Past JWAC events: 2017-2018 season 35

-Bringing the world to Juneau.

'Beyond A War Zone: What's Next for Iraq' with Ambassador Lukman Faily

Monday | April 30th | 5:00 | KTOO Studios: @360

Lukman Faily served as the Iraqi Ambassador to Japan and then the United States. As well as being an official spokesperson for his nation on TV and radio, Ambassador Faily is an active leader in the large Iraqi diaspora community, and represents a rising generation of post-Saddam professionals, business leaders, and civic activists who have returned to Iraq to help build the country’s fledgling, free-market democracy. He was here to discuss his country's future.

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World Affairs Forum: 'Europe: Allies and Alliances in a Turbulent World'

March 22 - 24 | UAS Egan Lecture Hall

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European nations are facing great internal challenges in maintaining a sustainable European Union, while simultaneously facing the external reality that America’s contribution to world order is changing. As the new U.S. administration questions institutions like NATO while advancing an 'America first' philosophy, US leadership in defense, international law, economics, trade, and social policy is shifting away from the decades-old foundation constructed after World War II. Hence, where is Europe going under the changing world order; what will be the role of the U.S., and what will be the new allies and alliances in a turbulent world?

Forum speakers described the U.S. rise to a position of world leadership following World War II; the institutions developed to protect western democracies; the challenges facing Europe today; their perception of America’s shift in foreign policy; and international institutions' reaction to these changes -particularly in the areas of defense, trade and social policy. As America's world leadership grows less undisputed, how will other nations fill the void?

Presented in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast.

Video recordings of all the presentations are available here [Playlist videos #1-9].

WorldQuest 2018!

Friday, Feb 2nd | 6:00 | Centennial Hall

WorldQuest is JWAC's largest fundraiser, featuring an international buffet, no-host bar, silent auctions, and our delightfully amusing trivia contest. Click here to read more.

This year's winner was Covfefe Dotards, and the Special Rotary Team winner was Morning Rotary's The French Press -Thanks for coming, everyone!

'North Korea, Bellicose Tweets and Other Nuclear Challenges We Face' with Philip Yun

Wednesday, Jan. 24 | NOON | KTOO Studios: @360

Philip Yun is a former US diplomat with extensive experience working on US-North Korea relations, who has made four trips to North Korea and met with Kim Jong-Il. As the Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund, he extends his knowledge on North Korea and overall nuclear policy towards grantmaking initiatives addressing nuclear arms reduction. In his presentation, he discussed the state of affairs and current challenges connected with North Korea and Iran, as well as our own US nuclear arsenal and policies.

**Please note the noon time for this presentation. Lunchtime was Mr. Yun's only oportunity to speak to us.

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'Vladivostok Today' with US Consul General Michael Keays

Friday | December 29th | 5:00 | KTOO Studios: @360

U.S. Consul General to Vladivostok Michael Keays will speak to us about Vladivostok today, contrasting our current relations to his experiences in Russia in the mid-1990s, when he was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Keays has been in the Foreign Service for over 25 years, having served in Jamaica, Russia, Poland, Israel and Afghanistan, and at the Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. ‎He is traveling through Alaska with the goal of encouraging Alaskans to view the Russian Far East anew, with their own eyes, and contemplating how to re-energize the bonds that existed between Alaska and this part of Russia in the 1990s.

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'Young Rural Women Lead Social Transformation in Traditional, Tribal Balochistan' with Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhteari

Tuesday | December 19th | 5:00 | KTOO Studios: @360

Presented in partnership with the Juneau Human Rights Commission: The Founding Director of the Institute for Development Studies and Practices, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Quratul Ain Bakhteari has dedicated her career to raising the next generation of social and political activists in Pakistan. Despite a tumultuous adolescence and young adult life that included living in a refugee camp near Karachi and the responsibility of three children by the age of 22, Bakhteari managed to earn a doctorate degree and become a force for change. Her organization, the IDSP, focuses on training students in learning centers, offering them the opportunity to realize positive change in their communities.

Dr. Bakhteari showed us a 15-minute video about the leadership of women as midwives, and discussed her projects, efforts, and her own inspirational story.

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'Assessment of the Ocean’s Health: Challenges and Opportunities for Awareness and Conservation' with Dr. Carlos Yaipen-Llanos

Wednesday | September 20th | 5:00 | KTOO Studios: @360

Dr. Yaipen-Llanos is a marine veterinarian and founding President of the Organization for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Animals (ORCA) in Peru. He leads a marine animal stranding, rescue and rehabilitation network that links environmental-, animal- and public-health with climate change and human impacts. He trains international students that wish to develop a professional career in marine sciences and conservation.

He is member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, observer for the International Whaling Commission, and member of the UNESCO International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange.

Dr. Yaipen-Llanos spoke speak about the effects of climate change in Peruvian waters and marine animals, and the devastation of coastal communities. He notes that assessment of the oceans' health is related to the measurement, monitoring and documentation of the cumulative effects of human impact upon the marine ecosystem (pollution, temperature changes, emerging diseases, intentional killings, over-fishing, illegal mining, seismic testing, etc.), and that cultural and values changes are necessary to bring a pro-sustainability conservation view over from the 'other side of the negotiation table.' ''This is a time of challenge and change, and also of opportunities and hope for humanity, a real awakening worldwide.''

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