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Bob Woodward and foreign policy experts headline speaker series


Submitted by Wayne Ezell on May 17, 2013 – 8:19am From the editorial page


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An array of premier speakers, including journalist and author Bob Woodward, several foreign policy experts and a noted scientist. are scheduled for lectures by the Jacksonville World Affairs Council in the coming year.

Political scientist Peter W. Singer, best selling author of “Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century,” will kick off the series on Sept. 17. His book  shows how science fiction has started to play a role on the battlefield with increasing use of robotics.

Ambassador Dennis Ross, who helped shape Middle East policy under four presidents and is a foreign affairs analyst for Fox News, will speak Oct. 29.

Theoretical physicist and best-selling author Dr. Michio Kaku, the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), will speak on Nov. 12. His book,”Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100,” offers a stunning and provocative vision of the future, according to a World Affairs Council release.

Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and associate editor of The Washington Post, will discuss “Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics” on Jan. 21.

Michael Levi, senior fellow for energy and environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, will talk about “The Politics of Energy” on Feb.11.

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, will discuss China’s transition to democracy and evolution as an economic power in a lecture titled “Postcards from Tomorrow Square: China’s Bumpy Transition to Democracy” on March 11.

Peter Bergen, director of the National Security Studies Program, New American Foundation, and CNN’s national security analyst, will lecture on  “The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama and Ordinary Muslims are Remaking the Middle East” on April 8.

The lectures, which are free for attendees who reserve seats in advance, are held at the University of North Florida’s student center.

For more information, visit www.worldaffairscounciljax.org or call (904) 280-8162.