Sep
17
Tue
America’s Grandest Wager: China @ Connecticut College
Sep 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
America's Grandest Wager: China @ 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 titled, “America’s Grandest Wager: China.”

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.”

More details about his September 2019 return TBD.

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 @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us Wednesday, October 2 at theFirst Congregational Church of Old Lyme, for a presentation by Emma Sky, Jackson Institute at Yale University, 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. Following the colloquium, dinner will be at Old Lyme Country Club (optional $35 meal with additional Q&A with the speaker).

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
24
Thu
Neutralizing the Politics of Fear @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Neutralizing the Politics of Fear @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Join us Thursday, October 24 at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 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. Following the presentation, there will be an optional dinner at Old Lyme Country Club ($35 for a meal and additional Q&A with the speaker).

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
12
Thu
Public Diplomacy @ Connecticut College
Dec 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Public Diplomacy @ Connecticut College | New London | Connecticut | United States

Join us Thursday, December 12 at Connecticut College 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
13
Thu
The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Case of Germany @ Connecticut College
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Case of Germany @ Connecticut College | New London | Connecticut | United States

Join us Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Connecticut College 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
26
Thu
India, Pakistan, and the War over Kashmir @ Connecticut College
Mar 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
India, Pakistan, and the War over Kashmir @ Connecticut College | New London | Connecticut | United States

Join us in March 2020 at Connecticut College 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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Brexit: Why did it happen, and what comes next?

When: June 27, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371, USA

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[…]

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.