Past Events

Apr 11, 2023

U.S.-China Relations: What’s to Come?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a lecture by Buntzie Ellis Churchill, President Emerita of the Council, about the difficult relationship between the United States and China.

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Mar 16, 2023

A Global Economic Update - 2023 & Beyond

Businesses and investors face unprecedented challenges in a complex global economic environment. Join the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, a partner of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, for a high-level roundtable discussion featuring experts who will address how the US and the UK are navigating the challenging landscape.

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Mar 09, 2023

A Conversation with Secretary Mark Esper

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia joined The Honorable Mark Esper for a conversation about his memoir, "A Sacred Oath." The event included a keynote address by Secretary Esper and time for Q&A provided the audience with the chance to dive deeper into the topics of their choosing.

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Mar 01, 2023

Be a Citizen of the World: A Conversation with Rick Steves

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia in partnership with Villanova University hosted a conversation with America’s most respected authority on European travel, Rick Steves. As international travel returns for many following the early years of the pandemic – whether for business, family, or pleasure – the audience heard from one of the world’s leading travel experts about his experiences, favorite places, and best tips and tricks for making your next adventure fun, affordable, and culturally broadening.

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Feb 27, 2023

Connected Economies: The US-Japan Economic Relationship

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia was joined by a panel of expert speakers to discuss the state of the economic friendship between the United States and Japan, and hear what practices can further advance its mutual benefit.

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Jan 26, 2023

Trade and Transformation with Ambassador Katherine Tai 19th U.S. Trade Representative

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a conversation with Ambassador Katherine Tai, the 19th United States Trade Representative about U.S. trade policy, followed by a conversation with Rachel Carson, President and CEO of Helicopter Tech, Inc., a small woman-owned American business and exporter in Pennsylvania. Their conversation focused on the importance and impact of trade and supply chains for both the local Philadelphia region and the global community.

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Jan 10, 2023

Courage Under Fire: A Conversation with Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund

With the second anniversary of the January 6 Capitol attack, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the National Liberty Museum joined in partnership to present an in-person conversation with former United States Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund, where he shared his personal account about the events leading up to that day and what has since come to pass.

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Dec 13, 2022

World Affairs Salon

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and Citizen Diplomacy International are merging! Guests joined us for a dynamic celebration of this momentous occasion and the connections between Philadelphia and the world.

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Nov 10, 2022

What Just Happened? Midterms 2022

With the U.S. midterm elections taking place on November 8, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and KYW NewsRadio teamed up to give you a breakdown of "what just happened"? Audience members joined us to listen to experts discuss the issues, outcomes, and make their own assessments of what it all means for 2024 and beyond.

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Oct 26, 2022

This Country: A Conversation with Chris Matthews

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia joined Chris Matthews, a New York Times bestselling author and long-time host of MSNBC’s Hardball, for a conversation about his memoir of politics and history.

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Oct 24, 2022

Diplochat: A Conversation with Mr. Ping Huang, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York

The Council’s “Diplochat” series provides attendees the opportunity to have in-depth conversations with diplomats from around the world. The conversation was facilitated by the Council’s President & CEO, Lauren Swartz.

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Oct 13, 2022

World Affairs Table: Mexico

The World Affairs Table series features discussions on topics pertaining to bilateral relationships between the U.S. and other countries. Each discussion is followed by a culinary tasting event with cuisine and drinks from the country of focus. The World Affairs Table allows audience members to both engage in substantive foreign policy discussions and experience culture and cuisine, all in the span of one evening.

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Oct 06, 2022

Cryptocurrencies and the World: A Look at Global Regulation, Security, and Sustainability

Crypto is everywhere, and the blockchain is changing the world. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion with a panel of experts, moderated by Sahel Ahyaie Assar, about cryptocurrency and its impact on the global economy.

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Oct 03, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine: Impacts on the European Union

The Foreign Policy Research Institute and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia held a discussion on how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has impacted the European Union, and how the E.U. is responding to multiple overlapping challenges while remaining a nimble and reliable partner for the United States.

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Sep 21, 2022

Honoring the Spirit of America: A Conversation about Immigration

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and Independence National Historical Park hosted a panel of speakers who provided insight into why immigration—throughout U.S. history—has been so important and how we can continue to address the challenges of immigration policy today.

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Sep 09, 2022

Workforce Development in the Life Sciences: Building Skills, Diversity, and Education in Philadelphia and Beyond

At B.PHL Innovation Fest, the Council explored the importance of workforce development so that workers are prepared to address tomorrow’s challenges, particularly in life sciences—a growing sector in the Philadelphia region and an important one for our country and the world.

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Sep 09, 2022

Treating the Whole Person: How Social Determinants Impact Health & Achieving Health Equity

At B.PHL Innovation Fest, the Council explored what organizations, providers, payers, and others are doing to treat the whole person – both in the Philadelphia and around the world – and how social determinants impact health.

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Jul 27, 2022

Tenth Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception: PHL & The World – Ready, Set, Network!

Back by popular demand for the tenth year, members and friends of Philadelphia’s international community are joining forces to host a business networking reception to celebrate the City’s status as a top US destination for foreign direct investment and trade. Join hundreds of business executives and city, state, and foreign government officials to celebrate the region’s global economic, political, and commercial impact.

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Jun 16, 2022

Subnational Diplomacy: A conversation with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania & the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy

On June 16th the World Affairs Council celebrated the signing of a Cooperation Agreement between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Regione Emilia-Romagna! Participants joined this conversation to learn more about the two regions' mutual strengths in life sciences and food, and discovered new opportunities for connections between the Regione Emilia-Romagna and Pennsylvania.

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Jun 14, 2022

The Future of the European Project

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Orchestra held a discussion about the European Project and what can be done for a secure future.

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