June 19, 2020
NEXT WEEK on Cover to Cover :
Mira Rapp-Hooper on America's Alliances
Register now for WACA's  Cover to Cover conference call on  Tues., June 23 at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring  Mira Rapp-Hooper, Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Senior Fellow at Yale's Paul Tsai China Center, on her new book  Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances .

Mira Rapp-Hooper reveals the remarkable success of America’s unprecedented system of alliances developed during the Cold War. Today, China and Russia seek to break America’s alliances through conflict and non-military erosion. Meanwhile, U.S. politicians and voters are increasingly skeptical of alliances’ costs and benefits and believe we may be better off without them. But what if the alliance system is a victim of its own quiet success? Rapp-Hooper argues that America’s national security requires alliances that deter and defend against military and non-military conflict alike.
Vulnerability Amplified - A Special WAC Pride Month Event
Join the World Affairs Councils of America, WorldOregon, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and World Affairs Council of Seattle for a special Pride Month program on Tuesday, June 23, at 3:00 PM ET, spotlighting the groundbreaking work of OutRight Action International. OutRight recently released a pioneering report, “ Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ People,” documenting the effects of the pandemic on LGBTIQ people.

While the COVID-19 pandemic leaves no country and no individual unaffected, drawing on almost 60 rapid research interviews conducted with LGBTIQ people in all regions of the world, the report overwhelmingly shows that the challenges faced by LGBTIQ people as a result of the virus and surrounding containment measures are specific and amplified compared to the broader population. Register here for the event to learn about OutRight’s research and response to COVID-19 and their 30-year history working for human rights for LGBTIQ people globally.

Featured speakers:

  • Jessica Stern, Executive Director, OutRight Action International
  • Neish McLean, Caribbean Program Officer, OutRight Action International
  • Luiza Drummond Veado, United Nations Program Officer, OutRight Action International
Columbus CWA and WACA Partner on June 25 Immigration Program
Columbus Council on World Affairs will present Alfredo Corchado, Mexico City Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News, for " Immigration, COVID-19, and the U.S. Economy" on Thurs., June 25, at 12:00 PM ET .

Due to the global pandemic, stay at home orders, quarantine, and social distancing practices are the new normal. Human movement around the globe has come to an almost screeching halt. While national governments threaten the complete suspension of migration, preventing people from moving across borders is not as obvious of a solution as it may seem - nor as beneficial.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, with cases continuing to rise, supply chains around the globe are beginning to take a hit. Most notably the food supply chain is beginning to strain. The meatpacking industry, unable to accommodate proper social distancing protocol, is experiencing a severe hit to their workforce. Farmers and agricultural businesses are taking to the fields after the winter season and need an abundance of able-bodied workers. But who typically fills these roles? According to the Department of Agriculture, about half the country’s field hands, more than a million workers, are undocumented immigrants.

With administrations pushing for decreased migration across borders and the food industry pushing for more workers, where does that leave the undocumented immigrant?
After the success of the CxC: Amplified Putting the World Back Together Ideas Summit last month, WACA is delighted to amplify the voices of Councils around the country. To view CxC Summit recordings including the Summit highlights video package, check out WACA's YouTube page here. (We will be adding more session videos as we receive them from Councils.)

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