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The annual Presidents Forum, held in the fall, brings together national knows speakers for a panel discussion on current topics of interest. Past panelist include President William Jefferson Clinton, Secretary of States Madeline Albright and Henry Kissinger, National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, journalists Paul Krugman and Paul Gigot, and former White House Press Secretaries Ari Fleischer and Joe Lockhart. The funds raised support the Foundation’s Scholarship and Program Fund.


Westchester Community College Foundation’s

Annual President’s Forum

Global Chaos–Challenging American Security


Sunday Afternoon November 23, 2014
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Reception 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Westchester Community College, Hankin Academic Arts Building
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, New York

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For the past couple of decades the world has been defined by an ever-increasing chorus of chaos and turmoil.  Choose any part of the world and you will find an assault on international order that threatens to create a perpetual military response.  What was once limited to well-defined state sponsored aggression has now evolved to nebulous organizations which seem to be created on a daily basis.  Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and Hamas top the list of more than 60 designated terrorist organizations tracked by the US government.  While not limited to the Middle East, it is the area of the world that currently has captured the world’s attention because of the emergence of the latest threat – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS.

Our panelists have been on the front lines of all that is today’s Global Chaos. Their perspectives on the ongoing conflict define the debate raging in capitals across the world.  The United States has taken a leadership role in bringing the world community together but are we doing enough?

AMBASSADOR RICHARD MURPHY- Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Syria and Philippines. Was posted in Beirut, Lebanon, Aleppo, Syria, Jedda Saudi Arabia and Amman, Jordan.  He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near East and South Asian Affairs.  An expert on Syria’s foreign policy that most concerns the United States. He is three time recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award.

TRUDY RUBIN- The foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer who travels abroad frequently to South Asia and the Middle East. Her “Worldview” column appears twice weekly in the Inquirer and runs regularly in many other U.S. newspapers. She has special expertise on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, the Israeli-Palestani issue, international terrorism and U.S. foreign policy. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary, she is winner of the Edward Weintal Prize for international reporting.

MARGARET WARNER- Chief Foreign Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. She is also the lead correspondent for the NewsHour’s Overseas Reporting Unit, which has taken her over the past two years to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, China, Kenya and Iran. Winner of the Emmy Award for her coverage of the turmoil in Pakistan.

PAUL B. STARES- The General John W. Vessey senior fellow for conflict prevention and director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. Besides overseeing the center’s series of Contingency Planning Memoranda and Council Special Reports on potential sources of instability and conflict, he is currently writing a book on how the United States can make preventive action the centerpiece of a new security strategy for the 21st century.

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The Westchester Community College Foundation was established to meet College and student needs that are not met by public funds. As part of its mission, the Foundation works to develop support from individuals, local businesses, corporations, and foundations to provide scholarships for incoming, continuing, and graduating students. Your support of President’s Forum helps the Foundation fulfill its mission to the College and its students.

The program will be held in the recently renovated Academic Arts Theater. The theater is now equipped with a T-Coil Hearing Loop System made possible by the generosity of the late Dr. Kathryn W. Davis.

If you have questions, please contact Heather Shank in the Foundation Office at 914-606-6558.