The World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts six speaking events each year, three in each the spring and fall.  During those seasons, come to this page to find information about each upcoming speaker, and the date and time of the event.

Seven Deadly Threats to the United States and What to do About Them

May 16, 2018 at 5:15 PM 
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The Citadel Alumni Center
69 Hagood Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403


Our speaker for the last meeting of the season will be Col. (Retd.) Joseph J. Collins  whose topic  will be "Seven Deadly Threats to the United States and what we can do about them". 

Those threats include challenges from great powers like China and Russia, from rogue powers like Iran and North Korea , from terrorist groups of various stripes. The last threat comes from within the United States and may be the most serious of all. 

An active duty Army officer for 28 years, senior Pentagon official, distinguished scholar and author of books focusing on national security issues, Col. Collins is eminently qualified to discuss looming threats that lurk just behind the front page.   

Until very recently, he was Director of the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University (NDU) . He is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations, the Pentagon's senior civilian official for peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, and stabilization and reconstruction operations. His team led the stability operation effort in Afghanistan. Col. Collins served in infantry and armored units in the U.S., South Korea and Germany, in the office of the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as a faculty member at West Point and at NDU. He holds a Ph.D from Columbia University where he has taught, and is currently at Georgetown University.   

He is a former contributing editor of the Armed Forces Journal and author of books on the war in Afghanistan and on lessons to be learned from our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a former senior fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and a current member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  

Coming to Charleston, Col. Collins will have just returned from Afghanistan, ready to offer fresh insights.


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