Past Events

May 17, 2021

WEBINAR: What Comes after COVID? An Economic Outlook through the Lens of Latin America

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and its event partner, the Global Interdependence Center spoke with Latin American finance and business leaders about the economic state of the region and what lies ahead after the pandemic. The "Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile" series is presented in cooperation with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia.

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May 10, 2021

WEBINAR: Philly Tech Week 2021: The Future of Cities

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion about the challenges and opportunities for the future of cities here at home and around the world. This event was part of Philly Tech Week 2021.

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Apr 27, 2021

WEBINAR: Travel the World: Spotlight Chile

Nestled between the Andes and the Pacific, this event virtually immersed audience members in Chile, showing them all that it has to offer as a future travel destination—from food and wine to history and art, or from mountains and valleys to nightlife and urban living. The "Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile" series is presented in cooperation with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia.

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Apr 20, 2021

WEBINAR: Combating Climate Change: Making Green Energy Solutions Accessible and Affordable for All

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion about the ways in which countries, companies, and individuals are finding innovative and technologically advanced ways to combat climate change and to ensure that these technologies are affordable and accessible to all people. This event was part of the World Affairs Councils of America's "Climate Week."

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Apr 14, 2021

WEBINAR: The Cost of Air Wars: Civilian Harm in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Beyond

Every year, military airstrikes in conflict zones like Iraq, Syria, and Libya result in thousands of civilian deaths and displacement. To shed light on the impact that civilians face in these conflict zones, the Council hosted a discussion with the Director of Airwars, a non-profit transparency organization working to track, assess, and archive military actions and related civilian harm claims in conflict zones.

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Mar 25, 2021

WEBINAR: What Can Chile Teach Us About Democracies and Constitutions?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia launched its "Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile" with series co-presenters, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia. During this event, we discussed how Chile is embarking upon a process to rewrite its constitution. Our two guest speakers highlighted the importance of this democratic process and what we can learn about the foundation for a country’s government.

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Mar 18, 2021

WEBINAR: One Year Later: What Have We Learned about COVID-19?

One harrowing year into the pandemic, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted Adrian Wooldridge, political editor at The Economist, and author of "The Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic Has Exposed the Weakness of the West, and How to Fix It."

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Feb 17, 2021

WEBINAR: The Importance of Bipartisan Policy Making in a Hyper-Partisan Era

The Council hosted a conversation, in partnership with No Labels, featuring Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, who answered questions about why it’s so important to advocate for bipartisanship in our hyper-partisan era.

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Feb 11, 2021

WEBINAR: The Past, Present, and Future of the US-Canada Defense Relationship

The Council hosted a conversation with Major General Paul Ormsby, Canadian Defense Attaché to the United States, who provided an in-depth perspective of the past, present, and future of America’s most extensive defense relationship.

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Feb 02, 2021

WEBINAR: Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for an optimistic outlook on the topic of the future of global governance in the 21st Century with author Augusto Lopez-Claros, who argues that global interdependence is an inescapable reality and that, hence, enhanced international cooperation is a matter of survival for humankind.

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Jan 26, 2021

WEBINAR: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion with Charlotte Alter, a senior correspondent at TIME covering politics and social issues. She discussed her book, "The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America."

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Dec 16, 2020

Partner Event: "Beethoven in Beijing"

Members of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia were invited to an evening of music, film, and fun. Join an exclusive virtual Philadelphia birthday party celebrating Beethoven's 250th, featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Beethoven, special guest appearances, and an exclusive screening of the award-winning "Beethoven in Beijing", followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

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Dec 09, 2020

WEBINAR: From Belarus, to Lebanon, to Venezuela: Democracy on the Table around the World

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a three-part series about the threats, opportunities, limits, and future of democracy at home and around the world. For the third and final event of this series, a panel of experts discussed country and regional hot spots facing executive corruption, the erosion of individuals’ rights, rising populism, and other challenges facing global governance and democracy.

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Nov 19, 2020

WEBINAR: A Conversation with Her Royal Highness Ambassador Reema bint Bandar Al Saud

This webinar was a candid discussion with HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States and the first woman to serve as Saudi ambassador to any country.

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Nov 16, 2020

WEBINAR: Democracy on the Table: Are We Facing a New Illiberal World Order?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a three-part series about the threats, opportunities, limits, and future of democracy at home and around the world. For the second event of this series, a panel of experts discussed China, Russia, and the possibility of a new illiberal global order in a post-pandemic world.

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Nov 16, 2020

Partner Event: U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: Virtual Town Hall with Sen. Chris Coons

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is pleased to partner with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. This year's Mid Atlantic Regional Summit is a virtual town hall with Senator Chris Coons on the positive impact of global affairs in the Mid-Atlantic Region, despite the backdrop of COVID-19.

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Nov 12, 2020

The Council Conversation Club: The Great Electoral College Debate

The Council Conversation Club is the Council's version of a "book club." Participants read a few articles or watch a few videos from different viewpoints, discuss the issues with their peers, and engage with the world from their own home. This meeting will focus on the pros and cons of the Electoral College.

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Nov 02, 2020

WEBINAR: Democracy on the Table: Is Democracy in Crisis in the U.S. and Western Europe?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a three-part series about the threats, opportunities, limits, and future of democracy at home and around the world. The first of this series took place on the eve of the 2020 U.S Presidential Election, and a panel of experts discussed a favored headline of our times: retreating or failing democracy in the United States and Western Europe, the world’s “advanced democracies.”

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Oct 27, 2020

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

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Foreign Policy Research Institute hosted a discussion about the world’s first digital nation—Estonia. The Honorable Jonatan Vseviov, Estonian Ambassador to the United States, discussed 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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