The Falklands Today: 35 Years after the War
- Date: Jun 9, 2017
- Times: Noon - 2 p.m.
- Admission: Free
- Location: UAA Campus Bookstore
For over 175 years, an archipelago, known as the Falkland Islands to the British and the Malvinas to Argentines, has been a source of tension. Some in parliament were pushing for a shared agreement for the islands, when Argentina's military junta surprised the world by invading the Falklands in 1982.
Under Margaret Thatcher's leadership, the British military overcame tremendous challenges to retake the islands, which led to the collapse of the junta and restoration of democracy in Argentina. Yet today, 35 years after the surrender, tensions over sovereignty remain.
This lecture will highlight the long-standing dispute, summarize what happened during the war in 1982, and discuss the situation today.
Major General Kenneth Privratsky, retired, served in the infantry in Vietnam before becoming a logistician. He taught at West Point, was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and commanded organizations supplying U.S. forces worldwide. In civilian life, he was an executive in the ocean transportation industry. He has lectured on military subjects to both national and international audiences and is the author of the book Logistics in the Falklands War, now in its third printing. He lives in Anchorage.
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