March 6 | World Affairs Council of Albuquerque | Four Decades of U.S.-Iran Conflict and the Drumbeats of a Regional War
President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the re-imposition of crushing sanctions, and veiled threats of regime change have pushed the conflict toward a potential military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. and its regional allies. The talk will examine the history and the driving forces of this conflict and the likelihood of its turning into a confrontation that would involve other players in the region and beyond
March 7 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | Canada-U.S. Relations: Friends, Partners, Allies
The Canada-United States partnership is forged by shared geography, similar values, common interests, deep connections and powerful, multi-layered economic ties. The two nations enjoy the largest trading relationship in the world, and close to 400,000 people cross the shared border each day for business or pleasure or to maintain family ties. A secure and efficient flow of goods and people across the border is vital to both countries’ economic competitiveness and prosperity.
March 13 | International Relations Council | Brexit and The Future of Europe
Since the June 2016 Brexit referendum, the United Kingdom has entered uncharted territory as it prepares to leave the European Union on March 29. As the new year dawned, there were questions about whether Brexit would happen, in what form, and how it would affect politics and economics. Amanda Sloat from the Brookings Institution will discuss the latest developments and discuss what Brexit means for the UK, US, and Europe.
March 20 | Richmond World Affairs Council | Ukraine, Russia and World Order
Ambassador Taylor will speak on the current state of the Russian-Ukraine conflict, and what it means to U.S. policy and our international relations.
William B. Taylor is the executive vice president at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009, and was also coordinator of U.S. assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
He has had a long career at the U.S. State Department, where he was, for instance, special coordinator for Middle East Transitions, involved in U.S. policy and assistance processes in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Israel and Gaza, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Ambassador Taylor is a graduate of West Point and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and served as an infantry platoon leader and combat company commander in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Germany.
March 28 | World Affairs Council of Charlotte | WACC Ambassadors Circle Series
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte for the WACC Ambassadors Circle Series with H.E. Audrey Patrice Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica to the United States on March 28. Ambassador Marks will discuss the current state of Jamaican-American relations, including developments on foreign policy and trade.