Upcoming Speakers

Paul Mayewski

Monday, December 16, 2019

Topic: Maine and Arctic Climate Change

Dr. Paul Andrew Mayewski is Director of the Climate Change Institute and Distinguished Professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, School of Marine Sciences, School of Policy and International Affairs, the Business School, and the Center for Ocean and Coastal Law (Law School) at the University of Maine. He has led more than 55 expeditions to some of the remotest polar and high altitude reaches of the planet (eg., Antarctica, Greenland, Himalayas, Tibet, Andes, sub-Antarctic Islands); has more than 430 scientific publications; received numerous honors including: the first internationally awarded Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Medal, honorary PhD from Stockholm University, honorary fellow in the American Polar Society, and fellow in the American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Explorers Club; developed and led major international and national climate change research programs in Antarctica, Greenland, Asia and New England; worked with outreach entities such as the American Museum of Natural History and Boston Museum of Science; released two popular books; and has appeared hundreds of times in the media including multiple CBS 60 Minutes broadcasts, several NOVA films, NPR pieces and the 2014 Emmy Award winner “Years of Living Dangerously”.

Deborah Bronk

Monday, January 13, 2020

Topic: The Health of the World's Oceans

Dr. Deborah Bronk is the President and CEO of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.   As a researcher, she is fundamentally concerned about the health of aquatic systems, and especially the role of nitrogen.  Dr. Bronk’s work ranges from pioneering basic research into how organisms take up and produce nitrogen in the ocean to applied questions about the composition and removal of nitrogen in wastewater treatment plants.  She has led or participated in over 50 research expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica, which were the basis for her paradigm-changing scholarship.

Dr. Bronk has a history of service to the aquatic science community and the nation.  In 2008, she was elected President of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), the largest international society devoted to the aquatic sciences.  From 2012-2015, she served at the National Science Foundation (NSF) ultimately as Director of the Division of Ocean Sciences.  As Division Director, Dr. Bronk oversaw a budget of $356M and was responsible for the core funding programs (Biological, Chemical, and Physical Oceanography, and Marine Geology and Geophysics), and ocean research facilities (the Ocean Observing Initiative, Ocean Drilling, and NSF use of the oceanographic research fleet).  She also co-chaired the Subcommittee of Ocean Science and Technology, which is composed of representative from the 24 federal agencies with links to ocean science.  In 2018, she served as the chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, an organization that represents over a million scientists across a broad range of disciplines in the US.

Dr. Bronk’s achievements have been recognized with many awards.  She is the recipient of the prestigious Lindeman Award, given annually by ASLO in recognition of the outstanding paper by a young aquatic scientist, the Antarctic Service Medal, from the US Armed Forces for service in Antarctica, the Dean’s Prize for the Advancement of Women in Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence from William & Mary.  In 2015, she was named a Sustaining Fellow of ASLO, and in 2016, she named her the Moses D. Nunnally Distinguished Professor of Marine Science.  In 2018, she received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private universities.

Frank A. Rose

Monday, February 10, 2020

Topic: Outer Space: Cooperation or Confrontation?

Frank A. Rose is a senior fellow for security and strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution.  He focuses on nuclear strategy and deterrence, arms control, strategic stability, missile defense, outer space, and emerging security challenges.  From 2017-18, he served as principal director and chief of government relations at the Aerospace Corporation, a federally-funded research and development center focused on national security space.

Mr. Rose served as assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance from 2014-17.  In this position, he was responsible for advising the secretary of state on a wide variety of arms control, strategic policy, verification, and compliance issues. From 2009 to 2014, he served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for space and defense policy where he was responsible for key issues related to arms control and defense policy including missile defense, space security, chemical and biological weapons, and conventional arms control.

Prior to joining the State Department in June 2009, Mr. Rose held various national security staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, including service as a professional staff member on both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  He has also held numerous positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, was as a national security analyst with Science Applications International Corporation and on the staff of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA).

Mr. Rose received his bachelor’s degree in history from American University in 1994 and a master’s degree in war studies from Kings’ College, University of London in 1999. He is the recipient of numerous State Department, Defense Department and international awards.

Shuja Nawaz

Monday, March 9, 2020

Topic: Pakistan

Shuja Nawaz is a political and strategic analyst.  He is a Distinguished Fellow, South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council In Washington DC.  Mr. Nawaz writes for leading newspapers and The Huffington Post, and speaks on current topics before civic groups, at think tanks, and on radio and television.   He has worked on projects with RAND, the United States Institute of Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Atlantic Council, and other leading think tanks on projects dealing with Pakistan and the Middle East.  In January 2009 he was made the first Director of the South Asia Center at The Atlantic Council of the United States.

Mr. Nawaz was educated at Gordon College, Rawalpindi, where he obtained a BA in Economics and English literature, and at the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University in New York, where he was a Cabot Fellow and won the Henry Taylor International Correspondent Award.  He was a newscaster and news and current affairs producer for Pakistan Television from 1967 to 1972 and covered the western front of the 1971 war between Pakistan and India as well as President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s visit to China January-February 1972.

Mr. Nawaz has worked for the New York Times, the World Health Organization, and has headed three separate divisions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  He was also a director at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna from 1999 to 2001, while on leave from the IMF.  Mr. Nawaz was the managing editor and then Editor of Finance & Development, the multilingual quarterly of the IMF and the World Bank. He served on the editorial advisory board of the World Bank Research Observer.

Mr. Nawaz’s latest book, The Battle for Pakistan:  The Bitter US Friendship and a Tough Neighbourhood, will be published under the Vintage imprint and release in August 2019.  He also is the author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within (Oxford University Press 2nd edition 2017).  He is the principal author of FATA: A Most Dangerous Place (CSIS, Washington DC January 2009), Pakistan in the Danger Zone: A Tenuous US-Pakistan Relationship (Atlantic Council 2010), Learning by Doing: The Pakistan Army’s Experience with Counterinsurgency (Atlantic Council 2011), and with Mohan Guruswamy and with a Foreword by former Secretary of State George Shultz, India-Pakistan: The Opportunity Cost of Conflict (Atlantic Council 2014).  His book of verse in English Journeys was published originally by Oxford University Press and re-issued by Fort Hill in 2017. His second book of verse The Inner World (Archway 2017) is also available on the web.

Stacia George

Monday, April 13, 2020

Topic: Organized Crime in West Africa - The Silent Threat

Stacia George is a director in Chemonics’ West and Central Africa and Haiti Division.  She previously served as the deputy director for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) and is an expert in conflict management and international development with specializations in conflict-affected environments, stabilization, democracy, and community-driven development programming.  Prior to this Ms. George was a Foreign Policy Fellow for Senator Chris Coons and also worked at Caerus Associates.  She held an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations in 2011 and previously spent 11 years with USAID including service in Pakistan.  She managed OTI’s Afghanistan program as the deputy team leader for Asia and the Middle East, established programs in Colombia, Nepal, and Sudan, and served as their country representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Ms. George holds degrees in international studies and Spanish from Niagara University and international conflict management and economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS).

Admiral James A. Winnefeld (U.S. Navy Retired)

Monday, May 18, 2020

Topic: The National Security Implications of the Opioid Crisis

Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired), graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and served for 37 years in the United States Navy. He instructed at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as Topgun, and served as senior aide-de-camp to General Colin L. Powell. He commanded a fighter squadron, the amphibious ship USS CLEVELAND, and the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE. As a flag officer, he commanded a carrier strike group, two NATO commands, the United States SIXTH Fleet, United States NORTHERN Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD. He retired after serving as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States’ number two ranking military officer.

Admiral Winnefeld is a frequently published author and a director or advisory board member for companies operating in a broad spectrum of business sectors. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, where he is also a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame. He is a senior non-resident fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a member of the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. Admiral Winnefeld and his wife, Mary, are Co-Chairs of SAFE Project.US, a national nonprofit committed to helping reverse the epidemic of drug overdose fatalities in the United States

 

Sean McFate

Monday, July 13, 2020

Topic: Privatization of Warfare

Dr. Sean McFate is a foreign policy expert, author and novelist.   He is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington DC think tank, and a professor of strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  Additionally, he serves as an Advisor to Oxford University’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs.

McFate’s career began as a paratrooper and officer in the U.S. Army’s 82ndAirborne Division.  He served under Stan McChrystal and David Petraeus, and graduated from elite training programs, such as Jungle Warfare School in Panama.  He was also a Jump Master.

McFate then became a private military contractor.  Among his many experiences, he dealt with warlords in the jungle, raised armies for U.S. interest, rode with armed groups in the Sahara, conducted strategic reconnaissance for the extractive industry, transacted arms deals in Eastern Europe, and helped prevent an impending genocide in the Rwanda region circa 2004.

In the world of international business, McFate was a Vice President at TD International, a boutique political risk consulting firm with offices in Washington, Houston, Singapore and Zurich.  Additionally, he was a manager at DynCorp International, a consultant at BearingPoint (now Deloitte Consulting), and an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton.

McFate’s newest book is The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder (William Morrow).  Admiral Jim Stavridis (retired), the former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, said: ”Stunning. Sean McFate is a new Sun Tzu.”  He also authored The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order (Oxford University Press) which explains how the privatization of war changes warfare.  The Economist called it a “fascinating and disturbing book.”

Admiral James Stavridis (USN Ret)

Monday, August 24, 2020

Topic: 21st Century Security: Challenges and Opportunities

Admiral James Stavridis is an Operating Executive of The Carlyle Group, following five years as the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  A retired 4-star officer in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy, and cyber security.  He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009.  He earned more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations in his 37-year military career.

Earlier in his military career he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat.  In 2016, he was vetted for Vice President by Hillary Clinton and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position in the Trump Administration.

Admiral Stavridis earned a PhD in international relations and has published nine books and hundreds of articles in leading journals around the world.  His 2012 TED talk on global security has over one million views.  Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News, and has tens of thousands of connections on the social networks.

 

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