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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 CouncilTuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 9:28am
Sept. 7th Speaker feature - Ajahn Sompon

Born in Roi-Et, Issan, Thailand in 1973; came to Pasco, Washington in 1998 after serving as a Buddhist novice in Roi-Et beginning at the age of 13 upon completion of Middle School. Before coming to Alaska in July 2017 served at the Wat Richland Buddha Wanaram for 18 years. After seven years service as a novice, took the title of Ajahn (teacher) as a forest monk in Chonburi, Thailand at Wat Yanangvararam.
Alaska World Affairs Council
Alaska World Affairs CouncilFriday, August 18th, 2017 at 12:00pm
Gaza is predicted to become "unlivable" by 2020 according to a United Nations report published in July 2017. What does that mean for the people who live there now?

Join us for lunch on September 22nd to learn about life in Gaza under Hamas from a professor currently experiencing life under the thumb of terrorism - Dr. Mustafa El-Hawi.

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Alaska World Affairs Council
Alaska World Affairs CouncilThursday, August 17th, 2017 at 6:30pm
Sept. 7th Speaker feature - Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi

Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi grew up in the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon. His experiences as a child surrounded by war and conflict have shaped his passion as an adult for promoting unity and understanding. When asked about living through the massacres in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, Enchassi says, “Sometimes, I think God exposed me to so much hatred and violence so that I can be a voice for love and peace.”
Alaska World Affairs Council
Alaska World Affairs CouncilWednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 6:30pm
Bridge Builders of Anchorage invites you to their annual Unity Gala this Saturday at the Hotel Captain Cook. The evening includes cultural performances and recognition for their "Community Stars," there will also be a silent auction, a scrumptious dinner and delightful dancing.

#WelcomingAnchorage #Community #BridgeBuilders
Alaska World Affairs Council
Alaska World Affairs CouncilTuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 9:30am
"Mining resources and space travel are not Luxembourg’s first involvement in space. For more than 30 years, Luxembourg has been at the forefront of commercial and co-operative developments to promote the use of space in ways that improve the quality of life on Earth." ( Initiative)

Don't forget to register online by this Thursday (8/17) at noon to be a part of the conversation on Alaska's Role in a Commercial Space Industry next Tuesday, August 22nd, noon at the Petroleum Club of Anchorage.
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilSaturday, August 12th, 2017 at 1:14pm
Our featured speaker for Friday, October 20th has held so many amazing titles that we are having a hard time choosing which to highlight first!

Ambassador John Negroponte has served as US Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. He was also the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush.

Tickets are available online to join us as Ambassador Negroponte shares his thoughts on "America's Foreign Policy in a World of Turmoil."
Alaska World Affairs Council
Alaska World Affairs CouncilFriday, August 11th, 2017 at 12:30pm
Curious how our October 13th speaker, Emma Sky, became the chief advisor to the US military in Iraq? So were we! Foreign Affairs has a quick video interview on the topic...

Make sure to visit our website to reserve your ticket for the Oct. 13th luncheon on "The Unraveling: High Hopes & Missed Opportunities in Iraq." (
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Emma Sky on Becoming Emma Sky
In Part 1 of this Foreign Affairs Focus, Emma Sky discusses how she, a "female, civilian, British pacifist," became the chief advisor to the US military in I...

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AK high school seniors planning to attend an AK uni: we have a scholarship for you! Deadline to apply is April 1. AKWorld photo