Jun
27
Thu
Brexit: Why did it happen, and what comes next? @ Old Lyme Country Club
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Brexit: Why did it happen, and what comes next? @ Old Lyme Country Club | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Join us Thursday, June 27, at Old Lyme Country Club (4o McCurdy Road, Old Lyme) for a presentation by Peter Rutland titled, “Brexit: Why did it happen, and what comes next?” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.

Rutland is the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, and Professor of Government at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

The Brexit referendum has triggered a constitutional crisis with profound implications for Britain’s political and economic future. It exposed deep flaws in the country’s political system and social identity. Why did the crisis happen, and what does the future hold? Peter Rutland was a visiting professor at Manchester University in 2016 and witnessed the referendum first hand.

Read the full Press Release here. 

Registration for the presentation and dinner is available online here.

Jul
12
Fri
Lunch Group: Brexit and the Legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles @ Old Lyme Country Club
Jul 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch Group: Brexit and the Legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles @ Old Lyme Country Club | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

‘Lunch Group’ is new program in addition to SECWAC’s monthly speaker series. This first luncheon, with the topic of ‘Brexit and the Legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles’ will be a great continuation of the SECWAC meeting on June 27th, at which you will get the general background to Brexit from Peter Rutland. RSVP to the June 27th meeting here.

Executive Director Paul Nugent, who will moderate the first lunch discussion, has identified 7 articles to be discussed (see attached document for full details):

3 from the New York Times:

1 from the Wall Street Journal – Stormy Irish Past Stymies Brexit (no public electronic link, will send a scan to those who sign up)

1 from The Guardian website: How the Irish backstop emerged as May’s Brexit nemesis

1 from the journal Current HistoryNorthern Ireland’s Twenty Years of Troubled Peace PDF link here

1 from the Irish Times websiteKeeping the Peace: An old conflict and a new Border: How Britain’s exit from the European Union could threaten 20 years of peace in Northern Ireland

In addition, there are 3 more extensive pieces (see links in the attached document) that Paul has provided for background reading; incidentally, one is written by a former SECWAC speaker, Jonathan Stevenson (May 2016, on the subject Centenary of Sykes-Picot: Order and Chaos in the Middle East and the US Position). And as previously mentioned, it would help if you attended the June 27th meeting on Brexit with Peter Rutland.

Also, in the document, Paul has included a high-level (and by no means exhaustive!) timeline of relevant Irish history to help orient you to the background.

Paul will lead/moderate the discussion, but note that this is not a presentation by me on the subject – the idea is that everybody at the table will contribute to the discussion based on their reading of the material.

Please respond as soon as possible to posthibernia@gmail.com if you would like to attend this specific event.  Please reply only if you are likely to attend; based on the number of responses, Paul will generate a waiting list and keep you updated.

BTW, you do not need to be a member of the OLCC to attend – you will be able to pay for your lunch with cash or card.

Happy to answer any questions about the organization of the event; you can email me at posthibernia@gmail.com or call/text me at 860-405-4440.

More background on the Lunch Group programs from Paul Nugent:

At a recent gathering of executive directors and other folks from World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) chapters in the Northeast U.S., I learned of several types of programs in place at these chapters outside from normal monthly meetings.  We are looking at ways to develop some of these programs at SECWAC!  The first, and easiest to implement, will be a “Lunch Group” that we would like to establish over the coming summer.  The idea is that a discussion leader – a Board member, or one of you – would identify several articles (probably no more than five) from magazines, journals or newspapers that address a particular world affairs topic, identify a date and lunch location (a restaurant that will accommodate a group of 12-14 “off to the side,” allowing for group discussion – we could help you identify a venue, if you wish), and then SECWAC will do the rest.  This will involve our reaching out to the members with the articles and meeting information, and then recording the names of the first 12-14 respondents.  Given the nature of the discussion – an intimate lunch gathering – we propose, at least initially, to limit attendance to this number.  Of course, we would develop a waiting list in case some of the first respondents could not attend at the last moment.  Members would pay for their own lunch, but attending these programs will be included in our annual membership. The details of this plan will need to be worked out as we develop the program, so don’t worry for the moment about some details.  Also, the frequency of the meeting will be based on your response to/interest in the idea.

I realize that this meeting type, by definition, will likely be quite restricted in attendance.  But please indicate your interest, and, even if you are not in the first 12-14 (or whatever number we decide) to respond, you will be placed on a wait-list and may still be able to attend if folks withdraw before the date.  Hence, it will be very important to keep us posted on your attendance if you are one of the first 12-14 to respond.

Sep
17
Tue
Gordon Chang: Title TBD @ Connecticut College
Sep 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Gordon Chang: Title TBD @ Connecticut College | New London | Connecticut | United States

Join us Tuesday, September 17, 2019, in the Crozier Student Center at Connecticut College for a presentation by Gordon Chang.

Chang last spoke at SECWC in June 2017, where his well-received presentation at Old Lyme Middle School was titled, “Trump and North Korea: War or Peace in Asia.”

Title and details TBD for his September 2019 return.

Online registration for the event and dinner will be available in late summer 2019.

Oct
2
Wed
In a Time of Monsters – a Middle East in Revolt @ TBD
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us Wednesday, October 2, for a presentation by Emma Sky titled, “In a time of Monsters – a Middle East in Revolt,” based on her book of the same name. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.

This event will be our Quarterly Colloquium. 

The story of one woman’s journey throughout the Middle East during the Arab Spring, in a quest for hope, humanity, and home in the aftermath of the Iraq war.

Returning to the UK in September 2010 after serving in Iraq as the political adviser to the top American general, Emma Sky felt no sense of homecoming. She soon found herself back in the Middle East traveling through a region in revolt.

In A Time of Monsters bears witness to the demands of young people for dignity and justice during the Arab Spring; the inability of sclerotic regimes to reform; the descent of Syria into civil war; the rise of the Islamic State; and the flight of refugees to Europe. With deep empathy for its people and an extensive understanding of the Middle East, Sky makes a complex region more comprehensible.

A great storyteller and observational writer, Sky also reveals the ties that bind the Middle East to the West and how blowback from our interventions in the region contributed to the British vote to leave the European Union and to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.

Emma Sky is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute. She worked in the Middle East for twenty years and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services in Iraq. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Copies of Sky’s book will be available after her presentation.

Oct
17
Thu
Neutralizing the Politics of Fear
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Neutralizing the Politics of Fear

Join us in October (exact date and location TBD), for a presentation by Steven Flynn titled, “Neutralizing the Politics of Fear: The Case for Bolstering Societal Resilience.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.

As Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, Dr. Stephen E. Flynn leads a major university-wide research initiative to inform and advance societal resilience in the face of growing human-made and naturally-occurring turbulence. At Northeastern, he is also Professor of Political Science with faculty affiliations in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs. Dr. Flynn is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on critical infrastructure and supply chain security and resilience.

See Dr. Flynn’s full bio here.

Learn more about the Global Resilience Institute at https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/from-the-director/

Nov
14
Thu
The Rise of Populism/Nationalism in Europe
Nov 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Rise of Populism/Nationalism in Europe

Join us in November (exact date and location TBD) for a presentation by Sarah Wiliarty titled, “The Rise of Populism/Nationalism in Europe.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.

More information to come.

Dec
19
Thu
Public Diplomacy
Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Public Diplomacy

Join us in December (exact date and location TBD) for a presentation by Katherine Brown, President and CEO of Global Ties USA, titled, “Public Diplomacy.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.

Katherine Brown, Ph.D., former Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, is the President and CEO of Global Ties, the largest and oldest citizen diplomacy network in the United States. She has held this role since April 2018.

From 2013-2016, Katherine Brown served as Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, a body authorized by Congress to oversee and promote U.S. government activities that intend to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. Most recently, she has been a Public Policy Manager at Facebook, Inc. where she was also in residence as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow.

Previously, she held numerous roles in government, including assistant to the White House national security adviser; communications adviser for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul; and professional staff member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Katherine also served on the boards of the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and the Global Ties Foundation. She is a non-resident senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in communications from Columbia University and B.A. from the George Washington University.

Global Ties U.S. is a nonprofit that makes international exchange programs more effective. We work with our members and the U.S. Department of State to bring current and future leaders from around the world to communities across the United States. Together, we build deep connections among people from many countries, resulting in a more peaceful, prosperous world.

The Global Ties Foundation is the charitable arm of Global Ties U.S. It seeks to empower a network of global influencers by accelerating innovation in international exchange.

More information to come.

With a subscription, an interesting article on The Economist, titled “Americans Amateur Diplomats.”

Feb
6
Thu
The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Case of Germany
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Case of Germany

Join us in February 2020 (exact date and location TBD) for a presentation by Karolin Machtans titled, “The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Case of Germany.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.

Machtans is an Associate Professor of German Studies at Connecticut College. Machtans’s main research and teaching interests are 20th- and 21st-century German literature and film, post-1945 German history and culture, German-Turkish relations; Muslims in Germany; minorities in Germany; Holocaust studies and literary theory. Learn more here.

Mar
25
Wed
India, Pakistan, and the War over Kashmir
Mar 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
India, Pakistan, and the War over Kashmir

Join us in March 2020 (exact date and location TBD) for a presentation by Dean Accardi titled, “India, Pakistan, and the War over Kashmir.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.

Accardi is an Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College. Accardi is a historian of gender and religion in South Asia and the Islamic World. He is interested in the connections between religious and political practices, institutions and discourses in the early modern and modern world. His research focuses on the gendered ascetic practices of saints revered by both Hindus and Muslims and their use to establish and articulate religious and political power.

His research and teaching highlight how historical and religious narratives constantly reconstruct and deploy the past to serve particular socio-political agendas. His research and teaching also reexamine notions of mutually exclusive religions, hybridity, and syncretism and reconceptualizes relationships between religions and other social and cultural phenomena.

Learn more about Accardi here.

Apr
15
Wed
Submarine Fleet in the US Military Strategy
Apr 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Submarine Fleet in the US Military Strategy

Join us in April 2020 (exact date and location TBD) for a presentation by Admiral John Padgett, retired Commander of the US Pacific Submarine Fleet, titled, “Submarine Fleet in the US Military Strategy.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.

More information to come.

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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.