SECWAC Announces Speaker Change to Sept. 20, 2016 Event

Charles G Cogan, PhD, will speak on
“Saudi Arabia in the Throes of Dramatic Change” 
on September 20th, 2016 at Old Lyme Middle School, 53 Lyme St., Old Lyme.
Reception begins at 5:15 p.m.; a short annual meeting will be held at 5:45 pm, prior to the 6:00 PM start of the presentation. 
Dr. Charles G. Cogan is an Associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. A graduate of Harvard, he has been a journalist, a military officer, and has spent thirty-seven years in the Central Intelligence Agency, 23 of them on assignments overseas.  From August 1979-August 1984 he was chief of the Near East South Asia Division in the Directorate of Operations. From September 1984-September 1989 he was CIA Chief in Paris. After leaving the CIA, in 1992 he earned a doctorate in public administration at Harvard.

He lectures and writes in English and French.  His fifth book, French Negotiating Behavior: Dealing with “La Grande Nation” (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2003), was published as part of USIP’s “Cross-Cultural Negotiations Project.” A French-language version, with an update, is entitled, Diplomatie à la française (Éditions Jacob-Duvernet, 2005), in recognition of which he was awarded the Prix Ernest Lémonon of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of the Institute de France. In 2007, he was made an officer in the Légion d’Honneur.

His most recent book, La République de Dieu (Éditions Jacob-Duvernet, 2008), is a collection of essays on the idea of God; on evangelism (“La République de Dieu”); on Islamic fundamentalism (“L’Islam médiéval”); followed by chapters analyzing a number of conflicts between the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world. He is currently in the process of adapting this book into a memoir, in English.

Dr. Cogan is married to the former Susan Yoder. They have three children:  Lissa Parker, Abbie Perkins, and Geoffrey Cogan.
Dinner:  A dinner follows immediately after the presentation for a number of Members and Guests at the Old Lyme Country Club (40 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme). To attend the dinner, a reservation is required - please call 860-912-5718 or email to make your reservation. A vegetarian option is available but it must be reserved in advance.

The cost is $35 per person; checks payable to SECWAC (or credit card payment) are accepted before the meeting by Courtney Assad, at which time you will receive a dinner ticket. All reservations or cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the program.  
Guests: SECWAC is a membership organization. Guests are welcome; please call 860-912-5718 or email to reserve a guest pass.
Upcoming Program: David and Janet Carle, authors and water resources experts, will speak on "A Global View of Water Resources"  at Blaustein Hall, Connecticut College on October 18th, 2016.