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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.

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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.

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December 17, 2014
Are Dictators Getting Smarter? The Battle Between Dictatorship and Democracy

Are Dictators Getting Smarter? The Battle Between Dictatorship and Democracy

William J. Dobson is the politics & foreign affairs editor for Slate. Previously, he served as the managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine. Dobson is the author of The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy. Mr. Dobson’s first book, it was selected as one of the “best books of 2012” by Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, The Sunday Telegraph, and Prospect magazine. The New York Times called it “intelligent and absorbing” and wrote, “Mr. Dobson’s book, with luck, will find its way into the hands of people who aspire to be free.”

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November 25, 2014
Ukeleles for Peace: Music Bringing Israeli and Arab Youth Together

Ukeleles for Peace: Music Bringing Israeli and Arab Youth Together

The sweet strumming of the ukulele invokes a feeling of island bliss. But one minute of listening to The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra will make you realize this isn’t flip-flops music. Punk rock, rock and roll, pop music and oldies – you name it, this octet will play it on their ukuleles. Peter Moss and all the musicians of the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra are delighted to be supporters of the children’s project in Israel “Ukeleles for Peace,” which was founded and realized by the music lecturer Paul Moore several years ago together with both Israeli and Palestinian children. A part of the wages of the orchestra will be donated every evening to this award winning reconciliation project, in which kids with the help of music and inexpensive musical instruments discover, together with parents and schools, a way forward throughout this war-torn region.

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November 10, 2014

Dr. Ronald Tammen on “Will China Rule the World?”

Ron Tammen is a scholar and professor at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. Dr. Tammen specializes in world politics, with particular reference to power relationships among the great powers, present and future. His research currently centers on the emergence of China and then India as potentially dominant nations and the challenge this presents to U.S. foreign and national security policy.

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October 6, 2014
Dr. Radwan Ziadeh on “Syria: From Struggle for Freedom to Humanitarian Crisis”

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh on “Syria: From Struggle for Freedom to Humanitarian Crisis”

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh is the founder and director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies in Syria and co-founder and executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the managing editor of the Transitional Justice in the Arab World Project. He is also a member of the Syrian National Preparatory committee for Transitional Justice.

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September 30, 2014
Farah Killidar on “Iraq: The Beginning of the End”

Farah Killidar on “Iraq: The Beginning of the End”

Being of Iraqi origin, Farah Killidar has significant personal and professional interest in Iraq’s legal and political development. She has made presentations in the Middle East, the U.K. and the U.S. on Iraq’s legal system and the foreign investment climate; published articles on the subject; was invited as guest-lecturer at educational institutes; advised corporate and government clients on foreign investment in Iraq and ongoing changes to the legal and political system. When residing in Alaska, Farah acted as the executive director of the Alaska World Affairs Council and, more recently, as an independent legal consultant advising the U.S. Department of Commerce on Iraq’s commercial law development.

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September 16, 2014

Opening Remarks of the 2014 Alaska Cold War Conference

The 2014 Alaska Cold War conference brought together veterans, military officials and the public. The following podcast includes the conference’s opening remarks by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, followed by an address from Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, head of Alaska Command.

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September 16, 2014
British Ambassador Speaks on U.K.-Alaska Relations

British Ambassador Speaks on U.K.-Alaska Relations

Join British ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, for a talk on U.K.-Alaska relations hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council. British tourists make up nearly a third of all foreign visitors to Alaska. “Brits are quite adventurous people, as they were back in Captain Cook’s time,” Westmacott says. They’re also among the world’s top consumers of canned Alaska salmon. Hear Westmacott’s perspective from across the pond on Alaska, the Arctic and more.

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June 10, 2014
Combating Rural Poverty Through ‘Last Mile’ Solutions

Combating Rural Poverty Through ‘Last Mile’ Solutions

Alex Counts founded Grameen Foundation and became its President and CEO in 1997, after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. A Cornell University graduate, Counts’ commitment to poverty eradication deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he witnessed innovative poverty solutions being developed by Grameen Bank. His talk, hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council, was recorded May 16.

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June 2, 2014
“Why the Arctic Matters” with Alice Rogoff

“Why the Arctic Matters” with Alice Rogoff

Alaska Dispatch publisher Alice Rogoff discusses why the Arctic matters at an Alaska World Affairs Council lecture recorded May 2, 2014.

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May 8, 2014
Who Are These Guys? Staying Ahead of Emerging Markets

Who Are These Guys? Staying Ahead of Emerging Markets

Ambassador Richard Boucher gives a talk called “Who are these guys? Staying ahead of emerging markets.” His presentation was hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council and was recorded on April 25 at the Anchorage Hilton.

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April 29, 2014
The Irish Comeback: How Ireland is Meeting the Challenges of its Economic Collapse

The Irish Comeback: How Ireland is Meeting the Challenges of its Economic Collapse

Irish minister Dinny McGinley was recorded speaking on “The Irish Comeback: How Ireland is Meeting the Challenges of its Economic Collapse” on March 27, 2014.

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April 1, 2014
Globalization in Ireland: The Lunasa Perspective

Globalization in Ireland: The Lunasa Perspective

The Irish quartet Lunasa was recorded speaking on ”Globalization in Ireland” at the Alaska World Affairs Council on February 7, 2014.

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February 11, 2014
Making the Golden Connection: An Olympian’s Experience Carrying the Torch on the North Pole

Making the Golden Connection: An Olympian’s Experience Carrying the Torch on the North Pole

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Service at University of Alaska Fairbanks, Pat Pitney was recorded speaking on ”Making the Golden Connection: An Olympian’s Experience Carrying the Torch on the North Pole” at the Alaska World Affairs Council on December 13, 2013.

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December 13, 2013
The Power of Educating Girls

The Power of Educating Girls

Educate girls and you will change the world. This is the message of Girl Rising, a film that tells the stories of nine different girls around the world. Following a screening of Girl Rising, the Alaska World Affairs Council hosted a panel discussion on the power of educating girls with members of Anchorage’s academic community and Brian Callahan from the Global Campaign for Education.

KSKA: Tuesday 12/10 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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December 6, 2013
Health: Is It an Personal, Public or Social Issue?

Health: Is It an Personal, Public or Social Issue?

Dr. Jay Butler of Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium was recorded speaking on “Health: Is It an Personal, Public or Social Issue?” at the Alaska World Affairs Council on November 22, 2013.

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November 25, 2013

I Can See Russia From Here

“I Can See Russia From Here: A Celebration of the Friendship Flight & 25 Years of an Open Border Between Two World Superpowers” a panel discussion with Steve Cowper, Willie Hensley and Med Treadwell was recorded at the Alaska World Affairs Council on November 1, 2013.

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November 1, 2013
Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition

Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition

President & Founder, Goldwyn Global Strategies, David Goldwyn was recorded speaking on “Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition” at the Alaska World Affairs Council on October 18, 2013.

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October 18, 2013

Not My Life: Slavery in Anchorage

The first human trafficking case prosecuted in the United States happened right here in Anchorage, Alaska. Not My Life is a documentary depicting the dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery worldwide. The film was shown at Bear Tooth Theatrepub in Anchorage and followed by panel discussion on slavery in Alaska with Robin Bronen from the Alaska Institute for Justice, Michelle DeWitt from Tundra Women’s Coalition, Jolene Goeden from the FBI and First Lady of Alaska, Sandy Parnell.

KSKA: Tuesday 10/15 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 11, 2013