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Weekly World News Update, April 26, 2017

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North Korean Tensions; Venezuela In Crisis; French Presidential Elections; Brexit Bulletin; Russian Politics; Illegal Migration Crisis; Afghanistan Issues; Future of Security in Pakistan.

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Challenges in the Middle East

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On Thursday, April 20 the Council hosted former Middle East advisor to Vice President Joe Biden and current Senior Fellow at the American Center for Progress, Daniel Benaim, for an update on the state of the Middle East. The conversation was moderated by Nova Robinson, Professor of History and International Studies at Seattle University. Topics that were addressed included an assessment of former President Obama’s policies in the Middle East, the region’s perception of the U.S., if there is a potential for the U.S. to...

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Weekly World News Update, April 19, 2017

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U.S. Foreign Policy; U.S.-North Korea Tensions; Erdoğan's Turkey; Middle East Conflict; NATO; Post Brexit; French Elections; Desire for Permanent Change in Africa; Political Crisis in Venezuela.

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Weekly World News Update, April 12, 2017

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U.S. Foreign Policy; Xi Jinping Visits Trump; Worldwide Terror Attacks; G7 Summit; Syria Crisis; Egyptian Politics; Belarus Protests; Turkey's Referendum; Call to Remove South African President Zuma.

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Weekly World News Update, April 5, 2017

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Assad's Barbarism; U.S.-Middle East Relations; North Africa Politics; Terrorism in Russia; The Road to Brexit; European Elections; Asian Economic Outlook; South America Politics and Policy.

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Internship Highlight: Fostering Community through International Exchange

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                In my thirteen months as an intern at the World Affairs Council, the impact of citizen to citizen diplomacy has redefined and widened my views on issues not only at an international level, but at the local level as well. Over the course of my internship, in researching topics and issues for visiting delegations, I discovered many similar issues prevalent within Seattle that are being addressed by individuals and organizations in inventive and meaningful ways, enlightening me to the opportunities and challenges of my own...

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The Future of Climate Security

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The impact of unmitigated climate change as a paramount national security issue was discussed at a World Affairs Council public event on March 28 that featured three distinguished speakers: Lukas Haynes, Vice Admiral Robert Parker, USCG, and Ian Kraucunas. The conversation was moderated by Davis Wright Tremaine Partner and Co-chair of Energy Practice Craig Gannett. Issues addressed during the conversation included: the increasing risk climate change poses to national security, the U.S. Military Intelligence’s underrecognized work on...

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Weekly World News Update, March 29, 2017

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Trump Climate Order; Brexit Commences; Disunion Hits the EU; Turkey's Future; Russia: Protests Flare; Pakistan: Corruption and India Tensions; Politics in Korea, and Elections in Hong Kong; Economics of Africa; Brazil's Anti-corruption Drive.

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“How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power” with Howard French

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Former New York Times Asia correspondent Howard French leveraged years of investigative reporting in contemporary Asia with historical research in order to provide insight on China’s recent assertive behavior both regionally and globally. On March 21st, Mr. French shared his expertise at a World Affairs Council event at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum. The event was conducted in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum, the Washington State China Relations Council, and the Elliott Bay Book Company which provided copies of Mr. French’s recently...

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Weekly World News Update, March 22, 2017

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Revamping the European Union; Chinese Influence on World Affairs; Nuclear Talks; Immigration Laws; Russian Military; Asian Issues; Climate Change.

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