Consul General of the United Kingdom Harriet Cross to Speak on British-US Relations

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Consul General of the United Kingdom in Boston Harriet Cross, will speak on US-UK relations  on Tuesday, March 21 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 Friday, March 17.

Harriet Cross has been a member of the UK Diplomatic Service for 18 years. Her most recent position was as Deputy Ambassador in the British Embassy in Sana’a. Due to the conflict in Yemen, she had to organize the evacuation of the Embassy and subsequently spent the rest of her posting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In her diplomatic career Harriet has served at the British Embassy in Morocco and at the UK Mission to the UN in New York. She has also worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London covering EU relations, and human rights policy. During her career Harriet has taken time out from diplomacy to work as an International Policy Adviser for the UK’s National Crime Squad. She has also worked in the International Relations Department at the University of York. With her husband she helped establish a micro-brewery in Yorkshire which is now a thriving business.

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

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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.

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Canadian Consul General David Alward to Speak in April

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Canadian Consul General David N. Alward will speak on US-Canadian relations 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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BBC Foreign Correspondent Andrew Harding on Somalia December 9

BBC Foreign Correspondent Andrew Harding

BBC Foreign Correspondent Andrew Harding

The World Affairs Council is pleased to present BBC foreign correspondent Andrew Harding at supper event on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Springfield Sheraton, One Monarch Place, in downtown Springfield.  He will speak about his new book The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia (St. Martin’s Press, 2016).

Tickets are $30 per person.  A light buffet supper will be provided.  Register by calling or emailing the World Affairs Council office or online with a credit card here.

Please register by Friday, December 2.

Andrew Harding MAYOR OF MOGADISHU coverThe Mayor of Mogadishu tells the story one family’s epic journey through Somalia’s turmoil, from the optimism of independence to its spectacular unraveling.  It  is an uplifting story of survival, and a compelling examination of what it means to lose a country and then to reclaim it.

Andrew Harding has worked as a foreign correspondent for the past twenty-five years in Russia, Asia and Africa. He has been visiting Somalia since 2000. His television and radio reports for BBC News have won him international recognition, including an Emmy, an award from Britain’s Foreign Press Association, and other awards in France, Monte Carlo, the United States and Hong Kong. He lives in Johannesburg with his family.

Copies of Andrew Harding’s book will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of The Odyssey Bookshop.

Many thanks to our media sponsor, New England Public Radio.  NEPR logo

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90th Annual Meeting & Dinner to Feature Bill Scher on Foreign Policy & the Presidential Election

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The World Affairs Council’s 90th Annual Meeting and Dinner will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Springfield Sheraton at Monarch Place at 6:00 PM.  Bill Scher, Contributing Editor to POLITICO Magazine, will speak on “How 2016 Turned the Democrats into the National Security Party: Foreign Policy and the Upcoming Presidential Election”.

Please register by Thursday, October 6.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar reception.  Dinner and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person and entree choices are chicken, vegetarian or fish.  Register online with a credit card here or call the office at 413-733-0110.

Bill Scher is also a regular contributor to The New Republic and Real Clear Politics. He is a Senior Writer at the Campaign for America’s Future, and co-hosts “The DMZ,” an online TV show with conservative CNN contributor Matt Lewis on Bloggingheads.tv. Bill is the author of “Wait!  Don’t Move to Canada!: A Stay-and-Fight Strategy to Win Back America”.  He has made appearances on C-SPAN, CNN International, MSNBC and NPR among other TV and radio outlets, and his opinion articles have been published by the New York Times, New York Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times.

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