Wagstaff to discuss China’s international rise with Alabama World Affairs Council

February 11, 2019

Dr. William “Drew” Wagstaff, an assistant professor of international security for the Blue Horizons Program within the U.S. Air Force’s Center for Strategy and Technology at Maxwell Air Force Base, will address China’s growth and what that means for the international community during a presentation to the Alabama World Affairs Council on Feb. 12.

The event, which will take place in the Gold Room in Whitley Hall at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by Dr. Wagstaff’s presentation “China Ascendant.” The presentation is free to members of the Alabama World Affairs Council and $20 for guests. To register for the event, visit

Dr. Wagstaff provides instruction across an array of subjects, including East Asian politics, metacognition and strategy, and conducts research relevant to both civilian academics and senior USAF leaders. He has a number of ongoing research projects on terrorism, military effectiveness, peacekeeping, and Chinese politics. His work has appeared in journals such as Foreign Policy Analysis and Terrorism and Political Violence. Dr. Wagstaff holds a Ph.D. from Emory University.

The Blue Horizons Program at Air University is a future-oriented study exploring military-technical and geostrategic competition and its implications for Air Force strategy and planning.

The Alabama World Affairs Council sponsors lectures and programs on current and recent events of national and international interest throughout the year with the aim to increase individuals’ knowledge of world affairs and how they impact the United States. The Council also serves as a platform to showcase some of the world-class faculty at Maxwell Air Force Base’s Air University. The Council has partnered with Troy University, Alabama’s International University, bringing all Council events to the University’s Montgomery Campus.