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What is the Alaska World Affairs Council?

The Alaska World Affairs Council is a focused educational organization dedicated to stimulating interest in world affairs and inspiring its members to be involved in world events. The council was founded in 1958 by the late Evangeline Atwood with the conviction that better community education in world affairs is necessary for sound democratic citizenship.

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Alaska World Affairs Council

The Alaska World Affairs Council is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, non-partisan organization which is membership-based and is one of approximately 90 members of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, DC.
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilWednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 1:01pm
Join the Institute of the North on Tuesday, July 26th for the Walter J. Hickel “Day of the Arctic” Luncheon, featuring the Northern Forum.

Celebrating their annual “Day of the Arctic,” the Institute of the North has organized a special luncheon featuring speakers from the Northern Forum, an intergovernmental, subnational platform for advancing sustainable development in the Arctic.

Learn more and secure your tickets to the luncheon below.
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilSunday, June 26th, 2016 at 11:00am
This month we celebrated the volunteers and board members who make the work of the Alaska World Affairs Council possible. On a beautiful sunny day, a number of our volunteers joined us at the home of AKWorld President and CEO, Lise Falskow, for a BBQ. Volunteers enjoyed good food and great company while sharing their individual stories on what got them involved with AKWorld and what keeps them engaged.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Visit our website for information. #akworldYIR
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilThursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 11:30am
The kick-off of our military programming, focused on the sensitive and timely topic of Russia with perspectives from Lt. General Russell Handy and David Ramseur with moderation by General Joseph Ralston (USAF, Retired), was a great success. This One-to-One discussion was the first program AKWorld designed specifically with the purpose of building bridges between military personnel and civilians. The evening was a grand slam with a full house of half military and half civilian participation.

To learn more about getting involved with AKWorld and supporting our efforts to engage Alaskans with the world, visit our website! #akworldYIR
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilTuesday, June 21st, 2016 at 1:00pm
In another dynamic program, Dr. Stephen Stedman of the Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law at Stanford University came to speak with over 120 Alaskans on the issues of global security and what the future holds in that respect. He highlighted the good (for example, declining rates of poverty overall), while also addressing the bad (global security continues to evolve and face new threats).

Another of Dr. Stedman’s focuses was on the fact that different countries have different challenges with regards to security. Dr. Stedman’s unabashed approach to all topics, including controversial ones, made the program incredibly riveting. The audience left feeling inspired and ready to tackle the biggest question in the world: how to manage global security.

Check-out our Blog for a recap of the program and a link to the podcast. #akworldYIR
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilMonday, June 20th, 2016 at 1:00pm
With Anchorage’s military population comprising almost 10% of our great city, there is no doubt that the military has a huge positive effect on Alaska. With that in mind, the AKWorld Board voted to form a committee that aims to bring military and civilian perspectives together through meaningful programming opportunities.

Prior to the work of the new Military Committee, AKWorld’s military efforts continued to grow organically with military members reaching out to learn more about getting involved, after attending programs through the Military Sponsorship.

Interested in getting involved with this committee or as a volunteer? Fill out our online form to become a volunteer! #akworldYIR
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at 9:32am
RT @USOAlaska: The @AKWorld 1:1 about Russia with LtGen Handy, Gen Ralston is SOLD OUT 2night @Cyranostheatre in Anchorage! #USOConnects @…
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 4:44pm
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Monday, May 16th, 2016 at 11:08am
Question from @AKWorld Board chair on #Brexit. Norway would like UK to remain in EU, keep British-EU-US strong. AKWorld photo