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Deciphering the Russia-Ukraine Conundrum: Insights from Matthew Rojansky’s Visit

As the world spins madly on, what remains at the center of the world's attention is the Russia-Ukraine war. While the war has carried on for over two years now, the implications of the conflict carries significant weight across the globe. For Americans, awareness has been heightened as the U.S. government weighs its commitment to Ukraine while balancing other fiscal and political responsibilities. Further, Tucker Carlson's visit to Russia and interview of President Vladimir Putin generated considerable buzz, particularly during an election year that could drastically shape diplomatic relations between the U.S., Russia, and Ukriane. As a result,

By |March 11th, 2024|Categories: General, News, Speaker Series|Tags: |Comments Off on Deciphering the Russia-Ukraine Conundrum: Insights from Matthew Rojansky’s Visit

Chilling Diplomacy: Recapping Robert Daly’s Analysis of the New Cold War Between the U.S. and China

While the weather in Florida slowly warms, Robert Daly's lecture on February 13 reminded the gathered audience that we are still enduring the effects of winter. Not necessarily meteorologically speaking, but certainly diplomatically. During Daly's two day visit to Jacksonville, attendees were given a unique look at the tense relationship between the United States and China. When asked near the end of his lecture on Tuesday evening what a career path might look like for a young American studying China, he simply said he would label them "a cold warrior." Mr. Daly was referring to his oft repeated line

By |February 15th, 2024|Categories: General, Speaker Series|Comments Off on Chilling Diplomacy: Recapping Robert Daly’s Analysis of the New Cold War Between the U.S. and China

Clarity Amidst Conflict: A Recap of Ambassador Michael Oren’s Visit

When Ambassador Michael Oren agreed to speak in Jacksonville, little did anyone know the backdrop of his visit would coincide with the current war between Israel and Hamas. The timing of his presentation, therefore, could not have been more palpable. During Tuesday's Global Issues Evening lecture, Ambassador Oren presented on the topic of "Israel and the Middle East: Navigating Complexities." Oren offered a unique perspective on the current conflict between Israel and Hamas and what the future might hold for both Israel and Gaza. Amb. Oren focused his comments on the Israel-Hamas warfare currently playing out around Israel’s

By |November 15th, 2023|Categories: General, Speaker Series|Tags: |Comments Off on Clarity Amidst Conflict: A Recap of Ambassador Michael Oren’s Visit

Unlocking Genius: A Recap of Walter Isaacson’s Captivating Lecture

Are the demons that drive Elon Musk also what it takes to drive innovation and progress? This question was posed prior to Walter Isaacson's lecture at the University of North Florida on October 23. Following Mr. Isaacson's visit, it is safe to say the answer is complicated. Isaacson's visit to Jacksonville came on the heels of the release of his latest biography, Elon Musk.  Mr. Isaacson, who has written biographies of Leonardo Da Vinci, Jennifer Doudna, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs, paints a fascinating portrait of Elon Musk’s complex personality and achievements, calling him at times both

By |October 25th, 2023|Categories: General, Speaker Series|Tags: |Comments Off on Unlocking Genius: A Recap of Walter Isaacson’s Captivating Lecture

The U.S.-Saudi Relationship… It’s Complicated

Complicated relationships have demanded our attention since the advent of media. Beauty and the Beast, Romeo and Juliet, Ross and Rachel on Friends. But none may be as complicated as the U.S.-Saudi relationship. If a relationship counselor were to sit down with the Saudi Arabia and the United States, there would likely be the usual run of difficulties: communication issues, a breakdown of trust, an inherent distance. Luckily for the World Affairs Council, Atlantic Staff Writer Graeme Wood understands the complicated U.S.-Saudi relationship in detail—and he made clear that the rift between the countries is anything but run

By |March 22nd, 2023|Categories: General, Speaker Series|Tags: |Comments Off on The U.S.-Saudi Relationship… It’s Complicated
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