China Town Hall | Local Connections, National Reflections | Oct 19

October 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Tennessee World Affairs Council

in association with

Belmont University Center for International Business and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce present

October 19, 2021 – 5:00-7:30 pm CT

From Washington, DC

Fareed Zakaria
CNN Worldwide Host and Author

From Nashville, Tennessee

Patrick W. Ryan
LCDR, USN (Ret); Founding President, TNWAC

Professor Thomas Schwartz
Distinguished Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

John Scannapieco
Attorney, Womble Bond Dickson (US) LLP; Global Business Specialist

Jeremy Goldkorn
Editor in Chief,; Co-host, Sinica Podcast

CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria will be the featured speaker for CHINA Town Hall 2021, a national conversation on how the U.S.-China relationship affects our cities, towns, and communities. From supply chains to national security, new technologies to climate change, the future of both countries will be determined by their relations with one another and the global community.

Join the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations on Tuesday, October 19 for a virtual event and Q&A with one of America’s leading foreign policy commentators, as he examines the challenges and opportunities for both countries as they confront the most critical issues of the 21st century.

The National Committee is proud to partner with a wide range of institutions and community groups, including colleges and universities, world affairs councils, and trade and business associations to bring this important national conversation to local communities around America for the 15th consecutive year.

The “local connections” portion of the China Town Hall includes a panel of distinguished Nashvillians who are experts in U.S. foreign policy and U.S. China relations. Starting at 5:30pm CT they will provide background, context, and analysis, and will take you questions during the half-hour program prior to the Zakaria virtual presentation. They will return to continue the conversation at 7:00pm CT.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN Worldwide and is a columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a bestselling author.

Fareed Zakaria GPS is a weekly international and domestic affairs program that airs on CNN/U.S. and around the world on CNN International. Since its debut in 2008, it has become a prominent television forum for global newsmakers and thought leaders.

Interviews on Fareed Zakaria GPS have included U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Other past guests include military officials such as Gen. David Petraeus and Adm. Michael Mullen; corporate leaders such as Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi; and other public figures like Bill Maher and Bono. The program earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011 and has received multiple Emmy nominations.

Zakaria has regularly hosted primetime specials for CNN Worldwide, such as “Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World,” “Why Trump Won,” and “Putin: The Most Powerful Man in the World.” He frequently contributes his thoughtful analysis of world events and public affairs to; Fareed’s Global Briefing, a daily digital newsletter; and other programming across CNN’s multiple platforms.

More about Zakaria 

Thomas Schwartz
Distinguished Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

Thomas Alan Schwartz is a historian of the foreign relations of the United States, with related interests in American politics, the history of international relations, Modern European history, and biography. His most recent book is Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography (Hill and Wang, 2020).  The book has received considerable notice and acclaim.  Harvard’s University’s Charles Maier has written: “Thomas Schwartz’s superbly researched political biography reveals the brilliance, self-serving ego, and vulnerability of America’s most remarkable diplomat in the twentieth century, even as it provides a history of U.S. engagement in global politics as it moved beyond bipolarity.”   Earlier in his career, Schwartz was the author of America’s Germany: John J. McCloy and the Federal Republic of Germany (Harvard, 1991), which was translated into German, Die Atlantik Brücke (Ullstein, 1992). This book received the Stuart Bernath Book Prize of the Society of American Foreign Relations, and the Harry S. Truman Book Award, given by the Truman Presidential Library. He is also the author of Lyndon Johnson and Europe: In the Shadow of Vietnam (Harvard, 2003), which examined the Johnson Administration’s policy toward Europe and assessed the impact of the war in Vietnam on its other foreign policy objectives. He is the co-editor with Matthias Schulz of The Strained Alliance: U.S.-European Relations from Nixon to Carter, (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

More about Schwartz

John Scannapieco
Attorney, Womble Bond Dickson (US) LLP; Global Business Specialist; Member of the Board, Tennessee World Affairs Council

John Scannapieco assists both US and foreign businesses engaged in the global economy. For more than three decades, he has provided strategic guidance and counsel to businesses and individuals regarding their existing global operations or to those contemplating global expansion.

John’s practice is focused on cross-border transactions. He assists domestic and foreign clients in connection with the sale or disposition of assets, as well as the negotiation and drafting of distribution, manufacturing, employment and agency agreements throughout the world, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He also advises companies that are contemplating pursuing a strategy in China, as well as companies that are currently doing business in China or with Chinese businesses. In addition, John assists US manufacturing companies with their activities overseas and foreign companies desiring to expand operations to the US. He works with US-based health care companies in a number of foreign jurisdictions, including China, Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean. John has also worked with several companies in connection with the expansion of their global workforce.

John serves as Honorary Consul from Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Tennessee. He has been involved in TerraLex and Mackrell International, two leading international legal networks. Through his involvement in these organizations, he routinely helps clients locate resources, including legal, financial accounting or other assistance, to complete transactions or to resolve disputes throughout the world.

Jeremy Goldkorn
Editor in Chief,; Co-host, Sinica Podcast

Jeremy Goldkorn is editor-in-chief of SupChina and co-host of the Sinica podcast. He moved to China in 1995 and became managing editor of Beijing’s first independent English-language entertainment magazine. In 2003, he founded the website and research firm, Danwei, which tracked Chinese media, markets, politics, and business. It was acquired in 2013 by the Financial Times. He has lived in a worker’s dormitory, produced a documentary film about African soccer players in Beijing, and rode a bicycle from Peshawar to Kathmandu via Kashgar and Lhasa. He moved to Nashville Tennessee in 2015 and is a board member of the Tennessee China Network and a President’s Advisory Board Member of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.


We invite businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor this series of conversations with global affairs professionals. It is through your support that we are able to produce quality global affairs programs.

For information about sponsoring other programs and series of events contact Patrick Ryan, TNWAC President @ 931-261-2353,






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.


October 19, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm