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Welcome
Donors & Members Thank You
Shopping | Yes, You Can Give Them The World
Council Update | TNWAC President Radio Interview – “Cumberland Viewpoint”
Program | ICYMI – Video – POTUS 45: Global Challenges for the Next Administration
Program | Russian-American Relations: From Obama to Trump | Jan 17
Just for Fun | WorldQuest Yazoo Global Trivia Championship Cup
High School Students/Teachers | 2016/17 Academic WorldQuest Program
Program | Foreign Policy in the New Administration – The First 30 Days | Feb 28
Members | New Benefit for Members – “Daily Chatter” Newsletter
Program | ICYMI – National Conference Opening Keynote: Sen. George Mitchell
Two Easy, Free, Painless Ways to Support Your World Affairs Council
Event | Business With China: Tax, Currency and Getting Paid | Dec 7
High School Students | The Tennessee Global Scholars Certificate Program
Teachers | Study Trip to the United Arab Emirates – Mar 11-19, 2017
What in the World? Weekly Quiz
A Network with Benefits – Travel the World
On the Map
Book of the Week


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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.


SHOPPING | YES YOU CAN GIVE THEM THE WORLD – BUY ONE-GET ONE MEMBERSHIP/GIFT

bow-globe-1Now is the time to join or renew your membership with your World Affairs Council. For a limited time you can give the gift of membership to that special person on your shopping list simply by signing yourself up or renewing your membership. The gift membership will be sent at no additional charge.  Yes, you can give them the world. The Council will send your gift of the world in the form of a membership certificate along with a personal letter from the World Affairs Council President on your behalf including the benefits of membership, an overview of the Council’s work in global awareness and education in the community.  [Details]


COUNCIL UPDATE | TNWAC PRESIDENT INTERVIEW ON “CUMBERLAND VIEWPOINT”

161128-radio-show-1Tennessee World Affairs Council President Patrick Ryan was interviewed for the “Cumberland Viewpoint” radio show by Dave Johnson on November 27, 2016. The show is broadcast across the Upper Cumberland and Middle Tennessee region of the state. They talked about the World Affairs Council’s programs such as Academic WorldQuest and the Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program, as well as “hot topics” in international affairs and the challenges facing the Trump Administration. They also talked about the upcoming program calendar. Here is a video recording of the interview. [Details]


PROGRAM | ICYMI – POTUS 45: GLOBAL CHALLENGES FOR THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION | VIDEO

bowers-schlicher-video-1The day after America went to the polls to elect Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States, your World Affairs Council and Belmont University hosted a public affairs briefing on the global challenges ahead. Ambassadors Charles Bowers and Ronald Schlicher and moderator Patrick Ryan hosted an important conversation on the foreign policy landscape that will confront POTUS45. In case you missed it here is the video recording from that event, with a timeline describing the conversation. Please note that Bowers, Schlicher and Ryan will be back on February 28th to discuss the new Administration’s foreign policy and and update on the global landscape after the first month of President Trump as Commander in Chief. RSVP today for the February program [Link].  [Video]


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


PROGRAM | RUSSIAN-AMERICAN RELATIONS: FROM OBAMA TO TRUMP | JAN 17

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]


JUST FOR FUN | WORLDQUEST-YAZOO GLOBAL TRIVIA CHAMPIONSHIP CUP | REGISTER NOW

yazoo-cup-group-1Who says high school students should have all the fun of a WorldQuest match to themselves? Get three coworkers (and ask the boss to sponsor the team), friends or family together for a team to compete at the inaugural WorldQuest match at the Yazoo taproom for businesses, associations and other groups on January 29th. There are only ten team slots open so register or put down a team deposit today for this fun Sunday afternoon competition. It’s a fundraiser to support the World Affairs Council education outreach programs like the High School Academic WorldQuest program (details below).  So, sign up today for a fun way to support a terrific cause.  [Details]


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


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]


PROGRAM | FOREIGN POLICY IN THE NEW ADMINISITRATION – 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]


MEMBERS | NEW BENEFIT FOR MEMBERS – “DAILY CHATTER” NEWSLETTER

daily-chatter-1A complimentary subscription to the weekday news summary “Daily Chatter” will soon be provided to active members of the World Affairs Council. The publication gives readers a “two-minute read” on the news shaping the world each day, delivered to email inboxes at 5:30 a.m. (CT), in three sections: “Need to Know,” “Want to Know” and “Discoveries.” This new, free member benefit is being offered through the Council’s association with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The “Daily Chatter” newsletter is designed to keep readers up to date on key issues through a curated review of top issues in a polished format designed for busy consumers of global affairs information. [Details]


PROGRAM | ICYMI – NATIONAL CONFERENCE OPENING KEYNOTE: SEN. GEORGE MITCHELL

mitchell-youtubeSeveral members of the World Affairs Council were at the November 16-18 National Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington and had an opportunity to listen as former Senator from Maine and Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell talked about the next White House and global issues. Senator Mitchell’s insights and perspective led off the annual gathering of staffs, members, specialists and other guests to focus on the theme “America and Global Megatrends.” Mitchell is former Senator of Maine and U.S. Senate Majority Leader. He served as Presidential Envoy to Northern Ireland and was responsible for delivering peace to that troubled region in the “Good Friday” accord. He also served as Special Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process.  You will enjoy this video from the keynote address for Senator Mitchell’s insights and humor. [Video]


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!

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EVENT | BUSINESS WITH CHINA: TAX, CURRENCY AND GETTING PAID | DEC 7

tn-china-networkThe TN-China Network and the Nashville Chamber International Business Council invite you to a program on doing business with China, set for 7:30-10:00 a.m., December 7, 2016 at Belmont University. Jeremy Goldkorn of Sinica Podcast will moderate a panel that includes Andy Rindels, U.S. Bank, Vice President of Capital Markets & Foreign Exchange; Penny Chen, KPMG, Director – China Tax; and James Bearden, Gresham, Smith & Partners, CEO. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Commerce will also be on hand to answer questions about how your business can enter the China market. For more information and to register visit the TN-China Network website [Link]


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

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]


TEACHERS | STUDY TRIP TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – MAR 11-19, 2017

uae-skyline2Our sister Council, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, invites educators from around the United States to apply for an expenses-paid study trip to the United Arab Emirates on March 11-19, 2017. The program is supported by the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C. As many as a dozen 6th-12th grade educators from North Texas and across the U.S. may be selected for the trip that begins with a one-day get-acquainted workshop at the UAE Embassy in DC on March 10. Participants then travel to the UAE, a nation of more than 9 million people with a globally respected education system. “The Portrait of the UAE” study trip includes exploration of culture, education workshops, travel and community events. The program is designed to supports curriculum development that “emphasizes 21st century skills and promotes collaboration between American and UAE educators.” APPLICATION DEADLINE: DEC 15th.  [Details]

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


“WHAT IN THE WORLD?” WEEKLY QUIZ

Quiz-1The 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


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 3 – 13 – Colombia Rediscovered with Ambassador Heather Hodges
  • February 12 – 21 – Cuba Cruise: Experience Cuba by Land and by Sea
  • 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

  • Nov 28, 2016 – Cyber Monday – Give Them The World! – World Affairs Council BOGO Membership [Details]
  • Nov 29, 2016 – #GivingTuesday – Support Your World Affairs Council  [Details]
  • Dec 7, 2016 – “Business With China: Tax, Currency and Getting Paid”  [Details]
  • Jan 17, 2017 – “Russian-American Relations: From Obama to Trump” – Dr. Mark Katz [Details]
  • Jan 29, 2017 – WorldQuest-Yazoo Global Trivia Championship Cup Match [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

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Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy

Edward Alden

In Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global EconomyCouncil on Foreign Relations Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden explains why the political consensus in support of trade liberalization has collapsed, and how to correct the course.  The United States has contributed more than any other nation to writing the rules that created the competitive global economy of today, helping support stronger growth in much of the world. Yet successive U.S. administrations have done far too little to help Americans succeed under those rules, says Alden.

Against the backdrop of the U.S. presidential election cycle and the controversy over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, Alden shows how the collapse of the consensus on trade has been decades in the making. Using detailed historical research and drawing on his previous experience as a journalist covering the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Alden reveals that U.S. policymakers have long recognized the challenges that Americans would face in the new global economy, but mostly looked the other way.

The problem is not globalization, he writes. “The problem has been the domestic political response to globalization, which in too many ways has been deeply irresponsible. A central task of any government is to provide the tools to help people adjust and succeed in the face of economic change.” However, “the story of the last half century has instead been the failure by governments to ease that adjustment,” Alden says.

Failure to Adjust contends that the policies needed to help more Americans flourish in the global economy are well within reach. The book’s recommendations for the federal government include building on local and regional efforts to attract and develop internationally competitive industries; introducing corporate tax reforms and streamlining regulations; enforcing trade rules to ensure a more level playing field; reforming international rules to constrain subsidies that distort trade; developing comprehensive workforce retraining plans and apprenticeships to help American workers build necessary skills; and expanding trade adjustment assistance to workers displaced by trade.

Alden argues that “with the right support from governments—federal, state, and local—the ingredients are there to build an American economy that not only competes with the best in the world but does so in a way that once again raises the living standards of more of its citizens.”

For more information and to order.

Listen to the recent “Cover to Cover” program hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America featuring Alec Ross, author of “The Industries of the Future.” [Link]


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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