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Dearth of Water, Death of Nations
Brigadier General (Ret) Joseph L. Shaefer
The Ramada, 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015
We’ve all heard “water is essential to all life” for so long that it has begun to lose its power. It should not be taken for granted, however — water is life.
In this discussion we’ll cover some of the follies and stupidities in water use; refresh our knowledge of how nature provides fresh potable water and how man has tried to shorten, or short-circuit, the process via desalination and other means; and delve into a few water conservation myths and realities. We will also determine, geopolitically, which nations have the water and which don’t, as well as who can afford to make or import it and those who can’t.
Finally, we’ll discuss the geopolitical and national security implications of water, including looking at the major conflicts today over access to water (think dams and river diversions in Africa and Asia). Much killing and dying has occurred over the centuries for gold or oil or worldly power. Imagine what might take place over man’s most essential basic substance to sustain life.
Achieving World Food Security
Why We Continue to Fail
And What It Means for Our National Security
Avram “Buzz” Guroff
Former Senior Executive, the US Department of Agriculture
The Ramada, 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2015
In a world of some 7.3 billion people, over 842 million do not have enough to eat, with the vast majority living in developing countries. Poor nutrition causes nearly half the deaths of children under five—3.1 million each year! One of every 6 children is underweight; one in 4 of the world’s children is stunted.
In countries facing the worst food conditions, most are prone to civil disorder, large displaced populations, widespread poverty, and may also suffer more from natural disasters. Given that the global population is projected to reach 9.1 billion by 2050, with nearly all of the population increase occurring in developing countries, food production will need to increase by 50%! Is there enough land, water and genetic diversity to meet the need? Is the political will there to deal with the challenge?
Dropping the Atomic Bombs:
Seventy Years of Historic Controversy
Professor Neal Ferguson
The Ramada, 9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 13, 2015
World War II in the Pacific ended with the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945, weeks after the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (Aug 6) and Nagasaki (Aug 9). But the Emperor and the Japanese leadership resisted surrendering; instead, preparing to defeat an anticipated allied invasion of the islands. But the lack of oil, a tired and defeated military, and perhaps most importantly, the prospect of Soviet forces taking the islands, persuaded Emperor Hirohito and the cabinet to accept the terms of surrender.
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