Dr. Gamal Gasim on Yemen: KNOW NOW Conference Call Series

December 20, 2017

In this KNOW NOW episode, Dr. Gamal Gasim, professor of Middle East Studies at Grand Valley State University, was hosted by Michael Van Denend, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, to discuss Yemen's political future, the deteriorating humanitarian crisis amid the country's civil war, and the prospects for an internationally brokered ceasefire.


Haroon K. Ullah on “Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists, and the Fight for Cyber Supremacy”: Cover to Cover Author Series

December 15, 2017
In Digital World War, seasoned diplomat Haroon Ullah, with deep knowledge of Islamist politics and digital innovation, investigates the unprecedented impact of social media on the discourse of recent events in the Muslim World -- from the Arab Spring and its aftermath to ISIS's online recruitment. In this Cover to Cover episode, Ullah discusses the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks, revealing how political parties, corporations, and governments have learned to exploit digital tools to target and mobilize audiences, to ultimately achieve power and status. This episode was hosted by Jim Falk, President and CEO of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Pew Research’s Dr. Wike on the Resilience of Democracy: KNOW NOW Conference Call Series

October 30, 2017

In this KNOW NOW podcast episode, Dr. Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research at Pew Research Center, discusses studies on the resililence of democracy as well as the U.S. global image during the Trump administration.


Meghan L. O’Sullivan on “Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power”: Cover to Cover Author Series

October 6, 2017

In Windfall, Meghan L. O’Sullivan, Harvard professor and former Deputy National Security Advisor for President George W. Bush, proposes that significant changes in the last decade of America’s energy sector—the shift from scarcity to abundance of oil and gas, environmental concerns, technology, and innovation and ingenuity within the industry—are transforming politics and foreign policy to the advantage of the United States. Her book calls for a change in the thinking of policymakers, government leaders and elected officials to a new energy reality that has more upsides than downsides for America’s economy and its position in the world. 


Richard McGregor on “Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century”: Cover to Cover Author Series

September 11, 2017
Geopolitical cracks are widening in East Asia, a region that has flourished under an American security umbrella for more than half a century. The historic rivalry between China and Japan is threatening to upend the peace that has held since World War II. With unrivaled access to archives in the U.S. and Asia, and to many of the major players in all three countries, Richard McGregor has written a tale which blends the tectonic shifts in diplomacy with the domestic political trends and personalities driving them. In this Cover to Cover episode, McGregor discusses U.S. power and the fate of the Pacific arena. 

Ambassador Neumann on Afghanistan: KNOW NOW Conference Call Series

August 28, 2017

In this KNOW NOW podcast episode, Ronald Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, discusses President Trump's decision to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan and what this means for the future of U.S. presence in the region.


AWQ Fundraising: Best Practices Conference Call

August 21, 2017

This WACA conference call was held August 17 and was open to the WACA network. 


James Kirchick on “The End of Europe”: Cover to Cover Author Series

August 14, 2017

Once the world's bastion of liberal, democratic values, Europe is now having to confront demons it thought it had laid to rest. The old pathologies of anti-Semitism, populist nationalism, and territorial aggression are threatening to tear the postwar European consensus apart. In riveting dispatches from this unfolding tragedy, James Kirchick shows us the shallow disingenuousness of the leaders who pushed for "Brexit;" examines how a vast migrant wave is exacerbating tensions between Europeans and their Muslim minorities; and describes how Russian imperial ambitions are destabilizing nations from Estonia to Ukraine. In August's Cover to Cover, james Kirchick joins Bill Clifford for a discussion on Kirchick's new book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age.


Lisa Palmer on “Hot, Hungry Planet”: Cover to Cover Author Series

July 21, 2017

Earth will have more than 9.6 billion people by 2050. With resources already scarce, how will we feed them all? Journalist Lisa Palmer (full bio.) has traveled the world for years documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people and organizations on the front lines of fighting the food gap. In this episode, WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford speaks with Palmer on her book, Hot, Hungry Planet, as she breaks down this difficult subject and paints a hopeful picture of both the world we want to live in and the great leaps it will take to get there.

Cover to Cover is a monthly program featuring the most influential authors on subjects of national and international importance.


Susan Cohen on the Travel Ban: KNOW NOW Conference Call Series

July 14, 2017

In this KNOW NOW podcast episode, Susan Cohen, Founder and Chair of Mintz Levin Immigration Practice, discusses the Supreme Court case on the travel ban. Moderated by Mary Yntema, President and CEO of WorldBoston.

KNOW NOW conference call series features global thought leaders hosted by WACA as well as local authorities in government, business, academia and cultural fields, to bring local and national issues of global dimensions to our network.