November 5, 2020
The Presidential contest of 2020 in its final hours is marked by fierce partisan politics and cliff hanger vote counts. In just hours we will have a new President-Elect or an incumbent returning to power. Either way come January 21, 2021 the President will wake up to a world that didn’t hit the “Pause” button while America fought through the campaign cycle.
Great power competition, existential climate change threats, enduring terrorism threats, growing global nativism and bigotry, persistent regional nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, stability shattering refugee and migrant flows, erosion of international institutions and more challenges will be on the plate from day one. America’s Chief Executive will tee up these challenges in a period of transformation and lingering damage from four years of U.S. global leadership slippage.
Over the last three and a half months the Tennessee World Affairs Council has produced a series of Webinars touching on these topics and more. Our focus has been to provide our community — in Nashville, across Tennessee, and our new friends around America and overseas — the background and context to be informed voters as we all exercise a critical responsibility of our citizenship. We worked in concert with Belmont University, our key partner, which was hosting one of the Presidential Debates.
In the process of presenting the challenges facing POTUS on January 22nd we were fortunate in assembling truly world-class panels of experts. Ambassadors, foreign service officers, business people, scholars, military officers, NGO officials and more. They joined our panels from across the United States and multiple continents. These were chaired by specialists from TNWAC’s Board of Directors and other friends of the Council and supported by our intrepid staff. Special thanks to our technical director, Bill Ryan.
We thank them all, named below, for the generosity of their time and talents and their good spirits in helping us inform our fellow citizens.
Today, we present a compilation of the TNWAC Election 2020 programs. They are all archived on our YouTube.com/TNWAC video channel (links embedded in the images) and in Podcast form in our “Global Tennessee” series listing. You can access “Global Tennessee” Podcasts at SoundCloud.com/TNWAC and wherever you get your Pods.
Please share these resources with your friends, colleagues and others in your network. Also, please consider — if you like what we are doing for the community — becoming members of the World Affairs Council or showing your support with a financial gift. Thank you.
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Oct 29 (Thu) – America’s Place in the World, II – Panel Chair: Dr. Thomas Schwartz
Oct 15 (Thu) – America’s Place in the World, I – Panel Chair: Dr. Thomas Schwartz, PhD
Oct 22 (Thu) – Presidential Debate Watch Party
Oct 8 (Thu) – International Careers Panel
Chair: Dr. Susan Haynes, PhD; Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lipscomb University
Oct 1 (Thu) – The Middle East: Iran, Syria, Iraq — Panel Chair: LCDR Patrick Ryan, USN(Ret)
Sep 24 (Thu) — Global Issues: Globalization, Trade, Climate and Black Swans – Panel Chair: Dr. Jeff Overby
Sep 22 (Tue) – U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations – David Rundell
Moderator: Patrick Ryan | Book: “Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads”
Sep 17 (Thu) – Foreign Policy Challenges: Russia, North Korea, and Afghanistan – Panel Chair: Dr. Breck Walker, PhD
Sep 10 (Thu) – China: Cooperation, Confrontation, Conflict – Panel Chair: Dr. Susan Haynes, PhD
Aug 25 (Tue) The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump
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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.
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.