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The Middle East and the United States: Continuing Challenges and threats in the Next Decade

December 1, 2022

Dr. Emile Nakhleh

The Middle East in 2021-2022 has experienced major developments and faced many challenges, politically, economically, militarily, and socially. In addition to the ongoing disastrous war in Yemen, the protests in Iran, and the massive human rights violations across the region, the Middle East has been affected by Russia’s war in Ukraine, economically and politically. Several Middle Eastern states are on the verge of collapse, including Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon. Bloody confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories continue with no resolution in sight and will be exacerbated by the resurgence of ultra-right politics in Israel following the November 1 elections.

The Middle East has also seen a disconcerting rise in poverty, unemployment, corruption, serious environmental degradation, and distrust of political and social institutions. US policy in the region, especially with Saudi Arabia, in being tested and challenged. Tribal illiberal nationalism, much like in the United States and other countries, is also on the rise in the Middle East. Yet some new alliances and relations have been forming among several states in the region. Many of these developments, including terrorism, pose a challenge to American interests in the region. Understanding the Middle East is best achieved through five major themes: Geography, Religion, Natural Resources (oil and natural gas), Relations with Foreign Powers, and Governance (Rulers and Ruled).

Dr. Emile NakhlehDr. Nakhleh is a former Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) Officer (CIA), a former Research Professor and Director, GNSPI (UNM), a Founding Director, Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program (CIA), a Founding Director, Global and National Security Policy Institute (UNM), a Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations, a Consultant on the Middle East, political Islam, radicalization, terrorism, and intelligence. He has published frequently on these issues, been awarded several senior commendations and distinguished medals for his service, and been a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Bahrain and Israel. Dr Nakhleh has been a frequent speaker for the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum. We welcome him back!

Location: The SFWAF Program will be in the SFCC Board Room (#223) which is in the West Wing (Administration building) of the Santa Fe Community College.

The SFWAF program is from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm.

Cost for the SFWAF lunch event is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

Pay with Paypal

You may pay by check made out to SFWAF and mailed to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, Santa Fe, PO Box 31965, NM 87594 or with a credit card using our Paypal account.  Please indicate on your check or if using Paypal please note in “add special instructions to the seller” that your payment is for the Thursday, December 1, 2022 program.  If you are not a member please also include your best contact information. If you are interested in membership, please email us.

Payment for this program is non-refundable after Friday November 25, 2022 if you are unable to attend.  We strongly prefer that payment be made by Paypal or check postmarked by Friday November 25, 2022 at the latest to facilitate check in. It is also very helpful if you are sending a check to email us at sfwaforum@outlook.com to let us know you plan to attend.

If you are not a member but interested in membership, please see our membership page and 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/

The Speaker

Dr. Emile Nakhleh
Dr. Emile NakhlehFormer Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) Officer (CIA), a former Research Professor and Director, GNSPI (UNM), a Founding Director, Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program (CIA), a Founding Director, Global and National Security Policy Institute (UNM), a Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations, a Consultant on the Middle East, political Islam, radicalization, terrorism, and intelligence
Dr. Nakhleh is a former Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) Officer (CIA), a former Research Professor and Director, GNSPI (UNM), a Founding Director, Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program (CIA), a Founding Director, Global and National Security Policy Institute (UNM), a Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations, a Consultant on the Middle East, political Islam, radicalization, terrorism, and intelligence. He has published frequently on these issues, been awarded several senior commendations and distinguished medals for his service, and been a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Bahrain and Israel. Dr Nakhleh has been a frequent speaker for the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum.

Dr. Nakhleh is the author of numerous academic books and scholarly articles, was awarded several senior commendations and distinguished medals for his service and was a senior Fulbright Scholar in Bahrain and Israel.

The Middle East and the United States: Continuing Challenges and threats in the Next Decade2022-11-13T19:00:42-07:00

Sorting Fact from Fiction: Navigating Today’s News Landscape

October 19, 2022

Sarah Hood

Trust in the news media has continued to erode in recent years and many experts believe this to be a contributing threat to democracy. Mis- and disinformation campaigns, both foreign and domestic, have propagated with astonishing speed via social media platforms, leaving chaos and public mistrust in their wake. How can a country so wracked by strife find its way in today’s information landscape? News and media literacy are key components to answering this question. The ability to critically evaluate the news around us is essential for meaningful civic engagement that is crucial to sustained national conversations about current events and their effects on each of us.

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Sarah Hood is a Reference and Instruction Librarian and teaches information literacy at Santa Fe Community College. She received her Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and recently completed a graduate certificate in Critical Digital Pedagogy and New Literacies from the University of Colorado Denver. She maintains a professional focus on media literacy and once worked as a media analyst for Ad Fontes Media.

Location: The SFWAF Program will be in the SFCC Board Room (#223) which is in the West Wing (Administration building) of the Santa Fe Community College.

The SFWAF program is from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm.

Cost for the SFWAF lunch event is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

Pay with Paypal

You may pay by check made out to SFWAF and mailed to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, Santa Fe, PO Box 31965, NM 87594 or with a credit card using our Paypal account.  Please indicate on your check or if using Paypal please note in “add special instructions to the seller” that your payment is for the Wednesday, September 22, 2022 program.  If you are not a member please also include your best contact information. If you are interested in membership, please email us.

Payment for this program is non-refundable after Friday, September 16, 2022 if you are unable to attend.  We strongly prefer that payment be made by Paypal or check postmarked by Friday September 16, 2022 at the latest to facilitate check in. It is also very helpful if you are sending a check to email us at sfwaforum@outlook.com to let us know you plan to attend.

If you are not a member but interested in membership, please see our membership page and 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/

The Speaker

Sarah Hood
Sarah HoodReference Librarian and Information Media Specialist, SFCC
Sarah Hood is a Reference and Instruction Librarian and teaches information literacy at Santa Fe Community College. She received her Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and recently completed a graduate certificate in Critical Digital Pedagogy and New Literacies from the University of Colorado Denver. She maintains a professional focus on media literacy and once worked as a media analyst for Ad Fontes Media.

Sorting Fact from Fiction: Navigating Today’s News Landscape2022-11-13T19:17:41-07:00

The Los Alamos view of the Manhattan Project

September 22, 2022

Alan B. Carr

In August 1942, the Manhattan Project was formally established. Its mission: Build an entirely reliable atomic bomb as quickly as possible. It’s been estimated that half a million people worked on the project in some capacity at one point or another during the war at installations all over the country. The three main sites were Oak Ridge, Hanford and Los Alamos. “MANHATTAN” tells the story of the project from the Los Alamos perspective. Led by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Los Alamos technical staff of approximately 1,700 employees designed, built, tested, and helped deliver the world’s first nuclear weapons in combat only 27 months after the Laboratory held its first major technical conference. Atomic bombs helped bring history’s deadliest conflict to a victorious conclusion, but not before 60-80 million people had been killed worldwide.

Los Alamos Daily Post article on Dr Carr’s talk for SFWAF: https://ladailypost.com/lanl-senior-historian-alan-carr-discusses-manhattan-project-at-santa-fe-world-affairs-forum/

Alan B CarrAlan B. Carr currently serves as a Program Manager and the Senior Historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Los During his tenure as a laboratory historian, which began in 2003, Alan has produced several publications and lectures pertaining to the Manhattan Project, nuclear testing history, and the historical evolution of LANL. He has lectured for numerous professional organizations and has been featured as a guest on many local, national, and international radio and television programs. Before coming to Los Alamos, Carr completed his graduate studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Location: The SFWAF Program will be in the SFCC Board Room (#223) which is in the West Wing (Administration building) of the Santa Fe Community College.

The SFWAF program is from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm.

Cost for the SFWAF lunch event is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

Pay with Paypal

You may pay by check made out to SFWAF and mailed to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, Santa Fe, PO Box 31965, NM 87594 or with a credit card using our Paypal account.  Please indicate on your check or if using Paypal please note in “add special instructions to the seller” that your payment is for the Wednesday, September 22, 2022 program.  If you are not a member please also include your best contact information. If you are interested in membership, please email us.

Payment for this program is non-refundable after Friday, September 16, 2022 if you are unable to attend.  We strongly prefer that payment be made by Paypal or check postmarked by Friday September 16, 2022 at the latest to facilitate check in. It is also very helpful if you are sending a check to email us at sfwaforum@outlook.com to let us know you plan to attend.

If you are not a member but interested in membership, please see our membership page and 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/

The Speaker

Alan B. Carr
Alan B. CarrProgram Manager and the Senior Historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory
Alan B. Carr currently serves as a Program Manager and the Senior Historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Los During his tenure as a laboratory historian, which began in 2003, Alan has produced several publications and lectures pertaining to the Manhattan Project, nuclear testing history, and the historical evolution of LANL. He has lectured for numerous professional organizations and has been featured as a guest on many local, national, and international radio and television programs. Before coming to Los Alamos, Carr completed his graduate studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

The Los Alamos view of the Manhattan Project2022-09-18T20:10:04-07:00

Creative (Climate) Communications for a Better World

May 04, 2022

Professor Max Boykoff

Conversations about climate change at the science-policy interface and in our lives have been stuck. In this webinar Professor Boykoff highlights dimensions of his recent book ‘Creative (Climate) Communications’ that integrate lessons from the social sciences and humanities to more effectively make connections through issues, people, and things that everyday citizens care about.

He suggests that this has worked to enhance our understanding that there is no ‘silver bullet’ to communications about climate change. He argues that a ‘silver buckshot’ approach is needed instead, where strategies effectively reach different audiences in different contexts.

Tactics emanating from this approach can then significantly improve efforts that seek meaningful, substantive, and sustained responses to contemporary climate challenges. He suggests that this can also help effectively re-capture a common or middle ground on climate change in the public arena. The presentation will highlight endeavors that harness creativity to try to better understand what kinds of communications work where, when, why, and under what conditions in the twenty-first century communication environment.

Professor Boykoff’s webinar concludes SFWAF’s Warming World four part spring webinar series on Climate Change. Please look for videos of previous presentations on our website videos library.

Maxwell Boykoff

Max Boykoff is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Department (where he now serves as Chair) at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Among his ongoing work, Max was a contributing author to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on mitigation and policy action that was released April 4 and he has been an advisor on the ‘Don’t Look Up’ film project.

The Speaker

Max Boykoff
Max BoykoffProfessor in the Environmental Studies Department (where he now serves as Chair) at the University of Colorado Boulder
Max Boykoff is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Department (where he now serves as Chair) at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Among his ongoing work, Max was a contributing author to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on mitigation and policy action that was released April 4 and he has been an advisor on the ‘Don’t Look Up’ film project.

Creative (Climate) Communications for a Better World2022-04-29T19:52:01-07:00

Responding to COVID-19 While Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Latest Developments in Global Health Security

April 27, 2022

Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.)

The world continues to blame COVID, and the poorest countries’ lack access to adequate vaccine supplies and the logistics to deliver them. The “Global South” has been calling for global health equity while the “Global North” has emphasized the need for global health security. International organizations remain deeply engaged in the current pandemic response even as the World Health Organization also looks to the future. WHO member states have begun negotiating a possible pandemic treaty so the world is better prepared for the next pandemic. Its prospects are uncertain.

John Lange

Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) is Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation, where he focuses on issues related to global health security and the work of the World Health Organization. He has held leadership positions in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Measles & Rubella Initiative. Earlier, he spent four years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation engaging in high-level global health advocacy with African governments.

Lange had a distinguished 28-year career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, where he was a pioneer in the field of global health diplomacy and a leader in pandemic preparedness and response. He was the State Department’s Special
Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza from 2006-2009. He also served tours of duty as Deputy Inspector General; Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the inception of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; and U.S. Ambassador to Botswana and Special Representative to the Southern African Development Community (1999-2002), where HIV/AIDS was his signature issue.

Lange led the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as Chargé d’Affaires at the time of the August 7, 1998, Al-Qaeda bombing, for which he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Earlier, he had tours of duty at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the American Embassies in Lomé, Togo; Paris, France; and Mexico City, Mexico.

He has an M.S. degree from the National War College and J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Speaker

Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.)
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) is Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation, where he focuses on issues related to global health security and the work of the World Health Organization. He has held leadership positions in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Measles & Rubella Initiative. Earlier, he spent four years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation engaging in high-level global health advocacy with African governments.

Lange had a distinguished 28-year career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, where he was a pioneer in the field of global health diplomacy and a leader in pandemic preparedness and response. He was the State Department’s Special
Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza from 2006-2009. He also served tours of duty as Deputy Inspector General; Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the inception of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; and U.S. Ambassador to Botswana and Special Representative to the Southern African Development Community (1999-2002), where HIV/AIDS was his signature issue.

Lange led the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as Chargé d’Affaires at the time of the August 7, 1998, Al-Qaeda bombing, for which he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Earlier, he had tours of duty at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the American Embassies in Lomé, Togo; Paris, France; and Mexico City, Mexico.

He has an M.S. degree from the National War College and J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Responding to COVID-19 While Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Latest Developments in Global Health Security2022-04-29T19:04:42-07:00

Planning for Resilience: What can be legally done to mitigate disruptive environmental and other severe events and adjust to their impacts?

April 13, 2022

Professor Catherine Banet

The number of severe and sometimes catastrophic disruptive events has been rapidly increasing. Extreme weather events including floods, wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters have become both more frequent and more severe, whilst events such as the COVID-19 pandemic represent a global threat to public health with huge economic effects that recovery packages tried to address.

These disruptive events, alone and in combination, have dramatic consequences on nature, human life, and the economy, calling for urgent action to mitigate their causes and adapt to their impacts.

Dr Banet’s talk is based on a new book for which she is lead co-editor: Resilience in Energy Infrastructure and Natural Resources Law.

Catherine Banet

Catherine Banet (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Head of the Department of Energy and Resources Law, University of Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on renewable energy, support schemes and alternative financing models, energy market design, energy infrastructures regulation, climate change mitigation measures including carbon capture and storage (CCS), offshore wind and hydrogen regulation. She has background from private law practice (Norway, France), the European Commission (DG ENV), U.S. diplomatic mission and academia. She is member of the Advisory Academic Group to the International Bar Association, Section for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), and Academic Fellow at the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). She is the Chair of the Board of the Norwegian Energy Law Association

The Speaker

Catherine Banet
Catherine BanetAssociate Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Head of the Department of Energy and Resources Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Catherine Banet (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Head of the Department of Energy and Resources Law, University of Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on renewable energy, support schemes and alternative financing models, energy market design, energy infrastructures regulation, climate change mitigation measures including carbon capture and storage (CCS), offshore wind and hydrogen regulation. She has background from private law practice (Norway, France), the European Commission (DG ENV), U.S. diplomatic mission and academia. She is member of the Advisory Academic Group to the International Bar Association, Section for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), and Academic Fellow at the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). She is the Chair of the Board of the Norwegian Energy Law Association

Planning for Resilience: What can be legally done to mitigate disruptive environmental and other severe events and adjust to their impacts?2022-04-11T20:14:08-07:00
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