July 27 - 31, 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Ever listen to fast-moving world news and develop a migraine? Pandemics, civil wars, political instability, tough guy dictators, Islamist militancy, criminal and gang violence, proxy wars, nuclear threats, changing alliances, ethnic cleansing and religious violence, unresolved border disputes, smuggling and mass migration, refugee surges, failed states, global armaments and gun running, etc. We will look at key hot zones around the world that are critical enough to threaten vital U.S. interests. We will review history of the conflict, all actors and their alliances, the current state of affairs, view front-line videos, and then brainstorm best solutions to help mitigate any further conflict. This journey will take us to the Taiwan Straits, Boko Haram territory in northern Nigeria, dangers in the Sahel, MS13 barrios in El Salvador, narco states, failed and failing states (Venezuela, Yemen, Congo, and Syria), North Korea, Xinjiang, Libyan fall-out, a resurgent Russia and rising China, low-intensity rebellions, fight for finite resources, etc. Required of attendees: Have an open mind, listen, ask lots of questions, and then be ready to think outside the box as visionaries who can help suggest a peaceful end to entrenched conflicts.