Our speaker last week was Michael E. O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Director of Research at the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings.
Mr. O’Hanlon specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy. He gave a fascinating extemporaneous talk about NATO, Russia, Syria, and cyberspace.
A prolific author, O’Hanlon has written close to a dozen books, hundreds of op-ed articles, and many research and professional publications. He described the thesis of one of his papers, “Beyond NATO: A New Security Architecture for Eastern Europe.
O’Hanlon argues that now is the time for Western nations to negotiate a new security architecture for neutral countries in eastern Europe to stabilize the region and reduce the risks of war with Russia. He believes NATO expansion has gone far enough. The core concept of this new security architecture would be one of permanent neutrality. The countries in question collectively make a broken-up arc, from Europe’s far north to its south: Finland and Sweden; Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus; Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan; and finally Cyprus plus Serbia, as well as possibly several other Balkan states. Discussion on the new framework should begin within NATO, followed by deliberation with the neutral countries themselves, and then formal negotiations with Russia.
Thanks to Jim Manley for arranging such a fascinating talk!.
We had a great turnout for the Park Potomac Ice Cream Social last Saturday. The event featured car show and benefits Interfaith Works programs. Thanks to John Waterston for furnishing the splendid table we used for display. Expect a report on the event from the participants (shown below). Not shown: organizers Samantha Crosby and Carmela Carr (photographer).
Our speaker was our own H. Ron Siegelman, newly retired and our current President. Ron used the opportunity to update us with a classification talk and a look at today’s printing industry.
Ron got started in printing at an early age…about 4th grade! His parents gave him a toy printing press, and he was on his way. He specialized in printing advertising and business cards for many small businesses. He worked for a variety of printing companies in Montgomery County, last at Printing Images in Rockville. His clients included many of the largest companies in the area, and he had a few amazing stories to tell. He talked about the many changes in the printing business over the years, from “hot metal” to quick printing to digital imaging. Current trends in the industry are leading to smaller print runs, more specialized products, and quicker turnarounds. Since his recent retirement, Ron is planning on new adventures with Rotary.