Former NATO ambassador addresses Rotary Club of Scottsdale

A talk offering a closer look at some of the world’s most violent and contentious hot spots was the topic of discussion during a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.

Kurt Volker

Kurt Volker

Club members, guests and international recently had the opportunity to hear Kurt Volker, former Ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organization, present an overview of several major conflicts around the world.

Mr. Volker was introduced to the club by Paradise Valley resident Steve Arkawi and Rotarian Claudia (Arnold) Sawaf.

Mr. Volker talked about the Middle East – the conflict in Syria, the situation in Libya and the rise of ISIS; Russia – Russia’s involvement with Syria, Iran, Crimea, Balkan States, NATO and EU; and, China – China’s dispute over territory and sovereignty of areas around them, their claim of which countries around them should be under Chinese rule and disputes over the oceans and islands abutting China.

Former Ambassador Volker is a leading expert in U.S. foreign and national security policy with some 30 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities.

Mr. Volker serves as executive director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University based in Washington, D.C. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, a senior advisor at the Atlantic Council, and a trustee of IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France.

He is a consultant to international business, a member of the board of directors of Capital Guardian Funds Trust, and had previously served as managing director, international, for BGR Group. He has taught transatlantic relations at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

Mr. Volker’s initial experience with Rotary International was as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Sweden, sponsored by a Rotary Club in Pennsylvania.

At the same meeting, attendees met Dennis Haberer, president of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona. TRVFA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist those who qualify under Arizona law to obtain financial assistance to further their vocational studies.

TRVFA donations may qualify for an Arizona Tax Credit up to the amount allowed by state law and may be deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes to the extent allowed by the law. For more information to make a donation and/or to learn more about receiving student aid, visit

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