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Global Security & International Relations

In the 18 months since we last spoke to David Rennie, Beijing Bureau Chief and "Chaguan" columnist for The Economist magazine, China has become more central to international developments: a more assertive Chinese foreign policy, repression of free speech in Hong Kong, increasing pressure on Taiwan, new Chinese silos for nuclear missiles, and China offering to extend its Belt and Road initiative into Afghanistan.  The Quad, formed in part as a counterbalance to China, seems shaky with India reevaluating its geostrategic relationships. President Xi is the strongest Chinese leader since Chairman Mao. 


On Thursday, September 23, David Rennie joins us live from Beijing to discuss the world as the Chinese leadership sees it. 


Due to the 12-hour time difference between the US East Coast and Beijing, this live program will start at 10:30am ET/10:30pm CST.

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#china #taiwan #hongkong #beijing #afghanistan #internationalrelations

The Young Leaders

Exclusive Exchanges: Networking Made Easy series continues on Thursday, September 23 at 6:00 PM ET with Allison Padilla-Goodman, Vice President of the Southern Division, Anti-Defamation League and Council Board Member.


Allison will share her professional experience and insight with Young Leaders in a casual, candid, and interactive conversation. We want to make it easy to ask questions that might be difficult to ask without a personal introduction.


Attendance is capped at 20 and you must be a Young Leader to register

Don’t miss out on this professional development opportunity. 



Allison joined ADL in 2014 as the Regional Director of ADL’s New Orleans office after many years in academia. Her academic work focused on racial identities and othering. Most recently, she was the Regional Director of ADL’s Atlanta office.


Prior to her work at ADL and in academia, Allison was a Senior Research Fellow in the premier Center for Service-Learning in Southeast Asia, worked in public education in New Orleans, and was a community organizer around public safety and culture. She received the Torch of Liberty Distinguished Service award by the ADL New Orleans Regional Board and has become an avid voice for fighting hate in the American South.


Allison earned a B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center.

#networking #leadership #insights #youngprofessionals #vp #ceo #meetvp #meetceo

Monthly Members Forum


The UK officially left the EU as of January 31, 2020 and signed a trade deal with the European Union on December 30, 2020, thus avoiding a hard, no-deal Brexit from the EU. On July 19, 2021, the UK lifted the last of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions after a brutal year and a half battling the pandemic. So, what does the UK look like now?

Brexit political tensions with Northern Ireland continue at a boil, supply chains continue to be disrupted, and sales of food and beverages from the UK to Europe took a dive in the first half of the year. What is UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to address these post-Brexit issues? Meanwhile, Covid-19 cases are on the rise again in the UK since lifting restrictions and despite nearly 80% of adults being fully vaccinated. The government has denied the possibility of a “firebreak lockdown” in October, but is it possible?

Join us for a UK Update on September 27 at 12:00pm EST with Davy Young and Niall Walsh from Oxford Analytica. Davy Young is Managing Director of Oxford Analytica, and Niall Walsh is their Western Europe analyst. They will join World Affairs Council member and MF Steering Committee member Ramesh Subramaniam in conversation about the realities currently facing the UK in a post-Brexit, post-lockdown era.

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#brexit #europeanunion #eu #uk #unitedkingdom #borisjohnson

Global Security & International Relations

All eyes are on Germany. After 16 years as Chancellor, Angela Merkel is stepping away from the political spotlight.  The September 26 election will play a critical role not only for Germany but also for the European Union.


According to the latest polls, no party will win an outright majority in the Bundestag, and a coalition government of as many as three parties is likely. 

  • Angela Merkel’s popularity with the voters is not rubbing off on Armin Laschet, the leader of her Christian Democratic Party (CDU). The CDU is stuck at 20%.

  • The Social Democratic (SDP) leads the polls at 26%.  SDP party leader Olaf Scholz projects stability but is low on charisma. And a party cannot govern with only a quarter of the seats in the Bundestag.

  • The Greens, led by Annalena Baerbock, are in third place at 15%.

  • Three other parties from the far left to the far-right split the remainder of the vote.  

On Thursday, September 30, Constanze Stelzenmüller, one of the top analysts of Germany and German-US relations, will join the World Affairs Council to discuss the election results, the negotiations to form a coalition government, and what all of this will mean for Germany, the US, and the world.    


Do not miss this extraordinary conversation with an extraordinary guest.

This program is part of the World Affairs Councils of America's series, "Germany's Elections and the Future of Transatlantic Relations," held under the auspices of Wunderbar Together 2021 and in partnership with the American Council on Germany and Atlantik-Brücke.

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