Naples Council on World Affairs Lecture Series

The Naples Council on World Affairs' annual lecture series brings distinguished scholars and statesmen to Southwest Florida. WGCU-FM records and broadcasts the lectures throughout the year. The Naples Council on World Affairs is one of 90 World Affairs Councils of America.

With more than 2200 members, the non-profit, non-partisan Naples Council is the fifth largest council in the system. The Council works to promote a better understanding of the issues that face the world today.

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Danielle Pletka is the vice-president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Are we doomed to an endless cycle of violence in the Middle East? Is the Sunni-Shii divide real? Are there solutions to problems like Syria? Pletka will survey the many conflicts raging throughout the Middle East today.

As Director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at Brookings, Mr. Wright will comment on the change brought about by Brexit, transnational challenges and economic stagnation and how those issues affect the stability of the European Union and the preservation of the Euro.

Co-Directors of the Brookings Institutes’ Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence speak about what the newly elected President and his Cabinet face in perhaps the most troubling times in our foreign policy since the end of the Second World War.

China remains an enigma in its foreign policy, economics and politics. Yet getting China "right" is more important today than ever as the threat level on all fronts seems to be so high.  Prof. Haft's remarks will assess the basis of China's "superpower-status", its economy and relationship with the U.S. 

An American lawyer, businessman and politician, Mitchell served as a United States Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and as Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. Since retiring from the Senate, Mitchell has taken up a variety of positions in politics and business. He has taken a leading role in negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, being specifically appointed United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland (1995–2001) by President Clinton and as United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009–2011) by President Obama

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