Hot Topics Teleconference This Week – VP Quayle
Film Screening: “America’s Diplomats”
Program | Iran Project Panel
Engage America: Peace Happens Through People
“What in the World?” Weekly Quiz
Program | The United Nations in an Uncertain World
Russian Roulette – CSIS Podcast
Travel The World
On the Map
Book of the Week
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WELCOME TO WEEKLY NEWS
To Know the World.
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THIS WEEK – A SPECIAL HOT TOPICS TELECONFERENCE WITH FORMER VICE PRESIDENT QUAYLE
A special Hot Topics call will be hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America featuring former Vice President Dan Quayle who will talk with you about “The Party Conventions & the Presidential Election” in a teleconference on Thursday, July 28th and you’re invited. The World Affairs Councils of America offers regular teleconferences to connect you to officials, specialists, thought leaders and decision makers on the timely, critical, global issues of the day. Information and registration at Details
FILM SCREENING: AMERICA’S DIPLOMATS
Join us Sep 7th for this special evening of viewing an insightful documentary about the men and women who are at the front of U.S. diplomacy around the world along with pre- and post-screening commentary and Q&A with two of those professionals who have done the tough work for America: Amb Charles Bowers and Amb Ron Schlicher. We’ll see you at Belmont University on Sep 7th. Information, film trailer and registration at Details
PROGRAM | IRAN PROJECT PANEL
Update: We’re pleased to announce David Plazas, The Tennessean’s Opinion Engagement Editor, has been added to the Iran Project conversation. Join the Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont University, in association with the Iran Project, at a Sep 19th town hall conversation with distinguished American Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering on the topic: “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Propsects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation.” Information and registration at Details
ENGAGE AMERICA: PEACE HAPPENS THROUGH PEOPLE
This week the U.S. State Department shared an article written by Secretary of State John F. Kerry under the title, “Engage America: Peace Happens Through People.” The theme of the article echoes the goals of the World Affairs Council in educating and inspiring people in our community to know the world and to build bridges of understanding. We’re pleased to share Secretary Kerry’s article with you with our brief introduction. [Details]
“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). Later in the week a followup is published to provide quiz answers and name the winners of the weekly quiz. 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
PROGRAM | UNITED NATIONS IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD
You’re invited to the Nashville Chapter of the United Nations Association summer luncheon and lecture with Ambassador John Kornblum talking about “The Role of the UN in an Uncertain World.” It is set for August 27th at the Belle Meade United Methodist Church. Before entering the private sector, Ambassador Kornblum was a member of the United States Foreign Service for more than 35 years. He has lived with his family in Berlin and in Nashville, TN since completing his assignment as American Ambassador to Germany in 2003. Registration required by August 22nd. [Details]
RUSSIAN ROULETTE – CSIS PODCAST
Russian-US relations are never far from the headlines as we’re seeing this week at the Democratic National Convention. To get the background and context necessary to understand the complexity and scope of these issues check out the series of podcasts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The most recent “Russian Roulette” episode provides a summary of this month’s NATO meeting in Warsaw. It included a focus on Russia in the context of European security and Russian foreign policy, including the Middle East. [Details]
TRAVEL THE WORLD
Engage with the world through the World Affairs Councils travel program. As part of the Councils network TNWAC members have special access to special travel opportunities. TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY – CUBA CRUISE BY LAND & SEA. Cruise for six nights aboard the 49-guest M.Y. Le Ponant and three night stay in Havana. See Old Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and the Viñales Valley. Interact with local experts and immerse yourself in Cuba’s history, culture and daily life. Must book by August 3rd. Details
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ON THE MAP
Jul 26 – Global Update – Reaching Rising Global Markets with Adrian Mutton at Belmont University [DETAILS] Jul 28 – Hot Topics Teleconference – Former Vice President Dan Quayle – “The Party Conventions & the Presidential Election” [DETAILS] Aug 9 – Talk to the Author – Talmage Boston – “Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts about our Presidents” – Teleconference [DETAILS] Sep 7 – Film Screening – “America’s Diplomats” with host Amb Dick Bowers – Belmont [DETAILS] Sep 19 – Town Hall – “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation – Amb Thomas R. Pickering – Belmont [DETAILS] Oct 18 – Town Hall – China: Local Connections, National Reflections – National webcast and local panel – Dr. Henry A. Kissinger – Belmont [DETAILS] Nov 16-18 – National Conference – The World Affairs Councils of America National Conference in Washington DC. Held annually for over two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America’s National Conference engages our regional leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts. [DETAILS]
BOOK OF THE WEEK
by Anja Manuel
In the next decade and a half, China and India will become two of the world’s indispensable powers—whether they rise peacefully or not. During that time, Asia will surpass the combined strength of North America and Europe in economic might, population size, and military spending.
Both India and China will have vetoes over many international decisions, from climate change to global trade, human rights, and business standards.
From her front row view of this colossal shift, first at the State Department and now as an advisor to American business leaders, Anja Manuel escorts the reader on an intimate tour of the corridors of power in Delhi and Beijing. Her encounters with political and business leaders reveal how each country’s history and politics influences their conduct today. Through vibrant stories, she reveals how each country is working to surmount enormous challenges—from the crushing poverty of Indian slum dwellers and Chinese factory workers, to outrageous corruption scandals, rotting rivers, unbreathable air, and managing their citizens’ discontent.
We wring our hands about China, Manuel writes, while we underestimate India, which will be the most important country outside the West to shape China’s rise. Manuel shows us that a different path is possible—we can bring China and India along as partners rather than alienating one or both, and thus extend our own leadership in the world.
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