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Arctic Executive Steering Committee – One Year On

Arctic Executive Steering Committee – One Year On

Former United States Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski spoke to the Alaska World Affairs Council at the Dena'ina Center to provide an update on President Obama's Executive Order to enhance coordination of national efforts in the Arctic. The presentation was called "Arctic Executive Steering Committee -­ One Year On: Report from the Executive Director." KSKA: Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 2:00 p.m. LISTEN NOW
January 29, 2016
New Beginnings: Perspectives on Refugees in Alaska

New Beginnings: Perspectives on Refugees in Alaska

The Alaska World Affairs Council hosted a panel on refugees in Alaska. Panelists included Jessica Kovarik and Margaret Stock.
December 10, 2015
International cooperation in the Arctic

International cooperation in the Arctic

Alaska's position as the only Arctic state amid U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council makes it an obvious destination for wide-ranging discussions. On the next Addressing Alaskans, join senior Arctic official Ambassador David Balton, Anders Oskal with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, and the World Wildlife Fund's Margaret Williams for an engaging dialogue hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council. KSKA: Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 2:00 p.m. Listen now:
November 13, 2015
Friendly Dictators: Should America Embrace or Shun Them? – featuring Dr. Ted Galen Carpenter

Friendly Dictators: Should America Embrace or Shun Them? – featuring Dr. Ted Galen Carpenter

Ted Galen Carpenter is senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Dr. Carpenter served as Cato’s director of foreign policy studies from 1986 to 1995 and as vice president for defense and foreign policy studies from 1995 to 2011. He is the author of nine and the editor of 10 books on international affairs. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs in the United States, Latin America, Europe, East Asia and other regions. Carpenter received his Ph.D. in U.S. diplomatic history from the University of Texas. Listen Now:
September 22, 2015
UAE’s Emergence on the World’s Stage: Overview of UAE-US Relations

UAE’s Emergence on the World’s Stage: Overview of UAE-US Relations

The Honorable Abdulla Alsaboosi has been appointed consul general of the United Arab Emirates in Los Angeles covering the West Coast in July 2013. Prior to this assignment, he was the director of the American and Pacific Affairs Department with the title of ambassador at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Listen Now:
September 22, 2015
The EU’s Role as an International Actor: TTIP & Beyond

The EU’s Role as an International Actor: TTIP & Beyond

Featuring Maciej Pisarski, deputy chief of mission, Polish embassy in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Philipp Ackermann, minister and deputy chief of mission, German embassy in Washington, D.C. Listen Now:
September 14, 2015
Global interest in the Arctic

Global interest in the Arctic

In assuming chairmanship of the Arctic Council once again, the United States has upped its attention to Arctic issues. On the heels of the Department of State’s GLACIER conference in Anchorage, the Alaska World Affairs Council invited representatives from nations one wouldn’t necessarily assume would have an interest in the Arctic. Their discussion with U.S. Arctic Research Commission Chair Fran Ulmer helps to show how this global interest is taking shape. Listen Now:
September 14, 2015

“Alaska’s Global Economy: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going”

Featuring Margie Brown, former President & CEO, CIRI; Larry Cash, President & CEO, RIM Architects; and Dr. Rashmi Prasad, Dean, College of Business & Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage. Moderated by Dr. Paul Dunscomb, professor of East Asian history at UAA. Listen Now:
July 28, 2015
Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis on "Lithuania: A Start-Up Nation"

Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis on “Lithuania: A Start-Up Nation”

Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis speaks on Lithuania's culture of entrepreneurship and the nation's potential in a global economy. Listen now:
June 3, 2015
King Harald V of Norway

King Harald V of Norway

King Harald V of Norway addresses the Alaska World Affairs Council alongside a panel of Arctic experts, including Craig Fleener, Fran Ulmer and Borge Ousland. KSKA: Tuesday, June 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:
May 29, 2015

Cyberthreats: The New Strategic Battleground

Is cyberspace the battleground of the 21st century? Technology consultant Lawrence Husick gives a talk on technology's importance in international relations, war fighting and terrorism. Listen now:
May 4, 2015

Dr. Diddy Hitchins on “The Arctic Council: Role & Representation in Managing Global Insecurity”

Dr. Hitchins was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and brought up in southern England. She received her BSc in Social Sciences from the University of Southampton, UK; her MA in Political Behaviour, and her PhD in Government from the University of Essex, UK. Her first academic appointment, while completing PhD research, was at University of Ghana, Legon, West Africa. Subsequently, Dr. Hitchins had a 30 year career with Department of Political Science, University of Alaska Anchorage, rising from Assistant Professor to Associate and then Full Professor. Listen Now:
April 11, 2015

Yoram Bauman on “Comedy, Economics, and Carbon Tax!”

Yoram Bauman is an environmental economist and a carbon tax Fellow at Sightline Institute. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Washington and works in Washington state and elsewhere on climate change economics and policy, particularly focusing on carbon pricing. His most recent academic paper (“Climate Sensitivity: Should the Climate Tail Wag the Policy Dog?”) was co-authored with UW climate scientist Gerard Roe and appeared in the April 2013 issue of Climatic Change. Dr. Bauman is part of the CarbonWA.org effort to bring a revenue-neutral carbon tax to Washington State. Listen Now:
April 8, 2015

“A Right Denied” *Global Education Series*

Whitney Tilson and Broken Pencil Productions present A Right Denied: The Critical Need for Genuine Education Reform. Education reformer Whitney Tilson gives the most in-depth exploration ever committed to film of the twin achievement gaps that threaten our nation’s future: between the U.S. and our economic competitors, and between low-income, minority students and their more affluent peers. After spending more than two decades on the front lines, witnessing first-hand public education’s shocking failures and remarkable successes, Mr. Tilson was inspired to assemble a powerful and at times unsettling presentation about the twin achievement gaps and what must be done to address them. He utilizes the latest data and research to paint the most detailed portrait of American public education ever committed to film. More importantly, he presents us with a way forward so our nation can deliver on its promise to all of its children and ensure its long-term future. Hear a partial recording of the panel discussion that followed the film below: Listen Now:
March 27, 2015

Jim DeHart on “Sex, Drugs and the Rule of Law: Supporting Civil Society and Equal Rights in Afghanistan”

Jim DeHart is the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Department of State. He has been a career Foreign Service Officer since 1993, specializing in political affairs. In July 2013, he completed an assignment as Director of the Office of Afghanistan Affairs. From 2009-2010, he served in Panjshir, Afghanistan as director of the only civilian-led U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in the country. Listen Now:
March 27, 2015

Dr. Yong Zhao on “Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization”

Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. Listen Now:
February 25, 2015

Dr. Douglas Johnston on “Faith-based Diplomacy: Bridging the Religious Divide”

Douglas M. Johnston is president and founder of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Johnston holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and has served in senior positions in both the public and private sectors. Among his government assignments, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy; Director of Policy Planning and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and planning officer with the President’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. He has taught courses in international security at Harvard and was the founding director of the university’s Executive Program in National and International Security. Dr. Johnston is a Captain in the Naval Reserve and, at the age of 27, was the youngest officer in the navy to qualify for command of a nuclear submarine. Listen Now:
January 28, 2015

2 Million Minutes: A Global Examination *Global Education Series*

This groundbreaking, controversial documentary film takes an in-depth look at how students in the United States allocate their high school years (approximately four years or two million minutes) compared with India and China. The film forms a picture of the various levels of global education and addresses the implications of these differences on the 21st century global economy. The film was followed by a live panel discussion with a question and answer period. Listen Now:
January 27, 2015

Ukraine: Peril and Opportunity

Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Chair of the National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America. From 2010-2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters. In this position, she was responsible for designing and implementing corporate strategy in Washington, DC and other key capitals around the globe. During this time, she also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. Listen Now:
December 17, 2014

Shared Waters: Conflict, Cooperation, and Transformation

Aaron Wolf is a professor of geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He has an M.S. in water resources management (1988, emphasizing hydrogeology) and a Ph.D. in environmental policy analysis (1992, emphasizing dispute resolution) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on issues relating transboundary water resources to political conflict and cooperation, where his training combining environmental science with dispute resolution theory and practice have been particularly appropriate. Listen Now:
December 17, 2014