This Week

TNWAC This Week

September 21, 2021

Dear Members and Friends:

The world turns its eyes to mid-town Manhattan and the headquarters of the United Nations this week for the opening of the General Assembly and remarks from world leaders including President Joe Biden.

Yesterday Biden met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who said, “The cooperation between the United States and the U.N. is a fundamental pillar for the work of the U.N.  The United States, with its strong commitment to human rights; its strong commitment to peace and security in the world; its strong commitment to development, cooperation; and now, with your leadership, a very strong commitment on climate change, the United States represents a fundamental pillar of our activity.”

Today, in his General Assembly speech, Biden called for global cooperation in the battles against Covid 19 and climate catastrophe and other challenges like endemic poverty.

Multilateral commitment to climate and global health are just two of numerous tasks before the international community and the United Nations, but we must remember that the organization was founded in the ashes of WWII to bring peace and stability to the planet. And so, today we observe International Peace Day, The UN General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.” The UN Peace Day statement reflected on the Covid-19 pandemic, “We are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.”

We thank our friends at the United States Institute of Peace for offering the #PeaceDayChallenge to students, teachers and the rest of us. Among the resources they shared are the Olive Branch Blog where you can find inspiring stories of peace building, HERE. You can learn more about the USIP’s #PeaceDayChallenge in our post, HERE.

Wishes for a safe and prosperous week and, as always, thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Patrick W. Ryan
Founding President, TNWAC

 

Thank you for your support. TNWAC is a public service bringing you global affairs awareness and education!

MARK THE CALENDAR

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. Dr. Marie McAuliffe, Head of Migration Policy Research at the United Nation’s International Organization for Migration will join moderator David Plazas of The Tennessean along with several other specialists. [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]

ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST

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 and topics are due for release in mid-September. 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! Topics and study guide coming soon.

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]

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

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

Join the U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy on 20 October in Annapolis, Maryland, for a conference to address the role of the military in diplomacy throughout history and how diplomacy contributes to rule of law, national security, and the U.S. international image.


 

September 21, 2021 @ 11:00am-12:15pm

In the coming years, what trends are likely to be seen with regard to maritime security in the Gulf? How can the GCC states further protect and expand their critical maritime infrastructure? What steps can be taken to curb the danger posed by malign actors in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb, and Hormuz straits? And what additional role, if any, should the United States and Europe play in safeguarding international commerce?

Featured Speakers: Professor David Des Roches, Bilal Y. Saab, Dr. Cinzia Bianco, Dr. Rashid Abdi, and Dr. Geoffrey Gresh.



PROGRAMMING ON AFGHANISTAN

In recent weeks, our sister Councils have provided extensive insight into recent developments in Afghanistan. World Affairs (Northern California) has aired a podcast “Escape from Kabul” and held a “Virtual Town Hall: Supporting Local Aid to Afghanistan.”
 
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All programs below are accessible online unless otherwise indicated.
Monday 9/20
Tuesday 9/21
Wednesday 9/22
Thursday 9/23
Friday 9/24
Thank you for your support of global affairs awareness and education!

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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.