Resolution #1 | Increase Your Global Literacy | Join the World Affairs Council

Just 29% of 18-24 year old Americans passed a basic test on global affairs information according to a September 2016 survey by National Geographic and the Council on Foreign Relations. We believe this is unacceptable ignorance on the part of our citizens about what’s going on in the world.  [Source]

How’s YOUR global affairs awareness “IQ.” Do you know what you think responsible citizens should know?

Join your World Affairs Council today to improve awareness in the community and give yourself a boost in the new year toward a better understanding of the complex world America is navigating.

Are you satisfied with what you know about pressing questions on America’s role in the world?

  • Russia.  How did we get to what some observers are calling the “end of the end of the Cold War?” Would you have better insights if you had been at the World Affairs Council Town Hall with the Ambassador of Russia?
  • North Korea.  What options will the new President have (and what is he likely to do) the day we find out Pyongyang has mated a nuclear weapon to an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the American homeland?
  • Middle East.  The region is arguably more of a minefield for US foreign policy now than at any time in history. Mideast peace in a ditch. Threats from ISIS and Al Qaeda. Gulf allies defecting.  Iran nuclear agreement likely to survive inauguration day?
  • China.  Competitors or adversaries. Cooperation or conflict?  Trade? Currency? Debt? Military provocations? Threatening allies? Leverage on North Korea. Where’s the balance to be found?
  • Mega Trends.  Climate change? Migration and refugee flows? Rising authoritarianism? Loss of confidence in America among allies? How to deal with issues when the country is divided?

Your membership in the World Affairs Council — your local nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that promotes global affairs awareness — serves the community and our youth, and serves you.  Join today.

We need and appreciate your support of 

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Here’s what your World Affairs Council produced for you in 2016.  How many of these opportunities did you take advantage of?

Help the Council make a mark on the new year.  Join and give.


• Jan 11 – Cover to Cover – Talk to the Author – “Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World,” with Thomas Lippman (1-1:30pm teleconference)
• Jan 28 – Luncheon – Ireland’s Ambassador to the US, H.E. Anne Anderson, “A Changing Ireland in a Changing Europe” (Belmont University)
• Feb 1 – Town Hall | US-Russian Relations with H.E. Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador to the U.S. from the Russian Federation (Belmont University)
• Feb 11 – Cover to Cover – Talk to the Author – “The Industries of the Future,” with Alec Ross (1-1:30pm teleconference)
• Feb 18 – A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador Gentry O. Smith | Lipscomb University
• Feb 21 – Academic WorldQuest Tennessee Championship Match | (Belmont University)
• Feb 23 – Town Hall – Japan Consul-General Kinefuchi & Dr. James Auer – U.S.-Japan Security Cooperation (Belmont, Wedgewood Academic Center Conference Room)
• Mar 15 – Talk to the Author – Clyde Prestowitz, “Japan Restored: How Japan Can Reinvent Itself and Why This is Important for America and the World.” (1-1:30p) (Teleconference)
• Mar 15 – Town Hall – Refugee Issues in the Post-Cold War Era with Dylan Irons (6-7p) – Green Hills Public Library (Promotional partner with UNA)
• Mar 18 – Briefing – “Rebuilding A Syrian Nation and State After Civil War: Prospects and Challenges” – (10-11a) – Belmont University, Lila D. Bunch Library, Multimedia Hall (Collaborating partner)
• Mar 30 – Women’s Leadership Forum and Networking Luncheon (10:45a-2:00p) – Cheekwood (Collaborating partner w/Japan-America Society of Tennessee)
• Mar 30 – WACA Reception for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko – 1918 Society (WashDC)
• Mar 31 – WACA Spring Leadership Meeting (9a-3p) (WashDC)
• Mar 31 – Panel Discussion – Trans Pacific Partnership – Bass, Berry & Sims; International Business Council, Nashville Chamber; and US Commercial Service, Nashville – 11:30-1:00 p.m.
• Apr 5 – Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the U.S. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman – Lipscomb University – Details Forthcoming
• Apr 11 – International Service Night – Jobs and Careers in the Global Arena
• Apr 12 – Town Hall & Book Signing – Thomas Lippman – What Shaped the Modern Middle East? – Lipscomb University – 5:30-7:30pm
• Apr 23, 2016 – National Championship, Academic WorldQuest, Washington, DC
• Apr 26, 2016 – Talk to the Author – Marc Lynch, “The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East” – 1:00-1:30pm (Teleconference)
• May 18, 2016 – Talk to the Author – Steven Radelet, “The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World” – 1:00-1:30pm (Teleconference)
• June 14, 2016 – Talk to the Author – Anja Manuel, “This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States” – 1:00-1:30 pm (Teleconference)
• Jul 13 – Talk to the Author – Jennifer M. Harris, “War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft”– 1:00-1:30 pm CT (Teleconference)
• Jul 21 – 1:00-1:30p – Hot Topics Call – Teleconference – “Americans Against Terrorism, Hate and Violence” – Imam Muhammad Masri
• Jul 26 – “Reaching Rising Global Markets: Finding Near Term and Long Term Prospects for Growth” – Global Business Event – 8-10 am – Belmont University
• Jul 28 – Hot Topic Teleconference – “The Party Conventions & The Presidential Election” – featuring Dan Quayle – 4:00-4:30 pm CT
• Aug 9 – Talk to the Author – Talmage Boston, “Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts About Our Presidents” – 1:00-1:30 pm CT (Teleconference)
• Aug 16 – 8:00-9:30am – “Brexit and the U.S. Economy: What to Expect” – Breakfast business panel – Nashville Chamber of Commerce
• Sep 7 – 5:30p-7:30p – “America’s Diplomats” – Documentary film screening with Ambassador Charles Bowers, USFS (Ret) and Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, USFS(Ret) – Belmont Johnson Hall Large Theater
• Sep 19, 2016 – 5:30-7:30pm – Town Hall – “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation” – with Amb Thomas R. Pickering, USFS (Ret) and a local speaker – Belmont University, Frist Lecture Hall, Inman Health Sciences Building.
• October 17 – 4th Semi-Annual International Careers Panel – Moderator: Amb Charles Bowers plus a panel of specialists – Lipscomb University
• Oct 18, 2016 – China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections – National Webcast featuring Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and local panel | Belmont University
• Oct 27 – Cover to Cover – Talk to the Author – “Peace Through Entrepreneurship,” with Steven Koltai (1-1:30pm teleconference)
• Nov 9 – Town Hall – The Road Ahead: America’s 45th President and U.S. Foreign Policy – Amb Bowers, Amb Schlicher, LCDR Ryan – Belmont University
• November 12 – Academic WorldQuest Practice Match – Belmont University
• Nov 16 – Meeting of Members, World Affairs Councils of America; Leadership and Training Symposium of World Affairs Councils – Washington, DC
• Nov 17-18 – National Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America – Washington, DC
• Nov 29 – Cover to Cover – Talk to the Author – “The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East,” with Shelly Culbertson (1-1:30pm teleconference)
• Dec 15 – Talk to the Author – WACA Cover to Cover with PJ Crowley, author of “Red Line: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States (Telephone conference)
• Dec 15 – Public Affairs Briefing – Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration – WAC President Patrick Ryan – Nashville Amnesty International – Vanderbilt University




Benefits of Membership

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a membership organization. Members participate in determining the direction of the organization and for the sustainment of its programs and resources. We welcome you to the Council and look forward to your participation in Council events.

  • Invitations to members’ events and receptions
  • Invitation to join Council hosted Global Dialogue discussion groups
  • Discounts on foreign affairs publications
  • Complimentary subscription to the “Daily Chatter” newsletter
  • Invitations to annual World Affairs Councils of America conferences
  • Subscription to newsletters
  • International travel opportunities
  • SATISFACTION of knowing you are helping bring global awareness education programs to your community and your schools
[The Tennessee World Affairs Council has been granted charity status in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by U.S. law.  Click HERE to donate.]

Take advantage of discounts on these publications:

  • The Economist
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Foreign Policy
  • Saudi Aramco World
  • Stratfor
  • World Affairs Journal
  • World Policy Journal

Book discounts:

  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • The Brookings Institution

CLICK HERE for complete details on all discounts.

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Benefits for Corporate Members and Nonprofits



[Note: TNWAC receives 100% of mailed in membership payments. A small fee is extracted from your membership payment if using online credit cards.]




For Corporate Membership Details contact Patrick Ryan (931-230-5732 /

By Mail
Checks (no cash) payable to the Tennessee World Affairs Council, sent to: Tennessee World Affairs Council, 309 Church Street, #107, Nashville, TN 37201



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