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World Affairs Institute 2014: Russia¯s Place in the World
44th World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders
Russia’s Place in the World

November 19, 2014

What is the objective of the Institute?
The Institute engages high school student leaders in a discussion of key issues in international affairs so that they can understand and think critically about their world.

Who can attend the Institute?
High school students are selected by local Rotary Clubs (Districts 6650, 7280, 7300, and 7330) in cooperation with schools. Each Rotary Club determines the number of scholarships available.

How many student delegates will attend?
Approximately 350 high school juniors and seniors.

How is the conference structured?
Through panel presentations and small breakout sessions, experts will discuss key issues with the student delegates. Each student will receive a comprehensive background paper prior to the Institute.

Who pays for the scholarships?
Each Rotary Club pays for the number of scholarships it is sponsoring.  The fee of $75 for each delegate will cover the cost of registration, educational materials, all conference sessions, lunch, and refreshments

Tentative Institute Schedule

  9:00 a.m.     Registration
  9:30 a.m.     Welcome and Introduction
  9:45 a.m.     Keynote Speaker or Panel w/ Q&A
11:30 a.m.    
Panel Discussion
12:30 p.m.     Institute Luncheon and Group Discussion Session
  2:00 p.m.     Discussion Group De-Briefing
 
3:00p.m.      Adjournment

2014 World Affairs Institute Resources
Use the links below to download:

Foreign Policy Scenario: The Global Implications of a Regional Gas Disput

World Affairs Institute Background Paper

How to Register
Student Registration
Registration is closed. If you have questions, please contact Emily Markham at the Council by phone at 412. 281.7027 or by email at emily@worldpittsburgh.org.

Chaperone Registration
Registration is closed. If you have questions, please contact Emily Markham at the Council by phone at 412. 281.7027 or by email at emily@worldpittsburgh.org.

Information on This Year's Topic

Since the start of the new millennium, the global community has been watching Russia as it takes on a new role on the world’s stage.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989—with the end of the Cold War and dissolution of the Soviet Union—marked a decrease in Russia’s power and authority on a global and regional scale. Twenty-five years later, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is the world’s largest oil producer and maintains the second strongest military, behind the United States. As a permanent voting member of the United Nations Security Council, Russia is a global power. Over the past decade Russia has worked to expand its influence abroad by strengthening relations in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the annexation of Ukrainian held Crimea brought Russia to the attention of the global community. Russia faced both international and domestic criticism, including civil unrest, for the government’s corrupt motives and laws. Further, as Russia tries to exert control over ethnically-Russian regions outside its border, violent regional conflict continues to grow.  

This year’s World Affairs Institute will look at the growing influence of Russia and its role on geopolitics. Students will explore both the domestic, regional, and international challenges facing Russia, bilateral relations with the United States, and the transformation of Russia under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin.

The World Affairs Council will provide participants with up-to-date online resources as well as a comprehensive background paper on the topic. Online resources can be found by visiting www.WAIpittsburgh.wordpress.com.

Thoughts on the Institute

“Today, Russia is once again isolating itself from the international community, setting back decades of genuine progress.”
-President Barack Obama  President, United States

“Russia doesn’t consider NATO a partner; Russia considers NATO an adversary.”          
-Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General, NATO

“We will judge Russia’s commitment to peace by its actions, not its words. Peace is still possible, but any new ceasefire must be mutual and monitored.“
- Amb. Daniel Baer, U.S State Dept. Representative,
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Russia is not America’s antagonist...nor is it an ally. The two sides disagree on a wide range of questions. Yet there are critical international issues—such as Iran and Syria—on which progress is not likely without some cooperation.”
-Dr. Angela Stent, Director of Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University

This year’s World Affairs Institute marks the 44th year of collaboration between the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and Rotary International.

About Rotary International
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are non-partisan, non-denominational, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto, “Service Above Self,” Rotary’s main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

About the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key contemporary international issues throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1931, the Council has a special focus on secondary schools throughout the region, and works to give students and teachers a more nuanced understanding of the global issues of our time. The Council also is committed to informing opinion leaders and decision-makers about developments around the world as they unfold - and to educating them about the relevance of such developments to the region. 

Questions?
Contact Emily Markham at the Council by phone at 412. 281.7027 or by email at emily@worldpittsburgh.org.

School Outreach

David Greene Host of NPR¯s ¯Morning Edition¯ and Author of Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia
Special Member-Only Reception
and Discussion

Reflections on Russia

November 18, 2014

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

The new Russia is a country of contradictions: It boasts open elections and newfound prosperity, but continues to endure oppression, corruption, a shrinking population, and growing inequality. In many ways, it is an enigma.

As analysts and observers try to understand today’s Russia and President, Vladimir Putin, its citizens are often overlooked... Join WESA and the World Affairs Council for a special “members-only” event with NPR’s former Moscow bureau chief who will discuss how the lives of ordinary Russians have changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. After two-and-a-half years in Moscow, David Greene decided to take the Trans-Siberian Railway across the country — a 6,000 mile journey from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. He repeated the journey the following winter. Both trips provide the basis for his book Midnight in Siberia— a gripping and thought-provoking reflection on life in contemporary Russia.  His insights provide valuable context for some of the more dramatic events in Russia.

David Greene is host of NPR's Morning Edition, with Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne. For two years prior to taking on his current role in 2012, he was an NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow covering the region from Ukraine and the Baltics, east to Siberia. He spent a month in Libya reporting riveting stories in the most difficult of circumstances as NATO bombs fell on Tripoli. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for that coverage of the Arab Spring.

Mr. Greene's voice became familiar to NPR listeners from his four years covering the White House from 2005 to 2008. He was an integral part of NPR's coverage of the historic 2008 election, covering Hillary Clinton's campaign from start to finish.

Before joining NPR in 2005, Mr. Greene spent nearly seven years as a newspaper reporter for the Baltimore Sun. He covered the White House during the Bush administration's first term, and wrote about an array of other topics for the paper. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1998 with a degree in government, and was the senior editor at the Harvard Crimson.

Registration
This event is for members only. It is free for WESA and World Affairs Council members, but registration is required.

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

With special thanks to:

Community Series

David Greene
Host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” and Author of Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

The Play¯s the Thing:  Vaclav Havel Film Festival
The Play’s the Thing:  Vaclav Havel Film Festival
25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

November 15, 2014

Presented by

The Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee and Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Pittsburgh in cooperation with the Carpatho-Rusyn Society and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

All films will be shown in the Frick Fine Arts building auditorium and are free and open to the public.

Program of Films

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Magical Voice of a Rebel: Marta Kubisova (2014) Czech with English subtitles, 87 min.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Two Films at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Joseph Killian aka A Person to Be Supported (1963) Czech with English subtitles, 38 min.
A Report on Party and Guests (1968) Czech with English subtitles, 71 min.

Two Films at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Uninvited Guest (1969) Czech with English subtitles, 22 min.
And the Beggar’s Opera Again (1996) Czech with English subtitles, 60 min.

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Who Is Vaclav Havel? (1977) Czech with English subtitles, 11 min.
The Power of the Powerless (2009) English, 78 min.

Panel Discussion following Nov. 17th films:
Panelists include

John Allison, Sunday Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jay Ball, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Central Washington University
Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Community Series

Dr. Michael Mandelbaum Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University¯s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Special Seminar and Video Conference
Foreign Policy in the Era of Globalization

November 10, 2014

Online registration is closed. If you have questions, please contact Emily Markham at emily@worldpittsburgh.org, or 412-281-7027.

Globalization has resulted in a world that is more interconnected than ever before. However, corruption, weak political institutions, and poor infrastructure have made it difficult for individuals in both the developed and developing world to fully enjoy the benefits of globalization. How do geopolitics and resource scarcity affect cross-border trade? In a world in which domestic policy can have ripple effects in the global community, how do leaders calculate the impact of potential domestic and foreign policy decisions?

During this special seminar and video conference, students will hear from Dr. Michael Mandelbaum, renowned foreign affairs expert and the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at John Hopkins University. Dr. Mandelbaum will discuss foreign policy, the global economy, and the role of the United States in a world that is constantly changing. Students will also learn about the future of globalization and possibilities for prosperity. Following Dr. Mandelbaum’s remarks, students will have the opportunity to ask questions during a moderated discussion.

Dr. Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy and the chairman of the Department of American Foreign Policy at John Hopkins University. Before joining John Hopkins in 1990, Dr. Mandelbaum taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, the United States Naval Academy, and the University of Pennsylvania. His has authored or co-authored 13 books, including the bestseller That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, written with Thomas L. Friedman. Dr. Mandelbaum is revered for his ability to clearly break down and explain the United States‘ foreign policies to a variety of audiences. Currently, he serves as Associate Director of the Aspen Institute’s Congressional program on Relations with the Former Communist World and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.  He was educated at Yale University, King‘s College of Cambridge University, and Harvard University, where he received his PhD. 

Video Conference Registration
A limited number of schools can register to participate via video conference. Video Conference equipment is required.

Online registration is closed. If you have questions, please contact Emily Markham at emily@worldpittsburgh.org, or 412-281-7027.

School Outreach

Dr. Michael Mandelbaum
Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at John Hopkins University  

Dr. Michael Mandelbaum Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University¯s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
The Future of the Global Economy

November 10, 2014

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

The impact of globalization and the future of the global economy are fiercely debated topics — especially in light of the severe worldwide economic and political consequences of the financial crisis of 2008, Europe’s troubled currency, and the reduced growth of China, India, and other emerging economies.

As we look to the future, will the world be stable and peaceful enough to enable trade, investment, and immigration to take place on a large scale? How will politics shape the global economy? Join the Council and one of America’s leading authorities on international affairs to learn more about the world’s economic outlook.

Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., where he is also the chairman of the Department of American Foreign Policy. Before joining Johns Hopkins in 1990, Dr. Mandelbaum taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and at the United States Naval Academy. He has also taught business executives at the Wharton Advanced Management Program in the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the author or co-author of thirteen books, including the bestseller That Used to be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, with Thomas L. Friedman. Dr. Mandelbaum’s most recent book is The Road to Global Prosperity (March 2014).

He has appeared on The CBS Evening News, The News Hour, Face the Nation, Larry King Live and The Charlie Rose Show, among many other programs. Since 1985, Dr. Mandelbaum has written a regular foreign affairs analysis column for Newsday. His opinion pieces on foreign affairs have also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and have been republished in newspapers around the world. His work has also been published in Foreign Affairs. He was educated at Yale University, Kings College of Cambridge University, and Harvard University, where he received his PhD.

Registration
Members: $50 | Non-members: $75 | Table of eight (8): $400

Registration is required. No-shows and cancellations after November 5, 2014 will be charged.

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

Community Series

Dr. Michael Mandelbaum
Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University’s
School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

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