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Alabama World Affairs CouncilInformation thanks to Gen. Cleveland and Dr. Nathan; revised 16 Oct. 2014, by Dr. Jeremy Lewis
Key points of PJ Crowley's speech to AWAC
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A word from our President: General Cleveland, 2014
The 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.
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