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Episode #24 - OCTOBER 1st, 2020

"You can't escape it and if you are not able to escape it, you ought to understand it; you ought to participate in it; you ought to try and shape it." This quote comes from Craig Snyder, outgoing President of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, when asked about why people should learn about international issues. This episode looks at the importance of global understanding to the larger society and how it works to make the world a better place. We also talk with Adjunct Professor of African (Security) Studies for the Naval War College, Richard Lobban, about the national security threats that disease poses in Africa.

Craig Snyder - After wonderful years at the World Affairs Council, I’m returning to the business world as President/CEO of Indigo Global Corporation. With offices from England to India, Indigo Global offers its clients bespoke executive in residence services to help solve their most complex problems, whether in law, government relations, strategic communications, or elsewhere. My first client projects include federal lobbying for a rapid COVID-19 diagnostic test and serving as Director of the Fight for Earth PAC, working to defeat climate change deniers in Congress. I’m also delighted to announce that I will be continuing to write, speak and teach on public affairs through new affiliations at the Annenberg School of Communications, and as a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Richard Lobban - Richard A. Lobban, Jr., is an anthropologist and early pioneer in social network modeling, archaeologist, Egyptologist, and Sudanist, foreign policy expert. He is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and African Studies at Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island since 1972; also a lecturer at the Archaeological Institute of America and the Naval War College.

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