TNWAC This Week
September 28, 2021
Dear Members and Friends:
The international scene continues to fascinate those who try to keep up with global developments and issues. This week we are getting to see the inner workings of national security decision making from our top generals and the Defense Secretary, before Congress. There was even a look into the nuclear weapons release chain of command — an apparent “glitch” in the system when a Joint Chiefs Chairman becomes concerned about POTUS’ stability. Then there’s the ongoing spat with the French over the new AUKUS strategic pact in the Indo-Pacific region, along with the Australian snub on a submarine deal. Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un took time away from his Weight Watchers program to oversee the launch of a new hypersonic strategic missile. And we have a likely new Prime Minister in Japan, Mr. Fumio Kishida; a new Chancellor in Germany, but they’ll take time to sort coalition politics; and the same guy in Canada, Mr. Trudeau, who called early elections only to have nothing change. Of course, we continue to have a global fight against Covid-19 and all its variants; against terrorism in dozens of countries; and against the existential threat of climate change — witness November’s summit in Glasgow, COP26.
So, those issues and more are what we concern ourselves with. Connect you to the world.
In October we’ll have: a symposium with top specialists on hot button migration issues, talking about global trends, climate impacts, American immigration issues and the local implications; a China Town Hall featuring CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and our own specialists drilling into US-China relations; and two International Career Panels, one featuring a cross section of professionals and the other focused on “Women in International Business.” Along the way we’ll test your global literacy every Monday morning with our “What in the World? Weekly Quiz.”
We’re pleased to announce that we will host H.E. Ambassador of Japan to the United States Koji Tomita in Nashville on November 2nd. You can look forward to a luncheon session and a Global Town Hall at Belmont University. TNWAC is proud to serve as his host for the Nashville visit and thanks Consul-General Fukushima for support and guidance. We’re inviting our corporate friends to contact me to learn how you can sponsor these events.
Lastly, I’d like to share that Professor Susan Haynes is completing her time with the TNWAC Board of Directors after eight years of service. We have been very fortunate to have had Susan, a Professor of Political Science at Lipscomb University, as a Member of the Board. Susan served for most of that time as the Board Secretary and she has been the lead on our very successful series of International Career Panels. She has inspired her students to know more about the world and they have been TNWAC interns, National Conference scholarship recipients and Academic WorldQuest coaches. It has been obvious to me, working with her students, that she is a special educator. Susan will depart the board but won’t go too far. She accepted an invitation to be on the Advisory Board, so she can stay connected to TNWAC’s work.
Wishes for a safe and prosperous week and, as always, thank you for your support.
Patrick W. Ryan
Founding President, TNWAC
MARK THE CALENDAR
- Global Security Forum | Oct 1-2 | In partnership with CT WAC | Registration/Details
- International Careers Panel | Across the Spectrum of Professionals | Oct 6 | 5:30-7:00
- Symposium | Migration: Global to Local Challenges | Oct 13 | 11:30a
- China Town Hall with Fareed Zakaria | Oct 19 | 5:30-7:30p
- International Careers Panel | Women in International Business | Oct 27 | 5:30-7:00p
- Ambassador Koji Tomita visit | Global Town Hall | Nov 2-3 | Save the Date
- Egypt! A Conversation with Joyce Davis | In Partnership with WAC Philadelphia and Harrisburg | Nov 4 | FB Live
- National Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA’s 35th Anniversary) | Nov 17-19
- Academic WorldQuest | Fall Practice Match | Dec 5 | Save the Date
- Academic WorldQuest 2021-22 Championship | Feb 6 | Save the Date
STUDENTS AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS | INTERNATIONAL CAREERS
Mark you calendar for the fall 2021 sessions of our International Careers Panels. As we did in the spring we’ll have two panels, both via Webinar. On October 6th we’ll host a panel of specialists from a variety of international professions, such as diplomacy, business, NGOs, Peace Corps, legal, academic and military. [Link] Three weeks later, on October 27, join us again for a conversation with a panel focused on “Women in International Business.” [Link]
SYMPOSIUM | MIGRATION: GLOBAL TO LOCAL CHALLENGES
Join us on October 13th for a midday symposium examining the accelerating global trends driving migration and the flows of migrants and refugees into the United States and Tennessee. We have a terrific panel lined up: David Plazas of The Tennessean is our moderator; Dr. Marie McAuliffe, Head of Migration Policy Research at the United Nation’s International Organization for Migration (IOM); Pablo Escribano, Specialist in Migration, Environment and Climate Change at the IOM; Molly Hilligoss, Network Director at Welcoming America and a local representative to talk about migration issues in Tennessee. [Registration Link]
CHINA TOWN HALL: LOCAL CONNECTIONS, NATIONAL REFLECTIONS
This year’s China Town Hall on October 19th will feature Fareed Zakaria, CNN host and author, in a national broadcast that will be part of our TNWAC program. Professor Thomas Schwartz, John Scannapieco and Jeremy Goldkorn will anchor conversations prior to and following the Zakaria program. Join us for this virtual deep dive into U.S.-China relations. [Registration Link]
We have our topics for the 2021-2022 season of our Anne Smedinghoff Academic WorldQuest global affairs challenge. Our practice match and championship match as well as the WACA national competition will be based on these topics:
- Where Climate and Migration Meet
- Afghanistan: End of the 20-Year U.S.-Led Intervention
- A Human-Centered Agenda for the Future of Work
- CDC and the Global Health Agenda
- Technology and Democracy: Threat or Promise?
- Great Decisions
- 21st Century Money: Dollars to Digital Currencies
- Working for Peace Through Legacies of War: The Case of Vietnam
- Insecurity in China’s Neighborhood
- Current Events
High school students and teachers be ready to start our Academic WorldQuest season, named in honor of Anne Smedinghoff, an American diplomat who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. The study guide will be out this week. Our first practice match is set for Belmont University on Sunday, December 5th. The TNWAC championship match will be held in early February 2022. Be on the lookout for details on forming teams and getting ready for WorldQuest!
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. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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, email@example.com
ICYMI – OUR CONVERSATION WITH UK CONSUL GENERAL STAUNTON
The ink had barely dried on news last week of a landmark defense pact among the United States, United Kingdom and Australia when we sat down for a “Global Tennessee” Podcast with Her Majesty’s Consul General Andrew Staunton. He represents the UK in the Southeast region from the Consulate in Atlanta. We talked about US-UK relations, economic developments especially trade and investment in Tennessee, post-Brexit issues, the AUKUS agreement, national security and global issues and the incomprehensibility of cricket. Check out the “Global Tennessee” series of Podcasts at Spotify, iTunes or wherever you get your Pods, and HERE.
TENNESSEE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL RECOMMENDS
- Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Dr. Omar Ghobash, Assistant Minister for Culture and Public Diplomacy of the United Arab Emirates, for “A Diplomat’s Bold Vision for the Future of the UAE.”
- World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Dr. Andy Knight, Professor of International Relations at the University of Alberta, for “The Need for R2P: Addressing Atrocity Crimes in Myanmar.”
- WorldBoston hosts Dr. Kelley Lee for “Great Decisions | The World Health Organization’s Response to Covid-19.”
- World Affairs Council of Maine hosts experts Jeff Rathke, President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), and Sophia Besch, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform, of the at the Johns Hopkins for “The World’s Most Important Election: Bundestag 2021.”
- World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts Peter Shames, manager of the Data Systems Standards Program for the Interplanetary Network Directorate at Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, for “News From Space: Near and Very, Very Far.” (In Person)
- World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Pauline Milwood, Fulbright scholar, for “New Wine for New Wineskins: The Way Forward for Caribbean Tourism in the Post-pandemic Era.”
- World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Tran Dang, a U.S.-educated lawyer, for “Crisis At The Gate: Towards The U.S. Immigration Reform.” (In Person)
- Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts Jessica Alexander, author and humanitarian aid professional, for “Book Talk: The Realities of Life as an Aid Worker.”
- World Affairs Council of New Jersey hosts Nicholas Rasmussen, inaugural Executive Director of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), for “Radicalization and Terrorism in the Digital Age.”
- Global Ties Arizona hosts Carolin Gey, German Honorary Consul in Arizona, for “Destination Series featuring Germany.”
- World Affairs Council of the Desert hosts Kishore Mahbubani, retired diplomat and Singaporean civil servant, for “The Future of US/China Relations – Has China Won?”
- World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Constanze Stelzenmüller, one of the top analysts of Germany and German-US relations, for “All Eyes on Germany.”
- International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Dave Saunders, Managing Director for Hallmark’s Global Procurement and Asia Buying Office, for “News & Views: International Management During COVID.”
- World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts PA Council of Churches and members of Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council for “Interfaith Prayers for Wisdom and Unity Against COVID-19.”
- Foreign Policy Association hosts Dr. David Denoon, professor of politics and economics at New York University and Director of the NYU Center on U.S.-China Relations, for “China’s Grand Strategy: A Pathway to Global Power?”
- World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Lauren Schwartz, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, for “B.PHL Innovation Fest: Featuring a Lightning Talk by Lauren Schwartz.”
- World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts anthropologist Thomas Barfield for “Afghanistan: Beyond the Headlines.”
- World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Michael O’Hanlon, Director of Research at the Brookings Institution, for “U.S. Grand Strategy: The Art of War in an Age of Peace.”
- World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Ambassador John Bolton, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute in Washington, for “National Security Challenges & Opportunities.” (In Person)
- World Affairs Council of Connecticut, in cooperation with other councils, hosts a panel of experts for “The Global Security Forum: Competing for the Future.”
- Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Gordon Flake, Chief Executive Officer at the Perth USAsia Centre, University of Western Australia, for “US-Australia Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.”
- World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Joey Sanchez, Director of Corporate Engagement at Houston Exponential, for “Global Young Professionals: Friday Tech Talk with Cup of Joe-y.” (In Person)
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.