Global Engagement News Review | May 5

Amb Dick Bowers and Pat Ryan host a weekly review of current global events with commentary and assessments on hot topics in the news. This week we welcome Dr. Marieta Velikova as a guest host.

May 5, 2020 – This week’s topics:

1 – Covid Update
2 – Covid and Its Impact on the Economy
3 – China – Strategic Friction
4 – China – Economic Implications
5 – Iran – Maximum Pressure meets Maximum Resistance

Dr. Marieta Velikova, Associate Professor of Economics, Belmont University
Dr. Marieta V. Velikova received her undergraduate degree from the People’s Friendship University of Russia. Her M.A. in Financial Economics and Ph.D. in Applied Economics were both earned at Mississippi State University, where she worked as a research assistant, academic tutor, and instructor of economics. She teaches graduate and undergraduate economics and international business courses in Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business Administration, where she has advised members of ENACTUS, and has been involved in the creation of the IB Society – an organization for students interested in international studies. Dr. Velikova has led numerous travel-study trips to Turkey, Japan, Guatemala, Cuba, London, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Her research interests include macroeconomics and monetary economics; energy and natural gas industry, however, her primary area of specialization at Belmont has been pedagogical research. [more at]

LCDR Patrick Ryan, President Tennessee World Affairs Council
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.