July 20, 2020
WACA Weekly
Star Speakers on Council Webinars; KEI Upcoming Webinars; WACA's Clifford and MWAC's Hyslop on Journalism Webinar; Council of the Month; WAC Pittsburgh's Emerging Global Leaders Seminar; Host a KNOW NOW Call; + more Council Highlights!
Star Speakers This Week on Councils' Virtual Programming
David Anyaele
Executive Director, Center for Citizens With Disabilities
Amb. (ret.) Capricia Marshall
Global Engagement Strategies
Major General John Kem
51st Commandant
U.S. Army War College
Amb. (ret.) William Taylor
Vice President of Strategic Stability and Security, USIP
H.R.H. Reema Bandar Al Saud
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the U.S.
The Hon. Ray LaHood
16th U.S. Secretary of Transportation
*Scroll down to the Council Highlights section to view all programs from Councils this week!
KEI Livestream on Managing North Korea During COVID-19 - Tomorrow!
The Korea Economic Institute, WACA partner and sponsor, will host a webinar tomorrow, July 21, at 2:00 PM ET on " Managing North Korea During COVID-19." The livestream will feature Markus Garlauskas, Independent Strategic Analyst and former National Intelligence Officer for North Korea, and Troy Stangarone, Senior Director and Fellow at KEI.

COVID-19 has become an unexpected variable in the U.S.-North Korea relationship. The virus has had a significant impact on both countries, and may be one factor in North Korean reluctance to resume negotiations with the United States along with the impending U.S. presidential election. How should the United States manage North Korea policy prior to the election and after? Register here.
KEI Livestream on China's Rise and America's Response - Thursday!
The Korea Economic Institute, WACA partner and sponsor, will host a webinar Thursday, July 23, at 2:00 PM ET on " China’s Rise and the American Response: Perspectives from Latest Volume of KEI Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies." The livestream will feature:

  • Gilbert Rozman, Editor-in-Chief, Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies; Musgrave Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
  • Scott Harold, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Congressman (fmr.) Charles Boustany, Partner, Capitol Counsel, LLC; Counselor, National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Kyle Ferrier (moderator), Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs, KEI

To mark the publication of KEI’s 31st volume of our Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies, please join KEI for a discussion of three distinct approaches to understanding perhaps the most consequential recent development in international affairs: the intensifying competition between the United States and China.

Dr. Gil Rozman will provide overviews of each of the three sections of the volume as well as his analysis of Xi Jinping’s geopolitical framework for Northeast Asia. Dr. Scott Harold will present his findings on how national identity is reshaping U.S. views of relations with China, and Rep. Charles Boustany will elaborate on what he sees as America’s strategic choices to China’s economic rise. Register here.
WACA's Clifford and MWAC's Hyslop on Journalism Webinar - July 28
Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO, and Chris Hyslop, Executive Director of the Montana World Affairs Council, will join the International Community of the Society of Professional Journalists on Tuesday, July 28, at 6:00 PM ET. Clifford and Hyslop will discuss the 100-year history of the World Affairs Council Network connecting foreign and local affairs in more than 90 cities across the U.S. They will address the important role of how Councils bring international issues to local audiences without ever leaving their hometowns. Register here.

Clifford and Hyslop will also cover how trade disputes and agreements show how international cooperation reaches into every aspect of society no matter what country you are in. The pandemic has shown the world is connected, and (much like the Council Network) local journalists can highlight international stories impacting their community and regional matters that impact the global community.
The World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky is proud to announce a new global education family event called "Around the World" in partnership with the Center of Great Neighborhoods. This program is designed to engage students and their families as they dive into the diverse culinary world of India, Japan, China, and Mexico.

The Council invites families to join, virtually, 4 Saturdays in August at 3:00 PM ET. Click here for the art projects and materials you will need at home. The following countries will be highlighted:

  • Mexico - Saturday, August 8
  • Japan - Saturday, August 15
  • China - Saturday, August 22
  • India - Saturday, August 29

While the Council is unable to bring global education programs into the community due to COVID-19, it is continuing to find unique and interesting ways to interact virtually. To learn more about the events, please view the event page here. For further updates on the even, please visit the facebook page here.

Check out WACA's Newsroom to see last week's highlight from one of our other two Councils of the Month, World Affairs Council of Orange County, and stay tuned for a highlight from WorldBoston.
WAC Pittsburgh's Emerging Global Leaders Seminar COVID-19 x Series
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh presents The Emerging Global Leaders Seminar, a free 5-part virtual series designed and facilitated by high school students to create a space for young people to understand and think critically about the pandemic’s impact on their world and the various issues, intersections, and perspectives within it.

Through the series students will connect with peers and experts, strengthen their understanding of the overarching global impacts of the pandemic and how these issues shape the world around them, and learn how to take meaningful and informed action as youth to build our world back better. This program is free and open to all high school students! Register here.

  • Wednesday, July 22, at 3:00 PM ET: COVID-19 x Economy
  • Wednesday, July 29, at 3:00 PM ET: COVID-19 x Education

This event is part of a series of new virtual events framed around the Building Back Better agenda.This international agenda was created to have a holistic approach to post-disasters recovery. It encourages communities to evaluate and rethink our society and, instead of rebuilding things the way they were before, to rebuild our systems to be a more just, equitable, and resilient than before.
Host a KNOW NOW Conference Call in 2020!
WACA's KNOW NOW conference call series features global thought leaders, as well as local authorities in government, business, academia, and cultural fields. We invite Councils to submit KNOW NOW speaker suggestions and moderate these calls!  If a Council leader moderates a KNOW NOW call in 2020, their Council will receive a $100 rebate back on Council Dues. *Please note that this rebate offer only applies to Councils who are current on their 2020 Dues.

View our KNOW NOW conference call podcast archives here!
Monday 7/20 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Michael Shellenberger, Founder and President of Environmental Progress, for “ Is Climate Change the Biggest Environmental Concern?” 
Northern Nevada International Center hosts David Anyaele, Executive Director of the Center for Citizens With Disabilities, for “ Impact of the IVLP Exchange Experience and Empowerment of People With Disabilities in Nigeria.” 
Tuesday 7/21 
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ambassador (ret.) Capricia Marshall, President of Global Engagement Strategies, for “ The Power of Diplomacy.”  
WorldOregon hosts Fadi El Halabi, Executive Director of the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network, for “ Disability Inclusion in Lebanon - A Story of Resilience.” 
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Bob Rolfe, Commissioner of Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Development, for “ Global Nashville With Karl Dean.”  
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts lecturer Crystal Chang, University of California Berkeley, for “ The Uncertain Future of Hong Kong.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts a panel of experts for “ Reimagining Education Post COVID-19.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts a panel of experts for “ Navigating the Economy in a Time of Troubles: U.S.-China & COVID-19.” 
Wednesday 7/22 
WorldDenver hosts Ambassador (ret.) William Taylor, Vice President of Strategic Stability and Security at the United States Institute of Peace, for “ Ukraine: The Only Hot War in Europe.”  
Foreign Policy Association hosts Major General John Kem, 51st Commandant of the U.S. Army War College, for “ FPA Live.”  
Upstate International hosts David Weiss, CEO of Global Communities, and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, President and CEO of Project Concern International, for “ Beyond Health: How COVID-19 Will Reshape International Development.” 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Dee O’Neill, Head of Corporate and Executive Solutions for the Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth, for “ Optimize Your Brain Performance: The Science of Stress and How to Harness It for Good.” 
World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Carlos Maestras, Founder and Chief Storysmith at Key Ideas, to discuss his book, Mommy Lied to God: Life Lessons in Authentic Storytelling.  
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Elliot Ackerman, National Book Award finalist, to discuss his book, Red Dress in Black and White
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Jose Bayani, member of the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City, for “ Lexicon: Tagalog.” 
World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts lecturer Ian Oxnevad, University of California Irvine, for “ Where Does the Money Come From? Financing International Terrorism.” 
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “ The Global Diseases of Racism, Atrocities, and Genocide.” 
Thursday 7/23 
World Affairs Council of Maine hosts H.R.H. Ambassador Reema Bandar Al Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the U.S., for “ An Evening With Her Royal Highness Ambassador Reema Bandar Al Saud.”  
Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts John McDonald, President, Chairman, and CEO of ClearObject, for “ Great Decisions: Artificial Intelligence.”  
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Richard Ponzio, Director of the Just Security 2020 Program at The Stimson Center, for “ UN 2.0: Building a New United Nations 75 Years After San Francisco.” 
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky hosts Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, for “ Navigating the New Normal: A Port Perspective.” 
World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director Port of Long Beach, for “ Navigating the New Normal: A Port Perspective.” 
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Jeff Spivak, Applied Intelligence Director at Black & Veatch, for “ Global Energy Demands.” 
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Michael Reid, Senior Editor for The Economist, for “ Brazil & Mexico: Failing on COVID-19.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Professor Dan Schnur, University of Southern California, for “ Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.” 
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts journalist Andrew Nagorski for “ What Has Happened to the Media?” 
Richmond World Affairs Council hosts Professor Christopher Burdett, Virginia Commonwealth University, for “ Britain & EU: The ‘New Normal’ After Brexit.” 
Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts a panel of experts for “ Choosing Freedom in the Modern Era.” 
Friday 7/24 
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Eileen Purkeypile, Director of Marketing and Development at Children's Emergency Relief International, for “ NGOs - Getting Paid to Do So.” 
Sunday 7/26 
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts The Hon. Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to discuss his book, Seeking Bi-Partisanship
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