Nuclear Arms, Global Security in the 21st Century

April 16, 2018 at 10:43 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate will welcome Brigadier General Hans Ilis-Alm, senior national representative for Sweden and chairman of the Coalition Forces at U.S. Central Command Coalition, for a public lectures promoting peace and stability in a time of global security threats.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018 in the BMW Classroom at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, 160 E. Saint John St., downtown Spartanburg. Ilis-Alm will address “Nuclear Arms and Global Security in the 21st Century.”

“With the current political climate, this lecture is timely,” said Alex Akulli, Ph.D., director of the Center for International Studies at USC Upstate. “As tension continues to grow between the United States, North Korea and Russia over nuclear weapons, this is a great opportunity to engage people and to talk about the threats related to global security.”

Gen. Ilis-Alm will speak on behalf of the CENTCOM Coalition, comprised of 51 nations, and to explain how nations are working together to promote peace and stability in CENTCOM’s area of responsibility and beyond. Coalition forces have worked to combat terrorism in the Middle East, Northeast Africa and Central America.

Gen. Ilis-Alm has been in military service since the late 1970s and his career has involved leadership and policy planning as well as field assignments. He commanded units in the Balkans, Afghanistan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C., and a Certificate in Terrorism Studies from University of St Andrews. He has been awarded the Gold Medal with Sword of the Swedish Armed Forces for international missions, the French Armed Forces Medal in Gold and the French Legion d´honneur.

The lecture is hosted by Center for International Studies and the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies at USC Upstate and offered in partnership with the World Affairs Council of the Upstate and Sister Cities International of Greater Spartanburg.