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President Bush, above right, spoke to the 2002 WACA national conference; image courtesy of  Terry Wofford.  The other images are by Jeremy Lewis, from AWAC meetings.

Drs. Burgess and Nathan, 10 May
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Notes and Links on Guests and Speeches, 2010-11

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by Jeremy Lewis; revised 21 June 2011 with FaceBook album & voice tracks

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Drs Conversino and Burgess, 10 May

CONTENTS

28 September 2010: Gen. Tom McInerney, conservative commentator on Military affairs
26 October 26 2010: Amb. Ivan Barbalic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations
16 November 2010: Dennis Lockhart, "The Dollar, The Economy: Does the Fed Matter?" President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
1 February 2011: Future of Korea, panel of speakers [Biographies]: Ambassador Charles (Jack) Pritchard, President, Korea Economic Institute; Mr. Greg Scarlatoiu, Director of Business Issues and Public Affairs, Korea Economic Institute; and Aloysius O'Neill, consultant, Office of Korean Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Play Voice track
8 March 2011: Charlie Kupchan, "Enemies Into Friends: How Peace Breaks Out," Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University
15 March 2011: Col. Andrew Bacevich, PhD, will give the annual Stallworth lecture at Huntingdon College.  President West warmly invites AWAC members to this free event, 7pm in Ligon Chapel.
10 May 2011: Senior Air War College Instructors report on their regional tours


NOTES ON SPEAKERS

28 September 2010: Tom McInerney, conservative commentator on Military affairs
  • Fox News military analyst
  • President, consulting firm, Government Reform through Technology (GRTT)
  • 1996-1999, President, Business Executives for National Security (BENS)
  • 1994-1996, Vice Pres, Command and Control, Loral Defense Systems-Eagen
  • 35 years as combat pilot, commander, and strategic planner in USAF
  • BS, United States Military Academy, 1959; MS, GeorgeWashington University, 1972
  • Introduction: speaker, notably, was involved in the 'reinventing government' reforms under which technology was applied to the military in quest of administrative efficiency.
    Prepared Remarks Question Time
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    26 October 26 2010: Amb. Ivan Barbalic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations Amb. Barbalic, introduction
  • Prepared remarks: Theme will be that glass is half full.
  • Early 1990s conflict in north Yugoslavia, moved to Bosnia 1992-95.
  • Lessons of Bosnia applied all over the world in the 15 years since.
  • Common goal is for Balkans to become part of EU.  If Bosnia joins NATO, will ensure security.  UN needs to complete project of 15 years, ensuring Bosnia integrates into Western world.
  • Question Time
  • Conclusion
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    16 November 2010: Dennis Lockhart, "The Dollar, The Economy: Does the Fed Matter?" President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Dennis Lockhart, introduction Prepared remarks Question time:
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    1 February 2011, "The Future of Korea," with a panel of speakers [see Biographies]:
    Ambassador Charles (Jack) Pritchard, President, Korea Economic Institute;
    Mr. Greg Scarlatoiu, Director of Business Issues and Public Affairs, Korea Economic Institute; and
    Aloysius O'Neill, consultant, Office of Korean Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

    Maps

    Maps of Korean peninsula | HiRes | LKL's Korean war map
    Country briefing, atlas and encyclopedia data
     The Economist, "The World In Figures: South Korea," Nov. 2010
     The Economist, leaders and articles on North Korea, 2010-11
     CIA World Factbook: Korea, South (Atlas-type database)
     CIA World Factbook: Korea, North (Atlas-type database)
     Wikipedia entry on South Korea (true to form, this is one of the more carefully researched and written entries)
    Trade issues
    Economics Analysis of US-South Korean relations from Dr. Cinzia Balit-Moussalli, Huntingdon College, 31 Jan 2011
    Recent news
    "Sailors free after SKorea launches ‘high-tech’ raid," Myanmar Times, Jan.31-Feb.6, 2011 [Counter-piracy assault succeeds off Somalia]
    Reuters, "Satellite images support North Korea reactor claim," 19 Nov. 2010
    J.J. Sutherland, "Images Show North Korea Building New Nuclear Reactor," NPR, 19 Nov. 2010 | Satellite image, annotated
    "North Korea-- 2010 Overseas Diplomatic Directory for Europe and Central Asia," US Open Source Center, December 29, 2010 (at FAS).
    CNN, Teaser video (18 Feb. 2011) for Wolf Blitzer, "Six Days in North Korea" documentary video of trip with Gov. Richardson, first shown Sat. 19 Feb. 2011
    Korean conflict, 50th anniversary
    US DOD, 50th Anniversary of Korean War, site | Global Security: Summary of  the Korean War, 1950-53 |
    Learn Korean Language site, Korean war timeline & map
    Images of Korea
    GlobalSecurity.org: Night images contrasting lit up South with dark North
    Travel-images: South Korea | North Korea | FotoSearch | Life in Korea | Flickr | Cheju Island resort (spectacular)


    Prepared remarks
    Greg Scarlatoiu: Korea’s spectacular economic development and US-SK relations.

    Al O’Neill, Cooperation SK-US abroad: Amb. Pritchard, President of KEI.  (Served under Clinton and Bush, and served in Asian affairs in NSC.  Negotiator with NK.) Question time
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    8 March 2011: Dr. Charles Kupchan, "Enemies into Friends: How Peace Breaks Out" Links Prepared remarks
  • Question Time:
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    15 March 2011: Col. Andrew Bacevich, PhD, Stallworth Lecture at Huntingdon College, 7 pm in Ligon Chapel, to which AWAC members are warmly invited. Links on Dr. Bacevich.

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    10 May 2011: Senior Air War College Instructors report on their regional tours as part of the AWC Regional and Cultural Studies Program

    13 different courses followed by two weeks of field study.

    Dr. Burgess: we emphasize culture of Africa, so different from students’ experiences.

  • South Africa, Zambia at peace, DR Congo a failed state, and all have strategic minerals.
  • Cobalt, manganese and rare earth (cut off recently by China, hence may become a weapon in future), platinum mine in South Africa, cobalt mine in Zambia.
  • HIV AIDS has killed 5M South Africans. Thabo Mbeki denied the existence of AIDS and South Africa did nothing for human security for ten years.
  • Mugabe has run Zimbabwe into the ground over ten years, in dispute with white farmers.
  • A number of countries intervened in DRC and benefitted from the minerals.  Rail map shows a hundred years of development based on routes to minerals deposits.  75% of world platinum is based in South Africa in very specific locations.  China heavily involved in strategic investments for ore.  US concerned about manganese.
  • Although free markets work in South Africa, issues of control of resources and of nationalization.  Issue of black economic empowerment, developing black entrepreneurs – but process is being abused and Chinese are supplying funding.
  • Infrastructure: electricity shortages, did not plan enough for expansion of industry; need more rail lines to export minerals.
  • Cobalt is located in Congo Katanga province, bordering on Zambia – so Chinese investment may deprive US of ore in future.  DRC agreed to export millions of tons of copper and cobalt to China.
  • Dr. Conversino on Russia at a Crossroads. Question Time:
    Role of Pakistan in harboring Bin Laden. Development of China. Russia: demographics and economy? What is in US interests, aggressive nationalist Russia -- or failed state which is oil rich?
  • In short term we must deal with Russia – they want respect and do not feel they lost cold war, just removed from USSR as Russia – and they still have largest stock of nuclear weapons and ruthless security services.  Using oil to drive a wedge between US and allies.  Cash registers are ticking in Moscow from oil.
  • Arab spring. Russian officers at AWAC. China: Arab spring? Ukraine: [Statement from member on floor about having hosted Russian officers and supplied a used car for one who later defected.] Korea? AFRICOM


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