A New Path Forward for U.S. Global Leadership in the 21st Century

Message to America: A United States Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) Town Hall with Secretary Robert M. Gates

Wednesday, July 15
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Robert M. Gates

As Secretary Bob Gates launches his new book – Exercise of Power – we invite you to join a conversation with the USGLC community and the former Secretary of Defense.

  • The interactive online town hall will dive in the Secretary’s new book and his views on how to lead America forward, including the importance of our civilian tools of global engagement.
  • RSVP is required for the Zoom event link and there will be time for audience Q&A with the Secretary, a member of USGLC’s National Advisory Council.
  • Signed and discounted copies of the book will be available for purchase for registered participants prior to the event.

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Climate Change in the Post-Pandemic World

Theresa Sabonis-HelfGrab your favorite beverage and join us for a live Happy Hour Webinar to discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on global oil trade and climate change!  The environment has been a (short term) beneficiary of COVID-19. From altering supply chains, to collapsing oil prices, to mixing virtual and physical presence in the workplace, this discussion will examine the potential environmental impacts of how Americans are rethinking trade, work, and travel in the post-pandemic world.

Dr. Theresa Sabonis-Helf is the Inaugural Chair of the Science, Technology and International Affairs concentration in the Master’s Degree program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Prior to joining Georgetown, she was a Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington DC.  She has lived and worked in seven countries of the Former USSR, has assisted two nations with the development of their first National Security Strategies, and has co-edited two volumes on Central Asia’s political and economic transition.  She has also published and lectured extensively on energy security, climate change policies, post-Soviet energy and environmental issues, regional water politics, regional trade and transit, and the politics of electricity.  She is a frequent advisor to the US Department of State and USAID and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

This FREE Live Webinar Event will be taking place on
Thu, July 9, 2020 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

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US – China: Dimensions of a Complicated Relationship

An Evening with Dr. Cynthia Watson
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m. EST

Please Join an FPLC Meeting Event with Cynthia Watson, Ph.D. – Dean of Faculty & Academic Programs at The National War College, The National Defense University

The U.S. and China form what has been called “the determinant relationship of the 21st century.” In this time of upheaval, where is that relationship headed? Are there areas of agreement on issues that affect our country and the world—the economy, trade, and our shared climate? Or are we entering a new Cold War? FPLC is pleased to welcome back Cynthia Watson from the National War College to give us her views on this crucial topic.

Cynthia Watson has served on the faculty of the National War College since she arrived in l992. She accepted the position of Dean of Faculty & Academic Programs in 2014. The mission of the National War College is to educate future leaders of the Armed Forces, Department of State and other civilian agencies for high-level policy command and staff responsibilities by conducting a senior-level course of study in national strategy. When she last spoke to FPLC in 2017, she was focused on military education as an instrument of statecraft as well as China’s modernizing and how that affects its security relations. She has worked on China in Latin America for the past fifteen years. Her most recent manuscript was Asia First: Reflecting or Refracting Strategy? It is an assessment of the use of strategy to achieve the rebalance to Asia and the future of the United States around the world.

She grew up in Thailand and Colombia, earned her M.A. in Economic History/Latin American Studies from the London School of Economics and has a PhD in Government & International Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Her Alma Mater, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, honored her as Alumna of the Year in 2011. She has published nine books on various security issues, including Combatant Commands: Origins, Structure and Engagements (2011), Stability, Security, Reconstruction and Transition Operations (2012), and Military Education (2007).

She was Assistant Dean for Social Sciences at Loyola University of Chicago where she also taught Political Science. Dr. Watson worked for the House Subcommittee on Government Information and Individual Rights as well as the U.S. General Accounting Office. Among other posts she is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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How to start, build and run a social enterprise that changes the world

An evening with Rupert Scofield
Co-Founder and CEO of FINCA INT’L

Schiff Conference Center/Cintas – Xavier University

Thursday, February 27
5:30 reception/6:15 dinner/7:00 talk/discussion

Mr. Rupert Scofield co-founded FINCA International — the founder and majority owner of a global network of 20 microfinance institutions and banks on five continents — in 1984 and has served as President/CEO since 1994.

Rupert leads FINCA International on the next leg of its journey: supporting the rise of social enterprises delivering basic service and financial innovation. An expert on microfinance, social enterprise and impact investing, Rupert is an author, podcast presenter and frequent speaker, offering insights and guidance on market-based solutions to global poverty.

Rupert Scofield co-founded microfinance pioneer FINCA International (“FINCA”). As FINCA scaled around the world, so too did microfinance. Rupert learned what it took to start, build and run one of the original social enterprises and learned an invaluable lesson: to alleviate poverty takes a network of social enterprises that improve lives worldwide. Rupert will share why social enterprises are needed now more than ever to address the world’s pressing development challenges. He’ll ground this in firsthand experience of not only building and running a global social enterprise, but also becoming an investor in early-stage social enterprises through FINCA Ventures. Rupert will address the network effect of social enterprises and how social enterprise initiatives grew out of his recognition that access to basic services requires financial inclusion and that both are essential to poverty alleviation.

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