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The Committee That Runs the World: The National Security Council Then and Now

November 18, 2020

 

Ambassador Will Itoh (rtd)

 

Welcome back! You are invited to join our Wednesday November 18 Webinar: The Committee That Runs the World: The National Security Council Then and Now with Ambassador Will Itoh (rtd) who served as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council at the White House from 1993-95. Created by the National Security Act of 1947, the National Security Council (NSC) advises the President of the United States on matters relating to defense and foreign policy. The NSC has expanded considerably over recent years, often going beyond its policy coordination role in supporting the President. This presentation will focus on the organization and history of the NSC with observations about how well the process has worked under different Presidents. Ambassador William Itoh served as executive secretary of the National Security Council at the White House from 1993-1995. A career Foreign Service officer, he also served as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand 1995-1999. He holds BA and MA degrees in history from UNM and is professor of the practice in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is past president of the World Affairs Council of Albuquerque.

November 18, 2020:
Ambassador Will Itoh (rtd):
Topic: The Committee That Runs the World: The National Security Council Then and Now

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format for this and our other programs. If you are interested in this program, please email sfwaforum@outlook.com for additional information.

The Committee That Runs the World: The National Security Council Then and Now2020-11-20T20:19:38-07:00

Elections 2020: National Elections with Global Impact

September 30, 23 & 16, 2020

 

Lonna Rae Atkeson, Sarah Hood & Maggie Toulouse Oliver

 

SCHEDULE:

September 30:
Lonna Rae Atkeson, Professor and Regents Lecturer Political Science at the University of New Mexico:
Topic: Election Security, Fraud and Voter Confidence

How do New Mexicans view the conduct of Elections here in New Mexico? How confident are New Mexican voters that the electoral process in this state is secure, fraud free and if not, what are their major concerns and why?

September 23:
Sarah Hood, Reference and Instruction Librarian who teaches information literacy at Santa Fe Community College, media analyst with Ad Fontes Topic: Media: Elections 2020: Fact vs. Fiction: How to Wade Through the (Insanity)

Even in the best of times it can be a challenge to tell fact from fiction. The pivot of our lives – both personal and professional – to the online realm has only exacerbated this. In this historically unique presidential election, the U.S. is witnessing a volatile intersection of social unrest, economic upheaval and ever-evolving technology. In this webinar, Sarah will guide you through the in’s and out’s of ‘fake news’ and mis-/disinformation, how to sort fact from fiction, as well as how to communicate with others during this time…all while keeping your sanity.

September 16:

Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Secretary of State:
Topic: Election Security Issues in 2020 and How They are Being Addressed in New Mexico

Election security is one of the major issues confronting us in the 2020 general elections, whether from disinformation campaigns by hostile foreign governments and/or domestic actors, cyberattacks on electoral systems, ballot fraud, and deliberate attempts to cast doubt on the results.

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format for this and our other programs. If you are interested in this program, please email sfwaforum@outlook.com for additional information.

Elections 2020: National Elections with Global Impact2020-09-21T11:27:07-07:00

Turkish Politics at the Crossroads: Growing Democracy in Illiberal Soil

September 2, 2020

Dr. Gary M. Grossman

You are invited to join our September 2 Webinar: Turkish Politics at the Crossroads:  Growing Democracy in Illiberal Soil with Gary Grossman, Founding Associate Director of Academic Programs and Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University.

The Republic of Turkey has been one of the most dynamic countries in the world since it was established in 1923, founded with the explicit purpose for its emergence as a modern, secular democracy.  Over the past century, progress toward this goal has occurred in fits and starts, democratically elected governments overthrown by the Turkish military four times. This presentation explores Turkey’s prospects for democracy in the 21st century in the context of its current government, the longest-lasting regime in its history.

Dr. Gary M. Grossman is the Founding Associate Director of Academic Programs and Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. He is also currently a Visiting Scientist with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. He offers more than three decades of experience in the management of political, social, and technological development projects around the world with a particular focus on Turkey and Eurasia and was a Fulbright research scholar at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara.

This is the eighth and final webinar in our summer series Summer with SFWAF: Hot Weather, Hot Topics. We have offered two webinars a month held on Wednesday mornings from May 20 – September 2, 2020 for members and friends on a variety of current international affairs topics with foreign affairs experts in Washington, DC, New Mexico and Arizona. A list of our webinar speakers will be on our website sfwaf.org. Speaker bios are on the Speakers webpage. On September 16, 2020 we begin a three part 2020 election webinar series for SFWAF and LWV New Mexico members in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County.

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format for this and our other programs. If you are interested in this program, please email sfwaforum@outlook.com for additional information.

Turkish Politics at the Crossroads: Growing Democracy in Illiberal Soil2020-08-30T00:42:58-07:00

A 40 year view of institutional corruption in Central Asia and in US and International Assistance There

August  26, 2020

Nancy Lubin

You are invited to join our August 26 Webinar: “A 40 year view of institutional corruption in Central Asia and in US and International Assistance There” with Nancy Lubin, President, JNA Associates, Inc, a research and consulting firm on the former USSR, especially the Caucasus and Central Asia.

This talk will explore the challenges of US and international aid in addressing corruption — and deep-seated ‘institutional corruption’ –  in all sectors in formerly Soviet Central Asia and within the US, European and international assistance communities themselves.  Drawing from Lubin’s four decades of research, consulting and personal experience in this region, we will discuss the nature of ‘corruption’ in this part of the world; why some aid programs succeed; and why far too many assistance efforts have only exacerbated the very corruption they are committed to address and undermined their own objectives —  not only because of the difficulties of working in this part of the world, but because of institutional factors that pervade the foreign assistance community itself.

This is the seventh in our summer series Summer with SFWAF: Hot Weather, Hot Topics. We have been offering two webinars a month normally held on a Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm Mountain Time throughout summer 2020 on a variety of current international affairs topics of concern to SFWAF members and friends.

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format for this and our other programs. If you are interested in this program, please email sfwaforum@outlook.com for additional information.

If you are not a member but interested in membership, please email sfwaforum@outlook.com for additional information.  

Because we are a 501(c)(3) organization, dues and contributions are tax deductible. 

For pricing and reservations, click here: https://sfwaf.org/payment/

A 40 year view of institutional corruption in Central Asia and in US and International Assistance There2020-08-24T18:36:43-07:00

Israel-Palestine: Are Prospects for a Two-State Solution Dead?

August  12, 2020

Ellen Laipson

Welcome! You are invited to join our August 12 webinar: “Israel-Palestine: Are prospects for a two-state solution dead?” with Ellen Laipson, Director of the International Security program at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

This talk will address current developments and dynamics in the long saga and search for Arab-Israeli peace. While Israel improves its ties to major Arab states, the prospects for a successful resolution of the “Palestine question” remain low. We will discuss Israeli and Palestinian politics, the Trump Administration’s peace plan, and complicated debates over settlements, annexation, and questions of international law.

This is the sixth in our summer series Summer with SFWAF: Hot Weather, Hot Topics. We have been offering two webinars a month normally held on a Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm Mountain Time throughout summer 2020 on a variety of current international affairs topics of concern to SFWAF members and friends.

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format for this and our other programs. If you are interested in this program, please email sfwaforum@outlook.com for additional information.

Israel-Palestine: Are Prospects for a Two-State Solution Dead?2020-08-06T19:01:59-07:00

A Zero-Based Foreign Policy?

July 29, 2020

Robert Hunter

Welcome! You are invited to join our July 29 webinar: “A Zero-Based Foreign Policy?” with US Ambassador (rtd) Robert Hunter.

Following the election in November, we will either continue with more of the same or have in January a new administration committed to doing things “differently” in foreign policy. For some of Biden’s advisors who speak in public, that means recapturing some of the practices that Trump has abandoned, notably a commitment to “liberal internationalism,” institutions, US “leadership,” solid relations with allies, and the like. But with the pandemic and its aftermath the United States (as well as others, of course) will find itself having to rethink and recalibrate at least some important aspects of its foreign policy. The Trump team – unless changed radically – has proven incapable of dealing with even this part of the agenda; but will Biden choose people able to do meet the daunting tasks either?

Perhaps this is a time when we should consider a “zero-based foreign policy,” starting with “things that we have to do for our security and well-being” that include guarding against “things that go bump in the night,” a foreign policy that pays more attention to our domestic situation than previously and one that includes a team capable of the strategic analysis needed to understand what is important to us and what is not and a foreign policy that ultimately faces the difficult, long term questions about America’s future role in the world.

Ambassador Robert Hunter served in the LBJ White House (education) at the time of the Great Society; was Ted Kennedy’s first foreign policy advisor; and was lead official on Europe and the Middle East on the Carter NSC staff. He was US ambassador to NATO (1993-1998) and was a principal architect and the lead negotiator of the post-Cold War transformation of NATO. He served on the Defense Policy Board and State’s International Security Advisory Board. He has taught at 5 universities; written 1200+ publications; taken part in 8 presidential campaigns; and written speeches for more serious candidates for president (12) than anyone else in US history. BA: Wesleyan University; PhD, London School of Economics.

This is the fifth in our summer series Summer with SFWAF: Hot Weather, Hot Topics. We hope to offer two webinars a month normally held on a Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm Mountain Time throughout summer 2020 on a variety of current international affairs topics of concern to SFWAF members and friends.

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format. We will begin this and future webinars with a short orientation. We encourage you to use Hand Raise and Talk function more than Q&A to preserve the discussion format that is the character of the Forum. It will be possible for people to join at 10:50 to familiarize yourselves with the webinar format in advance of the program.

You are invited to a Zoom Webinar.
When: Jul 29, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Topic: A Zero-Based Foreign Policy?

Register in advance for this webinar: Click Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please keep that email where you can easily access it on  Jul 22.

If you do not receive the confirmation email or are not familiar with Zoom and need technical assistance, please contact Krista Peterson prior to the webinar at krispete@rocketmail.com. She will also monitor this email at the beginning of the webinar in case you are having difficulty connecting, but may not be able to respond right away. President Patricia Kushlis, Board members Krista Peterson and Steve Kerchoff will be co-hosting and moderating the session.

A Zero-Based Foreign Policy?2020-08-04T20:56:53-07:00
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