Jim Nowak of the Dzi Foundation talks about risk, determination and focus. His Colorado-based non-profit helps to build schools and other life-giving infrastructure in remote Nepal. But not without overcoming many challenges.
Syrian refugee and new Savannah resident Naji Abousaleh talks about his journey to safety and freedom. Lauren Cruickshank, our area’s refugee resettlement coordinator for Lutheran Services of Georgia, talks about her organization’s services and what people can do to help.
Yale Ferguson, a graduate fellow and emeritus professor of global affairs at Rutgers University in Newark, talks about the souring relationship between Turkey and its Western allies. A combination of autocratic moves, human rights abuses and inflamed rhetoric makes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a frustrating figure in Washington and Brussels.
Steve Cass, Vice President for Communications at Gulfstream Aerospace, gives an excellent overview of the Savannah-based, globally-facing business jet manufacturer. He explains how an upswing in overseas business is contributing to major expansions at the region’s largest single private employer.
William Bellamy, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, talks about America’s place in the world. He argues that our prestige has been diminished by global shifts and self-inflicted wounds. He proposes a grassroots effort to strengthen our resilience to future shocks.
Writer and American Enterprise Institute fellow Sadanand Dhume says relations between the United States and India have blossomed over the past two decade. And the friendship only promises to grow. He goes into historic and more contemporary reasons for this shift. He also discusses India’s internal politics.
Dr. Stephen Blank of the American Foreign Policy Council talks about current events in Russia. He calls Vladimir Putin’s regime a “patrimonial kleptocracy.” He says Russia planned to invade Ukraine a long time ago. And he explains how oil prices and sanctions are pushing Putin to an edge.
Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute talks about the dangers of over-reliance on diplomacy. A scholar and former Pentagon official, he details the failures of diplomacy as they apply to rogue regimes, such as North Korea, Iran and the Taliban. He argues for a balanced approach including military and economic levers.
Dr. Robert J. Bunker talks about epochal changes taking place in warfare. He says gangs, terrorist groups and other non-state actors pose a challenge to modern nation states. He takes a broad historical approach to many subjects, but mostly, the blurred lines between armed conflict and law enforcement.
Hal Brands of Duke University talks about the idea of “grand strategy” and how it relates to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions. He talks about the phrase “Don’t do stupid stuff.” This speech was recorded for the Savannah Council on World Affairs.