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January 2020 Events

January 10 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Going on Year Six

More than five years have passed since Ukraine's Maidan Revolution prompted Russia to seize and illegally annex Crimea, then trigger a conflict in eastern Ukraine that has taken more than 13,000 lives.  What is the status of this conflict, and what are the prospects for the future?

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January 12 | World Affairs Council of the Desert | Global Cybersecurity Threats Facing America

Paul Williams is the Chief Technology Officer of Houston-based Clarity Consulting Corporation. Paul has 44 years of breakthrough innovation in cyber security, cryptography, artificial intelligence, high speed databases, software quality test engineering, electronics, communications, mechanical engineering, weapons development and defense related technologies.

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January 13 | World Affairs Council of Jacksonville | Sailing True North

Admiral James Stavridis is a retired 4-star admiral in the U.S. Navy who led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. He is currently an operating executive of The Carlyle Group and serves as the Chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates. His focus is on cybersecurity, geopolitics, NATO, innovation, strategic communications and leadership.

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January 14 | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan | The Inaugural Vandenberg Prize

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) has announced that it will begin awarding an annual Vandenberg Prize to a national or international leader who has been influential in developing global understanding and collaboration on the world stage.

The inaugural recipient of the Vandenberg Prize is Ambassador (ret.) Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. He is the former Ambassador of the United States to Russia (2017-19) at the appointment of President Trump, to China (2009-11) at the appointment of President Obama, and to Singapore (1992-93) at the appointment of President George H.W. Bush.

Ambassador Huntsman was also the 16th Governor of Utah (2005-09) and a 2012 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

The Vandenberg Prize is named after Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg (1881-1951), the inspiration for founding the Council in 1949 by Grand Rapids attorney (and later Federal Judge) Douglas Hillman and businessman Edgar Orr.

In addition, the Council will present the annual Hillman-Orr Award to a West Michigan individual or institution that mirrors the intent of the Council’s founding leaders to bring global awareness and international understanding to the West Michigan community.

The first recipient will be Ms. Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place, Inc., the regional economic development organization for Greater Grand Rapids, which has from its beginnings featured a global reach and international mindset.

The Ambassador and Ms. Klohs will receive the awards at a luncheon at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.  

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January 16 | Worcester World Affairs Council | Famine and Conflicts Around the World

Daniel Maxwell is the Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security at the Friedman School of Nutrition, Science, and Policy at Tufts University. He directs the Food Security and Livelihoods in Complex Emergencies Research Program at the Feinstein International Center. His recent research focuses on the re-emergence of famines in the 21st century and the politics of analyzing and declaring famine. 

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January 21 | Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council | Alfredo Corchado: Homelands

Alfredo Corchado is the Mexico Border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News. His career in journalism includes the El Paso Herald-Post, the Wall Street Journal, and The Dallas Morning News. He is the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize and Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism. His latest book, Homelands, was relaunched in September in Spanish and English paperback version with a new epilogue. 

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January 21 | World Affairs Council of Palm Beach | The Kremlin Playbook: Understanding Russian Malign Influence

Heather A. Conley is senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe Program at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS in 2009, she served as executive director of the Office of the Chairman of the Board at the American National Red Cross.

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January 22 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | Homelands: The Fate of Mexican-American Migration

The border is not just a geographical place, but a mindset. It’s not a no-man’s land over run by criminals in need of a wall to separate us from them. For millions it’s just a dynamic, vibrant place surrounded by some of the safest communities anywhere; It’s also a piñata for politicians and a target for White Supremacist. Whether demographics, or economic integration, the border is a peek into the future. Join us for a conversation with Alfredo Corchado, a renowned author and reporter, about the epicenter of our Homelands, the border.

“This personal, moving tale illuminates the very heart of the polarizing immigration debate that is roiling America today.” – David Axelrod, Former Senior Advisor to Barack Obama

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January 23 | Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council | A Different Look at Rural African Education

Megan O’Neill has spent over three years working in South Africa with Imagine Scholar’s students, where she facilitated classes centered around effective and empathetic communication skill development, developed curriculum for the program and mentored students through the university application process. She now leads Imagine Scholar’s efforts in fundraising and strategic partnership development.

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