The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head is a vibrant community of thoughtful, highly educated people who are fascinated with international affairs. Its 1100+ members include academics, diplomats, business executives, authors, government service personnel, and people from all walks of life. Most live in Hilton Head and surrounding Beaufort County, South Carolina. WACHH provides a forum to learn more about world events and their impact on the United State of America. The organization offers a variety of programs for its members, the general public, and the next generation i.e. students in the region. WACHH's mission is to keep members abreast of developments in international affairs, including U.S. national interests, through educational programming and participation in Council-sponsored events.
Maureen Korzik, Executive Director, Email
John Gilbert, President, Email, 843-384-6758
Benjamin Kinnas, Program Committee, Email, 843-384-6758
Dr. Joan Apple Lemoine, WACA National Board Member and Immediate Past ED of WAC Hilton Head, Email, 843-422-1442
Laney Hall, Test, Email, 843-384-6758
May 7 | Mathew Burrows
Recent years have seen the old Communist enemies grow closer five decades after Kissinger’s opening to China. Are we back to a new Cold War with the US and the West facing a united Russo-China front? Both Moscow and Beijing share a deep resentment against Washington, propounding an alternative vision of non-US-dominated world order. But, in a switch, is Moscow willing to be the junior partner to China? Or is a growing friendship a tactical move until Russian sanctions are dropped and China attains better terms with the US? A real alliance or a marriage of convenience?
May 7 | Matthew Kroenig
The United States of America has been the most powerful country in the world for over seventy years, but recently the U.S. National Security Strategy declared that the return of great power competition with Russia and China is the greatest threat to U.S. national security. Further, many analysts predict that America's autocratic rivals will have at least some success in disrupting-and, in the longer term, possibly even displacing-U.S. global leadership.
Matthew Kroenig, author of The Return of Great Power Rivalry, will discuss how this conventional wisdom is wrong. Drawing on an extraordinary range of historical evidence and the works of figures like Herodotus, Machiavelli, and Montesquieu and combining it with cutting-edge social science research, Matthew Kroenig advances the riveting argument that democracies tend to excel in great power rivalries. He contends that democracies have unique economic, diplomatic, and military advantages in long-run geopolitical competitions. He considers autocratic advantages as well but shows that these are more than outweighed by their vulnerabilities. Kroenig then shows these arguments through the seven most important cases of democratic-versus-autocratic rivalries throughout history, from the ancient world to the Cold War. Finally, he analyzes the new era of great power rivalry among the United States, Russia, and China through the lens of the democratic advantage argument. By advancing a "hard-power" argument for democracy, Kroenig demonstrates that despite its many problems, the U.S. is better positioned to maintain a global leadership role than either Russia or China.
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