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The Trustees of the


Cordially Invite You to an Address by


Mr. Hendrik Meijer

Executive Chairman, Meijer Inc.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.


Members: Free of Charge* – Guest of a Member: $10.00 – Non-Members: 25.00**

“Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century”

Non-partisanship and the primacy of the national interest and the strength of mind to adjust policy positions to changing circumstances are perennial and basic needs in the working of a democratic order. Hendrik Meijer explores these phenomena in a biography of Senator Arthur Vandenberg.  During a critical period of American foreign policy, Senator Vandenberg was intellectually flexible in analyzing changing global conditions and transforming himself from an ardent isolationist to an advocate of the United Nations and a supporter of the critical building blocks of Harry Truman’s post-World War II Cold War policy structure: the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, and NATO. While always a strident Republican, Vandenberg stood for bipartisanship in pursuit of the national interest in foreign affairs.


Eminent historians, statesmen, and commentators who have reviewed Mr. Meijer’s work find it deeply instructive on the subtle matters of intellectual flexibility and integrity, and the spirit of compromise and cooperation within a competitive political order.  


Hendrik Meijer is a prominent Midwestern businessman serving as Executive Chairman of Meijer, Inc. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in literature and a reporter and editor early in his career, he authored a biography of his grandfather and namesake, founder of the Meijer company. He has been a student of the career and life of Senator Vandenberg for decades. A documentary, “The Unexpected Odyssey of Arthur Vandenberg”, preceded by several years his recently published biography of the Senator. This work has established this business and community leader as a historian of the first order. The lessons of the biography are for practitioners as well as serious citizens who seek guideposts for American foreign policy in their time.


It is a great pleasure to welcome Mr. Hendrik Meijer to the Council.

The Trustees of the


Cordially Invite You to an Address by


Michael O’Hanlon, Ph.D.


Director of Research, Foreign Policy Program
The Brookings Institution


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.


1 East Eager Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Members: Free of Charge* – Guest of a Member: $10.00 –

 Non-Members: 25.00**


“The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War over Small Stakes”

The danger of minor disputes drifting into major war is a perennial consideration. However, in our time, it has become an urgent fear of many as we observe conflicting claims of China and U.S.-protected Japan to the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea; and, similarly, the danger exists in Russia’s bold aggression in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine and pressures on NATO-protected Estonia and other Eastern European states; in modest collisions that are inevitable in China’s claim in the South China Sea; in the recent flamboyant rhetoric over North Korea’s nuclear weapons build-up; in Iran’s various efforts toward regional hegemony; and in provocations between India and Pakistan.


Michael O’Hanlon, the prolific and highly respected Director of Foreign Policy Research at the Brookings Institution has explored these fundamental dilemmas and has offered remedies in his recently published book entitled “The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War over Small Stakes.”


Dr. O’Hanlon received his BS and MS degrees in the physical sciences at Princeton and later a Ph.D. in public affairs and international relations from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. He is a Peace Corp veteran (Zaire), was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, and worked at the Institute for Defense Analysis before joining Brookings.


At Brookings, Dr. O’Hanlon has focused on security questions within his foreign policy expertise. His extraordinary energy as a national security authority has resulted in over a dozen books, hundreds of articles in the nation’s foremost journals, op-ed pieces in major national outlets here and abroad, and over 4000 commentaries here and abroad since September 11, 2001. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia, Georgetown, and Syracuse Universities; and has served as an advisor to the Central Intelligence Agency. His books have covered security in Eastern Europe, land warfare, nuclear disarmament, Korea, NATO in Kosovo, technological change and the future of warfare, U.S-China relations, and Obama’s foreign policy.


It is a great pleasure to once again welcome a good friend of the Council, the distinguished and interesting authority on national security, Dr. Michael O’Hanlon.

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