Columbus Council on World Affairs

U.S. national security priorities were expanded after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to include waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, tightening border security, pursuing cyberthreats, halting nuclear proliferation and attempting to snuff out homegrown terrorism. How has the U.S. national security agenda evolved since 9/11? In what ways will this agenda shape the American way of life in the future? On December 13, 2011, Council members and patrons joined us as we explored the answer to this and other questions with Dr. Sean Kay.

Dr. Kay is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University specializing in international politics, international security, international organizations, and U.S. foreign and defense policy. He is also the Chair of the International Studies Program and holds the Libuse L. Reed Endowed Professorship. Kay is a Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C. specializing in international security. Kay has held positions at Dartmouth College, Rhodes College, the Institute for National Strategic Studies, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, to name a few. In the U.S. Department of Defense, he worked on policy and analysis dealing with NATO enlargement, the Balkans, NATO’s internal transformation and U.S.-Russia relations. He received his Ph.D., dissertation with honors, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Among his many publications are included Global Security in the 21st Century, NATO and the Future of European Security; and numerous book chapters, peer-review journals and articles for publications such as The Wall Street Journal Europe, The International Herald Tribune and The Washington Times. He has been interviewed by major media outlets including The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Reuters and CNN. Kay is featured in Who’s Who In America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and in 2005 was awarded the Bishop Francis Kearns award for outstanding teaching at Ohio Wesleyan and was the first recipient of the Libuse L. Reed Endowed Professorship.

This forum corresponded to topic #2 in the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program; and to one of the Six Top National Security Issues facing the United States in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, which were selected by our national council network leadership.

Special thanks to our host for all Evening Lectures: Franklin University

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The world is here in Columbus, Ohio and the success of this community depends on our ability to adapt to the changing world. Through its many community and youth education programs, the Columbus Council on World Affairs provides the critical tools for you to understand and thrive within this change.

The Columbus Council on World Affairs is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1975 by twelve forward-thinking individuals representing a cross-section of our community: business, academic, and civic.

The Council educates Central Ohio about the people and events that shape our world. We do this because we believe that a) as our world shrinks, the necessity to understand it grows, b) “world affairs” happens not only overseas, but also here in our own neighborhoods and workplaces, and c) civic engagement in international affairs is a critical factor to building an informed global citizenry.

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