June 3 | Global Ties Arizona | New Times for Transatlantic Relations
The Ambassador represents His Majesty The King of the Belgians and Belgium’s federal government in the United States of America and in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. He is responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including bilateral political and economic relations, and visa and consular services.
June 4 | World Affairs (Northern California) | The Future of Ukraine: Why It Matters
On April 21, Ukrainians went to the polls and in a landslide vote, elected as their president Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky is a 41-year-old comedian and political novice that stars in a TV series playing a high school teacher who becomes president when his rant against corrupt politicians goes viral. Political analysts see this as a protest vote against rampant corruption, economic hardship and a seemingly never-ending war in eastern Ukraine fomented and supported by Russia. This war has killed 13,000 and internally displaced close to 2 million people leaving Ukrainians deeply frustrated and ready for a change.
June 12 | World Affairs Council of Greater Reading | Terror Finance: The War Behind the War on Terror
John Cassara began his 26 year government career as an intelligence officer during the Cold War. He later served as a Treasury Special Agent in both the U.S. Secret Service and US Customs Service where he investigated money laundering, trade fraud and international smuggling. He was an undercover arms dealer for two years. Assigned overseas, he developed expertise in Middle East money laundering, value transfer and underground financial systems. Mr. Cassara pioneered the concept of trade transparency units (TTUs) and has worked to demonstrate the link between trade fraud and underground financial systems.
June 15 | Global Minnesota | Year of South Africa Gala
Join us for our annual fundraising gala as we explore South African culture, highlight U.S.-South Africa relations, and connect Minnesotans to our African partner. Featuring fine South African-inspired cuisine and entertainment, the Tour the World live and silent auctions, and guest of honor Consul General Phumzile Mazibuko, the gala is set to be a one-of-a-kind evening that raises critical funds to support Global Minnesota’s mission.
June 20 | WorldBoston | Decoding U.S.-China Trade
Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China’s. Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices? There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused.
June 20 | World Affairs Council of Sonoma County | U.S. Economic Sanctions: Their Legal Framework and Actual Economic Impact
Bouvet will first present the legal texts (U.S. and international laws) that the U.S. has used to impose economic sanctions on other countries, focusing on the post-WWII period. She will discuss the intent of these sanctions and present their actual economic impact on the countries targeted by these sanctions.
June 24 | Pacific and Asian Affairs Council | 20th Annual Human Rights Academy
On the 20th anniversary, participants will work collaboratively to create a framework for a Voluntary Local Review and the Universal Periodic Review to show how Hawaii can achieve the Global Goals through a human rights-based approach at the grassroots level for the global reviews. Students will also learn more about the mechanisms in place at the United Nations to assess the progress of humanity in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Global Human Rights.