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October 2017

U.S.-China Relations: Progress and Uncertainty

October 27, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
K&L Gates LLP, 925 4th Avenue (Suite 2900)
Seattle, WA 98104,
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How will President Trump and President Xi navigate their disagreements while fostering international cooperation on critical issues such as North Korea and the South China Sea?

Join the World Affairs Council and the Washington State China Relations Council for a noon discussion on October 27 with James Green, trade policy advisor to U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad. Green will be joined by Mercy Kuo for this timely discussion and moderated by Jacqueline Miller, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council.

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November 2017

Financing Sustainable Agriculture

November 2, 2017 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave
Seattle,WA98104United States
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Please join Global Washington, The World Affairs Council, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. for a conversation about innovative financing mechanisms, including crop insurance, impact investing and cashless banking to create a more sustainable financial model for farming and increasing economic opportunities.

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U.S.-Finland Relations: Dinner with Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi

November 2, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 + Google Map
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As relations between Russia and the West continue to deteriorate, tensions along Russia’s borders with NATO and the European Union have been rising. The World Affairs Council is pleased to partner with the Rainier Club to welcome Ambassador Kauppi to Seattle on November 2 for a dinner discussion on U.S.-Finland relations, as well as Russia's involvement in Europe at large.

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Preventive Engagement: Keeping America Out of War

November 15, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Columbia Center, 701 Fifth Avenue, Floor 61
Seattle, WA 98104-7043,
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Should the United States uphold its role as the reluctant sheriff in our global commons? Or relinquish it in order to pursue domestic issues? Paul B. Stares, from the Council on Foreign Relations, proposes a third way: preventative engagement.

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December 2017

Future of North American Trade

December 1, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 3rd Ave, Floor 49
Seattle,WA98101United States
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The United States has recently opened talks with Mexico and Canada to renegotiate the terms and regulations in NAFTA, seeking updates to the 23-year-old agreement, as well as looking for ways to rebalance trade in favor of protecting American products and workers.

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Clandestina: Cuban Entrepreneurship and Innovation

December 6, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Walker Conference Room at The Riveter, 1517 12th Ave Suite 101
Seattle,WA98122United States
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Founded in 2015, Clandestina, Cuba’s first clothing brand, has taken advantage of Old Havana’s rich culture and new economic opportunity. The founders of Clandestina, Idania Del Rio and Leire Fernandez, will join the World Affairs Council to discuss preserving culture through clothing, supporting local development and entrepreneurship, and organizing worker-owned cooperatives in the Cuban economy.

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Crisis in Venezuela

December 7, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Stoel Rives LLP, 600 University St. (One Union Square - Floor 36)
Seattle,WA98101United States
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Once the richest economy in South America, Venezuela has gone from oil-rich to cash-poor: One US dollar can fetch over 46,000 bolivars in Venezuela’s black market. The World Affairs Council welcomes the Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Washington, José Antonio Lucero, for a conversation on the current state of the country, and what went wrong.

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Refugee Rights: Protecting the Vulnerable

December 12, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, U.S. Bank Branch, 1420 5th Ave, Floor 34
Seattle,WA98101United States
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Join the World Affairs Council for a conversation with Human Rights Watch’s Associate Director of Refugee Rights Gerry Simpson. He will share some of the stories he’s heard from refugees concerning the heavy price they’ve paid for the rich world’s indifference to their plight, and about how poorer countries such as Cameroon, Kenya and Pakistan have used that indifference to justify their own mass refugee abuses.

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January 2018

Turkey and the West: Navigating a Troubled Relationship

January 17 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, U.S. Bank Branch, 1420 5th Ave, Floor 34
Seattle,WA98101United States
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Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis meets with Turkish Minister of National Defense Fikri Isik at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 15, 2017. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)

Register Here  With an alliance that dates back to 1952, Turkey and the United States have maintained a seventy-year relationship. However, U.S.-Turkey relations have had their ups and downs. Disagreements in recent years over Syria and Turkish President Recep Erdoğan domestic policies have brought relations to new lows.Beyond this, Turkey maintains a vital relationship with the EU. Where once there was a real possibility of joining the EU, Turkey now has had it's membership bid all but put on…

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U.S. Sovereignty: Negotiating our Future in the World Community

January 25 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Dorsey & Whitney, 701 5th Ave. Suite 6100
Seattle,98104United States
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Join the World Affairs Council and Stewart Patrick for a conversation on how U.S. sovereignty will be defined in a more global and interconnected world.

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Update on Sustainable Development Goals with Mark Suzman

January 30 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 3rd Ave, Floor 49
Seattle,WA98101United States
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Mark Suzman, Chief Strategy Officer and President of Global Policy and Advocacy for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide an update on the progress made towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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February 2018

The Impossible Presidency and Foreign Policy: From Washington to Trump

February 15 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Library, 314 Marion St
Seattle,WA98104United States
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Does the very vastness of the presidency, the most powerful office in the world, inevitably mean that U.S. presidents are bound to fail?

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“Hearts and Minds” in Vietnam: Lessons for Afghanistan and Iraq

February 16 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Columbia Center, 701 Fifth Avenue, Floor 61
Seattle, WA 98104-7043,
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Best-selling author and commentator Max Boot will lead a luncheon conversation on what the United States can learn from its failure to embrace a “hearts and minds” strategy during the Vietnam War. Mr. Boot is the author of The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam.

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Understanding China’s Global Ambitions with Scott Tong

February 21 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Columbia Center, 701 Fifth Avenue, Floor 61
Seattle, WA 98104-7043,
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Join the World Affairs Council for a Member to Member Lunch with Scott Tong, previously the China bureau chief for the NPR affiliated Marketplace. Scott will guide us in exploring current questions about China's civil society and its role in regional security, international law, and globalization.

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Fulbright Talks: Stories by Fulbrighters

February 21 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Library, 314 Marion St
Seattle,WA98104United States
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Join the World Affairs Council and the Western Washington Chapter of the Fulbright Association for an evening program featuring short stories and presentations given by members of our local Fulbright community.

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International Development Networking Happy Hour

February 22 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Old Stove Brewing Co., 1525 First Avenue
Seattle,WA98101United States
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GlobalWA Happy Hour

Meet others in the Seattle area who are engaged with or interested in international development.No registration required.This series is a partnership between Global Washington and the World Affairs Council.     

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