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2014 Academic WorldQuest National Competition

The 2014 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will take place Saturday, April 26 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC. Read about last year's Academic WorldQuest National Competition here.

 

We are thrilled to announce the following prizes for the first and second place teams:

National Competition Prizes

First Place
Online subscription (12 months) to
Rosetta Stone Language Learning
Four students can each choose from over 30 languages 

Second Place
Online subscription (six months) to
Rosetta Stone Language Learning
Four students can each choose from over 30 languages 


Thank you to Rosetta Stone for their generous contribution. Special thanks also to Bill and Judy Wheelock and Michael Phillip for their generous financial support.

The Embassy of Singapore and Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri will host an embassy reception for students and teachers from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Friday, April 25.

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Earth Day Hot Topics Conference Call on Climate Change

The World Affairs Councils of America hosted a Hot Topics Conference Call with Dr. Chris Field, Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Working Group II, on Earth Day, April 22. The IPCC's Working Group II recently released the Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO, moderated the call. A recording of the call is available here.
 
 
 
 
 
"Global Warming Impacts Widespread, U.N. Panel Says,"The Wall Street Journal, March 31
 
Dr. Chris Field is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University, and Faculty Director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Field's research emphasizes impacts of climate change, from the molecular to the global scale.  
 
Field has been deeply involved with national and international scale efforts to advance science and assessment related to global ecology and climate change. He is co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2012 led the effort on the IPCC Special Report, Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation, and recently released the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. (Full Bio)

Spring Leadership Meeting - San Francisco - March 17

The World Affairs Councils of America's National Office hosted over 25 Council executives, staff, and board members in San Francisco for this year's Spring Leadership Meeting on Monday, March 17. This year's Meeting was scheduled right after the World Affairs Council of Northern California's annual conference - WorldAffairs 2014 - March 14-15. Thank you to all of those who attended and to our gracious hosts at WAC Northern California.

1918 Society Conference Call with Susan Glasser

The World Affairs Councils of America's Bill Clifford hosted this month's 1918 Society Conference Call with Susan Glasser on April 16.

Susan Glasser is editor of POLITICO Magazine. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy for several years, during which the magazine won several awards. Glasser was a foreign correspondent, editor, and political reporter for The Washington Post. She spent four years as co-chief of thePost's Moscow Bureau with her husband Peter Baker, now White House Correspondent for The New York Times.  Full Bio

If you would like to learn more or join the 1918 Society, please click here.

1918 Society Conference Program in San Francisco

The World Affairs Councils of America's National Office and a contingent of 1918 Society members and Council leaders attended the World Affairs Council of Northern California's annual spring conference - WorldAffairs 2014 - inSan Francisco, March 14-15. On Saturday, March 15, Ambassador Marc Grossman, former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and WACA National Board Chair, joined the group for breakfast at the St. Regis Hotel to discuss burgeoning U.S. foreign policy challenges in 2014. Thank you to all of those who attended and to WAC Northern California for hosting us.

Cover to Cover

Our March Cover to Cover conference call featured Harvard Professor David Keith on his book A Case for Climate Engineering. WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford moderated the March 11 call. Check back for a recording of the call.
 
Climate engineering--which could slow the pace of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere--has emerged in recent years as an extremely controversial technology. A leading scientist long concerned about climate change, David Keith offers no naíve proposal for an easy fix and argues that after decades during which very little progress has been made in reducing carbon emissions, we must put climate engineering on the table and consider it responsibly. The book provides a clear and accessible overview of the costs and risks, and how climate engineering might fit into a larger program for managing climate change.
 
David Keith has worked at the interface of climate science, energy technology, and public policy for 25 years. He won first prize in Canada's national physics exam, won MIT's prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was named one of TIME magazine's Heroes of the Environment 2009. David Keith is the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School. In Calgary, Canada he helps lead Carbon Engineering, a company developing technology to capture CO2 from ambient air.
 
Click here to learn more about Cover to Cover

Program Announcement: Combating Human Trafficking

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation has officially renewed funding of the World Affairs Councils of America's national program on combating human trafficking. More than 30 World Affairs Councils participated in the 2013 program, which featured screenings of the documentary film Not My Life. The 2014 program will feature discussion forums as well as film showings. Up to 35 Councils will be selected to participate in the 2014 program. The application deadline has passed and selected Councils will be notified in the coming weeks.

As you know, WACA's 2013 National Conference in November featured a keynote address by Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Chairman and CEO, Carlson, Inc. U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Co-chairs of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, joined the keynote discussion. It is both an honor and a responsibility that WACA embraces to advance public dialogue on this critical topic.

Understanding Muslim Societies

The World Affairs Councils of America, with the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, continues its very successful Engage America Series Understanding Muslim Societies. The program will be held throughout 2014 and focuses on countries in the Middle East, as well as Afghanistan/Pakistan, and those relevant rising economic powers that are competing globally with the United States, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. More Information

Mapping the Nation Webinar

The World Affairs Councils of America, in conjunction with the Asia Society and the Longview Foundation, hosted a webinar on the Mapping the Nation resource on February 19. Mapping the Nation (mappingthenation.net) uses a million data points to demonstrate the international connections of every state and county in the United States. Examining this map challenges how we think about "global." How connected is your community with the rest of the world? And what does it tell you about the future? 

The webinar focused on how to use this economic, demographic, and education data for your Council's efforts to create awareness and to strengthen programs. This opportunity was brought to the National Office by the Columbus Council on World Affairs. Click here to watch a recording.

Weekly World News Update

The World Affairs Councils of America's National Office is pleased to share with you Weekly World News Update every Wednesday. An initiative of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, this weekly digest of thought-provoking pieces from respected global sources has become very popular with the Pittsburgh Council's members, as well as colleagues across our network, since its launch over 18 months ago. We believe that all 92 World Affairs Councils will find value in this free weekly service.
 

Read Weekly World News Update for April 16, 2014

Freedom and Power in the Digital Age

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce a new Engage America Speaker Series in partnership with Google:

Freedom and Power in the Digital Age
Eight councils were selected to host the program, which feature notable Google experts as speakers and is supported by a grant from Google. The program also includes an Educators Seminar with a separate team of Google experts who will address how teachers and students can best leverage the tools of the new digital age to further their educational missions. Click here for more information.

Spotlight on Turkey 2014

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce its eighth year of collaboration with the Turkish Cultural Foundation on the national Spotlight on Turkey program. The program runs a full calendar year and focuses on giving an overview of the history of Anatolia and Turkey with a special emphasis on Turkish culture to American educators and the general public.

With a Teachers Workshop in the spring, a Teachers Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall, the program emphasizes classroom learning and public education about Turkey and its contributions to the global community. More Information

"Not My Life": U.S. Awareness Campaign

The World Affairs Councils of America has received a grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation to bring attention to the critical issue of human trafficking and modern slavery. The program series features screenings of the documentary film Not My Life by Robert Bilheimer and Worldwide Documentaries in all participating council communities. More Information


Not My Life, directed by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer, probes the dark, hidden, and often unspeakable realities of human trafficking and modern-day slavery-- multi-billion dollar global industries that earn their profits, as the film's narration says, "on the backs and in the beds of our planet's youth." The film is part of a global awareness campaign on modern slavery. Watch the Trailer

2014 European Union Outreach

Using the time period on or around May 9, Europe Day, as a focal point, this Engage America program is designed to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-US relationship. Events will have a wide European scope rather than focusing exclusively on one Member State of the EU, or bilateral relations between the US region and one Member State. Activities will highlight local and regional economic, social, and cultural connections to Europe and the local and regional impacts of those connections. More Information

Future of Korea 2013-2014

We are pleased to announce continued collaboration with the Korea Economic Institute of America on the Future of Korea program series. The speaker program focuses on the economic and political situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as U.S.-Korea relations.

The centerpiece of the program is a panel discussion consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panel participants typically offer a general overview presentation (approximately 60-90 minutes in length), followed by a Q&A period. The speakers address political, security, economic and financial issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. 

 

The application deadline has passed. Participating councils will be informed of their selection shortly.

WACA Virtual Library

Cross-border smuggling and border vulnerabilities on the tribal lands that straddle New York, Quebec, and Ontario are not new, but there is now increasing evidence linking the illicit tobacco network to terrorist funding, organized crime networks, and illegal movements of narcotics, weapons, and people.

CONTEXT is distributed in partnership with the World Affairs Councils of America. For more CONTEXT episodes, visit our Virtual Library.

The WACA Virtual Library also contains recordings from the World Affairs Councils of America National Conference, sponsored programs, and recordings from our Hot Topics Conference Calls.

Visit the Virtual Library

Six Top Issues 2014

The World Affairs Councils of America conducts a yearly survey asking the World Affairs Councils regional leadership to select the Six Top Issues for the president in the coming year. The annual National Conference in November launches the National Network discussion of the Six Top Issues and frames the yearly national programming. The issues selected for 2014 are Cybersecurity, U.S. Energy Independence, Global Economic Realignment, Middle East, Global Environment Issues, K-12 Education.

World Affairs Council Travel Programs

Travel the World from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Just Announced: Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours!

Angela Weck, Executive Director, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Russian River Cruise:  June 13 - 23.

L.J. Stambuk, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Charlotte, Croatia and Slovenia:  September 7 – 20.

Ambassador Marilyn McAfee, Chair, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, Inside Iran:  October 5 – 19.

Dr. Steven Sokol, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Turkish Treasures:  October 17 – 31.

Ambassador Heather Hodges, President and Ambassador in Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, South American Tapestry:  October 16 – November 2.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, World Affairs Council of Montana, Landscapes of the Mediterranean:  October 23 – November 6.

Dr. James Nathan, Director, Alabama World Affairs Council, Cuba:  November 8 – 15.

Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 800-942-5004 x 209 or 217.

These are highlights from the more than 170 events happening in April around the national network.

ALABAMA

On April 14, the Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Donald Manzullo, President, Korea Economic Institute, for “Future of Korea.”  Details

ALASKA

From April 4-6, the Alaska World Affairs Council hosts the Alaska World Music Festival. Details

On April 25, the Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Career Ambassador Richard Boucher for “Who Are These Guys? Staying Ahead of Emerging Markets.” Details

CALIFORNIA

On April 2, the World Affairs Council of N. California hosts Investigative Journalist Gareth Porter for “The Iran Nuclear Issue: Is it Real?” Details

On April 2, the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Kerry Emanuel, Cecil and Ida Green professr of Atmospheric Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for “What We Know About Climate Change.” Details

On April 2, the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Professor Michael Provence from UCSD for “Middle East Disengagement.” Details

On April 3, the World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Dr. Muhammad Khalid Ejaz, Consul General of Pakistan, for “The Role of Pakistan in a post-Afghanistan World.” Details

On April 3, the World Affairs Council of N. California hosts The HALO Trust Photographer Fiona Willoughby and Founder & Chief Executive Guy Willoughby, and Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Asia Foundation Suzanne Eloise Siskel for “Getting Landmines Out of the Ground, for Good.” Details

On April 7, the World Affairs Council of N. California hosts Ali Soufan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group, for “Where is Al Qaeda Today?” Details

On April 7, the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Richard Falk, Scholar of international law and international relations, for “Building a global Framework for Human Right and Justice: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” Details

On April 9, the World Affairs Council of N. California hosts James McGill, Professor of International Relations T.V. Paul, for “Pakistan as a Warrior State.” Details

On April 10, the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Mr. Art Elphick to discuss "Overpopulation: The World’s Greatest Ignored Problem." Details

On April 11, the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Dr. Phillip Morgan, Professor Emeritus, Monterey Institute of International Studies, for “China’s Robust Engagement in Africa: ‘Dragon’s Gift’ or Burden?” Details

On April 14, the World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts a discussion on “What’s Ahead for U.S./Russian Policy in Crimea, Iran, and Syria.” Details

On April 16, the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Mikhail Alexseev, Associate Professor of political science, San Diego State University, for “The Dnieper Curtain: Ukraine, Russia, and the West.” Details

On April 16, the World Affairs Council of N. California hosts John S. Knight Journalism Fellows for “Meet the International Press: Balancing Journalism in Developing Regions.” Details

On April 21, the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Carroll Bogert, Deputy Executive Director at Human Rights Watch, for “US Leadership in the 21st century: the human rights viewpoint.” Details

On April 23, the World Affairs Council of N. California hosts Edward W. Walker, Executive Director of Program In Eurasia and East European Studies & Associate Adjunct Professor, University of California Berkeley, for “EAST BAY | Russia, the West and the Crisis in Ukraine.” Details

On April 23, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America and The Worldwide Teach for All, for “Good Teachers For All”. Details

On April 24, the World Affairs Council of N. California hosts Ron E. Hassner, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California Berkeley, for "Region on the Battlefield.” Details

On April 24, the World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Shadi Hamid, Fellow at Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, for ”Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.” Details

On April 24, the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Member Mr. Abe Gruber for a book review of “Unbroken”. Details

On April 24, the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts a film series “Natural Asia: Food, Forest and Feces.” Details

On April 24, the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Prof. Julio Moreno, University of San Francisco, for “Mexico: Re-emerging Neighbor.” Details

On April 28, the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Lindberg, Research Fellow at StanfordUniversity’s Hoover Institution, for “The United States and Moral Accountability”. Details

On April 29, the World Affairs Council of N. California hosts Tom Nazario, Founder and President of the Forgotten International, for “Global Poverty: What Everyone Needs To Know.” Details

On April 29, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Husain Haqqani for “The World’s Most Dangerous Place.” Details

On April 30, the World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Rufus Yerxa, Visiting Professor of Monterey Institute of International Studies, for “U.S. Trade Policy in a Globalizing Age.” Details

On April 30, the World Affairs Council of N. California host a conversation with Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA. Details

COLORADO

On April 1, WorldDenver hosts a luncheon and talk with former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Details

On April 10, the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Mel Goodman, Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy, for “National Insecurity: The Cost of Militarism?” Details

On April 15, the Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Gregory Young on the political science faculty at CU-Boulder for “Turkey: Democratic NATO Ally or Fundamentalist Authoritarian Regime.” Details

On April 22, the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Norman G. Finkelstein, Author of Knowing Too Much: Why American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to and End, for “Resolving the Israel-Palestine Conflict: What’s Possible, What’s Not?” Details

On April 29, WorldDenver hosts Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer for “Trading Up – Colorado’s Relationship with its Northern Neighbor”. Details

CONNECTICUT

On April1, the World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Lawrence Husick, Co-Chairman Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of Terrorism, for “Pre-Event Teacher Workshop-Cyber Terrorism.” Details

On April 1, the World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Lawrence Husick, Co-Chairman Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of Terrorism, for “Global Conversation Series – Fighting Below the Belt: Global Cyber Terrorism” Details

On April 2, the World Affairs Forum hosts Luke Bronin, Former assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, US department of the Treasury, for “Financing Terrorism.” Details

On April 9, the World Affairs Forum hosts Dr. Paul Rexton Kan, Associate Professor of National Security Studies, US Army War College, for “Cartels at War: Understanding Mexico’s Drug-Fueled Violence & the Threat to US National Security.” Details

On April 16, the World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Global Connections Luncheon Series: UConn Office of Global Studies. Details

On April 28, the World Affairs Forum hosts Dr. Jonathan Chanis, Managing Member, Mew Tide Asset Management, for “Energy Independence.” Details

DELAWARE

On April 2, the World Affairs Council of Wilmington hosts a Luncheon with Dr. Jeremy Black, MBE- Professor of History, University of Exeter. Details

DISTRICT of COLUMBIA

On April 21, the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC hosts Shadi Hamid, Brookings Fellow, for “The Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.” Details

FLORIDA

On April 7, the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Lieutenant General F.L. Hagenbeck, US Army (Ret.) for “Afghanistan: A Look Back into the Future.” Details

On April 7, the Naples Council on World Affairs hosts Dr. Peter W. Singer, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, for “CyberWarfare and CyberSecurity: What Everyone Needs To Know” Details

On April 7, the Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts Hon.  Afghanistan’s Ambassador Eklil Hakimi and Khris Nedam, Founder & Director of Kids4AfghanKids, for “America and Afghanistan as Partners for Peace.” Details

On April 8, the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst, for “From Arab Spring to Arab Winter.” Details

On April 10, the Naples Council on World Affairs hosts Neal Conan, Senior host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation”, The 33rd Anniversary Annual Dinner. Details

On April 22, the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Shahid Khan, President and Owner of Flex-N-Gate Corporation, for “A World of Opportunities: What Makes an Entrepreneur Successful?” Details

GEORGIA

On April 1, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Member Dr.HanPark, Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Center for the Study Issues, University of Georgia, for member Forum: North Korea. Details

On April 10, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Martin K. Whyte, PhD. and John Zwaanstra, Professor of International Studies and Sociology, HarvardUniversity, for The China Research Center Annual Lecture 2014: Is the Social Volcano Still Dormant? Trends in Chinese Attitudes Toward Inequality. Details

On April 17, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Deshawn Jenkins, Managing Director, Africa Atlanta 2014, for Young Leaders Wine Tasting. Details

On April 17, the Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts Assistant Professor Katia Romero and Economics Department Head Arturo Bocardo, School of Economics at University of Veracruz, for “Mexico-Two Facets of a ComplexState.”

ILLINOIS

On April 17, the Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Christina Perez, Associate Professor of Sociology, for “Cuba’s Revolution: Time for a Policy Change?” Details

On April 22, the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Tasmiha Khan, Founder of Brighter Dawns, for “Interfaith Youth Core: A Model for Cooperation.” Details

INDIANA

On April 10, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, for “Foreign Investment.” Details

On April 16, the Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Marian Tupy, Senior Policy Analyst, Center For Global Liberty & Prosperity, CATO Institute, for “the World is Getting Better, But People Remain Pessimistic.” Details

IOWA

On April 22, the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Tasmiha Khan, Founder of Brighter Dawns, for “Interfaith Youth Core: A Model for Cooperation.” Details

KENTUCKY

On April 10, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, for “Foreign Investment.” Details

From April 13-15, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Belle of Louisville & Dinner on the Farm. Details

MAINE

On April 3, the World Affairs Council of Maine hosts the Portland Children’s Film Festival to present “Flying Paper”, an uplifting story of Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip for the most kites ever flown. Details

On April 5, the World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Great Decisions – “Coffee, Cake, and Conversation: Food and Climate.” Details

On April 29, the World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Laura Henry, Associate Professor of Government and Acting Chair of Russian Department, BowdoinCollege, for “Protesting Putin; The Power and Limits of Civil Society in Contemporary Russia.” Details

MASSACHUSETTS

On April 8, WorldBoston hosts Professor Ilan Troen, Director, SchustermanCenter for Israel Studies, BrandeisUniversity, and Christopher Henzel, Director, Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, for Great Decisions 2014: Israel-United States Relations. Details

On April 9, the Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Javed Chaudrhi, Awarded-winning Pakistani columnist and TV host, for “American Pivot – Changing Partners, How the new US foreign policy dance has affected countries in the Middle East, South-Central Asia and China.” Details

On April 24, the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts hosts Environmental Activist Mike Bond for Instant Issues Series on Poaching in Africa. Details

MICHIGAN

On April 15, the International Affairs Forum presents a Chinese film “The Last Emperor.” Details

On April 16, the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Richard Leakey, paleoanthropologist, political advisor and environmentalist named one of TIME’s 100 Greatest Minds of the 20th Century, for “The Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind.” Details

MINNESOTA

From April 3-19, the Minnesota International Center hosts Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Details

On April 16, 17 and 19, the Minnesota International Center hosts Adama Dieng, UN Special Advisor on Genocide Prevention, for “Genocide and Its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda” Details

MISSOURI

On April 6, the International Relations Council Kansas City hosts Haroon Ullah, Member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s policy planning staff, for “Political violence and extremism in Pakistan.” Details

From April 17-18, the International Relations Council Kansas City hosts a physicist, ecologist and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva for “Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope.” Details

NEVADA

On April 4, the Northern Nevada International Center hosts a human rights activist Montombi Noomi Tutu for The Northern Nevada International Center 15th Annual Global Gala. Details

On April 17, the World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts Oksana Marafioti, Author of “American Gypsy: A Memoir,” for “American Gypsy: Growing Up As a Roma in the Former USSR” Details

On April 28, the World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius for EU in the US Conference: A Program of the World Affairs Councils of America in Partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Details

NEW HAMPSHIRE

On April 4, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Katherine Hunter, Senior Deputy Country Representative (Afghanistan) at Asia Foundation, for “Women of Afghanistan: Progress & Promise” Details

From April 5-6, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Katherine Hunter, Harvard University Weatherhead Fellow and Asia Foundation representative to Afghanistan, for 6th Annual Plymounth Model UN Conference. Details

On April 24, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Ellen Lust, Political scientist of the Middle East at YaleUniversity, for “Understanding Muslim Societies.” Details

NEW MEXICO

On April 5, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Dr. Seungsook Moon, Director of Asian studies Program and Chairperson of the Sociology Department at Vassar College, for “Women Political Leaders in Asia: Are they Gender Game Changers?” Details

NEW YORK

On April 1, the Foreign Policy Association hosts Thomas Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute, for a discussion of his book Humanitarian Business. Details

On April 1, the World Affairs Council of Mud-Hudson Valley hosts Nan Li, Associate Professor in Strategic Research Dept. at U.S. Naval War College, for “China’s Evolving Naval Strategy” Details

On April 7, the International Institute of Buffalo hosts Dr. Kevin Cai, University at Waterloo, for Great Decisions Discussion on China’s Foreign Policy.

On April 10, the Foreign Policy Association hosts Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of the Eurasia Group, for “What are the World’s Biggest Political Risks Today?” Details

On April 10, the Foreign Policy Association hosts Charles M. Sennott, the Vice President, Editor-at-Large and Co-founder of GlobalPost, for Great Decisions Lecture on the Islamic Awakening. Details

On April 11, the World Affairs Council of Mud-Hudson Valley hosts Dr. Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director at Turkish Studies Institute, for “Political Opposition and Dissert in Turkey” Details

On April 12, the World Affairs Council of Mud-Hudson Valley hosts Career Ambassador Robert R. Gosende for Student World Affairs Conference. Details

NORTH CAROLINA

On April 2, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts an International Career Panel. Details

On April 4, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Lawrence Gumbiner, Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States, for “Challenges and Opportunities: U.S. Multilateral Diplomacy in the Americas.” Details

OHIO

On April 2, the Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Marc Kielburger, Co-founder of Free the Children, for “Creating Global Leaders: Empowering Youth to Change the World.” Details

On April 3, the Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Great Decisions Discussion on Energy Independence. Details

From April 4-5, the Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts International Business Club Summit 2014-Sustainability in Emerging Markets. Details

On April 12, the Dayton Council on World Affairs hosts a celebration of 20 Years of Recovery in Rwanda. Details

On April 15, the Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Ambassador of Ukraine Olexander Motsyk for “Ukraine, Russia, and the West” Details

On April 17, the Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts a Great Decisions discussion: Food and Climate. Details

OREGON

On April 7, the World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Theater in Uganda and Rwanda: Commemoration, Complexity and Collaboration. Details

On April 8, the World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to kick off the 2014 International Speakers Series. Details

On April 10, the World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts a freelance journalist Julia Cooke for “The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba.” Details

On April 15, the World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts a panel of experts on East Asian geopolitics “Pacific Conflicts: China, Japan and the U.S.” Details

On April 23, the World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts a Pakistani activist and social entrepreneur Khalida Brohi as part of its 2014 International Speakers Series. Details

PENNSYLVANIA

On April 4, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Kent Logsdon, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources at the U.S. Department of States, for “It’s all about Freedom! Russia, Crimea, and the Future of Ukraine” Details

On April 7, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Ambassador of Canada Gary Doer for “Economic Integration and Economic Competitiveness: The Competitive Advantages of the U.S.-Canada Economic and Energy Relationship” Details

On April 7, the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts Dr. Juliette Tolay, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Pennsylvania State Harrisburg, for Great Decisions 2014: “Turkey’s Challenges.” Details

On April 9, the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Eva Horelova, Second Secretary and Deputy Head of Press and Public Diplomacy and Deputy Spokesperson for the Delegation of the European Union, for “Emergence of the EU’s Role in the World: It’s Economic, Political, & Military Power.” Details

On April 9, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts President of Chile Sebastián Piñera for the 65th Anniversary Celebration and the International Statesman Award. Details

On April 10, the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts Antonio Ceballos, Director of the U.S. Export AssistanceCenter, for International Business Executive Luncheon. Details

On April 16, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Research Scholar Dr. Michael Rubin at American Enterprise Institute and former United States Ambassador The Honorable Thomas Pickering for “U.S.-Iran Relations Update: Two Points of View” Details

On April 21, the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts Andrew Strauss, Associate Dean for Faculty and Strategic Initiatives at Widener School of Law, Great Decisions 2014: “Islamic Awakening.” Details

On April 23, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Russell Gold, the Wall Street Journal Senior Energy Reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist, for “to Frack or Not to Frack: Debating America’s Quest for Energy” Details

On April 29, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Jessica Tuchman Mathews, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Ambassador Thomas Pickering, for Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon on Iran.

On April 30, the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Kevin Godfrey, Associate Professor of Theology at AlverniaUniversity and Executive Director of the Association of Franciscan Colleges & Universities, Inc., for “Pope Francis I” Details

RHODE ISLAND

On April 3, the World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Dr. Gary Sick, Senior Research Scholar at ColumbiaUniversity’s Middle East Institute and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, for “America, Iran and the Future of US Policy in the Persian Gulf.” Details

SOUTH CAROLINA

On April 4, the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Dr. David W. Titley, Senior Scientist in the Department of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University and founding Director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, for “Climate Change and National Security: People Not Polar Bears.” Details

TEXAS

On April 2, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg for “Afghanistan: A Distant War.” Details

On April 3, the World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Cinema of Conflict & Transformation film series featuring “The Gatekeepers” Details

On April 3, the World Affairs Council of Houston hosts David Art, Associate Professor of Political Science at TuftsUniversity, for “Young Professionals - Rise of the Radical Right in Europe?” Details

On April 4, the World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Eugene Chausovsky, Eurasia Analyst for Stratfor, for “The Ukraine Crisis and the Geopolitical Competition between Russia and the West.” Details

On April 4, the World Affairs Council of Houston hosts Mary L. Landrieu, first female Senetor from Louisiana, and John B. Walker, Chief Executive Officer of EnerVest, Ltd., for The Jones Award 2014. Details

On April 8, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Bill White, Chairman of the financial management firm Lazard Houston and former Mayor of Houston, for “America’s Fiscal Constitution: It’s Triumph and Collapse.” Details

On April 9, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts a breakfast with Bill White, Chairman of the financial management firm Lazard Houston and former Mayor of Houston, for “America’s Fiscal Constitution: It’s Triumph and Collapse.” Details

On April 9, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Pia Orrenius, Vice President and senior economist at Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Head of Section, Economic Affairs, Mexican Embassy, for “NAFTA After Twenty Years” Details

On April 9, the World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Landon Van Dyke, Greening and Sustainable Diplomacy Coordinator, Department of State, to discuss global environmental security. Details

On April 10, the World Affairs Council of Houston hosts Ambassador of South Africa Ebrahim Rasool for “Local Courage, Global Impact: The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela” Details

On April 10, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts free film screening featuring “Beyond Right and Wrong” Details

On April 11, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, for “Strategic Reassurance and Strategic Resolve in the U.S.-China Relationship.” Details

On April 16, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Pollster for President Bill Clinton Mark Penn and Pollster for President George W. Bush Jan van Lohuizen for “Public Opinion & White House Decision-Making.” Details

On April 17, the World Affairs Council of Houston hosts Mehdi Hasan, Political director of the Huffington Post UK, for “An Uncertain Road: Muslim Integration into Europe and the U.S.” Details

On April 21, the World Affairs Council of Houston hosts Elizabeth Rosenberg, Center for New American Security, for “Oil and Natural Gas as a Tool against Putin?” Details

On April 22, the World Affairs Council of Houston hosts Dr. Joshua Walker, German Marshall Fund, for “Turkey at the Crossroads.” Details

On April 24, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Russell Gold, Senior energy writer at The Wall Street Journal, for “The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.” Details

On April 26, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts The 2014 Military Symposium and The AFS 5 Star Awards Luncheon “Our Military in Transition: Health Care, Education & Employment.” Details

On April 26, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts IEP-2014 World Religion Forum: Islam. Details

On April 29, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies and director for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, for “U.S. Policy Toward Brazil and Cuba: Challenges and Opportunities.” Details

On April 30, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Suzanne DiMaggio, Senior Fellow and Director of the Southwest Asia Program at the New America Foundation, for “The U.S. & Iran: A Breakthrough Moment?” Details

VERMONT

On April 3, the Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts The VCWA Migration Series “Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity.” Details

On April 7, the Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts Joel Salatin and Vasile Stanescu to debate locavorism. Details

On April 22, the Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts Author Mike Bond on his book “The Last Savannah” on the ivory trade in Africa and protecting the elephants. Details

VIRGINIA

On April 21, the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns for NATO Fest. Details

WASHINGTON

On April 6, the World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Dr. Soner Cagaptay, Director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute, for “Turkey’s Transformation: Prospects and Limits.” Details

On April 9, the World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Seattle University’s Global Poverty Professor Serena Cosgrove for Member to Member Lunch. Details

On April 14, the World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "The Scenario: Tedward Bowden & Cybersecurity." Details

On April 17, the Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Steve Reynolds to discuss "Global Humanitarian Initiatives." Details

On April 17, the World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Dr. Bridgette McGoldrich, teaching Global Studies and IB 20th Century History at the Annie Wright School, for “A Glimpse of South Africa.” Details

On April 22, the World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts University of Washington Professor of History Glennys Young for Educator Workshop: Understanding Ukraine. Details

On April 22, the World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Dr. Scott Radnits, Associate Professor of International Studies and Director, EllisonCenter for Russia, East European and Central Asian Studies, HenryM.JacksonSchool for International Studies, for “The Mind of Vladimir Putin.” Details

On April 28, the World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts the first female Vice President of Taiwan Annette Lu for “A Feminist’s Fight for Taiwan.” Details

 

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