The Pryor Center presents “The End of the Post-Cold War: America in Crisis”


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General Wesley K. Clark (retired)

David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History of Arkansas in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences will host its first Pryor Center Presents lecture of the new year on Monday, January 24, with “The End of the Post-Cold War: America in Crisis,” given by General Wesley K. Clark (Retired).

The lecture series is part of the Pryor Center’s broader education, research and outreach mission. This conference will take place at 6 p.m. via Zoom and registration is required.

Clark will talk about how the international position of the United States has changed from that which he describes as “the indispensable nation” in the 1990s-2000s to that of “a nation which now finds its values, its interests and its power under prolonged challenge from Russia, China and Iran.”

In his lecture, Clark will also discuss the significance of this shift in the United States’ relationship with these three countries. Additionally, he will share whether he thinks a response is needed and, if so, what the US response should be.

Clark retired as a four-star general after 38 years in the U.S. military, having served in his last postings as commander of U.S. Southern Command and later as commander of U.S. European Command/Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.

Originally from Little Rock, Clark graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (BA and MA) as a Rhodes Scholar.

He was the primary author of the United States National Military Strategy and Joint Vision 2010, prescribing American warfare for complete dominance. He worked with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on the Dayton Peace Process, where he helped draft and negotiate significant portions of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord.

In his final assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, a 78-day air campaign, backed by ground invasion planning and a diplomatic process, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing. His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

Clark is a businessman, educator, writer, and commentator, and currently serves as President and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & ​​Associates, a strategic consulting firm. In 2019, Clark founded Renew America Together, a nonprofit organization designed to promote and achieve greater common ground in America by reducing partisan divisions and gridlock.

Other upcoming Pryor Center Presents events are being held throughout the spring semester.

Upcoming presentations of the Pryor Center

Thursday, February 3, 2022, 6 p.m. (Virtual)
The Pryor Center presents “Once Forgotten: A Short Historical Documentary” featuring Obed Lamy and panelists Margaret Holcombe, RoAnne Elliott and Dr. Valandra.

Thursday March 10, 2022, 6 p.m.
The Pryor Center presents “Tell Me A Story – Many Paths To Book Publishing” with Masie Cochran.

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 6 p.m.
The Pryor Center presents “The Language of the Will of the State: Research Findings in the Heart of the City: Highways and Black Geographies in Urban America” ​​with Airic Hughes.

Date to be determined
Pryor Center presents “Arkansas News History: Exploring the KATV Collection” with Randy Dixon and Kyle Kellams.

About the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History: The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is an oral history program whose mission is to document the history of Arkansas through the collection of spoken memories and visual records, to preserve the collection at life and to connect Arkansans and the world to fundraising through the Internet, television shows, educational programs and other means. The Pryor Center records audio and video interviews about Arkansas history and culture, collects recordings from other organizations, organizes those recordings into archives, and provides public access to archives, primarily through the website at pryorcenter.uark.edu. The Pryor Center is the state’s only oral and visual history program with a seventy-five county statewide mission to collect, preserve and share audio and moving image recordings of the Arkansas history.

About Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with three schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the majority of the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion for Arkansas’ economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world in Arkansas Research News.

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