Election 2020

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is organizing a series of programs for fall 2020 focused on informing citizens about the critical international affairs issues they should know when choosing the President of the United States. TNWAC, as a nonpartisan organization will feature conversations about national defense, global commerce, existential threats, foreign policy choices, pandemic responses and other challenges to America’s security and prosperity in the 2020s and further into the 21st Century. We will leave research of candidates’ positions, party platforms and partisanship for our audience to explore elsewhere. The TNWAC Election 2020 project is organized to complement the preparations at Belmont University – our host and partner – the venue for the October 22nd Presidential Debate.


ELECTION 2020 | Challenges: The Middle East | Oct 1

. In Association with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Belmont University and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce . U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges: The Middle East October 1, 2020 6:30-8:00 pm Eastern Time / 5:30-7:00 pm Central Time Patrick W. Ryan, President, TNWAC; LCDR, USN (Ret); Panel Chair Rami Khouri, distinguished international journalist; Senior...
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ELECTION 2020 | Global Issues | Sep 24

Election 2020: Global Issues: Trade, Climate, Globalization A panel of distinguished speakers with panel chair: Dr. Jeffrey Overby, PhD. Climate: Gary Garfield, former CEO Bridgestone Americas (Confirmed) Globalization: Dr. Richard Wike, PhD, Director Global Attitudes Research, Pew Research Center (Confirmed) Trade: Dr. Erica Owen, PhD, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at...
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ELECTION 2020 | Challenges: Russia, North Korea, Afghanistan | Sep 17

Foreign Policy Challenges: Russia, North Korea, and Afghanistan Panel Chair: Dr. Breck Walker, PhD DAS Annie Pforzheimer [Afghanistan] U.S. Foreign Service (Ret) Rank of Minister Counselor, former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Afghanistan; former Deputy Chief of Mission, Kabul, Afghanistan (Confirmed) Svetlana Savranskaya, PhD., [Russia] Senior Analyst, National Security Archive (Confirmed) Ambassador Christopher...
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ELECTION 2020 | China: Confrontation and Conflict or Cooperation | Sep 10

China: Confrontation and Conflict or Cooperation? THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 VIA ZOOM WEBINAR 5:30pm-7:00pm (CDT) • Panel Chair: Dr. Susan Haynes, PhD • Dr. Yang Zhong, PhD, Professor of Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Confirmed) • Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor in Chief, SupChina.com (Confirmed) • John Scannapieco, Chair Global Business Team, Baker Donelson, Nashville (Confirmed)...
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ELECTION 2020 | The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power | Aug 25

 The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. CDT William J. Perry Former Secretary of Defense Tom Z. Collina Ploughshares Fund Director of Policy The Tennessee World Affairs Council hosted a Webinar with former Secretary of Defense William Perry and Tom Collina of...
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