Speaker Series

Feb. 15: WACC Speaker Series with Hilarie Bass, President, American Bar Association

Join Hilaris Bass on February 15th as she shares her perspective on international business, domestic and foreign policy, and the role of the ABA in global judicial affairs and at home under the Trump Administration.

Feb. 7: WACC Speaker Series with Dr. Stephen J. Blank, Russian Historian and Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council

Dr. Stephen J. Blank uses his expertise in Russian history to analyze contemporary Russian affairs, advising private firms and U.S. Congress as the "go-to" expert. He currently serves as Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and will share his insight on U.S.-Russia relations, Putin's foreign policy strategies, and the U.S. administration's relationship with the Kremlin.

Jan 25: WACC Speaker Series with Hon. Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs (Deputy Secretary of State)

The Honourable Andrew Leslie, a long-time public servant in the Canadian government and a top ranking diplomat, will share his insight on the current state of the partnership between our two countries. His professional background in the military, private sector, academia, Parliament, and diplomatic corps will also provide context and expertise on current state of affairs, as well as a global perspective. 

Jan 18: WACC Speaker Series with Ryan Crocker, U.S. Career Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon (1993-2012)

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on January 18th as we host esteemed U.S. diplomat, Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Crocker has served 6-terms as a U.S. Ambassador during some of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history with the Middle East. President Obama called him out of retirement in 2011 to serve as Ambassador to Afghanistan, and President George W. Bush awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dec. 7: WACC Speaker Series with Dr. Todd Moss, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on December 7th as we host Dr. Todd Moss. Moss is an expert in international development, leading the Center for Global Development's research focused on US-Africa relations, energy policy, and private investment. He has also served with the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and the Overseas Development Council.

Nov. 30: WACC Speaker Series with James Astill, Washington Correspondent and Lexington Columnist, The Economist

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on November 30th as we host James Astill, Washington correspondent and Lexington Columnist for The Economist.  Astill will share his insight on economic and political trends shaping global markets, particularly emerging markets, such as India. With its booming domestic market and growth, enormous population, and position as the largest democracy, it is arguably the main Asian counterweight to China. Don't miss this timely conversation and the opportunity to discuss other ongoing geopolitical transitions in the E.U.

Sept. 21: WACC Speaker Series with Dr. Bernard Weinstein, Associate Director, Maguire Energy Institute

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on September 21st as we host Dr. Bernard Weinstein. As a widely published and consulted energy economist, Dr. Weinstein will share his perspective on the greatest challenges facing the U.S. and world in terms of energy resources, renewable energy, and the latest technologies for reducing global emissions.

WACC Annual Meeting Dr. James Hastings (June 21, 2017)

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on June 21st for our Annual Meeting as we host Dr. James Hastings. He will share his insight on India, US-India relations and the evolution of the country over the past 45 years.

SOLD OUT: WACC Voyagers Club with Dr. Cindy Combs (May 25, 2017)

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on May 25th for a Voyagers Club "fireside" chat with Dr. Cindy Combs. She will share her perspective on the issues occurring in the Koreas and the South Sea Island region as well as her insights on arising and ongoing global security threats.

SOLD OUT: WACC Speaker Series with Dr. Graham Allison (June 8, 2017)

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on June 8th as we host Dr. Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, and author of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydide's Trap?