WACC Private Dinner (January 17, 2017)

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on Tuesday, January 17th for a small-group conversation over dinner with Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Distinguished Career Ambassador, often included in the ranks among Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski.  Also participating will be Dr. Jim Walsh, Research Associate at the MIT Security Studies Program, and expert on issues of international security.

Ambassador Pickering has served as U.S. Ambassador to six countries as well as the United Nations and Dr. Walsh is a sought-after expert on international security affairs, specializing in the Middle East. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet them over a gourmet meal and ask your own questions about the state of U.S. relations and security concerns with Russia, Israel, Syria and others.

Tuesday, January 17
Hilton Charlotte Center City
222 East Third St.
Charlotte, NC 28202 – Directions
Pre-Dinner Networking
6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner and Q&A:
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$200 – includes personal photo with Ambassador Pickering and Dr. Walsh, wine, salad, entree of choice, dessert and coffee




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World Affairs Council of Charlotte
UNC Charlotte – CHHS 227
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

All reservation cancellations must be completed at least 3 business days prior to an event for a full refund. If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance so that we can make the appropriate accommodations.


Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was U.S. ambassador to Israel, the Russian Federation, India, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. From 1989 to 1992, he was Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, and he then served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Earlier in his career, he was Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry Kissinger. He also served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves.

Dr. Jim Walsh is an expert in international security and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program (SSP). Dr. Walsh focuses his research on areas of international security, especially those related to nuclear weapons and terrorism. He has testified before the U.S. Senate on the issue of nuclear terrorism and on Iran’s nuclear program. He was also one of only a handful of Americans to travel to both Iran and North Korea for talks with officials about nuclear issues.