Monthly Meeting – Thursday, January 19, 2023: China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Topic: China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Speakers: John F (Jef) Troxell


John TroxellJef Troxell is a retired Research Professor of National Security and Military Strategy in the Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College. Jef received his undergraduate degree in General Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point in 1974. He later received his Master of Public and International Affairs degree at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University in 1982. In addition, Jef attended three senior military schools: the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College of Leavenworth, Kansas in 1986; the U.S. Armed Forces Staff College of Norfolk, Virginia in 1990; and the U.S. Army War College of Carlisle in 1997. 

Jef has held several military positions including service with War Plans Division, Department of Army; Battalion Commander, 3rd Engineer Battalion, 24th Infantry Division in Fort Stewart, Georgia; Assistant for Force Planning for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy at the Pentagon; and Chief of the Engineer Plans Division of the Combined Forces Command in Seoul, Korea. 

In addition to his previous position with the Strategic Studies Institute, Jef has held several academic positions at the U. S. Army War College including most recently: the George S. Patton Chair of Operational Research and Analysis; Associate Professor, Strategic Military Logistics at the Center for Strategic Leadership; and Director of National Security Studies, with the Department of National Security and Strategy. For thirteen years, he taught a highly acclaimed course at the War College, “The Economics of National Security.”  Jef was also an Adjunct Faculty at the Baltic Defense College in Tartu, Estonia. He taught in the areas of National Security Policy and Strategy, Defense Policy, Defense Economics, International Political Economy, and International Economics. In 2018, he was recognized as a U.S. War College Distinguished Fellow. 

Jef was editor of the three volume Readings in Economics of National Security, published by the U.S. Military Academy from 1982 to 1985. He has written and spoken extensively on several subjects of international interest including: “Economics and National Security: The Case of China”, “Global Economic Development”, “U.S – China Economic Relations”, “The U.S. Financial and Debt Crisis”, and “The Euro Crisis.”Jef has spoken to the Foreign Policy Association on several occasions, including most recently in January 2020 on The China Trade War.

FPA Coordinator: Alan Stolberg

The Susquehanna Club

House Salad
Stuffed Shells Marinara (no meat)
Mixed Veggies
Dessert: Fruit Cup
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.

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