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Breakfast Briefing
The U.S. Pivot to Asia: Why ASEAN Matters

July 24, 2014

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

The Obama Administration’s strategic recalibration toward Asia — commonly known as the “Asia pivot” —  is well-documented and has been addressed by political leaders, analysts, and pundits, but the stakes have never been higher. With a combined population of some four billion people, the region is as much a trendsetter and economic powerhouse as it is a flashpoint in geopolitics. From the on-going tension between China and its neighbors, to natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, to emerging economies and their resource needs, to the growing economic opportunities, to the ambitious negotiations for a 21st century trade agreement under the auspices of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Asia-Pacific presents complex challenges as well as significant opportunities.

Join the World Affairs Council to learn from a former senior diplomat to the region and business practitioner about America’s evolving relationship with the Asia-Pacific region in the 21st century.

Ambassador (Ret.) David Carden returned to Jones Day in early 2014 after serving as the first resident U.S. Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) from March 2011 through 2013. He is currently based in Singapore and serves as Jones Days’ Partner-in-Charge of Asia.

As U.S. Ambassador, David Carden oversaw the broadening engagement of the United States in Southeast Asia, which included the Obama Administration’s 2011 “pivot” to Asia. Based in the U.S. Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta, he traveled extensively throughout the ASEAN’s ten member states and Asia. His responsibilities included supporting ASEAN as it moves toward economic integration in 2015 and advocating for the systemic changes necessary to promote peaceful and prosperous growth in the region. Under his leadership, the U.S. Mission focused on a host of issues including economic development, trade liberalization, intellectual property protection, developing effective governance, pandemic preparedness and prevention, effective responses to natural disasters,  the advancement of health care and educational opportunities, trafficking, food and water security, and sustainable cities. He worked to build alliances in the region — including facilitating efforts by the embassies of countries in the European Union and Latin America in their engagement with ASEAN.

Registration
World Affairs Council members: $25 | Non-Members: $50

Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions.  No-shows and cancellations after July 21, 2014 will be charged.

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

With thanks to Jones Day for supporting this event.

 

Community Series

Amb. David Carden
Partner-in-Charge of Asia, Jones Day
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Kavitha Rajagopalan Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Emergent Cities Project at the World Policy Institute Author of Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of their Immigrant Families in the West
Political Salon
The Emergent City: Capitalizing on Migration and the Informal Economy

July 16, 2014

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

What will the city of tomorrow look like? For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural areas — and by mid-century, urban populations are projected to double to seven billion. As cities are growing in population, they are increasing their geographic footprint at an accelerating pace. Most of this growth is taking place in the developing world where cities are receiving millions of rural migrants annually. Few cities are able to absorb these new urban dwellers into the formal economy and cannot provide adequate housing, transportation, health care, and other public services. Meanwhile, in the developed world, urban migrants — particularly the undocumented — are regularly denied access to formal employment and public services, forcing them to fall back on informal networks. In short: the movement of people to urban areas brings a myriad of challenges — but also opportunities.

Join Vibrant Pittsburgh and the World Affairs Council to learn more about the “emergent city” and lessons that Pittsburgh can learn from cities undergoing structural change. This event comes on the heels of an announcement at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America by the World Policy Institute regarding the launch of a two-year pilot project to repopulate and revitalize Detroit using lessons learned from thriving communities in developing world megacities.

Kavitha Rajagopalan is the Co-Director of the Emergent City Project at the World Policy Institute. She is the author of Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West, a narrative nonfiction exploration of integration and identity formation in the urban Muslim diaspora. Her projects include research and advocacy on the causes and consequences of undocumented migration, urban informality, and minority access to mainstream financial systems. She writes widely on global migration and diversity and has taught related courses at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.

Registration
There is a $20 charge for this event - including one drink ticket and appetizers provided by Bar Marco. No-shows and cancellations after July 11, 2014 will be charged.

Questions?
Call 412-281-7970 or email welcome@worldpittsburgh.org.

With thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting this event.

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

Community Series

Kavitha Rajagopalan
Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Emergent Cities Project at the World Policy Institute
Author of Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of their Immigrant Families in the West

U.S.-Vietnam Relations and the Rebalance to Asia
Breakfast Briefing
U.S.-Vietnam Relations and the Rebalance to Asia

July 8, 2014

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

It has been over 50 years since the U.S. sent combat advisors to Vietnam, a first step in a massive escalation that included the deployment of over half a million U.S. military personnel at the peak of American involvement in the Vietnam War. Relations chilled after the conflict, but 1995 marked the formal normalization of trade relations with Vietnam. For the last two decades, the international community has witnessed the country of some 89 million people ascend as an important power in the Asia-Pacific.

Still a one-party Communist state forged from decades of conflict, Vietnam has one of the fastest-growing economies and aspires to be a developed nation within the next decade. Just seven years ago, Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization as its 150th member.

In the midst of these developments, what’s next for Vietnam? As the Asia-Pacific becomes increasingly more important to American foreign policy, join the World Affairs Council and a senior U.S. State Department diplomat for an examination of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship in the 21st century.

Dr. Scott Kofmehl joined the Foreign Service in 2006. He is currently based in Washington, D.C. where he serves as the Senior Vietnam Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Kofmehl has served in various diplomatic posts overseas, including Chief of Staff at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad Pakistan, Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico. He graduated from North Allegheny High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy from Juniata College, Master’s from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics. Dr. Kofmehl's spouse, Aryani Manring, is also a Foreign Service Officer, currently serving as the Mongolia Desk Officer. They live in Washington, D.C. with their daughter.

Registration
World Affairs Council members: $25 | Non-Members: $50
Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions.  No-shows and cancellations after July 3, 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. Scott Kofmehl
Senior Vietnam Desk Officer
U.S. Department of State

Summer Seminar on Global Issues
Summer Seminar on Global Issues
July 7-18, 2014

July 7, 2014

We live in an interdependent world. No matter the career you’re considering, our changing world means that you will need to be globally fluent in order to compete and collaborate successfully in the future.

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. Created for students entering their junior or senior year in high school, this innovative program is a two-week, interactive course focusing on both contemporary global issues and critical language skills. Through problem-solving activities and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them. Students will acquire greater global competence, cross-cultural understanding, and language proficiency—key skills needed to succeed in a global knowledge economy.

The Summer Seminar will be held July 7-18, 2014 (Monday-Friday) at the University of Pittsburgh. Each day will run from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. The program is sponsored jointly by the World Affairs Council, and the University Center for International Studies and the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

The program is sponsored jointly by the World Affairs Council, and the University Center for International Studies and the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

This project is part of Pittsburgh City of Learning, an initiative of The Sprout Fund.

Who can participate?

Current sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply for this program.

How much does it cost?

The Summer Seminar is being offered at a subsidized rate of $400 per person for students in the Pittsburgh region.

Full and partial needs-based financial aid scholarships will be available.

Out-of-state and international students should contact Emily Markham by emailing emily@worldpittsburgh.org or calling 412-281-7027.

Please note: Participants must bring a bag lunch each day. Students must also arrange for their own transportation.

What can participants expect?

  • Learn about a range of interdisciplinary global issues including health, the environment, human rights, security, and diplomacy.
  • Work with nationally and internationally ranked experts representing the academic, think tank, business, nonprofit, and government sectors on a range of global  and regional issues.
  • Develop 21st century skills including problem solving, analysis, and critical thinking.
  • Participate in real-world scenarios and simulations.
  • Acquire introductory skills in a critical world language (Arabic or Mandarin Chinese).
  • Use social media to create a meaningful portfolio and connect with peers abroad.
  • Explore global issues through film, literature, and art.

Sample schedule

  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am: Critical Language Study
  • 10:30 am - Noon: Global Issues Course
  • Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Interactive Activities*

*A variety of supplemental activities will be incorporated into the Global Issues course instruction, including simulation exercises, discussions with expert speakers, and field trips.

How can students apply?

To be considered for admission to the Summer Seminar on Global Issues, a student must submit an application and reference. For financial aid scholarships, a student must also complete a separate scholarship application form.

Students are encouraged to complete the application and reference form online through the links provided; however, materials will also be accepted by mail

The application deadline is April 30, 2014. Applicants will be notified by mid-May.  

Apply now!

Questions?  

Please contact Emily Markham at the World Affairs Council at 412-281-7027 or at emily@worldpittsburgh.org.

         

 

School Outreach

Rethinking the Revolution:
Rethinking the Revolution:
U.S.-Cuba Relations in the 21st Century

June 24, 2014

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

Ninety miles. This is the distance that separates the United States from Cuba. On clear days, one can see the shores of Cuba from the Florida Keys. So close, yet so far away... This expanse has been emblematic of the U.S.-Cuban relationship for decades. By far the largest Caribbean island both in geography and population, Cuba has been a flash point in American politics, and has left many divided on how to approach the Communist nation closest to the U.S. mainland.

Join Conflict Kitchen and the World Affairs Council for dinner and to hear from a leading Cuba expert. The discussion will focus on this influential island nation and those who shape it — as well as the economic, political, and social ramifications for the U.S.-Cuba relationship moving forward.

Sarah Stephens is the Executive Director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), which she launched in 2006. A long-time human rights advocate, she began her work in the 1980s at El Rescate, a center for Central American refugees in Los Angeles, and then worked for the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee on human rights. She later founded and directed Artists for a Hate Free America, an entertainment industry-backed organization geared toward encouraging youth involvement in human rights and civil rights issues.

In her current capacity, Ms. Stephens works with U.S. policymakers, journalists, and others to change the debate on U.S. foreign policy toward the Western Hemisphere. She has led numerous delegations to Latin America on fact-finding and research missions. She has advocated for changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba before Congress, and at forums in the United States and in Latin America. Her commentary has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, Huffington Post, and the Havana Note.

Registration
There is a $25 charge for this event - including dinner and drinks provided by Conflict Kitchen. World Affairs Council events are open to the public.

No-shows and cancellations after June 20, 2014 will be charged. Please advise in advance if you have dietary restrictions.

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

Community Series

Dr. Sarah Stephens
Executive Director
Center for Democracy in the Americas

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