Weekly News | Jun 27, 2016


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.

Today we are launching a new feature, a newsletter for our members. If you’re a dues-paying member, that’s great. That’s how the Council is able to do its work, through the support of its members and donors. If not yet a member, that’s okay. We welcome you to visit our web site, to subscribe to our newsletter service and to attend our public affairs events. And we look forward to having you as a future member and supporter.

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

The Iran Project
We are pleased to partner with The Iran Project, the World Affairs Councils of America and the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation to introduce “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation.” A town hall at Belmont University on September 19th will feature distinguished American diplomat Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering. Join us for this important conversation.  Details
Brexit Panel Livestream – June 29
On WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, (9:00-10:00 am) US Permanent Rep to the UN Amb Samantha Power will address an audience at the US Institute of Peace on the urgent need for a concerted, global response to the refugee crisis. She will also preview the Leader’s Summit on refugees that President Obama will convene at the UN on September 20.  Check details to register for the livestream.    Details
Amb Power on Refugees Livestream – June 29
On WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, (4:30-6:00 pm) the Brookings Institution will lifestream a panel titled, “Brexit Sends Shockwaves: What now?” with a distinguished group of scholars and specialists. It will address the immediate fallout and medium- to long-term consequences of Britain’s departure from the EU. The panel will address how the process of exiting the EU might unfold, effect on the U.S.-UK and U.S.-EU security and trade relationships. Check details to register for the lifestream.    Details
Talk to the Author
On WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, (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
“America’s Diplomats” Film Screening
On WEDNESDAY, SEP 7, (6:00-7:30 pm CT) your World Affairs Council will screen the documentary “America’s Diplomats” introduced by our very own Ambassador Dick Bowers, US Foreign Service (Ret). The film, narrated by Kathleen Turner, explores the role of the Foreign Service from Ben Franklin to Benghazi, through the stories of individual diplomats and their families. Join the conversation with Amb. Bowers following the film. The screening is set for Belmont University’s Large Screening Theater in the Johnson Center. For more info and to see the “America’s Diplomats” trailer check Details
TNWAC Web Site Facelift
If you haven’t browsed your World Affairs Council’s web site (TNWAC.org) you should take a look. We’ve completed a significant upgrade to the navigation, appearance and content to make it more useful for you to keep up with our programs and resources.  We hope you like the changes and find yourself visiting more often to see what’s new and that you will share information about TNWAC.org with your friends and colleagues. 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. 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
June 27, 2016
The Iran Project
Brexit Panel Webcast
Amb Power on Refugees
Cover to Cover
“America’s Diplomats”
Web Site Facelift
Travel The World
Your World Affairs Council is a non partisan educational non profit organization that seeks to educate and inspire the community to know more about the world. The Council does not receive government funds and relies on the support of its members and donors. [More Info]
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What in the World?

Last call for June!

Check out the “What in the World?” weekly quiz that tests your global competency (or at least tests how closely you’re following the current events Tweeted @TNWAC).  Every Monday we have a new quiz and announce the weekly winners by noon on Wednesday. There’s a prize at the end of the month for one of the weekly winners. Try your hand at the quiz to keep up with the world and to compete for valuable prices, fame and fortune!  This Week’s Quiz

Academic WorldQuest Support

“What in the World?” Weekly Quiz Support
Book of the Week
Far and Away collects Andrew Solomon’s writings about places undergoing seismic shifts—political, cultural, and spiritual. Chronicling his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom, and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter.  Details
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