World Affairs Program Fall 2014

DATE:  Tuesday, September 2nd, at 07:30 p.m.  (The Tuesday after Labor Day)     
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Ukraine: The Anatomy of a Crisis."
SPEAKER: Gordon Smith, the director of The Rule of Law Collaborative and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, is a Russian scholar (he is fluent in it), as well as an observer of Russian foreign policy and the Crimea. He will consider the recent developments in Ukraine.

DATE:  Tuesday, October 7th, at 07:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Ireland's Political Future and the Strange Case of 2014's Scottish Referendum."  
SPEAKER:  Career State Department diplomat, Ed Brynn, who has been staff member on Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, FSA officer at the Air Force Academy, and holds a PhD in Irish history from Trinity College in Dublin, will share his insight and observations about Ireland and European Economic Recovery. 

DATE:  Tuesday, November 11th, at 07:30 p.m. (Note this is a "second Tuesday", avoiding conflict with Election Night 2014 returns on 4 Nov.)        
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: "War Crimes Trials"   
SPEAKER: Syracuse University Law School Professor of Law, David Crane, and former chief prosecutor for the Special Court of Sierra Leone addresses "War Crimes Trials" and their place in international law -- particularly the Charles Taylor one in which he was a lead attorney. 

DATE:  Tuesday, December 2nd, at 07:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Peace Keeping in Africa."
SPEAKER:  Dr. Carolyn Haggis of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington DC comes to town to share with us her perspective on Africa, several recent conflicts there, and global concerns about peace keeping throughout the continent.
Great Decisions Program Winter 2014

DATE:  Tuesday, Feb 4, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: "Economic statecraft and trade." America's foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns - they also include the sales pitch. The logic behind this pitch, or "economic statecraft," is simple: promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. In so doing, the U.S. gains valuable and stable partners, both in business and in diplomacy; with a focus on Mexico and Latin America. 
SPEAKER:  Dr. Debra Sabia, Georgia Southern University

DATE: Tuesday, Feb 11, at 07:30 p.m.    
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Defense and the rise of new technologies." From robotic planes to cyber-weapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, new "game-changing" technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality - all during an age of fiscal austerity. But in wrestling with the new, we can actually learn a great deal from the past. Our forebears went through similar challenges with such once fanciful but now normal concepts as airplanes, submarines, and tanks. What are the "killer applications" of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?
SPEAKER: Maj. Gen. Rick Devereaux, Ret. USAF, and current consultant.

DATE: Tuesday, Feb 18, at 07:30 p.m. 
PLACE: Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Food security and climate change" Even as a sixth of the world's population suffers from chronic hunger, a changing climate threatens to wreak havoc on already insecure and vulnerable populations. As food and water become scarce and once fertile land becomes barren, the U.S. finds itself faced with new challenges in securing the globe. The U.S. is getting ready, but can it lead the way to climate reform?
SPEAKER:  Dr. Amy Knisley, Warren Wilson College.

DATE:  Tuesday, Feb 25, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE: Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: "China's foreign policy." China has gone to great lengths to emphasize the "peaceful" nature of its meteoric rise. Yet few dispute that China is the dominant regional power in Asia - and in recent years Beijing began to flex its muscles regionally in order to advance its strategic interests. What does the rapid rise of this new superpower mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with the U.S. as it "pivots" to Asia?
SPEAKER:  Dr. Jim Lenburg, Mars Hill University (emeritus) and OLLI board chair

DATE: Tuesday, Mar 4, at 07:30 p.m. 
PLACE: Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: "Turkey" Turkey: a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an ever-growing chasm between the East and West. Turkey's first Prime Minister Kemal Ataturk envisioned a modern, democratic nation-state built on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire with strong ties to Europe, not the Middle East. But as the clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square show, the soul of Turkey is still very much up for grabs.
SPEAKER:  Dr. Samer Traboulsi, UNC-Asheville

DATE: Tuesday, Mar 11, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE: Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "Israel" Modern Israel's struggles with the Palestinians have turned what was meant as a safe haven for Jews into the center of a decades-long conflict. The U.S. has stepped in as Israel's ally due to the two countries' shared values, providing years of unparalleled military and diplomatic support. But now those ties are being tested. The Arab Spring, Iran's nuclear ambitions, failed peace talks, and Israel's own decision to give Washington the cold shoulder have put new strains on the 65-year-old "special relationship."
SPEAKER:  Dr. Heather Hawn, Mars Hill University

World Affairs Program Fall 2013

DATE:  Tuesday, September 3rd, at 07:30 p.m.      
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Venezuela After Chavez." Following Hugo Chavez' death this spring Venezuela has experienced an uneasy presidential succession. Chavez-era relationships with OAS and its oil diplomacy are uncertain. 
SPEAKER:  Mars Hill College Language Department faculty members, Maria Moreno, a native of and educated in Mérida Venezuela who is just returning from a summer trip "back home," teams with her Spanish scholar colleague, Greg Clemons, to open our series on our Latin neighbor.

DATE:  Tuesday, October 1st, at 07:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Attack of the Drones: Revolution or Evolution in Warfare?" Of several advancements in military technology over the last few decades few have evoked more attention and controversy than the aerial drones that have been used against terrorist and insurgent targets.  
SPEAKER:  Major General Rick Devereaux, now a defense industry consultant, a career that was preceded by service in the Air Force, will bring his military officer's perspective to a discussion of these weapons and how they are changing warfare.

DATE:  Tuesday, November 5th, at 07:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: "Revolution Interrupted."  From the inspired beginnings in the Arab Spring to weekly news stories this summer, Egypt remains uncertain and problematic.   
SPEAKER: Ellis Goldberg a scholar of Middle East politics at the University of Washington, who was studying in Cairo during the first six months of 2011, and has been a Carnegie Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, will address whatever the current situation in Egypt might be as October turns to November.

DATE:  Tuesday, December 3rd, at 07:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "Africa: A Hopeful Continent?"  Can Africa's economic improvements in the 2000s, with GDP growth more than any other region save Asia's, be sustained and how will it shape the lives of average Africans? 
SPEAKER:  Raymond Gilpin is a published author, regular blogger, and currently the Academic Dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC.  He is a Cambridge University trained economist, and has worked at the World Bank as well as with a number of African financial institutions. 

Great Decisions Program Winter 2013

DATE:  Tuesday, Feb 5, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "The New Egypt" Camp David provided stability and predictability between Egypt and Israel in an otherwise turbulent Middle East.  Yet Egypt's bumpy transition from the autocratic rule of President Hosni Mubarak to its post-Arab Spring reality has put many on edge.  What challenges does the new Egypt pose for American policymakers and U.S. allies in the region?
SPEAKER:   Samer Traboulsi completed his Ph.D. degree in Near Eastern studies at Princeton, studied South Asian history at Harvard, and taught Arabic at Yale. He is currently an assistant professor in the history of the Middle East and the Muslim world at UNC-A. Interested in the formation and development of religious groups his articles and book focus on Ismailis in Yemen, and the Wahhabi movement.

DATE: Tuesday, Feb 12, at 07:30 p.m.    
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Defending America on a Budget" For the first time in decades, the U.S. is tightening its belt on defense spending.  Post-9/11 challenges of terrorism and counterinsurgency have led to a paradigm shift in the way we think about our national security.  Do 21st century challenges now pose a greater threat to U.S. national security than traditional threats like nuclear war, naval supremacy and the ability to fight ground wars?
SPEAKER:  Lee McMinn, a NROTC commissioned graduate of the Univ. of Texas, spent most of his 22 year career in North Carolina and on deployments to Vietnam, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and Okinawa where he flew helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. He attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, and has earned two Masters Degrees: one in Human Resources, and another in Counseling and Personnel Services.

DATE: Tuesday, Feb 19, at 07:30 p.m. 
PLACE: Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "The Intervention Calculus in US Foreign Policy" The U.S., for better or worse, is often seen as the world's policeman.  But the question of when to intervene in other nations' affairs with military force has long stymied American policymakers, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Libya and Syria.  Why do we intervene in some conflicts and stand on the sidelines in others?
SPEAKER:  Jerome Jones, a retired Air Force pilot and strategic planner served in a variety of command and staff positions during a 29-year military career.  After moving to Asheville in 1994, Jerome served as an Assistant Buncombe County Manager and became a frequent lecturer at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and a guest commentator on national security affairs on local radio, television and newspaper outlets.

DATE:  Tuesday, Feb 26, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE: Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "China in Africa" African economies are booming thanks in large part to China. The global giant is investing in projects to help it tap into the continent's resources - oil, minerals, and its huge agricultural potential. Critics charge China with cozying up to dictators and ignoring issues of human rights and transparency. Others fear that U.S. is being left behind, and its influence in Africa waning.
SPEAKER:  Peter Chaveas has a lengthly diplomatic career first as a Peace Corps Volunteer, followed by three decades as a State Department Foreign Service Officer with assignments including Ambassador to Malawi, Political Advisor to the Commander of US Forces in Europe, and Ambassador to Sierra Leone. He retired as Director of the Department of Defense's Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

DATE: Tuesday, Mar 5, at 07:30 p.m. 
PLACE: Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: "The Eurozone: Crisis & Imperfections" After WWII, Europe established greater economic ties to prevent future continental conflict.  More than half a century later, the EU faces the biggest financial crisis in its history; the future of the Eurozone itself is under question.  What's preventing the world's second largest economy -- and America's largest trading partner -- from pulling itself out of recession?
SPEAKER:  Linda Cornett, a Kentuckian with a Ph.D. from Univ. Washington Seattle, is currently Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at UNC-Asheville, where she has taught since 1998. While her research interests are focused on comparative and international political economy, she teaches a wide variety of classes in world politics and international affairs with emphasis on organizations and economic issues.

DATE: Tuesday, Mar 12, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE: Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "Iran, Israel and the Bomb" For more than a decade, Iran's quest for nuclear capabilities has preoccupied diplomatic and strategic policy makers in Washington, Brussels and Tel Aviv.  Why is a nuclear-armed Iran considered so dangerous to U.S. and Israeli interests, and what's prevented Iran from reaching a deal year after year?
SPEAKER:  Paul Magnarella directs the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Warren Wilson College.  He has served as Expert-on-Mission to the UN Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and as president of Association of Third world Studies (ATWS). His book, "Justice in Africa" (2000) received the ATWS's Book of the Year Award and was nominated for the Raphael Lemkin Book Award. 

World Affairs Program Fall 2012

DATE:  Tuesday, September 4th, at 07:30 p.m.      
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "The World, the White House, and the Election of 2012"
SPEAKER:  Bill Sabo, Professor of Political Science, UNCA

DATE:  Tuesday, October 2nd, at 07:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "The Arab Spring: Is it Summer (or Winter) Yet and Why Does it Matter?"
SPEAKER:  Ambassador Jim Larocco, Director of the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies.

DATE:  Tuesday, November 13th, at 07:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Background and current developments in the Sudan/South Sudan conflict: USG interests and conflict resolution efforts."
SPEAKER: Larry Andre, career member of the Senior Foreign Service who joined the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan in August 2011.

DATE:  Tuesday, December 4th, at 07:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "The Republic of Korea - Its Role and Leadership: the New Economies and Politics of the Asia-Pacific"
SPEAKER:  Consul General He Beom Kim of the Republic of Korea Consulate in Atlanta.

General Program Spring 2012

DATE:  Tuesday, April 17th, at 07:30 p.m.  (social hour commencing at 7:00 p.m.)       
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Turkey."
SPEAKER:  Robert Olson, Professor of Middle East History at the University of Kentucky, completing a sabbatical in Turkey, looks at that country's emergence as a possible EU member and its unique role providing a model for emerging Arab democracies.

DATE:  Tuesday, May 1st, at 07:30 p.m.  (social hour commencing at 7:00 p.m.)       
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   TBA
SPEAKER:  Mark Bellamy, Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, in Washington, DC, completes our 2011-12 series with a timely spring topic.

Great Decisions Program Winter 2012

DATE:  Tuesday, Feb 7, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "Promoting Democracy"
SPEAKER:   Susan Zelle, retired Foreign Service Officer, recently returned from tour as Chief of Mission in Asmara, Eritrea.

DATE:  Tuesday, Feb 14, at 07:30 p.m.    
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Exiting Iraq and Afghanistan"
SPEAKER:  Lee McMinn, US Army retired, with tours in Vietnam, the Mediterranean, NEurope, and Okinawa where he flew helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

DATE:  Tuesday, Feb 21, at 07:30 p.m. 
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Cyber Security"
SPEAKER:  Duane Dunstan, Information Security practitioner for STG Inc.

DATE:  Tuesday, Feb 28, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "Energy Geopolitics"
SPEAKER:  Grant Gosch, General Manager at First Light Scholar in Asheville, a company devoted to identifying and implementing sustainable and financially beneficial environmental alternatives.

DATE:  Tuesday, Mar 6, at 07:30 p.m. 
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Middle East Realignment"
SPEAKER:  Tom Sanders, professor of Religious Studies, Political Science and International Studies, taught at Brown, Connecticut, Earlham and Tulsa.

DATE:  Tuesday, Mar 13, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "State of the Oceans"
SPEAKER:  Meredith Newman, prolifically published Mars Hill College chemist, taught and conducted research at Idaho National Engineering Lab, U of Idaho, Clemson U and Hartwick College. 

World Affairs Program Fall 2011

DATE:  Tuesday, September 6th, at 07:30 p.m.  (social hour commencing at 7:00 p.m.)       
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Modern Day Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labor in Ghana: A Case Study."
SPEAKER:  Dr. Agya Boakye-Boaten, the new director of Africana Studies at UNCA, just returning this summer from a visit to his native Ghana, will open our season.

DATE:  Tuesday, October 4th, at 07:30 p.m.  (social hour commencing at 7:00 p.m.)       
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Brazil."
SPEAKER:  Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araujo, Minister-Counselor at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, DC, reviews the "B" part of US-BRIC economic and political relations, assessing his country's emerging power in Latin America and the world.

DATE:  Tuesday, November 1st, at 07:30 p.m.  (social hour commencing at 7:00 p.m.)       
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Israeli-Palestinian question."
SPEAKER:  Dylan Williams, Director of Governmental Affairs at The J Street Project in Washington, DC, brings his agency's perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian question as important decisions at the UN and the Middle East impact that issue.

DATE:  Tuesday, December 6th, at 07:30 p.m.  (social hour commencing at 7:00 p.m.)       
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "The Arab Spring: Is it Summer (or Winter) Yet and Why Does It Matter"
SPEAKER:  Ambassador James Larocco, Director of the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, returns to an issue we were riveted by this spring as he reassesses the Arab Spring.

Great Decisions Program Winter 2010

DATE:  Monday, Feb 1, 2010 at 07:30 p.m.    
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   Russia and Its Neighbors
SPEAKER:  Dr. Yana Pitner, a native of Russia, now serving as an adjunct professor of history and political science at UNCA.

DATE:  Monday, Feb 8, 2010 at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   The Global Financial Crisis
SPEAKER:  Dr Baarbara Boerner, Associate Professor of Business & Organizational Leadership at Brevard College.

DATE:  Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  The Persian Gulf 
SPEAKER:  Dr. Larry Wilson, past President of Marietta College in Ohio, interim president of UNC-A, founder and Provost of Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.

DATE:  Monday, Feb 2, 2010 at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  U.S./China Security Relations 
SPEAKER:  Dr Jim Lenburg, emeritus professor of History at Mars Hill College.  He has taught in Chinese Universities and led academic tours to the continent.

DATE:  Monday, Mar 1, 2010 at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:    Kenya and The Requirement to Protect
SPEAKER:  Ambassador Peter Chaveas has had careers in both the diplomatic and military arenas.  He is former Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Malawi.

DATE:  Monday, Mar 8, 2010 at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   Preventing Genocide
SPEAKER:  Dr. Paul Magnarella is the Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Warren Wilson College, publishing widely on human rights and international justice.

General Program Spring 2010

DATE:  Monday, Apr 5, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Moldova World Children's Fund
SPEAKER:  Mr. Ray F. West, former Naval officer and the founder of the Moldova World Children's Fund.  He currently serves as MWCF's president. 

DATE:  Monday, May 3, at 07:30 p.m.         
PLACE:   Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  The Politics of the World Cup
SPEAKER:  Dr. Volker Frank, Chairman of the Sociology Department at UNCA. He not only plays the game but is a student of it.

World Affairs Program Fall 2009

DATE:  Monday, Sep 14, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Mexico Today:  The Realities of the Economy, Drug Cartels, and Swine Flu" 
SPEAKER:  Dr. Phyllis Smith, Professor of History, Chair of the Faculty, Mars Hill College

DATE:  Monday, Oct 5, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "What happens when your oppressors are next door neighbor: a story of the Kurds and Kurdistan." 
SPEAKER:  Mr. Kani Xulam, Founder and Director of American Kurdish Information Network, Washington, DC

DATE:  Monday, Nov 2, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Obama's Foreign Policy: Nine Month's Out" 
SPEAKER:  Panel discussion focusing on the first months of Barack Obama's administration: an assessment.  Samer Traboulsi - Overview; Larry Wilson - Middle East; Jim Lenburg - China; Lucia Carter - EU

DATE:  Monday, Dec 7, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "US and Pakistan, Uneasy Allies" 
SPEAKER:  Ambassador Dennis Kux, Senior Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC

Great Decisions Program Winter 2009

DATE:   Feb 2, 2009 at 07:30 p.m. (preceded by refreshments at 7:00pm)    
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Egypt in the 21st Century 
SPEAKER:  Dr. Samer Traboulsi, Assistant Professor of History. UNCA

DATE:   Feb 9, 2009 at 07:30 p.m. (preceded by refreshments at 7:00 p.m.)  
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   The United States and the Rising Powers
SPEAKER:  Dr. George Peery, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, Mars Hill College

DATE:   Feb 16, 2009 at 07:30 p.m. (preceded by refreshments at 7:00 p.m.)  
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   Global Food Supply
SPEAKER:  Dr. Gerald Voos, Associate Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program, UNCA

DATE:   Feb 23, 20089 at 07:30 p.m. (preceded by refreshments at 7:00 p.m.)  
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   Afghanistan and Pakistan
SPEAKER:  Dr. Tom Sanders, Retired University Professor and Instructor, the College for Seniors, UNCA

DATE:   Mar 2, 2009 at 07:30 p.m. (canceled)  
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   Universal Human Rights?
SPEAKER:  Dr. Mark Gibney, Belk Professor of Political Science, UNCA

DATE:   Mar 16, 2009  at 07:30 p.m. (preceded by refreshments at 7:00 p.m.)  
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   Cuba (1959-2009): Culture, Nation and Revolution
SPEAKER:  Dr. Elena Adell, Assistant Professor of Foreign Language, UNCA

DATE:   Mar 18, 2009  at 07:30 p.m. (rescheduled)  
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   Universal Human Rights?
SPEAKER:  Dr. Mark Gibney, Belk Professor of Political Science, UNCA

Spring 2009

DATE:  Monday, Apr 6, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Nuclear Arms and Energy
SPEAKER:  Leah Karpen led a discussion on the general topic of nuclear arms and energy. 

DATE:  Monday, May 4, at 07:30 p.m.         
PLACE:   Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Turkey
SPEAKER:  Dr. Paul Magnarella presented a program on contemporary Turkey.

World Affairs Program Fall 2008

DATE:  Monday, Sep 15, at 07:30 p.m.   
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Acts of Conscience" 
SPEAKER:  Marc Garlasco, Human Rights Watch

DATE:  Monday, Oct 6, at 07:30 p.m. (preceded by refreshments at 7:00pm)     
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Building Peace at Home and Abroad:  Commentary from an International Peacebuilder" 
SPEAKER:  Paula Green, International Conflict Mediator, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

DATE:  Monday, Nov 10, at 07:30 p.m.  (preceded by refreshments at 7:00pm)         
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  panel discussion on "The Implications for American Foreign Relations on the Election of ? on November 4" 
SPEAKER:  moderated by Dr. George Peery, Professor of Political Science, retired, Mars Hill College

DATE:  Monday, Dec 1, at 07:30 p.m. (preceded by refreshments at 7:00pm)            
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "The State of the World's Health:  The Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis from a Doctor's Perspective" 
SPEAKER:  Dr. Jeff Heck, MAHEC

Great Decisions Program Winter 2008

DATE:  Monday, February 4, at 04:30 p.m.  (refreshments at 04:00 p.m.)          
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map
TOPIC:  The Iraq End Game
SPEAKER:  Dr. Samer Traboulsi, Assistant Professor of History, UNCA
 
DATE:  Monday, February 11, at 04:30 p.m.         
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map
TOPIC:  The European Union at 50
SPEAKER:  Dr. Linda Cornett, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program UNCA
 
DATE:  Monday, February 18, at 04:30 p.m.     
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map
TOPIC:  Privatization and Philanthropy in U.S. Foreign Affairs
SPEAKER:  Dr. Marc Mullinax, Associate Professor of Religion, Mars Hill College
 
DATE:  Monday, February 25, at 04:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map
TOPIC:  U.S.-China Trade Policy
SPEAKER:  Dr. Jim Lenburg, President of the World Affairs Council of WNC and Professor of History, Emeritus, Mars Hill College
 
DATE:  Monday, March 3, at 04:30 p.m. 
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map
TOPIC:  Talking to Our Enemies
SPEAKER:  Mr. Marshall McCallie, retired diplomat (South Africa and Namibia) and professor (Army War College)
 
DATE:  Monday, March 10, at 04:30 p.m.      
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map
TOPIC:  Russia and Putin
SPEAKER:  Dr. David Dorondo, Associate Professor of History, Western Carolina University

World Affairs Program Fall 2007

DATE:  Monday, September 10, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Is Objective Journalism Possible? The Case of Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel." 
SPEAKER:  Dr. Mohammed el-Nawawy, Queens University
 
DATE:  Monday, October 1, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  The leftist challenge to American interests in Latin America.
SPEAKER:  Dr. Alvis Dunn, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

DATE:  Monday, November 12, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE: Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  A comparison of developments in Kenya and Zimbabwe.
SPEAKER:  Dr. Nyaga Mwaniki, Western Carolina University

DATE:  Monday, December 3, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:   Owen Conference Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Global economy 101, explaining and understanding the nature of globalization.
SPEAKER:  Dr. Jeff Konz, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Great Decisions Winter 2007

DATE:  Tuesday, February 6, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Humanities Lecture Hall, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Haiti's Children and the Right to Good Health"
SPEAKER:  Tom Plaut, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Mars Hill College
 
DATE:  Tuesday, February 13, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Humanities Lecture Hall, UNCA (click for map
TOPIC:  "Rethinking Middle East Policy"
SPEAKER:  Tom Sanders, PhD, Retired after a career as university professor and Associate of Universities Field Staff International

DATE:  Tuesday, February 20, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Humanities Lecture Hall, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "South Africa: Old Problems, Peaceful Transition, and New Challenges"
SPEAKER:  Afaf Omer, PhD, Africana Studies Program Director, UNCA

DATE:  Tuesday, February 27, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Humanities Lecture Hall, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "War Crimes and International Tribunals"
SPEAKER:  Paul J.  Magnarella, PhD, JD, Director of Peace and Justice Studies, Warren Wilson College

DATE:  Tuesday, March 6, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Humanities Lecture Hall, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: "The Trials of Mexico"
SPEAKER: Manuel Palma, former director of Na Bolom Cultural Center in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
 
DATE:  Tuesday, March 13, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Humanities Lecture Hall, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Can the UN Tackle Climate Change (With or Without the U.S.)?"
SPEAKER:  Lenny Bernstein, PhD, L.S. Bernstein & Associates, an environmental consulting company; UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Convening Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment Report

Spring 2007

DATE:  Tuesday, Apr 3, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Laurel Forum in Karpen Hall, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "The Middle East:  Is Peace Possible?"
SPEAKER:  Mitchell Krauss retired from CBS News after a long career in radio and television.  For many years he was Middle East Correspondent and covered events such as the implementation of the Egyptian/Israeli Peace Agreement and the Iran Iraq War. 

DATE:  Tuesday, May 1, at 07:30 p.m.         
PLACE:  Humanities Lecture Hall, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "What Would It Take to Achieve Rapprochement with Iran?"
SPEAKER:  Ambassador Bruce Laingen, highest ranking American diplomat in Iran during the hostage crisis.

World Affairs Program Fall 2006

DATE:  Tuesday, September 12, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Humanities Lecture Hall, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "A Theory of Foreign Policy"
SPEAKER:  Glenn Palmer, Department of Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University
 
DATE:  Tuesday, October 10, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Highsmith University Center, Alumni Hall, Room 159 (click for map)
TOPIC:  "United States/China Relations:  Prospects and Problems"
SPEAKER:  Eugene Martin of the U.S. Institute for Peace and a former Deputy Ambassador at the American Embassy in Beijing

DATE:  Tuesday, November 14, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Humanities Lecture Hall, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Terrorism"
SPEAKER:  Peter Probst, Institute on the Study of Political Violence

DATE:  Tuesday, December 12, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Humanities Lecture Hall, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Global Energy Security"
SPEAKER:  Ann Corin, Institute of Global Security

Great Decisions Winter 2006

DATE:  Tuesday, February 14, at 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Turkey
SPEAKER:  Tom Sanders, a popular lecturer at College for Seniors and expert in middle eastern countries and cultures
 
DATE:  Tuesday, February 21, at 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Iran
SPEAKER:  Mary Lasher, another popular lecturer at College for Seniors whose interests include both domestic and Middle Eastern topics
 
DATE:  Tuesday, February 28, at 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Alternative Energy Sources
SPEAKER:  Dot Sulock, a Lecturer in Mathematics at UNCA and a frequent speaker to local and national groups on nuclear issues
 
DATE:  Tuesday, March 7, at 07:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  India
SPEAKER:  Gautam Bambawale, Minister (Political) and Head of the Political Wing of the Embassy of India, Washington, DC
 
DATE:  Tuesday, March 14, at 07:30 p.m.      
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Human Rights in a Time of Terrorism
SPEAKER: Mark Gibney, Belk Professor at UNCA and an expert on international ethical and human rights issues

DATE:  Tuesday, March 21, at 07:30 p.m.     Asheville only
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Israel
SPEAKER:  Robert Deutsch, a local expert on Israeli affairs

World Affairs Program Spring 2006

Special Event:  First annual Barbara Chisolm Memorial Lecture
DATE:  Tuesday, January 31, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   "The Current State of the Middle East"
SPEAKER:   Sir Eldon Griffiths, a cabinet member during the Margaret Thatcher government of the United Kingdom.
 
DATE:  Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  A presentation on global pandemics
SPEAKER:   Christina Simeonsson, MD, head of Epidemiology section of the NC State Department of Health

DATE:  Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "The Democratic Process in Lebanon: Hopes and Obstacles" 
SPEAKER:  Dr. Samer Traboulsi, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, UNCA

World Affairs Program Fall 2005
 
DATE:  Tuesday, September 13, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Panel Discussion:  "Reforming the U.N.:  how, why and what is being proposed."
SPEAKER:  Moderator Cleve Mathews, retired journalist and Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University, with Jerome Jones, Brig. Gen. US Air Force, Ret, and David Johnson, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee
 
DATE:  Tuesday, October 11, at 07:30 p.m.   
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "So Much Growth Yet So Few Jobs: How globalization has shaped this recovery and impacted employment throughout the Carolinas."
SPEAKER:  Mark Vitner, senior economist of Wachovia Corporation

Special Event (hosted by WNC UN Association and co-sponsored by WAC WNC - $5 per person)
DATE:  Saturday, October 22, at 09:30 a.m.  (click for details)
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: "UN Reforms:  Will They Work?  Are They Adequate?"
SPEAKER:  John Gershman, Director, Global Affairs program of the International Relations Center and  Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus (click for details)

DATE:  Tuesday, November 8, at 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "China's Emergence as a World Power."
SPEAKER:  L.J. Lenburg, PhD, professor at Mars Hill College
 
DATE:  Tuesday, December 13, at 07:30 p.m.            
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "European Union Enlargement: Competing Visions, Clashing Realities"
SPEAKER:  Robert C. Tatum, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UNCA; Lilian Fischer, PhD, Investment Management Analyst, Fischer Financial Architects, formerly Associate Professor, University of Virginia

World Affairs Spring Program 2005

DATE:  Tuesday, April 19, Reception 05:30 to 07:30 ($25 donation; click here for details); Presentation 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:   Transatlantic Tensions and Global Security.  The Middle East is a major challenge for both the United States and Europe.  American and European political leaders call frequently for a common agenda towards this region, yet there are deep transatlantic differences concerning the best course of action in dealing with Iraq, Lebanon, Iran and, of course, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
SPEAKER: Mr. Craig Kennedy, president of the German Marshall fund of the United States

DATE:  Tuesday, May 10, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  Immigration:  Impact On WNC and The Country.  This program will address the issue of immigration and how it affects both Western North Carolina and the US as a whole, including national policies, the impact on security as well as emergency, medical and educational facilities, and how immigration fits into the global experience.
SPEAKER: A panel discussion on immigration with panelists representing the media, government, local schools, medical services and immigrants.

Great Decisions 2005

DATE:  Monday, February 7, at 07:30 p.m.      
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  China:  Challenges Ahead:  China is increasingly influential globally, but continues to face obstacles at home. As China's record economic growth continues, the country must still contend with a growing gap between rich and poor, devastating pollution and resource shortages. What strategies can China adopt to sustain its economy while meeting the needs of its people?
SPEAKER:  Dr. Marc Mullinax, Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Mars Hill College (MA East Asian History)


DATE:  Monday, February 14, at 07:30 p.m.    
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: Genocide, Sudan's crisis in Darfur:  The conflict in Sudan's Darfur region has drawn the world's attention because of the humanitarian crisis it has spawned. What role will the international community take in resolving the Darfur crisis? What role should the U.S. play?
SPEAKER: Dr. Mark Gibney, Belk Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina-Asheville

DATE: Monday, February 21, at 07:30 p.m.     
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: Global Water Issues:  Scarcity of water in many regions creates problems and conflict for large numbers of the world's population. What policies should be adopted to ensure water quality? What international actors or governments will make the greatest impact on improving water governance?
SPEAKER: Dr. Dee Eggers, assistant professor, Environmental Studies Department, University of North Carolina-Asheville

DATE:  Monday, February 28, at 07:30 p.m.     Cancelled (Asheville location only)
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: Russia:  Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has been shaping its image as a power in Europe and Asia. Putin, in turn, is reshaping Russia by centralizing authority within the federal government. Are Putin's reforms a step backward for Russian democracy? How will Russia overcome the real challenges of terrorism and a struggling economy?
SPEAKER:  Dr. David Dorondo, Associate Professor of History, Western Carolina University

DATE:  Monday, March 7, at 07:30 p.m.          
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: Global Poverty Gap:  The promise of globalization is that it will benefit poor countries through trade and close the poverty gap. Critics have argued that high debt owed by poor countries to rich countries has widened the gap between these countries. What can be done to narrow the global poverty gap?
SPEAKER:  Dr. Linda Cornett, Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, and Director of International Studies, University of North Carolina-Asheville

DATE:  Monday, March 14, at 07:30 p.m.        
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: Outsourcing Jobs:  Outsourcing has been characterized as a threat to American jobs and companies by some, while others claim it is necessary to stimulate overall economic growth. What effects does outsourcing really have on economies that are sending jobs overseas? How does outsourcing affect economies that are receiving the influx of jobs?
SPEAKER:  Dr. George Yates, Associate Professor Emeritus, Management and Accountancy Department, The University of North Carolina at Asheville

DATE:  Monday, February 28, at 07:30 p.m.     Rescheduled  (Asheville location only)
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC: Russia:  Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has been shaping its image as a power in Europe and Asia. Putin, in turn, is reshaping Russia by centralizing authority within the federal government. Are Putin's reforms a step backward for Russian democracy? How will Russia overcome the real challenges of terrorism and a struggling economy?
SPEAKER:  Dr. David Dorondo, Associate Professor of History, Western Carolina University

World Affairs Fall Program 2004

DATE:  September 13, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA 
TOPIC:  Flashpoints and Shifting Sands: the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict in 2004 (click here for expanded description).
SPEAKER: Dr. Walter Ziffer (click here for bio) and Ahmad Amara (click here for bio).
SUGGESTED READING LIST:  Click here.

DATE:  September 22, at 11:30am
PLACE:  Jerusalem Garden Café
SPECIAL EVENT:  Informal luncheon and discussion of the Israeli Palestinian conflict (click here for details)

DATE:  October 11, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA 
TOPIC:  Debate: US Foreign Policy - The Democratic and Republican Perspectives
SPEAKER:  Dr. Mark Gibney, Belk Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, University of North Carolina-Asheville (Democratic perspective) (click here for bio); Dr. William Forstchen, Department of Social Sciences, Montreat College (Republican perspective) (click here for bio); Dr. Linda Cornett, Director of International Studies, University of North Carolina-Asheville (moderator).

DATE:  October 21, 6:00 to 8:00pm
PLACE:  Greenlife Grocery on Merrimon Ave
SPECIAL EVENT:  Global beer tasting featuring brews from Asheville to Europe and Asia (click here for details)

DATE:  November 8, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA 
TOPIC:  The Future of Korea
SPEAKER: Three person panel consisting of one representative each from the Korean Embassy, the US State Department or another Washington-based foreign affairs organization, and the Korean Economic Institute. The panel will address all aspects of U.S.-Korean relations and the situation on the Korean peninsula including political, economic, and security issues.

DATE:  November 17, from 6 to 8 pm
PLACE:  Glass House, Ramsey Library
SPECIAL EVENT:  Campus-community international potluck (click here for details)

DATE:  December 13, at 07:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA 
TOPIC:  The Impact of Religion in Nation Building and Foreign Policy
SPEAKER:  Dr. Marc Mullinax, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Mars Hill College (click here for bio)

Great Decisions 2004

DATE:  Monday, February 2, at 07:30 p.m.       Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA  
TOPIC:  Weapons of Mass Destruction: What are the Real Threats?
SPEAKER:  Brigadier General Jerome Jones, U.S. Air Force (ret), current board member, World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina

DATE:  Monday, February 9, at 07:30 p.m.       Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA  
TOPIC: The United States and Europe
SPEAKER: Mr. Ralph Lambert, Citibank (ret.), current board member, World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina

DATE: Monday, February 16, at 07:30 p.m.      Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA
TOPIC: Reform in the Middle East: Is democracy in the future? What will be the impact of Iraq?
SPEAKER: Dr. Tom Sanders, past president of the World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina

DATE:  Monday, February 23, at 07:30 p.m.      Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA  
TOPIC: Public Diplomacy: How can Americans become more engaged in foreign policy? How can the U.S. reach citizens in other countries?
SPEAKER:  Dr. George Peery, Professor of Political Science, Mars Hill College

DATE:  Monday, March 1, at 07:30 p.m.   Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA  
TOPIC: The Media and Foreign Policy
SPEAKER:  Mr. Watson Sims, former Foreign Correspondent and Editor of World Services for the Associated Press (click here for bio).

DATE:  Monday, March 8, at 07:30 p.m.           Reuter Center (lower level), UNCA  
TOPIC: Diversity in Islam
SPEAKER: Dr. Kathy Meacham, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Mars Hill College


World Affairs Spring Program 2004

DATE:  March 25, at 07:30 p.m. Owen Conference Center , UNCA Campus
TOPIC: The North Korean Crisis: How it Began, Where it Stands, Future Prospects
SPEAKER: Mr. Don Oberdorfer, Journalist-in-Residence at Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. and author of The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History

DATE:  April 19, at 07:30 p.m. Owen Conference Center , UNCA Campus
TOPIC:  Conflict in the Congo in Historical Perspective
SPEAKER: Dr. Guy Martin, adjunct visiting professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Asheville

World Affairs Fall Program 2003

DATE:  September 8, at 07:30 p.m. (Social Hour: 06:30 p.m.) Owen Conference Center , UNCA Campus
TOPIC:  The West in the World: An Unlikely Ascent, 1500-2003
SPEAKER: Dr. William Spellman, Dean of Humanities at UNCA

DATE: October 11, at 07:30 p.m. Owen Conference Center , UNCA Campus
TOPIC: The World Bank and Development: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
SPEAKER: Mr. John Donaldson, Advisor, U.S. Affairs, The World Bank Group

DATE:  November 10, at 07:30 p.m. Owen Conference Center , UNCA Campus
TOPIC:  Nuclear Weapons from a South Asian Perspective
SPEAKER: Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

DATE: December 1, at 07:30 p.m. Owen Conference Center , UNCA Campus
TOPIC: Taiwan Cross Strait Relations and the Implications for US regional interests
SPEAKER: Mr. C.J. Chen, Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.

Great Decisions 2003

DATE:  February 3, at 07:30 p.m.         UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "Women and Human Rights"  What standards should govern how countries treat women and allow for the full participation of women in education, business and politics?
SPEAKER:  Professor Phyllis Smith, Departments of History and Womens Studies, Mars Hill College

DATE:  February 10, at 07:30 p.m.       UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "Afghanistan"  Will the fledgling Afghan government be able to rebuild the country or will it fall victim to the internal conflicts that precipitated the previous civil war?
SPEAKER:  Professor Bill Forstchen, Department of History, Montreat College

DATE:  February 17, at 07:30 p.m.       Postponed to March 17 due to icy conditions.

DATE:  February 24, at 07:30 p.m.       UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "Unilateralism vs. Multilateralism"  U.S foreign policy makers are faced with significant choices in the areas of diplomacy, development and security.  What is the future direction of U.S. foreign policy?
SPEAKER:  Professor Linda Cornett, Department of Political Science, UNCA

DATE:  March 3, at 07:30 p.m.             UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "Nigeria"  Africa's most populous country and emerging democracy faces many challenges.  How will religious conflicts, regional tensions and oil production affect Nigeria's stability?
SPEAKER:  Professor Bonny Ibawoh, Department of Political Science, UNCA

DATE:  March 10, at 07:30 p.m.           UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "China"  U.S.-China relations are at once cooperative and competitive.  How will China's political transition and the changing international environment affect the two countries?
SPEAKER:  Dr. Sarah-Ann Smith, retired Foreign Service Office, Former President of the Western North Carolina World Affairs Council

DATE:  March 17, at 07:30 p.m.           UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "The United States and Saudi Arabia"  The United States has great strategic and economic interests in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.  How will the U.S.-Saudi relationship be affected by the war on terrorism and a possible war on Iraq?
SPEAKER:  Professor Elmoiz Abunura, Departments of Political Science and African Studies, UNCA

World Affairs Spring Program 2003

DATE:  April 14, at 07:30 p.m.             UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "The Workers' Party in Power: The First Hundred Days of the Lula Government in Brazil"
SPEAKER:  Dr. Anthony Pereira, associate professor of Political Science at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana (click here for full cv).

DATE:  May 12, at 07:30 p.m.              UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "Jordanian Reform: Overcoming Challenges & Regional Crisis"
SPEAKER:  Jafar Hassan, Deputy Chief of Mission for Jordan (click here for bio).

Special Presentation
DATE:  May 29, at 02:30 p.m.              UNCA Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall
TOPIC:  "The Changing Nature of Warfare: Causes and Consequences."
SPEAKER:  Gen. Lester L. Lyles, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  (click here for bio).
World Affairs Fall Program 2002
Fall - Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities

DATE:  September 9, at 07:30 p.m. (Social Hour: 06:30 p.m.)   UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "Contemporary Latin America:  Global Changes and Democratic Disenchantment"
SPEAKER:  Jonathan Hartlyn, Professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill 

DATE:  October 14, at 07:30 p.m.        UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "Reform Failures and the Prospects of Development in Latin America"
SPEAKER:  Dr. Luigi Manzetti, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Latin American
Studies at Southern Methodist University

DATE:  November 11, at 07:30 p.m.     UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  democratization and development in the specific context of Mexico
SPEAKER:  Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Mexico Project and responsible for analysis of Mexico's domestic politics, trade, investment, and U.S.-Mexico bilateral relations.

DATE:  December 9, at 07:30 p.m.       UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "Argentina: Prospects for Recovery"
SPEAKER:  Professor Carol Wise, School of International Relations, University of Southern California. 

Special Program    
DATE:  September 16, at 07:00 p.m.    UNCA Owen Conference Center
TOPIC:  "War Against Iraq?:  Who Will Decide? Who Will Fight? Who Will Win?" 
SPEAKER:  BG Jerome Jones, USAF (ret) 
Great Decisions Winter Program for 2002

Feb 7 - "Why Do They Hate Us?  The Roots of Terrorism;"  Dr Marc Mullinax; Department of Religion and Philosophy, Mars Hill College

Feb 14 - "Korean Security Issues;"  Dr Heon Lee, Department of Sociology, UNCA

Feb 21 - "Middle East Peace Process;"  Dr Tom Sanders, World Affairs Council

Feb 28 - Columbia and Drug Trafficking;"  Dr Greg Clemmons, Dept of Modern Foreign Languages, Mars Hill College

Mar 7 - "Russia Reexamined;"  Dr David Knisely; World Affairs Council

Mar 14 - "Energy and the Environment;" Dr Rick Maas, Department of Environmental Studies, UNCA

World Affairs Fall Program for 2001

Sep 10, 2001 - "Japan:  A Political Economy in Ferment;" Robert Angel, PhD, Associate Professor of Government and International Studies; U of South Carolina

Oct 8 - "China:  The Chaos of Everyday Life in a Globalizing System;" Anne Thurston, PhD; internationally acclaimed author of The Private Life of Chairman Mao

Nov 12 - "Tumultuous Transitions:  Moving Toward Democracy in SE Asia;"  Surain Subramaniam, PhD, Department of Political Science, UNCA

Nov 26 - "US Policy Toward Asia: A Global View;"  Nayan Chanda, Director of Publications, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; former editor Far Eastern Economic Review. 

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