Tennessee WAC Global Dialogue
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America in the World: What Direction?
Same Topic – Multiple Date/Venue Options
All sessions are open to all.
October 7, 2015 – 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Belmont University (Confirmed)
Massey Business Center, Room 209B, Belmont University
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Monday, September 28, 2015 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lipscomb University (Confirmed)
Ezell Hall, Room 208
One University Park Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37204 Map Link
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Green Hills Area Public Library (Confirmed)
3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37215 Map Link
September 30, 2015 – 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Downtown Nashville – Frothy Monkey (Confirmed)
235 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219 Map Link
TOPIC UPDATE – Note!
Given the attention this month to America’s role in the world especially in view of: the coming together of world leaders in New York for the annual opening of a new session at the United Nations General Assembly, as well as the roll out of foreign policy positions among 2016 presidential candidates, we will take up the question “America in the World: What Direction?”
PREPARE FOR THE DISCUSSION – REVIEW THESE MATERIALS
KEY READS – PREPARATION – READ/LISTEN/WATCH FOUR ITEMS
1 — What Do Politicians Really Mean by “Global Leadership?” Or: What I’d like to ask all those people who want to be president. – Stephen M. Walt / FP.com [Link Here]
2 — “American Power at a Crossroads” – Editor’s Roundtable (PODCAST) – David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Robert Kagan (36m19s) – “Is it even possible to “Make America Great Again?” [Link Here]
3 — “11 Foreign Policy Questions for the GOP Candidates” – Brookings [Link Here]
4 — “National Security Strategy” of the United States – Feb 2015 – WhiteHouse.gov [Link Here]
5 — “The Newsroom ‘America is not the greatest country in the world anymore’ 2012 TV series – Character Will McAvoy from HBO’s “Newsroom” [Video Link] [8m16s]
THAT’S ALL you need to prepare for our discussion but this topic is rich in materials to review. Check below for more.
KEY QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION – THESE WILL GUIDE OUR CONVERSATION
1 – What are America’s interests in the world?
2 – Is America an “exceptional” member of the global community? An indispensable nation? What does that mean for the United States’ role in the world?
3 – What do we want the U.S. military to do, to be prepared to do? What is the threshold for using force to advance American interests?
4 – What are the consequences of the current extreme partisan political environment to forging America’s course in the world?
5 – What should the ” (Name goes here) Doctrine” look like for the whoever is sworn into office as President on January 20, 2017?
GLOBAL DIALOGUE GROUND RULES
1 – Mutual respect. We can disagree without being disagreeable.
2 – Everyone is involved. There is a facilitator to launch the conversation but the event is designed for all participants to share their views.
3 – Let’s seek fact based conversations. Let’s try to avoid partisan politics. Let’s try to apply a “reasonable person’s” assessment of the issues.
4 – “Chatham House Rule” – When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.
END OF SESSIONS BALLOT – WE’LL ANSWER THESE POLL QUESTIONS AT THE END OF OUR CONVERSATION — RESULTS WILL BE FORWARD TO ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THE MEDIA
WORK IN PROGRESS
Patrick Ryan served 26 years in the U.S. Navy and retired in 1998 as an intelligence officer having lived and worked in the Persian Gulf, Europe and East Asia. He served in the Joint Staff in the Pentagon and other major headquarters and analytical organizations. Ryan has traveled to over 50 countries in his military and business work. Since 1999 he has published newsletters and web sites on international affairs. Ryan is the founding and current president of the Tennessee World Affairs Council and a member of the board of the World Affairs Councils of America.
REFERENCE MATERIALS – MORE STUFF TO GET SMART
WORK IN PROGRESS
The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a nonprofit (501c3), nonpartisan educational charity based in Nashville that works to build understanding of global issues in our communities. Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at: www.TNWAC.org — Join / Donate / Volunteer