First Instant Issues of 2018 to Feature Laura Reed on North Korea

Dr. Laura Reed

Dr. Laura Reed

Dr. Laura Reed of the University of Massachusetts–Amherst Department of Political Science and Legal Studies, will speak at an Instant Issues Brown Bag Lunch event on North Korea. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at noon in the Community Room, One Financial Plaza (1350 Main Street), in Springfield.

The cost is $5 for members, $20 with a box lunch–tuna, turkey, roast beef or vegetarian–provided.  Nonmembers can attend for $10, and $25 with a lunch.  To reserve a spot call 413-733-0110, email or register online with a credit card here.

A frequent Council speaker, Laura Reed has served as Assistant Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, a Fellow in the Managing the Atom Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and as a Research Scientist in MIT’s Security Studies Program.  She was Program Officer at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served as Secretary of the U.S. Pugwash Committee (which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995). She has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Boston College, and Wellesley College. Her research interests include U.S. national security policy; implications of globalization for peace and security; nuclear security, nonproliferation, and disarmament initiatives; emerging norms of humanitarian intervention and collective responses to transnational problems.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy & Sir Speedy

Special thanks to NAI Plotkin

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Instant Issues @ One Financial Plaza: Greg White on Climate Change & National Security

Professor Greg White of Smith College

Professor Greg White of Smith College

The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts will present Gregory White, Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government at Smith College at an Instant Issues Brown Bag Lunch event on Climate Change and National Security on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at noon in the Community Room, One Financial Plaza (1350 Main Street), in downtown Springfield.

The cost with a box lunch–tuna, turkey, vegetarian or roast beef sandwich–is $20 for Council members and $25 for nonmembers. The cost for members without a lunch is $5 and for nonmembers, $10.

The RSVP deadline is Monday, September 25.

For more information, please call the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.  Register online with a credit card here.

A longtime member and friend of the Council, Greg White is the Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government, the current chair of the government department and a member of the Environmental Science and Policy Program Committee. He teaches courses on global environmental politics, international relations, migration and refugee politics, and international political economy.

White’s research and publications focus on Moroccan politics, environmental politics and international security. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of North African Studies. In 2009–10 he received a New Directions Grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and studied climate and earth science at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Recent publications have included “Environmental Refugees,” in The Handbook on Migration and Security, Philippe Bourbeau, ed. (London: Edward Elgar, 2017), and “The Specter of Climate Refugees: Why Invoking Refugees as a Reason to ‘Take Climate Change Seriously’ is Troubling,” Migration and Citizenship Newsletter of the American Political Science Association 4:2, Summer 2016.

A popular Instant Issues speaker, Greg White is a former member of the Council’s Board of Directors.

In a recent article in Military Times, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Evans indicated that the Department of Defense continues to prepare for climate change despite President Donald Trump’s March 28 Executive Order rescinding “all climate-related federal agency actions directed by President Barack Obama”.  During his confirmation for Secretary of Defense earlier this year, James Mattis wrote, “Climate change can be a driver of instability and the Department of Defense must pay attention to potential adverse impacts generated by this phenomenon.”

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Shihana Alazzaz: A Saudi Woman in the Corner Office on Tuesday, September 5

Saudi lawyer, Shihana Alazzaz

Saudi lawyer, Shihana Alazzaz

The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts is pleased to present Saudi lawyer, Shihana Alazzaz on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  at the Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road in Springfield.  The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served after the talk.

For more information and to register please click here.

Shihana Alazzaz is one of the first women licensed to practice law in Saudi Arabia and is passionate about mentoring other young women in her field. Born and raised in Riyadh, she left at the age of seventeen in order to study law in the United Kingdom. In 2008, Alazzaz graduated with an Honors LLB degree and received further training in Dubai and Kuwait before accepting a job at Baker and McKenzie Law Practice in New York, a position she accepted because at that time the Saudi Ministry of Justice did not issue licenses to women to practice law in the Kingdom. In her new job, Alazzaz provided legal advice on topics including defense, aviation, telecommunications, healthcare and securities.

In 2012, Saudi regulations regarding the right of women to practice law changed, prompting Alazzaz to return to Saudi Arabia and obtain her law license. She was offered a position opening the new Riyadh office of Vinson and Elkins LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms dealing with the energy sector. She rose to the position of Counsel. Her work focused on energy, oil and gas, power, mining, and petrochemical and infrastructure projects. When she first started at V&E, Alazzaz was the only women working at the office, so she started an internship program to recruit talented young female law students. Since then, twelve young women entering their final year of law school have completed 6 month internships at V&E, giving them valuable training before entering the workforce. Alazzaz was also integral to the creation and management of Tomouh, an organization dedicated to fostering the careers of ambitious young people in the Gulf Region. Recently, Alazzaz has been appointed as Head of Transactions at the Public Investment Fund in Saudi Arabia.

Alazzaz is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar. While in law school she served as a Saudi representative in the U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and later participated in the State Department’s International Visitors Program on Saudi Women in Law, visiting a number of cities across the U.S. She is a regular speaker at the University of Colorado’s Annual Conference on World Affairs and was the keynote speaker at the first German-Middle East Young Professionals Conference in Berlin. She has published articles on a variety of topics in Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, and Madame Figaro Magazine, and regularly gives motivational talks to Saudi high school and university students.

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WNE’s Professor Sudha Setty on National Security and Civil Liberties under Trump

rsz_wneu_sudhasetty_2016_2Sudha Setty, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Intellectual Life at Western New England University School of Law, will speak on Security and Civil Liberties under Trump: What Can We Learn from the First 100 Days? on Wednesday, May 10  at noon in the third floor Community Room at One Financial Plaza,1350 Main Street (Corner of Main & Court), in downtown Springfield.

The cost for members is $5 without a lunch and $15 with a lunch provided.  Nonmembers cost is $10 without a lunch and $20 with a lunch provided.  To reserve a sandwich–tuna, turkey or vegetarian–email or call the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.  You can register online with a credit card here.

The registration deadline for this event is Monday, May 8.

Sudha Setty is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Intellectual Life.  She specializes in the areas of comparative law and national security. Her scholarly publications address secrecy, separation of powers and rule of law issues in the comparative constitutional context.  Prior to joining the faculty of Western New England in 2006, Professor Setty was a litigator with the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she focused on antitrust and securities regulation matters. She served as defense counsel in civil, regulatory, and criminal matters involving national security issues, including terrorism financing investigations and lawsuits, and a pro bono matter challenging sentencing guidelines for those convicted of terrorist acts. Her pro bono practice also included litigating federal civil rights cases.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Charista Construction,  and Sir Speedy.  Special thanks to NAI Plotkin.

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Canadian Consul General David Alward to Speak on Free and Fair Trade in April

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Canadian Consul General David N. Alward will speak on US-Canadian relations on “Canada and the United States:  Promoting jobs and economic growth through free and fair trade” on Thursday, April 13  at noon in the third floor Community Room at One Financial Plaza,1350 Main Street (Corner of Main & Court), in downtown Springfield.

The cost for members is $5 without a lunch and $15 with a lunch provided.  Nonmembers cost is $10 without a lunch and $20 with a lunch provided.  To reserve a sandwich–tuna, turkey or vegetarian–call or email the office.  You can register online with a credit card here.

The registration deadline for this event is Tuesday, April 11.

David Alward was appointed as Canada’s Consul General to New England in May of 2015, and serves as Canada’s representative in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  Mr. Alward was employed with the Canadian federal government from 1982 until 1996. From 1996 to 1999, he was self-employed as a human resource development and community development consultant.  He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 1999, was sworn in as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2003, and took the oath of office to become the 32nd Premier of New Brunswick in 2010.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Charista Construction,  and Sir Speedy.

 

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