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SCWA Virtual Webinar Series

Amid these challenging circumstances, SCWA thanks you for your continued support!  Preview our new SCWA YouTube Channel featuring SCWA Board Directors Dr. Jacek Lubecki, Dr. Mohamed Mukhtar, and Dr. Olavi Arnes; as well as the Virtual Webinar Series. Throughout the SCWA summer hiatus, we invite Members to stay engaged & participate in various FREE & FEE Virtual Webinars offered by World Affairs Councils from around the United States of America. Both FREE & FEE Virtual Opportunities are listed below and updated weekly just follow the links. ~ Stay Tuned & Stay Healthy, SCWA!



SCWA Webinars are AVAILABLE until September 1, 2020
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In the Shadow of the Bear: Defense Policies of East-Central European Countries and the Russian Challenge presented by SCWA Board Member Dr. Jacek Lubecki

Jacek LubeckiWhat is the future direction for Eastern & Central Europe?  Dr. Lubecki discusses three scenarios based on the history of Eastern & Central Europe countries between two world wars and the Cold War, the region’s turn to liberalism and NATO in 1989 – 1999, NATO’s expansion and the War on Terror from 1999 to 2014, a resurgent Russia, and President Trump and Nationalistic Populism.

“The Many Faces of Islam” An abstract presented by SCWA Board Member Dr. Mohamed Mukhtar

Mohamad MukhtarSince the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union, the United States and the West have configured a new threat to Western Civilization.  Instead of the Commies are coming, it is “the Muslims are coming.”  Islam is a violent religion that became a cliché used by most Western analysts, media outlets, corporations, and governmental policymakers; Muslim mosques in the USA are perceived as terrorist enterprises.  Yet few non-Muslim Americans could give an accurate explanation of what Islam is.  Dr. Mukhtar’s talk on the “Many Faces of Islam” is an attempt to clarify the clouded thinking of Americans about Islam, its culture, and its adherents.  

“Russia, Europe, and the United States: The Fragmented Relationship”  presented by SCWA Board Member Dr. Olavi Arens


There is an old adage “Russia is not as weak as it looks; Russia is not as strong as it seems.”  Dr. Arens examines the relations, or the lack of relations, between Russia and the West (the US and Europe) since the end of the Cold War; including the current estrangement.  He also addresses the perspectives for the future of the relationships.


World Affairs Councils from Around the USA are offering our Members Real-time Analysis through Free & Fee Webinars 

Follow the links to learn more & to register!

Stay Safe. Stay Engaged. Stay Informed 

Tuesday 8/4 
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Kayoko Fukushima, Consul General of Japan, for “Global Nashville With Karl Dean.”
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Rob Chesnut, former Chief Ethics Officer for Airbnb, for “Business Ethics: New Rules of Engagement.”
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “Global News Review.”
Wednesday 8/5
WorldBoston hosts Ambassador (ret.) Zeev Boker, Consul General of Israel for New England, and comedian and activist Noam Shuster-Eliassi for “A Comic at the Hotel Corona.”
Global Minnesota hosts Alan Gogbashian, Consul General of the UK for Chicago, for “Minnesota and the UK – Trade, Market Access, and Brexit.”
WorldDenver hosts Ambassador (ret.) Charles Ray, International Director for Peacetime Professionals International Association, for “Race and Justice in World Affairs: Part 1.”
World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Ambassador (ret.) John Herbst, Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, for “Ukraine/Russia.”
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts journalist Justin Worland, TIME Magazine, for “Climate Roundtable.”
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Eleanor Albert, Asia writer for the explanatory journalism arm of the Council on Foreign Relations, for “Hong Kong’s Global Importance.”
Global Ties Arizona hosts Christina Dal Bello, U.S. Foreign Service Officer, for “Diplomacy in the National Parks.”
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Professor Michael Kazin, Georgetown University, and Noah Rothman, Associate Editor of Commentary Magazine, for “Could Democratic Socialism Reform Our Politics?
Thursday 8/6
World Affairs Council of Charlotte and World Affairs Council of Orange County host The Honorable William Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Tom Collina, Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund, to discuss their book, The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump.
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Rodney Cook, Founder and President of the National Monuments Foundation, for “Confederate Statues: A Reckoning.”
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Mariel Sanchez, Senior Program Manager at PAIR Houston, for “Refugees in America.”
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Professor Dan Schnur, University of Southern California, for “Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.”
Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts lecturer Travis Adkins, Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, for “American Racism: A Threat to U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security.”
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Assistant Professor Gregory Cook, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, for “Ukraine.”
World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Adjunct Professor Richard Lobban, Naval War College, for “COVID-19 in Africa.”
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts photographer Alexandra Huddleston for “From Tyndrum to Timbuktu: The Creative Path and the Ritual Process.”
Friday 8/7 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ambassador (ret.) Marc Grossman, Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group, and Ambassador (ret.) John Limbert, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, to discuss their book, Believers: Love and Death in Tehran.
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Iulian Alecu, Deputy Director General at the Romanian National Center for Response to Cyber Security Incidents, for “U.S. Cyber Security Reaches Romania.”

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~Listen to Council Podcasts

WAC Charleston, WACC Podcast

WAC Connecticut, Comm(Unity)

WAC Dallas/Fort Worth, Global I.Q. Minute With Jim Falk

WAC New Hampshire, Global in the Granite State

World Affairs (Northern California), KQED Radio


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NEOWISE Skywatching Chart

How to See Comet NEOWISE by NASA
Observers in the Northern Hemisphere are hoping to catch a glimpse of Comet NEOWISE as it zips through the inner solar system before it speeds away into the depths of space. Discovered on March 27, 2020 by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission, Comet NEOWISE is putting on a dazzling display for skywatchers before it disappears, not to be seen again for another 6,800 years.

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of Comet NEOWISE before it’s gone, there are several observing opportunities over the coming days when it will become increasingly visible shortly after sunset in the northwest sky. If you’re looking at the sky without the help of observation tools, Comet NEOWISE will likely look like a fuzzy star with a bit of a tail, so using binoculars or a small telescope is recommended to get the best views of this object.

For those hoping to see Comet Neowise for themselves, here’s what to do:

Find a spot away from city lights with an unobstructed view of the sky

Just after sunset, look below the Big Dipper in the northwest sky

If you have them, bring binoculars or a small telescope to get the best views of this dazzling display

Each night, the comet will continue rising increasingly higher above the northwestern horizon as illustrated in the below graphic:


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