Since 1990, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte annually presents the World Citizen Award to prominent citizens (and organizations) who have enhanced our community’s standing in the world their accomplishments of international significance and contributions to the city, this region and our international community.
The World Citizen Award Dinner has become an important part of the educational and cultural fabric of the greater Charlotte region. Each year, a capacity audience gathers to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the recipient.
This year, the Council is honored to present the 2017 World Citizen Award to Dr. Tony Zeiss, President of Central Piedmont Community College (1992-2016).
(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
601 South College Street · Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202
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.
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.ccurring in the Koreas and the South Sea Island region as well as her insights on arising and ongoing global security threats.
After a long history of strained bilateral ties, India and the U.S. have recently formed a number of partnerships across areas of security, humanitarian aid, trade, cyber security, and energy agreements. In 2010 the annual “U.S. India Strategic Dialogue” launched as a yearly discussion between top officials of both countries, leading President Obama to call their renewed relations a “defining partnership in the 21st century.” As a key partner for U.S. strategic interests in Asia-Pacific, the relationship between the two countries is more important than ever as global security issues continue to threaten the region.
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?
China and the US are heading toward a war that neither wants. That’s the sensational premise of Dr. Graham Allison’s new book, Destined for War. The reason: Thucydide’s Trap, a deadly historical pattern of structural stress that results when rising powers challenge ruling ones. In the past 500 years, this pattern has occurred 16 times. In 12 of these cases, the outcome was war.
Today, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America and Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump both promise to make their countries “great again,” the case for war looks grim. Dr. Allison, who is director of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and founding dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School, has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense and advised the secretaries of defense under every president from Reagan to Obama. Join him for a crucial conversation about what painful steps China and America must take to avoid disaster.
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on Monday, June 12th for a small-group conversation over a gourmet dinner with H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the U.S.
The Ambassador will share his perspective on U.S.-Belgium bilateral relations as well as U.S. transatlantic relations with the EU and efforts of global security and foreign policy under the new U.S. Administration.
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Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on June 13th, 2017 as we host H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the U.S. as he shares his insight on U.S. Belgium-relations under the new U.S. administration.
The U.S. maintains strong bilateral ties with Belgium, cultivating a cooperative relationship on a number of foreign policy issues. As the host country of the European Union and NATO, Belgium is a pivotal leader in European and Transatlantic diplomacy. As such, H.E. Dirk Wouters will share his perspective on U.S. transatlantic relations with Europe as the new Trump Administration begins to shape its foreign policy platforms.