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Refugee Rights with Human Rights Watch

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Community Programs | Comments Off on Refugee Rights with Human Rights Watch

With an unprecedented number of people displaced from their homes, there is no doubt that the world is experiencing a refugee crisis. However, as Gerry Simpson explained to the World Affairs Council, this crisis is far from new. Simpson, the Associate Director of Human Rights Watch’s Refugee Rights Program, joined the Council on December 11, 2017 to discuss how countries are dealing with 65.6 million displaced individuals worldwide. In a conversation moderated by World Affairs Council President and CEO Jacqueline Miller, Simpson touched on...

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Discussion on the Crisis in Venezuela

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Community Programs | Comments Off on Discussion on the Crisis in Venezuela

On December 7, 2017, the World Affairs Council welcomed Professor José Antonio Lucero, Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Washington, for a lunch discussion at Stoel Rives LLP. President and CEO of the World Affairs Council, Jacqueline Miller, moderated the conversation on the ongoing economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Venezuela is home of the largest oil reserve in the world. However, 80 percent of the country doesn’t have enough money to buy food. Lucero explained this discrepancy as a product...

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Conversation with Clandestina, Cuba’s First Clothing Brand

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Community Programs | Comments Off on Conversation with Clandestina, Cuba’s First Clothing Brand

“We’re 100 percent Clandestina,” Leire Fernandez responded to a question on how an ecommerce site exists in a country that barely has access to the internet. Leire and Idania Del Rio, the founders of Clandestina, joined the World Affairs Council on December 6, 2017 at The Riveter for a discussion on entrepreneurship in Cuba and what it means to be a “businesswoman.” Co-founder and CEO of The Riveter, Amy Nelson, asked Leire and Idania about where the brand began and how it has grown into an international endeavor. While the number...

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Weekly World News Update, December 6, 2017

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Rolling the Dice on Jerusalem; The New Cold War; Yeman's Saleh Slain; EU-Africa Migration Challenges; Brexit Delayed Over Irish Border

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Talking NAFTA with Canada and Mexico

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Community Programs | Comments Off on Talking NAFTA with Canada and Mexico

(Left to right: Karl Ege, Jacqueline Miller, Brandon Lee, Dr. Roberto Dondisch, and Tom Robertson)   In light of ongoing negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Brandon A. Lee and Roberto Dondisch, Canadian Consul General and Mexican Consul General respectively, joined the World Affairs Council for a lunch discussion at Perkins Coie LLP on December 1, 2017. The conversation was a part of the “Understanding the Global Economy” series sponsored by the Foster Global Business Center at the University of...

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Addressing North Korea with Dr. Adam Mount

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Community Programs | Comments Off on Addressing North Korea with Dr. Adam Mount

The World Affairs Council and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle welcomed Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists for nuclear and defense policy Dr. Adam Mount on November 30, 2017 for a discussion on nuclear proliferation and growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. World Affairs Council President and CEO Jacqueline Miller moderated the conversation. On November 29, 2017, North Korea’s state media released an announcement regarding the successful test of a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile...

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Means of Effective HIV Prevention – IVLP

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in International Visitors Program | Comments Off on Means of Effective HIV Prevention – IVLP

Earlier this year, the World Affairs Council International Visitor Program welcomed a six Russian delegates to Seattle to examine HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts in the U.S. These visitors participated in the U.S. State Department’s premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) which provides current and emerging leaders from around the world the opportunity to travel throughout the U.S. on a three-week long program and engage with their American counterparts. Seattle was a strong choice...

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Weekly World News Update, April 19, 2017

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Weekly World News Update, April 19, 2017

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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Meet This Year’s YLAI Fellows!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in International Visitors Program, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet This Year’s YLAI Fellows!

We are excited to announce the arrival of this year’s cohort of Fellows for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI). On behalf of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, YLAI empowers entrepreneurs and civil society leaders to effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. This year we are thrilled to host 12 such dynamic individuals as they undergo their four week fellowships at local businesses, as well as assisting them in experiencing the rich cultural...

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Weekly World News Update, October 18, 2017

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Elections Around the World; Terror in Somalia; ISIS Falling; Iraq and Kurds Clash; Catalonia Defies Spain

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