Political-Military Dimensions of the Korea Crisis | Sep 27

The Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont University Center for International Business


Global Dialogue

A Community Conversation

September 27, 2017

“Hard Case: Political-Military Dimensions of the Korea Crisis”

with Patrick W. Ryan, U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer (Retired)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Venue: Belmont University | MC 413 | Massey Business Center (#6 on map – link; parking garage P1 on map)

Free and Open to the Public
Convocation Credit for Belmont Students


Hard Case: Political-Military Components of the Korea Crisis
with LCDR Patrick Ryan, USN (Ret)
North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons capable of fitting on an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the United States homeland has ended what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called “strategic patience.” Washington is now searching for actions to take to forestall Pyongyang from having a credible capability of striking America. President Trump put the crisis in perspective when he threatened North Korea that America was “locked and loaded” and prepared to visit “fire and fury” on the DPRK.
Join career U.S. Navy intelligence officer Patrick Ryan for our September Global Dialogue session to discuss the military-political dimension of this national security crisis. Lieutenant Commander Ryan’s 26-year career included tours of duty as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific, patrolling the waters around the Korean Peninsula as a surface warfare officer based in Japan and on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in the National Military Intelligence Center and as Senior Intelligence Officer at the Center for Naval Analyses.

Patrick W. Ryan
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Founding President of the Tennessee World Affairs Council

Patrick Ryan is the volunteer President and founder of the Tennessee World Affairs Council. In 2007 Mr. Ryan organized a group of concerned citizens to launch Tennessee’s first World Affairs Council, to bring global awareness education programs and resources to communities and schools in the state. At age 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served a 26-year career, assigned first in the Persian Gulf in 1973 followed by assignments in the Submarine Service where he attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Mr. Ryan received a BA degree at the University of South Carolina, in 1981, majoring in International Studies followed by commissioning in the Navy as an Ensign. Mr. Ryan served aboard numerous ships, headquarters staffs and overseas assignments before retiring in 1998 as a Lieutenant Commander. Among his assignments were the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, the Center for Naval Analyses, and US Central Command headquarters. He has lived and worked in Bahrain, Italy and Japan and has traveled to about 50 countries for work and leisure. He currently is abroad for an extended stay in York, England but will be in Nashville for this Global Dialogue and other World Affairs Council events.  [Additional Details]

About the World Affairs Council’s Global Dialogue program.

Welcome to Global Dialogue — a program of the Tennessee World Affairs Council that offers a casual but structured discussion session for people to share their perspectives on current issues in global developments. Learn about these informative sessions and check the calendar (below) with links to individual discussion group details and registration information.


Why: Global Dialogue is a community discussion program organized by the Tennessee World Affairs Council. The purpose is to bring people together to learn more about the pressing international issues of the day, to exchange insights and perspectives and to achieve an understanding about the challenges facing America in the world.

How: Global Dialogue sessions are informal, salon-like gatherings held in areas convenient to the participants — downtown coffee shops, library meeting rooms, classrooms at colleges and schools. Participants review materials assembled on the www.TNWAC.org web site in advance of the session to be prepared to engage in conversation with their neighbors and colleagues. Sessions are facilitated by a group leader, and may include a specialist to provide background and context, but the Global Dialogue sessions will ensure everyone gets to share their views of the issues.

Register for the sessions on the topic page — links on the World Affairs Council calendar.


When: Global Dialogue sessions will meet about once a month at a regular date/time/venue. Participants can go to as many different meetings in the same month as they choose. We anticipate having a monthly session on the Belmont University campus. Additional Global Dialogue sessions will be scheduled depending on demand.

Where: Global Dialogue session venues currently include the Belmont University campus. They have included coffee shops and libraries in downtown Nashville and the Green Hills area. Additional locations may be added in coming months depending on demand. Check back for details.

Who: Global Dialogue sessions are designed for the community to get together and share their perspective on important global issues. They are not limited to specialists or people with international affairs backgrounds. The Tennessee World Affairs Councils encourages local groups to get together, with or without Council coordination, under the rubric of Global Dialogue sessions, wherever is most convenient. Contact the council at programs@tnwac.org for materials and tips. Participants in council organized Global Dialogue sessions will be encouraged to become members of the Tennessee World Affairs Council after attending their initial event.

What: Here is the calendar for upcoming Global Dialogue sessions including links to the program materials for each topic. Check back up through the evening of the session for updates.

To be updated on schedule changes make sure you’re on our email list: LINK TO SUBSCRIBE

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  — 

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