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April 2020 Events

April 8 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | How Do You Spy When the World is Shut Down?

Steve Recca is Executive Director of the Center for Human Security in the University of Colorado Colorado Springs School of Public Affairs. He concurrently serves as the Director of the University and Agency Partnership Initiative for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security and as the Humanitarian Assistance Program Advisor with the Pacific Disaster Center. Steve’s previous positions include security policy assignments with the State Department, Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, and in academia. 

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April 14 | Alabama World Affairs Council | Iran and its U.S. Strategy

Ray Takeyh is Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His areas of specialization are Iran, political reform in the Middle East, and Islamist movements and parties.

Prior to joining CFR, Takeyh was senior advisor on Iran at the Department of State. He was previously a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Takeyh is the coauthor of The Pragmatic Superpower: Winning the Cold War in the Middle East and is the author of three previous books, Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs, Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic, and The Origins of the Eisenhower Doctrine: The US, Britain and Nasser's Egypt, 1953–1957. He has also written more than 250 articles and opinion pieces in many news outlets including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. 

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April 22 | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | WACNH Live! Erdogan's Empire

Due to COVID-19, we are proud to be hosting WACNH Live! This series of virtual events will feature several of our originally planned upcoming speakers presenting on important international topics, straight to you at home.

On Wednesday, April 22nd at 6pm, Join us in hearing from Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, Dr. Soner Cagaptay, as he discusses authoritarianism in President Erdogan's Turkey and how it has affected Middle Eastern politics as a whole. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Tune in on our website at, email questions to, and we hope to see you there!

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April 27 | World Affairs Council of Jacksonville | An Evening with Brett McGurk

One of the longest-serving and most effective national security experts of his generation, Brett McGurk served as a top advisor on critical diplomatic and military strategies under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. Deeply involved in Middle East strategy and diplomacy, McGurk helped design and then led the successful campaign to defeat ISIS together with a coalition of 75 countries.   


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