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Upcoming Events

February 21 | Taste of the World Dinner

Join us for a Taste of the World Dinner at Sun Ming! Sun Ming is acclaimed for serving the most authentic Chinese cuisine in the Midlands with an accessible menu and delightful atmosphere. As an added treat, Yanxi Liu (our speaker from the Feb. 13 program, China and the U.S.: Cooperation beyond Competition) will be on hand to guide us through the menu. CWAC will provide a spread of appetizers and entrees to be served family style as a basis for the meal and guests can order their favorite libations. All are welcome, so bring a friend!  
Columbia World Affairs Council’s Taste of the World Series hosts dinners at authentic ethnic restaurant in the Midlands, encouraging social interaction among our members, friends, and staff. Good food, company, and cuisine. 

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$25 | Libations are not included.

March 13 | The Risk of War with Iran

Award-winning author and a leading expert on US-Iran relations, Trita Parsi will give a talk on the secret diplomacy that led to the nuclear deal and the risk of the US and Iran going to war as the deal is now hanging by a thread. Parsi advised the Obama administration on the nuclear talks and had unique access to both Iranian and American diplomats.
His latest book, Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (2017, Yale University Press), examines the backstory of the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran, and is considered the "the fullest treatment of the negotiations, especially under Obama, that we are likely to get for a considerable length of time."
Parsi is also known for his 2007 book, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States, which won the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Book Award and the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.
Parsi is president of the National Iranian American Council and teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
A book signing will follow the luncheon. For more information, contact   

$25 members | $35 nonmembers | $20 students

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