World Affairs Council News – Week of Nov 26-Dec 2, 2018


November 26, 2018

Dear Members and Friends,

Good day from the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday. We sure did, taking time to consider all we have to be grateful for and sharing time off with families and friends. We return to work with a busy week ahead.

Monday, we welcome Colonel David Des Roches, US Army (Retired) who is an Associate Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington (see event announcement below). Professor Des Roches just returned from a week in Saudi Arabia and will have fresh impressions from the Kingdom bearing on our discussion of US-Saudi relations and the Khashoggi affair. It’s not too late to register for this event at Belmont at 6 pm Monday. (more below)

On Tuesday we’ll pause from delivering programs and resources to the community and our schools to remind you — on #GivingTuesday — that the World Affairs Council cannot do what we do without your aid. So take time on Tuesday, a national day of giving to nonprofits like TNWAC to consider where we fit into your annual charitable giving. We count on you, stakeholders in global literacy, to support and sustain the mission of bringing the world home. Thanks for your support. (more below)

Wednesday we will present another sizzling HOT TOPIC program. The BREXIT issue is the home stretch as the date approaches to flip the switch on the UK out of the EU. Join us at noon Nov 28th as we welcome Dr. Adam Bronstone, PhD, a specialist in European politics to unravel the BREXIT play by play. (more below)

Speaking of the EU, have we got an exceptional event coming to Nashville on the 11th of December in association with the International Business Council (IBC) of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce! The IBC will host a six-pack of consuls-general representing: France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Belgium and the UK. What an opportunity to be in the know on some of the most pressing global challenges and issues among America’s key strategic partners. The roundtable/luncheon is set for 11am at the Baker Donelson Event Center in Nashville. (more below)

Don’t forget you’re invited to watch our Academic WorldQuest practice competition on Sunday, December 2nd at Knowledge Academy in Nashville.  Come out and see what your membership and gifts to the Council make possible. Call or email the World Affairs Council for details. info@tnwac.org | 615-460-6011

Thanks in advance for taking care of your World Affairs Council on #GivingTuesday. We’ll see you at our Global Town Hall Monday and Global Dialogue on Wednesday!

Patrick Ryan, President
patryan@tnwac.org| 615.460.6011

p.s. Don’t forget a WAC membership gift for the holiday for your family and friends. And don’t forget time’s up on those Thanksgiving leftovers. 

On to the news.

WHAT’S NEXT AT THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL

November 26, 2018 | Global Town Hall — “U.S.-Saudi Relations and America’s Adventures in the Middle East” — Col David DesRoches, US Army (Ret), Associate Professor and Senior Military Fellow, National Defense University — Belmont University, Nashville

November 27, 2018 | #GivingTuesday — calling on global literacy “stakeholders” to support the World Affairs Council 

November 28, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. | Global Dialogue — “Brexit 101: Unraveling a Thorny Issue” with Dr. Adam Bronstone — Belmont University, Massey Business Center Room 203, Nashville

December 2, 2018 | Academic WorldQuest Tennessee Practice Match, Knowledge Academy, Nashville

December 11, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. | EU Nations Roundtable-Luncheon with Six Consuls-General | Baker Donelson Special Events Center, Nashville

February 11, 2019 | Global Town Hall – Joseph Cirincione — International Nuclear Weapons Developments — President, Ploughshares | at Belmont University

CRISIS IN U.S. MIDEAST RELATIONSHIPS AND POLICIES | MONDAY NIGHT

The 70 year-old government to government relationship between Washington and Riyadh is said to be like a rocky marriage in which the partners stick it out through thick and thin because of underlying interests. The murder of American-resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi last month has opened the relationship to examination at the White House, in Congress and among the American public. There could be no more timely Global Town Hall topic than this relationship and no better expert to speak on the issues than Colonel David Des Roches, US Army Retired, Professor at the Near East South Asia Center at NDU Washington. Des Roches, who is in Saudi Arabia this week and will have fresh observations of the crisis, along with TNWAC’s President Patrick Ryan are both long-time Saudi specialists and both were well acquainted with Mr. Khashoggi. They will give you information and perspective on this crisis that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.  Join us next Monday (Nov 26th) at 6 p.m. at Belmont University. Details and RSVP link here.

GIVING TUESDAY:

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the U.S. and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. We ask that you include the Tennessee World Affairs Council in your charity giving plans, especially on #GivingTuesday. TNWAC is certified as an IRS 501c3 charitable educational organization and gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the IRS regulations. TNWAC does not receive government funding and relies on membership and gifts to bring its programs to you. CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR GIFT

LUNCH TIME BRIEFING ON BREXIT WEDNESDAY

Just when you thought you figured out the British Exit (BREXIT) from the European Union… …not so fast. The British Prime Minister’s tenure is at risk. Cabinet ministers are dropping like flies. A movement for a redo on the Exit referendum is building momentum. And the lights get turned off just four months from now. Well, we have just what you need to understand this very important political phenomenon rocking European institutions. Dr. Adam Bronstone will explain all things Brexit at Belmont University at 12pm on Wednesday, November 28th. Details and RSVP link here.

EUROPEAN CONSULS-GENERAL LUNCHEON ROUNDTABLE: DEC 11

When you have a visiting consul-general available to talk about US-EU relations and the current challenges and issues in global affairs that’s a good day. But when you have SIX consuls-general in Nashville for a roundtable and luncheon event to talk about the many important issues on the table — Brexit, NATO, tariffs, climate, Mideast policy, etc. etc. — that’s something else. Join us at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce International Business Council program with the Consuls-General of France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Belgium and the UK at 11a-1p on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Details and RSVP link here

HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING SOLUTION: GIVE THEM THE WORLD

This holiday season give the gift of membership in the World Affairs Council to your family and friends. Your thoughtfulness will be remembered all year as they enjoy the benefits of membership in the Tennessee World Affairs Council including global affairs awareness programs and special members’ only access events. The Gift Package will include a Gift Card with Senders Name, Membership Card and Certificate, Council Welcome and Member Benefits Information and the world famous TNWAC coffee mug. Membership gifts at the $100 (Family) or higher (Ambassador) levels will include the handy TNWAC tote bag. Details and Sign Up

WORLDQUEST COMPETITION PRACTICE MATCH NEXT SUNDAY

It’s Academic WorldQuest time in Tennessee for high school students and teachers. We’re ready for our December 2nd Practice Match for the students who are honing their global knowledge for the February 24th Championship Match. It’s optional but if you’re interested in WorldQuest give us a call to get connected to this fun and informative program.  If you’re in that category check out the programs on the TNWAC.org web site such as Academic WorldQuest, the “What in the World? Weekly Quiz and the Tennessee Global Scholar Certificate program. Check the TNWAC.org web site or check with us at info@tnwac.org / 615-460-6011.  A big hat tip to Knowledge Academy for hosting the December 2nd match.

PODCASTS: GLOBAL TENNESSEE IS YOUR PLATFORM

We hope you’re enjoying our new offering, the “Global Tennessee” Podcast. Regular editions come to you every other week with occasional special reports as necessary — such as our presentation of Senator Corker at a recent luncheon. The regular Podcast has two parts: a “Roundtable” segment of co-hosts talking about issues in the news and an in-depth look at a subject of interest in our “Conversation” interview. You can subscribe to Global Tennessee at SoundCloud.com, iTunes, and most places you get your favorite Podcasts. Let us know how you like what we’re doing and contribute your ideas. Let us know if  you’d like to be an interview subject if you have something to contribute to the conversation of global affairs and their connections to our community. Also consider underwriting the Global Tennessee podcast so that you can become more closely associated with this new and exciting opportunity.

YOUR WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL

  • Chairman Jim Shepherd
  • President Pat Ryan
  • Vice President Marieta Velikova
  • Secretary Dr. Susan Haynes
  • Treasurer Mike McCooey
  • Program and Development Manager Logan Monday
  • Education Outreach Coordinator Catherine Kelly

Call or visit our office at 1513 Compton Avenue, Nashville | 615.460.6011 | info@tnwac.org

That’s it for now. Thanks for your interest in the World Affairs Council and our work bringing the world to Tennessee.  Here’s your homework:

  • Sign up for a our not-to-be-missed town hall on Saudi Arabia on Nov 26 and on Brexit on Nov 28.

Best wishes for a great week!

CONSIDER GIVING THE GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

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PIC OF THE WEEK

ICYMI – Afshin Molavi’s fantastic global affairs presentation on “Where Are We Going” is available in our recent “Global Tennessee” special report – Episode 4 [Link Here]

SUPPORTING TNWAC

THANKS TO BELMONT UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

THANKS TO THE NASHVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL


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The mission of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Tennessee World Affairs Council is to promote international awareness, understanding and connections to enhance the region’s global stature and to prepare Tennesseans to thrive in our increasingly complex and connected world.

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