Temple Shalom highlights foreign policy in new lecture series


"China in the Middle East" is the first in a series of three foreign policy lectures at Temple Shalom in Middletown. The lecture will be held on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m., and features Dr. Isaac Kardon, an assistant professor at the Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute, in Newport. Kardon researches, writes and teaches on China's foreign policy, focusing on China's maritime disputes, the law of the sea, and PRC firms' overseas port development. He received a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, an M.Phil. in modern Chinese studies from Oxford University, and a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College. He studied Mandarin Chinese at Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Taiwan Normal University.

The other two lectures are scheduled for Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m., and Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m.

On March 29, Evan Shallcross will speak on “Beyond Imperialism, Exploring the Strategic Significance of Crimea to Russian Security.” Shallcross is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy currently assigned to the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport where he teaches ship driving, navigation, war gaming and other subjects.

On May 17, Ken Sandler will speak on “Frameworks, Actors and Factors to Explain Foreign Policy Decision Making.” Sandler is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps currently assigned as a military professor at the Naval War College where he teaches national security affairs.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP is preferred but not required. Contact Temple Shalom, 223 Valley Road, Middletown, by email, TempleShalomRhodeIsland@gmail.com.