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May 2020 Events

May 5 - 6 | Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall | Gene Sperling on “Economic Dignity”

Gene Sperling is the former director of the National Economic Council, serving under U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. His new book, Economic Dignity, written before the COVID-19 outbreak, Sperling advocates that our economic debate confused ends and means. Should economic success be measured by GNP? Or whether the economy is succeeding based on a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and security of its citizens? Now, more than ever, at a moment when many are questioning the very capacity of modern capitalism to avoid accelerating inequality, a hollowed-out middle class, and structural poverty, Sperling says America needs to step back and reflect on its ultimate goals.The conversation will be moderated by Rick Wartzman, a pulitzer prize winning journalist and current director at the Drucker Institute. 

Gene Sperling is also the author of The Pro-Growth Progressive (2005) and What Works in Girls' Education: Evidence for the World's Best Investment (2004, 2015); founded the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution; has been a senior economic advisor on multiple presidential campaigns; and was a consultant on NBC's The West Wing for four seasons.

 

Rick Wartzman (moderator) is director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute, a part of Claremont Graduate University. Rick is a regular contributor to Fast Company, where his commentary has been recognized by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing with its Best in Business award. Before joining the Drucker Institute in 2007 as its founding executive director—a position he held for nearly nine years—Rick worked for two decades as a reporter, editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. While business editor of The Times, he helped shape a three-part series on Walmart’s impact on the economy and society, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

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May 6 | Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall | Gene Sperling on “Economic Dignity”

Gene Sperling is the former director of the National Economic Council, serving under U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. His new book, Economic Dignity, written before the COVID-19 outbreak, Sperling advocates that our economic debate confused ends and means. Should economic success be measured by GNP? Or whether the economy is succeeding based on a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and security of its citizens? Now, more than ever, at a moment when many are questioning the very capacity of modern capitalism to avoid accelerating inequality, a hollowed-out middle class, and structural poverty, Sperling says America needs to step back and reflect on its ultimate goals.The conversation will be moderated by Rick Wartzman, a pulitzer prize winning journalist and current director at the Drucker Institute. 

Gene Sperling is also the author of The Pro-Growth Progressive (2005) and What Works in Girls' Education: Evidence for the World's Best Investment (2004, 2015); founded the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution; has been a senior economic advisor on multiple presidential campaigns; and was a consultant on NBC's The West Wing for four seasons.

 

Rick Wartzman (moderator) is director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute, a part of Claremont Graduate University. Rick is a regular contributor to Fast Company, where his commentary has been recognized by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing with its Best in Business award. Before joining the Drucker Institute in 2007 as its founding executive director—a position he held for nearly nine years—Rick worked for two decades as a reporter, editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. While business editor of The Times, he helped shape a three-part series on Walmart’s impact on the economy and society, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

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May 6 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | The Current and Future State of NATO

Nato on World map

With the admission of the newest member of the NATO Alliance, The Republic of North Macedonia, NATO stands at a crossroads.  In the face of Chinese and Russia aggression in numerous spheres, continued threats for terrorist organizations, and myriad impacts from COVID-19, NATO will face many challenges and its role in Europe and the world will evolve.

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David Epstein is currently serving as USAFA’s Department of State Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science. Since joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 2007, Mr. Epstein has served in San Salvador, El Salvador; Jerusalem, Israel; Washington, D.C.; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Sofia, Bulgaria. He is the recipient of several Department of State honor awards for his Political-Military affairs work, including a Meritorious Honor Award for his work to help conclude the U.S. – Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement, and a Superior Honor Award for his efforts to enhance U.S.-Bulgaria security and defense relations. Mr. Epstein earned a B.A. from American University and J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.  He is from White Plains, New York and is married with three children.

 

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May 6 | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | WACNH Live! India on the Edge

On Wednesday (5/6) at 6pm, join us in hearing from Dr. Manu Bhagavan, Professor of History at Hunter College,as hetalks about the authoritarian trends that some have seen building under current Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the largest democracy in the world, India. He will also discuss how these trends in India may fit in to growing global trends towards nationalism, illiberalism, and authoritarianism, and his talk will be followed by a Q&A. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org or posted in either of the YouTube or Facebook Live chats before or during the event, so tune in at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there! 

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May 7 | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan | COVID-19 and a Future with Pandemics

When U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic to the Congo Bill Garvelink spoke at the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan two years ago, he listed "pandemics" as the number one global issue about which to be concerned. How right he was! Ambassador Garvelink, with a stellar career at USAID and the State Department, returns to discuss COVID-19 and what might be the best paths forward to be ready for the next pandemic--which, yes, will be coming. His experience as a front-row engaged diplomat and disaster relief expert during the Ebola pandemic gives Ambassador Garvelink special insight. We'll be live on our YouTube channel on Tues., May 12 at noon here.

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May 7 | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan | COVID-19 and a Future with Pandemics

When U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic to the Congo Bill Garvelink spoke at the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan two years ago, he listed "pandemics" as the number one global issue about which to be concerned. How right he was! Ambassador Garvelink, with a stellar career at USAID and the State Department, returns to discuss COVID-19 and what might be the best paths forward to be ready for the next pandemic--which, yes, will be coming. His experience as a front-row engaged diplomat and disaster relief expert during the Ebola pandemic gives Ambassador Garvelink special insight. We'll be live on our YouTube channel on Tues., May 12 at noon here.

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May 7 | Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall | Politics in the Time of Coronavirus

This week, Dan's focus will be "The New Isolationism: Why the US is Turning Inward and What We’re Missing"

 

The novel Coronavirus is rapidly altering our local, state, and federal political landscapes. While daily news outlets offer a constant stream of updates, our new weekly series, Politics in the Time of Coronavirus with Dan Schnur, takes an analytical approach to the biggest headlines of the week and elevates the stories you may have missed. This interactive digital forum will connect the daily news to larger political trends, and seeks to answer your most pressing political questions. Dan, a politics professor at USC, Pepperdine and UC Berkeley, will assess the tactical actions taken by our political leaders, and also dive into broader topics that are intimately affected by our politicians and their policies. Join our weekly livestream every Thursday at 11 am PST to make sense of politics in the time of Coronavirus.

 

** A note to our LAWACTH Members: Please submit your questions in advance via email to kshabanava@lawac.org to ensure your questions are answered by our speakers. 

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May 8 | World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth | Economic Dignity

When Gene Sperling was in charge of coordinating the shaping and execution of the US government’s economic policy in the Obama White House, he found himself surprised and dismayed when serious people in Washington worried out loud to him that the Obama focus on health care was a distraction because it was “not focused on the economy.” How, he asked, was millions of Americans’ fear that they were a single pink slip or a loved one’s serious illness away from financial ruin somehow not considered an economic issue? To him, it was just one more example of a more profound truth he witnessed in his many years in our national economic debate: that when it comes to America’s economic policy, there is too little focus on what the end goal should be. 

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May 8 | World Affairs Councils of America | The Future of a Pandemic Economy

Dennis Lockhart, former President and CEO of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, will share his views on the state of the US economy, how effective economic policy actions have been so far and what else can be done. Lockhart, who led the Atlanta Fed throughout the 2008 financial crisis, will discuss how this situation is different and what we should expect in the years to come.

 

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May 18 | Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall | LA County's COVID-19 Response

The current stay-at-home order issued by LA County is due to end on May 15.  Restless Southern Californians welcome re-entry to their neighborhoods and resuming daily living activities, including going back to work. Though, key questions remain: Will social distancing and the wearing of masks continue? Will there be ample testing available? 

Currently, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order has no end date. A few California counties are due to rescind their lockdown orders in late April. Others will comply with the order until it is rescinded. Other US cities, such as New York, are considering a multi-phase reopening strategy. What’s the plan for LA County?  

Joining us for this webinar are Los Angeles County Supervisor (5th District) and Board Chair Kathryn Barger, and Dr. Barbara Ferrer Director, LA County Dept. of Public Health.  The webinar will be moderated by local journalist and Los Angeles magazine contributor, Jon Regardie. 

 

** A note to our LAWACTH Members: Please submit your questions in advance via email to kshabanava@lawac.org to ensure your questions are answered by our speakers. 

 

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May 19 | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | WACNH Live! The ONE World Campaign

On Tuesday (5/19) at 4pm, join us in hearing from Tom Hart, Executive Director of North America for the ONE Campaign. Hart will be discussing ONE's mission, international projects, and its current work campaigning for the implementation of a comprehensive Global Pandemic Response Plan to fight COVID-19 and be better prepared for future pandemics. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org, or posted in either of the YouTube or Facebook Live chats before or during the event, so tune in at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there!

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May 20 | Global Minnesota | Global Conversations DIGITAL: China’s Road Into Latin America

As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence”?

Join a conversation with Margaret Myers, Director of the Asia & Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, on the regional and global impact of China’s relationship with Latin America.  

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May 21 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | Future of America's Presence in the Persian Gulf

The United States has backed out of an agreement to constrain Iran's nuclear weapons program and imposed onerous sanctions in an effort to apply "maximum pressure" on Iran's Islamic Republic, so far with no change in the regime's dangerous behavior. It has also doubled down on its long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia, despite the kingdom's recent questionable behavior. Meanwhile, China and Russia have elevated their presence. How should the US position itself in this key region of the Middle East?

Join Ambassador Gary Grappo to discuss these issues.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm MDT

 

 

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May 27 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | How Russia works to Influence American Citizens

Russia devotes millions of dollars to trying to influence Americans on social networks. What are Russia’s goals? What messages is Moscow sending us about the COVID epidemic and our coming presidential election?

Thomas Kent is a specialist on international reporting and Russian media. Until September 2018 he was president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a congressionally funded corporation providing news to the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan in 25 languages. He is a senior fellow of the Jamestown Foundation and is currently researching a book on responses to Russian information operations in Europe, Africa and Latin America. He teaches at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute about propaganda, the geopolitics of information and Russian media, and consults for media, NGO and government organizations.

Time:  1:00-3:00 pm MDT

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May 28 | World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth | Leading Israel: Lessons from the Past for the Present

Modern Israel’s founding fathers provided some of the boldest and most principled leadership of any nation. Now Israel needs their example more than ever.At a time when the political destiny of Israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, Be Strong and of Good Courage celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding the country’s future.

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