World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

KQV Global Press Conference
A Family's Story of Survival in War-torn Afghanistan

January 31, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Qais Akbar Omar, Author of A Fort of Nine Towers and Goodwill Envoy for the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women. He will discuss "A Family's Story of Survival in War-torn Afghanistan” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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KQV Global Press Conference
Reflecting on the Arab Spring: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East

February 1, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Dr. Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University. He will discuss "Reflecting on the Arab Spring: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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Special Seminar and Video Conference
The Life of a Diplomat

February 2, 2015

During this special seminar, Ambassador Hill will highlight his newest book, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy, and reflect on the opportunities, challenges, success, and failures he faced during his career. Following Ambassador Hill’s remarks, students will have the opportunity to ask questions during a moderated discussion.  

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Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Reflections on a Life in Diplomacy

February 2, 2015

Join the Council for a discussion with a highly regarded former career diplomat and four-time ambassador as he reflects on his career and offers insights concerning today’s foreign policy challenges and opportunities.

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A Look at National Security in 2015
Global Issues Impacting the United States

February 10, 2015

U.S. military officers will visit the Peters Township Public Library to discuss pressing national security issues facing the United States currently and in the future.

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For more than 80 years, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh has served as a valuable resource for the Pittsburgh community. Under the auspices of its Global Engagement and Leadership initiative, the World Affairs Council offers a variety of programs and activities designed to educate and inform opinion leaders, decision-makers, professionals, and the community at large about pressing economic, political, and social developments around the world – and their relevance to our region.

Through innovative program design and the selection of thought-provoking speakers and interesting venues, the Council regularly hosts a range of events tailored to the interests and needs of the Pittsburgh community. Breakfast Briefings and Public Policy Discussions over lunch are the most common format, but the Council also holds events after work in non-traditional spaces in different parts of town. In addition, the Council organizes various special events—such as its annual trivia competition, WorldQuest.

Regardless of the time of day, the World Affairs Council reaches across generations to provide attendees of all ages with the opportunity to engage substantive speakers in a dialogue about important international issues. Past speakers have included former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Turkish Ambassador Namik Tan, and former Prime Minister of South Korea, Ambassador Han Duk-Soo.

In addition, the Council works with the business community to offer tailored programs to help local companies to be informed and engaged on global issues.

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