In Digital World War , seasoned diplomat Haroon Ullah, with deep knowledge of Islamist politics and digital innovation, investigates the unprecedented impact of social media on the discourse of recent events in the Muslim World--from the Arab Spring and its aftermath to ISIS's online recruitment.
While he identifies the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks, he also reveals how political parties, corporations, and governments have learned to exploit digital tools to target and mobilize audiences, to ultimately achieve power and status.
See Ullah's recent appearances on ABC's 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, as a guest on CNN, and read his article on ISIS in the Daily Beast.
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Join us for this month's Cover to Cover on Thursday, December 14, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges - from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons, to climate change and cyberspace. His book: A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.
Join us Wednesday, January 10, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET .
This Tuesday, December 12, the International Relations Council (Kansas City) will host William B. Taylor, Executive Vice President at the United States Institute of Peace, for the WACA-USIP program, Practical Peacebuilding for National Security . The program will feature an opening reception followed by a talk by Taylor with time for audience Q&A. See more.
Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh was assassinated by Houthi forces on December 4, 2017. "No politician has left a greater mark on Yemen's modern history than President Saleh. He was known as a master of establishing and disbanding political coalitions, knowing correctly that no single political power can rule Yemen," Gamal Gasim, Ph.D., professor of Middle East Studies at Grand Valley State University, wrote for Al Jazeera.
Please join Dr. Gamal Gasim for a conversation with Michael Van Denend, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, about Yemen's political future, including the ramification of President Saleh's death, identifying his successor in the General People's Congress, and the possibility of an uprising in Sanaa.
Join us for this month's KNOW NOW on Tuesday, December 19, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC)is delighted to announce its 2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program. SALAM 2018 will be held at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-Native Speakers in Manah, Oman. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture. Deadline: December 31, 2017
Please see here for eligibility requirements and further details.
Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!
This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, to be held Saturday, April 28, 2018.
This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at theUnited States Institute of Peace on
Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide,
and more, click here.
Please note: the links in this block for the AWQ Study Guide are up to date. Links from previous emails may no longer be active due to the launch of the new WACA website.
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Monday, December 11
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Marina Walker Guevara, Deputy Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, for "The Paradise Papers: Unveiling the Offshore Economy." Details
Naples Council on World Affairs hosts Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, for "The Eagle and the Trident, the U.S. and Ukraine." Details
World Affairs Council of Worcester hosts Chaz Freeman Jr., Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, for "The Middle East in the New World Disorder." Details
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts General (Ret.) Michael Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, for "The Role of Intelligence in a Post-Truth World." Details
Tuesday, December 12
Foreign Policy Association hosts The Honorable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for its annual corporate dinner . Details
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Gerry Simpson, Associate Director for Refugee Rights at Human Rights Watch, for "Refugee Rights: Protecting the Vulnerable." Details
WorldOregon hosts Gerry Simpson, Associate Director for Refugee Rights at Human Rights Watch, for "Human Rights Watch and Global Refugee Rights." Details
Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Jim Dickmeyer, North American Competitiveness Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, for "North American Trade: Canada, Mexico, and the Future of NAFTA." Details
Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts a panel of experts for "Terrorism, Conflict, and Crises of Leadership in Africa." Details
World Affairs Council of Maine hosts a discussion group, "President Trump's Visit to China." Details
Wednesday, December 13
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts a panel of experts for "The American Healthcare Debate: What's Next?" Details
World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Dr. William Samelson, author, professor, and veteran of the Korean War, for "Lessons from the Holocaust and the Korean War: A Survivor's Story ." Details
World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Paul Esqueda, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Berks, for "Venezuela - Derailed Democracy?" Details
World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Dr. Nikolas Gvosdev, Professor of U.S. National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, for "Is a New Cold War Unavoidable? The Trajectory of U.S.-Russia Relations." Details
Thursday, December 14
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Mark Updergrove, CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum, to discuss his book, The Last Republicans. Details
WorldBoston hosts Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, for "The Future of Europe." Details
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Braden Allenby, Co-Chair of the Weaponized Narrative Initiative at the Center for the Future of War at Arizona State University, for "The Future of War." Details
Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
2018 travel schedule includes trips to:
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext. 209 or 217 .
World Affairs Council Celebrates Kitchen Table Diplomacy
In honor of the 15th anniversary of the International Visitors Program in NH, Council launches cookbook featuring recipes from around the world; NH Food Bank chefs will demonstrate recipes at special event on Tuesday, December 12 in Manchester
MANCHESTER- After 15 years as part of the U.S. State Department’s premiere professional exchange program, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire has hosted more than 2,200 emerging international leaders from 175 different countries. Now, the Council is launching an international cookbook to celebrate the volunteers who host the visitors for dinner in the Granite State and encourage new citizen diplomats to join the cross-cultural dialogue.
“’Food Diplomacy’ is one of the best ways for people to learn about other cultures,” said Tim Horgan, World Affairs Council Associate Director, who has managed the International Visitors Leadership Program in Manchester for the past 8 years. “From the spicy chilies of Central America to the flavorful Masalas of Southern Asia, food can provide an entryway to experience new countries and cultures.”
“Sharing a meal provides even more opportunities to connect with people from around the world and opens the door to true cultural exchanges. The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, through this cookbook, hopes to continue to open these pathways for local families to learn about the diversity of the world, from the comfort of their own home.”
The Council will hold a launch party for the “Kitchen Table Diplomacy” cookbook on Tuesday, December 12 at the NH Food Bank. Chefs from the food bank’s culinary job training program will demonstrate a few of the international recipes and tickets include a copy of the cookbook. For more information, visit www.wacnh.org/eventcalendar or call 603.314.79070.
“The support of our many volunteer dinner hosts is changing minds from around the world and has a direct impact on building relationships between countries,” Horgan said. “Without a doubt, their efforts are helping make the world smaller and friendlier and we look forward to bringing new volunteers into the program!”
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is one of more than 90 community organizations around the country that host visitors through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs International Visitors Leadership Program- the department's premier professional exchange program.
This program brings approximately 4,000 foreign leaders and specialists to the United States for short-term (one to three week) professional programs. Participants in the national program, who are leaders and decision-makers in their home countries; travel as individuals or as part of pre-arranged groups.
Some of the groups are fully funded by the U.S. Congress through its appropriation to the U.S. Department of State, while others receive little or no financial support from U.S. government. The national program constitutes a major component of this country's public diplomacy efforts to foster mutual understanding and cooperation between the United States and other countries.
Through a long-standing public-private sector partnership, the U.S. Government works with national private, nonprofit organizations and a network of volunteer-based organizations that are members of Global Ties U.S., a nonprofit organization established in 1961. Together, these organizations design and implement quality, experiential programs for distinguished International Visitors. Through its grassroots network, the National program involves over 80,000 volunteers each year as citizen diplomats who develop enduring international linkages.
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GLOBAL BUSINESS SUMMIT
Wednesday, November 8 @ SNHU
International trade is a critical piece of New Hampshire's economic success: exports of New Hampshire products topped $4 billion last year and trade supports nearly 25% of the state's jobs. How will the current political climate impact free and fair trade? Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President of the National Foreign Trade Council, will outline the benefits of an open, rules-based world economy and the impact of international trade on businesses, government, and local communities.
PANELISTS: Professor Charlotte Broaden, SNHU; Kedar Gupta, ARC Energy; with Fred Kocher, host of "NH Business with Fred Kocher" on WMUR, moderating.
Dining Center, SNHU, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester 03106
5:30 PM- Reception; 6:30 PM- Program
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Upcoming Programs - Event Calendar
The Council welcomed a new staff member this week: Karli Miller. Karli will help manage our many educational events and special projects as Program Coordinator. Prior to coming to the World Affairs Council, Karli lived in Washington D.C. while working for non-profit organizations and political campaigns at the congressional and presidential levels. Karli also taught Political Science and International Relations as a Visiting Professor at New England College. She has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from New England College and a master's degree in International Relations from Webster University. Karli has lived and studied in Thailand, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Executive Director nominated for NH Business Excellence Award
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire's long-time leader, Anna Berry, was recently nominated for a NH Business Review "Business Excellence Award" by Council member Suze Scholl. The annual awards recognize the imagination, industriousness, innovation and achievements of business and nonprofit leaders in New Hampshire.
"The scope of the Council's reach reflects the many ways in which Anna's creative transformation of the WACNH continues to touch a wider and wider audience both within NH, across the region and with key stakeholders in our nation's capitol," Scholl said.
The nominees will be recognized at the NH Business Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, November 1 at 5:30 PM at the Radisson in Manchester.
Community event: Preventing Nuclear War
As North Korea continues to dominate the world's headlines, the Union of Concerned Scientists is holding a program and discussion on nuclear weapons on Monday, November 6 at UNH Durham. UCS is also seeking community support for a letter to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen advocating for thoughtful debate on reducing the role of nuclear weapons as an instrument of U.S. national security policy. For more information or to sign the letter, contact Sean Meyer at UCS.
Monday, November 6 at 7 PM
Location: 312 Horton Social Science Center | 20 Academic Way | Durham, NH 03824 | Room 210
This discussion will be led by Dr. David Wright, co-director of UCS’s Global Security Program, and Dr. Ira Helfand, co-founder and past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Mission Moments: Bringing the World to NH!
Families in Transition created this fabulous thank you note for our visitors from Peru, who volunteered at the Manchester non-profit which assists homeless families and individuals.
International Visitor Leadership Program participants from Japan were hosted over the weekend by Board Member Carolyn Richmond, her husband Stewart, and other friends. Learn more about becoming a citizen diplomat with the program!
Community Events Calendar
CONVERSATION CAFE AT THE CURRIER
Thursday, November 9 at 6 PM
A free community event encouraging conversation between immigrant and non-immigrant communities presented by Welcoming Manchester
Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH
UNH INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
Tuesday, November 14, 12:40-2:00 pm, MUB Theater II
Cybersecurity: Impacts on the Nation, the World & You
Panel Discussion with James Ramsay (moderator), Professor of Security Studies, UNH Manchester; Maeve Dion, Assistant Professor of Security Studies, UNH Manchester; and
Greg Falco, Co-Founder of NeuroMesh; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 PM
Turkish Cultural Center's 5th Annual Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Puritan Conference Center, Manchester
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PRESS RELEASE: OCTOBER 26
Global Business Summit to address New Hampshire's role in International Trade
International trade is a critical piece of New Hampshire's economic success: exports of New Hampshire products topped $4 billion last year and trade supports nearly 25% of the state's jobs. How will the current political climate impact free and fair trade? At the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire’s Global Business Summit on November 8 at Southern New Hampshire University, Ambassador Rufus Yerxa will outline the benefits of an open, rules-based world economy and the impact of international trade on businesses, government and communities.
Yerxa is President of the National Foreign Trade Council, and has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, diplomat, U.S. trade negotiator and international official. He has been in key policymaking and management roles in Congress, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and also spent several years in private law practice and the corporate world. As Deputy Director General of the WTO from 2002 to 2013 he helped to broaden its membership and strengthen its role as the principal rules-based institution governing world trade.
The program will also include a panel discussion with local business experts discussing New Hampshire’s role in the global economy. Panelists include Kedar Gupta, CEO and Founder of ARC Energy; Dr. Charlotte Broaden, a professor of international business and organizational leadership at SNHU; and Fred Kocher, host of NH Business with Fred Kocher on WMUR, will serve as moderator.
The program will take place in the Dining Center at Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday, November 8 at 5:30 PM. The Global Business Summit is presented by the World Affairs Council and SNHU and is sponsored by CCA Global Partners, Granite State District Export Council, NH College & University Council, British American Business Council of New England, and Hypersoft.
For more information and tickets, visit www.wacnh.org or call 603.314.7970.
Global Business Summit on international trade: November 8
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Join us on Wednesday, November 8 for the 6th annual Global Business Summit: The Future of International Trade with Ambassador Rufus Yerxa.
Ambassador Yerxa served as the Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization from 2002 to 2013.
International trade is a critical piece of New Hampshire's economic success: exports of New Hampshire products topped $4 billion last year and trade supports nearly 25% of the state's jobs. How will the current political climate impact free and fair trade? Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President of the National Foreign Trade Council, will outline the benefits of an open, rules-based world economy and the impact of international trade on businesses, government, and local communities. Fred Kocher, host of "NH Business with Fred Kocher" on WMUR, will lead a discussion following Ambassador Yerxa's remarks featuring Professor Charlotte Broaden of SNHU.
Tickets: $25 Members / $35 Non-Members
Charles & Barbara Bickford; Virginia & Joe Szymanowski
Journalist Lisa Palmer will address the link between climate change & food security in Durham and Manchester on Tuesday, October 17
Journalist Lisa Palmer has traveled the world documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people on the front lines of fighting the food gap. She will share the story of the epic journey to solve the imperfect relationship between two of our planet’s greatest challenges: climate change and global hunger, as chronicled in her new book, Hot, Hungry Planet. Palmer will appear as part of UNH's International Seminar at 12:40 PM in Durham and then at UNH Manchester for Global Tipping Points at 6 PM.
NH link: Did you know our state’s farms have been increasing (including a big rise in young farmers) and 30% of agricultural sales to the public come from local farms? But, a longer growing season due to climate change could mean higher heat stress and new pressure from invasive weeds and pests.
Series presented in partnership with UNH and UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs; Program partner: League of Conservation Voters
A group of women learning about "Women & Justice" in the U.S. visited UNH Law School this week as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. Dean Megan Carpenter welcomed the delegation from the Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, and Mexico.
IVLP participants from across Europe were welcomed to New Hampshire during a special reception sponsored by Orr & Reno this week. These emerging leaders were here to exchange ideas about best practices in politics and governance. See who's coming next!
Thursday, October 26: Holocaust survivor Albert Garih
7 PM at Walker Auditorium, SNHU - LEARN MORE
Tuesday, October 17
U.S. Trade with Canada Seminar
9 AM- 1:30 PM, Radisson Hotel, Manchester
Join CONECT and the Canadian Consulate of New England for an informative seminar regarding U.S. Trade with Canada, featuring multiple presentations on doing business with Canada by industry experts.
Conversation Cafe, Presented by Welcoming Manchester
Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH
Thursday, November 16 at 6 PM
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Next Up for North Korea; Destitution in Puerto Rico; Reflection on the Gen. Assembly; Kurdish Referendum; Japan's Call for Snap Elections; Catalonia Goes to the Polls; Kenya's Election Turmoil
Quote of the Week:
"None other than Trump is on a suicide mission," said Ri Hong Yo, Foreign Minister of North Korea, in a statement to the UN General Assembly. Later, to journalists outside the UN, Ri added: "Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership won't be around much longer, and hence at last he declared war on our country."
What's Next, North Korea?
"What Are the Chances the War of the Words with North Korea Escalates?" David French -- National Review, September 26, 2017
"How to Achieve Peace on the Korean Peninsula" Rand Paul -- The National Interest, September 26, 2017
"Could North Korea's Example Inspire Iran and Pakistan?" Akhilesh Pillalamarri -- The Diplomat, September 21, 2017
Destitution in Puerto Rico
"For Puerto Rico, Maria Was Bad, the Aftermath Worse, but the Future Is the Biggest Challenge" Scott Martelle -- Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2017
"Where Is the Urgency in Puerto Rico Response?" Editorial Board -- The Boston Globe, September 26, 2017
"Scope of Puerto Rico Damage So Wide that U.S. Aid Hard to See" Ben Fox and Danika Coto -- Chicago Tribune, September 27, 2017
Reflection and Contention on the General Assembly
"Our Respect for Sovereignty Is Also a Call to Action" Peter Scaturro -- Foreign Policy Association, September 22, 2017
"The United Nations Needs Reform, Not Criticism of Its Purpose" Claudia Flores -- Fortune, September 25, 2017
"Trump's UN Speech: What Makes America First" Gary J. Schmitt -- American Enterprise Institute, September 20, 2017
Repercussions of the Kurdish Referendum
"Iran and the Kurds" Ariane M. Tabatabai -- Foreign Affairs, September 26, 2017
"As Kurds Celebrate Independence Vote, Neighbors Threaten Military Action" David Zucchino -- The New York Times, September 25, 2017
"Iraqi Kurds Vote for Independence Over U.S. Objections" Rhys Dubin and Emily Tamkin -- Foreign Policy, September 20, 2017
Japan's Abe Calls for Snap Elections
"Shinzo Abe's Calculated Risk in Quest for a Third Term" Tobias Harris -- The Wall Street Journal via The Australian Business Review, September 27, 2017
"Shinzo Abe's Selfish Japan Election Gamble" William Pesek -- Nikkei Asian Review, September 25, 2017
"Japan's Most Powerful Woman Is Messing Up Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Script" Isabella Steger -- Quartz, September 26, 2017
Catalonia Goes to the Polls
"Spain Is Flirting with Another Civil War" James Badcock -- Foreign Policy, September 27, 2017
"Catalonia's Unconstitutional Means to an Undesirable End" -- The Economist, September 23, 2017
Kenya's Election Turmoil Continues
"Kenya May Face Constitutional Crisis Over Election Impasse" Felix Njini and Samuel Gebre-- Bloomberg Politics, September 25, 2017
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World Affairs Council of NH Names New Board Members
The World Affairs Council of NH is excited to announce two new members joining the Board of Directors: Evelyn Aissa and Norman Turcotte.
Evelyn Aissa, of Concord, is the Executive Director of Reaching Higher NH, an nonprofit organization that fosters support for high quality education in New Hampshire by serving as a public education resource for parents, educators and elected officials. Evelyn has a strong background in policy, advocacy, and management, having spent three years in health policy advocacy in Concord, ten years working in policy research in the US and overseas, and over three years as a successful business owner in New Hampshire. She is a graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, studying Human Security, and Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization, and Skidmore College.
Norman Turcotte, of Bedford, is the former CEO and President of Associated Grocers of New England, where he worked for 36 years before retiring in 2004. In the course of his career, he served on the board of numerous organizations, including the Manchester Boys and Girls Club, Granite United Way, and more recently, Child Health Services.
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is a non-profit, non-partisan organization fostering learning, discussion and citizen involvement in world affairs since 1954. The Council is preparing the Granite State for a global future by creating and sustaining international connections that enhance our state's cultural, economic and civic life; building global knowledge and understanding through educational programs for communities and schools on foreign policy; and furthering the development of international leaders in partnership with the U.S. State Department.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Houston in Perspective; North Korea Threatens Japan; Assad's Syria; Qatar Crisis Continues; Guterres Visits Israel; Hajj Begins
"Whether it's here at home or across the ocean, children and families have been stranded in their homes. Many have lost everything. Education has been disrupted. Businesses have been closed, destroyed. It will take a long time for people to restart their lives."
-- Laura Cardinal, Senior Director of Humanitarian Response at Save the Children, in an interview with NPR Tuesday.
"Hurricane Harvey: How to Help Victims of the Texas Storm" William Axford; Diane Cowen; Joy Sewing; Bridget Balch -- Houston Chronicle, August 30, 2017
Houston in Perspective
"Attention Is on Harvey. But Flooding Has Killed Thousands this Month in Other Countries, Too" Max Bearak -- The Washington Post, August 29, 2017
"Harvey Should Be a Warning to Trump that Climate Change Is a Global Threat" Editorial Board -- Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2017
"The Economy Minus Houston" Daniel Gross -- Slate, August 29, 2017
"During Katrina, He Welcomed Flood Victims into His City. Now the Former Mayor of Houston Has Become One" Peter Holley -- The Washington Post, August 30, 2017
Nuclear North Korea Threatens Pacifist Japan
"A Pacifist Japan Starts to Embrace the Military" Motoko Rich -- The New York Times, August 29, 2017
"Japan's Empty Menu of Options to Stop North Korea" Michael Penn -- Foreign Policy, August 29, 2017
"North Korea Launches a Ballistic Missile Over Japan: First Impressions and Analysis" Ankit Panda -- The Diplomat, August 29, 2017 [Podcast]
The Future of Assad's Syria
"Rules for Reconstruction in Syria" Steven Heydemann -- Brookings, August 24, 2017
"Former Obama Ambassador to Syria: Iran Is in Syria to Stay" Jenna Lifhits -- The Weekly Standard, August 29, 2017
"Syria: Talks Should Address 'Disappeared'" -- Human Rights Watch, August 30, 2017
Qatar: The Crisis Continues
"Qatar Should Seize the Day and End the Gulf Crisis" Muhammad Mansour -- Middle East Eye, August 30, 2017
"Qatar Restores Full Relations with Iran, Deepening Gulf Feud" Declan Walsh -- The New York Times, August 24, 2017
"Qatar-Gulf Crisis Spreads to Africa" Martina Schwikowski -- Deutsche Welle, August 29, 2017
UN's Guterres Visits Israel
"Netanyahu: Iran Building Missile Sites in Syria" -- Al Jazeera, August 29, 2017
"Inconvenient but Obvious Truths About Netanyahu and the Palestinians" Chemi Shalev -- Haaretz, August 29, 2017
"Israeli Leader's Settlement Vow Complicates Trump's Task" Josef Federman -- Miami Herald, August 29, 2017
"What Is the Kaaba? A Brief History of the Holiest Muslim Site Ahead of Hajj 2017" Tom O'Connor -- Newsweek, August 29, 2017
"Muslim Worshipers Seek Green Inspiration at Annual Hajj Pilgrimage" Adela Suliman -- Thomson Reuters Foundation, August 30, 2017
"How European Empires Helped Shape the Hajj" Eric Schewe -- JSTOR Daily, August 30, 2017
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Afghanistan on the Brink; Options on North Korea; Terror in the Philippines; Oppression in Hong Kong; Angola's Historic Election; Our Pale Blue Dot
"You have to be able to both fight and talk. And you have to be able to prove that you're willing to do both for a long time. That's been lacking in our policy. I think we're now maybe correcting that."
-- Ronald E. Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, speaking Aug. 22 on NPR's All Things Considered.
KNOW NOW Conference Call on Afghansitan:
Join the World Affairs Councils of America on Friday, August 25, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET for an exclusive conversation with Amb. Ron Neumann, President of the American Academy of Diplomacy. Register for the call.
Afghanistan on the Brink
"In Pivot, Trump Vows to 'Win' in Afghanistan" Alex Simendinger and James Arkin -- RealClearPolitics, August 22, 2017
"America's Former Envoy to Afghanistan: The War Can't Be Won" Sean Illing -- Vox, August 22, 2017
"Trump's Welcome Self-Correction" Editorial Board -- The Washington Post, August 23, 2017
"America Is Out of Ideas in Afghanistan" Susan B. Glasser -- Politico, August 22, 2017
"Trump's Depressingly Normal Speech About Afghanistan" James Fallows -- The Atlantic, August 21, 2017
"Pakistan Exasperated by Wavering U.S. Afghan Policy" Kiran Stacey and Farhan Bokhari -- Financial Times, August 22, 2017
North Korea: Weighing the Options
"Take Preventative War with North Korea off the Table" John Delury -- Foreign Affairs, August 22, 2017
"A Second Korean War Could Quickly Spread Across All of Asia" Brendan Scott and Adrian Leung -- Bloomberg, August 21, 2017
"Don't Count Japan Out in the North Korea Crisis" Grant Newsham -- The National Interest, August 22, 2017
"Understanding North Korea" Doug Irving -- RAND, August 18, 2017
Terror in the Philippines
"One Too Many Killings in the Philippines" George Amurao -- Asia Times, August 23, 2017
"Duterte, the Philippines, and a Psychopathic Reign of Terror" -- Asia Sentinel, August 22, 2017
"Duterte Faces Nationwide Revolt over Drugs War After Killing of Schoolboy Sparks Outrage" Nicola Smith -- The Telegraph, August 22, 2017
Rain on Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement
"Legal Terrorism? Hong Kong's All-Out Attack on Pro-Democracy Parties" Kong Tsung-Gan -- Hong Kong Free Press, August 21, 2017
"Is This the End of Hong Kong's Fight for Democracy?" Lee Lian Kong -- Asian Correspondent, August 22, 2017
"Hong Kong's Rapid Descent into Authoritarianism" Editorial Board -- The Washington Post, August 19, 2017
Angola's Historic Vote
"Dos Santos: Angola's Secretive Leader Heads Towards Exit" -- The Guardian, August 23, 2017
"Angola Votes for First New President in Nearly Four Decades" Christopher Torchia -- U.S. News & World Report, August 23, 2017
"Oil Is Angola's Trump Card for International Success, and the New President Must Bring About Reform" Alex Vines -- Newsweek, August 23, 2017
Our Pale Blue Dot
"Everyone's Eclipse: America Comes Together in the Moon's Shadow" Amanda Paulson and Eva Botkin-Kowacki -- Christian Science Monitor, August 21, 2017
"People Furthest Apart on Climate Views Are Often the Most Educated" Umair Irfan -- Scientific American, August 22, 2017
"World Has Missed Chance to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming - Unless We Start Geo-Engineering the Planet" Ian Johnston -- The Independent, August 22, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The World and Charlottesville; Democratic Values; Unpredictable North Korea; NAFTA Agenda; Afghanistan Troubles; India vs. China; Brexit and Borders
" No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..."
-- Barack Obama, quoting Nelson Mandela in response to the violence in Charlottesville, in what is now the most-liked tweet in Twitter's history.
Charlottesville: The World Is Watching
"How the Nazi Flags in Charlottesville Look to a German" Simon Shuster -- Time, August 14, 2017
"In Charlottesville Aftermath, Europe Sees a Widening Divide with U.S." Sara Miller Llana -- Christian Science Monitor, August 14, 2017
"President Trump Flunks a Moral Test" Lexington -- The Economist, August 13, 2017
Democratic Values? The U.S. Role in World Order
"It's Time to Found a New Republic" Daren Acemoglu and Simon Johnson -- Foreign Policy, August 15, 2017
"The Statue of Liberty and the New Birth of Freedom" Daniel Freid -- Atlantic Council, August 10, 2017
"The New World Order Is Leaving the U.S. Behind" James Gibney -- Bloomberg, August 11, 2017
"Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systematic Crisis?" Philip Zelikow -- The Atlantic, August 11, 2017
North Korea: An Unpredictable Adversary
"How Worried Should We Be About Nuclear War With North Korea?" Dr. Patricia Lewis -- Chatham House, August 9, 2017
"How to Resolve the North Korea Crisis" Henry Kissinger -- Wall Street Journal via RealClearPolitics, August 12, 2017
"North Korea: The Non-Nuclear, Non-Missile Crisis and the Shape of Things to Come" Anthony H. Cordesman -- CSIS, August 15, 2017
The NAFTA Agenda
"Five Big Questions About the NAFTA Talks" Doug Palmer -- Politico, August 16, 2017
"Canada United, America Divided on NAFTA as Negotiations Begin" Eric Grenier -- CBC News, August 16, 2017
"Mexico Outlines Goals for Upcoming NAFTA Trade Deal Negotiations" Carrie Kahn -- NPR, August 15, 2017 [Podcast]
Afghanistan: No Way Out?
"America Keeps on Failing in Afghanistan" Ronald E. Neumann -- The Washington Post, August 9, 2017
"Taliban Letter to Trump Urges U.S. to Leave Afghanistan" -- Al Jazeera, August 15, 2017
"Mattis Mulls Plan to Privatize War in Afghanistan" Brendan McGarry -- DoD Buzz, August 15, 2017
The India-China Divide
"What a Standoff on a Small Himalayan Plateau Says About the Rivalry Between the Two Most Populous Nations" Shashank Bengali -- Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2017
"Is India's Military Actually Ready for War with China?" K.S. Venkatachalam -- The Diplomat, August 10, 2017
"Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath" Steven Lee Meyers -- The New York Times, August 15, 2017
Borderlines and Brexit
"No Return to Irish Border Posts, UK Insists in Brexit Plan" Heather Stewart and Henry McDonald -- The Guardian, August 15, 2017
"Theresa May; Ireland; the EU, and the Prospect of a Hard Irish Border" -- Independent, August 16, 2017
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