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April 2 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | The Woodlands - Ambassador David Rank

In the last 40 years, China's stated annual growth averaged close to 10% per year. Under its hybrid capitalist-communist model, China became the world's second largest economy and dramatically expanded its political, economic and military influence around the world. But even before the recent economic slowdown, there have been significant concerns about the increasingly autocratic rule of President Xi and the lack of political freedoms and basic human rights, as exemplified by the estimated over 1 Million Uighurs currently imprisoned in 're-education camps' in Western China.

Internationally, China's massive One Belt One Road global initiative, represents an economic and political challenge to U.S. global influence. Its vast claims of disputed territory in the South China Sea highlight the potential military threat from China and the deep concerns of many of our key allies in Asia. And while the U.S. is notably challenging China's trade policies, there are also areas where the U.S. can clearly benefit from Chinese assistance, such as negotiating with North Korea.

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April 3 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | Ambassador David Rank

In the last 40 years, China's stated annual growth averaged close to 10% per year. Under its hybrid capitalist-communist model, China became the world's second largest economy and dramatically expanded its political, economic and military influence around the world. But even before the recent economic slowdown, there have been significant concerns about the increasingly autocratic rule of President Xi and the lack of political freedoms and basic human rights, as exemplified by the estimated over 1 Million Uighurs currently imprisoned in 're-education camps' in Western China.

Internationally, China's massive One Belt One Road global initiative, represents an economic and political challenge to U.S. global influence. Its vast claims of disputed territory in the South China Sea highlight the potential military threat from China and the deep concerns of many of our key allies in Asia. And while the U.S. is notably challenging China's trade policies, there are also areas where the U.S. can clearly benefit from Chinese assistance, such as negotiating with North Korea.

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April 3 | World Affairs (Northern California) | China’s Future and Its Implications for The United States

China has made tremendous progress during the past four decades, but what lies ahead is less clear. While some see the country as an unstoppable juggernaut destined to clash with or to displace the United States as global leader, that prospect is premature. The challenges ahead will be much harder to meet. Thomas Fingar will discuss China's future and its implications for the United States.

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April 3 | World Affairs Council of Philadelphia | The Mexico City Policy and Changes to Title X

About the Event

While many people don’t know it by its official name, the Mexico City policy, often referred to by critics as the global gag rule, is a U.S. government policy that blocks U.S. federal funding for non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counseling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion or expand abortion services. Since 1984, when it was first implemented by the Reagan Administration, the United States Agency for International Development has enforced the policy during all subsequent Republican Administrations and rescinded the policy at the direction of all Democratic Administrations

More recently, on June 1, the Trump administration published a series of proposed changes to the regulations governing the Title X family planning program, which has now come to be known as the “domestic gag rule.”

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a discussion with several experts to learn more about these policies and their effects on organizations that provide family planning services and care to women, as well as HIV treatment and care to the public.

 

About the Panelists

  • Kimberly Mutcherson, Co-Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers University Camden
  • Ben Weingrod, Director of Government Relations, CARE USA

 

Event Options

Students & Young Friends
• Program only: $5 or Lecture Pass

Members
• Program only: $15 or Lecture Pass

General Public
• Program only: $25

 

Important Information

Want to become a member or register using your company's corporate membership benefits? Call Margaret Keenan at 215-561-4700 ext. 222  to take advantage of membership for discounted tickets to programs.

For the accommodation of special needs at events (e.g. hearing/vision impairments, dietary restrictions, wheelchair accessibility) please call Hayley Boyle, 215-561-4700 ext. 227 or Kristi Scogna, ext. 235.

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April 9 | Alabama World Affairs Council | Corruption and Its Impact

Sarah Chayes launched a corruption and security initiative, which analyzed the structure of kleptocratic governments around the world, the other risk factors with which public corruption is interacting in specific countries, the likelihood of a significant security event resulting, and potential approaches available to different local and international actors.

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April 9 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | False Dawn

Over eight years after the Arab Spring, hopes for democracy have disappeared in a maelstrom of violence and renewed state repression. In False Dawn, Steven A. Cook looks at the trajectory of events across the region from the initial uprising in Tunisia to the failed coup attempt in Turkey to explain why the uprisings did not succeed.

Despite appearances, there were no true revolutions in the Middle East. None of the affected societies underwent social revolutions, and the old structures of power were never eliminated. Because of limited true influence, Cook also argues that the U.S. cannot shape the politics of the Middle East going forward and that the future of the region lies in the hands of the people who live there.

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April 9 | World Affairs Council of Palm Beach | Venezuela’s Descent into Dictatorship

El-Hage often lectures about how Chavismo gradually turned Venezuela's stable democracy into an anachronistic, quasi-communist dictatorship where individuals lack the basic political and economic rights that would allow them to lead normal, dignified lives. He will discuss the true state of Human Rights in Latin America and beyond.

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April 15 - 16 | World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth | American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space

Fifty years after the first lunar landing on the moon, award-winning historian and perennial The New York Times bestselling author, Douglas Brinkley, returns to the 1960’s space race in American Moonshot. New interviews from those who were apart of the history-making NASA experience and part of the and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, vividly describe how the U.S. won the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.

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April 17 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | 21st Annual Jesse H. Jones Award Luncheon

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston is pleased to honor an individual who, in the spirit of Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones, has contributed to the international spirit of our city. In celebration of the 21st Annual Jesse H. Jones Award, the World Affairs Council is proud to honor Jeff Shellebarger as its 2019 International Citizen of the Year.

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