TNWAC News | January 15-21, 2017

If you like what your World Affairs Council is doing for your community it’s time to join and donate to keep it going.

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Welcome
Donors & Members Thank You
Program | Russian-American Relations: From Obama to Trump | TUESDAY
LAST CALL – Academic WorldQuest High School Competition Teams
Program | Talk to the Author | Priess on President’s Intel Brief | Jan 19
Program | President Trump and the World | Feb 28
Two Easy, Free, Painless Ways to Support Your World Affairs Council
High School Students | The Tennessee Global Scholars Certificate Program
What in the World? Weekly Quiz
A Network with Benefits – Travel the World
On the Map
Book of the Week


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THESE THINGS WE DO ARE POSSIBLY ONLY THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT. THANKS!

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Thanks For Your Support

Elizabeth L. Voigt – New Individual Membership – $60.00
John Cole – New Individual Membership – $60.00
Terry Rustan – New Individual Membership – $60.00


TNWAC WEEKLY NEWS

To Know the World.  That’s the purpose of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.  We are one of 95 similarly organized nonpartisan councils around the country — all independent — that form the largest grassroots global awareness affairs effort in the world. We share the same goals of delivering public and school programs that help people, especially students, develop a better understanding of the important international issues that affect their lives and futures.  We welcome you as a member and as a contributor to our work.


If you like what your World Affairs Council is doing for your community it’s time to join and donate to keep it going.


WANT TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON WITH RUSSIA? DON’T MISS THIS, TUESDAY

usa-russia-fiYou’re invited to a town hall featuring Dr. Mark Katz of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington to talk about the dynamic and important relations between Washington and Moscow as the Trump Administration comes to office. This event is part of the “Kennan Conversations” program of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. The Kennan Conversation program brings top experts on Russia and the region to cities across the United States, so that local audiences have the opportunity to listen to and engage with them and learn more about this increasingly important part of the world. The Russian-American relations town hall is brought to you by the World Affairs Council, the International Business Council of the Nashville Chamber and the Belmont Center for International Business. [Details]

READ Dr. Katz’ Dec 31 article, “Can Putin and Trump Succeed at Improving Russian-American Relations?” It is among a compilation of articles and videos that will provide background and context (and get you ready to ask some good questions). You’ll find it at: LINK


Connect your Kroger Rewards Card to the World Affairs Council to support global affairs awareness education [Details]


LAST CALL – HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/TEACHERS | THE 2016-17 ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST PROGRAM

awq-contest-1Academic WorldQuest is the flagship youth education program of the Tennessee World Affairs Council (TNWAC) and the national network of World Affairs Councils (WACA). It is a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. The TNWAC organizes the WorldQuest competition for Tennessee high school students to encourage global affairs awareness education. The Council will assist teams in preparation and organize two matches: a fall practice match was held on NOVEMBER 12, 2016 AND the state championship match will be hosted at Belmont University FEBRUARY 12, 2017.  The winning team in Tennessee will advance to the National Championship match in Washington on APRIL 29, 2017, with transportation and lodging provided by the Tennessee World Affairs Council. [Details, Study Guide, Topics, Sign Up] Or call Council President Patrick Ryan for information. (931-261-2353).  This is the last week to sign up.


PROGRAM | TALK TO THE AUTHOR | PRIESS ON PRESIDENT’S INTEL BRIEF | JAN 19

You’re invited to a conversation with author David Priess whose new book “The President’s Book of Secrets: Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s President’s from Kennedy to Obama” is a timely opportunity for insights on current White House developments. The World Affairs Councils of America provides a monthly special program called “Cover to Cover” that features an interactive phone conference with authors of global affairs related books. Every day, the President receives a report revealing the most sensitive intelligence and analysis of world events: the President’s Daily Brief, or PDB. As has been widely reported, President-elect Trump has largely rebuffed intelligence briefers since his election win.On January 19th at 1:00 p.m. join us and members from Councils around the network to talk to David Priess. [Details and Register]


PROGRAM | PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE WORLD – THE FIRST 30 DAYS | FEB 28

white_house_dcOne day after America chose Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States your World Affairs Council hosted a conversation on the global challenges ahead for the next occupant of the White House. One month after President Trump takes office Ambassadors Bowers and Schlicher will return to share their expertise on diplomacy and foreign policy to help you navigate developments in the direction POTUS45 will take the country in the world and the challenges he faces. Join distinguished diplomats Ambassador Charles Bowers and Ambassador Ron Schlicher, and career Navy Intelligence Officer Patrick Ryan for a conversation about the world as it is view by America’s next President and the challenges it poses. [Details]


TWO EASY, FREE, PAINLESS WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL

YES, YOU’RE A STAKEHOLDER AND YOUR SUPPORT TO GLOBAL AFFAIRS AWARENESS PROGRAMS COUNTS. We won’t ask you to buy cookies or wrapping paper but please take a few minutes to see how you can help.

amazon-banner-1The World Affairs Council is a nonprofit educational charity that depends on the support of its members and the community to carry out its work of educating and inspiring people to know the world. We ask you to become a member and to add the Council to your regular charity giving plans. You can also support the World Affairs Council by naming it as your charity of choice in connection with supermarket purchases using your Kroger Rewards Program card. There’s also an opportunity to contribute when you shop on Amazon.com. You  simply link there from the TNWAC.org web site. The World Affairs Council is an Amazon Associate and earns a fee when you click on the banner on TNWAC.org pages.  [Kroger Rewards Card Registration]  [Amazon Associate Info]  Thank you!

[Please become a member of the Council [Join] and include it in your regular charitable giving plan [Donate].


Did you know if you click on the Amazon link on the TNWAC.org web site when you go shopping at Amazon your World Affairs Council earns a percentage of the sale — no added expense to you. [Details]


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS | THE TENNESSEE GLOBAL SCHOLARS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

We welcome two new students who have signed up for the 2017 Global Scholars Certificate Program: Mitchell Morrison and Ariana Smartt.

[Global Scholars Certificate Program students:  We hope to see you at Tuesday evening’s town hall with Dr. Mark Katz.  TNWAC Town Hall meetings are worth 15 points toward the certificate. Don’t forget to sign up for TNWAC emails (sign up on our home page) so you will receive the weekly quiz. Each one is worth three points.]

global-scholars-certificate1Each year students in the Tennessee World Affairs Council area are invited to participate in the Global Studies Certificate Program. The program is designed for students to accumulate points by participating in global affairs activities toward becoming Tennessee Global Scholars. A minimum of 100 points are required to qualify for the certificate which is presented at a World Affairs Council program toward the end of the school year or provided to the host school for presentation. Students need not appear at a WAC program to qualify to have a certificate issued. The program is designed for students in any setting to complete enough elements to qualify.  [Details, Register, Worksheet]


Did you know you can keep up with current international affairs news by following @TNWAC #TNWACquiz


“WHAT IN THE WORLD?” WEEKLY QUIZ

The World Affairs Council created the “What in the World?” Weekly Quiz to inspire interest in current affairs for our members and guests, and especially for students. Every Monday morning the quiz is posted on the Web site, on Facebook and distributed by email (to the “Quiz” sublist). At the end of the month a prize is given to one of the winners of the quizzes for the month. The quiz also serves as a resource for students and teacher-coaches participating in Academic WorldQuest and other educational endeavors. It provides a tool to keep students engaged in global affairs awareness and serves as a guide and source for the AWQ competition current event topic area. The questions on the quiz are drawn from the news reports shared on the @TNWAC Twitter feed marked by #TNWACquiz. Details

CONGRATULATIONS to Carlos Ruiz of Nashville, the winner of the December “What in the World?” Weekly Quiz Prize — a copy of Thomas Friedman’s book, “Thank You For Being Late.”


A NETWORK WITH BENEFITS – TRAVEL THE WORLD

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Our sister World Affairs Council in Philadelphia has been organizing international travel for over 35 years. In addition to outstanding sightseeing, many trips include lecturers drawn from across the World Affairs Councils of America leadership; from the fields of diplomacy, journalism, or academia. Many trips have a strong substantive element with behind-the-scenes meetings and briefings, and we offer “meet the people” opportunities for our citizen diplomats.  All cruises are aboard small ships with 70 to 220 guests and we share these programs with other educational institutions. Many land programs are small-group Council exclusives. Here’s what’s coming up.
  • February 26 – March 13 – Journey to Southern Africa with Joyce Davis
  • March 26 – April 3 – Cultural Cuba land tour with Megan Torrey
  • April 15 – 23 – WWI History Cruise: Holland and Belgium
  • April 21 – May 4 – Inside Iran with Jim Falk
  • April 24 – 29 – Inside Washington, DC
  • April 22 – 30 – Barcelona- A Cultural Exploration with Denise Bala
  • April 25 – May 10 – Vietnam & Cambodia with Craig Snyder
  • April 30 – May 9 – European Coastal Civilizations: A Voyage from Lisbon to London with Dr. Pamela Zeiser
    Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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ON THE MAP

  • Jan 17, 2017 – “Russian-American Relations: From Obama to Trump” – Dr. Mark Katz [Details]
  • Feb 12, 2017 – Tennessee State Championship Match – Academic WorldQuest [Details]
  • Feb 28, 2017 – Foreign Policy in the New Administration – The First 30 Days” – Amb Charles Bowers, Amb Ronald Schlicher and LCDR Patrick Ryan [Details]

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force

Eliot A. Cohen

From the Author

I am a very fortunate professor – teaching at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, the country’s leading school of international relations; having had opportunities to serve in government, most recently as Counselor of the Department of State from 2007 to 2009; and exercising the freedom to move between the worlds of history and policy.

My new book, THE BIG STICK, is about the relationship between military power and American foreign policy. It is very much of the moment, contributing (I hope) to the great debate that should have been occasioned by the end of the Cold War, but which was delayed first by the easy times of the 1990’s and by the emergency mood of the early 2000’s.

THE BIG STICK makes the case both for the open world order we helped create in the 1940’s and for the military muscle required to maintain it. Writing some parts of it were difficult, to include coming to terms with events in which I had played a minor part, to include the 2003 Iraq war. It is not a memoir, but it was certainly shaped by my time in public service. And whether the Trump administration takes the arguments to heart or not, it should help anyone who wants to think through America’s strategic challenges in the years ahead.


The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a nonprofit (501c3), nonpartisan educational charity based in Nashville that works to build understanding of global issues in our communities. Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at: www.TNWAC.org  — Join / Donate / Volunteer

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