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Alabama World Affairs Council | Affiliated with World Affairs Councils of America
Information below thanks to Gen. Cleveland and Dr. Nathan; speakers revised 23 August 2014, by Dr. Jeremy Lewis
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Alabama World Affairs Council (AWAC) presents nationally and internationally
known speakers from both civilian and military life. The mission of AWAC
is to promote public awareness and understanding of international affairs
as they relate to United States interests in the context of the political,
economic, cultural, and military issues involved. AWAC is a member of the
World Affairs Councils of America and is one of some 96 councils nationwide.
AWAC's individual membership fees are among the lowest in the nation, while
the quality of the programs is among the highest in the nation.
Meetings are held six times a year, usually at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in the Wynton Blount Cultural Park. Some presentations in connection with Air University have been held at Maxwell AFB and some at Auburn University Montgomery. The presentations at the Museum are held normally on a Tuesday evening during the period from September through May. An informal reception with a catered buffet (included in the annual membership dues) and a cash bar begins at 5:30.The lecture begins at 6:15, with a question-and-answer period at about 7:00. The evening ends no later than 7:30.
AWAC has attracted some of the leading authors, academics, and practitioners from both the U.S. and abroad. In the last few years, the council has had visits from, among many others, Sir Eldon Griffiths, Jacques Klein, Anthony Lake, British Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer, Joseph Nye, John McLaughlin, Korean Ambassador Yang Sung Chul, Brent Scowcroft, General Michael Hayden, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Chas Freeman, and Saudi Ambassador Prince Turki Al-Faisal. The year usually culminates in a May panel session in which the Air War College provides senior instructors as regional briefers recently returned from their travels to critical areas around the globe.
Student Outreach Programs
The dues structure allows virtually any interested member of the public to participate. E.g., high school students are admitted free as guests of the Board, and college students pay just $30 a year. The annual dues for a senior (65 or over) are $60, which admits the member to any or all of the presentations, including a generous buffet beforehand. Individuals under 65 pay $80. A family membership for two is $100. A payment of $150 admits three people, and $250 secures four reserved seats. The payment of higher dues results in even more benefits. The full dues structure and current pledge card is found here.
The Board of Directors is made up of representatives from business, the academy, the military, state government, the press, and the education, legal, medical, and non-profit communities. The officers are:
President: Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland USAF (Ret).The Executive Director is Dr. James Nathan, Khaled bin Sultan Eminent Scholar at Auburn University Montgomery.
Why, then, the world's mine oyster. Which I with sword will open.
-- William Shakespeare, Pistol to Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 2 Scene 2.
Coming Events, 2014-15:
5:30 pm, Tuesdays unless noted, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Blount Park, Montgomery.
(Click speakers' names for notes, uploaded a few days after each presentation.)
Tues 23 Sep 2014: Reza Marashi, research director of the National Iranian American Council; prolific writer of opinion editorials; former State Dept officer.
Tues 14 Oct 2014: PJ Crowley, Professor of Strategy and former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, with prior experience in two administrations at the National Security Council.
Tues 9 Dec 2014: Bret Stephens, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist for the Wall Street Journal
Tues 27 Jan 2015: Valerie Plame Wilson, formerly senior covert officer at the CIA, and the principal American responsible for counter proliferation before 9/11. She was central to the discovery and elimination of an off-the-shelf nuclear weapons smuggling scheme organized by Pakistan.
Tues 24 Feb 2015: Marc Grossman, formerly Ambassador to Turkey and State Dept staff officer
Wednesday 19 April 2015:William Moomaw, professor emeritus of Tufts University and former chair of the UN committee on climate change.
Tues 12 May 2015: Senior Air
War College Instructors, "Report to Alabama"
on their recent trips to areas of interest around the globe as part of
the AWC Regional and Cultural Studies Program.
From downtown: take Interstate 85 North (to Atlanta) for about 5 miles to Exit 6 (Route 231 South); take a right off the exit onto 231 South, the East Blvd, then second left onto Woodmere Blvd, (which is at a stoplight, with a Speedy Cash pawn shop (really) on the near corner and a PNC Bank on the far corner), then proceed one-half mile to Blount (Shakespeare) Park on your right. In the park, take the first left to the Museum at the sign for "Deliveries."
From the east: take I-85 South to Exit 6; turn Left onto Route 231 South, the East Boulevard, then continue as above.
From the South: Route 231 North, the Troy Highway,
turns right at East Blvd. From there, follow 231 North, the East Blvd,
approximately two-and-a-half miles to Woodmere Blvd; turn right and proceed
The AWAC welcomes those of diverse persuasions who share an interest in world affairs.
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