World Affairs Council News – Week of Dec 10-16, 2018

Week of December 10, 2018

Dear Members and Friends,

Good day from the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

Shopping sprees, mall Santas and WorldQuest. It’s that time of the year. Last week the World Affairs Council kicked off the 2018-19 Academic WorldQuest competition with a practice match at Knowledge Academies of Nashville.  We thank the teachers, parents and students who came out for a Sunday afternoon of WorldQuest questions that will sharpen their preparations for the February 24th Tennessee Championship match at Belmont University. It’s not too late for teams to signup — see below.

Are you among the 67 million Americans who listen to Podcasts at least monthly? We have one more to add to your subscription list.  The Council’s “Global Tennessee” Podcast launched in October and we are on an every two weeks schedule for the regular show — a roundtable of news and commentary — and a conversation with newsmakers and thought leaders. While there are many global affairs Podcasts available we aim for Global Tennessee to bring international affairs to the local level. In addition to the regular Podcast we’ll publish special editions as we have done with Senator Bob Corker’s TNWAC program and longer interviews with distinguished visiting speakers and others.  You can subscribe to “Global Tennessee” on your smart phone and find more on iTunes and Soundcloud. See you on the Pod.  Businesses, interested in sponsoring?

Holiday gift giving ideas just got easier with the TNWAC membership gift program. You can give the world to your family and friends with a one-year membership to the Council, providing benefits like members’ only events, discounts on ticketed programs and publications and other special access opportunities.  Later this week we’ll open up a new gift opportunity — give someone special a seat at a private dinner on February 11th with “Ploughshares” President Joseph Cirincione, for an insightful conversation about global nuclear proliferation and a sumptuous dinner at Stony River Grill.  Stay tuned.

Lastly, please keep the World Affairs Council in mind as you think about your end-of-year charitable giving. We keep the lights on and programs rolling through your support — memberships and donations. The Council is a 501c3 tax exempt organization that does not receive government support. We rely on you to make what you see here possible.  Check out www.TNWAC.org/donate.

Have a great week.

Patrick Ryan, President
patryan@tnwac.org| 615.460.6011

On to the news.

WHAT’S NEXT AT THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL

January 30, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. | Global Dialogue — Topic TBD | Belmont University, Massey Business Center Room 203

February 11, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. | Global Town Hall — International Nuclear Weapons Developments — Joseph Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund — Curb Event Center, Beaman A/B — Belmont University

February 24, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. | Academic WorldQuest Tennessee Championship Match — registered teams, open to the public — Belmont University, Ayres Academic Center

WORLDQUEST COMPETITION SEASON

It’s Academic WorldQuest time in Tennessee for high school students and teachers. We’re ready for our February 24th Championship Match. If you’ve been on the fence about getting started now’s the time to get onboard. The winning team in February advances to the National Competition in Washington in late April on a trip that includes visits to international affairs venues in our nation’s capital. The National Championship winning team will enjoy an all-expenses paid visit to the State of Qatar.  By the way, we’ve posted the practice match slides on our Slideshare.net/TNWAC pages. So you can start practicing now, but don’t forget to register. www.TNWAC.org/WorldQuest

ICYMI – PODCASTS: SEN CORKER, SAUDI ARABIA AND EUROPEAN CONSULS-GENERAL 

If you couldn’t catch TNWAC programs in person you can still listen to the distinguished visiting speakers who have talked with Nashville groups recently about hot topics in global affairs. Be on the lookout this week for a report on the US-Russia Divide: Views from Both Sides, and this week’s special interview with five European Consuls-General. Here’s what’s already available and where you can catch up.

EP 06 | Dec 07 | Special Report: Saudi Arabia: Relationship on the Rocks – Interview with Professor David Des Roches, Near East South Asia Center
EP 05 | Nov 27 | Roundtable: Braving the New World – WACA Conference | Conversation: Bart Edes, Asian Development Bank
EP 04 | Nov 19 | Special Report: Afshin Molavi: Where Are We Going?
EP 03 | Nov 05 | Special Report: Senator Bob Corker at the World Affairs Council
EP 02 | Oct 30 | Roundtable: Midterm Elections | Conversation: Qatar Delegation Visit
EP 01 | Oct 16 | Welcome to the Global Tennessee Podcast and the Tennessee World Affairs Council

GLOBAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS – PLOUGHSHARES’ CIRINCIONE VISIT FEB 11

“Preventing nuclear catastrophe is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and although the world has made progress on nuclear security since the Cold War, we all know that the work of nuclear security is never done,” according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Co-Chair and Former Senator Sam Nunn. And there is no one who knows more about global nuclear proliferation than Joseph Cirincione, President of Ploughshares and long-time Washington policy maker. Join us on February 11th at our Belmont University Global Town Hall for this important conversation.  [Register Now]

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

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 Global Town Hall on “Nuclear Weapons Proliferation in a Dangerous World” (Feb 11).  [Here]
  • Teachers and Students!  Academic WorldQuest awaits.  Join the Quest!  [Here]

Best wishes for a great week!

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

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PICS OF THE WEEK

Professor David Des Roches of the National Defense University Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies visited Lipscomb University as a guest lecturer, addressing US-Saudi relations and the Khashoggi affair. Des Roches, a retired U.S. Army Colonel was in Nashville as a TNWAC Distinguished Visiting Speaker, Nov. 25-27, and made numerous speaking engagements. [Check out the Podcast]

Demonstrating the excellent partnership between the World Affairs Council and Belmont University, a group of students from Dr. Lora Harding’s Marketing course worked on a research project this semester to support our Strategic Planning Committee.  Shown here in the project debrief are WAC Board and Staff members Mike McCooey, Pat Ryan, Jim Shepherd, Lori Odom, and Logan Monday. Belmont Marketing students included: Christopher Pfaff, Alexandria Walton, Wesley Cox, Elona Snitko, Joshua Snyder and Walker Boothe. Thanks to all concerned for an excellent and very helpful report.


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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