Alabama World Affairs Council to present International Security Issues lecture series

"Putin's Russia" will be one of a series of International Security Issues lectures presented by the Alabama World Affairs at the Montgomery Campus.

The Alabama World Affairs Council will present an eight-week International Security Issues lecture series beginning Sept. 29 at Troy University Montgomery.

The lecture series is designed to cover and discuss a number of security challenges facing the U.S. and provide an opportunity to showcase some of the world-class faculty at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base. Lectures will be held each Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 29-Nov. 17, in the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium at Troy University Montgomery.

Troy University Montgomery will serve as host to Council events thanks to a partnership agreement signed on Sept. 7.

“In an election year, this series will examine some of the issues that the new administration will have to face, the seriousness of security challenges facing the United States over the coming years and how these challenges could and should be dealt with,” said Dr. Grant Hammond, AWAC president. “The purpose of this program is to provide a forum in which members of the community, particularly prior service and retired military, as well as college students and others interested, can have an opportunity to learn and discuss these issues.”

Lecture topics and presenters are:

  • Sept. 29 – “Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century,” Dr. Blake McMahon, Integration Cell, Air University;
  • Oct. 6 – “The Revolution in Security Affairs,” Dr. Grant Hammond, USAF Center for Strategy and Technology and President of AWAC;
  • Oct. 13— “The Middle East Quagmire,” Dr. David Sorenson, USAF Air War College;
  • Oct. 20 – “Putin’s Russia,” Dr. Mark Conversino, USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies;
  • Oct. 27 – “Europe and NATO in Disarray,” Dr. Mary Hampton, USAF Air Command and Staff College;
  • Nov. 3 – “The China Problem,” Dr. Dawn Murphy, USAF Air War College;
  • Nov. 10 – “Challenges to Northeast Asian Allies,” Dr. Buck Grinter, Auburn University, USAF Air War College Professor Emeritus; and
  • Nov. 17 – “Foreign Policy in the Next Administration,” Dr. Jim Nathan, Executive Director of AWAC and former Eminent Scholar, Auburn University Montgomery.

Each class will consist of a 30 to 45 minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer and discussion segment. There will be a $20 fee for AWAC members and a $40 fee for non-members. Payment should be made in advance by mail to the Alabama World Affairs Council, P.O. Box 241462, Montgomery, AL 36124. Those interested may also request registration by calling Donna Gilliand at 334-241-9501 or Dahdee Bullen at 334-300-0152. Deadline for registration is Sept. 15.

Parking for these events will be available in the Troy University Montgomery lot adjacent to the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, as well as behind the Rosa Parks Museum.