Weekly World News Update: July 1, 2020

“The enactment and imposition of this national security law constitute a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. It violates Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and it’s in direct conflict with Hong Kong’s Basic Law.” -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Topics: Tensions Mount Overseas; Enduring Impact of COVID-19; Venezuela Crisis Deepens; Russia Relations on the Rocks; and Changing Global Leadership


WAC Orange County Hosts Co-Presented Webinar

The World Affairs Council of Orange County along with the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, San Diego World Affairs Council, the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations, and WACA will co-present a livestream webinar with Richard Haas, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, on Monday, July 13, at 4:15 PM ET (1:15 PM PT).


Councils Go Virtual

Check out WACA's weekly newsletters and website listings to view all digital programs Councils will be offering throughout the week. The list is updated regularly to keep you engaged with global affairs in our new virtual society during COVID-19. If you are not already receiving WACA newsletters, sign-up right here on the website!


WACA's Members-Only Resources

WACA is busy preparing a number of additional resources for the Members-Only section! WACA strives to provide Councils with easy access to tools, guidelines, events, and more that add value to our Members both personally and professionally, to our Councils' overall operations, and to the Network as a whole. Due to COVID-19, we've added two resource sections dedicated to virus-related information and digital programming available to the public by Councils.


Bush Institute Speaker Opportunity

In 2020, the George W. Bush Institute's Human Freedom Initiative and potential partners will host forums across the U.S. on the topic of America’s role in the world vis-à-vis supporting freedom and democracy abroad. As such, the Human Freedom Initiative is partnering with the World Affairs Councils of America to tap into the Council Network reach across the country and, particularly, into America’s heartland.


Support WACA

WACA needs your help in supporting our mission! Your generous contributions will strengthen our capacity to support the World Affairs Council Network through educational and civic initiatives - any amount helps. Make a contribution to: WACA's Academic WorldQuest Endowment, WACA's New Horizons' Councils Fund, or general WACA initiatives and operations. Any amount helps - and we thank you for the support!


WACA National Board of Directors

Statement on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion


PRISM Vol. 8, No. 4

PRISM V.8,N.4 offers perspective on this competition with articles by Sir Lawrence Freedman, the Honorable Joseph Nye, and the Honorable Andrew Natsios.


Global Classroom

This year, due to COVID-19, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presents the Global Classroom Workshop virtually Tuesday, July 7-Thursday, July 9.


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Assad’s New Syria
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Technology, Geopolitical Espionage, Russian Threat
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“Technology, Geo-political Espionage, and the New Russian Threat.”

July 13

Livestream With Dr. Richard Haass
World Affairs Council of Orange County
Join us on July 13th at 1:15 PM PDT for a free livestream with Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations

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