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February 22, 2021
Embassy Row Live! with Ambassador of Haiti; EU Economic Outlook; Star Speakers; Council of the Month; Engage America Programs This Week; March Cover to Cover; Council Highlights; and more!
WACA's Embassy Row Live! with Haiti's Amb. Edmond

Haiti: The Path to a Stronger Democracy
TOMORROW, February 23 | Live Online
2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Join us for WACA's fourth Embassy Row Live!: Conversations That Bring Diplomacy Directly to You. This new platform spotlights distinguished diplomats discussing new ideas, policy developments, and possible solutions to critical international challenges.
WACA 2021 Best Practices

Databases for Councils
Thursday, February 25 | Live Online
3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
This kick-off panel will focus on databases and how to think about the most effective system for your Council with insights into website integration, event registration, communication tools, gathering donations, and membership management.

We are delighted to feature Karen Harshaw, Founder & Principal Consultant of SPARK Philanthropy, and Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director of World Affairs Council - Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, who will share their insights into their research and experience with these systems. Tim Horgan, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, will serve as moderator and will lead the audience Q&A.
Note: Council Members Only! Open to one attendee per Council (CEO or Development Director).
EU Medium-Term Economic Outlook

Vaccine and New Policy Developments Fuel Optimism
Thursday, February 25 | Live Online
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
As the global economy emerges from the pandemic, the EU has launched an ambitious Recovery Plan that will underpin strong growth and a green, digital transformation.

With the pace of vaccine distribution set to increase steadily over the coming months and a Brexit deal on the books, there is good reason to be optimistic about the future. Although the second wave of the pandemic will inevitably delay the recovery of the EU economy, green shoots are beginning to show and the outlook for the second half of 2021 looks rosy.
Star Speakers This Week
Anja Manuel
Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel
Paul Krugman
Author and Economist
Rebecca MacKinnon
Director, Ranking Digital Rights
Rose Gottemoeller
Fmr. Deputy Sec-Gen, NATO 
Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah
Member of Parliament, Ghana
Roberta Seret
Founder, Int'l Cinema Education
WACA's Engage America Speaker Series
Korea Economic Institute

Opportunities for Diplomacy: The United States and the Future of the Korean Peninsula
Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6:00 PM ET
Young Han
 Desk Officer
U.S. State Department
Hyun-Kyung Kim
Political Officer, Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Kyle Ferrier
Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs, Korea Economic Institute
United States Institute of Peace

Options for Peace and U.S. Policy: Findings and Recommendations of the Afghanistan Study Group
Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 PM ET
Michael Phelan
Senior Advisor, Africa and Asia
USIP
Council of the Month: Los Angeles WAC & Town Hall
Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring 10 Years On

On Wednesday, February 24, at 2:00 PM ET, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall will host Linda Robinson, Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy, and Paul Amar, Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, to discuss what movements burgeoned, which ideas took hold, where things failed and how the outlook is as we step into the Biden era 10 years on from the Arab Spring. Register here!
The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Dan Schnur's weekly "Politics in the Time of Coronavirus" livestreams every Tuesday at 2:00 PM ET.

The novel Coronavirus is rapidly altering our local, state, and federal political landscapes. While daily news outlets offer a constant stream of updates, our new weekly series, 

*Please note that the viewpoints expressed by speakers at SDWAC events are their own, and do not necessarily represent those of SDWAC. As a nonpartisan organization, SDWAC seeks to engage speakers who, together, represent a variety of viewpoints across the political spectrum in order to contribute to informed policy discussion and a meaningful exchange of ideas within the San Diego community. 

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