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December 2019 Events

December 2 | World Affairs Council of Philadelphia | A Conversation with Samantha Power

Samantha Power served as the former 28th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013-2017. In this one of a kind event, she will talk about her latest book "The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir." Join us for this intimate conversation with Samantha Power and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. 

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December 3 | World Affairs Council of Palm Beach | Seven Revolutions: Mega-Trends Shaping the World to 2050

Sam Brannen is a Senior Fellow for the International Security Program and a Director of the Risk and Foresight Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to these roles, Brannen served as a long-range strategic planner and adviser to senior leaders in government and business. Brannen will use his years of past experience to give an outlook for future global trends leading to 2050 at this speaker event. 

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December 4 | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan | La Virazón : Post-Maria Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria’s devastating effects on Puerto Rico have more than just meteorological causes. In her presentation, Dr. Gilda Gely traces turbulent directional shifts in the colonial past that have impacted decision-making for and by island residents. Despite force majeure events, Dr. Gely says stories of resilient sustainability mark Puerto Rico’s path forward.  

Dr. Gilda Gely, Provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, Davenport University. Q &A moderated by Adnoris “Bo” Torres, Executive Director, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. 

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, 1204 Grandville Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503  

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM. Free and open to the public.


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December 6 | Alaska World Affairs Council | Kim Jong Un’s North Korea | Dr. Jung Pak

Dr. Jung Pak, a former CIA analyst and now a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, will offer insights on Kim’s rise to power, his personality and ruling style, and how he has consolidated his power, despite questions about his age and experience. Dr. Pak will also discuss U.S. policy and the status of nuclear negotiations with North Korea, as well as address audience questions.

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December 9 | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | Global Trivia Night at SNHU

The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host a series of four global trivia nights at the Last Chapter Pub on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University.  The rules are simple: no phones and no shouting out answers!  This will be a fun night of testing your knowledge of global culture, music, politics, sports, and general information. So get together with your smartest friends and come show us what you know!

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December 11 | World Affairs Council of Greater Reading | Making Sense of the Iranian Escalation

Behnam Ben Taleblu is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. He is an expert on Iran's global threat network and politics, having experience working on non-proliferation issues and ballistic missiles from Iran. At this event, Behnam will offer up his expertise on Iran and discuss the current global security issues and escalation as we move forward. 

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December 12 | Savannah Council on World Affairs | The Untapped Path to Global Health, Economic Growth, and Human Security?

Dr. Amy R. Beaudreault is a Research Fellow for the Global Food Security Project and the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. At this event with the Savannah Council on World Affairs, Dr. Beaudreault will discuss economic growth and its relation to global health and human security. 

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December 12 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | Washington’s Blind Spot in Israel-Palestine

The United States has invested billions of dollars and countless diplomatic hours in the pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace and a two-state solution. Yet American attempts to broker an end to the conflict have repeatedly come up short. At the center of these failures lay two critical factors: Israeli power and Palestinian politics. While both Israelis and Palestinians undoubtedly share much of the blame, one also cannot escape the role of the United States, as the sole mediator in the process, in these repeated failures. 

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December 17 | World Affairs Council of Palm Beach | Are We Ready for the Brave New World?

Brigadier General Chad Manske, is the 30th Commandant of the National War College. Brig. Gen. Manske has deployed in Central and Southwest Asia as an air expeditionary wing commander in operations Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector.  His joint assignments include Special Assistant to the Commander U.S. Joint Forces Command/Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation and Director of USCENTCOM Deployment & Distribution Operations Center.

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December 18 | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | American Foreign Policy in the Trump Era

Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. Amb. Burns has years of experience as a Foreign Service Officer, working as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008. At this event with the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Amb. Burns will talk about the current state of American foreign policy and where it is headed in the Trump Era. 

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