Past Events

Aug 10, 2020

WEBINAR: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a conversation with former Secretary of Defense William Perry and Tom Collina, Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund about nuclear nonproliferation and the extent and limits to presidential power with regards to nuclear weapons launch authority.

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Aug 05, 2020

WEBINAR: The Reimagining Systems Series: Could Democratic Socialism Reform Our Politics?

The Council's "Reimagining Systems Series" will feature events focusing on different areas of policy and reform--policing, education, the political economy, and healthcare. Join us for this event in the series: a discussion about the political economy and democratic socialism.

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Jul 29, 2020

WEBINAR: The Reimagining Systems Series: Will 2020 be the Year We Rethink Education Policy?

The Council's "Reimagining Systems Series" will feature events focusing on different areas of policy and reform--policing, education, the political economy, and healthcare. Join us for this installment of the series: a discussion about education policy, featuring Superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, Dr. William Hite.

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Jul 02, 2020

WEBINAR: The Role of Civil Society in Times of Civil Unrest

This year, for July 4th, the holiday that commemorates the United States of America’s independence from Great Britain, three leading civic organizations in Philadelphia came together to discuss the importance of civil society—that “third sector,” distinct from government and business.

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Jun 22, 2020

WEBINAR: Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State

The Council hosted a discussion with three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Barton Gellman, author of "Dark Mirror," a true-life spy tale about the surveillance-industrial revolution and its discontents.

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Jun 18, 2020

The Council Conversation Club: Meeting 3

The Council Conversation Club is the Council's version of a "book club." Participants read a few articles from different viewpoints, discuss the issues with their peers, and engage with the world from their own home.

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Jun 04, 2020

WEBINAR: Sanctions, COVID-19, and the Future of US-Iran Relations

The Council hosted a discussion about US-Iran relations and how COVID-19 is affecting Iran, featuring Barbara Slavin, Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Gary Sick, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar, Middle East Institute and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

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May 21, 2020

WEBINAR: How to Lead in the Time of Pandemic

The Council hosted a discussion with, Ambassador Nicholas Burns, who authored an essay in Foreign Affairs titled “How to Lead in a Time of Pandemic,” which sharply criticizes the global diplomatic efforts of the Trump administration in the face of COVID-19.

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May 14, 2020

The Council Conversation Club: Meeting 2

The Council Conversation Club is the Council's version of a "book club." Participants read a few articles from different viewpoints, discuss the issues with their peers, and engage with the world from their own home.

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May 12, 2020

WEBINAR: Will COVID-19 Make the Putin Regime in Russia Ill or Immune?

The Council hosted a discussion about the Putin regime in the face of COVID-19 with Brian Whitmore, Senior Fellow & Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis and William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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May 07, 2020

WEBINAR: The US and China Now: Should We Confront or Cooperate?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion about the future of China, both at home and as a rising world power, following the "new normal" of the coronavirus pandemic, and whether the US and China are bound for confrontation or cooperation. This event was part of the CxC: Amplified summit, "Putting the World Back Together," and was presented in partnership with the World Affairs Councils of America and the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.

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Apr 27, 2020

WEBINAR: How to Hold a National Election during a Pandemic

The Council hosted a discussion about the possible need for new approaches to voting—by mail or electronically—and the potential concerns those ideas raise for our national election in November.

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Apr 23, 2020

The Council Conversation Club: A Stay-at-Home Symposium

We invited members of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to participate in the first of a new program series--you read the articles, you discuss the finer points with your peers, you engage with the world from your own home!

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Apr 21, 2020

WEBINAR: Three Shooting Wars: Can Anything Be Done?

The Council hosted a discussion on the three shooting wars in the Arab Middle East — in Yemen, in Libya, and, of course, the charnel house of Syria.

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Apr 14, 2020

WEBINAR: How Does the US Economy Recover from This?

The Council hosted a discussion on whether or not the right policies are being pursued, whether they will help for the duration of the crisis, and what policies will be needed to restart the economy when—and if—"normal" economic activity resumes.

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Feb 25, 2020

Documentary Screening: "John Hume in America"

In partnership with the Museum of the American Revolution, the Council hosted a documentary screening of "In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America" followed by a talk-back with director and producer Maurice Fitzpatrick.

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Feb 19, 2020

US National Security Today

The Council hosted a panel of experts who discussed U.S. national security issues in the world today.

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Feb 06, 2020

Brick by Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere

Author Karen Sherman spoke about her thirty-year career working to advance women in conflict-affected countries and those in transition, and what she has learned that can make a fundamental difference in the lives of women and girls everywhere.

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Jan 28, 2020

The Future of the Internet

The Council hosted a discussion about what the future of the Internet may hold for society--from the "Internet of Things" to artificial intelligence, from privacy issues to digitizing every aspect of our lives.

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Jan 23, 2020

A Conversation with Samantha Power, 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, came to Philadelphia and discussed her latest book, "The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir."

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