Rear Admiral Terence E. McKnight was the speaker for the 2013-2014 Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series on October 15, 2013.

Piracy is on the rise and fast becoming a serious global security issue, with an estimated worldwide economic impact of piracy estimated at $13 billion a year. In 2011 pirates took 1,000 seafarers into captivity. What are the measures that the U.S. government must take to curb the flow of U.S. dollars for ransom payment and protect the free flow of commerce throughout the world?

In 2009, Rear Adm. Terry McKnight took command of CTF 151, the multinational task force on patrol in the Gulf of Aden. As task force commander, he directed operations that disrupted several hijackings and resulted in the capture of numerous Somali pirates. A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, and the U.S. Army War College, his personal decorations include the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. He is the author of Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia.


Each year, UCCD presents the Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series featuring distinguished speakers who are leading authorities in their field. The Lecture Series is designed to inform our citizens about key foreign policy issues and to create a globally savvy community. Our speakers come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds and are nationally recognized authors, academics and foreign affairs experts. All lectures are free and open to the public.


The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting global understanding and respect between the people of Utah and other nations. Since 1967, UCCD has been Utah’s leader in international professional and cultural exchange, and works as a private sector partner with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Each year, UCCD welcomes nearly 500 emerging leaders from around the world to Utah for short-term professional and cultural exchanges. UCCD is a member of Global Ties U.S. and the Utah chapter of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). More information is available at

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