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Councils of the Month - February 2017

This week, Global Ties U.S. will hold its annual national meeting in Washington, DC, under the theme "Unity in Community." The World Affairs Councils of America shares 27 member organizations in common with Global Ties, and we also share a common commitment to strengthening international relationships to create greater peace and prosperity at home and abroad. 

WACA is proud to recognize two of these member organizations as February's Councils of the Month. Global Minnesota and the World Affairs Council of Oregon have been doing excellent work to promote citizen diplomacy for more than 60 years each. I invite you to consider (below) the commentary of Global Minnesota President Carol Engebretson Byrne and Program Director Tim Odegard, published in the Star Tribune, and the recent statement of WAC Oregon President Derrick Olsen, in which he also emphasized the critical need to build people-to-people relationships within our local communities and globally.
Global Minnesota - Council of the Month

By Carol Engebretson Byrne and Tim Odegard.

In 1949, Minnesota welcomed a 22-year-old law student named Josef Mestenhauser, a refugee fleeing political persecution in Communist Czechoslovakia. Four years later, he co-founded the organization that today is known as Global Minnesota, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to promoting international understanding through education and citizen diplomacy.

For more than 60 years, Global Minnesota has connected Minnesota communities, educators, schoolchildren, political leaders, business executives, and everyday citizens with visitors from around the world. Thanks to these professional and educational exchanges, international diplomacy happens right here in Minnesota, conducted by Minnesotans, and it makes a meaningful difference in our lives and in the lives of people around the globe.

Today's ill-conceived barriers place that mission of person-to-person diplomacy at risk, precisely at the moment our nation and our state need it most. In the past year alone, Global Minnesota has hosted dozens of emerging leaders from the Middle East and Africa through the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

Minnesota journalists and social-media specialists have met with their Middle Eastern counterparts to discuss the First Amendment and protection of free speech.

Arab women leaders from government and non-profit sectors shared strategies with local organizations working to address youth radicalization and learned about judicial and legislative practices that protect women and children.

Iraqi and Sudanese disability advocates discussed how Minnesota's public and private sectors respond to the need for greater accessibility.
Middle Eastern and North African security officers responsible for their countries' cooperation in the global effort to combat international crime shared best practices with Minnesota law enforcement and justice officials.

Yezidi activist Dr. Nagham Nawzat Hasan from Iraq poses with a Minnesota second grader.
Under the new travel restrictions announced by the Trump administration, many of these valuable exchanges would never have taken place. We would certainly never have been able to host the group of Iraqi women parliamentarians who at this very moment are applying the knowledge they gained in Minnesota to promote women's political participation in Iraq. Nor would we have been able to host the two inspiring "International Women of Courage" award winners who visited Minnesota in April, a Yemeni lawyer who is drafting her country's new constitution, and an Iraqi physician working to heal the physical and psychological wounds of Yazidi women brutalized by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. 

We are better, stronger, and, yes, safer because of our personal engagement with these individuals - through the friendships we've forged, the knowledge we've gained, and the values we've shared.

Global Minnesota, together with our many members and supporters, will continue to reject the pessimism and fear that tempt us to shut ourselves off from the world. Minnesota's gift to the world - and to ourselves - will continue to be the enthusiastic and optimistic engagement that builds bridges and opens doors, and says to international visitors, researchers, refugees, scholars, business partners, and immigrants: "Welcome, friends."
WAC Oregon - Council of the Month
Dear Friend,

Over the last several days, there has been a swell of voices around the world. People from all walks of life are calling out for equality, peace, and freedom.

The World Affairs Council of Oregon is listening. This is a watershed moment in history-for the world, for our country, and for Oregon. We are excited to see our amazing local community continue to show the world what we value, through our words and actions. Thank you.

Since 1950, our work has affirmed that the most powerful way to help grow a more equal, more prosperous, more compassionate world is here in our hands. It starts when we open up our minds, our homes, and our businesses to the larger world. 

We strive to:

Start with the belief that every voice has value. Every experience, every story has something to teach us-from the farthest reaches of the planet to our own backyard.

When we truly listen, we truly learn. We need to continually ask ourselves: Is our geography, our culture, or our bias keeping us from seeing an opportunity for growth? How can we seek common ground-solutions where we all win?

Beyond ideas and rhetoric, it's time to forge real relationships with individuals outside of our day-to-day circles. The World Affairs Council of Oregon provides events and opportunities for firsthand engagement with citizens from across the globe, both abroad and close to home.

Now more than ever, your support is invaluable. With your voice, your time, and your talent, you continue to tell the world that we are not afraid to look outward, to clasp hands across divisions, and to support an Oregon and an America that knows: our ability to connect globally is an essential investment in a better future.

Thank you from all of us at the World Affairs Council of Oregon!
KNOW NOW Conference Call on U.S.-Mexico Relations

Due to technical difficulties, last week's call with former Mexican President Vicente Fox , was cancelled. The call is rescheduled for Tuesday, February 7, at 5:00 PM ET . We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope that you can all join us again on this new date. 

The dial-in Information is as follows: 

1. Call either of the following numbers:
Toll Conference Line: 1-310-372-7549
Toll-Free Conference Line: 1-800-719-7514

2. Enter Conference Code:
Conference Code: 591206

President Fox has been at odds with President Donald Trump since the 2016 campaign trail when candidate Trump announced that he would build a border wall and convince the Mexican government to pay for it. President Fox, in an interview on NBC's Today show last week, said that the bilateral relationship is "at the very lowest point since the war [1846-1848] between Mexico and the United States." ( Full bio.)

Jim Falk, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, will moderate the call.  
Future of Korea Series: Applications Due February 15

We are pleased to announce our continued collaboration with the  Korea Economic Institute of America  on the  Future of Korea  program series. The speaker program will focus on the economic and political situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as U.S.-Korea relations.

All Councils may submit applications; six to eight Councils will be selected to participate. 
About the Program
The centerpiece of the program is a panel discussion consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panel participants typically offer a general overview presentation, followed by a Q&A period. For more information about the program click here

To Apply
Councils interested in hosting need to send a completed Application Form to Tori Baskind at  tbaskind@worldaffairscouncils.org by February 15, 2017.
Cover to Cover Author Series

February's Cover to Cover will host David Biello, TED's new science curator, on his new book The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age  on Wednesday, February 15, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET .

David Biello is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999. He has been an editor and contributing writer at Scientific American, and he also contributes frequently to the Los Angeles Review of Books, Yale e360, Nautilus, and Aeon. Biello has been a guest on radio shows, such as WNYC's The Takeaway, NHPR's Word of Mouth, and PRI's The World. He hosts the ongoing duPont-Columbia award-winning documentary Beyond the Light Switch for PBS. 
Global I.Q. Minute: Sebastian Mallaby

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's Global I.Q. Minute podcast hosts some of the world's leading thinkers, writers, and diplomats. In this episode, Council President Jim Falk speaks with Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volker Senior Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. The discussion focused on the future of the UK and the EU, along with how Fed Chair Janet Yellen can learn from and avoid the same mistakes that Alan Greenspan made in his time as Federal Reserve Chairman. Listen to the podcast here.
Vacancies: Education Program Manager and Communications Associate 

Pittsburgh The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh seeks to hire an Education Program Manager and a part-time Communications Associate to join a dynamic team with a mission to increase global awareness in the Pittsburgh region.
The Education Program Manager will be responsible for engaging middle and high school students and teachers through global education programs with a focus on a range of international issues. The manager will be expected to continue developing the flagship education program and the Global Leadership Certificate. See full job description and requirements here.

The Communications Associate will develop and implement a comprehensive communication plans and marketing ideas to further the awareness of the Council. Through social media outlets, management of the official website of the Council, and other forms of contact, this position will keep community members informed on current and upcoming events. See full job description and requirements here.

We encourage anyone who is interested to send all pertinent information jobs@worldpittsburgh.org by the appropriate deadlines.
Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017

This year's  AWQ Study Guide , is now available, along with complete information about the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest  National Competition.  

The  Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition  will be held on  Saturday, April 29,  at the  National Press Club  in  Washington, DC .

This year's National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the  United States Institute of Peace , on  Friday, April 28, at 4:30-6:00 PM.  For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click  here

Registration for the AWQ National Competition has started.  Teams  must complete this Registration Form as soon as possible in order to participate.  Registration forms are due no later than March 20! 

Please see the 2017 Program Schedule and stay tuned for updates. 

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World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, February 6

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, and moderator Rebecca Westerfield, founding member and former director of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), on "The Drones Memos" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan's Great Decisions lecture series features Jason Beaubien, NPR global health and development correspondent, on "Prescription for Global Health" Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Shen Dingli, associate dean at Fudan University Institute of International Studies, on "China's View of Its Role in the World" Details

Naples Council on World Affairs hosts Danielle Pletka, vice-president of the foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, on "An Overview of Today's Middle East" Details

WorldDenver hosts Phil Brenner, professor of international relations and affiliate professor of history at American University: Arturo Lopez-Levy, lecturer at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley; and Juan Triana, professor at University of Havana and senior researcher at the Research Centre on Cuban Economy, on "A New Era for Cuba: Panel Discussion" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts a Great Decisions lecture Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts a Great Decision lecture series on "Trade and Politics" Details

World Affairs Council of Washington D.C. hosts "WorldQuest Pub Quiz" Details

Tuesday, February 7

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts General David Perkins, four star Commanding General in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, on "Developing Leaders to Succeed on an International Stage" Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Rana Foroohar, newly named global business columnist and Associate Editor for the Financial Times, on "Things that Worry Me - and Things that Don't - in the Global Economy" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago, professor emeritus of economics and Latin American studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva, professor at the Center for the Studies of the Cuban Economy, University of Havana, on "The Future of the Cuban Economy" Details

Indiana Council on World Affairs  hosts a Great Decisions lecture on "Trade and Politics" featuring  Dr. Philip Powell of Indiana University  Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Chas W. Freeman, senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies of Brown University, to discuss how U.S. foreign policy must change to suit today's increasingly competitive and disorderly world   Details
Wednesday, February 8

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Kevin Rudd, President of Asia Society Policy Institute and former Prime Minister of Australia, on "Asia's Rise in a Year of Uncertainty" Details

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts Janis Mazeiks, Latvian Ambassador to the United Nations, on " A New Cold War in East Europe?" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Colonel Scott Sanborn, director of the U.S. Army War College's National Security Policy Program, on "Drones: Past, Present, and Future" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Jonathan Berman, CEO of JE Berman Associates, on "Africa Rising: Succeeding in the World's Fastest Growing Economy" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Robert S. Kaplan, President and CEO of Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, on "Leadership Lessons" Details

Thursday, February 9

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Franz Paasche, senior vice president in office of corporate affairs & communications at PayPal; Erin Steinhauer, vice president of global financial inclusion at Visa Inc; Olivia White, principal at McKinsey & Company; and moderator Nicolette Van Exel, head of corporate social responsibility at Intuit, on "Financial Inclusion through a Global Lense" Details

Global Minnesota hosts Bill Davnie, former Department of State foreign service officer, on "The Future of Europe"  Details

Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts Edward Alden, author of "Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy" and William Holahan, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Emeritus Economist, on "Fireside Forum: Rusted Out: Trade, Technology, and Jobs" Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Peter Robbins, photographer and traveler, to discuss his bike trip from China to Italy via the Silk Road Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Dr. Juan Carlos Botero, executive director of the World Justice Project, on "Understanding the "Rule of Law"-- and Why It Matters to Us All with Dr. Juan Carlos Botero" Details

North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts David Shirk, associate professor and director of master of arts in international relations program, department of political science and international relations at the University of San Diego, on "U.S.-Mexico Relations in Uncertain Times" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Landon Shroder, founder of the AP Math Labs; and Marc Mori, AP Math Labs board member and former supervisory special agent in the FBI, on "Young Professionals - Fighting Extremism and Violence: Countering ISIS and others Through Social Media" Details

Friday, February 10

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts Jake Wood, veterans' advocate and Former Marine Corps sniper, on "Veterans Who Help Out in Disasters" Details

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Edward Kinney, retired federal government information systems and cyber security specialist, on "The Cyber Security Challenge: Ensuring the Success of Our Economy and Democracy" Details

Windham World Affairs Council hosts Kevin Quigley, president of the Marlboro College, on "Peace Corps and Community Service: An Idea Whose Time Has Come Again?" Details
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
Ambassador Heather Hodges, President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs,  Colombia Rediscovered : February 3 - 13.

Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004, extension 209 or 217.

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