Before he served as the featured speaker at the 2013 Dayton Council on World Affiars (DCOWA) Annual Meeting and Program, national security expert and author William Hartung stopped by CJ to discuss current world affairs with freshman social studies students.
After hearing a preview of Hartung’s Jan. 28 DCOWA address, first-year students studying the Middle East and the Arab Spring in period 5 Honors World Cultures with teacher Tony Ricciuto were invited to ask questions and share their own opinions. Topics ranged from homeland issues to military strategies abroad, and included discussion on:
- the effects of the debt crisis and the “fiscal cliff” on the Pentagon’s defense budget, and vice versa.
- the outcomes (both locally in the Miami Valley and nationally) of reducing Pentagon and defense spending.
- the changing landscape of warfare and the role of the armed forces.
- the importance of diplomacy in facing nuclear threats.
- the amount of military aid provided to countries in the Middle East, namely Egypt and Israel.
Conversation was facilitated by newly elected DCOWA president and Montgomery County treasurer Carolyn Rice, who accompanied Hartung on his visit to CJ. The national security expert currently serves as director of the Arms & Security Project for the Center for International Policy.
According to its Web site www.ciponline.org, the Center is a non-profit research and advocacy “think tank” based in Washington, D.C. The group calls for transparency and accountability in US public foreign policy and promotes international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for human rights. It was founded in 1975 in response to the Vietnam War.