Dr. William Parker of the EastWest Institute will discuss what he sees as the five major challenges to U.S. national security at a LAWAC breakfast on Thursday, March 23rd. Parker will look at US-China relations, and also at the state of US-Russia relations, which have both seen abrupt policy reversals since the beginning of the Trump administration. He will also discuss the growing tension between Iran and the Arab world in the Middle East, the ongoing fight against ISIS, and the uncertainty over what happens to ISIS fighters after they lose their bases in Syria and northern Iraq. Finally, Parker will discuss the increasing threats of weapons of mass destruction, particularly after North Korea’s missile tests and ever more provocative statements.
Dr. William J Parker III is the Chief Operating Officer at the EastWest Institute, which focuses on conflict prevention and resolution with offices in New York, Brussels, Moscow, Istanbul, San Francisco, Dallas and Washington, D.C. Parker is a qualified military parachutist and Surface Warfare Officer with a long list of awards, including the Bronze Star, three Legions of Merit and Department of State Meritorious Honor award. During nearly three decades in uniform, he commanded three warships, and later, a squadron of warships. He also served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval Forces.
Please reserve no later than Tuesday, March 21st. Cancellations must be made two business days before the start of the event in order to receive a refund.