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
What 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
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.
“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
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Stay Safe. Stay Engaged. Stay Informed
- Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, for a livestream event.
- WorldBoston hosts Paulina Salazar Torres, Founder of LabNettings, and Lilian Denham Martini, Executive Director of Red EG, for “Work and Wellbeing During COVID-19.”
- WorldOregon hosts Award-Winning New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof for “Global Leadership and the Humanitarian Challenge – Lessons from 35 Years of Covering the World.”
- World Affairs Council of Charlotte, World Affairs Council of Orange County, and World Affairs Council of Central Florida host Major General (ret.) Rick Deveraux for “Pandemics and Climate Change: National Security Implications of Non-Traditional Threats.”
- World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific Security Chair at Hudson Institute, for “Asian Flashpoints.”
- World Affairs Council of Austin, World Affairs Council of San Antonio, and World Affairs Council of South Texas host Paul Pillar, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, for “U.S. and Iran: Sanctions, Oil, and the Global Pandemic.”
- Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Admiral (ret.) John Padgett, former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Submarine Fleet, for “Submarine Fleet in the U.S. Military Strategy.”
- World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts hosts Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 professor and Chair of Political Science at Amherst College, for “Why Populism Is the Sugar Salt Fat in Our Politics.”
- World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts associate professor Angelina Yanyan Chin, Pomona College, and associate professor Jeremy Murray, California State University, for “The Future of Hong Kong as China Clamps Down on Freedom.”
- World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts associate professor Craig Whiteside, Naval War College, for “ISIS.”
- Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Breck Walker, Tennessee WAC Board Member, for “Global News Review.”
- Foreign Policy Association hosts a panel of experts for “COVID-19 Response, Recovery, and Geopolitical Fallout.”
- Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy: The View from the State Department.”
- Montana World Affairs Council hosts Congressman Greg Gianforte (MT At-large District) for “Connect Montana.”
- World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, for “Canada and the U.S.: Essential Allies for Trade, Energy, and a Changing World.”
- Santa Fe Council on International Relations and World Affairs Council of Albuquerque host Sarwar Kashmeri, Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, for “Is a U.S.-China Decoupling Really Possible in a Post-Pandemic World?”
- World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts Jon Gunderson, WAC Charleston Board Member, for “National Security Council.”
- Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town hall hosts a panel of experts for “Crisis Leadership: The Road to Recovery.”
- Global Minnesota hosts a panel of experts for “Canada Day Celebration.”
- International Relations Council (Kansas City) and the U.S. Europe Alliance host a panel of experts for “What Happened to the West? An Evolving Idea in American Foreign Policy.”
- World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts R. Scott Stephenson, President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, and Ivan Henderson, Vice President of Programming of the African American Museum in Philadelphia, for “The Role of Civil Society in Times of Civil Unrest.”
- World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Christian Brose, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and John Ward, former Vice President for Domestic Business Development at Lockheed Martin, for “The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare.”
- Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts professor Dan Schnur, University of Southern California, for “Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.”
- Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts Keith Luse, Executive Director of The National Committee on North Korea, for “New Threats from North Korea: What Does It Mean?”
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