Global Tennessee Podcast – Episode 011 – The Wide World With Dick and Pat #1

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Episode 11

The Wide World With Dick and Pat #1

This episode launches a new “Global Tennessee” program in which Ambassador Dick Bowers, USFS (Ret) and LtCdr Patrick Ryan, USN (Ret), will occasionally discuss current issues in global affairs. Their experience across 50 years of service and travel in about 120 countries between them will be applied in analysis, commentary and entertaining discussion of current events, hot topics and international affairs trends.

Ambassador Charles R. Bowers, USFS (Ret)

LtCdr Patrick Ryan, USN (Ret)

Today they open their program with a review of 2018 through discussion of a top 10 list published by the Council on Foreign Relations and their personal insights and perspectives on top issues of the year. After the break they’ll look at the year ahead and talk about challenges to the United States in the world and how American decision makers are approaching the world.

Dick and Pat also mix in conversations about local international food haunts in Nashville and offer recommendations for your bookshelf.

So take a listen, write a review and send feedback directly to Dick and Pat (

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Ten Most Significant World Events in 2018 | Council on Foreign Relation…t-world-events-2018
Opinion | Why 2018 Was the Best Year in Human History! – The New York Times…verty-health.html
Can China join the big free-trade deal that Donald Trump failed to kill? | South China Morning Post…-trump-failed-kill
Secretary’s Remarks: A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East
CLIMATE We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN | Environment | The Guardian…dmark-un-report
CHINA. Remarks by Vice President Pence on the Administration’s Policy Toward China | The White House…y-toward-china/

CHINA. Pence’s China Speech Seen as Portent of ‘New Cold War’ – The New York Times…&auth=login-email
Signal: Top Risks for 2019…-count?e=9024203d9c

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