used chemical weapons on the streets of the UK, and created an army of Internet trolls to meddle in the US presidential elections. How should we understand this apparent relapse into aggressive imperialism and militarism? Sergei Medvedev will discuss this new wave of Russian nationalism which he feels is the result of mentalities that have long been embedded within the Russian psyche. Whereas in the West, the turbulent social changes of the 1960s and raising awareness of the legacy of colonialism have modernized attitudes, Russia has been stymied by an enduring sense of superiority over its neighbors alongside a painful nostalgia for empire. It is this irrational worldview that Putin and others have exploited, as seen most clearly in Russia's recent foreign policy decisions, including the annexation of Crimea.
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Kevin Cassidy: Global Supply Chains

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42748 [post_author] => 81 [post_date] => 2022-06-08 19:17:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:17:11 [post_content] => The Global Supply Chain is too complex, interconnected, and fragile to be made completely immune to shocks, especially ones such as seismic as a global pandemic, or a major war. Major ports the world over, which used to operate like clockwork, are now beset by delays, with container ships queuing for days in some of the worst congestion ever recorded. A backlog of orders and a shortage of drivers have caused trucking costs to triple. More than a million containers due to travel to Europe from China by train — on a route that goes through Russia — must now make their journey by sea as sanctions bite. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has also severed key supply lines for nickel, aluminum, wheat, and sunflower oil, causing commodity prices to skyrocket. Despite the difficulties of today’s supply crisis, Kevin Cassidy is optimistic about the opportunities being created.  He believes it is an exciting time for businesses and labor to rethink supply chains and make them stronger for companies, workers and people around the world. [post_title] => Kevin Cassidy: Global Supply Chains [post_excerpt] => With nearly 4 decades of international development experience, Kevin Cassidy is the Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations for the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for the United States. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => kevin-cassidy-global-supply-chains [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-08 19:17:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:17:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42748 [menu_order] => -1 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-11-11 10:00:00 )
Beginning November 11 @ 10:00 am
The Global Supply Chain is too complex, interconnected, and fragile to be made completely immune to shocks, especially ones such as seismic as a global pandemic, or a major war. Major ports the world over, which used to operate like clockwork, are now beset by delays, with container ships queuing for days in some of the worst congestion ever recorded. A backlog of orders and a shortage of drivers have caused trucking costs to triple. More than a million containers due to travel to Europe from China by train — on a route that goes through Russia — must now make their journey by sea as sanctions bite. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has also severed key supply lines for nickel, aluminum, wheat, and sunflower oil, causing commodity prices to skyrocket. Despite the difficulties of today’s supply crisis, Kevin Cassidy is optimistic about the opportunities being created.  He believes it is an exciting time for businesses and labor to rethink supply chains and make them stronger for companies, workers and people around the world.
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Sarah Chayes: Corruption in America

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42751 [post_author] => 81 [post_date] => 2022-06-08 19:28:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:28:13 [post_content] => Sarah Chayes is the author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security. She is internationally recognized for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications. Her work explores how severe corruption can help prompt such crises as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation. Before joining Carnegie, Chayes served as special assistant to the top U.S. military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. She focused on governance issues, participating in cabinet-level decision-making on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Arab Spring, and traveling with Mullen frequently to these regions. Chayes was tapped for the job after her work as special adviser to two commanders of the international troops in Afghanistan (ISAF), at the end of a decade on the ground there. [post_title] => Sarah Chayes: Corruption in America [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => sarah-chayes-corruption-in-america [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-08 19:28:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:28:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42751 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-12-02 10:00:00 )
Beginning December 02 @ 10:00 am
Sarah Chayes is the author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security. She is internationally recognized for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications. Her work explores how severe corruption can help prompt such crises as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation. Before joining Carnegie, Chayes served as special assistant to the top U.S. military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. She focused on governance issues, participating in cabinet-level decision-making on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Arab Spring, and traveling with Mullen frequently to these regions. Chayes was tapped for the job after her work as special adviser to two commanders of the international troops in Afghanistan (ISAF), at the end of a decade on the ground there.
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Dr. R. Evan Ellis: China's Engagement in Latin America

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42756 [post_author] => 81 [post_date] => 2022-06-08 19:40:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:40:18 [post_content] => R. Evan Ellis will address Chinese activities in Latin America and its implications for the US and the region, including his experience with the topic while serving on the State Department Policy Planning Staff, his work with the Army on the topic, and his recently published book.  He will address PRC strategic objectives and its approach in the context of its broader global engagement, including bilateral and multilateral engagement.  He will address patterns in specific economic sectors, Chinese infrastructure, energy, technology, space and military engagement as specialty topics.  He will examine the PRC-Taiwan diplomatic struggle in Latin America, the mutually reinforcing relationship between authoritarian populism and Chinese engagement in the region, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and recommendations for US policymakers. [post_title] => Dr. R. Evan Ellis: China's Engagement in Latin America [post_excerpt] => Robert Evan Ellis is an analyst of Latin American economic, political, and security issues, with a research focus on Latin America’s relationships with China and other external actors, including India, Russia, and Iran. He is an associate professor of Latin American studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), and he has previously served as a professor with the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ellis has authored over 70 works, including China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores (Lynne Rienner, 2009), The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement with Latin America (Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, 2013), and articles in national security, finance, and technical journals. Ellis has presented his work in a broad range of business and government forums in 25 countries on 4 continents. He has discussed his work regarding China and other external actors in Latin America on a number of radio and television programs, including CNN International, CNN En Español, Voice of America, and Radio Marti, and has testified on Chinese activities in Latin America before the U.S. Congress. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => dr-r-evan-ellis-chinas-engagement-in-latin-america [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-08 19:40:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:40:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42756 [menu_order] => -1 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2023-01-06 11:00:00 )
Beginning January 06 @ 11:00 am
R. Evan Ellis will address Chinese activities in Latin America and its implications for the US and the region, including his experience with the topic while serving on the State Department Policy Planning Staff, his work with the Army on the topic, and his recently published book.  He will address PRC strategic objectives and its approach in the context of its broader global engagement, including bilateral and multilateral engagement.  He will address patterns in specific economic sectors, Chinese infrastructure, energy, technology, space and military engagement as specialty topics.  He will examine the PRC-Taiwan diplomatic struggle in Latin America, the mutually reinforcing relationship between authoritarian populism and Chinese engagement in the region, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and recommendations for US policymakers.
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Ambassador Lawrence Butler- The Balkans: Can Peace Endure?

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42761 [post_author] => 81 [post_date] => 2022-06-08 19:46:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:46:51 [post_content] => Ambassador Butler devoted four decades as an American and international diplomat to deterrence, crisis management, conflict prevention, and promotion of human rights and democracy. He currently helps train U.S. Army units preparing to serve in Europe, the Middle East and Korea. He served two decades on the front lines of Cold War diplomacy before playing pivotal roles in ending conflicts in the Balkans and Northern Ireland and then engage in the Middle East and Afghanistan. He exposed Communist Bulgaria’s ethnic repression of its Turkish population in 1985, was the chief American diplomat in Belgrade, Yugoslavia during the Dayton/Bosnia peace process, and coordinated President Clinton’s involvement in the 1998 Northern Irish peace accord while at the White House as the NSC Director for Europe, implemented Macedonia’s 2001 peace agreement as U.S. Ambassador, led the “civilian surge” for Iraq in 2007 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and in Sarajevo advanced implementation of the Dayton Accords as the international community Deputy High Representative. [post_title] => Ambassador Lawrence Butler- The Balkans: Can Peace Endure? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ambassador-lawrence-butler-the-balkans-can-peace-endure [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-08 19:47:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-08 23:47:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42761 [menu_order] => -1 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2023-01-20 10:00:00 )
Beginning January 20 @ 10:00 am
Ambassador Butler devoted four decades as an American and international diplomat to deterrence, crisis management, conflict prevention, and promotion of human rights and democracy. He currently helps train U.S. Army units preparing to serve in Europe, the Middle East and Korea. He served two decades on the front lines of Cold War diplomacy before playing pivotal roles in ending conflicts in the Balkans and Northern Ireland and then engage in the Middle East and Afghanistan. He exposed Communist Bulgaria’s ethnic repression of its Turkish population in 1985, was the chief American diplomat in Belgrade, Yugoslavia during the Dayton/Bosnia peace process, and coordinated President Clinton’s involvement in the 1998 Northern Irish peace accord while at the White House as the NSC Director for Europe, implemented Macedonia’s 2001 peace agreement as U.S. Ambassador, led the “civilian surge” for Iraq in 2007 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and in Sarajevo advanced implementation of the Dayton Accords as the international community Deputy High Representative.
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