Welcome to the December issue of the Council’s monthly newsletter! We are excited to highlight some of the Council’s past and upcoming events. We hope you enjoy this edition and look forward to hearing from you!
The Council recently hosted Europe expert, Jeffrey Rathke of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, for a discussion on the future of Europe, U.S. interests, and american leadership. Check out our recap.
A recent massive computer hacking incident that blocked traffic to many popular online sites offered just a taste of how bad future attacks could be, a top national cybersecurity expert said during the Council’s Exploring Cybersecurity Through a Legal Lens luncheon discussion. Read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article for more details.
Angélica Ocampo almost deleted the email that led her to Pittsburgh, the position of President and CEO at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and a new path for her 16-year-old daughter. A recent PublicSource article details her experiences, and what it’s like for her to be an immigrant in Pittsburgh.
During his recent presentation at Peters Township Public Library, “ISIS and Al-Qaeda: Degraded, But Still Deadly,” Thomas Sanderson, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Transnational Threats Project, provided a sweeping overview of the history, causes and current conditions of notable terrorist groups.
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is happy to announce its Cybersecurity 2.0 series of programming this fall. Our multi-part series will include events focused on the legal aspects of cyber crime and cyber warfare on a global level, and new threats to cybersecurity, among others, and will feature experts representing the FBI, Uber, the United States Attorney General’s Office, and more.
Elected officials, including County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, joined community leaders yesterday for the public release of “A Community Blueprint: Helping Immigrants Thrive in Allegheny County” (Immigrant Community Blueprint), a comprehensive, county-wide, and community-led strategic plan to address the needs of immigrants and Latinos in our region.
Two of our expert speakers on Iran are featured in yesterday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-Ed. They will continue the conversation during today’s luncheon at The Duquesne Club: “The Iran Nuclear Deal: A Reflection on Progress and Future Perspectives.”
Summer intern Melina Dunham recaps the Council’s recent event featuring Shelly Culbertson’s new book about the shifting the shifting dynamics within the New Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Fraud, supply shortages, and hyperinflation have been the sources of economic and political disaster in Venezuela. Summer intern Mike Grott discusses how the South American country has been slowly sinking into a ruinous hole.