World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

KQV Global Press Conference
Challenges and opportunities facing Europe

May 30, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Johan Verbeke, Belgian Ambassador to the United States. He will discuss "Challenges and opportunities facing Europe” with host former Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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Summer Seminar on Global Issues
June 15-July 2, 2015

June 15, 2015

The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Through a mix of classroom instruction, experiential learning activities, and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them.

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Global Engagement and Leadership Luncheon
Global Instability: Is Disorder the New Order?

June 16, 2015

Thomas Sanderson, an expert on terrorism, transnational crime, global trends, and intelligence issues, has conducted field research in more than 60 countries. His research includes engaging with a diverse array of in-the-know people – from terrorists to foreign intelligence officials to nongovernmental organizations – to get the most accurate picture possible of what is really happening on the ground. Join us for what is sure to be an engaging and informative discussion.

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Public Policy Discussion & Luncheon: Beyond 2012 - A U.K. Perspective on the Global Economy
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Beyond 2012: A U.K. Perspective on the Global Economy

Danny Lopez
British Consul General in New York

October 29, 2012

12:00 - 1:45 p.m.

The Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

By late 2008, the global economy was in free fall. As U.S. markets began to break under the pressure of volatile securities and an escalating mortgage crisis, a world-wide domino-effect soon followed. Global markets were feeling the strain, perhaps none so much as on the other side of the Atlantic. With markets intricately linked, the U.S. and European economic downturn ushered in the “Great Recession” as a global economic crisis. For the next four years, the modus operandi for most governments around the world — even the most stable ones — became a policy of fiscal containment.

Fast-forward to 2012, and the European sovereign debt crisis continues to make international headlines.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the champion of austerity, but her position in Europe was weakened by the election of a new French President, socialist François Hollande, in April. Greece continues to remain a point of contention, as the “Troika” looks to slash budgets and reconcile Greece’s enormous debt burden. Yet with all of the discussion about mainland Europe, how is the U.S.’s closest regional ally handling its recovery from the worst economic slowdown in 80 years?

The stability of the euro zone — the U.K.’s largest export market — remains a priority for market analysts, government leaders, and policy makers. But other concerns linger, as rebounding from recent hits to the pound sterling and a struggling manufacting base have added to the long to-do list of the U.K.’s fragile recovery. What are the perspectives from across the Atlantic? Join the Council for a conversation on the U.K.’s view of the global economy, and what our neighbor across the pond is doing to mount a comeback.

Danny Lopez is the British Consul General in New York and responsible for increasing the U.K.’s foreign policy, national security, and economic activity in the United States. His office covers New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and part of Connecticut. He is on the Board of U.K. Trade and Investment, the overseas commercial arm of the British government. Mr. Lopez formerly worked as the Group Director for Business Support and Promotion for the Mayor of London’s London Development Agency (LDA). He began his career at Barclays Bank, working in many senior positions including Business Development Director in India. Mr. Lopez then joined U.K. Trade and Investment where he helped British businesses find success in international markets. Mr. Lopez has a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in International Economics and Finance from the University of Essex.

Council Members: $45 | Non-members: $65 | Table of eight (8): $360

Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Participants must register to attend. No-shows and cancellations after October 25, 2012 will be charged.

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

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