SECWAC Hosts Talk May 10 in Old Lyme

Jonathan Stevenson, International Institute for Strategic Studies, will speak on “Order and Chaos in the Middle East; America and the Legacy of the 1916 Sykes Picot-Agreement”
May 10th 2016 at the Old Lyme Middle School, Old Lyme 
Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. 
Jonathan Stevenson is a Senior Fellow for U.S. Defense at the UK-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and is editor of its Strategic Comments journal.  From 2005-2016 he was a Professor of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI.  He also served as National Security Council Director for Political-Military Affairs (Middle East and North Africa) at the White House from 2011 to 2013.  Prior to joining the Naval War College, he was a Senior Fellow for Counter-Terrorism, and Editor of Strategic Survey, at IISS.  He has published several books and monographs, and numerous policy articles on terrorism, political Islam, and Middle East and African security in journals such asForeign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and Survival.  Recently, he coauthored an article in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Foreign Affairs with Steven Simon entitled “The End of Pax Americana: Why Washington’s Middle East Pullback Makes Sense”.  During the 1990s he covered Sub-Sahara Africa and Northern Ireland for The Economist, Newsweek, The New Republic, and other publications.  Before turning to international affairs, Mr Stevenson practiced law in New York.  He has a B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Dinner:  A dinner follows immediately after the presentation for Members and Guests at the Old Lyme Country Club, McCurdy Road, Old Lyme. Because seating is limited, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED - please call 860-912-5718 or email to make your reservation. A vegetarian option is available but it must be reserved in advance. All reservations or cancelations must be received 24 hours prior to the program.  
Bring your check payable to SECWAC or for the total number of your reservations at $35 each. Credit card payments can also be made at check-in   Courtney Assad will collect your money when you arrive to get your name tag.  At the same time, you will be given dinner tickets for each reservation to be collected by the server as confirmation of your payment.   
Guests: SECWAC is a membership organization. Guests are welcome; please call 860-912-5718 or email to reserve a guest pass.
Upcoming Program: Patrick J. Sloyan, will speak on “The Politics of Deception” at the Old Lyme Country Club on June 21, 2016.