Press Release: SECWAC Quarterly Colloquium with Emma Sky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Emma Sky, Jackson Institute, Yale University, presents “In a Time of Monsters – A Middle East in Revolt” This Southeast […]

22 | September 2019

Sunday 5:25 PM

Recap: September 2019, Community Partnership Program and Gordon Chang

Dear Members, The 2019-2020 Season got off to a great start on September 12th with a reading by local author Sydney Williams from his new book, Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th […]

22 | September 2019

Sunday 4:56 PM

Press Release: GREAT DECISIONS, Coming to America: A Refugee’s Story

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Will Kneerim (IRIS) & Mohammed Hamou (Old Lyme resident & Syrian refugee) present “Coming to America: A Refugee Story” Brought […]

22 | August 2019

Thursday 9:18 PM

Press Release: Gordon Chang, America’s Grandest Wager: China

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Gordon Chang, China expert and author, presents, “America’s Grandest Wager: China” This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council meeting takes place […]

22 | August 2019

Thursday 9:01 PM

Press Release: Sydney Williams, “Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th Mountain Division, 1944-1945”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Sydney Williams, local author and SECWAC member, presents his new book, “Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th Mountain Division, […]

22 | August 2019

Thursday 8:47 PM

Recap: Brexit with Peter Rutland, June 2019, and July Lunch Discussion

Dear Members, The final meeting of the 2018-2019 Speaker Season brought us some clarity on the origins of the Brexit referendum, even as the final outcome of this story remains to be determined. […]

22 | August 2019

Thursday 8:09 PM

Press Release: Peter Rutland, Brexit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University, presents “Brexit: Why did it happen, and what comes next? Southeast Connecticut World […]

16 | June 2019

Sunday 12:20 PM

Recap: Grand Strategy in April and May 2019

Dear Members, I hope that you were able to attend our April and May meetings, held recently a week apart at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme. The overall topic was similar […]

15 | May 2019

Wednesday 10:10 PM

Past Speakers Fall 2013-Spring 2019

List of Past Speakers that have presented at SECWAC Meetings: 2018-2019 Season June 2019 – Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University, “Brexit: Why did it happen, and what comes next?” May 2019 – Ivo H. Daalder […]

15 | May 2019

Wednesday 10:00 PM

Two Meetings in Two Weeks: A letter from the Executive Director

Dear Members, I’m sure that you have noticed by now that the next two monthly SECWAC meetings are occurring on consecutive Thursdays, April 25 and May 3. The reason for this relates more […]

18 | April 2019

Thursday 11:26 PM

Press Release: Daalder & Lindsay, US’s Abdication of Global Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Ivo H. Daalder, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and James M. Lindsay, Council on Foreign Relations, present […]

16 | April 2019

Tuesday 10:15 PM

Press Release: Stephen Walt, The Decline of U.S. Primacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Stephen M Walt, Harvard Kennedy School, presents “America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy” […]

20 | March 2019

Wednesday 11:59 AM

Recap: CJ Chivers, March 2019

Dear Members, On Tuesday, March 12, those of us gathered at Connecticut College witnessed a moving presentation by an individual very familiar with the “sharp end” of US foreign policy. CJ Chivers, soldier, […]

20 | March 2019

Wednesday 11:19 AM

Press Release: CJ Chivers, Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org CJ Chivers, Author and former US Marine Corps Officer, presents “Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq” […]

25 | February 2019

Monday 2:43 PM

Recap: Carl Zimmer, February 2019

Dear Members, Those of you fortunate to be among the 70+ attendees at the February SECWAC meeting at Connecticut College last week enjoyed a tour-de-force presentation on international affairs in the deep history […]

25 | February 2019

Monday 2:23 PM

Press Release: Carl Zimmer, ‘The Deep History of Global Affairs’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Carl Zimmer, Author and Journalist, presents ‘The Deep History of Global Affairs’ Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council […]

1 | February 2019

Friday 11:32 AM

Recap: Caroleen Sayej, January 2019

Dear Members, At our first meeting of 2019, held at Connecticut College on January 28, Caroleen Sayej, Professor of Government and International Relations at the college, spoke to us of the important role […]

1 | February 2019

Friday 11:15 AM

Press Release: Caroleen Sayej, “Nationalism in Post-Saddam Iraq”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Caroleen Sayej, Associate Professor of Government and International Relations at Connecticut College, presents ‘Patriotic Ayatollahs: Nationalism in Post-Saddam […]

19 | December 2018

Wednesday 8:01 PM

Recap: Rob Hernandez, December 2018

Dear Members, If you were among the capacity crowd of over 120 members and guests attending the December meeting at the Old Lyme Country Club, you know you were in the presence of […]

18 | December 2018

Tuesday 8:11 PM

Press Release: Rob Hernandez, “Cuba, the Conflicted Isle”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Rob Hernandez, local independent expert, presents, “Cuba, the Conflicted Isle: can it reconcile its past while creating […]

25 | November 2018

Sunday 10:56 PM

Recap: Charles Sennot, November 2018

Dear Members, The third meeting of the 2018-2019 SECWAC Speaker season was held at Connecticut College, New London, on November 14th, with some 70-odd members and guests hearing about the current status of […]

25 | November 2018

Sunday 10:30 PM

Recap: SECWAC Meeting October 2018

Dear Members, At our second meeting of the 2018-2019 season, held at the Old Lyme Country Club on October 24, we were treated to a wonderful review of the current state of the […]

30 | October 2018

Tuesday 10:58 AM

Press Release: Charles Sennott, “GroundTruth in a ‘Post-truth’ Era”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Charles Sennott, Founder, CEO & Editor of The GroundTruth Project, presents “GroundTruth in a ‘Post-truth’ Era” Southeast […]

28 | October 2018

Sunday 8:34 PM

Press Release: Robert Morgus presents, “The Battle for the Global Internet”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Robert Morgus, Sr. Policy Analyst, Cybersecurity Initiative, New America, presents ‘The Battle for the Global Internet‘ Southeast […]

10 | October 2018

Wednesday 1:58 PM

Recap: Captain Paul Whitescarver, September 2018

Dear Members, I hope you had the good fortune to attend our inaugural meeting of the 2018-2019 Speaker Season last week at Connecticut College. After our Annual and Board meetings at which Milt […]

28 | September 2018

Friday 12:20 PM

Student Insight: John Lewis Gaddis, June 2018

By Julia Stout, SECWAC Intern On June 4, SECWAC hosted Yale Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, John Lewis Gaddis, at Connecticut College for a talk on his new book: On Grand Strategy. To […]

20 | June 2018

Wednesday 7:03 PM

Thank You Letter to SECWAC Members

June 17, 2018 Dear Friend of SECWAC, On behalf of the Program Committee, I write to thank you for your support of SECWAC during our 2017-2018 Speaker Season.  As we prepare for the […]

20 | June 2018

Wednesday 2:20 PM

Press Release: John Lewis Gaddis presents, “On Grand Strategy”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org   John Lewis Gaddis presents, “On Grand Strategy” Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council meeting takes place on […]

30 | May 2018

Wednesday 11:06 AM

Student Insight: Anthony Pellegrini, May 2018

By Julia Stout, SECWAC Intern On May 16, SECWAC hosted local scholar Anthony Pellegrini for a presentation on China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI). Mr. Pellegrini began with giving a background on China’s ancient […]

23 | May 2018

Wednesday 4:06 PM

Recap: Anthony Pellegrini, May 2018

By Paul Nugent, Executive Director On May 16, SECWAC members and guests traveled to Stonington where the La Grua Center was the venue for a very informative, if somewhat sobering, presentation on the […]

23 | May 2018

Wednesday 4:02 PM

Recap: Alexis Dudden, Ph.D., April 2018

“A wonderful presentation by a dynamic speaker.” “A brilliant presentation on the current situation in Korea in the context of 20th-century history.” “Her talk was absolutely riveting.” So ran comments from attendees at […]

22 | April 2018

Sunday 2:34 PM

Past Speakers

List of Past Speakers that have presented at SECWAC Meetings: 2017-2018 Season June 2018 – John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University, “US Grand Strategy in the 21st Century” May 2018 – Anthony Pellegrini, Independent […]

15 | April 2018

Sunday 2:50 PM

5 Reasons Students Should be Interested in SECWAC

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC), is an organization focused on expanding its audience to reach young professionals and area high school and college students interested in world affairs. Each month in the […]

21 | March 2018

Wednesday 6:06 PM

SECWAC Information for Guest Speakers

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) welcomes 8-10 guest speakers per year, September through June. If you’re interested in being a guest speaker at one of our monthly meetings in the southeast Connecticut […]

6 | March 2018

Tuesday 2:12 AM

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.