About the Event
Each year, groups of all ages and backgrounds around the country, including a number in the Kansas City area, consider critical international topics using the Great Decisions materials provided by the Foreign Policy Association ». The International Relations Council and National World War I Museum and Memorial are proud to present a program that will examine one of the 2018 topics – U.S. global engagement and the military.
The global power balance is rapidly evolving, leaving the United States at a turning point with respect to its level of engagement and the role of its military. Some argue for an "America First" paradigm, with a large military to ensure security, while others call for a more assertive posture overseas. Some advocate for a restoration of American multilateral leadership and a strengthened role for diplomacy. Still others envision a restrained U.S. role, involving a more limited military. How does the military function in today’s international order, and how might it be balanced with diplomatic and foreign assistance capabilities? Our panel of experts will consider the role of the military as the United States navigates the 21st century global community.
Registration with cash bar/small plates will begin at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:30.
6:00 Registration and cash bar/small plates
6:30 Panel discussion with audience Q&A
8:00 Program closes
Admission is free to this public program, though reservations are requested to help with planning. Due to expected demand, early reservations are recommended.
About the Panelists
Dan Mahanty is director of the U.S. Program for the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC). Through research and advocacy, Dan promotes the adoption of U.S. government policies and practices that serve to protect civilians and to minimize the harm they experience in armed conflict. Prior to joining CIVIC, Dan spent 16 years at the U.S. Department of State where he created and led the Office of Security and Human Rights. In this role, he oversaw the integration of human rights in U.S. security assistance and arms sales policies, and coordinated U.S. government efforts to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers. He teaches “Human Rights and U.S. National Security” at Georgetown University, Kansas University, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Dan holds a Masters from Georgetown in U.S. National Security Policy and a Bachelors in Economics from George Mason University. He is a Colin L. Powell Fellow, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman National Security Fellow, and a non-Resident Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His writings have appeared in the National Interest, USA Today, Defense One, Just Security, and others. He is originally from Greeley, Colorado, and lives in Leawood, Kansas, with his wife Kristen, their two children, and their dog, Harper.
Colonel Juan K. Ulloa is a graduate of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies. He holds Masters Degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School in Operations Research and the School of Advanced Military Studies in Theater Operations and in Strategic Studies.
In 1990, upon graduation from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Juan Ulloa was commissioned into the Field Artillery Branch. COL Ulloa has served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Artillery, the Armored Cavalry, and the Infantry throughout the United States, Europe, Korea, and the Middle East. He is a Strategist for the United States Army, and has served in Joint and Army Plans and Future Operations positions since 2004. Career highlights include his most recent assignment as the Chief of the Army Warplans Division at the Department of the Army Headquarters, and previous assignments as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Programs and Assessments for the United States Security Coordinator for Israel and Palestine; Chief of Operations at the Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance; Chief of Contingency Plans at Combined Forces Command in Seoul, Korea; Deputy for CJ5 Plans in Multi-National Forces – Iraq in Baghdad, Iraq; Deputy Chief of Future Operations, Chief of Knowledge Management, and Chief of Strategic Deployments in the Eighth United States Army in Seoul, Korea; Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Infantry Division Artillery in Bamberg Germany; and Plans Officer in 1st Infantry Division in Tuzla, Bosnia and Wurzburg, Germany. He is currently the Director of the Department of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations at the Command and General Staff College.
COL Ulloa has been married for over twenty years to the former Heidi Ann Mixsell. They have three children: Madeline (24), Juan (22), and Isabelle (20).
Venue and Parking
The program will be held in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium of the World War I Museum & Memorial. Free parking is available in the circle driveway or in the lot to the south of the Memorial.