Program | POTUS 45: Global Challenges for the Next Administration | Nov 9


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

POTUS 45: Global Challenges for the Next Administration


with Ambassador Charles R. Bowers, USFS(Ret), Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, USFS(Ret), and LtCdr Patrick W. Ryan, USN(Ret)

November 9, 2016

5:30 Check-in/Networking

6:00-7:30 pm – Program

at Belmont University
(Massey Business Center, Room 203)

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When Americans wake up on November 9th having elected a new President of the United States the euphoria of victory in a grueling campaign — party primaries and general election battles — will start to fade as the magnitude of challenges facing the new Administration will come more clearly in focus.

The challenges are enormous: troubled global strategic relationships and developments with the Russian Federation, China, the European Union and others; unresolved and complex regional conflicts and threats — civil wars and disruption across the Middle East, insurgency and instability in Afghanistan, nuclear threat in the Korean Peninsula and the Subcontinent; global terrorism networks; climate change consequences; questions over trade policies; and more.

The President-elect’s foreign policy team will start to shift from campaign mode to governing mode, sharpening their focus from the abstract to the concrete. Likewise the American public should be considering more than what might have been this or that candidate’s promises, but what the foreign affairs landscape and challenges portend for POTUS45 on the afternoon of Friday, January 20, 2017.

Join distinguished diplomats Ambassador Charles Bowers and Ambassador Ron Schlicher, and career Navy Intelligence Officer Patrick Ryan for a conversation about the world, not as we would like it to be, but how it will look when it lands in the inbox of America’s next President.

REFERENCE PAGE: Review articles and reports relevant to our Town Hall conversation on the challenges ahead for POTUS 45.

About Ambassador Charles R. Bowers, USFS(Ret)


Charles Richard (Dick) Bowers served as the United States 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 was born in Missouri, grew in the San Francisco Bay area, and studied political science, economics and international relations at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his BA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1966 and his MA degree in 1967. He then immediately entered the U. S. Foreign Service. From 1961 to 1964 he was on active duty with the U.S. Army and served 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 American Embassies in Panama, Poland, Singapore, Germany and Bolivia. During tours of duty at State Department headquarters in Washington D.C., he traveled to over 75 counties on negotiating, fact-finding and trouble-shooting missions. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1995.

Ambassador Bowers is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.


220px-Ronald_L_SchlicherAbout Ambassador Ronald Schlicher

Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, USFS (Ret) – Served as Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator of Counterterrorism and served as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus (2005-2008). Ambassador Schlicher served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), where he served as Coordinator for Iraq. During the 2003 war with Iraq, Ambassador Schlicher was Director of the Iraq Task Force. He then served for six months in Iraq with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), first as Regional Coordinator for the North and then as Director of the Office of Provincial Outreach.


patryan-londonAbout LtCdr Patrick W. Ryan

Mr. Ryan enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17 and 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. He served aboard numerous ships, headquarter 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 where he was a specialist in terrorism analysis and Middle East affairs. He has lived and worked in Bahrain, Italy and Japan and has traveled to about 50 countries. Mr. Ryan was Vice President of the National Council on US-Arab Relations in Washington and from 1999 to 2015 he was President of Ryan&Associates, an editorial consulting firm he established that developed online resources focused on international affairs. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe in the last decade.

Patrick Ryan is the volunteer President and founder of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

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