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The World Affairs Council of San Antonio

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, citizen’s educational forum that meets monthly to discuss important foreign policy issues. The mission of the World Affairs Council is to promote public understanding of world affairs and United States foreign policy and to enhance the ability of its citizens and future leaders to participate in a global community. We accomplish our mission by presenting a Distinguished Speaker lecture series, holding receptions, organizing discussion groups, sponsoring educational outreach programs to area high schools and universities, and hosting deliberative sessions for young professionals. Meet ambassadors, authors, government officials, scholars, and entrepreneurs from around the world, and mingle with other global citizens like you, who are part of San Antonio’s growing international community.

Membership is open to all and we welcome your participation. Visit our website at www.wacofsa.org.

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Recorded on November 6, 2019, this World Affairs Council of San Antonio event features the Right Honorable Henry McLeish, former First Minister of Scotland, speaking on the politics and personalities of Brexit. Focusing on the current political actions involving the United Kingdom and the European Union, McLeish addresses why Brexit has not happened yet, and discusses possibilities around a new Brexit deal. 

Recorded April 19, 2018, this symposium features a conversation about how we can all contribute to peacebuilding and gain insights into the challenges confronting today’s global community and finding collective solutions that promote and facilitate peace. Four Fulbright Scholars from Armenia, Turkey, Poland and Kazakhstan participated in a panel discussion at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg Sky Room on the evening of Thursday, April 19, moderated by former congressman Charlie Gonzalez. 

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TPR, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, hosted “A Conversation with Corey Flintoff: The Resurgence of Russia” at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, June 23, 2017, at the McNay Art Museum.  

The veteran journalist shared his observations about Russian resurgence and the evolving relationship between Putin’s Russia and the US.  Flintoff was joined on stage by Trinity University’s Dr. Bruce T. Holl, associate professor of Modern Languages & Literatures, and the editor of Russian Notes, a compendium of news and commentary on Russia.   

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio welcomed CBS News reporter and producer Mary Walsh to their distinguished lecture series on May 17, 2016. Click the audio link above to hear her speech. 

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"This talk was about Anti-Semitism, but it could just have easily been about Islamophobia," said Rabbi Steve Gutow at the conclusion of his address to the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. Although Gutow's speech concentrated on detailing the many places around the globe where anti-Semitic attacks are occurring, from France, to Belgium, Brazil, Austria, South Africa, and even right here in San Antonio, Gutow says bigotry as a whole is on the rise, and "must be dealt with on its own terms."

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Japan holds a close relationship with the Lone Star State; it's the fourth largest importer of goods from Texas. On Friday, June 19, a high-level Japanese delegation presented a panel discussion on Japan's challenges and opportunities in the twenty-first century. Led by former Ambassador Yasuo Saito, the delegates are part of the "Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan" initiative, organized by the Office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in order to foster exchange and cultural understanding. 

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The terms that are being used in western media are “separatists” and “insurgents,” but Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky says make no mistake about it, Russia invaded Ukraine. She notes Russian president Vladimir Putin justifies it by saying “Russia has the right to go in anywhere to protect Russians who are living abroad.” As Central European capitals grow increasingly concerned, Dr.

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Ambassador Roger Noriega, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hempisphere Affairs under President George W. Bush, spoke on Thursday, January 15, 2015 to the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. Noriega frequently writes for the American Enterprise Institute.

Dr. Richard P. Farkas is Professor of Political Science at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. His current university courses include topics such as Russian Politics, Comparative Politics, Russian Foreign Policy, Central European Politics, and Post-Conflict and Post-Socialist Politics. Prior to his post at DePaul, he was Assistant Professor of Political Science at The State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr.

Richard Fisher, head of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, heaped praise on his friend and former colleague Dick Evans at the World Affairs Council International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner.

When he wasn't cracking jokes about the lack of leadership in Washington D.C., he was suggesting some guiding principles for how to get the U.S. economy to pick up speed.

CEO of Frost Bank, Dick Evans, is honored by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio as the International Citizen of the Year.  You can hear that presentation below.

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