Embassy Row Live! with Ukrainian Ambassador; Star Speakers; WorldOregon Event; Cover to Cover Registration; WACA Internship; WorldQuest Weekly; Job Announcements in the Network; Council Highlights & more!
Embassy Row Live! with Ukraine's Ambassador
Thursday, January 27 at 7:00 PM ET
Ukranian Ambassador Oksana Markarova will address today's crisis in Ukraine and the country's fraught history with Russia in an event hosted by the Indiana Council on World AffairsThursday, January 27 at 7:00 PM ET - as part of WACA's Embassy Row Live! series.
The whole world watches anxiously as Russia has positioned an army of 100,000 troops along the Eastern border of Ukraine. The second largest country in Europe, Ukraine regained its independence in 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, declaring its foreign policy choice to join the EU and NATO. In 2014 Russia invaded Ukraine, attempted to annex the Crimea, and instigated war in Donbass. By launching military aggression against Ukraine, Russia violated the fundamental norms and principles of international law, and led to dire humanitarian impacts. Russian aggression has claimed about 14 thousand lives of Ukrainians. Just what are Russia’s intentions now? And what does Ukraine need from the West to resolve this existential impasse and repulse a military aggression?

Please join us to hear Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, as she gives her assessment of Ukraine’s long and storied past, precarious present, and aspirations for the future as a free, independent, and democratic country. Dr. Betty Tonsing, who serves on the Indiana Council on World Affairs Board of Directors, will moderate the discussion.
More Star Speakers At Councils This Week!
Andrew Tabler
Martin J. Gross Fellow
Anna Borshchevskaya
Sen. Fellow, Washington Institute
Kurt Ver Beek
Co-Founder, Association for a More Just Society
Amb. (Ret.) John Herbst
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
2003-2006
Naomi Kikoler
Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
Damon Wilson
President and CEO, National Endowment for Democracy
Amb. John Emerson
Chairman, ACG
Sigmar Gabriel
Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke
Cuba: The U.S. Embargo After 60 Years
January 28 at 9:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST
On February 3, 1962, President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order to impose “an embargo on all trade with Cuba.”

On the 60th anniversary of the embargo, WorldOregon, WACA, the National Security Archive, and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) will host a special panel of policy analysts and economists: William LeoGrande, Senior Fellow at WOLA, Ricardo Torres Pérez, one of Cuba's leading economists, and Gail Reed, Founder of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba.

This Friday's event will be hosted by Mariakarla Nodarse, WOLA's Assistant Director for Cuba, and moderated by Peter Kornbluh, the National Security Archive's Cuba Policy Specialist.

The panel will explore questions including: How has the embargo endured for six decades as the longest set of sanctions in U.S. foreign policy history? Has it advanced U.S. policy goals toward Cuba? What is its impact on the Cuban people?
February Cover to Cover With U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna!
WACA's February Cover to Cover will be held Thursday, February 10 at 2:00 PM ET. Congressman Ro Khanna represents Silicon Valley in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has taught economics at Stanford, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration, and represented tech companies and startups in private practice.

His new book, Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us, offers a vision for democratizing digital innovation to build economically vibrant and inclusive communities by tackling existing challenges in the tech field. Anchored by an approach Khanna calls “progressive capitalism,” he shows how democratizing access to technology can strengthen every sector of economy and culture.
Council of the Month: World Affairs Council of Seattle
For more than 70 years, the World Affairs Council of Seattle has provided a forum for discussion and dialogue on pressing global issues. During the pandemic, it has explored ways to make their programs more accessible. In particular, WAC Seattle is committed to continuing to learn and to take ongoing meaningful action on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

The loud calls for racial justice that swept the country also made WAC Seattle look at their programs, constituencies, and operations. Their board and staff underwent anti-racism training and the staff meets biweekly for an anti-racism discussion group. The board and staff are moving forward in creating a new strategic plan with a strong focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion to better deliver the Council's mission.
WorldQuest Weekly Quiz
This week's WACA WorldQuest Weekly is out! Test your global affairs awareness and dive into news stories that represent a broad spectrum of developments of interest and importance. Most of the questions are drawn from both WACA's Weekly World News Update, and a curated news Twitter feed @TNWAC #WACquiz.

In partnership with WACA, WorldQuest Weekly is produced by the Tennessee World Affairs Council, which offers customized subscriptions to the quiz for Council members. Contact pat@tnwac.org or visit tnwac.org/quiz for details.

Congratulations to last week's winners (10/10)!
Clarice (Indianapolis, IN) & Serge (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
WACA Spring Internship Applications
Application Deadline: January 28, 2022
The World Affairs Councils of America is seeking a Communications and a Programs Intern. Interns must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program or have graduated within the last calendar year. Interns will gain skills that will help them in their careers and support the organization of programs including Academic WorldQuest!

See WAC Atlanta's New President in Action
Rickey Bevington took the helm of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta earlier this month.

Last Friday, she interviewed General Philip Breedlove, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the U.S. European Command Commander. They spoke about the crisis in Ukraine and what it means for the future of Europe, NATO, and U.S.-Russia relations. Watch the program here.

WACA will share more on Rickey--and other new Council leaders--in February's newsletter.
Job Announcements in the Network
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth seeks to hire a Marketing and Communications Coordinator and a Programs Manager. Learn more.
World Affairs Council of Atlanta seeks to hire a Business Manager. Learn more.
WorldDenver seeks to hire an International Exchange Programs Coordinator and an Education and Exchange Fellow. Learn more.
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville seeks to hire a Director of Operations and Administration. Learn more.
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh seeks to hire an Event Manager. Learn more.
Global Minnesota seeks to hire an Marketing and Communications Manager, an International Exchange Coordinator, and a Major Gifts & Individual Giving Officer. Learn more.
International Institute of Buffalo seeks to hire an Employment Case Manager. Learn more.
Monday 1/24

World Affairs Council of Naples hosts Andrew Tabler, Martin J. Gross Fellow on Arab Studies, and Anna Borshchevskaya, Senior Fellow on Russian Policy in the Middle East at the Washington Institute, for "Putin's Strategy in Syria: Unpacking Russia's Syria Strategy"

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts Jeremy Mahugh, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the DeliverFund, for "Human Trafficking: Bringing Solutions to Ending Human Trafficking" (In Person)

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow at the Center on the U.S. and Europe at the Brookings Institution, for "The U.S.-Russian Conflict in Ukraine and Beyond"

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Steven Koonin, Professor at New York University, for "A Conversation" (In Person)

Tuesday 1/25

World Affairs Council of Michigan hosts Kurt Ver Beek, Co-Founder of Association for a More Just Society, for "A Honduran Surprise"

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts John Russell, Partner at Dentons Global Advisors, for "Inside Capitol Hill: Key 2022 Legislative Priorities"

World Affairs Forum hosts Hani Sabra, the Founder of Alef Advisory, for "MENA In Focus"

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts a panel of experts for "Stories from Around the World" (In Person)

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg presents "Travel Live"

Wednesday 1/26

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Amb. (Ret.) John Herbst, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2003-2006, for "Crisis in Ukraine: What's At Stake?"

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Naomi Kikoler, Director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, for "Giving Meaning to 'Never Again': Preventing Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity"

Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council, WorldDenver, and the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council host Dominic Tierney, Foreign Policy Research Institute, for "The Biden Doctrine: One Year Later"

International Relations Council presents "Town Hall"

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents "Movie Night: Ukraine Film Screening"

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Peter Martin, Bloomberg's Political Reporter, for "Making of China's Wolf Warrior Diplomacy"

Thursday 1/27

World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts Damon Wilson, President and CEO of the National Endowment for Democracy, for "Forging a Coalition in Favor of Freedom Around the World"

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Frank Holmes, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Global Investors, for "The Future Is Crypto: The Digital Currency Market" (In Person)

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Stephen Nix, Regional Director of the Eurasia International Republican Institute, for "Ukraine's History and European Future"

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Michael Tennant, Founder and CEO of Curiosity Lab, Steve Zoellick, Senior Director at Norfolk Southern, and Sherri Nadeau, Chief HR Officer at SeaWorld, for "The Future of Work"

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Frank Rettenberg, Chair of the World Affairs Marin Chapter, for "Has Erdoğan Lost It?"

World Affairs Council of the Desert hosts Julie Makinen, Executive Editor of The Desert Sun and California Editor for USA Today, for "What to Watch for in the China Winter Olympics Both On the Field and Off"

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Mike Rossman, Foreign Service Officer, Col. Kevin Payne, Military Police, and Rev. Paul Abernathy, CEO of the Neighborhood Resilience Project, for "Toward a Better, Safer, More Resilient, and More Prosperous World"

Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Amb. (Ret.) William Taylor, Vice President of Strategic Stability and Security at U.S. Institute of Peace, for "Ukraine and Russia: Implications for the Future of Central Europe"


World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts will host Omar Dahi, Associate Professor at Hampshire College, for "Global Insecurity: Climate Change, Inequality, and War in the 21st Century"

Friday 1/28

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Amb. (Ret.) John Emerson, Chairman of the American Council on Germany, and Sigmar Gabriel, Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke, for "Assessing the Domestic and Foreign Policy Priorities of Germany's New Government"

Sunday 1/30

Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents "PAWAC Reads! Book Club"