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Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, April 18th 2018

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Luncheon Meeting - 12:00 Noon - Inn at Reading
Reservations: Call 610-375-7880 or Email contactus@wacreading.org

Thomas Wright

The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power

Sponsored by:
YMCA Diversity, Inclusion & Global Committee

Thomas Wright the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Previously, he was executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and senior researcher for the Princeton Project on National Security.

Wright works on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, Donald Trump's worldview, the future of Europe, and Asian security. His book “All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and Future of American Power” was published by Yale University Press in 2017.

Wright has a doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a bachelor's and master's from University College Dublin. He has also held a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a post doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Wright's writings have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Orbis, Survival, The Washington Quarterly, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and The Washington Post, as well as a number of international newspapers and media outlets.

Wright’s affiliations include the Fulbright Commission, Ireland, vice chair and board member International Politics Reviews, Palgrave Macmillan, editorial board.

Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, March 14th 2018

Luncheon Meeting - 12:00 Noon - Inn at Reading
Reservations: Call 610-375-7880 or Email contactus@wacreading.org

Dr. Joseph Braude

Broadcasting Change: Arabic Media as a Catalyst for Change

Sponsor:
The Reading Eagle Company

Joseph Braude, a Senior Fellow with FPRI’s Program on the Middle East, is a Middle East scholar and author whose research appears in print and on air, in Arabic as well as English. He studied in the departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton. He developed his Arabic to broadcast quality through years of living and working in the Gulf states and North Africa, and added fluency in Farsi to his knowledge of Persian literature as a graduate student at the University of Tehran.

His first book, The New Iraq (Basic Books, 2003), examines the challenge of civil society development in the country following the US-led invasion. His second, The Honored Dead (Random House – Spiegel & Grau, 2011), presents an unprecedented investigation of the inner workings of an Arab security service: Braude was embedded for half a year in an investigative unit of the Moroccan federal police in Casablanca, where he read case files, attended interrogations, and accompanied police on nighttime forays into the shantytown.

Since July 2010, Joseph Braude’s weekly program in Arabic, Risalat New York (Letter from New York), has aired nationally on Morocco’s MED Radio. He appears frequently as a commentator on Al-Arabiya and other satellite television networks. He writes a biweekly column in Al-Majalla, the largest-distribution magazine in the Arabic language, and contributes regularly to the daily newspaper Asharq Alawsat. In the United States, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The American Interest, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. He provides commentary on public radio programs, and produces documentaries on current affairs in the Middle East for PRI’s America Abroad. He hosts the English-language podcast Eye on Arabia, a light-hearted roundup of reporting and analysis from the Arab world. He is also a contributing editor at Tablet.

Joseph Braude is Advisor at the Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai, a think tank specializing in Islamist movements across the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to leading seminars and contributing research to its monthly book, he conducts outreach on behalf of the Center in the United States and elsewhere.

As a consulting advisor, Joseph Braude has assisted non-profit groups, government, and private companies in matters related to Middle East policy, public diplomacy, security sector reform, and counterterrorism. He has worked with the United States Agency for International Development, the US State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, and Pyramid Research.

Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Breakfast Meeting - 7:30 AM - Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery
Reservations: Call 610-375-7880 or Email contactus@wacreading.org

Dr. Solomon Lausch

The Peace Corps: JFK to Today

Dr. Lausch will review the history of the Peace Corps since its establishment in 1961 by executive order of President John F. Kennedy.  A panel of returned Peace Corps volunteers, Solomon Lausch, Carla and Michael Mannix, and Alexa Tyler Bordner, representing respectively the first decade, the middle years, and the recent years of Peace Corps activity around the world will present their perspectives and anecdotal accounts of their years of service.  The program will conclude with an engaging Question and Answer session with the audience.

Dr. Lausch is well known to all of us as a member of the board of directors of our World Affairs Council, as executive director of Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC) and as past superintendant of the Schuylkill Valley School District.

Dr. Lausch began his professional career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia, teaching English as a second language.

 
Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, February 13th 2018

 

Dr. Nina Kollars

War and Technology

Sponsored by Sam Dalal

Dr. Nina Kollars is Assistant Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College. As a graduate of Ohio State University’s Department of Political Science, Kollars’ most recently published research has been featured in Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, & Survival. Central themes in her work are innovation, adaptation, and organizational design. She is currently working on a book manuscript that focuses on the efforts of war practitioners and organizational responses to their insights and creativity. She is a non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point Military Academy, a member of the Committee for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy, an editorial board member of the Special Operations Journal and a committed professor to her students. Before entering academia, Kollars completed analyses for the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress and the World Bank. 

 
Breakfast Meeting
Friday, January 19th 2018

 

Judge Jeffery Sprecher

Sentencing Reform & Prison Overcrowding

Judge Sprecher will be discussing what improvements have occurred in the six years since the publication of his book, Justice or Just This?. This will be an update on a presentation he delivered to the World Affairs Council several years ago.

Judge Sprecher presides on the Berks County Court of Common Pleas since 1991.

 
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