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March 2018 Events

March 1 | World Affairs Council of Charlotte | WACC Speaker Series with John Brennan

U.S. National Security Challenges and Opportunities

North Korea threatens nuclear war, ISIS continues to commit acts of terror worldwide, and 2016 U.S. elections brought issues of homeland security and defense policy to the forefront of debates. Can the U.S. protect its citizens while remaining a global leader and beacon of democracy to the world?

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte for a Speaker Series Luncheon with John Brennan, CIA Director (2013-2017) as he shares his insight on the most pressing security issues of our time, his experience leading the CIA, and his outlook for U.S. national security moving forward.

After a distinguished career in the CIA, working under 4 different Presidents, Brennan is currently is a Distinguished Fellow for Global Security at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, a Distinguished Non-Resident Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, and a senior Advisor at Kissinger Associates Inc.

Date:
Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Location:
Hilton Charlotte Center City
222 E. Third St.
Charlotte, NC 28202 – Directions

Check-In, Networking and VIP Reception:
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch, Presentation, and Q&A:
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
 
Cost:
$35 WACC student/educator/TMS member
You must be an individual WACC educator/student/TMS member to qualify for the $35 rate
$50 WACC Member Rate
$70 Non-Member Rate

 

 

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March 6 | Indiana Council on World Affairs | Great Decisions - Waning of Pax Americana?

FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION: GREAT DECISIONS - WANING OF PAX AMERICANA?

Briefing Book Author:  Carla Norrlof

With Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. has began an historic shift away from Pax Americana, the established liberal international order since World War II's end in 1945.  Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations with an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. “American First” isolationism, shifts the political mood towards selective U.S. engagement.

Presenter:  John Clark, PhD, Director, Development, Center for Interfaith Cooperation    

Dr. John Clark is Director of Development and Communication at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation.  As an adjunct professor, Indiana University’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs, he teaches graduate courses on topics, such as: leading and governing in a global society, grant writing and management, and social entrepreneurship.  He has authored more than a hundred books, articles and reports on topics, such as: the collapse of communism, environmental policy, and immigration in Indiana. 

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When:   March 6, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

            7:00  Registration / 7:30  Presentation plus Q & A / 9:00  Event Concludes

Where:  Carmel High School, Freshman Center, Door #13, 520 E. Main St., Carmel, IN  46032

             MAP: Freshman Center at Carmel High School

 For more information and to register: www.indianaworld.org                                      

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March 7 | Indiana Council on World Affairs | JAPAN AND THE RISE OF ASIA

Please join us on March 7th when two well-known diplomats will be flying in for a moderated discussion:

Where Goes the Neighborhood: Japan and the Rise of Asia

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One, Kuni Miyake, will be coming directly from a national broadcast in Tokyo.  The other, David Shear, former Ambassador to Viet Nam, will be traveling from Washington, D.C.

The Indiana Council on World Affairs in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Indiana is offering this special he "Japan Update" sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

This certainly will be a lively conversation between these two well-known career diplomats who have both served in their respective countries' foreign services for peace in Asia.

Kuni Miyake, President, Foreign Policy Institute, Tokyo, Japan, and former diplomat in Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and service in Prime Minister Shinz? Abe's office.         

David Shear, Chairman, National Association of Japan-America Societies, Washington, D.C., USA, and former U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam.              

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When:         March 7, 2018, Wednesday

Time:           Come for Dinner and the Moderated Discussion

                    5:30   Reception / 6:15   Dinner / 7:00   Talk

                    Or, just come for the Talk at 7:00 pm

                    [Check-in after 6:45 pm]                 

 Where:        The Willows on Westfield, north of Broad Ripple,

                     6729 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220.                                                            

02-16-18 JIH

 

 

 

 

 

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March 7 | World Affairs Council of Charlotte | Private Dinner with Suzanne DiMaggio & Gary Sick

The United States and Iran Under the Trump Administration

Join the World Affairs Council at an intimate small-group gathering over a gourmet meal to learn more about the intricacies of the Iran Nuclear agreements and what it means for the United States and the Middle East in general.

To address these complexities, experts Suzanne DiMaggio, Director and Fellow at New America and Dr. Gary Sick, Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute will provide in-depth analysis and insight on what this agreement means to international diplomacy and global stability, and the consequences if the U.S. pulls out of the deal.

Date: Tuesday, March 7th
Location: 
Charlotte City Club
121 W. Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 –Directions

Time:
Pre-Dinner Networking: 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner & Discussion: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Cost:
$125 – includes photo with speakers, salad, entree, dessert, wine, and coffee (limited to 18 people) 

 

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Credit card payments (non-PayPal transactions): Please call 704-687-7762 for payment processing over the phone
Check payments: Please make your check payable to “World Affairs Council of Charlotte” and mail it to the following address:

World Affairs Council of Charlotte
UNC Charlotte – CHHS 227
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

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March 8 | World Affairs Council of Charlotte | Speaker Series with Suzanne DiMaggio and Gary Sick

The United States and Iran Under the Trump Administration

After several months of considerable uncertainty over the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Trump Administration has tasked Congress to approve new laws within a few months that will revise the terms under which the U.S. will stay with the agreement and has also called on European allies to fix or amend the agreement. Many see the Iran nuclear deal as a multilateral negotiated agreement that cannot be renegotiated or revised by one nation unilaterally and that provides long-term assurances that Iran cannot acquire a nuclear weapon. Others consider that the nuclear deal is deeply flawed and that the constraints on Iran in the agreement will run out after less than a decade which will then make it possible for Iran to build a nuclear weapon quickly.

To address these complexities, experts Suzanne DiMaggio, Director and Fellow at New America and Dr. Gary Sick, Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute will provide in-depth analysis and insight on what this agreement means to international diplomacy and global stability, and the consequences if the U.S. pulls out of the deal.

Our panelists are visiting in partnership with The Iran Project, an independent project which “seeks to support a balanced, objective, and bipartisan approach to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon – one that enhances U.S. national security and that of our friends and allies in the region.”

 

Date: Wednesday, March 8th

Location: 
Charlotte City Club
121 W. Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 –Directions

Time:
VIP & General Reception, Networking, and Check-In: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch & Presentation: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost:
$45 WACC Member Rate
$65 Non-Member Rate
$35 Student/Educator/TMS Member Rate**
**You must be an individual WACC educator, student, or TMS member to qualify for this rate

Register Online Now
Credit card payments (non-PayPal transactions): Please call 704-687-7762 for payment processing over the phone
Check payments: Please make your check payable to “World Affairs Council of Charlotte” and mail it to the following address:

World Affairs Council of Charlotte
UNC Charlotte – CHHS 227
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

 

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March 13 | Columbia World Affairs Council | The Risk of War with Iran

Award-winning author and a leading expert on US-Iran relations, Trita Parsi will give a talk on the secret diplomacy that led to the nuclear deal and the risk of the US and Iran going to war as the deal is now hanging by a thread. Parsi advised the Obama administration on the nuclear talks and had unique access to both Iranian and American diplomats.
 
His latest book, Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (2017, Yale University Press), examines the backstory of the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran, and is considered the "the fullest treatment of the negotiations, especially under Obama, that we are likely to get for a considerable length of time."
 
Parsi is also known for his 2007 book, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States, which won the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Book Award and the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.
 
Parsi is president of the National Iranian American Council and teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
 
A book signing will follow the luncheon. For more information, contact dmonk@columbiaworldaffairs.org   

$25 members | $35 nonmembers | $20 students

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March 14 | World Affairs Council of Charlotte | WACC Private Dinner with Nancy Lindborg

Join  Nancy Lindborg, President, United States Institute of Peace on Wednesday, March 14th for a small-group conversation over a gourmet dinner.

A champion for human rights, women’s rights, and U.S. humanitarian efforts, her exceptional work is now focused on leading the efforts of the United States Peace Institute. She will share her perspective and answer your questions on national security, global stability, and the work of USIP around the world to help conflict regions achieve peace and resolution.

Date: Wednesday, March  14th

Location: 
Charlotte City Club, 121 W. Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202 – Directions
Pre-Dinner Networking:
6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner:
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $100 – includes photo with Nancy Lindborg, salad, entree, dessert, wine, and coffee (limited to 18 people) 

Register Online Now
Credit card payments (non-PayPal transactions): Please call 704-687-7762 for payment processing over the phone
Check payments: Please make your check payable to “World Affairs Council of Charlotte” and mail it to the following address:

World Affairs Council of Charlotte
UNC Charlotte – CHHS 227
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

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March 15 | World Affairs Council of Charlotte | WACC Speaker Series with Nancy Lindborg

Building Peace in a Dangerous World

“At a time when global threats loom large—from Russia and China’s challenge to America’s interests, to tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea, to the long-running conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan—it can be hard to envision prospects for peace. But practical approaches are making a real difference in conflict zones around the world that matter to U.S. interests.

The United States Institute of Peace, an independent institution founded by Congress, is dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. USIP works directly in conflict zones and provides training, analysis, and resources to people, organizations, and governments working for peace.

Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace, has spent most of her career working in fragile and conflict affected regions. Prior to joining USIP, she served as the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID, where she led teams in response to the ongoing Syria crisis, the droughts in Sahel and Horn of Africa, the Arab Spring, and other global crises. She will share her perspective on current national security challenges and how the U.S. is working for peace around the world.”

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Date:
Thursday, March 15th, 2018
 
Location:
Hilton Charlotte Center City
222 E. Third St.
Charlotte, NC 28202 – Directions
 
Check-In, Networking and VIP Reception:
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch, Presentation, and Q&A:
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
 
Cost:$45 WACC Member Rate
$65 Non-Member Rate 
$30 WACC student/educator/TMS member
You must be an individual WACC educator/student/TMS member to qualify for the $30 rate
               
  • Register online
  • Credit card payments (non-PayPal transactions): Please call 704-687-7762 for payment processing over the phone
  • Check payments: Please make your check payable to “World Affairs Council of Charlotte” and mail it to the following address:

World Affairs Council of Charlotte
UNC Charlotte – CHHS 227
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

 

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March 19 - May 24 | World Affairs Council Upstate | 2018 Spring Language Classes

Regular classes meet once a week for 60 minutes and run for 8 weeks. Intensive classes meet twice a week for a total of three hours each week for 10 weeks. Language classes generally run with 3 to 15 students per class. All students must be members of Upstate International.

Spring Regular Classes:
  • $60 for members  
  • Meet once a week for 60 minutes per lesson
  • Spring regular courses last 8 weeks
Spring Intensive Classes:  
  • $300 for members
  • Meet twice a week for 90 minutes per lesson
  • Spring intensive courses last 10 weeks

 

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March 20 | Indiana Council on World Affairs | Great Decisions - Russia's Foreign Policy

FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION - GREAT DECISIONS 2018: RUSSIA'S FOREIGN POLICY

Briefing Book Author:  Allen Lynch

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia projects an autocratic governance model abroad and works to destabilize liberal democracies. In 2016, Russia caused an international uproar when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. Putin’s foreign policies include other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.

Presenter: Ed Delaney, JD, Indiana House of Representatives                                             

Ed Delaney serves in the Indiana House of Representatives, having retired from Barnes and Thornberg and subsequently from Delaney & Delaney.  In the course of his studies, he became fluent in the Russian language.  He represented the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in an arbitration hearing under the Dayton Peace Accords; and has served as an election monitor for the International Republican Institute in Russia. He was the founding lawyer of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc  .

Families are welcome & it's FREE for high school students.

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When:   February 20, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

            7:00  Registration / 7:30  Presentation plus Q & A / 9:00  Event Concludes

Where:  Carmel High School, Main Cafeteria, Door #7, 520 E. Main St., Carmel, IN  46032

            

 

 

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March 27 | Indiana Council on World Affairs | Great Decisions - U.S. Global Engagement

Topic: U.S. Global Engagement & the Military

Briefing Book Author:  Gordon Adams

At this turning point for U.S. global engagement with a military role, some argue an “America First” paradigm, with a large military to match, while others envision a more traditional assertion of U.S. multilateral leadership. Still others favor greater restraint and cautious cooperation.  The role of U.S. military force, arms sales, and security assistance, in the shifting international system, will be considered.

Presenter: Pierre Atlas, PhD, Professor, Political Science, MarianUniversity

 

Dr. Pierre Atlas, is a professor of political science at Marian University, While serving in the U.S. Army in the 1980’s, he studied Arabic.  As a comparative political scientist, he devotes much of his career to studying and writing articles and book reviews about the Middle East, and has presented numerous conference papers on Middle East politics.  Among courses he teaches are Politics of the Middle East, Civil Wars and Ethnic Conflicts, American Foreign Policy, and Politics of the Global Economy. 

Families are welcome & it's FREE for high school students.

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When:   February 27, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

                    7:00  Registration / 7:30  Presentation plus Q & A / 9:00  Event Concludes

Where:  Carmel High School, Freshman Center, Door #13, 520 E. Main St., Carmel, IN  46032

               MAP: Freshman Center at Carmel High School

 More & Reservations: www.indianaworld.org

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March 28 | World Affairs Council of San Antonio | Global Issues Luncheon: Ambassador Reyna Torres

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