Weekly World News Update: May 20, 2020

“Transparent, vibrant, and innovative democracies like Taiwan always respond faster and more effectively to pandemics than do authoritarian regimes.” -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement regarding the exclusion of Taiwan following the beginning of the World Health Organization's coronavirus conference on Monday. Topics: War of Words; COVID-19: Risk & Recovery; A Post-Pandemic World; The Battle for Europe; Iran in Turmoil; Turnover in Africa; and We Can't Forget the Environment


CxC: Amplified Summit

Putting the World Back Together marks the first time Councils across the country gathered virtually for a special, inclusive Ideas Summit, under a new brand: CxC: Amplified. The Summit was a full week of ideas designed to amplify voices on foreign and national policy, Council by Council. Watch the recap video package!


Council of the Month

Announcing - The World Affairs Council of Connecticut Global Summer: Virtual Model UN Institute! As the public move forward with an abundance of caution and safety measures in mind, the Council wants to ensure CTWAC Model UN delegates have access to the same great programs they had in store for the in-person Institute this year. This Virtual Institute is a chance to hone student’s Model UN skills, and put those skills into practice during the culminating simulation at the end of the week.


Thursday on KNOW NOW

Register now for WACA's KNOW NOW conference call Thursday, May 21, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring Ambassador Luis Moreno, former U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, on U.S.-Latin America relations. Ambassador Moreno will be in conversation with Armen Babajanian, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio.


USIP President Lindborg to Address WACA Network

Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO of the United States Institute of Peace, will deliver a virtual keynote address to the Council Network and all Academic WorldQuest students and teachers on Thursday, May 28, at 3:00 PM ET. Nancy will explore the unprecedented threats the coronavirus poses to fragile states and the important opportunities the pandemic offers to help fragile states recover better. A question-and-answer session will follow Nancy's remarks.


Councils Go Virtual

Check out WACA's weekly newsletters and website listings to view all digital programs Councils will be offering throughout the week. The list is updated regularly to keep you engaged with global affairs in our new virtual society during COVID-19. If you are not already receiving WACA newsletters, sign-up right here on the website!


KEI Webinar on Korean Baseball in America

The Korea Economic Institute, a WACA partner, will host a livestream event on Thursday, May 21, at 9:00 AM ET on "Korean Baseball Comes to Bat in America" The webinar will feature Daniel Kim, DKTV & Sports Magazine; Yeirang Lee, Leeco Sports Agency; Mark Lippert; former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea; and Troy Stangarone, Senior Director and Fellow at KEI. Register here.


WACA's Members-Only Resources

WACA is busy preparing a number of additional resources for the Members-Only section! WACA strives to provide Councils with easy access to tools, guidelines, events, and more that add value to our Members both personally and professionally, to our Councils' overall operations, and to the Network as a whole. Due to COVID-19, we've added two resource sections dedicated to virus-related information and digital programming available to the public by Councils.


Bush Institute Speaker Opportunity

In 2020, the George W. Bush Institute's Human Freedom Initiative and potential partners will host forums across the U.S. on the topic of America’s role in the world vis-à-vis supporting freedom and democracy abroad. As such, the Human Freedom Initiative is partnering with the World Affairs Councils of America to tap into the Council Network reach across the country and, particularly, into America’s heartland.


Support WACA

WACA needs your help in supporting our mission! Your generous contributions will strengthen our capacity to support the World Affairs Council Network through educational and civic initiatives - any amount helps. Make a contribution to: WACA's Academic WorldQuest Endowment, WACA's New Horizons' Councils Fund, or general WACA initiatives and operations. Any amount helps - and we thank you for the support!


WQ: Global Pop Trivia

WorldQuest: A Global Pop Trivia Challenge. The Weeks of May 18 - June 15: signup to participate now!


Global I.Q. Minute

Gene Sperling shares how his theory of Economic Dignity, judging an economy by its ability to maximize happiness and fulfillment of all workers, is needed now.


World Affairs - KQED

Listen now to this expert discussion about how governments around the world are struggling to re-open their economies and the way forward for COVID-19 vaccines.


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