Weekly News | July 4, 2016

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Year in Photos
Talk to the Author
New CSIS Podcast
Campaign 2016 Positions
Mideast Conference
Travel The World
On the Map


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.

We also welcome your feedback on this newsletter. [info@TNWAC.org]


tnwac-programs-slide-bYour World Affairs Council calendar starts on July 1 of each year. This week we put together a SlideShare.net photo archive of the 2015-2016 program year events. They reflect a variety of programs — speakers and panels, town halls, web casts, student competitions, teacher symposia and more.  We hope you’ll take a look and that you’ll be looking forward to seeing yourself in next year’s event photo album. Details


HarrisNext Wednesday (1:00-1:30 pm CT) you can join a conversation with Jennifer Harris, author of “War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft,” co-written with Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and Robert Blackwell. Ms. Harris will talk about the book and answer your questions in a teleconference hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America. Register for the call and get information at Details


csis-podcastThe Center for Strategic and International Studies launched a podcast series with veteran journalist Bob Schiefer called “About the News” that you might find of value. Over the next year, they will ask critical questions about the news and its impact on policy and politics, including this one: Are Americans better informed than any people in history or just overwhelmed with so much information that we can’t process it?  Details


cfr-campaign-2016The challenge to follow presidential candidates’ positions on foreign policy is formidable. Now the Council on Foreign Relations has made it a little easier with their “Campaign 2016: The Candidates & the World” project. You can check the side-by-side comparisons on key issues to help take the full measure of this important decision.   Details


mepc logoThe Middle East Policy Council has opened their Capitol Hill Conference on “Economic Reform and Political Risk in the GCC: Implications for the US Government and Business,” to you via life streaming. The July 12th panel of officials and experts runs from 12p-2:30p CT.  Details


whytravel_bannerEngage 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. Unique destinations and access to political leaders and local experts who give behind the scenes views and briefings make the trips unforgettable. From India or Iran to Cuba and Croatia, the Council provides unique tours all around the world, as well as in-depth briefings and destinations in the U.S. Your Council in cooperation with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia brings you these terrific travel offerings. Details


susan-haynesYour World Affairs Council takes great pleasure in sharing the good news that our Board of Directors member Dr. Susan Haynesrecently announced two new additions.  First and foremost was the birth of her daughter Claire on May 20th. Congratulations and best wishes to the Haynes family on this great news. If that wasn’t enough, Dr. Haynes also marked a professional milestone with the July 1st release of her book, “Chinese Nuclear Proliferation: How Global Politics is Transforming China’s Weapons Buildup and Modernization.” [Click on our TNWAC.org home page link to Amazon to shop for your copy.] Dr. Haynes is an assistant professor on the Lipscomb University Political Science Faculty and an important leader in the World Affairs Council’s education outreach efforts.


Jul 13 – Talk to the Author – Jennifer M. Harris – “War by Other Means: “GeoEconomics and Statecraft” – Teleconference [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]


By Dr. Susan Haynes

Dr. Haynes is an assistant professor of political science at Lipscomb University and a Memer of the Board of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

china-nuclearWhile the world’s attention is focused on the nuclearization of North Korea and Iran and the nuclear brinkmanship between India and Pakistan, China is believed to have doubled the size of its nuclear arsenal, making it “the forgotten nuclear power,” as described in Foreign Affairs. Susan Turner Haynes analyzes China’s buildup and its diversification of increasingly mobile, precise, and sophisticated nuclear weapons. Haynes provides context and clarity on this complex global issue through an analysis of extensive primary source research and lends insight into questions about why China is the only nuclear weapon state recognized under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that continues to pursue qualitative and quantitative advancements to its nuclear force.

As the gap between China’s nuclear force and the forces of the nuclear superpowers narrows against the expressed interest of many nuclear and nonnuclear states, Chinese Nuclear Proliferation offers policy prescriptions to curtail China’s nuclear growth and to assuage fears that the “American world order” presents a direct threat to China’s national security. Presenting technical concepts with minimal jargon in a straightforward style, this book will be of use to casual China watchers and military experts alike.  Details

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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