Global News Review | Nov 11

November 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Global News Review – November 11, 2020

Join our team of Ambassador Dick Bowers, Dr. Breck Walker and LCDR Patrick Ryan for expert analysis of current global developments.


November 11th guest panelist Tim Douglas


  • The World Reacts to President-Elect Biden
  • Bolivia: A New President After a Tumultuous Year
  • Ethiopia: Looming Civil War in the Horn of Africa

Give Dick, Breck and Pat 45 minutes and they’ll give you the world. Analysis and entertaining commentary on the top events and issues leading global news reports. Hard to find insights and perspectives from diplomacy, academia and intelligence, along with a little fun and your questions.

Guest Panelist: Tim Douglas

Timothy J. Douglas (Tim) is a native Nashvillian who received a B.S in Engineering Economics from Tulane University, an M.A. in International Economics from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky and an Accounting Certificate from the Stern School of Business at New York University.  He lived in New York City from 1979 – 1985 and was an interbank Eurodollar broker at Euro Brokers Harlow and worked in the bond department at Bankers Trust Company.

Tim then joined Nelson Capital Corporation, a Nashville based merchant banking firm, and partnered with Edward G. Nelson, former Chairman and CEO of Commerce Union Bank.  Ed was Honorary Consul General to Japan for the State of Tennessee, and Tim was fortunate to spend time in Japan while in an advisory capacity to the Industrial Bank of Japan with Mr. Nelson.  In 1995, he purchased an adhesive tape distribution company and travelled to the Far East where he sourced material from China and Taiwan.  His company fabricated parts for the automotive and appliance industries, and Tim sold the business in 2008.  He transitioned to healthcare where he managed surgery centers for four years and later operated the company’s pain management subsidiary before moving back into financial services.  He became Nashville City President for FirstBank in 2016 just prior to its becoming a publicly traded company, and he now serves as Regional Director of Private Banking for FirstBank.

Tim has been married for over forty years and has three married children (and two grandchildren with one on the way) who live in Seattle, Los Angeles and Nashville.

Charles Richard (Dick) Bowers served as the US Ambassador to Bolivia from 1991 through 1994. During that time, the American Embassy in Bolivia’s capital, La Paz, was the largest and most complex U.S. embassy in South America. Ambassador Bowers grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, attended the University of California, Berkeley. He entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1967. From 1961 to 1964 he served in the U.S. Army as a Russian linguist in West Berlin at the height of the Cold War. As a career member of the U.S. diplomatic corps, Ambassador Bowers served in the U.S. Embassies in Panama, Poland, Singapore, Germany and Bolivia. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1995. Amb Bowers has been a Board Member of the Tennessee World Affairs Council since 2012.

Patrick Ryan is a native of New York City. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and volunteered for submarine duty. He served aboard nuclear fast attack and ballistic missile boats during the Cold War, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In 1982 he was commissioned and served aboard a cruiser in the Western Pacific before becoming a Navy Intelligence Officer. Ryan served aboard the carrier Constellation in the Pacific, the Joint Staff Intelligence Directorate in the Pentagon, the Center for Naval Analysis, and the Intelligence Directorate of U.S. Central Command. Ryan retired from the Navy in 1998 and worked as a consultant on Intelligence Community projects and as the VP/COO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Ryan ran a newsletter publishing business on international affairs from 1999-2016. He founded the Tennessee World Affairs Council in 2007.

Breck Walker received his PhD in Diplomatic History from Vanderbilt in 2007. His dissertation was on the foreign policy of the Carter administration. He taught at Sewanee, the University of the South, 2007-2012, and on the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea Program in Spring 2013 and Fall 2015. He worked as a historian in the Historical Office of the Office of Secretary of Defense 2013-2016, researching and writing a book on early Pentagon cyber policy. Prior to becoming a history professor, Breck worked for twenty years as an investment banker, the last ten as co-head of the Corporate Finance Group at J.C. Bradford & Co in Nashville. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University. Breck serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.


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November 11, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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