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May 2017

Current National Security Priorities

May 10, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 3rd Ave, Floor 49
Seattle,WA98101United States
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Register Here  With a seemingly endless list of national security threats, how can the U.S. prioritize to best ensure safety for itself and its allies? How will NATO’s expanding membership (Montenegro is set to join this spring) send a signal to other nations in the region? How will military planners be asked to consider climate change in their threat assessments, and what role will cyberwarfare play going forward? How can the U.S. address challenges in the South China…

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Antiquities at Risk in the Middle East

May 15, 2017 @ 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
The Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 + Google Map
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For the past few years, the news has been full of stories about the destruction of antiquities in the Middle East, particularly on the well-publicized demolition in Syria and Iraq by Daesh (AKA the Islamic State, IS, ISIS or ISIL). We will discuss the ideological and political reasons behind this destruction, and what the future may hold for the archaeology and the people of the Middle East.

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The Refugee Crisis: Stories from the Front Lines

May 18, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Antioch University, 2400 3rd Ave #200
Seattle ,WA98121United States
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In 2016, Mercy Corps’ response to the global refugee crisis impacted the lives of more than 8 million refugees. Join us on May 18 for a conversation with Mercy Corps Senior Global Communications Officer and first responder Christy Delafield focusing on the refugee crisis and the millions of youth currently at a crossroads. Delafield will share inspiring stories of youth forging a stronger future - from a student thriving in Zaatari refugee camp to a young Syrian break dancer - despite coming of age in conflict.

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European Populism After Trump

May 23, 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 1301 5th Ave, Suite 1500
Seattle,WA98121 United States
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Right-wing populism has seen an upsurge in Europe in recent years. In Poland and Hungary populists govern, in France, Marine Le Pen has a shot at the Presidency in May. In Germany the Alternative for Germany (AfD) could achieve around 10 percent in the upcoming federal elections in September. On the other hand, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Norbert Hofer in Austria have failed, and the success of Donald Trump is more a curse than a blessing for Europe's populists as his antics irritate even moderate conservatives.

Join the World Affairs Council and the Seattle Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany in welcoming Eckart Woertz, Senior Fellow at the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB), for an overview of recent developments in Europe, and an outlook on what is likely to come.

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June 2017

June Member to Member Lunch – Tensions in the South China Sea: A View from Singapore

June 7, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
World Trade Center Seattle, 2200 Alaskan Way, Floor 4
Seattle,WA98121United States
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The U.S.-Singapore relationship is a key partnership in Southeast Asia and the countries enjoy strong economic ties. Singapore has supported strong U.S. engagement in Southeast Asia since the Cold War as a foundation for ensuring peace and stability in the region. Amid rising tensions with North Korea and ongoing concern over the U.S.-China relationship, the United States continues to cultivate close relations with Singapore as the administration lines up support in the Asia-Pacific to address growing security and economic concerns.

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A Diplomatic Solution: The Iran Nuclear Agreement

June 14, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dorsey & Whitney, 701 5th Ave. Suite 6100
Seattle,98104United States
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Join the World Affairs Council in welcoming Dr. Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council for a discussion on how the Iran Deal was negotiated and concluded, and on his latest book, Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy.

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U.S.-Russia Economic Relations in the Trump Era

June 22, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
K&L Gates, 925 4th Ave (Floor 29)
Seattle,WA98104United States
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While the United States grapples with the continuing fallout of apparent Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the political relationship between the two countries remains strained at best. On the economic front, however, the trade relationship is improving, despite ongoing U.S. sanctions against Russia.

Join the World Affairs Council in welcoming Dan Russell, president and CEO of the U.S.-Russia Business Council and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, for a discussion of trends in U.S-Russia trade and how the tense political situation will affect these economic ties. Don’t miss out on the final event of the 2016-2017 programming year!

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August 2017

Networking Happy Hour with Friends of GlobalWA and World Affairs Council

August 24, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Local 360 Cafe and Bar, 2234 1st Ave
Seattle,WA98121United States
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Meet others in the Seattle area who are engaged with or interested in international development. No registration required!

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September 2017

Deadline Extended! World Affairs Council Trip to Cuba

September 8, 2017
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Register by September 8th to join World Affairs Council and President and CEO Jacqueline Miller on a guided nine-day tour of Cuba, where we will gain political, economic and cultural insights into this rapidly changing island state. The trip will include travel to Havana, Trinidad Cienfuegos, and Vinales National Park, and the opportunity to exchange views with Cubans from all walks of life.

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Educating the Global Leaders of Tomorrow with Dr. Ana Mari Cauce

September 11, 2017 @ 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
World Trade Center Seattle, 2200 Alaskan Way, Floor 4
Seattle,WA98121United States
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In the fast-changing world of science and technology, if you’re not innovating, you’re falling behind. To remain competitive in today’s globalized world, institutions of higher education must produce groundbreaking work and globally competitive graduates year after year. As one of the most innovative higher-education institutions in the world, the University of Washington does just that. Located in the heart of an international city that is a nexus for technology, global health, and innovation, the University of Washington is leading the fight in finding innovative solutions to address issues affecting greater Seattle and the world from global health challenges to homelessness, public transportation improvements, and more.

Join the World Affairs Council and the World Trade Center for a discussion with Dr. Ana Mari Cauce, President of the University of Washington, on how innovation in institutions of higher education fosters leaders who will tackle global challenges to population health.

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CANCELLED: From Trade to People: The Future of the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

September 13, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Perkins Coie LLP, 1201 3rd Ave, Floor 49
Seattle,WA98101United States
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Join the World Affairs Council for a discussion on the future of the U.S.–Mexico relationship with the Honorable Carlos Sada, undersecretary for North America for the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs.

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UTURN: Turning Saudi Entertainment Upside Down

September 21, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
415 Westlake, 415 Westlake Ave N
Seattle,WA98109United States
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Created by Kaswara Al-Khatib in 2010, UTURN Entertainment was conceptualized as a tech platform for entertainment and content development much like Netflix—but all in Arabic for a Saudi audience. Al-Khatib will highlight current media trends in the Middle East and the future of the online entertainment industry in the region.

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IHME Presents: 20th Anniversary Training

September 25, 2017 @ 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Description: As part of the GBD 20th symposium, IHME is pleased to offer a GBD Training Day, which provides opportunities for in-depth exploration and hands-on learning. Participants will learn from GBD experts and have opportunities to network with colleagues from around the world.Format of the Training Day: There are nine modules that span different concepts, applications, and methods used in the GBD study. Each module is offered four times throughout the day. You will have the option to select one module for…

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October 2017

Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy

October 2, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Stoel Rives LLP, 600 University St. (One Union Square - Floor 36)
Seattle,WA98101United States
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U.S. presidents have long had to balance trying to maintain U.S. credibility and global leadership on human rights while seeking to advance interests and relationships with world leaders that undermined or weakened human rights-respecting policies. Join the World Affairs Council for a discussion of the challenge of advancing human rights in U.S. policy and what to expect from the Trump administration as global human rights crises continue to unfold.

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Three Elections and a Brexit: The Unraveling of Europe?

October 9, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Folio: The Seattle Athanaeum (YMCA Entrance), 348 Marion St
Seattle,WA98104United States
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Join the World Affairs Council for a discussion on Europe’s new challenges in confronting the resurgence of right-wing populism and anti-immigrant fervor, as well its path forward without the United Kingdom.

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After the Arab Spring: The Struggle for Democracy in the New Middle East

October 12, 2017 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Warwick Hotel, 401 Lenora St
Seattle,WA98121United States
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Join the World Affairs Council in a moderated conversation with Steven A. Cook, an Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where his expertise will touch on the consequences of Erdogan’s recent actions and where we find ourselves six years from the Arab Spring.

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