International Affairs Forum | India: Asia’s New Superpower

Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum continues Thursday, February 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center. Experts will explore India’s economic evolution, domestic politics, and foreign policy in relation to the U.S., China and more. Guests will take questions from both in-person and online audiences. A reception will be held at 11:00 a.m. featuring appetizers provided by the event sponsor, Taste of India. (more…)

Global Hotspot | Israel’s new government: Bibi in the Lion’s Den

Jack Segal International Affairs Forum

The International Affairs Forum at Northwestern Michigan College presents a discussion with Jack Segal, a retired senior US diplomat and former co-chair of the International Affairs Forum who served at the US Embassy in Israel as Counselor for Political/Military Affairs during the first Intifada and the Gulf War. Segal will discuss Israel’s new coalition government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Far-right factions of the new coalition threaten to destabilize Israel, Palestine and the greater region. The presentation will include a public Q & A session. (more…)

IAF to host former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State to discuss Ukraine, Russia and NATO

IAF Secretary of State to discuss Ukraine Russia NATO

The International Affairs Forum continues on Tuesday, November 8 at 11 a.m. EST. This virtual event will focus on Ukraine, Russia, and NATO with Ambassador John Kornblum, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for European affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Germany.

Ambassdor Kornblum has a deep record of service in the United States and Europe both as a diplomat and as a businessman. He is recognized as an expert on U.S.-European political and economic relations, in particular in Central and Eastern Europe. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Germany from 1997 to 2001. Before that, he was U.S. assistant secretary of state for European affairs in the Clinton administration – a critical phase for Europe and Russia just after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He was special envoy for the Dayton Peace Process, U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Process), deputy U.S. ambassador to NATO, and U.S. minister and deputy commandant of forces in divided Berlin. Kornblum was born in Detroit, MI. He earned a B.A. from Michigan State University in 1964 and has been the recipient of many awards, including a Knights Cross of the Order of Merit from Germany and an Order of Merit from Austria. He will connect with IAF from his home in Germany.

Jack Segal will moderate the discussion. Segal is a former senior U.S. diplomat and former IAF Board co-chair. In the Clinton administration, he was the National Security Council director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, and served ten years as senior political advisor to the NATO Commander where he was responsible for Afghanistan policy. He is an active instructor at NMC Extended Education on a variety of global affairs topics.

This virtual event will be available to livestream on Zoom. Registration is required with a suggested donation of $10.

All IAF regular season events are open to the public. Current students and educators receive free access with registration. For livestream registration and event details, visit TCIAF.com.

International Affairs Forum: Immigration Debate

NMC IAF Immigration Debate

Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum continues Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center. The event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with wine & light appetizers.

IAF will host an immigration Debate with David Aguilar, former acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Theresa Cardinal Brown, managing director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. The debate will center on immigration reform with a focus on solutions.

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IAF season launches in person Thursday with Democracy vs. Autocracy event

Erica Frantz, PhDNorthwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum launches its 29th season on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City, preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. with wine & snacks.

IAF’s season opener will be an in-person event: “Democracy vs. Autocracy” with Erica Frantz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University. Dr. Frantz will explore global examples of the erosion of democratic ideals and the dangerous slide into authoritarianism.

Authoritarianism book coverDr. Frantz has published seven books on these themes, including Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is a frequent contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. This event will also be available to livestream.

The event will be moderated by John Zachman, Ph.D., professor in the Political Science and Philosophy Departments at Northwestern Michigan College. John holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Duke University. At NMC, he teaches moral and ethical philosophy and political science courses in a variety of disciplines. He has been promoting student and community engagement in world affairs for over two decades at NMC.

Tickets are required and available for purchase at TCIAF.com or at the door. In-person admission is $15 per person.

Current students and educators receive free in-person admission with school I.D. or name badge. The event is available to livestream. Registration is required with a suggested donation of $10.

Autocracy, Immigration Debate, and Ukraine on IAF fall agenda

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum will launch its 29th season of events on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City, preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

IAF’s season opener will be an in-person event: “Democracy vs. Autocracy” with Erica Frantz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University. Dr. Frantz will explore global examples of the erosion of democratic ideals and the dangerous slide into authoritarianism. She has published seven books on these themes, including Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is a frequent contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. This event will also be available to livestream.

The fall season continues with the following:

  • Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. (in-person event + livestream): “Immigration Debate” with David V. Aguilar, former acting commissioner for Customs and Border Protection who during his tenure commanded 80,000 CBP agents, and Theresa Cardinal Brown, managing director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Aguilar and Cardinal Brown will engage in an Oxford-style debate with a focus on immigration reform and potential solutions. The debate will include questions from the audience.
  • Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. (virtual event): “The New World Order: After Ukraine” with Ambassador John C. Kornblum, ambassador to Germany from 1997-2001 and expert on U.S.-European political and economic relations. Amb. Kornblum occupied high-level diplomatic posts including U.S. assistant secretary of state for European affairs, U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Process), deputy U.S. ambassador to NATO, and U.S. minister and deputy commandant of forces in divided Berlin. He will decipher the knotty geopolitical power shifts spurred on by Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine.

Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Receptions begin at 5:30 p.m. when available.

All IAF regular season events are open to the public. Tickets are required and available for purchase online or at the door. In-person admission is $15 per person. Current students and educators receive free admission with a school I.D. or name badge.

Events are also livestreamed. Registration is required with a suggested donation of $10. For in-person tickets, livestream registration, and all event details, visit TCIAF.com.

IAF is welcoming new members and sponsors for the current season September 2022 -June 2023. Membership starts at $100 for individuals or $160 for families and includes in-person admission and livestream access to all regular season events. Learn more about IAF membership, event sponsorship, and student outreach at TCIAF.com.

The International Affairs Forum is a program of Northwestern Michigan College.

Release date: August 30, 2022

For more information:

Alex Tank
Communications & Production Coordinator
International Affairs Forum at Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-1844
atank@nmc.edu

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International Affairs Forum: An evening with Josh Rogin

Josh Rogin International Affairs Forum NMC

The NMC International Affairs Forum, in partnership with the Economic Club of Traverse City, presents a special event featuring D.C.-based journalist Josh Rogin on Thursday, July 14 at the Hagerty Center. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. with opportunity for public Q & A. This is a ticketed event which includes light appetizers and one beverage with ticket purchase. Few tickets remain for this IAF special event.

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International Affairs Forum: Foreign Policy Mashup panel discussion

IAF Foreign Policy Mashup Poster

When and how could Russia’s war in Ukraine come to an end? Who will suffer most from forecasted food shortages? How has Western solidarity for Ukraine magnified the relative lack of support for populations in other conflict zones (read: Syria, Somalia, Yemen, et al.)? How is the U.S. – China rivalry evolving?

To close the 2021—2022 season, the International Affairs Forum will host its third annual Foreign Policy Mashup on Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium. The event will be an in-person panel discussion featuring Bill Clifford, President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America, on stage with local panelists Karen Puschel Segal and Stanley Otto, both former State Department diplomats. 

This is IAF’s first speaker event at Milliken with an in-town, in-the-flesh speaker since March 2020. The event includes a public Q&A session and is also available to livestream. Join the discussion. 

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International Affairs Forum takes on cybersecurity

How can individuals protect themselves from hackers? How do companies deal with ransomware attacks? How do government agencies respond to ongoing threats by bad actors — and importantly, what are the ramifications for our national security? International Affairs Forum will dive into these complexities during CYBERSECURITY: The Quiet War.

Join IAF on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. to unpack these digital threats with Joshua Larocca, managing director at Stroz Friedberg, a digital risk management firm based in New York. Larocca’s insights will draw upon his work in counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of Justice and his expertise in digital forensics.

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IAF event to address populism, Germany’s new perspective and Russia’s war in Ukraine

IAF logoOn Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m. the International Affairs Forum engages with Jeff Rathke, president of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, to discuss German and European reactions to the war in Ukraine, the rise of populism, and Germany’s new role.

Jeff RathkeRathke (left) served 24 years as a Foreign Service officer, dedicated primarily to U.S. relations with Europe. He was deputy chief of staff to the NATO Secretary General in Brussels. In Washington, he was deputy director of the Office of European Security and Political Affairs. He was a Weinberg Fellow at Princeton University. He also served at U.S. embassies in Dublin, Moscow and Riga, which he helped open after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Join IAF on March 17 for a robust discussion moderated by John Zachman, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern Michigan College. The virtual event will include public Q & A.

This program is free to current students and educators. There’s a $10 suggested donation for the general public.

Register here for this virtual event: tciaf.com/event-3-17-2022

International Affairs Forum to discuss U.S.-China Business Dynamics

IAF logoThe International Affairs Forum at Northwestern Michigan College presents “China: Is Détente Possible” featuring Kenneth Jarrett, Thursday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. Eastern. Jarrett’s 26-year diplomatic career includes postings in Beijing, Chengdu and Singapore. He served as Consul General in Shanghai, and as Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong. In the private sector, Jarrett served five years as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

Kenneth Jarrett photoJarrett is a frequent commentator on the business environment in China, and he has been quoted in outlets including Bloomberg, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. In addition to commenting on recent headlines involving China, Jarrett will share his nuanced understanding of Chinese business dynamics and their political underpinnings, illuminated by historical and cultural context.

Kenneth Jarrett will connect from Shanghai. The moderator for this conversation will be Steve Fisher, IAF co-chair and a former executive who worked 15 years in Asia with Korn/Ferry, KPMG and A.T. Kearney.

This is a virtual event via Zoom with a suggested donation of $10. All IAF events are free to current students and educators. Learn more at TCIAF.com.

Register here to the livestream with public Q&A: tciaf.com/event-2-17-2022

IAF 2022: China, rise of populism, climate change, more

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum will spotlight China, populism and climate change among other timely topics at its monthly lecture series running February through June, 2022.

All events will be livestreamed, with in-person viewing available at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium dependent upon local pandemic conditions. Check tciaf.com for the most current information. The lecture schedule includes:

February 17: “China: Is Détente Possible?” featuring Kenneth Jarrett, distinguished diplomat whose positions included service as Consul General in Shanghai, and as Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong. His 26-year Foreign Service career also included postings in Beijing, Chengdu, and Singapore. His government roles in Washington, D.C. included serving as Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council.

March 17: “The Rise of Populism and Germany’s New Role” featuring Jeff Rathke, President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Rathke had a 24-year career with the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, dedicated primarily to U.S. relations with Europe.

April 21: Climate Change speaker TBD.

May 19: “Cybersecurity: The Quiet War” featuring Joshua Larocca. Now in the private sector, Larocca’s career includes serving as trial attorney in the Counterterrorism Section at the Department of Justice, assistant district attorney in New York County, and work at Citibank Russia.

June 16: “Foreign Policy Mashup” featuring a planned in-person event with Bill Clifford, President and CEO, World Affairs Councils of America, and a panel of local/regional guests.

A donation of $10 is suggested for livestreamed presentations. Tickets for in-person viewing are $15. Check tciaf.com for event details. IAF also welcomes new members for the 2021-22 season and beyond. Membership starts at $100 for individuals or $160 for families and includes in-person and livestream access to all regular season events. Consider giving IAF membership as a gift. Learn more about IAF membership, event sponsorship, and student outreach at tciaf.com.

Release date: December 15, 2021

For more information:

Alex Tank
Communications & Events Program Officer
International Affair Forum
Northwestern Michigan College
atank@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1844

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IAF & NWS team up for events on Nov. 16 & 18

Ambassador Anthony WayneThe International Affairs Forum remotely welcomes Ambassador Anthony Wayne Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. to dissect the border policies, trade, and migration dynamics that shape our relationship with Central America. Wayne is the former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, and Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan. He is currently Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Distinguished Diplomat in Residence
at the American University School of International Service, as well as Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Co-Chair of its Mexico Institute Advisory Board. The program is presented as a joint event with the National Writers Series.

In-person event at the City Opera House, remote speaker, livestream available:

  • 5 p.m. reception with cash bar
  • 6 p.m. presentation followed by public Q & A

In-person tickets and livestream access: tciaf.com/nov-16-2021
Free to current student and educators

bestselling author Omar El AkkadThen on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., in another joint event with IAF, NWS hosts a conversation with bestselling author Omar El Akkad about his newest book, What Strange Paradise, which looks at the global refugee crisis through the lens of children. As an international journalist, El Akkad has reported from Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, and many other locations around the world, and brings his experience to the page in a book that the New York Times says “deserves to be an instant classic.”

Learn more and sign up for the virtual event here

IAF and NWS are proud to partner on these events which will highlight the ways that international stories and circumstances have a local impact, and how global policies impact the lives of real people right here in northern Michigan.

IAF hosts talk with Vanessa Acker, US State Dept. Office of Russian Affairs

IAF event promotion graphicOn Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. EDT the International Affairs Forum at Northwestern Michigan College will connect remotely with Vanessa Acker, political unit chief of the U.S. State Department Office of Russian Affairs to discuss the current state of US-Russian relations and strategies going forward.

Tracy Busch

Tracy N. Busch, PhD

The event will be moderated in person by Tracy N. Busch, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Ferris State University. Dr. Busch holds a Doctorate of Russian and European History from Georgetown University.

This event will be held in person at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium and via livestream. IAF events are free to current students and educators and open to the general public, $15 at the door. Capacity is limited to 170 people inside the auditorium. Masks are required of all attendees.

Register for the livestream here, suggested donation $10. Learn more at TCIAF.com.

Middle East, Russia, Mexico on IAF’s fall slate

IAF speaker Arwa Damon of CNNTRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum will kick off its fall lecture series on Sept. 16 with “Middle East: War, Women and Struggle” featuring CNN senior international correspondent and Middle East specialist Arwa Damon.

Damon has spent much of 2021 reporting from Iraq and Syria. Her award-winning reporting on the humanitarian crisis in Syria has proven to be essential, helping viewers understand the human toll of the ongoing conflict. Damon is president and co-founder of the International Network for Aid, Relief, and Assistance (INARA), a non-profit that “provides life-altering medical care for children from conflict areas who have catastrophic injuries or illnesses.”

Damon’s appearance will be livestreamed with a moderator on stage in Milliken Auditorium starting at 6 p.m. Audience members may stream directly to their own device ($10 suggested donation) or watch the livestream in person at Milliken Auditorium (tickets $15 at the door).

The fall season continues with the following:

  • Oct. 21: “Russia: Conflict, Cooperation or Containment?” featuring Vanessa Acker, head of political unit, office of Russian Affairs, U.S. State Department. 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 16: “Mexico: Migration, Trafficking and Trade” featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina Anthony Wayne. 6 p.m.

Livestream links and ticket details for in-person lectures will be shared at tciaf.com when available. The IAF is also welcoming new members for the 2021-22 season. Membership starts at $100 for individuals or $160 for families and includes in-person and livestream access to all regular season events. Learn more about IAF membership, event sponsorship, and student outreach at TCIAF.com.

 

Release date: SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

For more information:

Alex Tank
IAF Communications & Events Program Officer
atank@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1844

 NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

IAF: Grappling With Pandemics: Global Health Policy In The 21st Century

WED, SEPT 16 @ 5:00 PM EST via ZOOM

IAF logoDr. Julio FrenkWith the world still wrestling with the pandemic, the International Affairs Forum opens its 27th Season in conversation with Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami, former Minister of Health of Mexico, former Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, former Executive Director of Evidence and Information for Policy at the World Health Organization, and co-editor of Saving Humanity: What Matters Most for a Healthy Future.

The discussion will be moderated by Ken Warner, former dean, professor, and researcher at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and current IAF board member.

Join us for a discussion on global responses to the pandemic and the future of public health and social wellbeing. Questions for discussion can be emailed to iaf@nmc.edu.

Join the discussion!

Register here or call (231) 995-1844 for more information.

IAF hosts discussion on climate change

FROM PENGUINS TO PLANKTON:
The dramatic impact of a changing climate in the Antarctic

Thursday, May 21 @ 4 p.m. via ZOOM

“We can’t solve this problem if we won’t even talk about it.” – James McClintock

Join the International Affairs Forum for a timely climate crisis discussion. This virtual event will include a presentation and Q&A session with Dr. James B. McClintock, Endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. (more…)