Global Dialogue

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Welcome to Global Dialogue — A Program of the Tennessee World Affairs Council that offers a (lightly) structured session for people to share their perspectives on current issues in global developments. Learn about these informative sessions and check the calendar (below) with links to individual discussion group details and registration information.


Why: Global Dialogue is a community discussion program organized by the Tennessee World Affairs Council. The purpose is to bring people together to learn more about the pressing international issues of the day, to exchange insights and perspectives and to achieve an understanding about the challenges facing America in the world.

How: Global Dialogue sessions are informal, salon-like gatherings held in areas convenient to the participants — downtown coffee shops, library meeting rooms, classrooms at colleges and schools. Participants review materials assembled on the web site in advance of the session to be prepared to engage in conversation with their neighbors and colleagues. Sessions are facilitated by a group leader, and may include a specialist to provided background and context, but the Global Dialogue sessions will ensure everyone gets to share their views of the issues. Register for the sessions on the topic page — links below.



When: Global Dialogue sessions will meet once a month at a regular date/time/venue. Participants can go to as many different meetings in the same month as they choose. The Tennessee WAC is working to establish the initial Global Dialogue sessions by the end of July 2015.

Where: Global Dialogue session venues are being finalized. They are set to include downtown Nashville and the Green Hills area starting in July with additional locations being added in coming months depending on demand. Check back for details.

Who: Global Dialogue sessions are designed for our community neighbors and colleagues to get together and share their perspective on important global issues. They are not sessions for specialists or people with international affairs backgrounds. The Tennessee World Affairs Councils encourages local groups to get together under the rubric of Global Dialogue sessions, wherever is most convenient — even without council hosting. Contact the council at for materials and tips. Participants in council organized Global Dialogue sessions will be encouraged to become members of the Tennessee World Affairs Council after attending their initial event.

What: Here is the calendar for upcoming Global Dialogue sessions including links to the program materials for each topic. Check back up through the evening of the session for updates.

To be updated on schedule changes make sure you’re on our email list: LINK

October 2015

Topic – “The Middle East Muddle”

[Link to Register & Prep Materials – October 2015 Topic – “The Middle East Muddle”]

Please review the suggested reading items to be better prepared to discuss this topic.

Venues: Frothy Monkey (5th Avenue, Downtown); Green Hills Public Library 

To be able to set topics that are current issues in the news and national debate we will select our subject for Global Dialogue discussion groups within a couple of weeks of the sessions. Check back for future session subjects, but you can be sure they’ll be hot topics.

November 2015 

Topic – ISIS: Syria, Iraq and Beyond

[Link to Register & Prep Materials – November 2015 Topic – TBD]

December 2015

Topic – TBD

[Link to Register & Prep Materials – December 2015 Topic – TBD]



Massey Business Center Room 209B.  Here are the details:

Wednesday, January 06, 2016
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Global Dialogue for MBA (Web Confirmed) MC 209B
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Global Dialogue for MBA (Web Confirmed) MC 209B
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Global Dialogue for MBA (Web Confirmed) MC 209B
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Global Dialogue for MBA (Web Confirmed) MC 209B
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Global Dialogue for MBA (Web Confirmed) MC 209B



Check the calendar for these and more TN WAC programs.



July-August 2015 – Iran: What Next?

The international community represented by the P5+1 (UN Security Council permanent members plus Germany along with EU representation) and Iran engaged in diplomacy to restrict Iran’s nuclear program and to relax sanctions starting in 2006. The world watched this month as the negotiations for a final agreement stretched into overtime and then awoke on July 15th to news there was an agreement. Supporters and critics wasted no time in staking out their positions. The results will shape US relations with Iran and its regional allies. – Former Navy career intelligence officer Patrick Ryan will facilitate the Global Dialogue. [Link to Resources – “Iran: What Next”]

September 2015 – “America in the World: What Direction”

[Link to Register & Prep Materials – “America in the World: What Direction”]



The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a nonprofit (501c3), nonpartisan educational charity based in Nashville that works to build understanding of global issues in our communities. Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at:  — Join / Donate / Volunteer

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