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May 2019 Events

May 3 | World Affairs Council of Hilton Head | Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow at the CFR

A rising India wants a seat at the table of global powers, and is ready to set its own terms on everything from defense to climate to trade. Ayres considers how a fiercely independent India seeks its place as a leading power, and how the United States should respond.A rising India wants a seat at the table of global powers, and is ready to set its own terms on everything from defense to climate to trade. Ayres considers how a fiercely independent India seeks its place as a leading power, and how the United States should respond.

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May 4 | Alaska World Affairs Council | Talking To Russia and The Current Administration’s Strategies

Dr. Evelyn Farkas is one of the nation’s premier voices on American foreign policy and geopolitics, and one of the nation’s most-trusted experts on US-Russia relations. Dr. Farkas will discuss how America’s position abroad is shifting under the Trump administration, the global gamut of US foreign and defense policy, and current national security challenges including Russia’s role in the 2016 US presidential election.

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May 8 | World Affairs Forum (Stamford) | “After Brexit?”

Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Ries is Vice President, International at the RAND Corporation, where he oversees RAND's international offices and strategy.   At RAND from 2009, his research has focused on ways to promote economic growth and development in a variety of settings.  He is co-author of “After Brexit:  Alternative Forms of Brexit and their Implications for the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United States” (RAND 2017), “The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (RAND 2015) and author of “Improving Decisionmaking in a Turbulent World” (RAND 2016), among other publications. 

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May 15 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | Pulitzer Prize Winner C.J. Chivers

More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers reported from both wars from their beginnings. The Fighters vividly conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant.

Chivers captures their courage, commitment, sense of purpose, and ultimately their suffering, frustration, and moral confusion as new enemies arise and invasions give way to counterinsurgency duties for which American forces were often not prepared.

The Fighters is a tour de force, a portrait of modern warfare that parts from slogans to do for American troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G.I.s of World War II and Michael Herr for the grunts in Vietnam. Told with the empathy and understanding of an author who is himself an infantry veteran, The Fighters presents the long arc of two wars.


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May 17 | World Affairs Council of Hilton Head | David Eisenhower II, J.D.

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May 19 | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

From the premiere New York Times national security correspondent, a stunning and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and changing diplomacy and war. 

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May 23 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

At the event David Brooks will be discussing his new book The Second Mountain which explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence.

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