Past Events

Oct 27, 2020

WEBINAR: Estonia and the World: How the First Digital Nation Handles Security and Economy in a Turbulent Era

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Foreign Policy Research Institute for a discussion about the world’s first digital nation—Estonia. The Honorable Jonatan Vseviov, Estonian Ambassador to the United States, will discuss how Estonia is a pioneer in digital initiatives, and how the country handles everything from defense and security to governance and the economy.

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Oct 14, 2020

Partner Event: "Defying Putin: The Dangers and Opportunities in Opposing Russia’s President"

The Council was pleased to partner with The Free Library of Philadelphia for an event featuring Dr. Benjamin Nathans, where he discussed the dangers and fate of those who have opposed Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Oct 13, 2020

WEBINAR: World Affairs and the Enduring American Revolution: Women’s Rights

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Museum of the American Revolution hosted an evening panel discussion that examined women’s rights—including the right to education, freedom from discrimination and violence, and fair and equal wages, among others—from the 1770s to today and the important role of women in the 2020 Presidential Election and beyond.

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Oct 07, 2020

Partner Event: "No Labels: Building a Bipartisan Governing Coalition"

This was a partner event to learn about the House Problem Solvers Caucus and how No Labels, a bipartisan nonprofit, is working to build the bipartisan governing coalition capable of solving America’s toughest problems.

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Oct 05, 2020

WEBINAR: The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

Foreign policy is top of mind for many people as we approach the 2020 Presidential Election. The World Affairs Council hosted this timely panel discussion on the state of U.S. foreign policy, and what the future may hold beyond the election in November.

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Sep 30, 2020

WEBINAR: Health is More Than Healthcare: Food As a Social Determinant of Wellness

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion with a panel of experts to learn about food security as a social determinant of health, and what we can do to create a more food-secure world.

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Sep 23, 2020

The Council Conversation Club: Meeting 4

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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Sep 17, 2020

The Frank and Cheri Hermance Atlas Award Event

The 2020 Atlas Awards were presented to National Honoree Nadia Murad, a human rights activist and 2018 Nobel Prize winner and Philadelphia Honoree Jami McKeon, Chair of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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Sep 10, 2020

WEBINAR: Moving Forward: How Do We Unite Americans in 2021 and Beyond?

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a conversation with General Wesley Clark (ret.), Founder of Renew America Together, and the Honorable Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, to hear how they believe we can bring our country together.

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Sep 03, 2020

A Conversation with Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a conversation with the current U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer.

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Aug 18, 2020

WEBINAR: The Reimagining Systems Series: What are the Approaches to Police Reform?

The Council's "Reimagining Systems Series" featured events focusing on different areas of policy and reform--policing, education, the political economy, and healthcare. For this installment of the series, we discussed police reform.

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Aug 10, 2020

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

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted 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" featured events focusing on different areas of policy and reform--policing, education, the political economy, and healthcare. For this installment of the series, we discussed 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" featured events focusing on different areas of policy and reform--policing, education, the political economy, and healthcare. For this installment of the series, we discussed 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

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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