On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) and the Fulbright Philippine Scholars Association (PFSA) held at the PAEF office a lecture by Dr. John P. Geis II entitled “Why Asia Matters? Threat to Super Powers”. The event was attended by 70+ guests representing the military (AFP and Philippine Navy), government agencies, Fulbright alumni, the youth, and academe.
The lecturer, Dr. Geis, is director of the U.S. Air Force Research Institute in Air University in Alabama. He is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel with an Air Force career spanning training and combat operations. A distinguished American political scientist, he has an undergraduate degree in meteorology and a master’s and PhD degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, a second master’s degree in political science from Auburn University and another master’s degree in strategic studies from Air War College. He served for eight years as director of the Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology, where he advised national leadership on strategic implications of emerging technologies. He also served as host faculty-collaborator of Dr. Amy Fajardo during her grant as a Fulbright visiting Filipino senior scholar in Air University last year.
In his lecture, Dr. Geis discussed the new shift in economic power that is underway, referring to the rapid growth of the economies not just of China and India but of the Asia Pacific region. He discussed the geological and geophysical makeup of the region and what it means for issues of humanitarian concern and the recent predilection of Asian nations for bolstering their militaries and what this may mean in the decade ahead. Many questions were asked from the floor and a lively discussion ensued.