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Our 49th Year

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Venice Lectures
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Sarasota Lectures
Global Issues 2020
Lectures are held at First United Methodist Church
104 S. Pineapple Ave. and start at 10:30 am

Click on title for lecture summary, click on speaker name for biography
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7 Turkey and Its Neighbors
Yüksel Sezgin
8 Religion, Law, and the State
Yüksel Sezgin
9 The National Security Challenge of China: Game On
Gary Roughead
14 U.S. Intelligence: Current Challenges and Future Directions
Mark Lowenthal
15 Truth and Power? Policy Makers and Intelligence Officers
Mark Lowenthal
16 Iranian-American Relations Update
Mohsen Milani
21 Mass Migration and National Security
Daniel Vara
22 Central American Caravans and Immigration Politics
Daniel Vara
23 Changing Climate: Changing….Well….Everything
Terry Root
28 How to End Income Inequality and Grow the Nation
Peter Georgescu
29 Business and Society: A Broken System
Peter Georgescu
30 The European Union in Uncertain Times
Martin Walker
4 Is U.S.-Iran War Looming?
Ray Takeyh
5 Iran's Revolution at 40
Ray Takeyh
6 America's Nation-Building Efforts - What Have We Learned?
Jeremi Suri
11 The United States and China
David Lampton
12 China's Modern Infrastructure Push in the World
David Lampton
13 Driven to Extremes
Margaret Jay
18 The Missing Story of American Politics
Hedrick Smith
19 Economic Inequality & Campaign 2020
Hedrick Smith
20 Solutions to Slavery in Our Country
Laurel Bellows
25 American Alliances in Asia
Kathleen Stephens
26 The North Korean Challenge and What To Do About It
Kathleen Stephens
27 Fateful Choices in the Middle East: Israel and the United States
Dennis Ross
3 Russian Foreign Policy in an Era of Global Change
Celeste Wallander
4 Inside the White House: Foreign Policy Making at the Highest Level
Celeste Wallander
5 Battles of the Future: How Technology Replaces Traditional Weapons of War
Sean & Jessica McFate
10 American Diplomacy in the 21st. Century: Forces that Will Define our World Present Opportunities and Challenges
Thomas Shannon
11 Why the Americas Matter
Thomas Shannon
12 China's Economic Challenges and U.S.-China Competition
David Dollar
17 The Turing Test (of Process): The National Security Implications of Artificial Intelligence
James Baker
18 The Centaur's Dilemma: National Security Law for the Coming Artificial Intelligence Revolution
James Baker
19 Indispensable Nation? The U.S. Role in World Order
Robert Lieber
24 The 2020 Presidential Election: Will Florida Be a Bellwether State Again?
Susan MacManus
25 Big Challenge in 2020: How Campaigns Communicate with Voters
Susan MacManus
26 Putin and Our Presidential Elections
Robert Barylski