Why is America relinquishing its leadership role in the world?

Thursday, February 14, 2019 3:10 PM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Orlando "Moses" Acosta
Orlando "Moses" Acosta is a retired career U.S. Air Force officer with 13 years serving at 4-star command headquarters: U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida, and the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. As a combat officer, he commanded E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and ground radar station missions supporting multi-national humanitarian assistance, surveillance, and combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, South America, and the U.S. Moses later became the chief advisor to CENTCOM commanders on missile defense strategy, plans, policy, operations, exercises, foreign military sales and international engagement. Collaborating with the Joint Staff, other military Commands, U.S. Embassy staffs, and host nation militaries, Moses helped establish the U.S. missile defense forces and their supporting bi-lateral relationships that exist today in the Arabian Gulf region. Moses spent his last year of active duty first as aide de camp to Commander ISAF, Gen John Allen, helping manage his multi-national headquarters in Kabul; then as a military advisor helping State and USAID foreign service officers work with U.S. and ISAF militaries in transitioning security leadership to the Government of Afghanistan. He thereafter retired and worked at CENTCOM supporting the Commander with strategic plans, information operations, and passive defense initiatives. Moses is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in General Science, and earned an MBA from Touro University in 2005; was a Foreign Service candidate, political track, from 2014 to 2015; and is a member of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Leadership St Pete Class of 2015. Moses is currently the founder of UMD International, helping clients protect critical information and operations from commercial and military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
Dennis Jett
Dennis Jett is a founding faculty member and professor of international affairs of the School of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University. A former career diplomat, he served 28 years in the State Department in a wide range of positions including as Ambassador to Peru, Ambassador to Mozambique, on the National Security Council, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Malawi and Liberia, and in Argentina and Israel. From 2000 to 2008, he was Dean of the International Center, Director of the Transnational and Global Studies Center and on the faculty of the Political Science Department at the University of Florida. He has a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The author of two books, Why Peacekeeping Fails and Why American Foreign Policy Fails, he has been interviewed on the Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, NPR, BBC and other national and international news programs. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy, he was written over 120 opinion pieces for major newspapers, the more recent of which can be found on his blog on the Huffington Post.
Bruce Mabley
Bruce Mabley is a retired Canadian diplomat having served abroad in Paris, Islamabad, Cairo, Amman and Ankara. Dr. Mabley has also taught Philosophy and Political Science at Laval, McGill, Carleton and Concordia universities. He holds a Doctorat in Philosophy (thesis: La pensée politique d'Albert Camus) from Université Laval in Québec City. In 2003, he was accepted in the Faculty of Law to perform post-doctoral work in Islamic Law and Politics until 2006. During a hiatus in his diplomatic career from 1991-2006, Dr. Mabley was first appointed as Director of International Affairs at Concordia University. He then launched a private sector educational consulting and services company called EDUC-INTER and secured World Bank funding for offices in Mexico City and Panama. His company organized internships abroad for Canadian students under the auspices of Foreign Affairs Canada. EDUC-INTER was also responsible for implementing the National Graduate Registry in Central American universities. This project was designed to streamline human resources practices, stimulate youth employment and increase competitiveness. In early 2000, Dr. Mabley was decorated by the French government with the Chevalier des Palmes académiques for his academic cooperation work in bringing together French, Quebec and Canadian universities. Since his retirement from the Foreign Service in October 2015, Dr. Mabley has written extensively for newspapers, web sites, think tanks and magazines on international affairs topics such as the Syrian conflict, Turkish politics and foreign policy, Canadian foreign service reform, NAFTA Renegotiation, Canadian foreign policy and a variety of other international issues.
Donald Morrison
In a long career at TIME magazine, he served as editor of its World section in New York, its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. He has taught at New York University's London Center, Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Institut d'etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Mr. Morrison is the author, co-author or editor of books on subjects as diverse as Chinese democracy, the Obama presidency and photojournalism. His The Death of French Culture, a 2009 French best-seller, was published in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2010. He is currently Europe Editor of the London-based magazine PORT, as well as a columnist and advisory board member at The Berkshire Eagle. His weekly podcast commentary is featured on NPR's Robin Hood Radio, Podcasts.com and other news outlets. He has written for The New York Times, The Financial Times, Le Monde, Le Point, The New Republic, Smithsonian and Quartz. Mr. Morrison holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics. He is married to Ann Morrison, former Executive Editor of Fortune magazine and Editor of Asiaweek.