June 13, 2018
Weekly World News Update
President Trump and Kim Jong-un Meet; Aftermath of the G7 Summit; Italy and Malta Say 'No' to Migrants; Qatar Blockade One Year In; Yemen Continues to Crumble; Rwanda Under Tight Control; World Cup 2018
Quote of the Week
"To me, it was quite disappointing that we really did not put on paper any way that would test the seriousness of Kim Jong-un,” said Joseph Yun. “We have to suspend our judgment” until something else happens, he said, but “there is nothing from the meeting to say we’ve achieved anything."
-- Joseph Yun, former U.S. Special Representative on North Korea Policy, in an article by The Washington Post about the U.S.-North Korea Summit on Tuesday.
President Trump and Kim Jong Un Meet
"Trump and Kim Got What They Wanted. The Rest of the World, Not So Much" Anne Applebaum -- The Washington Post, June 12, 2018
“Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un Sign the Blandest of Agreements” Editorial Board -- The Economist, June 12, 2018
“Mr. Trump, Where's the Beef?” Oh Young-jin -- The Korea Times, June 13, 2018
“Trump-Kim Summit: China and Kim are Winners” Daniel Fried -- Atlantic Council, June 12, 2018
“Stunning Our Allies” Victor Cha and Mike Green -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 12, 2018 [Podcast]
Aftermath of the G7 Summit
"Despite Trump, the West Must Stay United" Donald Tusk -- The New York Times, June 6, 2018
“U.S.-Canada Rift Roils NAFTA Talks” Paul Vieira and Sara Schaefer Muñoz -- The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2018
"Why the G7 Is a Zero" Jim O’Neill -- The Globe and Mail, June 12, 2018
“Trudeau Is Annoying, Not an Adversary” Rich Lowry -- National Review, June 12, 2018
“Trump Goes to War Against the Democracies” David Frum -- The Atlantic, June 10, 2018
“At G7 Summit, Trump Takes a Wrecking Ball to the West” Stewart M. Patrick -- Council on Foreign Relations, June 11, 2018
Italy and Malta Say 'No' to Migrants
“By Refusing Entry to Migrant Rescue Ship, Italy and Malta Reveal Legal Shortcomings” Doris Pundy -- Deutsche Welle, June 12, 2018
“Ideology First: Italy’s Troubled Approach to Migration” Stefano M. Torelli -- European Council on Foreign Relations, June 11, 2018
Qatar Blockade: One Year In
“How Qatar Weathered the Gulf Crisis” Kristian Coates Ulrichsen -- Foreign Affairs, June 11, 2018
Yemen Continues to Crumble
“Five Reasons the Crisis in Yemen Matters” Alan Sipress; Laris Karklis; Tim Meko -- The Washington Post, June 8, 2018
“U.S.-Backed Catastrophe Brewing in Yemen” Keith Johnson; Colum Lynch; Robbie Gramer -- Foreign Policy, June 11, 2018
“The Marib Paradox: How One Province Succeeds in the Midst of Yemen’s War” Adam Baron -- European Council on Foreign Relations, June 12, 2018
Rwanda Under Tight Control
“A Deathly Hush” Helen Epstein -- New York Review of Books, June 2018
World Cup 2018
“Is the World Cup for Nationalists or Citizens of the World?” Kanishk Tharoor -- The New York Times, June 11, 2018
"World Cup Carnival Exposes Limits of Western Sanctions on Russia" Max Seddon -- Financial Times, June 13, 2018
June 11, 2018
This Week: Peace Works with Rick Barton on Cover to Cover; Western Michigan Hosts Ambassador of Norway to the U.S.; Masha Gessen at WorldOregon; Travel to Portugal; Councils Hiring
Cover to Cover Tomorrow on Peace Works
Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria - a quarter-century of stumbles in America's pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In his new book, former ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs, offering concrete and attainable solutions for the future.
Join the June Cover to Cover conference call to discuss Barton's new book, Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, tomorrow, June 12, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.
Register for the call
WAC Western Michigan Hosts Ambassador of Norway and Expert Panel
Today's security environment has no precedent. No single challenge to U.S. interests is equivalent to those posed by Nazi Germany, imperial Japan, or the Soviet Union during the 20th century. But the sheer volume and complexity of current and emerging security threats, and their interrelationship, may be just as daunting.
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will host "World in Disarray: Prospects and Challenges for Transatlantic Relations" on Tuesday, June 12.
· Kåre Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the U.S. (pictured)
· Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
· Richard Fontaine, President, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
· Julianne Smith, Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program, CNAS
· Mark Newton, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program, CNAS
· Adam Routh, Research Associate, Defense Program, CNAS
Did you know that CNAS was a featured off-site at the WACA 2017 National Conference?
Masha Gessen at WorldOregon
WorldOregon will host Masha Gessen, Staff Writer for The New Yorker, to discuss Gessen's book, The Future Is History: Totalitarianism and the New Russia on Tuesday, June 12.
Masha Gessen was the winner of the 2017 National Book Award in nonfiction and is the author of several books, including The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. The recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, Gessen also teaches at Amherst College and lives in New York City.
Travel to Portugal with Sarasota World Affairs Council!
Join the quintessential tour of one of the world’s oldest nation states and birthplace of the world’s 5th most spoken language. Learn about the country’s rich history and regional diversity, and stay in unique properties that are themselves part of the country’s cultural heritage, all while learning about the wines and gastronomy of Portugal!
Lynne Partington, Vice President of Programs at Sarasota World Affairs Council, will lead this tour, October 19 - October 31, 2018. Email Lynne for more information.
Councils Are Hiring!
World Affairs Council of Atlanta seeks a new Program Manager!
WorldBoston is hiring a Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs.
June 6, 2018
U.S. Trade War; June 12 U.S.-North Korea Summit; Protests in Jordan; Uncertainty in Italy; Iran Deal; Unrest in Brazil; Instability in South Sudan
"The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable."
-- Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, in an interview about the U.S. position on North American trade on NBC's Meet the Press on Saturday.
What's Next for International Trade with the U.S.?
"Mexico and Canada Add to Nations Striking Fear in U.S. Farmers" Jacob Bunge; Heather Haddon; Benjamin Parkin -- The Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2018
"Trump’s Trade War Sets Up a Battlefield Rout" Noah Smith -- Bloomberg, June 6, 2018
"Tariffs and Trump: Why the G7 Summit in Canada Could Be Awkward" Jessica Murphy -- BBC News, June 5, 2018
“A Trade War Primer” Paul Krugman -- The New York Times, June 3, 2018
Preparing for the U.S.-North Korea Summit
"'For Kim Jong-Un to Cheat, Risk Is Too High'" Yeo Jun-Suk -- Korea Herald, June 6, 2018
"Korean Peace Declaration ‘Is Possible Without China but Would Be Weaker’" Sarah Zheng and Lee Jeong-Ho -- South China Morning Post, June 6, 2018
"Singapore Gears Up for the Greatest Show on Earth: The Trump-Kim Summit" Chun Han Wong; P.R. Venkat; Jonathan Cheng -- The Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2018
"A North Korean Opportunity for America and China" Richard N. Haass -- Project Syndicate, June 1, 2018
"Uninvited Guests Crash Trump’s North Korea Talks" Nahal Toosi -- Politico, June 6, 2018
Protests Incite Leadership Turnover in Jordan
"Jordan’s King Appoints New Prime Minister as Protests Resume" Omar Akour -- The Washington Post, June 5, 2018
"Jordan's Prime Minister Resigns Amid Protests Against Austerity" Jane Arraf -- NPR, June 4, 2018
"Marginalized Youth: Toward an Inclusive Jordan" Beverley Milton-Edwards -- Brookings Institution, June 6, 2018 [Report]
Italy's Uncertain Road Ahead
“Italy Needs to Be Handled with Care” Editorial Board --The Economist, May 31, 2018
“The Fall and Rise of Matteo Salvini” Erik Jones -- Foreign Affairs, June 5, 2018
Israel, Europe, the U.S., and the Iran Deal
“What do the Iranian People Want?” Rahman Bouzari -- Al Jazeera, June 4, 2018
“What Does Netanyahu Hope To Achieve On His European Trip?” Herb Keinon -- Jerusalem Post, June 6, 2018
“Washington’s Dangerous Fixation on Iran” Doug Bandow -- The National Interest, June 4, 2018
“How Sanctions Feed Authoritarianism” Peter Beinart -- The Atlantic, June 5, 2018
Unrest in Brazil
“Brazil, Scared and Leaderless, Looks to the Military” Brian Winter -- Americas Quarterly, May 31, 2018
“Truckers' Strike Highlights 'A Dangerous Moment' for Brazil's Democracy” Dom Phillips -- The Guardian, June 5, 2018
"Brazil's Centrist Parties Urged to Unite, But Behind Whom?" Anthony Boadle -- Reuters, June 5, 2018
Instability Continues in South Sudan
“South Sudan Has Failed Its Children. We Must Not.” Nikki Haley -- The Washington Post, May 30, 2018
“Conflict in Abyei Could Reignite South Sudan’s Civil War” Sam Mednick -- Foreign Policy, June 6, 2018
June 4, 2018
This Month: WAC San Antonio Is Council of the Month; Utah Hosts Future of Korea; Oman 2018 in San Antonio; U.S.-China Global Ed TV Series; Rick Barton on Cover to Cover; New Podcasts; Member Discounts; Councils in the News
Council of the Month: World Affairs Council of San Antonio
WACA is pleased to announce that the World Affairs Council of San Antonio is our June Council of the Month for hosting the 2018 Spring Leadership and Board Meetings.
Highlights of the Spring Leadership Meeting included an engaging opening program on San Antonio's history with historian Gilberto Hinojosa, an in-depth dinner talk by Stratfor's Reva Goujon, and constructive sessions on WACA membership, and with speakers Jennifer Cantu, SVP in Business and Community Management at Bank of America, and David Davenport, Director of Estate and Planned Gift Giving at San Antonio Area Foundation.
Thank you to Leslie Palmer, Executive Director of WAC San Antonio, and her team for coordinating such a successful program this year!
L to R: WACA President Bill Clifford; WAC San Antonio member; WAC San Antonio Executive Director Leslie Palmer; WACA Board Member Nancy Hamlin; WACA Board Member and WAC Charlotte President L.J. Stambuk.
Utah Council to Host Future of Korea This Week
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy will present an Engage America: Future of Korea program in partnership Korea Economic Institute this Thursday, June 7.
· Vanna Lavery, Republic of Korea Desk Officer, U.S. Department of State
· Seungnam Lee, Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the U.S.
· Phil Eskeland, Executive Director of Operations and Policy, Korea Economic Institute
See more information
U.S.-China Global Education Television Series Launch
The Confucius Institute U.S. Center, strategic partner with World Affairs Council - DC, recently announced its June 2 - July 1 nationwide broadcast schedule of the U.S.-China Global Education Television Series on the MHz Worldview Channel.
The series features one-on-one interviews between distinguished American private and public sector leaders and the presidents of U.S. universities and cultural organizations that host Confucius Institutes.
Featured guests include:
· David Abney, Chairman and CEO of UPS and WACA 2016 Conference keynote speaker
· Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
· Bertrand-Marc Allen, President of Boeing International
See press release for more details
June Cover to Cover:
Rick Barton on Peace Works
Join the June Cover to Cover conference call to discuss Barton's new book, Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, on Tuesday, June 12, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.
Dambisa Moyo will discuss Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It.
Register for June's Cover to Cover
Listen to WACA's Latest KNOW NOW Podcast!
The Israel-Palestine conflict has reached yet another inflection point. What's next for this protracted conflict? Is hope lost for a peaceful resolution? Is there an end in sight?
Listen to the podcast of our KNOW NOW program with Yousef Bashir, Gaza-born peace activist, to gain insight on these complex questions.
Global I.Q. Minute
In this episode of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's Global I.Q. Minute, Tom Peters, author of The Excellence Dividend, reveals how organizations can thrive in the age of algorithms while elevating the heart and soul of every worthwhile endeavor - our humanity.
Listen to the podcast
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May 31, 2018
TODAY: KNOW NOW
The Israel-Palestine conflict has reached yet another inflection point.
What's next for this protracted conflict? Is hope lost for a peaceful resolution? Is there an end in sight?
Yousef Bashir, a Gaza-born peace activist, will join WACA for a special KNOW NOW program, Inside Gaza, to shed light on these complex questions.
Yousef began his journey as a peacemaker after being shot in the back at 15 by an Israeli solder. He credits his father for teaching him to forgive and find reconciliation instead of turning to anger and revenge. Bashir holds a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an MA in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University. His experience includes serving as Congressional Intern, a Partnership for a Secure America Scoville Fellow, and partaking in the Seeds of Peace and Kids 4 Peace programs. His story has been featured on media outlets such as NPR and The Washington Post. Currently, Yousef works on Congressional Affairs for the Chief Representative of the PLO to the U.S. He will release a memoir, The Words of My Father, in late September of this year.
Join the May KNOW NOW call today, May 31, from 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
Cover to Cover: June - July
Rick Barton will discuss Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World.
May 30, 2018
Italy's Political Crisis; Death Toll in Puerto Rico; Inside Gaza; U.S.-North Korea Negotiations; Violence in Cameroon; Crimes Against Humanity in Venezuela; Colombia Heads to a Runoff
"The European Union is in an existential crisis."
-- George Soros, billionaire investor and philanthropist, warned Tuesday in Paris, in a speech delivered to the Annual Meeting at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Great Implications for Italy's Political Crisis
"What Comes Next for Italy?" Beppe Severgnini -- The New York Times, May 28, 2018
"Spitting in Europe’s Face Won’t Help Italy" Rachel Donadio -- The Atlantic, May 28, 2018
"Dow Sinks 504 Points - Then Rallies - As Italy’s Political Crisis Triggers Global Sell-Off" Thomas Heath -- The Washington Post, May 29, 2018
"Italy's Revolt Against the EU" Erik Jones -- Foreign Affairs, May 24, 2018
"How to Save Europe" George Soros -- Project Syndicate, May 29, 2018
The Real Death Toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
"Mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria" Panel of Experts -- The New England Journal of Medicine, May 29, 2018 [Report]
"Puerto Rico Governor Welcomes 'Real Number' of Hurricane Maria Deaths After Shocking Report" Editorial Board -- CBS News, May 30, 2018
"Israel and Palestinians Trade Fire on Gaza Border Amid Ceasefire Talk" Ruth Eglash -- The Washington Post, May 30, 2018
"Killer Drones, Incendiary Kites, Sniper Rifles and Robot Machine Guns Contribute to Gaza Bloodbath" Sebastien Roblin -- The National Interest, May 27, 2018
Register for Tomorrow's KNOW NOW Call to Learn More
Saving U.S.-North Korea Negotiations
"Korea Summitry" Richard N. Haass -- Foreign Affairs, May 25, 2018
"Trump Should Get Even Tougher with North Korea" Marc A. Thiessen -- The Washington Post, May 24, 2018
"Can South Korea Save the Summit?" E. Tammy Kim -- The New York Times, May 27, 2018
"The North Korea Summit Jitters Scare America's Allies" Joergen Oerstroem Moeller -- The National Interest, May 29, 2018
"How Leaving China in the Dark Helped Doom the Trump-Kim Summit" John S. Van Oudenaren -- The Diplomat, May 26, 2018
Violence in Cameroon
"Cameroon’s ‘Quiet’ Anglophone Crisis Keeps Escalating with Killings, Detentions Mounting" Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu -- Quartz, May 29, 2018
Crimes Against Humanity in Venezuela
"Panel of Independent International Experts Finds 'Reasonable Grounds' for Crimes Against Humanity Committed in Venezuela" Mónica Reyes -- Organization of American States, May 29, 2018 [Press Release]
"Maduro Uses Repression and Military Purge to Stay in Power in Venezuela" Antonio Maria Delgado -- Miami Herald, May 29, 2018
"U.S. Sanctions Must Be Precise in Order to Spare Innocent Venezuelans" Dany Bahar -- The Hill, May 24, 2018
Colombia Prepares for a Runoff
"Colombians Hope for Change in the First Post-War Presidential Election" Editorial Board -- The Economist, May 26, 2018
"In Colombia, Far-Right and Hard-Left Candidates Will Vie for Presidency" Susan Abad and Nicholas Casey -- The New York Times, May 27, 2018
May 29, 2018
This Week: Inside Gaza on KNOW NOW Thursday; FPA Centennial Dinner; Council Highlights
Thursday KNOW NOW: Inside Gaza
Born in the Gaza Strip, Yousef was paralyzed from the waist down at age 15 after being shot in the spine by an Israeli soldier. During an agonizing recovery at a hospital in Tel Aviv, Yousef was inspired to become a peacemaker by his father’s message of coexistence. Bashir holds a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an MA in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University. His experience includes serving as Congressional Intern, a Partnership for a Secure America Scoville Fellow, and partaking in the Seeds of Peace and Kids 4 Peace programs. His story has been featured on media outlets such as NPR and The Washington Post. Currently, Yousef works on Congressional Affairs for the Chief Representative of the PLO to the U.S. He will release a memoir, The Words of My Father, in late September of this year.
Join the May KNOW NOW call this Thursday, May 31, from 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
Foreign Policy Association Holds Centennial Dinner
Chairman, President, CEO, 3M
Foreign Policy Association (FPA) will host its 2018 Centennial Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 31.
FPA will present its Corporate Social Responsibility Award to Inge Thulin, President, Chairman, and CEO of 3M, and to Darius Adamczyk, Chairman and CEO of Honeywell.
Chairman and CEO, Honeywell
FPA will also recognize the work of William R. Rhodes, President and CEO of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC, and Sana Sabbagh, for their lifetime of philanthropy and work in international affairs education. Both Rhodes and Sabbagh are Directors of the Foreign Policy Association.
Welcome, Summer Interns!
Please join WACA in welcoming our two summer Program and Outreach Interns, Anna Bonsu and Kemal Taban!
Anna graduated Cum Laude with a BA in international studies and political science from Old Dominion University in May 2018. At ODU, she was a member of the International Studies and Political Science National Honor Societies, and served in an executive role at the organization Global Learning ODU. Anna spent her junior year in Seoul, South Korea. She previously interned on a campaign for the 2017 Virginia state election.
Kemal is a rising junior at The College of William and Mary, majoring in international relations and minoring in economics. He is active on campus and serves as Treasurer of the Muslim Student Association and Undersecretary of Diversity Initiatives on the Student Assembly. Kemal has previously worked at the American Psychological Association and with several political campaigns.
Are you a current university student, interested in joining the WACA team? We hire driven, internationally engaged students for fall, spring, and summer terms. Please check our employment page for timelines and information on how to apply!
WorldBoston Is Hiring!
WorldBoston is hiring a Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs!
Tuesday, May 29
World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Judith Fergin, former U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, for “Asia-Pacific Views of the U.S. and Why They Matter.” Details
Wednesday, May 30
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts James Clapper, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, to discuss his book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence. Details
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Paula Minnis, Founder of GAIA, for “How a Social Entrepreneur Is Helping Resettled Refugees One Pouch at a Time…” Details
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Dean Spiliotes, Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University, for a film screening and discussion of The Final Year. Details
Thursday, May 31
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Fran Ulmer, Chair of the United States Arctic Research Commission, for “After the Arctic Ice Melts.” Details
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts James Clapper, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, to discuss his book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence. Details
San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Y Pang Tsui, inventor and developer of engineering processes for manufacturing, for “Hong Kong: Reintegration into China.” Details
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Rob Reider, former SFCIR Board Member, to discuss his books, The Genius Club and American Scream. Details
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Michael Hershman, President and CEO of the Fairfax Group, for “Global Corruption: Overview and Navigation for U.S. Businesses.” Details
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts William Garvelink, former U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for “Global Trends in International Relations: Pandemics, Corruption, and Failed States.” Details
Travel the World with WAC Philadelphia
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:
· Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Poland & Moscow Seminar: July 14-22
· Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
· Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
· Dixie Anderson, Executive Director Emerita, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, Romance of the Douro River: Sept. 15-26
· Joyce Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Town & Country Life in Languedoc: Oct. 6-14
· Don Samford, Board President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Cuba: Nov. 4-12
· Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, South East Asia: Jan. 29 - Feb. 11, 2019
· Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Grand Seine: June 30 - July 18, 2019
· Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs, Northern California, Arctic Expedition: June 21 - July 1, 2019
· Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 13-21, 2019
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004, ext. 209 or 217.
May 25, 2018
Next Week: KNOW NOW
Yousef began his journey as a peacemaker after being shot in the back at 15 by an Israeli solder. He credits his father for teaching him to forgive and find reconciliation instead of turning to anger and revenge. Bashir holds a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an MA in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University. His experience includes serving as Congressional Intern, a Partnership for a Secure America Scoville Fellow, and partaking in the Seeds of Peace and Kids 4 Peace programs. His story has been featured on media outlets such as NPR and The Washington Post. Currently, Yousef works on Congressional Affairs for the Chief Representative of the PLO to the U.S.
Join the May KNOW NOW call on Thursday, May 31, from 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
May 23, 2018
Israel-Palestine Conflict; Iran Deal and the EU; North Korea Talks; U.S.-China Trade War; Venezuela's Elections; Reform in Saudi Arabia?
"No nation in the world allows foreigners to storm its border. Period. When the declared intention of the aggressors is to kill that nation’s citizens, it is laughable to even suggest that a forceful response would not ensue."
-- H.E. David Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, in a Monday article for Fox News about the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and violence in Gaza.
"The occupation must end, so the people of Palestine can be liberated, and the people of Israel liberated from it. End the occupation, and the violence and insecurity will largely disappear."
-- Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Friday.
Israel-Palestine Conflict: Is There Hope for Peace?
"How to End the Endless Conflict Between Israel and the Palestinians" Editorial Board -- The Economist, May 17, 2018
"How Netanyahu Is Stoking Israelis' Fear of the Nakba" Galia Golan -- Haaretz, May 21, 2018
"World Must Tell Gaza’s Hamas-Abused Masses the Truth: There Will Be No ‘Return’" David Horovitz -- The Times of Israel, May 17, 2018
"Palestinians Ask ICC to Open Full Inquiry Into Israel" Marlise Simons and Alan Cowell -- The New York Times, May 22, 2018
"Don’t Blame Hamas for the Gaza Bloodshed" Sari Bashi -- Foreign Policy, May 22, 2018
The Iran Deal and the Future of U.S.-EU Relations
"Pompeo Demands a King's Ransom from Iran" Curt Mills -- The National Interest, May 21, 2018
"The Trump Administration’s Plan B on Iran Is No Plan at All" Suzanne Maloney -- Brookings Institution, May 22, 2018
"The Saudi Lobby’s Scheme to Destroy the Iran Deal" William D. Hartung and Ben Freeman -- The American Conservative, May 23, 2018
"Europeans Want to Break Up with America. Deep Down, They Should Know that They Can’t" James Kirchick -- The Washington Post, May 22, 2018
What's the Deal with the North Korea Talks?
"We Need to Test Our Assumptions About North Korea" Ken Gause -- The National Interest, May 22, 2018
"Who’s to Blame the Hiccup in North Korea Talks? South Koreans Say Bolton" Anna Fifield -- The Washington Post, May 21, 2018
"Trump Blames China’s Xi Jinping for Sabotaging the Kim Jong Un Summit" Gordon G. Chang -- The Daily Beast, May 23, 2018
"Trump's DPRK Dilemma" Dan Blumenthal -- American Enterprise Institute, May 22, 2018
U.S.-China Trade War Negotiations Move Forward
"Who Will Be the Biggest Losers from a China-U.S. Trade War Truce?" Frank Tang and Liu Zhen -- South China Morning Post, May 22, 2018
"Trump’s China Deal Is the Worst Ever" Edward Alden -- Nikkei Asian Review, May 22, 2018
"In Trade War With U.S., China Gets the Upper Hand" Greg Ip -- The Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2018
Aftermath of the Venezuelan Elections
"How Long Can Nicolás Maduro Hang on to Power in Venezuela?" Jon Lee Anderson -- The New Yorker, May 22, 2018
"As Trump Adds Sanctions on Venezuela, Its Neighbors Reject Election Result" Nicholas Casey and Julie Hirschfeld Davis -- The New York Times, May 21, 2018
"A Fraudulent Election Means Even More Problems for Venezuela" Dany Bahar -- Brookings Institution, May 22, 2018 [Podcast]
Social Reform Halts in Saudi Arabia
"Saudi Arabia Hits the Brakes on Reforms" Simon Henderson -- The Atlantic, May 22, 2018
"Saudi Arabia Expands Crackdown on Women’s Rights Activists" Sarah Dadouch -- Reuters, May 22, 2018
May 21, 2018
This Week: WACA's Recap on San Antonio Meeting; Future of Korea at WAC Harrisburg; McFaul on Russia Podcast; plus Council Highlights
Spring Leadership and Board Meetings - Thank You WAC San Antonio!
WAC San Antonio's Leslie Palmer (C) with WACA Board members and guests
Karen Burghart (L), Matthew Hughes, and Kimberley Coles
Stratfor VP Reva Goujon delivers Friday dinner keynote
Thank you to all who attended the Council Leadership and WACA Board meetings last week in Texas, and especially to Leslie Palmer and her World Affairs Council of San Antonio team for hosting such a successful program!
In addition to workshops on How to Build an Endowment and on Developing Strong Corporate Relations, WACA President Bill Clifford presented the findings of our Council Benchmarking Survey. So far, we have a 53% participation rate from the Council network. According to Council colleagues, this survey provides invaluable information for local Councils. WACA would like to make our data even more robust by having 100% participation and so have kept the survey open. You can find the link here. Please fill it out if your Council has not yet done so. We are grateful!
Additionally, WACA and Council leaders held a productive discussion on the benefits of WACA membership. We will continue the conversation at the WACA National Conference, November 7-9, and aim to have the new dues structure in place by 2019. We value your input and encourage you to join us at the Conference for the Fall Leadership Meeting, signature policy forums, and special events.
Take Council Survey!
WAC Harrisburg Hosts Future of Korea
The first of eight Future of Korea 2018 events in the annual WACA-KEI program series will be held on Thursday, May 24.
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will present this program in conjunction with its 2018 Torch of Global Enlightenment Awards, honoring distinguished individuals and globally responsible organizations.
Listen to Michael McFaul on podcast!
From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia is a riveting inside account of four decades of U.S.-Russia relations, from the fall of the Soviet Union to the rise of the Russian President and his hostile challenge to the West.
Listen to the May Cover to Cover podcast of our conference call with Ambassador Michael McFaul on his new book.
World Affairs Council of Seattle and World Affairs Council of Orange County will feature McFaul in public forums this week. (see Council Highlights below.)
Join us for WACA's June 12 Cover to Cover with Ambassador Rick Barton on his new book, Peace Works.
Monday, May 21
Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts François-Philippe Champagne, International Trade Minister of Canada, for “NAFTA: North American Competitiveness is Job #1.” Details
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, Professor of Law at Instituto Tecnológico Autonomo de Mexico, for “Mexico's Presidential Election and U.S.-Mexico Relations.” Details
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a panel of experts for “The Future of U.S.-China Relations: A Debate.” Details
Tuesday, May 22
World Affairs Council of Austin hosts David Firestein, Founding Director of the China Public Policy Center, for “China, Innovation, and Us.” Details
World Affairs Council Upstate hosts Paul Berg, former Foreign Service Officer, for “American Foreign Policy: Truth and Fiction from a Firsthand Perspective.” Details
Santa Fe Council on International Relations holds a screening of Red Light Revolution. Details
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College, for “Reimagining ATL as a Global Leader.” Details
Wednesday, May 23
San Diego World Affairs Council hosts WACA 2017 Conference speaker Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, for “Ukraine: Russian Interference and How the U.S. Can Bolster Ukrainian Security.” Details
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Shlomi Kofman, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, for “Diplomat Luncheon.” Details
Global Minnesota hosts Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Residence at University of Minnesota Duluth, and Joan Brzezinski, Executive Director of the China Center and Confucius Institute, for “Bridging the Gap in U.S.-China Negotiation and Communication Styles.” Details
World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts Rob Rudloff, Cybersecurity Team Leader at RubinBrown, and Matt Flinner, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Better Business Bureau, for “Cyber Security and You.” Details
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, for "From Cold War to Hot Peace: Looking Back and Forward in the U.S. Russia Relationship." Details
Thursday, May 24
World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, to discuss his book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia. Details
World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts WACA 2017 Conference speaker Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, and James Coyle, Director of the Center for Global Education at Chapman University, for “Russia’s Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts.” Details
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts a panel of experts for “The Opportunities and Challenges of Chinese Investment in the U.S.” Details
World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Norman Bowen, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at California State University East Bay, for “Macron’s Vision for France and Europe.” Details
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts WACA Cover to Cover author Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, Chair of the Global Health Council, to discuss his book, The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It. Details
World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.), CEO of the American Security Project, for “First to Respond: The Military in the Age of Climate Change.” Details
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Brett Baier, Chief Political Anchor at Fox News Channel, to discuss his book, Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire. Details
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