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  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 9:08 AM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)


    As Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, I frequently have the opportunity to exchange views with friends in the various state and local governments, academia, and the community at large on a variety of issues. Over the past few weeks, I have been asked about recent developments in Hong Kong and how they may affect Taiwan. As such, I would like to touch base with you to convey Taiwans position regarding this important topic.

    Hong Kong has captured international attention recently as more than 2 million citizens took to the streets to oppose an extradition law proposed by Beijing that would require citizens of the former British colony be tried in courts in Mainland China under its framework of one country, two systems. Beijing has proposed the same failed system for Taiwan.

    The 23 million people of Taiwan differ from Hong Kong, however, since they enjoy a robust democracy that ensures individual rights and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. The so-called one country, two systems model would require that Taiwan relinquish its democratic way of life in exchange for Beijings authoritarian rule, something Taiwan clearly rejects.

    Taiwan stands with the United States and countries around the world in support of a free and democratic Hong Kong. As the people of Hong Kong have peacefully demonstrated, there is nothing more important than to determine ones own future. In this regard, Taiwan is pleased to serve as a beacon of hope and a model for the people of Hong Kong and the region. Taiwan stands as a reminder of what can be achieved when freedom prevails.  

    I very much appreciate the opportunity to convey Taiwans position on this issue. I welcome your thoughts and meeting in person at your convenience should you have any questions or would like to discuss the topic further. Please feel free to contact me at: 617-259-1367, or by     e-mail at: boston@mofa.gov.tw

    As the Fourth of July is just around the corner, I wish you a very happy celebration!

    Sincerely,

     

    Douglas Y.T. Hsu

    Director-General

    Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston


  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:50 AM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)

    MANCHESTER – His mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed in an unpredictable global market by providing the resources and innovations they need to thrive.  And with initiatives like Cooperatives for a Better World and CCA for Social Good, Howard Brodsky is a shining example of how business leaders can do good, while doing well.  In honor of his good works globally, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire has announced Brodsky as the winner of the 2019 Global Leadership Award.

    On May 19th, at the Annual Global Forum, the Council will present Brodsky, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Co-Chief Executive Officer of CCA Global Partners, with this prestigious award.  Each year, the World Affairs Council presents this award to a local business, organization or individual who has shown leadership in promoting international knowledge and understanding in the community and expanding New Hampshire’s global connections.  By conferring this award to Mr. Brodsky, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire recognizes his efforts to engage the world and help to build a stronger global community in Manchester.

    “I am especially pleased that Howard Brodsky will be this year's recipient of the WACNH Global Leadership Award” said WACNH President, Steve Solomon.  “Although his work at CCA Global has an international impact, he was born in Manchester, started his career in a local family business here, and has a strong commitment to local institutions. He exemplifies New Hampshire's connection to the world through his various international philanthropic programs.” With initiatives like Cooperatives for a Better World and CCA for Social Good, Howard has shown other business leaders what it means to do good, while doing well.

    Since 2014, Howard has been working to bring the idea of Cooperatives for a Better World to life.  This international program is helping small businesses around the globe to work together to create economies of scale. These cooperatives are then able to better market their goods, secure lower costs for their inputs, and reach across oceans to sell their products. Howard recently shared a story about a Shea butter cooperative that was set up in West Africa through Cooperatives for a Better World. With the assistance of this program, the women of Alaffia are now able to sell their products around the world and have increased their profits by 400%.

    “I am truly humbled to receive the 2019 Global Leadership Award from the World Affairs Council. CCA Global takes a worldview on social justice and a more equal society and works to help bring scale and opportunity to family businesses and organizations across the world” said Brodsky, the company’s co-founder, chairman and CEO. “This enables them to better serve their markets by helping them level the playing field. Receiving this prestigious award helps validate that we are doing the right thing and making a positive impact at the global level. On behalf of the entire CCA Global team, I want to thank the World Affairs Council for this recognition.”

    Brodsky will be joined on stage by last year’s Global Leadership recipient, Paul LeBlanc, who will present this year’s award at the 2019 Global Forum.  This annual fundraising event for the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will feature David Sanger, NY Times National Security Correspondent, who will be discussing the dangers and realities of cyber warfare.  Doors open at 5:00 pm for a reception and the event begins at 6:00 pm at Southern New Hampshire University’s Dining Center Banquet Hall.


  • Monday, March 18, 2019 4:58 PM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)

    Open to high school students across the country, the challenge is to submit an 800-word Memorandum OR a 5-minute Video to “Advise the Secretary of State: Measures to Strengthen the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Partnership.” A panel of educators and experts in student exchange programs will judge the entries. The top 10 contestants will win an all-expenses-paid Doha Study Tour on June 21-27, 2019. Contest winners will also be eligible for scholarships to attend the WACA 2019 National Conference in Washington, DC on November 6-8, 2019. 

     

    The 10 high school student winners will be joined by the 4-member champion team of the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, the team's teacher, and two WACA chaperones.  

     

    Please submit your original essays and videos to Liz Brailsford at lbrailsford@worldaffairscouncils.org

     

    The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 29.


  • Monday, March 11, 2019 9:26 AM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)

    By: Michael Pappas

    Henry Nicholls \\ Reuters file

    On June 23rd, 2016, 51.9% of voters in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and Tory Prime Minister Theresa May officially triggered Article 50 on March 28th, 2017, eight months later. Article 50 is the legal mechanism by which a European Union member may leave and, once triggered, a transition deal must be agreed upon within two years. That deadline is now less than three weeks away on March 29th. If the UK requests it, then an extension of this deadline can be granted by a unanimous vote of the European Council. However, if a deal is not agreed to by the deadline and an extension is not sought or granted, then a “No-Deal” Brexit will occur whereby the UK is immediately out of the EU on March 30th without a transition period, guided by WTO trade rules and subject to EU import regulations for non-members.

    Late last year a transition deal was agreed to between the EU and the British government, but when put to a vote in the House of Commons in January, the deal was defeated by the largest margin of any vote in the modern history of British Parliament (202-432). One of the biggest sticking points opponents have with May’s deal is the ‘Irish backstop’, whereby the UK will remain in a customs union with the EU indefinitely to prevent a physical border from being constructed between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Opponents are either completely against the backstop or believe that there needs to be a deadline for it so that the country is not indefinitely linked to the EU even after leaving. The problem necessitating the backstop stems from the 1998 Good Friday Agreements that ended the three-decade-long Troubles in Northern Ireland, part of which phased out all border checkpoints between the two governments on the island. Were a physical border to return, some believe violence would return to the region, and some a united Ireland.

    Despite previous statements, May’s speech in the House of Commons February 26 indicated a shift in the government’s policy by expanding the number of possible paths beyond simply the previously negotiated deal and “No-Deal.” May laid out and promised a scheduled order of votes, whereby her previous deal would be voted on again on March 12. In the seemingly likely case that it fails, then a vote will be held on March 13 on whether the Parliament would allow a “No-Deal” on March 29. If this vote fails as well, then a vote will be held on March 14 on whether to “seek a short, limited extension to Article 50.” This shift came on the heels of reports that government ministers would rebel against May to prevent the possibility of a “No-Deal” Brexit, led by Business Secretary Greg Clark, Justice Secretary David Gauke, and Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, as well as the pressure of resignations by a dozen MPs between the governing Conservative Party and opposition Labour Party last month. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, after Labour’s alternative Brexit plan was also rejected by the House on February 27 and, despite appearing reluctant do so in the past, said the party fully backs a second referendum. One amendment put forward with the support of Labour leadership would, if passed, see Labour abstain from the second ‘meaningful vote’ on May’s Brexit deal if a second referendum is held on those terms.

    Opponents argue that the possible repercussions of a “No-Deal” Brexit are numerous. Most largely surround the dearth of regulations that British exporters to the EU will need to comply with quite literally overnight. This includes British food producers, whose products, the EU has said, may take up to six months to approve for importation. This likely leaves a large sector, such as that of sheep, with four and a half million lambs with no market, necessitating either a large-scale culling or payments to farmers by the government to prevent such a drastic measure. Another major, yet seemingly innocuous, effect of such a Brexit is the serious lack of EU-compliant pallets for shipping. This owes to the fact that as a member, the UK currently benefits from lower regulatory standards for pallet decontamination, but overnight the nation would be subject to the much stricter rules for Eu non-member states.

    A government report released last Tuesday further summarized some of the largest impacts of a “No-Deal” Brexit, indicating that the UK economy will be 6 to 9% smaller in the next 15 years than it otherwise would have been, food prices are likely to increase, large tariffs for exports to the EU will likely be imposed, and only 6 of 40 planned trade deals have been signed. These are just a few examples that demonstrate the type of fallout that could result from a “No-Deal” should the March 29 deadline come without an extension or alternative plan. It is unclear how soon a solution to the current impasse will be found and how the next month and on will play out, but Goldman Sachs revised their Brexit odds after May’s vote schedule announcement at 55% for an Article 50 extension, 35% for no Brexit, and 10% for a “No-Deal” Brexit. Come March 30, the world will know whether the United Kingdom has crashed out of the EU, kicked the can down the road, or planned a second referendum.


  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    February 27, 2019

    Weekly World News Update

    Second Trump-Kim Summit; China Tariff Delay; China Surveils Its Citizens and U.S. Surveils Russia; India-Pakistan Showdown; Crisis in Venezuela; Congress Challenges Trump Over Purse Issue; Drawdown in Syria; Unmanned Boeing Jets

    Quote of the Week

    To maximize the prospects for success, as in the Iran negotiations, the United States needs China, Russia, Japan and South Korea to join in overseeing implementation of any interim deal…Though the Trump administration reflexively scorns multilateral efforts, North Korea is yet another case where going it alone won’t suffice.

    -- Former Ambassador to the UN in the Obama Administration Susan Rice Tuesday in a New York Times op-ed on the second Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam.

    Trump-Kim Summit: Diplomatic Bromance 

    Second Trump-Kim Summit Kicks Off With a Handshake in Hanoi” Amy Held -- National Public Radio, February 27, 2019

    Is Trump’s Hard Bargaining Fraying U.S.-South Korean Ties?” Scott Snyder -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 21, 2019

    More Is Possible Now to Address North Korea’s Health and Humanitarian Needs” Stephen Morrison -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 22, 2019

    What to Expect at the Second North Korea Summit” Victor Cha and Katrin Katz -- Foreign Affairs, February 22, 2019

    The Second Trump-Kim Summit: What Will Success Look Like?” Ashish Sen -- Atlantic Council, February 25, 2019

    Trump Delays China Tariff 

    Trump Delays Increase in Tariffs on China, Citing Progress in Trade Talks” David Lynch -- Washington Post, February 24, 2019

    Cautious Optimism in Beijing for U.S.-China Trade Deal” Zhenhua Lu -- South China Morning Post, February 26, 2019

    China Again - and Again and Again” William Reinsch -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 25, 2019

    America Helped China Surveil Its Civilians 

    China's Powerful Surveillance State Has Created at Least Four Billionaires” Blake Schmidt and Venus Feng -- Bloomberg, February 21, 2019

    China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise” Sui-Lee Wee -- The New York Times, February 21, 2019

    U.S. Surveillance Flies Over Russia

    U.S. Flies Military Surveillance Over Russia for First Time in Over a Year Amid Vladimir Putin Missile Threats” Cristina Maza -- Newsweek, February 21, 2019

    India-Pakistan Standoff

    India Pakistan Conflict LIVE Updates: Pilot Captured as Jet Shot Down Over Kashmir” Tom Davidson -- Mirror, February 27, 2019

    " India and Pakistan Have Lost Control of the Narrative” Mihir Sharma -- Bloomberg, February 27, 2019

    India and Pakistan Say They’ve Launched Airstrikes Against Each Other. Here’s What You Need to Know” Saheli Choudhury -- CNBC, February 27, 2019

    What’s Next for Venezuela?

    There Is Still a Way Out of Venezuela’s Stalemate” Michael Albertus -- Foreign Policy, February 26, 2019

    In Venezuela, Time Is Not on Maduro’s Side” Eli Lake -- Bloomberg, February 26, 2019

    What Now for Guaidó and His International Partners?” Félix Rodríguez -- Americas Quarterly, February 26, 2019

    Pence in Bogota to Discuss Ways to Oust Venezuela’s Maduro” Ben Fox -- Associated Press, February 25, 2019

    U.S. Congress Challenges National Emergency 

    House Rejects Trump Emergency Declaration, Setting Up Potential Veto Showdown” Gregg Re; Chad Pergram; Alex Pappas -- Fox News, February 26, 2019

    Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump’s “Emergency,” But Lawsuits Could” Marjorie Cohn -- TruthOut, February 26, 2019

    200 U.S. Troops Stay in Syria

    White House: 200 U.S. Troops to Remain in Syria” Ken Schwartz; Carla Babb; Jeff Seldin -- Voices of America, February 21, 2019

    Boeing Flies Unmanned

    "Boeing Unveils Unmanned Combat Jet Developed in Australia" Jamie Freed and Gerry Doyle -- Reuters, February 26, 2019


  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    February 27, 2019

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to present two opportunities that arise from our relationship with Liaison America, an international education organization connected to five countries and dedicated to working with young people who want to impact lives and make a change in the world.

    Below, we present the first opportunity: Following presentations by outstanding Brazilian high school students visiting the U.S. in Liaison America's "Triple L" Program - both at WACA headquarters and to Council leaders who attended the WACA Breakfast at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting - we will offer a Liaison America webinar for Council leaders and staff on February 28. This call will provide information for Councils interested in fee-for-service hosting of similar student groups from Brazil in July 2019 and January 2020. It will include information on program goals, administrative responsibilities, logistics, and funding.

    Additionally, WACA, in partnership with Liaison America, is offering a 30-day scholarship opportunity for one (1) university student to live and experience Brazil this summer through immersion in the culture, education, and language! More below and full details here.

    Liaison America Student Exchange Programs for Councils Conference Call: THURSDAY, FEB. 28, at 2:00 PM ET

    WACA will host a webinar led by Liaison America so that Council leaders and program staff can learn more about the opportunity to partner with Liaison America in hosting one of their groups of Brazilian high school students. These are exceptional students with a diverse set of talents who will share their culture and projects during their educational exchange programs in the United States.

    Webinar Details

    Date: Thursday, February 28

    Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

    Topic: Liaison America High School Exchange Programs - How Councils Can Participate

    Tech: Zoom meeting (instructions will be shared following your registration)

    Register now! Please contact Drew Lorelli at the WACA National Office, indicating your name, title, Council affiliation, phone number, and whether you attended the WACA Breakfast at Global Ties U.S. last month. Email dlorelli@worldaffairscouncils.org or, if you have any questions, call 202-833-4557.

    WACA-Liaison America Scholarship Opportunity

    June 2019 in Goiânia, Brazil

    Applications Due by March 12

    The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to announce the Liaison America Trent Argo International Scholarship for a 30- day study tour in Brazil for one lucky student ambassador. This scholarship will be an immersive experience in culture, language, education, and international affairs in the city of Goiânia, one of the richest agricultural districts and a key player in the production of sugar, rum, coffee, tobacco, cotton, cattle, hides, and castor oil. Goiânia is located the state of Goiás, where Brasília, the capital of Brazil, is also located. Goiás is a strong, well-structured state that is growing both socially and economically.

    The scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to meet with university students, business and government leaders, and others who are making a positive change locally and globally.

    This experience will include:

    Living Like a Local

    ·     Be accompanied by a college-aged chaperone

    ·     Live with a host family (includes accommodations and meals)

    ·     Take Portuguese language lessons

    ·     Experience the natural beauty of Brazil’s parks, outdoor recreation, and engage in the culture through food, music, dance, and folklore

    Global Learning 

    ·     Shadow university students studying international affairs or other topics related to the recipient’s area of study

    ·     Meet with faculty and university international affairs officers and representatives from Education USA

    Understanding Government Relations

    ·     Meet with the Secretary of Education

    ·     Learn about Brazil’s approach to immigration and border control

    ·     Learn about the role of the consulates and embassies

    ·     Discover the political role of agri-business and its impact locally and globally

    With this announcement, we welcome submissions including a letter of recommendation. Council leaders: please publicize and share with your local networks and educational partners. We expect to announce the winner on March 22, 2019.

    Read all scholarship details here.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    February 26, 2019

    Academic WorldQuest 1st Prize +

    Qatar Essay/Video Contest

    June 21-27, 2019

    Applications Due by March 29

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce a truly grand prize for the winning high school team in the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition.

    This year's AWQ Presenting Sponsor is The Embassy of the State of Qatar. At the close of the the competition, His Excellency Sheikh Mishal bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Ambassador of Qatar to the United States, will congratulate all AWQ participants and present the championship team with an unprecedented AWQ Prize: all-expenses-paid Study Tour to Doha, Qatar, on June 21-27, 2019.

    The four members of the winning team and their teacher will be joined by the winners of the WACA Essay/Video Contest and two WACA chaperones.

    The Qatar National Football team celebrates its 2019 Asian Cup soccer victory in January.

    WACA ESSAY/VIDEO CONTEST on QATAR:

    Open to high school students across the country, the challenge is to submit an 800-word Memorandum OR a 5-minute Video to “Advise the Secretary of State: Measures to Strengthen the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Partnership.” A panel of educators and experts in student exchange programs will judge the entries. The top 10 contestants will win an all-expenses-paid Doha Study Tour on June 21-27, 2019. Contest winners will also be eligible for scholarships to attend the WACA 2019 National Conference in Washington, DC on November 6-8, 2019.

    The 10 high school student winners will be joined by the 4-member champion team of the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, the team's teacher, and two WACA chaperones.  

    Please submit your original essays and videos to Liz Brailsford at lbrailsford@worldaffairscouncils.org.

    The deadline for submissions is March 29, 2019. 

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    February 25, 2019

    WACA Weekly

    Key Council Programs; Brazil Summer Study Contest; WorldOregon Speaker Series; WorldDenver, WACNH Hiring; WAC Kentucky's Japan-U.S. Program; Great Decisions Teachers Training Institute; Council Highlights and more!

    WACA-Liaison America Scholarship for Brazil Summer Study

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to present two opportunities that arise from our relationship with Liaison America, an international education organization connected to five countries and dedicated to working with young people who want to impact lives and make a change in the world.

    The first initiative is a 30-day scholarship opportunity for one (1) university student to live and experience Brazil this summer through immersion in the culture, education, and language! See scholarship details here.

    Also, we present the second opportunity: Following presentations by outstanding Brazilian high school students visiting the U.S. in Liaison America's "Triple L" Program - both at WACA headquarters and to Council leaders who attended the WACA Breakfast at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting - we will offer a Liaison America webinar for Council leaders and staff on February 28. This webinar will provide information for Councils interested in fee-for-service hosting of similar student groups from Brazil in July 2019 and January 2020. It will include information on program goals, administrative responsibilities, logistics, and funding.

    WorldDenver to Hire New Executive Director

    WorldDenver -- Executive Director

    An innovative, visionary, mission-driven, and results-oriented leader to lead the organization into the future is sought. A keen interest in global affairs and promoting greater international understanding, as well as a deep knowledge of our Denver and Colorado environments, will be desired hallmarks. Apply here.

    Listen to Council of the Month's "Global in the Granite State" Podcast

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire broadcasts a monthly podcast titled, "Global in the Granite State," where you will listen to interesting interviews and learn more about how New Hampshire is connected to the world, how the hot topics of the day are playing out, and why international affairs are important to support. 

    Also, WACNH is hiring! A Program Coordinator is sought to help plan, publicize, and implement the nonprofit’s public events to fulfill the organization’s mission of fostering learning, discussion, and citizen involvement in world affairs around the state. Apply here.

    Save the Date: Council Leadership Meeting in KC on June 13-15

    Mark your calendars now! The World Affairs Councils of America will convene its semi-annual Council Leadership and WACA Board Meetings in Kansas City, MO on June 13-15, 2019.

    We are grateful to Matthew Hughes and his team at the International Relations Council for hosting.

    Click on the flyer to the left for meeting details and other special opportunities! The schedule will be updated periodically, and we will announce exclusive hotel accommodations soon.

    Albright Stonebridge Group VPs Available for Speaking Engagements

    In partnership with Albright Stonebridge Group, we're pleased to present the following speakers. Please contact WACA President Bill Clifford if you are interested in scheduling engagements with them. 

    Molly Montgomery

    Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group

    Montgomery joined ASG from the White House, where she served as Special Adviser to the Vice President for Europe and Eurasia. She also was Deputy Director of Eastern European Affairs at the State Department. Full bio.

    Sumona Guha

    Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group

    Guha served as White House special adviser on Europe and at the State Department as special assistant for Europe. She also served at the U.S. embassies in Paris and Moscow. Full bio.

    John Hughes

    Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group

    Hughes was the Deputy Director in the Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In this role, Mr. Hughes helped set policy priorities for sanctions regimes around the globe. Full bio.

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    February 20, 2019

    Weekly World News Update

    Trump's Border Emergency; U.S. Congress Rebukes Trump on Yemen; MBS in India; Warsaw Conference; India-Pakistan Heats Up; Taiwan and China; Haiti in Trouble; UN Ambassador Slot

    Quote of the Week

    If we’re serious about the transatlantic partnership, it’s not very easy for me as German Chancellor to read… that the American Department of Commerce apparently considers German and European cars to be a threat to the national security of the United States of America.” 

    -- Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

    Border Security = National Emergency?

    Coalition of States Sues Trump Over National Emergency to Build Border Wall” Amy Goldstein -- Washington Post, February 18, 2019

    Trump Will 'Protect' Emergency Declaration If Congress Disapproves” Matthew Schwartz -- National Public Radio, February 18, 2019

    Trump's Emergency Declaration May Have Laid the Groundwork for His Impeachment” Michael Conway -- NBC News, February 18, 2019

    Why a Wall Alone Can’t Fix the Emergency on the U.S. Border” John Davidson -- The Federalist, February 19, 2019

    "Congress Is Complicit in Trump’s Power Grab" Michael Tanner -- National Review, February 20, 2019

    U.S. Congress Takes Action on Yemen

    Congress Closer to Forcing Trump’s Hand on Saudi Support” Rebecca Kheel -- The Hill, February 19, 2019

    The House Vote to End Support for the War on Yemen Shows How Much Has Changed” James Carden -- The Nation, February 14, 2019

    Yemen Debacle Shows It’s ‘Certainly Time’ for U.S. Congress to Reclaim War Powers” -- Sputnik International, February 15, 2019

    MBS’s Foreign Trip

    Saudi Prince Gets Red Carpet in Asia as Murder Strains U.S. Ties” Ismail Dilawar; Donna Abu-Nasr; Alaa Shahine -- Bloomberg, February 19, 2019

    A Happy Marriage Between God and Budget Deficits” Mohammed Hanif -- New York Times, February 19, 2019

    Middle East Conference in Warsaw

    Warsaw Summit Evokes Shadows of the Past” Jo Harper -- Forbes, February 18, 2019

    Mike Pompeo’s Shambolic Summit in Warsaw” -- The Economist, February 15, 2019

    India-Pakistan Feud Heats Up

    After Pulwama: What Are India’s Retaliation Options?” Joy Mitra -- The Diplomat, February 19, 2019

    Five Indian Officers Killed in Kashmir Days After Worst Militant Attack in Decades” Niha Masih and Joanna Slater -- Washington Post, February 18, 2019

    India Demands Pakistan Take Action and 'Stop Misleading' on Kashmir Attack” Sophia Saifi and Helen Regan -- CNN, February 19, 2019

    Taiwan’s Potential Showdown with China

    The Looming Taiwan Crisis” Richard Haass -- Project Syndicate, February 15, 2019

    Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Says She Will Run for Re-Election in 2020” -- South China Morning Post, February 19, 2019

    Will China Seize Taiwan?” Peter Gries and Tao Wang -- Foreign Affairs, February 15, 2019

    Unrest in Haiti

    "Is Haiti Unraveling?" Georges Fauriol -- CSIS, February 20, 2019

    "Here's What's Fueling Haiti's Violent Street Protests" Jonathon Gatehouse -- CBC News, February 14, 2019

    Slot Opens for UN Ambassador Role

    Trump’s Pick for UN Ambassador Just Withdrew Her Name Over an Immigration Controversy” Jen Kirby -- Vox, February 18, 2019


  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    February 19, 2019

    WACA Weekly

    Key Council Programs; Brazil Summer Study; WACNH, WorldDenver Hiring; WAC Michigan's 69th; WAC Kentucky's Japan-U.S. Program; Albright Stonebridge Speakers Available; Great Decisions Teachers Training Institute; Member Benefits & Council Highlights

    WACA-Liaison America Scholarship for Brazil Summer Study

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to present two opportunities that arise from our relationship with Liaison America, an international education organization connected to five countries and dedicated to working with young people who want to impact lives and make a change in the world.

    The first initiative is a 30-day scholarship opportunity for one (1) university student to live and experience Brazil this summer through immersion in the culture, education, and language! See scholarship details here.

    Also, we present the second opportunity: Following presentations by outstanding Brazilian high school students visiting the U.S. in Liaison America's "Triple L" Program - both at WACA headquarters and to Council leaders who attended the WACA Breakfast at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting - we will offer a Liaison America webinar for Council leaders and staff on February 28. This webinar will provide information for Councils interested in fee-for-service hosting of similar student groups from Brazil in July 2019 and January 2020. It will include information on program goals, administrative responsibilities, logistics, and funding.

    Council of the Month Hosts Finding Refuge Film Series

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host a three-part film series and discussion: Finding Refuge: The Human Flow. Part one will be shown on Wednesday, February 27. Learn more.

    Also, WACNH is hiring! A Program Coordinator is sought to help plan, publicize, and implement the nonprofit’s public events to fulfill the organization’s mission of fostering learning, discussion, and citizen involvement in world affairs around the state. Apply here.

    WorldDenver to Hire New Executive Director

    WorldDenver -- Executive Director

    An innovative, visionary, mission-driven, and results-oriented leader to lead the organization into the future is sought. A keen interest in global affairs and promoting greater international understanding, as well as a deep knowledge of our Denver and Colorado environments, will be desired hallmarks. Apply here.

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