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    • Thursday, April 22, 2021
    • 16:00 - 17:00 (PDT)
    • Zoom (see details for RSVP info)

    By the date of this event, the Biden Administration’s comprehensive review of trade policy with China will be complete. As you know, trade and overseas market access are key component of our economic vitality in the Pacific Northwest. What will the impact of changes to the former administration’s policy bring for us? What changes and ramifications can we expect with regard to other foreign policy areas such as security, technology, human rights, etc.? What are the prospects for the administration to be able to balance cooperation and competition?

    Join the World Trade Center Tacoma and the World Affairs Council Tacoma as Sam Kaplan, author of the newly-published, Challenging China: Smart Strategies for Dealing with China in the Xi Jinping Era shares his views on these and other questions. Sam has worked with and in China for thirty plus years and is currently the director of the Washington State Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management.  WTC Tacoma’s Senior Trade Consultant, Mike Fowler, will moderate and take questions from attendees.

    Register through the World Trade Center Tacoma at their website.


    This event is free and open to the public, but your donations help us keep our mission of fostering global engagement alive. Please consider donating what you can today.

    • Thursday, April 29, 2021
    • 19:00 - 20:00 (PDT)
    • Zoom (RSVP for link)
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    Our virtual book club is open to all!  Its theme in 2021 is The Traveler’s World and features books on travel or adventure narratives. We’re lucky to have Beth Ahlstrom, a former World Affairs Council Tacoma board member and seasoned international traveler, as our host.

    Our April book club selection is The Beach, by British novelist Alex Garland. The beach, as Richard, our male protagonist, has come to learn, is the subject of legend among young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for a thousand years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled in a communal Eden. But this Edenic paradise soon reveals itself to be much darker and foreboding, as Richard realizes all is not well in paradise.

    Members have had luck ordering from these less expensive vendors: thriftbooks.com and betterworldbooks.com.

    cover of the beach by alex garland

    PLEASE NOTE: The link to the Zoom meeting for this event is in a confirmation email you will receive upon RSVPing. Please make sure to check your email inbox for this confirmation - including your spam folders! Your confirmation email will come from administrator@wactacoma.com - Thanks!

    This event is free and open to the public, but your donations help us keep our mission of fostering global engagement alive. Please consider donating what you can today.
    • Thursday, May 13, 2021
    • 12:00 - 13:00 (PDT)
    • Zoom (RSVP for link)
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    More information TBA.


    About our speaker:

    Andrew Griffin is a career Foreign Service Officer with over 15 years of diplomatic experience.  He currently serves as Deputy Director in the Office of Global Change of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES/EGC).  From March to July 2020, he held the position of Acting Economic and Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, where he also served from July 2017 to March 2020 as Economic Unit Chief.  Before his assignment to Chile, he served from 2013-2017 as the Regional Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) Hub Officer for South America, based in Lima, Peru.  

    Prior to Lima, Andrew served as Alternate U.S. Representative to the Organization of American States (WHA/USOAS), where he covered energy, environment, urban sustainability, and climate change issues.  Previously, he served as an Economic/ESTH officer at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Your Zoom link for this event is contained in your confirmation email. Please provide us with a valid email address - and make sure to check your email (including spam folders) after RSVPing for this event!

    Please note that by RSVPing for this event, you consent to being part of a recorded Zoom call that later will be uploaded to YouTube.

    This event is free and open to the public, but your donations help us keep our mission of fostering global engagement alive. Please consider donating what you can today.

    • Thursday, June 03, 2021
    • 19:00 - 20:00 (PDT)
    • Zoom (RSVP for link)
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    The Eastern Mediterranean produces headlines and crises, from civil wars in Libya and Syria to repression in Egypt, from Turkey’s confrontation with its neighbors to the Israel-Palestine dispute.  The United States has been the leading outside power in the region since WWII, but that role is increasingly contested by Russia and, to a degree, China.  Should Washington consider this a challenge, or instead as an opportunity to partially disengage and focus on other strategic priorities?

    About our speaker:

    John Koenig is a long-time American diplomat who served almost 25 years in Europe and the Mediterranean, including as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus from 2012-2015.  He was born and raised in Tacoma and is currently teaching classes on US Foreign Policy for the University of Washington.

    PLEASE NOTE: Your Zoom link for this event is contained in your confirmation email. Please provide us with a valid email address - and make sure to check your email (including spam folders) after RSVPing for this event!

    Please note that by RSVPing for this event, you consent to being part of a recorded Zoom call that later will be uploaded to YouTube.

    This event is free and open to the public, but your donations help us keep our mission of fostering global engagement alive. Please consider donating what you can today.

Past events

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 A Conversation with Marilyn Strickland
Thursday, March 25, 2021 WAC Tacoma Book Club: March Meeting
Thursday, March 04, 2021 WACT Global Impact: International Students - Diversity and Dollars
Thursday, February 04, 2021 WACT Foreign Policy Discussion Group: February Meeting
Thursday, January 28, 2021 WAC Tacoma Book Club: January Meeting
Thursday, December 17, 2020 WAC Tacoma Book Club: December Meeting
Thursday, December 03, 2020 WACT Foreign Policy Discussion Group: December Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2020 WAC Tacoma Book Club: November Meeting
Thursday, October 29, 2020 WAC Tacoma Book Club: October Meeting
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Germany After 30 Years of Reunification: Challenges at the End of the Merkel Chancellorship
Thursday, October 01, 2020 WACT Foreign Policy Discussion Group: October Meeting
Thursday, September 24, 2020 WAC Tacoma Book Club: September Meeting
Thursday, July 30, 2020 WAC Tacoma Book Club: July Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 POSTPONED: World Affairs Happy Hour
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 POSTPONED: Spotlight Series: US-China Trade War and the Pacific Northwest
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 World Affairs Happy Hour
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Spotlight Series: Politics of the Syrian Conflict: A Regional Perspective
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 World Affairs Happy Hour
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Spotlight Series: Brexit: An Introduction and Update
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Travel Talk: Tacoma and Kitakyushu
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Spotlight Series: 1,400 Ways to Die: How (Not) to Live with Nuclear Weapons
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 30th Annual Consular Association Reception
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Travel Talk: Hungary and The Songs We Hide
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Travel Talk: India: Beyond Yoga, Taj and Curry
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Travel Talk: Interreligious Dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina *SPECIAL LOCATION*
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Travel Talk: Women, Work and the Legacy of Slavery in Mauritania
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Spotlight Series: Populism and Democracy
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Travel Talk: Family Cultural Immersion in Croatia
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Travel Talk: Mongolia: Remote, Isolated and Mysterious No More
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Travel Talk: Rock 'n' Roll and the Iron Curtain
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Travel Talk: Emerging Beyond French Colonialism into the 21st Century
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Travel Talk: Israel and Palestine: An American-Muslim Experience
Thursday, October 04, 2018 29th Annual Consular Association Reception
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Travel Talk: Two Countries Impact World Culture
Thursday, August 30, 2018 Inside the Intelligence Committee With Rep. Denny Heck
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Travel Talk: “It’s nice to be nice!” Cross-Cultural Communication, Work and Adventures in The Gambia
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Travel Talk: Holy Catalonia! The Surge for Independence from Spain
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Global Classroom: Global Security: North Korea and Nuclear Diplomacy
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Spotlight Series: The Refugee Crisis and the Re-Bordering of Europe
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Travel Talk: Traveling China Through Wine
Thursday, February 08, 2018 Global Classroom: Demand and Desire: Global Trade
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Travel Talk: Seeking The Booby: My Adventure in the Galapagos Islands
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Travel Talk: Mingalabar! On the Road to Mandalay
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 Members Only: WAC Tacoma Holiday Party!
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Global Classroom: Understanding Ethnic Conflict at Home and Abroad
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Exploring Taiwan: A Nation in the Balance
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Travel Talk: A Misunderstood People: Some Thoughts on Fulbrighting in Russia and Meeting Everyday Russians
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 Port of Tacoma Candidates' Forum
Thursday, September 14, 2017 28th Annual Consular Association Reception
Thursday, August 03, 2017 Uncork a World of Wine 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Tacoma Mayoral Candidates' Forum
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Travel Talk: From There to Here: International Students Journey to the United States
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Spotlight Series: Emerging Challenges in U.S.-Russia Relations
Saturday, May 06, 2017 Partner Event: Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation 2017 Auction and Dinner
Thursday, April 27, 2017 Global Classroom: Trump's Travel Ban, the Constitution, and Our Community
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Travel Talk: The Adventures and Wisdom from a Gap Year Student
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Meet and Greet Mixer
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Travel with Restriction: Iran
Thursday, March 09, 2017 Washington: A Globally Engaged State
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Global Classroom: Global Health and the South Sound
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Travel With Purpose
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Travel Talk: Here, There and Back Again
Thursday, December 15, 2016 Members Only: Tacoma's Evolution as an International City
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Travel Talk: Antarctica: Cleaning Up After Science
Thursday, December 08, 2016 Meet and Greet Mixer
Monday, November 21, 2016 Global Classroom: Political Crisis In Turkey
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Travel Talk: Morocco: The Muslim Kingdom by the Sea
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 2016 WACA National Conference
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Travel Talk: Indian Ocean: Scientific Expedition
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Members Only: In Search of Resolution
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 27th Annual Consular Association Reception
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Uncork A World Of Wine 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016 Members Only: The Orphans of Sierra Leone
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Meet and Greet Mixer
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Travel Talk: Slovakia: Little Tiger of Europe
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Travel Talk: Nepal Service and Study Tour
Thursday, March 31, 2016 Meet and Greet Mixer
Thursday, March 17, 2016 WACA: Spring Leadership Conference
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Travel Talk: “Inside Cuba: An In-depth Island Journey"
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Members Only: Tacoma On The World Stage
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Travel Talk: “Finland: A Personal Reflection"
Monday, February 01, 2016 2016 Sister Cities Film Festival
Thursday, January 21, 2016 Travel Talk: “The Lost World of Venezuela"
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Travel Talk: "Elves to Equality: A Journey Through Iceland"
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 Global Classroom: China's President in Tacoma: Why It Matters
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Travel Talk: Orphans Africa: Tacoma to Tanzania
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Meet and Greet Mixer
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Travel Talk: Nicaragua: An Appreciative Inquiry Perspective
Thursday, September 24, 2015 26th Annual Consular Association Reception
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Travel Talk: Diplomacy 101: Running In China
Thursday, August 27, 2015 Uncork A World Of Wine 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Global Voices: Israel-Palestine
Thursday, May 21, 2015 Travel Talk: Traveling to Save the World
Thursday, April 30, 2015 Meet and Greet Mixer
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Travel Talk: My Life as an Older Peace Corps Volunteer
Monday, March 30, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Davao City, Philippines
Monday, March 23, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Biot, France
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Travel Talk: Maternal Care in India
Monday, March 16, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Gunsan, Korea
Monday, March 09, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Kiryat-Motzkin, Israel
Friday, March 06, 2015 Chinese Reconciliation Project: Annual Dinner and Auction
Monday, March 02, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Cienfuegos, Cuba
Monday, February 23, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Fuzhou, China
Monday, February 16, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Kitakyushu, Japan
Thursday, January 22, 2015 Travel Talk: My Travels Through Museums Around the World
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Travel Talk: Around the Table: Supporting Women In Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Travel Talk: Working from Anywhere in the World
Thursday, October 23, 2014 No Boundaries: Domestic Violence in the World and at Home
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Travel Talk: The Penguin Glow
Thursday, September 25, 2014 25th Annual Consular Association Reception
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Uncork A World Of Wine 2014

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