Monthly Meeting – Thursday, February 16, 2023: China – Taiwan

Topic: China – Taiwan

Speakers: Dr. Zenel Garcia


Dr. Zenel Garcia is an Associate Professor of Security Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College. He and his mother left Cuba in 1994 on a boat headed toward the Cayman Islands. The goal was to reach Miami. They spent six months in a refugee camp in the Cayman Islands and were sent back to Guantanamo Bay. From there, Zenel – only eight years old at the time – was transported to Miami to receive medical attention after developing severe stomach problems from ready-to-eat meals.  In Miami, Zenel earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations and Asian studies from Florida International University (FIU) in 2010. With his family’s encouragement, he pursued a joint master’s degree in Asian Studies (completed in 2014) and completed a Ph.D. in international relations at the university.

His research focuses on the intersection of international relations theory, security, and geopolitics. Specifically, how interpretations of security and the geopolitical environment shape the policy preferences of states in the Indo-Pacific and Eurasia regions. He is the author of China’s Western Frontier and Eurasia: The Politics of State and Region-Building (Routledge 2021) and China’s Military Modernization, Japan’s Normalization and the South China Sea Territorial Disputes (Palgrave 2019).  He has also published several peer-reviewed articles focused on the impacts of Chinese foreign policy.

FPA Coordinator: Alan Stolberg

The Susquehanna Club

House Salad
Marinated Chicken Breast
Rice Pilaf
Oven Roasted Vegetables
Dessert: Key lime Pie
Rolls, Butter, Coffee, Water and Hot Tea

Social hour & Dinner Information
5:30-6:30pm Social Hour
6:30-7:30 Dinner
7:30pm—Announcement, Speaker followed by question and answer session

Cost for FPA Members: $33.00
We Welcome Non-members to attend dinners.
The non-member cost is: $38.00

There is no charge for anyone to attend the program presentation only, beginning at 7:30 PM.

Reservation co-chairmen are Sam Wilder and Ron Pontius.

Reservations must be made by 10:00am on the Thursday before the meeting. To make a reservation, fill out the form below or telephone or email Ron Pontius at (717) 991-0899 or

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If you come for dinner without a reservation, we cannot guarantee you a meal because the Susquehanna Club uses a caterer and does not have a back-up kitchen.

NOTE: We bill “No-shows”

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