SCWA Virtual Webinar Series
Amid these challenging circumstances, SCWA thanks you for your continued interest in our new SCWA YouTube Channel featuring SCWA Board Directors Dr. Olavi Arnes and Dr. Mohamed Mukhtar; 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!
“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.
“The Many Faces of Islam” An abstract presented by SCWA Board Member Dr. Mohamed Mukhtar
Since 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.
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
- Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts David Kim, U.S. Congressional Candidate (CA-34), for “What Is the Political Case for Universal Basic Income?”
- World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Ambassador (ret.) Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, for “The Education of an Idealist.”
- World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ambassador (ret.) Frank Wisner, former U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines, and India, and Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Director of International Studies and Global Politics at the University of Cambridge, for “Iran, the U.S., and the COVID-19 Crisis.”
- Montana World Affairs Council hosts Alice Thomas, Executive Director of the Central Asia Institute, for “Connect Montana.”
- International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Tamanna Salikuddin, Director of South Asia Programs at the United States Institute of Peace, for “Conflict and Competition in South Asia.”
- World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President & Director of the Gobal Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, for “COVID-19 Part II: What’s Next?”
- Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts Mohamed Ahmed, Creator of Average Mohamed, for “Average Mohamed: Combating Violent Extremism One Cartoon at a Time.”
- Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts a panel of experts for “Happy Dog Takes on the World: Health Surveillance, Privacy, and the Future of Democracy.”
- World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Philip Yun, President and CEO of World Affairs, for “Nuclear Proliferation in an Uncertain World.”
- World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Doug Shipman, President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, for “COVID Side Effects: The Impact on Arts & Culture.”
- Montana World Affairs Council hosts Board Member Mary LaPorte and Executive Director Ana Luise Ahern, EcoViva, for “Connect Montana.”
- WorldOregon hosts Mathew Burrows, Director of the Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative at the Atlantic Council, for “We Saw It Coming: Foresight, Policy, & Three COVID-19 Scenarios.”
- WorldBoston hosts John Gans, Director of Communications and Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House Global Policy Center, for “White House Warriors.”
- World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Meghan O’Sullivan, Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard Kennedy School, for “How Oil and Energy Will Shape Our Post-Pandemic Future.”
- World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts James Olson, Professor of the Practice at Texas A&M University, for ”To Catch a Spy: The Art & Future of Counterintelligence.”
- Upstate International hosts attorney Steve Buckingham and William Lasser, Director of the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University, for “Checks and Balances: Presidential Powers in a Crisis.”
- World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts scholar and researcher Martin Nekola for “Heart of Europe.”
- World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts political historian Randall Fegley, Penn State Berks College, for “Red Sea Security.”
- World Affairs Council of Maine hosts a panel of experts for “Great Decisions 3: India and Pakistan.”
- World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns, Founder and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University, for “Global Leadership and the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
- World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Ambassador (ret.) Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, Jordan, and the UN, and Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Founder and Publisher of Bourse & Bazaar, for “Oil, Sanctions, and COVID-19: What’s Next for the U.S. and Iran?”
- Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for a livestream event.
- Montana World Affairs Council hosts Lenka Beranova, Founder and Executive Director of Seeds for Dreams dba PLAYFWD, for “Connect Montana.”
- World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Amity Shlaes, Chair of the Calvin Koolidge Presidential Foundation, for “Headed Toward Another Great Depression?”
- WorldOregon hosts Francisco Palmieri, Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, for “COVID-19 & Latin America.”
- World Affairs (Northern California) hosts William Drozdiak, Senior Fellow at Brookings, for “France’s Emmanuel Macron, a European Leader in a Time of Crises.”
- Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Julie McCarthy, Reporter at NPR, for “Hong Kong, Democracy, and the Coronavirus.”
- World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts a panel of experts for “From the Tiananmen Protests of 1989 to the Hong Kong Crisis of 2019 – And Beyond.”
- World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts a panel of experts for “NAFTA 2.0: Implementation of USMCA and Economic Response to COVID-19 Crisis.”
- World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Nisha Blackwell, Founder and CEO of Knotzland Bowties Co., for “From Bowties to Face Masks. How Local Business Is Responding to COVID-19.”
- World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Jia Lynn Yang, Deputy National Editor for the New York Times, for “On Immigration.”
- Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts a panel of experts for “Benchmarks for the New Normal.”
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- GA DPH updates: www.dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus. GA DPH Daily Status – infection counts by county is available here
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- WHO pandemic advisory
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- A Cool online tool, devised by Washington State high school student Avi Schiffmann, tracking the latest Coronavirus information
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Update — Dir. Anthony Fauci