92nd Annual Meeting & Dinner to Feature Harry Krejsa of “Heartland Security” on September 17

Harry Kresja is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security

The World Affairs Council’s 92nd Annual Meeting and Dinner will take place on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Springfield Sheraton at Monarch Place. Harry Krejsa of the Center for a New American Security will be the featured in conversation with Politico Magazine’s Bill Scher on Heartland Security: How Global Engagement Once Fueled the American Middle Class – and Can Again.

Bill Scher, Contributing Editor to Politico Magazine and a Contributor to Real Clear Politics

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

The cost is $50 per person with a choice of chicken, vegetarian or fish entree.  You can register online with a credit card here.

This event is generously sponsored by Bacon\Wilson Attorneys at Law.

Harry Krejsa a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, working in the Asia-Pacific Security Program. He is the author of “Heartland Security: Global Engagement Once Fueled the American Middle Class – and Can Again“, a report that argues foreign policy pays off for the middle class when domestic policy makes it pay off — and national security professionals took their eye off the ball.

Kresja’s research areas included Chinese economic and geopolitical strategy, Asian security integration, cybersecurity, and the intersection of foreign and domestic policy in the United States.

Prior to joining CNAS, Mr. Krejsa worked as a professional staff member for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. He also served as a Researcher with the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at National Defense University, where he published a report on Chinese investment in the United States and its security implications. Mr. Krejsa has led a field analysis on political transition in Myanmar, piloted anti-terror training programs in South Asia, and served as a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan.

Mr. Krejsa’s policy writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Politico, The Hill, War on the Rocks, The National Interest, and a number of regional American newspapers. His analysis has been featured in outlets like CBS News, Bloomberg, and Vice News, and he has given televised Chinese-language commentary to Voice of America.

Bill Scher is a Contributing Editor to Politico Magazine and a Contributor to Real Clear Politics. He is the host of the New Books in Politics podcast for the New Books Network, and co-host of “The DMZ,” a Bloggingheads.tv online show and podcast, with conservative writer Matt Lewis. In 2006, he authored the book Wait, Don’t Move To Canada: A Stay-and-Fight Strategy To Win Back America, which later became an answer on “Jeopardy!”  He addressed the World Affairs Council’s 2016 Annual Meeting on the role of foreign policy in the presidential election.

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Global Trivia Challenge: Test Your International Knowledge

The World Affairs Council is pleased and proud to present our first Global Trivia Challenge fundraiser to support the work of the Council.

Teams of four will match wits on international affairs and current events, competing for prizes, enjoying Irish food, and having some fun.

Moderated by Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large Peter Sokolowski, the Challenge will feature five rounds of ten questions each:

  • Daily Chatter (Current Events)
  • Food & Wine
  • Leaders Say What? (Quotes by Heads of State & Others)
  • Massachusetts International, and
  • Ireland

$50 per person and $35 for young professionals or students (under 40).  (If you don’t have a team, we can help you form one.)

Prizes for the winning teams.

Hors d’oeuvres included. Cash Bar. Raffles.

All proceeds support the ongoing program and international exchange activities of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts.

Cost of tickets minus $20 per person is tax-deductible.

Register online here or contact the office for more information.


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Instant Issues: President of Elms College Harry Dumay on Higher Education, Immigration, and the Public Good in April

Harry DumayDr. Harry Dumay, President of Our Lady of the Elms College, will speak at an Instant Issues Brown Bag Lunch event on Higher Education, Immigration, and the Public Good on Thursday, April 12, 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.

The US has benefited greatly from an international flow of paying college students, talented graduate students, and expert post-doctoral fellows, teachers, and researchers. Immigration policies that seem to make the US unwelcoming to foreign groups threaten that great contribution of higher education to the public good. Colleges and universities are assessing how they can respond both on and across their campuses. Elms College’s current efforts reflect our tradition of openness to the ‘dear neighbor’ and our appreciation for internationalism.

A native of Haiti, Harry Dumay has served in higher education finance and administration at senior and executive levels for nearly two decades.  Before joining Elms, Harry Dumay served for five years as senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer for St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Dumay is currently a commissioner of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, a board member of the Boston Foundation’s Haiti Development Institute, and a member of the board of directors and finance committee of the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH.  He is also board founder and chair for a small nonprofit dedicated to development projects in Haiti.

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

Special thanks to NAI Plotkin

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Ambassador Mark Hambley on Developments on the Arabian Peninsula in March


Longtime member and friend of the Council, Ambassador Mark Hambley will speak on “Developments on the Arabian Peninsula” at a special Instant Issues luncheon on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel at Monarch Place in downtown Springfield

The cost is $30 per person and includes a deli platter lunch with soup, salad, chips, dessert and coffee.

Advanced registration is required.  To pay with a credit card, please click here.

This event is sponsored by Colony Care at Home.

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Winter Olympics 2018 Opening Ceremony Watch Party!

Olympics Logo

World Affairs Council board member Rich Rediker and his wife Gayle are generously opening up their lovely home—38 East Brook Drive in Hampden, MA—to the World Affairs Council for a relaxed and fun evening to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the South Korean Olympics on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Social Time begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7.  (Rich says it will end when the last person leaves:  “We never close.”)  If you would like written directions to the Redikers’ home, please contact the World Affairs Council office.

You are invited to bring a dish to share if you would like. Please contact the World Affairs Council office by Friday, February 2 to let us know how many people are in your party and if you plan to bring any of the following: Entrée, Side Dish, Appetizer, Dessert, Beer, or Soda.

There is also a solar-heated pool so please bring a suit and towel if you’d like.

 This promises to be a wonderful evening so please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two.

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