This Week

TNWAC This Week

July 20, 2021

Dear Members and Friends:

Here we go again.

The world is looking at a third Covid-19 wave. That’s the richer nations of the world. The lesser developed nations are still wrestling with the first wave.

In the United Kingdom, it was billed as “Freedom Day,” time to celebrate the reopening from pandemic shutdowns. Instead, infection rates are skyrocketing and the Prime Minister is in isolation due to Covid-19 exposure. Worldwide the Delta variant of the virus is driving infections rates up, as least 12 percent in the last week. Nations in Latin America, Africa and Asia are struggling to get vaccines for their populations. Meanwhile they remain fertile ground for propagation of new Covid variants and exacerbating political and economic troubles in many unstable countries.

At home, the global pandemic is racing through the millions of Americans who have so far shunned the safe, effective and available Covid-19 vaccination. Officials, clerics, and thought leaders who were heretofore, skeptics, deniers or prevaricators have changed their tunes and are starting to encourage our fellow citizens to get the jab. This week the nation turned their eyes to Tennessee where a public health official, obviously a proponent of vaccinations, was sacked and State policy to limit vaccination promotion has been inexplicably curtailed. 

Meanwhile, heat domes have roasted the Pacific Northwest to astoundingly high temperatures — 116 degrees in Portland, Oregon? Wild fire season started early and is showing a new virulence in wide swaths of America’s West with smoke causing air quality warnings across the continent. Never seen before floods wracked Germany and Belgium, killing over one hundred and inflicting catastrophic damage.

On the international scene the President of China, the world’s second most powerful economy, warned “foreign forces” (I believe he’s talking about us) that push back would result in “heads based bloody against a Great Wall of steel.” Elements in Russia continue to unleash cyberattacks against the West. Afghanistan is teetering on the edge of Taliban return to power as they run amok across the country, even as the last of American troops head for the exits. Few have thought of the consequences there.

In our hemisphere Cuba and Haiti have had eruptions of historic nation-wide protests against repression and decapitation of the leadership, respectively. Is a mass Caribbean refugee crisis looming?

Welcome to the World of 2021.

Your World Affairs Council will continue to bring you programs and resources to aid in your understanding of what’s going on across the global landscape. We welcome your support as a member and donor.

Wishes for a safe and prosperous week.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Patrick W. Ryan
Founding President, TNWAC

Thank you for your support of global affairs awareness and education!

MARK THE CALENDAR

OH CANADA!

Join us on July 27 at 12 PM ET for a conversation with Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s first woman Ambassador to the United States. We will discuss next steps in U.S.-Canada relations, the state of the pandemic, trade and investment between U.S. and Canada, our shared goal of addressing climate change, and more. Ambassador, Acting Consul General Louise Blais, will introduce the program. Program presented in collaboration with Atlanta World Affairs Council. [Registration/Details]

VOLUNTEERS

The Tennessee World Affairs Council invites you to consider becoming a volunteer. TNWAC programs, development and administration are managed by a (very) small staff. We’re always on the lookout for people who are interested in our mission — bring the world to our fellow citizens — and have an opportunity to share their time and talents. There’s a great need so if you’re interested drop us an email. [pat@tnwac.org]

COMPETING FOR THE FUTURE

Your World Affairs Council is pleased to be a partner with the Connecticut World Affairs Council in offering the 2021 Global Security Forum: Competing for the Future, coming to you on October 1-2, 2021. At this forum generals, experts, and foreign leaders will convene to address the most critical global security issues of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. Learn more about the GSF and register for this terrific opportunity.  HERE.

YOU SHOULD SPONSOR THESE PROGRAMS

We invite businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor these events. It is through your support that we are able to bring quality global affairs programs to the community. Your sponsorship also highlights your commitment to education and global affairs awareness in the community. For information about sponsoring other programs and series of events contact Patrick Ryan, TNWAC President @ 931-261-2353, pat@tnwac.org


THIS WEEK AROUND THE NETWORK OF WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS

CHECK COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS BELOW FOR DETAILS ON THESE PROGRAMS



All programs below are accessible online unless otherwise indicated.
Wednesday 7/21 
Thursday 7/22 
Friday 7/23 
Thank you for your support of global affairs awareness and education!

THANKS TO THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS OF AMERICA FOR COORDINATION OF WEEKLY PROGRAMS FROM AROUND THE NETWORK

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS AWARENESS AND EDUCATION OUTREACH

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS AWARENESS AND EDUCATION OUTREACH

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.

THE VISION of  the Tennessee World Affairs Council is a well-informed community that thinks critically about the world and the impact of global events.