Converging Interests: India’s ‘Look East’ and America’s ‘Asia Pivot’
October 1, 2014
Join the Council on the heels of Prime Minister Modi’s bilateral talks with President Barack Obama following the UN General Assembly to hear about Modi’s foreign policy priorities from one of India’s most widely respected journalists and public intellectuals.
Special Seminar and Video Conference
Peace in the Middle East? A German View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
October 3, 2014
During this special seminar and video conference, students will hear from Ruprecht Polenz, German politician and former Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, about the conflict in the Middle East. He will provide a German point of view on the current situation in Israel and Palestine, and address how a policy towards the region should look and the response needed by the global community.
The Dr. Henry A. Kissinger Transatlantic Speaker Program of the ACG Pittsburgh Eric M. Warburg Chapter
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon on the occasion of German Unity Day
Germany’s Role in the World
October 3, 2014
With the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the horizon and German-American relations at a low point over allegations of spying, this is an opportune time to hear from one of Germany’s most distinguished politicians and foreign policy experts. Join the American Council on Germany and the World Affairs Council for a timely discussion on the occasion of German Unity Day!
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March 11, 2014
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh
In the last 25 years, the Internet has changed the way people access and share information, and has shifted the dynamics of societies around the globe. Those with a web connection have the potential to take any message and reach an audience of millions. But, this individual potential is only possible when the Internet is open and free for its users. More than 600 million Internet users - over 30% of the world's total Internet population - live in countries where there is substantial filtering or censorship of online content. Understanding what the Internet and online freedom mean for the world is critical for the future of democracy, human rights, and economic development everywhere.
Can 20th century institutions adapt to a 21st century global society? Is “change” synonymous with “progress”? Join the World Affairs Council and one of Google’s leading executives for an exploration of how we define freedom and power in a new era and what it means to be connected in today’s world.
Ross LaJeunesse is the Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations for Google. With twenty years of experience in politics and government affairs, he has worked for multiple administrations, including former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. LaJeunesse was also Chief of Staff to California Controller Steve Westly, the state’s chief financial officer. He began his career as an assistant to U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell and went on to serve on the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Mr. LaJeunesse received his law degree with honors from the Harvard Law School. He received a B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.
World Affairs Council events are open to the public.
This event is part of the World Affairs Councils of America’s Engage America Series and is supported through a grant from Google, Inc.
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