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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President Trump has unfettered access to launch U.S. nuclear weapons. Once he gives the order, no one can contradict him. Once the missiles launch, they cannot be recalled. This is one of the risks facing a new president. But Trump’s policies could also greatly reduce nuclear risks, if he can solve the North Korean problem or strike a new deal with Russia. Nuclear policy expert Joe Cirincione will discuss all this and more in an important lecture, as we sit on the verge of a new “cold war” and ask: is history repeating itself? Are we entering a new nuclear arms race? Cirincione is the President of the Ploughshares Fund, a public grant-making foundation focused on nuclear weapons policy and conflict resolution

In 2005, Turkey began formal negotiations to join the European Union, but a little more than a decade later it looks less like a liberal democracy than a one-man electoral autocracy. What went wrong? What are the implications for the U.S. approach to Turkey and the future of its alliance with the West.

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.

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