Past Events

Tuesday October 24, 2017
Professor Eytan Gilboa
The Future of U.S. – Israel Relations

Tuesday November 14, 2017
Dr. Kent Calder
U.S. and the Japan/ South Korea Alliance

Tuesday December 5, 2017
Ribal Al Assad
Syria, the Emergence of a New Middle East and the New Cold War

Tuesday December 19, 2017
Stephen Moore
The U.S. Economy and the Trump Agenda

Tuesday January 9, 2018
Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch
The US and Europe in an Age of Uncertainty

Tuesday January 23, 2018
Heather A. Conley
Realpolitik or Ice-Politik? Understanding Today’s Arctic


Tuesday February 20. 2018
Dr. Andrew Kahn
The New India: Narendra Modi and the Rise of Hindu Nationalism.

Saturday February 24, 2018
Academic Worldquest
International Quiz Competition for High Schools
Keiser University, West Palm Beach 33409

Tuesday March 6, 2018
Dr. Varun Sivaram
Supercharging Solar: Innovation & Earth’s Most Abundant Energy Source

Tuesday March  20,, 2018
Randy Pestana
Corruption and Conflict in Central America

Tuesday April 10, 2018
Dr. Nicholas Papanicolaou
Is Islam Compatible with the U.S. Constitution?

Tuesday October 18, 2016
Dr. Mehmet Gurses
Associate Professor, Dept of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University
Turkey: Before and After the Failed Coup

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Bryan Riley
Jay Van Andel Senior Policy Analyst in Trade Policy, the Heritage Foundation
What The 2016 Election Means for the Future of International Trade

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani
President of Daniel Morgan Academy & Member of Council on Foreign Relations
North Korea: Its Current Developments & Their Global Implications

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
David Shedd (WAC Members Only ) Sponsors: Carol Jaeger, Douglas Jencks
Former Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
An Intelligence Perspective to a Volatile World

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Dr. Michael Pillsbury
Senior Fellow and Director for Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute
China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as a Global Power

Monday January 23, 2017
Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer: Sponsor- World Affairs Councils of America
Former Ambassador to Israel & to Egypt. Prof Middle East Policy, Princeton Univ
Challenges & Opportunities in Middle East for a New U.S, Administration

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Frank Cilluffo
Director for the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security
U.S. and Global CyberSecurity

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Frank Holder
Democracy, Populism & Oil – Challenges & Opportunities in Venezuela

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich
Former Amb. at Large to Soviet Union; George F. Kennan Senior Fellow at CFR
Putin and a New American President

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Becky McDonald
Human Trafficking: Globally and in Everyone’s Backyard

The Rise of Turkey:
The Twenty-First Century’s First Muslim Power
Thursday October 24, 2013,
The Colony Palm Beach

Dr. Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He is an expert on Islam, Secularism, and Nationalism in Modern Turkey and has written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism.

Hezbollah: The Global
Footprint of
Lebanon’s Party of God
November 19, 2013
The Colony Palm Beach

Dr. Matthew Levitt is a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He has served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury implementing efforts to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse and to deny terrorists, weapons and the ability to finance threats to U.S. national security.

Nuclear Security- “A Nuclear Nightmare”

December 3, The Mar-a-Lago Club

Joseph Cirincione is President of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is the author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is aToo Late . He is a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s International Security Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of
a New Era of Financial
January 7 The Mar-a-Lago Club

Juan C. Zarate is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the senior national security analyst for CBS News. He was a Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism during the George W. Bush administration. and was the first ever assistant secretary of the treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes

The United States and China in Cyberspace: Competition or Cooperation?
Thursday, January 23,
The Colony Palm Beach

Dr. Adam Segal is the Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Dr. Segal currently leads the Cyberconflict and Cybersecurity Initiative. Dr. Segal has served as an arms control analyst for the China Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Latin America in the Post Chavez Era:
The Threat to U.S. Security
February 5, 2014
Northern Trust Delray Beach

Dr. Luis Fleischman has worked as senior advisor for the Menges Hemispheric Security Project at the Center for Security Policy and is co-editor of the internet publication The Americas Report. The focus of Fleischman’s work at the CSP has been monitoring Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his allies, their connections to radical groups, the expansion of Chavez’s ideas across the continent and the rise of anti-democratic forces in the region.

The Growing Confluence of Drugs and Terror:
The Face of 21st Century Organized Crime
February 20, 2014
The Colony Palm Beach

Michael Braun retired from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in October, 2008, and immediately joined Spectre Group International, LLC, (SGI) as a Managing Partner. SGI supports US government efforts to build strong law enforcement and judicial institutions in the US and abroad. Braun was the longest serving Chief of Operations in the DEA’s history. As a result, he has become an expert on the growing nexus between drugs and terrorism.

Carbon Neutrals/The New BiofuelSpecial Interactive
Dialogue Discussion
March 9, 2014
264 The Grill

John J. Casey is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Organic Green Solutions Mr. Casey joined the company as Director and CEO in February of 2012. Prior to that Casey was Chairman and CEO of the Bostonian Group, a financial services company; Chairman and CEO of The American Network Group. Mr. Casey is also Chairman of Evolving Energy Systems, LLC, an energy consultant/broker of electricity, gas, solar, wind, micro turbines.

Combating Human Trafficking:
How Do We Protect the Vulnerable?
March 25, 2014
The Mar-a-Lago Club

Ambassador Carol A. Rodley is Director of Resolution to Act Initiative at Inclusive Security which provides support for creating and implementing high-impact National Action Plans for Women, Peace, and Security. Ambassador has served as Dean of the School of Leadership and Management at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute .She was the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia from 2008 – 2011 and was the first Counselor for Political Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

How Entrepreneurs Are
Transforming the Global Economy
April 9, 2014
Northern Trust, Delray Beach

Dr. Philip Auerswald was Assistant Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Recently, he was made Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy and an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University .His work focuses on using technology to address global challenges.

Date: Thursday October 23, 2014
Iran, Israel & the United States: Hopeful Change or More of the Same
With Reza Marashi 
Director of Research at the National Iranian American Council
PB- Colony

Date: Tuesday November 11, 2014

America’s First Crisis: 200 Years Later
with Robert Watson, Ph.D.

Date: Tuesday December 2, 2014
Fighting to the End: Pakistan Army’s Way of War
with Dr. Christine Fair.
PB- Brazilian Ct

Date: Tuesday December 16, 2014
The Turmoil in Latin America and What To Do About It
with Ambassador Roger F. Noriega (MEMBERS ONLY)

Date: Thursday January 8, 2015 The Threat From China
With Bill Gertz
Senior Editor of The Washington Free Beacon

Date: Tuesday January 20, 2015
The Third Unconscious and How It influences World Affairs
With Dr. G. Clotaire Rapaille (MEMBERS ONLY)

Date: Tuesday Februrary 17, 2015
Unraveling of the International Order In the Middle East and Around the Globe
With Douglas J. Feith

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Academic WorldQuest
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Northwood University

Date: Tuesday March 10, 2015
Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin
With Dr. Fiona Hill (MEMBERS ONLY)
Director of Center on US & Europe, and Foreign Policy Programs at Brookings Inst

Date: Tuesday March 24, 2015
Syria and Iraq: The Case for Partition
With Gary C. Gambill

Date: Tuesday April 7, 2015
The Global Internet: The Promises & Perils of Proposed New Structures
With Randolph J. May

Tuesday, October 20
Yochi Dreazen
Managing Editor Foreign Policy Magazine
The Human Cost of War Against the Islamic State
PB- Colony

Tuesday, November 3
Ambassador Herman J. Cohen
President of Cohen & Woods International; Former Ambassador to Senegal
The African Economic Miracle: Myth or Reality

Tuesday, December 1
Michelle Van Cleave
Board Director Jamestown Foundation; Former Head of U.S. Counterintelligence
National Security: U.S. Intelligence, Counterintelligence & World Affairs

Tuesday, December 15 – (WAC Members Only)
Dr. James Carafano
Vice President Foreign & Defense Policy Studies at Heritage Foundation
How to Handle China

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 
Dr. Luis Fleischman
Executive VP Jewish Community Relations Council & Adjunct Professor FAU
Has The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process A Future?

Tuesday, January 19 
Dr. Brian Latell
Sr. Research Associate Institute for Cuban/Cuban American Studies Univ of Miami
Castro’s Secrets: The CIA and Cuba’s Intelligence Machine

Tuesday, February 23 – (WAC Members Only)
Frank Gaffney
Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy
Protecting The U.S. Electrical Grid

Saturday, February 27
Academic World Quest
International Quiz Competition for High Schools
The Turner Art Gallery
at Keiser University, West Palm Beach 33409

Tuesday, March 8
Bill Clifford
President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America
Will Foreign Policy Be A Key Driver of the 2016 Election?
PB- Colony

Sunday, March 13
Jane Harman
President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center
Understanding and Responding to Global Security Threats
Cafe L’Europe

Tuesday, March 22
Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Former Ambassador to the United Nations and the Russian Federation
Russia and the U.S. : The Challenges Ahead

Tuesday, April 5
Steven Emerson
American journalist, author, and expert on national security, terrorism, and Islamic extremism
American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us