July 2 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | Luncheon: Qatari Ambassador Al-Thani
Along with becoming a leading power in the region, Qatar has recently been at odds with some of its neighbors on issues such as: its rapprochement with Iran and Turkey; the role of political Islam; or its support of the UN-backed Libyan government in Tripoli - which is under attack from General Haftar, the militia leader backed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Ambassador Al-Thani will discuss the outlook for Qatar, its evolving strategic regional roles and its ever growing influence in the broader Middle East.
July 10 | World Affairs (Northern California) | The Impossible Dream of a World Without the Bomb
When Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev sat down in Reykjavik in 1986, George Shultz, the American secretary of state at the time, said that it was "the poker game with the highest stakes ever played." It was the last time the world had a chance to do away entirely with nuclear weapons. Journalist Guillaume Serina will discuss the Reykjavik summit and the lasting reprecussions it has had on history in his new book at this event with World Affairs.
July 11 | World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky | America and the New Global Superpower Competition
Join the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to help host General Ben Hodges, Commander of the U.S. Army Europe from 2014 to 2017. General Hodges now serves as the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies for the Center for European Policy and Analysis. He will discuss how America should respond in this new competition with integrated military, diplomatic, and private investment initiatives.
July 16 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | On the Struggles for Democracy and the Future of Libya
Since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has experienced extreme turmoil and instability. Major developments happening in Libya place peace in the background and democracy far away. Ambassador Wafa Bughaighis will speak more to this, utilizing her experience as the Government of National Accord's ambassador to the U.S. Join the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston to learn more about the future of Libya at this event.
July 17 | World Affairs Council of Hilton Head | Summer Forum: Lynne Cope Hummell
Lynne Cope Hummell is the editor of The Bluffton Sun and The Hilton Head Sun, two independetly owned community newspapers. Lynne earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. This month's Summer Forum will open up a discussion surrounding journalism and community relations shaped by her years of experience as a journalist, director, and volunteer in the Hilton Head area.
July 19 | World Affairs Council of Atlanta | Qatar: Unpacking the Crisis
Qatar is on the hot seat. Several countries in the Persian Gulf as well as other Arab nations have begun a blockade on the oil wealthy Arab state on accusations of supporting terror. Protests have mounted from London to Istanbul demanding that the blockade be lifted.
July 21 | World Affairs Forum (Stamford) | Political Tribes
Join Amy Chua, renowned author, professor, and laywer, for a forum event hosted by the World Affairs Forum discussing "Political Tribes." Amy was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2011, along with several other awards for her work and expertise in international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law.
July 29 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | A Taste of Thailand - Dinner with Honorary Consul
Join us for a three course Thai dinner where we will taste traditional cuisine and learn more about Thailand and its customs from Thailand's Honorary Consul, Charles Foster. Charles Foster is the chairman of Foster LLP and is based in our Houston office. Recognized as a Best Lawyer in America, Chambers USA Senior Statespeople, Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration Thought Leader, and Top 100 attorney in Houston, his practice focuses primarily on representing multinational companies and foreign investors regarding U.S. immigration law.