This Week

TNWAC This Week

April 27, 2021

Dear Members and Friends:

The Internet has blown up with global affairs programming of every stripe. Our World Affairs Council along added 90 virtual programs to the inventory of international speakers, panels, seminars and other forums. The 90+ councils of the World Affairs Councils network produces an incredible amount of timely, insightful and engaging content. We offer a guide to their program every week in “This Week.”

In addition there are scores of programs produced by think-tanks, TV production sources, governmental agencies and more that fulfill the goal of learning about the world and the challenges and opportunities that exist for Americans. This week we will catalogue the best of the virtual offerings in a weekly email newsletter called, “TNWAC Recommends.” This will offer a summary of virtual programming that should be of interest to you as you follow the critical issues of our times.

We will continue to share “This Week’s” run down of TNWAC programs and the summary of World Affairs Councils of America virtual events.

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Wishes for a safe and prosperous week ahead.





Patrick W. Ryan
Founding President, TNWAC



Every Friday for eight weeks. The Tennessee World Affairs Council has been invited to offer enrollment in the Great Decisions discussion seminar series organized by our friends in Delaware, Ohio at Ohio Wesleyan University and Mr. Skip Cornett. We thank them for sharing this opportunity to learn more about critical global issues in these seminars being led by numerous distinguished speakers. Great Decisions is an eight-part global issues conversation developed by the Foreign Policy Association in New York, a members of the World Affairs Councils of America network, a sister council to TNWAC. The seminars are supplemented by an excellent guide book offered by Check our calendar for details/registration.


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,


Tuesday 4/27
World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Professor Jin Chung, St. Ambrose University, for “Cultural Difference and Advertising Themes.” 
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts W. Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development, for “The Implications of China’s Engagement in Africa.” 
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Thomas Wright, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe, for “U.S.-Europe Relations in the Context of Brexit.” 
World Affairs Council of Maine hosts William Hall, President of the World Affairs Council of Maine, for “Global Supply Chains and U.S. National Security.” 
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts a panel of experts for “Travel the World: Spotlight Chile.” 
Wednesday 4/28
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts, Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, for “The Global Power of Public-Private Cooperation, The Great Reset & Davos Summit.” 
Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts Olga Yurkova, Founder of, and Lingling Wei, Senior China Correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, for “Journalism, Media, and Disinformation.” 
World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts George Friedman, Founder of Geopolitical Futures, for “The Storm Before the Calm.” 
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Antonella Caruso, Founder and Executive Director, LAMEDINA International Dialogue Institute, and Gilles Kepel, Political Science, Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, for “From the New Middle East Fault Lines to Atmospheric Jihadism.” 
WorldDenver hosts HRH Princess Reema Bandar al-Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the U.S., for “A Conversation with HRH Princess Reema Bandar al-Saud.” 
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Brenda Lopez, Immigration Attorney, for “U.S.-Mexico: The Real Border Crisis.” 
World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Melissa Deehring, Founding Director of the Externship Program, Qatar University College of Law, for “The Importance of Advancing Women, Peace and Security in Qatar.” 
Thursday 4/29 
World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Lt. Gen. William J. Liquori, Deputy Chief of Space Operations, Strategy, Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Analysis for the U.S. Space Force, for “Evolution of Space Force.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Alec MacGillis, Journalist and Author, ProPublica, and Writer Carolyn Kellogg for “Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America.” 
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for “Polarization in Democracy: A 2021 Global Landscape.” 
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Jacob Wagner, Advisory Board Member of the International Journal of Urban Design, and Anita Dixon, Founder of Passage Unlimited, for “Music and Diplomacy.” 
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts authors Michael Heller and Jim Salzman to discuss their book Mine! How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts a panel of experts for “The World is Here: International in Kansas City.” 
Friday 4/30
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Professor Mikhail Tsypkin, Naval Postgraduate School, for “How Democracy Has Failed in Russia.” 
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Girish K. Saligram, President and Chief Executive Officer of Weatherford International, for “Global Solutions that Impact the Energy Industry.” 
Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Adrian Wooldridge, Political Editor, The Economist, for “The Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic Has Exposed the Weakness of the West, and How to Fix It.” 
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Melissa Pawlikowski, Ph.D. Faculty in Residence, Capital University, for “The End of Globalization.” 
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Frankie Strum, Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, Suriname, for “A Day in the Life of a United States’ Foreign Service Officer.” 
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Robert Spalding, Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, for “U.S.-China Relations in a Post-Coronavirus World.” 
Saturday 5/1
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Nada Al-Ahdal, Yemeni human rights activist, for “Preventing Child Marriage in Yemen.”  
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts professor Indira Palacios-Valladares, Missouri State University, for “The Next Generation and Protests in Chile.” 
Sunday 5/2
World Affairs Council of the Desert hosts Rosemary Gibson, Senior Advisor at the Hastings Center, for “America’s Reliance on China for Medicine: A National Health and Security Risk.” 
Thank you for your support of global affairs awareness and education!



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.